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.



Check back here for the most up to date Local Fabian Society listings


Next meetings: Thursday 18 February and Thursday 25 February 2016, 7pm – 9pm – will be a two-part workshop entitled “Anti-Austerity: But Pro What?”, organised by the West Midlands Politics of Networks, a collaboration between Compass WM & Equality WM. The event is free but must be registered for here. This workshop will bring together people from across the West Midlands to reach a common understanding of what we share in our vision for a better world. We want to come up with a simple, concise alternative to the destructive policies of economic liberalism we are working against, and set out a shared progressive alternative. The workshop will take place at Impact Hub Birmingham, Walker Building, 58 Oxford Street , B5 5NY. For further information email Andrew Coulson on [email protected] or phone 0121 475 4615.

Bournemouth & District

Meetings at Friends Meeting House, Wharncliffe Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH5  1HA at 7.30pm. Next meeting:​ 26th February- Guest Speaker: the Rt.Hon. Lord Knight of Weymouth PC. Labour MP for South Dorset 2001 to 2010. Labour Spokesperson in the Lords and under PM Gordon Brown: Employment Minister and Minister for the South West of England.More information from Ian Taylor [email protected] 01202396634

Brighton & Hove

Unless stated, meetings at Brighton Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street (use Meeting House Lane back entrance) BN1 1AF Next meeting: 19 February 8:00pm“Europe for us all”- half-day conference with a wide-range of speakers organised by the Fabian Society, in partnership with the European Commission,Saturday 19 March, 1pm – 5pm in the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD.Tickets are £5 – and free if you also join the national Fabian Society. For further information and to book your ticket please contact Caitlin Griffith Otway on 020 7227 4917 or at [email protected] or use link: http://www.fabians.org.uk/events/europe-for-us-all-conference-brighton“Labour & the Politics of National Identity”, with Prof Michael Kenny, Director of Mile End Institute at Queen Mary University of London & Fellow of Centre on Constitutional Change, Friday 25 Marchm, 8:00pm. 73rd ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Friday 29 April, 7.30pm. The AGM will be followed by a talk from Prof Richard Black, Pro-Director (Research & Enterprise), University of London School of African & Asian Studies on “The Myths and the Facts about Migration”


Contact [email protected]  or [email protected]  or phone 0117 9693608

Cardiff and the Vale

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

Central London

Next meeting: Wednesday 17 February, 7.30 pm:  Amanda Walters (Citizens UK) on the Living Wage Campaign.  Fabian Society, 61 Petty France, SW1H 9EU. Nearest tube:  St James’s Park.Details of meetings from Giles Wright on 0207 227 4904, [email protected]

Chiswick & West London

Next meeting: 25th February at 8pm in the Council Chamber, Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Chiswick W4 2EH.The speaker will be Victoria Vasey from Rights Watch UK talking about the government’ counter-terrorism and extremism strategies and the impact they have. Please come along and please bring friends/colleagues who might be interested.For more details, contact Alison Baker, [email protected]

Future Meetings: 7th April, Lord Roger Liddell on the European referendum. 16th June, Seb Dance MEP.


Next meeting: Thursday 18th February 2016, 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Talk on Israel, by Matthew Godwin, Phd Candidate, University College London, School of Public Policy; School of Oriental and African Studies, Dept. of Politics and International Studies. Friends of Israel Educational FoundationThursday 17th March, 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Talk on “Are the Railways Better in The Private Sector?” Peter Rayner FCILT, FIRO, Assoc.IRSE Former Senior Manager with British Rail, including a spell running the Royal Train, Advisor to 16 Transport Ministers and Shadow Ministers, Consultant in Railway Operations.Both meetings to be held in the Parnell Room, Quaker Meeting House, 6 Church St, Colchester CO1 1NFMore details from Maurice Austin, [email protected]

Croydon and Sutton

For more information on joining this new society, get in touch with Paul Waddell [email protected]  - or find them (and event listings) on Facebook here.

Cumbria and North Lancashire

Further details from Robin Cope, [email protected]

Dartford & Gravesham

Further details from Deborah Stoate, [email protected]


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

Doncaster & District

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

East Lothian

Details from Noel Foy on 01620 824 386 or [email protected]



Details from Daniel Johnson, [email protected] 


Next meetings: Thursday 25 February, 8.00 pm.  Chris Murray (Research Fellow at IPPR) on Immigration and the Policy Response.Wednesday 2 March, 8.00 pm [note unusual day].  Niklaus Thomas Symmonds MP on Nye Bevan and his legacy.All meetings at the Blue Beetle, adjacent to St Mary at Finchley church, 28 Hendon Lane, N3 1TS.   Enquiries to Mike Walsh on 07980 602122, [email protected]


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


Regular meetings at TGWU, 1 Pullman Court, Great Western Rd, Gloucester. Details from Malcolm Perry at [email protected]




Sunday January 31st at 3p.m. Melanie Onn MP will speak on the subject: ‘Can the Left unite to win?’ Venue details from from Pat Holland – [email protected]

Harrow and District

Meetings at West Harrow Labour Centre, 132 Blenheim Road, HA2 7AA.  Details from Marilyn Devine on 0208 424 9034


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


Next meeting: Wes Streeting MP will be joining the AGM on Friday 5th February at 8.pm, in Billet Studio. 

Dagenham & Rainham Labour Party have a fundraising meal with David Lammy MP & Jon Cruddas MP as guestsMore details of these events and others will be posted on the website, or you can email David Marshall on [email protected] (tel. 01708 441189) if you have any questions. 


 Contact: [email protected]


For information, contact Ed Rennie at  [email protected]


For information on Leeds Fabians contact John Bracken at [email protected]


Please contact Christopher James for more information, [email protected]  or go to Facebook     Twitter @MCR_Fab


For further information please contact James Roberts at [email protected]


 Details from Unmesh Desai, [email protected]


For details and booking contact Pat Hobson at [email protected]


Contact Dave Brede on [email protected]


Contact Andreas Paterson – [email protected]


For information on meetings please contact Lee Garland

[email protected]





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



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


 Contact:  Nita Cary, [email protected]

Reading & District

For details please contact Tony Skuse:

Telephone: 01189785829  /07793529280 e-mail: [email protected]


Details and information from Robert Murray on 0114 255 8341 or email [email protected]

South East London

Please note that our meeting venue has changed (Lambeth Town Hall is closed for refurbishment) to Kennington Park Community Centre, which is 2 minutes walk from Oval Tube Station.. For details of meetings, contact Marilyn Evers, [email protected]

South West London

Details from Tony Eades at [email protected]


 Meetings at 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. Details:  Eliot Horn, [email protected] 
Next Meeting:“Democratising Energy”- A discussion led by Dr Alan Whitehead MP. The next Fabians event will be on Thursday 11th February 2016 at St Andrews United Reform Church, The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XQ, commencing at 7.30 p.m. Entry to the Church is via the glass doors at the front of the building.Please note this will be on Thursday, rather than our usual Tuesday date.Summary of the Energy Bill [HL] 2015-16

A Bill to make provision about the Oil and Gas Authority and its functions; to make provision about fees in respect of activities relating to oil, gas, carbon dioxide and pipelines; to make provision about wind power; and for connected purposes

With the Energy Bill having passed its second reading, and proceeded to the Committee Stage, Dr Whitehead talks about the Bill and his role as a Shadow Minister in Labour’s Energy and Climate Change team.

Alan graduated with a degree in Politics and Philosophy from Southampton University and went on to achieve a Ph.D. in Political Science. In 1980 he became a city councillor and then Leader of the Council. He was elected as the MP for Southampton Test in 1997, and was re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2015. .

He has served the Select Committee on Environment Transport and the Regions, the Climate Change Public Bill Committee, the Energy Public Bill Committee and the Joint Committee on the Draft Marine Bill, the Marine and Coastal Access Bill Committee and the Energy Bill Committee, the Energy Bill Committee, the Antarctic Bill Committee and the Energy Bill Committee in 2013.

In December 1999 was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Baroness Blackstone, Minister for Higher and Post-16 Education. Between June 2001 and May 2002 he was Under Secretary of State in the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, responsible for local government, the regions and the Fire Service.

His special interests now include Further and Higher Education (Lifelong Learning), Local Government, Constitution (Democracy), Environment, Energy and Transport.

Non-members are welcome to attend and contribute to the discussion, as always. A one-off donation of £2 is suggested to help cover the costs of refreshments and room hire. Alternately, there is an annual membership fee of £20, to help support our work for a better society.

We look forward to seeing you there.


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

The next meeting will feature Earnest Gibson telling us about his year as Mayor and the charities that benefited. For information please contact Paul Freeman on 0191 5367 633 or at [email protected]


A reminder that next Monday 08 February 2016 will be the opening debate on IN or OUT of the EU. In the Chichester Arms in South Shields, be there from 1900hrs to start at 1930hrs.

The argument to stay in will be given by Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, the argument for leaving the EU will be given by Dr Nigel Griffiths representing Labour Out. Dr Griffiths was the MP for Edinburgh South 1987-2010, Minister at the Department for Trade and Industry 2001-05 and Deputy speaker of the House of Commons 2005-07.

Both are well informed and will, through the Chair, answer questions from the floor after giving their arguments and before concluding in turn.

Get the information and your questions answered before the referendum is called.



Details from John Cook on 01473 255131, email [email protected]


Monthly meetings at Education Centre, Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7UP.   Details from Warren Weertman, [email protected]


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


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


Meetings at: 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN.  Details  from Steven Birkett, [email protected]     .


West Durham

Meets normally on the last Saturday of alternate months at the Lionmouth Rural Centre, near Esh Winning, DH7 9QE between 12.15 and 2.00pm.March 19th; AGM, ROBERTA BLACKMAN-WOODS MP on the national and regional Housing problem.

Contact the Secretary Cllr Professor Alan Townsend, 62A Low Willington, Crook, Durham DL15 OBG 01388 746479  [email protected]


Contact Andy Ray on 07944 545161 or [email protected]


Regular meetings on third or fourth Fridays at 7.45 at Jacob’s Well, Off Miklegate, York. Details from Steve Burton on [email protected]
William Franklin, our Treasurer, has visited the Mondragon co­operatives, in the hills of the Basque Country in Spain. There is much that we can learn from their experiences. If you are interested, and can get to Bridgnorth, please come.