News and Past Events

Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to in recent months


  • An opportunity for some activism
    The government is again proposing to allow new faith schools, even though completely state funded, to select 100% of their pupils based on their parents’ religion (as if the current 50% cap wasn’t iniquitous enough). More information in the links below. It’s annoying to have to fight this battle again, but if you’d like to… Read more: An opportunity for some activism
  • March ’24 talk – West Country Voices
    We had a particularly well attended talk in March. West Country Voices editor in chief Anthea Simmons talked to us about why she and a small group of (largely) retired people with no background in journalism set up an online newspaper.  She discussed the role of citizen journalism and how it can be used to… Read more: March ’24 talk – West Country Voices
  • January and February 2024 news
    We’re well into 2024 now, and we’ve already had some great events. Our January talk was a fascinating introduction to the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. Nick Helm, National Marine Park Assistant Ranger, first told us about the spectacular wildlife to be found in the waters of the Sound, and then detailed the aims of… Read more: January and February 2024 news
  • December Talk – Andy’s Man Club
    We had a great talk from Andy’s Man Club in December (our slightly posponed November talk). They do some fantastic work helping men face up to their mental heath problems. Do support them if you can, and pass on their details to anyone who might appreciate their help. There are two active groups in Plymouth… Read more: December Talk – Andy’s Man Club
  • Interfaith Week 2023
    Last week was Interfaith Week, and some of our committee members took part in events to mark it, representing the non-religious in the city. Martin was on an Interfaith Panel at the University Chaplaincy discussing ‘What does it mean to live well together’, and later that week he and Tim attended an Interfaith Celebration at… Read more: Interfaith Week 2023
  • Bodmin to Lostwithiel Walk Oct ’23
    We had another very popular walk in October from Bodmin Parkway Station to Lostwithiel via the National Trust property at Lanhydrock. Fourteen people came along and were joined by three more at Lostwithiel, where everyone enjoyed some time in one of the local pubs before catching the train back to Plymouth.
  • New Web Site
    We’ve got a new web site! We’ve been running on Joomla for many years, but the software has become outdated, so we decided to move to WordPress, by far the most poular content management system nowadays. The content should be pretty much the same, but with a slightly different look.
  • First Light
    Our first talk of the autumn was from Jack Hawkins of First Light, who spoke to us in September. First Light is a charity for anyone who has experienced domestic or sexual abuse. John is an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser and spoke to us about his work supporting his clients (who in his case are… Read more: First Light
  • AGM 2023
    Our 2023 AGM went very well on Saturday 15th July, thanks to all those who attended. Here are the key points. After steering us successfully through the last few years, including all the challenges of the pandemic, Jess is standing down as Chair.  She was thanked for all she has done for the group, which… Read more: AGM 2023
  • Trade Unions in the 21st Century
    June’s talk was a very informative account of the foundations of the modern Trade Union movement, its achievements and current challenges. Our speaker was Kevin Treweeks, a local trade union activist, who was clearly very knowledgeable on the subject. As usual, we had a lively discussion after the talk. £40 was collected on the night… Read more: Trade Unions in the 21st Century
  • June 23 Update
    I’ve been a bit lax with updates recently, so here’s what we’ve been up to over the last few months. Our March talk was from Rebecca Vincent, a local humanist celebrant. She told us about her work and the many interesting experiences she has had as a celebrant. Our April talk was from Jackie Young… Read more: June 23 Update
  • Robin Ince – Bibliomaniac
    Robin Ince was again very generous with his time in February and came to Plymouth to talk about his latest book, Bibliomaniac. He gave a very entertaining talk, as you would expect, then after the break answered questions from the audience. It was great to see so many there to hear him talk.