Communities Living Sustainably (CLS) in Dorset is 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 May 2016

Welcome to the late May 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
CLS Evaluation has been completed!

Independent evaluator Raja Jarrah said our ”achievements are due to CLSD combining the technical expertise of its staff with playing a strong role as a facilitator and catalyst, promoting interaction, dialogue and cooperation between local stakeholders. Significantly it gave project partners a sense of joint identity and solidarity with other related initiatives in West Dorset; it convened organisations that would otherwise not have had cause to work together; and it enabled some organisations to reach audiences they would not have been able to on their own.” More
Five Eco Schools Green Flag Awards; five more in the offing! 
We’ve been celebrating the achievements of 5 exemplary schools recently awarded Eco-Schools Green Flags. Congratulations to all the hardworking, eco-conscious staff and pupils involved! Five more schools are awaiting assessments… we’ll bring you news here. Meanwhile, everyone is keeping busy: Read about Bridport Primary’s Community Environment Day, Southill Primary Cleaning for the Queen and St Mary’s Eco-Club news
Buildings and Bees at Dorchester Community Farm

We have checked our bees for the first time - five hives have survived the winter and there is already some honey on two of them.

And we have attended a cob building course so that we can make some simple structures on the new farm site.

Contact us on if you would like to join us.

The photo is of us making cob by treading mud, sand and straw.
Are you a village organisation passionate about local food and healthy eating?
DCA is looking to partner with a rural community organisation on a pilot project that supports people in the community to ‘eat well’.  We are developing project ideas which aim to “make eating well easier, especially for people who are isolated and disadvantaged, in order to improve people’s health & wellbeing, and build stronger communities.”

Do you have a project idea that you would like support to fund and deliver? Find out more here.
Dorset residents are more environmentally friendly 
Around 1/3 respondents to our annual Survey said they are more environmentally friendly than a year ago, reporting changes to behaviour on food, energy, travel, waste and water. Main factors were greater awareness, kerbside recycling, wanting to support the local economy and to save money. 2/3 would like to do more. The Paris Climate talks raised awareness and encouraged action, and while CLS has supported this process it cannot claim responsibility for the behaviour change. Read more here.
Local food work 

The Food Future Bridport e-newsletter is packed with information about food activity in and around Bridport, including the launch of the Kitchen Collective - a whole new concept in fast food takeaway, and a 3 year impact review of CLS’ work on food. Follow this link to read it. 

STIR's Community Enterprise 'Edventure' Workshop yields project ideas

CLS supported Joe Hewetson to attend this workshop to enable young adults to create viable livelihoods locally and apply their creativity and energy to build a more resilient, sustainable and fair community. Joe said “The workshop was brilliant, very informative, inspiring and an opportunity to meet some great people. Our idea was a meals on wheels project, providing healthy, locally sourced meals to elderly people… a venue for inter-generational gatherings - elderly people would be invited to eat and young people would be managing and facilitating the event as well as interacting with the elderly people."
Tackling climate change through community-financed solar panels - a Case Study
Dorset Community Energy was established under CLS’ auspices to enable local people to invest in solar panels on schools and community buildings. DCE raised almost £500,000 in share issues to finance panels on 10 schools and 4 community buildings, bringing an estimated benefit of £600,000 of free solar electricity over the minimum 20-year life of the solar panels. Read More.

Stop the press! Panels have just been fitted on Blandford School and Milldown Primary schools – see news piece here.
Talkaoke comes to Bridport Food Festival
Saturday 18th June
The Food Festival hosts a huge array of food producers and activities.  Events take place all week from Sunday 12th June 2016, culminating on 18th June.
This year it includes a dynamic spontaneous, pop-up talk-show set around the unique ‘Talkaoke Table’ where will be exploring what we think about what we eat and why, where our food comes from and how our diets will change in the future. CLS brought talkaoke to Dorchester and Bridport last year. More here.
Alternative Finance workshop – a participant’s perspective

STIR to Action workshop led by Brett Scott, author of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: “Hacking the Future of Money”, rebuilt participants’ understanding of the financial sector and introduced them to some positive examples of raising economies and working together as a community. “I was amazed how quickly I came up with an idea to explore solutions for affordable housing, making links with Farmers and Estate owners and ecological architects to form a trust that could educate and train young people to ultimately become self-sufficient home owners.” More.

CLS National Resources

The CLS national partners’ website is full of news about sustainability activities around the country. 
There are reports drawing out best practice on Climate Change Adaptation, Food & Growing Spaces, Energy, and Behaviour Change. CLS in Dorset’s experience has contributed to all of these. See here for more.

Funding Opportunities

LEADER funds capital projects that are innovative, diverse and wide ranging and bring tangible benefits to rural communities and businesses. They must fit into one of the six national priorities – which include Farming, Forestry and Rural Business - and demonstrate how they contribute to the local economy. Next deadline for Indicative Outline (1st stage) projects is 16th June 2016. For further information including how to apply
Coastal Community Fund will be launched on Monday 23rd May 2016. The deadline for stage 1 is 30th June 2016. A webinar is now available on the web - Dorset Coast Forum as the Dorset Coastal Community Team is looking to submit a Dorset coast wide application in partnership with the four other Dorset CCTs and a range of organisations.  The theme of the bid will be around connecting coastal communities (in its broadest sense). If you would like more information on this please contact with Dorset Coast Forum
The 2016 Ancient Tree Forum conference takes place in Dorchester on 7 and 8 July 2016.
Hear about topics including Dorset’s ancient and veteran trees, the legacy of Capability Brown, and the challenges of aging trees, and visit some of Dorset's best sites for ancient and veteran trees.
11th Leigh Food Fair /Classic Car Display - Saturday 16TH July  Leigh Village Hall, 10 am – 4 pm Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers, children’s activities. Adults £2, children under 15 Free.
26th May 2016. 8.00am to 10.00am in Hamworthy.
Join a thriving Community of local SMEs and Large Organisations at ‘The Big Green Breakfast’ creating a vision for building a resilient strong business for the future.
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
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