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Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming and stimulating group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet twice a month in Bournemouth for presentations and lively debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, human rights, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social evenings. See 'About Us' and 'About Humanism'. Receive the free monthly pdf Dorset Humanists Bulletin/Newsletter. Dorset Humanists are a British Humanist Association Partner and a National Secular Society Affiliate.

Why Secularism Matters

Why Secularism Matters PosterSaturday 11th April 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Keith Porteous Wood,  Executive Director of the National Secular Society

The National Secular Society (NSS) has been campaigning against religious privilege and for a secular society since 1866. Keith’s talk will set out the National Secular Society’s view of secularism and religious privilege and why the need for a secular state is more pressing than ever. He will also consider why achieving this aim has become more difficult, how changes to the traditional religious lobby and vested interests have changed and how the National Secular Society has responded. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the National Secular Society’s work including its current campaigns on education, equality and human rights.

Keith Porteous Wood is the Executive Director of the National Secular Society. In 2007 he received the Distinguished Service to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union for his work in building up the National Secular Society and campaigning for secularism both nationally and internationally. Dorset Humanists is affiliated to the National Secular Society.

“A great opportunity to learn more about secularism and the National Secular Society’s current campaigns

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

March Bulletin


DWIn this month’s bulletin we are very sad to announce the deaths of our founder Tony Tiffany and of longstanding member Eileen Brennan.

In more positive news we are pleased to announce that Dorset Humanists has joined the International Humanist and Ethical Union to support the work of this global organisation in promoting and defending freedom of speech and expression. As murders and death threats against humanists continue around the world there could be no better time to join.

We hope you’ll be able to join us at our AGM on Saturday 14th March which is always lively and more enjoyable than people imagine an AGM to be! If you can't make it the AGM, be sure to turn up early to our Election Special with Parliamentary Candidates from the main parties later this month as we are expecting a large crowd.

If you missed out on our Darwin Day celebratory event there's an edited transcript of A C Grayling's talk inside the bulletin, along with more news, views and events.

We look forward to seeing you soon.
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-March-2015.pdf

General Election Special 2015

Election Special 25 March 2015Wednesday 25th March 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

Featuring local political party candidates from the five main parties.

As our nation gears itself up for the general election in May, we present a pre-election party policy special which we hope will increase local awareness of our parties’ latest policy positions. Candidates from the five main political parties will each make a short presentation trying to convince you their manifesto is best for Britain’s future, followed by ample opportunity for audience questions. We are looking forward to hearing their policies on key issues such as housing, welfare, wages, taxation, employment, immigration, the NHS, energy and the environment, enabling us to gain a better appreciation of which party will be best for Britain.

Come and join us at this pre-election special to gain a better appreciation of our parties’ plans, challenge the party representatives in the Q&As, and cast your ‘vote’ in our mock election. We expect this to be a lively and enjoyable event!

“A great opportunity to familiarise yourself with our political parties’ future plans for Britain before you place your vote on election day”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed on foot and by car via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

Annual General Meeting 2015

Dorset Humanists AGM 14 March 2015Saturday 14th March 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

Join us at our AGM to hear reports on our activities over the past year, and to discuss and determine plans and priorities for the year ahead.

The AGM provides a great opportunity for all our members to influence how Dorset Humanists grows and develops in the future, so please do come along and have your say (Note: everyone may attend, but only members may vote. Annual membership is £12).

If you are a member and wish to propose a motion for debate and vote at the AGM, or nominate yourself or another member for a committee position, please contact us before the end of February.

Join us to play your part in determining the future of Dorset Humanists

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

You can also help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.

Events Programme Update

DH Programme Jan - Apr 2015Dorset Humanists’ latest events programme is now available for download. This issue covers the period through to the first half of April 2015. As always, it includes stimulating presentations and discussions covering a wide range of topics with a great line-up of guest speakers, and we hope you’ll find many events that you’d like to attend.

Everyone is welcome to join us at our public events whether they are a member or not, so if you enjoy discussing some or all of these topics with like-minded people please come along. Our members and visitors are people with lively minds who want to learn, explore, discuss and debate, while ensuring our society is guided by sound values based on reason, evidence and compassion. We hope finding a group such as ours will also be a source of great friendship and fun!

If you like what we do, and share our aims and values, please consider our optional annual membership at only £12 per year, which helps financially support our group and enables you to participate in determining future group activities, vote on constitutional issues, and elect committee members. Our next Annual General Meeting is on 14th March 2015, so please do come along and help influence how the group grows and develops in the future.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/Programme%20Jan%20-%20April%202015.pdf

February Bulletin

DWWe’re looking forward to seeing many of you at our Darwin Day celebration on 12th February with our distinguished guest A C Grayling. Please note that this particular event is admission by ticket only, and all tickets have been sold.

In this month's Bulletin we have news and views about blasphemy, the National Secular Society AGM, Atheism UK, the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the British Humanist Association’s forthcoming conference, plus our usual round up of great events. 

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-February-2015.pdf

Best wishes,
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

Navitus Bay Windfarm

Navitus Bay Windfarm 25 February 2015Wednesday 25th February 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Navitus Bay Communications Manager Sean Parsons

With ever-increasing global energy consumption, dire warnings of potentially catastrophic climate change, and the UK becoming increasingly reliant on imported energy sources, wind farms offer a potential solution to our energy problems.

Sean Parsons from Navitus Bay Development Ltd will claim that the proposed wind farm situated approximately 10km south of Dorset and the Isle of Wight will help the UK to meet its climate change targets and contribute to security of energy supply, but the controversial project is being vigorously opposed by local councils and the National Trust who fear it will damage our region’s tourism-based economy. Wind farms have also been criticised for their intermittent output and the need for conventional energy back up.

“Join us for an informative introduction to the controversial Navitus Bay Wind Farm”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

(The Green House Hotel can also be accessed via its rear entrance in Gervis Road. The hotel has a small onsite car park, and roadside parking is also available in Gervis Road).

Please indicate your interest in attending this event on Meetup.com and/or facebook as it helps raise our group’s profile on these sites (Meetup also offers you timely email reminders and an easy way to discover other interesting groups in your area). To help you find them, here are the direct links to our event listings on these sites:

http://www.meetup.com/Dorset-Humanists/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dorsethumanists/events/

Please help us promote Dorset Humanists and this event by displaying an A4 poster. Download an A4 printable copy here, or email Dave at DHcensus(at)hotmail.co.uk for a PDF.

Click here to view details of other forthcoming and recent events on this website.