Welcome back to the Transtion Fortnightly Bulletin, and the start of our 9th year of sustainable community living! We have some nourishing and practical activities this fortnight, such as a bit of pottering and working the land at the Empty Common Community Garden on Sundays or the Cropshare work day on Saturday 16th. For south of the city readers, why not join Headway at their Growing Together sessions from September 14th? Getting up close and hands-on with nature makes you feel good! There are some thought provoking panel and discussion events that help us focus on the bigger picture as well- First up tomorrow (Tuesday) there's a chance to help shape a new vision for Cambridge with guest speaker Cambridgeshire Mayor, James Palmer. The ongoing developments with the regional Transport strategy is likely to be a key area in the discussion. Still on the theme of the bigger picture, why not expand your appreciation of Cambridge with Open Cambridge, the weekend where doors to hidden parts of Cambridge open for a chance to experience bits of our city you might not know about - historical, literary, environmental, cultural and more. Should you have an energy audit? It's the hot topic at the Energy Group meeting on 20th Setpember. And finally, come and visit us at our stall at the Daily Bread 25th birthday event -we'll have a swap and share produce stall and I hear, there's birthday cake to be enjoyed!
10:30-12:30, Empty Common Community Garden
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 details here.
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.
20:00-21:30, Patrick's house off Coldham's Lane
We will be discussing energy audits - are they useful and what is the best way to do them. If you are new to the group, what sort of audit (if any) would you like? Have you experienced an audit before. Do you wish you had? We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.
10:00-16:00, Daily Bread, Unit 3, Kilmaine Close, Kings Hedges CB4 2PH
Daily Bread is having a 25th birthday event. Transition and our Growing Spaces project will have a Swap and Share produce stall- we'd welcome donations of spare garden produce, preserves, herbs or flowers - just bring them along on the day. Can you join the team on our stall for an hour or so? See this Doodle if so. Growing Spaces has cheered up the space outside the shop with beautiful planters growing herbs and other tasty edibles - the planters are decorated with artwork by children from The Grove primary school. Daily Bread say 'We are a whole food shop, committed to supplying ethically-sourced, natural foods to our local communities at affordable prices. We are a workers' co-operative which seeks to create employment both by our working methods and by employing and supporting people with mental health challenges.' More info about Daily Bread + map here.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
October is the time for our AGM - to review and celebrate what we've been doing over the last year, and the last 9 years. It's a great opportunity to catch up with friends and hear more about the projects we're developing - Cropshare, Repair Cafe's, community gardening and more. All are welcome to come along; however only members can vote(a member is someone who's done some volunteering in the last 12 months). As we're a volunteer organisation, donations are welcome. There will be tea and, of course, cake!
We are going to try a new type of event with the aim of getting new Transition projects started. Its called 'Pitch Up Pitch In' and on each evening there will be a range of projects presenting and pitching for volunteers. if you have an idea for a project (which could be anything from one-off event or a video to a multi-year project) this is an opportunity for you to recruit support. We haven't fixed a date for the first one yet - we are aiming for November. If you have an idea you think might make a good pitch please contact Nicola More details here.
10:00-14:00, Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ
The Zero Carbon Britain short course offers a chance to up-skill, relax, re-think, get a taster of new ways of mind-full wellbeing and cross fertilise ideas with like-minded people. Come and join us. The next short course will run 5th - 7th September. More details here.
16:00-19:30, Old Divinity School, St John's College Cambridge
The growing food movement and climate change concerns have brought a more critical eye to our agricultural practices. Is agriculture contributing to or detracting from the health of people and the planet? This series of discussions will feature two presentations of agriculture and health-related case studies and a panel discussion to explore the work of University of Cambridge alumnus Sir Albert Howard, who is famously quoted for saying, "The health of soil, plant, animal and man is one and indivisible." Speakers and attendees will engage in a discussion about the agricultural practices that are promoting both human and planetary health, and on the other hand those that are in need of improvement. More details here.
19:00-20:30, Cambridge Rugby Club
Cambridge deserves better: a new vision for our region. The programme includes a talk by James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and then a panel discussion, with Wendy Blythe Chair, The Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations (FeCRA), Rod Cantrill Councillor Cambridge City Council, Colin Harris Cambridge Connect, Tumi Hawkins Councillor South Cambridgeshire, Edward Leigh Smarter Cambridge Transport, followed by Q & A. All welcome.This is likely to be a popular event so sign up quickly. More details here.
09:00-18:00, various around Cambridge
Get to know your home city better! Open Cambridge is the annual weekend event where institutions open their doors to the public. This ranges from the fire station to the mosque to the Guildhall, as well as college libraries, gardens and art collections... There are talks, exhibitions,family events and tours (on foot and by bike). This year includes the new suburb of Eddington, which has rainwater recycling, a district heating network and an underground waste system...Most events are free,and you need to book for some - booking opens on 14 August. More details here.
14:00-15:30, Wandlebury Country Park
It's never too late to learn new things! Join us for this sociable guided stroll around Wandlebury Park with our knowledgeable staff, where you will identify and learn about late flowering plants that thrive in the beautiful chalk grasslands. A fascinating, relaxing afternoon for those who enjoy looking a little more closely. Please book in advance. For adults only. No prior knowledge necessary. £3 for CambridgePPF members, non members £4. Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members. email us Or call 01223 243830 extension 207. More details here.
09:30, Block 10, Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EE
Headway Cambridgeshire are running a free weekly gardening course. We are looking for some helpful volunteers to come on the course. You will learn the basics of gardening including aspects of permaculture and organic gardening whilst also supporting people with a disability to do the same. More details here.
18:00-21:30, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge
Fauna & Flora International continues to be a leading force in global conservation efforts. With its expanding reach protecting habitats around the world, using sound research and an approach tailored to each unique conservation issue, our teams are able to help shape the way threatened animals and plants are protected. But these projects can often take years, even decades, to exhibit results. So how do we define 'success' in conservation, and how do we then measure it? Join us as we seek to answer these questions. Tanya Cox, Project Manager for Marine Plastics at FFI, will discuss the results of our engagement with the international organisations and the UK Government to tackle the use and effects of microplastics. Dr Jenny Daltry, Senior Conservation Biologist, will report on Redonda and the exciting progress of our efforts to restore and reinvigorate the island's fragile ecosystem. This presentation is preceded by the FFI AGM at 6.00pm. The main presentation will begin at 7.00pm, followed by a reception with complimentary drinks and food. More details here.
10:00-16:00, ily Bread, Unit 3, Kilmaine Close, Kings Hedges CB4 2PH
We would like to invite everyone to come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Daily Bread Co-operative. In honour of this event we are hosting a fair on our premises at Kilmaine Close in Kings Hedges. The Wholesome Fair will include stalls by our suppliers and the local charities and action groups we support. There will be activities for children like face painting, garden games and even a bouncy castle! Food will be provided by The Pod (vegan pop-up cafe) and everyone will get vegan cake and refreshments. From 10:00 till 16:00. FREE ENTRY
10:30-13:30, St Andrew's Centre, School Hill, Histon Cambridge
Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. You can bring along the following to be repaired and maybe pick up a few repair skills at the same time: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits and bobs. Please book your item in by emailing us telling us what the item is and what's wrong with it (if you know!), or you can turn up on the day. The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. This is a free event. However, donations to cover venue hire and other costs are very welcome. More details here.
14:00-16:30, Stapleford Recreation Ground, Jubilee Pavilion, Haverhill Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BX
Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston (2G3S) are holding a mini Repair Cafe as part of a 'Green Living Afternoon' from 2 - 4.30 pm on Sunday 1 October. It will be in the Jubilee Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, on Haverhill Road/Gog Magog Way, Stapleford. No prior booking; but bring along any items that need repair (including electrical items, bikes, jewellery; but no fabric items this time please) and we'll try to fix them for you on a first come, first served basis! The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.
11:00-13:00, Wandlebury Country Park
Take a guided stroll around Wandlebury Park and hear from an expert about the fascinating array of fungi that thrives at this time of year. Suitable for those with no knowledge about fungi, and those who have attended before. There's always something new to learn. Fungi identification is an essential skill that requires many years of experience, so book a place soon and make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to hear from those in the know. Booking is essential for this event, which is for adults only Email us or ring 01223 243830 extension 207 . Places are limited. £4 for members, non members £5. Meet at the car park notice board. Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members. More details here.
10:00-16:00, Wandlebury Country Park
Beginners and improvers welcome to try this ancient craft.There's always more to learn.If you've never tried basket making before, here's your opportunity to have a go and learn how. You'll be able to take your basket home with you - a satisfying end to the session. Booking is essential for this event, which is for adults only. Email us or ring 01223 243830 extension 207 Places are limited. £45 (£40 members). Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members. More details here.
Have a great fortnight
Jacky and the Bulletin Writers' Team