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.
2019 Easter Settlement will be held from Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April 2019 (Easter Weekend). There is the option of staying on until Tuesday 23 April.
The Theme for the 2019 Easter Settlement is Building the New Economy with Olivia Hanks – Programme Manager Quaker Peace & Social Witness.
Volunteers are needed to help with the children and young people at Easter Settlement – free accommodation offered – see Can you help look after the children and young people at Easter Settlement 2019
Photo of Easter Settlement 2017