Gardens, Cafes, and a Hub Meet

Hi Everyone

Apologies for the delay- I'll dive right in. Tomorrow (Wednesday 16th) sees an event called The Apocalypse: an update on at Anglia Ruskin University at 18:30 where Professor Aled Jones will be exploring both the risks and opportunities presented by the social and environmental pressures the world finds itself under. More details here. Then on Saturday 19th CropShare are running both morning and afternoon sessions in Lode for those interested, and Sunday gives us an Empty Common community garden meet and a Repair Cafe in Soham (please follow the link to book items in advance). Skipping ahead, on Friday 25th the Energy Group are meeting at 20:00. On Saturday 26th there will be a Grow Your Own session in Trumpington from 10:00 onwards, and next month on Monday 11th June there will be a Transition Cambridge Hub Meeting starting at 19:00 in the Six Bells off of Mill Road.


Transition News and Events

  • Saturday 19 May: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Sunday 20 May: Empty Common Community Garden
  • Friday 25 May: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 26 May: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Monday 11 June: Hub meeting
  • Empty Common on Cambridge 105

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Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 15 May: Thirsty Talks #4:' The good life'
  • Wednesday 16 May: Talk: 'The apocalypse: an update'
  • Sunday 20 May: Soham Repair Cafe #1
  • Saturday 02 June: Great Shelford Repair Cafe
  • 7th June to 28th June: CirculART Trail 2018
  • Saturday 09 June - Sunday 10: Cambridge Transport Hack
  • Sunday 10 June: Open Farm Sunday
  • Sunday 10 June: June Plant Swap at Trumpington allotments
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Saturday 19 May: 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!

Sunday 20 May: 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]

Friday 25 May: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-22:00, Margaret's place on Oxford Road

At this meeting the main topic will be the need for adaption to climate change and how to adapt our homes. There will also be a catch up on relevant news. All welcome! Contact Nicola for venue details.

Saturday 26 May: 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 seed beds, then plant and sow various crops. 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, herbs, onion, salads, hopefully some early broad beans and maybe even some asparagus. Join in here.

Monday 11 June: Hub meeting

19:00-21:00, 6 Bells Covent Garden

Join regular Transition members for a catch up and discussion of local events and developments that impact on our efforts to create a fairer, more resilient and earth friendly Cambridge. From incinerators and car use, to local and sustainability issues, you are most welcome to join us! we'll be in the 6 Bells this month, sampling local ales, soft drinks and hopefully some late Spring sunshine.

<b id='eccg105'>Empty Common on Cambridge 105</b> Cambridge 105 featured the Empty Common Community Garden on their Flavour program recently: - hear the birdsong, imagine the burgeoning exploding cucumbers (!) and listen to Charlotte et al explain how the garden grows on this podcost of the program. ( Transition Cambridge and ECCG start 17:30 minutes in.) More details here.

Other News and Events

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.

Wednesday 16 May: Talk: 'The apocalypse: an update'

18:30-19:30, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road CB1 1PT

Don't be put off by the gloomy title! This is the inaugural lecture by Dr Aled Jones, head of the Global Sustainability Institute at ARU - his nickname is 'Dr Apocalypse'...The organisers say: 'The world faces increasing social, environmental and climate pressures. Projecting forwards, the cascade of risks we face could easily trigger economic, environmental and social collapse. How do these trends link together and reinforce each other? What types of cascading risks could damage our societies first? However, the flip side of these risks represent opportunities for us to address these challenges and unlock an energy and financial transition to a more prosperous future. The current debate around the form of these transitions face the significant political barrier of short termism but there are glimmers of hope that the world is at a turning point that will create sustainable prosperity for all.' More info and booking here.

Sunday 20 May: Soham Repair Cafe #1

10:00-14:00, Soham Library, Clay Street, Soham CB7 5HJ

Not sure what to do with that broken lamp or those torn jeans? Bring them along and our experienced volunteers will do their best to fix them whilst you watch & learn, it's free! Donations are welcome & you can buy a cuppa & cake at our pop up cafe

To book in your item you can fill in this Google form or email us or call Anwar, 07902 316088 (office hours) or just turn up (may be longer wait).

Saturday 02 June: Great Shelford Repair Cafe

14:00-16:30, The Scout and Guide Headquarters, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, CB22 5LZ

With the support of South Cambs' Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP), Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint, 2G3S are pleased to announce our second Great Shelford Repair Café. It will be held at The Scout and Guide Headquarters, behind the Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, from 2-4pm on Sat 2 June 2018.

It's a free event (donations very welcome) where we match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Bring along items to be repaired and to pick up repair skills. This time we are also offering a book repair service, so if you have books with broken spines or damaged/loose pages, we can look at those too.

You can turn up with your broken item on the day, but as we expect to be very busy it's best to book it in, either by email or by visiting the link below. Bookings open in May. Repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. Lots of tea and cake available of course! More details here.

7th June to 28th June: CirculART Trail 2018


This year, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is hosting the third edition of CirculART, a project in which the work of local artists who work with repurposed materials is showcased in the windows of Cambridge's finest charity shops.

For 3 weeks from the 7th June 2018, you will be able to pick up a CirculART Trail map from participating shops and other select locations around Cambridge. Using the printed trail map or its online version you can follow the CirculART trail, visiting charity shops around Cambridge and enjoying beautiful artworks, all made by recycling, re-purposing and reclaiming. In the 2016 edition there were 20 artists and charity shops involved. <a href=']]

Saturday 09 June - Sunday 10: Cambridge Transport Hack

09:00-18:00, Institute for Manufacturing (IfM), University of Cambridge, 17 Charles Babbage Road CB3 0FS

The organisers describe Cambridge Transport Hack 2018 as 'a competitive team hack event, aiming to produce solutions to transport problems for Cambridge and beyond. The two days over the weekend will culminate in the teams pitching to a panel of judges.

You can see an overview video of the 2017 event here and a gallery of photos here. We're signing up participants (hackers) and helpers - judges, mentors, subject matter experts, data specialists and more. Please choose the right category when you sign up here!'

Sunday 10 June: Open Farm Sunday

10:00, farms around the country

Open Farm Sunday is an annual opportunity to visit local farms and see the realities of food production and caring for the countryside. There are lots of farms to choose from - specially recommended is Hope Farm at Knapwell, which is run by the RSPB (booking here). More info and farms to visit here.

Sunday 10 June: June Plant Swap at Trumpington allotments

10:30-12:00, Foster Road allotments trading hut CB2 9JR

Swap spare seedlings, plants and surplus seeds. Expand the range of plants you grow and meet other local gardeners. You can attend even if you don't have anything to swap, just make a donation. No admission charge. Everyone welcome. Arrive early for the best choice of plants. Directions here.

We usually have plant swaps each May and June (and don't forget Trumpington Seedy Sunday in January).

Events for your calendar

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