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.

‘SUNDAY ASSEMBLIES’
Talk and discussion about new secular communities
Mon 26 June 2017.  7.30 – 9.00 pm. Wanstead Library*

Sam Weatherald will speak about the history and purpose of secular Sunday Assemblies and about the East London Assembly which he helps organise. The first such assembly was held just four years ago in Islington. There are now 70 Assemblies in eight different countries. They welcome everyone, regardless of religious belief or non-belief.

The phenomenon has attracted much media coverage and raises broad questions about our need for community and what sort of community we are seeking. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Doors open 7.00 for light refreshments, browsing the literature stall and chatting. Entry is free and open to all, with collection to defray expenses.

Join us at the convivial (and good value) George Pub (opposite Wanstead Tube) after the meeting for more socialising.

*Spratt Hall Rd, Wanstead, London E11 2RQ. The library (pictured right) is a 2 minute walk from Wanstead Underground Station (Central 1767-mtm2otgznzy2ng 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.

AGM and Discussion on the New Government.
Monday 24 July 2017. 7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

AGM followed by discussion on the challenges presented by the new Government from a Humanist perspective.

  • One issue is the Government proposal announced September 2016 to remove the present cap which requires faith schools to limit the intake of their faith to just 50%. This opens up the prospect of, for example, all Catholic, all Jewish and all Muslim schools. It flies in the face of Theresa May’s pronouncement, made in the immediate aftermath of the London Bridge terrorist outrage, that communities must no longer grow up divided from each other.  Plans to remove the cap are now well advanced and can be implemented without any parliamentary debate or vote.
  • Another issue is what sort of deals the Conservative Party may strike with the DUP to stay in power. It is a sobering thought that a handful of fundamentalist Christian MPs, including creationists, homophobes and climate change deniers, could hold the balance of power.

AGM

East London Humanists will be happy to consider applications from anyone who would like to join our committee and play a greater part in running and shaping the future direction of the group.

The meeting is  free and open to all.  There will be a collection to defray expenses (minimum donation of £3 suggested). Donations to our monthly collection for the Eat or Heat food bank (Walthamstow) are also welcomed.

Doors open 7.00 pm for light refreshments and chatting. Join us afterwards at The George for further socialising and lively conversation. The George is a comfortable, good value and convivial pub opposite Wanstead Tube.

Monday 14 August 2017.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

WANSTEAD FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2017. 11.00 – 18.00
CHRISTCHURCH GREEN, WANSTEAD

Join us on our interactive stall at this fun annual community event. Free entry. Music and performances throughout the day, stuff for kids, art trail, beer tent, diverse stalls etc. etc. plus all the delights of adjacent Wanstead High Street.

Revisiting the abortion argument.
Monday 25 Sept 2017.  7.30 – 9.00 pm.
Wanstead Library*

Discussion led by June Mitchell, a group committee member.

It is fifty years since the Abortion Act 1967 transformed the landscape on a woman’s right to choose. Generations have grown up who may not have a full understanding of how things were before this reform and all the arguments which persuaded Parliament to vote for change.

The election of Trump has breathed new life into the conservative religious right who seek to reverse the advances. There is also concern about the rise of those with similar views in this country.

The meeting will revisit the issues through a Humanist perspective and consider how we should respond.

The meeting is  free and open to all.  There will be a collection to defray expenses (minimum donation of £3 suggested). Donations to our monthly collection for the Eat or Heat food bank (Walthamstow) are also welcomed.

Doors open 7.00 pm for light refreshments and chatting. Join us afterwards at The George for further socialising and lively conversation. The George is a comfortable, good value and convivial pub opposite Wanstead Tube.

Assisted Dying
Monday 23 Oct 2017.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

A speaker from Dignity in Dying will lead a discussion. What are the arguments for a change in the law? What if anything has changed in the light of the various court decisions over the last couple of years, including cases supported by Humanists UK (formerly BHA)? What is the prospect for change in the light of the defeat of proposals in Parliament?

The meeting is  free and open to all.  There will be a collection to defray expenses (minimum donation of £3 suggested). Donations to our monthly collection for the Eat or Heat food bank (Walthamstow) are also welcomed.

Doors open 7.00 pm for light refreshments and chatting. Join us afterwards at The George for further socialising and lively conversation. The George is a comfortable, good value and convivial pub opposite Wanstead Tube.

Introduction to Humanism
Monday 27 Nov 2017.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed.

END OF YEAR DINNER
December 2017

Details to be confirmed.