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I hope we are all able to spend time in gardens at the moment. If you haven’t got a garden, think about joining the Food Group’s Garden Share scheme or go on a foraging walk to find wild food (see Jacky’s foraging lunch during the Environment Festival)! It’s also a good time for trips, so why not visit the Swaffham Ecotech Centre with the Energy Group?
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* Wednesday 12 May: Food Group Meeting 6.30pm We're meeting this Wednesday (different week and venue) at The Corner House pub, 231 Newmarket Rd CB5 8JE on the corner of River Lane. They have live music from 9pm, so we're meeting at 6.30pm and have a great room reserved just for us. They serve food and cater for vegetarians and gluten free diets. And to help you with growing food plant seedlings to sell and/or give away on our various stalls in the coming months, we'll have some plant pots and compost for you to take away and get growing :-)
* Thursday 13th May: Transition cafe Come along for a cuppa and meet others interested in easing Cambridge through the transition to a lower carbon world! Open 7.30pm-10ish, in the Cafe Project, 22a Jesus Lane. Donations of cakes/biscuits to the Café Project are always welcome!
* Tuesday 18th May: Meal and Film "The Turning Point" Come and see this great little film about how a community in Scotland are approaching the transition to a more resilient way of life! 6pm shared meal, 7:15pm film, followed by a short discussion, in the United Reformed Church Hall, Cherry Hinton Road (on the corner with Hartington Grove). Suggested donation £4. You could also take this opportunity to visit our brand new office, which is in the building next door. And if you could help prepare the food on Monday morning (10:15am, Emmanuel URC, Trumpington Street), please let Anna know, or just come along - thanks!
* Wednesday 19th May: Transition Tales Quest Steph Bradley is walking around England for 6 months, collecting transition tales and raising awareness about the importance of walking, our green lanes, and the joy of slow travel. She will be in Cambridge on 19 May and will be introducing the new Transition Quest game and doing some storytelling at the Elm Tree pub (42 Orchard Street, CB1 1JT), 7:30-9:30. Hope to see you there! More info here.
* Wed 26th May: Food Group Newcomers' Meeting The Food Group members have decided to offer a regular meeting aimed at (but not limited to) newcomers who would like to find out more about the Food Group's many activities and projects. The first of these evenings will take the form of an introductory round up of projects by current members and is intended to be much shorter than our usual meetings. There'll be plenty of time afterwards for questions, discussion and suggestions, plus the all-important social afterwards. All welcome! From 7.30 to 9.30pm at The Geldart Pub, Ainsworth Street, Cambridge
* Sat 30th May: Energy Group visit to Swaffham Ecotech Centre The Renewable Energy group have fixed on 30th May for their visit to Swaffham Ecotech Centre. There will be a group from Transition Ipswich there on the same day so we can say hi. We will car share to get there (50 miles). The turbine tower tours cost £5 and there are 300 steps but the information centre is free. If you would like to join the group, please contact Nicola.
* Bank Holiday Monday 31st May: Walk to Wendy Wood near Wimpole Hall Following a lovely walk last year with Gareth and the well-being group, we thought we'd do another walk to see Gareth's wood, where he's planted hundreds of trees, built a shelter and even made a compost loo. All are welcome! It's about 15 miles and will take us most of the day. Please bring lunch, drinks, and suitable clothes for the weather (e.g. sunhats/sunscreen and/or waterproofs etc). We'll meet at 10am (please aim to be there by 9:45 as we'll start promptly) at the beginning of the Coton footpath at the junction between Adams Road and Wilberforce Road.
* 9-13 June: Transition Network conference – tickets now on sale! Full info available here: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/conference-2010-uk. If you would like to travel down to this with other Cambridge transitioners, let us know and we’ll try to put you in touch with each other.
* Calendar of Environment Festival events in June We’ve got an exciting programme of Environment Festival events coming up - full info about all these events can be found here - we hope you can come to some of them!
Environment Festival Events
There are lots of other events happening during the Environment Festival - see the council's web-site for the full list!
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* 15-16 May: Bat Night and Moth Day at Trumpington Orchard If you've ever wondered what a bat sounds like, or how many species of moth we have locally, this is your chance to find out. On Saturday night at 8:30pm you can join our bat experts, who will hopefully bring a live bat with them, and some amazing bat detectors. On Sunday Morning at 10am (so we don't keep the moths in the traps for too long) you can join our moth expert for an identification session and learn more about the many species of moth that fly around the Orchard at night. Last year we had a really good turn out for this - plenty of moths and plenty of people too. Hope to see you in the Orchard soon - accompanied children are very welcome at these events. Meet at the Orchard, map here.
* Mon 17th May: Breaking Barriers: equality, inclusion and climate change 7.30 - 9.30pm at Ross St Community Centre, CB1 3UZ. Workshop with Kirsty Wayland. Climate change messages are frequently of the ‘one-size fits all’ variety. How does it feel if you don’t fit the assumptions? How can we make sure we take account of everyone in the way we speak and the solutions we offer? Kirsty Wayland is passionate about climate change and is also a wheelchair user. She is Cambridge University’s Disability Equality Training Officer and a facilitator of Carbon Conversations groups. For more info phone Cambridge Carbon Footprint on 01223 971353.
* 22nd/23rd May: East Anglia Climate Action regional gathering in Cambridge More details to follow shortly! Email the organizers if you would like updates on venue, transport etc, and please forward this on to any interested groups or individuals. There’ll be space to crash, and kids will be welcome. If have a proposal for the gathering, please email them before the gathering.
* Mon 7th June: workshop: water conservation and sustainable drainage at home 7.30pm in Great Shelford Free Church Hall, 29 High Street Great Shelford, CB22 5EH . A practical workshop on water conservation and sustainable drainage at home organized by Sustainable Shelford. Simon Bunn, a Cambridge City Council Sustainable Drainage specialist will talk about the best ways of making our homes water-efficient. Rainwater harvesting, water butts, rain gardens and the law about paving over front gardens will all be covered. Opportunities for discussion and questions.
* Wed 9th June: start date for Waterchoir sessions (environmental choir) 7.30-9pm ( 4 sessions 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th June)) Waterchoir is a scratch environmental choir which will join the song fest at the Talking in Tune Community Sing and Swim event for Water Aid at Jesus Green Swimming Pool on Saturday 3 July, 6-8.30pm. Led by Rowena Whitehead at St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Rd, Cambridge CB4 1DH. Cost £30, includes £5 donation to Water Aid. A few concessions available at £20 or less in exchange for practical help; please ask! For more info/to book a place, contact Rowena, tel: 01223 573288.
Songs from different world traditions rich in harmony and rhythm. Songs of Celebration, Aspiration, Protest and Connection with an environmental/social justice theme, all taught by ear so no music reading skills are needed. All welcome who wish to join their voices with others to SING!
* Sat/Sun 2/3 July: Cambridge Bioblitz The Cambridge BioBlitz (part of the National Bioblitz) will take place from Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd July near the Cambridge Botanical Gardens. The event will be supported by the University, Cambridge Science Festival, and a host of other organisations. The National BioBlitz is all about volunteers, scientists, naturalists, wildlife enthusiasts, school groups, students and members of the public working together to find as many different species as possible within the a natural area – all whilst racing against the clock! To find out more about it or register as a volunteer look at the BioBlitz website.
Community corner Do you need a shed for your garden or allotment? If so there's a 6ftx8ft shed with stable door and one window free to collect in Fulbourn. Call Ian on 07791 688732.
There is so much happening in May and there will be even more in June, with the Environment Festival, so keep some space in your diaries! As usual, thanks to everyone who sent us information!
Have a good week!