The Season for Talks

Hi Everyone!

Just a short one today- on Saturday 7th there will be a Grow Your Own Session in Trumptington, and then on Sunday 8th Empty Common Community Garden will be getting together from 10:30 in the morning at the Garden for those with green fingers or fancying a chinwag. On Saturday the 14th Mark Cocker will be at the Cambridge Literary Festival exploring the history of conversion in a talk entitled Can We Save Britain's Wildlife?. On Wednesday 18th the Friends of Midsummer Common have their AGM at Christ Church Hall on Newmarket Road, and on Friday the 20th there will be another talk, this time at the Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations AGM, on green initiatives in Bristol and whether their work could be redone in Cambridge.

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Saturday 07 April: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Sunday 08 April: Empty Common Community Garden
  • Monday 09 April: Clean Wheels Survey Launch
  • Saturday 14 April: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

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  • Saturday 14 April: Mark Cocker: Can We Save Britain's Wildlife?
  • Wednesday 18 April: Friends of Midsummer Common AGM
  • Friday 20 April: Talk/discussion: 'Making a Green City - Lessons for Cambridge'
  • Saturday 28 April: Linton's First Repair Cafe!
  • Monday 07 May: Annual cycle ride to Reach
  • Tuesday 15 May: Thirsty Talks #4:' The good life'
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Saturday 07 April: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

10:00-12:30, Trumpington allotments

Join Dave Fox again at Trumpington allotments. Novices and experienced growers all welcome - this is a mutual sharing, not a lesson. This week we will prepare more seed beds, and sow seeds in those prepared last time (some of potatoes, parsnips, beetroot, carrots, spring onions, Swiss chard and salads). After some weeding we will look round the forest garden and/or the Polytunnel and/or another plot. Take produce home with you (please bring bags). Expect rhubarb, greens, lettuce and spinach, and more. Join in here. More details here.

Sunday 08 April: Empty Common Community Garden

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.

Monday 09 April: Clean Wheels Survey Launch

12:30-14:00, Cambridge Central Library conference room

You are warmly invited to our Clean Wheels Survey Launch on 12.30-2pm on Monday April 9th. Talks start at 1pm: you will hear from Alistair Kirkbride from CarPlus BikePlus a not for profit organisation promoting car and bike sharing; and James Everley from Ubitricity, who will be talking about a trial using some of the Ubitricity charging points in Oxford for Co-wheels car club. We will also show you interim results from the Clean Wheels Survey. More details here.

Saturday 14 April: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

10:00-16:00, Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day... This week we will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10:00am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.00, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Family friendly, everyone is very welcome! See our website 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. Please fill in this form if you would like to take part, and we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Hope to see you soon!

Other News and Events

Saturday 14 April: Mark Cocker: Can We Save Britain's Wildlife?

14:30-15:30, Palmerston Room, St John's College, Saint Johns Street, Cambridge,

Join writer and naturalist Mark Cocker at the Cambridge Literary Festival in a rabble-rousing exploration of the history of conservation. At a time when green and clean living is increasingly a part of mainstream culture, it's time to ask ourselves the most important question: 'Can we save British nature before it is too late? Tickets £12/10 booking required More details here.

Wednesday 18 April: Friends of Midsummer Common AGM

19:30, ChristChurch Hall Newmarket Road Cambridge

The FoMC AGM gives an opportunity for members and non members to come and hear a report on what has happened on Midsummer Common and in the MC Community Orchard during the year. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss local issues. Our guest speaker is Anne Miller, Director of the Creativity Partnership and a member of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Carbon Footprint.She will be talking about "The effect of Climate Change on Midsummer Common" which should be of interest to everyone in Cambridge! More details here.

Friday 20 April: Talk/discussion: 'Making a Green City - Lessons for Cambridge'

18:30-20:00, The Perse School, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8QF

In 2017 The Sunday Times described Bristol as 'the best place to live in the UK'. As first elected Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson introduced important green initiatives. What was their impact and could they work for Cambridge? Come and find out. His talk (at 7.30) will be followed by a panel discussion with local Cambridge experts. This is the Federation of Cambridge Residents Associations (FeCRA)'s 2018 AGM Event. Free (donations welcome); booking and more info here.

Saturday 28 April: Linton's First Repair Cafe!

14:00-17:00, Linton Village Hall, Coles Lane, Linton, CB21 4JS

Sustainable Linton is delighted to announce their first Repair Cafe. The idea is to match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixed…and all for FREE! You can also pick up ideas on how to fix things yourself, if that interests you. We welcome small household appliances, electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes and general bits'n'bobs. There'll be a cafe on the day and other information and exhibits relating to living sustainably. You can turn up on the day, but it's best to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what's coming and any small spares needed. To book an item in for repair, contact us by email or ring 01223 892074 telling us what the item is and the problem (if you know). The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. For more information follow Sustainable Linton at facebook.com/SustainableLinton More details here.

Monday 07 May: Annual cycle ride to Reach

09:00, Meet outside the Guildhall or start from Newmarket Road P+R

Camcycle organise this popular annual event and they describe it as 'A bike ride to an 800-year old fair with fabulous food, drink, entertainment, and of course, fellow cyclists!' It's a grand day out, with great views of open fen-edge countryside. The route is on National Cycle Network routes NCN 11 and 51; it's about 2 hours each way, a round-trip distance of about 29 miles. Reach Fair is over 800 years old - it's opened by the Mayor of Cambridge at noon. There are stalls, fairground rides, a maypole and morris dancing - plus food and drink tents. More info, the route and logistical details (plus photos and videos from previous years) here.

Tuesday 15 May: Thirsty Talks #4:' The good life'

18:30-21:00, Thirsty, 46 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 1EN

The organisers say: 'Growth, de-growth, green growth, post-growth, sustainable growth, prosperity without growth and no growth - a discussion that is easier over wine. Sarah Hafner and Dr Kat Buchmann will debate how we can survive in the future given resource constraints and climate change - with or without technology? With or without economic growth? If the former, with what type of economic growth? What will sustainable society look like in the future? Is the good life possible?' Free - booking here.

Events for your calendar

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