Current Affairs Group 1 meets on the second Monday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m., usually in a private room in the Saracen’s Head Pub in Balsall Common. (If this room is needed for a lunch booking, we re-arrange our venue, usually to a group member’s home, but this occurs only rarely.)
At the previous month’s meeting, a ‘starter topic’ is chosen which we all look into before the meeting and discuss for the first half hour. Recent topics have included items as varied as ‘Air Pollution’; ‘Artificial Intelligence and how it will affect us’; ‘Does Prison Work?’; ‘The Changing Face of Communications’ and ‘Should Voting be made compulsory?’ Chairing the meeting is shared amongst members: each member runs one meeting during the year as there are twelve of us. Potential new members are invited to join our waiting list.
We then take turns to introduce an item of interest which has appeared in the media in the recent past. It can be political or sociological, light-hearted or the results of recently-published research. Sometimes we discuss something of local interest such as the impact of High Speed 2 on Balsall Common or the proposed development of the village and surrounding district. We try to avoid ‘party politics’ but all views are valid and everyone has an opportunity to present his or her topic for consideration by the group.
We each pay for a cup of tea or coffee during the meeting and also enjoy a celebration lunch together before one of our meetings during the year.
If you would like any further information, please contact Moya Melville or Pat Harper via the link below:
Contact Co-ordinators or Moya Melville