Horsham Humanists


Horsham Humanists is a local branch of West Sussex Humanists and represents the interests of the non-religious residents in and around Horsham.

Each month we discuss issues concerning religion and belief, ethics, equality, human rights and science, including current events.

We liase with Horsham District Council on matters concerning equality of religion and belief, and monitor Council activities, including proposals for new "faith" schools.

We are keen to campaign on behalf of non-religious residents who feel disadvantaged because of their beliefs, e.g. access to a community school, discrimination at work or through the delivery of local services.

We organise events, manage stalls and displays, invite prominent speakers, and give talks to local organisations, including schools and colleges.

We meet once a month, upstairs in the Anchor Hotel, 3 Market Square,Horsham, RH12 1EU (tel: 01403 250 640).

Meetings are from 8pm on the second Monday of the month. There is a £3 entrance charge for each meeting (£2 for BHA members). Annual membership is also available.

If you would like to meet some local freethinkers and have a chat, please come along and join us at the next meeting.




Typical agenda:

  • Business from 7.45pm to 8pm
  • Introductions
  • Local activities
  • Local and national news
  • Issue for debate/speaker/other event
  • AOB
For more details, contact Sarah

Horsham Humanists meeting 8th December 2010

A few roles were clarified and it was announced that Horsham Humanists is now a registered association with West Sussex County Council. A new website is under construction

We discussed possible venues. There are various local rooms for hire, as well as some central local pubs. The newly formed committee will decide this shortly.

Funding was considered. One suggestion was to have a small entrance charge for meetings rather than annual subscriptions. A treasurer was appointed.

Andrew Edmondson of West Sussex Humanists gave feedback from the recent BHA annual groups conference.

A simple constitution will be drawn up. One suggestion was that only BHA members would have voting rights. This would ensure that the aims of Horsham Humanists would remain consistent with those of the BHA, to whom we are affiliated.

We all looked forward to the New Year, cautiously optimistic that Horsham Humanists will flourish in 2011. We will be celebrating several national days, e.g. Darwin Day on 12th February, inviting distinguished speakers to give talks, and making further contacts with local organisations.

Read the official minutes


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