Shropshire Humanists Events


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.


(updated 5th January 2022)

Thursday 20th January 2022:

Hot Potato Night. Group members are invited to contribute to the HOT POTATO event at 7.30 pm on Thursday 20th January 2022 The purpose of the event is for individuals to talk for ten minutes on their pet subject. These events have been so fascinating and we look forward to hearing about many interesting topics!
To book a slot, please contact Mal Brown via email or via telephone 01743 861159.


Sunday 13th February 2022: Darwin Day Lecture and lunch.

Professor Robin Dunbar (Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Oxford) has called his lecture ‘Social Evolution in Darwin’s World’ which promises to be an exciting topic. His most recent book ‘Friends’ was published in 2021. To book a ticket, please contact Margaret Cann ASAP via email or via telephone 07703 540553.



Thursday 16th July 2020:

Hot Potato – Open Mike. Online Meeting, 7.30 pm start.

These meetings have been such fun over the last few years.

Anyone can talk for 5 minutes (exceptionally 10 minutes) on any subject somewhat related to humanism or just something that’s important to you.

So if something interests or fascinates you – then you have a chance of interesting and fascinating us! If you would like to give a brief talk (with or without photos or PowerPoint), let Simon Nightingale know

Thursday 20th August 2020:

Ethical Consumerism by Alex Crumbie. Online Meeting, 7.30 pm start.

Alex Crumbie is a journalist with Ethical Consumer, a not-for-profit UK magazine and website which publishes information on the social, ethical and environmental behaviour of companies and issues around trade justice and ethical consumption.  The ethical consumer ideal implies that individual consumers can have a significant role, through their daily purchasing decisions, in promoting ethical corporate practices. … “Products that make sure that all the stakeholders in the value chain are treated fairly constitute whether a product is considered ethical.”


Thursday 17th September 2020:

Effective Altruism by Dr Simon Jenkins. Online Meeting, 7.30 pm start.

Dr Simon Jenkins of the Philosophy Department at Warwick University will talk about Effective Altruism which is all about changing the way we do good.

Effective altruism asks one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Rather than just doing what feels right, we can use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on. But it’s no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It’s about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can.


Thursday 15th October 2020:

refugees pic

Thursday 21st January 2021:

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Click here to watch a previous hot potato event from January 2019.

February 2021:

W Midlands Humanism in Action flyer

Thursday 18th March 2021:

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