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Hatch, Match and Dispatch: Ceremonies for Humanists, 17th Nov 2010, 6.30pm

From: Alice F.
Sent on: Sunday, October 24, 2010 4:07 PM
Hatch, Match and Dispatch: Ceremonies for Humanists
Wednesday 17th November 2010, 6.30 pm
Chancellor's Room in Hughes Parry Hall, 19/26 Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1H 9EF


Full details and RSVP: www.meetup.com/Central-London-Humanists/calendar/[masked]/

From his 10 years? experience, Rupert Morris will talk about humanist ceremonies and what makes them special. He will also discuss what it takes to be a celebrant, including skills and training. Among the issues and scenarios he will explore will be:

  • Namings ? why do people want naming ceremonies? What happens? Who gets involved, and what do they get out of it?

  • Weddings ? the amazing variety of different ceremonies, in very different places from Richmond Hill in December to a palazzo in Ravello, from small gatherings with home-made furniture and entertainment, to big showbiz occasions involving wedding planners and Hello! Magazine; also the difficulties of working with registrars.

  • Funerals ? from the tragic (suicides and drug victims) to the triumphant or anarchic; working with vicars and other curiosities.

You can read more about humanist ceremonies here: www.humanism.org.uk/ceremonies

6.30pm start at our usual venue in Bloomsbury (see map etc below). 8pm finish followed by optional discussion in nearby pub.
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About the speaker

Rupert Morris was a staff journalist on The Times [masked]) and The Daily Telegraph [masked]) before writing his first book, Tories (Mainstream 1991). From 1995 to 2004, he was Associate Editor of The Week.

He is now Chairman of Clarity, the company he set up in 1998 to provide writing and training services for corporate and public-sector clients. The same year he wrote The Right Way to Write (Piatkus 1998).

Since 2001, he has been accredited by the British Humanist Association to conduct funerals, weddings and baby namings. He is also a qualified mediator.

Rupert is a good cook, a poor cricketer, and an incurable optimist.
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About the venue

The event will take place in the Chancellor's Room of University of London?s Hughes Parry Hall. The Hall is located by Cartwright Gardens close to Russell Square in Bloomsbury.

Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), Kings Cross (Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle and Metropolitan Lines and Mainline Rail) and Euston Station (Victoria & Northern Lines and Mainline Rail) are all within walking distance of the venue.

A map can be found here: www.halls.london.ac.uk/conference/garden/location.aspx

This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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Cost and booking

Please RSVP to book your place using the function on the right hand side of this page.

A voluntary donation of ?2 will be collected at the end of the meeting to cover costs of the room.
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This meeting is organised by Alice. Feel free to send me any questions/ suggestions you have about this or other events.
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