February Breakfast

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Date(s) - 07/02/2019
7:45 am - 10:00 am

Dorford Centre


Join us at the Dorford Centre for our special February breakfast on Thursday, 7th February 2019 from 7.45am to 10.00am to promote Plastic Free Dorchester.

Damers First School is leading a campaign for Dorchester to achieve Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community Status. They have the support of Dorchester Town Council, Dorchester BID, Duchy of Cornwall, Litter Free Dorset and Sir Oliver Letwin MP.

The Damers Eco Ambassadors are asking businesses in Dorchester to give up three single use plastics or find three alternatives instead.  Children from the school will put on a special presentation to remind members of the importance of looking after our planet and how even simple office consumables can have an impact.

Damers First School made a pledge to make Dorchester and Poundbury Plastic Free.  Children visited businesses with posters, sent out questionnaires to see how businesses were reducing plastic and if they wanted to be involved in a Recup/Cup Club Scheme.

The children set up Refill Poundbury and encouraged 23 businesses to sign up, they wrote a Refill rap that went global and was used as Eco Schools Christmas message.  They have also appeared on CBBC’s Newsround.

The community of Poundbury have been busy collecting printing cartridges, biscuit wrappers, used pens and beauty containers to raise money for the school and help the environment.

Damers has Plastic Free School Status, 1 of 16 under 16s David Luke (makes School uniform from plastic bottles) Eco Ambassadors, Waxtastic No Plastic (alternative to cling film) National Young Enterprise Fiver Challenge Winners. Damers are ambassadors for Delphis Eco who are UK Number 1 Ecological Cleaning Product, their bottles are made from recycled plastic milk bottles. Damers have been using their product in school for 3 years.

There are 360 towns/cities that are working towards Plastic Free Communities Status. 31 cities/towns have achieved the status already with Lyme Regis and Wimborne being the two in Dorset so far.

How can businesses help?

Click on the link below to download your guide to becoming plastic-free and attend the event to find out more.

Plastic-Free-Communities-Toolkit-2018 (2)

Visit and Like “Let’s Make Dorchester Plastic Free” on Facebook

Southampton Solent University final year media students are making an environmental film which will include Damers First School children’s campaign in helping Dorchester achieve Plastic Free Status.   They will be filming at the breakfast and would like to interview 3 or 4 businesses to talk about

  • Why they have signed up to Plastic Free Dorchester
  • The company’s views of plastic and the problems it is causing (single use plastic)
  • How important are children in leading a campaign like this and what impact has it had on them personally, professionally and as a business
  • What have been the positives of reducing single use plastic within their business? 

Radio Solent will also be attending and ask the same sort of questions.

If you would like to be interviewed or if you prefer NOT to be filmed, please email secretary@dorchesterchamber.co.uk

Please be advised there will be no parking available at The Dorford Centre.  The nearest car park is Top o’ Town car park.  The postcode for Sat Nav is DT1 1XT – short stay parking costs £2 from 8am to 10.00am – mobile code 6412.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors:


There will be no parking on the day at The Dorford Centre.  Click here for a list of Dorchester Town Car Parks

The nearest car park is Top o Town Car Park, which is almost opposite the venue.  However, there are only 60 spaces, so may be filled up early on the day.

**If you opt to pay on the day, a £2 per person surcharge will be payable – Please bring correct change


Bookings are closed for this event.