Coming up: June meeting and July walk and social

Please note: the Shropshire Star gave the wrong location for the meeting: it’s at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Sundorne, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG.

On 20 June we welcome Ben Waddams, Shropshire-based naturalist, artist, writer, photographer and film-maker who writes a weekly column in the Shrewsbury Chronicle. He will talk on bio-diversity both in Shropshire and around the world. We catch him before he leaves on a trip to Africa.

He has planned a talk which is based on the wildlife of North Shropshire, but will range over species further afield (mainly Africa) and will include a few religious delusions concerning those species! The emphasis will be on natural history, with some examples of things to see which he hopes will be accessible and interesting to people who live in this county.

We then have a break in our programme of meetings, but on Saturday 27th July we have our summer social, which is a walk and a lunch. This is a chance to meet other humanists in a purely social setting. Everyone is welcome to come, but please let us know in advance.

The walk will start from the Red Lion Hotel on Holyhead Road, Wellington and visit the Ercall Wood Nature Reserve and the famous Ercall Unconformity. The latter is regarded as an internationally important geological site, which is part of The Wrekin and The Ercall Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The site includes 540 million year old ripple beds and ancient pre-Cambrian lava flows in exposed quarries. Quartzite from the neighbouring Wrekin is also visible.

The walk will start at 10.30am and last approximately 90 minutes so that we will arrive back at the Red Lion in time for lunch. There is ample off-road car parking at the hotel which is situated around half a mile from the Railway and Bus Stations in the Town Centre. For those arriving by public transport we can provide a walking route which passes through Bowring Park on its way to the Red Lion.

Please contact Bob Coalbran by 15 July if possible.

We resume our programme of meetings on 19 September with (provisionally) a talk on sex work by someone who is involved.

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