Here you’ll find the latest news snippets we have picked up on.  Please contact us if you think there is something we should feature here.





Birmingham Humanists

Pastoral Humanists:

supporting non-religious people in hospitals and other settings

Simon O’Donoghue

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 7.30–9.30pm

Moseley Exchange

149–153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP

Religious people have ready access to pastoral support in hospitals, prisons and other institutions. But what about people who have no religious belief? It is important for people to have the option to receive support from a like-minded person at a time of crisis. There is a huge imbalance, though, in the provision: about a third of people in prison and between 22% and 45% of people in hospital say they have no religion, yet all except one of the 800-odd paid chaplains are religious, as are 99% of the thousands of volunteers. Humanists UK is trying to redress this, so that everyone can benefit from pastoral support appropriate to their needs, values and beliefs.

At this meeting, Simon O’Donoghue, who leads Humanist Care, the pastoral arm of Humanists UK, will be joined by two of our members who are pastoral support volunteers.

Please note that the Moseley Exchange building is fully accessible, with disabled access to meeting rooms via a lift, and with hearing loops.

Hope to see you there!




‘What Science has to say about evolution, creationism, the age of The Universe and the biological processes which have produced homo sapiens.

How this has contradicted directly what many religions taught.’

My lifelong interest in science developed further when reading physics and meteor astronomy at Manchester University. When a lecturer at Coventry University I concentrated on small  computer systems.
Now in retirement I enjoy playing the piano and belonging to our local U3A’s recorder group. I am concerned about our planet’s sustainability and the problems caused by extreme income inequality. To help counteract global warming my aim is to progress from vegetarian to vegan.

Glyn Evans


On Thursday 7th March:

‘Are Faith Schools Dividing Society’
Presented by Dr. Ruth Wareham, Humanists UK’s new Education Campaigns Manager.

Ruth is a leading UK academic specialising in the study of religious schools and has joined Humanists UK to head up its national campaign to abolish them in the state sector, which she describes as ‘one of British society’s greatest problems today.’

Venue: Conference Room,  Sydney Stringer School,  2 Primrose Hill Street,  COVENTRY, CV1 5LY
Time: 7pm Free Entry. All Welcome.  Free parking in school car park or on-street parking.


Stoke Green, Coventry, has just welcomed its own Green Man, alongside a new avenue of trees, which will in time, replace some elderly horse chestnuts. Thanks to Bob Jelley for photo.


On Remembrance Sunday local Humanists were represented in wreath laying at ceremonies in Coventry, Bedworth, Leamington, Nuneaton, Rugby and Warwick.

Many thanks to Bob Jelley for organising this and all the volunteers taking part.


Humanists UK invited for the first time to participate in Remembrance service at the Cenotaph. Click here


Ban hymns and prayers in schools say academics. See TES article here


Ireland set to hold blasphemy referendum on 26 October

Full story from NSS here


First humanist head of an NHS Chaplaincy and Pastoral Support team

Full story click here


Serving vicar wins Secularist of the Year. Click here for full story.


Humanists UK expresses dismay at BBC Religion and Ethics Review

Click here


The Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service included people of no faith

At the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service held at St Paul Cathedral this morning it was announced that the service was for people of all faiths and none.

That it included people of no faith was also mentioned on the BBC TV’s lunchtime news bulletin.

Does this mean that the statistics showing a majority of UK citizens have no faith (53% according to the latest British Social Attitudes survey) are now accepted? Let’s hope so.

George Broadhead

Coventry & Warwickshire Humanists

The Pink Triangle Trust


Joan Bakewell wins Humanist of the Year 2017 award. Click here for Humanists UK article.

George Broadhead comments in our December newsletter.


GIVE AS YOU LIVE. How you can directly help the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust. All you have to do is go shopping! It’s easy, click here


IHEU Freedom of Thought Report click here


Archbishop of Canterbury attacks non-church schools. Humanists UK report here

NSS accuses Welby of ‘cynical abuse of religious privilege’ over Lords education debate.

NSS Report here


Latest British Social Attitudes reveals 71% of young adults are non-religious, just 3% are Church of England.

See full Humanists UK report here


See our latest post for Dr. Brian Nicol’s opinion piece on faith schools.

Ofsted head criticises segregation as Islamic school is taken over. NSS report here.


Noel Conway’s assisted dying hearing concludes in High Court.  Humanists U.K. report here

See our post for George Broadhead’s thoughts.


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Running camps in the UK since 2009, Camp Quest UK provides a varied, stimulating and nurturing environment for young people.

We mix physical activities like archery and climbing with mental activities like philosophical discussion and craft.

Our staff are volunteers who want to give young people a place to ponder the bigger questions in life among similarly inquisitive peers.

“Camp Quest was the first place I’ve felt like I fit in” – Lucy, a camper


BHA responds to Archbishop’s general election letter here

C&W Hum’s George Broadhead comments – The Church of England is clearly rattled at the increasing proportion of the population that have no religious beliefs (as all polls and surveys show), its own steady decline in adherents and the increasing secularisation of the country. All this despite the continued privileges it enjoys and the extensive support it gets from the Establishment and the media.’


Irish police investigate Stephen Fry over a complaint of blasphemy.  NSS report here

BHA report here


The latest The Birmingham Humanists Courier!

Happy faces at the Bistro Pierre, Leamington for our New Year dinner.  Many thanks to Andrew for organising this.


What does Trump’s victory mean for Humanists?

Check out our topical guest blog written by Julian Webb, Membership Administration Officer for the Atheist, Humanist, and Secular Students and member of Exeter Humanists.  We like to cover the major events in world politics! click here

Julian Webb


Schools should be inclusive and open to all says Dr Brian Nicol. Read more in our latest blog post. Click here


Many thanks to Andrew Ireland for arranging our recent Walk & Lunch social.  Here’s three of our walkers catching the sun.


“Being religious or spiritual is linked to being more depressed” Dr Raj Persuad

Click here for the full story


News of C&WH member John Gainer

We are pleased to hear from John that he is back home after spending six days in hospital for a hip operation.  The op was successful and his recovery is going well.  Best wishes to you, John and we hope you are up and about soon.


Secularism: freedom, fairness and human rights

A short video from the NSS  click here