Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

Atheism UK

Atheism UK 12 August 2017Saturday 12th August 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

with President of Atheism UK Chris Street

The principles of Atheism UK affirm that humans have fabricated religion, that God and gods do not exist, that morality develops independently of religion, and, perhaps most controversially, that religion inhibits rational thought. The group promotes an atheistic worldview and questions the whole validity of the concept of religious faith. Atheism UK supports the right of all non-religious people to have the same freedom of expression as their religious counterparts, and the organisation has assisted UK-based atheist ex-Muslims who have been threatened with deportation.

In this presentation, President of Atheism UK Chris Street will explain why we need to promote atheism as a worldview, and he will discuss the group’s principles and activities. Atheism UK is the nation’s only democratic, member-led, campaigning organisation advancing atheism. Its distinguished supporters include Susan Blackmore, Maryam Namazie and PZ Myers.

Chris Street is a life-long atheist (despite attending a Catholic secondary school!) and has been an active humanist since 2006. He has been an Atheism UK Council Member since January 2011 and became the organisation’s President in June 2014. He is also a committee member of Dorset Humanists.

“Join us to discover why our nation needs more outspoken atheists”

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.

July Bulletin

DW 2015Dorset Humanists were out and about last month engaging with hundreds of local people and showcasing our group at Winton Carnival and the Bourne Free festival. Photos inside this month's Bulletin.

Also inside you'll find reports about our recent talk on the Tolpuddle Martyrs and the Humanists UK Convention in Cambridge.

We look forward to seeing you again soon at one of our summer talks, walks, socials, and barbecues. There are also some important events coming up in London in July and August - see inside for details.

http://dorset.humanist.org.uk/dorset/DH-Bulletin-July-2017.pdf

Best wishes,
David Warden
Chair of Dorset Humanists

Land Value Tax Explained

Land Value Tax Explained 26 July 2017Wednesday 26th July 7.30pm
The Green House Hotel,  4 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AX

With Carol Wilcox of the Labour Land Campaign

Our dysfunctional land market is a key factor in causing the insufficient availability of decent affordable homes, gross wealth inequality, and unsustainable private debt. One solution proposed by economists from right across the political spectrum is a land value tax. In this presentation, Carol Wilcox will be explaining the role which land plays in our economy and how a land value tax (dubbed ‘the garden tax’ in the 2017 general election) could make the land market work better for us. With all of our main political parties reportedly considering the implementation of a land value tax, we recommend joining us to discover the impact that this radical proposal on how we tax land and property could have on both the economy and your own personal finances.

“Join us for a thought-provoking evening as we reveal the mysteries of the tax that everyone has been talking about”

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/

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.

Stories from Deep Time (The Etches Collection)

Stories from Deep Time 08 July 2017Saturday 08th July 1.15pm 
Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, Kimmeridge, Wareham BH20 5PE

With Palaeontologist Steve Etches MBE

Amateur palaeontologist Steve Etches has spent more than 30 years creating the finest single collection of Late Jurassic era fossils ever assembled in Britain, many of which are new to science and are of great palaeontological importance. This extraordinary collection of more than 2,200 fossils includes the world’s best examples of fossilised ammonite eggs, a two-metre-long Pliosaur jaw, a Pterosaur skull, and an Icthyosaur with its belly still full of fish and squid.

Our Kimmeridgian Jurassic experience will begin with a buffet lunch provided by Clavells CafĂ©, followed by a fascinating talk from Steve Etches on the most important specimens in his collection. This will provide a unique and exciting insight into the lives of many Late Jurassic marine creatures. The £15 cost per person includes talk, buffet lunch and museum entry (transport not included). Please sign up at one of our meetings or contact us so we can confirm numbers for lunch and help coordinate transport arrangements.

Everyone welcome!

Booking Information

Buffet lunch, museum entry and presentation: £15 per person

To book, please see us at one of our meetings, or phone 07910 886629, or email chairman@dorsethumanists.co.uk

Booking deadline: 06 July.

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.