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To Friday 3rd May, open Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 16:30: Exhibition - Sustainability Art Prize

Ruskin Gallery, ARU, East Road, CB1 1PT
The annual sustainability art exhibition at Anglia Ruskin features the work of students at the College of Art. The organisers say: 'Many are the areas where sustainability unfolds its devastatingly simple logic, such as climate change, access to resources, feminism, gender inequality, cultural values, cultural colonisation, speciesism, food production and distribution, geopolitical conflicts; the list goes on.

The creative disciplines are very well equipped for the challenges that such vast and complex issues present. The Sustainability Art Prize has been created to inspire students to explore these issues and to open up spaces for dialogue and transformation.' This year the theme is 'There is no wealth but life' - a quote from John Ruskin. So check out the students' creativity and the issues they've been drawn to engage with. More...
Source: Sustainability Art Prize

Weekly on 7th March until 4th April: Woven Woods Forest School sessions for pre-schoolers and their families

Woven Woods Forest School, Histon, CB24 9ET
Little Acorns Playgroup Weekly Forest School sessions for pre-schoolers and their families.

Sessions are weekly on a Thursday - 09:30 - 11:30. during term time; the next season will be 7th March to 4th April. Then Thursday 25th April to Thursday 23rd May.

During our Forest School sessions we encourage and support children to play independently, explore and discover nature in our beautiful 5 acre woodland.

There are also adult led nature crafts and bush-craft activities available including all the materials and equipment necessary.

One of our favourite times is snack time, we often cook together and there is always tea and coffee available for grown ups.

We end the sessions in the willow theatre with nature stories, songs and rhymes. More...
Source: Woven Woods Forest School

Thursday 25th April: Weekly Healthy Walking

Wandlebury Country Park 10:00-11:00 add to google calendar
Weekly Healthy Walking every Thursday throughout the year: 10am and 10.30am. Each walk lasts around 30 minutes and covers about 1.5 miles. This social group meets all year round at 10am every Thursday morning, with the slower walk starting at 10.30am. Walks are well-attended, with 50-60 people joining most weeks. Some people like it so much they do both walks! Teas and coffees are available afterwards. NB: Free of charge and no need to book. If you want to take part for the first time then please arrive 10 minutes early to register. The meeting point is the Stables Education Centre. Donations towards the upkeep of the park are always welcome. Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free. For queries: email us or call 01223 243830 extension 207. More...
Source: CambridgePPF

Saturday 27th April: Introduction to Mindfulness of Nature

Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve 09:00-15:00 add to google calendar
Join Claire Thompson and the Wildlife Trust BCN for a session exploring mindfulness of nature in the peaceful setting of Trumpington Meadows nature reserve. Discover how being more mindful of nature can inspire us to bring forth a healthier, happier, more peaceful and sustainable world.

We will be running two repeat sessions on Saturday 27th April: 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm. Please see our website for booking and queries. More...
Source: The Wildlife Trust BCN

Saturday 27th April - Sunday 28th: Zero Waste Retailing Hackathon

Barclays Eagle Lab, 28 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AZ 09:30-17:30 add to google calendar
For decades now supermarkets have been pre-packaging more and more goods in order to increase their profitability by increasing the ease with which they can sell. This practice has come at a significant cost to the environment and there is a growing 'zero waste' retail movement which has started to sell loose goods into containers that customers bring themselves.

Full Circle is sponsoring this hackathon in the belief that there are better approaches to zero waste retailing than have currently been deployed. More...
Source: Full Circle Retail Ltd

Saturday 27th April: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9HF 10:00-16:00 add to google calendar
Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer... This week we will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10:00am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.00, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Everyone is very welcome! See our website to get a flavour of what workdays are like. It will be good healthy fun, a great chance to see our local countryside, and how food is grown on a large scale. Please fill in this form if you would like to take part, and we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. If you can't make this Saturday, join our mailing list to get farm session updates... Hope to see you soon!
Source: Cambridge CropShare

Saturday 27th April: Romsey Community Garden - Big Dig day

Romsey Community Garden, Marmora Road CB1 3PY 14:00-16:00 add to google calendar
Join us at Romsey Community Garden to help get the garden in good shape for the growing season! There are some gardening tasks to do - mostly planting, seed sowing and weeding (and nothing too heavy, unless you feel like it!). So come along and discover this lovely community space. Refreshments; family-friendly; free; donations welcome. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Sunday 28th April: Royston Repair Cafe

Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston SG8 5PT 10:00-13:00 add to google calendar
If you have items that need mending - bikes, clothes, jewellery, toys, tools, electrical and IT equipment including printers, small pieces of furniture etc - bring them along to the Royston Repair Cafe.

It's simple - bring an item (we might be able to look at a second) that you think still has life in it.If it can be mended there and then, we'll show you how it's done! Note: this is a clinic not a hospital - if it needs more attention we'll refer you to a local repair business - we are not a replacement for the professionals.

It's free but please book in advance and tell us about what you'll be bringing. This is to make sure we have a repairer available to assess your item. If there's a lot of interest in the event, we may have to allocate you a time slot to reduce queuing (although there will be tea, coffee, biscuits and chat so time will fly). You can reserve a space by going to the eventbrite booking page.

For event updates and other items on repair and re-use go to our facebook page More...
Source: Royston Recycle Group

Sunday 28th April: Empty Common Community Garden

Empty Common Community Garden 10:30-12:30 add to google calendar
There is generally a group of us in the garden on Sunday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 or later, and people are also coming and going during the week - you don't even have to garden just come and enjoy the space! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge - ECCG

Monday 6th May: Annual Reach Fair Ride

assemble at the Guildhall from 9.00, the ride starts at 10.00 10:00-16:00 add to google calendar
This annual cycle ride is a celebration of all things cycling as well as all the fun of the fair! The route is a leisurely 2 hours each way (you can also cycle from Ely or Newmarket Road P+R). The route takes in fen-edge countryside and quiet villages - some of it is on NCN cycle routes, and there are marshals.

The ride arrives in the village of Reach for the opening of the historic country fair at noon by the Mayor of Cambridge. The fair dates back over 800 years and still has the tradition of throwing pennies for "the poor villagers" - children today scrabble for as many as they can. There are stalls, fairground rides, a maypole, Morris dancing and food and drink tents. It's perfect for a family day out.

More info below about timings, the route, what to bring, what to expect etc. More...
Source: Camcycle

Friday 10th May: Talk by Dr Alison Cooke: Energy, Climate Change and the United Nations - your future in their hands!

Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn, CB21 5BU 19:30
The talk commences at 19.30 followed by a break for refreshments before the AGM of Fulbourn Forum for community action. Visitors are welcome to come for the talk only. Email us for queries.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned last year that the next 12 years will be crucial to avoid the most devasting consequences of climate breakdown. Since then reports have underlined the escalating crisis. Dr Cooke gave a talk for us in 2010 after her participation in the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Dr Cooke is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has worked on national energy planning over the last decade. She was the International Coordinator of the Institution's 'Future Climate - Engineering Solutions' project. Her talk will evaluate the key messages announced by the scientists, investigate the energy plans for the UK, and comment on the United Nations climate meetings, bringing the issues back to local responses.
Source: Fulbourn Forum

Sunday 12th May: May Plant Swap at Trumpington allotments

Foster Road allotments trading hut CB2 9JR 10:30-12:00 add to google calendar


Swap spare seedlings, plants and surplus seeds. Expand the range of plants you grow and meet other local gardeners. You can attend even if you don't have anything to swap, just make a donation. No admission charge. Everyone welcome. Arrive early for the best choice of plants. Directions here.

We will have another plant swap in June.
Source: Trumpington Allotment Society

Wednesday 22nd May: Sustainable Finance: How do you make your biggest impact?

OtherSyde, The Engineers House, Museum of Technology, Riverside, CB5 8LD 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
Banking, Investing, Mortgages, Avocado? Join us at the Transition Cafe for a brief presentation and discussion on the impact of our personal finances and how we can make the most drastic gains for sustainability. We will focus on practical steps to make a positive change - NOW. Spaces are limited, so please make sure to book on Eventbrite). We invite donations of £2-£3 per person to cover venue hire.

Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. The bar will be open before and after the event, and you're invited to stay on afterwards to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Friday 24th May: Youth Strike 4 Climate - call for stewards

Shire Hall (to be confirmed) 09:30-12:30 add to google calendar


Cambridge children and students will again demonstrate for action on climate breakdown #FridaysforFuture #Climatestrike This is a call for adult stewards to keep everyone safe during the event, including the march through the city centre. Location and timings are to be confirmed but if you can be available to help from 09:30am please contact steward co-ordinators Dave & Sophie More...
Source: Dave Fox

Thursday 6th - Friday 7th June: SAVE THE DATES: Climate Breakdown Conversations Workshops (2)

Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane Cambridge and Ross Street Community Centre
2 workshops on how to have successful conversations about climate breakdown with trained psychotherapist, Ro Randall. Following on from her highly acclaimed CCLS 2019 lecture, 'Climate, Psychology and Conversation', Transition Cambridge is delighted to offer these opportunities to explore the themes of the lecture in small groups with a chance for roleplay and practice. More details to follow, in the meantime you can watch Ro's lecture here More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Wednesday 19th June: Globalisation or Localisation? How to Achieve a Fair and Adaptive Global Society

OtherSyde, The Engineers House, Museum of Technology, Riverside, CB5 8LD 19:00-20:45 add to google calendar
Have you ever wondered if a fair globalisation is possible? Or even questioned the validity of globalisation in our changing societies? This Transition cafe evening wishes to explore our collective visions for the future, addressing the pros and cons of globalisation, and sharing ideas on how to evolve locally and beyond. Spaces are limited, so please make sure to book on Eventbrite. We invite donations of £2-£3 per person to cover venue hire.

Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. The bar will be open before and after the event, and you're invited to stay on afterwards to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Saturday 7th September: Repair Cafe

Eversden Village Hall, Great Eversden. Cambridge, CB23 1HP 10:00-14:00 add to google calendar
Repairs on offer will be: hand sewing (& possibly sewing machine repairs), bicycle repairs and more - more repair options will be confirmed nearer the time. You will need to describe the item and issue you are bringing, pre-book your slot and arrive at your allocated time. A £5 minimum donation is requested in return for the repair. See our website for more details. More...
Source: Eversden Village Hall

Saturday 7th September: Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

Ditton Meadows, Fen Ditton, Cambridge 10:00-17:00 add to google calendar


Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today- as well as the most fun! Up to 10 people paddle each 30' boat with a drummer at the front beating in time and our helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience required, just plenty of team spirit!

Gable Events is proud to have once again joined with Festival charity, Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, to bring you the 15th Cambridge Charity Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival is open to everyone and over 40 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course, watched by several hundred spectators. The Ditton Meadows location offers a superb venue for racing and a fabulous day is guaranteed with plenty of bank-side family entertainment including funfair activities, inflatables and children's rides plus a variety of food stalls and bar.
Source: Gable Events

Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th September: Open Eco Homes 2019 - save the dates

Open Eco Homes celebrates its 10th year in 2019! They offer bookable tours of low-carbon homes, eco-renovations and newbuilds - the dates for 2019 are Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th September. If you live in an eco-home, old or new, and you'd like to share your story and inspire visitors, get in touch.

OEH also organises talks and workshops, open to all, on the theme of saving energy at home. Their website has lots of resources and you can join the mailing list. More...
Source: Open Eco Homes

Friday 4th October: Ladies' Clothes Swap

Eversden Village Hall, Great Eversden. Cambridge, CB23 1HP 19:30-23:00 add to google calendar
Bring your good quality clothes that you no longer wear, and pick up clothes that will be new to you. Please only bring clean clothes, preferably ironed and on a hanger. Accessories too! The curtains of the Hall will be closed & there is plenty of space in the back room for trying on outfits.

If you feel you don't have suitable clothes or accessories to swap you are still most welcome.

We'll be collecting unused toiletries which we will donate to a local women's shelter. If you would like to contribute we are looking for: body wash, deodorant, face flannels, face wash, nappies, personal hygiene & essential beauty items, sanitary products, shampoo, shaving gel/cream, toothpaste & toothbrushes.

Bring your own drinks and a £5 donation for our VH fundraising. We are a friendly group, bring a friend or come on your own & we'll introduce you to other ladies in the village. Please e-mail us if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers. More...
Source: Eversden Village Hall

Local elections on May 2

Local elections in all Cambridge City wards are coming up on May 2. If you're wondering who to vote for, you may want to find out what the candidates have to say on climate change. Carbon Neutral Cambridge have sent a questionnaire to all the candidates who are standing - you can find out their answers here. And if you cycle or walk, read what candidates have to say on Camcycle's website here.
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge and Camcycle 15 Apr 2019

New community farm coming to Cambridge

Cofarm believes a community farm for Cambridge could help boost people's health and well-being; tackle food poverty; support the local economy; strengthen communities and enhance Cambridge's biodiversity. That's why they're developing one next to Coldhams Common, off Barnwell Road. But it will only deliver these benefits for Cambridge communities if people get involved with shaping and creating their farm. More...
Source: Cofarm Cambridge 01 Apr 2019

Zero waste shopping has arrived in Cambridge!

Have you heard about Cambridge's first 100% zero waste shop? A start-up enterprise, Full Circle, is offering a range of household cleaning and personal hygiene products at Cambridge Market from Thursdays to Mondays as well as at many pop-up community events in and around Cambridge and the villages.

Full Circle offers a range of carefully sourced cleaning products for homes and bodies that have impeccable planet friendly credentials, and their future plans include more products, a bigger market stall and an electric vehicle pop-up shop. The business is right in line with the spirit and ethos of the Transition Towns movement.

Full Circle founders, Emma, Johanna and Paul are seeking help from the Transition community. You are warmly invited to contribute to their crowd funder. It runs until Wednesday 17th April, and includes rewards for funders such as discounts and gifts. Even if you can't donate, please visit the page for other ways that you can help the project.

Thanks for reading! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 01 Apr 2019