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 October 2015
Welcome to our October newsletter. If you have a news articles for our next edition, please e-mail to 
What would a Square Meal for Dorset really look like? A square meal that is good for us, good for farmers, good for animals and not least for the countryside, on which our food supply depends? The Square Meal Debate challenges us to identify - and do - what needs to be done to provide healthy, affordable and environmentally sustainable food for all, in a way that properly rewards farmers and allows the industry to thrive.
This 2 part event for Dorset Food Week is FREE but booking is essential. Read more here
Tell us what you think
Thank you everyone for your active interest in CLS in Dorset. We'd like to ask you what you think about us through a short questionnaire. Your views really matter, both to help us improve and also to help us look for more funding to continue our work. All complete responses will have a chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at the Charmouth Dragon food bus.
Dorset Community Energy campaigns against FITS cuts
There are proposed cuts of 87% to household small scale renewable energy Feed-in Tariffs (FITS) from January 2016. Please read this briefing paper on action you can take to add your voice to the campaign.
Register Your Big Idea
BIG Ideas asks Dorset's 7-24 year olds to plan and implement an environmental project in their community.  Luciana Vega, North Dorset Youth leader said: “BIG Ideas Challenge is perfect!  It’s given us motivation and support to kick-start a project with our youth members that will enrich their community”. More 
Eco Schools training events
We have some exciting training workshops lined up:
For teachers and educators: Wednesday 14th October Teaching About Climate Change Workshop.
For volunteers: Thursday 19th November Become an Eco-Schools Green Flag Assessor.
Transition Streets taster Session 10 October 2pm
Transition Streets –fun, friendly practical and it can happen in your street!
FREE TOOL helps you learn how to save money on energy, water, food and transport, while reducing your carbon footprint! More
Green Energy Awards
Congratulations to Dorset Community Energy who have been shortlisted in the Best Community Energy category of the Regen SW Green Energy Awards.
The judging will be at a reception in Bath on 25th November 2015. 
Apple Juice a Success
Transition Town Dorchester had two fabulous apple days this month, with lots of participants getting stuck into the various tasks – cutting up apples, crushing them, pressing them with our two new apple presses, sharing out the juice. Still some apples left, so cider making next!
West Dorset Open Eco Homes

This year’s event started with a well-attended talk, then over 200 people visited the 20 open homes and we filmed!  
Big thanks to everyone who made it happen.
Read more
Community Woodland UPDATE
It's the time of years when the Community Woodland Groups are gearing up for a winter of management.  If you are interested, check out: to find the contact details of a group near you.

Also, the Community Woodland Network are pulling together a programme of family events, such as Forest Schools and Woodland Storytelling. Watch this space for more details as they are finalised. 
CLS Report Published
The second CLS Growing and Green Space report has now been published. It looks specifically at
activities related to growing and green space and aims to highlight key issues and experiences as well as reviewing the range of differing activities. 
October Top Tips
1. Drop the meat for a day or a month- October is Vegetarian awareness month. Then adopt one of our 'So how about a day or a month off meat', followed by adopting one of our 7 principles of sustainable eating: Chose better quality meat, and eat it less often. 
2. Share a lift – 5th – 11th October is National Liftshare week
Send your top tips to
Read your meter and get electricity savvy 9 October
People who read their  meters use around 10% less energy, that’s about £100 a year!
FREE workshop: Getting smart with electricity – you’ll get free loan of an energy monitor. 
Learn how to read your meters here
Dorset Food Week
Once again the much loved Dorset Food Week which will celebrate the great tastes of Dorset. The autumnal festivities will be kicked off by the Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival on the 24th October and will continue through to the 1st November.
Need Advice about Keeping Warm and Saving Money This Winter?
The Big Energy Saving Network is a project designed to help vulnerable people to get the right information and help to understand their options for saving money on energy bills.
The project will be delivered by Dorset Community Action across Dorset from October 2015 until early March 2016. More
Dorset Community Action has a new website
Take a look at the new website and view the fantastic selection of forthcoming events and courses here
Apple Day 21 October
"Are you ready for Apple Day? Would you like an Apple Day Pack for you or your community? Common Ground has all the tools you need for organising your Apple Day and making the most out of community event. They have Apple Maps, Community Orchard pamphlets, blank posters, postcards of apples and wonderful black and white photographs of West Country orchards by James Ravilious. 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,
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
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