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
  • Contact Eleanor Levy if interested in joining

Current Affairs 1

Leader: Malcolm Brahams

After two years on Zoom, this group is returning to in-person meetings although it is hoped there can be a Zoom relay for those unable to attend in person. Between 20 and 25 members meet for an hour’s discussion on topics ranging from the BBC to Covid policy, and from party politics to the future of the UK, as well as the conflict in Ukraine. They also discuss matters of more local interest, such as the future of the Hippodrome, and occasionally indulge in gossip about the Royal Family.

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

  • At Free Church, Elders Vestry (please note at Church itself, not the Free Church Hall in Northway)
  • When: Wednesday 12.00 noon – 1.00 pm
  • Frequency: Fortnightly from 27 April 2022 (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 (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