Local Quaker Meetings in Hertford and Hitchin Area

About Quakers in Britain and around the World

Quaker faith springs from the experience that each one of us can have a direct relationship with the Divine. Quakers find that by meeting together for communal worship we are empowered to find peace and strength for work in the world.

Quakers are members of the Religious Society of Friends and hence they often refer to each other as 'Friends'. More than twenty seven thousand people attend Quaker meetings for worship in the UK. These quiet times of seeking the presence of God are held regularly in about 500 places, many of them Friends' Meeting Houses.

Details of Hertford Quaker Meeting

Hertford Quaker Meeting House Location: Friends Meeting House, 50 Railway Street, Hertford SG14 1BA
Day of Meeting: Every Sunday
Time of Meeting: 10:30am

COVID SAFETY:
While face masks are not now compulsory, for the safety of yourselves and others please consider wearing one in the Meeting House if possible, particularly if there are many people. Please also continue to use hand sanitiser and keep a distance between yourself and others.

After Meeting for Worship, we will offer tea or coffee to drink in the courtyard, if the weather permits, although you may prefer to bring your own flask.

Additionally an online Meeting for Worship is held at 10.30am on Sunday for those unable to come to the Meeting House in person. We 'blend' both Meetings using wifi technology, allowing the two Meetings to see and communicate with each other, and in effect, to join as one Meeting for Worship. If you would like to join our online Meeting, please use the Zoom link below.

https://zoom.us/j/98077007403?pwd=NzQ5Z01tM3A5WjlXT0RDbW9WMkRsdz09
Meeting ID: 980 7700 7403
Passcode: quakers

Location Map: Google Map (Opens in new window)
Correspondence Clerk: Ruth Rankin, Email: qadmin@quirkydiva.com
Lettings Contact: Katey Earle Tel: 07973 453676
Accessibility Details: Wheelchair access, accessible toilet. No hearing loop
Directions, Transport and Parking: Stations: Hertford North, 1 mile; Hertford East, ¼ mile. Free car parking on Sunday in street or in car park on Gascoyne Way, SG14 1DB.

Events

Forthcoming Events

Any forthcoming events have been cancelled until further notice due to coronavirus precautions.


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Lettings

Both the Quaker Room and the Meeting House are available for hire. Please contact Katey Earle on 07973 453676 or read more information here.

Open Days

Hertford Friends Meeting House is a Grade 1 Listed Building – built in 1670, it is the oldest Meeting House built by Friends that has remained in unbroken use. It is usually opened for the welcoming and showing round of visitors on the second Saturday of each month (10:00-12:30) from May to September inclusive, with all day opening on English Heritage Open Day.

Other times and party visits (for example, school groups) by arrangement. Apply to Neil Atkins on 01992 586731 for details.

PLEASE NOTE: Although most 2021 opening dates and visits were cancelled due to coronavirus precautions, the Meeting House will be open to Heritage visitors and Bike 'n Hike participants on Saturday 11 September, 09:00-17:00.

Click here to see photographs of Hertford Friends Meeting House.

Library

Hertford Meeting holds an extensive library of Quaker-orientated books, both historical and contemporary, which are available for research, for general interest – and for borrowing by those associated with Hertford Meeting.

Publications

Hertford Meeting has a number of publications for sale (all items available from Hertford Meeting; post-free in U.K., overseas postage charged):

Violet Rowe, The First Hertford Quakers (1970; decorated stiff card cover, 83 pp, £4)

Ann Taylor, A Nineteenth-Century Quaker Childhood and Other Memories (1985; pamphlet, paper cover, i+22 pp, £2. An orphaned family in Merthyr Tydfil in the 1890s, with “Quaker Meetings in Grandma's kitchen.... ...We were never allowed to say we were poor”)

Derek Forbes, Fifty Years of Minutes: Hertford Friends' Meeting, 1951-2000, based on the Preparative Meeting Record (2000; pamphlet, paper cover, vi+71 pp, £3)

Adrienne and Derek Forbes, Punchinello As A Quaker (2001; pamphlet, paper cover, vi+14 pp, £2. A Neapolitan Commedia dell' Arte pastiche from the Italian of Jerocades, 1770)

Related Websites

Quakers in Britain
Information and resources.

Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network

Woodbrooke
Quaker Study Centre, offering adult education.

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Green Energy provide the Meeting House’s 100% renewable electricity and Friends who want to do the same can go to the Partners’ Page and gain a favourable introductory tariff. 'Green' gas is also supplied.