This Wednesday, please join the Energy Group for a discussion of "embodied energy", i.e. the energy used to make stuff, and how knowing about it could inform our decisions. On Saturday you can enjoy a day on the farm with Cropshare, or head to The Missing Sock for some laid-back seed-swapping, planting the new Hugelkultur bed and a cook-up. There are also various exciting events in other sections, including a petition about our city's energy choices, a guided tour of the AmeyCespa bin/recycling depot (haven't you always wondered where your refuse goes? I have!) a plant swap at Trumpington Allotments and a potluck picnic with the people from Olio. So there's plenty going on as usual - read on for the full list...
20:00-21:30, Patrick's place, off Coldhams Lane
The main topic will be the embodied energy - the energy that is used to make things, that is largely hidden. How can we know how much energy has been used to make something? Are there any useful rules of thumb? When is it likely that the embodied energy is more than the in-use energy? This topic affects everything we use from kettles to houses. Nicola has written some notes on it in preparation here We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.
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 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. 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.
11:00-15:00, The Missing Sock forest garden, Stow cum Quy, CB25
After all the hard work making the Hugelkultur bed we are opting for a more gentle day to swap and plant seeds and generally get things planted in the Hugel. We we will also get the fire going and cook something up together while enjoying planning future garden activities and workshops as well as a garden party in August. Bring spare seeds and plants and food to cook and share. See our facebook page here More details here.
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.
10:00-12:00, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills CB22 3AE: meet by bike racks in car-park
Meet at Wandlebury Iron-Age hill-fort, the country park 2.5 miles south-east of Addenbrooke's hospital. This fascinating heritage landmark is a leafy wooded refuge in summer, with beechwoods and chalk grassland meaadows. Easily accessible from the city: just follow the footpath / cycle path from Addenbrooke's and the Babraham Park & Ride. Bus no. X13 AND 13a (direction Haverhill) stops outside the entrance. More details here.
18:30-20:00, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street
This is the Food Group's last monthly meeting before the summer break. We'll review how the year has gone so far and (maybe) start thinking about the autumn... We'll also be exchanging news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be upstairs.
After the heavy rain last week, asking questions and finding solutions to future climate change is on all our minds... The new Transition Cambridge group 'Learning to Stay Dry' has installed a down spout rain garden to improve the local environment around Romsey Mill. Here's a photo. A rain garden reduces surface water flooding by collecting the water off roofs and slowing the water flows, prior to dispersing the remaining water that has not evaporated or been used by the plants. You can read about other sustainable drainage techniques on the blog here and more info about the group here. And if this feature has inspired you, do get in touch to see where the next down spout rain garden will be installed. This rain garden will be at Romsey Mill (on the corner of Hemingford Road and Mill Road, CB1 3BZ) till June 14th, as it's part of Chelsea Fringe.
In October 2015 Cambridge City Council made a commitment to a fossil free future by pledging to end investment in fossil fuels and carbon-heavy buildings. This was done with cross-party support and formed part of a global movement for divestment from harmful fossil fuels. In just 5 months the City Council's contracts for gas and electricity, valued at around £1.26m, are up for renewal. The Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, George Owers (Lab) has an opportunity to choose a 100% renewable tariff which would be powerful indication that the City Council will honour their 2015 pledge, but it may cost more than a non-renewable tariff. What do you think they should do? Green choices are not always black and white decisions... You can sign a petition asking Cambridge City Council to support the renewable tariff here.
10:00-12:00, Community Orchard betweem Midsummer Common and Newmarket Road
The Friends of Midsummer Common run a Community Orchard which links the main Midsummer Common to the Newmarket Road just by the bus stop at Auckland Road,near then Grafton Centre. We are holding drop in volunteering sessions between 10am-12noon on SUNDAY MAY 22 and then throughout the summer on on the SECOND SUNDAY of each month. These are sociable occasions when we get together to weed, prune, plant and do anything that needs doing. For further details consult our website.
15:00-17:00, Various - 21 charity shops in and around Cambridge
The CirculART Trail showcases the work of over 20 local artists and makers who will be displaying their pieces made from re-purposed materials in the windows of twenty-one of Cambridge's finest charity shops. For one month, from June 8th onwards, the public will be able to pick up a map from partaking shops, or use an online version, to follow the trail to marvel at the beautiful and wonderous items that can be made by recycling, re-purposing and reclaiming. CirculART aims to celebrate art and creativity but also highlight the really significant role that our charity shops play in reducing waste. To complement this project an on-line directory of Cambridge's charity and vintage shops, auction houses, car boots and repair businesses will be available from early May. More details here.
09:30-12:30, Amey Cespa Waste Management Park, Ely Rd, Waterbeach (transport provided)
An invitation to surely the most rubbish event of the year - a VIP tour of the Amey Cespa Waste Management Park in Waterbeach! Join us in satisfying our curiousity about what actually happens to the stuff we put into our grey, blue and green bins. A minibus will collect and a max of 16 people from Cambridge city centre on the morning of Friday 17th June. Collection will be around 9.30am and drop off back into Cambridge by 12.30pm. The 500 acre site includes a huge materials recycling facility, landfill and composting operation. The trip is free and lasts two hours. Please email us if you'd like to come along by Monday 6th June More details here.
10:30-13:30, St Andrew's Centre, School Hill, Histon CB24 9JE
Cambridgeshire is really making it's mark on the Repair Cafe scene. A new roving Repair Cafe network has just been launched and will be organising events around the villages of South Cambridgeshire. Histon is hosting the first on Saturday 18th June and we have some very experienced repairers coming along. The repairers welcome small household appliances, electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes, gadgets and general bits 'n' bobs. Please book your item in by emailing us More details here.
14:00-16:00, Jesus Green
OLIO is a free app connecting neighbours with each other and with local shops and cafes to share their edible surplus food. And, on 18th June we are coming together to celebrate its launch in Cambridge. We hope you can join us! We believe food is meant for sharing and we invite you, your friends and family to bring a dish for the picnic so we can all break bread together. We'll work out the best spot on Jesus Green and let you know nearer the time. Look for the bunting! Away from the eating, there'll be family games, most probably rounders to help you work off lunch! If you love food, hate waste, and want to connect with your community, then please join us in Cambridge on the 18th June. This event is weather permitting, we have no rain contingency! Look forward to seeing you there. Olio can be found on Facebook More details here.
10:30-12:00, Foster Road allotments trading hut CB2 9JR
Swap spare seedlings, plants and surplus seeds. Expand the range of plants you grow and meet other local gardeners. You can attend even if you don't have anything to swap, just make a donation. No admission charge. Everyone welcome! Directions here. Arrive early for the best choice of plants! We usually have plant swaps each May, June and October.
08:30-18:30, Alison Richard Building, West Road
2016 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Robert Malthus (1766–1834), author of the Essay on the Principle of Population. His work touches so many critical issues in the human and natural sciences: good and bad government; equality and inequality; food and agriculture; demographies and human behavior; sex and gender; land and property; development trajectories and economic predictions, histories and futures. The conference costs £50 (£25 for students) More details here.
14:00-17:00, David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, CB2 3QZ
The Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the Cambridge Centre for Development Studies are collaborating to bring a conference looking at the interaction of food security with conservation, economics, culture and politics. Thursday afternoon (23 June) will be given to scene-setting on the challenges of our changing world and the current course of research activity that seeks to meet them. Friday (24 June) will be devoted to more focused presentation and discussion of key areas within two parallel streams: 1. Food Security, Sustainability and Conservation (co-organised with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and Forum and run as the CCF Summer Symposium 2016) 2. Economics, Culture and Politics of Food (co-organised with the Centre of Development Studies). Tickets are £39 for both days, £19.50 for students, with reductions for one day. More info, programme, speakers and how to book here
18:00-18:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road and other locations where specialist equipment may be required
This 48 hour event will be held simultaneously in more than 40 cities around the world. Five CycleHack categories; digital, physical, policy, local plan, event/campaign all looking at how to reduce barriers to cycling. Hacks will be loaded to the online open source catalogue to show how the ideas can be replicated. Partners include Camcycle (the Cambridge Cycling Campaign), the Smart Cambridge Programme (Cambridge County Council), CoDE Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, and CycleStreets. See us on twitter: @cyclehackcambs or Facebook. More Information about the global event
10:00-15:00, Newmarket Road Park & Ride
Bring along anything with a plug or battery, such as washing machines, TVs, laptops and hairdryers. Items can be broken or in working condition and will either be reused or recycled where possible. More details here.
10:00-15:00, Trumpington Park & Ride
Bring along anything with a plug or battery, such as washing machines, TVs, laptops and hair dryers. Items can be broken or in working condition and will be either reused or recycled where possible. More details here.