A voice for the non-religious in Swindon

“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.” ― Christopher Hitchens

About Us

178We are a new group of Humanists and Secularists in Swindon, who have known each other since December 2012. Before this date there was no obvious humanist or secular group in town, but there is now!

So far we are a very diverse group with differing opinions and philosophies; No dogma here! As such we have many goals and aims; these include creating a humanist social community in Swindon, applying ethics and logic to local issues and also in national campaigns. We are all united on one stance- we want to promote and enjoy all the benefits and wonders of rational thought!

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8 comments on “About Us

  1. Helen Palmer
    September 9, 2013

    Just a quick reminder re the Secular Europe March & rally this Saturday 14th September.

    In addition to a great list of speakers for the rally we have some great commitment from people; a bus load of students are heading down from Dundee AHS group, a group of 4 from the Polish Rationalist Association are coming over and Pedram from the Secular Medical Forum is flying back from Sweden just to be with us and to speak at the rally.

    We hope some of your group will be joining us too to make the day a great success.

    We will assemble in Temple Place at 12.30

    The March will start at 13.00

    The Rally will then be held in Richmond Terrace oppositeDowning Street starting at approximately 2.00 p.m..

    Speakers include;

    Professor AC Grayling

    Stephen Law

    Maryam Namazie

    Pragna Patel

    Anne Marie Waters – One Law for All

    Sue Cox – Survivors Voice

    Nina Sankari – Polish Rationalist Association

    Houzan Mahmoud – Organisation of Women’s Freedom in Iraq

    Bob Churchill – International Humanist & Ethical Union

    Nahla Mahmoud – Council of Ex Muslims

    Naomi Phillips Chair of Labour Humanists

    Adam Knowles Chair of GALHA – LGBT Humanists

    Rory Fenton AHS President

    Charlie Klendjian Secretary of the Lawyer’s Secular Society

    Dr Pedram Kazemi-Esfarjani – Secular Medical Forum

  2. David Miller
    August 11, 2014

    Hello, I was wondering if you could let your members know about the Ancestor’s Trail that I’m helping to organise this year with Central London Humanists, which is happening on the north-east side of London this year. It’s not close I know but perhaps you and your members could consider it, if not to come to then just as a news item and something to discuss amongst your group, as the trail idea can be done anywhere. Who doesn’t like a nice summer walk and a celebration of evolution as it is a very humanst-y topic! I’m hoping that a few groups may bring a few people down and do a particular route together, and maybe stay overnight at a youth hostel we have booked to join in the talks or otherwise enjoy visiting the area. The advantage of this particular trail (in London this year) is that it brings people together, hopefully from far and wide, to walk, socialise and be entertained, and to catch up with what others are doing. I can send you more details on request or you might like to have a look at the event web site http://ancestorstrail.org.uk/

    Thanks and best wishes, Dave

  3. Tony Akkermans
    September 5, 2014

    Dear Friends,

    My name is Tony Akkermans, past chairman of Welsh Marches Humanists.
    My book ‘Happily Godless’ – Humanism for a better World, has just been published. 370 pages in length, the book is partly autobiographical, narrating my path to humanism in Holland, but mostly it is arguing the case for humanism in preference to religion. Topics discussed include human rights, particularly women’s rights; overpopulation; science and religion; animal welfare; faith schools; multiculturalism; nature v. nurture; morality; assisted dying; some aspects of the paranormal and much more.
    I am bringing the book to your attention, not for financial gain (the high page count and low price leave no room for royalties) but because a wide readership would spread the humanist message and the contents, hopefully, would be an enjoyable read for fellow humanists. I have already received positive endorsements from amongst others Prof. Peter Atkins, David Pollock, Denis Cobell and Peter Tatchell.
    I am hoping that you will feel able to bring the book to the notice of your membership, either via your website or a group email. ‘Happily Godless’ can readily be found on Amazon by typing ‘Tony Akkermans’ in their ‘books’ bar or under ‘authors’.
    With many thanks for your help on this and all good wishes,

    Tony Akkermans
    Oak Lodge – Rowton – Craven Arms

  4. Danny Clark
    January 12, 2015

    I wonder if you could tell me when your next meeting would be. I am keen to find out more about Humanism and their is not a group in Bristol.
    Many Thanks
    Dan Clark

  5. MANOJ MALIK
    June 22, 2015

    very encouraing for us “indian” HUMANISTS.we are just following your footsteps.No hesitation to say,you[european]are well ahead of us.as village adopts innovation of city,we are slowly,but willingly becoming mature & more open on he issues like atheism,freethinking,rationalism.again,want to reassure that you are on right track.MANOJ MALIK,CHANDIGARH,INDIA

  6. Fiona Nutburn
    September 16, 2016

    Nice to find you? Are you still an active group? I’ve recently joined the BHA, having admired their work for sometime. I live in Highworth and would love to get involved with any Humanist activities in my area…

    Thanks!
    Fiona

    • Belinda
      October 17, 2016

      Hello. yes, we are still active. we were on a bit of a hiatus but working hard now to get things up and running again. If you’d like to meet some of us we usually gather every second Thursday at The Wheatsheaf in Old town, Swindon. We also have facebook chat group and general facebook page as well. please let me know if you’d like to be included on our mailing list by email us and i’ll add you.

      Belinda (co-secretary)

  7. Jacqui Dickenson
    March 21, 2017

    Hello all
    I am listed as a funeral celebrant on your pages, but am afraid I need to have my name removed. I am pretty much retired following serious illness. Would you please be kind enough to remove my details? Thank you.

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