Social event, Saturday 31 March: Dawn Chorus walk

Credit: By Shantanu Kuveskar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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 muddy in places.

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

Sunday 12 February 2017: Visit to Darwin Lecture in Shrewsbury

On Sunday 12 February 2017, we have reserved 25 seats at £12 each for the Darwin Memorial Lecture at the Walker Theatre in the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, and 20 seats at The Armoury for lunch beforehand (12.00 noon). Members, partners and friends welcome. The lecture is at 2.00 pm.


Evolution by natural selection is biology’s central idea and arguably its most important one.

That this disarmingly simple notion was independently discovered synchronously by both Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace suggests that our focus should be on what they had in common, the milieu – social, cultural, technological, political – in which they lived.

This lecture will review some of the factors underlying the Darwin-Wallace breakthrough, emphasizing the implicit lesson for the history of science – that for a full understanding we need a multi-dimensional reconstruction of the world in which scientists lived and worked.

Dr Berry, educated in Shrewsbury, is a lecturer in evolutionary biology at Harvard University and has published extensively on both Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace.

If you would like a lecture ticket and/or a lunch place, contact Margaret Cann as soon as possible.

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.

Sunday 13 December: Festive lunch at the Riverside Inn, Cound

Members and friends are invited to the seasonal get-together and meal at the Riverside Inn, Cound. We meet at 12.30. All are welcome, but please book by 30 November.
Please contact Ron Falder at falder [at] (not the Secretary). You’ll need to choose what starter and main you want.

Ludlow and Marches Humanists summer social, 21 June

Our neighbours the Ludlow and Marches Humanists are holding their  Summer Social on Sunday 21st June. They plan a walk from the Cliffe at Dinham car park (SY8 2JE) followed by lunch at the Cliffe.  Lunch has been booked for 12.30pm. If you are interested in joining in, please contact David Trotter.

The walk will be along the Teme and over Whitcliffe Common, with points of interest on the way. The less energetic will not have to make the climb up Whitcliffe. The walk will be lead by Juliet & David Trotter. Please bring suitable clothing and boots or stout shoes.

Social on 4 July: Shrewsbury bridges walk and barbecue

DSCF2159-edited The annual summer social will be in Shrewsbury this year, on Saturday 4 July. All are welcome, especially if you would like to talk to local humanists in a relaxed atmosphere.

There will be a guided walk around the Shrewsbury river bridges followed by a barbecue lunch at the home of Simon and Bridget Nightingale by the river near Porthill footbridge.

The walk will start at 10.30 from the corner of Frankwell car park next to the footbridge, and you can walk all or part of the walk as it is easy to drop out and go straight to the lunch venue. We plan to visit (but not cross all) the bridges around the town centre and look at points of interest and some of the history. There will be some steps and inclines, and the route may be changed subject to the weather and any flooding.

If you don’t want to go on the walk, meet at the house in New Street, Frankwell, from 12.00 for the BBQ at 13.00. There is plenty to do in the house and garden, including table tennis, a rowing boat (with an electric motor for the lazy), a rather difficult maze and a house full of mechanical puzzles. There is very limited parking, but Frankwell car park is not far away.

There is a charge of £5 for the meal. If you’d like to come, please contact our Secretary who will give you the details. This enables us to plan for numbers and dietary requirements.

Young Humanists organisation is launched

10355602_1509069946014049_3752204951578051822_o         A new  humanist organisation, Young Humanists, has formed to provide a space for non-religious people aged 18-35 to meet, socialise, network, debate and support each other. Young Humanists is  having a launch party on 27 March. If you’re in or around London drop by for a free glass of prosecco, some stand-up comedy and to discuss “What’s it all about?” with your fellow young humanists. 1462992_1563442483910128_2454493330214431205_n

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