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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018 Bourne Free Festival

Could you be one of our Human Rights Champions this year?

You don’t have to be LGB or T to march in Bournemouth’s LGBT rights parade. All you need is a bit of passion in your guts about the way in which LGBT people are still being treated around the world: shunned, arrested, imprisoned, and executed.

Every year for the last few years, a merry band of Dorset Humanists have marched in the parade to draw attention to the human rights struggle for LGBT rights around the world. But we would love to make a bigger impact with more numbers. Could you be a human rights champion this year?

It’s not all doom and gloom however. Bourne Free is a fantastic carnival of diversity supported by dozens of different groups and major employers in Bournemouth. Those who join us are often surprised at how much fun it is to take part.

After the parade, we engage with hundreds of residents and visitors to Bournemouth at our brightly decorated tent in the Lower Gardens. It’s our showcase event of the year when Dorset Humanists is open and visible to the world.

Will you sign up and be part of it this year? Sign-up sheets are at our meetings or RSVP on here. Meet at our tent in the Lower Gardens at 10.00am for a 10.15am departure to the East Cliff starting point. Wear a Dorset Humanists t-shirt (available on request) or a white tee.

Dorset Humanists is a partner of the Dorset LGB&T Equality Network and of Humanists UK LGBT section.

Details on Meetup...

Is There Anybody Out There?

When: Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm

Where: Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX

Astronomer Bob Mizon MBE FRAS investigates past and future speculation on what is often called the ultimate question in astronomy. Is speculation on extraterrestrial life something that started in the 1950s? How can we search for it? How could we communicate with it if it revealed itself? Could alien beings come to Earth? Or are we simply alone in an unimaginably big universe? To paraphrase Newton, we may be searching the b each for prettier shells and pebbles while the great ocean of truth lies all undiscovered before us.

Bob Mizon is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and co-ordinator of the Commission for Dark Skies which aims to turn back the tide of light pollution that has seriously affected our view of the stars over the last fifty years.

This is Bob’s second talk for Dorset Humanists. His last superb talk was in June 2013 on “Images of the Unimaginable: The Hubble Space Telescope”.


CANCELLED - Short Talks: Is everything really getting worse or should we be optimistic?

When: Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 7:30 pm - NOW Cancelled (at 17th June 2018)!

Why Cancelled?: We regret to announce that our 'Short Talks' on books by Professor Steven Pinker has been cancelled this week. This event was due to take place on Wednesday 20th June at 7.30pm at the Green House Hotel but owing to a mistake in our scheduling the venue is unavailable. We apologise to you for any disappointment or inconvenience caused. We will reschedule the Pinker talks as soon as our programme allows.

Where: Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road · Bournemouth BH1 3AX

What: David Warden and Phil Butcher will introduce two books by Steven Pinker, the Canadian-American cognitive psychologist.

Phil's talk is based loosely on SP's "The Better Angels of our Nature" and on his TED talk on "The Surprising Decline in Violence" which he gave while preparing the book.

David will talk about "Enlightenment Now" in which SP writes about universal human nature, humanism, the threat from authoritarian populism, religious fundamentalism and radicalism of the left and right, but overall his optimism for the future of humanity.

As usual, we would like to cover the venue costs by requesting a (voluntary) contribution of about £2 or 3 please on the night.

Phil Butcher


Walk and Talk in Southampton for World Humanist Day

When:  Sunday, 17 June 2018 3:30 pm

Where: Dancing Man Brewery, Town Quay, Southampton · SO14 2AR

How to find us: Meet at the Former Wool House, I think now called Dancing Man, on the corner of Town Quay and Bugle Street (SO14 2AR)

What: Join humanists from across the south of England in Southampton on Sunday 17th June for an early celebration of World Humanist Day.

Our day will start at the Former Wool House, on the corner of Town Quay and Bugle Street (SO14 2AR), at 3.30pm with a sociable stroll around some of the historic sites of Southampton, a city known for its history as a major port and the departure point for the Titanic.

Following our walk, we’ll convene in a local pub (details coming a little later) to hear from Richard Acton on 'Having More Productive Disagreements’. Richard is a former president of Humanist Students and is currently a PhD candidate researching the epigenomics of human ageing at Southampton University.

After that, attendees are welcome to stay for a meal and/or drinks.

The day will be an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded people from the south of England as we get together to celebrate humanism and our humanist community.

The event is hosted by the South Central England Humanist Network which brings together groups as far apart as Dorset and Brighton to collaborate, share ideas, and represent humanists across the south of England.

Details: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Dorset-Humanists/events/251025157/

It’s Good to Talk: Pastoral Care for the Non-Religious

When: Saturday, 9 June 2018  2:00 pm

Where:  Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown · Bournemouth, BH9 1TW

What: A talk by Teddy Prout

People in need of pastoral support, whether in hospital, hospice, prison, university or the armed forces, should be able to speak to someone who shares their worldview. Until recently, it has been assumed that religious chaplains should be the sole providers of this kind of service. But with over half of British society now identifying as non-religious the provision of non-religious pastoral care is long overdue.

The Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network, part of Humanists UK, has accredited nearly 200 non-religious pastoral carers who are now working in nearly 100 healthcare and other institutions.

Teddy Prout is the Director of Community Services at Humanists UK. In this talk, he will tell us the story of the network, its ambitions for the future, and the discrimination it still faces.