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Talk by Professor Anthony Grayling

January 31, 2009

As part of Charles Darwin’s bicentenary celebrations, Prof. A C Grayling will give a talk on “Darwin & the Darwinian Controversy”. The talk will address the controversy surrounding Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and will be followed by a general discussion of Darwin’s life and works.

Date: Wed 4th Feb 2009
Time: Buffet 5pm, Talk 6:30pm
Price: £5 (Buffet £9 extra)
Venue: The Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury.

Please note that if you arrive early in Shrewsbury tea & coffee will be available at The Morris Hall from 2pm. There will also be a guided tour of the Darwin sites if the weather permits.

More information about the event.

Other events in the Darwin Festival

This event is organised by Shropshire Humanists, South Cheshire & North Staffordshire Humanists, Chester Humanists, Greater Manchester Humanists & The Marches Secularists.


October meeting – Ludlow

October 2, 2008

Denis Corbell, former president of the National Secular Society, will be speaking. Not to be missed! Invite your family and friends.

Tuesday, October 7th, at the Assembly Rooms, Ludlow (click for a map). Starting at 19:30.

Click here for more information on the Assembly Rooms’ website.

This is a joint event with Ludlow‘s and Shrewsbury’s Humanists.

September 2008 Meeting

September 8, 2008

Saturday 13 September – Summer Social Event for Secularists, Potential secularists, Humanists, friends and family – children welcome

The weather might not have been that good this summer, but spending time in good company is as good as ever.

This is an opportunity for everyone to meet each other in an outstanding setting without a fixed agenda.
Lunch provided (barbeque if fine, eating inside otherwise); discount if you bring something to eat and drink to share with others.

This year’s summer social event is to take place in the glorious natural surroundings of The Pales, a historic Quaker meeting house. Address: The Pales, near Llandegley, Powys LD1 5UH (click the link for a Google map). Turn North off the A44 at the West end of Llandegley, following the brown road signs for The Pales. The Pales is round a sharp left-hand bend near the top of the hill, about a mile off the main road (Note: if you’re following the Google map, it’s to the left of the marker indicated on the map, which shows the centre of the postcode rather than the actual location of The Pales – the OS map shows the Pales’ location more accurately).

10:30 to 14:00 including a barbecue lunch. If we have fine weather, an afternoon trip to Llandrindod Lake or the Elan Valley might be nice.

Please bring £3-50 if eating or £1 for drinks only; please let us know of any specific dietary requirements. If you’re bringing food and/or drink, please arrive at about 10.00 to help set up.

Open to members, potential members, and fellow humanists.
This is an opportunity to meet and chat in an informal setting, not only with active secularists, but with families and friends of all ages (bring as many as you can).

August 2008 Meeting

August 15, 2008

Saturday 16 August – Morning & Munch

To be held at Darwin’s ChurchUnitarian Church, High Street, Shrewsbury. Car park on Wyle Cop.

Subjects for discussion will include the new Faith Schools in Shropshire, and the planning of the joint event for the Darwin Festival with Humanist Groups from the wider region.

Starting at 10:30 with welcome drinks and ending with lunch.

Lunch is expected to be home made cottage pie made from local Shropshire beef and potatoes. Let chairman know of any specific dietary requirements.

Please bring £3-50 if eating or £1 for drinks only.

Open to members and potential members (bring your secular minded friends).

The flower festival will be on that same day, so participants will be be able stroll down to the ‘quarry’ park after lunch and have a gander, or go shopping.

July 2008 Meeting

June 14, 2008

Our July meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 8th in:

The Back Lounge of The Chequers public house, Etnam Street, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 8AE (The pub’s telephone number is 01568 612473). We will be starting at the usual time: 7:45 for 8:00pm.

As usual, you can click on the venue’s name for a map of its location.

May 2008 Meeting

May 5, 2008

Our May meeting will be held on Saturday, May 10th 2008 at:

The Quaker Meeting House, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells.

The Meeting House where we will be holding our meeting is actually situated behind the old Friends Meeting House which is a large red brick building, very visible on the A483 opposite Aldi’s supermarket, near the centre of Llandrindod Wells. You can get to our meeting venue through a gate and path to the left of the old building. On road free parking is available.

The meeting is scheduled to commence at 10.45am. but please aim to arrive by 10.30am when Tea/Coffee will be available.

In addition to the availability of tea and coffee, lunchtime food  items (i.e. jacket potatoes and a choice of fillings) will be provided by our Chairman. By way of payment for the cost of hire of the venue and for lunch and hot drinks we are asking members to pay £3.50 per head.

Following end of meeting (we have use of the venue until 14.00 hours) you may wish to do some sightseeing and/or shopping in Llandrindod Wells bfore you head off back home.

We hope that you will be able to attend and look forward to meeting you in Llandrindod Wells.

March 2008 Meeting

March 17, 2008

Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 25th in:

The Dining Room, The Royal Oak Inn, 24 Church St, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3BE Starting at the usual time: 7:45 for 8:00pm.

February meeting

February 10, 2008

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 14th in:

the Right Hand Bar, The Severn Apprentice, Cotton Hill/Ellesmere Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 2DP, starting at the usual time: 7:45 for 8:00pm.  Free-form discussion and socialising.

Thursday 14 February – Walk around Shrewsbury

February 10, 2008

To coincide with the annual Darwin Festival, Shrewsbury Humanists have organised a guided walk around Shrewsbury. The proposed timetable is:

10:30 – Coffee and Welcome at Morris Hall;

11:00 – Guided Walk round places related to Darwin’s life, led by a member of Shrewsbury Museum staff;

12:30 .. 14:00 Lunch at the Coach and Horses;

14:00 – Sharing of information about groups – possible plans for Darwin Centenary Year – Morris Hall.

The February meeting of Marches Secularists will be held in the evening – details in the next post (above).

Welsh Marches Humanist Group meeting “Religion in School – Pros and Cons”

February 10, 2008

On Tuesday, February 12th at 7.30pm.

With guest speakers Dr Anthony Lempert and Connor Birch from Marches Secularists and Ian Terry, Director of Education for the Diocese of Hereford.

To be held at The Friends Meeting House, St Mary’s Lane, off Lower Corve Street, Ludlow, SY8 1DZ.
Parking in the Bridge Inn’s car park (agreement in place).


  • A 10 minute introduction by the chairman Tony Akkermans, stating the
    humanist position and giving some facts and statistics relating to
    religious education;
  • A 10 minute case history by Dr. Antony Lempert, describing his
    experience with a local faith school.
  • A 10 minute report by Connor Birch, detailing Marches Secularist’s
    involvement with the Hereford academy protest etc.
  • A 15 minute response by Ian Terry, Hereford Diocese’s Director of
    Education with counter arguments of his choosing.

Followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.