Cafe Nights and Wildlife Wanderings

Hello Everyone!

Here's hoping that you've all had an excellent weekend. First and foremost there are two events occurring tonight (Monday 9th): the first is a Transition cambridge cafe night at 19:30 on East Road, and the second is a non-TC event on home insulation at St. Luke's Church, also starting at 19:30. Feel free to take your pick!

Tomorrow (Tuesday 10th) there are two more events: a food group meeting and a biodiversity talk, which just happens to be being held in a pub in case you needed extra incentive. There's plenty more coming up in the form of meetings, talks, and events, but I'll let you read on at your leisure.

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Monday 09 November: Cafe night: "In Transition 2.0" film and welcome evening
  • Tuesday 10 November: Food Group meeting
  • Tuesday 17 November: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 19 November: Transition Cambridge Special General Meeting and hub meeting
  • Saturday 21 November: Wildlife Wanderings Ditton Meadows
  • Monday 23 November: Cafe night: Direct democracy and sustainability, with Chris Forman
  • Tuesday 24 November: Plant swap + tips for growing
  • Cafe night ideas wanted!

Community News

  • Quince

Other News and Events

  • Monday 09 November: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Insulation
  • Tuesday 10 November: The biodiversity on your doorstep
  • Thursday 12th November: Sustainable societies: unusual questions / extraordinary answers
  • Thursday 12 November: City Deal (transport options) and alternatives consultation
  • Saturday 14 November: Clothes Swapping Party (Swish)
  • Saturday 21 November: Can Politicians affect Climate Change? Discussion with Daniel Zeichner, MP
  • Monday 23 November: Talk: Nature, the Economy, and Human Well-Being
  • Monday 23 November: Film: "This Changes Everything" (bookings needed for showing to go ahead)
  • Buzz Tour film now available on-line (includes TC and CropShare!)
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Monday 09 November: Cafe night: "In Transition 2.0" film and welcome evening

19:30, Espresso Library, East Road (round the corner from the Fire Station)

If you're new to the Transition movement, or just fancy seeing this film again, come along to Espresso Library for our first cafe night of the Autumn! Film info: "In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places." We'll also have some time after the film to discuss what Transition Cambridge is doing and ways to get involved. A big thank you to Espresso Library for offering to host these cafe nights! All are welcome, and this event is free.

Tuesday 10 November: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, Earl of Beaconsfield pub, 133 Mill Road (just across the bridge) CB1 3AA

Got an idea for a food event? A great film, an informative book, a succesful project to visit? Maybe you have skills to share or there's something you've always wanted to learn. The Food Group is putting together a programme of inspiring food events, so come along and contribute your ideas! As well as creating a programme for the coming months, we'll exchange news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be in the back room, across the courtyard.

Tuesday 17 November: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Patrick's place, near the Beehive Centre

Our main topic will be energy monitoring - what we have done at home and how it has been useful, and we will catch up on other news. All welcome. Contact Nicola for venue details.

Thursday 19 November: Transition Cambridge Special General Meeting and hub meeting

18:30-21:00, Nicola's house, on Chesterton Road

Alongside our monthly hub meeting where we coordinate Transition's activities, we will also have a Special General Meeting, which is required by our bank in order to update the signatories for our bank account. All members are invited to attend to consider and approve the resolution required by the bank for it to accept the changes. If you would like to vote you can do so in person or ask your group representative (or other attendee) to be your proxy (hub members will provide proxy voting papers to group members). Details of the resolution which incorporates standard text from the bank will be available at the meeting and on the proxy voting forms. The Hub meeting will follow at approximately 7pm and there will be more financial issues to discuss including new processes for applying for grants, and a process to allow people to be paid for Transition-related activities when these activities are funded through grants or generate sufficient income to make this possible (people would be paid on a self-employed basis). We will also discuss our stall at Mill Road Winter Fair. Contact Nicola for details of her address. All are welcome!

Saturday 21 November: Wildlife Wanderings Ditton Meadows

10:00-11:00, Footpath and train bridge intersection next to the horses on Stourbridge side

Come along for a wander along the Cam taking in the river and wetland environments of this hotly contested area of Cambridge habitat. Meet at the horse pasture on the Stourbridge side of where the footpath and train line cross. If you have any questions send us an email.

Monday 23 November: Cafe night: Direct democracy and sustainability, with Chris Forman

19:30, Espresso Library, East Road (round the corner from the Fire Station)

From a fundamental science perspective ecologies, economies and political systems are information processing systems. So can we use ideas about information to explain how our democratic organisation affects our economy, and our technology? Can we learn from biology to co-inspire compatible novel technologies and democratic processes that will yield a more sustainable Cambridge, and/or world? A free wheeling talk intended to help people think laterally and to explore their assumptions. Chris Forman works on naturally inspired manufacturing, and is involved in the local 38 Degrees group. This event is free and is open to everyone.

Tuesday 24 November: Plant swap + tips for growing

18:30-20:30, Ross Street Community Centre, Romsey, CB1 3UZ

Bring plants, swap plants, take some plants away...If you have some spare plants that could be planted now, bring them along to our plant swap. And if you'd like some plants for your patch, come and get some! Suitable plants would include herbs, veg including chard/spinach, fruit including strawberries, rhubarb and others...anything you think is ok to be planted now. And, if you can pass on tips for successful growing, that would be great. There will be tea and biscuits. We'd like donations to cover the cost of room hire if possible.

Cafe night ideas wanted!

If you have an idea for an event/film/talk as part of the Transition Cafe night series, then please get in touch! All topics are welcome providing they relate to local sustainability/Transition themes. Cafe nights are an essential part of what we do as Transition Cambridge, as they allow us to cover topics not covered by existing Transition groups, and to welcome newcomers. We'd also welcome one or two more cafe organizers (approx once/twice a month) - it's a great way to meet new people and get experience of organising small events. Let us know if you'd like to help!

Community News

Quince

I am a quince cheese/jam/jelly/flapjack maker and looking for people with Quince trees or if any one knows where I can find some quince locally. Its been a really good year and I would really like to save any wastage, in exchange for some cheese! Please feel free to email me (Annabel Wightman) More details here.

Other News and Events

Monday 09 November: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Insulation

19:30-21:30, St Luke's Church, Victoria Church, Cambridge CB4 3DZ

How much heat is your house losing in winter from poor insulation? What about heat gain in summer? What are the pros and cons of different types of insulation, and will savings on bills pay for the works? Open Eco Homes host Margaret Reynolds will set out the big picture, followed by our three expert speakers. A HOT topic! As usual there will be plenty of opportunity for your questions - and we expect another heated discussion! One of a series of free events on putting home energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Tuesday 10 November: The biodiversity on your doorstep

19:00-20:30, Salisbury Arms, Tenison road

Have you visited Cambridge’s local nature reserves? Discover these important areas with ecologist Guy Belcher, Biodiversity Officer at Cambridge City Council. Learn about habitat creation, swift towers, bat hotels, and find out how you can help to protect local biodiversity.

Thursday 12th 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, play a game exploring whether money makes the world go round, debate your right to decide how we use resources, and see 'natural' landscapes differently through an art-inspired activity. 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 here if possible (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sustainable-societies-unusual-questions-extraordinary-answers-tickets-18732109243) although you can turn up on the day. For more information . Hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. More...

Thursday 12 November: City Deal- transport options and alternatives consultation

18:30-19:45, Cambridge Rugby Union Football Club

There is a consultation meeting this Thursday about the City Deal and 3 alternative transport plans. The Better City Deal involves monitoring congestion and not letting cars close to Cambridge if it is too full. Cambridge Bold is an alternative to the Cambourne- Cambridge bit of the City Deal that adds a new off road cycle path and and shifts the bus route to mainly off road as well.Cambridge Past Present and Future seems to be keen on charging drivers to come into Cambridge. It looks like this topic is generating a lot of debate- if any of it interests you, join in!

Saturday 14 November: Clothes Swapping Party (Swish)

14:00-15:30, Unitarian Memorial Church, 5 Emmanuel Rd, Cambridge CB1 1JW

CCF are partnering with Ladybirds WI to bring Cambridge it’s very own Clothes Swap party. Bring your unloved garments and swap them for some pre-loved treasures on Sat 14th November. Bring your items in at 2.00pm and enjoy tea and cake whilst a team organises a swapping bonanza that’ll kick off at 2.30pm. 2.00pm: Drop off your clothes, shoes, accessories 2.30pm: The swap opens and will end at 3.30pm Entry is free – though donations are very welcome . This event is a fundraiser for the CCF, the Ladybirds WI and their partner charity Cambridge Women’s Aid. All excess goods will be donated to charity. More details here.

Saturday 21 November: Can Politicians affect Climate Change? Discussion with Daniel Zeichner, MP

19:30, Michaelhouse, Trinity Steet

This discussion is part of an evening event at Michaelhouse entitled "Climate Change: Politics and Theology". The event is in two halves, and you can attend either or both. The discussion session with Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, forms the second part of the evening. Daniel Zeichner will be answering questions from the audience on "Can Politicians affect Climate Change?" The aim is to be thinking about what we can do as individuals to challenge, motivate and support MPs, rather than abstract debate about global politics. Daniel Zeichner is a vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group. Everyone is also welcome to attend the first part of the evening (from 5:30 to 7pm), which focuses on the theological aspects of climate change with a talk by theologian, Prof Richard Bauckham, on "Reconciling a Wounded Planet - Christian theological reflections". At 7pm there will be light refreshments.

Monday 23 November: Talk: Nature, the Economy, and Human Well-Being

13:00, Michaelhouse, Trinity Steet

Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta is Emeritus Professor of Economics in the University of Cambridge. He organised a conference in the Pontifical Academy in the Vatican City in 2014 entitled Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature, Our Responsibility. Among his publications are Human Well Being and the Natural Environment (Oxford University Press 2004). This event is presented by Great St Mary's Church.

Monday 23 November: Film: "This Changes Everything" (bookings needed for showing to go ahead)

21:00, Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew's St, Cambridge CB2 3AR

Jo Garrad is setting up an EXCLUSIVE SCREENING of Naomi Klein's 'This Changes Everything' film at the Cambridge Picturehouse in a couple of weeks, but we need to buy tickets soon to ensure it is screen (under a new scheme called"Our Screen"), so if you'd like to come, please book your tickets soon (scroll to the bottom of the page). As you may know, Klein's book, on which the film has been based, has received worldwide critical acclaim, with the New York Times stating that it is "the most momentous and contentious environmental book since Silent Spring". In it Klein traces the path of international trade agreements and modern day culture which has led to the destruction of the natural world on which we rely. Unlike many, however, she sees the climate crisis as an opportunity for us to come together and create a better world. It would be great to pack out the cinema so that we can show that the issues covered are important to people and that this film should be on mainstream release! To watch the trailer and reserve tickets please follow this link. TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED BY SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER. Here is a little about how this screening works.

Buzz Tour film now available on-line (includes TC and CropShare!)

It’s out! You can now watch the Buzz Tour documentary on-line, which traces the journey of the Buzz Tour as Eve and her companions walk 1,300 miles around England to interview local communities about their work to protect the environment. Their journey took them through Totnes, Bristol, Cambridge, Norwich, Manchester, York and Berwick-upon-Tweed. The documentary is 1 hour long and is an inspiring insight into a whole range of different projects - highly recommended!

Events for your calendar

That's all for now. Wishing you an excellent week ahead,

Jonathan

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