Happy new year, all!
Starting us off for 2018 are three events this weekend, with a Saturday meeting from Cambridge Past Present and Future on Keeping Cambridge Special between 09:00 and 13:00 at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Sunday offers a meetup at Empty Common Community garden from 10:30, and a wassail at Trumpington Community Orchard in the afternoon, starting at 12:30. A woodworking demonstration, music, dancing, mulled apple juice and an apple bake are all on offer- more details here.
However, Monday 15th won't show signs of letting up, as Cambridge Carbon Footprint gives us the opportunity for a spot of thermal imaging training on Mill Road from 19:30- if interested please follow the link as booking is essential. At the same time only a short distance away, Transition Cambridge will be having its first Hub Meet of 2018 at the Six Bells from 19:00- as ever all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
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.
19:00-21:00, Back room of Six Bells Pub, Covent Garden, Cambridge
Please join us for our next 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!
20:00-22:00, Margaret's place on Oxford Road
At this meeting the main topic will be our 'plan' for how to make our current home zero carbon (over the long term, before 2050). This builds on our discussions last year on low carbon heating for buildings and we will review this first. More details here.
13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington CB2 9HZ
The 12th Trumpington Seedy Sunday is very soon! This is a chance to bring and swap self-saved seeds, exchange surplus bought seed, and take seeds in exchange for a small donation. Don't worry if you don't have any spare seeds as there are always plenty to go round. There will be refreshments and cakes, and lots of stalls including seed merchants, bread makers and community groups. Entry costs £2 for adults, children come in free. If you'd like to volunteer to help (with free entry) or run a stall, please contact the organisers. Please display the poster. You can also follow us on Facebook for the latest updates. More details here.
In just under 1 month the first Films for our Future Festival will be underway across Cambridge and the villages. We have an almost daily selection of films and conversation opportunities to help everyone find the next step on our personal and collective journeys towards a sustainable, low carbon society. We'd love to hear from anyone who's inspired to help with some of the many and varied background jobs that will make this season a success: from sound and techie enthusiasts, social media users, vloggers and bloggers, stewards and bucket rattlers! Please email Jacky if you'd like to play a part in this exciting initiative! More details here.
See out new fact page for advice about double and triple glazing, condensation, vents, managing solar gain and even recycling potential for windows. More details here.
09:00-13:00, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 OWA
Cambridge Past Present and Future are convening this next meeting in their series 'Keeping Cambridge Special'. They say 'Come and tell us how Cambridge can address the challenge of having more people moving around the city, in ways that enhance the quality of life and preserve the city's heritage. This workshop will include four thought provoking presentations covering eg green spaces, sharing spaces, improving interchanges and street design: Sharing spaces: Robert Myers (landscape designer) Green spaces: Joel Carré (Cambridge City Council) Movement: Charlene Rohr (RAND Europe) Design: Kieran Perkins (5th Studio) There will be an opportunity to give your views and for discussion with decision-makers, which will be led by Councillor Lewis Herbert (Leader of Cambridge City Council). This workshop will help inform a forthcoming Spaces and Movement Supplementary Planning Document for Cambridge that will be produced during 2018. Book tickets here. Free, donations welcome. More details here.
12:30-17:00, Trumpington Community Orchard
From 12.30 there will be a green woodworking demonstration. Followed at 2.30pm by the rabble Rousing Nigel Peennicks wassail band. There will be music and dancing. You are invited to bring musical instruments or other stuff to make lots of noise and decorations for the trees. Do dress up if you like. Hot mulled apple juice and apple bake will be available. More details here.
19:30-21:30, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2BD
Thermal imaging vividly reveals weaknesses in a building's insulation and air tightness. Find out where homes are wasting heat! These popular training sessions are for people wanting to borrow a thermal imaging camera to examine their own homes, those of friends and others. In 2 hours you'll learn how to use our cameras and interpret their images. Then you can arrange to borrow a camera. Free, but booking on our website is essential. More details here.
17:15-18:30, Buckingham House Lecture Theatre, Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0DF
A new geological era has been declared: the Anthropecene. It is characterised by the pervasive impact of a single species - Homo sapiens. Tony Juniper asks, does the new era mark the demise of the civilisations that created it? Part of the 'Just on the Edge' series of talks. Free, book tickets here.
13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall
Trumpington Allotment Socieyt invites you to Seedy Sunday 2018: Come to swap seed with other gardeners, but if you haven't got seeds come anyway. As well as seeds (including Heritage seeds) you will find local artisan food, community groups and of course tea and cakes from Trumpington WI. More details here.
10:00-13:00, BuildTrain, Unit 4 Lower Gower Road, Royston SG8 5EA
Following their input into the successful Cambridge World Biggest Repair Cafe in November, repairers John, Dale and Chris are joined by other volunteer repairers at the next quarterly Royston Repair Cafe. Assessments and, where possible, fixes are free but we ask owners to book in their broken items online in advance so we know we'll have the right repairers on hand. Book in here More details here.
17:00-18:00, Large Seminar Room, Level 1, The David Attenborough Building
Professor Dave Goulson is Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex, specialising in bumblebee ecology and conservation. He's also a campaigner and founded The Bumblebee Conservation Trust - more info. As well as 200+ scientific articles, he writes popular books - his latest is 'Bumblebees', which follows 'A Sting in the Tale' and 'A Buzz in the Meadow'. More details here.
Wishing everyone a great start to 2018-
Jon and the bulletin bunch.