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 Newsletter April 2015
Welcome to our April newsletter. Our events in March proved very popular and have prompted lots of interesting discussion. If you have a news articles for our next edition, please e-mail to 
Opportunity to invest in solar panel scheme
Dorset Community Energy, a Community Benefit Society supported by the CLS in Dorset programme to install solar PV panels on 6 schools and village halls, has completed the first solar panel installation at Martinstown Village Hall. Further solar panel installations are planned for Salway Ash and Osmington village halls in April and May, plus  3 PV installations on schools during the August summer holiday.
Local people will have an opportunity to invest in the solar panels and receive 5%- 6% interest per year, plus a 50% tax rebate of the sum invested if investors are taxpayers. The participating schools and village halls will receive free electricity from the solar panels. More information will follow in the June newsletter or for further details please contact Pete West
Go Flexitarian and Spend A Tenner Locally this Easter
Why not take a small step towards a more sustainable diet this Easter weekend and try going flexitarian? Going flexitarian is easy. It just means eating less and choosing better quality meat. And with reports saying we eat 70% more protein than we need to, losing a few meat meals a week and improving the quality of the meat we do eat, will be great for the waistline and the wallet! The Eating Better Alliance has some great top tips on eating better meat this Easter. More
CLS in Dorset has an App!
A university student from Bournemouth has been working with CLS Dorset to create an exciting App that rewards your changes towards sustainable living. In the app you get given tasks and information on how to live more sustainably and you and your team will get rewarded with points! We're looking for people to test it out here.
'Common Ground Cinema'
4 March 2015
The event was a positive evening showing two very different films, but both centred on personal stories. 
‘It was good to have the difference in cultures and focus from general learning to the specific plight of one man.’ More
'Stories of Change'
5 March 2015
Dorset is full of people doing inspiring things to live sustainably in their home life, at work and with their spare time. So we invited four of them to share their story with us. More
6 March 2015
'It takes roots to weather the storm' said someone in ‘Disruption’, which CLS screened on 6th March 2015. A film by, Disruption focusses on the build up to the world’s biggest ever climate march – last year - and shows links between environment, health, employment, justice and community. We thought it timely in the run up to elections and the Climate Summit in November; and found it did spark lively discussion. More
Transition Town Dorchester plants 400 trees
Transition Town Dorchester (TTD) has now started its community woodland project, supported by CLS in Dorset. TTD received 400 trees from the Woodland Trust which, over the course of three weekends and with lots of willing volunteers, were planted as a hedgerow along a path near to the community farm.  If you would like to join TTD, contact Kate at
WANTED:Champion Draught Busters and Curtain Liners!
Sarah Wilberforce from Transition Town Bripdort ran another succesful curtain lining workshop, we'd like to get these workshops going in Dorchester.  Would you like to help? Find out more.
Dorset Community Action (DCA) Funding Fair
Monday, 18 May 2015, 9.45- 4.30pm
Dorford Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RR

The Dorset Community Action Funding Fair provides an opportunity for Dorset-based voluntary community groups, charities and social enterprises to meet face to face with funders and receive advice and guidance to help them make better, more competitive applications and develop more sustainable income strategies.

£20 per person from a voluntary or community organisation/ £30 per person from a statutory body/ limited subsidised places available.
Booking is essential here.
West Dorset Election Hustings
Wednesday 15 April 2015, 7.30pm,
Thomas Hardye School Theatre

All 5 candidates for West Dorset will be answering your questions on local environmental and wildlife issues.
Tickets are available from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester (max. 4 per person). Tickets must be collected from the school (closed for 2 weeks over Easter). More
Questions for the candidates can be e mailed by 9th April to
Dorchester Area Community Partnership AGM
Thursday 23 April 4.30pm- 6.30pm

'Our Local Natural Environment -  
How to get involved, appreciate and protect it'

The DACP are encouraging local residents, community groups and partners to join in and enjoy a cream tea.
If you are involved with an organisation or project working with nature, the living environment or the countryside and would like to have a display at the event, please contact:
Have you got what it takes to be part of the Co-Cars Team? 
We are growing and need team members in Dorset to help make this happen. Our Car- care Support worker makes sure our new cars are always ready for use and welcoming to members. The Development Worker is a key contact for growing membership and realising the potential of new car locations to serve our members. Call us now for a chat on 0345 345 2544.
STIR to Action workshops
Stir to Action have launched an exciting six-month programme of training workshops to build the co-operative capacity of local communities. To join in, visit the Stir to Action website.
The Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund and the Bridport Area Community Fund
Deadline for applications is 30 April 2015. Apply online via Dorset For You at for projects in and around Dorchester and for projects in and around Bridport. 
March Top Tips

- Go flexitarian this spring - eat a bit less meat, and chose better quality meat.  Better for your health and better for the planet!
- Switch it off! - Did you know up to £80 of your annual electricity bill could be for appliances and lights that aren't even in use!
- Recycle one more thing - lots of you recycle but how about finding one more thing you can recycle?
- Join Co-cars the Pay as you Go car club - drive a car without owning one.
Congratulations to Nick Osborne who won our #IDoDorset competition. Check out our 'I Do Dorset' pictures here
Open Eco Homes will be held in September this year and we are looking for hosts and helpers. If you have done a few things to green your home and or lifestyle we'd love to hear from you.  We reckon around half of last year's Open Eco Homes visitors made some change to their home or lifestyle following their visit, that's phenomenal. Find out more here.
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,
Goldies, High East Street, 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
Energize Stur Valley provides an opportunity for green investment in North Dorset, for all the community. Read about their projects.
Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest
Hall & Woodhouse provides grants of between £300 and £3,000 to local voluntary and community groups in and around Dorset. Application deadline is Friday 8 May 2015
The Aviva Community Fund is offering the opportunity to secure funding for an important cause in your community. Open to all, the fund will award amounts at four different levels up to £25K across four categories. Application deadline is 24th April 2015.
The Eaga Charitable Trust
Grants up to £25,000 for projects and research that seek to combat fuel poverty. Application deadline is 1 June 2015
Sustainable Transport Funding
The ‘Sustainable Access to Employment’ local sustainable transport fund is now available to Dorchester, Ferndown, Portland, Weymouth and Wimborne community groups who promote and support sustainable transport. Application deadline is the 17th April. More 
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