News

Airton Barn is open for guests!

We are delighted to announce that our bunkhouse will be open for overnight stays from 1st June following the partial lifting of Covid lockdown restrictions.  Groups of up to 6 in number will be able to stay overnight in our self-contained upper floor of the barn, which includes the 6-bed dormitory, single shower-room & toilet, and the common / kitchen space.

From July we intend to follow the general release of restrictions by permitting groups of up to 12 in number – the capacity of the upstairs of the barn (6 bunkbeds in the dormitory plus 6 floor mattresses in the common area).

The barn will still be available for individuals and smaller groups as it has always been.  Until July any booking overnight will have sole use of the accommodation; after that point multiple groups or individuals will be permitted.

For the time being, the upstairs of the Barn will be exclusively for overnight accommodation.  The downstairs remains available for daytime hire.  The ‘day’ room downstairs is well suited to meetings, workshops and small-scale catered events, and we also welcome use of the Meeting House for uses requiring a larger capacity.

Airton Meeting House is Grade II* listed

Heritage England have recently conducted a review of the listing of the Meeting House in the light of research carried out since the status of the building was last considered in 2008.  The findings of this report set the building in the context of the early history of the Quaker movement, acknowledging the presence of Quakers in Airton as early as the late 1650s.  The report concludes ‘that the building is of more than special interest in the national context and fully merits an upgrade to Grade II*’.

The revised listing applies to the Meeting House, attached archway and external stone bench running opposite to and alongside the length of the building.  The Nook, Barn and boundary walls to the burial ground including the outbuilding are together listed at Grade II.  Further information concerning the listing may be viewed in the search pages of the Heritage England website.

Search the library

Quakers are a literary lot, and one of the most interesting resources at a Meeting House is often the library.  Airton Friends’ library is no exception, containing books on a wide variety of topics built around a core of history, biography, spirituality and ethics – with a few volumes on lighter and more general subjects as well as books for children.  The library is currently in the process of being re-catalogued and the listings so far can be searched online.  Follow the link and then sort the data (selecting from row 9 downwards) by title, author, date or any of the columns in the spreadsheet.