TC bulletin: Your Guide to Sustainable Living in Cambridge

Hi Everyone,

History, nutrition health and science combine to launch Cambridge Sustainable Food's World War 2 Rationing Challenge at this fascinating evening of talks and demonstrations tonight - no need to book! There are more learning opportunities later in the month at Transition Cambridge's Introduction to Permaculture course  - Permaculture is a nature-based design system you can use for anything - not just your garden!  Come and join us at our monthly Hub gathering next Monday 19th where we build our community connections over a drink and conversation and finally,  please save the date for our Summer party on 23rd July taking place in the grounds of Cambridge's iconic Museum of Technology. All welcome! 

have a great fortnight, 

Jacky and the Bulletin writers' team

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Monday 19 June: Transition Hub Meeting: your catch-up, intros and networking space!
  • Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25: Introduction to Permaculture
  • Saturday 24 June: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Tuesday 04 July: Energy Group Meeting
  • Sunday 23 July: Transition Cambridge's summer social - all welcome
  • Tuesday 01 August - Thursday 31: Transition Cambridge summer break
  • Repair Cafe video

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Community News

  • Join the World War II Rationing Challenge!

Other News and Events

  • Thu 8th June - Thu 29th June: CirculART 2017
  • Monday 12 June: World War II Rationing Challenge: lessons from the past for a sustainable future
  • Friday 16 June - Sunday 18: Social Venture Weekend
  • Monday 19 June: Changing conversation: Transport
  • Tuesday 20 June: Demain screening in Letchworth
  • Thursday 22 June: Worshipping Power - A talk & discussion
  • Sunday 25 June: Cottenham Repair Cafe at the Fen Edge Festival
  • Friday 30 June: An Invitation to Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Summer Social
  • Saturday 01 July: Permaculture Party 2017
  • Wednesday 05 July: Future Scenarios - cafe conversation with Stephen Peake
  • Saturday 08 July: Waterbeach's Second Repair Cafe

Transition News and Events

Monday 19 June: Transition Hub Meeting: your catch-up, intros and networking space!

19:00-21:00, Back room of Six Bells Pub, Covent Garden, Cambridge

Please join us for our next Hub gathering, to catch up with projects and friends, meet new members and end with a bit of juicy networking over a drink! Come along for 7pm to meet other members, 7.30 -8.30pm: items for discussion:, 8.30pm onwards: Networking and chat. All welcome, new TC members and familiar faces alike!

Saturday 24 June - Sunday 25: Introduction to Permaculture

09:30-17:00, Trumpington Community Gardens

Hannah Thoroughgood will be leading this course. She is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher based at The Inkpot in Lincolnshire. This course is the foundation that most take before moving on to the full Permaculture Design Course and possibly the diploma after this. The community garden is near the Foster Road Allotment site and Trumpington Community Orchard project, both of these sites are likely to be used during the course. contact Dave Jackson to book or for more information. Price: £40 for two days for Earlybird bookings before 1st May. £45 for later bookings.

Saturday 24 June: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

09:30-16:30, Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, 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 on Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Click here to check which Saturdays we will be on the farm. 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.

Tuesday 04 July: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house on Leys Road

We will be proposing plans for a Low Carbon Cambridge: going into more detail on a selection of ideas from our earlier discussion - see the notes here Anyone is welcome especially if you have some suggestions. We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.

Sunday 23 July: Transition Cambridge's summer social - all welcome

12:30-17:30, Museum of Technology, Cheddar's Lane, CB5 8LD

Transition Cambridge is now 8 years old, and we will be celebrating with our traditional summer social bring-and-share picnic! It's a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Please bring some food + (non-alcohol) drink to share if you can (if not, don't worry as there's usually plenty to go round). There will be (optional) games too. This year we'll be at the Museum of Technology - take the chance to explore this intriguing museum before its revamp - more info here. The entrance is on Riverside (just look for the tall chimney) and the picnic will be on the lawn in the Top Yard (and in a nearby building if it rains). Thirsty will be in the garden of the Engineer's House with a pop-up biergarden, and a German brunch. All welcome, family-friendly.

Tuesday 01 August - Thursday 31: Transition Cambridge summer break

09:00-09:00,

The month of August is Transition Cambridge's traditional summer break...this means that the last bulletin before the break will be at the end of July. We'll be back in September with our usual mix of events and opportunities for action and education in sustainability and environmental matters.

Repair Cafe video

Have you ever wondered why repair cafes are a good idea? Find our by watching this short film Channel 4 made at the Fulbourn Repair Cafe. It explains why fixing stuff is good for the planet and good for us too. Plus learning how to fix things is interesting and empowering.

Community News

Join the World War II Rationing Challenge!

World War II Rationing Challenge: learn from the past for a better future. Take part in Cambridge Sustainable Food's World War II Rationing Challenge for one, two, three or four weeks, from Tuesday 20th June to Tuesday 18th July. Many of the foods that were rationed during the war are foods that are contributing to climate change today. Be healthy and environmentally sustainable! Sign up online and let us know how you get on! Bi-weekly emails with recipes, tips and interesting facts. More information on our website.

Other News and Events

Thu 8th June - Thu 29th June: CirculART 2017

15:00-18:00, Cambridge City

CirculART is a project in which the work of local artists who work with repurposed materials is showcased in the windows of Cambridge's finest charity shops. For 3 weeks from the 8th of June 2017, the public will be able to pick up a CirculART Trail map from participating shops and other select locations around Cambridge. Using the printed trail map or its online version members of the public can follow the CirculART trail, visiting charity shops around Cambridge and enjoying beautiful artworks, all made by recycling, re-purposing and reclaiming. For the 2017 edition we are looking for new artists to get involved in this project. The artist application form is now live. Sign up here More details here.

Monday 12 June: World War II Rationing Challenge: lessons from the past for a sustainable future

19:00-21:00, St Luke's church, Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ

Find out about Cambridge Sustainable Food's World War II Rationing Challenge, designed to help us learn from the past to secure a sustainable future. Sign up to the challenge and get your ration book. Fascinating hands-on demonstration from food historian Monica Askay with wartime tasters, illustrated talk about the effects of rationing on health and nutrition from dietician Carine Henry, and hear about the Cambridge Scientists who tried out rationing on themselves. Free, just turn up. Tell your friends. more information here

Friday 16 June - Sunday 18: Social Venture Weekend

12:30-15:00, Judge Business School, Trumpington Street CB2 1AG

The Social Venture Weekend is for anyone with an ambition to set up or grow a business that makes a positive social or environmental impact. The workshop is an inspiring introduction to the social venture sector and a valuable opportunity to focus intensely on your own business. In an inclusive, supportive and friendly atmosphere, you'll have the opportunity to share and test your ideas with others and learn from the experience of successful social entrepreneurs. For emerging social entrepreneurs, it's a chance to explore new ideas and get started on your new business. For established social ventures, you will be able to refine your business plan and cement your understanding of business fundamentals to help your business thrive. The fee is £75 - if you want to take a business partner along, it's £37.50. There are concessions too. More details here.

Monday 19 June: Changing conversation: Transport

19:00-21:00,

Changing Conversations is a monthly informal discussion organised by the Cambridge Green Party. This month the topic is transport. How can we deal with the burning issue of congestion? Where should money should be invested? Improving roads? Enhancing infrastructure for cyclists? What can be done about raising levels of pollution? Come and join in the conversation to hear others' thoughts and feelings on this important topic and to explore your own. The topic will be introduced by brief talks from energy group members Emma Fletcher and Nicola Terry. Emma is a developer working in and around Cambridge. She has a passion for transport, coordinated infrastructure and community engagement. Nicola's consulting work is mainly in the field of home/buildings energy efficiency but she strays into transport issues on her blog and with Transition Cambridge Energy Group.

Tuesday 20 June: Demain screening in Letchworth

19:45-22:30, Broadway Cinema Theatre, Letchworth

Demain is an inspirational documentary, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education. Produced by activist and writer Cyril Doin and actress/director Melanie Laurent, it tells the story of their search for solutions to the crises humanity faces. Shown in partnership with the Transition Network. The film will be screened following a short talk from Transition Town Letchworth and the Letchworth Sustainability Forum. Ticket price of £10 includes a complimentary glass of wine or orange juice. More details here.

Thursday 22 June: Worshipping Power - A talk & discussion

19:30, Sociology Department, Free School Lane, Cambridge

Cambridge Climate Action are pleased to be welcoming Peter Gelderloos to Cambridge to talk about his new book Worshipping Power - An Anarchist View of Early State Formation which is also a work in grassroots scholarship, taking the study of the State out of academic institutions and into the streets, showing how a historically grounded understanding of the nature of the State is relevant to today's struggles against patriarchy, environmental devastation, racism, war, and capitalism. . See our Facebook Page for more information. Free event.

Sunday 25 June: Cottenham Repair Cafe at the Fen Edge Festival

13:00-17:00, Cottenham Village College

Cottenham Repair Café will be at Cottenham Village College as part of the Fen Edge Festival. Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. You can bring along the following to be repaired and to pick up repair skills: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits and bobs. Booking is optional, the booking system is now open here or you can turn up with your item 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. Enquiries: 01954 253903 or email us More details here.

Friday 30 June: An Invitation to Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Summer Social

19:30-21:30, Confirmed once RSVP email received, plse see text.

It's been another inspiring and event packed year for CCF and we'd love to celebrate with you. The summer social is a great CCF tradition - an opportunity to meet like-minded people and get to know others connected with CCF in a fun, social atmosphere. Some drinks and snacks will be provided though you're most welcome to bring something to share. This event is open to all. It's always a lovely occasion to meet old and new friends alike. <a href="?n=%20https://www.transitioncambridge.org/mail-contact/sendmail.php?who=nf74">Please RSVP</a> if you'd like to join us and we'll send you an email with the party details. More details here.

Saturday 01 July: Permaculture Party 2017

12:00-20:00, Foxy's Place, aka 74 Foster Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9JR

The third annual Permaculture Party. Great acts, great message, great fun! There will be music and words from: The Formidable Vegetable Sound System, John Hegley, Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan ,James Southwick (one of the founding members of Transition Cambridge!), Dan Tidher plus, Vegan food, Allotment tours, Solar cooking Admission is £15 for over 16s and anyone younger gets in free! Any profit will be donated to The Permaculture Association. In 2016 we raised £187!

Wednesday 05 July: Future Scenarios - cafe conversation with Stephen Peake

19:00-21:00, Hot Numbers Cafe, Gwydir Street, CB1 2LJ

What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change? And what would it be like to live in this future system? These two questions are guiding playwright Zoe Svendsen's research for her next theatre piece. Zoe holds 'cafe conversations' with researchers and activists in the field of climate change, economics and society. This is the final such conversation and she will be presenting a scenario derived from the previous sessions. The respondent is Stephen Peake, senior lecturer in environmental technologies with the Open University. More info and how to book in advance (it's free) via The Junction website here.

Saturday 08 July: Waterbeach's Second Repair Cafe

11:00-14:00, Waterbeach Barracks, High St, Waterbeach. CB25 9PA

Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixed! Waterbeach's Second Repair Cafe welcomes small household appliances, electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes, gadgets and general bits'n'bobs. It's best to book your item in by sending an email with details of the item to be repaired but you can also turn up. The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. This is a free event but donations are gratefully received to help cover costs. This event is being held in conjunction with Summer at the Beach where local artists will be exhibiting. More details here.

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