Ludlow and Marches Humanists meeting, 20 November: Salop Assizes 1949, swimwear and the law, by Peter Roscoe

In 1949 several men were arrested in Shrewsbury and charged with gross indecency. Peter Roscoe came across this item in a local newspaper and it led him to research into the background of this story and the extent to which gay men were prosecuted in the post WW2 period until recent times.

Peter grew up in Macclesfield in the 1950s, moved to London in his 20s and, when it felt safe enough, moved to Shrewsbury in 1984. Peter and his civil partner, Geoff (of 37 years) have a son, Liam, (now 29 years old).

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 7.30pm at The Friends Meeting House, St Mary’s Lane Ludlow SY8 1DZ. All welcome. For more information call 01568 770282 or email:

This talk is not organised by Shropshire Humanists.

15 November meeting – David Spicer on Sexual Exploitation: “They ask for it, don’t they” (please note corrected date)

Apologies for the wrong date being previously published.

(The Times)

David Spicer is a retired barrister who was the Lead Reviewer and author of the Report published in February 2018 following the Joint Serious Case Review into Sexual Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults in Newcastle upon Tyne. This was high profile review and the Report which included local and national recommendations for government attracted widespread attention of the media. A Parliamentary Debate in June 2018 addressed issues in the Report.

The Review concerned the circumstances of a conservative estimate of 700 victims of sexual exploitation. The criminal investigation led to convictions of a significant number of abusers and sentences of 28 years imprisonment. Previous high-profile reviews and inquiries (Oxfordshire, Rochdale and Rotherham) have considered sexual exploitation of children. The Newcastle Review also concerned sexual exploitation of young adults with learning disabilities. This Review benefited from significant involvement from the victims who gave evidence in the criminal trials.

Mr Spicer’s presentation will consider the process and the findings, including what we know about what makes victims vulnerable and the profiles of abusers, the role of communities, and the recommendations which were concerned with how this serious abuse which is widespread across the country may be earlier identified or prevented.

Thursday 15 November at 7.30 pm, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. You are very welcome to come for tea and coffee from 7 pm to meet and chat with other members and guests.

18 October: AGM and video and discussion on Modern Slavery

Our AGM takes place at our regular Thursday evening this month. We look forward to seeing our members and potential members, please come and get involved! The formalities will be followed by a short video on Modern Slavery, and a discussion on the topic.Thursday 18 October, 7.30 pm, at University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. Voluntary donations requested. You are very welcome to arrive at 7 pm for coffee/tea and to chat to other members and visitors.

Videos from our meeting: Humanism in Action

At our September meeting, humanists talked about their activities.

Maxine Beech talked about her job conducting humanists weddings, funerals and baby-naming:

Sue Falder on humanist pastoral Care and chaplaincy:

Education in schools by Simon Nightingale:

The full meeting:

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