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Friends House Letting Policy

Friends House Letting Policy


Friends House is owned by the Trustees of Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) – Charity No. 1127633.  This policy describes the principles and procedures for letting rooms in Friends House.


Trustees delegate to the Directors of Friends House (London) Hospitality limited (Quiet Company) – Company No. 06204129 – the responsibility for implementing the lettings policy and for setting the Terms and Conditions and hire charges.  Management Meeting is responsible for determining the discounts for Quaker bookings.

Policy Vision

For Friends House to be a place of Quaker worship, the national home of Quakers in Britain and a uniquely attractive and sustainable venue for all who meet, worship and work here.


For Friends House to be recognised as:


The letting of rooms in Friends House is undertaken to raise income and to help pay the running costs of the work of Quakers in Britain. It is also a means of introducing Quakerism and Quaker work to a wider audience.

The hirers of rooms are expected to:

– not advocate in any circumstances for the use of violence,

– not make any statement that denigrates or undermines either the dignity of an individual, group or nation, or the actual or perceived identity pertaining to an individual, group or nation (including, but not limited to, racial and ethnic identity, sex or gender identity, and sexual orientation).

Procedure for hiring rooms

Any organisation or individual may make a request to hire any part of Friends House normally available for lettings.  New clients will normally be asked to provide details of their aims and policies so that we can assess the nature of the event and its impact. New clients will normally receive a response within one working week.

Details of the booking procedure are set out in the Friends House Terms and Conditions of Booking.

Grounds for refusal or cancellation

In considering whether to accept a booking, we will assess whether the booking organisation, topic, speakers, or publicity:

  1. Conflicts with the principles set out above,
  2. Endangers the credibility of the charity, making its work less effective, or contradicts an established position of Britain Yearly Meeting, or
  3. Compromises the Quaker belief in the importance of people coming together to hear opinions across divides.

A booking may also be refused if:

Cases causing concern

Requests to hire rooms which raise concerns as to whether they adhere to the principles will be referred to the CEO of Quiet Company who will consult relevant people in the company and charity.  A decision normally made within two working weeks.  Where a decision will take longer the hirer will be informed with a reason for the delay.

If the client disagrees with the decision, a request for review may be made in writing to the Recording Clerk of Britain Yearly Meeting (the CEO of the landlord charity) who will aim to make a final decision within two working weeks.

In all cases, the prospective client will be informed of the reasons for refusal.

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