Jonathan Pearce on Islam and Liberal Democracy.

Dear ANVIL associate,


We end our third year with a talk by the liberal humanist writer and philosopher Jonathan Pearce speaking on the subject Islam and Liberal Democracy.  How Compatible Are They?  I have heard Jonathan speak and he has researched the subject carefully.  We should have an excellent meeting.   Few subjects could be more topical and relevant when the heads of our security services are on public record that the greatest threat to our country is Islamic Extremism.  Continue reading

ANVIL, TUESDAY, 12th July 2016 Population Pressures

Population  Pressures
ANVIL, TUESDAY, 12th July 2016
Please note that this session is on TUESDAY 12th
not Wednesday 13th as Derek’s paper  is  headed

This subject is a really interesting one and again one that is often so daunting that we prefer not to think about it in a systematic way.  Derek has done some careful research. What follows is his full papaer: Continue reading



Anvil is a structured discussion group.  “Membership” simply means sending in your name, email and phone number for our circulation list.  You are not expected to attend sessions that do not interest you.  There are 16 places open for each session.  To book a place at a session send an email to   Places are allocated on a first come first served basis. To cover our expenses bring £3. (Refreshments, room hire, non-local speakers – travel)
John Baxter  Chair and Secretary. Tel: 01963 34537 Continue reading