SAFE JOURNEY
Resource and Drop-in Centre
Sturminster Newton Museum, Market Cross, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1AN
The trust is indebted to its wonderful VOLUNTEERS: click here
The Journey Through Life to Death.
Safe Journey. The name conjures up thoughts of holidays or journeys home after a long day and in this case the journey refers to the journey through life into death.

The journey is an inevitable one, yet many of us have questions or concerns about some stage or other of that journey, and it can be hard to know where to look for information.

Well, why not pop into the death-related Resource and Drop-in-Centre, housed in a cosy little room at the Museum.

Here you’ll find biodegradable, eco-friendly coffins, details of natural burial grounds and impartial information and support for the whole ‘journey’, from putting your affairs in order and finding a companion to be with you and/or your loved ones as you are dying, to funeral and bereavement support … and hope: an ear to listen, a heart to care.
There are small items and books to buy and to borrow to support the work of this local charity, The Martinsey Isle Trust, which created and runs the Centre and as part of its The Art of Dying (and Living) Project.

We are also building up a resource for those working in death, dying and bereavement.

At present the Centre is open only Saturday mornings from 10 to 12.30 or or at almost any other time by phoning Judith on 01258 475125.
(This first appeared in Community.Com magazine)
Postscript.
In 2004 I began this Resource and Drop-in Centre in my garage and cottage where I had gathered information and coffins and created a safe place to talk.
People called, emailed, telephoned and wrote. There was a real need.
If you too would like to create something similar with links to the trust please, contact me (Judith). Thank you for those who have already done so.

We hope this is the first of many Resource Centres throughout the land.
Typical comments received about the Sturminster Newton Centre include:

This is a wonderful centre either before of after death. Everybody feels so helpless in the face of something none of us really understand. We all need to be informed and helped.

What a lovely space for such a loving subject. Welcoming and interesting.
I hope many people come through your door to find out more.

A wonderful place of kindness and serenity. A small space filled with beautiful items and bursting with useful information.

Great idea—well worth popping in. So many different options that I didn’t know about beforehand.

A wonderful inspiration makes me very uplifted and a great pleasure to talk to Judith.
An enlightening experience of fact, truth, love and harmony towards a better life experience

The trust wishes to acknowledge the inspiration of Josefine Speyer and Nicholas Albery who began the Natural Death Centre in their home and the continued work of this charity
The trust is indebted to its wonderful VOLUNTEERS: click here
The Martinsey Isle Trust's most recent events
Colder Than Here
AMATEUR PLAY TOUR
by Laura Wade, with 'Taboo'

2011
Dorothy House Hospice, Bradford on Avon
Chiltern Woodland Burial Park, Beaconsfield, Bucks
The Mission Theatre, Bath
2010
St. Margaret’s Hospice, Taunton, Somerset
Town Hall, Grimbsy – St. Andrew’s Hospice
Moordown, Bournemouth Humanists, Hants
St. Margaret’s Hospice, Yeovil, Somerset
HMP Guys Marsh, Dorset
2009
St. Margaret’s Hospice, Yeovil, Somerset
The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Filming at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Durham University x 3
2008
Bristol Memorial Woodlands
Weymouth College (extracts)
St. Margaret’s Hospice, Yeovil, Somerset x 2
2007
Springhead, Fontmell Magna, Dorset x 2
HMP Guys Marsh, Dorset
Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset x 2
St. Michael’s Church, Bath
The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Swedenborg Institute, London
2006
Gold Hill, Child Okeford, Dorset x 2
Home Death

A staged reading by 'Taboo' Amateur Theatre Company of 'Home Death' by Nell Dunn
EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS
[ Most of which are repeatable if demand is sufficient ]
2013
COLDER THAN HERE
various locations
TRANSITUS FESTIVAL
York
2012
TRANSITUS GATHERING
Devon, April
TRANSITUS FESTIVAL
Sussex, September
'HOME GROWN' AWARENESS DAYS
What Dorset has to offer its community in death and dying support, Stands, Demonstrations, films and a play. 2 days in the run-up to NCPC Dying Matters Week, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, May
KNIT OR NATTER FINAL 'SQUARE' COUNT
Sturminster Newton, Dorset, May
STAINED GLASS
Sturminster Newton, Dorset, December
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
[ Correct at February 2012 - Also exhibiting at green fairs, apple days and sustainability fairs and craft fairs ]
2012
OPENING OF KNIT OR NATTER BEREAVEMENT DROP IN
Dee Dade and Judith Pidgeon, Sturminster Newton, Dorset every Monday
STAINED GLASS
Sturminster Newton, Dorset, David Walsey
2011
ALL THE STARS ABOVE
bereavement, Daisy Liuten and Zambodhi Schlossmacher/Brett Walwyn and Judith Pidgeon, Sturminster Newton, Dorset x 3
END OF LIFE/NEAR-DEATH-EXPERIENCES
Peter Fenwick, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
OFFICIAL OPENING OF RESOURCE AND DROP-IN CENTRE
in its new home at the museum, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, Judith Pidgeon and Dr Peter Fenwick.
TRANSITUS GATHERING
Carmella B'Hahn and Judith Pidgeon, Totnes
STAINED GLASS
David Wasley, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, 2 days x 3
CELEBRANTS – CIVIL, HUMANIST, INTERFAITH AND FAITH BASED
Sturminster Newton, Dorset 2 days
VISITS TO LOCAL NATURAL BURIAL GROUNDS
Ham Down, Dorset and Higher Ground Meadow, Somerset
STAINED GLASS DEMONSTRATIONS
David Wasley, Beaconsfield Natural Burial Ground, Bucks
WOOL SPINNING DEMONSTRATIONS
David Wasley, Epping Woodland Burial Ground, Essex
2010
STAINED GLASS
David Wasley, Sturminster Newton, Dorset. 2-day
DYING TO LIVE
Carmella B'Hahn, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
THE ART OF DYING
Judith Pidgeon, Dorset & London x 4
TRANSITUS GATHERING
Carmella B’Hahn and Judith Pidgeon, Totnes, Devon
THE CHOICE
Jan Hatanaka, Dorset x 3
2009
TRANSITUS GATHERING
Carmella B'Hahn and Judith Pidgeon, Totnes, Devon.
DELVING INTO OWL PELLETS
seeing the life and death cycle in nature – Catriona Gower. Godney, Somerset
TRANSITUS FESTIVAL
Key Note Speaker, Dr Peter Fenwick, with Robert Lord, Carmella B'Hahn and Judith Pidgeon with members of Transitus, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
FILMING FOR JAPANESE TELEVISION
– Inspirational People, Don Productions and Judith Pidgeon, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
2008
TRANSITUS GATHERING
Carmella B'Hahn and Judith Pidgeon, Totnes, Devon.
MUSIC THANATOLOGY
an introduction, Abigail Robinson. Glastonbury, Somerset 3 days
HEDGE LAYING AND BLESSING THE LAND
Practical demonstration and participation. Roseland, Glastonbury. Sarah Browne.
WEAVE YOUR OWN WILLOW COFFIN
Norah Kennedy. Godney, Somerset
BAT WALKS
Catriona Gower and Rosie the bat. The Tor, Glastonbury, Somerset
2007
TRANSITUS GATHERING
Carmella B'Hahn and Judith Pidgeon, Totnes, Devon.
WATCHING WITH THE DYING, TRAVELLING WITH THE DEAD
Phyllida Anam-Aire, Barbara Faro & Hannah Cunningham. Forres, Scotland. 3 days.
INTO THE LIGHT
facilitating the Transfer of Consciousness at Death, William Bloom. Glastonbury
GREEN BURIAL CONSULTATIVE DAY
Josefine Speyer, Mike Jarvis and Susan Morris, the Natural Death Centre. Art Installations, Sabra Lawrence and Carla Conte. Music Thanatology (music for the dying), Abigail Robinson, Abbey Grounds, Glastonbury.
IT'S YOUR CHOICE
Funeral choice and palliative care - talk, Susan Morris. Music Thanatology -talk and film, Abigail Robinson. Films, Helen Iles and Judith Pidgeon. Glastonbury.
FREEING FEARS (about 'Death')
to release fears of death is to fully live, Carmella B'Hahn. Glastonbury
GREEN FUNERAL EXHIBITION
Let’s Talk About Death - plus talks on PALLIATIVE CARE and FUNERAL CHOICE, Josefine Speyer, Mike Jarvis and Susan Morris, Liz Symes, Jean Francis and Judith Pidgeon. Sturminster Newton, Dorset.
BAT WALKS
Catriona Gower and Rosie the Bat. The Tor, Glastonbury. Also at Chalice Well.
2006
LIVE THIS YEAR AS THOUGH IT WERE YOUR LAST
Caroline Sherwood. Gillingham, Dorset
LIFE AFTER LIFE?
Experiential workshop to release fears around the transition of death, Carmella B'Hahn. Glastonbury
TRANSITUS GATHERING
Carmella B'Hahn and Judith Pidgeon, Totnes, Devon.
WATCHING WITH THE DYING, TRAVELLING WITH THE DEAD
Phyllida Anam-Aire, Barbara Faro & Hannah Cunningham . Glastonbury. 3 days.
2004/5
CREATION OF FIRST EVER RESOURCE AND DROP IN CENTRE
for the whole journey of dying, “The Best Things Begin in a Garage” Judith Pidgeon. Ivy Cottage, Sturminster Newton, Dorset.
 
 
 
Links to our associates

Transitus
Natural Death Centre
Wrekin Forum
 

Heron - rebirth
Surf in Cornwall
Worm's Head, Gower, Wales
Ancient Celtic settlement, Dorset

Buddha, Batsford Arboretum, Cotswolds
Waterfall, Brecon Beacons
Batsford Arboretum, Cotswolds
Celtic Cross, Lamorna, Cornwall
The Martinsey Isle Trust and the Glaston Rose Humane Company Creating an idyll of Martinsey and Lidney Islands Natural Burial honouring life's sacred thresholds
The Martinsey Isle Trust was co-founded in 2002 by David Wasley, its inspiration, and Judith Pidgeon, its grounder

The Martinsey Isle Trust - Ivy Cottage - Bath Road - Sturminster Newton - Dorset - DT10 1DU - UK - Telephone: 01258 475 125
Registered Charity Number : 1135600
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