Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset has been working in the Bridport and Dorchester areas to help people adapt to the local effects of climate change and live more sustainably.
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CLS in Dorset February 2017

Welcome to the Spring edition of the CLS in Dorset e-news.
There will be more in the coming months and we’ll share news here of CLS developments as they emerge! Send us your news to

'Peer Power' support for community energy groups comes to Dorset!

CLS’ Dorset Community Energy has helped organise the Dorset Renewables Grand Tour, Saturday 4 March 10:15 – 16:00, book here. It is FREE. The day will include lunch and visits to a wind turbine where we will meet the local farmer and developer; a school with solar PV; a biomass district heating network with local woodchip supply

The Peer Power project aims to inspire groups to develop new renewable energy projects that are owned by communities, benefit people in Dorset, and generate local clean energy.  more information contact Jodie at Regen.   

Community Economic Development in Bridport
DCA is participating in a Community Economic Development process to look at the potential to support community enterprise to fill gaps in provision, and to generate more economic benefits to the town. We are looking at local food, health & social care, and construction resources. This pilot initiative emerges from ‘CLS’ and is supported by Big Lottery and Co-Ops UK as part of a national scheme.  For more information and some reports from events we have hosted so far.
Another successful Bridport SOUP raises £350 for 'Oops Wow' toddlers
Bridport's second attempt at replicating the international fundraising 'Soup' phenomenon has been another sell-out success . Attended by 80 people keen to learn about local projects, it raised enough to keep the wonderfully messy artwork Toddler Group in art materials for another year. Volunteer founder Jo Burlington said: "at the beginning of the enterprise I was given materials by a kind supporter, but they're running out - now I have funds to buy the good quality materials that children can handle and which inspire their explorations."

Local chef Masaki Dew volunteered to cook up the soup with ingredients from Washingpool Farm Shop and hunks of Leakers bread on the side, with wine provided by Wessex Wines. There were also passionate pitches from the Allington Hillbillies'; Flea! Ukulele Opera; and Transition Town Bridport.More here.

Environmental groups to stage a Green Fortnight - Friday 24th March - 9th April  

Molly Scott-Cato, Green MEP for the South-West will open the fortnight, joined by Buy Local Bridport, Food Economy Blueprint; and story-telling by Martin Maudsley. The fortnight also features a Climate Academy with notable speakers and debate; a Quiz; Green story-telling for children; screening of ‘Tomorrow’ (Demain), as well as ‘Chasing Ice’. Also plenty of information stalls and community orchard activity.
On Saturday 8th April, CLS is co-hosting an evening to launch  How Can Bridport Feed Itself? with a Bridport SOUP-type event for local food initiatives including Community Supported Agriculture. For details
A thriving network of community woodlands 
Allington Hillbillies have been running events with the Magdalen Environmental Trust and are just about to provide facilities for forest school.  Little Giant Wood is growing, with hedge laying events run by Dorset Wildlife Trust.  Prime Coppice Working Woodlanders get logs for labour.  Healthy Home project, where firewood from the community groups is distributed to people with health issues resulting from cold homes, is coming to an end with 9m3 donated by the community woodland network. Guardian Article here
A new website for Sustainable Dorset 
Dorset Agenda 21 re-launched the Sustainable Dorset Website - - full of new information and contacts. Take a look, and get yourself listed!
STIR to Action Special Podcast: Solidarity Economics
To support the launch of their new issue, they’ve teamed up with Upstream to produce a hour-long podcast on the Solidarity Economy! You can listen to it by clicking the image above or by clicking here. And STIR is running two courses this Spring on the Future of Money – in Dartington hereand Bristol here

Dorset-based charity Common Ground has launched ‘LEAF’ a newspaper they are publishing with the Woodland Trust:

Dorset Tea looking for community gardening and allotment groups, as part of their wider Grow the Sunshine campaign, to take part in a sunflower growing competition, with a prize worth £500 awarded to the group that grows the most sunflowers successfully from seed. Seed packs will be provided by Thompson and Morgan, who will also provide the prize of seeds, tools, plants and other equipment for the winning group. Seeds will be available from early April and the competition will run until the end of August.

Huff N Puff straw bale building and clay plastering courses.
We have a few spaces on our forthcoming clay and straw courses. Please visit for details and online booking

“Brexit, Trump and the Common Good” & “Rediscovering a Local Sustainable and Spiritual Economy” Saturday, March 4th 10am-4pm
Michael Northcott, Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh and a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church.
At Hilfield Friary, DT2 7BE, near Cerne Abbas.
Soup, bread, cheese, fruit, and hot drinks provided. £12 donation requested. Further information and booking tel. 01300 341741 or

Dorset Charitable Trusts, commissioned by Dorset County Council, has just been launched by Dorset Community Foundation Trusts. It is a web-based search directory of local trusts which give out grants to support local groups or individuals. More
Regular dates for your diary

Also view the Sustainable Dorset calendar of events

Prime Coppice 
Working Woodlanders Volunteer Groups. Check website for dates and times.

Transition Town Bridport Green Drinks
Third Thursday of month, 8pm
The Tiger, Barrack Street, Bridport

Transition Town Dorchester Green Drinks
First Thursday of month at 8pm,
Vivo Lounge, Brewery Square, Dorchester

Workdays at Railway Orchard
Usually on the first Saturday of the month 11am-3pm

Workdays at the Dorchester Community Farm 
Usually every second Saturday as well as the third and fourth Sunday in the month, 10am-3pm

Monkton Wyld Court has a local lunch
on 1st Saturday and 3rd Wednesday every month. This fundraising event gives you the opportunity to enjoy and share their produce whilst learning about their sustainable living methods. Book here
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