page Newsletter 4/Dec/27 - Party!

Hi Everyone

Plans for next year are already afoot - do check out the film in our Films for our Future season in February. Before then, its Seedy Sunday and before then - next week in fact - we hope you can come to our winter social at the Six Bells (Wednesday 13th). In the meantime, if you fancy warming up with a bit of gardening, don't forget that Empty Common Community Garden continues right through the year. If there isn't anything to do with plants there is plenty to do making things, like the cycle racks I know they are planning. 


Transition News and Events

  • Thursday 07 December: Energy Group Meeting
  • Sunday 10 December: Empty Common Community Garden
  • Wednesday 13 December: Winter Social
  • Saturday 3rd to Sunday 18th Feb: Be a Part of 'Films for our Future' - February 2018
  • Thank you Arjuna!

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  • Tuesday 05 December: Camcycle AGM - Guest speaker Carlton Reid 'Lost Cycleways* Saturday 09 December: Fulbourn Christmas Community Market
  • Saturday 13 January: Keeping Cambridge Special - Cambridge's spaces and streets
  • Sunday 28 January: Seedy Sunday
  • I dig trees celebrate 500,000 trees planted - can we do more?

Transition News and Events

Thursday 07 December: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-22:00, Judith's place on Leys Road

At this meeting we will discuss peak energy demand: what sort of loads are in there (now and in the future), why this is important, mechanisms to keep it down and if there is anything we can do about it ourselves. We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. Plus, we will keep the business short and leave some time for seasonal cheer - please bring finger food and/or soft drink to share. More details here.

Sunday 10 December: Empty Common Community Garden

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.

Wednesday 13 December: Winter Social

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

Please come and bring your good cheer with you to our winter social at the Six Bells. All are welcome. Bring seasonal snacks to share if you like but please don't feel obliged. There will be plenty to go round.

Saturday 3rd to Sunday 18th Feb: Be a Part of 'Films for our Future' - February 2018

06:00-06:00, various

Sustainability and environmental groups from Cambridge and the villages have joined forces to organise a season of positive message, inspirational films and conversation events next year - 3rd to 18th February 2018. Convened by Transition Cambridge with our key partners, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Pivotal, we aim to inspire film goers to find the next step on their personal journey towards a sustainable, low carbon lifestyle. Among the award winning and inspirational films we have lined up are Tomorrow-Demain and We, the Uncivilised. Films will be shown in venues across the city and in the villages, and we're looking for helpers for many of the events eg: sound specialists, Social Media users, video makers, stewards and bucket rattlers! Please get in touch if you'd like to play a part in this exciting initiative! More details here.

Thank you Arjuna!

"Growing Spaces would like to express our utmost thanks to Arjuna Wholefoods, who have made a generous donation of £350 to our project! Arjuna donate 10% of their annual profits to local charities and community groups, and we are delighted to have been selected as a recipient this year. Cambridge's Growing Spaces team put in many hours of planning and planting throughout the year to ensure that the spaces are always available for use by all Cambridge residents. Like Arjuna, Growing Spaces wouldn't be possible without the tireless efforts and cooperation of its members. In order to acknowledge this and help raise public awareness and understanding of what we do, we plan on using Arjuna's donation to release a short film about the group. We're confident that this will help draw attention to the abundance of free-to-access food lining our city's hedgerows, parks and streets.

Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

Tuesday 05 December: Camcycle AGM - Guest speaker Carlton Reid 'Lost Cycleways'

19:45, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

The Camcycle 2017 AGM will be on Tuesday 5 December. Doors will open at 7.15pm for tea and coffee. The meeting will start early at 7.45pm to ensure plenty of time for our guest speaker Carlton Reid. Official AGM business will start at 8.45pm. This year our guest speaker will be Carlton Reid executive editor of 'BikeBiz' magazine, author of 'Roads Were Not Built For Cars' and researcher of lost cycleways. This one is not to be missed! Many cycle advocates urge that the Department for Transport should create dense grids of protected cycling infrastructure - in other words, Britain should "Go Dutch". It's almost totally unknown that Britain once had the beginnings of such a Netherlands-inspired network. Carlton Reid is on a mission to rediscover this network and, in some cases, literally dig it up. We even have one of these 1930's cycleways in Cambridge. Can you guess where it is? Facebook event More details here.

Saturday 09 December: Fulbourn Christmas Community Market

14:30-17:00, Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End, CB21 5BS

It will be a full hall with artisan bread (Abundance Bakehouse), cakes, and savouries, including some gluten free. Organic fruit and veg, jams, chutneys, local honey and eggs, Cambridge Cheese Company (incl. olives, pies, scotch eggs and salmon) and other local produce. Fulbourn's Moonshine Brewery bottle conditioned ales and Fulbourn apple juice. Handmade crafts, fine art, ceramics, original prints, cards, and affordable jewellery; crafted home, kitchen, table and fabric gifts; Christmas plant, decorations & puddings; handmade natural lotions, deodorants, soaps etc; and natural health products and supplements. And more. Free activities for children making Christmas crafts on the stage. Cafe. Free entry.

Saturday 13 January: Keeping Cambridge Special - Cambridge's spaces and streets

09:00-13:00, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 OWA

Cambridge Past Present and Future are convening this next meeting in their series 'Keeping Cambridge Special'. They say 'Come and tell us how Cambridge can address the challenge of having more people moving around the city, in ways that enhance the quality of life and preserve the city's heritage. This workshop will include four thought provoking presentations covering eg green spaces, sharing spaces, improving interchanges and street design: Sharing spaces: Robert Myers (landscape designer) Green spaces: Joel Carré (Cambridge City Council) Movement: Charlene Rohr (RAND Europe) Design: Kieran Perkins (5th Studio) There will be an opportunity to give your views and for discussion with decision-makers, which will be led by Councillor Lewis Herbert (Leader of Cambridge City Council). This workshop will help inform a forthcoming Spaces and Movement Supplementary Planning Document for Cambridge that will be produced during 2018. Book tickets here. Free, donations welcome. More details here.

Sunday 28 January: Seedy Sunday

13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall

Trumpington Allotment Socieyt invites you to Seedy Sunday 2018: Come to swap seed with other gardeners, but if you haven't got seeds come anyway. As well as seeds (including Heritage seeds) you will find local artisan food, community groups and of course tea and cakes from Trumpington WI. More details here.

I dig trees celebrate 500,000 trees planted - can we do more?

The Conservation Volunteers are delighted to announce since 2015 the I Dig Tree programme has successfully planted a whopping half a million trees. This is such great news especially at the beginning of National Tree Planting week. I Dig Trees is designed to make a real difference where you live. Reducing CO2, improving green spaces and encouraging wildlife to set up home. Every year, we join thousands of volunteers and community groups, to get our hands dirty and breathe fresh, new life into your cities, parks and schools. We've still got plenty of free trees packs remaining and anyone can register their community group to receive one of the 2,700 free community tree planting packs (each containing 50 trees), through the My Community Digs Trees initiative on the TCV website. Alternatively, you can volunteer to take part in a local tree planting activity. All trees planted are native species and all will be planted in the UK, directly impacting our local communities. More details here.

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