We met every month throughout 2022 and although attendance was down on pre-pandemic levels we still had two Speaker events, a Summer Garden Party in July and our traditional Festive Dinner in December at the Cotes Brasserie.
We continue to provide significant visibility for humanism and the non-religious in our local area of East Berkshire.
Our Humanist School Speakers went into about 5 schools during the year as the education sector began to get back to normal after covid. We helped on the Reading Humanists stall at Reading Pride in August. We liased with Farhnam and Reading Humanists to co-ordinate the filming of humanists talking about their beliefs for pupils from 5 to 14 years of age - Key Stages KS1, 2 and 3 - thanks to Roger Heppleston and Anthony Lewis. When the films are published we will share them with you. We continue to sit on the RBWM SACRE to represent the non-religious worldview in RE education. The 2021 Census data indicates that over a third of local residents are now non-religious and this will be discussed in more detail at the Sacre meeting in March 2023.
As our Chair I gave the Council Prayers at the start of February which was an interesting experience with everyone referrring to me as the Reverend, I gave up correcting them! I continue to write for the grass roots online secular magazine Humanistically Speaking and Rick my husband and I attended the Humanist UK Annual Convention in Belfast in July which was a first for us.
So as we head into 2023 its probably time to start putting the covids behind us and begin again to look to the future and restart growing Windsor Humanists membership and activities. We are always open to help and assistance so as one of your New Years Resolutions why not get involved and volunteer - to help run our monthly events, be our secretary, operate our social media feeds or manage our website!
I wish everyone a safe and healthy festive season and I am looking forward to getting back to normality and seeing you all at our monthly socials in 2023!
Take care and warm humanist hugs,
Well what a 2 years that has been! A period dominated by the covid pandemic with no real sign of things abating anytime soon!
We started 2020 innocently enough with 3 face to face meetings till the first lockdown at the end of March 2020. We have held some 17 Zoom online events and 7 face to face session during pandemic - with the zoom attendance varying enormously form 3 to 20! We held our first ever Summer Garden Party at our place in Windsor in August 2021 to re-start our face to face sessions safely and it was great to meet everyone again after so long! It has been quite a roller coaster ride for all of us.
The ‘boards' opposite summarises some of the key highlights from the last 2 years. Press the image or go to "past events' to see more. Each summary is linked to the relevant websites, videos, booklets and films so please use this link to tfind out more.
I would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy festive season and look forward to meeting everyone in the New Year in 2020 - either face to face or on zoom depending on the covid restrictions! We are still putting together our Q2 events so if you have any ideas please drop me a line and we’ll do our best to organise. All feedback and input gratefully received. Stay safe adn covid compliant,
warm humanists hugs, Anthony
2019 was another busy year with 2 Speaker Events, our usual monthly Tuesday socials and the holding of the Community Street Showcases in Windsor and Slough Town Centre. The graphic opposite is taken from our website windsorhumanists.com and provides a summary of last years events.
2019 highlights for me were:
I would like to thank Roger Heppleston so much for stepping in to hold the reins so admirable organising two monthly presentations and discussions between March and August when I was indisposed (wrecked would be a better term!) getting a new right hip after a enduring a serious injury whilst walking in Ireland in March. I did not see that one coming at all! I’d also like to thank very much Andrea Sparrow from Slough Faith Partnership and Paul Samuels from the WAMCF who both also stepped in to organise the SWAMI Community Street Showcases in Slough and Windsor respectively so that we did not have to cancel the events due to my mishap.
Our focus and theme for 2020 for our fifth year of existence will be ‘Humanism with Humour' - refer to our Meetup page for details. Happy New Year Year everyone - lets have fun this new decade and move on from the dreaded B word lol warmest humanists hugs, Anthony
Windsor Humanists Annual Review 2018
2018 was another busy year with 6 Speaker Events, our usual monthly Tuesday socials and further development of our Dialogue Activities and School Speakers Campaigns. The graphic opposite is taken from our website windsorhumanists.com and provides a summary of these events.
2018 highlights for me were:
Focus and theme for 2019 will be 'My Humanism' - watch this space for news of speakers, events, dicussions, debates and visits coming soon! Happy New Year Year everyone.
warmest humanists hugs Anthony
2016 was Windsor Humanists frist full year in operation. The best attended and liveliest event was our debate on the EU Referendum where everyone got a chance to express their views for and against staying in the EU. The debate was conducted in a spirit of respect for differeing opinions.
In 2017 we had anther very active year with 6 Speaker Events, collaborated with WAMCF and SFP to run a series of very sucessful Community Street Showcases in July in our 3 local towns, had Humanist speak in numerous local schools and raised the profile for the non religious and humanism in our local press and Radio Berkshire
Windsor Humanists Annual Review 2017
2017 was another busy year with 6 Speaker Events, our usual monthly Tuesday socials and further development of our Dialogue Activities and School Speakers Campaigns. The graphic overleaf is taken from our website windsorhumanists.com and provides a summary of these events. 2017 highlights for me were:
warmest humanists hugs Anthony
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