Welcome to the Quakers in Yorkshire Website. We hope it directs you to the information you would like about our activities. Most Quaker meetings have their own contact details, which will give you additional help.
This page will point you to: our recent newsletters and minutes from quarterly meetings; news, and future events.
The January 2019 Quarterly Meeting will be held on Saturday 19 January 2019 in Leeds at a new venue of Mill Hill Chapel, City Square, Leeds (opposite Rail Station).
The 2019 Easter Settlement will have the theme of “Building the New Economy”. More details.
The October Quarterly Meeting was held on Saturday 20 October 2018 at The Mount School, York.
The theme was Education, Faith and Practice. In the morning there were presentations from students at Bootham and The Mount plus annual reports from the Schools. In the afternoon there was a talk by Craig Barnett on ‘Quaker Renewal’ and Evelyn Shire on ‘Quaker Service in Northern Ireland’
Farfield Meeting House chosen by Historic England
Farfield Quaker Meeting House, Addingham near Ilkley, has been chosen as one of 10 faith and belief places in England by Historic England (a public body formally known as English Heritage) which looks after England’s historic environment. It champions historic places, helping people to understand, value and care for them.
Historic England has been compiling a list of 100 places which best tell the story of England’s impact on the world. There are 10 categories in the list. In the faith and belief category, in addition to Farfield Meeting House, the choice of 10 places includes Stonehenge, Fountains Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, a Sikh temple, a mosque and others.
The small, simple Meeting House is one of the oldest Quaker Meeting Houses in the world. It was built in 1689, the year of the Act of Toleration which allowed Quakers and other non-conformist groups religious freedom and which meant that they could build their own places of worship. The Meeting House is owned by the Historic Chapels Trust which, along with a small local committee, undertakes the care and maintenance of the building. An article on Farfield Meeting House is in The Friend of 1 June 2018.
A meeting for worship is held on the third Thursday of each month at 14.30. Everyone is welcome.
Farfield is located two miles west of Addingham on the B6160 road to Bolton Abbey, LS29 0RQ
AT present the Meeting House is hosting the art installation ‘There but not there’, commemorating the end of WW1 (see www.therebutnotthere.com) together with material describing Quaker attitudes to war and involvement in WW1
New opportunities for young Quakers 2018
Quakers in Yorkshire and Sheffield and Balby area meeting have been awarded a project to encourage the development of new opportunities for young Quakers aged 11-18. The project is funded by Britain Yearly Meeting and managed by Quaker Life Children and Young Peoples Team. They will employ a youth worker for three years, based in Sheffield, to work with young Quakers to find ways of enabling them to engage with, and benefit from, Quakerism.