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.

 

 

 

 

 

Birmingham

Next meeting: Thursday 19 May 19:00. A Better, Fairer, More Inclusive Democracy.

Venue: Priory Rooms, Bull Street (off Corporation Street), Birmingham B4 6AF

This event will discuss democratic reform and how to make our institutions and our behaviour more democratic and more meaningful to more people.

Birmingham Fabian Society will welcome Nan Sloan of the Centre for Women and Democracy who will introduce the evening. She will be followed by Frances Foley of Unlock Democracy Birmingham, who was involved in the Unlock Magna Carta event in Birmingham last December which covered some of the same ground. Last but not least we will welcome back our former Chair, Tony Wright, until recently MP for Cannock Chase, and a chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, who has had a lifelong interest in democratic reform.

Followed by: Workshops and discussion– with reports to feed into a Fabian Society research project on Democratic Reform.

Entrance free to members of Birmingham Fabian Society or Unlock Democracy Birmingham – for others donations to defray costs will be extremely welcome.

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

 

Bournemouth & District

Venue: The Friends Meeting House, Wharncliffe Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1AH. More information from Ian [email protected] 01202396634.

Next meetings:

Friday 27th May: Guest​ Speaker- Economist and Chair of Christchurch Labour Party, Douglas Lock who has chosen to speak on the subject of “Post-Capitalism – A Guide to the Future”. This address will present a fascinating glimpse into what will be an uncertain future. The Rt. Hon. Baroness (Diane) Hayter PH.D.

Friday 24th June: Shadow Cabinet Spokesperson on Equalities & Women’s Issues will be Guest Speaker at our meeting on. In July we will be supporting the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival and there will be our visit to Parliament for the Mid-Summer Tea Meeting of the Fabian Society.​

Speakers for the autumn include Lord (Roger) Liddle former EU Trade Commissioner and currently Pro Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, also Professor Alan Whitehead MP (Southampton Test). In November we also intend to organise another South West Day School with Shadow Cabinet Ministers, MPs, Peers and leading academics.​

​Subscriptions for 2016/2017 ​fell on the 1st April and the annual fee remains at £12.00 for the 5th year running, however if you wish to pay extra, that will be most appreciated in meeting our ever increasing costs. ​Cheques can simply be sent to me at 71 Shaftesbury Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8SU payable in favour of “Bournemouth & District Fabian Society”.

 

Brighton & Hove

Venue: Unless stated, meetings at Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street (use Meeting House Lane back entrance) BN1 1AF.

 

Bristol

Contact:[email protected] 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

Next meetings: Wednesday 18 May, 7.30 pm. Sarah Sackman (Labour candidate in 2015 for Finchley & Golders Green, Fabian Society Executive committee, barrister) will lead a discussion on Europe. Plus, brief AGM.

Wednesday 15 June, 7.30 pm. Speaker from Oxfam on Syria (tbc).

Venue: Meetings at Fabian Society, 61 Petty France, London SW1H 9EU. Nearest tube: St James’s Park.

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

 

Chiswick & West London

Next meeting: Thursday 16 June, Olivia Bailey (Fabian Society) on the Fabian democratic reform consultation.

Venue: Meetings in Committee Room, Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, W4 4JN.

Contact: Alison Baker, [email protected]

 

Colchester

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 Fabian Society, 01388 746479  [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]

 

Derby

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

Fabian Society Summer Conference London – Saturday, 21 May 2016. Keynote speaker Gordon Brown. Contact Noel for details.

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

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]

 

Finchley

Next meeting:  Thursday 26 May, Baroness Estelle Morris on “The state of our school system”.  All meetings at the Blue Beetle, adjacent to St Mary at Finchley church, 28 Hendon Lane, N3 1TS.

Contact: Enquiries to Mike Walsh on 07980 602122, [email protected]

 

Glasgow

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

 

Gloucester

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

Contact: Malcolm Perry at [email protected]

 

Greenwich

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Grimsby

Contact: Pat Holland – [email protected]

 

Harrow and District

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Wednesday 25th May, 7.45 for 8.00 pm start.

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

Contact: Marilyn Devine on 0208 424 9034

 

Hastings

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

 

Havering

Next meetings:

Saturday 21st May, Fabian Summer Conference. Keynote speech by Gordon Brown ‘Britain’s Future, Labour’s Future’. Venue: TUC Congress Centre.

Thursday 26th May 7.30 pm, we will be joined by Kate Hoey MP (MP for Vauxhall) as well as the MP for Romford. Public Meeting. Venue:Conservative Club, Hornchurch. North Street opposite ICELAND.

Monday June 6th, 7.30 pm. Venue: Billet Studio, Billet Lane, Hornchurch (opposite Queen’s Theatre).

Contact:  David Marshall,[email protected]

 

More details via emails to follow & on the Havering Fabian website. http://www.haveringfabians.org.uk/

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.

 

Hull

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

 

Islington

Details to be added shortly.

 

Leeds

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

 

Manchester

Contact: Peter Cruickshank for more information,  [email protected]

 

Merseyside

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

 

Newham

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

 

North London

Details from Nathan Ashley, [email protected]

 

Northumbria

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

 

Nottinghamshire

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

 

Oxford

Next meetings: Politics and the Media, Wednesday 25 May 2016, New College, Oxford, 5-7pm. Open to all.

Alan Rusbridger (former Guardian Editor-in-Chief), Abi Wilkinson (writer for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mirror) and Aaron Bastani (co-founder and presenter at Novara Media). Sponsored by Reuters’ Institute of Journalism.

Tuesday 7 June 2016, Democratic Reform, New College, Oxford. Time TBC. Open to all.

Ann Black (Labour Party NEC), Mary Southcott (Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform), and Olivia Bailey (Research Director, Fabian Society). Sponsored by the Fabian Society.

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

 

Peterborough

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

 

Portsmouth

Contact: Nita Cary, [email protected]

 

Reading & District

Contact: For details please contact Tony Skuse: Telephone: 01189785829 / 07793529280 e-mail: [email protected]

 

Sheffield

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.

 

Southampton

Venue: St Andrews United Reform Church, The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ. Entry to the Church is via the glass doors at the front of the building.

Contact: Eliot Horn, [email protected]

 

Southend on Sea

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

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Suffolk

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

 

Surrey

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

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

 

Thanet

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

 

Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells

Contact: John Champneys on 01892 523429.

 

Tower Hamlets

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

 

Tynemouth

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

 

Warwickshire

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

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

 

West Durham

See: County Durham Fabian Society

 

Wimbledon

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

 

York

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

Contact: Steve Burton on [email protected]