of South Cheshire and North Staffordshire (SCANS)




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Uganda Humanist Schools Trust

Programme 2013-2014


Group Contact: Chris Budd

Chairperson: Stuart Naylor

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"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."
Bertrand Russell, Philosopher
"...seeking, without religion, the best in and for human beings."
Chambers Pocket Dicti

That's Humanism
 A set of four videos about a humanist response to some of life's big questions.Narrated by Stephen Fry


SCANS Programme

Venue and day

Unless otherwise stated, meetings start at 7.30pm in the Quaker Meeting House, 2 Miller St., Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 1QJ.

Most meetings will be on the third Thursday of each month..

(Annual membership £10 + £2 on the door)

Thursday 19th Sept Making a drama out of a crisis.
Speaker: Sue Moffat, Director of the Borderlines programme at the New Vic Theatre will discuss how theatre fits in with the current social agenda and the 'Big Society'.
Chair: Tricia Budd
Venue: New Vic Theatre

Thursday 17th Oct What is involved in being a humanist celebrant?
Speakers: Diane Deakin and Donna Lear, both local humanist celebrants.
Chair: Stuart Naylor

Thursday 21st Nov Young people and humanism.
What messages does humanism offer, and how do we communicate these to young people?
Chair: Tricia Budd

Sunday 22nd Dec Winter Solstice Celebration
Bring a dish
Venue: the home of Brenda & Stuart Naylor Tel 01260 762340

Thursday Jan 16th Bring along something that you value
Bring along something that you value and talk about how and why it is meaningful to you.


Thursday 20th Feb What can we take from religion that is useful?
Is it all bad news about religion, or are there useful aspects too - and if so, what are they?
Chair: Steven Bostock

Thursday 20th March
What is an appropriate humanist response to . . . ?
We will select a suitable topical issue and discuss how humanists are likely to respond to this.
Chair: Stuart Naylor

 Thursday 17th April How does music speak to us
We all respond to music in different ways. What are the ways in which it speaks to us, and what does it say?
Chair: Sue Wright

Thursday 15th May Planning meeting for 2014-15
And get to meet your friends again!
Chair: Stuart Naylor

Thursday 19th June Early summer walk
Venue to be confirmed.
Leader: Bill Willson


Scans  group email archive


Powerpoint slides

Presenting Humanism to Others

(more Powerpoints within EDUCATION)

Humanism: personal statements

Humanist Children's Books
by Tricia Budd

The Rosie Stories

Tricia, an experienced primary school teacher, has written three exciting books for teachers, parents and children. They explore a child's feelings towards the arrival of a new baby, marriage and the death of a loved one. They are written from a sensitive humanist perspective and include the ceremonies that mark these important occasions in our lives.