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 21 March 2020
Please note: all meetings and events are cancelled until August, on account of the Covid-19 epidemic.
We hope to provide some talks as online videos.
Thursday 16 April:
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 21 May:
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 18 June:
The Reverend Yejide Peters has recently moved from an Episcopal (i.e. Anglican) Church in rural New York State to be Vicar at St Chads in Shrewsbury. She will talk about the problems that face us all in an uncertain and troubled world and reflect on the differences between the United States and Shrewsbury!
19 -21 June (Friday to Sunday) Annual Humanist Convention in London
Please contact us if you’d like to be part of a group going from Shropshire.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.