Featuring a massive Repair Cafe and more!

Hi Everyone

This Saturday (the 11th) has has Transition Cambridge involved in the world's biggest Repair Cafe at the Wesley Methodist Church on Christ's Pieces between 10am and 6pm. Whilst that's something in itself, it'd be even more amazing if you were there! The repairs are free, as are some events alongside them- craft workshops, local art stalls, homemade cake, and local businesses giving short talks on relevant issues. To book your broken kit in in advance, follow the link above to the Transition Cambridge event page. Of course, any help offered running the event is gratefully received. The following Thursday (the 16th) offers us a talk on Culture and Climate Change at the Department of Geography between 4:15 and 6pm, which looks to tackle how many feel unable to fully appreciate climate change- and what can be done to motivate them. Then on Tuesday the 21st of November a film by Bruce Parry is being shown at the Light Cinema called 'Tawai- a voice from the Forest'. The event will run from 6:30 to 9pm, and after the showing Bruce himself will be answering questions. The last thing I'll mention here is a new pilot from Transition Cambridge called Pitch Up Pitch In. Join Transition Cambridge at the Friends Meeting House, 7:30pm on Tuesday the 28th November, to look at volunteering for a range of new events, this time including social media, flood defences, community bike racks, and a renewable car. All are welcome. And with that, on with the show:


Transition News and Events

  • Saturday 11 November: World's Biggest Repair Cafe in Cambridge
  • Sunday 12 November: Empty Common Community Garden
  • Tuesday 21 November: Tawai Film: Last few tickets remaining!
  • Sunday 26 November: Authors of 'Client Earth' in discussion
  • Tuesday 28 November: Pitch Up Pitch In: Volunteering opportunities
  • Wednesday 13 December: Winter Social
  • Saturday 3rd to Sunday 18th Feb: Be a Part of 'Films for our Future' - February 2018
  • 2017 Annual Report
  • Events for your calendar

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Other News and Events

  • Thursday 09 November: FREE Energy management training workshop for Cambs SMEs
  • Sat 11th Nov all day: Circular Cambridge Repair Cafe
  • Thursday 16 November: Talk: 'Culture and climate change:experiments in collaboration and engagement'
  • Sunday 19 November: Wildlife Gardening
  • Wednesday 22 November: Sustainable food?
  • Saturday 25 November: World Land Trust Ceilidh Cambridge Number 2

Transition News and Events

Saturday 11 November: World's Biggest Repair Cafe in Cambridge

10:00-18:00, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, Cambridge, CB1 1LG

At this year's Circular Cambridge Festival we are taking a bold and exciting step: challenging repairers and you, the public to help us set a world record to run the World's Biggest Repair Cafe. Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge need you to help us set this record so please bring us your faulty, torn, wobbly, and malfunctioning items and we'll have a huge repair party. The whir of the drills, smell of solder, tapping of hammers and patter of sewing machines will be blended with: copious amounts of homemade cake short talks from trailblazing companies like Patagonia, projects like Restart and individuals upcycled craft workshops for children stalls from local artists selling upcycled Christmas gifts W recommend you book your item in giving a brief description of the item and fault. You can turn up on the day but may have to wait. Thank you to Mackays of Cambridge and Draper Tools for supplying our repairers with the tools they need. Both the event and repairs are FREE! More details here.

Sunday 12 November: 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.

Tuesday 21 November: Tawai Film: Last few tickets remaining!

18:30-21:00, The Light Cinema

Join us for a special screening of Bruce Parry's latest film Tawai - a voice from the Forest (IMBD score 8.4 ) followed by Q&As with Bruce himself afterwards. Booking for the last 40 tickets is essential at this link. 'Tawai' is an empathetic homage to indigenous groups, and raises the question of how lifestyles in the developed world impact the communities who live in harmonious, close relationship to the planet. What can we give up as global consumers and citizens, perhaps more importantly, what can we do differently? This film is a preview event for Films for our Future, a cross-community season of inspirational film, conversation and discussion to help everyone find the next step towards playing their part in creating a better world.

Sunday 26 November: Authors of 'Client Earth' in discussion

13:00-14:00, Union Chamber

Transition Cambridge and Pivotal are supporting this event at the Cambridge Literary Festival. Join three passionate environmentalists for an optimistic discussion about the new environmental heroes who are taking governments to court - and winning. ClientEarth is the only pan-European group of environmental lawyers working in the public interest. Representing the world and its population is its founder, environmental lawyer, James Thornton, joined by co-writer, Martin Goodman, and ClientEarth trustee, composer and producer, Brian Eno. 'This book is an inspiration for those of us trying to build a sustainable future.' Caroline Lucas. More info about ClientEarth here. You can read a review of the book here. Tickets are £12/£10, and bookablehere

Tuesday 28 November: Pitch Up Pitch In: Volunteering opportunities

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

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. Our first line up includes: help wanted making bike racks for a community garden, a renewable energy/electric car project, an opportunity to practice social media, and some ideas for improving resilience to flooding. So if you want to share (or develop) your skills with hands or head there is an opportunity for you here, and you know you will be helping make Cambridge a sustainable city. Please come and support this pilot event and tell us what you think. 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.

2017 Annual Report

The annual report for 2016/2017 (pdf 1.5Mb) is out. Check out what we did - we've been busy. The report includes some results from the membership survey and the Treasurer's report, in case you missed the AGM.

Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

Thursday 09 November: FREE Energy management training workshop for Cambs SMEs

08:30-10:30, Allia Future Business Centre, King's Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2HY

Small businesses in Cambridge can learn about low-to-no cost energy management, heating and lighting measures for the workplace, that will help to reduce energy consumption and save money. Find out about two important programmes: Start2Act from The Carbon Trust for startups and young businesses, also the Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge & Peterborough Programme (BEECP) from the Peterborough Environment City Trust. This breakfast event is free to attend, just register here and the venue is served by both Citi 1 and Guided Bus A,B and C routes. More details here.

Sat 11th Nov all day: Circular Cambridge Repair Cafe

06:30-17:00, Wesley Methodist Church

Cambridgeshire has become a real hub for Repair Cafe's in the UK. To celebrate that, and draw attention to over-consumption and the role that it plays in climate change, CCF and Transition Cambridge are teaming up to set a record to run the worlds largest Repair Cafe! Up to 80 repairers will spend the day bringing back to life phones, computers, kitchen appliances, toys, bikes, clothes and jewellery. There also will be a range of stalls, music, short talks, a meal from surplus food and much more. Save the date! More information coming shortly.

Thursday 16 November: Talk: 'Culture and climate change:experiments in collaboration and engagement'

16:15-18:00, Small Lecture Theatre, Dept of Geography, Downing Site

Climate change is urgent and important, but also, for many, boring, difficult and confusing. What kinds of stories, artworks and other interventions are being created in response to 'the greatest challenge facing humanity' - a challenge that is also apparently forgettable? Joe Smith (Professor of Environment and Society, the Open University) and Renata Tyszczuk (Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Sheffield) reflect on their work at the intersection of research, policy and cultural work on climate change. Their projects include the Interdependence Day project, AHRC Stories of Change project on past, present and future energy transitions, and the Culture and Climate Change: Scenarios project, including its innovative networked artists residencies. They argue for the importance of cultural work on climate change, but caution against any expectation that it provides any communications silver bullets.

Sunday 19 November: Wildlife Gardening

09:30-12:00, Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve

Come and get some tips from the Wildlife Trust about planning your own wildlife garden, and develop skills by helping to create ours. We'll be looking at wildlife ponds, composting and shelters, and children can make a bird feeder to take home. Breakfast provided, so please book. £3 per person, all proceeds go to the Wildlife Trust BCN. More details here.

Wednesday 22 November: Sustainable food?

19:45, Free Church, 1 High St, Sawston CB22 3BG

2G3S, Greener Sawston, and Sawston Free Church present a discussion evening (part of the Sawston 'Your Village - Your Voice' series) covering different aspects of Sustainable Food, including: * Sustainable Food for the UK: options after Brexit (Ian Hodge, Professor of Rural Economy, University of Cambridge) * Growing your own organic food: barriers to change (Simon Saggers, organic smallholder) * An introduction to Cambridge Sustainable Food and latest news about establishing a Food Hub near Sawston (Bev Sedley, Chair of CSF & Duncan Catchpole, leader, Food Hub task force) Admission free; donations welcome: any profit to Cambridge Sustainable Food

Saturday 25 November: World Land Trust Ceilidh Cambridge Number 2

19:00-23:00, St Pauls Church, Cambridge

Hi there! I'm Becks from Willis Road in Cambridge 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. Back in May, I organised a Ceilidh which was a sellout and it was so much fun, I've organised another one. Ceilidh Number 2 is taking place on November 25th 2017 back at St Pauls Church again! The incredible Cambridge University Ceilidh Band will be playing for us and we will have a drinks bar, a raffle (with over £700 worth of incredible prizes, including sponsors from all over Cambridge which I am super grateful for) and much more! Tickets are £10 for an advance ticket (£12 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 or email me for event tickets. It would be great to see you there! More details here.

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