Welcome to the latest Transition bulletin. Some exciting and interesting events are taking place over the next few weeks and into Autumn...
Our Transition annual summer party will be held on Sunday 22 July at Empty Common Community Garden (note change of venue). Please do come along and join in; everyone is welcome and it's a great way to meet people within the group. On another seasonal note, you will find advice about how to enjoy Low-carbon holidays, with links to some helpful websites.
As many of us languish in the heat, perhaps the last thing on our minds is considering how to draught proof and ventilate our homes. However, come Autumn, we may be thinking about how to improve insulation for the Winter. On Saturday 22 September a workshop entitled 'Successful draught-proofing and ventilation' will be hosted by the Chesterton Repair Cafe and will feature ideas and free draught-proofing materials.
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.
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.
13:30-17:00, Empty Common Community Garden, Brooklands Avenue *NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE*
It's time for our annual Summer shindig - to celebrate another fine year of community, green living, fun and friendship. This year we will be at Empty Common Community Garden - a beautiful outdoor space by Hobsons Brook (more info).(Note that the party has moved from Trumpington Pavilion as previously advertised...!). Please bring food and drink to share and picnic rugs to sit on. All welcome! Family-friendly. How to find it - The garden is at the end of Empty Common Allotments, which are accessed via a gate on the corner of Brooklands Ave and Trumpington Road, close to the Cambridge Botanic Gardens. You can see a map here. And if you'd like to join in with gardening, come any time from 10.30. PS: It would be lovely to have a few pairs of willing hands for 30 minutes or so to help set up and pack up, if you can help please contact Liz.
Transition Cambridge 'traditionally' takes a summer break in August. You can still join in with projects like Empty Common Community Garden on Sunday mornings (info here); Cropshare on some Saturdays (info here). And if you want to publicise an event, please submit it here. The last Bulletin before the break will be at the end of July, and we'll be back early in September with fun community sustainability events including Repair Cafe's, Circular Cambridge Festival, talks and more!
Is there someone reading this who can independently examine Transition Cambridge's financial accounts? As a voluntary organisation running largely on good will and very little cash, there really isn't much to do- barely a page of bank statements for a whole year! But it would tick the box of transparency and best practice to have a person with some experience of accounts auditing to check our figures. If you can help, please contact Jacky.
If you'd like to grow your own fruit, veg, herbs and flowers, there are currently plots available at Stourbridge Grove, off Coldhams Lane. Taking on an allotment plot can be a satisfying and fun learning experience, and it needn't be expensive. A map of the location is here and you can check the website here. To find out more, contact the membership secretary here.
Are you interested in learning how to garden using permaculture principles and helping others do the same? Headway Cambridgeshire are offering a limited number of spaces on their next Growing Together gardening course for volunteers who want to learn alongside people who have experienced a brain injury. It doesn't matter how much gardening experience you have - as long as you come with an open mind. The course is free and will take place at a community garden in Cambridge and one in Peterborough from Thursday 13 September 2018 until mid-March 2019, after which there will be 3 months of practical application of the ideas we have explored on the course. You only need to volunteer at one of these locations for two hours a week on a Thursday. Contact Simon Lacey on 01223 576550 or by email for more information. More details here.
10:30-14:30, Waterbeach Barracks, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. CB25 9PA
The Waterbeach Repair Cafe is being held once again at the Barracks and is being run as part of 'Summer at the Beach' - a group of artists exhibiting as part of Cambridge Open Studios. There'll be a pop up cafe serving cakes, light meals and drinks. We are delighted to be adding book repairs to the talents on offer this year. There will be repairers on hand to carry out electrical repairs, repairs on portable household items, clothes, jewellery and bikes. Our experienced repairers will try their best to help give your items and new lease of life, but there are no guarantees. Bookings will open soon but you can just turn up on the day, though you may have to wait. This is a free event. More details here.
19:00-21:30, St Barnabas' Church, Mill Road, Cambridge. CB1 2BD
CCF invite everyone to come to their AGM to celebrate some great successes - last year our volunteers and partners supported us in hosting dozens of sustainable living events, including the world's biggest Repair Café and a very popular Open Eco Homes season. Tackling climate change is of course a monumental task so we'll also be seeking your input into tackling challenges and exploring opportunities for the future. Following a brief formal AGM we'll have our AGM talks. Caterina Brandmayr (Policy Analyst at the Green Alliance think tank) will be first. She will talk about the current political will to achieve carbon budgets and the impact of Brexit on climate change. She'll also share the Green Alliance's work on which UK cities are making good progress towards cutting emissions and discuss how Cambridge might build on their experiences. She will be followed by short talks from Tony Eva (Earth Scientist and part of Carbon Neutral Cambridge) and Pippa Heylings (newly elected South Cambs District Councillor). We will allow 30 minutes for audience questions and discussion. Afterwards, there will be time to catch up with staff, volunteers, trustees and other supporters over a cup of tea and a bit of cake. No booking required. More details here.
19:30-21:30, St Barnabas Church, Mill Lane, CB1 2BD
This workshop invites three key speakers to share their knowledge of community inspired housing projects. Co-housing and Community Land Trusts (CLTs) both offer alternatives to developer led or individual self-build projects for those who want to get together with others to build. Speakers include Emily Mulvaney of East Cambs Community Housing, Ian Collins of Marmalade Lane Co-housing and Anthea Dodson of Stretham and Wilburton CLT. Part of a series of five workshops making up Eco Homes for All - a month long festival of green ideas for home makers, incorporating Open Eco Homes. September 18th - October 18th. More details here.
14:00-15:30, Hosted as part of Chesterton Repair Cafe, St Andrew's Hall (Annex), St Andrew's Road, CB4 1DH
Draughts and poor ventilation can cause discomfort, illness and expensive heat loss. Fixing draughts and improving ventilation can be quick, cheap and immediately rewarding. FREE draught-proofing materials available. The workshop is led by Cambridge Carbon Footprint Chair Tom Bragg and Chesterton resident Claire Graziano. Part of a series of five workshops making up Eco Homes for All - a month long festival of green ideas for home makers, incorporating Open Eco Homes. September 18th - October 18th. More details here.
19:30-21:30, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ Pieces, CB1 1LG
Drawing together the expertise of two self-builders and looking at new government schemes to make more plots available for self-builders, with a focus on South Cambs and Cambridge. Speakers include Mark Brinkley - Author of Housebuilder's Bible, Kate Hawksworth - Self-builder and Open Eco Homes host and Laurence Castle - South Cambs District Council. Part of a series of five workshops making up Eco Homes for All - a month long festival of green ideas for home makers, incorporating Open Eco Homes. September 18th - October 18th. More details here.
10:00-17:00, Across Cambridge, Girton, Impington and Grantchester
Open Eco Homes 2018 opens 11 new and renovated homes across Cambridge and surrounding villages on September 30th and October 6th. Open Eco Homes provides a fast track for people who want to make their homes cosier and more energy efficient by giving them access to householders who have already built or renovated an eco-home. For more information about the hosts and their homes, and to book one or more one-hour tours go to www.openecohomes.org. Booking essential. Bookings open August 20th. More details here.
If you're planning your holidays, here's a quick reminder about the wonderful "The Man in Seat61" website that has helpful advice about how to get just about anywhere without flying. And if you like being in the great outdoors, WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a great way to learn about food growing by helping out on a farm in exchange for food and accommodation (UK website here).
Have a great week!
Karen and the bulletin writing team