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

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

We liase with Chichester District Council and West Sussex County 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 and displays, invite prominent speakers, and give talks to local organisations, including schools and colleges.

We meet once a month in Muchos Nachos140 Whyke Rd, Chichester PO19 8HT (tel: 01243 785 009)

Meetings are from 7.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Instead of membership subscriptions, there is a £3 entrance charge for meetings with speakers (usual concessions).

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

For more details, email Julian.

Being freethinkers there are many things secular humanists will not agree on, but there are some matters on which we do take a firm and unanimous stand. We do not condone prejudice of any sort. Nor do we hate religious people. Such views are entirely contrary to any humanist philosophy and we reserve the right to exclude any person promoting them.

Chichester Humanists talk 15th August: Being Gay in the UK


Peter Cornwell of Worthing Pride gave us a well presented and interesting talk about the problems faced by the Gay and Lesbian community in the UK.

His approach was to outline the main historical changes to UK law. Queen Victoria was partlly responsible for the first anti-homosexual Act in 1885; this only applied to men, because she didn't think lesbianism was possible. A few years later, Oscar Wilde was put on trial.


Ray Marsh talks about Humanist Ceremonies

ChichesterHumanistsTalkRayMarshJuly2011Ray Marsh gave a most interesting and entertaining talk about Humanist ceremonies: baby namings, weddings/civil partnerships and funerals.

Ray has been a Humanist celebrant for 9 years and comes highly recommended. Like most celebrants, he conducts all three ceremonies.


Chichester Humanists 21st June 2011


Our first organised talk "Are We Hard-Wired to Believe in God?" by NHS Psychological Therapist Martyn Frame was a resounding success and paves the way for a program of regular talks.

Over 20 people attended. As usual, we began the meeting by introducing ourselves. And what an interesting, diverse bunch of people, each with their own story. Some were non-believers for as long as they could remember, others struggled to break free of their religious past.


Chichester Humanists meeting 17th May 2011

This lively meeting welcomed three new faces and a few locals who overheard our conversation.

Most of the meeting was spent discussing our personal histories and the reasons we are interested in a local Humanist group. Humanists come from all walks of life and have a reasoned approach to dealing with the issues of life, the universe and everything. This meeting demonstrated that debating ethical and other human issues is far from dull.


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.


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.


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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