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.







For further information about the society email Andrew Coulson on [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 19.30, 29th April. “ANY QUESTIONS EVENING”, the panel will comprise the following:

Patrick Canavan: he is Labour & Co-operative Party Candidate for the position of Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner, the election for which is on the 5th May. Patrick spent many years working for the trade union movement. Patrick a Law graduate spent most of his career with AMICUS which later merged to become the UK’s largest trade union, UNITE, where he served as its Regional Officer based in Devon. He has stood for Parliament on two occasions, for Newton Abbot in 2010 and last year in the North Poole & Mid-Dorset Constituency. In 2011 he stood as the Labour Candidate for the post of elected Mayor or Torbay. Patrick is currently the Chair of the Bournemouth Labour Party.

Sharon Carr-Brown: Since graduating in Mandarin Chinese in the mid 1990′s, Sharon has had a varied career, encompassing the BBC World Service & Radio 4, producing programmes like “The World at One” and “PM”, bringing-up 3 children plus a lengthy period working within the NHS. ​

​She​ served as a Governor of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for 9 years, additionally she chaired the national NHS governors’ body, the Foundation Trust Governors’ Association, where she helped make and amend Government health policy. In 2010 she was the General Election Labour Candidate for Bournemouth West. Sharon is currently involved in training Junior Doctors and is the Press & Publicity Officer of Bournemouth Labour Party.

Douglas Lock: He is the current Chair of the Christchurch Constituency Labour Party. He is a retired Lecturer having worked at Bournemouth University, Bournemouth & Poole College & the Open University. His specific interests include: the Political Economy, History and Community Involvement. A Dorset resident since 1960, he has been an active member of the Labour Party for over 50 years and served as a local Councillor in Ferndown. He is Chairman of his local Neighbourhood Watch and a volunteer Reading Helper at Ferndown First School.

​Kathie Pearce:​ She is Vice-Chair of Bournemouth Labour Party and has had many years working in the Social Housing Sector in a variety of roles under Prime Ministers: Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Throughout this time she has had direct experience of the diverse housing and planning legislation passed under each PM, Housing Minister and those which the Welsh Office have put in place. Her passion is in working with the most marginalised and vulnerable members of the community, the pursuit of social justice and tackling equality issues. Kathy’s most recent role was as Project Manager for the award winning financial education programme based at the Kinson Hub in Bournemouth for Quaker Social Action.

Sunday 1 May 2016, 8pm Elstead Hotel, 12 Knyveton Rd, Bournemouth. Free entry but booking required. (01202 294333). An evening of song, solidarity and sorcery! Featuring Socialist Magician Ian Saville, Music from The Darwins and a few words of solidarity.

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.

Next meeting: Friday 29 April, 7.30pm 73rd Annual General Meeting. 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] 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

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]



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) which announces two meetings, May 14th and a Special meeting on July 2nd (between the referendum and the Miner’s Gala)

Next meetings: Saturday, May 14th, 12.15 – 2.00. ‘The Privatisation of Social Care: Does it Matter?’ Prof. Bob Hudson (City of Durham CLP). At the Lionmouth Rural Centre, DH7 9QE, signposted 100 yards down from the only crossroads on the main road B6302 between Esh Winning and Ushaw Moor (GR 213428) on 43 bus route. www.lionmouth.org.uk

£3 including soup and sandwiches, membership not needed on a first visit; current annual LOCAL membership is £8 for waged, £4 for unwaged.

Saturday 2 July, 10.00 – 1.00 (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]



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]



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]



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]


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



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



Next meetings: Monday 9th May, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Carole Tongue on Why we should stay in the EU. Venue: Havering Museum, High Street, Romford. Parking: Brewery Car Park & Angel Way. The meeting will be in the Gallery space @ 7.30 pm but museum will open for fabians @ 7 pm, enabling a free scan of the excellent exhibits of local history etc. More info & photo of speaker on our website http://haveringfabians.org.uk

Saturday 21st May, Fabian Summer Conference at venue in London. Gordon Brown Britain’s Future, Labour’s Future

Monday 4th July, 7.00 pm.  Matthew Hopkins, CE of local NHS Trust. The Old Chapel Upminster. Apologies for all being on a Monday.

Contact:  David Marshall,[email protected]

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



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



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



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



Contact: Christopher James for more information, [email protected] or go to https://www.facebook.com/gmfabians/?fref=ts Twitter @MCR_Fab



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



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


North London

Details from Nathan Ashley, [email protected]



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



Contact: Andreas Paterson – [email protected]



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



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.



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



Contact: Nita Cary, [email protected]


Reading & District

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



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.



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




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



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

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



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


Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells

Next meeting: 13th May 2016 Len Fagg Hall 71a St Johns Road Tunbridge Wells 8pm Cameron Tait speaking about ‘Hungry for Change’ Fabian Society report. 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



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

Contact: Steven Birkett, [email protected]://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]