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.

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

CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF COUNCIL SUPPORT

Our group has previously supported 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.

Unfortunately, due to the high sums required by the council to hire the field and other reasons the fair had to be cancelled at short notice. The Green Fair Committee is hoping to continue to organise other smaller scale events. Further details are on the Green Fair website.

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. A number of group members will be participating. If you are interested in taking part in the parade itself then it is essential to register.

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.

FRIDAY 13 JULY
MOBILISE AGAINST TRUMP

Our group will be joining the mass protests in central London to mark the visit of President Trump.

Humanist groups are not party political and embrace those with views across the political spectrum. However, Trump represents the anti-thesis of what we stand for: A climate change denier who rejects scientific evidence in favour of  crass and false self-interest; An appeaser of religious conservatives determined to turn back the clock on women’s rights, gay rights, etc;  A demagogue who feeds on hatred, divisiveness and bigotry.

The power Trump exercises in our fragile and uncertain world makes him particularly dangerous. It is important that our group shows solidarity with the huge swathe of public opinion who are appalled by and reject Trump’s form of politics.

Details to follow.

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.

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

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