Local food, writing blogs, cycling, leeks and honey

Hi everyone

This week, come along to the Transition Cafe to watch some short films on local food movements on Thursday, or next Monday you can join our skillshare on writing a blog-post with the Transition media group (check out their blog here - latest post entitled "Woohoo for wonky veg!"). Also this week you can help rescue and redistribute thousands of leeks from a farm in Lincolnshire with Feeding the 5000 on Saturday, or join the cycle ride to Reach Fair on Bank Holiday Monday with Cambridge Cycling City. And there are also various interesting talks and films, including "More than Honey" (about the amazing world of bees and their current plight) which is being shown by Fulbourn Forum on Thursday evening. 

 

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Thursday 01 May: Transition Cafe - Short film: Local Food Roots
  • Monday 05 May: Skillshare - Non-fiction writing for non-profits
  • Tuesday 06 May: Food Group meeting
  • Monday 12 May: Cambridge Skillshare meeting - planning a Repair Cafe
  • Monday 12 May: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 17 May: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Saturday 17 May: Eat Cambridge's 'The Main Event' - food and drink fair
  • Saturday 31 May: Repair Cafe
  • Tuesday 17 June: Thermal Comfort in Older Houses
  • Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

  • 28 April to 6 June: Tomorrow, Today: Learn & Practise Self-Build Cob
  • Tuesday 29 April: Seminar - 'When and how will human society collapse?'
  • Tuesday 29 April: Talk - 'Modelling the risks of climate change'
  • Thursday 01 May: Documentary film ‘More Than Honey’
  • Saturday 03 May: Gleaning Day - Leeks Galore
  • Monday 05 May: Cycle ride to Reach Fair
  • Friday 09 May: Compost giveaway
  • 10-24 May: Eat Cambridge - festival of local food and drink
  • Tuesday 27 May: Communicating Powerfully Skillshare
  • Saturday 21 June: 'A Perfect Summer's Day' Skillshare and Repair
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Thursday 01 May: Transition Cafe - Short film: Local Food Roots

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

Join us for this cafe evening, where we'll be showing 'Local Food Roots', an inspiring film about community food projects. More info here. There will be time for discussion afterwards. If there's interest we'll also screen 'More than just the veg', which shows how community food projects help to build cultural, material and personal capacity. There will also be a chance to find out about some of the food projects happening in Cambridge. All welcome, free.

Monday 05 May: Skillshare - Non-fiction writing for non-profits

19:30-21:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

The Transition Media group is organising a writing skillshare. We'll be discussing how to write a good blog post and will try our hand at writing one. This is a mutual skillshare: if you have time, please look up "how-to"s and hints on the Internet - we'll share and discuss these in the first 40 minutes. Bring a topic you might be interested in writing about or piece you've started, and a laptop if you can. The rest of the workshop we will be researching information of interest, practising writing, and discussing in pairs any pieces in progress that have been brought in. Contact Toni through the link below to say that you are coming and if you have any questions.

Tuesday 06 May: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

The Food Group's fortnightly meeting to discuss and update on current projects and future events - including plans for Eat Cambridge in May, and Arbury Carnival in June. All welcome!

Monday 12 May: Cambridge Skillshare meeting - planning a Repair Cafe

19:30-21:00, Anna's house (off Coleridge Road)

At this meeting we'll continue to plan the Repair Cafe at the end of May - you can read more about Repair Cafes here. Everyone is welcome to get involved! Contact Anna for details of her address.

Monday 12 May: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house

This will be our second meeting with a topic discussion: we will spend 30 minutes discussing LED light bulbs - How good are they now? Can they do everything we need? If you have some examples to show us that you can bring please do so. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.

Saturday 17 May: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments

Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. Novices and experienced growers all welcome - this is a mutual sharing, not a lesson:) In the 17th May session we hope to plant the first tomatoes and other tender crops, sow more seeds, hoe for weed control on the annual veg beds and check the mulch in the forest garden - is it suppressing the weeds? Plus tea & biccies with Dave's mum at half-time. Join in here. More details here.

Saturday 17 May: Eat Cambridge's 'The Main Event' - food and drink fair

10:30-16:00, Corn Exchange, CB2 3QB

For one day, the Corn Exchange plays host to this large local food and drink fair, and Cambridge Sustainable Food City will have a stall (Transition Cambridge is one of the CSFC partners). There's a £2 adult entry fee, and there will be many stalls, plus talks on food-related themes. If you'd like to help out on the stall, please contact us by email. More details here.

Saturday 31 May: Repair Cafe

14:00-17:00, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

Got something that’s broken, that you think could be repaired if only you knew how? Or do you enjoy repairing things (whether that’s fixing computers, mending china, getting radios working again or darning socks)? The Cambridge Skillshare group are holding our first Repair Café in Cambridge on 31st May. The idea is really simple – people who have stuff that needs to be fixed get together with people who can help them fix it. Now we need your help to make this wonderful event happen. Do you have something that needs repairing? Then book in your item by e-mailing us with your name, the type of item, and one sentence about what’s wrong with it (if you know) - we'll email you nearer the time to confirm if someone will be able to help fix your item. Or are you able to repair things? e.g. computers, clothes, electrical stuff, jewellery etc? (Or do you know someone who likes to repair things who might like to come along?) Let us know what you can repair and if you can make this date, and we’ll be in touch to let you know if people will bring things that you can work on. Email us here by Thursday 22 May and we'll be in touch hopefully on Friday 23rd to let you know if someone can repair your item/there'll be items for you to repair. The Repair Café movement is growing rapidly, and is all about people helping each other out, learning how to fix things which are fixable, and keeping stuff out of landfill. You can read more here http://repaircafe.org/ Cambridge Skillshare is a partnership between Transition Cambridge, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Greeniversity.

Tuesday 17 June: Thermal Comfort in Older Houses

19:30-21:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

The next energy group forum will be about energy efficiency measures for older houses. What can we do to reduce heat loss and be more comfortable in our older (pre war or earlier) homes without damaging the features that we love about them? Our panel includes Jason Dorks from Natural Building Technologies and Jim Ross from Cambridge Architectural Research - both of whom have many years of experience in this area. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

5-day courses running from 28 April to 6 June: Tomorrow, Today: Learn & Practise Self-Build Cob

19:30, Cambridge

We are seeking keen participants to spend a week learning the ancient & sustainable technique of cob building from the UK's leading experts, and be part of an amazing public art project by artists Karen Guthrie & Nina Pope, creating a 'model village of the future' - a walk-through scale model of the paths, houses & shops planned for the future North West Cambridge Development. Full info here:http://www.nwcambridgeart.com. Cost: £50 per person / £25 concessions for 5 days including all tools, tuition, splendid lunches & teas. Free camping available on site. Individuals and groups welcome to apply (max. 12), min. age 18. DEADLINE March 31st. For more information, call coordinator Kirsten on 07545 218 251 or email her here. Managed by the Contemporary Art Society with InSite Arts; commissioned by Cambridge University North West Cambridge Development; thanks to Cambridge Archaeological Unit.

Tuesday 29 April: Seminar - 'When and how will human society collapse?'

13:00-14:00, Lab 222, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge

Dr Aled Jones (Director of the Global Sustainability Institute at ARU). Research and analysis continue to support the Club of Rome's 1972 general conclusions that there will be economic and political consequences of environmental and natural resource limits to growth. More recent research has found evidence that food price increase was a precipitating factor for the social unrest seen in the Middle East and North Africa in 2008 and 2011 aka 'the Arab Spring'. The GSI's research project (GRO - Global Resource Observatory)will investigate the risk that natural resource scarcity and anthropogenic climatic change pose to humanity by exploring the possible impacts on resources vital to human wellbeing including food, water and energy. Will limits to the availability of key resources (either through availability or unaffordability) lead to violent human conflict? Free sustainable lunch provided. More details here.

Tuesday 29 April: Talk - 'Modelling the risks of climate change'

18:00-20:30, LT2 Judge Business School.

Dr Chris Hope was a Lead Author and Review Editor for the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the IPCC in 2007. He was the specialist advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs Inquiry into aspects of the economics of climate change, and an advisor on the PAGE model to the Stern review on the Economics of Climate Change. He has published extensively in books and peer-reviewed journals. He has recently completed PAGE09 , the latest version of the PAGE integrated assessment model. More info and link to Eventbrite sign-up here. A Cambridge University Energy Network event.

Thursday 01 May: Documentary film ‘More Than Honey’

19:30, Fulbourn Centre, Home End, CB21 5BS

This beautiful and compelling new film explores the amazing world of bees and their importance, worldwide, in pollination and the production of much of the food we eat - including most fruit and vegetables. Worryingly, the outlook for bees right now is quite bleak - bee colonies are being overwhelmed by a combination of pesticides, habitat loss, antibiotics, pollution, disease, inbreeding and stress. While civilization prospers, bees are dying. With narration by John Hurt, the stars of the film are definitely the bees, with close-ups that will increase your understanding of - and your respect and concern for - these wonderful creatures. Film show(in association with Friends of the Earth)starts at 8.00pm, preceded at 7.30pm by Fulbourn Forum's (brief) AGM. You are very welcome to come to the film only if you wish. Free entry, donations towards room hire welcome. For more information: call us on 880616 or email us. More details here.

Saturday 03 May: Gleaning Day - Leeks Galore

10:00-17:00, On a farm near Boston in Lincolnshire (travel paid for)

This is a call out to all fellow food waste liberators! Acres of leeks are going to waste (roughly 20-30 tonnes or enough to provide meals for 10,000s of people) on a farm near Boston, Lincolnshire. On Saturday 12th April a team of 10 volunteers, mostly from Cambridge, visited a farm near Boston, Lincolnshire to ‘liberate’ 1000 kilos of leeks, enough for 12,500 portions to be redistributed to food poverty charities. Take a look at our facebook photos! Our day was such a success that we have been invited back for another day of gleaning on 3rd May. The farmer is one of several around Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire to have formed a partnership with Gleaning Network UK, alerting the food waste campaign when opportunities come up to save healthy, fresh food for those who most need it. All the food will be going to people suffering food poverty via our good friends Company Shop, The Ferry Project and Wisbech Foodbank. Travel expenses are covered for those travelling from Cambridge, Peterborough, Boston and nearby in South Lincolnshire – just check with us first! If you can make it, please contact Vicki to confirm whether you can make the whole day. Please send your phone number and where you’ll be travelling from (e.g. Cambridge, Boston, etc.) so we can group you with fellow travel companions. We’ll then send you finalised details closer to the time. Please get in touch asap so we have an idea of numbers – the more people we have, the more leeks we can save! Also, please do check whether you can make it, as lots of drop outs at the last minute can jeopardise the gleaning day going ahead! More info about gleaning with Feeding5K here.

Monday 05 May: Cycle ride to Reach Fair

10:00, meet outside the Guildhall, Market Square at 9.00

The traditional May Bank Holiday Monday mass cycle ride to Reach Fair. Last year, 600 people took part in this annual event. It's about 14.5 miles each way and the ride takes about 2 hours; plus you get all the fun of the fair at Reach!. More info about the route etc here.

Friday 09 May: Compost giveaway

10:00-15:00, Beehive Centre, near ASDA

To celebrate national Compost Awareness Week, Cambridge City Council will be giving away free compost to residents. The compost is made from the kitchen and garden waste that residents put out for collection in their green bins or brown sacks. All you need to do is bring your own sack. Recycling Champions will be on hand to give top tips on recycling and composting. Residents will also be able to pick up a free kitchen caddy to help them recycle their food waste. Can’t make this event? You can always pick up free compost from the AmeyCespa Waste Management Park in Waterbeach. More details here.

10-24 May: Eat Cambridge - festival of local food and drink

10:30-10:30, venues in and around Cambridge

Eat Cambridge is back for a second year. Fringe events, talks, debates, pop-up's, tours, cookery demo's and theatre performances - check out their website and find out what's on in the programme for the fortnight.

Tuesday 27 May: Communicating Powerfully Skillshare

19:00-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8DA

Public speaking continually appears in the Top 10 most feared life experiences. If you feel that you would love to communicate your passions and causes more powerfully then this evening is for you! Cambridge Carbon Footprint is delighted to be teaming up with the non-profit organisation Toastmasters International, a highly regarded leader in communication and leadership development. This workshop will be focused on effective public speaking and is aimed at people who would like to publicly represent their community, network, group or organisation. It will be practical and supportive and run by experienced speakers. It is free, but there are only 20 spaces available. So to secure a place please book ASAP by emailing Elaina or by calling 01223 301842. More details here.

Saturday 21 June: 'A Perfect Summer's Day' Skillshare and Repair

12:00-16:30, Newnham Scout and Guide Centre (end of Chedworth St, Nr Newnham Croft School) CB3 9JF

This is one of Cambridge Carbon Footprint’s highlight events of the year and we are really excited about it. It’s a Greeniversity event and is all about learning new skills so you can set about both creating and mending those things that’ll prepare you for your Perfect Summers Day in Cambridge. The venue is a spacious wooden cabin set in some lovely grounds. It’s right on the edge of Sheep’s Green and Grantchester Meadows so we hope to head out for a bike ride sometime during the day to enjoy the fruits of our labours. A flavour of the workshops we hope to offer: bike maintenance; sewing bunting, kites and a picnic blanket; fixing electronics (radios, mobiles); making eco-friendly lotions, potions and suncreams; making cordials; foraging; making jams, pickles and other preserves; instrument repair; seasonal picnic foods; jewellery repair. More details will be published soon and we’ll start taking bookings then too. Save the date and please let your friends and family know about the day. The event is FREE! More details here.

Events for your calendar

Have a good week!

Anna

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