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10th February 2010: Sample Fire Log Book now available in the Knowledge Base

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Halls should maintain a Fire Safety Log Book. If you want a sample one go the knowledge base.

9th February 2010: Grassroots Grants – Year 2 Opens

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The Community Foundation for Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole have announced that they are ready to receive applications for the second year of the Grassroots Grants scheme.  They have £164,000 to distribute to groups within the shire of Dorset and would like to start receiving bids as soon as possible.


9th February 2010: Electricity 'Feed In' Tariffs Update

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On Monday 1st February, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the Feed-in Tariff scheme which is to be introduced from the 1st April.

This scheme is designed to encourage a proliferation of small-scale renewables in the UK, specifically


-          Wind

2nd February 2010: Future (High Speed) Broadband Provision for Dorset

 At the meeting of the DAPTC Towns and Larger Councils Committee on 22 January 2010, the Chairman welcomed Helen Heanes, Senior Economic Development Officer and Tony May ICT Project Manager of Dorset County Council who gave presentations relating to the above.


29th January 2010: Renewable Energy Technical Officer

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In response to a recent enquiry made:


Following your email concerning possible grants to install Thorncombe Sports and Social Club I have done some research helped by other members of the Dorset Energy Group;

29th January 2010: Government Grants For Community Buildings

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The Government is to provide more than £2 million in grants for third sector organisations in England to upgrade community facilities.

Almost 100 charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises will share a fund worth £2.27 million, Third Sector Minister Angela Smith has revealed.

19th January 2010: BIG Lottery – Reaching Communities

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Development Areas

Please note that we (The Big Lottery Fund) are still keen to encourage more Awards for All applications from Bristol, Plymouth, Poole, Gloucester and Cheltenham and Reaching Communities Outline Proposal Forms from Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) and rural Dorset.

19th January 2010: BIG Lottery – Awards for All

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Please note that the Awards for All programme is still keen to encourage more applications from several areas within the South West, one of which is listed as ‘rural Dorset’.  They are currently awarding over 50% of applications from this area so now is the time to look at your projects and see if they meet one or more of the Awards for All outcomes;

18th November 2009 - Exemption from Licencing Charges to end?

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 You may pick up in the media the issues around the IPO announcement that exemptions from licensing are to be removed.


In very simple terms this means that PPL will now be able to charge for a licence – charitable halls have previously been exempt.  There has never been an  exemption from PRS (as you know) for halls only for worship and hospitals. You may recall the consultation back in the summer. See ACRE’s website.


12th November 2009 - National Village Hall Survey Results Released

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 Report celebrates the success of volunteers managing buildings, but highlights a fragile future


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