Food group, Wildlife Wanderings and Seedy Sunday - Transition Cambridge Bulletin

Hi Everyone

On Tuesday the Food Group will be meeting to make plans for the year. With so many people exploring ethical eating as part of their January resolutions, there are bound to be lots of exciting ideas bouncing around. This Saturday Wildlife Wanderings comes to my own neck of the woods; we'll explore the extensive off-road path network from Grantchester to Trumpington and beyond, spotting wildlife along the way. And next Sunday is of course Seedy Sunday - much help needed. See below for all the exciting details of that and more...


Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 12 January: Food Group meeting
  • Saturday 16 January: Wildlife Wanderings Grantchester to Trumpington Meadows
  • Sunday 24 January: Trumpington Seedy Sunday
  • Seedy Sunday poster and prizes needed for tombola
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Global Sustainability Institute seeks Institute Manager
  • 5 Rhythms and other Movement Meditation dance in Cambridge
  • Vacancy: Open Eco Homes Project Worker

Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 12 January: Creating local bee havens and protecting our soils
  • Wednesday 13 January: Cambridge Food Assembly Launch Party
  • Tuesday 19 January: Training in how to use a thermal imaging camera
  • Tuesday 02 February: Workshop on Climate Change Strategy
  • Cambridge Zoology Museum temporary art exhibition
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Monday 11 January: 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.

Tuesday 12 January: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street

At this first meeting for 2016, the food group will be making plans for the year, including the Seed Swap on 24th January. 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. 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 upstairs in the library.

Saturday 16 January: Wildlife Wanderings Grantchester to Trumpington Meadows

10:00-12:00, Meet by the Red Lion public house, CB3 9NF

Will you spot the kingfisher this time? Our sociable nature walk from Grantchester to Trumpington Meadows will be a great opportunity for a walk or bike ride out of Cambridge to keep those New Year's resolutions flowing! Did you know you there's a green, off-road route all the way from Cambridge to Hauxton and beyond? Our meeting will flag up new routes with the recently opened paths at Trumpington Meadows, taking a close look at nature along the way. This is a free event for adults and accompanied children. Please wear clothing and footwear suitable for varied weather and terrain. More details here.

Sunday 24 January: Trumpington Seedy Sunday

13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington CB2 9HZ

It's soon time for Seedy Sunday! As ever, this is a chance to bring and swap self-saved seeds, exchange surplus bought seed, and take seeds in exchange for a small donation. If you don't have any spare seeds, don't worry, there are always plenty to go round. There'll also be talks: "Seeds and the Smallholder" with Paul Robinson of Waterland Organics at 2pm; and "Wildlife Gardening" with the Transition Cambridge Wildlife Wanderings group at 3pm. As ever, there'll be refreshments and cakes, and lots of stalls including seed merchants, bread makers, and community groups. Entry costs £2, children come in free. If you'd like to volunteer (lots of helpers needed!), please contact the organisers. And if you can offer a raffle prize, we'd also love to hear from you (e.g. yummy home-made jams, chutneys, cakes, books, or a skill you could share?). You can also follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.

Seedy Sunday poster and prizes needed for tombola

Our Seedy Sunday seed swap is coming up fast on 24 January and we now have a lovely poster. If you could send this poster round to anyone you know who might be interested, or print it out and display it where you think is suitable, we would be very grateful! Also we are appealing for small donations to the Tombola that day: unwanted gifts, garden produce, or whatever you can manage will be gratefully received. You can either bring it along to the Transition Food Group meeting on Tuesday 12 Jan at CB2 at 6.30pm in CB2 cafe (Norfolk Street, upstairs) or let Sue know and bring it along on the day. Thanks for your help, and hope you can make it along!

Events for your calendar

Community News

Global Sustainability Institute seeks Institute Manager

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an Institute Manager to join the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) at Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge campus. The GSI is active voice for sustainability regionally, nationally and internationally. We are looking for someone to work within our multi-disciplinary research team as a point of contact for external and internal stakeholders of the Institute, provide office management and manage internal team meetings in support of major projects and the Institute in general. Application deadline is 31 Jan. More details here.

5 Rhythms and other Movement Meditation dance in Cambridge

Transition Cambridge was born out of friends who met via 5 Rhythms dancing 8 years ago, and the 5Rhythms sessions continue on Friday evenings (weekly, adults) and Saturday mornings (monthly, first Saturday of the month, for all ages). The Friday evening sessions take place at St Philips Church (by the Coop on Mill Road), running from 7-9pm. Saturday morning sessions run from 10:30 till 12 at St Paul's Primary School Coronation Street Cambridge CB2 1HJ. Looking after our well-being is an essential part of the Transition to a more sustainable way of life. Movement meditation practices can help us to become more present in our bodies and wake up in these changing times. Come and channel your passion for the earth and for this life into your dance and see what happens. This practice is a free form of movement meditation to music that anyone can do, whatever their age, gender, mobility or fitness level. Normal prices for Friday session are £12 (£10 concessions) and for Saturday sessions £8 (£6 concessions), children £4 first child and £3 all others. For the family sessions, an accompanying adult must stay at the dance and remains responsible throughout the class for all children that they bring. For further information see the Cambsdance site or email Nicole.

Vacancy: Open Eco Homes Project Worker

OEH is an annual event of Cambridge Carbon Footprint: householders show visitors how they save energy, informing and inspiring them to make their own home energy improvements. It really works with about 70% of visitors new to OEH each year. We're recruiting a Project Worker to organise and publicise much of this, supported by a manager and volunteers: 3 days/week, £10/hour, self-employed, February through until mid September. Please email applications to <a href="?n=%20">Alana</a> by 9am Mon 25 Jan. More details here.

Other News and Events

Tuesday 12 January: Creating local bee havens and protecting our soils

19:00, CB2 Cafe (upstairs), Norfolk Street

There will be a 38 Degrees Cambridge specific interest group meeting on Tuesday 12th at CB2 at 7pm for anyone interested in campaigning to create a local bee haven, and also helping to create a local public information leaflet about protecting bees! Another related issue is the protection of our soils, and so we will have a slightly broader discussion than just the bees but the aim is to come up with a campaign/project/some actions around these topics.

Wednesday 13 January: Cambridge Food Assembly Launch Party

17:30-19:00, Espresso Library, 210 East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1BG (round the corner from the Fire Station)

Come along to celebrate the launch of the Cambridge Food Assembly! We're passionate about making the best local, sustainable food more accessible in Cambridge. Meet our producers and share a drink with other Cambridge foodies at the wonderful Espresso Library. Tickets for this event are available from Eventbrite (they're free). Online food orders will open on Wednesday 6th January, and you will then have 5 days to complete your orders before they will close on Monday the 11th. Producers will then deliver all orders to the collection point on the 13th. If you have not already registered on the Food Assembly website you can do so here.

Tuesday 19 January: Training in how to use a thermal imaging camera

19:30-21:30, CCF Offices, Hooper ST, Cambridge, CB1 2NZ

Want to borrow a thermal imaging camera to examine your home, those of friends and then to visit others who’ve requested a survey? Tom Bragg and Nicola Terry will be teaching a small group on how to use our two cameras and interpret their images. Find more about the benefits of infrared surveys and how those trained can borrow the CCF’s thermal imaging cameras on our thermal imaging page. Booking Essential. Please email us or call the office on 01223 301842 (Mon-Fri, 9-5). More details here.

Tuesday 02 February: Workshop on Climate Change Strategy

18:00-19:30, The Guildhall

Cambridge City Council has a Climate Change Strategy for how to reduce energy use and carbon emissions not just from buildings in their own estate but from homes and business in the ares. Also the strategy covers transport emissions, reducing waste and changes we can make to reduce the impact of climate change. The plans for 2016 to 2021 are now in draft and the council seeks our views and ideas - at this workshop we will hear about the draft plan and discuss it directly with council officers. There will be tea and coffee and sandwiches available from shortly before and during the event. If you are likely to attend please email the council to let them know, just for catering numbers. More details including the agenda here

Cambridge Zoology Museum temporary art exhibition

Helpers are wanted for an exciting temporary exhibition in April/March in Cambridge city centre. This is a good opportunity for people interested in the intersection of fine art, science and environmental issues. Internationally renowned artists, Ackroyd & Harvey, are acclaimed for their unusual fusion of sculpture, photography, architecture, ecology and biology. In 2013, Ackroyd & Harvey were awarded a major public art commission by the University of Cambridge to celebrate the work undertaken in the new David Attenborough Building on the New Museum’s Site and its development as a new ‘conservation campus’. This exhibition will premier new artwork and ideas relating to conservation of biodiversity, museum collection and human ecologies, building links between biology, conservation and human needs. We are looking for keen individuals who are interested in supporting us achieve this ambitious exhibition. Qualities sought: A reliable team player with a friendly confident manner for this public facing opportunity who enjoys engaging with a diverse range of visitors. To register your interest, please reply via email to the exhibition space managers: <a href="?n=%20">Seana Wilson</a> or Bridget Cusack.

Events for your calendar

Have a good week,

Hannah and the bulletin writing team

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