October meeting of the Ludlow and Marches Humanists

“What is Lost”
A talk by Dr. Antony Lempert

Tuesday 19th October 2021
7.30 p.m.

Dr. Lempert explores the impact of the silencing of freethinkers and secular ideas over the centuries and how that affects us still.

Antony is a GP partner in Knighton, Powys. He chairs the Secular Medical Forum (SMF) of the National Secular Society (NSS), an organisation working to protect patients and the wider public from the imposition on them of other people’s beliefs. He is President of the Shropshire division of the British Medical Association (BMA) and, as a BMA representative since 2009, he has engaged in frequent debate about secular and other issues at the BMA’s annual representatives meeting.

The Friends Meeting House
St. Mary’s Lane
Ludlow
SY8 1DZ

All welcome

For more information, please contact:
David Trotter, Chairman of Ludlow and Marches Humanists
Telephone: 01584 872492
E-mail: david215@talktalk.net

September 21st meeting cancelled

Dear Fellow Humanists,

I am sorry to have to tell you that so many members of your committee find that they are double booked, that we have to cancel our meeting planned for Tuesday 21st September. Please accept our apologies for this.

The speaker for that evening was to be Amanda Jones, Director of Shropshire Supports Refugees. We have apologised to Amanda and asked if she will come and be our speaker in March or April next year. Your committee have all agreed to now make personal donations to Amanda’s organisation at what is no doubt an extremely busy time for her.

Our first meeting will therefore be on Tuesday 19th October when our speaker will be Dr Antony Lampert of the National Secular Society. We look forward to meeting again after such a long and difficult time.

Best wishes

David Trotter
Chairman, Ludlow & Marches Humanists

News from the committee of the Ludlow and Marches Humanists

In-person meetings set to resume in September

At our committee meeting held on Saturday 29th May 2021 it was decided to park annual membership for now with the intention of starting it again in April 2022. Expenditure for the group includes hire of the hall, speaker’s expenses and subscriptions to organisations such as Humanists UK. If we find there is not enough money to cover these expenses once meetings commence, we may need to ask for donations. Currently we have £452.01 in our account.

The committee needs one more member to replace Michael Radford who has left Ludlow. If you are interested please contact David Trotter Tel. 01584 872492.

It was decided that our meetings will recommence in September this year and speakers for the first three months are as follows:

Tuesday September 21st
Refugees
Amanda Jones
Director, Shropshire Supports Refugees
Tuesday October 19th
What is lost
Dr. Antony Lempert
National Secular Society
Tuesday November 16th
Climate Change
Dr. Frank Baker

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th May 2022.

The venue for these meetings will be the Quakers Meeting Rooms in St Mary’s Lane, Ludlow as before. If there are any social distancing requirements still in place in September we will let you know.

Frances Lloyd
Newsletter editor

West Midlands Humanism in Action Month

Humanist groups from across the West Midlands region are coming together to put on weekly Zoom sessions at 7.30 p.m. every Tuesday during February 2021. Please do join us.

2 FebruaryWhere are we now?
With guest speaker Andrew Copson
9 FebruaryClimate change
With guest speaker Richard Norman
16 FebruaryHumanism in action
School speakers, SACREs, Dialogue,
Pastoral care/chaplaincy, Celebrants
23 FebruaryThe future of humanism
With guest speaker Andrew Copson

For more information, e-mail birminghamhumanists@gmail.com

To book your place and receive the Zoom links, contact Mark Taylor at markntaylor@gmail.com

Update: Recordings of the four sessions are available on our website for people to view at their convenience:
February 2nd – Humanism – where are we now?
February 9th – Climate change
February 16th – Humanism in action
February 23rd – The Future of Humanism

COVID-19 UPDATE FOR LUDLOW & MARCHES HUMANISTS

Dear Fellow Humanists,

Your committee met on Saturday 5th September to discuss our future in this world of Covid-19. You may recall that our last meeting was on 18th February 2020 and the ensuing lockdown has prevented further meetings, including our AGM which was scheduled for May.

We had hoped to resume meetings with an AGM and speaker in September. The rules, as we understand them, mean that there is a limit of 30 people allowed with two metre social distancing and face masks to be warn. This means that the maximum number allowed in the Quaker Meeting House is nine. Clearly this is a nonstarter and members of the committee will investigate possible alternative venues. Therefore there will be no meeting in September and unless an alternative suitable venue can be found, or the regulations are relaxed, we will plan on resuming our meetings in March 2021.

The present committee of David Trotter – Chairman, Malcolm Rochefort – Vice Chairman, David Flory – Secretary, Juliet Trotter – Treasurer, Jano Rochefort – Membership and Frances Lloyd – Newsletter, are willing to carry on until we are able to hold an AGM. Mike Radford resigned earlier this year. If any member wishes to volunteer to replace Mike please tell me. Secondly if any member objects to the committee continuing please tell me.

Our finances are quite sound and we have not banked the cheques received for 2020 subscriptions which will be destroyed, and direct donations for this year refunded.

Sadly I have to report the death of two valued members, Chris Neal, the wildlife lover with the raptor sanctuary on Clee Hill; and Pam Cusack’s companion, blues/jazz music fan and engineer Maurice Arnold. They will both be missed.

If there is anything further to report I will let you know. In the meantime I wish you all health and happiness in these difficult times. If any member needs any help or assistance please tell me.

Best wishes

David Trotter                                                                        10th September 2020

PS. As you will know the new government law limiting meeting numbers to six means there is now no prospect of us resuming meetings for the foreseeable future. DT.