This is the last newsletter before we break for summer; our next bulletin will be the first week in September. However, low impact sustainability activities continue throughout the summer! On 3rd September you can join the Energy Group for what promises to be a lively discussion about the co-benefits of carbon-reducing measures. If you are interested in media and writing, come along and join Transition Cambridge volunteers at our new Bloggers and Bulletineers group on 24th September. A group is forming to plan Transition Cambridge's response to the Car Free Cambridge day on 22 September, with a project meeting likely to take place in August. On 30th August come to the Trumpington Community Orchard Project's 10th Birthday tea party.
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! Our regular Sunday sessions continue thorughout August. More details here.
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!
At this meeting the main topic will be Co-benefits - how to 'sell' low carbon retrofit and behaviours. For example is it worth pointing out the health benefits of cycling or a vegetarian or low meat diet (or do you disagree). Also, insulation brings greater comfort as well as energy savings (or you do you have counter examples). For everyone, reducing waste generally saves money - or is it too much hassle? What do you think are the side-benefits that most add to the appeal of sustainable living? All welcome, Contact Nicola for venue details. More details here.
20:00, 6 Bells Pub, Covent Garden, Cambridge
Join Transition Cambridge volunteers for an informal networking /social meetup and chit chat about our media activities... This is the first in a series of regular gatherings and we are especially interested in welcoming newcomers who can join our bulletin writing and media outreach team. No writing experience necessary - just bring yourself, your ideas and your curiosity! Contact Jacky to find out more or just turn up.
19:20-21:30, Ann Docwra Room, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge
October is the time for our AGM - to review and celebrate what we've been doing over the last year. It's a great opportunity to catch up with friends and hear more about the projects we're excited about and plans we're hatching. All are welcome to come along; however only members can vote (a member is someone who's done some volunteering in the last 12 months). As we're a volunteer organisation, donations are welcome. There will be tea and, of course, cake!
Cambridge Commons' petition for a Car Free day in Cambridge has been gathering support and it's time to think about what Transition might do as a community group to support the idea. Some creative, engaging, inspiring and fun ideas are on the table, and we're now looking for a small group of positive activists to help make it happen. Please contact Jacky if you'd like to be involved with this.
09:30-13:00, Ross Street Community Centre
This is a Garden Organic project - they say "We're thrilled to be launching our nationally recognised volunteer Master Composter programme in Cambridgeshire. The programme is part of the strategy to reduce the burden of waste, by teaching more people how to compost their own waste at home. The programme works by training up local volunteer 'Master Composters' who then go out into their local community to pass on their knowledge to others. We're now looking for enthusiastic local volunteers in Cambridge to get involved. Volunteers will be fully trained, provided with ongoing support, and become part of a network of like-minded volunteers. Being a compost 'expert' is not essential! It's a great opportunity for you to spread the compost message in your local community and encourage more people to start composting at home. The next volunteer training is on Saturday 28 July - contact Garden Organic's Project Coordinator in Cambridgeshire, Charlotte Mulderrig, or call 07752242254." More details here.
14:30, Trumpington Community Orchard
Tea party event for children starting 2.30pm with cake and apple juice and then children's storytelling starting at 3.30pm for up to an hour with Marion Leeper. Later there will be Adult Storytelling from 6.30pm with Malcolm Busby and our headline story teller at 7.30pm is Marion Leeper. More details here.
19:15-20:15, West Road Concert Hall 11 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DP
Join award-winning author Robert Macfarlane and local charity Cambridge Past, Present & Future, in a celebration of Cambridge's natural environment. Dr Macfarlane will discuss how the landscape of chalk grasslands and woodlands across the south of the city has influenced both his writing and wider culture in Cambridgeshire and beyond. Tickets are £10 (full price), £7 (concessions) and free for members of PPF. Book via Eventbrite here. All proceeds towards protecting Cambridge's green landscape. More details here.
That's all for this edition, have a fantastic rest of the summer and stay cool!
Anna, Jonathan, Karen and Jacky
Your Bulletin Writers' Team