We usually have an event on most 2nd Tuesdays in the month at 7.00 p.m., at the Riverside Centre, Newport, PO30 2QR, (or recently, more likely on Zoom) for discussion group or speaker - but see full details below.
Where these are held on Zoom this will be indicated and the Zoom weblink published nearer the time.
Formal meetings will resume at The Riverside on Tuesday 10th January 2023.
Tuesday 10th January 2023 7.00 pm
General New Year Committee Meeting
This will be a committee meeting to launch activities for 2023. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The expected meeting finish time is 8.15pm. Parking is free at Riverside when using the facilities, but please ensure that you enter your vehicle registration at reception.
Our Branches Pilot Project Manager, Alastair Lichten, issued the first of a quarterly ‘Branches Update’ this month. There is a general theme that Humanists UK have fairly adventurous plans for the branches. The stand-out item for me is that we will have to adopt the Humanist UK standard for our Isle of Wight branch website.
The next Humanist Branch Forum is scheduled for 29th November. I shall represent our branch at this forum.
Bill Nally has advised that he is stepping down as our Branch Secretary, with immediate effect. This is due to pressure of work and personal commitments. Bill will continue to look after our Facebook and Twitter content. I shall stand in as a temporary ‘acting secretary’, along with treasurer duties. Thank you for your contribution Bill.
In Q1/Q2 2023 we will hold an AGM and properly review and vote on the committee positions.
Our Yuletide social gathering was at a member’s home on Tuesday 13th December at 7pm.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7:00 PM
A message from Kat Reynolds, Chair of Brighton Humanists - welcoming Stephen Law to speak on the topic of “Believing Bullshit”.
Charles Bradlaugh - a talk by Keith Hayward
7.30 pm, Zoom, Tuesday 8th June 2021.
Click here for more details.
Humanist Heritage talk "Well-doing and Well-being" by Madeleine Goodall
7.30 pm, Zoom, Tuesday 13th April 2021
Humanists' 125th Birthday Talk
January 12th 2021 (Zoom) - Dr Oliver Scott Curry,
Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology
University of Oxford.
"How to be Good: The new science of right and wrong" Check Dr Curry'sTEDx talk here.
---- COVID gap most of 2020 -----
February 11th 2020 - "Life Beyond Jehovah's Witnesses" by Ray Metcalfe.
January 14th 2020 - "Talk Yourself Better" by Ariane Sherine - cancelled due to bad weather.
December 10th December 2019
Extra meeting - Tuesday 26th November 2019
Book Group discussion
November 12th 2019 - talk/disucssion on Pastoral Care with Chaplain Rosie Deedes from Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
October 8th 2019 - discussion on Faith Schools led by Alan Rodway
September 24th 2019 - Book Group discussion
September 10th 2019 - Peter Marchant "Bad Myths - Good Myths" - a Review of Christ Mythicism"
August 13th 2019 - Book Group discussion
July 9th 2019 - Simon o'Donoghue on "Pastoral Support"
June 25th 2019 - Members' BBQ evening 6.00pm
May 14th 2019 - Juliane Kaminsky, Portsmouth University, "Do animals have a theory of mind?"
April 9th 2019 - AGM and Members' evening
March 12th 2019 - "Faith to Faithless" (Speaker meeting)
February 19th 2019 - Members' evening with discussion on "Reality or Hallucination?" led by David Bodrell (3rd Tuesday this month).
January 8th 2019 - Andrew Neilson on "The State of the Prisons"
11th December 2018 - Mince Pie evening - some business, some social.
7th December 2018 - (Friday afternoon, 3.00pm Committee only - tea and mostly business)
13th November 2018 Jonathan Pearce "God on Trial"
9th October 2018 - Simon Bligh on "Factfulness" - Why we're wrong about the World and things are better than you think.
25th September 2018 - Peter Marchant on "Beyond the Historical Jesus" 7.00 pm (moved from 11th)
11th September 2018 - admin and discussion evening, 7.00 pm
14th August 2108 - no meeting - Summer break
24th July 2018 - Private BBQ at member's home and looking at Sandi Toksvig's MOOC course
10th July 2018 - no meeting
19th June 2018 - "Is Music a Universal Language?" - Teddy Prout Director of Communications for Humanists UK
9th May 2018 - An Evening with Jim Al Khalili Professor of Physics, Surrey University.
10th April 2018 - Bill Nally on "Weird Beliefs"
13th March 2018- AGM and discussion on "Uncertainty"
13th February 2018 - discussion and conversation about Darwin - see this reference.
9th January 2018 - "Surviving Apostasy - Life as a Jehovah Elder" - Ray Metcalfe
12th December 2017 - Christmas Party - see Contact page for ticket
14th November 2017 - Review of GRAM - David Bodrell
10th October 2017- Bombs, Bloomsbury, and Bertrand Russell
A talk by David Warden. In 1940 Bertrand Russell was condemned by an American court as ‘morally unfit to teach philosophy’. He was subsequently awarded the Order of Merit by George VI and the Nobel Prize for Literature.
David Warden is chair of Dorset Humanists and an Honorary Member of the British Humanist Association.
12th September 2017 - The Big Change in Religion and Belief - How might a humanist respond?
Britain is currently going through what’s been called the biggest change in religion and belief landscape since the Reformation, 500 years ago. But what's really going on? What are the facts? And what are the practical implications? Can the non-religious help make it work?
Jeremy Rodell is a Trustee of the British Humanist Association and its volunteer Dialogue Officer.
- no August meeting -
11th July 2017 - Private meeting (barbecue) at a member's home
13th June 2017 - “A Bluffer’s Introduction to Quantum Mechanics”. Sorry - it’s physics again - David will keep it light and hopefully we can have some fun discussing this. Peter seemed quite keen and suggested that we explore quantum mechanics and determinism. Two reprints from New Scientist have been circulated.
9th May 2017 - Sophie, one of Bob Keats' daughters who read her own version of a physicists eulogy that she personalised for Bob at his funeral last Saturday has agreed to come along and read it to us at the May meeting. Bob's funeral was a really fantastic tribute to the man.
18th April 2017 - AGM - use contact form for details of venue
22nd March 2017 - Peter's talk to Dorset Humanists - see www.3peter.co.uk
14th February 2017 - "The Epicureans"
10th January 2017 January - The Footprint Trust with Ray Harrington Vail.
13th December 2016 - social meeting in a member's home
8th November 2016 - Bill Nally on the "meaning of Kalam"
11th October 2016 - John Caunt - Humanist Celebrant
13th September 2016 - Robin Ford on "Humanism in Shakespeare"
16th August 2106 - Summer break
5th July 2016 - social meeting in a member's home
14th June 2016 - Paul Armfield - Notes from a troubadour
10th May 2016 - Peter Marchant - deconstructing the bible
12th April 2016 David Bodrell on "The History and Scale of the Universe"
September 2015 - Andrew Copson