Seedy Sunday is here! Transition Cambridge Bulletin

Hello All!

Firstly, as mentioned above, Seedy Sunday is back - come and exchange seeds, or just take some for a small donation, and enjoy the talks on growing and wildlife gardening, plus stalls, tombola and tea and cakes from the WI. This is one of the highlights of the Transition Calendar so we hope you can make it! Then tomorrow (Tuesday 19th) there is a chance to learn how to use a thermal imaging camera, courtesy of CCF (booking essential). Those are the immediate events - plenty more are approaching, displayed lovingly below. Of course if you are organising an event, or know of one happening that we haven't heard of yet, and would like us to see about incluing it, please do get in touch!

As ever I endeavour to keep it short and sweet, so without further ado: 

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Monday 18 January: Energy Group Meeting
  • Sunday 24 January: Trumpington Seedy Sunday
  • Saturday 30 January: Transition stall at Volunteer for Cambridge Fair
  • Saturday 30 January: Cambridge Repair Cafe
  • Wednesday 03 February: Film: Water Blues, Green Solutions with new TC group Learning to Stay Dry
  • Tuesday 09 February: Food Group meeting
  • Monday 15 February: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Thursday 10 March: Localised Flooding Solutions Discussion Meeting
  • Learning to Stay Dry - Field trip to visit London projects

Community News

  • Family Cookery Club needs volunteers!
  • Global Sustainability Institute seeks Institute Manager
  • 5 Rhythms and other Movement Meditation dance in Cambridge

Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 19 January: Training in how to use a thermal imaging camera
  • Tuesday 26 January: Sustainable Futures: Finding your way
  • Wednesday 27 January: Climate Friendly Holiday Choices
  • Saturday 30 January - Sunday 31: Big Garden Birdwatch
  • Tuesday 02 February: Workshop on Climate Change Strategy
  • Wednesday 03 February: Talk : Reclaiming the term 'sustainability'
  • Tuesday 09 February: Cambridge Soup - share+eat+vote
  • Thursday 25 February: Talk - 'Fenland Feasts and Fasts - food identity in Cambridgeshire's past'
  • Saturday 02 April: Launch of Letchworth GIYO group/Garden Organic comes to Letchworth

Transition News and Events

Monday 18 January: Energy Group Meeting

18:30-20:00, Patrick's place, near the Beehive Centre

Andrew Turton from AECOM is coming as an expert on district heating and CHP, especially as it relates to the North West Cambridge site. Contact Nicola for venue details. 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.

Saturday 30 January: Transition stall at Volunteer for Cambridge Fair

11:00-16:00, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge

Transition Cambridge will again have a stall at the Volunteer for Cambridge Fair, which is a celebration of volunteering in Cambridge, and a chance to explore volunteering opportunities across a wide range of organisations. We invite Transitioners to come along in order to meet future potential volunteers, or to let us know beforehand what volunteering opportunities you have in your groups currently so that we can advertise them. We will try to make "Volunteering Opportunities Sheets" detailing the roles (e.g. volunteering in which Transition group, aims and activities of the group, types of activities volunteers can get involved in, time commitment etc). As ever, we'd love to have your help on the stall, or making these sheets, and we'd love to meet you at the fair if you'd like to know more about volunteering with Transition Cambridge. Please get in touch if you can help with any of these things!

Saturday 30 January: Cambridge Repair Cafe

13:30-16:30, St Andrew's Hall, Chesterton, CB4 1DH

Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint are getting together again to bring you the next Cambridge Repair Cafe. It's a free event (donations very welcome) where we match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixing. 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’n’bobs. You can turn up with your broken item on the day, but it’s best to email us to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what to expect. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.

Wednesday 03 February: Film: Water Blues, Green Solutions with new TC group Learning to Stay Dry

19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

A new Transition group is forming, looking at how we can stay dry when faced with changes in climate and increased rainfall. At this first event, we will show "Water Blues, Green Solutions". This film illustrates small-scale solutions implemented by local groups in four American cities, inspiring bottom-up actions to localised flood prevention. We hope to form an action group that can implement small-scale bottom-up solutions to localised flood prevention in Cambridge. Come along to find our more! All welcome, free (by donation). For more information, see the new "Learning to Stay Dry" webpage here.

Tuesday 09 February: Food Group meeting

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

The Food Group's monthly meeting will firm up our plans for the year (ideas welcome!). So far we have the following - a talk on soil health; a wild food walk and a tour of productive spaces around Cambridge. We'll also review the Seed Swap on 24th January as well as exchanging news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Monday 15 February: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

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.

Thursday 10 March: Localised Flooding Solutions Discussion Meeting

19:30, Six Bells pub, Covent Garden, off Mill Road CB1 2HS

This is the first discussion meeting of the new TC group "Learning to Stay Dry". Climate change, flood prevention and green infrastructure are all huge concepts, but when these concepts and terminologies are broken down and discussed, they become easy to understand. Our March discussion aims to be part of this process and evolve solutions with like-minded people. If you are interested in these topics, please come along! We hope to form an action group that can implement small-scale bottom-up solutions to localised flood prevention in Cambridge. For more information, see the new "Learning to Stay Dry" webpage here. All welcome, free.

Learning to Stay Dry - Field trip to visit London projects

Following the February launch of the new "Learning to Stay Dry" Transition group, we hope to organise a field trip in spring/summer for interested people to visit solutions implemented in London. This will be a chance to meet with other local groups and to learn about their successes and failures. If you are interested in coming along, please get in touch with Dawn and she will coordinate dates.

Community News

Family Cookery Club needs volunteers!

Cambridge Sustainable Food is running a cookery club for families in Arbury and Kings Hedges and needs regular volunteers to help. The club runs every Tuesday afternoon at Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road; families come to cook together, then share the food they have prepared. Volunteers are needed from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. to help set up, work with the families, play games with children, share the food and help clear up. If you can help every week, some weeks or only occasionally, please contact Ann. We would love to hear from you! More details here.

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 website or email Nicole.

Other News and Events

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 26 January: Sustainable Futures: Finding your way

19:30-22:00, St Paul's Church

Are you concerned about climate change, but not sure what to do about it? Whether it’s a way with words, an ability to empathise or organise, a wealth of business contacts, or something else entirely, the truth is that each of us has particular skills, interests and aspirations that might contribute to building a rich and rewarding low-carbon future. The first of these two workshops will give you the chance to reflect upon what that future might look like and how you might help to build it. We’ll explore what motivates you, what might get in the way, and begin to find a way forward which is right for you. The follow-up workshop will provide a chance to consider how your plans are developing and how to keep up your momentum. Talking about climate change with friends, family and colleagues can be challenging, since the topic arouses strong emotions in ourselves and others. So the workshop will also consider ways of making exchanges fruitful rather than awkward or confrontational. Workshop I – Tuesday 26th January, 7.30-10.00pm Workshop II – Tuesday 16th February, 7.30-9.30pm Free events. Please email usto book.

Wednesday 27 January: Climate Friendly Holiday Choices

19:30-21:30, The Red Bull (Newnham), 11 Barton Road, CB3 9JZ

Cambridge Carbon Footprint would like to invite you to spend a winters evening in a cosy pub thinking about and possibly planning a more climate friendly holiday for 2016. We hope the event will be informal yet inspiring, with opportunities to hear about others experiences and maybe share your own. FREE but spaces are limited so please let us know if you’d like to come by emailing us More details here.

Saturday 30 January - Sunday 31: Big Garden Birdwatch

09:00-17:00, an hour out in nature

Take part in the world's biggest wildlife survey! Over the weekend of 30-31 January, spend an hour outside in nature, and count the highest number of bird species you see at the same time. You could be in a garden, local park or nature reserve info here. Head to the RSPB website to request a free pack, and to log your sightings. Last year over half a million people took part, and counted 8.5 million birds! The house sparrow took the number one slot in 2015 - which bird will be top of the list in 2016?

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

Wednesday 03 February: Talk : Reclaiming the term 'sustainability'

13:00-14:00, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB 027), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

This talk by Ray Cunningham on reclaiming ‘sustainability’ is based on the book ‘Sustainability: A cultural history’, by Ulrich Grober (Green Books, 2012), which Ray translated from the original German. It argues that the term ‘sustainability’, although diluted and abused almost to death in recent years, is too valuable to be abandoned, and that the best way to defend and reclaim it is to gain a fuller understanding of its meaning and value by investigating its origins and the history of its use over time. The book takes us from the Old Testament via medieval Venice, the court of Louis XIV and the silver mines of 18th century Saxony to the West Coast hippies of the 1960s and finally to contemporary economic and environmental policy-making. This talk is a whistle-stop tour of the highlights. More details here.

Tuesday 09 February: Cambridge Soup - share+eat+vote

18:00-20:00, The Box Cafe, 47 Norfolk Street CB1 2LD

The concept of CambridgeSoup is simple; people come to share their ideas, eat soup, discuss and vote. The winning project takes home the proceeds from the £5 door charge, and comes back next time to tell us how they got on. The events facilitate seed funding and micro-crowdfunding for small start-up businesses, groups and ventures that are working for social good in the local community and the wider City of Cambridge. This exciting new approach provides a unique opportunity to effect the changes you want to see in your community, and to support the businesses you would like to see thrive. If you are interested in pitching your idea in the future please email Future Business More details here.

Thursday 25 February: Talk - 'Fenland Feasts and Fasts - food identity in Cambridgeshire's past'

19:00-20:00, Castle Street Methodist Church, CB3 0AH

We know the importance and impacts of local food, but what heppened in the past? Town, gown and rural hinterland; people’s experiences of Cambridge and its surrounds can be radically different. This lecture explores how regional food traditions have shaped identity for Cambridgeshire residents and visitors over the last 600 years. From students feasting on swan to monks paying tithes in eel, Dr Gray reveals how food can play a fundamental role in shaping views of the self and of a region. Food historian Dr Annie Gray is a specialist in English food from c.1600 to the twentieth century. She’s the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, as well as appearing frequently on TV. She’s currently working on a book on Queen Victoria and her food. Tickets are £7.50/£5 to include a glass of wine, booking via eventbrite here A Cambridge History Festival event. More details here.

Saturday 02 April: Launch of Letchworth GIYO group/Garden Organic comes to Letchworth

14:00, Free Church Hall, Leys Avenue, Letchworth

An afternoon event to celebrate Transition Town Letchworth's Grow it Yourself group (GIY) becoming the only Gardening club in Hertfordshire which has membership of Garden Organic. Keynote speaker -James Cameron, Chief Executive of Garden Organic (2.30pm). There will be relevant, local stalls selling seeds, plants and produce and refreshments. The event runs from 2pm till 4.30 and entry is FREE. More details here: http://www.ttletchworth.org/events.html.

Here's hoping that everyone's 2016 has gotten off to a good start,

Jonathan and the Bulletin team.

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