• Scenic Walk with Real People - Sunday 23rd May 10.30am

    St Aldhelms Close

    A pleasant, variable walk of 5 to 6 miles that starts in St Aldhelm's Close, Branksome, where there is plenty of free parking both on-street plus several car park areas. Also accessible via M1/M2 bus route from Poole Road, where the start is a 5 minute walk past Lidl. Meet where the chine intersects the road. Text or phone David on[masked] if lost!

    Our walk takes us through the beautifully scenic Branksome chine, meandering towards the sea, exiting on the beach with an optional toilet stop. We will then turn right to visit Pinecliff Gardens for a brief break and taking in the fantastic views, before zigzagging down the cliffs to join the beach. Turning towards Bournemouth we will follow the trail before turning off to take in Alum chine, the tropical gardens, middle chine suspension bridge and a bit more beach before we reach the pier. A brief visit to the pier will cost £1.20 for a year long seasonal pass, and maybe an ice cream, before joining Bournemouth Gardens for a gentle wander upstream to Coy Pond. We then join the roads leading to the start point.

    Start postcode: BH13 6BW (between Lindsay Road and Leicester Road)
    Plenty of toilet options.
    Dog friendly route.
    Snack /ice cream points along the way.
    Bus escape routes at various intersections.
    Joining for half the route entirely possible.
    Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
    Walk undertaken at own risk. Please wear suitable attire and footwear. Covid regulations in force at the time must be adhered to (30 people outdoors at time of writing). Dorset Humanists cannot accept any liability for accident or injury incurred on public routes.

  • Coronavirus Science: An Update - Wednesday 26th May 7.30pm

    Join us on Zoom from 7.00pm for friendly meet and greet. Talk starts at 7.30pm. Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] or click the link.

    A talk by Greg Atkins: "More than a year ago, at the start of the first lockdown, I described the properties of a new virus, which appeared the previous December. Since then, more than 120,000 people have died in the UK from this infection, the fifth highest in the world per capita population, and the highest in Europe in 2020. At the time of writing, a third wave has started in Europe which may eclipse these figures. However, treatments and vaccines have been developed and the vaccine rollout here has been one of the fastest in the world. In this talk, I intend to review the progress that has been made so far, and the dangers that persist. As well as reviewing developing knowledge, I will pose the pressing questions that remain and how these may be approached."

    Greg Atkins, a member of Dorset Humanists and our 2020 Humanist of the Year, is a retired professor of virology and Fellow Emeritus in the Department of Microbiology at the Moyne Institute, Trinity College, Dublin.

  • The Wellbeing Economy and the Tragedy of Growth - Sat 12th June 2pm

    Join us on Zoom from 1.30pm for friendly meet and greet. Talk starts at 2pm. Click link or input Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked]

    A talk by David Moon and Lucy Thom from Positive Money. A year ago, Positive Money brought out a report which argues that to protect human wellbeing and avoid environmental disaster, we must escape the growth paradigm once and for all. This requires stopping the publication of GDP figures and focusing instead on alternative indicators, such as life expectancy, carbon emissions, and education. GDP growth does not enhance life satisfaction, alleviate poverty, or protect the environment. We need to reach a society that prioritises human well-being and environmental sustainability.

    David and Lucy spoke to us about Positive Money at the Green House in January 2018.