The Circular Economy is in full swing this week with lots of events that demonstrate how we can reduce our impact on the planet. Why not visit one of the charity shops on the CirculArt trail to see work by local artists who use recycled materials? The Cottenham Repair Cafe takes place this Saturday while on Sunday you can take your unwanted clothes or minor mending along to the Cambridge Buddhist Centre's clothes swap and repair event. Also, a heads up for Transition Cambridge's Repair cafe: it's a couple of weeks away on 2nd July and there are still some spaces available for more repairs.
If Nature is what you fancy this weekend join the Wildlife Trust and friends at Trumpington Meadows for Insect Day - a great chance to find out about some of our little creatures and their often curious lives...Happy Summer Solstice!
12:30-13:30, Daily Bread
A roughly monthly social in the charming Daily Bread cafe. They don't really sell lunch, especially if you're vegan, so you might want to bring a packed lunch! The cake and biscuits are good though.
10:00-12:00, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills CB22 3AE: meet by bike racks in car-park
Meet at Wandlebury Iron-Age hill-fort, the country park 2.5 miles south-east of Addenbrooke's hospital. This fascinating heritage landmark is a leafy wooded refuge in summer, with beechwoods and chalk grassland meaadows. Easily accessible from the city: just follow the footpath / cycle path from Addenbrooke's and the Babraham Park & Ride. Bus no. X13 AND 13a (direction Haverhill) stops outside the entrance. More details here.
13:30-16:30, St Andrews Hall, Chesterton CB4 1DH
Cambridge Repair Cafe returns for its second outing this year. Cambridge Skillshare and Repair, a partnership between Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint, organise this free event where we match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Donations to cover venue hire etc are very welcome. 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. You can turn up with your item on the day, but it is 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.
18:30-20:00, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street
This is the Food Group's last monthly meeting before the summer break. We'll review how the year has gone so far and (maybe) start thinking about the autumn... We'll also be exchanging news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be upstairs.
20:00-21:30, Judith's place, Leys Road
We will discuss what we can do to engage the public with what we have learnt. Over the last 18 months we have discussed a wide range of topics from how energy use relates to health, to what makes a PassivHaus so efficient, and from battery storage for PV to embodied energy. Are other people interested in these topics too? If so how should we reach them - articles? videos? worshops? Which are the most important messages to get across? We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.
What do you know about embodied energy in stuff - the energy used to make stuff, not just the energy when we use it? Also, what can we do to make sure that we re-use stuff rather than building from scratch and raw materials each time? The energy group have discussed these topics recently. Read what we have learnt on NIcola's website: embodied energy and circular economy.
15:00-17:00, Various - 21 charity shops in and around Cambridge
The CirculART Trail showcases the work of over 20 local artists and makers who will be displaying their pieces made from re-purposed materials in the windows of twenty-one of Cambridge's finest charity shops. For one month, from June 8th onwards, the public will be able to pick up a map from participating shops, or use an online version, to follow the trail to marvel at the beautiful and wonderous items that can be made by recycling, re-purposing and reclaiming. CirculART aims to celebrate art and creativity but also highlight the really significant role that our charity shops play in reducing waste. To complement this project an on-line directory of Cambridge's charity and vintage shops, auction houses, car boots and repair businesses will be available from early May. More details here.
14:00-17:00, David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, CB2 3QZ
The Cambridge Global Food Security Initiative, the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and the Cambridge Centre for Development Studies are collaborating to bring a conference looking at the interaction of food security with conservation, economics, culture and politics. Thursday afternoon (23 June) will be given to scene-setting on the challenges of our changing world and the current course of research activity that seeks to meet them. Friday (24 June) will be devoted to more focused presentation and discussion of key areas within two parallel streams: 1. Food Security, Sustainability and Conservation (co-organised with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and Forum and run as the CCF Summer Symposium 2016) 2. Economics, Culture and Politics of Food (co-organised with the Centre of Development Studies). Tickets are £39 for both days, £19.50 for students, with reductions for one day. More info, programme, speakers and how to book here
18:00-18:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road and other locations where specialist equipment may be required
This 48 hour event will be held simultaneously in more than 40 cities around the world. Five CycleHack categories; digital, physical, policy, local plan, event/campaign all looking at how to reduce barriers to cycling. Hacks will be loaded to the online open source catalogue to show how the ideas can be replicated. Partners include Camcycle (the Cambridge Cycling Campaign), the Smart Cambridge Programme (Cambridge County Council), CoDE Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, and CycleStreets. See us on twitter: @cyclehackcambs or Facebook. More Information about the global event
10:00, Cottenham Community Centre, High St, Cottenham, CB24 8RZ
If you have something that's broken, or needs adjusting or sharpening, bring it along to the next Cottenham Repair Cafe - there's no charge. We repair all kinds of things - from bikes to toasters to baby buggies, radios, computers, printers, ornaments, clothes - anything you can carry, in fact! We like to show you how we do it, so that if it happens again, you can do it yourself. Both repairers and repairees have a very enjoyable and rewarding time. Book here to let us know you're coming, and then please email us, telling us what you're planning to bring for repair and what is wrong with it - or if you're a repairer, the kinds of things you're good at fixing.
10:00-13:00, St Philips Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3AN
The Federation of Cambridge Residents' Association and Be the Change Cambridge have organised this event in response to requests from across the city and beyond for a community event to explore what the city deal means for our neighbourhoods and our city. The event will include a mixture of presentations and open space discussions. Please come with an open mind and lots of questions! Website for more information.
10:00-16:00, Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve
Celebrating the little things that rule the world! Join the Wildlife Trust BCN and local leading entomologists for National Insect Week to look for bees, butterflies, bugs and more in the beautiful wildflower meadows at Trumpington Meadows. There will be activities going on throughout the day so join us at any time. Suitable for all ages. More details here.
10:00-15:00, Newmarket Road Park & Ride
Bring along anything with a plug or battery, such as washing machines, TVs, laptops and hairdryers. Items can be broken or in working condition and will either be reused or recycled where possible. More details here.
14:00-17:00, The Cambridge Buddhist Centre 38 Newmarket Road, Cambridge UK CB5 8DT
Come along and join in our Clothes Swap and Repair workshop! Please bring good quality, clean clothes you don't need any more and wish to donate and/or swap for new ones! Further information here. More details here.
10:00-15:00, Machines Room - 45 Vyner St, London, E2 9DQ
This workshop is for developing sustainable business based on the Blue Economy principles. The Blue Economy is a holistic entrepreneurial framework. It intends to achieve zero waste by adding value to existing waste streams thus turning external costs into profit centres. Blue Economy business models: offer more with less (We believe there are better options than recycling), apply systems thinking into resource usage and production (Everything is connected, always!), create jobs and social capital by becoming more innovative You will need to buy tickets for this event. £41.28 - £90.87 More details here.
19:00-21:00, Great St Mary's Church, KIngs Parade, Cambridge
The controversial City Deal has attracted a lot of attention in recent weeks, particularly over its impact on community and the environment. There will be a public meeting with panel discussion organised by the Federation of Cambridge Residents' Associations to allow anyone from the city and greater Cambridgeshire to have their say and voice their opinion. Here's the County Council website for the City Deal.
14:30-17:00, Orchard Park Community Centre
Cambridge Cohousing are holding an information afternoon on Saturday 9th July 3 - 5pm. The group with their developer TOWNhus are building 42 energy efficient homes designed by MOLE Architects and using Trisvelhus closed frame build technology, and utilising MVHR and air source heat pumps for a reduced carbon footprint. Half the custom build homes have already been reserved for purchase, prior to the build start date in November. This is a new community way of living with shared resources, a common house and workshop and is a unique opportunity in Cambridge. Before the information session there will be a site visit, starting at 2.30pm at Topper Street. More details here.
10:00-12:00, Community Orchard betweem Midsummer Common and Newmarket Road
The Friends of Midsummer Common run a Community Orchard which links the main Midsummer Common to the Newmarket Road just by the bus stop at Auckland Road, near the Grafton Centre. We are holding drop in volunteering sessions between 10am-12noon throughout the summer on the SECOND SUNDAY of each month. These are sociable occasions when we get together to weed, prune, plant and do anything that needs doing. For further details consult our website.
Have a wonderful week,
Jacky and the Bulletin Writers Team