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Rachel Bodle
Feb 16, 2024
In General Discussions
A series of six online meetings has considered the pros & cons of Dorset becoming a 'Sustainable Food Place' - the balance of opinion at the sixth meeting tending to be in favour. More activities will therefore follow. Here is an invitation to anyone in our network who wants to become involved. Dear All, Thank you once again for coming along to the Food Resilience in Dorset, Meeting 6 last week, when we explored the pros and cons of Dorset applying to become a Sustainable Food Place.(https://www.sustainablefoodplaces.org/) And thank you to Jon Sloper and Rebecca Laughton for opening the conversations for us. You can find the recording of our meeting here,(https://youtu.be/HKPtlcNplts) (in case you were unable to come) and a review of what was discussed and what happens next on the #helpandkindness website here .(https://www.helpandkindness.co.uk/news/190/Food+workshop+endorses+ambition+for+Dorset+to+work+on+becoming+a+Sustainable+Food+Place) Do take a look at the six-themed framework and at the ‘emergency and affordable food projects’ link on that page to see how effective and valuable mapping and networking our resources throughout Dorset can become. Please feel free to pass the link (https://www.helpandkindness.co.uk/news/190/Food+workshop+endorses+ambition+for+Dorset+to+work+on+becoming+a+Sustainable+Food+Place)on to anyone or any organisation whom you feel might be interested in completing the super-quick survey and in contributing to the process at this stage. We shall be setting up a further Zoom meeting in March/April for further discussion prior to the SFP application deadline in late May, and to report back on what has been happening in the interim….please watch this space! If you’d like to have a conversation about this work and the opportunities for action and involvement, please drop a line to feedingdorset@helpandkindness.co.uk (mailto:feedingdorset@helpandkindness.co.uk) or phone 01305 59 59 58 With best wishes  Stronger Together!   Sandra Reeve -  Events - on behalf of  DorsetCAN
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Rachel Bodle
Dec 05, 2023
In General Discussions
This time of year marks the anniversary of Planet Shaftesbury's beginnings and in winter 23/24 Planet Shaftesbury becomes 5 years' old. This could provoke a few reflections, even if it wasn't also a time when I need to make changes to the way in which I engage with our network. Remembering the beginning: on 8th November 2018, two people from Extinction Rebellion spoke about climate change action at the Friends' Meeting House. The room was packed and the talk, an early version of 'Heading for Extinction', packed a punch. Those present were already concerned, and the talk led each of us to consider our response to this existential challenge. The meeting led directly to the formation of a local group (XR Shaftesbury) of people who have subsequently taken part in non-violent direct actions aiming to push the government to face the climate crisis and act accordingly. The meeting also led indirectly to the emergence of Planet Shaftesbury as an umbrella organisation for individual environmentalists and green groups (including XR Shaftesbury) across the town. The idea was incubated through informal conversations and then a meeting at the Arts Centre on 20th December, after which the network was launched on 17th January 2019. Five years of change: The last 5 years have seen many changes. Covid pandemic. Economic turmoil. Step change in public awareness of environmental challenges. Cynicism. Planet Shaftesbury has been buffeted and shaped by changes around us. At the same time, Planet Shaftesbury itself can't not make a difference. We can wonder how much some of what's happened around us has been influenced by our existence. The Council's declaration of a climate emergency. Businesses and community initiatives like Coconut & Cotton, the Vintage/Eco Market & Repair Cafe, Myrtle & Marigold, Folde, Reading the Land, Hedgehog Friendly Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Swifts, connections with Dorset Climate Action Network. And then there are the initiatives made possible only because individual efforts were magnified through the Planet Shaftesbury network of connections. The Pilgrimage to Studland, protesting about oil drilling in Dorset. The Tree Festival. Local participation in Dorset Greener Open Homes. 'Shaftesbury 2030: choosing our future' conference at Shaftesbury School. There are links below to summaries of Planet Shaftesbury activity over each of the first four years. What has Planet Shaftesbury become? What do we need now? Planet Shaftesbury is now often referred to as if the network was 'a thing'. Our network connects a substantial number of individuals and groups who, from a distance, appear to be a cohesive whole. But we're like a whale-shaped shoal of minnows. When you get close there's no substance. Just individuals or small groups, all doing our best to evidence our particular concerns for the living planet through the choices we make in our day-to-day lives. Sometimes collaborating. Sometimes needing to be separate. The fluidity helps us to be adaptable. It also makes us unpredictable - as we saw during this year's Great Big Green Week when some elements attracted a lot of support, and some very little. Our continued existence as a network, our ability to collaborate, our adaptability and responsiveness - these are all dependent on there being ways in which we can connect and communicate with one another and the wider community. Around 180-190 people are signed up for the emailed newsletter. Based on recent attendance (a dozen or so), our monthly meetings are redundant for most of us and yet face to face contact is important. In contrast, in a typical month, about three quarters of us open the newsletter. I've enjoyed my part in editing it over the past 3+ years and have received good feedback - but compiling it has become onerous. This, and now significant hearing issues, led me to prompt wider consideration of how we move forward differently next year. This post aims to establish a wider context for these considerations. Feel free to add comments but, better still, join in at meetings - including on December 14th.
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Rachel Bodle
Oct 12, 2023
In General Discussions
Thank you from all of us to those who've been active parts of the town council's Sustainable Shaftesbury working group. The group has now generated a Plan documented in an overarching policy document and appendices providing detailed actions, a biodiversity checklist and the town tree plan. The town council will be discussing the documents at its meeting at 7pm, Tuesday 17th October. The full agenda and links to the separate Sustainable Shaftesbury documents are on the town council's website - follow this link. https://www.shaftesbury-tc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023-10-17-Full-Council-Agenda.pdf (https://www.shaftesbury-tc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023-10-17-Full-Council-Agenda.pdf) The meeting is open to the public and members of the working group will welcome support.
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Rachel Bodle
Oct 02, 2023
In General Discussions
Here is 'Dorset Deserves Better's contribution to the consultation with its accompanying letter. The consultation is now closed but was here Housing strategy survey - Dorset Council(https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/housing-strategy-consultation) Dear Councilllor Somper, Thank you for the opportunity to respond to Dorset Council's Housing Strategy Consultation which closes tonight. I enclose our response which comes jointly from the Dorset Deserves Better Alliance and Dorset CPRE.  We have serious concerns over some of the information in the "Evidence Base" presented by Dorset Council. This is significant because some of the figures appear factually incorrect while others seem to be incomplete and misleading. If the “Evidence Base” is in question, then it follows that the housing strategy may be based on false assumptions.  We hope you will take our analysis into consideration and we would be delighted to discuss any aspects of our response with you in more detail. Best Regards, Giles Watts and Mike Allen
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Rachel Bodle
Aug 27, 2023
In General Discussions
Extract from the latest XR Southwest newsletter We have exciting news of a South West family friendly protest happening in Bath on Saturday 28 Oct. We want to invite everyone, and for everyone to feel welcome! All nature, climate and social justice groups are invited to create the day with us. When we held the original 'Unite To Survive' protest in London in April this year, we worked with 200 partner organisations.(https://url1005.email.actionnetwork.org/ss/c/XlxiKm-amnZREMhISCI1HdO93X0cmObIOaxvjvSs3ND-WfcW4tiB9LeZQhR5BhBjGmfGVQlFl8G8zJAePDTnR7IXrsDbkeonqv1P9kGwgh2GRj3rsQfTJCVuSd9w9NiGQLx9eOvaPtHGE7kOZf1t3QRJaIeEBmifnFhnO8qGEbxxtfwOP5_flGP-RQKknztKzJALwrk2ILyrJEH4noPSzyzwOdHvM2eDCAL_vbEmPhi8fvyKFUqvlPX-BICbiGVhfYWa6fSQl7FsnDoEdntnIDuyAdRyzlSDcrpcCtI71d1bpUxUE0eJrpxBCorwm3tVGAmWLaT2EiU5aw1uQI8yWg/3z1/ShkGNjziQnqgeNcFpssg6A/h0/-w0_9kopQERGl4r6w7w1lrfBnpVoV_53ZYUeA2kLMvQ) It would be great if we could do this in the South West. If you are a member of any social justice, nature, or climate groups, please consider speaking to your group about being involved in October. Feel free to contact us directly on accessinclusionsw@protonmail.com.(mailto:accessinclusionsw@protonmail.com) OR, here is a suggested invitation letter (https://url1005.email.actionnetwork.org/ss/c/CMxF4nARlf6wAFa1PSfv0pxLN8zuXd485gHNRhmg2sYun8p8VAhExSB74RyVJoC3FmrBtx34HivddVXzinnLJNw8p0YaGyuemfNAxajvdO3yzgSOmAHaV_hGjbRRnquFV5qInNu4CuTLQIXWRaNST9yDU4HBzp-udWPA_MHqHcVaAEjCSFf2NaTc9oboIWf8qfp3o3D5xv7y_5CLOcWCmrI2lDcARHjCA3TEKu1gSrPBPYdn4hki5PwTgKvyOPHsetS_y70CUCVgwMalVa-axeLJBoB7RHxUORBY9gTRdUOVkVv5GWqeYEqa__qDEPpeEEUjfR8sg5-CYXV8_IvyLlhsqSrCAato9NLiFe-f6R3SDIgg6Vjkkv6Zzab4Zgv62VYwmN7DoeUSXHHSwQpD1JGXT3aVAwOyx4t3v7GbLpueMAEQvwedetIR9NB8rhp1/3z1/ShkGNjziQnqgeNcFpssg6A/h1/cm3AYDWnx9-L0WhljA3XMgWfV8NUDgNcODmaYTcLf2E)which you can copy to send to your group.
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Rachel Bodle
Aug 27, 2023
In General Discussions
Here are a series of messages from Paula Klaentschi, Coordinator, Stop Portland Waste Incinerator, providing the latest on the situation. From 16th August: despite overwhelming community opposition, Powerfuel Portland have started the process of a Planning Appeal. This is against Dorset Council’s unanimous decision to REFUSE the Portland waste incinerator planning application. In every planning application the applicant/appellant is presenting a “planning balance”.   The appeal process allows Powerfuel to provide the evidence to back their claims that, on balance, the harms of the proposal are outweighed by the benefits.  Powerfuel argue that 30 jobs, a new footpath round the island, shore power to cruise ships and potential district heating to the prison, makes this all worthwhile. Dorset Council concentrate the public purse to seek that the 3 Planning Refusal Reasons are upheld presenting relevant information on waste management, impact on views and landscape and the protection of our historic buildings and structures. But nothing about all the other reasons that were set out in the planning process. Our campaign will seek to take a leading role in the inquiry requesting ‘rule 6 status’ which enables us to submit detailed reports, call our own witnesses, cross examine and be present on the site visit. The Planning Inspector will be interested in our local knowledge. If we do not do this all your and our previous hard work is likely to be skirted over and downplayed, lost in the enormous pile of documents.   We all must wait for the Planning Inspectorate to validate the application. This allocates an Inspector, completes validation checks, and publishes the Appeal Registration Case Number. . until then dates are unknowable but certainly onerous for our campaign to be ready.   It is only after this that Dorset Council will send to each of the 3,341 individuals, who originally objected, a direct notification explaining how to respond. New people moving into the area are encouraged to respond direct to the Planning Inspectorate. All submissions should follow this guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-appeals-dealt-with-by-an-inquiry-taking-part/guide-to-taking-part-in-planning-and-listed-building-consent-appeals-proceeding-by-an-inquiry(https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-appeals-dealt-with-by-an-inquiry-taking-part/guide-to-taking-part-in-planning-and-listed-building-consent-appeals-proceeding-by-an-inquiry)   The 24-26 maximum week Appeal relentless process is not undertaken lightly and certainly it is very onerous for a Campaign group of volunteers. We urgently need to engage early legal planning advice to prepare the case, followed by representation, air quality consultants, ecology experts and other expertise as expert witnesses at the Public Inquiry. We cannot get this done without your help. Our goal is £60,000, we will exercise extreme thrift. 5,000 printed copies of the Stop Portland Waste Incinerator Campaign leaflet are being delivered door to door. Here is the crowdfunder link https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/spwii(https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/spwii) From 24th August: today we can share the brilliant news that our crowdfunding has passed the 50% mark of the target.  We are so grateful to have been given a truly substantial sum from a local resident who would like you to know: "As a Portland resident, I live and work in a community that would bear the brunt of this incinerator for the next 30 years. Having looked at the arguments, I can't see a single benefit to building this facility - it's going to tarnish the air we breathe, pollute the marine environment, degrade our incredible wildlife, impact the tourism industry that's key to Portland and Weymouth, and reduce the quality of life for local people. Given that we already have more than enough incineration capacity in the South West, it's not even needed. I’ve ‘dug deep’ to give this money because, as far as I'm concerned, this is a fight to save the Portland we know and love. And hopefully, this will inspire others who are able to give too?” The funds raised so far will enable us to instruct a team of experts and legal advisors, for the initial stages of our challenge to Powerfuel's Appeal. We are also applying for a further small grant from the CPRE, who have already donated £2,000 expended during the planning application consultation.   We seek the remaining donations to enable us to fund the experts we need to support our presentations at the public inquiry, as well as be there for the day as expert witnesses to speak on our behalf. When it comes to the Public Inquiry itself, we hope to be represented by an advocate to argue on behalf of us all, including cross-examining Powerfuel’s legal team.  The more we raise, the better prepared and equipped we will be to persuade the Planning Inspector to decline Powerfuel’s appeal. There is a second print run of leaflets currently being distributed by a marvellous group of people. Press releases will be going to local TV and press and social media in the very near future. All help most gratefully received, sharing the news and putting the logo in your car windows will be a great help too. We received this video share request on August 26th. Please help us broadcast https://youtu.be/npukIAnWSPE?si=eSqbMFoF9cewJVeo(https://youtu.be/npukIAnWSPE?si=eSqbMFoF9cewJVeo) If you also are an administrator on a Facebook page or Group, would you please when you post please include @everyone in the Text of the message to include all members.
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Rachel Bodle
Jul 28, 2023
In General Discussions
Sandra Reeve was the event organiser for an online meeting 'Food Resilience in Dorset' hosted by the Dorset Climate Action Network on 10th July 2023. Dr Rebecca Sandover of University of Exeter and Peter Samson of the Landworkers Alliance were stimulating speakers and following this well-attended meeting Sandra has arranged a follow up. For those who want to 'catch up', the speakers slides are here: And here is a link to a video of the Zoom meeting:   https://youtu.be/VKPEpSCPpQY   Sandra writes: As we heard that evening, to become a member of Sustainable Food Places could well be a significant step for Dorset as a county. In their networking role, Dorset CAN have decided to follow this up with a little bit more research, to see if there is sufficient interest and support countywide to make sense of Dorset applying to become a member in March 2024.    If you are interested in being involved at any level or finding out more about it, please come along to our next Zoom  meeting hosted by DorsetCAN: Sustainable Food Places : who are they and should Dorset become a member?– on Wednesday August 30th, 5.00-6.45 pm .    Alex Ward from Sustainable Food Places will be there to answer any questions we may have. Do let other food contacts know about it, so that we can have a wide representation of interests.     Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84617422938?pwd=TmdlSGxNUTdLT09OSjVuZWZKQ1dxUT09
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Rachel Bodle
Jul 07, 2023
In General Discussions
This message from the Dorset Climate Action Network was sent by Vicki Elcoate The oil company Egdon Resources wants another ten years planning permission to keep its oil site at Waddock Cross. Its planning permission has run out but it submitted the application just before it did (which is allowed apparently). It really wants to get permission for a much bigger operation which it says will be one of the biggest onshore oil producing sites. It can't afford to lose its current position (the site is currently dormant) while it prepares that application. More fossil fuel extraction is climate madness. Please object and ask for the application to be decided by councillors, not delegated to officers. Background here: https://drillordrop.com/2023/05/31/egdon-resources-seeks-10-more-years-at-waddock-cross-oil-site/ Application for comments is here on the Dorset Council planning portal https://planning.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=396745
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Rachel Bodle
Jul 04, 2023
In General Discussions
It's now some time since any of us have got together to review how the Planet Shaftesbury network is working and I'd be interested in doing it again! I'm thinking of an in-person meeting but if an online meeting was preferred then that could be an option. The agenda could cover whatever issues those who want to participate bring and might include topics or format for meetings, recent or proposed events, the website, newsletter, use of social media, local influence, etc. This could be a good place for people who've become involved since the pandemic to find out more about what happens 'behind the scenes'. Or it could be an opportunity to become more involved in ways that match your interests. If you'd like to join in please indicate your availability using the Doodle poll here. If none of the offered times are suitable please leave a comment below suggesting better days/times. (If necessary we'll rearrange for later in the year.) Also, feel free to suggest topics for the meeting even if you're unable to participate.
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Rachel Bodle
May 16, 2023
In General Discussions
We've received this impressive schedule of events coordinated through Tisbury Parish Council. It doesn't easily fit into the format needed for our 'Events' listings so I'm posting it here!
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Rachel Bodle
May 08, 2023
In General Discussions
Today we received this update from the Dorset Deserves Better Campaign. It arrived just one day before the deadine for participating in the consultation. No subgroup of Planet Shaftesbury has met to submit a collective response alongside outr participation in the Camaign. I'll be referring to DDB's conclusions and making some supplementary comments of my own. Here is the letter and links. Enclosed is Dorset Deserves Better's response to Dorset Council's Consultation on Planning for Climate Change. Our consultation has taken into account our views (DDB leadership) and the views of Dorset Climate Action Network (DCAN). In addition, we have also borrowed some information in the excellent responses from Planet Wimborne and CPRE. My apologies that we have not been able to share this response with you earlier. Unfortunately the consultation has taken some time to review and the response now needs to be submitted by 8th June. However, if you have any comments, we would be delighted to hear them. In summary: • We compliment Dorset Council on the work they have done and that they are making a clear statement that Climate Change will be considered to have material impact in planning decisions • We also compliment DC on the introduction of a sustainability checklist which helps people to think more clearly about the sustainability of their developments and to ensure they are compliant with regulations. • The checklist (and the documents issued) will ensure that there is consistency between the interpretation of the current local plans - which is one of DC's key objectives. • However, the checklist is advisory only when it should be mandatory • There are no additional standards or targets set - which is a huge lost opportunity • The scope of the checklist is unambitious and does not include transport, infrastructure or ecology issues.  • So, despite the fine words, it does not feel that Climate Change and sustainable issues will in fact carry any more weight in planning decisions than they currently do. For more detail, background research and recommendations for changes to the checklist and the Position Statements, please see the enclosed document. All the very best, Giles Watts and Mike Allen for DDB Here is the previous letter received from the Dorset Deserves Better Campaign. Many of you will be aware that Dorset Council have started a consultation process about "Planning for Climate Change" which follows on from their announcement in February of an updated "Natural Environment, Climate and Ecology Strategy(NECES)" to replace the earlier "Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy (CEES)". The consultation exercise runs until 8th June. There are three documents in the consultation process: Planning for Climate Change. Interim guidance and position statement. Sustainability Statement and Checklist for planning application Listed Buildings - What you can do for Climate Change These documents are intended to bridge the gap between the existing regional local plans (which are all out of date) and the new Dorset Council Local Plan which is not proposed to be adopted until 2026. Making sure that Climate Change considerations underpin the planning process is one of the key actions that the Dorset Deserves Better alliance has been asking for. At first first glance, these documents look like a serious attempt to make sure this happens and so they should be welcomed. However the devil lies in the detail and unless these new proposals drive real changes to the planning process, nothing material will have been achieved. Mike Allen and I have started assessing the documents from the point of view of the Dorset Deserves Better campaign and we will send you a copy of our draft assessment in the next few weeks. Following any feedback, we then intend to respond to the council's consultation on behalf of the "Dorset Deserves Better" alliance. Of course, you and your organisation may also wish to make a separate response to the council. As preparation for our assessment, please let Mike and I know if you have read the documents yourself and have any particular comments you would like to make. If we can, we will make sure these are incorporated into our draft response. Please forward this email to anyone in your organisation who you think would be interested. Here is a link to Dorset Council's consultation process:https://consultation.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/spatial-planning/dorset-council-planning-for-climate-change/ and here is a link to the draft Natural Environment, Climate and Ecology Strategy (NECES): https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/-/natural-environment-climate-and-ecology-strategy-2023-to-2025-refresh-draft- I have enclosed copies of the documents at the end of this email. Any comments or opinions welcome. All the best, Giles Watts
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Rachel Bodle
Mar 21, 2023
In General Discussions
I'm sharing this message (without attachments) from the Stop Portland Waste Incinerator campaign. The application will be now be considered by Dorset Council's Strategic and Technical Planning Committee on Friday 24 March 2023 starting at 9am. The meeting will be held at: Council Chamber, County Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ. Dear Supporters very good news indeed. Please show your support for Dorset Council planners and comment on this Dorset Echo news item https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/23394843.planning-committee-decide-portland-incinerator-proposal/ The EA have been keeping us informed email 15 March 2023 13:13: “In respect of your specific question on the Proposal Summary – Final 2023.pdf, I have been informed that, as requested by the local authority, our air quality team (AQMAU) explained their interpretation of the applicant’s assessment and shared their initial report which confirmed that we consider the applicant’s air quality assessment to be suitable for use in determining the permit. I must stress, that this is not the same as saying that we will agree to their assessment, only that it is fit for us to use for determination. How the Planning Authority incorporate this information into their decision-making process is not within our control. In accordance with our guidance, once a decision is made, we will either refuse the application, or issue a “minded-to” document which will initiate a further round of public consultation. Interested parties will be informed via a briefing note. I hope this adequately answers your questions. Kind regards Wessex Engagement Team” The EA “no objection” to the planning application is with the caveat “subject to conditions and informatives”. So please remain confident our team is well prepared. Kind regards Paula Klaentschi Coordinator on behalf of: www.stopportlandwasteincinerator.co.uk https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stopportlandwasteincinerator https://www.facebook.com/stopportlandwasteincinerator we are objecting to this planning application https://planning.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=386721 and EA Permit application no: EPR/AP3304SZ/A001
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Rachel Bodle
Dec 15, 2022
In General Discussions
Yes, that was deliberately ambiguous. I’m sharing some aspects of a course I experienced in November with the Planet Shaftesbury network because it could be of wider interest. And I wouldn’t have wanted to participate in the course in the first place if it wasn’t relevant to the ways in which Planet Shaftesbury matters to me. My motivation first: an occasional course or conference, where you encounter new ideas and like-minded people, can provide a boost. It’s been some years since I found such an opportunity - until last month’s short course at Schumacher College. The role I play in the Planet Shaftesbury network was a factor in choosing this particular course, I’d really enjoy hearing from anyone who wants to explore Planet Shaftesbury’s needs after reading this! The course: ‘Creative Facilitation for Our Time’ was described as vividly explaining the predicament that we and the earth are in. It offered some practical means to collectively meet the challenge of volatile, complex issues. It encouraged exploration and practice of a wide range of catalyst and facilitation skills; and offered an opportunity to put them into practice in real-life tailored scenarios that would meet participants’ interests and needs. That was the sales pitch. If your response was something like “WTF?” you might find it helpful to know that: Dartington Trust, which includes Schumacher College, is a charity delivering learning programmes in the arts, ecology, and social justice; co-founder Satish Kumar speaks of “learning for the 21st century as opposed to the industrial age” and “learning from nature, about nature, in nature”. https://www.dartington.org/ (Group) Facilitation is the art of making it easier for a group to achieve its purpose. In a group of like-minded people facing an uncomplicated task, the facilitator may simply make sure each participant gets equivalent ‘airtime’. With a diverse group navigating its way through dynamic, ambiguous, interconnected, complex problems (for which the technical term is a ‘mess’) the facilitator requires a wider skillset. The processes and tools they use will vary according to the context, but they will always want to be non-judgemental, resourceful, flexible, creative and responsive to whatever emerges. See the basics here https://ica-uk.org.uk/ Group facilitation has been a significant part of what I’ve done since a career change in my early 40s. I found the role suited me, perhaps I learned something useful during many years of being an introvert who watched from the edge of groups I’ve been part of? Along the way, I benefitted from diverse trainings, by supporting and collaborating with other facilitators, and from enjoyable and rewarding work with different sizes of group in diverse settings. In the early years I’d have a contract with a client, well-defined groups to work with, and a clear purpose and timeframe for my involvement. In working with Planet Shaftesbury, the context is more open-ended than that. I wanted the course to provide a vantage point from which to take stock of what I’ve been doing in Shaftesbury. There was some ambivalence: I wanted to become more effective whilst also making my involvement less time-consuming. I wanted to connect with other facilitators. And I hoped it would be fun: I felt in need of a boost. The course ran from late afternoon on Monday 21st through to Friday 25th lunchtime and I was one of about 25 participants. The whole was very much greater than the sum of the parts and the experience exceeded my expectations. I’m not going to describe the week in detail but here are indications of aspects that will be of wider interest: The course was designed and led by Jenny MacKewn who I first encountered on a Transition Training perhaps 12 years ago. I remember that she introduced me to the idea of a connection between our loss of community and our addiction to consumption. The depth and breadth of her long experience was apparent in the way she had interwoven diverse elements, presenters and facilitators with very different styles together in this course. There were many valuable reminders and some new learnings here for me. Her next offering for Schumacher has a business focus: https://www.dartington.org/event/regenerating-business-as-a-force-for-good/ Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Network, joined us on Monday evening when he talked passionately about the need for positive stories about the future, the role of imagination, and the importance of encouraging the emergence of ideas. Rob’s TEDx Talk ‘What If?’, showed by Planet Shaftesbury at the start of the ‘Shaftesbury 2030 – choosing our future’ event last May, is still on YouTube and covers similar ground. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJVb5v4MnZ4 Reviewing selected elements of the course, I want to highlight Jenny’s inclusion of Joanna Macy’s work addressing our separation from nature and feelings of powerlessness. The ‘Work that Reconnects’ is a 4 stage journey leading from gratitude, to honouring our pain for the world, to seeing with new eyes, and to going forth … into the actions that call us. There are many different ways to guide people through the work which can be grounding, impactful, and empowering – as I experienced it with Jenny last month. More than one person in Shaftesbury has previously suggested that some of us might like to explore this work (sometimes referred to as ‘Active Hope’) together. Perhaps the time has come? Find out more through https://workthatreconnects.org/ Michaёl Doré was with us all week, supporting Jenny. He brought a different energy to the space - including, sometimes, music to accompany periods of reflection and songs to mark changes in focus and energy. He also provided a mini-introduction to the “Climate Fresk”. This is an innovative workshop that introduces lay people to the science of climate change. Multiple charts and graphs, based on IPCC reports, are summarised on cards along with a concise description and topical photograph. During the 3hr workshop, participants create a diagram to illustrate the relationships between human activity and its global consequences – building their individual understanding and motivation for behaviour change at the same time. The text has been translated from the original French into 45 languages and the number of people who’ve participated in a workshop is growing exponentially. Those on my course have set a date for doing an online version of the full workshop together. I wonder if we could bring it to the wider community in Shaftesbury? https://climatefresk.org/ Steve Chapman joined us on Wednesday evening and worked with us through to the end of the course. On his website he describes himself as ‘playful with not knowing’ and says he works with people ‘interested in finding creative and counter-intuitive ways to help free themselves from ever-tightening loops of common-sense where creativity, novelty and change are rather difficult’. Hearing about some of his whacky projects and then working (more like playing) with Steve was fun and, from my perspective, an integral part of what made the course successful in giving me the boost I wanted. Most of what I learnt from him defies description but has made a difference to how I feel - and that may be noticeable over coming months. Hearing of his 2021 ‘Lost Cat’ project got me wondering what wonky ideas may spread awareness of Planet Shaftesbury better than our more earnest approaches. Steve, (aka @stevexoh) has a website https://www.canscorpionssmoke.com/ We met Stephan Harding outdoors on the final morning of the course. A co-founder of the college and co-creator of the Deep Time Walk, he now coordinates Schumacher’s M.Sc in Holistic Science. Stephan talked movingly about science and Gaia, accompanying himself on guitar in what was part presentation and part guided meditation. A privilege to be in his company. https://www.deeptimewalk.org/ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/835914.Animate_Earth Being part of a course hosted on the Dartington Estate whilst participating in the community at Schumacher College enriched the learning experience. (Optional) morning meetings. Communal meals using local produce. Occasional work sessions in kitchen or dining room. The week was cold and wet at times, but some of our leisure time and several sessions were amongst the redwoods. Spaces and places to find solitude, to meet a tree, to tell our stories, to sit around a fire, to share in a ritual and to sing. There’s learning there for how we occupy Shaftesbury! Here we all are. A diverse bunch whose different paths crossed at this course. It wouldn’t have been the same without any one of them and I’m grateful that we’re keeping in touch! I’ve already said it. I’d love to hear from anyone who wants to chat about the relevance of any of this to Planet Shaftesbury. Through this Forum or by email: rachel.bodle@gmail.com
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Rachel Bodle
Dec 03, 2022
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The latest email received from the campaign to stop planning approval for this incinerator is reproduced with links to the attachments here: Dear Supporters A few weeks ago planning advised that it was very likely that the Strategic and Technical Planning Committee would be deciding this application on the 22nd December. Various bodies have objected to this date. However, yesterday this fixture became more concrete and you should all soon receive a personal notification from Dorset Council Democratic Services, possibly on Tuesday. Rest assured that we have 7 excellent speeches prepared to cover the various interrelated aspects which are all dovetailed in with the 7 Portland Association representations. There will also be slots for independent speakers arranged direct with Democratic Services. We have asked Richard Drax MP if he would make time in his very busy schedule to also contribute. In order that there is limited repetition of the issues we are all asked to be careful not to exhaust the Committee by endless repeats. If you are wondering if we have overlooked and want to be sure that a particular issue is covered I should be happy to respond to any email questions of this nature. These 14 speeches will be refined once the planning case officers report and recommendation is published a week before the 22nd. The Committee will be held starting at 9am in the main Council Chamber and there will be a limit to 60 public attending, on a first come first served basis. The site visit by the Committee has already taken place. You will be heartened to know that there is a new and very detailed Objection from Dorset Council Landscape Architect 21.11.22 stating “I object to these development proposals due to their resulting significant landscape and visual impacts.” Which completely sets aside the Tetra Tech submission on the same issue written a year ago. due to recent changes in who is the Secretary of State for the Party to the UNESCO Convention we sought action from the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP who replied promptly and this letter has been included in the planning file. His reply states “there has been no change to the status of the application, the Jurassic Coast Trust’s view that the proposals would negatively impact the World Heritage Site as a result of this proposed development within its setting is still shared by Historic England and DCMS. Many thanks once again for your interest and passion in protecting our nation’s heritage”. We have thanked Richard Drax for reinforcing our requests to these Parties. donations are still coming in and we whole heartedly thank those wonderful people, THANK YOU. And then there is the reality that Powerfuel Portland are still working to achieve their goal. There has been new information presented to the Environment Agency in respect of Fire Prevention provisions under Schedule 5 process and public Briefing 10 dated 25.11.22. This we have yet to unpack and respond. We have asked the EA to hold their review till we have completed this task. The EA response is that “There is not a formal consultation for this update and therefore no cut-off date. If you do have any comments or queries you can direct them to our permitting team via email: PSCpublicresponse@environment-agency.gov.uk.” “There would be a further formal period of consultation if we arrived at a ‘minded to issue’ draft decision for the application.” We will be sending in our observations and if anyone else does too that will add to the EA task with time to digest . . . . .and more EA fees for the applicant to pay – we hope. So on we go. Such a busy time all we want for Christmas is . . . . . yes a refusal - so clearly written that an Appeal is seriously a no-hoper. Seasons greetings and all the very best Paula Klaentschi Coordinator on behalf of: www.stopportlandwasteincinerator.co.uk https://justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stopportlandwasteincinerator https://www.facebook.com/stopportlandwasteincinerator we are objecting to this planning application https://planning.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/plandisp.aspx?recno=386721 and EA Permit application no: EPR/AP3304SZ/A001
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Rachel Bodle
Nov 29, 2022
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Following recent exchanges with Dorset Council, the campaign for an improved Local Plan will be reviewing a revised plan of action, probably in January. Anyone who wants to get involved is invited to do so. The information here provides useful background. Extracts from email received 18th November from Giles Watt (wattsgft@gmail.com) who is currently coordinating the Dorset Deserves Better Alliance (of which Planet Shaftesbury is part). On 3rd November, 7 members of the Dorset Deserves Better Alliance (including Rachel Bodle of Planet Shaftesbury) met up with Cllr David Walsh at County Hall to discuss the Local Plan. I enclose an open letter to Spencer Flower which was sent today in response to that visit. I also enclose a copy of the questions and answers that were submitted to Dorset Council before the meeting. Please circulate these as you see fit. I will be sending a copy to all Dorset Councillors and all Town and Parish clerks. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. We intend to follow up this open letter with a brief Press Release next week. After this, it is our intention to write a new briefing paper with a revised plan of action for the Dorset Deserves Better Campaign. We will circulate this to all Alliance members and then call a meeting of the Alliance - probably in January now. Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions on this outline plan. Attachments: Copy of questions, & answers, related to the meeting with Cllr David Walsh Open letter to Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of Dorset Council Reply received from Cllr Spencer Flower on 21st November Good morning Thank you for your open letter to me dated Friday 18 November 2022 the details of which are noted. I was aware that David has met with those who have put their name to the email below. He informed me that it had been a good meeting, which lasted for about 2 hours. David is adamant that all the concerns and questions set out in the attachments to your email have been answered, so I am not quite sure of the reasoning behind you again writing to me seeking answers to questions which you have already asked, for which comprehensive responses have been given. Officers have now commenced work on a comprehensive review of the draft Dorset Local Plan, which is scheduled to be put to members at Full Council in the third quarter of 2024, ahead of submission to the Secretary of State for an Examination in Public. This is in line with the revised Local Development Scheme, published and approved by Cabinet on the 4 October 2022. This decision was supported by a really comprehensive report to Cabinet, setting out the reasons for the extension of timescale and key milestones. There is nothing further to add other than to again acknowledge the constructive meeting which was held with yourselves and Cllr David Walsh earlier this month. The revised LDS timescales are extremely tight, but I had stressed the importance of getting the first Dorset Local Plan approved as soon as possible but most importantly, having considered the views of the 9,000 people who responded to the consultation back in 2021 and other more recent factors as set out in the report to the Cabinet on the 4 October. Thank you for your continued interest in the Dorset Local Plan, however there is little or nothing further to add at this time. As previously advised Cllr David Walsh is now the single point of contact on all matters relating to the Dorset Local Plan. Kind regards Councillor Spencer Flower Leader of Dorset Council
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Nov 18, 2022
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Michael Dower died on 7th November. He was a co-founder of the Dorset Climate Action Network and over the past couple of years several of us encountered him in action on Zoom calls, some of us worked more closely with him on D-CAN projects and some of us met him in person at D-CAN events. I recently found out that Angela King and Sue Clifford knew him from way back when they were establishing Common Ground and he was the very supportive Chairman of the Countryside Commission. Following his death, Planet Shaftesbury was invited to contribute to a photobook tribute being compiled by his close associates in D-CAN for his wife Nan and their family. I replied with the following message: "Only a few individuals in the Planet Shaftesbury network had the opportunity to work with Michael Dower directly, more of us 'met' him in online meetings. Individuals' comments include 'inspiring' and 'a lovely man'. But there's much more than that. The greatest impact upon our work in Shaftesbury has come from the wider connections which Michael's co-founding of the Dorset Climate Action Network has made possible. Participating in D-CAN led us to invite representatives of other Dorset groups to contribute to Shaftesbury events as well as enabling some of us to collaborate with like-minded others from the wider Dorset community. We've been inspired and we've felt supported. It makes a difference. I'm sending two images, one of the programme for an extraordinary event we hosted in Shaftesbury which couldn't have happened without the contributions of several other D-CAN groups, and one photo taken at that event and showing the session addressed by Mark Chivers of Zero Carbon Dorset. I'm pleased to offer this as our tribute to the difference that Michael made."
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Rachel Bodle
Oct 18, 2022
In General Discussions
Steve Tonkin, adviser to the International Dark Skies Reserve at Cranborne Chase AONB, provided an engaging and informative talk at Shaftesbury Town Hall on 6th October. He has subsequently provided these two documents likely to be helpful for anyone wanting to check or improve their light fittings.
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Rachel Bodle
Aug 30, 2022
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Here is the latest flier showing proposed routes - including through North Dorset. Includes how to support the project. And here is a press release received on 16th September. Volunteers sought for ‘important’ project to save Dorset’s hedgerows An ambitious plan to create a continuous line of hedgerows across Dorset to correct the damage to nature of recent years is looking for local volunteers to make it happen. To be launched next week (17-24 Sep), the ‘Great Big Dorset Hedge’ project aims to cover the county in hedgerows from east to west and north to south in an attempt to recreate the ancient network that existed until the last century. The project, being promoted by Dorset Climate Action Network’s team looking to improve land use in Dorset, is aiming to set up a network of volunteers to walk the footpaths and trailways of Dorset to survey the hedges and provide data that will be fed into a comprehensive map of the whole county. The map will then be used to identify what exists, where hedges need help, and places where they need to be added to. Joint project coordinator Ian Duckworth said: “We have a team of talented people that have already set up a system to assess and map the condition of hedgerows across the county and input data into the map. We’re now looking for volunteers to walk the trails and survey the hedges. Volunteers would be provided with training, maps and survey sheets for the areas they plan to walk.” “In many areas of Dorset, hedgerows are well managed and are examples of what a hedgerow can be in terms of providing an extensive habitat for wildlife, reducing soil erosion, holding back flood water, providing shelter for livestock and crops and increasing carbon capture. But in some areas, hedgerows have been removed, lost from lack of maintenance, or have become overgrown and no longer form a hedge. It is these areas, where hedgerows are less of a feature, that the project aims to tackle to restore the landscape and enhance the existing connections enabling many kinds of wildlife to move within and across the county, greatly benefitting biodiversity.” The survey of existing hedgerows and areas where hedgerows would ideally be sited is only the first stage of the project. “Other trails which cross this will enable as many people as possible to contribute to their own areas,” said Julie Leah, joint project coordinator. “Each volunteer will be asked to walk lengths of the trail and document what is there and its condition. This can then be added to the map.” “In due course discussions with landowners will lead to hedges being planted, gaps filled or hedges re-laid, as the surveys recommend and funding and volunteer planting groups are available. Our vision is to have a fully mapped system which can tell us where hedges need support.” “It’s hoped the project may lead to increased employment for hedge-layers and experts in the field of hedgerow maintenance. As a separate part of the project, everyone is welcome to add any newly-planted or improved hedgerow to the growing GBDH map.” “The Great Big Dorset Hedge is an important long-term project” said DorsetCAN organiser Jenny Morisetti, “which will help to realise Dorset CAN’s vision of a more biodiverse, sustainable, and carbon-rich landscape as well as being a wonderful opportunity for individuals to learn about our local hedgerows and enjoy being involved in helping to improve the countryside.” “Starting the project this year along the 160km (100 miles) of the Jubilee Trail is also an appropriate way of recognising the important contribution to tree planting made by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll and in particular The Queen’s Green Canopy”. The project also links in with other hedgerow projects such as the Council for the Preservation of Rural England’s ‘Hedgerow Heroes’ and The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species ‘Healthy Hedgerows’ campaigns. To find out more about how to assess hedgerows, the mapping system and more information on what makes a healthy hedge go to our website www.DorsetCAN.org/hedge. Or to join the project or contact us go to greatbigdorsethedge@gmail.com.
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Rachel Bodle
Jul 24, 2022
In General Discussions
This message has come from Shaftesbury Refugee Group Dear Friends We have approached a partner charity, DonateIT to help supply the tech needs of displaced families that have come to our area. Our partner can recycle your old tech and prepare them for use by displaced people who left their homes with little, and who are setting up again. If you have some old tech we can make use of it. If you are concerned about your data, our partner is fully able to securely handle the cleaning and resetting of your tech before it is used again. The charity is a part of Blackmore Ricotech and the Director is known to us. If you do have something to donate then all you need do is the following: For an Apple device remove it from from any iCloud account and FindMyDevice For Android phones and tablets have passwords/patterns removed (or even better do a factory reset) Drop your device off at the locations here We do hope you can help and appreciate your support. Kind regards Stuart Stuart Twiss Trustee Shaftesbury Refugee Group +44 7340934921 https://www.shaftesburyrefugeegroup.org Shaftesbury Refugee Group is a network of local people offering help to refugees and the communities that support them.
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Rachel Bodle
Jul 21, 2022
In General Discussions
I'm sharing a tip offered by Chris Goodall who was very well received when he spoke in Shaftesbury pre-pandemic and was amongst the speakers on a Zoom meeting that discussed energy security in Dorset last week. Chris has encountered a company called The Heating Hub (www.theheatinghub.co.uk) They offer heating advice only, no association with any product manufacturers or energy company. And their tip for cutting gas bills by 6-8% is free and of use to anyone with a condensing combi boiler. See more in this video https://youtu.be/T022zY9I__0 or the pdf below.
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