A word from our Chairman

Hello, and welcome to the web site of the Ludlow and Marches Humanists.

Humanists believe this is the one life we have, and that we should make the best we can of it, whilst being considerate to other people. We have no written dogma or detailed moral proscriptions because we believe in rational actions and discussion, and the necessary actions may change as society and events change. We try to act ethically, with empathy, and do not condone violence, racism, or hatred of any people for their nationality, origin or faith. We are not a religiously oriented community, but we do respect the rights of people to various forms of religious belief. We do not believe in a supernatural God but see all deities as human constructs of greater or lesser significance in people’s lives.

Our group meets regularly so that like-minded people can discuss topical and historical events, and listen to talks on a whole range of topics which may be of interest to our members and the public. All are welcome. We hold meetings in Ludlow, usually involving invited speakers to give talks, on the third Tuesday of February, March, April, May, September, October and November. The usual location for talks/meetings is the Friends/Quakers Meeting House in St Mary’s Lane, but this can vary, so please check notices and web site (or Facebook page – just created). We also have occasional special talks which we advertise locally a few weeks in advance, and organised social meetings in mid-Summer (usually June or July) and mid-Winter (usually January). We have supported worthy local and national charities where we think there is a pressing need. We are a partner of Humanists UK ( https://humanism.org.uk/, formerly the British Humanist Association or BHA), and occasionally have national speakers provided by Humanists UK.

As well as providing a national focus for Humanism in the UK, the national organisation also licences local Humanist celebrants who can conduct naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals right across the country. These non-religious ceremonies to celebrate new life, permanent partnerships, and the lives of loved ones are increasingly popular as they always provide an opportunity to focus on the individuals being celebrated, rather than any dogma or theology. Our group is also a member of the National Secular Society ( http://www.secularism.org.uk/ ), which works for the separation of religion and state and equal respect for everyone’s human rights.

If you think you might be interested in joining us, or just coming along to one of our talks or socials, please check our programme of events or contact us via email, or ring me directly to enquire (01568 770282). Leave a message and contact details if there’s no answer. Thank you.

Malcolm Rochefort

Chairman, Ludlow and Marches Humanists


Latest news;

  • For an open letter to Simon Nightingale following his lecture in Ludlow, go to the Articles and Papers pages and the video of his lecture to the Shrewsbury U3A
  • For a review of Steven Pinker’s new book ‘Enlightenment Now’ go to the Article and Papers pages
  • Library Display,
  • Lord Rooker talking about Brexit in the House of Lords

Please click on Meetings and Events for a Newsletter and more information

  • For a good Guardian editorial on religious education and humanism go to the articles and papers pages.