Future Events

Monthly Events

Usually held on the third Monday of the month. Our events are educational, stimulating and fun.  They provide opportunities to engage socially and in lively discussion  with like minded, open-minded thinking people. 

Details are also published on the East London Humanist Meetup site. Signing up to Meetup is free and easy and without any obligation or hassle. You will automatically received details of events when they are posted.

WANSTEAD FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 11.00 – 18.00

All are welcome to join us at our interactive and friendly stall at this ever popular event in the heart of beautiful Wanstead.

The fair, held on Christchurch Green, will feature many dozens of interesting stalls, a range of food and drink, a beer tent, and a large stage with live entertainment throughout the day, plus a few surprises. Cancelled last year due to Covid, we are hopeful it will big bigger, better and more joyful than ever. The fair is also a great opportunity to explore the independent shops and sample the many cafes and restaurants on the adjacent High Street.

East London Humanists Stall at Wanstead Festival September 2019

Christchurch Green is just a few minutes walk from either Snaresbrook or Wanstead Stations on the Central Line. It is served by numerous buses, including: 308;145;W12;W13;W14;66;101

AGM, RELAUNCH AND INTRODUCTION TO HUMANISM
MONDAY 11 OCTOBER 7.30 – 9.00 PM
WANSTEAD LIBRARY

All welcome at our group’s first monthly meeting in person for 18 months. A chance for new and old faces to listen about and discuss our values, why championing them is as vital as ever, and how to get involved.

Doors open 7pm for light refreshments. Free, with voluntary collection to defray expenses. Spacious well-ventilated room. Good accessibility. Social distancing will be respected.

The intrepid are welcome to join us for further socialising at The George (opposite Wanstead tube) afterwards.

Wanstead Library

The George

The library is a 2 minute walk from Wanstead Underground Station (Central Line). Nearby bus stops include 308;145;W12;W13;W14;66;101. There is also free easy parking adjacent to the library and good disabled access

BANGLADESHI HUMANISTS EVENT
MONDAY 8 NOVEMBER 7.30-9.00 PM
WANSTEAD LIBRARY

Bangladeshi Humanists based in East London will speak fifty years after Bangladesh obtained independence from the Muslim Republic of Pakistan. They will talk of their struggles in Bangladesh and the UK. The ongoing threat posed by religious extremism, not least the barbaric slaughter of ‘atheist bloggers’ in Bangladesh, has again been thrown into sharp focus by events in Afghanistan.

Doors open 7pm for light refreshments. Free, with voluntary collection to defray expenses. Spacious well-ventilated room. Good disabled access and accessibility generally. Social distancing will be respected. Join us afterwards at the convivial George pub (opposite Wanstead underground) for further chatting and socialising afterwards.

The speakers and the issues

Our speakers include key members of The Nirmul Committee (The Secular Forum for Bangladesh, UK). The ideals on which the new state of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) was founded in 1971 were embodied in the four guiding principles of its original constitution: National independence; Socialism; Democracy; Secularism.

The progressive forces have faced constant pushback, not least from Islamists. The Nirmul Committee was founded in 1992 by families of victims seeking justice against the perpetrators of war crimes during the liberation struggle and to challenge fundamentalist/extremist groups who were seen to have colluded with the occupying Pakistani military.

In addition, the UK branch of the Nirmul Committee has sought to expose suspected collaborators who were residing in the UK after fleeing Bangladesh and to challenge the rise of religious fundamentalism & extremism in the UK. The UK branch also has a remit to advance the education of the public generally, and of young people of Bengali origin in particular. This includes, but is not limited to, Bengali secular culture, history and traditions.

UK members have themselves faced threats from extremists for their beliefs.

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets with friends and family at celebration for independence of Bangladesh August 2021. Around a third of the Borough’s residents are of Bangladeshi descent.