Thursday, 5 March 2009

A Visit to Brighton & Hove Humanists

I went to the Brighton & Hove Humanists meeting held on 4th March, to see how they do things there. The meeting room is an extension at the back of the Lord Nelson pub in Trafalgar Street (the entrance to which I had some difficulty in finding since it runs underneath the station and is not signposted).

The speaker was a Sussex University student, Peter Brietbart, and although the title of his talk was "The Future of Belief" in fact this was just an excuse for him to reuse some articles he had written, presumably for a student group, on varied topics ranging from the way christians envisage Heaven and Hell, via Sharia Law, to the Israel-Palestine problem. The attendance as indicated by the photograph was high (nearly 40 although a few left before the question and answer session). So the room was full, and there was also a lot of noise from the pub. I didn't get to speak to any of the organisers, though I did recognise Bill McIlroy and Barry Duke among them. At least the pub had a nice line in cider.


  1. Ah, I'm saddened you didn't enjoy the talk. I certainly hope it wasn't seen merely as an excuse.
    I'm young, yet, sir. I've plenty to learn, and would have hoped that if you had advice to give, that you would be willing to share it.

    Peter Brietbart

  2. I'm sorry if my views sadden you, I don't want to be discouraging. The talk was fine, but wasn't what I was expecting from the advertised title.

    Since it was about varied topics I think it would have been better if you had allowed comments after each section rather than only at the end. That would have made the meeting more lively.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. elaine kilshaw5 May 2010 at 13:18

    Hope you came with an open mind.
    We go to the Meetings not only to hear the speakers but to exchange views amongst friends with the same AGenda.

  4. It's nice pub! My some friends also visited there. The above pictures are expressing the talented people who really can make anyone to the right path.