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.
Upcoming events (1)See all
- Curry, Book Club and Swap: "The Importance of Being Interested" by Robin InceThe Swan, Cheltenham
Our next book club will be a special one, as we are hosting a bring and swap event for our charity of the year: Uganda Humanist Schools Trust. Basically, bring any books that you would like to donate/swap and give a donation for any swaps/exchanges.
The event will be in two parts. We will be meeting in-person at 18:00 at The Swan in Cheltenham to make the most of their early bird curry deal and for swapping books. Then at around 19:00, we will seamlessly shift to hosting our quarterly book club. You are more than welcome to join us for either or both parts! Please drop us a line if you would like any further information.
The book that is up for discussion this month is Robin Ince's "The Importance of Being Interested". A synopsis of the book is as follows:
"Comedian Robin Ince quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell in love and he now presents one of the world's most popular science podcasts. Every year he meets hundreds of the world’s greatest thinkers.
In this erudite and witty book, Robin reveals why scientific wonder isn’t just for the professionals. Filled with interviews featuring astronauts, comedians, teachers, quantum physicists, neuroscientists and more – as well as charting Robin’s own journey with science – The Importance of Being Interested explores why many wrongly think of the discipline as distant and difficult. From the glorious appeal of the stars above to why scientific curiosity can encourage much needed intellectual humility, this optimistic and profound book will leave you filled with a thirst for intellectual adventure."