The irrationality of transport & a new home!

Welcome to the blog for the Bath Skeptical Society! We’ve decided it’s probably worth resurrecting this blog so that we can share brief bits of news and information for those who attend our events that we cannot fit onto our main website.

Firstly, yesterdays talk by Dr Ian Walker went down a storm and was really interesting and informative, thanks to Ian for a great evening. I’m sure I don’t speak alone when I say that other ‘skeptics in the pub’ groups would do well to ask Ian to speak for them…

As attendees at last nights talk will have been aware though, everyone was a bit squished due to the small room that we have been using for our events. Some attendees had to sit outside on some stone steps in the beer garden which isn’t ideal.

When we first used The Hop Pole it was because they had very kindly helped us out of a tricky situation when our initial venue cancelled on us at the last minute, if it hadn’t been for The Hop Pole there would probably not be a Bath Skeptics in the Pub. Our first events drew in much smaller audiences compared to the one last night and although we knew we would probably need to find a bigger venue at some point, it wasn’t until all the discussion online about ‘The irrationality of Transport’ kicked off that I realised we’d need to find the bigger venue sooner than we thought. We hadn’t anticipated such numbers.

So it is with HUGE pleasure (and a little bit of regret because I love The Hop Pole) that I announce that Bath Skeptics now have a new venue for ‘skeptics in the pub’ events. We will now be hosting our events on the upper floor bar at The West Gate (which used to be ‘The Rat & Parrot’). It’s much bigger and is also more central (roughly 5 minutes from the stations) which is ideal for those who commute into Bath to come to our talks (as I know many of you do!) If you were one of the unlucky people who had to stand up or sit on stone steps last night please don’t be put off by your experience. There will be seats for everyone at our new home.

So, to summarise, a BIG thank you to Dr Ian Walker for a superb talk last night, a huge thank you to The Hop Pole for allowing us to use their pub to find our feet, and a big thank you to The West Gate for welcoming us into their premesis.

Now, all you need to do is start making your geek pride costumes… I’ve nearly finished mine!

Next Events:
May 25th: The Geek Pride Celebrations (pub quiz, fancy dress & Vogon Poetry) [details here]
June 21st: Martin Poulter: ‘How to create your own cult, the Scientology way’ [details here]

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