Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub is brand new for 2014!

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at The Brunswick Pub, 199 Malmesbury Park Rd, Charminster, BH8 8PX (5 minutes by car or 15 minutes on foot from Bournemouth Station).

Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub invite a guest speaker every month to come and discuss something interesting with us. The talks can be about science, reason and critical thinking, conspiracy, the paranormal, cults and so on. Listen, have a drink and ask some questions of our speaker.

Buy a ticket (using Paypal) for our meetings on (registration required) or via Eventbrite.

Simon Clare

Wednesday, May 14 2014 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)


199 Malmesbury Park Road,

Simon Clare

What's the talk about?

The Alpha Course runs in 162 countries and has been attended, according to their website, by 20 Million people. Over a 9 week period, students are guided through Christian theology ostensibly to “Explore the meaning of Life”.

Simon Clare, an unabashed atheist, signed up to his local course in Brighton, wondering if his faithlessness would be challenged. Spoiler: He wasn’t converted but he was surprised at what he learnt about faith.

The new Archbishop Of Canterbury, Justin Welby, found his faith at the home of the Alpha Course and his election suggests that the Alpha model of spreading the word is now at the heart of Christianity’s struggle for survival. As well as giving an overview of the course from biblical history and singing in tongues, Simon will discuss what atheists can learn from the Alpha Course.

Simon Clare runs Horsham Skeptics in the Pub and writes a regular column for the West Sussex County Times. He is also a founder member of the South East Skeptics Society and is the main organiser of the SitP roadshow.

Believers, atheists and everyone inbetween will all be made very welcome.