Our speaker meetings and discussions (unless otherwise stated) are held at University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. This is a central location, near the Theatre Severn. It has wheelchair access and a hearing loop. Frankwell car park is just outside, and the venue is about 5-10 minutes walk from the station.
Meetings normally start at 7.30 pm. You are very welcome to come for tea and coffee from 7 pm to meet and chat with other members and guests. A voluntary donation is requested towards room hire and refreshments.
Shrewsbury has events marking Charles Darwin’s birthday in February. We do not have a speaker meeting that month.
July (a weekend walk and lunch) and December (a meal) are the main social events. We are now arranging other social activities throughout the year: not all are listed here as they are for members, their families and registered contacts, so please contact us to join our email list. Activities include special interest groups, Sunday breakfast, themed walks, a ‘virtual library’ and occasional public presentations around Shropshire.
Suggestions for topics or speakers are always welcome: please email us.
Programme updated 23 August 2019
Thursday 19 September: University Centre 7.30 pm : The Future of Humanism, a discussion
The meeting on the Thursday 19th of September will take the form of a discussion about the state of Humanism in the United Kingdom and particular Humanism in Shropshire.
We will consider how we would like to like to see Humanism develop in the future.Any future developments will require time and effort from our members and so it important that we find out from them how they see the future.
Thursday 17 October: AGM followed by a talk at University Centre 7.30 pm
Erica Buist on “Cultural Variations in dealing with bereavement”.
Erica Buist is a journalist, mostly for the Guardian, Medium and the BBC. She has just finished a journey to seven of the world’s death festivals. It was sparked by the day she and her husband found his father dead and she realised the full extent to which we in the West suffer from death denial and mortal terror. The resulting book, This Party’s Dead, will be published in 2020 and is available for preorder at unbound.com/books/deathtivals/
Thursday 22 November: University Centre 7.30 pm : “Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion: A Tour of the Case Law” By Caroline Roberts
Caroline is a final year PhD Researcher in Law at the University of Bristol. Her research, supervised by Professor Sir Malcolm Evans and Professor Russell Sandberg, focuses on the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion at the international, European and domestic level. Caroline’s thesis – entitled ‘Reconceptualising the Place of the Forum Internum and Forum Externum in Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights’ – which comprehensively reviews the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights relating to the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, challenges the traditional approach to this right and advances a radical alternative reading.
During this talk, Caroline will introduce the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and take us on a tour of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, to explore the European landscape as a whole and some interesting cases in detail.
Membership is £12 for the year. If you join part way through the year there is a discount. You may attend 3 meetings free but after that we request that you join.
For more information please contact our Secretary at email@example.com.