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.

Socialise in the Pub
Weds 14th February 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. (Please note that as the meeting this month happens to fall on Valentines Day the pub may be busier than usual).

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.

 

HUMANIST PASTORAL SUPPORT
Mon 26 February 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

 Discussion led by Simon O’Donoghue from Humanist Care, the pastoral support arm of Humanists UK community services department.

This is an opportunity to find out more about this important and developing area of work, and how you can become involved.

HUK is committed to ensuring that non-religious people have access to pastoral support which reflects their worldview, provided by like-minded individuals. HUK believes that everyone needs compassion and empathy when going through difficult times, irrespective of their beliefs. For this reason, HUK provides pastoral care to the non-religious, a group of people who have historically been overlooked in this area.

A network of volunteers is being trained and developed to provide this support. Currently there are volunteers operating in hospitals and prisons, It is hoped to expand this to universities, the armed forces, and other places in need of non-religious pastoral care.

Pastoral support volunteers provide the sort of care that might be provided to religious people by chaplains.

Simon O’Donogue.

Simon O’Donoghue is the Head of Pastoral Support at Humanists UK. He has completed Homerton Hospital’s year long chaplaincy training course, has a background in psycho-therapeutic interventions, and has trained many of Humanist Care’s pastoral support volunteers.

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.

Socialise in the Pub
Wednesday 14th March 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.

WOMEN AND PROTEST
Mon 26 March 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm

Wanstead Library*

Talk and discussion led by Judith Garfield, Executive Director of Eastside Community Heritage.  The meeting takes place in the context of Women’s History Month, the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, and a special free exhibition mounted this month at Wanstead Library on ‘Women and Protest.’ The exhibition records stories of women from the East End of London who have been involved in campaigns concerning women’s rights or who are descendants of East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELFS). The exhibition, mounted by Eastside Community Heritage, will be on from 14 – 31 March 2018.

Eastside Community Heritage began in 1993 and has been an independent charity since 1997. It documents the lives of ‘ordinary’ people, celebrates the rich culture and history of East London’s diverse communities, and promotes harmony, understanding and civic pride. It has worked with over 800 community groups, mounted dozens of exhibitions and other projects, and founded the East London People’s Archive comprising thousands of oral history recordings, photographs and memorabilia.

The meeting is open to all and is free.  Doors open at 7.00 for light refreshments and chatting. Do come even earlier to check out the exhibition!  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 23 April 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

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.

Mon 25 June 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

Mon 23 July 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

Mon 24 Sept. 2018.  7.30 – 9.00 pm
Wanstead Library*

Details to be confirmed

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