Your fortnightly guide to becoming a clean, green eco-living being!

Hi Everyone

It's great to see the return of the Repair Cafe this coming Saturday 22nd with a special theme of draught-proofing and sewing. Also on Saturday you can go to a farm workday with Cropshare - heads up about their fabulous bring and share veggie lunches if you're new to the local food growing scene. It's a busy old weekend for sustainable things - urban shoppers can drop into talks and workshops at the Grand Arcade as part of the Eco-Living festival.  Next Monday 24th sees the first gathering of our new Communicating Transition get together. Come and find out who is Talking Transition - and how! Finally, tomorrow -  18th September - there's an intriguing workshop on Co-housing and community land trusts:  an alternative model of home building that is rapidly gaining popularity. 

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Saturday 22 September: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Saturday 22 September: Cambridge Repair Cafe
  • Sunday 23 September: Empty Common Community Garden
  • Monday 24 September: NEW: "Communicating Transition" - get together and discussion
  • Tuesday 09 October: Transition Cambridge AGM
  • Wednesday 10 October: Energy Group Meeting
  • Friday 26 October: Kids' Repair Cafe

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Community News

  • What do our local government representatives think about climate change?
  • overhead projector (with a difference): too good to throw away

Other News and Events

  • 1st September - 30th September: Plurabelle Books - Bicycle Bookshop Exhibition
  • 3rd September - 19th September: Cambridgeshire Collection - 'Wheels Through Time'
  • Monday 17 September: Changing Conversations
  • Tuesday 18 September: Co-housing and Community Land Trusts - workshop
  • Saturday 22 September: Eco Living Festival
  • Saturday 22 September: Cargo Carnival!
  • Saturday 22 September: Successful draught-proofing and ventilation - workshop
  • Wednesday 26 September: Eco self-build - make it happen
  • Saturday 29 September: Bikes and Bloomers
  • Sunday 30 September - Saturday 06 October: Open Eco Homes 2018
  • Wednesday 03 October: St John Ambulance - cycling paramedics
  • Saturday 06 October: Recital with a Conversation about Climate Change
  • Sunday 07 October: Soham Repair Cafe
  • Saturday 27 October: Abington Repair Cafe
  • Monday 29 October: Recital with a Conversation about Climate Change
  • Tuesday 30 October: Thermal Imaging Training
  • Saturday 17 November: Sustainable Fashion Festival
  • Monday 03 December: Thermal Imaging Training
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Saturday 22 September: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

09:30-16:00, 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!

Saturday 22 September: Cambridge Repair Cafe

13:00-16:00, St Andrew's Hall, Chesterton, CB4 1DH

Cambridge Repair Cafe is back! We kick off an autumn of local Repair Cafes with an afternoon of repairing, a sewing skillshare and a draught-proofing workshop at St Andrews Hall, Chesterton. Please book ahead if you have an item to be repaired - we can fix all sorts of things, but if we know what the problem is in advance, we're more likely to be able to help. We're open from 1pm to 4pm. Admission is free, but donations to help cover our costs are welcome. More details here.

Sunday 23 September: 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 24 September: NEW: "Communicating Transition" - get together and discussion

20:00, 6 Bells Covent Garden Cambridge

This get-together will provide a space to discuss how to better communicate what Transition is about, and a chance for all of us already involved in doing this (writing the bulletin, updating the web-page, writing blog posts, posting on social media, writing press releases etc) to meet each other. All are welcome, whether you are already involved in Transition Cambridge, would like to be, or you're just interested in how to better communicate with people about making the transition to more sustainable ways of living. NB: we'll probably be in the back room of the pub.

Tuesday 09 October: Transition Cambridge AGM

19:20-21:30, Ann Docwra Room, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

It's time to celebrate and review what we've been doing in Transition! Our forthcoming AGM is a bit special this year as we celebrate our 10th year of sustainable community activities and friendship. It's a great opportunity to catch up with friends, hear more about the projects we're excited about and share ideas and suggestions as we move into our second decade. 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! More details here.

Wednesday 10 October: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-22:00, tbc

At this meeting the main topic will be Carbon Offsetting - paying for carbon saving projects to offset your own carbon emissions. How much does it cost? What sort of projects are funded and how do we know they really do save carbon? Is it better to fund projects in developing countries or closer to home? Is this a valuable strategy or just an excuse to delay doing sustainability properly? We will also catch up on energy related news. All welcome, Contact Nicola for venue details. More details here.

Friday 26 October: Kids' Repair Cafe

09:30-12:30, Arts Picturehouse

Cambridge is hosting its first ever Repair Cafe that's totally focused on fixing children's games and toys! The event is tying in with the screening of WALL-E. Repair Cafes are free events that match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Children are invited to drop-in to see one of our repairers before or after one of the films, anytime between 9:30am and 12:30pm. The hosts, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge and the 38th Cambridge Film Festival look forward to welcoming all during half-term. Please note, children need to stay with their parent or carer and sit with the repairer during the fix. No booking required, you may have to wait and it's limited to one item per child. Love toys, hate waste.

Community News

What do our local government representatives think about climate change?

Newly formed organisation, Carbon Neutral Cambridge has published a poll on candidates in the recent Petersfield by-election. The poll gathered the candidates' views on climate change and its effect on our city and region, which you can read here. Kelley Green (Labour) won, so the composition of councillors on the city council is 26 Labour, 13 Lib Dem, 2 Independent and 1 Green. Carbon Neutral Cambridge's aim is to help the Cambridge region transition to being greener, cleaner, healthier and carbon neutral by the 2030s. They are keen for people to join in. Visit this link to sign up to their mailing list to be kept informed and help with campaigns. More details here.

overhead projector (with a difference): too good to throw away

Panasonic WE-160 with substantial multi-lingual instruction book. On its way to a good new home. Hooray! More details here.

Other News and Events

1st September - 30th September: Plurabelle Books - Bicycle Bookshop Exhibition

10:00-10:00, Plurabelle Books, Unit 8, Restwell House, Coldhams Road, Cambridge

Come and find display books, illustrations, and ephemera related to bicycling in general and to local bicycle history. Visitors who arrive by bicycle are welcome to use Plurabelle's bike racks and will be offered light refreshments. They also receive a coupon for one free book from the Browsing Bookshop, or a £5 discount for a book from www.plurabellebooks.com Plurabelle has been trading in second-hand books in Cambridge for more than 20 years. The shop specialises in the sale of second-hand academic books in all subjects and woks together with local librarians to find new homes for books that are no longer required. The owners also support the work of Sustrans and Camcycle for healthy and sustainable mobility. Plurabelle Books is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday with free admission to the exhibit curated by Michael and Flavia Cahn. Opening outside these hours can be arranged by appointment. Find the shop at Unit 8, Restwell House, Coldhams Road, Cambridge CB1 3EW More details here.

3rd September - 19th September: Cambridgeshire Collection - 'Wheels Through Time'

09:30-09:30, Cambridge Central Library

Join the Cambridgeshire Collection as they explore the history of cycling in the city told through photographs, newspapers and other historic materials in an exhibition entitled 'Wheels through Time'. The exhibition will be held on the third floor of Cambridge Central Library in Lion Yard from Monday 3 - Wednesday 19 September. Admission is free and no booking is required. The exhibition will be open at the same time as the library; view library opening times to plan your visit. More details here.

Monday 17 September: Changing Conversations

19:00-21:00, The Edge Cafe, 351 Mill Road, CB1 3DF Cambridge

How has climate breakdown been shaped in our collective and individual conscience? Has the focus on the individual and individual actions shifted cultural attitudes towards the environment or has it detracted from the bigger problems of consumerism, corporate pollution and reliance on fossil fuels? On an individual level, how do we face the reality without being emotionally numbed or overwhelmed by the imminent danger we are in? How do we engage other people in ways to help them do the same? Cambridge-based environmentalists, Elena Moses and Mark Slade, will lead us into our first of four evenings on the subject of climate breakdown. After these short presentations, we will open up the space for interaction where everyone has the chance to contribute their thoughts (if they so wish) and be listened to. No prior or in-depth knowledge of the subject matter is necessary. Whatever your background, you can be sure of a warm welcome! More details here.

Tuesday 18 September: Co-housing and Community Land Trusts - workshop

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.

Saturday 22 September: Eco Living Festival

10:30-16:00, Lion Yard Cambridge

Cambridge's first Eco Living Festival mission is to bring people, ideas and low-waste living initiatives together, so we can reduce our negative impact on the environment. A full day of workshops and talks on creative upcycling for everyone. No need to book, just turn up, all welcome! Check out the events listing here.

Saturday 22 September: Cargo Carnival!

11:00, Lammas Land, Cambridge

Meeting at 11am, we'll take a short ride through the city centre to Lammas Land where we'll pull up for a small festival of cargo traders and cargo bike specialists. If you're a trader and you'd like to be involved, it's not too late! Contact Camcycle via our website. Everyone else, round up your friends! Load up your cargo, decorate your bikes and let's have one fantastic celebration on wheels! More details here.

Saturday 22 September: Successful draught-proofing and ventilation - workshop

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.

Wednesday 26 September: Eco self-build - make it happen

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.

Saturday 29 September: Bikes and Bloomers

14:00-17:00, Castle Street Methodist Church

Join Camcycle, Dr Kat Jungnickel and the Cambridge Ladybirds WI for a discussion and cycle ride followed by tea and cake. There will even be examples of the Victorian cycle wear for guests to try! Get your tickets now from eventbrite More details here.

Sunday 30 September - Saturday 06 October: Open Eco Homes 2018

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.

Wednesday 03 October: St John Ambulance - cycling paramedics

19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Camcycle invites you to our October monthly meeting with special guest Tom Daly from St John Ambulance, the nation's leading first aid charity. The use of specially-designed bicycles by the emergency services has grown rapidly over the last few years, with all the main services making use of them in various ways. The nation's leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance, is no different, and in recent years, the sight of advanced first aiders and paramedics cycling to incidents has become fairly commonplace in towns and cities around the country, with NHS trusts and St John Ambulance running their own fleets of bikes. Tom Daly, Regional Operational Cycling Lead, will be giving a talk on how St John Ambulance use cycles to carry almost everything an ambulance can hold, and how they save lives by cycling. More details here.

Saturday 06 October: Recital with a Conversation about Climate Change

13:00, St Clements' Church

Soprano Paula Downes and Pianist Clare Bullimore will be giving a Recitals for ClimateKeys followed by a talk given by climate change expert Dr Hugh Hunt with retiring collections for Cambridge Carbon Footprint. ClimateKeys is a series created by composer pianist Lola Perrin to stimulate conversations about Climate Change. Climate Change expert, Dr. Hugh Hunt will be speaking and facilitating an audience conversation, following a performance of music by world-renowned composer, Andrew Downes. Andrew Downes' music has been influenced by the Pueblo Indian belief that 'we are part of, and belong to the Earth, as opposed to the very aggressive materialistic ideas of the West in which the Earth and its resources are seen as belonging to us, allowing us to exploit it to its and our destruction'. More details here.

Sunday 07 October: Soham Repair Cafe

10:00-14:00, Soham Library

Soham's second Repair Cafe - a free event - bring along your broken item, be it a kettle, torn jeans or even a smashed phone screen (with a replacement screen of course!) - our experienced repairers will try their best to help give it a new lease of life. There will be plenty of cake and tea for sale in our pop up cafe to keep everyone refreshed. We welcome all items within reason as long as it can safely sit on a standard table in the library. More details here.

Saturday 27 October: Abington Repair Cafe

10:00-13:00, The Abington Institute

Repair Cafes match people who need help mending items - household appliances, electrical items, computers, mobile phones, jewellery, bicycles, garden tools, clothes and even books - with experienced repairers. Most things can be fixed, but there are no guarantees. It`s best to book a slot, but you might as well just drop in on the day, as there will be coffee and tea to make time fly whilst queuing. The event is free; however, donations are very welcome. To book a slot, please email us with as many details as you can find about you item to help the repairer assess it. More details here.

Monday 29 October: Recital with a Conversation about Climate Change

20:30, Trinity College

Soprano Paula Downes and Pianist Clare Bullimore will be giving a Recital for ClimateKeys followed by a talk given by climate change expert Dr Hugh Hunt with retiring collections for Trinity College Music Society. ClimateKeys is a series created by composer pianist Lola Perrin to stimulate conversations about Climate Change. Climate Change expert, Dr. Hugh Hunt will be speaking and facilitating an audience conversation, following a performance of music by world-renowned composer, Andrew Downes. Andrew Downes' music has been influenced by the Pueblo Indian belief that 'we are part of, and belong to the Earth, as opposed to the very aggressive materialistic ideas of the West in which the Earth and its resources are seen as belonging to us, allowing us to exploit it to its and our destruction' More details here.

Tuesday 30 October: Thermal Imaging Training

19:30-21:30, St Barnabas Church

Thermal imaging vividly reveals where building is leaking heat. These popular training sessions are for people wanting to borrow a CCF thermal imaging camera to examine their own homes, those of friends and others who've requested a survey. In the evening you'll learn how to use our two cameras and interpret their images. Then you can arrange to borrow them. Free, but Booking Essential. More details here.

Saturday 17 November: Sustainable Fashion Festival

11:00-16:30, St Barnabas Church

A full day festival celebrating sustainable fashion. Featuring a giant clothes swap party, sewing themed Repair Cafe , sewing skillshares, hands- on upcycling and arts workshops, talks, innovators and sellers stalls, an interactive fashion show, DIY cosmetics workshops and more. Save the date! More details here.

Monday 03 December: Thermal Imaging Training

19:30-21:30, St Andrew's Hall, St. Andrew's Road

Thermal imaging vividly reveals where a building is leaking heat. These popular training sessions are for people wanting to borrow a CCF thermal imaging camera to examine their own homes, those of friends and others who've requested a survey. In the evening you'll learn how to use our two cameras and interpret their images. Then you can arrange to borrow them. Free, but Booking Essential. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Have a great fortnight!

Jacky and the Bulletin Writers' Team :-)

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