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! Please drop us a message for dial-in details.

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 Welcomes Refugees, you are more than welcome to to donate what would have been the cost your breakfast to our fundraiser.

Monthly Meeting [In Person]: "Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees"

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Our monthly talk will be taking place in-person, and we are pleased to announce that we will be joined by Cheltenham Welcome Refugees (our charity of the year) who will discuss their work in supporting refugees locally, a charity that fosters compassion and cooperation between different communities in Cheltenham, helping local people understand the global refugee crisis and what people experience on their resettlement journey.

Members: £2; Non-Members: £3.

Book Club and Social Evening: "Utopia Avenue" by David Mitchell

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For our next instalment of our book club, we will be meeting in-person, and we have booked a Table at the Swan for 19:30. As we are in a pub, we will have one Table for discussing the book and other tables for more of a social gathering/get-together. Please drop us a line if you would like any further information.

The book that is up for discussion this month is David Mitchell's "Utopia Avenue".

A synopsis of the book is as follows:

"Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you've never heard of.

Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin together created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on.

This is the story of Utopia Avenue's brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the Summer of Love was receding into something much darker - a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, sexuality, madness and grief; of stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact; and of the collision between youthful idealism and jaded reality as the Sixties drew to a close.

Above all, this bewitching novel celebrates the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul."

Read this book and discover the joy of science. It will empower you to think more objectively, see through the fog of your own preexisting beliefs, and lead a more fulfilling life."

Monthly Breakfast: The Moon Under Water, Cheltenham

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Our monthly in-person breakfast meet-up! 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.

Generally, we have a large table toward the back section of the Wetherspoon and we meet for about 10:00. We typically stay there for a couple of hours, although there is no fixed end time.

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Monthly Breakfast: The Moon Under Water, Cheltenham

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