Above the Clouds


and activities

Please consider donating to Chester Humanists to help us continue to work locally 

We offer a friendly and relaxed environment to meet, discuss and connect with like-minded people.

  • Regular meet-ups with talks on a variety of topics

  • Socials where we chat around a table or discuss particular themes

  • An introduction to Humanism through our exploratory 'One Life Sessions'

  • Support for annual events like the 'Great Get-Together'


We have a range of events to suit everyone - see sections below for dates of what's coming up


Discussion Evening

Wednesday, 19th May, 6:45pm

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Join us online for an evening of discussions on a range of topics. Bring along a few ideas for things to discuss or simply join in. There is always a broad spectrum of views and discussions can be totally engrossing. Where else do you get a chance to mull over issues with like minded people interested in life and the world around us?
Register now to secure your place - it will be lovely to see you. .

The branch Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place before the discussion, If you are interested in joining our committee or have some specific skills you would like to make us aware of please get in touch. If you would like to stand for election for the position of Chair, Secretary or Treasurer or perhaps in some other capacity please contact us at least 7 days prior to the meeting. More information is below.

Humanist Memorial Event

Saturday 31st July, 2021

St. Mary's Creative Space,
St. Mary's Hill,


Memorial White Rose

Join us for a Humanist celebration in memory of friends and loved ones lost to the Covid-19 pandemic.

More information and details to follow.

Annual Events

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Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 19th May, 6:45pm

Search Team

Chester Humanists is a branch group of Humanists UK. Branches are the local community humanist groups of Humanists UK. They are part of Humanists UK, covering a specific geographical area.


At our Annual General Meeting we present a brief review of the year and appoint a committee to run the branch over the coming year. 


The Chester branch is looking to fill several positions and is keen to consider nominations from anyone who has a particular skill or area of expertise relevant to the running of a branch. 


The executive committee of the group will consist of the following officers: 


  • Chair

  • Vice-Chair

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary


Our branch also has a number of Committee Members “without portfolio” who take on various functions such as arranging events – acting as a focus for specific projects etc. 


The executive committee is responsible for the conduct and work of the group and answers to Humanists UK.  


Please note that all officers of the group must be Members of Humanists UK. 


It is also helpful of course to have had past involvement in some capacity with the local group. 


If you are interested in joining the executive committee please contact us at at least 7 days before the AGM by emailing secretary-chester@humanistgroups.org.uk   


There is further information about the executive roles below. 


Current nominees are as follows: 


Chair:  Peter Gaskin has been involved with Chester Humanists for the past 5 years or so. He is a Humanist Celebrant and a member of the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network, School Speaker and has recently joined the West Cheshire Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education (SACRE). Also a member of the West Cheshire Inter-faith Forum and part of the Dialogue Network he is particularly keen to raise the profile of humanism locally and to encourage community engagement. 


Vice-Chair:   Sarah Jones: has‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌member‌ ‌of‌ ‌Chester‌ ‌Humanists‌ ‌since‌ ‌2016‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌proactive‌ ‌member‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌group‌ ‌since‌ ‌then.‌ ‌Sarah‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌trained‌ ‌Humanist‌ ‌Funeral‌ ‌Celebrant‌ and‌ ‌a‌ ‌Humanist‌ ‌Pastoral‌ ‌Carer‌ ‌and‌ ‌regularly‌ ‌volunteered‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌local‌ ‌prison‌ ‌until‌ ‌her‌ ‌post‌ ‌as‌ the‌ ‌CEO‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌local‌ ‌charity‌ ‌became‌ ‌a‌ ‌full‌ ‌time‌ ‌role.‌ ‌Humanism‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌important‌ ‌and‌ ‌present‌ aspect‌ ‌of‌ ‌Sarah’s‌ ‌life,‌ ‌and‌ ‌is‌ ‌therefore‌ ‌always‌ ‌enthusiastic ‌to‌ ‌promote‌ ‌the‌ ‌work‌ ‌of‌ ‌Humanists‌ ‌UK‌ and‌ ‌Chester‌ ‌Humanists.‌


Treasurer: Brian Case: Member of Humanists UK for many years. Retired Chartered Accountant.


Secretary: Simon Dunning is a retired development engineer and long term atheist (boarding school Sunday church services convinced him). Upon retirement some reading convinced him he was a humanist. He joined Chester Humanists about 7 years ago and has been secretary for a few years.


Committee Members: 


Christine Turner

Tony Terry: Has been a member of Chester Humanists since 2015. A one time science teacher and currently supports our activities whenever and wherever he can. 

Henry Sidsaph: A lecturer in business at the University of Chester, Henry is the incumbent Chair of the branch who is stepping down in May 2021. He has a subject specialism in sustainable development and food networks and an interest in stoic philosophy. He helps the committee as a member supporting where possible. He lives in North Wales and has been a member of the branch for three years.

Web and Social Media: Michael Brassington discovered Humanism just a few years ago. He has undertaken Humanist UK training as a School Speaker and a member of the Dialogue Network. 



Roles and responsibilities of Branch Executive Committee members


Chair:  The Chair is responsible for leading the committee and  for ensuring the committee works towards its strategic goals. They should ensure that an Action Plan is in place and is monitored in order to deliver the strategic goals. The Chair also has a role in other key areas, such as responding to media enquiries, and is responsible for chairing committee meetings.

Vice-Chair:  is a supporting role to the Chair who can deputise at meetings and events and take on responsibilities representing the branch. 


Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring the branch has an agreed annual budget and for making sure the finances of the branch are on budget. The treasurer may be responsible for fundraising activities and for being the second authorising person for invoices and expenses.


Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for making sure a record of meetings and decisions are kept, that the Shared drive (our online file storage system) is up to date, and that members and supporters in the branch area are kept up to date with information about events, activities, campaigns, and general news. They are responsible for informing Humanists UK of changes to the membership of the committee, volunteers, and other personnel matters.



Thanks for your interest – your support could really make a difference. 


If you would like an informal chat before deciding whether to put yourself forward please call Peter Gaskin on 07817 364277 



Ad-hoc meet ups in a local pub or restaurant to chat around a table and get to know each other or to discuss a particular theme

One Life Sessions

Finding meaning in Life, Happiness, Critical thinking and finding out about the world, Living Well - the Environment and World around us - Spirituality


Six interactive discussion based sessions that look at different aspects of Humanism

Join the course or come along for a particular session

Dates are currently being confirmed and will be posted as soon as they are available

Please contact us if you would like more information or want to sign up for the next course

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