LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer or Questioning.
More recently, I and A have been added to the acronym to represent Intersex and Asexual.
The + represents those not included in the original acronym, in terms of gender identity or sexual orientation e.g. Pan and Nonbinary.
Pride is not to be confused with LGBTQ+ History Month which is in February to coincide with the abolition of section 28 in 2003.
Section 28 was a law that prohibited the “promotion of homosexuality” and hindered education about homosexuality in schools. Introduced by Margaret Thatcher and her Conservative government in 1988 and then repealed by Tony Blair’s Labour in 2003 (this was after an earlier, unsuccessful attempt in 2000).
Pride is held in June to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a series of protests that happened in New York city after police attempted to raid the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar, in the early hours of June 28, 1969.
The confrontation sparked a gay rights uprising that grew year on year – including in other American cities and abroad – with each passing anniversary.
The Stonewall Inn is now a designated US national monument, and New YorkCity Police issued an apology 50 years later in June 2019 for its officers’ actions back in 1969.
In the UK, inspired by this movement and founded in 1989 to lobby for equal rights for LGBT people, Stonewall is now the biggest LGBTQ+ rights organisation in Europe. Describing themselves as “a team of bold, passionate people fighting for the freedom, equity and potential of LGBTQ+ people everywhere.”
They stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.
Please view their list of organisations that can provide support and help HERE.
You can also ring the LGBT Switchboard every day 10am-10pm on 0300 330 0630 if you would like to talk to someone.
Contact them on FREEPHONE 0800 0502020, lines are open 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday (an answerphone is available outside these hours).
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write to them at: Stonewall, 192 St. John Street, London, EC1V 4JY.
This is the 1st Pride Flag designed by Gilbert Baker, which appeared in 1977. Commissioned by a gay politician, he was inspired by Judy Garland’s ‘Over The Rainbow‘ and the colours symbolised the following: Hot pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic/art, indigo for serenity, and violet for spirit.
Click HERE to read an article published last month in Marie Claire showing the 30 Different Pride Flags and stating what each one represents.
The Tour de Dorset Fundraiser is super simple and open to all ages and abilities. All you need to do is cycle as far as you can between 26th June and 18th July and track your progress on Strava group. This year Beryl, the bike share provider across Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, is running their annual fundraiser coinciding with the Tour de France. They have nominated Dorset Mind as its official fundraising partner in BCP, so help us raise as much money as we can!
Sign up to the Tour de Dorset Fundraiser and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some incredible prizes!
Furthest distance Adults 17+:
1st place: Beryl Laserlight light
2nd prize: Beryl Pixel light
3rd prize: Beryl 100 minute bundle
Furthest distance Ages 13 – 16:
1st place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Giant Compel ARX Youth Helmet
2nd place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Giant Compel ARX Youth Helmet
3rd place: 1 hour session at Tunnel Tree Tops + A Wakey Wakey ART’s bundle
Bonus prizes for:
The ‘Biggest fundraiser’ – Beryl Laserlight light worth £125
The ‘Best view from Strava photos’ – Beryl Pixel light worth £19.99
Once registered you will receive an invite to join Beryl’s Strava Challenge. (Please note that logging your rides is optional, and will allow you to win prizes, in order to use Strava you must be 13 years of age and above to register for an account).
Dorset MIND’s services are available for all Dorset adults and young people aged 11+, and they offer targeted support to minority communities to ensure they are supported. They offer specialist services for BAME and LGBTQ+ people; and provide support for women-only and carers. #Broadwindsor,#Drimpton,#Burstock,#Blackdown,#Hursey,#Kittwhistle,#Seaborough,#Dorset,#TourDeDorset,#MHAW,#Beryl,#FightForMH,#Lewesdon,#WestDorset,#MIND,#Cycle,#PedalPower,#ReThink,#LGBTQ,#Crisis,#Help,#Support,#BeKind,#BeSafe,#StaySafe
Throughout this pandemic, millions have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. The support required is not always adequate or sadly isn’t even out there. Mental health is not hidden anymore; it’s on the front pages; it’s on the political agenda; it’s spoken about by royalty. For millions of people, mental health is now something to be honest about – not ashamed of.
The week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the Week. The theme this year is Nature. Download their Nature Journal HEREto document how you feel before and after connecting with nature, and jot down anything interesting you notice while doing so!
Mental Health Awareness Week is open to everyone. It is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year as many people as possible – individuals, communities and governments – are being asked to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health. We are extremely fortunate where we live surrounded by the fields and woodland with the sea shore less than 10 miles away.
Lewesdon is obviously our closest hill, but there is Pilsden Pen right next to it and the 45 second video below by local photographer, James Dawson captures the stunning 360 view from Pilsden Pen on a recent windy day:
What a wonderful place we live!
There are lots of ways that you can get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week. Notice nature and try to make a habit of connecting to the nature every day. Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.
It has been stated –
Spending just 5 minutes in nature can boost your wellbeing.
Exercising in nature reduces blood pressure, heightens immunity and improves mood and self-esteem.
EnglishGardening.co.uk give 11 surprising health benefits from Gardening (see below).
Exeter University recommends spending 2 hours or more a week in nature to get the benefits for wellbeing – similar to the 5 a day of fruit and veg.
Open your curtains and let the sun shine in – you’ll get a boost of serotonin and Vitamin D which helps to improve mental health and wellbeing.
DorsetAONB.org invite you to Virtual Picnics in the parks! Click HERE.
The Mental Health Foundation invites people to share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek hashtags.
MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders): Find out more about their new strategy and how they plan to lead the fight for mental health, including their focus on supporting the people disproportionately affected by mental health issues. Click HERE. MIND are a registered charity in England (no. 219830).
IF YOU NEED HELP NOW:
The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence.
Call 116 123 – it’s FREE
Or email: email@example.com
For support in a crisis, Text Shout to 85258.
You can contact ReThinkHERE, Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm for practical advice on:
benefits, debt, money issues.
police, courts, prison.
your rights under the Mental Health Act.
different types of therapy and medication.
Call ReThink on 0300 5000 927 (calls are charged at your local rate).
Mind Infoline offer an information line to answer questions about:
types of mental health problem.
where to get help.
drug and alternative treatments.
Call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably).
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk to someone you trust: you may find it helpful to talk to your partner, a relative or a friend about your problems. They may be concerned about you and welcome the opportunity to hear what you have to say. If this is not possible, you may prefer to talk to someone else you can trust, like a faith leader or a tutor.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Someone will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.
Today at 3pm, taking place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, is the funeral of H.R.H. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died peacefully at his home in Windsor Castle last Friday, 9th April. His death is being mourned across the world.
The photograph shown is one which our Queen shared last night, of the royal couple relaxing on the grass at the Coyles of Muick near the Aberdeenshire town of Ballater, close to the Queen’s private estate of Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands, taken by the Countess of Wessex in 2003.
Prince Philip was born on 10th June 1921, in Mon Repos, Corfu,Greece. His mother was Princess Alice of Battenberg and through his maternal lineage, Philip was a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. His father was Prince Andrew of Greece & Denmark. In 1922, Philip’s uncle, King Constantine I of Greece, was forced to abdicate after the debacle of the Greco-Turkish War. Philip’s father, who was working in the army, was accused of treason. The family was forced into exile and left the Greek island on board HMS Calypso, a Royal Navy gunboat. Legend tells how then 18-month-old prince was carried in a makeshift cot fashioned out of an orange crate.
Philip attended the MacJannet American School before he was sent to the UK to study at the Cheam School. During the 1930s, he relocated to a school in Germany and then moved again to Scotland’s Gordonstoun School, founded by Jewish headmaster Kurt Hahn following the rise of the Nazi party. Philip then spent most of his youth in the UK.
Philip and Elizabeth were third cousins through different lines of their family trees. He first met our Queen when Philip was 13yrs old and the Princess Elizabeth was 8yrs. They both attended the 1934 wedding of Philip’s cousin Princess Marina, later Duchess of Kent, and Elizabeth’s uncle, Prince George, Duke of Kent. They were also both present at the coronation of George VI in 1937. It would be in the year of 1939 when his romance with Princess Elizabeth blossomed from a summer encounter at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. During World War II, he served in the British Navy. After extensive courting, Philip was invited to spend the Christmas of 1943 with the Royal Family at Windsor.
In the summer of 1946, Philip asked King George for his daughter’s hand in marriage after allegedly proposing to PrincessElizabeth first. To prepare for the announcement, Philip renounced his Greek and Danish royal titles, took on the surname Mountbatten from his mother’s family, adopted Anglicanism as a religion and in February 1947, Philip became a naturalised British subject, thus he became known as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
The style of His Royal Highness was authorised shortly before his marriage on 20th November, 1947 at Westminster Abbey and he was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, and made a Knight of the Garter. He married our Queen on 20th November 1947.
At the Queen’s coronation in 1953, they were joined on the balcony by a young Prince Charles and a younger Princess Anne.
Philip launched the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 1956, with a focus on youth achievement. He modelled his programme on Kurt Hahn’s four solutions to his “Six Declines of Modern Youth“. He played polo until 1971 and competed in carriage and boat racing, with piloting airplanes, oil painting and art collecting also among his hobbies. The DofE award now extends across 144 nations.
He was accorded by the Queen the style and title of a Prince of the United Kingdom in February 1957. Prince Philip was also the first member of the Royal Family to be interviewed on television: in May 1961 by Richard Dimbleby.
Many quotes and anecdotes have been published this week as Prince Philip was well known for his outspoken nature and controversial remarks. In honor of his 97th birthday, in 2019, the Daily Mirror published a list of “90 classic gaffes” that were attributed to Philip over the years.
To the President of Nigeria, who was in national dress, 2003: “You look like you’re ready for bed!”
When offered wine in Rome in 2000, he snapped: “I don’t care what kind it is, just get me a beer!”
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.
At a project to protect turtle doves in Anguilla in 1965, he said: “Cats kill far more birds than men. Why don’t you have a slogan: ‘Kill a cat and save a bird?’”
To a Scottish driving instructor, 1995: “How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?”
To Aboriginal leader William Brin, Queensland, 2002: “Do you still throw spears at each other?”
On Princess Anne, 1970: “If it doesn’t fart or eat hay, she isn’t interested.”
To the General Dental Council in 1960: “Dontopedalogy is the science of opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, which I’ve practised for many years.”
To nursing-home resident in a wheelchair, 2002: “Do people trip over you?”
The Earl Peel had overseen arrangements for the Duke’s funeral – known as Operation Forth Bridge. The Lord Chamberlain’s Office, led by the Queen’s ComptrollerLieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon, is tasked with the practical side of the day. In overall charge is Baron Parker who took up his new role on 1st April, following the Earl Peel’s retirement after more than 14 years in the post.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrived in the UK earlier this week from the USA. His wife, the Duchess of Sussex had been advised by her doctor to not travel because she is heavily pregnant.
The Prince worked on creating the bespoke Landrover Defender TD5 130 hearse for 16 years, starting in 2003. He designed the open top rear section where his coffin will rest, made to his exact specifications, including the rubber grips on silver metal pins known as the”stoppers” which prevent the coffin from moving. The Landrover also has matching green wheel hubs, a black front grille, a single cab and no registration plates.
Only 30 mourners are allowed to attend the service because of coronavirus restrictions. The procession route will be lined by personnel from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force. Prince Charles, along with other members of the royal family, which will include three of Prince Philip’s German relatives, are set to walk in the procession. The Queen will join the procession to the chapel in the state Bentley, following behind the walking members of the Royal Family and staff.
Live coverage of Prince Philip’s ceremonial funeral service will be shown on most TV Channels from 12.30pm as well as being streamed and viewed on the internet and various apps. Prior to the service, at around 2.45 pm, there will be a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle, also set to be televised.
The Royal Family is observing two weeks of mourning. R.I.P. Prince Philip.
Our prayers, thoughts and hearts go out to our Queen, Elizabeth II.
Dorset Community Action are a charity that exists to support charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises across the Dorset community. Their mission is to bring people together to develop community based solutions that deliver better services for the benefit of all.
There is a Funding Event next month too! Read their 8 page newsletter below.
Dorset Community Action is a member ofAction with Rural Communities in England (ACRE) and as part of the ACRE network they support local rural communities in Dorset. DCA is funded by and works in partnership with DEFRA, Dorset Council and other statutory and grant-making bodies.
Last week, the Government announced a major expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme to support the UK as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme, which allows banks and building societies to donate funds to good causes and charities from dormant accounts, will now include assets from the insurance and pensions, investment, wealth management, and securities sectors.
More than £800 million will be made available to continue supporting urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances.
This funding is in addition to the £150 million unlocked in May 2020 to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery. Read more HERE.
Broadwindsor Fun Day 2021 will be Saturday, June 12th.
Dear fellow Broadwindsor residents and friends,
I write in my role as the Chair of the Broadwindsor Fun Group and hope that this update finds you safe and well.
At the time of putting this piece together the virus is still ever present and the ease of restrictions has been halted with regional lockdowns being put in place. Despite this the Broadwindsor Fun Group have started to look forward to happier times in effort to plan events. The toll on fundraising towards the Fun day to be held on 12th June 2021 has been heavy. I am grateful for the work carried out by committee members to reduce any losses regarding the cancellation of these.
On the positive side we are already negotiating with entertainers to appear at the Fun day in 2021. You may have seen a request for ideas for a theme. Some really good ones have been put forward including something around the Olympics and the European football and a more generic idea of ‘Your Hero’.
More ideas are very welcome (please submit your ideas to: email@example.com).
Whilst we do feel able to start planning for the Fun day next year, we have had to make the difficult decision to not hold a fireworks event this year. The main reasons for this revolve around the virus and fears that even if the situation eased, many may not attend. I have looked at this matter carefully and would seek to inform you that I do not believe that the running of a fireworks evening is viable. Traditionally this event is a loss maker but nevertheless held for the community to enjoy. Should it be held this year, it is projected that we would make a loss of circ. £450. That is assuming that people would attend and still put money in the buckets etc. I have considered approaches to local companies for sponsorship but decided against this as they are most likely struggling to restart after the lockdown and I feel it would be wrong to ask for financial backing. This is not to say that approaches will not be made at a later date as we do need sponsorship for the Fun day itself!
This all said, we do hope to be in a position to run fundraising events such as a Christmas Fayre and Big Breakfast so that the Fun Day 2021 can go ahead bigger and better than ever.
Anyone seeking to hold any such events are asked to communicate with the Fun group so that we can avoid duplication etc. and support each other.