The Southern Schools Quaker Pilgrimage 2013 to the northwest of England took place at the end of September accompanied by the good fortune of blue skies and warm sunshine.
With our Sidcot contingent sharing the trip with students and staff from Friends School Saffron Walden, Leighton Park, Sibford and Friends School Lisburn, we travelled around Lancashire and Cumbria, re-tracing the footsteps of the first Quaker, George Fox in 1652. These places have come down to us across the years as the sites of historical significance in the founding of the early Quaker movement. By experiencing first hand such places as Pendle Hill, Firbank Fell, Briglatts and Swarthmoor Hall, the story unfolds of how a group of radical dissenters in the northwest came to be convinced by George Fox’s ministry. These early Quaker converts would go on to form a new movement of people who would come to play a major role in the development of religious toleration and freedom of speech in England.
Alongside the historical journey, there is another journey of meeting new friends, living together for a few days in a co-operative hostel community, and sharing our times amongst the beauty of the Fells of Cumbria and the Dales of Yorkshire.
We returned tired, but carrying memories of rich experiences on many levels.
Sidcot students were Emily Coombes, Gabby House, Youren Yu and Andy Yang.
Foxtrot Group Leader