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Welcome to West Sussex Humanists

Humanism is the view that we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values, and live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.

We represent the interests of the non-religious residents of West Sussex in local government, support Human Rights, and work towards equality and social cohesion.

West Sussex Humanists is also an umbrella organisation of local affiliated groups that meet regularly, currently Horsham Humanists and Chichester Humanists.

Our next meetings

28th January Chichester

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25th February Chichester


MUCHOS NACHOS pub/restaurant



Chichester Humanists Meeting 15th March 2011

We met at our new venue, the Chichester Inn, in our own bar room. There were quite a few apologies, so we gathered around the open fire for more of a chat.

It was suggested that we invite a local celebrant, known to some members, to give a talk. We are also awaiting a reply from the NUT regarding a speaker on "faith" schools and related matters.


Chichester Humanists meeting 16th February 2011

After discovering that our venue, The Waterside Inn, has closed down since our last meeting, we eventually relocated to The Vestry. Future meetings will be held at The Fountain Inn, 29 Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1ES.

We were introduced to six new members who all contributed interest to this relaxed meeting. One member described how his religious beliefs waned after studying philosophy at college. Other members described their isolation and rejection during childhood due to their atheism.

Several members described the dilemma of attending a Catholic church in order for their children to gain entry to the local Catholic school (the best in the area). Most members knew of similar experiences.

Some of the members are veteran Humanists, others are testing the water. What is vitalising are the varied viewpoints expressed. No dogmatic thinking here.


Horsham Humanists meeting 2nd February 2011

We welcomed an enthusiastic new member to the group. With each new member, the group is developing its identity.

We finalised the formalities of setting up the group and were informed that affiliation to the BHA is well underway. The extensive benefits of affiliation were discussed.

We looked at a preview of the new website which is about to go live. More features will be added when time allows.


Crawley Together Conference 2011

Around 200 people attended this conference at the Hawth centre, run by Crawley Borough Council.

Julian Dobson, of Urban Polinators, gave a talk entitled "More for less and partnership working". He showed how Twitter, Facebook and other online services can be used to share information and network with each other.

He said that the unemployed should be seen as a valuable resource that should be empowered to contribute to society, rather than waste time applying for non-existent jobs with the threat of withdrawal of benefits.


Should schools require Christian worship?

Read this interesting and topical article in the Guardian and take part in their Comments below.

SACRE meeting 8th November 2010

I was unable to attend this meeting. The following is based on the unconfirmed minutes.

The section entitled Membership of the SACRE did not mention my application for Humanist membership. Derek Jones, Baptist vice-chair, announced later that the application had not been discussed by SACRE and so it would not be mentioned in the annual report either. How convenient. One can only conclude that WSCC will do everything in their power to exclude the non-religious 43% of residents from involvement in the so-called Religious Education of their children.


BBC Sussex Interview 13th March 2011


Gavin Ashenden interviewed Andrew Edmondson about the Census 2011 campaign, followed by Paul Bickley, senior researcher for the Christian think tank Theos. Download recording. This is a 36MB mp3 file.


2011 Census Campaign talk at Chichester University

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Naomi Phillips, Head of Public Affairs for the British Humanist Association (BHA), gave a talk about the 2011 Census Campaign (see poster below) on Wednesday 23rd February at Chichester University.

This was the first public Humanist event to be held in West Sussex and was hosted by Chichester University's Atheist Humanist and Agnostic society (UCSU AHA) in association with Chichester Humanists.


Chichester Humanists meeting 19th January 2011

Our inaugural meeting of Chichester Humanists began with interesting introductions from the 10 Humanists present.

Two representatives of the Chichester University Atheist, Humanist and Agnostic society (UCSU AHA) were present and gave an account of the activities of their new group, which was formed in response to a strong Christian influence felt within the university. They have 56 members at present.


Haywards Heath meeting 13th January 2011

We started this friendly meeting with an introduction from a new member who gave an interesting account of student life at Warwick University as a member of their Atheist, Humanist and Agnostic society.

Our first business was to discuss the Census 2011 campaign, referring to the BHA campaign poster. We considered the implications of the erroneous Census 2001 statistic that 72% of the UK population are Christian, especially religious organisations taking over welfare services and more schools.


Horsham Humanists meeting 5th January 2011

This was our first meeting in the new venue, the B52s pub in Piries Place, which proved most suitable. It is also very convenient for parking.


Haywards Heath meeting 9th December 2010

This was our first meeting in the Dolphin pub, which turned out to be an ideal venue for our fledgling group. We agreed that future meetings should start at 7pm. A larger venue will also be needed for certain events. A small entrance fee will be charged for meetings, rather than annual subscriptions.

We heard brief introductions from two new members who made positive contributions throughout the meeting. A few other new members couldn't make this meeting. It looks like this group will take off in 2011, along with Horsham and Chichester.

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Remembrance Sunday Campaign

The Chichester Observer made a video and wrote an article covering the laying of a Humanist wreath after the main religious ceremony. A transcript of the speech can be downloaded here.

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Council prayers campaign

In March 2015, the government introduced the Local Government (Religious Observances) Act allowing councils to hold prayers during their meetings, overturning a High Court decision in 2011 (see below).

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The non-religious should be represented on the Religious Education advisory council
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