Hi Transition Bulletin Readers,
Everyone is welcome at tonight's new style Transition Hub Meeting, where among other things, you can hear more about the Transition Community survey which we launch today in this Bulletin. This Thursday sees the start of a fascinating series of talks by leading world authorities on climate change science. Looking further ahead we will be in full Spring mode by 4th March with the first of this year's Cropshare work days. Will they have reached their target for the new push powered weeder by then?? Also on 4th March in Histon, the Repair Cafe helps you get your broken gear fixed, while in the afternoon you can learn about the somewhat secret lives of toads and their habitats on a guided walk. Finally, here's a little shout out for a less secret but very tranquil haven - the Romsey Community Garden and their search for a new coordinator. Is that you???
19:00-21:00, Back room of Six Bells Pub, Covent Garden, Cambridge
Please join us for our next experimental new style Hub gathering, to catch up with projects and friends, meet new members and end with a bit of juicy networking over a drink! Come along for 7pm to meet other members, 7.30 -8.30pm: items for discussion:, 8.30pm onwards: networking and chat. All welcome, new TC members and familiar faces alike!
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.
The CropShare Weeder project Crowdfunder is now live until 4th March. We're raising funds for a new piece of bespoke farm equipment designed by volunteer Reggie: a push-powered, lay-down weeder. Please have a look! Donations from £1 welcome. More details here.
14:00-15:00, Barnwell East Local Nature Reserve
Please join us on a show-and-tell session about toads and their life cycle with local herpetologist, Steve Allain. The Barnwell East site is inhabited by a large population of toads and is home to much more wildlife besides. We'll visit the pond and its recent works to improve the toad habitat; if we're lucky, we'll spot some toads and their spawn, before a wander around to learn more about other wildlife in the reserve. All welcome, please wear appropriate clothing (hats gloves wellies and/or waterproofs.) You can also help vulnerable toads in Oyster Row and Stanley road over the coming weeks, please visit the Facebook group, Saving Toads in Cambridge Cambs for details.
19:00-20:00, CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, upstairs library
Please come to this Cropshare Open evening to introduce the new season in town. Bring your pals who are interested to know more. This is an ideal opportunity to come and ask questions if you are thinking of coming along this year. If you are a CropShare old hand then please come to find out what we are up to with our grain growing and seed saving projects this year ... See you there.
14:00-17:30, Newnham Croft Primary School, Cambridge CB3 9JF
This workshop will provide an introduction to "The Work that Reconnects", as formulated by Joanna Macy. We'll take some time to reconnect with what we love about our world, and to hear our concerns about how the world is changing. This can help us find the energy to engage with current issues, and to see more clearly what we can do to improve the situation. Whatever you're concerned about, be it climate change, refugees or the plight of the bees, "The Work that Reconnects" can help you find new perspectives on the problem, and hence new ways to act on it. This workshops will be facilitated by Anna McIvor. All welcome, no experience necessary. Suggested donation £10-£20 to cover room hire. We'll spend some time outdoors so bring warm clothes. Please book here.
Please spare a few minutes to fill in this survey about you and what you think of our activities. It doesn't take long! This survey has been devised by a team of 5 Cambridge University students as part of a project to help us broaden our reach and engage more people. So whether you are a seasoned member, or have been to a few events, or just get our newsletter but haven't actually met us yet, we would like to understand more about you and what you think we should be doing. You will also have a chance to win £20 in a prize draw on 17th March - open to everyone who is signed up to our newsletter and completes a survey.
Romsey Community Garden is a small haven in the midst of Romsey Town. In the summer it's full of flowers and vegetables, grown with the help of local residents and their children. In the winter it's a bit quieter, but there's still a bench looking out over the garden where people can come to rest and watch the world go by. The coordinator, Sarah, has just moved further out of town, and so it's time to find a new coordinator to help shape the garden over the next year or two. So far, we've focused on fruit trees and bushes, vegetables, and flowers, while maintaining a grassy area in the middle for picnics and bonfires. Where possible, we've tried to follow permaculture principles. And there is a dedicated team of locals who do their best to keep everything looking nice. If you might be interested in taking this on, please contact Sarah for a chat. Coordination is not a big job, it involves agreeing dates for garden days and coming up with a list of tasks that needs undertaking. Sometimes it involves picking up materials, such as seeds, from the garden centre. The garden days are always fun! You can read a bit more about the garden here.
Sweeping changes to bin collections across Cambridge will take effect from Monday 27 February. You may have a change to your collection day or time, or to the sequence in which your black or blue and green bins are put out. More details here.
Are you keen to fix your own bike but short on space or need a few specialist tools? Perhaps you'd just like some advice while you build up your own bike? A fully equipped training workshop, courtesy of Outspoken Cycles, is now open for you - currently Monday afternoon/evenings and soon also monthly Saturdays! We offer three levels of annual membership, Bronze (£20), Silver (£40) and Gold (£75), with decreasing hourly fees of £8/h, £6/h and £4/h. Members get access to a stand, tools, grease, lube, a library of bike manuals and expert advice from one of our qualified mechanics and of course plenty of coffee. Membership also gives you 10% discount on all workshop supplies, tools and repairs. Click here for more info --> More details here.
18:45-21:15, Ely Cathedral
The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership is hosting an evening of discussion and debate, exploring key issues relating to the impacts of climate change on the Ouse Washes Landscape. Experts representing the perspectives of different land-use interests - including business and communities, conservation, farming and water management - will discuss ways of adapting to those changes, and consider whether there can be a resilient future for the Ouse Washes Landscape. Please RSVPby 14th Feb More details here.
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.
15:00-17:00, McCormack Room, University Centre
Local food businesses play a vital role in creating a Sustainable Food City and CSF is very keen to work in partnership with them. The Cambridge Sustainable Food Pledge for Businesses is a free award, which is open to all local food businesses. The award was successfully piloted last year (with funding from Cambridge City Council), and at our relaunch in March you can hear the results of the pilot scheme and talk to businesses who took part in the first stage. At the relaunch of CSF's Awards for Businesses Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit, University of Cambridge, will talk about Changing our Behaviour to achieve Sustainable Diets. This event is primarily aimed at local food businesses, but we are more than happy for other people interested in food sustainability to attend too! If you wish to attend the event, please email to let us know. More details here.
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.
18:00, St John's College, Fischer Building, Palmerston Room, Cambridge, CB2 1TP
Dance of Light is an artistic interpretation of nature sounds from the British Library Nature Sound Archive & IFAW. The Team created unusual light effects to the sounds. The second film, Dance of Light Vision puts the first film into context. The Dance of Light team, like many in the creative sector are using their talents to raise awareness of the urgent need to change our attitudes to nature and avoid environmental disaster. Suggested donation is £5-£10, to raise money for the Woodlands Trust. More details here.
14:30-17:00, The Fulbourn Centre, Home End, CB21 5BS
With spring on the way at last, come and join us to swap seed, buy plants, and have fun exploring a feast of local breads, cakes, pies, savouries, and the welcome arrival of the Cambridge Cheese Co! We'll have organic fruit and veg, Moonshine Brewery ale and other local produce; beautiful original prints, fine art, crafts and cards; affordable jewellery, crafted home, table and fabric gifts, home decorations, lamps and toys; natural health products, lotions and supplements; local wood-turned and carved articles; a Wildlife Trust stall and kid's activities; then relax and enjoy the WI Cafe. Further details: 01223 880616 or by email More details here.
09:00-09:00, various in and around Cambridge
The Science Festival is back - this year the theme is 'getting personal.' There are talks, hands-on sessions, films, tours and more - and most events are free. Topics you may find interesting include climate change, circular economy, food, nature... Bookings open on 20th February; you can find more info and the programme here.
14:00-17:30, Newnham Croft Primary School, Cambridge CB3 9JF
Spring is a time of new beginnings. Do you have something new you'd like to start this year, such as a new Transition project or a sustainability-related business? Come along for a chance to spend time in nature clarifying your ideas and identifying your next steps. This workshop will be facilitated by Katherine Dixon and Anna McIvor. Bring warm outdoor clothes as we'll spend some time in Paradise Fen nature reserve. Suggested donation £10-20 to cover room hire. Book here.