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Summer Social: Sunday 2 June

Join us for a gentle 2.5 mile riverside walk near the historic town of Ludlow


Simply join us for lunch afterwards in the CHARLTON ARMS, Ludford Bridge, Ludlow SY8 1PJ

Please let us know if you are coming by 23 May.


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Summer social

Sunday 17th June 2012

Join us for a gentle riverside walk near the historic village of Leintwardine, or simply join us for lunch* afterwards in the renowned parlour pub THE SUN INN, Leintwardine SY7 0LP

Walkers: meet at 10:30am on Leintwardine Village Green (by the bridge)

Others: meet in The Sun at 12:45pm

*Bring your own picnic to eat in the garden or simple food will be available to buy at the pub.

Please let us know if you are coming by 10 June; by phone (01568 770282) or

Non-members are very welcome to join us.

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Summer Social

Meet The Animals garden party with tea and cakes on Sunday 26 June from 3 to 5 pm at Knowbury. For details, please see “Events and Meetings”.

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Meetings: change of venue

We have just been informed by the Quakers that their meeting room is no longer available to us on Tuesdays. At short notice we have been able to make alternative arrangements and all meetings for the rest of the year will now be held at the Women’s Centre which is off Church Street, behind the Rose and Crown pub. Look for green double gates in Church Street, marked with a ‘Women’s Centre’ plate.

Nearby free parking is available just north of the Castle Street market square.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 14th September, starting at 7.30 pm. The theme is a discussion evening prompted by ‘Hot Potato’, humanist related topics drawn from a hat. Please come and put in your twopennyworth!

The 12th October meeting is a talk by Tony Akkermans on assisted suicide regulations in the Netherlands compared to the situation in the UK.

Looking forward to seeing you at the new venue.

Tony Akkermans

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From Newsletter 57

For coming events, please see the Events and Meetings page.

Volunteers called for

There is a vacancy on the committee for a Publicity Officer. Would any member interested in filling this position please contact Tony .

A volunteer is also required for the job of Observer/member on the Hereford SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education).


The group is making a £ 150 donation towards the Pakistan Floods Appeal. It serves as a reminder that members’ subscriptions and donations are always put to the best of causes.

Humanist Officiants

Details of Humanist officiants for funerals, weddings and baby namings can be obtained from the British Humanist Association. Group members who provide this service are: Sue Falder, Pauline Oram and Jano Rochefort (weddings and baby namings only). Further information from the BHA.

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News for January

The January Newsletter can be downloaded from here or from the ‘About Us’ page (where other newsletters from the past year can also be found).

We have an interesting programme of meetings, starting in February, which is listed on the Events and Meetings page.

The November meeting consisted of a talk by Tony M and Tony A on the life and works of the Humanist philosopher and peace campaigner Bertrand Russell.

The group’s Winter social was held on 8th December once again at the Women’s Centre, Ludlow. More than 20 members participated in a very enjoyable evening of social chat and the customary games. We were also treated to an impromptu rendering by David Cade of new Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s Christmas poem. David, who clearly has remarkable thespian talent, managed to bring this unusual and secular poem splendidly to life.

In ’12 Days of Christmas’, Duffy tackles a wide range of subjects from troops in Afghanistan to MPs’ expenses, climate change and endangered birds. US President Barack Obama, actress Joanna Lumley and artist Anish Kapoor also get a mention. The poem begins: “On the first day of Christmas, a buzzard on a branch. In Afghanistan, no partridge, pear tree; but my true love sent to me a card from home. “I sat alone, crouched in yellow dust, and traced the grins of my kids with my thumb. Somewhere down the line, for another father, husband, brother, son, a bullet with his name on.”

The other 11 verses see the poet give her interpretation of the traditional Christmas song while commentating on the state of society and politics. Five gold rings feature “bankers’ profits fired in greed” while eight maids-a-milking sees one who “milked money to mend her moat”. Carol Ann Duffy, who is not religious, took over from Sir Andrew Motion as poet laureate in May, and is the first female in the post’s 341-year history.

We also enjoyed Tony Mason’s picture recognition challenge which was followed by Pam Cusack’s cryptic quiz for which the party was divided into men v. women teams. In a very tight contest the ladies emerged victorious by one point!

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