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Thank you to all those that made the journey to yesterday’s very enjoyable 15th commemoration of Charles Bradlaugh, MP for Northampton.

15th Annual Commemoration

15th Annual Commemoration

In particular visitors representing the International Association of Free Thought made the journey from Limoge in France.

Philippe Besson representing the International Association of Free Thought

Philippe Besson representing the International Association of Free Thought

Philippe extended an invitation to everyone to join him and his wife in Paris next year for the IAFT Conference which we are pleased to accept and hope to send a representative from the Society.

Philippe Besson

Philippe Besson

Terry Sanderson and Keith Porteous Wood represented the National Secular Society of which Bradlaugh was the first President and is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year with the unveiling of a bust of Charles Bradlaugh in Parliament on 2 November 2016 and again the CBS has been invited to send a representative which we will be pleased to accept.

Terry Sanderson representing the National Secular Society

Terry Sanderson representing the National Secular Society

The Bradlaugh Talk on the India Connection is reported in ‘Petition’.

The last mention goes out to the loveliest Labrador we’ve ever had attend the commemoration.

Loveliest Labrador ever to attend

Loveliest Labrador ever to attend

5 Days To Go

Just 5 days to go until the 15th Annual Commemoration on Sunday 25th September.

We hope to meet as many Friends of the Society as possible and everyone is welcome.

The weather forecast is looking bright and sunny….(famous last words)

1pm Bradlaugh Talk at the  Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP

2pm Bradlaugh Walk meeting at Bradlaugh’s portrait on the top floor of the museum at 2pm and arriving at the statue for 3pm.

3pm Bradlaugh Commemoration at his statue in Abington Square, Northampton.

Let’s make this Bradlaugh Day the best yet!!

Bradlaugh in Parliament

Bradlaugh in Parliament

 

International Association of Freethought (IAF-AILP)

We are pleased to welcome Philippe Besson from the International Association of Free Thought who will be attending and speaking at this year’s commemoration on 25th September.

 

International Association of Free Thought

International Association of Free Thought

 

Established in 2011 the aims of the IAFT are:

A website has been opened and 3 initial international campaigns have been decided:

  • For separation of religious institutions and states in all countries, on all continents
  • An international commission of inquiry on public financing of religious institutions
  • For exposure and denunciation of the crimes committed by priests

We urge all atheists and freethinkers and their organizations to join forces with the new International Association of Freethought to fight together for freedom of conscience and separation of religious institutions and states.

Welcome Philippe

Petition to ‘Save Bradlaugh Hall’

CBS launch petition to Save Bradlaugh Hall in Lahore.

The CBS has produced three new documents which we are pleased to make public today relating to Charles Bradlaugh’s connection to India in preparation of this year’s annual Bradlaugh Talk to be held at 1pm on 25th September 2016 at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

All Welcome.

Bradlaugh Hall Memorial Stone

Bradlaugh Hall Memorial Stone

Please download and circulate these three documents and petition to save Bradlaugh Hall.

 

How to find the Museum and Art Gallery (MAP).

2016 Poster

The poster for this year’s commemoration is now out. Please circulate as widely as possible.

We look forward to seeing as many friends again this year.

All Welcome.

2016 Commemoration Poster

2016 Commemoration Poster

MP’s Support Save Bradlaugh Hall

The Society’s Secretary, Chris Pounds,  travelled to Parliament in June for a meeting with Michael Ellis and David Mackintosh, Northampton’s two MP’s.

Discussions on how Michael and David can help support the campaign to save the Bradlaugh Hall in Lahore were very positive and both agreed to contact the Governor of the Punjab. Several other approaches were identified and we hope to bring you more information about these as they bear fruit.

 

 

The India Connection

The Charles Bradlaugh Society is pleased to announce this year’s topic for the third annual Bradlaugh Talk on Sunday 25th September at 1:00pm will be about Charles Bradlaugh’s connection to India and his support for Independence.

Also we hope to have a discussion on how to SAVE the BRADLAUGH HALL in Lahore.

SAVE BRADLAUGH HALL

SAVE BRADLAUGH HALL

The Charles Bradlaugh Society has been hitting the headline in The Tribune -“UK society pitches in to save Bradlaugh Hall in Lahore”

There is a FACEBOOK page to get behind the campaign to Save the Bradlaugh Hall.

The Historical Association Lecture

The Northampton Branch of the Historical Association will be holding a lecture on the ‘Life of Charles Bradlaugh’.

This is being delivered by the CBS archivist Liam Howley at Northampton University on Thursday 21 April 2016.

The next lecture will be given by Liam Howley on the life of Charles Bradlaugh, from his youth in the East End to M.P for Northampton. Bradlaugh was a giant of his age, but has sadly been largely forgotten by history. His many causes such as atheism, republicanism, and birth control gave him many enemies in a strict Victorian age. His biggest battle was to serve as Northampton’s M.P – barred for his atheism, but backed by the local people. His statue serves as a reminder of his place in the history of the town. Liam Howley represents the Charles Bradlaugh Society

enquiries@history-northampton.org.uk

All Welcome.

125 years

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

 

Memorial Stone

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.

Memorial Stone

Memorial Stone

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.

 

From the Avenue with back to Plot 109

From the Avenue with back to Plot 109

The missing bust of Bradlaugh would have been where the stone block is on top in this photo.

The Brookwood Cemetery Society have a page dedicated to Charles Bradlaugh.

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