The Friend (Quaker magazine)
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The Friend is a weekly Quaker magazine published in London, UK. It is the only Quaker weekly in the world, and has been published continuously since 1843. It began as a monthly and in January 1892 became a weekly. It is one of the oldest continuously published publications in the world still in operation. Others (e.g. Punch) which began publication before The Friend have had lengthy interruptions in publication and/or have closed down.
The Friend is completely independent from Britain Yearly Meeting, although since 2004 it has occupied space in Friends House. It is owned by The Friend Publications Ltd., a trust which also publishes Friends Quarterly. The Trustees of The Friend are appointed from members of Britain Yearly Meeting.
The Trustees appoint the Editor who, along with the other members of staff, is entirely responsible for the day-to-day management of the magazine, and its content. Among the initial trustees were Josiah Forster, George Stacey, John Hodgkin.
As an independent publication, The Friend is free to report critically on trends within Quakerism in Britain and around the world, and on the governance of Britain Yearly Meeting. It also reports on the activities of Friends and Friends' groups and it is a forum for theological debate. There is a great deal of opinion in the magazine, and the letters page provides a forum for readers to express their views.
One of the ways The Friend exercises its responsibility to give readers an independent viewpoint is by covering Meeting for Sufferings, the standing consultative body of Britain Yearly Meeting, which meets five times a year. Meeting for Sufferings often deals with controversial issues, on which The Friend reports and comments.
The Friend Online
In recent years, The Friend has begun offering all its content online to subscribers. It is intended to make the issues for the period 1914 to 1918 available as a digital archive.
The printing of The Friend
For many years,The Friend was printed by an old Quaker firm, Headley Brothers, of Ashford, Kent. Headley Brothers went into administration in 2017. From 23 June 2017 The Friend appears in full colour, printed by Warners Midland plc.
Between 1892 and some time after 1931, the magazine was printed by The Orphans Press, Leominster 
List of Editors
The main source for this list is an annotated typescript held at Friends House Library, Euston, UK
- 1843-1849 Charles Tylor
- 1849-1852 Joseph Barrett 
- 1852-1857 Edward Newman, "under the guidance of Charles Gilpin, the proprietor".
- 1858-1859 Alfred William Bennett
- 1859-1871 John Frank 
- 1872-1875 Joshua Rowntree
- 1875-1878 John Stephenson Rowntree
- 1878-1891 Joseph Stickney Sewell 
- 1892-1912 Henry Stanley Newman, assisted by E. B. Reynolds
- 1912-1931 Edward Bassett Reynolds.
- 1932-1949 Hubert William Peet 
- 1950-1965 Bernard Hall Canter 
- 1966-1973 Clifford Haig
- 1974-1990 David Firth
- 1990-1993 Sally Juniper
- 1993-1997 Deborah Padfield 
- 1997-2004 Harry Albright
- September 2004 - April 2010 Judy Kirby
- April 2010 - November 2018 Ian Kirk-Smith 
- January 2019 onward - Joseph Jones 
- The Family Friend (magazine), published in London from 1849 to 1921
- Street of Ink by H Simonis (1917) p.310
- "More renovations at Friends House | The Friend". thefriend.org. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
- The Friend Vol. 71 (1931) p.1183 <p.1180 – 1183, “The Friend – retirement of the Editor”. portrait, “Contributed without permission of the Editor”
- Appeal notice inserted in The Friend 9-05-2014
- The Friend vol 175, No.25, page 3 "Thought for the Week: Change and Continuity" by Ian Kirk-Smith
- "Printing The Friend" by Stephen H Pitt and Edward H Milligan in The Friend, 5 November 1993 pp. 1425 - 1427.
- Charles Tylor 1816-1902
- The death of a Friend with the name "Joseph Barrett" is recorded in the Annual monitor(1862), aged 42, on 29/5/1861. The memorial runs from p.17 to p.25, with great piety, but does not mention The Friend.
- A.W. Bennett bought the bookselling business and the periodical from Charles Gilpin in 1858 and employed an Editor from 1859.
- Information on John Frank in Thornbury, Glos.
- Joseph Stickney Sewell 1819-1900
- H.S. Newman (1837-1912) was father of George Newman (doctor).
- A brief biography of H S Newman at Stumbling blocks to Stepping Stones blog by Gil Skidmore
- Edward Bassett Reynolds 1864-1934
- E.B.Reynolds attended Ackworth School, leaving in 1874
- He assisted the previous editor,H S Newman for the whole period of his editorship
- Hubert William Peet 1886-1951. A pamphlet biography is Hubert W. Peet by Winifred M. White (1952)
- Bernard Canter (1906-1969) published a collection of his Friend editorials: A testament of love (1965).
- Biographical information on Deborah Padfield at open democracy.
- Biography of I Kirk-Smith as conference speaker Cleraun Media Conference.
- Ian Kirk-Smith wrote a farewell editorial in the 2018-11-02 edition of The Friend
- The Friend, 23-11-2018, p.5