Funeral for David Flory

We wanted to share funeral details for our dear friend David Flory, a long-time committee member of the Ludlow and Marches Humanists group.

Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
2 p.m.
Westhope Green Burial Ground
near Craven Arms, SY7 9JP

The Humanist service will be conducted by Simon Nightingale from Shropshire Humanist Group.

Next meeting: An introduction to humanist ceremonies

A talk by John Leaman, a humanist ceremonies celebrant

Imagine a ceremony that marks a major life event in a way that is personal, sincere, and honest. A humanist celebrant provides an alternative to religious ceremonies for people wishing to celebrate or commemorate key life events — such as weddings, namings, and funerals — in a non-religious way.

Tuesday 21st February 2023
7.30 p.m.

At the Ludlow Quaker Meeting House
St. Mary’s Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1DZ

All are welcome

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Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 13th November 2022

The Ludlow and Marches Humanists will be taking part in the Ludlow Remembrance Sunday Civic Service and also laying a wreath as part of the ceremony.

Participants have been asked to arrive by 10:40 a.m. at the Peace Memorial, Market Square, Ludlow.

Please join us if you are able to.

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Next meeting: Blossom and the origins of the antivax movement

A talk by Dr Colin Kelcey, neuroscientist and Fellow of the Royal Institution

At the Ludlow Quaker Meeting House
St. Mary’s Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1DZ
Tuesday 18th October at 7:30 p.m.

Dr Kelcey’s talk will explore the origins of vaccination together with the beginning and rapid growth of the anti-vaccination movement in the early nineteenth century. Vocal opposition and disinformation towards research-driven vaccines is not new.

All are welcome.

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Meetings resume Tuesday 20th September

Towards inclusive education – a talk by Robert Cann, Education Campaigns Manager for Humanists UK

At the Friends Meeting House, St. Mary’s Lane, Ludlow
Tuesday 20th September, 2022 at 7.30 p.m.

Humanists UK campaigns for the reform of religious education (RE) in schools to ensure that non-religious perspectives are also included. It is also campaigning to end admissions and employment discrimination in state-funded faith schools.

All are welcome.

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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

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

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.

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: