Dorchester and South Dorset LETS is a group established in 1994 to allow people to exchange services and items without using money.
It is still going strong, and members offer a huge range of services such as babysitting, mechanics, baking, hire of items, tuition – all sorts!
The accounting system uses a currency called Marts, after Martinstown, where it was first formed.
You don’t have to be in credit to trade, as the system relies on about half of members being in debit and half in credit.
We meet every month at a member’s home around the area, and our members come from a wide area of Dorset. At our gatherings we all bring food to share, and our suppers are LEGENDARY. We chat, bring items to trade (most members fill their wardrobes thanks to beautiful clothes from LETS!)
You can join through this page or contact membership secretary Miranda Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07460 205033. You can come along to one of our meet-ups and see if you would like to join.
This page is simply for information. We have an active Yahoo group and a Facebook group for members to trade. So why not join today? Once you’ve joined, just email Miranda and you will receive a directory of all the trades offered and our latest newsletter. You can start trading straight away, and will receive a 20 Marts joining present, too.
Looking forward to meeting you!
It’s easy to join Dorchester and South Dorset LETS. You can just fill in our short questionnaire here and pay your subs via Pay Pal below , and you’re in, and ready to start trading with other LETSies.
Existing members can also use these buttons to renew their membership each year.
Standard membership is £5 per family
Reduced membership is £3 (and some Marts)
Businesses pay a little more, £8
Don’t forget to fill in our joining questionnaire.
If you’d like to know a bit more, here’s some background:
Many people express difficulty knowing what they can OFFER and what they WANT from their LETS so you can download our Worksheet and Inspiration List to help you, as it is designed to get you thinking about what you can get from your local LETS.
Membership can be for Individuals, a Family or a Business.
There is currently an annual Individual/Family membership fee of £5.00 sterling per year (or £3 concessions + 2 Marts) to cover the costs of printed material and postage, plus events venue hiring etc or £8.00 for Businesses.
All members receive a quarterly Newsletter by email (or post if preferred) and a Directory of Members and Services.
All new members start their account with 20 marts credit as a gift from LETS to get you started Membership is due for renewal every year before April 1st but new members who join on or after October 1st DO NOT have to renew again the next April but the year after (so effectively get up to 6 months FREE membership!).
If you’re interested in joining, make sure you read our Members Agreement with A Guide to Using Your LETS which helps you understand and use LETS. You accept the Members Agreement when you join. In return for joining you get the latest local LETS Directory and the latest newsletter. You can immediately start trading.
If you have any questions call Miranda Robertson on 07460 205033.
How to Renew Existing Membership
New members who joined on or after October in any year DO NOT have to renew again until April1 two years later.
To renew, simply pay via PayPal above,