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.

 

YOUNG HUMANISTS SOCIAL EVENT
THURSDAY 19 APRIL FROM 19.30
THE TOLLINGTON, HORNSEY

A free event organised by the Young Humanists section of Humanists UK. See full details here.  Register here.

DISGUST, EVOLUTION & MORALITY
Mon 23 April 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm

Wanstead Library*

Filmed talk by Dr Joanna Fleischman, eminent evolutionary psychologist. Chaired by Jim Al Khalili, renowned broadcaster, physicist and vice chair of Humanists UK. Our meeting will include a viewing of highlights of the 2018 Darwin Lecture which enthralled a packed audience in London on 9 February.

‘Disgustology’ is a relatively new field of research. Dr Fleischman examines the pivotal role of revulsion in the evolution of human morality. This uniquely human emotion originally evolved to protect us from disease.  It has extended to influence our moral judgements on issues such as sex and stem cell research. Her arguments are illustrated by fascinating examples, such as reactions to cleaning a bathroom with a national flag, or the prospect of wearing Hitler’s jumper, no matter how well washed!

The meeting is open to all and is free.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. The footage will be shown at 7.30 (approx running time 50 mins). There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion. 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.

 

NIGERIAN ATHEIST BLOGGER FROM TERROR ZONE SPEAKS
CONWAY HALL*SAT 28 APRIL 6.30 PM

Event organised by the London Black Atheist group. Tickets £10. For details check out the LBA Meetup site.

Raymond Ijabla, Medical Doctor, Human Rights campaigner and Atheist blogger from a Boko Haram Islamic Militant/Terrorist infested Zone will talk about his upbringing, religious deconversion, and the consequences of becoming an atheist in Northern-Eastern Nigeria, followed by Q&A.

Raymond Ijabla is a passionate campaigner against the adverse effects of religion in Nigeria and other African countries. He lives and works as a medical doctor in Yorkshire, UK.

Raymond Ijabla was born in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State in North-Eastern Nigeria to Roman Catholic parents who later became evangelical Christians. His paternal grandparents were Muslims. As a child, Raymond Ijabla spent a lot of time with his pa-ternal grandparents who lived in Madagali area in Adamawa State in Nigeria, an area overrun by Boko Haram (Nigerian ISIS affliate).

Some of Raymond Ijabla’s relatives were internally displaced or killed by Boko Haram Islamic militants. Almost everyone in his community has lost someone or knows someone who has lost a family member or members.

* Check out directions to Conway Hall here

THE UNKINDEST CUT
Mon 14 May 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm

Wanstead Library*

Talk led by Doctor Antony Lempert, chair of the Secular Medical Forum. Dr Lempert has been at the forefront of challenging the practice of non-therapeutic cutting of male genitalia. There is a broad consensus in the UK that female circumcision is abhorrent. It is of course now illegal. However, male circumcision continues to be practised routinely for purely religious and cultural reasons despite ample evidence that it is unnecessary and potentially harmful.

Dr Lempert has made representations to the BMA  that the practice, when carried out for non-therapeutic reasons, should be deemed contrary to the codes of conduct. He recently scored a notable success when Amazon were persuaded to withdraw a do-it-yourself circumcision kit from sale in the UK. Amazingly and shockingly it can still be obtained from the US website. Warning! Do not go to this link if you are squeamish!

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.

Natural History Museum
Friday 25 May. Late night visit

Join us to explore the delights of the museum which opens its doors until 10.00 pm on the last Friday of each month.

Further details to be announced.

Socialise in the Pub
Weds 13th June 2018 7pm til Late
The George Pub

The George, Wanstead

A totally unstructured evening in the pub to simply chat and share experiences of Humanism, Secularism and Free Thought in East London. We hold social meetings at The George on the second Wednesday of each month.

Familar to attendees of our regular meetings The George is a Wetherspoons pub offering a wide range of good value food and drink. Just come along and look for the green ELH banner on a table to rendezvous.

Optionally RSVP on Meetup to let us know if you are coming.

REDBRIDGE GREEN FAIR
Saturday 23 June.
Melbourne Field, Valentines Park, Ilford

Please support our stall at this fantastic biennial event. Founded in 1990, the Fair is always brimming with community spirit, drawing on local people, resources, talents and skills. It features many dozens of stalls from a wide range of organisations and groups, eco-attractions, live music, a beer tent, lots of vegetarian food, and much much more.

Further details to follow.

FAKE NEWS & DATA PRIVACY
Mon 25 June 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm

Wanstead Library*

Is digital media a threat to our society, democracy and rights? Debate and discussion led by East London Humanist committee members.

Recent news regarding the breach of trust of Facebook users and the influence of targeted advertising on the US election by Cambridge Analytica has highlighted the importance of privacy of personal data. What can we do to protect ourselves and how is the government making sure we have enforceable rights?

The speed and reach of the internet has facilitated the spread of false information. The internet has also facilitated  extremists and others  gather in echo chambers and seek recruits. To what extent is this a new problem? Just how worried should we be? And what if anything can be done about it?

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.

GAY PRIDE LONDON
SATURDAY 7 JULY

Join the LGBT Humanists UK contingent at London’s iconic Pride parade. Details to follow.

SARAH CHAPMAN ANNIVERSARY WALK
SATURDAY 7 JULY. 12.00 – 19.00

A celebratory event to mark the 130th anniversary of the historic walk of the match girls from Mile End to the City of London.

You can see further details and register for the event here.

Sarah Chapman is an important but sadly neglected figure in the history of the movement for women’s rights and for  better working conditions. She is buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave in Manor Park Cemetery. You can sign the petition to save the grave here.

London’s Most Urban Woodland.
Guided tour of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, an East London gem.
Wednesday 11 July. 6.30 pm

THCP was one of the great cemeteries created for the growing Victorian metropolis. It is rich in heritage, with many wonderful monuments. It was closed to burials in 1966 and is now an amazing award-winning natural space in the heart of East London.

Our tour guide will be the Manager of the Park, Kenneth Greenaway, who happens to be a Humanist celebrant. He will talk about the history, flora and fauna of the Park, as well as the many interesting characters associated with the Cemetery, including a number of radicals.

Meet at The Soane Centre, Southern Grove, E3 4PX at 6.30 pm. (A few minutes walk from Mile End tube, Central, District and Metropolitan lines). You can see full details of the location here.

Tour starts 19.00. Spaces may be limited, so to be sure of a place please book up first on Meetup.

A minimum donation of £5 will be requested from anyone attending on the evening.

We aim to finish the evening at a local pub following the tour.

Check out more about the Park on BBC One here. And on Naturewatch here.

LGBT Humanists update
Mon 23 July 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm

Wanstead Library*

A speaker from LGBT Humanists will speak and lead a discussion on the group’s current campaigns.

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.

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.

A world without Down’s syndrome?
Mon 24 Sept. 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 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.

INTRODUCTION TO HUMANISM
Mon 22 October 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm

Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

Mon 26 November 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

December 2018. End of year celebration 

End of year celebration. Details to be confirmed