Future Events

Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings of our Group are usually held on a Monday. Details of upcoming events are also published on the East London Humanist Meetup site.

The meetings aim to be educational, stimulating and fun.  It is a chance to engage socially and in lively discussion and debate with like minded, open-minded thinking people.  There is also an opportunity to keep up to date and engage in our campaigning and other activities.

AUGUST 2018

Our group will take a well-earned break from our regular monthly meetings in August. However, sign up to Meetup and make sure you receive details of other special activities and events during this period.

WANSTEAD FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 16 SEPTEMBER. 11.00 – 18.00
CHRISTCHURCH FIELD, WANSTEAD

We return with our popular interactive stall to this fun annual community event. Adjacent to Wanstead High Street with its independent shops, cafes and restaurants,  and minutes from either Wanstead or Snaresbrook Tube. There are dozens of stalls, a music stage, beer tent, food and various activities throughout the day. Come and support our stall, or just drop by for a chat.

INTRODUCTION TO HUMANISM
Mon 24 September 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm.
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* 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.

A world without Down’s syndrome?
Mon 22 October. 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Discussion led by June, who is both a committee member and the mother of a young woman with Down’s syndrome who is also a member of the group.

Eugenics aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population. Many will be aware of one of the dreadful manifestations under the Nazis. However, household names here have also been fanatical supporters, eg HG Wells and Marie Stopes. In Iceland, due to medical advances and liberal abortion laws, Downs syndrome has virtually been eliminated from the population. But is that the sort of society we really want?

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* 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.

DRUGS:
Is the time now ripe for de-criminalisation?
Mon 26 November 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library.

Talk and discussion led by Simon, a committee member and recovered drug addict. Simon will speak from first hand experience on the damage caused by drugs. He will explain his view on how ineffectual the current law is and the benefits of reform, using examples such as the Portuguese model.

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* 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.

December 2018. End of year celebration 

End of year celebration. Details to be confirmed

Humanist infused poetry
Mon 28 January 2-10.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Raise your spirits on a bleak winter evening with a celebration of poetry touched by Humanist values.  “…….a poet is a sage; a humanist, a physician to all men….”    from The Fall of Hyperion.’  John Keats (1795 – 1821)

Bring along a poem or two to read. Feel free to bring a favourite poem, or something of your own.

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* 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.

Mon 25 February 2019.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* 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.

 

HELEN PANKURST
Mon 25 March 2019.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Full details to follow.

Helen will speaking among other things about her book ‘Deeds not words’ published in 2018.

Helen is a granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, who had strong ties with East London, not least wth the East London Federation of Suffragettes. Helen is therefore of course also the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst. Helen is an important women’s rights activist in her own right, as well as being a member of the important Pankhurst dynasty.

Free entry. Open to all.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Join us at the convivial George pub opposite Wanstead Tube after the meeting for further socialising.

* 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.