30 January 2016 will be the 125th Anniversary of Bradlaugh’s death.
Many of the campaigns upon which Bradlaugh worked so tirelessly are still unfinished. Some progress is being made fortunately:
Atheism must be taught as part of religious education lessons in British schools, the High Court has ruled.
But on other issues such as universal suffrage much is still to be done. His words are as true today as they were 125 years ago.
..for so long as the working classes are denied justice, and are not admitted to the suffrage in so ample a manner as to outnumber the upper class electors, it is to the working men that Mr. Hare’s bill is peculiarly beneficial; and I trust that even if universal suffrage were obtained tomorrow the people would know that a permanent and progressive democracy can only subsist usefully by permitting its opponents to be heard in the national deliberative assembly.
The Real Representation of the People – C. Bradlaugh
For those who wish to visit Bradlaugh’s memorial stone then we thought these photos, maps and links may be of interest.
This is a link to Find a Grave where details of Bradlaugh’s memorial stone can be found.
You can see where the missing wreath would have been located.
This Map of Brookwood Cemetary may help you find Plot 108 in which the memorial stone is located. The sign ‘Plot 108’ is attached to a tree and there are several graves within Plot 108. The memorial stone can be seen from the Avenue between 108 and 109 if you stand with your back to 109.
The missing bust of Bradlaugh would have been where the stone block is on top in this photo.
Thank you to everyone who came to Bradlaugh’s commemoration, some as far away as Bath.
We’re especially grateful to one of Bradlaugh’s descendants making the effort.
The new format of a Talk, followed by the Walk and finally the Commemoration was agreed to be a great success.
Thanks to Richard Duncker for his excellent talk on Faith-based Assault.
We look forward to meeting you again next year.
….until this year’s commemoration of Charles Bradlaugh begins, we hope you will be joining us.
We’ve had enquiries as to the route of the Walk: it starts at 2:00pm at Bradlaugh’s portrait in the museum, making its way to All Saint’s, then the market square, next the Guildhall, and finally to Abington Square for 2:50pm.
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for what looks like a sunny and glorious day!
The Society has been in discussion with both the County and Borough Councils to have two signs reading “Charles Bradlaugh MP” installed on the roundabout in Abington Square.
We are pleased to say that our proposal has been accepted and local Councillors for Castle Ward are in the process of allocating Community Fund resources.
We hope this work can be completed in time for the next commemoration, so if you should be passing the statue and see some roadworks send us a tweet. @CBradlaughSoc #Freethinker #Atheism
This year has a new format by holding three events on the Sunday. Starting with the Bradlaugh Talk at 1:00pm, followed by the Bradlaugh Walk at 2:00pm, and finally the Commemoration at his statue at 3:00pm.
The events promise to be a stimulating and respectful tribute to the hero that is Charles Bradlaugh.
We look forward to seeing the regular contributors and hope to see and meet some new faces.
On the cusp of a New Year the video of this year’s excellent commemoration is released to the public.
It is downloadable from here and then click ‘Download (211.2MB)’
A dialogue box appears and you can either play it using your preferred media player, or save it.
If you need a video player, a free one is available here – Go to free video player.
Another lovely day brought the people of Northamptonshire out to commemorate the life and achievements of our local hero.
We were pleased to have Ray Newton from the National Secular Society in attendance who gave an update on plans for a bust of Bradlaugh to be installed in the Houses of Parliament in recognition of the huge importance of the man.
CBS archivist, Liam Howley, spoke about plans for an exhibition of Bradlaugh to be installed in the town’s museum.
There is certainly much to be positive about, slowly but surely Bradlaugh is getting the recognition he rightly deserves.
We look forward to meeting you all again next year and thank you all for coming.
Wednesday 24 September 2014 saw the first Bradlaugh Talk in partnership with the Atheist, Humanist and Secular Society at the University of Northampton.
Despite a slight delay the speaker, Graham Smith, CEO of Republic, was well received and thought to be an excellent orator on the matter of democracy and republicanism.
Our Chair heard Graham speak earlier in the year and was especially keen to hear his thoughts on how the Scottish Referendum may help bring about a Republic sooner rather than later.
Thanks to Graham for his efforts in getting to Northampton, and to all those who made this event such a success and the audience for excellent questions.
Our Archivist video’d the talk and we hope to have this on the website shortly, so if you want to be notified when this is on the site and are not already a Friend of the Society then please become one by subscribing by email.
Plans are already underway for the second annual Bradlaugh Talk in 2015.