Meetings and 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, next to the Theatre Severn, with free parking in the evenings right outside in Frankwell car park. It is also about 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.

Shrewsbury has events marking Charles Darwin’s birthday in February. We do not have a speaker meeting that month, and members of Shropshire Humanist Group attend events during that time (see here for updates).

July (a weekend walk and lunch) and December (a meal) are socials. We are now arranging other social events throughout the year: please see details here as they are arranged, or join our email list.

Suggestions for topics or speakers are always welcome: please email us.

Programme updated 11 January 2018

Thursday 18 January 2018: Hot potato (open mike) session

Anyone can speak for 5 minutes (absolute maximum 10 minutes) on a topic of their own choice that is in some way related to humanism. It can be a personal account or an objective review. The idea is that you talk about something that interests you and then you interest us!  You can use PowerPoint if you wish, but that is not essential. Please email the chairman with the title of your planned talk to prevent duplication.

Sunday 11 February 2018: A group of SHG members will be attending the annual Darwin Lecture at the Theatre Severn. The talk this year is “I, the Geologist”: Charles Darwin’s first career by Professor Martin Rudwick, retired professor in the history of science, who lives in Bishop’s Castle.

Saturday 17 February: A social Snowdrop Walk in the woods at Cound, beginning at 2.00 pm. The Guildhall tea room and second-hand bookshop will be open.

Thursday 15 March: Karen Williams: Poverty

Karen Williams will talk about poverty in our community. She will discuss the reality of struggling to survive and the problems faced by the lower-paid, both in day-to-day living and in dealing with government and other officials.

Karen Williams is Project Leader of Shrewsbury foodbank PLUS, a holistic range of projects that serve our community often when people are at their most vulnerable.  Working with the people of Shropshire they offer hope by recognising the value of each individual, enabling them to make positive choices for their future to play a full role in society and see personal transformation in their lives. Foodbank PLUS is part of Barnabas Community Projects of which Karen is a Director.

Thursday 19 April: Rev Saido Kennaway of  Telford Buddhist Priory will talk on Buddhism

Thursday 17 May: Teddy Prout of Humanists UK will talk on Faith to Faithless

teddy-2-croppoed-230x264Faith to Faithless is a non-profit organisation associated with Humanists UK. It was started in mid-2015 by Imtiaz Shams and Aliyah Saleem to draw attention to the discrimination faced in particular by minority within minorities, and to give a platform to the faithless to come out in public and speak out against this discrimination.



Thursday 21 June: World Humanist Day

Our regular meeting this year coincides with World Humanist Day, and we are planning to recognise this in an appropriate way. Please see our notice.

We are hoping to arrange a celebration with displays and performances in The Square in Shrewsbury, continuing at our regular meeting in the University Centre in the evening.

Sunday 22 July: social

Friday and Saturday, 10/11 August: We may attempt to repeat our huge success at the Shrewsbury Flower Show. Please let us know if you can help!

Thursday 20 September: Planned – A meeting about Humanist celebrants and pastoral workers.

Thursday 18 October: AGM

Thursday 15 November

December social


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.

Click here to download membership form as Word document or click here to download form as PDF file.

For more information please contact our Secretary at

Download our calendar here (.ics file) for Outlook, Google Calendar and other calendar programs.

This calendar includes some meetings organised by others that might be of interest to local humanists. SHG is not responsible for these.

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