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 July Quarterly Meeting will be held on Saturday 21 July 2018 at Ackworth School.
Israel/Palestine: The morning session will have a talk from Dr Karen Abi-Ezzi of the School of Peace Studies and International Development at Bradford University. She will speak about events in the Middle East, including the Gaze Strip and US foreign policy under the Trump administration.
In the afternoon there will be a choice of activities, including a visit to the Ackworth archives with the famous Cabinet of Samplers, a guided walk through the Ackworth Arboretum and a visit to Pontefract Castle. There will be a chance to learn about an Ackworth family of Quaker railway engineers.
The April Quarterly Meeting was held on Saturday 21 April 2018 at Hull Meeting House
The Theme was Quakers in the World. In the morning the main talk was by Simon Lamb, Clerk of Friends World Committee for Consultation, on international Quaker bodies and the work they do. In the afternoon there were short presentations and workshops on Quaker projects in various parts of the world.
Here are the minutes
and the Newsletter and Programme
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.
The first Quarterly Meeting of 2018 was held on Saturday 20 January 2018 in Leeds Minutes, Reports, Newsletter
Yorkshire Friends Holiday School
Photos from the 2017 Yorkshire Friends Holiday School.