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2020 Events and Meetings

Tour of George and Dougal Hosford's farm in Durweston on the 11th June 2019 Tour of George and Dougal Hosford's farm in Durweston on the 11th June 2019 Rupert Hardy

22nd November 2020

Thank you to all members who joined us on Saturday 21st November for our first online AGM. 

Annual Branch AGM 21st November, at 11am, via Zoom
This year's AGM was held virtually by Zoom. We thank our members for their support. The AGM Minutes will be posted on our website as soon as possible.
AGM documents
The documents including the draft year-end accounts are available to download at the end of this webpage. 
The Dorset CPRE is run from a home office. We are currently holding Countryside Forum & Trustees Meetings using Zoom. Our local groups are also holding committee meeting using Zoom where possible. 
Please email or phone as normal if you have queries. Thank you for your support.
Conference : ‘The way forward – Better Design and Better Planning for Dorset’s Housing’ 13th March
We staged a highly successful conference to examine the question that preoccupies many residents of the county: how to achieve new housing that is better designed and better planned than is currently often the case. Please visit the Dorset CPRE YouTube channel to view the presenations. Read our press release for full details. 

Countryside Forum - Fridays

Four meeting dates 24th January, 19th June, 18th September and 4th December. No meeting date in March due to design and planning conference on 13th March.

Trustees Committee Meetings - Fridays
21st February, 15th May, 4th September & 11th December.
Summer Garden Party 2020
7th July, 12 - 3pm. This event is now postponed until 2021, new date to be confirmed next year.

Induction Day at CPRE National Office in London for new volunteers

Three times a year, March 10th, June and October.
The Sherborne and District Society
Committee Meetings: Meetings via Zoom (until we can return to Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne) 4.00 – 6.00 pm first Tuesday every other month starting in February: 4th February, 7th April, 2nd June, 4th August, 6th October and 1st December
AGM: Cancelled Friday 9th October 2020, 7.00pm in the Rayleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Wine will be served from 7:00 to 7:30 pm. Guests are welcome. Please contact Fiona Hartley, Hon. Secretary, if you plan to attend. Two talks:
Dorset’s farmed landscape – how it may change
Shaun Leavey OBE FRAgS
Sherborne and District Society CPRE – A strategy for the future
Sir Christopher Coville
Sherborne Castle Country Fair
25th May 2020 - Cancelled
Society Dinner - Cancelled
Friday 4th December. Guest speaker, Chris Loder MP. More details will be made available closer to the date.
In 2019, Guest Speaker, Margaret Clark CBE - A CPRE Trustee, and Chair of both the Plunkett Foundation and The Rural Coalition, gave a talk on rural issues. A copy of Margaret's talk is available to download. See document at end of this page.
North Dorset Group
Committee Meetings: Meetings via Zoom, 8th June, 9th November.
Milton Abbas Street Fair: Held every 2 years end of July. We hope to have a stand at the fair again in 2021.
AGM: Cancelled New Date to be advised 2nd April 2020, 5.30pm, at Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster DT11 8LL. Speaker: Jo Witherden, Planning Consultant.
Oak Fair, Stock Gaylard 2021
The 2020 event was cancelled on 24th June. We will have a stand at the 2021 fair which has a conservation and country activities bias for those who have not been before. 11,000 visitors attened in 2019 over the two days. Stock Gaylard Estate is a small traditional country estate just over 4 miles from Sturminster Newton and 8 miles from Sherborne.
Farm visit: In 2019 eighteen members of North Dorset CPRE went on a tour of George and Dougal Hosford's farm in Durweston on the 11th June. This followed on from George's successful talk at the North Dorset CPRE AGM. No planned farm visits now during 2020.
Summer Party: Cancelled on 4th August. Was due to take place on Monday, 14th September 2020 at The Old Rectory, Blandford. 

Purbeck & Poole Group
Committee Meetings: Face to Face meetings cancelled until further notice.
3rd February, 23rd March (cancelled), 8th June (cancelled).  7th September and 23rd November.
Open Evening and AGM: AGM/Open Meeting in late September / early October, The Wareham Corn Exchange (North Street, Wareham) at 7:00 pm.

West Dorset Group
AGM: Cancelled Saturday, 28th March, 10 am to 12 noon at the new Charminster Community Hall near Dorchester. Guest speaker Dr Richard Miles, The British Astronomical Association, a CPRE Member now based in North Dorset, and operates the Golden Hill Observatory, which is in a nice dark-sky region of the UK.

CPRE Green Clean

CPRE's Green Clean returned again in September 2019, thank you to all volunteers who supported the litter picks. There will be no CPRE Green Clean in September 2020 due to Covid19. 

'The Dorset Review' magazine
Deadlines for articles are 18th March (Spring edition) & 7th September (Autumn edition).

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