Darwin Day 2018
The Annual celebration of Charles Darwin´s birthday took place on February 12th. It is 209 years since Darwin was born. This year´s entertainment was a film show by our member Deryck, of the RHS gardens at Wisley, and also film of a variety of beautiful local flowers and insects. This was followed by the third instalment of our member Annie´s talk on Charles Darwin´s voyage of the Beagle.We left him on the west coast of South America, and look forward to hearing about his visit to the Galapagos islands next year.
This was followed by lunch, after which we sang happy birthday and consumed the birthday cake.
Summer Solstice 2018 Celebrations
Thirty-five members and friends of the Humanists of Murcia met on the beach in Bolnuevo to celebrate the Summer Solstice (a bit late).
Everyone brought food to accompany the usual fried chicken and bread provided by the Treasurer.
Before the meal started, games of Petanca and Giant Jenga (provided by Deryck), started, couple against couple. After intense competition, Diane and Liam won the final of the Petanca, while (amazingly) Jon & Joan narrowly beat off last year’s finalists Tom & Jan.
Along with the games, which gathered a large audience of passers-by, a student band and Spanish hen/stag party stopped to chat.
The feasting began with salads, sausage rolls, potato salad, chicken, and proceeded to a montón of puddings. A great evening of food, games and friends.
Thanks to Ann/Martin and Audrey for the tables, Vince, Liz and Rik for judging and Jon & Joan for organising the show.
Winter Sostice Celebration 2017
In celebration of the passing of the shortest day of the year, and the start of the journey back towards longer summer days, we held a “Pot Luck Lunch” at Cortijo Raja, Morata. Luckily the weather was excellent and we were able to dine Al fresco.
The group included members, family and friends, and the large selection of festive fare which they brought provided an ample lunch for all.
Ruma´s general knowledge quiz provided some exercise for the brain after the meal.
Humanists of Murcia Remembrance Day Event 2017
The third annual act of remembrance took place on Saturday November 11th.in the Parque Miguel Angel Blanco in Mazarron. This park is a memorial to Miguel Angel Blanco, who was a local politician in the Basque Country, whose murder by terrorists in 1997 caused an outcry, and even caused some ETA members and supporters to rethink their violent campaigns. It is therefore particularly fitting that our commemoration should take place there.
The Act of Remembrance was led by the group´s celebrant, Sue McDonald, and four members gave their reflections on war and our reactions to it, or read appropriate poems.
The two minute´s silence was followed by the laying of a wreath at the base of our commemorative cherry tree with it´s memorial stone.
The morning was rounded off by coffee and cakes at the Calle Delicias cafe
Autumn Equinox Celebration 2017
A high quality old fashioned afternoon tea was the focus of our equinox celebration.
Dainty sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, croissants and delightful little cakes were all served on elegant English china, transporting the lucky participants to another time and place, as well as amply satisfying their appetites.
Pleasant surroundings and plenty of opportunity to chat with friends old and new provided a thoroughly relaxing afternoon.
The next events on our calendar, at which you will be very welcome, are the Darwinian gardeners trip to Bodegas Cerdas at Hondon on Saturday Sept. 30th, the first easy walk of the new season at Totana, and the Philosophy group meeting on October 10th. For further details please contact us via the website Humanists of Murcia.com
If you would like to arrange a non religious funeral, wedding or naming ceremony, you can contact us via the website, or speak directly to our humanist celebrant on 634025711
First Games Evening 2017 Season
The first games evening of the 2017 Autumn season was held on Wednesday 27th September at Anne Busche´s house at La Majada.
Several members and their friends attended and enjoyed an evening playing RummyCub, Mexican Train and Triangular Dominoes.
Summer Solstice Celebration 2017
The shade under the trees at Bolnuevo beach once again provided the venue for our celebration of the summer solstice. As usual, food took centre stage, with various salads provided by those attending to accompany roast chicken, and several dishes for the non meat eaters, followed by trifles, apple crumble, several kinds of cake, and the biggest fruit salad in the world.
Despite having eaten more than an elegant sufficiency, the evening continued with the petanca and Jenga tournaments. The hero of the hour was Tom, who managed to be a finalist in both competitions, which drew to a close as the sun went down, as it must, even on the longest day of the year.
Humanists of Murcia Vernal Equinox Lunch
Thirty humanists assembled for lunch at the Boca Pizza restaurant in Puerto on 21st March 2017. After an excellent meal the entertainment began with the modelling of entries for the hat competition. The brief was to decorate a hat, in any style of choice, to reflect the meaning of the Equinox, and we were rewarded with a wide variety of imaginative designs.
Spring flowers, both real and artificial, suns and moons, day/night , 23.5 degrees, and rabbits ears with carrots, were all in evidence, and showed off the skill and enthusiasm of our members.
The worthy winner, judged by ballot, was a hat decorated with a clever combination of a spring, a horse and an ox, made by Deryck. His prize of a chocolate egg was immediately recycled into being the prize for his word puzzle quiz, which he said was straightforward but most people found quite hard.
Altogether an enjoyable afternoon with the Equinox thoroughly celebrated.
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