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Friday 22nd March - Saturday 8th Jun: Water usage survey opens

online 10:00
The water group is keen to find out what water saving measures we can promote to help alleviate the problem of water shortage. This last winter has been wet but droughts are becoming frequent. Summer 2019 was particularly bad. Hence a survey: what are we already doing and can we encourage others to do it too? Please fill in the survey - and you can enter a prize draw for £30 shopping vouchers. Tell your friends and family - we all use water, not just in Cambridge.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Saturday 6th April - Saturday 11th May: Repair Cafes for April, May and beyond

Cambridge & villages 14:00-16:00 add to google calendar
Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things. They're completely non-commercial, though donations to running costs are welcome. There are no promises or guarantees, but if something can be saved, repairers will do everything they can. Repairers are always keen to teach visitors how to do the repair themselves and at the very least watch while they do it. Successful repair rates are currently around 65%. NB you'll need to book your item in - bookings open a couple of weeks before. The next repair cafes are in Cambridge (6 April), Gamlingay (7 April), Bassingbourn (13 April), Abbey (21 April),Fulbourn and Littleport (both 27 April), Cambridge (4 May), Newnham and Shepreth (both 11 May) (and lots more further ahead). You can book things in, check future dates, venues, times etc here. Supported by the Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network (CRCN) - a partnership between Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Transition Cambridge and others. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint - Repair Cafes

Sunday 14th April: Empty Common Community Garden

Empty Common Community Garden 10:30-12:30 add to google calendar
ECCG is a magical meeting place for you and your friends, close to the centre of Cambridge. Enjoy chatting as you garden and relax. We meet as a group on Sunday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 or later but people can come individually or in groups whenever they like. We are just completing our 'Heads, Hearts and Hands' hut where we can learn, bond and do things together and have tea and cake too. Come and enjoy the space! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge - ECCG

Wednesday 17th April - Sunday 21st: Cambridge Literary Festival

Central Cambridge 18:00
The Literary Festival is back for another year. Transitioners may be interested in the following talks:

19 April 6pm: Caroline Lucas on 'Another England'. She wants to reclaim Englishness from right-wing cheerleaders of isolationism and imperial nostalgia. Lucas makes a compelling and passionate case for who we are: outlining the English people's radical inclusivity, their ancient commitment to the natural world, and their long struggle to win rights for all. Note that this talk will also be livestreamed.

21 April 6pm: Clayton Aldern on 'The Weight of Nature'. Award-winning neuroscientist Clayton Aldern uses ground-breaking research to document a largely unreported public health crisis: the warming climate is affecting our brains and bodies as well as the planet. Discover how through empathy, compassion, and a new understanding of intimacy with the natural world, we can adapt to a changing planet. Tickets are £10/£14.

Full info on these and many other talks are on the website here. More...
Source: Cambridge Literary Festival

Thursday 18th 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

Thursday 18th April: Energy Group - taking the next step

online 20:00-21:30 add to google calendar
Some of us have now converted to low carbon heating but not all. What can we do to help others along the zero carbon path? Different people are stuck in different ways - think about members of your friends and family: what are their motivation and barriers, what should be their next step and what would trigger them into taking it? What role can TC take in all this? All welcome. Please ask Nicola for the zoom link.
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

Tuesday 23rd April: Scaling up a local food currency in the UK

Online 18:00-19:30 add to google calendar
As Spring and the new growing season approaches, we present an online panel discussion about how we could introduce a local food currency in the UK, with a particular focus on the strengths and potential challenges and a look back at historical local currency initiatives to learn from what has gone before us. For more details and to book, see the eventbrite page here. More...
Source: CamLETS (the Cambridge local exchange and trade system) and the Central London Fabian Society

Friday 26th April: Three Acres and a Cow

Wesley Methodist Church, Christ Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG 19:00-21:45 add to google calendar
Three Acres And A Cow is a history of land rights and protest in folk song and story. The show connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants' Revolt with current issues like the housing crisis, reparations, climate breakdown and food sovereignty via the Enclosures, English Civil War and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people's history of England in folk song, stories and poems. Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part storytelling session - come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations. For more information about this event and to book tickets, click here, and see http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/ for more information about the project as a whole, including frequently asked questions. More...
Source: Three Acres and a Cow

Saturday 27th April: Day of Transition Practice

Online 06:30-23:00 add to google calendar
Transitioners have more than 15 years of experience in community-led change. At times, it's been joyful and fun, at times it's been hard going. It's always an opportunity to learn and grow. To celebrate and amplify this wealth of knowledge and experience, the international Transition movement are thrilled to host the Day of Transition Practice on April 27, 2024. Hear from Transitioners and Transition groups from around the world who've succeeded in making changes in their communities. Learn more about the practices and conditions which supported this and what they learned along the way. Explore how to apply these practices and learnings in your own context. It's all free - you can find out about the sessions here. Sessions start at 1am (Australia) until 11pm (Argentina) - all online. More...
Source: Transition Network

Saturday 27th April: Climate Cafe

Mill Road Community Centre, 6 Hazell Street, Cambridge CB1 2GN 15:00-16:30 add to google calendar
Join us at Climate Cafe, a gathering where you have space to talk about climate change and how it makes you think and feel. Climate Cafes offer something different from the usual climate events. They're facilitated - so you can be sure that there will be space for you to speak. They're not designed to recruit you to do anything. The idea is that talking about climate change is really important - but it's often made more difficult by our feelings of guilt that we're not doing enough, or frustration that others aren't doing enough. So we provide a space in which we don't talk about what we should be doing. Numbers are limited to 12, so if you booked a ticket but find you can't come, please cancel your place to make room for someone on our waiting list. Please also try to arrive in good time for the start. All welcome, though we don't advise young children attending. There's no charge - but contributions towards refreshments would be welcome. Future dates are 18 May and 22 June. More...
Source: Cambridge Climate Therapists and collaborators

Friday 3rd May: Utopia Reading Club

Zoom 12:00
We are exploring different visions of utopia through fiction, and are discussing what makes each work a utopia, for whom, and what work it would take to implement the best ideas in Cambridge.

On May 3 (postponed from April 5), we'll be reading the novel "The Lost Cause" by Cory Doctorow, which is currently in hardcover but is available at the library and also as a DRM free ebook.

The zoom link for our meeting is available through eventbrite. More...
Source: Cambridge Doughnut

Saturday 4th May: Together Culture Repair Cafe

5 Fitzroy Street Cambridge CB1 1ER 09:00-12:00 add to google calendar
Join us for a regular Repair Cafe at Together Culture on the first Saturday of the month. We'll have experienced repairers on hand to fix your broken electrical and mechanical goods: kitchen gadgets, lamps, toys, tools and more. No need to book, just drop by and we'll see what we can do. If we don't have a repairer free, we can arrange a time for you to return. Most repairs take about 45mins. You're welcome to stay during the slot to learn about the repair and find out more about eco initiatives in Cambridge.
Source: Together Culture

Sunday 5th May: Cambridge Permaculture Group

Empty Common Community Garden 13:30-15:00 add to google calendar
Cambridge Permaculture Group meet monthly at the beautiful Empty Common Community Garden and Hut ( a Transition Cambridge project designed and run on permaculture principles and open to all). The Hut gives shelter for up to 12 people, with tea making facilities and a very efficient stove. We meet at 1.30 pm on the first Sunday of the month, to bring permaculture to life in Cambridge. We welcome new people inquiring into what Permaculture is all about, and those who already appreciate and use it, we all learn from each other. The Diploma holders/ students in the group hope to run an introductory course during this year. We may also do some practical projects in the garden and plan a film night in the hut. To keep in the loop and get updates, read the Transition bulletin or email us here to ask to be added to the Google group.
Source: Cambridge Permaculture Group

Monday 6th May: Reach Ride - cycle ride open to all

Start from Cambridge or Ely 09:00
The Reach Ride is free, fun and open to all! Hundreds of riders of all ages and on all types of cycle join the Reach Ride each year. It's an uplifting experience to ride with others and a good way to start exploring the Cambridgeshire countryside for those who are more used to short, everyday cycle journeys. Enjoy the ride and the fun of Reach Fair with family, friends or colleagues. The main ride to Reach Fair departs from Cambridge, with a smaller group travelling from Ely with members of Ely Cycling Campaign. Check the Camcycle website here for what to expect, starting times and places, what to bring, arrangements etc. More...
Source: Camcycle

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

Tuesday 21st May: Transition Book Club

Online 19:00-20:00 add to google calendar
We meet up monthly online to discuss a book with an environmental theme we have read over the previous month. Come along and have a chat, there's no need to have finished (or even read) the book as our discussions lead in lots of different directions. It's informal and friendly and we'd love to see you there. On May 21st at 7 pm we will be discussing "Field Work" by Bella Bathurst. Book through Eventbrite (we'll then send you a zoom link). Any questions? Please get in touch with Meg. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Thursday 23rd May: Film showing 'Six Inches of Soil'

Frankopan Hall, West Court, Jesus Lane CB5 8BQ 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
'Six Inches of Soil' tells the inspiring story of three young British farmers standing up against the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food - to heal the soil, our health and provide for local communities. Regenerative farming techniques work in harmony with, rather than against nature. It focuses on local food systems and shorter supply chains. The advantages are numerous: we get to know who is growing our food and how, farmers get paid a fair price and have the satisfaction of producing healthy food in a healthy environment. It may also be our best chance in the face of climate change: it keeps carbon in the ground and creates resilient systems in the face of climate uncertainty. There will be a panel Q and A afterwards, including Colin Ramsey, the film director, Tom Pearson, a local farmer, and professors David Nally and Shailaja Fennell.

Book tickets here. More...
Source: Six Inches of Soil

Sunday 9th June: June 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 usually have plant swaps each May and June (and don't forget Trumpington Seedy Sunday in January).
Source: Trumpington Allotment Society

Survey on electric vehicles and charging points

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has launched a survey asking the public to share their views on electric vehicles (EVs) and how best to meet the need for more charging points across the region. With the transition away from petrol and diesel vehicles affecting everyone - whether they drive an EV or not - we're encouraging as many people as possible to have a say. Working with Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, we are developing an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy and will be applying to the Government's Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund to help build more charge points. The Combined Authority wants to make sure they are planned for in the right way, informed by people's views. The Combined Authority's vision for charging points is: "For everyone in the region to have the necessary electric vehicle charging infrastructure available in the right place at the time they need. This charging infrastructure will be high quality, safe, affordable, environmentally sustainable and accessible." The survey only takes five minutes and can be found here, along with further information. People have until March 26, 2024, to take the survey before it closes. More...
Source: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority 18 Mar 2024

Charles Dowding at Empty Common Community Garden

Last Monday we were delighted to welcome Charles Dowding the "No Dig" veg growing guru to our beautiful community garden and hut. He has a ton of useful videos online if you are interested. He asked to make a private visit so it was a lovely low-key gathering of the people who got it started and those involved with it now. Charles was shown round by Charlotte who has led the garden since the beginning and continues to care for it and support helpers. He gave some tips and we all shared our love of growing with tea and cake.

Declan, the City Council Officer who pulled many strings to bring the garden into being, came to meet Charles, catch up with how the gardeners and see the hut for the first time. He wrote thanking Charlotte and quoted Margaret Mead's famous saying: ' Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has".

Come and join us, every Sunday morning from 10.30 am unless it's pouring! More...
Source: Empty Common Community Garden 17 Mar 2024

Gold Award for Cambridge Food City

Huge congratulations to Cambridge Sustainable Food for securing the Gold Award. It's taken 10 years and a lot of hard work, so very well done all!

CSF say: ' Cambridge Sustainable Food Partnership has been awarded a prestigious Gold Award from Sustainable Food Places on behalf of the city. This award recognises Cambridge as leading the way in transforming local food systems to better serve our communities, the environment and the local economy. Cambridge is only the third place in the UK to receive this accolade.'

Please open the link for more information…. More...
Source: Meg Clarke 17 Mar 2024

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