AGM Fun, apple juicing, make your eco home a reality!

Hi Everyone

We bring you news of another brimful week of activities, kicking off with tonight's Transition Cambridge AGM.  It's a celebration of all we've achieved and where we're going as a community  - supported by delicious tea and cake in true Transition style. Could you offer a few spare hours to help make Cambridge Sustainable Food's Pumpkin Festival a rip-roaring success? There are loads of events and many ways in which your unique skills and energy can help the project.    You've  seen the eco-houses,  you've imagined how cosy your home could be, now make it happen this Thursday at a planning session with help from experienced eco-home owners and experts.  End the week with an Autumn abundance vibe this coming Saturday at the Cambridge Sustainability Centre's  apple pressing and juicing - a wonderful family- friendly way to make good use of all those windfalls! 

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Monday 05 October: Transition Cambridge AGM
  • Thursday 08 October: POSTPONED: How to make fruit wines
  • Saturday 10 October: Apple picking and juicing day
  • Monday 12 October: Energy Group Meeting
  • Tuesday 13 October: Food Group meeting
  • Wednesday 14 October: Sustainability Hacking social: Green Manufacturing
  • Saturday 17 October: Paradise LNR Wandering
  • Wednesday 21 October: Growing Spaces meeting
  • Thursday 22 October: Workshop - 'Finding our power to bring about positive change'
  • Monday 26 October: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

Community News

  • Pumpkin Fest volunteers needed!
  • Cambridge-wide green tool library - October collection points

Other News and Events

  • Monday 05 October: WHOLE EARTH? launch
  • Thursday 08 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Priorities and Plans
  • Saturday 10 October: Embodied Science Retreat
  • Saturday 10 October: Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing
  • Sunday 11 October: Open event : Cambridge Co-housing
  • Tuesday 13 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Air Tightness and Ventilation
  • Tuesday 20 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Personal Stories
  • Wednesday 21 October: Lecture - 'Confronting the future: climate, energy and people'
  • Friday 23 October: Limits to growth - a new generation of action, GSI lunchtime seminar
  • Fri 23rd Oct - Sat 7th Nov: Cambridge Pumpkin Fest
  • Sunday 25 October: Apple Day at the Botanic Garden
  • Monday 26 October: Environmental Melancholia, GSI lunchtime seminar
  •   23 October-7 November: First ever Cambridge Pumpkin Festival: Grow them, cook them, eat them - a celebration of pumpkins
  • Thursday 29 October: Clim-art therapy: where do climate change, the arts and psychotherapy meet?
  • Wednesday 04 November: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Renewables Plus
  • Friday 06 November - Sunday 08: Social Venture Weekend
  • Thursday 12 November: Sustainable societies: unusual questions / extraordinary answers
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Monday 05 October: Transition Cambridge AGM

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

At next Monday's AGM we will be celebrating Transition's activities and achievements over the last year. Official business will be conducted, followed by a brainstorming session to plan where we're going over the next year, and then plenty of tea and cake. The AGM is a very good way to find out more about Transition Cambridge and to hear about the projects we are involved in. Everyone is very welcome to attend. If you have any (small, clean) tools for the forthcoming tool library, then please bring them to the AGM and Rebecca will pick them up.

Thursday 08 October: POSTPONED: How to make fruit wines

19:30-21:15,

This course is being postponed as we need a minimum number of people to run it. It might be run at a later date if enough people express interest, so feel free to send a mail if you are interested in general just not right now. Course description: "I will share with you all you need to know on how to make your own wines, show you which items you need, demonstrate the first stages of wine making and share my experience on troubleshooting. Price £12 per person. To book or for more information, please email Toni."

Saturday 10 October: Apple picking and juicing day

09:30, Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Fen End Farm, Smithy Fen, nr Cottenham

Posted by the CropShare team: "Our pals at the Cambridge Sustainability Centre at Fen End Farm in Cottenham have invited us again to pick and juice apples from their large organic orchard! Bring some bottles (it may be easiest to bring plastic ones which you can then freeze) and take home some juice. Here's a picture from last year." Sign up on the CropShare web-site if you'd like to come! The full address is "Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Fen End Farm, Oxholme Drove, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 8UP (here's a map and some directions).

Monday 12 October: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Peter's place, Fen Road

We will discuss overheating in our homes and how to avoid it - such as shading, reflective surfaces, ventilation, managing heat gains (internal and external). Also, we will hear a proposal from Craig Calient, a new volunteer, and we will catch up on other news. All welcome. Contact Nicola for venue details. More details here.

Tuesday 13 October: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, CB2 cafe, Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

The Food Group meets monthly, to make plans together for future events and to exchange news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. This meeting will include plans for our stall at Apple Day on 25 October and our pumpkin recipe and tasting event on 27th. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Wednesday 14 October: Sustainability Hacking social: Green Manufacturing

19:30-21:00, Mill pub, 14 Mill Lane, CB2 1RX

Join the Sustainability Hacking social to chat about possible and current projects and share ideas for making things the existence of which more than makes up for the carbon footprint of their production and use. The main chat topic for this month's social is "Green Manufacturing", foreshadowing Pivotal's December 9th event at the Junction "Can ipods (and chairs, and lampshades) grow on trees". If you'd like to have a seat reserved for you on the 14th, want to join the group's low-volume mailing-list or are interested in the group in general, contact Toni to say hi. More details here.

Saturday 17 October: Paradise LNR Wandering

10:00-11:00, Driftway Car Park

Signs of Autumn. Paradise LNR on the Cam will be our next walk on 17th October meeting at 10am in the car park next to the site at the end of Driftway. This standard walk will be practicing our mindfulness, observation skills and a slow meander with the group through the diverse areas of this small reserve. More details here.

Wednesday 21 October: Growing Spaces meeting

19:30-21:30, TBA

Would you like to see more fruit and vegetables growing in Cambridge's public spaces? Look at the map to see if there are any planted near your home or work - and let us know if you'd like to be involved in their care - and say where you would like to see new ones. Join the Growing Spaces project meeting as we plan late autumn planting and discuss upcoming projects. All welcome - gardening knowledge welcome but not required. Contact us for details of the address of this meeting and if you're interested in the project in general. More details here.

Thursday 22 October: Workshop - 'Finding our power to bring about positive change'

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

We know we live in challenging times. What helps us to give our best reponse to concerns about the world? How can we respond to issues like climate change and environmental destruction, and respond in a way that makes a difference? This evening is a reflective, experiential introduction to The Work That Reconnects, developed by Joanna Macy and others, which can help participants to reclaim a sense of personal power and strengthen personal resilience in turbulent times. Please book through eventbrite here. Part of the Festival of Ideas. More details here.

Monday 26 October: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

19:00-21:00, Anna's house off Coleridge Road

At the hub's monthly meeting, representatives of the groups and projects report on what they've been up to. We also make plans together to coordinate future events. Meetings are open, so all are welcome to attend. Attending hub meetings is a good way to see how Transition Cambridge works, and to get a sense of the range of projects that we are involved with. Contact Anna for details of the address.

Community News

Pumpkin Fest volunteers needed!

We have a lot of different roles for volunteers during the Cambridge #PumpkinRescue Festival from 23rd October to 7th November. (In fact the jobs start now, with people needed to distribute posters and brochures around town.) We need creative people to help decorate the hall for the Launch Night 23/10 and carve pumpkins for our market stall 24 and 31 Oct, as well as help with cookery workshops (including looking after children), stalls, Pumpkin Labyrinth, cooking and clearing up - and lots more! Please email Bev if you can help. More details here.

Cambridge-wide green tool library - October collection points

Did you know the averare power drill gets on average a mere 20 minuts of use in its working life? If you have under used tools that are taking up space why not donte them to the new Cambridge wide community Tool Library which is gathereing momentum. There are two collection events in October: For small clean tools, at the Transition AGM on the evening of Monday 5 October. For anything portable, at Cambridge Botanic Garden Apple Day on Sunday 25 October (you will need to pay admission - but it is a good day out). We'd like to gather, and eventually purchase tools for gardening, conservation, ecology, DIY/repairs and food harvesting and processing tools. At the events we will also have information about other local tool gathering projects. For more information contact Rebecca Jones. More details here.

Other News and Events

Monday 05 October: WHOLE EARTH? launch

17:30-19:00, LAB 002 Anglia Ruskin University East Road CB1 1PT Cambridge United Kingdom

Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute have joined forces with University of Cambridge's Environment and Energy Section to take over Parker’s Piece in October for an exciting photography exhibition called WHOLE EARTH? and are we welcoming the photographer himself at a launch on the 5 October – find out more and get free tickets here.

Thursday 08 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Priorities and Plans

19:30-21:30, Venue tbc (not Friends Meeting House as previously advertised)

How to decide your priorities for creating an energy-efficient home, from easy jobs to big projects.  Make a plan and turn it into reality, minimising hassle and unnecessary costs.

Experts will describe the basics and answer your  questions.  Donations appreciated. One of a series of events on putting home-energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Saturday 10 October: Embodied Science Retreat

10:00-17:30, The Cass Centre, Cambridge CB2 8BS

Our bodies are our connection to the natural world. By listening deeply to the world within and by seeing ourselves as part of nature we change our relationship to the world outside. By building compassion for ourselves as living beings we sustain our work for the planet. This is a half or full day retreat to dwell deeply inside and connect with our surroundings. We will talk, move, rest and reflect. Morning (10-1pm) - Rhythm; afternoon (2.30-5.30pm) - Imagery. £35 for a half day, £65 for a full day. Concessions on request. Further details and booking on website.

Saturday 10 October: Resurgence Festival of Wellbeing

10:00-18:00, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4 QH

The theme of this day is 'From Economic Growth to Growth in Wellbeing'. The organisers say: 'A sense of wellbeing is what really matters in life. We need a new movement of awareness and action to bring meaning to life and to put community wellbeing at the heart of political and social decision-making. Instead of economic growth, we need growth in wellbeing. The festival of wellbeing will explore these ideas - expect inspiring speakers and entertainment.' Tickets are £45, with concessions for those on low incomes. There's also a second day, on Sunday 11 October in London, (which is free) with the theme of 'From 'wellbeing in words' to 'wellbeing in action'.' More info and how to book here

Sunday 11 October: Open event : Cambridge Co-housing

15:00-18:00, Orchard Park Community Centre CB4 2EZ

Ever wondered about living in a co-housing community? Create a sustainable community in Cambridge! Now is your chance. But be quick as they are being snapped up fast. Cambridge K1 Community have a few dwellings available at their Orchard Park site. They are building 38 homes,using environmentally sound methods,with shared community space,making decisions together. To join us, or find out more, come to our: Open Afternoon — All Welcome. Sunday 11th October 2015, 3.00-6.00 pm. Meet at 3pm at the corner of Topper St and Graham St for a tour of the site. Meet at 4pm at Orchard Park Community Centre, CB4 2EZ for presentations, discussion. Email us if you have any questions. More details here.

Tuesday 13 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Air Tightness and Ventilation

19:30-21:30, Anglia Ruskin University, Helmore 251, East Road CB1 1PT

Nobody wants to live in a draughty house, nor a stuffy house; we want the best indoor air quality. Whatever kind of home you live in our panel of experts will help you understand the issues and solutions. Open Eco Homes host Peter Pope, innovator Tom Lipinksi from Ventive. Pete McKeown from local company Cernunnos and scholar Ray Galvin from Cambridge University will answer your questions and resolve the dilemma - how much fresh air is enough? One of a series of free events on putting home energy inspiration into practice. Donations welcome. More details here.

Tuesday 20 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Personal Stories

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5

Hear three Cambridge householders' stories of choosing, installing and living with a variety of energy-saving measures. Learn first-hand the how and why of living in beautiful, energy-efficient homes. What's it been like? What are the benefits? All welcome to this free event. Donations appreciated. One of a series of events on putting home-energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Wednesday 21 October: Lecture - 'Confronting the future: climate, energy and people'

19:30-21:00, Perse Upper School, Hills Road, CB2 8QF

Chris Rapley is professor of Climate Science at UCL. He's also written '2071' a play about the consequences of climate change, which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre earlier this year. This event is free, though you need to book with the Perse School. More details here.

Friday 23 October: Limits to growth - a new generation of action, GSI lunchtime seminar

13:00-14:00, HEL302, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, CB1 1PT

The Global Sustainability Institute's work with the Institute of Actuaries brings together the latest evidence on limits to growth and resource constraints. It explores the potential impact of resource constraints on the global economy and society through the use of scenarios. Join us on 23 October (1-2pm) to hear more about these issues, from speakers Irma Allen (All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth) and Roberto Pasqualino (Global Sustainability Institute). No need to book. Any questions email Julie More details here.

Fri 23rd Oct - Sat 7th Nov: Cambridge Pumpkin Fest

19:15-19:15, various

Cambridge's 1st #PumpkinRescue Festival aims to draw attention to food waste in a fun and creative way. Over 30 events (some free) for children and adults around Cambridge: Disco Soup, Pay-as-you-feel pop-up cafe, fabulous feasts, cookery workshops, pumpkin picnics, storytelling and lots more. See here for more information, including event listings. Some events need booking. Look out for our beautiful brochures around town (Arjuna and St Paul's have them.) More details here.

Sunday 25 October: Apple Day at the Botanic Garden

10:00-16:00, Botanic Garden, Bateman Street

The day for all things apple and apple-related..! There are apple tastings and you can bring along your mystery apples for identification by the East of England Apples and Orchard Project (more info here). Come and visit the Transition stall - sample our activities, and meet some friendly Transitioners. If you can help out on the stall, even for an hour or two, contact Kati Tickets are £8.00 for adults, £7.50 concessions, and it's a good idea to book in advance. More details here.

Monday 26 October: Environmental Melancholia, GSI lunchtime seminar

13:00-14:00, LAB109, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, CB1 1PT

Join us for this Global Sustainability Institute seminar (1-2pm) given by visiting fellow Dr Renee Lertzman, a psychosocial researcher who has applied her work across public, private and governmental sectors for two decades. She will cover issues raised in her recently published book, Environmental Melancholia, in which she deconstructs the idea that there is a gap between what people care about and what is actually carried out in policy and personal practice. In doing so, she presents an innovative way to think about and design engagement practices and policy interventions. No need to book. Any questions email Rosie More details here.

Tuesday 27 October: Grow them, cook them, eat them - a celebration of pumpkins

19:00, Ross Street Community Centre

Bring, share and taste a host of delicious pumpkin recipes and hear some tips on how to grow your own. Free if you bring a dish and recipe to share, otherwise £2 to cover costs. Bring your camera to photograph your favourite recipes. Email Ann for further details and to book a place. This event is part of the Cambridge Pumpkin Fest.

Thursday 29 October: Clim-art therapy: where do climate change, the arts and psychotherapy meet?

18:30-20:00, LAB 002, Anglia Ruskin University, CB1 1PT (nearest entrance on Broad St)

A public panel discussion exploring human responses to climate disruption, and the arts. Psychosocial researcher Dr Renee Lertzman will lead an exciting line-up of speakers in conversation: Ackroyd & Harvey (associates of Cape Farewell), Marina Velez (Cambridge Sustainability Residency founder), Zoe Svendsen (creator of TippingPoint award-winning 3rd Ring Out), and Natalie Jeremijenko (founder of xClinic). Hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2015. 6:30-8pm followed by refreshments. No booking required but for more information email Rosie. More details here.

Wednesday 04 November: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Renewables Plus

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5

Expert talks on choosing renewable energy and efficient heating to suit your home and budget. How to get the most from solar panels, heat pumps and other technologies like combined heat and power (CHP). Cut your energy bills and carbon emissions, while avoiding scams! Solar PV - the latest choices - Own Morgan, Cambridge Solar Heat pumps, micro CHP, heat recovery - Pete McKeown, Cernunnos Getting the best from solar & heat pumps - Nicola Terry Subsidies update - Feed-in Tariff, Renewable Heat Incentive - Justin Smith, City Home Energy Officer Chair: Tom Bragg, Open Eco Homes Manager and Host All welcome to this free event. Donations appreciated. One of a series of events on putting home-energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Friday 06 November - Sunday 08: Social Venture Weekend

16:30-17:30, tbc

Got an idea for a social venture and in need of some support? Social Incubator East is dedicated to supporting social ventures to grow. Their programme runs over a 12 month period providing a range of tailored support specifically focusing on Business Advice, Connections, Finance and Training. Each cohort is recruited after a Social Venture Weekend of training provided by Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). They say, 'No matter what stage you’re at with your business, the weekend will help you refine your thinking, develop your business plan and pitch it. You’ll also have the opportunity to share and test your ideas with others and learn from the experiences of successful social entrepreneurs.' More info and how to apply via the website

Thursday 12 November: Sustainable societies: unusual questions / extraordinary answers

16:00-18:00, LAB 006, Anglia Ruskin University, CB1 1PT (nearest entrance on Broad St)

A series of activities and games bringing new perspectives to sustainability, accompanied by tea and cake! Try sensing energy, explore how money makes the world go round, debate your right to decide how we use resources, and see 'natural' landscapes differently. More information on speakers and activities on our webpage. The event is open to everyone, and we are particularly keen for teenagers and their families to come along. Please book in advance, although you can turn up on the day. For more information ->https://www.transitioncambridge.org/mail-contact/sendmail.php?who=rs.r66%5D%5D]]. Hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. More details here.

Events for your calendar

That's it for this week, hopefully see you this evening and have a great week!

Jacky and the Bulletin compilers :-)

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