Quakers say there's room for more

Across the country, Quakers are preparing a feast of opportunities to welcome everyone to see how the Quaker faith makes a difference, during national Quaker Week, Saturday 29 September to Sunday 7 October.

Table laid with an empty space. Caption reads 'room for more'.

From the north of Scotland to the south coast of England, there are discussions and dramas, vigils, heritage open days and bring and share tea parties. All to give food for thought about faith that leads Quakers to work for peace and truth, equality and simplicity.

The 'room for more' theme is inspired by the joyful welcome that meeting houses across Britain have offered to migrants and refugees. Many events held by Quaker Sanctuary Meetings involve sharing meals across cultures and traditions.

Gill Sewell, staff member for Quakers in Britain said, “Quakers warmly welcome everyone to explore their faith. There's room for more at the table, and Quakers value everyone's experience. Gathering and sharing together enriches everyone."

There are dozens of events lined up on local Quaker events page.

Here are a few of our events:


29 September

Harvest Home

In aid of B30 Foodbank and the project: 'Food for Thought' display, Re-use/Re-home table-top sale, garden produce and preserves, children's activities. Free tea/coffee and cake. Soup and bread £1 from 12.30pm

Cotteridge Friends Meeting House
23A Watford Road
B30 1JB

For more information contact Cotteridge Quaker Meeting's webpage (Birmingham).

Colwyn Bay

30 September

Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm

Bring and Share / Rhoi a Rhannu

Community event for all people who want to share their pre-loved items with others and take what they need. A small example of free exchange and bartering as a little cell of a just society

Quaker Meeting House
21 Erskine Road
Colwyn Bay
LL29 8EU

For more information contact Colwyn Bay Meeting: efawulle@gmail.com, 07505 142665


4 October
Time: 7.00pm

Who are Quakers and why do they matter today?

Paul Parker, recording clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting, is speaking on Tackling Social Changes

Durham Town Hall
Market Square

For more information contact Durham: Judith Catty


29 September-6 October
Time: Day time

Quaker Service Exhibition

The exhibition commemorates Quaker Service from WWI to present day. Dorchester Quakers will be available to chat and answer any questions about how Quaker Worship supports Quaker service today.

United Church Foyer
South Street

For more information contact Dorchester Quaker Meeting: Dorchester Quaker Meeting Warden 01305 263544


6 October
Time: 7.00pm

Hostility or hospitality? What it's like to be a young refugee arriving in the UK

Find out what happens when young refugees, who have travelled on their own across Europe, arrive in the UK. What challenges do they face as they navigate the systems?

Ealing Quaker Meeting House
17 Woodville Road
W5 2SE

For more information contact Ealing Meeting via their Facebook page.


1- 6 October
includes family-friendly Open Day

Come along to our family-friendly Open Day to meet local Quakers and to share refreshments. There will be opportunities to tour our historic building and to drop in on our all day meeting for worship. Events daily.

Friends' Meeting House
6 Mount Street
M2 5NS

For more information see Manchester and Warrington Area Meeting's website.

Portree, Isle of Skye

14 September-8 October 2018
Time: Library Opening Hours

Exhibition / display 'Quakers and What Do They Do?'

Our exhibition will explain what Quakerism stands for and the activities they are involved in.

Portree Library
Portree High School
Portree, Isle of Skye
IV51 9ET

For more information contact Skye, incorporating Stornaway, Meeting: Clerk of Skye Meeting

On 7 October Friends World Committee for Consultation runs World Quaker Day, now in its fifth year. The theme is Crossing Cultures, Sharing Stories.

For Thoughts for the Day, interviews and images, contact annev@quaker.org.uk.

Read Suki Ferguson's blog about Quaker Week 2018 here.

Find an event near you!