Author: Margaret

SH February meeting

Radio Times quiz prepared by member Marie Haworth. What do you remember of the ‘olden days’? Bring yours along for all to share. If your memory’s not that good, or you’re not that old, bring a new favourite tape or CD.

This meeting will be held in Room 1, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich. It’s been postponed from June 2006.

TV to see

It’s possible, maintains Esther Rantzen, to have a good death. In a thoughtful, interesting and surprisingly optimistic documentary, Rantzen, whose experience of bereavement is still raw after the deaths of her husband, mother and father, looks at the beginnings of a movement to change the way in which hospitals treat the dying.

How to Have a Good Death
9:00pm – 10:30pm, Thursday 30th March BBC2

Link: Radio Times | Programme details

SH Group November meeting

Inside Déjà VuNot the Antiques Roadshow, but… 

Richard Andrews has an antiques and collectables shop in Ipswich called ‘Déjà Vu’. He and his wife Lynn will bring some items of interest, while members are encouraged to bring things that they’d like to know more about. Richard writes,

Neither of us profess to be experts – we just like collecting.

This meeting will be held in Room 1, Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road, Ipswich. 

SH Group September meeting

Richard Stock, University Records Manager of the University of Essex, will talk about his work, with particular reference to Freedom of Information.

The meeting will be held in Room 1, Castle Hill Community Centre, Ipswich. 

SH Group June meeting

Radio Times quiz by Marie Haworth, who says, "How’s your memory for the olden days? Bring yours along for all to share. If your memory’s not that good, or you’re not that old, bring a new favourite tape or CD."

The meeting will be held in the hall, Castle Hill Community Centre, Ipswich.

SH Group May meeting

Why religion? An exploration of the religious instinct, led by Michael Imison, with reference to ‘Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast – the evolutionary origins of belief’ by Lewis Wolpert, and ‘Breaking the Spell – Religion as a Natural Phenomenon’ by Daniel Dennett.

Venue is Hexagonal Room, Friends’ Meeting House, Colchester.

Why Creationism is Wrong and Evolution is Right

A free lecture at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG.

Led by Professor Steve Jones, University College London, a debate on the case for evolution and creationism, and why creationism does more harm than good.

Update 14/04/2006 – The lecture is now available on the Royal Society website (Realplayer needed).

Related article on SH

Churchill and manic depression

Churchill statueThe charity Rethink is the largest voluntary provider of mental health support in the UK and conducts many high profile campaigns in a continuing effort to achieve a greater understanding of mental illness.

In March 2006 such a campaign was targeted at the city of Norwich, as explained on the Rethink website:

During March, Rethink is taking the fight against prejudice, ignorance and fear to the streets of Norwich. The campaign will involve ads on buses, bus stops, billboards and on the radio together with a major statue unveiling in the Forum on March 10th. Make sure you put this date in your diary as we need your support on the big day!

Little did they realise just what sort of impact the campaign would have.
The statue mentioned on the website was, as pictured here, one of Winston Churchill in a straitjacket, and on the basis that no publicity is bad publicity, the profile of Rethink was certainly raised several notches.

What do the faiths teach about the environment?

The East of England Faiths Agency arranged and hosted a half-day conference on ‘What do the Faiths teach about the Environment?’ on Sunday March 5th at the University of Essex. The theme was chosen after a consultation on the Faiths and the Environment with staff from the Environmental Agency, who attended the conference. There were contributions from some of the faiths and philosophies in the region, including Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Pagans, and Sikhs. Margaret Nelson, supported by Michael Imison and Nathan Nelson, offered a Humanist Perspective.