November Games Evening
The November games evening was hosted by John and Rhian Blakey, as our usual venue was not available. Their ample refreshments were supplemented by more delicious cake, and cava , supplied by members, so the evening was off to a good start.
Perennial favourites, Mexican train and Rumikub were once again very popular, with some of us being introduced to both of them for the first time. John bravely undertook to introduce additional card games, which some of us were new to, and others had vague memories of from childhood. All very enjoyable.
If you would like to join us for some innocent fun, and possibly cake, you are very welcome. As we are not sure about the venue at present, please feel free to phone 669 338 885 for more information.
HoM Attend International Mortals Meeting at Ontinyent
On Saturday 27th May 2106 a group of Humanists of Murcia travelled to Ontinyent (Valencia) to attend the International Mortals meeting organised by Manel Salado of Associació per a l'Humanisme.
The event was organised by fellow humanist Manel Salido, who has recently founded a group in Ontinyent. He is very pro active and intends to set up an umbrella group for humanists and other free thinkers,sceptics, secularists and rationalists in Spain. It appeared that apart from ourselves and Manel´s group, all the others represented campaigning groups.
Speaking at the meeting were our founder, John Blakey and President, Anne Edwards who spoke about how our club originated and developed to the present day. We also heard addresses from the following organisations:
IHEU, Internatinonal Humanist Ethical Union: Giovanni Gaetani, Based in London in the same building as Humanists UK
EHF, European Humanist Federation. Marc Soignet. Based in Brussels
València Laica, Raquel Ortiz Part of the international movement to separate church and state
UAL, Unón de Ateos y Librepensadores, Albert Riba
AVALL, Associació Valenciana d’Ateus i Lliurepensadors, Marc Cabanilles
Escépticos en el pub, Valencia, José Blanca Promote university level scientific debate at meetings in Pubs.
ARP, Sociedad para el Avance del Pensamiento Crítico, Jesús López Amigo
Following the addresses the meeting evolved into a lively floor discussion in which all were invited to participate .It was quite thought provoking, inasmuch as freedoms and attitudes which we as British people take for granted are much more contoversial in other societies-
The meeting wound up with food and a pop concert, and on Sunday the more energetic amongst us were taken on a very interesting walk near the village of Bocairent, where they afterwards joined the more leisurely types for an excellent lunch.
The Humanists of Murcia gathered at the Gardens de Miguel Angel Blanco in Mazarron on 11th November 2106 for a short Memorial Ceremony of remembrance, in recognition of all those who lost their lives in previous and current conflicts.
The Ceremony lasted for about 30 minutes and included readings conducted by various members, and the laying of a wreath and other mementos at the base of a cherry tree planted the previous year by the Humanists of Murcia.
After the Ceremony, everyone gathered for coffee at cafe Calle Delicias in Mazarron.