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 January 2015
Happy New Year and welcome to our January newsletter. If you have a news articles for our next edition, please e-mail to 
Opportunity to partner CLS Dorset
CLS Dorset is now providing a unique partnership opportunity to position your organisation at the very heart of sustainable living in Dorset.
By becoming a Corporate Partner, you will be acknowledged as a key supporter of CLS Dorset with your company or business benefiting from this high profile association.
Find out more
CLS Survey 2016- Win a £50 voucher for the Real Food Shop
We want to find out what people think and do about climate change and the environment.
We ran a similar survey in 2014, and 2015 so we want to see what has changed.
Please help by completing our survey.
FREE Draughtproofing Workshop- Book now!
Sat 23rd January 2016 10am– 1pm
Overmoigne Village Hall

Draughty windows and doors waste heat and money and make you feel cold but they’re easy and cheap to fix. You’ll learn from a professional and get practice. Book here
Community Building Energy and Sustainability Workshop
FREE 29th January 2016 10am- 4pm
Hilfield Friary 
Learn how to monitor, understand and reduce energy use as well as save money on running costs. You'll get to see the Friary's wood chip boiler and solar panels. Lunch and refreshments provided. Book here 
@Work@Home- Reduce Your Environmental impact

@Work@Home is a FREE service that offers 20 West Dorset businesses and employers:-
-a day’s environmental consultancy
-an energy advice session for their staff. 

Find out more
Big Ideas Challenge- well done to our finalists
Congratulations to Gillingham Youth Club and Lyme Youth Theatre, selected as BIG Ideas finalists. They are now competing for the 1st prize of an outdoor adventure.
And a big thank you to our judges: 
Cllr Peter Finney, Antony Littlechild, Thereas Stewart Sykes, and Rebecca King. Read more
Nest Box Week Woodland Events 14-21 February 2016
Feb 14: Bird Box building at Allington Hill, Bridport.
Contact Cathy Harvey 01308 423202

Feb 20: Bird Box Building at Little Giant Wood, Stoke Abbott.
Contact Matthew Bowditch
07970 016736
Little Giant Wood,Stoke Abbott
23 volunteers had a great day on Sunday at Stoke Abbott. A hedge was laid, wood fuel collected and wildlife piles constructed!
There is a Woodland Work Party on 3rd March. To get involved, contact Matthew Bowditch 07970 016736 or
January Top Tips- New Year's Resolutions
1. Save money, go green, get to know my neighbours
Audit your bills, save £400, meet your neighbours and green your life with Transition Streets. Find out more here
2. Get fit
Walking and cycling for short journeys is a great way to get fit. It’s also good for your pocket and the planet.  
* Not been on a bike for a while or scared of the traffic – try an Adult Cycling Lesson?  
* Fancy a new bike paid monthly and tax free?
3. Eat well
Many start January resolved to lose weight, drink less or eat more healthily. 
Try our 7 guiding principles to sustainable and healthy, shopping, eating and cooking – good for you and the environment! 
Transition Town Bridport
Climate Change Double Bill
Bridport Arts Centre, 15 January 2016

7pm:  Good COP/Bad COP II ; Free
Kit and Raja will be reporting back from COP21, discussing the successes and failures of the conference, and what needs to be done to keep our governments to their commitments. 

8pm: This Changes Everything; Capitalism versus the Climate 
(£7 in advance from BAC or £8 at the door)
The Canadian writer Naomi Klein wrote the book which inspired this film. In the book she shows that we cannot tackle climate change as long as the fossil fuel corporations and the neoliberal free markets rule our economy and governments. 

Please visit the Transition Town Bridport website for more information on both these events.
Dorset Community Action Advice Service
Dorset Community Action offer free advice and guidance sessions to new and established groups to help develop skills and knowledge around:
-Developing a successful project.
-Setting up and managing your group
-Trustees roles and responsibilities
-Funding your project and managing your finances
and more...
Or book onto one of the following outreach surgery sessions:
North Dorset - 13th January in Blandford, 10th February in Shaftesbury and 23rd March Sturminster Newton.
Christchurch - 2nd February and 17th March, Christchurch Borough Council Offices.
East Dorset - 27th January and 23 February, Community Learning and Resource Centre, Wimborne.
Purbeck - 4th February in Swanage and 24th March in Wareham.
Booking is essential.  Contact Annie Hobell (Tuesday - Thursday) call 01202 847605 or email
Ourganics Premaculture Design Course,
Litton Cheney, Bridport, Dorset

(90 hours over six weekends)
30th January - 29th May 2016
January is #lovetoUPCYCLE month
This January join with other creative and imaginative people from across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in transforming old, unused materials into exciting, new and useful items. 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
Do you work in a rural enterprise looking to grow?  Are you a farmer wanting to diversify?  Do you help provide essential services to rural communities?
Find out more about LEADER eligibility and how to apply for funding from the Applicants Handbook available from Go to a Dorset LEADER roadshow, with a drop-in session, bookable 10 minute advice surgery and application workshops.  
Pasty & Pie Evening for Forestry 21 January 2016
6.30 to 8.30pm The Royal Oak, Milborne St Andrew

An informal evening to discuss what grant schemes are available and the kinds of projects they might support. More
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