What we're about

We are a friendly group of those interested in humanism and secularism, with members coming from Gloucestershire and surrounding areas. We are a partner group of Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist Association) and affiliated to the National Secular Society (NSS).

We have monthly meetings on a wide array of topics which are open to anyone interested in that month’s discussion: you certainly don’t need to ‘be’ a humanist to come along. Our monthly meetings are at the Victory Club in Lypiatt Road and we meet at 19:15 for a 19:30 start.

We meet up once a month socially too, at 10:00 on the last Sunday of the month for breakfast over lively conversation and laughter.

We’re also involved in the local community and a number of our members are accredited Humanist UK celebrants offering non-religious naming, wedding and funeral ceremonies.

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(Virtual) Monthly Breakfast

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Our monthly breakfast meet-up, but online!

We are holding a 'virtual' breakfast gathering at around 10:00 am to allow everybody to get together and to have a friendly chat.

The event is very much a social, friendly gathering. You are more than welcome to join if you are curious about humanism, secularism, atheism/agnosticism, or believe that you can be good without God through compassion, kindness, tolerance, free speech, and rational thought.

Feel free to bring your coffee, tea, cereal, or scrambled eggs!

In addition, as we are raising funds this year for Cheltenham Open Door, you are more than welcome to to donate what would have been the cost your breakfast to our fundraiser.

(Virtual) Event: 'Humanism and the Armed Forces' (Major Neil Weddell)

Our monthly event will be a talk by Major Neil Weddell on humanism and the armed forces.

With over 400 members and supporters the Defence Humanists (formerly the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association) is a growing network of non-religious service personnel, MOD civil servants, veterans and their families within Humanists UK who seek to represent the interests of all those who subscribe to humanist ideals, and to work with the Ministry of Defence regarding the needs of humanist and non-religious personnel. It organises events and community activities for its members and leads Humanists UK’s participation in Remembrance Day events and similar activities around the UK. In addition, the Defence Humanist Network (DHN) represents the views of non-religious Service personnel and Defence Civil Servants. Its principal aims are to support the 'moral component', the psychological depth and resilience that enables the armed forces to be effective in extremely stressful situations, including combat; and to enable humanists and the non-religious in Defence to feel included and supported as part of a community.

Major Weddell is the Head of Non-religious Pastoral Support at Humanist And Non-religious in Defence (HAND), DHN vice chair, and is the Officer responsible for creating the necessary conditions to encourage UK MOD to formally introduce non-religious/humanist pastoral support for the 58,000 defence personnel who identify as secular in their worldview. Major Weddell organised the 2020 Humanist Remembrance Day Service: https://humanism.org.uk/community/defence-humanists/humanist-remembrance-day-ceremony/

(Virtual) Monthly Breakfast

Online event

Our monthly breakfast meet-up, but online!

We are holding a 'virtual' breakfast gathering at around 10:00 am to allow everybody to get together and to have a friendly chat.

The event is very much a social, friendly gathering. You are more than welcome to join if you are curious about humanism, secularism, atheism/agnosticism, or believe that you can be good without God through compassion, kindness, tolerance, free speech, and rational thought.

Feel free to bring your coffee, tea, cereal, or scrambled eggs!

In addition, as we are raising funds this year for Cheltenham Open Door, you are more than welcome to to donate what would have been the cost your breakfast to our fundraiser.

(Virtual) Book Club: "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett

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For our next instalment of our virtual book club, we will be discussing Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Please drop us a line if you would like any further information.

A synopsis of the book is as follows:

'Destiny is important, see, but people go wrong when they think it controls them. It's the other way around.'

Three witches - Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick - have gathered on a lonely heath. A king has been cruelly murdered, his throne usurped by his ambitious cousin. An infant heir and the crown of the kingdom, both missing . . .

Witches don't have these kind of dynastic problems themselves – in fact, they don’t have leaders.

Granny Weatherwax was the most highly-regarded of the leaders the witches don't have. But even she found that meddling in royal politics was a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe . . .

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(Virtual) Monthly Breakfast

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