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NFPB Centenary - outgoing thoughts

AS WE APPROACH the year’s end, it seems appropriate to reflect on our centenary. We have approached it in different ways, which seems appropriate given the height and breadth of what Northern Friends Peace Board has been about. At the very middle of our year, our Walk of Witness linked some of the earliest concerns – the treatment of conscientious objectors at Richmond Castle during the first world war – to far more contemporary matters, the role of the US base at Menwith Hill in spreading militarism around the world.

Kendal meeting to conclude our centenary year

Image from early NFPB poster

NFPB will have its final meeting of 2013, our centenary year, at Kendal Meeting House this coming Saturday, 30th November.

In the morning, we will be joined by Stuart Parkinson of Scientists for Global Responsibility, SGR , speaking on the theme of “Moving from militarism to sustainable security: the role of science and technology’.

Stop recruitment of 16 year olds into the UK armed forces

Northern Friends Peace Board is amongst the supporting organisations to this petition, launched today:

Details of the petition, which you can sign online

Report of NFPB meeting in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House

on Saturday 28th September 2013

Our NFPB meeting in Edinburgh was attended by nearly forty Friends and Attenders, our numbers being boosted by invited local Friends.  As with our other events this year, this had a centenary theme to it, as well as a further opportunity to display our materials and distribute resources.

Peace history - learning lessons

We were pleased to be able to make a significant contribution to this year’s Peace History conference, which took place in Manchester on 21st September. Taking as its theme “The Peace & Anti-War Movement on the eve of the First World War – Lessons for Today”, our own centenary this year provided a natural focus and a ready source of material to share with the conference.

Running for peace

Three Friends joined a 10km run in September, raising the profile and some additional funds for Northern Friends Peace Board and as a further way of marking our centenary, Co-ordinator Philip Austin was joined by Keith Hargreaves, NFPB member from Chorley and Ed Johnston from Bolton Meeting. They were amongst about 3,000 runners in total for the Salford-based run, although our three were all more used to solitary running and in hillier and more scenic landscapes.

Syria - Quakers urge nonviolent response

Quakers in Britain today issued a press release calling on “those in power to work with diligence through the United Nations and all diplomatic channels to bring peace nearer. We challenge them to use their resources and imaginations creatively. Please don’t fall into the old trap of thinking that taking any action is bound to be better than doing nothing.

Trident: alternative alternatives

With the Goverment’s Trident Alternatives Review being published, we thought it would be useful to pull together some of the other alternatives and useful background documents for a nuclear free Britain and world.

Walkers' message delivered at Menwith Hill

Statement from Northern Friends Peace Board Walk of Witness
at Menwith Hill, CAAB Independence From America Day, 4th July 2013

We are a group of Quakers from the Northern Friends Peace Board, an organisation dedicated to the ‘active promotion of peace in all its height and breadth.’ This year we are celebrating our centenary.

Over the past five days we have walked the 35 miles from Richmond Castle to Menwith Hill, linking two significant sites of peace witness which span our hundred years.

From past to present - walking for peace

at the start of the walk

On 30th June, nearly 70 people gathered in the grounds of Richmond Castle for a Meeting for Worship. Sixteen of these were members of a group walking over the following 5 days to Menwith Hill, also in Yorkshire, marking the centenary of Northern Friends Peace Board. Others at Richmond that day came from Quaker Meetings over a wide area of the North.


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