Investing, planting, hacking and designing - Transition Cambridge Bulletin

Hi everyone,

Tonight (Tuesday)'s Energy Group Meeting will focus on the hot topic of renewable energy investments. On Wednesday evening, join the Growing Spaces meeting to discover the wealth of planting possibility in Cambridge. And on Thursday evening the Sustainability Hacking group welcome you to a social event. Confused about sustainability hacking? I've saved you the time of looking it up: it is not the kind of hacking limited to computer coding, and in fact may appeal to anyone with a technical skill to apply to a sustainable outcome. An event to look out for and book early includes Wendy Seabrook's course Getting to the Heart of Permaculture Design at the end of this month. We are actively looking for new volunteers for our bulletin team - please get in touch if you'd like to help with the (roughly monthly) contribution to sharing Transition's activities across Cambridge. Read on for probably the best things to see and do in Cambridge this week, month and beyond...

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Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 08 September: Energy Group Meeting
  • Wednesday 09 September: Growing Spaces meeting
  • Thursday 10 September: Sustainability Hacking social
  • Tuesday 15 September: Food Group meeting
  • Saturday 19 September: Wildlife Wanderings: Nine Wells Nature Reserve nr Addenbrooke's Hospital
  • Monday 21 September: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Thursday 24 September: Transition bulletin editors meeting
  • Saturday 26 September: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • 28th Sept - 1st Oct: Course: Getting to the Heart of Permaculture Design
  • Saturday 03 October: Workshop: The Work that Reconnects
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Bottled water questionnaire

Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 08 September - Wednesday 09: 'Designing the world we want' - International Permaculture Conference
  • Open days are 19th & 27th September, both 10:30 - 16:30: Open Eco Homes
  • Saturday 10 October: Embodied Science Retreat
  • Nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 08 September: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Patrick's place, off Coldham's Lane

We will discuss renewable energy investments - how the business models work, the risks and returns and benefits for the community. We will have details on some examples including Reach Solar Farm. More details here.

Wednesday 09 September: Growing Spaces meeting

19:30-21:30, Toni's house on Victoria Road

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 where you would like to see new ones. Join the Growing Spaces project meeting as we plan autumn planting and discuss potential 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 10 September: Sustainability Hacking social

19:00, The 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. If you'd like 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.

Tuesday 15 September: Food Group meeting

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

This is the Food Group's monthly business meeting - the first of the autumn season! We'll get up to date on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge and make plans for the autumn. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Saturday 19 September: Wildlife Wanderings: Nine Wells Nature Reserve nr Addenbrooke's Hospital

11:00, meet by the Bell Language School, Red Cross Lane CB2 0QU

Nine Wells is one of Cambridge City Council’s Local Nature Reserves, and the source of Hobson’s Conduit! Close to Addenbrooke’s hospital, it can be seen from the train as you head south of the city. We’ll do a circuit from Red Cross Lane to the reserve and follow the footpaths to the Babraham Park & Ride. Nine Wells has woodland, springs and a chalk stream. We’ll be looking at hedgerow fruits and berries and other signs of autumn and talking about their importance to birds and other wildlife. We’ll also be talking about foraging, so come prepared with bags! More details here.

Monday 21 September: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

19:00-21:00, Nicola's house on Chesterton 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 Nicola for details of the address.

Thursday 24 September: Transition bulletin editors meeting

19:30, CB2 Cafe (upstairs), Norfolk Street

At this meeting we'll check in with how things are going, and talk any new prospective editors through what is involved. So if you've ever thought that you'd like to help with writing our newsletter, please come along! The bulletin aims to connect the dots, letting people know about the many sustainability-related activities in Cambridge. We also hope to inspire and encourage everyone in their efforts to lead sustainable lifestyles, by demonstrating how many other people are also committed to working towards future-friendly ways of living. On a more practical note, editing the newsletter takes approximately 2-3 hours, and involves choosing what to include, entering any new events/news items that have come in, and writing the little editorial at the top of the newsletter. We take turns doing it, so that it is only every few weeks. You can read back copies of the newsletter here.

Saturday 26 September: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

09:30-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode 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 from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30pm, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. 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. There will be farm days on the 1st, 15th and 29th August. More details here.

28th Sept - 1st Oct: Course: Getting to the Heart of Permaculture Design

09:00-17:30, Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Fen End Farm, Oxholme Drove, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 8UP

Wendy Seabrook, an Australian permaculture teacher, is visiting the UK and has offered to run a permaculture course focusing on permaculture design. The course will take place at the Cambridge Sustainability Centre (10 miles north of Cambridge) from 28 September to 1 October (4 full days) at cost price £125-150. Bookings are now open (early bird price ends 14 Sept) and full details are here.

Saturday 03 October: Workshop: The Work that Reconnects

10:00-17:00, Newnham Croft Primary School, Cambridge CB3 9JF

"The Work that Reconnects" is a style of workshop designed by Joanna Macy to help us find the energy and inspiration to act to bring about a more sustainable, peaceful and equitable world. This workshop aims to help you connect with topics that you'd like to engage with, and/or to find the energy and motivation that you need to get started or to keep going. The workshops are also a good way of connecting with other people who care deeply about environmental and social issues. The workshop will be based on Joanna Macy's book, "Coming back to life" (co-authored by Molly Young Brown, with a new edition out recently). The workshop will be facilitated by Anna McIvor and Liz Serocold. Suggested contributions are approximately £20 to cover the cost of room hire. To book, please contact Anna or Liz.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Bottled water questionnaire

Message from Vivien Ngo: "Dear all, I am a student studying MSc Sustainability at Anglia Ruskin University. As part of my Master’s dissertation I am carrying out a questionnaire. The questionnaire explores values and actions within bottled water consumption in terms of sustainability. I would really appreciate it if you could spare 10 minutes to complete it. I am seeking UK residents aged 18 and over to participate in the questionnaire. If you are interested or know anyone who may be interested, please follow and share this link: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_eLOVaDvyxP7n9HL. Thanks in advance for your help and time!"

Other News and Events

Tuesday 08 September - Wednesday 09: 'Designing the world we want' - International Permaculture Conference

09:30-17:00, The Light, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London. NW1 2BJ

Two days packed with presentations, workshops, academic papers, exhibitions, music, and art. Plenary sessions with inspirational speakers including Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement. Day 1 focuses on practice - What are the inspiring, far-sighted projects of today, that show us what a sustainable society could look like in 2030? Day 2 focuses on processes - the pathways to transformation: How do we get from where we are now to where we want to be? Explore and share how existing tools and processes can be used to design the world we want and need. Enhance cooperation and links between different groups and sectors working to achieve a more sustainable world. Tickets (early bird rate) are £160 (or £145 for students). If you fancy stewarding for two half-days, you get free entry to the conference. More details here.

19th & 27th September, 10:30 - 16:30: Open Eco Homes

10:30-16:30, at 18 Cambridge-area open homes

18 varied Cambridge-area low-energy homes will be open for free booked visits: retro-fitted & new-build, low cost & really stylish, simple & high tech. Householders show and explain how they save energy, including: draft-proofing, many types of insulation, low-carbon energy sources such as wood-stoves, solar and heat-pumps. Smart behaviour and taking control of home-energy too. More details and booking to follow. Home-owners: Do you have an interesting (not perfect!) low-energy home that others could learn from? We're looking for more. See "Hosting" at openecohomes.org or phone 01223 301842. 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.

Nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects

Permaculture Magazine has teamed up with Permaculture People to produce nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects across a range of topics, such as large-scale, regenerative agriculture, forest gardening, urban permaculture and natural building. Watch the films here. Topics include forest gardening, natural building, binding soil with regenerative agriculture, urban permaculture, no-dig gardening, animal-free farming, off-grid living, transformation through learning, and 21st century foraging.

Events for your calendar

Have a great week!

Hannah and the bulletin writing team (could that be you soon?)

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