High Leigh

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North East Thames Quaker Annual Gathering 2024

High Leigh Conference Centre

Friday 1st March to Sunday 3rd March 2024

Arrivals: Friday 5.00pm – 6.30pm   Departures: Sunday 4.00pm

High Leigh Conference Centre

Hoddesdon, Herts EN11 8SG



Good to see you again … and good to see you if we haven’t seen you before!

Our 2024 annual all age gathering at High Leigh will be from the 1st of March to the 3rd of March.  We would love to see you there!

This weekend’s theme will be “What should our response, as Quakers, be to the Climate crisis?” with some sessions led by exciting speakers. Peter Tyldesley, former Director of the Centre for Alternative Technology, will set out where things now stand, and then
Quaker climate activists Rajan Naidu and Arne Springorum will help us think through our personal and collective responses to the emergency.

This year’s High Leigh Gathering will be a blended DIY and speaker led event.  Like last year, we welcome any offers to lead sessions that could relate to our theme. Please indicate on your form if you can provide or assist in a session.

Saturday after lunch until 4.00pm is free time.  In previous years people have accessed:

  • John Warner swimming pool 
  • The Lee Valley Boat Centre
  • The RSPB bird reserve at Rye Meads

Sometimes an ad hoc group of walkers can be formed to walk around the area and grounds.

We will have a barn dance this year after the Saturday evening meal.

We also may be able to make our own entertainment.  Please note that children will be their parent/guardian’s responsibility at all times unless there are specific children’s activities.

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 Costs (per person)

• Full Weekend: £247 (Day Rates - Saturday: £50; Sunday: £40)
• Children (aged 0-18 years): £140, but the cost of all children's places will be met by NETQT.

Please do not let the cost put you off - financial help for places is available from the North East Thames Area Quaker Trust via your Local Meeting Pastoral Care Team. (You will need to complete a Form A (available on the NETAQM website) at the time of booking.)


The accommodation at High Leigh is now much less basic than it was!

Please bring day, and night clothes, suitable for a chilly and wet, or sunny and hot few days (the weekend has been known to be both over the same three-day period).
Towels and bedding are provided. Some regular visitors have found a hot water bottle can sometimes be handy.

Food is provided at breakfast, lunch and dinner time, and biscuits and cake are made available at morning and afternoon break times. There are hot drink making facilities near bedrooms and in the canteen. There is also a bar in the evenings. A small shop (open at different points during the day) also sells snacks and items useful to visitors who may require toiletries or stationery etc. Hoddeson town centre is less than a mile away which has an array of shops and a train station.

Information on how to get to the High Leigh Conference Centre (Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8SG) can be found on their website.


The weekend is organised by a committee who are always open to offers of help and suggestions for speakers or DIY sessions, so please contact any of the following memberswith your ideas (or feedback)!

• Anthea Snow (Wanstead)
• Chris Lord (Wanstead)
• Juno Lee Rawlinson (Walthamstow)

High Leigh History

The weekend began in the early 1960’s as an opportunity for the adults within Ratcliff and Barking Monthly Meeting to enjoy a stimulating weekend led by a prominent Friend as a Speaker.

High Leigh has strong Quaker roots as the main house and gardens were once owned by Robert Barclay, a member of one of the Quaker families who helped to establish Barclays Bank.

It has proved an enjoyable place to stay over the years with the grounds in particular providing a lot of pleasure, especially for the children who all enjoy exploring the nooks and crannys and climbing the many trees.

The weekend was first known as the High Leigh Conference Weekend but then became the High Leigh Family Conference to encourage families with children to attend. This title then had the effect of appearing to be aimed at those with families only and the name High Leigh All Age Conference emerged and was the title by which it became best known. As time went on the social side became as important as the input of the Speaker. When Beryl Bell (Walthamstow) arrived she felt that it was more of a gathering than a conference and it became the High Leigh All Age Gathering. The name has since been abbreviated to High Leigh Gathering but we hope the weekend still appeals to Ffriends of all ages.