Repair Cafes, Sustainable Transport, Growing Veg in public spaces, and more...

Hi everyone

Hope you've had a good Christmas, and that the New Year is off to a good start! We're back with lots of news and events: tomorrow evening, come along to find out how to get involved in the Growing Spaces project, which takes over small unloved spaces within Cambridge, and turns them into little herb or veg gardens. Or join the energy group for a discussion focusing on sustainable transport (also tomorrow evening). And there's a lovely article in the Cambridge News about the recent Girton Repair Cafe with lots of great pictures. And lots more below!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 17 January: Growing Spaces Meeting
  • Tuesday 17 January: Energy Group Meeting
  • Monday 23 January: Transition Hub Meeting- New Year, New Style!
  • Repair Cafes spreading across Cambridgeshire!
  • Bulletin changes coming...

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 18 January: Volunteering with the Wildlife Trust at Trumpington Meadows
  • Friday 27 January: Organisations & change: questions for sustainability
  • Saturday 28 January - Monday 30: Big Garden Birdwatch
  • Saturday 28 January: Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum 2017
  • Saturday 28 January: Great Shelford's 1st Repair Cafe
  • Monday 30 January: Future Economies: a Cafe Conversation with Climate modeller, Chris Hope
  • Saturday 04 February: Cottenham Repair Cafe
  • Sunday 05 February: Seedy Sunday 2017
  • Thursday 23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2017 - Local tickets available
  • Saturday 04 March: Histon Repair Cafe

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 17 January: Growing Spaces Meeting

19:30, Anglia Ruskin University (Room LAB111)

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. More details here.

Tuesday 17 January: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Margaret's place, Oxford Road

Our main topic this time will be sustainable transport - what are the options and what is appropriate for Cambridge. We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.

Monday 23 January: Transition Hub Meeting- New Year, New Style!

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

Please join us for a Semi-Social-cum-Hub meeting, to gather our thoughts, connections and energies for 2017. Things generally are a little quieter in the dark months of winter, so January's hub meeting will be a little more relaxed. Come along for 7pm to meet other members over a drink, 7.30 -8.30pm: items for discussion: TC Survey and a review of the Lush Charity Pot and Outreach weekend in December, 8.30pm onwards: networking and chat. All welcome, new TC members and familiar faces alike!

Repair Cafes spreading across Cambridgeshire!

There was a lovely article about the Girton Repair Cafe in yesterday's Cambridge News. It's worth a look if only for the photos! There are several more Repair Cafes coming up in the Cambridge area (including Shelford, Cottenham, Histon and Sawston), and these are all listed on the Circular Cambridge web-site here. Plus next Wednesday (25 Jan) there's a social event for repairers, to share skills and find out more about how to join the cafes as a repairer (more info here). The evening will have focus on the more technical and electronic/electrical aspects of repairs rather than sewing, bike and cycle repairs.

Bulletin changes coming...

After eight and a half years of sending this bulletin out weekly (no mean feat, we can assure you!), we're considering turning it into a fortnightly newsletter, and would like to hear your views on the matter. Would you prefer that we continued sending it out weekly? Or would monthly be OK? If you'd like things to continue as they are, would you be willing to help create the newsletters? (Editors spend a couple of hours on a Monday pulling the information together, writing the little editorial paragraph at the top, and then sending it. Most of the process is automated, but some parts need a human touch. Currently editors do this approximately once a month.) Other feedback/offers of help are also welcome! Please reply to Anna. A very big thank you to all the people who have contributed to editing this bulletin over the years, including Bev, Caitlin, Corrina, Hannah, Jacky, Jonathan, Jono, Katie, Mary, Nicola and Rob. You can find all our previous bulletins here.

Other News and Events

Wednesday 18 January: Volunteering with the Wildlife Trust at Trumpington Meadows

10:00-15:00, Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve

The Ranger team are starting a regular volunteer work party at Trumpington Meadows to assist in conserving this important site for people and wildlife. We're starting on Wednesday 18th January and will meet every other Wednesday throughout the year from 10am to 3pm. Tasks will include coppicing, hay raking and wildlife monitoring. Contact us to book or for more information. No experience necessary! More details here.

Friday 27 January: Organisations & change: questions for sustainability

14:00-15:30, LAB 109, Anglia Ruskin University

From Corporate Social Responsibility to digital revolutions, organisations are constantly having to respond to, and also instigate, change. What are the issues they are facing, how do they approach change, and what impact does it all have on their employees and working towards sustainability? This panel discussion, co-hosted by the GSI and the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, brings together three speakers from a range of disciplinary perspectives to discuss some of the issues and respond to audience questions: Dr Rebecca Whiting (Birkbeck, University of London), Deniz Seebacher (University of Vienna) and Megan Meredith (Tavistock Centre) Funded by ESPRC Balance Network: exploring work-life balance in the digital age. Lunch available from 1:30pm More details here.

Saturday 28 January - Monday 30: Big Garden Birdwatch

09:00-09:00, your garden, local park or anywhere in nature

Big Garden Birdwatch is back for another year, and they say it's the world's largest wildlfe survey. Last year more than 519,000 people took part, and counted 8,262,662 birds in total! You can take part over the weekend this year if you get outdoors for just one hour (whatever the weather) and count the local birdlife... More info and how to order a free pack here

Saturday 28 January: Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum 2017

09:30-17:30, Old Divinity School, St John's College

The Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum is a one day annual seminar organised by a group of Cambridge University students and run in partnership with the Cambridge Hub. The Forum is aimed at increasing awareness on climate change, sustainability and surrounding issues. It comprises talks, workshops and debates revolving around this year's theme, 'Imagine If? The Undetermined Future of Earth.' Tickets can be purchased here and further information can be found on our website More details here.

Saturday 28 January: Great Shelford's 1st Repair Cafe

14:00-17:00, Scout Hut behind The Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford CB22 5LZ

Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Great Shelford is holding its very first Repair Cafe. 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. Please book your item in by filling in this form telling 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.

Monday 30 January: Future Economies: a Cafe Conversation with Climate modeller, Chris Hope

19:00-21:00, Hot Numbers cafe, Gywdir St

Zoe Svendsen wil be talking policy and its consequences with Climate modeller Chris Hope , Cambridge Judge Business School link asking 'What is the best possible economic structure for responding to climate change? and 'What would it be like to live in this future system?' Exploring climate change scenarios is not only about the changed landscape and atmospheric conditions of those situations, but also invites the question 'how to live' and brings with it the opportunity to ask the question 'how do we want to live'? This is a free, bookable event - tickets can be booked through the Junction More details here.

Saturday 04 February: Cottenham Repair Cafe

10:00-14:00, Cottenham Community Centre Coffee Shop, High Street, Cottenham CB24 8RZ

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 preferable 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: 0845 123 2688 or email More details here.

Sunday 05 February: Seedy Sunday 2017

13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall

This is a wonderfully successful annual local event. There will be stalls, vendors, a tombola, cakes and tea/ coffee from the WI and most importantly the Seed Swap!! We are looking for volunteers, stall holders and seed swappers. Barbara and Kim, the Seedy Sunday 2017 organisers, look forward to hearing from you - Barbara and Kim

Thursday 23rd February, 2nd March, 9th March, 16th March: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2017 - Local tickets available

19:30-19:30, Cambridge and Online

The new Cambridge Climate Lecture Series will bring world leading climate change experts to a global audience with an emphasis on finding positive solutions to the challenges we face. The series will be live-streamed with participation via social media using #CCLS2017. This year's theme 'Climate Numbers in Context' is a tribute to Professor Sir David MacKay and the central idea in his 2008 book Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air that whatever path we take 'we need a plan that adds up'. CCLS2017 consists of: 23rd February: Baroness Bryony Worthington - 'Climate change - a race between physics and politics' 2nd March: Anthony Hobley - '2C Roadmap based on financial analysis' 9th March: Professor Kevin Anderson - 'Paris, climate and surrealism: how numbers reveal an alternate reality' 16th March: Panel discussion with Sir Martin Rees, Bryony Worthington, Anthony Hobley and Kevin Anderson - 'COP21 to zero carbon emissions' Go to www.climateseries.com for more details including the live-streaming link and local live audience tickets.

Saturday 04 March: Histon Repair Cafe

10:30-13:30, St Andrew's Centre, School Hill, Histon Cambridge

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. Please book your item in by emailing telling 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.

Have a great week!

Anna and the bulletin-writing team

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