Straight to it- tomorrow (Tuesday 19th) there will be a lecture from Fauna & Flora International along with their AGM in the David Attenborough Building, looking at how success in conservation is defined and measured. The AGM starts at 6pm, the lecture at 7pm. Then on Wednesday there is a Transition Cambridge energy group meeting near Coldham's Lane at 8pm. Further ahead, on Sunday 24th you have the chance to participate in some gardening at Empty Common community garden from 10:30am onwards. On the 25th, Cambridge Sustainable Futures opens its community fridge at The Edge Cafe on Mill Road at 6pm, and is also having its AGM afterwards. Then Saturday 30th gives us a CropShare event, stalls celebrating Daily Bread's 25th birthday, a Repair Cafe in Histon, and a private screening of Silent Forest -a documentary considering GMOs- in Highfields Caldecote in the evening. So we're spoilt for choice.
Lastly, the Transition Cambridge AGM is on October 5th at the Friends Meeting House on Jesus Lane, at 7.30pm.
20:00-21:30, Patrick's house off Coldham's Lane
We will be discussing energy audits - are they useful and what is the best way to do them. If you are new to the group, what sort of audit (if any) would you like? Have you experienced an audit before. Do you wish you had? We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.
10:30-12:30, Empty Common Community Garden
There is generally a group of us in the garden on Sunday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 or later, and people are also coming and going during the week - you don't even have to garden just come and enjoy the space! 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 on Saturdays 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. Click here to check which Saturdays we will be on the farm. 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.
10:00-16:00, Daily Bread, Unit 3, Kilmaine Close, Kings Hedges CB4 2PH
Daily Bread is having a 25th birthday event. Transition and our Growing Spaces project will have a Swap and Share produce stall- we'd welcome donations of spare garden produce, preserves, herbs or flowers - just bring them along on the day. If you'd like to join the team on our stall for an hour or so you can sign up [here.->https://doodle.com/poll/ncp39ffn8ad6ewdr]] Growing Spaces has cheered up the space outside the shop with beautiful planters growing herbs and other tasty edibles - the planters are decorated with artwork by children from The Grove primary school. More info + pictures here. Daily Bread say 'We are a whole food shop, committed to supplying ethically-sourced, natural foods to our local communities at affordable prices. We are a workers' co-operative which seeks to create employment both by our working methods and by employing and supporting people with mental health challenges.' More info about Daily Bread + map here.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
October is the time for our AGM - to review and celebrate what we've been doing over the last year, and the last 9 years. It's a great opportunity to catch up with friends and hear more about the projects we're developing - Repair Cafe's, community gardening and more. All are welcome to come along; however only members can vote(a member is someone who's done some volunteering in the last 12 months). As we're a volunteer organisation, donations are welcome. There will be tea and, of course, cake! More details here.
<b id="pitch1">Pitch Up Pitch In: Call for new Transition Project Ideas</b> We are going to try a new type of event with the aim of getting new Transition projects started. Its called 'Pitch Up Pitch In' and on each evening there will be a range of projects presenting and pitching for volunteers. if you have an idea for a project (which could be anything from one-off event or a video to a multi-year project) this is an opportunity for you to recruit support. We haven't fixed a date for the first one yet - we are aiming for November. If you have an idea you think might make a good pitch please contact Nicola More details here.
<b id="allot17">An allotment for you?</b> Would you like to grow your own fruit, veg, herbs and flowers? Taking on an allotment plot can be a satisfying and fun learning experience, and it needn't be expensive. 1st October is the date when traditionally allotment leases are renewed, so it's a good time to start. Your local allotment site may have some vacant plots, so take a look at the map to find out which allotment site is local to you. Also, if you want to learn a bit more about growing, check out Dave's Grow-Your-Own sessions on Saturdays, held at his plot in Trumpington. More info here.
<b id="gsmsolar">Solar Panels for Great St. Mary's</b> You won't see them from the ground, but Gt. St Mary's church, steeped in history and a magnet for visitors, has passed an important hurdle on the way to becoming a renewable electricity generating station; at least It has received planning permission for solar panels on its roof. Transition Cambridge supported the application and are delighted. Read our comments and other details here
18:00-21:30, David Attenborough Building, Cambridge
Fauna & Flora International continues to be a leading force in global conservation efforts. With its expanding reach protecting habitats around the world, using sound research and an approach tailored to each unique conservation issue, our teams are able to help shape the way threatened animals and plants are protected. But these projects can often take years, even decades, to exhibit results. So how do we define 'success' in conservation, and how do we then measure it? Join us as we seek to answer these questions. Tanya Cox, Project Manager for Marine Plastics at FFI, will discuss the results of our engagement with the international organisations and the UK Government to tackle the use and effects of microplastics. Dr Jenny Daltry, Senior Conservation Biologist, will report on Redonda and the exciting progress of our efforts to restore and reinvigorate the island's fragile ecosystem. This presentation is preceded by the FFI AGM at 6.00pm. The main presentation will begin at 7.00pm, followed by a reception with complimentary drinks and food. More details here.
18:00-21:00, The EDGE Cafe, 351 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 3DF, UK
We are very excited to launch Cambridge's first community fridge at The Edge Cafe on Mill Road, as part of our Waste Less Save More campaign with Sainsbury's. Everyone is welcome to come along to the AGM or the launch, where there will be a free surplus food community meal to celebrate. Please let us know if you wish to join in the community meal. More details here.
10:00-16:00, ily Bread, Unit 3, Kilmaine Close, Kings Hedges CB4 2PH
We would like to invite everyone to come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Daily Bread Co-operative. In honour of this event we are hosting a fair on our premises at Kilmaine Close in Kings Hedges. The Wholesome Fair will include stalls by our suppliers and the local charities and action groups we support. There will be activities for children like face painting, garden games and even a bouncy castle! Food will be provided by The Pod (vegan pop-up cafe) and everyone will get vegan cake and refreshments. From 10:00 till 16:00. FREE ENTRY
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. To book your item in using an online booking form, click here or email us. When booking, please tell us what the item is and what's wrong with it (if you know!). You can turn up on the day but may have to wait.. 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.
19:00-20:15, Highfields Caldecote, 10 miles west of Cambridge centre.
There will be a screening of Silent Forest, a short documentary film about the health and environmental risks presented by GMOs / genetic modification. The film is 46 minutes long, and there will be 30 minutes afterwards for a discussion for those who wish to participate. The venue is at my home. I have 9 seats free. For further details and to book a seat, please contact me [Editor's note: TransitionCambridge neither supports nor rejects GM technology]]
14:00-16:30, Stapleford Recreation Ground, Jubilee Pavilion, Haverhill Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BX
Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston (2G3S) are holding a mini Repair Cafe as part of a 'Green Living Afternoon' from 2 - 4.30 pm on Sunday 1 October. It will be in the Jubilee Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, on Haverhill Road/Gog Magog Way, Stapleford. No prior booking; but bring along any items that need repair (including electrical items, bikes, jewellery; but no fabric items this time please) and we'll try to fix them for you on a first come, first served basis! The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.
10:30-17:00, Across Cambridge, Girton and Impington
Open Eco Homes 2017 is opening 13 inspiring new-build and retrofit homes across Cambridge, Girton and Impington on October 8th and 14th. This is a unique opportunity to talk directly to householders who have built new or made significant environmental improvements to their home. This years homes include the under construction Cambridge Mosque, an award nominated Baufritz home, impressive DIY and contractor led renovations (including a home using Retrovive underfloor insulation), K1 co-housing development and a family self-build with a rammed earth wall. All tours are free but pre-booking is essential as tours are limited to four per day and some homes are only open on one day. Booking via www.openecohomes.org.uk or by phoning 01223 301842. More details here.
18:30-20:00, Anglia Ruskin Uni, East Rd, CB1 1PT
Ann Pettifor presents her personal, positive vision - and then leads discussion - on how the UK's economic policies can be fairer in the year 2027, and so work for everyone. Part of the imagine2027 series of events - see www.imagine2027.org.uk for more details, and how to get involved. Please reserve a seat via eventbrite. More details here.
11:00-13:00, Wandlebury Country Park
Take a guided stroll around Wandlebury Park and hear from an expert about the fascinating array of fungi that thrives at this time of year. Suitable for those with no knowledge about fungi, and those who have attended before. There's always something new to learn. Fungi identification is an essential skill that requires many years of experience, so book a place soon and make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to hear from those in the know. Booking is essential for this event, which is for adults only Email us or ring 01223 243830 extension 207 . Places are limited. £4 for members, non members £5. Meet at the car park notice board. Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members. More details here.
10:00-16:00, Wandlebury Country Park
Beginners and improvers welcome to try this ancient craft.There's always more to learn.If you've never tried basket making before, here's your opportunity to have a go and learn how. You'll be able to take your basket home with you - a satisfying end to the session. Booking is essential for this event, which is for adults only. Email us or ring 01223 243830 extension 207 Places are limited. £45 (£40 members). Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members. More details here.
09:00-09:00, venues around Cambridge
The organisers say: "The Festival of Ideas aims to challenge people's received ideas and to question the status quo. The theme of this year's 10th anniversary Festival is truth. From fake news, espionage and conspiracies to populist lies - the subject of truth (and lies) has dominated the news in 2017. These stories are entwined with wider topics: How do we decide what is true? Can there be a 'correct' historical narrative? How do religions and ideologies stake their claim to universality? The Festival is a chance to discuss from a huge variety of different perspectives what truth really means." Of interest to Transitioners, there's a film, a debate and a performance about climate change. Most events are free and you need to book for some - note that booking opens on 25 September. More details here.
18:30-20:00, Anglia Ruskin Uni, East Rd, CB1 1PT
Danny Dorling presents his personal, positive vision - and then leads discussion - on how England's educational systems can be fairer in the year 2027, and so work for everyone. Part of the imagine2027 series of events - see www.imagine2027.org.uk for more details, and how to get involved. Please reserve a seat via eventbrite. More details here.
The Cambridge Pumpkin Festival returns for the third time from 20th-28th October 2017. Events will range from cookery workshops to a pop-up farmers' market, including many activities for the children such as a kids' disco soup. The festival is a celebration of food and autumn, which creatively encourages us to think about the food we throw away. In addition to attending the events (many of which are free) and spreading the food waste message, we would love for you to volunteer with us at one or more of the events throughout the festival. Email us or go to our website for more information.