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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.

Walking the Walk

This weekend on 30th June Friends will gather at Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire for a Meeting for Worship, and to mark the start of our centenary Walk of Witness, Walking the Walk. The walk will link two sites that reflect the continuity of active concern and witness expressed throughout our history, from the imprisonment of conscientious objectors to the military infrastructure and policies that shape the UK’s relationship with the rest of the world today.


Centenary Conference - report

‘In marking the centenary of the Northern Friends Peace Board we wanted to use the inspiration of the past to take us on into the future of peace-making.’ With these words Jenny Hartland welcomed the 85 Friends who had gathered for the day in York Friargate Meeting House to mark the founding of the Board in 1913.


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