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 Autumn / Winter 2016

Welcome to the latest 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
Dorset featured in CLS Celebration event in London

Candida joined the Big Lottery Fund, Groundwork UK and Sustainable Harborough to speak to a packed audience at the ‘Crystal’ in east London. She focussed on achievements and learning from our Eco Schools and Local Food work. To read the blog click here
How Can Bridport Feed Itself?

CLS in Dorset is drawing together sectors of the community to research into the local food economy in order to identify and support community enterprises. We want to quantify the current value of our local food and drink economy and weigh up the economic benefit to the town if our food system was even more local. So far, we can reveal that we spend half a million pounds a week on food and drink in Bridport. But who gets the Lion's share? More here
Economic Blueprint – Community Economic Development

DCA as been awarded support under the Department for Communities and Local Government's Community Economic Development programme. So we will extend our CLS local economy work in Bridport to include Health & Wellbeing, and Materials & Resources. We're hosting an event on 7th December - to register your interest and find out more contact
Bridport Soup

CLS in Dorset teamed up with STIR to put on this event, which we hope will be the first of several (next one coming up on 19th January 2017). In Transition Town Bridport’s words “What  a  great  evening  .... the Bridport  Soup! It  was  a  crowd-funding  event  with  a  difference, where four local projects had a chance to pitch for funding to an assembled crowd who ‘paid what they felt’ for a bowl of delicious  soup  made  by  local  cooks  from  locally-donated ingredients – and a bread roll from Leaker’s Bakery! The WI hall  was  full  of  people  and the  buzz  in  the  room  was deafening."
For more information click here
Bridport local food map
goes digital!

CLS’ Bridport beautiful Food Map showing businesses which source their produce locally, seasonally, ethically and sustainably, has now gone interactive and digital! You can view the map here - click on the icons to find out more about the featured venues, and visit the online directory of wonderful local suppliers here. You can still get your hard copy at the Tourist Information Centre, while stocks last…
Green Flag at Southill Primary

We are very excited to celebrate the 10th Green Flag Eco-School of the CLS project.  Southill Primary in Weymouth were awarded the Green Flag in September following many terms of hard work by Mrs Hazell and the Green Guardians. Southill have an exemplary record of energy efficiency, a thriving gardening club and lots of ideas for making the school even greener. Well done everyone!
Photo Voltaic Education

Volunteers from Dorset Community Energy have been working with the Eco-Schools Officer to help Dorset children learn about solar energy. Equipment provided by CLS Dorset has been used to develop a suite of educational activities on solar energy which was trialled recently at Thomas Hardye School’s annual Family Festival of Science.  Children experimented with mini solar panels and learned how the sun’s energy causes electricity to flow by playing the roles of energetic photons and electrons! Solar education kits are now available for schools to borrow – contact the Eco-Schools Officer:
Dorset Community Energy installs final panels

Installation of solar PV on Bridport Arts Centre last month adds to DCE’s earlier installations on 12 schools and 3 village halls. The total installed capacity is 410 kW, generating annual revenue of £60,000 to repay members (at 5.5%). Overall, the sites will benefit from  £600,000 of free solar electricity over the next 20 years. This is a great example of using CLS support to kick start a social enterprise that is financially viable without the need for future grant support says Pete West, DCE Secretary. More here
Food Future Bridport Harvest

Food Future Bridport is still sharing news about all things foodie in the town. See the Harvest edition of the ENews, which features articles about Landworkers Alliance Agricultural Policy, NuFeast research into food culture, Charmouth Dragon's birthday, the Kitchen Collective seeks more chefs... and much more.
CLS legacy guidance and materials

Following an event in Birmingham, this follow up material was produced to assist groups with information and guidance around legacy and funding avenues.

CLS Learning Partnership has produced several ‘Learning Guides’ including How to Create a Meanwhile Garden; How to Strengthen the Local Food Economy; How to Develop Flood Plans in your Community; and How to join the Community Renewable Energy Movement. Dorset’s experience has contributed to all of these. Further publications will come on stream soon. See here for more.
CLS Website & Partners’ Sites

The CLS in Dorset website will be accessible for a few months longer, but most of the materials will be stored and kept alive on individual partners’ websites. Dorset Community Action hosts main CLS reports and Resources and is being revamped to be a sustainability information portal for the county.
Common Ground produces short films about woodlands for Dorset AONB. These Woodland Portraits will reveal what sort of woodland culture exists today, why woods and trees matter to twenty-first century life, and how these landscapes might become part of parish, town and city cultural and economic life again. It will also explore the challenges and benefits of different Community Woodlands across the UK.
For more information visit here. Nestled in the heart of West Dorset surrounded by rolling hills is Prime Coppice, a 52-acre working woodland in the Marshwood Vale. For more information click here
Over 50 Mayors visit St Mary’s Bridport’s Edible Garden. Cllr. Ros Kayes, Mayor of Bridport, held part of the town’s Civic Day on 4th October in the primary school. She wanted to showcase the Transition Town Bridport/HOME initiatives that are running at St Mary’s.
For more information visit here

Funding opportunities
Dorset Community Action - East Dorset Funding Fair takes place on Thursday 17th November at CLaRC in Wimborne from 10a.m. until 4pm. Information here.

DCA website has two Funding pages: for general info and for links to funding databases and a funding blog.

The Community Chest up to £1,000 for energy savings measures
This Western Power Distribution fund is for energy-saving measures up to £1,000 to reduce the running costs, and improve the comfort and warmth of community buildings. Deadline 30 November or until the grant pot is exhausted. Grants awarded on a first come, first served basis. More details from this page.

Bright Ideas Community Business Fund
up to £20,000 including to develop business ideas. Deadline for applications is end of November. Additional funding rounds in February and September 2017 and Feb 2018. Read guidance before you apply.

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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