We usually have two types of gatherings each month and have largely followed the same programme since the pandemic, albeit meeting online. At time of writing (March 2021) we’re cautiously optimistic about being able to start in person meetings again before too much longer but we will, of course, be guided by regulations.
1. Our Sunday breakfasts (10am on the last Sunday of the month)
Previously held at the Moon Under Water (Wetherspoons) in Cheltenham, we meet at 10am on the last Sunday each month. So far numbers have varied from three to 25, but what’s guaranteed is lively, good-humoured conversation, a friendly atmosphere and – in times of meeting in person – a cheap and cheerful breakfast!
If you are interested in the group and want to dip your toe in the water, why not come to a breakfast? Everyone is welcome and there’s no need to let us know in advance. That said, if you’re coming along for the first time and would like someone to look out for you then please do drop us an email and we’ll do just that.
2. An evening meeting with a speaker or an in-house discussion evening (7.15pm for 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month)
We usually have a slightly more formal meeting each month when we either have an outside speaker talking about a topic of interest to humanism / humanists, or a discussion evening, perhaps led by a committee member. There’s never any obligation to participate in the discussion or ask questions of our speaker, but you’re extremely welcome to do so if you’d like to.
When meeting in real life at the Victory Club in Cheltenham, with refreshments available from the bar, we gather from 7.00pm with the meeting proper starting at 7.30pm. However, do check the current programme as we occasionally have meetings on different dates due to speaker availability. We generally do not have evening meetings in August or December.
At evening events, we ask for a small donation to cover costs: £2 for members and £3 for non-members.
We are always keen to receive suggestions for future talks. Please contact us with any ideas you may have.
3. Book Group
We also have a quarterly book group, usually alternating between fiction and non-fiction books with a (very broadly) humanist theme. Dates / venues are arranged on an ad-hoc basis and advertised to all members and supporters via email.
Everyone with an interest in atheism, humanism or secularism – or simply the specific topic we are discussing – is welcome at our meetings. There is no need to let us know you are coming, but if you would like to make contact beforehand please do so and we’ll look out for you.