It’s the prime time to learn about number theory!

Maths is often seen as a bunch of rules to follow so to find the right answers. But often mathematicians make up new rules and explore new world that emerges from those rules. In our talk this month, Florian Bouyer is going to take us back to the basics and define addition again, but in two new unexpected ways. This introduction to number theory will lead us into the world of cryptography: how do you communicate with your bank on-line with the knowledge no one else can steal your information?

We also have our usual assortment of excitement (songs, readings, trying your best, tea and cake), so come along and join in the fun!

If you can turn up a little early (10:30-10:45ish), some special guests at our next assembly would like your help!

Researchers from Coventry University, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, are conducting research on the effects of taking part in Sunday Assemblies on members who attend. If you would like to take part in this research, please arrive 15-30 minutes before the assembly starts so that they have time to explain the study and conduct the pre-Assembly questionnaire.

If you like Facebook, check out the event here;
and if you like Meetup, check out the event here.

As always, we’ll be having our pub social after the assembly at the Old Market Tavern afterwards. Check out the Facebook event here and the Meetup event here.

So, just to summarise:

We’ll see you at about 10:45 for an 11:00 start at the Trinity Centre, or 10:30 if you want to take part in some exciting research! We’ve set up a chair for you already.

Hope to see you there!

Buckets of love,
Sunday Assembly Bristol

See you on Sunday, at 10:45

Thanks for sharing cake with us!

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

Events

Chat and Plan – Sunday 11th November, 12:00 @ Old Market Tavern
You’ve probably heard us go on and on and on about how we want everyone’s input into Sunday Assembly. Well this is your chance.

Join us for the big monthly meeting where we discuss all things Sunday Assembly. Everyone is invited to attend, whether it’s to get involved and help out with the running of Sunday Assembly Bristol (hint hint, we’d love more help!), or just to listen and get a better idea of how everything works, and possibly a sneak preview of future assemblies!

If you like Facebook, check out the event here;
If you like Meetup, check out the event here.

Next Assembly 

The next assembly we have is our December assembly where we have Florian Bouyer coming to tell us how number theory is keeping our bank details and emails secure! We’ll also have our usual selection of songs, a reading, trying your best and, of course, cake.

It will be on the 2nd December (Sunday) at the time of 11:00. However, if you can turn up a little early (10:30-10:45ish), some special guests at our next assembly would like your help!

Researchers from Coventry University, in collaboration with the University of Oxford, are conducting research on the effects of taking part in Sunday Assemblies on members who attend. If you would like to take part in this research, please arrive 15-30 minutes before the assembly starts so that they have time to explain the study and conduct the pre-Assembly questionnaire.

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.

Buckets of love,

Sunday Assembly Bristol.

November Assembly – Let Them Eat Cake

November Assembly – Let Them Eat Cake
Sunday 4th November, 10:45 @ Trinity Centre

This Sunday, we’re going to be hearing about a subject very close to all of our hearts, and for many people, the entire reason they come to Sunday Assembly Bristol… That’s right, we finally have an assembly about CAKE! 

More specifically, we have Rachel Buchanan coming to talk to us about how cake is used in rituals, which promises to be fascinating, as well as our usual assortment of songs, a reading, and obviously lots of cake – hint hint: if you’d like to try your hand at baking, the more cake we have, the better 😉

If you like Facebook, check out the event here;
and if you like Meetup, check out the event here.

As always, we’ll be having a spot of lunch at the Old Market Tavern afterwards.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no parking at the Trinity Centre this month due to their fireworks display for bonfire night, but there is plenty of free parking on the streets nearby, including Old Market Street.

So, just to summarise:

We’ll see you at about 10:45 for an 11:00 start at the Trinity Centre. We’ve set up a chair for you already.

Hope to see you there!

Buckets of love,
Sunday Assembly Bristol

See you on Sunday, at 10:45

October Assembly – How To Achieve The Impossible

October Assembly – How To Achieve The Impossible
Sunday 7th October, 10:45 @ Hamilton House

This month we have Bex Band coming to talk to us about How To Achieve Impossible – she’s going to be telling us about her epic adventure to travel the length of the USA on a kick scooter!

We also have our usual assortment of excitement (songs, readings, tea and cake), so come along and join in the fun!

If you like Facebook, check out the event here;
and if you like Meetup, check out the event here.

As always, we’ll be having a spot of lunch at the Old Market Tavern afterwards.

REMEMBER our assembly this week is NOT at the Trinity Centre, and is instead at HAMILTON HOUSE in Stokes Croft, Bristol.

So, just to summarise:

We’ll see you at about 10:45 for an 11:00 start at the Hamilton House. We’ve set up a chair for you already.

Hope to see you there!

Buckets of love,
Sunday Assembly

See you on Sunday, at 10:45

Thanks for making connections with us!

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

Events

Chat and Plan – Sunday 9th September, 11:30 @ Old Market Tavern
You’ve probably heard us go on and on and on about how we want everyone’s input into Sunday Assembly. Well this is your chance.

Join us for the big monthly meeting where we discuss all things Sunday Assembly. Everyone is invited to attend, whether it’s to get involved and help out with the running of Sunday Assembly Bristol (hint hint, we’d love more help!), or just to listen and get a better idea of how everything works, and possibly a sneak preview of future assemblies!

If you like Facebook, check out the event here;
If you like Meetup, check out the event here.

We’d also like to extend our thanks and congratulations to everyone who has taken on a more active role in Sunday Assembly Bristol following our AGM at the weekend – this will be discussed at the Chat and Plan and further details of the AGM output will follow soon!

Next Assembly 

The next assembly we have is our October assembly, which will be on 7th October at 11:00am, NOT at the Trinity Centre, but at HAMILTON HOUSE (Stokes Croft, Bristol) for ONE MONTH ONLY. We will have the fantastic Bex Band coming to talk about her amazing feat to kick-scoot the length of the USA! We will also have the usual delights of songs, readings, someone trying their best and, of course, cake!

If you like Facebook, check out the event here;
If you like Meetup, check out the event here.

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.

Buckets of love,
Sunday Assembly Bristol

We’re already missing you!

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

Chat and Plan – Sunday 13th May, Old Market Tavern @ 11:30am

This month, we’ll be having our Chat and Plan at the Old Market Tavern (the same pub we visit each month after the assembly when at Trinity). 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!

If you like Facebook, check out the Facebook event here;
and if you like Meetup, check out the Meetup event here.

Next Assembly

The next assembly we have is our June assembly, where we have Dr. Ali Cotton coming to talk to us about Penguin Conservation (the keen among you will notice this talk has been rearranged from a previous assembly). It will be on the 3rd of June (Sunday) at the time of 11:00. 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,

Stay awesome,
Jess.

Thanks for another great assembly – despite a different location!

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. This month, we’re sending you extra thanks for coming along on a different date and at a different venue, and making our assembly such a success.

We will be back at the Trinity Centre for the May Assembly.

As discussed we’ve got our Chat and Plan tomorrow, 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

Chat and Plan – Sunday 22nd April, Old Market Tavern @ 11:30am
This month, we’ll be having our Chat and Plan at the Old Market Tavern (the same pub we visit each month after the assembly when at Trinity). 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!

If you like Facebook, check out the Facebook event here;
and if you like Meetup, check out the Meetup event here.

Next Assembly

The next assembly we have is our May assembly, with Matt Dunn coming to talk to us about “What We Miss”, discussing the differences in human perception. Make sure you don’t miss out!

It will be on the 6th May (Sunday) at the time of 11:00. 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,

Stay awesome,
Jess.

Thanks for a fantastic February Assembly!

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

Events

Here are some details of our upcoming events between now and the next assembly:

Chat and Plan – Sunday 11th February, 11:30am @ Old Market Tavern

This month, we’ll be having our Chat and Plan 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 SundayAssembly 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!

If you like Facebook, check out the Facebook event here;
and if you like Meetup, check out the Meetup event here.

Wonder More – Sunday 11th February, 14:00 @ Bristol Museum

This month, after our monthly Chat and Plan, Sunday Assembly Bristol are headed to Bristol Museum.

There are lots of exhibitions on: in addition to the large number of permanent exhibits, it’s the penultimate weekend of the Pliosaurus! exhibition if you’re up for a Jurassic jaunt, or there’s ‘Empire Through The Lens’ which should fit in well with this month’s theme of Breaking the Chain. Basically, there’ll be something for everyone. More details about what’s on can be found on the museum website.

We’ll meet in the main hall underneath the biplane at 2 and then explore what the museum has to offer before a cuppa (and maybe some cake…) in the Museum café around 4.

The trip is open to all, and there’s lots for kids to do too. Entrance to the museum is free, though donations are welcome and the Pliosaurus! exhibition is a pay what you want affair.

Richard is organising and you can contact him by replying to this email or on 07816 271989 with questions etc.

If you like Facebook, check out the Facebook event here;
and you like Meetup, check out the Meetup event here.

Wander More – Sunday 18th February, 11:00 @ Burrington Combe and Beacon Batch

The Sunday Assembly Bristol Bimblers are branching out! This month, we’re heading to the highest point in the Mendip Hills – Beacon Batch.

We’ll be starting from the car park nearest the cattle grid at the lower entrance to the gorge (https://goo.gl/maps/UvT79VeLHW32). The route takes us past the intriguingly named Rock Of Ages, several caves, before heading out onto moorland with what we hope to be impressive views out over the Somerset Levels. The Burrington Inn lies at the end of our walk where the traditional tea and (probably) cake can be purchased. The walk is just over 4 miles (7km for the more metrically minded) long, will likely be rather muddy and there’s some significant ups and downs (about two Avon Gorges worth) so please make sure you’ve got sturdy footwear.

Dogs and children are welcome to come along, though there are rumoured to be ponies on the hill, so pups will need leads.

We’ll be setting off at 11 from the car park. We’re working on car-sharing options at the moment as most of us will be driving from Bristol. If you’re in need of a lift or can offer one, or have any issues or questions, please drop us a message or contact Richard on 07816 271989.

If you like Facebook, check out the Facebook event here;
and you like Meetup, check out the Meetup event here.

Next Assembly

And the next assembly we have is our March assembly, on the theme of ‘Bee Positive‘ where Clara Montgomery will be talking to us about the positive charge of bees! It will ‘bee’ on Sunday 4th March at 11:00. 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,

Stay awesome,
Jess.

Jump in to January

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

Events

Here are some details of our upcoming events between now and the next assembly:

Chat and Plan – Sunday 14th January, 11:30am @ Old Market Tavern

This month, we’ll be having our Chat and Plan 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!

If you like Facebook, check out the Facebook event here;
and if you like Meetup, check out the Meetup event here.

Wander More – Sunday 21st January, 11:00 @ Blaise Castle Estate

It’s a new year and the Sunday Assembly Bimblers are back and headed to Blaise Castle Estate.

We’ll walk through the estate, along the river and little gorge there and perhaps see the Blaise Castle Hamlet along with the castle itself.

The paths are good, parking free and there’s *definitely* tea available at the café. Quite possibly cake too.

The walk will be about 4 miles and will have some uphill bits, and hopefully a view or two along the way. We’re pet and child friendly too.

If you’re looking for a way to get to know a few faces before coming to a main assembly, this is a good option as we tend to be a small relaxed group.

We’ll be meeting at the café by the car park at 11, whatever the weather. You contact the organiser (Richard) on the day on my phone (07816 271989). If you’re running late, let us know and we’ll do our best to wait for you.

If you like Facebook, check out the Facebook event here;
and you like Meetup, check out the Meetup event here.

And the next assembly we have is our February assembly, on the theme of ‘Break the Chain‘ where Joanna Burch-Brown will be talking to us about Slavery, Reparations and Bristol. It will be on Sunday 4th February at 11:00. 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,

Stay awesome,
Jess.

Thanks for a super chilled assembly!

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

Events

Here are some details of our upcoming events between now and the next assembly:

Chat and Plan – Saturday 9th December, 11:30am @ Old Market Tavern

This month, we’ll be having our Chat and Plan 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!

If you like Facebook, the Facebook event can be found here;
and if you like Meetup, the Meetup event can be found here.

Wonder More – Brave Poor Things – Saturday 9th December, 14:00 @ M-Shed

After the Chat and Plan this weekend, we’re going to feed our wonder neurons (which *definitely* might exist) with a trip to one of Bristol’s many museums, the alphabetically named M-Shed.

We’re going to see an exhibition about the rather Victorian-sounding ‘Guild of the Brave Poor Things’. We’ll learn about the history of Bristol’s disability rights movement, and how his fine city came to be home to what is believed to be the country’s first purposefully-built accessible building. If we have time we might also drop in on the main exhibition hall below with all of its many riches.

All are welcome, the exhibition is free (donations welcomed) and we’ll be heading for cake and a cuppa in a nearby café afterwards to discuss the exhibition and anything else under the Sun.

If you’re looking for a way to gain a familiar face or two before going to your first assembly, this is a good opportunity for that as we’re normally a fairly small group and are very welcoming of newcomers.

We’ll meet at 2pm in the entrance hall of the M-Shed. For the ambitious amongst you that are planning to come along to chat at the Chat and Plan earlier on the same day, at least one of us will be walking from the Old Market Tavern to the M-Shed at 1:30 pm.

If you’d like to get hold of us on the day, you can contact Richard on 07816 271989.

Anyone that’s particularly eager can look at the exhibition’s website here – https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/brave-poor-things/ or if you’re looking for something more in depth, you can always read a ~50 page dissertation on the ‘Great Army of Suffering Ones’ here – http://www.bristol.ac.uk/history/media/docs/ug-dissertations/2009mantin.pdf

If you like Facebook, the Facebook event can be found here;
and if you like Meetup, the Meetup event can be found here.

Yule Rock, Sunday 10th December, 10:45 @ Hydra Bookshop

This Sunday (10th) we will be having fun and games with our annual Yule Rock – a festive sing-along special, which will be at Hydra Bookshop on Old Market Street (it’s next to the Old Market Tavern, and just a few minutes walk from the Trinity Centre).

It will be a little different to our usual assemblies, with no main speaker. Instead, we’ll have a more laid-back event, with festive games, songs, crafts, and food – aiming for a lack of religiosity where possible (recognising this is more difficult than usual at Christmas time). The event will be especially child-friendly, with fun activities for children and adults alike!

We’d also love for you to show off your cooking and baking skills by bringing along any Christmas culinary delights you’d like people to enjoy. There’ll be a small prize for the baker who creates the most scrumptious Christmas treat, so get practicing!

If you like Facebook, check out the event here;
and if you like Meetup, check out the event here.

And the next assembly we have is our January assembly, on the theme of ‘How to Win a Million Dollars’, where Sophie Stevens will be coming to talk to us about one of the Millennium Problems. It will be on Sunday 7th January at 11:00. 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 learned 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,

Stay awesome,
Jess