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  • Are you feeling ethical now?

    Thanks for coming along and helping us decide what the moral choice is in all situations ever! We’ve mailed our findings (along with a list of names) to the relevant authorities!

    Before discussing things happening between this Assembly and the next, it’s probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;

    1. Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/
      • You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then Subscribe
    2. Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/
    3. Finally, for our super slick website, you can go to http://sabristol.org.uk/
      • You can get all the events on there straight into your internet enabled calendar by going to Diary and following the instructions there
    4. Finally finally, we’ll try and keep you abreast of things by emailing you on this email address so keep an eye out. If you don’t have an email address how are you reading what I’m typing right now

    Here is a (slightly long) list of our upcoming events between now and the next assembly! All of the events are free, but as always, donations are appreciated where possible for some of our events!

    Hydra/Sunday Assembly Bristol Music Night – Saturday 9th September, 7:30 pm @ Hydra Bookshop

    Sunday Assembly Bristol have teamed up with the Hydra bookshop/café to put on an evening of entertainment in the hope of raising some money for both. We planning an open mic night for the first part – everyone welcome, whether music or spoken word.

    We also have two featured artists to headline the night: Rohan (playing a mix of originals and covers) and an energetic contemporary folk duo – The Troll Hunters – to finish the night on a high. It should be a fun evening!

    The Facebook event can be found here;
    The Meetup event can be found here.

    Chat and Plan – Sunday 10th September, 12:30pm @ Old Market Tavern

    This month, we’ll be having our Chat and Plan meeting over lunch at the Old Market Tavern (the same pub we visit each month after the assembly). Join us to discuss all things Sunday Assembly, get involved and help out with the running of Sunday Assembly Bristol (hint hint, we’d love more help!), or just listen and get a better idea of how everything works, and possibly a sneak preview of future assemblies!

    The Facebook event can be found here;
    The Meetup event can be found here.

    SAB Wool Club Drop-Ins – Tuesday 12th September, 11am-7:30pm @ Hydra Bookshop

    If you have some wool and some will, join us for Sunday Assembly Bristol’s brand new Club! To allow more people to test and try this cool site we will have a period of walk-in all day clubs. You may choose when and for how long to join us for.

    These will run on alternative Mondays and Tuesdays throughout September, the next session being on Tuesday 12th September.

    The Facebook event can be found here;
    The Meetup event can be found here.

    Keep an eye out on Facebook and Meetup for the events on Monday 18th and Tuesday 26th also (same time and place).

    SAB Mini-Assembly – Sunday 17th September, 2pm – 4pm @ Hydra Bookshop

    We’re trying something a little different this month, with a new take on our second assemblies now becoming Mini-assemblies, with a more intimate venue and laid-back format, with some group discussion!

    The Facebook event can be found here;
    The Meetup event can be found here.

    The full details of what we all know will be another fun assembly, will be added to the Facebook and Meetup events soon.

    The next main assembly we have is our October assembly, on the theme of ‘A Sight to Behold’.

    It will be on the 1st of October (Sunday) at the time of 11:00. The address is still the Trinity Centre, which can be found at Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW. Further details will be emailed out closer to the day.

    As always, we love to get members involved with the assemblies, so if you’ve just learned a new song on an instrument or fancy reading something personal in front of a great friendly crowd at any of our assemblies, just reply to this email!

    That’s everything for now, but if you have any ideas about what could make Sunday Assembly, FUNday Assembly, do get in touch.

    This is Chair of Sunday Assembly Bristol signing off!

    Stay awesome
    Jess. Read more

  • Thanks for a great four years!

    That’s right, we’re thanking you because every part of Sunday Assembly only works if we have people to share in it with us.
    As discussed we’ve got loads of things happening between this Assembly and the next, but first, it’s probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;

    1. Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/
      • You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then Subscribe
    2. Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/
    3. Finally, for our super slick website, you can go to http://sabristol.org.uk/
      • You can get all the events on there straight into your internet enabled calendar by going to Diary and following the instructions there
    4. Finally finally, we’ll try and keep you abreast of things by emailing you on this email address so keep an eye out. If you don’t have an email address how are you reading what I’m typing right now?

    We’d love for all of you to get involved in helping us run Sunday Assembly. That’s why we’ve got a very casual and laid back Chat and Plan on the 7th of July. It’s at the Hydra bookshop in Old Market (just up the road from the Old Market Tavern), and we’ll be getting there from about 12:30, and we would really appreciate meeting some lovely new faces!

    The next Fun Size Assembly is 16th of July, at Hamilton House at 10:45. If you’ve come to this before, you’ll enjoy seeing us build up a brand new experience from what feels like the ground up. If this is going to be your first time coming, then prepare yourself for a nice, warm friendly Assembly with incredible food provided by the Canteen downstairs.

    And the next Full Size Assembly we have is on the Tales of England, where we will have Jen Roberts coming to talk to us about tales of England, and we’re going to have some great songs (probably Danny Boy) and some excellent British cakes (probably scones, pronounced so it rhymes with gone – if you disagree, please drop us a message, we’d love to understand why).

    It will be on the 6th of August, at 10:45. The address is still the Trinity Centre, which can be found at Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW

    We’re always looking for volunteers, so if you’ve just learnt a new song on an instrument or fancy reading something personal in front of a great friendly crowd, just reply to this email.

    That’s everything for now, but if you have any ideas about what could make Sunday Assembly, FUNday Assembly, do get in touch.

    This is Chair of Sunday Assembly Bristol signing off,
    Peace,
    Nick. Read more

  • I think we can all agree that story-telling was pretty spell-binding…

    What a nice assembly. And I don’t think anyone noticed that our musical director has a really strong

    obsession for Fleetwood Mac.

    Thanks to all of our contributors; Vicky Anderson, Deborah and Rob Egginton.

    As discussed we’ve got loads of things happening between this Assembly and the next, but first, it’s

    probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;

    1. Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/

    o You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then

    Subscribe

    2. Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/

    3. Finally, for our super slick website, you can go to http://sabristol.org.uk/ (you’re on here at

    the moment already)

    o You can get all the events on there straight into your internet enabled calendar by

    going to Diary and following the instructions there

    The next Assembly we have to mark in your calendar is the 7 th of May on the topic of robots. We’re

    still looking for someone to do a quick reading on this so if you’re interested get in touch with us.

    We’re also hoping to have another assembly in May so keep an eye out for things.

    Slightly before that you can come along to our Chat and Plan on the 30 th of April at 12:30, at the King

    William Ale House.

    For a new feature, this month we are putting our Community Notice Board messages online, so

    drop us a message or comment if you’re interested and we will get back to you.

    I need assistance;

    o Finding people in Greenback/Easton who would like to join in a free social meet at Café

    Connect on St Mark’s Road (BS5) next to bakery

    o Looking for people to play music/sing with (I play various instruments and I’m looking to just

    jam with people who are learning to play i.e. not professionals) in Horfield

    I can offer assistance

    o A meal – cooked by Tim at our home. Dog Walking services. Outgrown toddler clothes

    (shoes and girls) in Downend

    o help with going vegan or moving towards a more cruelty-free lifestyle. Happy to be a buddy

    to anyone who needs support or has questions in Falmouth

    o Reading to or spending time with the elderly, or running errands with/for them in

    Southville/Bedminster/Clifton

    This is Chair of Sunday Assembly Bristol signing off,

    Lots of jubilant love,

    Nick. Read more

  • “The biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other”

    “The biggest problem in the universe is no one helps each other”  – Anakin Skywalker, Episode I

     

    What a great time we had at that last Assembly. I really felt that our songs brought us close together, especially Stand By Me (In C), and You’ve Got A Friend (In B)

     

    Thanks again to our great speaker, Ben from Caring In Bristol. If you’ve got an itch to volunteer for Caring In Bristol, you can find out more  at Caring in Bristol

    Ben also mentioned the Street Outreach team who provide a service to locate rough sleepers and find them accommodation. You can find more info at Streetlink

    How to eat a pizza and help a homeless person: Tales by the Oven

    If you’ve got a dog, buy a dog treat box and help a homeless dog owner: Houndhaus

     

    Ben is also more than happy to make themselves available to talk through any questions or creative ideas people might have about helping homeless people. Ben’s email is ben.richardson@caringinbristol.org.uk

     

    Looking onwards, we’ve got quite a busy month for you. First, on the 19th we’ve got our much vaulted and exciting 2nd Assembly, at Hamilton House in Stokes Croft. Expected to be exciting, challenging and substantially warmer than the last 2nd Assembly we had which was also in Stokes Croft. It’s on the theme of How To Argue and we’ll see you at 10:45 for an 11:00 start.

    If you use Facebook, check out the event here

    If you prefer Meetup.com here

     

    It’s not too early to start booking yourself out of any other social events for the next Assembly after which we are doing on the theme of Rumours. Now, I’m not saying that we’re going to just do a track by track cover of the Fleetwood Mac album, but you’ll just have to come and see. We’ve got Vicky Anderson coming to give us her talk;

    The Importance of Telling Stories – from folklore to fiction to “fake news”

    Interesting stuff. This is going to be on the 2nd of April, at 10:45 for an 11:00 start at our old friends the Trinity Centre.

    If Facebook is your game, here is your link

    If you mostly use Meetup.com, here you go, daddio

     

    Finally, in this email, you are warmly invited to our monthly chat and plan where we organise the next month’s Sunday Assembly. This is actually on a SATURDAY and not a Sunday, our apologies for misleading you. The reason for that was that the day we had planned (26th of March) is Mother’s Day and we wouldn’t want to clash with that. So here is your 2 week warning for Mother’s Day. It’s probably not too late to book a table for her.

    So the Chat and Plan can be found here on Facebook, and here for meetup.com Read more

  • Thanks for a great start to 2017!

    Thanks to everyone who turned up – it was a great turn out for the first Assembly of the year! So we want to thank you because Sunday Assembly only works if we have people to share in it with us.

     
    As discussed we’ve got loads of things happening between this Assembly and the next, but first, it’s probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;
     
    Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/
    You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then Subscribe
    Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/
    You can get all the events on there straight into your internet enabled calendar by going to Diary and following the instructions there
    Finally finally, we’ll try and keep you abreast of things by emailing you on this email address so keep an eye out. If you don’t have an email address how are you reading what I’m typing right now?
     
     
    And the next assembly we have is our February one where we have Bristol Refugee Rights.
     
    It will be on the 5th of February (Sunday) at the time of 11:00. The address is still the Trinity Centre, which can be found at Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW
     
    And don’t forget to sign up to www.helpfulpeeps.com and start helping people in your community!
     
    That’s everything for now, but if you have any ideas about what could make Sunday Assembly, FUNday Assembly, do get in touch.
     
    This is Chair of Sunday Assembly Bristol signing off,
    Lots of jubilant love,
    Nick.

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  • It was a close fought battle, but the winner was…

    Hoo boy that was a great Assembly. If you ask me, I think Dragons won.

    As discussed we’ve got a couple of things happening between this Assembly and the next, but first, it’s probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;

    Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/
    You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then Subscribe
    Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/
    Finally, for our super slick website, you can go to http://sabristol.org.uk/
    You can get all the events on there straight into your internet enabled calendar by going to Diary and following the instructions there
    Finally finally, we’ll try and keep you abreast of things by emailing you on this email address so keep an eye out. If you don’t have an email address how are you reading what I’m typing right now?

    The shoe boxes for the homeless charity were collected and they look great!We were overjoyed with how much stuff we got. Just look at that pile;

    In the next 30 days we have two events for you. The first is our first ever Yule Rock (get it? [No! Well not until it was pointed out to me! – website monkey]) . Come along for a festive sing-along special, with a large number of your favourite songs!

    The plan is to have a fairly laid back event singing a collection of festive songs – aiming for fun, and a lack of religiosity where possible, though definitely getting a few of the less outright religious carols in the mix as well as the more modern pop songs!

    Let us know if you have any requests in advance and we’ll try and accommodate them, though we may well be able to accommodate a bit of an open mic type feel if anyone is interested.

    I’m afraid one thing worth noting is that as we will be using the venue courtesy of Cafe Kino there will be no free cake – though you can pre-order to avoid disappointment!

    Hope to see lots of you there!

    Join us on THIS SUNDAY at 11 at Café Kino (108 Stoke Croft)

    Facebook event here
    Meetup event here

    Then we’ve got a small matter on the 25th of December. That’s right, it’s the Dr Who Christmas Special! Wonder More at your television boxes

    Then in the New Year (let’s Hope Often that 2017 is a little easier than 2016 was) we’ve got the first of many assemblies, on the 8th of January we’ve got the next assembly. For that, we’ve got Jon Turney who has agreed to about the microbiome/unity of nature and ourselves. How about that to put in your pipe and smoke it.

    Facebook event here
    Meetup event here

    A big thanks to all the people who put their names forward to hep us run Sunday Assembly. If you forgot to put your name down, just contact us at Hello@SABristol.org.uk and we’ll let you know what’s what.

    Lots of love,

    Nick

    Sunday Assembly Chair Read more

  • Enough of this monkeying around – time for some DINOSAURS AND DRAGONS!

    Thank you all for coming to the last assembly where, you will remember, we sang a lot of songs about monkeys, we heard someone talk about monkeys, and we yelled loudly like we were monkeys (that was weird wasn’t it?). But what a great assembly – we nearly had more people attend than ever, and we had the highest number of new people at any assembly!

    We’ve got a couple of things we want to tell you between this Assembly and the next, but first, it’s probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;

    Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/
    You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then Subscribe. We recommend you do this as it helps you get invited to stuff we’re doing.
    Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/
    Finally, for our super slick website, you can go to http://sabristol.org.uk/ (you’re on this at the moment, hopefully).
    Finally finally, we’ll try and keep you abreast of things by emailing. If you want to be emailed, please put your email address in the sign up section on the bottom right of the website.

    We mentioned in the assembly that we’ve been published! You can find the online version of the article on the Bristol Cable website – https://thebristolcable.org/2016/10/godless-cake/
    Thanks to the Bristol Cable who gave us the publicity and helped us get our message out there.

    To help you WONDER MORE this month, Bristol City Council and Arts Council England have put on the Bristol Festival of Ideas  throughout November for us.
    There’s a whole load of events going on, but ones that caught our eye were

    Is Innovation Good for Us?
    with Rory Cellan-Jones, Diane Coyle, Jonathan Haskel, Helen Simpson and Stian Westlake
    Saturday 19 November

    and

    Why Crime Pays
    with Nadia Campaniello, Mirko Draca, Tom Gash, David Skarbek and Federico Varese
    Saturday 19 November

    This year we’re also helping contribute boxes to the Homeless Appeal For Bristol and Bath. If you’re interested in this, there’s a few suggestions below;
    WHAT TO INCLUDE
    You can fill a shoe box sized box or a rucksack (preferred!). Please clearly label the box with contents and if you intend for your box to be for a man or woman. Most boxes should be male, as there are more homeless men than women.
    Please tape 50p to the outside of the container, to cover cost of van hire (this is for the homeless appeal, not SA, and any remaining money will go to local homeless charities).

    Stuff that is in demandWhat not to include
    Hats
    Scarves
    Socks
    Toiletries e.g. tooth paste / brush, baby wipes, deodorant, etc
    Non perishable food e.g. sweets, chocolate, dried fruit, pot noodles
    Torch & batteries
    Thermals
    Christmas card or note
    Activities e.g. cross word books etc
    Coffee vouchers
    Dog Treats
    Sleeping bags (separate to your box / rucksack, to be handed to those in need)
    Razors & other sharp implements such as tweezers or scissors
    Money (other than the 50p taped to the outside)
    Alcohol
    Drugs or Medication
    Alcohol hand gel
    Dirty clothes
    Open or perishable foods
    Drinks cartons or fizzy drinks that could leak
    Clothes or bedding that do not fit in your shoe box/ rucksack, except for clean sleeping bags.

    Please bring your box or bag to the next assembly and we’ll get them to the charity.

    SPEAKING OF THE NEXT ASSEMBLY,

    We have a stonker for you. The theme is going to be

    DRAGONS VS DINOSAURS

    If that didn’t pique your interest to come along, we’ve got Nathalia Gjersoe who is a senior lecturer in developmental psychology at the University of Bath, and has written for the Guardian, and will actually be performing at the Sunday Assembly for her second time. Expect pop songs, cake (please don’t forget to bring cake) and, hey, you might even learn something.

    It’s on the 4th of December at 10:45 for an 11 o’clock start
    Find it on Meetup.com here http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/events/234675625/
    Find it on Facebook.com here https://www.facebook.com/events/1604402223209589/

    And, hey. There’s been some events recently that might make people feel isolated. If that’s you, please drop us a line and we’re happy to have a chat.

    Still no word on Simon Pegg yet I’m afraid

    Loads of post fireworks night love,

    Nick, and those at the Sunday Assembly Bristol team. Read more

  • Now we know what lurks in the night! (Spoiler: It was all of us – what a twist!)

    Hi there, thanks for a great Assembly (even ignoring Windows 10 throwing us for a loop)

    Well who knew that a Windows update could cause so much hassle! Anyway, we bounced back and we managed to pull out all the stops and put on a great show. We hope you found it as exhilarating as we did.

    First things first,

    winner of the Great SAB Bake Off is ….

    ….
    ….

    Rohan Chadwick for his completely flawless Victoria Sponge with cream and fruit topping.

     

    It tasted as good as it looks.
    Also, intense respect for the runner up which only tried to bribe us slightly
    CAKE RELATED FUN OVER

    As discussed we’ve got a couple of things happening between this Assembly and the next, but first, it’s probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;

    1. Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/
      • You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then Subscribe
    2. Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/
    3. Finally, for our super slick website, you can go to http://sabristol.org.uk/
      • You can get all the events on there straight into your internet enabled calendar by going to Diary and following the instructions there
    4. Finally finally, we’ll try and keep you abreast of things by emailing you on this email address so keep an eye out. If you don’t have an email address how are you reading what I’m typing right now?

    Right, final thing for today is that if you haven’t already yet, please take a couple of seconds to fill out our Survey which you can find here – apologies, we’re not going to be sending you sweets through your computer for the final question, and please don’t come to our house asking for a sweet, but if you give us the secret code “Jubilant Weasel” at the next assembly we’ll make sure you get your sweets.

    Wowee monkeys are a lot of fun. It’s *bananas* how much fun monkeys are. And it’s true that in a very real way, we are the monkeys, and people do indeed say that we monkey around.
    If you’ve been to Sunday Assembly Bristol, you know what kind of fun to expect – songs, a talk (which this month is coming from star of BBC’s “Attenbourgh and the Giant Dinosaur” and “Secrets of Bones”, Ben Garrod). There’ll probably be a reading, some jokes, an inspiration to live the one life we know you have as well as possible.
    If you’ve never been to Sunday Assembly before, I’ve basically outlined what’s going to happen above. And you’ll get to high five a bunch of people as well which is pretty nice.

    If you have been before, we’d love to have you at our Welcoming stand. If you’re able to say hello to people for about 20 minutes you’re already qualified for the role, so just comment on here and we’ll be chuffed to have you on board.
    It will be on the 6th of November (Sunday) at the time of 10:45. The address is still the Trinity Centre, which can be found at Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW

    That’s everything for now, but if you have any ideas about what could make Sunday Assembly, FUNday Assembly, do get in touch.

    This is Chair of Sunday Assembly Bristol signing off,
    Peace,
    Nick.

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  • I guess we’ve said ‘Sorry, Nature’ for the last time…

    Hi there, thanks for a great Assembly with lots of Quinoa

    That’s right, we’re thanking you because every part of Sunday Assembly only works if we have people to share in it with us. And also I totally didn’t think we were going to pull of Oops I Did It Again by Britney Spears and we totally did

    As discussed we’ve got loads of things happening between this Assembly and the next, but first, it’s probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;

    Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/
    You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then Subscribe
    Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/
    Finally, for our super slick website, you can go to http://sabristol.org.uk/
    You can get all the events on there straight into your internet enabled calendar by going to Diary and following the instructions there
    Finally finally, we’ll try and keep you abreast of things by emailing you on this email address so keep an eye out. If you don’t have an email address how are you reading what I’m typing right now?

    Right, final thing for today is that if you haven’t already yet, please take a couple of seconds to fill out our Survey which you can find here – apologies, we’re not going to be sending you sweets through your computer for the final question, and please don’t come to our house asking for a sweet, but if you give us the secret code “Jubilant Weseal” at the next assembly we’ll make sure you get your sweets.

    And the next assembly we have is our October one [Side note; how is it nearly October 2016 already? I can’t believe it’s Octobutter] where we have a talk on night schools, towards a radical re-think of our whole higher-education system!

    It will be on the 2nd of October (Sunday) at the time of 11:00. The address is still the Trinity Centre, which can be found at Trinity Rd, Bristol BS2 0NW

    That’s everything for now, but if you have any ideas about what could make Sunday Assembly, FUNday Assembly, do get in touch.

    This is Chair of Sunday Assembly Bristol signing off,
    Peace,
    Nick. Read more

  • Sunday Assembly on the radio!

    News just in! Kinda. Turns out there’s a radio programme about Sunday Assembly (the whole movement, not Bristol specifically, in case you’re non-Bristolist) on this week – more details here.

    If the response is as good to this as to the interview in January just before that month’s Assembly, you may want to make sure you arrive in good time on Sunday! (Assembly starts at 11am, feel free to turn up for a chat and mingle from around 1045!)

    Hope to see you on Sunday! Read more

  • What’s Better Than One Assembly a Month?!
      TWO ASSEMBLIES A MONTH!

    Sort of hot-on-the-heels from the last assembly, we have ANOTHER assembly

    This month we’re doing something exciting! We’re trying a SECOND ASSEMBLY! For the time being, we’re referring to it as the 1st 2nd Sunday Assembly of the month because we love over-worded explanations. And we love the Moon, which is why we want this assembly to Shoot For The Moon.

    And as if that wasn’t crazy enough, we’re trying a new location too! How cool is that?! And if you’re still keeping up, we’re doing it EARLIER as well.

    We’ll be downstairs at Cafe Kino, Stokes Croft for the assembly, and then move upstairs to the cafe for tea and cake and a chat afterwards. Event kicks off at 10:30 GMT TOMORROW (Sunday the 24th)

    Do try and come along, and invite people who haven’t been because the first Sunday of the Month doesn’t work for them – if this one is a success we will keep it going!

    Facebook event here
    Meetup event here

    Also we have got our regularly expected main Sunday Assembly, at the Trinity Centre at the normal time of 11:00 GMT on the 7th of August. And it’s called Colour Me Assembled.

    So, you hit level five in Pokémon Go and you’re struggling to choose between Red, Blue and Yellow. Don’t worry, we understand. That’s why we’ve invited science communicator and laser-appreciator Euan Allen to help us out with a talk titled Colour in Nature, which, if it’s not about where to find CP 800 Dragonites, will probably explore the amazing and ingenious ways organisms use colour and the practical technological applications that come out of them.

    For those of you who haven’t got into Pokémon Go, it’s like collecting football stickers, except the football stickers are all over the country and you use your phone to find them. But that’s not important right now.

    Also, turns out there are loads of songs about colours. Come along to hear the four we think are best.

    See you there!

    Facebook event here

    Meetup event here

    As always, we are looking for volunteers to read, to welcome, to show off a talent or just to tell us something about your life, so please contact us on any channel and we’d love to hear from you,

    Best and Warmest wishes,
    Sunday Assembly Bristol

    See you tomorrow at Cafe Kino, at 10:30, and then on Sunday the 7th, at the Trinity Centre at 11am.

  • Thanks for a great June Assembly!

    Hi there, thanks for a great Assembly

    That’s right, we’re thanking you because every part of Sunday Assembly only works if we have people to share in it with us. And also I totally didn’t think we were going to pull off Everybody by Backstreet Boys, but we totally did.

    As discussed we’ve got loads of things happening between this Assembly and the next, but first, it’s probably worth pointing out the easiest place to follow us on the internet;

    Our Facebook page can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/SundayAssemblyBristol/
    You can Subscribe to all our events by going to Events in the middle, and then Subscribe

    Our Meetup.com site can be found here – http://www.meetup.com/Sunday-Assembly-Bristol/

    Finally, for our super slick website, you can go to http://sabristol.org.uk/
    You can get all the events on there straight into your internet enabled calendar by going to Diary and following the instructions there – there’s also a new forum for those not wanting to get involved in Facebook!

    Finally finally, we’ll try and keep you abreast of things by emailing you on this email address so keep an eye out. If you don’t have an email address how are you reading what I’m typing right now?

    Right, the pre-amble is over, let’s see what exciting things we have this month.

    First things first on the 12th of June, we have an exciting display of new Mexican food, which I’ve been assured is better than old Mexican food. On a more serious note, it’s in Pembroke Road, BS3 8EG, starting at 16:00. Email us if you’re planning on attending because we’ll need to give you the full address

    Facebook event here
    Meetup event here

    Second things second, week after that (19th) we have our Film Club. Reply back to this email if you have an idea for a film we could watch on the theme of All Together Now. It’s at Bundy’s Bar in Clifton at 17:00

    Facebook event here
    Meetup event here

    We heard a lot about things going on this month in the notices as well.

    https://www.neighbourly.com/ – neighbourly.com is a new social network that helps communities make a noise about local projects they care about, and helps brands and organisations listen and understand how they can give support.Companies and brands search for projects where their money, expertise and employees can make a difference. And that means we can match them up to do good stuff together. If you’re based in the UK and you’ve got a project, or if you’re a brand/business owner looking to support the communities you operate in, head over to neighbourly.com to take a look.

    Currently, Neighbourly are trying to get a lot of volunteers out there with their work with M&S,more info on their website https://www.neighbourly.com/company/572a0d7db9918e149065cecf/volunteered

    http://www.91ways.org/ – “Did you know there are an estimated 91 languages and dialects spoken in Bristol? While language can sometimes act as a barrier, food is a universal language that can bring people together. 91 Ways celebrates the rich flavours and traditions of food from different cultures by sharing our dishes, recipes, and stories together and connecting with each other.”

    91 Ways next activity is a group meal covering the flavours of Iran, which is VERY similar to our Culture Club but we’ll let this one slide

    That’s everything for now, but if you have any ideas about what could make Sunday Assembly, FUNday Assembly, do get in touch.

    This is Chair of Sunday Assembly Bristol signing off,
    Peace,
    Nick. Read more

  • Forums now (tentatively) live!

    Exciting news! We now have our very own forums, so we can have a chat and organise certain things without reliance on Facebook – great news for those who aren’t into collecting faces!

    They are very new, so please bear with us if anything is broken/not working! Feedback is welcome – any tweaks, improvements or features you would like added are welcome!

    There should be a link in the top menu under ‘Get Involved’, but you can also get there via the link below!

    Forums

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  • Website update

    Hello, just a quick word of warning that while we try and add a forum to the site there may be some issues with the main site – doing our best to avoid anything going wrong, but you can never be certain!

    Hopefully there’s won’t be any major issues and we will sometime soon have a forum to get involved with!

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  • Ben Ashby guest blog

    Our speaker from the April Assembly, Ben Ashby, has been kind enough to write a blog for us (now updated to fix the links!):

    “Not a day goes by without supposedly scientific claims being made about almost every facet of our lives. Whether it’s how we can live healthier lives, reduce crime, improve education, or cure disease, we’re constantly bombarded by supposedly scientific claims from the media, retailers, and politicians. But how can we separate the genuine claims from those that are false? The answer is simple: by asking for evidence.

    The great thing is that anyone can ask for evidence. You don’t have to be an expert, or a lawyer, or a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to challenge someone to justify their claims. That’s the message of the Ask for Evidence campaign, which is run by the charity Sense about Science. We want to encourage all members of the public to hold people and organisations to account for the claims that they make.

    It really is very easy. If you see or hear a claim made by any public figure or organisation, ask them to show you the evidence that supports their claim. We’ve even set up a website (www.askforevidence.org) to make the process go smoothly. You can create a log of where you saw the claim (pictures are especially helpful), and email the person responsible using our email template. If they send you some evidence, you can pass this on to the team at Sense about Science, who will be more than happy to help you interpret if the evidence is reliable or not.

    If you’ve asked for evidence in the past or do so in future, please share your story with us at www.askforevidence.org or on Twitter using the hashtag #AskforEvidence – we’d love to hear from you. The website also contains straightforward information about what constitutes reliable evidence, and Sense about Science have published a series of “Making Sense of…” guides on complex scientific topics including Climate Change, GM foods, and Statistics, without all the usual jargon.

    It’s really important that we challenge people to justify their claims with evidence so that we can tell fact from fiction and make informed choices without being misled. Our message is very simple: If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should be able to Ask for Evidence.” Read more

  • Gardening in miserable weather is actually really fun!

    Nick and Fi making the garden pretty

    I’d been meaning to go to help out with the garden at the Trinity centre so many times, as I support Sunday Assembly’s “Help Often”/community building/doing good attitude, plus helping others and exercise are both things that make me (and most humans) feel good…but…BED. SO. COMFY.

    Despite the dismal near-gale force winds, on Sunday 29th March 2015 I forced myself to leave the nice warm house. After expecting to be the sole mad/super determined person and to head straight home, my pessimism was delightfully proven wrong as Claire, one of the lovely people there, welcomed me with the offer of a hot drink. She then asked me how physically taxing a task I would like and I opted for redistributing a vast pile of bark clippings to their proper place – covering a muddy path. When I pointed out my poor choice in footwear, Claire offered me some wellies, as well as raincoats and gloves. After a quick bit of safety advice, I set to work.

    The garden is reasonably sheltered from the aforementioned miserable gales, and the work kept me plenty warm enough. It felt good and relaxing to be outdoors after the winter and a week at work. As someone who’s only access to plant maintenance is a miniature potted Christmas tree, it was refreshing to be able to do some gardening! I had the opportunity to meet and chat with some nice people, and their kids. When the small people weren’t trying to remove the chippings from my wheelbarrow – “you’re destroying the ice castle!!” -they were having a great time on the playground.

    After a few hours, the snacks provided were starting to look pretty tempting, but I feared I’d have to flee to acquire some food when I was informed that lunch was ready! One of the volunteer jobs is to cook food for everyone, including vegetables from the garden, so ten of us sat down in a volunteer-built hut to eat some curry with broccoli from the garden – and nettles! Delicious, and very sustainable! Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay any longer but I had a great time, felt like I’d done something useful, and am definitely glad I’d dragged myself out of bed!

    These drop-ins are on the last Sunday of the month, from 11am – 4 pm, with no need to stay the entire time or tell anyone you are going, so very convenient. Read more

  • Try Something New: Tabletop Roleplaying

    Our stoic Try Something New members reassembled in October to continue their mission to experience every hobby ever invented. This month, to get us in the mood for November’s Imagination assembly, we dragged tabletop roleplaying out of its basement lair, dusted off the crumbs, and sat it in the Hatchet for a few hours of ridiculous fun. After a short time designing characters, our players holstered their dice and stepped foot into an imaginary world, thwarting a dungeon and liberating a goat, but ultimately failing to stop an apocalypse.

    The benefit of situating events in the realm of PURE IMAGINATION is that we can tick off a lot of other hobbies and experiences at the same time. In one day alone, we Tried Out: Swordplay, cupcakes, animal husbandry, mass hallucination, recreational firebreathing, knot-tying, and murder. I was really worried about how we’d get that last one done, so huge relief all round.

    Next month we’ll be continuing our Saying Things In Silly Voices series by dipping our toes into acting! Full details are available on the Facebook event.

    We hope we’ll see you there! Read more

  • Our Peer Support Small Group
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    Picture the scene: ’twas mid-April in Bristol, and the evening of our very first Peer Support ‘smoup’ (small group).  I arrived ten minutes early at our top-secret location near the city centre, and settled myself with a little handwritten sign on notepaper: Smoup!  Then I waited.  Maybe nobody would come.  What if nobody ever came?
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  • It’s our Birthday :D
    Firework streaks in night sky, celebration background

    WE’RE ONE!!! Can you believe it? We certainly can’t 

    A year of celebrating life, singing songs, making and eating cakes, and creating a joy-loving community in Bedminster, what a life! And it’s about to get even better…

    At our next assembly, appropriately themed ‘Changes’ (July 6th), we’ll be moving into the Trinity Centre, our beautiful new home 

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