Full to bursting with events!

Hi everyone, 

Autumn - "season of mellow mists and fruitfulness", and you can see plenty of fruition in the events that grace our Transition tables this and next month. This Tuesday, Growing Spaces will be discussing the potential for turning yet more neglected patches of soil into mouthwatering community food sources. On Saturday, you can exchange your glut of whatever for something you want more of, at the Fresh Produce Swap and Share as part of the Pumpkin Festival. Pitch a fork in on Sunday for the Empty Common Community Garden, or consider the benefits of community co-housing at the Energy Group Meeting on Monday evening. We also have a blog article on the topic of community energy

Oh no, that is not all that's going on. Firstly there's the Big Conversation (don't miss your chance to have a say in the Council's plans for the city) and the Festival of Ideas with plenty of food for thought, but less obviously there's a cool pumpkin festival all week with events including a kids' disco soup tonight, cake decorating tomorrow and loads more.  This Thursday morning there will be a birdwatching walk at Trumpington Nature Reserve, and there are several events from Cosy Cambridge including next Thursday's Human Library of energy saving experts from different fields.  Seriously, check out all the events below....

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Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 24 October: Growing Spaces Autumn meeting
  • Saturday 28 October: Fresh Produce Swap and Share at the Pumpkin Festival
  • Sunday 29 October: Empty Common Community Garden
  • Monday 30 October: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 11 November: World's Biggest Repair Cafe in Cambridge
  • Tuesday 21 November: Tawai - a voice from the forest (film)
  • Sunday 26 November: Authors of 'Client Earth' in discussion
  • Tuesday 28 November: Pitch Up Pitch In: Volunteering opportunities

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Other News and Events

  • Oct 3rd to 31st: 'Big Conversation' with Greater Cambridge Partnership
  • Monday 16 October - Sunday 29: Festival of Ideas
  • 20th-28th October: Pumpkin Festival
  • Monday 23 October: Cosy Cambridge: Energy Meters and Controls
  • Tuesday 24 October: Film: 'In the same boat'
  • Wednesday 25 October: Cosy Cambridge: Insulation
  • Thursday 26 October: Autumn Birds at Trumpington Meadows
  • Saturday 28 October: Abington Repair Cafe
  • Tuesday 31 October: Cosy Cambridge: Alternative Energy
  • Thursday 02 November: Cosy Cambridge: the Human Library
  • Sat 11th Nov all day: Circular Cambridge Repair Cafe
  • Sunday 19 November: Wildlife Gardening
  • Wednesday 22 November: Sustainable food?
  • Saturday 25 November: World Land Trust Ceilidh Cambridge Number 2

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 24 October: Growing Spaces Autumn meeting

19:30, ARU, room Helmore 105

Would you like to see more fruit and vegetables growing in Cambridge's public spaces? Join the Growing Spaces project meeting as we plan planting for 2017 and discuss potential projects. All welcome - gardening knowledge welcome but not required. We are also looking for volunteers to help checking our growing spaces. Why not have a look at our map, there might be one of our growing spaces close to you! More details here.

Saturday 28 October: Fresh Produce Swap and Share at the Pumpkin Festival

11:00-16:00, Cambridge Museum of Technology

We are organising a Fresh Produce Swap and Share stall at the Pumpkin Festival Farmers Market. Bring, swap or take for free home-grown fruit, vegetables, herbs and long-life preserves. We will also introduce Transition Cambridge projects for sustainable living. If you would like to help and volunteer on the day, please fill in this poll More details here.

Sunday 29 October: 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.

Monday 30 October: Energy Group Meeting

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

At this meeting we will discuss community living (such as co-housing) and the opportunities this brings for energy efficiency - what are they, how much difference do they make, and can they be rolled out more widely? Also what are the co-benefits and why aren't we all doing this anyway? We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.

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 We 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.

Tuesday 21 November: Tawai - a voice from the forest (film)

18:30, The Light Cinema

Tawai is the word the nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo use to describe their inner feeling of connection to nature. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from people living lives very differently to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon, Tawai is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself. For this very special showing of Tawai: A Voice From The Forest we will be joined by Bruce Parry himself for a Q&A after the documentary! More info and bookings here This is the first film in the new Films for our Future Festival.

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. It's 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.

Other News and Events

Oct 3rd to 31st: 'Big Conversation' with Greater Cambridge Partnership

09:00-09:00, various in and around Cambridge, and online

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (formerly known as the City Deal) is consulting widely about its future plans. They have a budget of £1bn, and a remit to deal with jobs, housing, transport, communities and air quality. They say: 'The Big Conversation will seek people's views, online and face-to-face at a series of business and community events across the area, on what improvements in transport, housing, skills and technology would most help them in the future.' More info from their website; events are listed here.

Monday 16 October - Sunday 29: Festival of Ideas

09:00-09:00, venues around Cambridge

The organisers say: "The Festival of Ideas aims to challenge people's received ideas and to question the status quo. The theme of this year's 10th anniversary Festival is truth. From fake news, espionage and conspiracies to populist lies - the subject of truth (and lies) has dominated the news in 2017. These stories are entwined with wider topics: How do we decide what is true? Can there be a 'correct' historical narrative? How do religions and ideologies stake their claim to universality? The Festival is a chance to discuss from a huge variety of different perspectives what truth really means." Of interest to Transitioners, there's a film, a debate and a performance about climate change. Most events are free and you need to book for some - note that booking opens on 25 September. More details here.

20th-28th October: Pumpkin Festival

18:30-18:30, Cambridge

The Cambridge Pumpkin Festival returns for the third time from 20th-28th October 2017. Events will range from cookery workshops to a pop-up farmers' market, including many activities for the children such as a kids' disco soup. The festival is a celebration of food and autumn, which creatively encourages us to think about the food we throw away. In addition to attending the events (many of which are free) and spreading the food waste message, we would love for you to volunteer with us at one or more of the events throughout the festival. Email us or go to our website for more information.

Monday 23 October: Cosy Cambridge: Energy Meters and Controls

19:30-21:30, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1

Part of the Cosy Cambridge mini-festival of workshops. This one is organised by Nicola from the Transition Cambridge Energy Group. This talk/discussion will help you answer the following questions: What heating controls should I have? What will 'smart' heating controls do for me? Why should I keep track of my energy use? Should I get a smart meter? Should I switch to a time of use electricity tariff? FREE. No booking required. More details here.

Tuesday 24 October: Film: 'In the same boat'

17:15, Arts Picturehouse, St Andrews Street CB2 3AR

All of humanity are in the same boat - living with the paradox of economic systems which aim for infinite growth on a finite planet. The film analyses the effects of globalisation, describing some harsh truths - however there is also room for hope, it is in our hands. More info and trailer here. Book tickets here. Part of the Cambridge Film Festival.

Wednesday 25 October: Cosy Cambridge: Insulation

19:30-21:30, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1

Part of the Cosy Cambridge mini-festival of workshops. This one is organised by Margaret Reynolds, also a member of the Transition Cambridge Energy Group. Introduction Margaret Reynolds, Architect, M Reynolds RIBA Installing Floor Insulation in our house Peter Pope, Cambridge Architectural Research Examples of solid wall insulation work Raphael Delimata, Bow Tie construction Natural materials insulation Matt Smith, Natural Building Technologies Talks followed by Q&A and refreshments. FREE. No booking required. More details here.

Thursday 26 October: Autumn Birds at Trumpington Meadows

09:30-12:00, Trumpington Meadows nature reserve

Join the Rangers for a guided walk around the reserve, looking for autumn migrant birds - stonechats, golden plover, thrushes and more. Bring binoculars if you have them, we'll have a couple of pairs to borrow. There is a small charge of £3 per person, all proceeds go to the Wildlife Trust BCN. More details here.

Saturday 28 October: Abington Repair Cafe

10:00-13:00, The Abington Institute, 66 High Street, Great Abington, Cambridge, CB21 6AE

Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. You can bring along the following to be repaired and maybe pick up a few repair skills at the same time: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits and bobs. The booking details will be published nearer to the event. When booking, please tell us what the item is and what's wrong with it (if you know!), or you can turn up on the day. The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. This is a free event. However, donations to cover venue hire and other costs are very welcome. More details here.

Tuesday 31 October: Cosy Cambridge: Alternative Energy

19:30-21:30, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1

Part of the Cosy Cambridge mini-festival of workshops. Choosing renewable energy and efficient heating solutions right for your home and budget. Chair: Jason Palmer - Director, Cambridge Architectural Research Including talks, such as: Innovations in Solar PV and battery technology for homes - Owen Morgan, Founder of Cambridge Solar Free. No booking required. More details here.

Thursday 02 November: Cosy Cambridge: the Human Library

19:30-21:30, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1

Build your confidence to create your own cosy home - 'borrow' a human 'book' in our library and get great one-to-one advice! The human library will include installers, experts and Open Eco Home owners with a variety of experience, ideas and expertise relevant for all kinds of home builds and retrofits. Each person sharing experience or advice becomes a 'book' in the Human Library. Guests will be given a list of all available 'books' and be able to browse around the 'library', selecting who they would like to speak to. There's no minimum time for visitors when speaking to a 'book', but 10 minutes is the maximum for one person. Our librarian will ring a bell every 10 minutes to help keep time. Also available on the night will be free copies of the Cosy Cambridge handbook, a guide to creating a cosier home, as well as a selection of stalls, and refreshments. Free. No booking required. 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.

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.

Enjoy your autumn mists,

Hannah and the Transition bulletin writing team

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