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.


Bournemouth & District

Please make an advanced note in your diary of Saturday 29 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.  Details to follow.

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).


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

Next meetings: Friday 23 September 8pm: Prof Michael Kenny – ‘Labour & the Politics of National Identity’

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

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


Chiswick & West London

Dates of autumn meetings: 29 September; 27 October, 1st December. (AGM, Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth).

Further details: Alison Baker: [email protected]



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)

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

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] 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: [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.



Next meeting: Wednesday 14 September. 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.



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



SAVE THE DATE: AGM, Thursday 13 th October, central Manchester (venue TBC). You are warmly invited to the AGM of the Greater Manchester Fabian Society, where the existing society will be revived. Kate Green MP and Andrew Harrop are the confirmed speakers and will talk on Challenges and opportunities for Labour in 2017 . A committee and officers of the Greater Manchester Fabian Society will also be elected on the night. We will be sending the agenda, venue and time soon, but in the meantime, please put the date in your diary! To register your attendance please click here .



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]



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

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.



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]