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: 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 Humanist Group Programme

IMG2_0038 Ludlow editedThis is the programme of our neighbours, the Ludlow and Marches Humanist Group. Please note that the programme is subject to change, and SHG does not have any responsibility for the accuracy of the information. Please contact rocheforts [at] tiscali.co.uk for details.

20 September – ‘A short course on Humanism, part 5’ – Jano Rochefort will be presenting the next section of this course, which is around the history of origins [Provisional].

18 October – ‘Tales of Shropshire’ – a talk by local historian Keith Pybus [Provisional].

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. Please feel free to join us.

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. [This event has been confirmed by Andrew]
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WINTER & SPRING 2017

8 January – Winter Social – Plan is to meet for lunch in the Unicorn, Corve Street, Ludlow at 12:30 p.m. [Provisional]

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

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

18 April – Plans are for a talk by either a representative of the local Islamic community, or a Buddhist about their faiths, or a minister of the Church of England or Palmer’s Guild to discuss the future of churches (i.e. use of the buildings) or the Church (as in Anglicanism). [Provisional]

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

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