The Partridge Group - men's discussion group


The group, open to any man who can drink beer (or other beverage) and talk religion at the same time, meets in the Three Tuns public house in Abington on Wednesday evenings, in January and February.

The group moves to the Abington Institute opposite for the exploration and free discussion of aspects of the Christian (or other) faith.
 
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Newsflash
We had another successful year with several excellent speakers
Some of our recent speakers mentioned the Cambridge Science Festival www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk
Both Babraham and Alzheimer's Research UK will be represented
All welcome
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Keep Wednesday evenings free from 11th January to 15th February 2017 inclusive!
We are currently finalising an exciting programme; most of the speakers below are now confirmed.
 
Date
Speaker
Topic
11/01/2017
Dr Stephen Inglis
Drugs and the NHS: an insider's view of the costs, benefits and politics that dictate which drugs are made available to us. Stephen has held senior positions in the biomedical world for many years, giving him a unique insight into the way drugs reach us.
18/01/2017
Dr Caroline Shepherd
The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies
Psychology and religion: themes and ideas from psychology put together with those from religious faith. 
25/01/2017
Fr Ian Wilson, OSA
Prior of Clare Priory
 
(Fr Ian is an Augustinian Friar)
The Confessions of St Augustine:
St Augustine lived from 354 until 430.  He was born in north Africa, and as a young man he led a dissolute life.  But over the years, he became Professor of Rhetoric in Milan, converted to Christianity, was ordained a priest, and then appointed Bishop of Hippo.  In 397, at the age of only 43, he wrote his autobiography, known as The Confessions.  This ranks as one of the earliest and most intriguing autobiographies ever written.  Since the middle ages, the western Church has ranked Augustine as one of its four Doctors.
In his Confessions, Augustine tells of the searching that went on throughout his life, and he writes about the very essence of the Christian life. The Confessions reveal to us a man who was passionate about life, and his desire for prayer whereby he could give God praise and at the same time open his heart to God whom he knew to be merciful.
01/02/2017
Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam,
Addenbrookes
An update on Prostate Cancer: Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men. Vincent is involved in research and has been a consultant urologist, including the training of new recruits. Recently his work has focused on improving early detection and developing new methods of treatment. He will give us a brief overview and then help us to discuss how outcomes might be improved.
08/02/2017
Robin Brisbourne,
Science Communications Officer,
Alzheimer's Research UK
Alzheimer's Disease: seeking a preventative approach or intervention - the nature of the disease, the research approach and some of the ethical issues faced. 
15/02/2017
Geoff Butcher and
Joanna Latimer

Babraham Institute
Ageing at the Babraham Institute: new horizons, new possibilities?
Our understandings of how and why we age the ways we do is rapidly changing. There are different ways of understanding how we age - sociological as well as biological. In this presentation we will give you a broad overview of these understandings. We will then focus down on how the advances in biology, especially genomics and epigenetics, are opening up what ageing is, as biological processes and phenomena.  Here we will talk about Babraham's work, including its history, facilities and relationships to other research centres, and the educational provision it supports, such as a doctoral program with Cambridge University. We will give an overview of the current science and scientists doing research relevant to ageing, including research using animals, with examples of what GM mouse science enables biologists to do. We will close with the ethical and other questions that research into biological ageing has raised, which we will open up to the floor. 

Please feel free to contact the organisers with any offers or suggestions for future speakers...

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