For over a hundred years Yorkshire Quakers have come together over the Easter period to spend a few days living in an all age Quaker community. While there have been numerous changes the basic content of the time spent together has remained similar with periods for worship, sessions considering particular topics of interest to Quakers, outdoor walks and social activities. As Local Meetings have tended to reduce in size the Easter Settlement experience has become richer, providing a community dynamic that many individual Quaker Meetings can no longer provide.
Each year there is a different theme, led by one or more invited speakers. The theme usually allows learning, discussion and exploration of something relevant to Quakers living in the world today.
Easter Settlement has for some years been based at Cober Hill, Cloughton near Scarborough. There is accommodation for around 90 people depending on how the rooms are used. There are a number of twin rooms so asking people coming on their own to share makes it possible to accommodate more Settlers.
Recent years have seen a subsidy from Quakers in Yorkshire to encourage families and younger people to come. Overseers should note that this is a good occasion for encouraging Attenders, especially those with families.
A small committee plans and makes the arrangements for Easter Settlement with the programme being made available in January each year.
Early booking is advised because once all the accommodation is full the only option is attending as a day visitor.
2017 Easter Settlement will be held from 14-18 April 2017 (Easter Weekend). There is the option of staying on until Tuesday 19 April.
The Theme for the 2017 Easter Settlement is Towards Quaker views of education with Paul Parker, Jeff Beatty and The Journeyman Theatre Company.
Images from Easter Settlement 2015