Newsletter30-9-13

Hi Everyone

The highlight of this week's programme is of course our AGM next Monday - have your say in Transition Cambridge's future and get an overview and update on all our fantastic projects. Join us also this Sunday for a low-carbon fruit treasure hunt around Cambridge - opportunistic free 'shopping' that puts otherwise wasted food to use: what's not to like? Find out more below about upcoming talks and seminars and lots more:

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Friday 04 October: Energy Group Meeting
  • Sunday 06 October: Fruit Harvest Treasure Hunt
  • Monday 07 October: Transition Cambridge AGM
  • Thursday 10 October: Transition Cafe: Woolly crafts (knitting and darning)
  • Saturday 12 October - Sunday 13: Introduction to Permaculture with Claire White
  • Saturday 19 October: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Saturday 09 November: November Skillsfest

Community News

  • Share half plot allotment at Stourbridge Grove
  • Call for Chutney ingredients and jars!

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 02 October: New Living Well with Less Stuff Challenge
  • Monday 07 October: Global Sustainability Institute lunchtime seminar
  • Oct-Dec 2013: New Carbon Conversations Groups starting in October
  • Wednesday 23 October: Talk: Uncomfortable conversations... why discussing the big issues is so hard
  • Sunday 27 October: Apple Day
  • Monday 09 December: Getting it Built!
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Friday 04 October: Energy Group Meeting

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

We will decide on the next forum and discuss anything else that crops up. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Sunday 06 October: Fruit Harvest Treasure Hunt

10:00-12:30, The Carpenters Arms, Victoria Road

A cycle ride to find and pick some free fruit in Cambridge, aiming to verify information on http://fallingfruit.org/ Groups of 3-4 people (+ children) can start at different locations and we will converge on The Carpenters Arms, Victoria Road around 12.30 for a pub lunch/drink. You're welcome to take home fruit you can use. Any excess can be brought to TC's AGM to enthuse others or distribute to charites. Please contact Reggie before Friday 4th Oct giving your location, so we can get you a pdf map and a meet-up point. (Weather permitting.)

Monday 07 October: Transition Cambridge AGM

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane (Meeting Room upstairs)

At our AGM we'll start with presentations from each group about their activities over the past year, followed by the usual business items (election of officers, presenting accounts), then there'll be a chance to bring up any other business, and we'll finish by thinking about where we'd like to be heading this coming year. And this will all be followed by tea and cake, in good TC tradition! More details here.. All welcome.

Thursday 10 October: Transition Cafe: Woolly crafts (knitting and darning)

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

As the nights close in, come and learn how to knit some woolly garments to keep you warm on the wintry days ahead, or have a go at darning your much loved jumpers and socks to make them last a bit longer, or just bring a current project for a sociable knitting evening. All welcome, no previous knitting skills required. If you have your own needles and wool, please bring them, otherwise we'll have some spare too. And all other wool-related skills welcome too (e.g. spinning, carding, felt-making...)!

Saturday 12 October - Sunday 13: Introduction to Permaculture with Claire White

09:30-17:30, Trumpington Pavilion

Permaculture is the underpinning philosophy behind Transition Towns. Learn about the ethics and principles of Permaculture and how to use them in every part of your life with two inspirational teachers. Cost £75 (£65 low/ unwaged). Places are still available. To book, please fill in the booking form. For more information visit our Permaculture homepage.

Saturday 19 October: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments

Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's a mutual sharing, not a lesson! In the October session we will plant spring cabbage, sow over-wintering onions and/or garlic, dig up the last of the maincrop potatoes, weed in the forest garden, and hopefully snack on ripe pears and raspberries, at least. Join in here. More details here.

Saturday 09 November: November Skillsfest

14:30-17:30, St Andrews Hall, St Andrew’s Road, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DH

Come and learn about draught-busting, baking Christmas cookies, herbal healing, making recycled jewellery, finger-knitting, singing and more! There'll also be a swap-shop and a cafe. More info to follow, but this is advance notice so that you can save the date! This is a joint event with Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

Community News

Share half plot allotment at Stourbridge Grove

From Michelle: "I am looking for someone to share my half plot allotment at Stourbridge Grove allotments with me, off Coldhams Lane. If you are interested, please contact me."

Call for Chutney ingredients and jars!

The charity for homeless people, Cambridge Cyrenians, would like to receive donations of unwanted fruit, tomatoes or any other chutney ingredients so they can make chutneys over the next couple of weeks to sell on World Homeless Day (10.10.13) They are also looking for empty and clean jars with lids. If you have excess garden produce or spare saved jars, please contact Ruth Nichols

Other News and Events

Wednesday 02 October: New Living Well with Less Stuff Challenge

19:30-21:30,

Reducing the carbon footprint of our general shopping gives us an excellent opportunity to reduce our carbon emissions at the same time as saving money. Following on from the success of our first year-long Living Well with Less Stuff challenge, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is offering the opportunity for you to get involved on a more flexible basis with several different levels of commitment. We will be offering an initial meeting, followed by four or five meetings throughout the year, including our popular “make and mend” sessions. Three of us who participated in the original challenge will be continuing and are happy to share our experiences with you. You can read more about it here. The challenge will start with an initial meeting on Wednesday October 2nd at 7.30pm. If you want to hear a bit more about it first, come to the Gadgets to Go event on September 20th. Contact Alana if you are interested and to get the address of the first meeting (Newnham).

Monday 07 October: Global Sustainability Institute lunchtime seminar

13:00-14:00, LAB 005 Anglia Ruskin University East Rd campus

'A Fevered Planet' a talk by Prof Hugh Montgomery, UCL. What does the environmental impact which humans have had on the environment mean for the environment's impact on humans? All welcome, no need to book, contact Rosie Robison for enquiries or further information. https://www.transitioncambridge.org/mail-contact/sendmail.php?who=rs.r66

Oct-Dec 2013: New Carbon Conversations Groups starting in October

19:30-21:00,

Cambridge Carbon Footprint are offering two Carbon Conversations groups starting in October, one in north Cambridge with the first meeting on Oct 9th and one in south Cambridge with dates to be confirmed. People find these enjoyable and often life-changing - it is so much easier to switch to a low-carbon lifestyle in a supportive group! For more information see the CCF website.

Wednesday 23 October: Talk: Uncomfortable conversations... why discussing the big issues is so hard

17:30-19:00, Anglia Ruskin East Rd Campus, LAB 027

A Global Sustainability Institute Festival of Ideas event. Like politics, religion and money, climate change can be one of those topics it's not very comfortable to talk about with friends. It can provoke strong feelings, and judgement of people’s life choices, so isn't it more considerate not to mention it at all? In this interactive talk, speakers from the Global Sustainability Institute and friends will give their thoughts on why we avoid issues that it might be helpful for us to face up to, from climate change to our own health, and ask the audience to share their views and experiences. Led by Dr Rosie Robison and Julie-Anne Hogbin from the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University. Ages 15+, Free, Full access, Arrive on time, Booking not required. More details here.

Sunday 27 October: Apple Day

10:00-16:00, Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE

Apple Day returns to the Botanic Garden celebrating all things apple! The Transition Cambridge Fruit Harvest Project will have a stall - come along to find out what we've been up to and what we're planning to do. There will be lots of other stalls too from apple identification to story-telling and apple-related stuff for sale. Admission is £3 for everyone aged 17 and over, plus the cost of garden admission, and under-16's are free. You can buy tickets in advance. More details here.

Monday 09 December: Getting it Built!

09:30-16:30, Ely Cathedral Education and Conference Centre CB7 4EW

Do you want to do something about the housing (or lack of) in your community? Are you already setting up a Cohousing, Self Help, Community Land Trust, Self-Build or Cooperative housing project? Then these authoritative regional events on community-led housing are just for you; they'll tell you all you need to know about getting a project off the ground and will provide first stage support for applying to the Community Led Project Support Funding programme, a new Government start-up fund of £17 million for budding community developers. Free of charge. Organised by Locality, the UK Cohousing Network and the National CLT Network. Other dates and venues are available. Full programme <a href="https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwGXGhbjjqgRTFJvTDg1cWM5TzA/edit?usp=sharing">here</a>. More info and booking via Eventbrite.

Events for your calendar

Have a splendid week,

Hannah

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Transition Cambridge aims to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

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