Past Events

A discussion on ‘Faith Schools’ and their danger to our children

Date: 16 February 2019

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Location: Ely Library, The Cloisters, Ely CB7 4ZH

Our co-chair David Williams will lead an open discussion on ‘Faith Schools’ and why he thinks they are a danger to our children – We welcome all perspectives on this subject and encourage respectful and positive debate – we are all here to share and learn!

January 19th 2019 – My name’s Mel and I’m a Transsexual

Date: 19 January 2019

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Location: Ely Library


Mel will share her experiences of being a transsexual and how it has affected her life. In particularly, sharing the correct language that should be used when discussing transsexual and transgender people and how people have reacted to her own transformation. An inspirational session for humanists everywhere!

December 1st 2018 – Talk on Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind

Date: 1 December 2018

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: Ely Library


Brief talk on “Sapiens; A brief history of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and informal social with festive refreshments. Entry £2.

The book can be found here –

November 3rd 2018 – Uganda Humanist Schools Trust (UHST)

Date: 3 November 2018

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: Ely Library


Talk discussing the schools that have been set up in Uganda by the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust (UHST). There are two secondary and two primary Humanist schools currently being supported by the UHST. The secondary schools now have 600 students. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and informal social with refreshments. Entry £2.

October 6th 2018 – The Development of Humanist Pastoral Support

Date: 6 October 2018

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: Ely Library

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PLEASE NOTE – the library lift will be unavailable on this day.

Talk by Simon O’Donoghue, Head of Pastoral Support for Humanists UK, discussing the support offered to non-religious people in settings such as hospitals and prisons.

Followed by a Q&A and informal social with refreshments. Entry £2.

September 1st 2018 – Ely Humanists – Moving Forward + AGM

Date: 1 September 2018

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: Ely Library

Babylon Bridge

Talk discussing the future of Ely Humanists – what we’ve achieved this year and our plans for next year. Also some discussion of our partnership with Humanists UK and some projects/events they’re running. Following the talk, we will have our annual AGM with refreshments. Entry £2.

BBQ at Malcolm & Gilian’s

Date: 4 August 2018

Time: 11:00 - 15:00

BBQ at Malcolm and Gilian’s house. Please see the email from James, which gives their address. We suggest parking near the country park (Fisherman’s Car Park), or at Fore Hill Car Park, and walking from there.
If you have dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free), then please feel free to bring some food with you. If you’d like to bring a drink, or some fresh cherries/raspberries, then that would also be much appreciated.

** Please RSVP via email before 2nd August. **

July 18th 2018 – Ely Tree Trail Walk

Date: 18 July 2018

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

Location: Ely Tourist Information Office


The Ely Tree Trail Walk was designed by one of our members (Malcolm, who will lead the walk). It starts and finishes at the Ely Tourist Information Office at Oliver Cromwell House. The walk takes about an hour at a relaxed pace. We suggest parking at St Mary’s Car Park and walking back up St Mary’s Street to Oliver Cromwell House and the Tourist Information Office (near St Mary’s church). The group will meet there at 6:30pm and walk together. There will be a break at a pub for drinks at the end of the walk.

DATE & ROOM CHANGE – July 14th 2018 – Informal Discussion of Humanists UK 2018 Convention

Date: 14 July 2018

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: Ely Library

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Please note this meeting is on the second Saturday in July and will be held in the Careers Office at Ely Library (turn right before the desk).

Informal discussion (with refreshments) of the Humanists UK 2018 convention and associated topics. Entry £2.

DATE CHANGE – June 9th 2018 – Alternatives to Traditional Burials

Date: 9 June 2018

Time: 10am - 11:30am

Location: Ely Library

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Please note this event has moved to 9th June.

In a follow-up to a previous talk on alternative burial sites, this discussion will focus on alternative methods of dealing with human remains. Followed by Q&A and informal social with refreshments. Entry £2.


Meeting Room Address (not for mail):
6 The Cloisters, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4ZH.