Hampshire Group – Hampshire Hub
The Hampshire Hub is a network of people living in or around the county, who have a common interest in exploring religious and spiritual thought and expression from an open non-dogmatic standpoint. Other than a facilitator, currently the Hampshire PCN Group Administrator, it has no organisational structure.
Within the Hub are several autonomous groups that meet monthly, Three of these are affiliated to PCN-Britain and the Sea of Faith Network. If you wish to join any of these groups you should in the first instance contact the Hampshire Group Administrator - it is not necessary to belong to PCN or SOF.
The facilitator edits a quarterly newsletter which is now published on this site. It includes notices of local, regional and national events that may be of interest to those in the Hub.
Venue & Meeting Times
The Alton Group meets on the third Tuesday morning of the month, 10.15 to 12. The format is tea/coffee followed by a presentation and discussion. The venues are in the houses of members in the Alton / Petersfield area, with sufficient space to accommodate up to 13 people. There is a wide variety of topics chosen by members.
The A27 Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday morning of the month, 10.30 to 12. The venues are the homes of members who live close to the section of the A27 road between Romsey and Fareham. One book per year is studied in depth. The ten members take turns to lead the discussions.
The Southsea Group normally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month 12 to 2.30. The venue is a private house near the seafront in Southsea itself. A DVD or CD presentation of an event attended by one or more members is the usual focus of a meeting.
The West Hampshire local group of the Scientific and Medical Network holds open discussion meetings on the third Friday afternoon of the month, 2.15 to 4, in a room in the Lymington Community Centre. The presentations are aimed at the sort of people who tune into TV and Radio programmes on Science and Medicine.
The Edmund Kell Unitarian Church in Southampton holds occasional open discussion meetings in the Church Hall on the first Sunday of the month..
Details of the next meeting of each of the above groups are given in the Next Meeting section under ‘view full programme’ then ‘full details’. Registered members of the group will receive the postal address of the venue and a reminder of the meeting date about one week beforehand.
The Hub was set up in the Spring of 2005 following a Sea of Faith road show held in Southampton the previous Autumn. The speakers at that event included Don Cupitt and David Boulton. Volunteers set up local discussions groups in Alton, Havant, and Barton-on-Sea. PCN Solent which had already been meeting in Southampton joined in to provide coverage of most of the county. They invited Adrian B Smith to lead a day conference in April 2005.
The flexibility of the Hub has enabled new discussion groups to rise out of the ashes of others that have died.