to our group website.  Hopefully you will find any information you want about our group, but more importantly it will inspire you to take action. The best way to keep in touch with us is via our email newsletter. This generally goes out once a month. This is changing in format as we develop the blog and  the newsletter will link to relevant actions or events, rather than being too detailed itself. The group meets every month except August at Moordown Community Centre. This is on the second Thursday, 7.30 to 9.00.  This is a sort of business/planning meeting with some letter writing. If there is a speaker or any particular change to the format it will be flagged up in the newsletter. We have a Facebook page – please go and like us! Its another excellent way of keeping in touch and joining in with actions and campaigns.

We don’t usually post about street collections, but this was a bit of an exception. At the best of times, street collections are not exactly fun events. If you want to experience the feeling of being invisible, without consuming anything illicit, stand on a high street holding a collecting tin.  However, historically we have still managed to collect around £500 from the three street collections we have traditionally held each year (in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Wareham). It’s worth adding that street collections are quite tightly managed by the respective councils. You have to apply some time in advance for a permit and are allocated whatever day is available.  The regulations also stipulate what you can and cannot do (no shaking!!) and where you can collect.

It’s worth pointing out that Bournemouth council have sold off the Square to a private company and Christchurch council have done likewise with Saxon Square. Consequently these areas our out of bounds when doing a collection (Bournemouth Council also forbid collecting in the Gardens). But the main problem with street collections has been a poor showing from the kind people of the respective towns. They seem to have forgotten (or never been taught or told) their role in a street collection: – you stop, you rummage for some change, you apologise for how little you’ve got, you clumsily try to get it through the too small slot in the tin, you accept the offer of a sticker (mainly so you can pass other collectors without guilt), you either proffer a finger, shoulder or bag to affix sticker to (and not a chest!). Simple…

After poor returns – particularly in Bournemouth – we haven’t applied for permits on Bournemouth or Christchurch this year. We should add that the problems listed above have been exacerbated by having fewer volunteers willing to take part in this increasingly unproductive ritual. We had also missed out on Wareham for a couple of years for other, more logistical, reasons. But, despite the distance some volunteers would have to travel, we decided to give Wareham another go.  The residents of Wareham had always been very receptive – hopefully they would remember their role in proceedings.

We needn’t have worried. We were only on the streets of Wareham for two hours, with four collectors, but raised a fantastic £92.35.  This may not sound a huge amount, but a couple individual collectors were got over £25, which compares with an average of less than £10 for two hours in Bournemouth. What’s more, people were genuinely friendly, often keen to talk and aware of some of the issues (and who Amnesty International are). Some even commented they’d missed seeing us recently!  Interest has also been shown in setting up a Wareham group.

So, a big thank you to Wareham, we enjoyed our morning. And we’ll be back.

Group Newsletter May 2018

May 13, 2018

Welcome to the latest newsletter. The next meeting  is on Thursday 10th May 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda  –  Review of campaigns; Feedback on Photography Exhibition, Bourne Free, Summer events, letter writing…. Wareham Street Collection Is this Saturday! After quite a low turnout and return from the Bournemouth and Christchurch collections in 2017, this […]

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South America Newsletter May 2018

May 7, 2018

SUMMARY We have a lot to report this month including new Amnesty reports on the rise in attacks on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Colombia and on the tactics used by the authorities in Peru and Paraguay against land and environmental activists.  Amnesty Brazil have a petition to demand a thorough investigation into the murder […]

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Spring Quiz 2018

April 25, 2018

We held another competitive quiz night at the Brunswick Hotel last Friday. Eight teams were given a thorough testing bu David & Rosemary Brown – in the end the winning teams had to be seperated on a tiebreak! We raised £240, so thanks to everyone who came along and joined in. Special thanks to David […]

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Group Newsletter April 2018

April 11, 2018

Welcome to the latest newsletter. Its a bit later than usual as your editor attended the AIUK AGM in Swansea. Our next meeting  is on Thursday 12th April 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. On the agenda 1) Photography exhibition, 3rd – 28th April – see below 2) Spring Quiz 20th April – see below 3) Feedback from AIUK […]

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Photographic Exhibition at the Library is Open

April 10, 2018

Its live! After months of preparation the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Lawrence Williams, and the Mayoress opened our photography exhibition at the library. They are standing by the tapestry created by Amnesty groups in the South, depicting the 30 articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. This also forms a major part of […]

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South America Newsletter April 2018

April 9, 2018

SUMMARY In this month’s newsletter we have an urgent action on Colombia where 500 Yukpa indigenous people crossed into the country and are being threatened with return to Venezuela. We have sad news from several countries in the region. In Colombia, Javier Bernardo Cuero Ortíz, the son of Bernardo Cuero was sadly killed on 19 […]

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South American Newsletter March 2018

March 4, 2018

  The latest newsletter from the South America Team:- SUMMARY We have good news from Brazil, Venezuela and Peru. However, the security situation in Rio de Janeiro continues to deteriorate, while the number of Human Rights Defenders killed in Colombia in 2017 has risen by 32% and other victims of the ongoing conflict in Colombia […]

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Group Newsletter March 2018

February 24, 2018

Welcome to the latest newsletter. Its earlier than usual, and a bit more slimline, to focus on three events you may be interested in:- 1) The next meeting  is on Thursday 8th March 2018, 7.30pm  at Moordown Community Centre. Its our AGM (don’t let that put you off!) and we’ll also be discussing the national AGM resolutions. 2) Photography exhibition, […]

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