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: L J Davies at [email protected] .


Bournemouth & District

The South West Regional Day Conference of the Fabian Society in Bournemouth, scheduled for 29 October, has been POSTPONED.  New date to be arranged.

FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER: “Any Questions Evening” – confirmed panel members to date are: Councillor Paul Kimber (Leader Labour Group on Dorset County Council), Kathie Pearce (Vice-Chair of Bournemouth Labour Party, formerly a local government Director of Housing ), David Higgins (UNISON) and Patrick Canavan (Current Chair of Bournemouth Labour Party). Questions in writing should be handed to the Chair of the meeting before the start.


FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER: Professor Alan Whitehead MP (Southampton Test since 1997) – Alan is a former Minister under Tony Blair for Local Government & the Regions, ex Leader of Southampton City Council and was a Shadow Minister under Jeremy Corbyn from September 2015 until June 2016, when he resigned. Alan will speak on “The Current Political Situation”.


Scheduled Speakers for 2017 will include Louise Ellman MP (Chair House of Commons Transport Committee, Chair Labour Jewish Movement), the Rt. Hon.Baroness Jan Royall, (former Leader of the House of Lords), the Rt. Hon. Baroness Glenys Thornton (Shadow Equalities Minister in the House of Lords).

All meetings are held on the last Friday of each month at the Friends Meeting House, Wharncliffe Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth at 7.30 pm.

Further details from Ian A. Taylor at [email protected]  - membership costs £12.00 per year. Bournemouth Fabian Society is the town’s oldest political organisation and will celebrate its 125th birthday in 2017.


Brighton & Hove

Friday 21 October 8pm: Andrew Harrop, General Secretary, Fabian Society  “Redesigning Social Security for the 2020s”

FRIDAY 25 November  8 pm Phil Clarke General Secretary – Brighton, Hove & District Trades Union Council “The Role of Brighton & Hove Trades Council”


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

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



Contact: [email protected] or phone 01179 693 608

Or Arthur Massey on 0117 969 3607


Cardiff and the Vale

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


Central London

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 7.30 pm. Alison McGovern MP  (former shadow Minister for International Development, Education and Treasury; Fabian Society Executive Committee)

“How Labour can win in 2020”. Fabian Society, 61 Petty France, SW1H 9EU

Wednesday 16 November, 7.30 pm.  Camer0n Tait (Fabian Society) on “Changing Work”:  Progressive ideas for the modern world of work.   Fabian Society, 61 Petty France, SW1H 9EU.

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


Chiswick & West London

Dates of autumn meetings:  27 October, 1st December. (AGM, Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth).

Thursday October 27th at 8pm. Hugh Ellis, Interim Chief Executive at the Town and Country Planning Association. ‘Planning for Social Justice’, focusing particularly on housing. Committee Room, Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN.


Further details: Alison Baker: [email protected]



Thurs 20 October 2016, Crime and Punishment: reflections of 30 years in the Essex Probation Service. Member Colin Lawson, former Asst. Chief Probation Officer, Chelmsford.


Thurs 17 November 2016, A Candidate’s reflection on the PCC Elections and Policing in Essex. Chris Vince, recent Labour Police & Crime Commisioner Candidate for Essex.


Thurs 8 December 2016, Are the Railways Better in The Private Sector? Mr Peter Rayner FCILT, FIRO, Assoc.IRSE Former Senior Manager with British Rail,


All meetings at Quaker Meeting House, 6 Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF.  7.00 pm for 7.30 start.


Contact: Maurice Austin, [email protected]


County Durham

formerly West Durham Fabian Society)

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 Waddell  [email protected]


Cumbria and North Lancashire

Contact: Robin Cope, [email protected]


Dartford & Gravesham

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

Contact: Noel Foy 01620 824 [email protected]



27 October, 8.00 pm. Olivier Vardakoulias (New Economics Foundation) :” The UK Economy post-Brexit”

24 November, 8.00 pm. Isabel Hardman ( Asst Editor, The Spectator) “Labour 20:20 vision”

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



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


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.



Friday 21 October, 7.00 for 7.30 pm: Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham to discuss ” Labour Together”.  Upminster Old Chapel in St. Mary’s Lane, RM14 2QR attached to Sacred Heart Girls School.

Tuesday 15 November,  Lord Maurice Glasman of ” Blue Labour “.   Billet Studio, Fairkytes Arts Centre, 51 Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1AX.

See  website for further details. www.haveringfabians.org.uk

Contact: David Marshall, [email protected]




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.



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



Greater Manchester Fabian Society has been relaunched.  Details from David Meller, [email protected]  



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



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



Contact: Stephen McNair on [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]



Wednesday 26 October, 7.30 pm. Cameron Tait of the Fabian Society will talk on ‘Changing Work’. The Havelock Community Centre, Fawcett Road, Southsea.

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]

Following a recent meeting of the Reading Fabians regarding the leadership election, the following short report was produced.

‘The debate was very lively and fairly distributed with strong opinions both for and against both candidates. Most of the Fabians in attendance were undecided either way.

What did emerge however, was the consensus that regardless of how the leadership election plays out, there is currently a huge risk and a huge opportunity for Labour. There is the risk of potential political annihilation if a general election gets called while Labour remains as divided and insular as it currently is.

However, the opportunity that was spotted was the fact that Labour, within Reading, is seeing a resurgence of energy and membership. It was posited that there is an urgent need for the local CLP to engage this new membership and provide ways for them to get involved politically. Ideas such as; joining local Parish Councils, volunteering to become School Governors etc., were mentioned as avenues that new members could pursue in order to become politically active locally.


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.

Suffolk Fabians’ meetings are open to non-members.



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

Friday 21st October, 8 pm. Fiona O’Brien


Friday 18th November, 8 pm . Mark Dern on Toxic Trade Deals After Brexit..


Crabb Hall, Chris Church Complex in The High Street, Tunbridge Wells, on First Floor


Contact: John Champneys on 01892 523429 or Lorna Blackmore at [email protected] or 01892543805.


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. email: [email protected]



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 [email protected]