Humanists of Murcia Walk Into the New Year
And also celebrate their annual AGM
On a beautifully clear and sunny morning, 24 intrepid Easy Ramblers assembled in the car park opposite the Bar Puente in La Majada on 14th January for the first two hour walk of 2017. Despite the brilliant sun, the bitter wind led the walkers to don almost as many fleeces, scarves, hats and gloves as they might have worn in UK.
Ably led by Audrey we left from the eastern side of the village, causing great excitement for the many dogs in the gardens and orchards that bordered the road. Soon we were out in open fields with distant views of the surrounding hills and down to the sea in Mazarron bay. A steady pace brought us back via the rambla and then past more orchards and greenhouses to the Bar Puente
in time for the AGM.
Officer's reports were presented and accepted, and those committee members who wished to continue were confirmed. The new Publicity Officer, Martine Smets was welcomed and finally our outgoing Chairman, John Blakey gave a short resume of the development of the group since it was started by he and his wife Rhian in 2010. The chair was then taken by the new Chairperson, Anne Edwards, who proposed a vote of thanks to John and Rhian for their sterling work in leading the group from small beginnings to it's present 60 paid up members. After the meeting was closed, Rhian offered some food for thought from the latest BHA bulletins.
We then adjourned to the dining table for the usual excellent lunch of the Bar Puente.
Boxing Day Walk
Congratulations to our Totana members Rick and Carole for organising a great walk and good walking weather on 26th December.
The walk was in the foothills of the Sierra Espuñas and geared for the Easy walking group. We had 27 members, friends and visitors including Spanish friends from Ontinyent who had just recently formed their own humanist group. There was also a good representation of visitors from the UK enjoying our beautiful seasonal weather.
At the half way stage Rhian quoted from a recent BHA article drawing attention to the problem and dangers of educating girls as seen by a certain sect of the Jewish religion. As humanists we are against such discrimination and actively campaign against such treatment.
Lunch was held at La Cruz restaurent, where Manel, one of our guests from Ontinyent outlined his plans for the future of his group.