Local Quaker Meetings in Hertford and Hitchin Area

About Quakers in Britain and around the World

Quaker faith springs from the experience that each one of us can have a direct relationship with the Divine. Quakers find that by meeting together for communal worship we are empowered to find peace and strength for work in the world.

Quakers are members of the Religious Society of Friends and hence they often refer to each other as 'Friends'. More than twenty seven thousand people attend Quaker meetings for worship in the UK. These quiet times of seeking the presence of God are held regularly in about 500 places, many of them Friends' Meeting Houses.

Details of Hertford Quaker Meeting

Hertford Quaker Meeting House Location: Friends Meeting House, 50 Railway Street, Hertford SG14 1BA
Day of Meeting: Every Sunday
Time of Meeting: 10:30am (Sun); 12:30pm (Thurs)
Children: Welcome (see Children's Meeting)
Location Map: Google Map (Opens in new window)
Contact: Katey Earle, Clerk, Tel: 01992 304943. Gerald Drewett, Tel: 01992 416442
Email: kateyearle@ntlworld.com gerald.drewett@ntlworld.com
Accessibility Details: Wheelchair access, accessible toilet. No hearing loop
Directions, Transport and Parking: Stations: Hertford North, 1 mile; Hertford East, ¼ mile. Free car parking on Sunday in street or in nearby car park above bus station opposite

Hertford Quaker Meeting for Worship takes place every Sunday at 10.30am, lasting for one hour. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments are available after the meeting, with an opportunity to chat to members and attenders.

A shorter Meeting for Worship takes place every Thursday at 12.30pm, lasting for 30 minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Meeting House is adjacent to Hertford Bus Station and is within close proximity to two train stations. Parking at Bircherley Green car park above the bus station is free on Sundays.

Children's Meeting

Children's Meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month. Children sit in the Meeting until 10:45am and then go into the Quaker Room for the Children's Meeting. The meeting includes discussion of Quaker-related topics and activities such as drawing and crafts.

On the first and third Sundays of the month, children are welcome to attend Welwyn Garden City Meeting.

Open Days

Hertford Friends Meeting House is a Grade 2* Listed Building – built in 1670, it is the oldest Meeting House built by Friends that has remained in unbroken use. It is opened for the welcoming and showing round of visitors on the second Saturday of each month (10:30-12:30) from May to September inclusive. In addition the Meeting House will be open all day (10:00-18:00) on English Heritage Open Day, Saturday 09 September 2017. Refreshments are available.

Other times and party visits (for example, school groups) by arrangement. Apply to Gerald Drewett on 01992 416442 or Neil Atkins on 01992 586731 for details.

Click here to see photographs of Hertford Friends Meeting House.

Lettings

Both the Quaker Room and the Meeting House are available for hire. Please contact Carolyn Westlake on 07827 331987 for the Quaker Room or Gerald Drewett on 01992 416442 for the Meeting House or read more information here.

Events

Forthcoming Events

Please visit our Updates page for a list of forthcoming events at Hertford Quaker Meeting.

Library

Hertford Meeting holds an extensive library of Quaker-orientated books, both historical and contemporary, which are available for research, for general interest – and for borrowing by those associated with Hertford Meeting.

We are currently compiling a digital catalogue of our library. The first section (A-C) is available here.

Newsletter

Hertford Meeting produces a regular free newsletter for members and attenders, which can also be made available to anyone else interested.

Publications

Hertford Meeting has a number of publications for sale (all items available from Hertford Meeting; post-free in U.K., overseas postage charged):

Violet Rowe, The First Hertford Quakers (1970; decorated stiff card cover, 83 pp, £4)

Ann Taylor, A Nineteenth-Century Quaker Childhood and Other Memories (1985; pamphlet, paper cover, i+22 pp, £2. An orphaned family in Merthyr Tydfil in the 1890s, with “Quaker Meetings in Grandma's kitchen.... ...We were never allowed to say we were poor”)

Derek Forbes, Fifty Years of Minutes: Hertford Friends' Meeting, 1951-2000, based on the Preparative Meeting Record (2000; pamphlet, paper cover, vi+71 pp, £3)

Adrienne and Derek Forbes, Punchinello As A Quaker (2001; pamphlet, paper cover, vi+14 pp, £2. A Neapolitan Commedia dell' Arte pastiche from the Italian of Jerocades, 1770)

Elders and Overseers 2015

Follow this link for further information about Elders and Overseers at Hertford Meeting.

Related Websites

Quakers in Britain
Information and resources.

Hertford and District Churches Together
Promotes Christian unity in the Hertford area. Includes listing of Hertford's churches.

Transition Hertford
A community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and economic contraction.

Woodbrooke
Quaker Study Centre, offering adult education.

Green Leaf LogoGreen Leaf Logo Green Energy
Green Energy provide the Meeting House’s 100% renewable electricity and Friends who want to do the same can go to the Partners’ Page and gain a favourable introductory tariff. 'Green' gas is also supplied.