NFPB Centenary-related activities during 2013

Our overall aim during our centenary year was to draw on the rich past of NFPB peace work and individuals’ peace witness, to inform and inspire current and future action. Throughout the year, we arranged activities and produced resource to engage with people of all ages in a process of learning, exploration and looking forward.

The centenary was also an opportunity to say thank you to all those who have contributed to NFPB’s witness over the years and to raise the profile of current Quaker peace concerns more widely. As the year progressed, we began working with Quakers and other groups in preparing for the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

The following are the key events and resources we worked on during the year.

  • 2nd February – celebration of 100th Anniversary of founding conference and launch of the year
  • Production and distribution of NFPB centenary pack to all Northern Quaker Meetings and others, to include: Historical booklet , – Workshop ideas, play, poster-design competition materials, historic leaflets. Also with suggestions for how Friends might use the centenary for outreach or media work.
  • 9th March – Board meeting in Sheffield, with speaker reflecting on 10 years since Iraq invasion and anti-war movements
  • 29th June – 5th July – Walking the Walk – walk of witness from Richmond Castle to Menwith Hill
  • 28th September – Board meeting in Edinburgh with reflections on Scottish Friends’ contribution to peace witness.
  • 30th November – Board meeting in Kendal
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