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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 2nd March 2011

SIGNING THE CONSTITUTION

The Constitution was confirmed as being approved and signed by Sarah, Miles, Steve, Andrew and Paul.

OFFICER CONFIRMATION.

Paul explained that for the bank mandate, fund raising credibility and because of his current personal circumstances the roles of Secretary and Treasurer need to be separate.  Miles volunteered to take over the role of secretary and this was approved by those present.  As a consequence, as at the date of this meeting the executive officers were confirmed as Sarah – Chairman; Miles – Secretary; Paul – Treasurer.

OPTIONS FOR SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT THE GROUP.

There was a short discussion about HHG having a presence at ‘Sparks in the Park’ and other Horsham events.  Sarah informed the meeting she had a contact for this event.  Paul reminded the meeting he had attended the last ‘Equalities forum’ meeting but would not be able to attend the next one in April.

Action:           Sarah to pass contact information to Paul.

                       Paul to email the date of the next ‘Equalities forum’

THE CENSUS CAMPAIGN

Andrew handed out some leaflets and asked everyone to distribute them – suggesting dropping four per street and asking those receiving them to pass them on.  Close to 27th March he also suggested members put up posters in public places that urge people who do not practice a faith to tick the ‘no religion’ box on the census form.  He went on to outline publicity he has already achieved and the media channels he hopes to use in the near future. Steve informed the meeting he has already distributed some leaflets.

BELIEFS: HOW WE MAKE THEM AND WHAT THEY ARE FOR.

Steve addressed the meeting with an interesting talk, accompanied by a hand-out, which looked at some aspects of belief from a psycho-therapeutic perspective.  This broadened out in a short general discussion about belief.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

It was agreed that at the next meeting our discussion topic will be ‘A Place for Humanism’.

The meeting discussed inviting an outside speaker and Andrew informed us he has a person from Abortion rights UK willing to give a talk. It was agreed that at our next meeting we would fix a date for this speaker.

DATE/VENUE NEXT MEETING

Wednesday 6th April, 8.00 pm. Function Room  B52s, Piries Place

 

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