Focus: They do what ...? Byways of the charity world - The News from Nowhere Club

Emma Maier

The club's official aim is to "foster relationships and challenge the isolation and commercialism of modern social life". But the treasurer's personal interpretation is more user-friendly: "If we can drag people away from the telly on a Saturday night, that will do me."

The club takes its name and inspiration from the William Morris novel News from Nowhere. Members hanker after Morris's view of the world, which they say celebrated craftsmanship, took pleasure in natural beauty, delighted in work and understood the responsibilities of the individual to the community.

The group meets on the second Saturday of every month to listen to a speaker and hold a discussion. Upcoming topics include 'Who Needs Classical Music?' and 'God and the Community'.

It also runs an online bulletin board, on which members can take part in discussions. The club is guided by a quote from Morris himself: "If others can see it as I have seen it, then it may be called a vision rather than a dream."

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