Society Today


Activity

Have your say about society today.  Our aims are:

a)  to be a forum for discussions of social affairs where members can contribute, listen and learn through exchanges of ideas and feelings about important social questions arising in our national life.

b)  to give encouragement in a world of constant media sensationalism to those of our age who feel they are overwhelmed by that trend and want to share their real views which matter very much to them (and all of us).  Our members think in advance about each topic, then come and enjoy the participation of us all, feeling stimulated to think afresh, a most important point.

The procedure is for one or two members to prepare and give a short introduction to the topic of the day.  At some meetings we have outside speakers who present expert overviews for half an hour or so, then we all join in.  In the past our speakers have included a Farmers' Union leader, university lecturers, NHS leaders and others.

We avoid party-politics and religious-faith discussions.

Topics we have discussed over the last few years include:

  • the future of the British monarchy
  • equality for women
  • the future of the NHS
  • the relationships between the generations and the problems and anxieties that may arise
  • the changes in family life
  • the influence and power of the media
  • are we surrendering too much privacy in the name of security?
  • the sustainability of our planet
  • the state of our prisons

and many more.

Where and when

We meet in the afternoon of the second Thursday of the month at 2pm in St Nicholas Church, Little Bowden.

Other information

New members are welcome.

Contact details

Tom Gilmore 01604 743676


News

Society Today – October meeting

The subject was ‘The right to privacy’ – a matter of growing concern in our times. The Press has long exploited any notable failings it can unearth in social behaviour.  Nowadays it has fresh ‘friends’: TV, radio and Facebook etc, which extend the scope for intrusive prying.  There is, of course, commercial exploitation of personal […]

Society Today – October meeting

‘The Right to Privacy’ – a matter of growing concern in our times. The Press has long exploited any notable failings it can unearth in social behaviour.  Nowadays it has fresh ‘friends’: TV, radio and Facebook etc, which extend the scope for intrusive prying.  There is, of course, commercial exploitation of personal details.  There is […]

Society Today – June meeting

John Pearse gave us a thoughtful presentation of the topic: ‘The decline in integrity in business life’.  It was very well received.  We then discussed the changes for the worst in many areas and practices in business (food industry quality, cost – competition, cutting corners, cigarette sales abroad, suspected dilution of drugs, doubling of prices, […]

Society Today – June meeting

John Pearse gave us a thoughtful presentation of the topic ‘The decline in integrity in business life’.  It was very well received.  We then discussed the changes for the worse in many areas and practices in business (food industry quality, cost – competition, cutting corners, cigarette sales abroad, suspected dilution of drugs, doubling of prices, […]

Society Today

I have had to revise again the dates of our next three meetings and apologise for this. Here are the dates and the other details: Thursday, June 8:  ‘The decline in integrity in business life, especially the food industry but many other areas, too’.  Presenter:  John Pearse. Thursday, July 13:  ‘As a nation we consume […]

Society Today – May meeting

Slavery in England Today. Gill Brown gave a very clear presentation of this often overlooked social crime.  Trafficking is one of the major forms it takes: individuals trapped in the UK or imported from the East and then imprisoned, sometimes in private houses or camps and exploited.  It is slave labour with virtually no pay […]

Society Today – April meeting

We were fortunate to have an outside contributor on the worrying subject of the state of our prisons.  Dr Michelle Jolley of the Criminology Department of the University of Northampton.  Michelle gave us a very thorough and competent survey of the important features of our prisons: highest number of prisoners for years, lack of sensible […]

Society Today – March meeting

The State of Education Today.  With our education system under extreme pressure to deliver despite significant budget cuts, Jill North led this group’s analysis of all levels of learning in England.  She noted that courses were being cut, and even some subjects dropped, to try to balance the books and pressures were even affecting parents.  Some felt exam stress […]

Society Today – February meeting

Global warming is the most threatening trend humanity is now facing.  Chris Brown, a member of our group, took us through a very informative and clear analysis of this, calmly drawing our attention to the disasters to come as well as the interlinked aspects and dreadful outcomes of the many, if small, increases in temperature. […]

Society Today – January meeting

All members contributed at this month’s meeting, making very good points about this worrying topic:  ‘The Deterioration of Family Life’.  Marriage breakups are quite frequent; non-married couples often split which consequently may have harmful effects on individuals, and loneliness and anxieties which easily lead to brief liaisons.  Children suffer greatly having little support, getting little […]