Saturday 25th April

Sent the following email to ANVIL members and friends: If you have not received a copy feel free to click below to take part if you have registered with ZOOM.

Dear ANVIL Associate and other friends

Regular ANVIL member Greg Atkins who is an emeritus professor of virology is on our programme to speak about “The Danger Posed by Emerging Virus infections ” which we planned before Covid -19 broke upon us.  We now would like him to speak on Wednesday 10th June at 3 p.m. on what will need to be a Zoom session.  Greg also runs a U3A group in Martock and has been running it using ZOOM since the lock-down.

He has now kindly invited me to speak and introduce Buddhism to that group and you are all invited to sign up for Zoom which is free if you have not done so already and log on to the session next Tuesday 28th April at 3 p.m.  This should then work as a good trial run for future ANVIL sessions which we could have on ZOOM.  Below is Greg’s invitation.

Gregory Atkins is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: U3A Buddhism
Time: Apr 28, 2020 03:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 708 384 1537
Password: 049357

Topic: U3A continued

Time: Apr 28, 2020 04:00 PM London


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 708 384 1537

Password: 049357

You will notice there are two sessions, one at 3pm, one at 4pm.  This is because ZOOM runs free for 45minutes.  Longer sessions are quite expensive,  so Greg has a break with a second session starting at 4 pm.

I do hope you will give it a try.  All that should be needed is a single click on the long meeting code above.  Zoom then comes up on your screen and you follow a few hopefully simple instructions (I have found they are simple so far.)  Do not click earlier than one minute before the scheduled start please.

If Buddhism is new to you you might like to visit and on World Views read The Buddha Way.  Its not long.  Always happy to chat on the phone. 01963 34537 or mo 07403616145.

Best wishes,


Also had a good catch-up call with RH

FAT, FRIEND OR FOE. A talk by Dave Wrathall

Fat, Friend or Foe.  Quaker Barn 5th February 7.30 p.m. 

ANVIL is Wincanton’s structured discussion group which tackles controversial subjects and you are invited to our first meeting of 2020, Science teacher Dave Wrathall will be speaking about diet, in particular our attitude to eating fat. This is his introduction:

“What if we have been misled about what is healthy and what is not? What if the food we eat is poisoning us? What if cancer, heart disease and dementia are not diseases of aging, but simply the consequences of the food choices we make?”  Continue reading

ANVIL Nov 13th Julie Arliss Main Speaker, John Baxter Responder


Wednesday Nov 13th. Our last session for the year will have as our Main Speaker Julie Arliss with myself as the Responder.  Her topic is THE AFTER-LIFE and she introduces it by saying:

The reports of near death experiences, paranoral experiences, telepathy and the like, as well as the beliefs in many world religions, seem to point to some form of post-mortem existence, but the scientific and philosophical problems associated with these beliefs are considerable. This talk will outline the evidence and examine some of the crucial difficulties, such as what would make the person who died the SAME PERSON as the one who is resurrected. “

So we will be facing one of life’s great mysteries.  Continue reading

Dominic Lacey: Anacyclosis: the theory of political evolution

In a well attended meeting on Tuesday 14th March and Dominic Lacey delivered his paper on Plato’s theory of political evolution.  The value of most people having clearly read what he had written in advance has seldom been so obvious for it stimulated a really thoughtful and extended discussion as we reflected on populism, the rise of Trump and the unsolved problems that big data are raising as middle ranking jobs are lost.  To see his paper again here it is. Continue reading