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It is with great regret that we have to close Friends House from Thursday 5 November to comply with the national lockdown in England. If you have a meeting booked with us between Thursday 5 November and Wednesday 2 December, please contact our events team by email, and they will be able to assist you. […]

03 Nov 2020 | Written by: Cecilia B
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As many of you know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to close Friends House and Swarthmoor Hall for a long period in 2020. We have been able to reopen but only partly and under tight restrictions. Unfortunately, this has had a deep impact on our company and our staff. We’re all about […]

28 Oct 2020 | Written by: Cecilia B
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#LigtInRed for the event industry Yesterday, we took part in the #LightInRed day of global action. At 8:00 pm, we lit the facade of Friends House in red to raise awareness about the difficult situation the event industry is in. Many venues across the country did the same, responding to the call of the #WeMakeEvents […]

01 Oct 2020 | Written by: Cecilia B
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Large meetings aren’t coming back just yet… The Government has just announced that large meetings and events of 30+ delegates wouldn’t resume on the 1st of October. If you have a 30+ meeting booked from October, please contact our Events Team by email with your booking reference in the subject line. This is a big blow for […]

23 Sep 2020 | Written by: Cecilia B
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We’ve reopened on the 1st of September after long months of closure. What was it like coming back to work for staff? We’ve asked Teresa Riley, our Sales and Events Manager, to give us her first impressions on being back at Friends House. First of all, how are you? I feel great, it’s good to be back! I […]

15 Sep 2020 | Written by: Cecilia B
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Since the publication of this blog post, we have reopened Friends House Good news! The Government has allowed conference and event venues to reopen for meetings up to 30 delegates. This is providing venues have strict guidelines in place to ensure the safety of delegates and the cleanliness of their premises. We want to reassure […]

07 Aug 2020 | Written by: Cecilia B
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As lockdown is easing and non-essential shops are reopening, event venues will soon follow. We know that the idea of gathering can be daunting in the times of COVID-19 but we also know that for many businesses, meeting is essential. Our team has carefully prepared the Friends House reopening plan and you will soon find […]

18 Jun 2020 | Written by: Cecilia B
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Since the publication of this blog, we have updated some of the guidelines and measures detailed below. For the latest information regarding our policies, visit our COVID-19 resource centre. Following the coronavirus pandemic outbreak and government guidance, we have closed Friends House temporarily. This was to protect our staff and customers. Two months into lockdown, the government […]

08 Oct 2020 | Written by: Cecilia B
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