Barnstaple Quaker Meeting

We are on the move

21 March 2016

Dear Friend(s)

Our last Meeting for Worship at 21 Newport Road will be held

on Sunday 27th March 2016 at 10.30am.


We shall hold our first Meeting for Worship at our new venue

Pilton Bluecoat Academy, Abbey Road, Barnstaple EX31 1JU

Sunday 3rd April starting at 10.30am.

Abbey Road is off Fairview at the point this road turns into Pilton Quay. From Fairview Car Park, turn right along Fairview and left into Abbey Road, near the zebra crossing. It is approximately 6 minutes walk.

For those of you with access to the internet this ‘url’ is for a street map of Barnstaple please copy and put into your browser.

There is a car park at the school. Please note: access to the school on Sunday is by the back door from the car park, not the front entrance.

We have been made very welcome at the school by Paul Mulligan (Headmaster), staff and Trustees. We shall be meeting in the staff room. There is level access to the staff room. Toilets are close by but there are no disabled toilet facilities.

We look forward to welcoming you on 3rd April 2016 in our new home.

John Wade, Clerk to Barnstaple Local Meeting


Meditation is Like.... 
Sometimes, some gifted times, it is like
a great white bird that glides
on thermals, effortless, with every cell
and feather attuned
to the lifting wind and
still, no flapping of wings, just
an occasional shift of muscles
to go upward again, to touch
the sun's rays, the grace of warmth.
It is tempting to think that this
is the zenith of the soul's pilgrimage -
this joy and rising.
And yet
something, some voice, insists
that when I plummet in the storm,
stagger on drunken feet
on crazy outcrops,
surprised and ruffled, like
a grounded jackdaw,
clownlike and
ridiculous, unable to take off
let alone soar
on the shrieking winds,
this is
or well might prove
the growing time.

Kate Compston

Barnstaple exterior

Friends Meeting House
21 Newport Road
Barnstaple, Devon
EX32 9BG


view map

the A377 or A39 follow the signs for Newport. At the 'Rose & Crown' traffic lights, turn left into Newport Rd. The Meeting House is down the hill on the right by the zebra crossing. From Barnstaple town centre, we are directly up Newport Rd from Rock Park


Clerk: John Wade

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Meeting for Worship: Sundays at 10.30 am. Meeting lasts for an hour and is followed by at least half an hour for tea, coffee and conversation. All are welcome, whether Quakers or not.

Business Meeting (Preparative Meeting): Usually the First Sunday in every month, after Meeting for Worship.

Tradecraft / Fair Trade: Second Sunday in every month, after Meeting for Worship.

Shared lunch: Third Sunday in every month, after Meeting for Worship. [Temporarily suspended]

Meeting for Healing: Fourth Sunday in each month, after Meeting for Worship.

Fifth Sunday: When this occurs we take the opportunity to bring up subjects of interest to discuss in more depth. Meeting for Worship is followed by Extended Fellowship which leads us to unexpected places and discussions - all, of course, welcome.

Mid-week Meetings: Usually the Fourth Thursday in the month. Generally held at about 7:00 pm in people's houses with half an hour of silence followed by a shared supper and conversation.