Dec 19

Ely Humanists – 2017 Meetings

REMINDER: There is no Library Meeting in July

Next Library Meeting – Saturday August 5th 2017

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Mar 20

‘Objections to Humanism’ with Andrew Copson – Skeptics in the Pub, Cambridge

For more information about this event, please click HERE.

Feb 02

February 2017 – Meeting Reminder

MEETING – SATURDAY 4th February, 2017 –  The Meeting Room, Ely Library, The Cloisters, Ely, CB7 4ZH (10.00 – 11.30am)

For more information about the group, please click HERE

Nov 30

December 2016 – Meeting Reminder

MEETING – SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2016 The Meeting Room, Ely Library, The Cloisters, Ely, CB7 4ZH (10.00 – 11.30am)


TOPIC: ‘A Giant Leap for Humankind? Could/should interplanetary humans become a reality?

Useful links:

Stephen Petranek – How We’ll Live on Mars

Elon Musk’s Vision
Short version:

Long version:


  photo credit: Why via photopin (license)

Nov 02

November 2016 – Meeting Reminder

MEETING – SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2016 The Meeting Room, Ely Library, The Cloisters, Ely, CB7 4ZH (10.00 – 11.30am)

TOPIC: ‘Is There Room for God in Humanism?’

You can click HERE to read more info following on from the October meeting topic – ‘Humanism’, which may also be useful for this month’s discussion.

(Refreshments will be available.)



photo credit: Miroslav Petrasko ( And the sky opened via photopin (license)

Feb 13

The Big Questions – Cambridge, 21st February

TBQ Cambridge Flyer

The BBC is seeking audience members for the live broadcast of The Big Questions, taking place at Netherhall Sports Centre, Cambridge on Sunday 21st February.

The Big Questions is the BBC’s flagship ethical and moral debate programme. It is hosted by the experienced television and radio presenter Nicky Campbell, and airs on Sunday mornings from 10am-11am and from locations all around the country. The show addresses tricky moral questions facing the nation today, consulting front row experts and a select studio audience. Beliefs, informed opinions and personal stories are all aired during three lively debates.

They ask the audience to arrive at approximately 8.30am which allows ample time for teas and coffees and to meet the other audience members. Generally everyone will be finished and ready to leave no later than 11.10am.

The following information is required from everyone who wishes to reserve a seat:

• Full Name
• Age
• Contact telephone number
• Email address
• Religious Belief
• Ethnicity
• Location
• Employment status, and nature of work
• Political party membership/political leanings
• Any accessibility issues

If you are interested, please contact Stuart by email – – or phone 0141 611 9630

Feb 12

Happy Darwin Day!

Today is Darwin Day, an annual celebration of the enormous scientific legacy of Charles Darwin and his discovery of evolution by natural selection.

Darwin Day

Following on from February’s meeting, here are the links to more information about The Ancestor’s Trail, which takes place later in the year, and The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins.

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Ancestor’s Trail – click for more info.


Ancestor's Tale - cover

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Jan 01

January 2016 – Coffee and Chat

As there is no meeting at the library on the first Saturday of January 2016, we hope you will join us for an informal get-together on Saturday January 9th, at the The Royal Standard, Ely.
We look forward to seeing you there – and Happy New Year!

January Coffee

Dec 04

November/December News

During November, Ely Humanist Group was invited by East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Community Safety Partnership to contribute to the Interfaith Week ‘Having Faith in Community’ exhibition held at Babylon Gallery, Ely. We provided the material for 2 posters plus assorted leaflets about Humanism and the local group.

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Next Meeting: Saturday December 5th 2015
Ely Library Meeting Room   10.00am – 11.30am


  • Discussion – Assisted Dying
  • Brief Summary of Group Reps Annual Meeting
  • Non-religious viewpoints/Religious Education success
  • Final Words and Thoughts for Next Meeting

For more information on the BHA’s campaign regarding Assisted Dying please click HERE

For more info regarding Religious Education, please click HERE

No meeting at Ely Library in January. Next ‘formal’ meeting: February 6th, 2016.

Informal get-together for coffee and a chat proposed for mid-January – Venue TBC


Sep 29

September Round-up

What is Humanism cover

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Ely Humanists donated a copy of What is Humanism?, by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young, to Ely Library.

A letter was sent to our local Conservative MP, on behalf of Ely Humanist Group, regarding the reading of the Assisted Dying Bill in Parliament. As yet we have no response to the letter, however the Secretary received a reply to her personal letter, stating that Lucy Frazer QC MP did vote for the Bill, and explaining her reasons why. A copy of the email will be available at the next meeting.

Following a discussion on the current refugee crisis members identified national and local groups focused on providing aid**.



Our Chair, Colin, stepped down at September’s meeting and Angela has taken on the position. Many thanks to Colin for his work over the first year of Ely Humanists, and welcome to Angela! Julia remains Secretary.

The Ely Group’s Newsletter has undergone a makeover and will now include the agenda. This should be sent out in the middle of the week prior to the meeting.

For news from other groups around the UK, please click HERE

Our next meeting is due to take place October 3rd 2015, Ely Library Meeting Room, 10.00am.


Jul 26

Event Review: What a Wonderful World – Marcus Chown

Marcus Chown

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The Royal Institution – London
What a Wonderful World – Marcus Chown

On the evening of July 1st 2015, the hottest July day ever recorded, I made my way down to the Royal Institution in London for a talk by Marcus Chown. Fortunately the iconic, historic, lecture theatre where Michael Faraday, Humphrey Davy and hundreds of other eminent scientists have given the world the benefit of their genius, now has air-conditioning.

The advertising for the event promised that Marcus would explain life, the universe and everything in one hour. Now this might sound like a tall order, and, of course it is. However, I have been a fan of Marcus Chown for some time and knew it would be entertaining and informative.

Marcus Chown was born into a British working-class family but, through education, he became a physicist and ultimately worked as a radio astronomer at California Institute of Technology. He worked with Richard Feynman, one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century and his knowledge of Physics is unsurpassed. He gave up working in Physics to become a writer of popular science books. He is currently Cosmology advisor for New Scientist magazine. His books include “Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You” and “We Need to Talk About Kelvin” (available in Ely library!).

In 2013 his publisher persuaded him to use his exceptional skill in explaining physics in layperson’s terms to explain everything in layperson’s terms. He accepted the challenge and the Book “What A Wonderful World” was the result. This talk was a distilled version of that book.

His approach is always to explain “bonkers” things about the universe in a way that even people like me can understand. For example, because atoms are almost entirely empty space, in terms of matter, the whole of the human race could be fitted into something the size of a sugar cube. Likewise, he asked “Why do we have 2 sexes?” after all, slime moulds have 13! Hold up your thumb. At this very moment billions of neutrinos are passing through it, (and, of course every other part of you). The room you are in is full of dark matter and dark energy. 98% of the universe is invisible.

The event is now available to watch on YouTube:

Colin Gunter – Chair, Ely Humanists

Marcus Chown

The Royal Institution


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