There are 45 local Fabian societies across England, organising meetings and events and providing a forum for political discussion and debate. In Scotland and Wales local societies work with the Scottish Fabians and Welsh Fabians who have their own programme of activities.
Each local society is different. Some hold small meetings in a member’s home while others attract close to 100 people. They organise meetings with guest speakers, members’ discussions and social events. They are all required to meet expectations laid out by the national Fabian Society in order to be recognised as a local Fabian society (these requirements are set out in the rules of the society).
Meetings of local societies are open to all members of the national Fabian Society, wherever they live. Some local societies have their own members, while others consist simply of members of the national society who live in the area. Where local Fabian societies have their own local members they cannot be members of political parties that are opposed to the Labour party (just as is the case with members of the national Fabian Society).
Local Fabian Societies are frequently affiliated to nearby units of the Labour party. They work closely with these local parties and take part in their democratic processes.
If there is not a group in your area, you might want to consider setting one up – our national staff team provide support to new societies as they get themselves off the ground. Contact here to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org