What is Money?

Money is so important for our everyday life, but how much do you really know about it? Come to Friends Meeting House on Tuesday 30th June when Matthew Slater will explore what money is and isn't and the alternative exchange systems, like CamLETS.
Alden Wright Room, Friends Meeting House, 19:30, 30/06/2015.

Seek the Change, 7th July

Fresh from 6 months travelling across Mongolia and China all the way down to New Zealand, Emily Dunning will talk about her experiences visiting different sustainability initiatives along the way. Emily will also talk about the joys and challenges of travelling so far through overland transport.
Friends Meeting House from 7.30, 7th July.

Wild Weekend in Nightingale Park

Discover bats, beasts and botany of Nightingale Park on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th July.

  • At 8pm on the Friday we set off for a twilight bat safari, moth watching and insect trap-setting.
  • Then come back on Saturday from 9am to see what we've trapped and maybe even glimpse an orchid!

This Invite is from Friends of Nightingale Park, Biodiversity officer of Open Spaces Team, local Wildlife Trust and Transition Cambridge Nature Group.

July 26th: Transition Turns Seven

Midsummer Common Community Orchard, Sunday 26/07/2015 Celebrate Transition Cambridge's seventh birthday with us! Bring kids, food, drink and clothes for all occasions (who know's what the weather will be like?!)

Special thanks to the Friends of Midsummer Common for creating this space and allowing us to have our picnic there!

Volunteer vacancies

We have a couple of new opportunities over here on our volunteering page. If you want to get involved, have a volunteer opportunity you want to advertise or have heard about and want to share with the community, simply e-mail us

Make a donation!

As many of you know, we run on a shoe-string budget, and we generally find that we can do a lot with very little money at all. However, there are some basic costs we have to meet each year, and we'd be very grateful for your donations. We have set up a local giving account as an easy way to donate, or you can donate via bank transfer or cheque (details here). Donating via Local Giving means that your donation can also have Gift Aid applied. Thank you!

Pollinating Change, 22nd July

We hope you will bee there for a screening of "Pollinating Change" and meet Eve as part of the UK-wide Buzz Tour they are undertaking. Friends Meeting House at 7.30pm. Find out more here.

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Upcoming events

Tuesday 30th June: Pickling talk and Tasting

Ross Street Community Centre, Cambridge 18:45-20:15 add to google calendar
The Food Group's last meeting of June will be a talk on the craft of home pickling, followed by a tasting of some seasonal pickles with recipes. Pickling takes advantage of seasonal gluts, so we can enjoy our favourite veggies for longer! We will look at some common pickling techniques and cover topics such as wet and dry brining and when to blanche. All welcome, a suggested donation of 3 to 5 will help to cover ingredients and room hire. To book your place, please email Jacky

Tuesday 30th June: What is Money? Discussion about Money and Local Exchange

Alden Wright Room, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA 19:30
An informal discussion and game to explore what money is (and isn't), local forms of exchange, time banks, skill shares and gifting. Our guest, Matthew Slater, is a community currency engineer, and has helped to engineer many local exchange platforms and time banks. This is local trade and sharing with a view to building stronger and more resilient communities and support networks. Also in discussion will be representation from our local exchange scheme, CamLETS, a Local Exchange scheme successfully running since 1993. Donations welcome to help fund our speaker's travel costs. No need to book, just come along!

Friday 3rd July: Wild weekend at Nightingale Park - Friday evening bat safari and insect trap setting

Nightingale Park, Nightingale Avenue (near Addenbrooke's) 20:00-21:30 add to google calendar
Let's go batty, mothing and mini-beast trapping. Learn how to set overnight insect traps, go moth watching and join a twilight bat safari with bat detectors. Bring a torch if you wish to stay late! If you wish, return the next day to view the traps and join an informal Wildlife wandering around the park, with optional bring and share mid-morning snacks in the meadow. This Invite comes from Friends of Nightingale Park, Biodiversity officer from Open Spaces, local wildlife trust and Transition Cambridge Nature Group. Both events are free, all ages and abilities welcome, no need to book, meet by the car park. More...
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