So we did it - we broke the record for the world's largest Repair Cafe, with 232 successfully completed repairs on Saturday 11 November! A huge thank you to all the repairers and organisers (coorganised with Cambridge Carbon Footprint), and also to all who brought objects to be repaired. Read more here (also on ITV website and there's a lovely video by That's Cambridge).
And we've more exciting events coming up this week. Special highlights include the ClientEarth panel event on Sunday (part of Cambridge Literary Festival): ClientEarth is a group of environmental lawyers taking governments to court and winning. And next Tuesday (28th) we have our first "Pitch Up Pitch In" event, where there'll be a range of new projects presenting and pitching for volunteers. Projects include making bike racks for a community garden, a renewable energy/electric car project, working with social media, and improving resilience to flooding. Come along to find out more! There's also a trip to visit the forest garden at the Missing Sock on Saturday, and a chance to do some gardening at Empty Common Community Garden on Sunday, and lots more below...
18:30-21:00, The Light Cinema
Join us for a special screening of Bruce Parry's latest film Tawai - a voice from the Forest (IMBD score 8.4 ) followed by Q&As with Bruce himself afterwards. 'Tawai' is an empathetic homage to indigenous groups, and raises the question of how lifestyles in the developed world impact the communities who live in harmonious, close relationship to the planet. What can we give up as global consumers and citizens, perhaps more importantly, what can we do differently? This film is a preview event for Films for our Future, a cross-community season of inspirational film, conversation and discussion to help everyone find the next step towards playing their part in creating a better world.
11:00-15:00, The Missing Sock
We are organising a visit of the Forest Garden at Missing Sock on Saturday 25th November from 11am to 3pm. Join us to visit this wonderful garden, home of many fruit trees and much more! To know more about this garden, see our website or facebook. We will also share lunch together. If you would like to come, please let us know. Also, if you don't know how to go there, or need a lift, let us know and we will see if anyone has a spare space in a car. More details here.
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.
13:00-14:00, Union Chamber, Cambridge Union, 9A Bridge St, Cambridge CB2 1UB
Transition Cambridge and Pivotal are supporting this event at the Cambridge Literary Festival. Join three passionate environmentalists for an optimistic discussion about the new environmental heroes who are taking governments to court - and winning. ClientEarth is the only pan-European group of environmental lawyers working in the public interest. Representing the world and its population is its founder, environmental lawyer, James Thornton, joined by co-writer, Martin Goodman, and ClientEarth trustee, composer and producer, Brian Eno. 'This book is an inspiration for those of us trying to build a sustainable future.' Caroline Lucas. More info about ClientEarth here. You can read a review of the book here. Tickets are £12/£10, and bookable here.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane
We are going to try a new type of event with the aim of getting new Transition projects started. Its called 'Pitch Up Pitch In' and on each evening there will be a range of projects presenting and pitching for volunteers. Our first line up includes: help wanted making bike racks for a community garden, a renewable energy/electric car project, an opportunity to practice social media, and some ideas for improving resilience to flooding. So if you want to share (or develop) your skills with hands or head there is an opportunity for you here, and you know you will be helping make Cambridge a sustainable city. Please come and support this pilot event and tell us what you think. More details here.
At this meeting we will discuss peak energy demand: what sort of loads are in there (now and in the future), why this is important, mechanisms to keep it down and if there is anything we can do about it ourselves. We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. Plus, we will keep the business short and leave some time for seasonal cheer - please bring finger food and/or soft drink to share. More details here.
19:00, Back room of Six Bells Pub, Covent Garden, Cambridge
Please come and bring your good cheer with you to our winter social at the Six Bells. All are welcome. Bring seasonal snacks to share if you like but please don't feel obliged. There will be plenty to go round.
Various times and venues
Sustainability and environmental groups from Cambridge and the villages have joined forces to organise a season of positive message, inspirational films and conversation events next year - 3rd to 18th February 2018. Convened by Transition Cambridge with our key partners, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Pivotal, we aim to inspire film goers to find the next step on their personal journey towards a sustainable, low carbon lifestyle. Among the award winning and inspirational films we have lined up are Tomorrow-Demain and We, the Uncivilised. Films will be shown in venues across the city and in the villages, and we're looking for helpers for many of the events eg: sound specialists, Social Media users, video makers, stewards and bucket rattlers! Please get in touch if you'd like to play a part in this exciting initiative! More details here.
The Trustees of The Signal Box would like to make the centre available on a donation basis to local community groups to host events which are geared at the whole community. The Centre supports over 2000 residents with a growing number of single occupancy and pensionable age households and we see opportunity to develop future programmes that support these groups beyond what is already provided. We look forward to hearing from you. More details here.
19:45, Free Church, 1 High St, Sawston CB22 3BG
2G3S, Greener Sawston, and Sawston Free Church present a discussion evening (part of the Sawston 'Your Village - Your Voice' series) covering different aspects of Sustainable Food, including: * Sustainable Food for the UK: options after Brexit (Ian Hodge, Professor of Rural Economy, University of Cambridge) * Growing your own organic food: barriers to change (Simon Saggers, organic smallholder) * An introduction to Cambridge Sustainable Food and latest news about establishing a Food Hub near Sawston (Bev Sedley, Chair of CSF & Duncan Catchpole, leader, Food Hub task force) Admission free; donations welcome: any profit to Cambridge Sustainable Food
The Cambridge community collection is a project which sets out to plant a publicly accessible orchard of 1400 varieties of native apple tree linking the southern fringe to the city centre. Anyone can come along and get involved in the planting. Planting events are happening as follows: Saturday, 25 November meeting at 10 AM on Addenbrookes Road next to Hobson's Brook. Saturday, 25 November meeting at 2 PM at Brabaham Road park-and-ride. Sunday, 26 November meeting at 10 AM at Trumpington park-and-ride. More information please visit our website or Facebook page/ or email Georgina Manning More details here.
19:00-23:00, St Pauls Church, Cambridge
Hi there! I'm Becks from Willis Road in Cambridge and I'm on a mission. Over the next few years, I have set myself a challenge to raise £5000 to save 50 acres of Rainforest for my favourite charity, the World Land Trust. Back in May, I organised a Ceilidh which was a sellout and it was so much fun, I've organised another one. Ceilidh Number 2 is taking place on November 25th 2017 back at St Pauls Church again! The incredible Cambridge University Ceilidh Band will be playing for us and we will have a drinks bar, a raffle (with over £700 worth of incredible prizes, including sponsors from all over Cambridge which I am super grateful for) and much more! Tickets are £9 for an advance ticket (£12 on the door) and include a free glass of bubbly in our sparkling drinks reception. Come and join us for an unforgettable evening of country dancing, music and laughter! Please visit my facebook page or email me for event tickets. It would be great to see you there! More details here.
Lastly we bid a fond farewell to Hannah, who has been devotedly editing this newsletter for five years - thank you Hannah! So if there are any budding writers out there who'd like to take a turn at editing the newsletter, get in touch - it basically involves writing the paragraphs at the top, takes an hour or too on a Monday, is shared so it's only every couple of months, but you do need to be quite computer literate. It's a great way to keep in touch with all that is going on and to contribute to Transition Cambridge!
Have a great week!
Anna and the bulletin writing team