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, near the Theatre Severn. Frankwell car park is just outside, and the venue is about 5-10 minutes walk from the station. Please note that some car parks in Shrewsbury now have charges to 8 pm.

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.

July (a weekend walk and lunch) and December (a meal) are the main social events. We are now arranging other social events throughout the year: not all events are listed here as they are for members, their families and registered contacts, so please join our email list. Activities include special interest groups, Sunday breakfast, coffee mornings and a ‘virtual library’.

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

Programme updated 18 May 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.

Karen WilliamsThursday 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.

Saturday 31 March: Social event: A short Dawn Chorus walk in the Reabrook nature reserve in Shrewsbury. This walk will begin before dawn, and will be led by Matt Wilcoxon, the Countryside and Greenspace Team Leader at Shrewsbury Town Council.

Breakfast will be available from 8 am at a local house, donations requested to the charity Omushana: Sunshine for Children.

Meet outside the Saddlers pub, Whitecroft Road, Shrewsbury SY3 7TJ at 6.20 am for a 6.30 am start. Sunrise is at 6.47 am. Bring warm and (if necessary waterproof) clothing and good footwear. The going could be very muddy in places.

We are extending a warm welcome to all, including local residents. You don’t have to be a humanist!

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 Prout of Humanists UK will be talking about the journey that apostates face when leaving their religion, drawing on the personal experiences of those with whom he works, and his own journey from evangelical Christianity to humanism. He will also discuss the current issues in the UK for apostates, and what Faith to Faithless is doing to help individuals through their own journeys.

Faith 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 minorities within minorities, and to give a platform to the faithless to come out in public and speak out against this discrimination.





Friday 18 May: Public lunchtime talk in Oswestry on Humanism, by Dr Simon Nightingale.  12.30-1.30pm, in Oswestry Library. Admission £3 – Please book with library staff. Refreshments included – profits donated to OXFAM.

Thursday 21 June: World Humanist Day. Our regular meeting this year coincides with World Humanist Day, and we are planning to recognise this with a public event. Please see our notice. We are arranging a celebration with displays and performances in The Square in Shrewsbury from 10 am to 3 pm, continuing at our regular meeting in the University Centre at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 4 July: Talk in Shrewsbury on Humanism, what it is and why it is important, by Dr Simon Nightingale.  7.30 pm at University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ. All welcome.

Sunday 22 July: social. Walk on Haughmond Hill at 10.00 am followed by followed by lunch (12.30 for 1.00 pm) at the Corbet Arms in Uffington. You can come to either or both, prior booking needed for the lunch. More details later.

Friday and Saturday, 10/11 August: We are attempting to repeat our huge success at the Shrewsbury Flower Show, with a theme highlighting humanist ceremonies and celebrants. Please let us know if you can help! Practical assistance, materials and money are welcome.

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

September/early October: Introduction to Humanism course, details to be announced, please contact us if you are interested.

Thursday 18 October: AGM

Thursday 15 November: David Spicer, the retired barrister who led the serious case review into sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable women in Newcastle upon Tyne, will talk about child sexual exploiation. This is very topical in the light of events in Telford.

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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