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Welcome to the web site of the New Barnet meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

The meeting house is at 55, Leicester Road, New Barnet, EN5 5EL, where we meet for worship at 10.30am every Sunday.

Visitors are always welcome.

For the postal address and a map, see the Contact page.

Worship

Nasturtiums in a vase in the sunlightOur Meeting for Worship is held every Sunday at 10.30am in the meeting house. Visitors are welcome.

If you would like to know more about what to expect at a Meeting for Worship, take a look at the
How Quakers worship page on the Quakers in Britain web site.

We would be happy to welcome children; please contact us in advance by emailing children@newbarnetquakers.org.uk so that we can make suitable arrangements.  Otherwise, just turn up.

On the first Sunday of every month, we meet at 9am for breakfast meeting. We share breakfast together before Meeting for Worship while looking at readings from Quaker Faith & Practice, a treasure trove of Quaker writings.

Lettings

The meeting house was purpose-built in 1939. It has a very pleasant secluded and secure garden opening off the main hall. The meeting house comprises:

  • the main hall, 10m by 8m, which seats about 50 people,
  • a smaller upper room, about 6m square, which seats about 20 people.

Both of these are available for lettings, preferably on a regular basis. We sometimes support one-off bookings, but we do not let for children’s parties.

We host the Little Acorns nursery school on weekday mornings in term times in the main hall, and we encourage community use at other times, including afternoons, evenings and Saturdays.

There is a kitchen for making hot drinks and light snacks.

The main hall is fully accessible and has a hearing loop, and there is a disabled toilet.  There are four parking spaces.

For further information or to make a booking please contact lettings@newbarnetquakers.org.uk.

Current rates:

Main Hall: weekdays £50 (minimum 3 hourly rate)
weekends £65 (minimum 3 hourly rate)
Upper Room: weekdays £30 (minimum 3 hourly rate)
weekends £40 (minimum 3 hourly rate)

room with skylights, tables and stacked chairs
Upper Room

sink by window, cooker, cupboards
Kitchen

What’s On

The Meeting House is let to groups who meet regularly, and we also have one off events. For further information or to book a meeting room for your own event, please contact lettings@newbarnetquakers.org.uk.


Regular events at the meeting house include the following

Every weekday morning in term times Little Acorns Nursery 9.15 to 12.15 in the Main Hall with lunch clubs on Monday and Fridays.

Contact manager Pauline Congdon Little Acorns Pre-school number 07931668499.


Monday afternoon Dementia Café held once a month 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Main Hall. Organised by Alzheimer’s society.

Also on Mondays, but on a different date, Memories are Made of This singing group for those with early memory loss, dementia and their relatives or carers, run by a trained facilitator. Second Monday in each month, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. No charge, but contributions accepted towards the running costs which are covered by New Barnet Quakers. Please register your interest at info@newbarnetquakers.org.uk .

Monday evening Meditation Group meets weekly 6.45 to 9.00pm in the Upper room.


Tuesday evening Tai Chi classes weekly in the Main Hall.


Wednesday afternoon Ways into Writing writing group monthly 1.00 to 4.00pm in the Upper room.

This is a long-running writing workshop run by Katherine Gallagher, poet and tutor. The workshop, (maximum of 8) is for critiquing members’ new writing (poetry & fiction) as well as exploring ideas about trends and opportunities. £14 per session. More details on Katherine Gallagher’s web site at www.katherine-gallagher.com.

Wednesday evening Yoga weekly 6.15 to 9.00pm in the Main Hall.

Yoga with Idunn. Wednesdays 6.15-7.30pm and 7.45-9.00pm. All abilities. Beginners welcome. 07873 978 804 Idunnr@btinternet.com www.yogawithidunn.co.uk


Thursday afternoon Art History weekly 2.00 to 4.00pm in the Main Hall. A regular class on Thursday afternoons to study Art History by looking at paintings in relation to the societies in which they were produced. The courses are always popular and there are currently no places available, but contact arthistory@newbarnetquakers.org.uk for future interest.

Thursday evening Pilates weekly 6.00 to 9.00pm in the Main Hall.


Saturday afternoon Poetry monthly 2.30 to 4.45pm in the Main Hall.

Barnet Poetry Appreciation Group. We meet on a regular basis to read and discuss published poetry. Sometimes we look at the work of an individual poet, and at other times there is a particular theme to the meeting and everyone brings a poem relating to it. Occasionally outside speakers are invited to the group – a recent one was the poet Lorraine Mariner. Also some members of the group have an in depth knowledge of certain poets – at our November meeting Michael King gave a talk on the poet Simon Armitage.
For further information about the poetry group contact Carole on 07968 870997 or Hilary on 07531 902070.
The group meets on the second Saturday in each month from 2.30pm to 4.45pm, excluding July and August. The cost is £4 (or £5 when there is an outside guest speaker), to include tea and cakes.
The next meetings are:
8th December: ‘House and Home’
12th January 2019: Michael will present on Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and their daughter.

Contact

You can email us at info@newbarnetquakers.org.uk . For enquires about hiring the hall or upper room, please use lettings@newbarnetquakers.org.uk .

The meeting house is at:

Friends Meeting House
55 Leicester Road
BARNET
EN5 5EL

The nearest stations are High Barnet (London Underground Northern Line, 20 minutes walk) and New Barnet (ex British Rail, currently Great Northern, 10 minutes walk).

Buses 84, 107, 184, 307, 326, 383, and 384 stop at various bus stops nearby.

For directions, go to https://tfl.gov.uk/ and paste “55 Leicester Road, New Barnet” as the destination.