Charles Bradlaugh

Sunday October 18th

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start

In your own home courtesy of Zoom – see below.

A talk by Keith Hayward about Charles Bradlaugh the person.
Keith has been active with his camera around some of Bradlaugh’s old haunts.

“Abhorred as an atheist, reviled as a republican, and loathed as an advocate of birth control, Charles Bradlaugh was one of the most detested men in mid-Victorian England” (quote by his biographer).

Parliament refused to allow him to take his seat because of his atheism and republicanism even though he was elected four times.  Yet almost all the social changes he achieved we now take for granted.  We know him as the founder of the National Secular Society, and one of the pioneers of humanism. 

The Sergeant at Arms being called to remove Bradlaugh from parliament where he was not allowed to take up his seat.

Keith Hayward has a background in engineering, having served an apprenticeship at a steelworks in Sheffield. He came south to work at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. A keen horticulturalist, he now runs a plant nursery in Bisley. An atheist since schooldays, his other interests include singing with Hart Male Voice Choir, and computing with the Linux Operating System. He is a committee member of Farnham Humanists.

Please email for the link to the Zoom Talk before the meeting

See below for Instructions for Joining Zoom.

NB, there may be variations depending on whether you are using Windows PC, Apple, or an iPhone. But the general principles apply, and people find it easy unless they are running very old software. For Windows you need version 7 or above.
When you click the link, your PC or phone may have to download the Zoom App, just give it permission to do so when asked. Next start Zoom App if necessary, and click on Open Zoom Meetings. Click on Join with Computer Audio if you are confident that your microphone and camera work.   

(If you are not confident then before joining click Test Speaker and Microphone –  it’s underneath the Join with Computer Audio option. This test plays you a little tune, and asks you to confirm you heard it; and asks you to speak and in a few seconds repeats your voice. If that works fine, you are  given the option to join with computer audio (now in smaller letters) If it doesn’t work you’ll have to figure out how to turn on your computer’s microphone and/or camera.)

You will see several little frames with our faces, and we will see yours – and all be able to hear each other. Whoever is speaking tends to be the larger frame.

You can toggle backwards and forwards between alternative views of the group on your screen (either many little frames, or the large frame plus several little frames) by clicking on the dots in the top right hand corner. Gallery means all attendees’ frames are featured, in no particular order, whereas choosing Speaker means that the current speaker is framed, plus several other little ones.

Once a formal meeting starts at 7:15 we would mute everyone except the chair and speaker, so you cannot be heard. When your turn comes to speak you’ll be unmuted.

A tray of controls comes up when you hover the cursor just above the bottom of the screen. You will see a box called Chat, with options to type questions, to everyone, or to named individuals.  

Clicking on the Reactions button means you can signify applause or a ‘thumbs up’ indication for the presenters and other attendees.

You will also see an icon called Participants, and if you click on that and find your own name in Attendees you will see a symbol for Putting Up Your Hand. We can see that, and if we’re allowing questions, we can unmute you to speak and be heard.