Society Today


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. Please ring for venue.

Other information

New members are welcome.

Contact details

Tom Gilmore 01604 743676


Society Today – March 2020

Society Today latest meeting Under the working title of the ‘state of the nation’ the Society Today group had a lively and provocative debate on several issues of the day. Included in the mix were gender equality, law and order, the economy – and, of course, the effects and our response to the Coronavirus. Differing […]

Society Today – September

We discussed two topics: 1)  Our interest in and practice of the main arts: Quite a number of members were involved in painting, drawing of places and enjoyed most exhibitions. Others enjoyed but felt lacking skills to achieve success. 2) The horror of excessive drinking was firmly tackled. Government advice  and the views of health […]

Society Today – July

  We discussed attitudes to services, pricing and truthfulness of many businesses and food outlets. On the whole they were correct but in quite a few cases they tried to “pull the wool over our eyes” by exaggerated claims and overpricing. We need to keep a constant watch on what they put out to the […]

Society Today – June

Our meeting at the Angel in May was a great success. Four topics were discussed after an introduction by a member. These were: “Apprenticeships”, “Education”, “Building of New Houses” and “The Value of Radio and TV broadcasts, not just Entertainment”.  All spakers had prepared very well and provided us with notes to keep. It was […]

Society Today

At our March meeting we tackled our real concerns about the sharp  increase in violent crime in recent years.  Every member contributed positively to our discussions, blaming in part the illicit sale of drugs. To be noted is a 20% rate of reoffending.  Money to deal with these problems is inadequate, especially when older  people […]

Society Today – February

Our January topic was devoted to the challenging subject: “Artificial Intelligence and its effect on our lives”. All members contributed expressing well-balanced views. It’s not a question of replacing people by machines; it’s a question of changing our way of working. Artificial Intelligence operates faster than people. Robots can learn many procedures which are useful […]

Society Today-have your say October/November

Meeting of 11th Oct.2018 Topic :” Our judgments of the qualities and weaknesses of our BBC, TV and Radio Programmes”. This, of course turned out to be a large domain from light entertainment sound/vision to sport, serious regular features from society to nature, drama, regional as well as national, with a few glances towards foreign […]


Society Today – have your say – August

  “How  can we and should we try to ensure that the NHS is properly funded?” Our group discussed the problems very carefully. Suggestions for progress: 1  Raising age of contributions from all members. 2  By charging even more for prescriptions. 3  Charging for food in hospitals. 4  By ring-fencing cost on medical research. 5  […]

Society today – July

Topic: “What can British society do to promote racial cohesion?” This important topic was treated conscientiously and carefully by all the members of our group. We recognised the real task it was to bring Asian (largely) communities into close and positive relations with the existing, mainly, English and other original citizens’  bodies, socially and culturally. […]

Society Today – June

The topic for our May meeting was ‘The allocation of local Council income from government and other sources’. It was brilliantly presented and fully explained by our visiting speaker, Mr Simon Riley, Head of Finance and Corporate Services for Market Harborough. A demanding task to allocate a £4 million budget carefully and successfully. Everything is […]