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2024 Events and Meetings

Thursday, 25 January 2024 16:43

2024 Events and Meetings

29th February 2024

Meeting dates for Trustees, Countryside Forum, Planning Group, District Groups and events.

Monthly Planning Group Meeting 2024

We discuss the Dorset Council and BCP Local Plans and planning related matters. The next meeting is on Thursday 28th March 2024, 10 - 11.30 am.  The meeting is open to Dorset CPRE members. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Zoom link if you would like to join the meeting.

Summer Planning Conference - 'Dorset’s Affordable Housing Crisis?'

Online, Thursday 20th June, 2-4.30pm, free event 

CPRE’s November 2023 Report on Rural Affordable housing found that the Southwest region was the worst affected by a lack of truly affordable housing, seeing the largest increases in rural homelessness and social housing waiting lists of any region since the start of the millennium.

Our invited speakers include Dr. Quintin Bradley (senior lecturer in Housing and Planning at Leeds Beckett University), Alison Ward (Director at Middlemarch –support for community led housing), Elizabeth Bundred Woodward (National CPRE Planning Policy Lead), and Brad Taylor (National CPRE Rural Policy and Campaigns Officer).

To register your interest and find out more please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Countryside Forum Meeting 2024 - Fridays

Four meeting dates:  2nd February, 19th April, 6th September and 1st November.

Trustees Meetings 2024 - Fridays
Four meeting dates: 23rd February, 7th June, 27th September & 6th December.
Farm Visit: The Orchard Chalmington for 11 am on Saturday 18th May 2024. Booking details will be confirmed at a later date.
Summer Garden Party: 12th July 2024, Garden Party in North Dorset. Details to be sent with our spring magazine in May 2024.
Annual Branch AGM 16th November 2024, 11am, at Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Guest speaker Roger Morgan-Grenville, Chair of Trustees of Curlew Action, talk on the successful campaign to introduce Natural History as a GCSE option and future plans.  Minutes of our 2023 AGM held on 18th November 2023.

2024 Induction Day with National CPRE for new volunteers

Our online induction sessions are a great opportunity to find out about CPRE's history, vision and strategy, and to learn about the support National CPRE teams can offer.

Thursday 15th February, from 10am-12pm
Wednesday 17 April, 2-4pm
Monday 10 June, 5-7pm
Wednesday 21st August, 10am-12 noon
Thursday 17th October, 2-4pm
Monday 16th December, 5-7pm
To book a place please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
National CPRE also organise training sessions for volunteers to strengthen knowledge of the planning system.
The Sherborne and District Society
2024 Committee Meetings: Generally every other month starting. Next date 18th March 2024.
Social: Date for Garden Party to be confirmed

AGM:November date to be confirmed.Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne.
North Dorset Group
Committee Meetings 2024: 6.30pm start, zoom and in-person. Lat meeting held on 12th February, next meeting date 8th July 2024

AGM: 26th March 2024 North Dorset AGM, 5.30pmat Clayesmore School. Guest speaker will be George Hosford, ex-Chairman Dorset NFU, who will give a talk about the Future of Farming in North Dorset.

Oak Fair, Stock Gaylard  August bank holiday 24th and 25th August
We have a stand at the fair which has a conservation and country activities bias for those who have not been before. Stock Gaylard Estate is a small traditional country estate just over 4 miles from Sturminster Newton and 8 miles from Sherborne.
Purbeck & Poole Group
Committee Meetings:  Next meeting Monday 13th March 2023 at CJ's in Lychett Minster, BH16 6JE.
Open Meeting 9th October 2023, 7pm CJ's in Lychett Minster, BH16 6JE. Members and Guest welcome.
West Dorset Group
Open meeting held on Wednesday 15th February 2023 at Willowbed Hall, Chickerell, to discuss concerns about the vast solar farm and battery storage proposals. Rupert Hardy, Chair of North Dorset CPRE and David Peacock, our Topic Leader on Renewables, spoke at the meeting.

Thorncombe Eco Fair
Attended the 16th February 2023 Eco Fair hosted by the Thorncombe Environment Group. We shared a stand with John Calder Dorset CAN (Climate Action Network) promoting the Great Big Dorset Hedge project, CPRE's farming hedgerow survey and related projects.

'The Dorset Review' magazine
Deadlines for articles are 28th March (Spring edition) & 25th September (Autumn edition).
Star Count 2024
With a general election expected in 2024, this year will be make or break for our countryside. For this reason, National CPRE has decided to pause Star Count for 2024. Although there will be no CPRE Star Count in 2024, CPRE will remain an active member of the dark skies community and continue to advocate for reductions in light pollution. The Star Count 2023 results were published in April 2023. 

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