We have been called "practical mystics" because in the depth of our gathered silence we find the inspiration to act on the world.




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We manage some of the region’s most precious wild places, boasting magnificent coastline, islands, rugged mountains, ancient woodland, the heritage-rich ex-coalmining valleys and the richest agricultural land.

Our staff and volunteers have a deep understanding of the area’s wildlife, culture and heritage.

  • We protect wildlife.

  • We help people to enjoy and learn about their local wildlife.

  • We look after beautiful, special havens – for wildlife, for people, forever.



Each week an Advice & Query will be posted here

Since 1682 it has been our practice to ask "How the Truth has prospered amongst them (Quakers) since the last yearly meeting, and how Friends are in peace and unity?"

That question has evolved into our 42 Advices and Queries. Each month one is chosen to be read to the Meeting for those present to reflect on. Periodically they are revised in the light of contemporary experience.

During this time of abeyance of our weekly Meeting Advices and Queries will be posted here. Please take time to read and consider how they bear on your life.

Advices & Queries No. 39

Consider which of the ways to happiness offered by society are truly fulfilling and which are potentially corrupting and destructive. Be discriminating when choosing means of entertainment and information. Resist the desire to acquire possessions or income through unethical investment, speculation or games of chance.



Quakers in Action

Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) is the central peace and service department of British Friends, and represents them at national level on issues of peace and social justice. It facilitates dialogue to build greater understanding of these issues, and disseminates outcomes and ideas. QPSW works with Quaker and other partners to put this understanding into action on a variety of projects within Britain and around the world. It gives considerable support to QUNO Geneva. QPSW's is in addition to the varied work done by our Local and Area Meetings. A Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Quakers in 1947.

Areas of Current Work

Criminal justice: support for prison chaplains, and for restorative justice.
Economic justice and inequality reduction: conferences, discussion papers, Earth and Economy journal, campaigning
Environment and sustainability: sustainability toolkit, follow up to ‘Minute 36’ (BYM's 2011 commitment to becoming a low-carbon sustainable community), campaigning
Nonviolence: Turning the Tide, Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
Peace education: support for contact between local Friends and schools
Peaceworkers: one-year placements in the UK and abroad
Public issues: submissions to government consultation papers and/or briefings for Friends on issues of the day, such as the renewal of nuclear weapons, economic inequality, climate change, young people in the military, asylum seekers and refugees.
Peace-building in East Africa, in partnership with the Quaker Peace Network.
Peace-building in South Asia, in partnership with NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
QUNO Geneva: funding, governance, and a Geneva summer school for young adults.
Relief grants: grants for higher education.


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