It's definitely a week for conversations, discussions and collaboration! This week sees the first of 2015's Energy and Food Group meetings and you can join in a panel discussion and have your say on issues about the future design of sustainable cities on Wednesday. Round off the week at Trumpington Orchard Community's Wassail ceremony on Sunday afternoon: with singing, noise-making and tree decorating, this is a lovely family friendly event - all welcome!
18:30-20:00, CB2 cafe, Norfolk Street
New year, new plans! At this meeting we'll be making plans for 2015. Join us - all welcome! We meet fortnightly on Tuesdays - future dates for meetings are 27 January, 10 and 24 February, 10 and 24 March, 14 and 28 April.
20:00-21:30, Margaret's house
19:00-21:00, Anna's house off Coleridge 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 Anna for details of the address.
After a first show-and-tell of various Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, sensors, thoughts on time series data analysis of fridge temperatures and the option of a mobile app project, the sustainability hacking group will be meeting again this January to work together and exchange ideas. If you'd like to join us for this meeting or are interested in the group in general, contact Toni to say hi.
11:00-12:30, Romsey Community Garden
NOTE THIS HAVE MOVED TO THE MORNING TO AVOID OVERLAPPING WITH SEEDY SUNDAY! During the first hour the nature group will be recording the different species of birds visiting the community garden and sending the records to the RSPB to help them with the annual winter monitoring of British bird species (Suitable for teenagers and adults. Please bring warm clothes and some binoculars and a bird book if you have them. After 12, we will make some bird feeding fat balls to place in your garden to help garden birds through the winter (suitable for families). All materials supplied. Small donations welcome. Email Jade if you have any queries
13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington CB2 9HZ
A big seed swap, plus a talk, a film, stalls, refreshments and a children's activity. Entry costs £2.00 for adults (children free). We need more helpers, especially for setting up (from 12:00). Please contact the organisers to offer help on the day or a raffle prize. Please publicise the event by displaying this poster. More details here.
19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane CB5 8BA
Is there a place for businesses, social enterprises and income streams within Transition Cambridge? How can we fund core Transition Cambridge activities? Is it acceptable or desirable for volunteers to earn income in a voluntary community? Perhaps you have an idea for a fundraising event, or work in an organisation that identifies with Transition values and aims. You're warmly invited to join us to explore these and other issues around the relationship of money in Transition Cambridge - All welcome! Contact Jacky Sutton-Adam for more information. Booking advised Read more about the Reconomy movement.
The CamLETS Christmas trading fair was held on 13 December in Lichfield Hall. There was a lot of successful trading with items ranging from homemade cakes, bread and soup, Christmas items, wonderful artwork and cards. A good time was had by all. In 2014 there were over 1,500 successful trades from renting a cottage, getting a supply of food from the farm shop, lifts to the airport to little sewing jobs. More details here.
19:45, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge CB1 1LG
Revd Dr John Weaver, Chair of the John Ray Initiative (an educational charity) will be speaking on the topic of “Sustainability: fuel security, climate change and Christian discipleship”. Refreshments from 7.15 pm. Free Admission – Retiring Collection. Part of the Programme for Science meets Faith, 2014-2015 sponsored by Cambridge University Press. For more information, go to the Wesley website.
17:30-19:00, McGrath Centre, St Catharine's College
Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas and, by 2050, this ratio is predicted to rise to 7 out of every 10 people. Can we rethink how we design and live in cities? How will cities adapt to the challenges facing them in the future? What new research and new connections would help us to prepare for these challenges? Join the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment and the Centre for Science and Policy for a panel discussion exploring where we live in cities, how we live and how we respond to change. Free, prebooking recommended.
09:00-15:00, Clinical Sciences Building, University Hospital, Coventry
The January NHS Sustainability Day 2015 Road Show will be taking place in Coventry - sign up early to secure your place. Funded tickets available only for NHS and Healthcare Staff, delegates are reminded to bring along an item of food to support the local food banks within the region. Private sector delegate tickets available for £60. To book your place at the Road Show or for further information including the agenda for the day use the link below. The NHS has scheduled several days around the UK, including a Sustainability Day in London on 25 Feb 2015. More details here.
14:30-17:00, Trumpington Community Orchard
Come celebrate the apple trees at the Trumpington Community Orchard in an age old ceremony. We encourage the trees to bear fruit in the coming year by decorating the trees, pouring a libation of apple juice on their roots and hanging toast to bring the birds in the branches - " toasting the trees". There will be mulled apple juice to drink and good company. From 3pm there will be singing and music and dancing round the trees. Bring a torch, wrap up warm and wear comfortable shoes. If you are a musician, bring your musical instrument or if you are more of a noise maker, bring noise making things! This Event is open to all, and free, donations towards drinks are very welcome. More details here.
19:30-21:30, Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Offices, Hooper St, Cambridge, CB12NZ
Thermal imaging vividly reveals weaknesses in a building’s insulation and air tightness. These popular training sessions are for people wanting to volunteer to borrow a thermal imaging camera to examine their own homes, those of friends & family and others who’ve requested a survey. Participants learn how to use our two cameras and how to interpret the results. 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
18:00, EBRD HQ, 1 Exchange Square, London EC2A 2JN
For the first time in history, more people live in urban areas than in rural. What are the implications of this movement of people in the context of increasing climate shocks and stresses? This is of particular concern where current building stock is poorly adapted; pricing of energy and water has incentivized inefficient resource use; and policy levers are difficult to identify and influence. The Centre for Science and Policy will be launching their policy briefing on resilient cities, with contributions from a wide range of expert policy makers, practitioners and researchers. For this public event, CSaP is working in partnership with the European Development Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment to bring together a panel of distinguished speakers to focus on some of these pressing challenges. visit this link for more information. and sign up here.
10:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
Bringing together leaders from academia, business, government, NGOs, this conference is an invitation to debate how research can contribute to meaningful steps towards a sustainable future, and to cultivate interdisciplinary collaborative partnerships. With keynote addresses, presentations and interactive workshops, the conference is designed to bridge the boundaries of sustainability research and policy development. Transition Cambridge members can get a 50% discount by registering using the students delegate rate, enter 0000000 where you are asked to enter your student number. Registration and more information here
10:30-17:30, Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Road, Bourne, Cambridge CB23 2TX
Bringing together thinkers, artists and innovators, this day of talks, performances and workshops will explore the new ways of working that are shaping a more sustainable future for the arts and culture. Presented at Wysing in partnership with Julie's Bicycle and The Junction Cambridge. The day aims to inspire debate and equip participants with new insights and practical actions, with spotlights on: working internationally, materials and suppliers, skills sharing economies, how 'green' digital technology really is, and presentations of new work from The Cambridge Junction in collaboration with Angharad Wynn Jones. More details here.
19:30-21:00, The Fort St George pub, Midsummer Common, CB4 1HA
CCF would like to invite you to spend a winters evening in a cosy, riverside pub thinking about and possibly planning a more climate friendly holiday for 2015. We hope the event will be informal yet inspiring, with opportunities to hear about others experiences and maybe share your own. We’ll cover: * Wild camping and cycling holidays *Home swapping * Eco-holiday greenwash * WWOOFing:World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms * Train travel at home and abroad * How to calculate the carbon footprint of your holiday Please email us to book. This event is free to attend More details here.
For days out exploring the countryside on foot or bike, let the BikeBus Explorer help you on your way! See the website for guide maps, fares and more information about how to use the BikeBus Explorer. More details here.
A local Transition volunteer has compiled a new community website for the South area of Cambridge. This includes Trumpington (which extends far enough North to include the Centre for St Paul’s!), Queen Edith’s and Cherry Hinton. The aim is to inform residents about places to meet, groups, events in the area and also public consultations. The purpose is to avoid politics and support community projects. The website administrator is delighted to receive updates & events via website. No charge and no adverts. More details here.
That's all for this week, stay warm and well!
Jacky and the Bulletin Team