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.
July 2020 Quarterly Meeting
The Quarterly Meeting on Saturday 18 July 2020 will now take place online using the Zoom platform (10.00 to 13.00). This is in place of the meeting scheduled to be held at Pickering Meeting House. The theme is Deep Adaptation.
July 2020 Newsletter
The July Quakers in Yorkshire Newsletter is available to download here
Yorkshire Friends Holiday School
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Yorkshire Friends Holiday School which was due to be held at Bootham School in August 2020 has been replaced by a virtual Holiday School from 16 to 19 August 2020.
Local Development Worker and Hub for Yorkshire
Britain Yearly Meeting and Woodbrooke are working in partnership to bring to Yorkshire both a Local Development Worker and new pilot staff Hub. On 29 April 2020 they announced that a Local Development Worker will be placed in Yorkshire from 2021 to support meetings and assist them to reinvigorate Quakerism. The staff Hub will be based in an office suite at Carlton Hill Meeting House, Leeds. It will provide a pilot office-base for staff working for the two bodies who live in the region.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Easter Settlement at Cober Hill, the Quarterly Meeting on 18 April 2020 and the Junior Holiday on 5 – 7 June 2020 were all cancelled.
There is a large amount of general advice on how to handle issues arising from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic on the Britain Yearly Meeting website: https://www.quaker.org.uk/coronavirus
Updated: 6 June 2020
April 2020 Newsletter
Youth Development Project
Based at Sheffield, the Youth Development Project is run by Lee Lester with many activities for young Quakers.
There is a Quaker HIVE Newsletter for January 2020.
For more information on activities go to: https://www.sheffieldquakers.org.uk/about/young-people/
The January 2020 Quarterly Meeting was held on Saturday 18 January 2020 at St.Aidans Church, Leeds
The programme had reports from the activities of young people, Easter Settlement and Outreach Projects Committee. In the afternoon there were presentations on refugees in Leeds, the Simpler Meetings project and Yorkshire Friends Holiday School.
Junior Holidays 2020 weekend dates
Junior Holiday weekends will be held on 23-25 October 2020. More information here
Yorkshire Friends Holiday School
Last year’s Holiday School was held for a week at the end of August. Here is their Epistle.
The 2020 Holiday School is planned for Sunday 16 August for a week at Bootham School.
Farfield Meeting House
Farfield Quaker Meeting House, (2 miles west of Addingham near Ilkley on the road to Bolton Abbey), was last year chosen as one of 10 faith and belief places in England by Historic England.
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.