Sunday, 20 September 2015

Communities Living Sustainably in Dorset: Sept newsletter

Here is this month's CLS in Dorset newsletter - courtesy of Turn Lyme Green:

CLS in Dorset Newsletter September 2015
Welcome to our September newsletter. If you have a news articles for our next edition, please e-mail to info@clsdorset.org.uk. 
Big Ideas Challenge
Launch Party
9 September
Come along to Potter’s Cafe, Durngate Street, Dorchester at 6pm on Wednesday 9th September to cut and eat the BIG Ideas cake. The Challenge asks young people aged 7-24 to come up with solutions that help tackle climate change, the winner could win anamazing ...
West Dorset
Open Eco Homes
10-13 September
This year, Hilfield Friary and 19 homes will be open! Owned and rented, normal houses adapted, and homes built from scratch.  Latest technical engineering and building from straw!  It cracks off with a "How to Build an Eco Home" talk on Thursday evening. More
Six Dorset Community Energy Solar PV installations completed
Dorset Community Energy has now completed the 3 larger PV installations on the roofs of Dorchester Middle School, The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester and the roof of the Sports Hall at Lytchett Minster School near Wimborne.
The final step is registration of the 3 school solar PV installations for Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) with Good Energy, which will be completed in early Septembermore.
View the Dorset Community Energy August Newsletter.
Save the Date
for the Square Meal debate

28 October 2015

As part of Dorset Food Week on Wednesday 28th October, 4-9pm, join us for the Square Meal Debate at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester. In the run up to the Climate Summit in Paris this December, CLS will be raising awareness of the links between our food system, public health and climate change. Read more here
Volunteer with Eco-Schools!   
Eco-Schools England are looking for volunteer Green Flag Assessors in the South West.  A rewarding way to support environmental education in your area. Find outmore
Guest blog from Amanda Streatfeild
I am lucky to have been born and brought up in the place I live now – Bridport.   I suppose that is one of the reasons I am so passionate about the projects with which I get involved, and several of those are to do with FOOD. I’ve chaired the....
Try This Dorchester
3-10 October 2015
The Dorchester and Bridport Transition Town groups and CLS have teamed up with Try This to offer a number of events.

Booking opens on 18th September. 
Watch out for:
-Thermal curtains
-Transition Streets taster
-Get smart and savvy with your electricity
Dorset Community action Training and Events 
Find out more on all the forthcoming events and courses here 
£1,000 Energy Efficiency grants for community buildings 
Grants of up to £1,000 for village halls, scout huts and other community buildings.  Buildings must be in Western Power Distribution area (Bridport is in, Dorchester is out) details here 
September Top Tips

1. Communing to save energy
It's Community Energy Fortnight (5th - 20th) , so we are celebrating our 6 community owned solar PV systems, and asking you to support future community energy.
2. Can you go Zero Waste?
It's Zero Waste Week(7th - 13th)
Save one item each day that would otherwise go in the bin and find a new use for it.
3. Go Car FREE on 22nd September -WORLD Car Free day.
Can you go car free and get your family, street, workplace to join you?

Send your top tips to emily@da21.org.uk
Transition Town Dorchester (TTD) have so far harvested 50 jars of honey and expect to double that!  TTD are also starting a forest garden project! If interested in joining E-mail TTD. All welcome!
We’re so proud of the six West Dorset schools who earned Eco-Schools Silver awards this summer.
Find out who they were
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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