Current Affairs

All our current affairs groups remain active (thriving, indeed) online.

We have four discussion groups meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Current Affairs 1 discusses multiple topics in each session, whereas Current Affairs 2 focuses on a single topic. News Group discusses reports in the previous week’s newspapers. The Climate Emergency focuses on the important issue of climate change.

Climate Emergency

Leader: Catherine Budgett-Meakin

This group is now well established discussing various aspects of climate change and the environment. Members research specific subjects and present their findings to the group. Guest speakers have included Mike Berners-Lee, author of There is No Planet B; Roger Harrabin, BBC Environment Analyst; and Chris Goodall, author of What We Need to Do Now: Towards a Green New Deal.

  • Online using Zoom
  • When: Thursday 5.00–6.30 pm
  • Frequency: First Thursday of each month (second Thursday in October — 14 October)
  • Contact Eleanor Levy if interested in joining

Current Affairs 1

Leader: Malcolm Brahams

This group attracted regular attendances of 25–30 before lockdown. It has successfully migrated to Zoom with between 20 and 25 members joining for an hour’s discussion on topics ranging from Brexit and vaccine policy to Meghan and the future of the UK, as well as the conflicts in Myanmar and Yemen; but they also include matters of more local interest such as the future of the Hippodrome.

To enliven their activities, a guest is occasionally invited to lead the discussion.

  • Continuing on Zoom until further notice
  • When: Wednesday 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly from 15 September (alternate weeks to Current Affairs 2)

Current Affairs 2

Leader: Marion Godfrey

A lively group discussion of global events and current topics which touch all of us.

  • Continuing on Zoom until further notice
  • When: Wednesday 5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly from 22 September (alternating with Current Affairs 1)

News Group

Leader: Simon Sackman


What the Papers say. Come along and meet other members to discuss reports in the previous week’s newspapers in a relaxed, yet lively, atmosphere. Bring some recent newspaper cuttings that you would like to discuss with the group.

  • Online using Zoom
  • When: Thursday 10.30 am – 11.30 am
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 12