Local Fabians

There are over 60 Local Fabian Societies across the UK, bringing Fabian debates to communities around the country. For more information about how local Fabian Societies work click here.

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.  Some meetings during the General Election campaign  have been cancelled.  Please check with the local society secretary.



Venue: side room of The Old Contemptibles pub, 176 Edmund Street, Birmingham, B3 2HB.

Contact: L J Davies at [email protected] .


Bournemouth & District

Friday 28 April 19:30 ‘Britain, Europe and the World’ – Mike Gapes MP (Ilford South)  This meeting will go ahead as scheduled.

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 regular 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

Meeting venue: Brighton Friends’ Meeting Hoe, 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

No meeting in May.

Wednesday 21 June, 7.30 pm.  Olivia Bailey, Research Director at Fabian Society on Labour’s six tests for Brexit.

Fabian Society office, 61 Petty France, SW1H 9EU.  Nearest tube:  St James’s Park

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


Chiswick & West London

Tuesday 27 April 20:00 – speaker will be Fiona Twycross (London Labour Assembly member)

Tuesday 27 June 20:00 - speaker will be Alice Woudhuysen (London campaigns manager, CPAG)

Meetings in the Committee Room, (just inside the main entrance) Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick W4 2EH.

Fabians in South West London are very welcome to attend – as are all Fabian members.

Further details: Alison Baker: [email protected]



Thursday 18th May, Parnell Room - AGM
Thursday 29th June, Parnell Room – Alex Mayer MEP (East of England)

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)

Six Saturday meetings per year at the Lionmouth Rural Centre, near Esh Winning, DH7 9QE, 12.15- 2.00, MAP AT http://www.lionmouth.org.uk/how-to-find-us.html .   These are open meetings with membership not needed on first visit, £3 including soup and rolls, no need to say you’re coming; annual LOCAL membership is £8 for waged, £4 for unwaged.

 MAY 13th; Further Education: Key issues and future scenarios by Natalie Davison, Principal, Bishop Auckland College including South West Durham Training, Newton Aycliffe

1st July – Professor Steve Fothergill (Sheffield Hallam University and National Director, Industrial Communities Alliance) “English Industrial Rustbelts; does the government’s new Industrial Strategy solve anything?”

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 Emily Brothers, [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]



May 25th:  Dr Yiannis Kitromilides:    “Populism, Democracy and Brexit”

  June 29th:  Rabbi Danny Rich: “The Refugee Crisis – Moral and Political Issues”

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] for more information on this society.


Harrow and District

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.



26th April 19:30 – Darren Rodwell (Barking and Dagenham Council Leader) – Old Chapel, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster

24th May 19:30 – Vince Maple (Leader, Medway Council Labour Group) – Saffron House, 273 South Street, Romford

June 14th 19:00 – Margaret Hodge MP (Labour MP, Barking) – The Royal, Viking Way, Rainham

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

Contact: David Marshall, [email protected]



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



Thursday, 13th April, 7.30pm – 9.00pm.

General Secretary of the Fabian Society, Andrew Harrop

Venue: Italian Trade Union Centre, 124 Canonbury Road, London N1 2UT.

Nearest tube station: Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line).

Contact Adeline Au, at [email protected]



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



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



Details from David Meller, [email protected]



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




Thursday 20 April 18:30-20:30 – ‘Triggered: Article 50, Brexit and the impact on local communities’ Speakers include Philip Glanville (Mayor of Hackney), Baroness Sarah Ludford (Liberal Democrat shadow minister for exiting the EU) Dr Thomas Sampson (LSE) Lucy Anderson MEP (Labour London MEP) Professor Helen Drake (Loughborough University)

Loughborough University London, Here East, 3 Lesney Avenue, The Broadcast Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E15 2GZ

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/triggered-article-50-brexit-and-the-impact-on-local-communities-tickets-33357916426

Further details from Rohit K Dasgupta, Secretary, Newham Fabians at [email protected]

new twitter page- @newhamfabians



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


North East London

Further details will be made available soon.

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



Tuesday 6 June 18:30-20:30 – ‘Defence of the Realm’ Speakers include Sophy Gardiner (University of Exeter & former RAF) Michael Pryce (Centre for Defense Acquisition, Cranfield University) Chris Williams (author Police and Policing in the twenty first century)

West Oxford Community Centre

 Contact: Details from Michael Weatherburn

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oxfordfabians.org.uk



All meetings at the Dragonfly Hotel, Thorpe Meadows PE3 6GA. 8pm start.

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]



Fabian Conference 29 April 2017   This is going ahead as scheduled.

Sheffield Fabians Regional Conference: Britain in an uncertain world

The Circle, Rickingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW

Saturday 29 April 2017, 09.30-16.30 

 The aim of the conference is to facilitate discussion on key issues for Labour in the run up to the general election on June 8. There will be plenary sessions in the morning and afternoon and parallel sessions throughout the day – each of which will be concerned with a policy area such as immigration, humanitarian intervention, international relations, Brexit, the Northern Powerhouse and foreign investment.  Speakers include:

Emily Thornberry MP (shadow foreign secretary), Paul Blomfield MP (shadow Brexit minister), Clive Betts MP,  Gill Furniss MPLouise Haigh MPDan Jarvis MPLord Maurice GlasmanCraig Berry (University of Sheffield), Leigh Bramall (Sheffield city council), Richard Caborn (former minister, Advance Manufacturing Park), David Clark (former Labour advisor), Mike Fitter (Sheffield Cohesion Advisory Group), Andrew Gamble (University of Sheffield), Andrew Harrop (Fabian Society), Tom Hunt (University of Sheffield), Scott Lavery (University of Sheffield), Shahida Siddique (Faithstar), and more.

The conference is likely to attract its main audience from the Northern region though others from further afield are also welcome. Please register for tickets by going to:  http://www.fabians.org.uk/events

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


South East London

Meetings will be held on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9pm in the Naisbet Room in Stockwell Community Centre.  Members are asked to arrive for 7pm so we can make a prompt start at 7.15pm.

The Stockwell Community Centre is located immediately behind Stockwell Tube Station (turn left as you come out of the tube station and then very quickly turn to your left and you will see the community building).

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



Tuesday  April 11 19:00 ‘Article 50 and Brexit, where do we go from here?’ Speakers include Dr Anna Syngellakis (University of Portsmouth) Professor Traute Meyer (University of Southampton) Cllr Sarah Bogle (Bargate ward) Cllr Darren Paffey (Bargate ward & University of Southampton)

At St Andrews United Reformed Church, The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ

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

Friday May 12 18:30 - ’South Tyneside Fabian Dinner’ £17 – Little Haven Hotel

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

Fri 21st April, 8pm, Louise Finer on The role of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK, same venue.

Contact: Martin Clay  at [email protected] .


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]


West Durham

See: County Durham Fabian Society.



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



  Friday 21st April at 7.45pm – Becky Tunstall  on Housing

  Friday 19th May at 7.45pm – Katie Ghose  on Electoral Reform.

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

Contact:  Cynthia Collier, [email protected]