Cleanings Greenings and Meetings

Hi Everyone,

On Tuesday evening, weather permitting, the Food Group will be meeting to explore the nutritious, delicious world of wild food plants, and on Saturday there's another chance to blow away the last of the winter cobwebs at the Wildlife Wanderings walk at Chivers Lake, North Cambridge. If indoors holds more appeal then why not learn how to make your own gentle yet effective cleaning products and  book a place at Cambridge Carbon Footprint's afternoon workshop on cleaning your home naturally, also on Saturday. Finally, if you are organising or running a community event that ticks the local, sustainable and non-party-political /religious or overly commercial boxes, you can submit it here for possible inclusion in this weekly bulletin. Please check our inclusion criteria here!

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Transition News and Events

  • Monday 18 April: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Tuesday 19 April: Wild Food walk
  • Friday 22 April: Uptown Friday lunchtime social
  • Saturday 23 April: Wildlife Wanderings Chivers Lake, North Cambridge
  • Tuesday 03 May: Food Group meeting
  • Wednesday 04 May: Energy Group Meeting

Community News

  • Volunteers needed!- Could you spare a couple of hours on the 7th of May?

Other News and Events

  • Friday 22 April: Talk : Spending time in a low carbon society: Less stuff, more fun?
  • Saturday 23 April: Greenings a writing workshop for women
  • Saturday 23 April: Spring Clean Your Home Naturally
  • Saturday 30 April: Cambridge March for Divestment
  • Monday 02 May: Reach Fair Cycle Ride
  • Saturday 07 May: Literature, nature walk & creative writing exercise: Landscape Lives And Literature
  • Saturday 07 May: Cambridge Sustainable Food needs volunteers for the Eat Festival.
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Monday 18 April: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

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.

Tuesday 19 April: Wild Food walk

18:15-19:30, Coe Fen

Join the Food Group for a foraging walk to identify and learn about some common wild food plants. April is a great month to collect stinging nettles and try your hand at nettle soup, but there are many more delicacies waiting to be discovered! Please wear warm clothing and sturdy footwear, including a hat and gloves - even if it's been lovely and sunny during the day! Feel free to bring a camera, notebook and pen if you want and a collecting bag. We will meet outside the Doubletree Hotel, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RT, no need to book, just turn up; unless it is raining persistently or heavily in which we cancel.

Friday 22 April: Uptown Friday lunchtime social

12:30-13:30, Daily Bread

A social at one of our finest local coop stores - because transitioners like cake too.

Saturday 23 April: Wildlife Wanderings Chivers Lake, North Cambridge

10:00-12:00, Meet by Premier Inn, Ring Fort Rd CB4 2GW

A wild meander from Orchard Park in north Cambridge onto the busway past lakes and woodland towards Impington. We'll see what Mandy of Orchard Pk Wildlife has done to enhance this large modern development for biodiversity, and we'll see how the Guided Busway fast-tracks walkers and cyclists into the countryside. Accessible to all: wheelchair and pushchair friendly, Adults & accompanied children, FREE. Email us if you have any queries. More details here.

Tuesday 03 May: Food Group meeting

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

The Food Group's monthly meeting will move forward with our plans for the year (ideas welcome!). So far we have the following - a talk on soil health, a stall at Arbury Carnival and a tour of productive spaces around town. We'll also be exchanging news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Wednesday 04 May: Energy Group Meeting

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

The main topic will be the circular economy - what we can do to minimise waste and reduce use of non-renewable primary materials (including fossil fuels). We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.

Community News

Volunteers needed!- Could you spare a couple of hours on the 7th of May?

Cambridge Sustainable food are calling for volunteers to help at this year�s stall at the EAT Festival main event at the Corn Exchange on the 7th May. The event focuses on locally produced foods of all kinds and promises to be great fun once again. Volunteers are needed to help set up and run the stall for anything from 2 hours to all day if you wish. We need help from 10-5 on the day and it is a great chance for you to chat to the other stall holders too. If you would like to be involved in this great event, please email bev@cambridgesustainablefood.org or use our contact page on the Cambridge Sustainable Food website http://www.cambridgesustainablefood.org/contact-us/. More details here.

Other News and Events

Friday 22 April: Talk : Spending time in a low carbon society: Less stuff, more fun?

13:00-14:00, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB 307), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Can we have more fun, while using less ‘stuff’? In this talk, Co-Investigator Angela Druckman will consider what makes us happy, how we currently use our time, and the environmental impacts of our different activities. The talk will conclude by discussing some possible avenues that may lead towards more sustainable lifestyles. Dr Angela Druckman works at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)at the University of Surrey. She's been a member of the Centre of Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey since January 2005. More details here.

Saturday 23 April: Greenings, a writing workshop for women

10:00-16:00, Ashlyn Woods near Wimpole

A women's writing workshop with poet and writer, Clare Crossman, taking place in the beautiful ancient woodland, Ashlyn Woods. We'll make our own journeys, voyages and discoveries into the 'Greenings'... a time of waking from sleep to a wonderful light... or maybe a hard one. Many writings looked at, much time to write. £30 per person; bring a friend, your mother, or sister - £50 for 2 people. To book please contact Filipa.

Saturday 23 April: Spring Clean Your Home Naturally

14:00-16:00, St Andrew's St Andrew�s Road Chesterton Cambridge CB4 1DH

Cambridge Carbon Footprint is delighted to offer a new green cleaning skillshare on how to keep your home and clothes clean and fresh using natural and non-toxic ingredients. There�ll be ideas and demonstrations on cleaning all the rooms and surfaces in your home and a chance to make your own products. The event is free but booking essential: <a href="?n=%20https://www.transitioncambridge.org/mail-contact/sendmail.php?who=nf74">email us</a> or call the office on 01223 301842 (Mon-Fri, 9-5). More details here.

Saturday 30 April: Cambridge March for Divestment

12:00-13:00, Magdalene Bridge

Cambridge Zero Carbon Society invites everyone in Cambridge to join their March for Divestment - to show that we all want Cambridge University to divest from fossil fuel investments. Transition Cambridge supports this Zero Carbon Society Campaign. (We also support Fossil Free Cambridgeshire, which is promoting divestment for the City Council). The details of the march are not yet confirmed so keep an eye on their facebook page

Monday 02 May: Reach Fair Cycle Ride

09:00-16:00,

All the fun of the 800 year old fair, Maypole, rides, beer and food tents, entertainment and meeting fellow cyclists. Be prepared for stunning views of open country, all the fun of the fair and changeable weather.The pace will be leisurely: the riding time to Reach is under two hours each way. The cycle ride is open to everyone, and this includes accompanied child cyclists who are strong enough to ride for around 29 miles. Marshals will guide the route and can help with simple bike problems. This ride is just for fun, there is no charge and no sponsorship. Assemble in front of the Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge from 9am for a 10am departure, or join the ride at any point on the route. More details here.

Saturday 7th May: Literature, nature walk & creative writing exercise: Landscape Lives And Literature

14:00-18:00, Grantchester Village Hall

Wildlife Wanderings & Nature Writing In The City collaborate to take you through Grantchester meadows along the river to Byron's Pool. A day to dream with readings, creative writing excericises and a nature walk. Discover Cambridge's creative heritage with poet Clare Crossman and nature blogger Jo Sinclair. Tickets �20 payable on Eventbrite More details here.

Saturday 07 May: Cambridge Sustainable Food needs volunteers for the Eat Festival.

10:00-17:00, Eat Festival, Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Cambridge Sustainable food will again be at this year�s EAT Festival main event at the Corn Exchange on the 7th May, focusing on locally produced foods of all kinds. We�ll be running a lively interactive stall and need volunteers to help from 10-5 on the day. If you could set up or run the stall for anything from 2 hours to all day if you wish please get in contact - please email Bev or use our contact page on the Cambridge Sustainable Food website. And if you are really keen� Cambridge Sustainable Food will be running many events throughout the coming year and this is a great time to start planning and brainstorming some new and exciting ideas. We�re hoping to have a meeting at the beginning of May with all our volunteers to listen to your ideas for activities, what works well and how we can make a big impact. So if you would like to come to this meeting, or be part of future events, please get in contact so we can send you details. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Have a great week!

Jacky and the Bulletineers :-)

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