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Horfield Quaker Meeting House

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Meeting time: Meetings for Worship: Sunday 10.30am - 11.30am. Children welcome
Address: Horfield Quaker Meeting, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8PD MAP

Telephone: Telephone: 0117-942 9142.

Email: horfieldquakers@eclipse.co.uk

Location

Horfield Quaker Meeting House is located on the west side of A38 Gloucester Road between Radnor Road and Thornleigh Road and is opposite The Co-operative supermarket.

By bus from Bristol Temple Meads train station: Take the 8 or 9 bus from the stop on the station approach and alight at the Hippodrome in the city centre. Cross the road and turn right and walk 200 yards to stop Ca and stop Cb (adjacent to one another on Colston Avenue). Catch a 71, 73, 75, 76, 78 or 79 bus and ask to be set down at Nevil Road bus stop which is immediately outside the Meeting House. The service runs every 12 minutes through the day and every 15 to 20 minutes on Saturday. Bus journey takes about 20 minutes.

By bus from Bristol Parkway train station: take a 73 bus towards The Centre (not towards Cribbs Causeway) which leaves from first bus stop on the left outside the station and ask to be set down at Ashley Down Road bus stop - Meeting House is a little further down the road on the right and visible from the bus stop. The service runs every 12 minutes through the day and every 15 to 20 minutes on Saturday. Bus journey takes about 20 minutes.

From the City Centre and Marlborough Street Bus and Coach Station, catch 73, 75, 76 or 77 bus from the front of the Premier Travel Inn (tower hotel adjacent to the bus station) to Nevil Road bus stop - journey takes about 15 minutes.

If coming with a bike by train travel to Temple Meads station from where it is a 30 minute ride (uphill some of the way). From Marlborough Road bus station which is at the bottom of Gloucester Road it is about a 15 minute ride (uphill all the way).

If traveling by car, the Meeting House can be found located on the west side of the A38, Gloucester Road, north of the city centre between Radnor Road and Thornleigh Road, opposite The co-operative supermarket. No on-site parking. Restricted parking on main road and unlimited parking on adjacent side roads.

If arriving by air at Bristol International Airport take the Bristol Airport Flyer Coach (every 20 minutes) to Marlborough Street Bus station and follow directions above.

History

Quakers have been worshipping in Horfield for over 100 years. However, the present Meeting House was not built until the first decade of the 20th century.

The Meeting Today

The Meeting House is well placed, being on the west side of A38 Gloucester Road (between Radnor Road and Thornleigh Road), with its variety of shops and cafes and numerous buses in the centre of a long-established residential area two miles north of the city centre. Today, some 30 Friends gather each Sunday for Meeting for Worship.

Horfield Quaker Meeting is active and has a lively children’s group. It holds monthly shared lunches which are followed by social and learning opportunities. Quaker worship takes place mostly in silence when bodies and minds are stilled in order to be receptive to the love and guidance of God. Friends are glad to welcome the frequent newcomers who visit this meeting.

Friends from the meeting engage in a wide variety of work for peace and justice and support organisations that help the homeless, refugees, asylum seekers and newly-released prisoners with addiction issues. It promotes fair trade and encourages environmental awareness. The meeting actively supports the Bishopston Interchurch Group local projects.

The meeting house, which was built in 1908, serves a large local community and welcomes a wide variety of groups of all ages. These currently include: Alcoholics Anonymous, Bristol Youth Theatre, Avon Organic Group, Bishopston History Society, mother and toddler groups, singing classes, art classes, amongst many others. In addition the premises are used for meetings, seminars, training sessions, private dance practice, parties and by Social Services.

There is a secluded garden at the rear which offers a peaceful place away from the bustle of the main road. The building is fully wheelchair accessible. The presence of a Resident Friend ensures that the building can be used at all times and on seven days a week.

Room Hire

To enquire about room hire: The Resident Friend/Warden Horfield Quaker Meeting, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8PD. Telephone: 0117-942 9142.