Quakers have been active in Colchester for more than three centuries. Some eighty local Friends were imprisoned for their faith during the religious persecution of the seventeenth century, the best known of whom was James Parnell, who died in Colchester Castle at the age of 19. Many others were ridiculed, beaten and fined, but they continued to live and worship in the Quaker way.
Quakers do not have creeds and we will not tell people what to believe. We are active in working for peace and justice. Quakers seek to answer that of God in all people, without regard to race, creed, gender or sexual orientation. Our faith is lived out in our lives, not just for an hour on Sundays.
Colchester Meeting House is a town centre venue accessible by public transport. We have rooms available for hire during the week by groups whose aims do not conflict with Quaker beliefs.
Join us for meetings of Worship
Under current Government guidance and advice from Friend’s House London,
Colchester Meeting House is closed until we receive different advice.
We wish all our hirers, staff, visitors and Friends to stay well so please adhere to all the safety guidance being issued.
Friends or those interested in quiet fellowship at the current time please leave a message by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you, We have arrangements in place to have virtual Meetings, and are communicating by email, whatsap and phone.
We will also continue to be open for two of our AA groups on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7pm but we do ask that all the members should observe the social distancing of 2 meters apart in the Meeting Room.
Do not come in the building if you feel unwell, have a respiratory tract infection or are running a temperature.
Wash your hands well, whenever possible. Do not shake hands, hug or kiss. Try not to touch your face with your hands.
Use tissues for all coughs and sneezes and bin the tissue – then wash your hands again!
Parking at Colchester Quaker Meeting House
Limited parking at the meeting house. Multi-storey car park on Balkerne Hill, 4 minutes walk to the meeting house.