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
For more information, please contact: David Trotter, Chairman of Ludlow and Marches Humanists Telephone: 01584 872492 E-mail: email@example.com
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.
David Trotter Chairman, Ludlow & Marches Humanists
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.
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.
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.