Around Shropshire: Ludlow and Marches Humanists and Engaging Issues

In South Shropshire, North Herefordshire and the Welsh border areas there is another humanist group, our neighbours the Ludlow and Marches Humanists. A copy of their latest newsletter can be downloaded here and their website is here.

They always have an interesting programme, and the following meetings are planned:

20 February 2018 – “Telling people about Humanism” by Dr Simon Nightingale. Simon is a semi-retired neurologist and chair of  Shropshire Humanist Group. He has given many talks on Humanism and is occasionally heard on Shropshire Radio. He participates in inter-faith discussions and will be considering techniques, tactics and pitfalls when communicating Humanist  messages to people of different outlooks.
Thursday 8 March 2018, special meeting – on Brexit legislative programme by Lord Jeff Rooker: Please note that this meeting only will be in the Zion room at the Methodist Church Hall, Broad Street, Ludlow. Jeff Rooker will be concentrating on the progress of the legislative programme through the House of Lords, full title yet to be revealed.
20 March 2018 – The Reverend Kelvin Price, Rector of Ludlow. Talk title to be agreed. We have not had a formal talk from the Church of England for many years now, and it will be interesting to see his approach to falling numbers and alternative uses of church buildings, as well as the continuing relevance of the C of E as a state religion.
17 April 2018 – Christine Hyde on Greece ”Changed or Unchanged” – Chris and Hugh spent several years in Greece and grew to appreciate the culture, albeit different in many ways from our own. Chris will be concentrating on
the village (Elaia) and area they know best, quote: “I will talk about customs still practiced from Dorian times, the Orthodox Church, and the Evil Eye, ending with a few photos of the wild life. Hence the suggested title”.
15 May 2018 – AGM. As usual, we will try to make this an interesting evening, with cake and refreshments and either a video or a special discussion to follow the AGM.

Engaging Issues is a church-based group in Church Stretton, but its talks are often of interest to humanists and others.

Tuesday 6 February – “Can Christians talk with one voice about God?”. Dr Benjamin Wood is a Quaker ethicist and theologian, interested in the relationship between faith & society, secular politics and the Church.
Tuesday 27th February – “Britain’s Housing Affordability Crisis”. Chrissie Pepler
7:30pm in the United Reformed Church, High Street, Church Stretton. A £3 donation is requested to defray expenses.

Ludlow and Marches Humanists meeting: ‘Telling people about Humanism’, 20 February

Our neighbours, Ludlow and Marches Humanists, present a talk ‘Telling People about Humanism’ by Dr Simon Nightingale.

The meeting is on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 7.30pm, at The Friends Meeting House, St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow SY8 1DZ

Note that the Ludlow and Marches Humanists have a new web site at ludlow.humanist.org.uk

Simon is a partly retired doctor, a clinical neurologist with a particular interest in philosophical aspects of neuroscience – consciousness, free will, the neural substrate for empathy and morality and so on.  He has been a humanist for many years and since 2015 he has been chair of the Shropshire Humanist Group. He contributes short talks on Humanism to local radio, and participates in inter-faith discussions; he will be considering techniques, tactics and pitfalls when communicating Humanist messages to people of different outlooks. He is also a keen metagrobologist and won prizes for it! (Metagrobology is the study of puzzles.)

All welcome.

Some local events of interest to humanists in Shropshire

Some events that may be of interest to Shropshire humanists. Please note that SHG is not organising these, so we can take no responsibility for the accuracy of this information.

Weds 15 November, 7.30 pm: Birmingham Humanists, Atheism versus Humanism, Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP

Mon 20 November, 7.30 pm: South Shropshire Interfaith Forum, Religion and Medicine in Conflict, United Reformed Church, 73 High Street, Church Stretton, SY6 6BY

Thurs 7 December, 10 am: U3A Philosophy Group, Socratic Dialogue on Humanism, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ.

Do have a look what is happening at the Ludlow and Marches Humanist Group in Ludlow (email) and Engaging Issues in Church Stretton (Lesley Richards, 01694 722068).

19 September: Ludlow and Marches Humanists meeting on Religious Education

Making Sense of Religious Education: A Humanist Perspective. An exploration by Dr Mike Radford Ph.D.

Mike took his first degree in philosophy at the University of Sheffield and his Ph.D. in Education and Psychology with Leeds. His career in education included teaching in primary schools and universities, and publishing numerous articles in academic journals.

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 7.30pm, at The Friends Meeting House, St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow SY8 1DZ. All welcome

15 November: Andrew Copson talking to Ludlow and Marches Humanists on religious education. Car-sharing

On Tuesday 15 November, Andrew Copson, the Chief Executive of the BHA will be taling in Ludlow on ‘Religious Education – an update’. Andrew should be updating us on the implications and reaction to recent moves announced by Teresa May to allow 100% religious selection at faith schools. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in the Friends’ Meeting House (St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow SY8 1DZ).

We hope he will have a big turnout, but we know that it can be tiresome and expensive travelling to Ludlow from Shrewsbury, Telford and points north. Therefore we are hoping to arrange car sharing. If anyone would like to offer, or if you need a lift, please contact us through admin@shropshire.humanist.org.uk and we’ll try to help.

Ludlow and Marches Humanists: programme 2016-17

ludlowMeetings will continue to be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Friends’ Meeting House (St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow) on the third Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise indicated.

For more details, contact rocheforts [at] tiscali.co.uk

18 October – ‘Tales of Shropshire’ – a talk by local historian Keith Pybus on interesting local characters (Thomas Andrew Knight and Humfrey Conyngsby) and wider links to World history and science.

13 November – Remembrance Sunday. We shall again be presenting a small wreath at the Peace Memorial in Ludlow at 11 a.m. This will be in memory of all who have perished in conflicts during and since the First World War, no matter for which country, creed or religion.

15 November – ‘Religious Education – an update’ – A talk by Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the BHA. We’re very pleased to have Andrew come and talk to us, and will be extending an invitation to local Humanist Groups – hopefully, we should get a big turnout for this. Andrew should be updating us on the implications and reaction to recent moves announced by Teresa May to allow 100% religious selection at faith schools.
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WINTER – SPRING 2017

8 January – Winter Social – Plan is to meet for lunch in the Unicorn, Corve Street, Ludlow at 1:00 p.m. [Provisional]

21 February – ‘Ludlow’s Workhouse’ – an exploration of its history and consequences, by John Nash.

21 March – ‘History of Architecture from the religious to secular’ by Frank Ryding. [Provisional]

18 April – ‘Defend our NHS campaign’ Gill George will be discussing this from the current Shropshire perspective.

16 May – Annual General Meeting. The usual formalities, plus an appropriate video and refreshments & cakes.

Ludlow and Marches Group: Winter Social 17 January and talks programme

IMG2_0038 Ludlow editedOur neighbours in Ludlow have published their Winter/Spring programme.

17 January – Winter Social – 12 noon at The Queens, 113, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow (opposite the post office).

16 February“Conservationist, Wildlife Crime Investigator, Falconer” – talk by Chris Neal, of Chris Neal Falconry (formerly Hawkeye), who lives locally on the side of Clee Hill. Chris’s current expertise is in falconry, but he will be discussing cruelty to wildlife from his involvement in an undercover documentary film put together over several years for National Geographic, mainly filmed in India.

 15 March – ‘Population Concern’ – Steve Roberts-Mee of Population Matters, the UK charity associated with this serious issue. Concerns have been expressed at least since the time of Confucius (6th century BCE) on the negative effects of world overpopulation.

19 April – ‘A Brief History of Architecture – from the religious to the secular’ – A talk by Dr Frank Ryding, perhaps better known for his Red Cross work.

Talks are held at 7:30 p.m. in the Friends’ Meeting House (St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow ) on the third Tuesday of the month.

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