Sunday Assembly Leeds

Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More

January 2018 – The Universe

Dear Sunday Assemblers, a very happy new-ish year to you! We hope your holiday season was everything you hoped for, or even better. Last month we did not host an Assembly due to date issues around Christmas and New Year, and so we’re even keener than usual to come together to enjoy fascinating and inspirational talks, sing rousing songs, meet new people and old friends alike, and socialise with hot drinks and lovely cake!

Well, every Assembly needs a theme, and we’re playing cautious this month and going with THE UNIVERSE! So no biggie then…just the most mysterious and mind-blowing subject in, er, the universe. We’ll be having a presentation on Stargazing in Winter, and we’ll hear other musings and readings about our big home. We like to be interactive and you’ll have a chance to ask questions and chip in your thoughts. Whether all questions of a cosmological nature will be answered, we certainly aren’t promising! But what is guaranteed is a shared experience of wonder at the staggering size, complexity and variety we can find by simply observing as far into our universe as it’s possible to do. Fortunately, that is quite far…

So we’d love to welcome you on 28th January at the New Headingley Club, details given. Please come anytime from 10.30am for tea, coffee and banter, to be ready for an 11.00 start. Please bring an open mind, a dose of curiosity, a keenness to share your thoughts, a hearty singing voice, and a friend! Telescope optional 🙂

February 2017: Life


Our monthly Sunday Assembly with the theme of ‘Life’ and hosted by Rob.


Rob will be focusing on two aspects of his theme, what is life?and how do we make the most of it? while, as always, relating the talk back to the Sunday Assembly motto of live better, help often and wonder more.

We’ll have interesting talks, karaoke, music from The Assembly Line, the resident band, fun and (of course) lots of cake!

So, please join us on Sunday 26th February 2017 for another fun-packed event with great songs, great talks, great company and the ever-present great cake!

We meet in the back function room of The New Headingley Club. (56 St Michael’s Rd, Leeds LS6 3BG)

Doors open at 10.30am for socialising and drinks, and the Assembly starts at 11.00am.

We look forward to welcoming you!

January 2017: Slow

January 2017’s Assembly will be hosted by Laurence on the theme of “Slow”.

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There is a growing “Go Slow” social movement dedicated to shifting the balance of our lives towards slowing down a little, taking a bit more time to focus on what we’re doing, to avoid rushing through all our activities at such a hectic pace that we can’t appreciate the fine details.

Does this mean we’re now all supposed to start doing everything at snail’s pace? Of course not! “Fast” has its place – we can all experience the excitement and thrill of a busy pace of life when appropriate. Speed is a fantastic aspect of human experience. Nobody would be all that keen to watch an Olympic event called “The 200m mindful observation stroll”. You wouldn’t buy a car that only took you up to 15mph just to make you really take in your surroundings… It’s all about that key word, BALANCE. The “Go Slow” movement is all about reconsidering how we manage our time, how we can actually achieve and enjoy more by doing less, and how to strengthen our relationships through giving people our genuine time and attention at a pace that allows everyone to grow together.

So, please join us on Sunday 29th January 2017 for another fun-packed event with great songs, great talks, great company and the ever-present great cake! We look forward to welcoming you!

Sunday 29th January 2017
The New Headingley Club (in the back function room)
56 St Michael’s Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3BG

Doors open at 10.30am for socialising and drinks, and the Assembly starts at 11.00am.


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November 2016: Hygge

Welcome to the blog for this month’s Sunday Assembly Leeds (SAL)! I’m Laurence and I’m one of the organisers of SAL.


We are very happy to be creating this month’s event and hope to see you on Sunday 27th November. As usual, the Assembly will be held at the New Headingley Club, 56 St Michael’s Rd, Leeds LS6 3BG. Free onsite parking is available and Headingley is well served by various bus routes. Take the path on the left side of the building and we’re in the function room at the back. We welcome you to join us from 10.30am for tea, coffee, and to mingle with people in a friendly atmosphere – a chance to catch up with people you have already met, or have yet to meet if you are a very welcome first-timer. The Assembly itself begins at 11.00am. We’ll have the usual mixture of interesting, thought-provoking talks and great songs, all along this month’s theme which is: “Hygge: The Art of Living Danishly”. Danish people are reportedly among the happiest in the world. This concept of “Hygge” doesn’t have a direct translation in our language, however, I believe it equates to “Cosiness, warmth, a happy situation wherever possible for the sake of it”. Well, something like that. Feel free to look it up!

Everyone is invited to join in with the singing – some songs are led by our live band, The Assembly Line (see what we did there…?) and some are done as karaoke-style tracks with lyrics projected onto the screen at the front or printed on the running-order sheets.

Each Assembly has a host, who generally runs the event and delivers his/her own thoughts on the theme in the Host’s Address towards the end. Our very own Jane Skudder takes on the role this month, and the host is always assisted by an organising team of other speakers, caterers and unseen but vital behind-the-scenes helpers. Absolutely anyone can be part of the organisers’ team – we would love to welcome your involvement! Just speak to any member of the team and we’ll let you know how you can become part of Sunday Assembly Leeds.

The Assembly lasts about 75 minutes on average, but then it’s not all over – by this time, folks are getting a tad thirsty/peckish and so more tea and coffee and delicious home-made cakes are served up! This is another chance to socialise and meet new people – every month we receive kind comments about how friendly Sunday Assembly Leeds is and it’s all down to everyone’s willingness to get to know each other.

There are several other events organised around the Sunday Assembly hub – each month there is a pub quiz, sometimes a walk/hike, and sometimes there are charitable or voluntary activities. Details of these are given out in each Assembly and are also available on our social media platforms.

Please come along on Sunday 27th and be part of a great event and a growing social movement that’s catching on all over the world!

September 2016: Sharing!

It’s been a busy old month at Sunday Assembly Leeds!

Hiking Group: On Saturday 10th September, an intrepid band conquered Ingleborough – one of the three highest Yorkshire peaks. Glenn, Rob, Ally, and I made the 12 mile trip around the peak from Clapham, finishing up with a lovely drink in the late-summer sunshine. For those hikers who are interested, we’ll have a couple more walks before the end of the year, so keep an eye out for future events!


The march up Trow Gill

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August 2016: Help!

word-895557_1920This month’s Assembly was hosted by Chris (with the beard) and featured a low-key musical accompaniment from Rob, Chris (with the long hair) and Dave. We sang Lean on Me by Bill Withers, When I’m Sixty-Four by the Beatles, With a Little Help From My Friends by the Beatles, and Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations (which someone remarked seems to feature almost every month, but that wasn’t a criticism!). Dave was doing their best and talked about all the volunteering work that he has been doing around Leeds: helping with Spanish language lessons, interfaith community activities, and chaperoning a local children’s choir. The star of the show was Sarah, from Dementia Friendly Leeds, who told us all about how we can do more (as a city and as individuals) to help those who are suffering from Dementia. She also showed an eye-opening video from the perspective of someone suffering from dementia to illustrate some of the difficulties that sufferers face, and some of the ways in which we can help. Continue reading