Next meeting: Assisted dying – the U.K.’s next great liberal reform?

A talk by Marie Yates, Dignity in Dying’s Lead Campaigner for Shropshire

With 84% of the public supporting the choice of assisted dying for terminally ill adults, Dignity in Dying campaigns for choice, compassion and dignity at the end of life.

When death is inevitable, suffering should not be. Along with good care, dying people deserve the choice to control the timing and manner of their death.

At the Friends Meeting House, St. Mary’s Lane, Ludlow
Tuesday 19th April, 2022 at 7.30 p.m.

All are welcome.

Next meeting – Refugees: a talk by Amanda Jones, CEO of Shropshire Supports Refugees

At the Quaker Meeting House, Ludlow
Tuesday 15th March at 7.30 p.m.

Stories of refugees are frequently in the media nowadays and, living in the rural Welsh Marches, can tend to isolate us from their plight. Amanda will talk about the global refugee situation and what can be done to help support the refugees who come to live in Shropshire.

All are welcome.

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Next meeting – Talk by Dr. Colin Kelcey – “Mary’s Warning”

At the Quaker Meeting House, Ludlow, on Tuesday 15th February at 7:30 p.m.

Please join us at our next event and be spooked with tales of death and ghostly happenings. Dr. Colin Kelcey, neuroscientist and Fellow of the Royal Institution, will give his talk entitled “Mary’s Warning”. All are welcome.

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The committee is also working to firm up the rest of our programme for 2022. We’ll be adding more details to the website as they become available.

People and pathogens: the evolution of infections

Darwin Day Lecture – online or in-person – February 11th, 2022

Professor Alice Roberts, President of Humanists UK, returns as Chair of the Darwin Day Lecture, welcoming Professor Dame Anne Johnson as 2022 lecturer. Professor Johnson – an esteemed epidemiologist, public health specialist, and President of the Academy of Medical Sciences – will speak on People and pathogens: the evolution of infections.

Never before in modern times have the effects of evolution by natural selection been so plain for all to see, or so keenly felt by so many. And never before have so many set out to understand – and debate! – the rights and wrongs of public health messaging, guidance, and restrictions. In this, Professor Dame Anne Johnson is something of an expert. She cut her teeth in epidemiology in the 1980s – when a poorly understood Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) exploded into the world and devastated millions. For almost 40 years since, she has led a distinguished career investigating how infections spread, and how changes in human behaviour can be brought to bear to reduce human suffering.

The 2022 edition of the Darwin Day Lecture will be a hybrid event, held at Conway Hall in London or viewed online.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

Professor Alice Roberts at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbruy this coming April

TV scientist and Humanists UK President giving a talk about her new book, Ancestors

While this isn’t a Humanists event, we thought it would be of interest to our members, or indeed anyone visiting our website.

In addition to being an evolutionary biologist, osteoarchaeologist, author, and broadcaster, Professor Alice Roberts is also President of Humanists UK and the organisation’s most high-profile ambassador.

Professor Alice Roberts will be giving a talk about her new book Ancestors at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbruy on Monday, April 25th, 2022.

Here’s the write-up about the event from the Theatre Severn website:

What can a grave tell us about a person? Did the Neanderthals bury their dead? Why was a man from the Alps buried in Wiltshire, four thousand years ago? How is genetics revolutionising what we know about the deep past? And what does all this mean for us, today?

Professor Alice Roberts takes us on a tour of the most fascinating burials in Britain, with behind-the-scenes insights from digs and filming – and a chance to buy a signed copy of her new book, Ancestors.

“This is a terrific, timely and transporting book – taking us heart, body and mind beyond history, to the fascinating truth of the prehistoric past and the present” – Bettany Hughes

For further details and to purchase tickets, please visit:

Additional links:
Professor Alice Roberts’ website
Professor Roberts and the team at Humanists UK

Remembrance Sunday

Humanists take part in Ludlow ceremony

A group of members of Ludlow and Marches Humanists attended the Remembrance Sunday Ceremony at the Ludlow Peace Memorial on November 14th, 2021.

David Trotter, pictured, laid our wreath in memory of all who gave their lives in conflict.

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.

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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

All welcome

For more information, please contact:
David Trotter, Chairman of Ludlow and Marches Humanists
Telephone: 01584 872492

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
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