“The aim is to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere, to create conditions conducive to worship and to offer a service to the community… We appear to offer our facilities but in fact we offer our love”Quaker Faith and Practice 13: 33/4
The Quaker Meeting House and gardens offer a distinctive, peaceful venue right in the heart of the city- 15 minutes walk from the Rail Station and 10 minutes from the Bus Station. See Directions. The Meeting House, set within our large gardens, and our meeting rooms at 43 St Giles are hired for regular and occasional bookings by a wide variety of groups and individuals whose activities are in sympathy with Quaker values.
See our 2019 Terms and Conditions of Hire which also includes our room rates.
School groups are welcome- we offer hospitality to school visits, as a place to have a picnic lunch while visiting Oxford or for groups wanting to discover more about the Quaker movement as part of religious studies lessons.
Our rooms are suitable for presentations, lectures, seminars and training days. Included in the room hire are use of flipchart, projector and screen. Hirers must provide laptops and attaching cables – see Terms and Conditions of hire.
Wi-fi is available throughout the buildings. There is a hearing loop in the Meeting House with microphone and stands. A film quality sound system is also available. The whole ground floor is fully wheelchair accessible, including toilet facilities.
Our two kitchens are well equipped with crockery and cutlery, hot water urns etc. and additional tables are available to be used around the building and in the garden. Groups may cater for themselves and outside caterers are also welcome. As Quakers, we have a commitment to reduce food waste and encourage as much recycling as possible. We provide bags and bins accordingly and ask large groups to take their waste home.
Contact the office team of Deb Arrowsmith or Jacqui Mansfield on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 01865 557373 to discuss your requirements.
Ground Floor of 43 St Giles.
First Floor Rooms at 43 St Giles
|The Garden Room. A Carpeted light and airy room overlooking the garden connected to the large kitchen. Good for up to 25 people, mostly on comfortable, upright chairs.Wall mounted projection screen.Room size approx. 4.5×5 m|
|The Large Kitchen adjoins the Garden Room. Equipped with ovens, microwave, urns, toasters, cutlery and crockery, and has good food preparation areas. The kitchen is used by all groups but can be specifically booked. We also have a tea and coffee trolley in he Hall.|
|The Library.Carpeted, book-lined room with shuttered windows overlooking the garden. Suitable for up to 20 people, mostly on comfortable upright chairs. Pull down projection blind. Room size approx. 4×6 m|
|The Long Room– Carpeted, double windowed room with secondary glazing facing onto St. Giles. A quiet room for teaching or meditation groups. USB and data points.Room size 7×4 m|
|The Short Room Carpeted room with secondary glazed windows to St Giles which can hold up to 6 people. Most suitable for small reading groups or one to one counselling.Room size 2.5×4 m|
The Meeting House is situated within our large gardens and is wheelchair accessible from the main path. This peaceful place holds up to 80 people (with a possible additional 20 in the gallery), seated on a mixture of benches with cushions and upholstered chairs. This room has underfloor heating having had a substantial eco-renovation in 2013. With kitchen and 4 loos the Meeting house can be an entirely self contained venue for recitals, conferences, lectures and training away-days..
There is a large projector screen, floor level sockets, hearing loop and microphone with stands. An additional clip on mike is available for a presenter. The room is generally set out as for a Meeting for Worship. The furniture can be moved but groups are encouraged to restore it to this arrangement on leaving.
Room size 7×10 m The Meeting House Kitchen is equipped with hot water urns, cutlery and crockery. Tables are available for use around the building.
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