Newsletter 3/May 2017

Hi Everyone

Spring has sprung and if you need any convincing, come and put names to the faces of Spring flowers this Sunday. Flower plugs or leeks and lettuces?? There's a choice of soil based activities this Saturday at the Cropshare workday in Lode or at a wildflower meadow planting day at the North West Cambridge site. Next Saturday you can join the Growing Spaces bike tour of North Cambridge to see what a little care and attention can do for neglected patches in our neighbourhoods, which promises to be a good way to meet the team and join in the growing fun! Next week also brings a couple of interesting and thought provoking events on topics we are generally unaccustomed to talking about; firstly a talk on the effects of over population on Climate Change on Wednesday 10th, and on Saturday 13th, Dying for Life, a festival of arts, storytelling, ideas and talks about death and dying. There's plenty to inform, inspire and delight us right here in Cambridge, whatever else may happen on the national and world stages!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Wednesday 03 May: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 06 May: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Saturday 13 May: Growing Spaces tour of spaces in North Cambridge
  • Monday 15 May: Transition Hub Meeting: your catch-up, intros and networking space!
  • Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25: Introduction to Permaculture

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Community News

  • Do you live in an eco home?
  • New home-owner needed - is this you?

Other News and Events

  • Thursday 04 May: Cambridge Carbon Footprint's AGM
  • Saturday 06 May: Plug planting Day
  • Saturday 06 May: World Land Trust Ceilidh
  • Sunday 07 May: Spring Wildflowers
  • Wednesday 10 May: Talk: 'Overpopulation: A driver of climate change?' with Professor Hilary Greaves
  • Saturday 13 May: Dying for Life: a fesitval of living and dying
  • Saturday 13 May: Grasses for beginners
  • Saturday 13 May: Fulbourn Repair Cafe
  • Sunday 14 May: May Plant Swap at Trumpington allotments
  • Saturday 20 May: Beginners tree identification
  • Sunday 11 June: Open Farm Sunday
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Wednesday 03 May: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Margaret's house on Oxford Road

The main topic will be our vision for a low carbon Cambridge. There are some differing opinions on this so we will aim to find some things we all agree on and list the pros and cons of the things we don't. We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.

Saturday 06 May: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

09:30-16:30, Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day. We will be having fun helping out on the farm on Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Click here to check which Saturdays we will be on the farm. See our blog 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. Fill in this form if you would like to take part, and we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly.

Saturday 13 May: Growing Spaces tour of spaces in North Cambridge

14:00, North Cambridge

The idea is to see our growing spaces together and decide what we can do for them this year (add signs, contact neighbours, plant more things and so on) See here for the route.

  • Monday 15 May: Transition Hub Meeting: your catch-up, intros and networking space!

19:00-21:00, Back room of Six Bells Pub, Covent Garden, Cambridge

Please join us for our next Hub gathering, to catch up with projects and friends, meet new members and end with a bit of juicy networking over a drink! Come along for 7pm to meet other members, 7.30 -8.30pm: items for discussion:, 8.30pm onwards: Networking and chat. All welcome, new TC members and familiar faces alike!

Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25: Introduction to Permaculture

09:30-17:00, Trumpington Community Gardens

Hannah Thoroughgood will be leading this course. She is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher based at The Inkpot in Lincolnshire. This course is the foundation that most take before moving on to the full Permaculture Design Course and possibly the diploma after this. The community garden is near the Foster Road Allotment site and Trumpington Community Orchard project, both of these sites are likely to be used during the course. contact Dave Jackson to book or for more information. Price: £40 for two days for Earlybird bookings before 1st May. £45 for later bookings.

Community News

Do you live in an eco home?

Open Eco Homes is a two day event organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. This year its happening on October 8th and 14th. Organiser Allan Shepherd is currently looking for homes to include in the event so if you live in an eco home and would like to take part please contact him to find out more. It's a great way to meet and help other people interested in low energy homes and a very effective way of cutting home carbon emissions. More details here.

New home-owner needed - is this you?

Delightful, fruit-filled, organic, permaculture-designed wildlife garden - attached to a 3-bed 1960s village semi, approx. four miles SE of Cambridge - sorely needs an appreciative new owner as current (16-year) custodian, a long-term transitioner, is relocating to Bristol to join family members. If this might be you, please check out this link

Other News and Events

Thursday 04 May: Cambridge Carbon Footprint's AGM

19:30-21:30, The Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, CB1 1LG

Everyone is invited to our AGM, to celebrate our successes, discuss our challenges, and explore opportunities for the future. Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of the The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire will be giving his very popular talk 'Climate Change and Local Wildlife'. Following Brian's talk we'll review our 2016 events and activities, present our accounts and conduct our formal AGM business.* As always there'll be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, and time to catch up with staff, volunteers, trustees and other supporters over a cup of tea and a bit of cake. We'd love to see you there. No booking required. *Anyone is welcome to become a Company Member which gives you voting rights at our AGM, for example on the election of Trustees.You can apply to a become a member if you share CCF's aims and general approach, take a keen interest in CCF and want to contribute to its success and normally attend AGMs. If you are interested in becoming a member just email your completed application form to Tom. It's not necessary to become a member to attend the AGM or be actively involved with CCF. More details here.

Saturday 06 May: World Land Trust Ceilidh

19:00-22:00, St Pauls Church, Hills Road, Cambridge. CB2 1JP

I'm Becky from Mill Road and I'm on a mission. Over the next few years, I have set myself a challenge to raise £5000 to save 50 acres of Rainforest for my favourite charity, the World Land Trust. I am setting myself crazy challenges to reach this target and you can follow my progress on my facebook page Becks £5000 for 50 acres of Rainforest Challenge One of the main events I am organising is a Ceilidh taking place on May 6th at St Pauls Church. The incredible Cambridge University Ceilidh Band will be playing for us and we will have a drinks bar, a raffle (with an incredible £700 worth of prizes, including sponsors from all over Cambridge which I am super grateful for) and much more! Tickets are £8 for an early bird ticket (£10 on the door) and include a free glass of bubbly in our sparkling drinks reception. Come and join us for an unforgettable evening of country dancing, music and laughter! Please visit my facebook page: World Land Trust Ceilidh Cambridge', or email <a href="?n=%20https://www.transitioncambridge.org/mail-contact/sendmail.php?who=bcky81">me</a> for event tickets and/or raffle tickets. It would be great to see you there! More details here.

Sunday 07 May: Spring Wildflowers

14:00-15:30, Wandlebury Country Park

Join the Cambridge PPF team at Wandlebury in the Stable Rooms for an introductory talk about our diverse range of beautiful wild flowers, then head out into the park for a guided stroll to look for them. No prior knowledge required. Booking essential, adults only. Places are limited. Members £3, non members £4. Meet at the car park notice board. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members. More details here.

Wednesday 10 May: Talk: 'Overpopulation: A driver of climate change?' with Professor Hilary Greaves

18:00-19:30, Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

The organisers say "It is often remarked that the significant drivers of climate change include not only high and rising levels of fossil fuel use per person, but also high and rising human population size. The logic behind this remark appears at first sight to be simple: climate change is driven by emissions, and total emissions are equal to per-capita emissions multiplied by population, so of course (one might think) higher population will lead to more climate change. I will argue that given a proper understanding of the physics of climate change, this simple argument is flawed. High population may indeed be damaging for reasons related to climate change, but if so, the reasons for this are more subtle; I will outline what they might be." Tickets are free, you can book via eventbrite here.

Saturday 13 May: Dying for Life: a fesitval of living and dying

10:00-18:00, Friend's Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

This festival will offer a day of information, art, ideas and conversation about dying and death which may well have an impact on the way we choose to live our lives. As Cambridge Transitioners you might be particularly interested to find out about green and alternative funerals in the first session of the day, "Everything you always wanted to know about death but were afraid to ask..." Free tickets for all daytime sessions can be booked on our website. More details here.

Saturday 13 May: Grasses for beginners

13:00-16:00, Wandlebury Country Park

Time in the classroom with the CambridgePPF team, looking at the main features and ecology of grasses, followed by a walk around Wandlebury Park to practice identifying them in the field. Booking essential, adults only. Members £6, non members £8. Meet at Wandlebury Stable rooms. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members. More details here.

Saturday 13 May: Fulbourn Repair Cafe

14:00-17:00, Townley Memorial Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn CB21 5BS

We are holding a second Repair Cafe at Fulbourn, part of a regular series in the villages to the south and east of Cambridge. If you have a item for repair, whether it's electrical, electronic, mechanical, a bike, a toy, clothes or just bits and bobs, it's best to book your item in. Please fill in the form

Sunday 14 May: May Plant Swap at Trumpington allotments

10:30-12:00, Foster Road allotments trading hut CB2 9JR

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.

Saturday 20 May: Beginners tree identification

13:00-16:00, Wandlebury Country Park

Join the CambridgePPF team for this fascinating workshop . Learn to identify trees at the easiest time of year, using leaf shape, buds, flowers, seeds, bark and tree shape. Followed by outdoor recognition practice. Adults only. Booking essential. Members £6, non members £8 . More details here.

Sunday 11 June: Open Farm Sunday

09:00, farms around the country

Curious about farming? What are the realities of growing food and running a farm? How do farmers take care of the countryside? Open Farm Sunday is the annual event where farms are open to the public to visit. It's managed by LEAF - Linking Environment And Farming - more info here. Some farms offer tours, some offer family activities - farms closest to Cambridge are listed here.

Events for your calendar

Have a great week :-)

Jacky and the Bulletin Writers 

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