This page has more information about the gatherings we hold. We usually have two types of get togethers each month:
1. Our Sunday breakfasts (10am on the second Sunday of the month online, and the last Sunday of the month in person)
Our online breakfasts are attended by anything between 4 and 14 people. We started these during the pandemic and they’ve remained popular, so dial in for general chat and a catch up. There’s no fixed agenda or topics for discussion: it’s simply an opportunity to chat to like-minded people. If you’re really good at managing your time, join us with a fry up to get in the mood!
On the final Sunday of the month we meet at the Moon Under Water (Wetherspoons) in Cheltenham from 10am, typically at the back of the pub. So far numbers have varied from three to 25, but what’s guaranteed is lively, good-humoured conversation, a friendly atmosphere and 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 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, either online or in person at The Victory Club)
We usually have a more structured 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.
We generally do not have evening meetings in August or December.
- At in person events we ask for a small donation to cover costs: £2 for members and £3 for non-members. Feel free to come along and buy a drink before the meeting.
- When we’re meeting online we tend to start at 7.30pm, have approx. 45 minutes of discussion / presentation followed by a quick break to recharge glasses etc. and then move to Q&A. We usually finish around 9pm.
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 and venues are arranged on an ad-hoc basis and advertised to all members and supporters via email – as of Spring 2022 we’re trialling meeting at The Swan pub in Cheltenham.
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.