Local Fabians

There are over 60 Local Fabian Societies across the UK, bringing Fabian debates to communities around the country.

Use the list below to find your nearest local Fabian Society and get in touch with the organiser to find out more about their activities.







Contact: Andrew Coulson (chair, Birmingham Fabian Society) [email protected] or phone 0121 475 4615.


B ournemouth & District

Next meetings:

Friday 24th June, 7.30pm: Guest Speaker- Shadow Cabinet Spokesperson on Equalities & Women’s Issues, the Rt. Hon. Baroness ​Dianne Hayter PH.D. Dianne has been a Labour & Co-operative Party Member of the House of Lords since 2010. A former General Secretary of the Fabian Society and ex-Chair of the Labour Party, Dianne will be speaking on ‘Consumers and the Labour Party: Natural Bed Fellows.’

Venue: The Friends Meeting House, Wharncliffe Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 IHA


Tuesday 28th June- Open meeting of the New Forest West Labour Party. The Guest Speaker will be Richard Angell; Director of the Labour think tank, Progress.

Venue: The Carpenters’ Arms, 103 Christchurch Road, Bransgore, New Forest, BH23 8BA. The discussion will be about what does Labour have to do to win the General Election in 2020.  Any enquiries should be made to [email protected]

Saturday 9th July 6.30pm- The Swanage & Rural Purbeck Labour Party BBQ, £5 entry (children free).

Venue: Andrea and Woody’s garden, “Down End”, (Garden Entrance Gate on Bon Accord Road) Swanage BH19 2JF.

We ask everyone booking to bring a salad or dessert. To book your place, email Frances Thackway[email protected] or t. 01929 422715. m. 07817014881

Cherry, Lorie and the team are organising good quality burgers, sausages, chicken, buns, and some fish for Woody to barbecue, so we need to know numbers – then you don’t arrive at the barbecue and there is no food for you! Bring your own drink please.

Cheques: Swanage Labour Party, Lorie Harding, Treasurer, 6 Hillsea Road, Swanage, BH19 2QN.

Bank transfers possible, email for details.  All bookings must be received by Tuesday 5th July to allow for accurate catering of numbers attending. Please advise when booking of your telephone number/email/postal address.


Tuesday 12th July- Mid-Summer Tea Meeting of the Society at Westminster with Guest Speakers including Polly Toynbee, Owen Jones, Alison McGovern MP, Sir Keir Starmer QC., MP.  We hope to see fellow Fabians from across the South West and South East there.


Please make an advanced note in your diary of Saturday 29th October 2016. This will be the date of the South West Regional Day Conference of the Fabian Society in Bournemouth.

Venue: Elstead Hotel, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, hopefully we will have fuller details towards the end of August of themes, MPs, Peers and Academics coming to speak.

Fuller details of Speakers, themes and subject matter will hopefully be available in late August/early September.


The Tolpuddle Festival is coming up, and will take place on Thursday 14th July – Saturday 16th July and includes a visit by the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP. Information, costs and booking www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk

Contact: Ian Taylor [email protected] 01202396634.


Brighton & Hove

Next meeting: Friday 29 July - Lord Steve Bassam ‘The Work of the House of Lords’.

Venue: Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, Ship St (use Meeting House Lane back entrance) BN1 1AF.

Contact: Ralph Bayley - [email protected]‘ for more information.



Contact: [email protected] or phone 01179 693 608.


Cardiff and the Vale

Contact: Details of all meetings from Jonathan Wynne Evans on 02920 594 065 or [email protected]


Central London

Contact: Giles Wright on 0207 227 4904, [email protected]


Chiswick & West London

Dates of autumn meetings: 29th Sept; 27th Oct, 1st Dec. (AGM, Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth).

Further details: Alison Baker: [email protected]



Next meeting: Because of the local, P&CC elections and the referendum, we have decided not to hold further meetings until we have our AGM on Thursday 14 July followed by a session on the new Fabian research project, subject to confirmation.

Contact: Maurice Austin, [email protected]


County Durham

Following our vote in March, the national Fabian Society has accepted our change of name to THE COUNTY DURHAM FABIAN SOCIETY (formerly West Durham Fabian Society)

Next meetings: Saturday 2 July, 10.00 – 13.00 (to be confirmed). Durham County Hall, Committee Room 2. Discussion on Democratic Reform, supported by the national Fabian Society.

‘Trust in politics and politicians is in freefall. The Conservatives are eroding democratic freedoms with cuts to opposition funding and gags on charities. Labour is losing its connection with thousands of voters across the UK. To rise to this challenge, the Labour movement must start talking about a new agenda for democratic reform. It must set out how it will reform our elections, improve the diversity of our politicians, and start to rebuild trust. We want you to play your part in that debate.’

Contact: Alan Townsend, Secretary, County Durham Fabians Society, 01388 746 479 [email protected]


Croydon and Sutton

Contact: For more information on joining this new society, get in touch with Paul [email protected]


Cumbria and North Lancashire

Contact: Robin Cope, [email protected]


Dartford & Gravesham

Next meeting: Wednesday 29 June, 20.00

Venue: Working Men’s Club, Essex Road, Dartford. Lord Alf Dubs on ‘The Refugee Crisis’.

Contact: Deborah Stoate, [email protected]



Contact: Details for meetings from Alan Jones on 01283 217140 or [email protected]


Doncaster & District

Contact: For details and information contact Kevin Rodgers on 07962 019168 or [email protected]


East Lothian

Next meetings: Sunday, 14 August 2016- Summer Garden Party in the garden of Helen and Graham Duncan. More information to come.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016- Annual Local Societies gathering (on the river terrace) House of Lords -  Contact Noel for details or look online

Publications: Noel has a few spare copies of the summer edition of Fabian Review and recent Society pamphlets. Contact if interested.

Future East Lothian Society meetings – suggestions welcome.

Contact: Noel Foy 01620 824 386 or [email protected] or Daniel Johnson, [email protected]



Venue: All meetings at the Blue Beetle, adjacent to St Mary at Finchley church, 28 Hendon Lane, N3 1TS.

Contact: Mike Walsh on 07980 602122 or [email protected]



Regular local meetings. Contact: Martin Hutchinson on [email protected]



Regular meetings at TGWU, 1 Pullman Court, Great Western Rd, Gloucester.

Contact: Malcolm Perry at [email protected]






Contact: Pat Holland – [email protected]


Harrow and District

Venue: Meetings held at West Harrow Labour Centre, 132 Blenheim Road, HA2 7AA.

Contact:  Gillian Travers at [email protected]



Meetings held on last Friday of each month. Please contact Jean Webb, 59a Linton Road, Hastings, TN34 1TN



Next meetings: Monday July 4th and Wednesday September 14th. See website for further details. www.haveringfabians.org.uk

Contact: David Marshall, [email protected]

Thanks to all those who supported the meeting with Carole Tongue in Havering Museum & helped by agreeing to be interviewed by the Japanese TV crew.



Contact: [email protected] for more information on this society.



Details to be added shortly.



Contact: John Bracken at [email protected] for more information on this society.



Details to be added shortly



Contact: James Roberts for further information at [email protected]



Contact: Unmesh Desai, [email protected] for more information on this society.


North East London

Contact: Nathan Ashley, [email protected] for more information on this society.



Contact: Pat Hobson at [email protected] for more information on this society.



Contact: For information on meetings please contact Lee Garland [email protected] or got to www.nottsfabians.org.uk or follow us on twitter @NottsFabians



Contact: Details from Michael Weatherburn on [email protected] , or you can visit the Oxford Fabians website. They can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.



Contact: Details from Brian Keegan on 01733 265769, email [email protected]



Contact: Nita Cary, [email protected] for more information on this society.


Reading & District

Contact: For details please contact Tony Skuse: Telephone: 01189 785 829 / 07793 529 280 e-mail: [email protected]



Contact: Robert Murray on 0114 255 8341 or email [email protected] for more information on this society.


South East London

Venue: Please note that our meeting venue has changed (Lambeth Town Hall is closed for refurbishment) to Kennington Park Community Centre, which is a 2-minute walk from Oval Tube Station.

Contact: Marilyn Evers, [email protected] for more information on this society.


South West London

Contact: Tony Eades at [email protected] for more information on this society.



Contact: Eliot Horn, [email protected] for more information on this society.



New society forming- if anyone is interested in helping to set up a new society in Southend, please contact Mr. John Hodgkins on 01702 334916.


South Tyneside

It was agreed at the AGM on 13 May 2016 to keep the fees at £5 per member for the coming year. Can you give them to Allan West or post them to Paul at the following address:

Paul Freeman, 124 Manet Gardens, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 8LT

Contact: Paul Freeman on [email protected] for more information on this society



Contact: John Cook on 01473 255131, email [email protected] for more information on this society.



Monthly meetings: Education Centre, Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7UP.

Contact: Warren Weertman via [email protected] for more information.



New society forming. Details from Will Scobie on [email protected]


Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells

Contact: John Champneys on 01892 523429.


Tower Hamlets

Regular meetings. Contact: Chris Weavers on [email protected] or [email protected] Twitter- @THFabians



Monthly supper meetings, details from Brian Flood on 0191 258 3949.



Venue: 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN.

Contact: Steven Birkett, [email protected] http://warwickshirefabians.blogspot.com


West Durham

See: County Durham Fabian Society.



Contact: Andy Ray on 07944 545161 or [email protected] for more information on this society.



Regular meetings on third or fourth Fridays at 7.45 at Jacob’s Well, Off Miklegate, York.

Contact: Steve Burton on [email protected]