The zeitgeist is all about food this week, from cookery clubs, eating and celebrating, to planting it. First off, do register for your place at the Sharing Feast of Song and Liberated Food on 19th March soon! This wonderful community celebration of song and 'would've been waste' food has been put on Eventbrite, so places are very likely to fill up quickly. Payment for your reservation is going to be on the door to keep everything simple. On another food note, this Tuesday sees the launch of a new season of Cropshare fun, food and farming related frolics, while on Saturday you can join the Trumpington Meadows community folk for a new orchard planting, with tools and hot drinks provided. Cookery club anyone? Two new clubs, hosted by Cambridge Sustainable Food, are launching in East Chesterton and Abbey Wards, that aim to help local families in community learn and practice good food skills. Volunteers are welcome, and don't need to be skilled cooks as there are plenty of different ways to help. Finally, and only possibly food related, do you have a project or plan that has been incubating over the winter? As the daylight hours lengthen and buds swell on the trees, this Saturday there's a workshop that helps you to harness Springtime inspiration to get your thing growing.
20:00-21:30, CB2 Bistro, 5/7, Norfolk St, Cambridge, CB1 2LD
CropShare is Transition Cambridge's community supported agriculture project. This evening is an opportunity for new and returning volunteers to mingle and get more info about what we are going to be up to on the farm this season, including our new grain growing and seed saving projects. Come and find out more and speak to Farmer Paul and the CropShare Crew! More details here.
20:00-21:30, Judith's place, Leys Road
Our main topic will be ‘Lifestyle changes for low energy use’. We will slant this as what advice we would give to people wanting to reduce their energy use. More details here.
19:30, The Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road, CB1 1JW
Are our current democratic systems fit for purpose? How can we improve our democratic processes to support better decision-making, particularly in relation to climate change, sustainability, the natural environment, and our future? Come along to this event to hear four leaders of democratic thought and action come together to inspire and challenge us. Our speakers include Pete Macfadyen (author of Flatpack Democracy and part of Independents for Frome), David Babbs (founder of 38 Degrees), Manuel Arriaga (author of Rebooting Democracy) and Marie-Louise Holland (independent councillor for Castle Ward in Cambridge). The talks will be followed with question and answers and drinks. Please book here. The event is free, with a suggested donation of £3-5 to cover costs. The event will be followed on 7th March with an open space discussion event. This event is coorganised by 38 Degrees Cambridge, Pivotal - Cambridge Festival of Change, and Transition Cambridge.
12:30-14:00, Daily Bread, Unit 3, Kilmaine Close, King's Hedges Cambridge CB4 2PH
A social for Transitioners in the northern reaches of the city. The Daily Bread cafe is lovely, but out of the way for most people. But for people who work in the Science Park or somewhere else in the north, it's actually pretty close. We have a mission, which is to get more Transition books into the Daily Bread's library, a task which will be delegated to one of our party during the proceedings. Also, it's worth bearing in mind that Daily Bread offer refills of things like washing up liquid, and you may find some things you want to buy there and be glad that you brought a container. (A word of warning - they do not have a massive range of food available to eat, especially if you eat a vegan diet. So it might be wise to eat before you come or bring a packed lunch, and think of this more as a coffee and cake kind of social.) Find out more about Daily Bread here.
19:00, St Paul's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP
An event to celebrate the joys: of spring, of Transition Cambridge, of FoodCycle, of great singing, of our projects and hopes. This event hopes to bring together delicious local food, some wonderful singers, and the songs and toasts of the Georgian 'Supra' tradition. The conversation will be rich in all that is being done and shared, the food will be great fresh produce, some donated direct from local farmers, most that would otherwise have not been used. There will be singing from our superb local community choir ‘Resound’. And trios of singers from local and London Georgian choirs will be offering to us the rich and wonderful harmonies of Georgian singing. The food will be prepared by lots of wonderful FoodCycle volunteers, who are putting together a Georgian menu of vegan food. There will be a bar serving drinks (by donation), and you are also welcome to bring a bottle. So we hope you can come for a great convivial and fun evening! The basic cost is £12, with additional donations towards Transition Cambridge and FoodCycle very welcome. More details and booking information is here - book soon as we anticipate this event will fill up quickly (note that we have now added an option to book using Eventbrite and pay on the door). And feel free to invite your friends! https://www.transitioncambridge.org/sharingfeast. We'd also love to hear from you if you'd like to volunteer on the night as there'll be lots to do! Contact Kati here.
19:00-21:00, Nicola's house on Chesterton Road
At the hub's monthly meeting, representatives of the groups and projects report on what they've been up to. We also make plans together to coordinate future events. Meetings are open, so all are welcome to attend. Attending hub meetings is a good way to see how Transition Cambridge works, and to get a sense of the range of projects that we are involved with. Contact Nicola for details of the address.
Cambridge Sustainable Food are starting two NEW cookery clubs for families in Abbey Ward and East Chesterton and needs regular volunteers to help. The clubs will run at Brown's Field Youth and Community Centre (Green End Road) on Mondays, Barnwell Baptist Church (Howard Road) on Wednesdays. Our existing Arbury club will continue to runs every Tuesday afternoon at Arbury Community Centre (Campkin Road). Families come to cook together, then share the food they have prepared. Volunteers are needed from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. to help set up, work with the families, play games with children, share the food and help clear up. If you can help at any of the clubs every week, some weeks or only occasionally, please email Ann, or join our volunteer Facebook group We would love to hear from you! More details here.
13:00-14:00, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB 107), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Sustainability requires a transformation of society, involving everyone. But change agents find conflict whether they are working in local communities or the international climate negotiations. Laurie Michaelis will connect psychological and social theories with his own experience of collaboration involving people who have different worldviews, values, passions and goals. This talk is by Laurie Michaelis, of Living Witness, more info here. A GSI event. More details here.
19:00-20:00, Castle Street Methodist Church, CB3 0AH
We know the importance and impacts of local food, but what heppened in the past? Town, gown and rural hinterland; people’s experiences of Cambridge and its surrounds can be radically different. This lecture explores how regional food traditions have shaped identity for Cambridgeshire residents and visitors over the last 600 years. From students feasting on swan to monks paying tithes in eel, Dr Gray reveals how food can play a fundamental role in shaping views of the self and of a region. Food historian Dr Annie Gray is a specialist in English food from c.1600 to the twentieth century. She’s the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, as well as appearing frequently on TV. She’s currently working on a book on Queen Victoria and her food. Tickets are £7.50/£5 to include a glass of wine, booking via eventbrite here A Cambridge History Festival event. More details here.
09:30-13:00, Newnham Croft Primary School, Cambridge CB3 9JF
Spring is a time of new beginnings. Do you have something new you’d like to start this year, such as a new Transition project or a sustainability-related business? Come along for a chance to spend time in nature clarifying your ideas and identifying your next steps, and become part of a community of change-makers committed to helping each other make a positive difference. Free (by donation). This workshop will be led by Katherine Dixon and Anna McIvor. Come dressed for spending time outdoors! Please book here.
10:00-14:00, Trumpington Meadows
Join us to plant a new community orchard at Trumpington Meadows. Bring gloves if you have them, we'll provide the tools and hot drinks. Meet at the entrance to the reserve at Byron's Pool car park. Event is free but booking recommended. Rangers will be there from 10am to 2pm, but join us any time. All welcome!
07:30, Sidgwick Site car park, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9 DD
Cambridge's annual electrical recycling event is here once more. The large skips will be in the car park, ready to receive all sorts of electronic or electrical equipment which is truly beyond repair - anything with a plug or a battery, from phones to fridges. The recycling event is open to residents and businesses. It's a collaboration between European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Cambridge University and there will be staff from both organisations there. Cambridge City Council is also providing support on the day. ERP will transport the recycled material further on to processers. For more info on the process, click here Alternatively, if you would like to learn how to repair electrical/electronic equipment, sign up for the repair workshop on 15 March - info here.
20:00-21:00, Stapleford and Sawston
2G3S (Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston) are proud to present ‘The Economics of Happiness’, an inspiring and uplifting film which describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions: while government and big business push for a globalised economy based on high technology and increased trade, people all over the world are working from the grassroots to nurture smaller scale, ecological, local economies. We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile, Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten and Zac Goldsmith. Made by the inspirational Helena Norberg-Hodge and the Local Futures organisation, ‘The Economics of Happiness’ restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world. There will be two showings, the first in the Jubilee Pavilion, Gog Magog Way, Stapleford, Weds 2 March 8 pm, and the second in Sawston Free Church, High Street, Sawston, on Friday 4 March 8.15 pm. Admission by optional donation (£4 recommended), to include tea/coffee and biscuits. For more details, contact Linda Whitebread here.
11:00-15:00, The forest garden at The Missing Sock, Stow cum Quy
Come join us in the forest garden where we will be planting a willow copse for basketry and other uses, as well as carrying out essential maintenance. The first half of the session will be spent preparing the area and planting the willow cuttings, weeding and mulching around the trees and pulling up nettles. After that we will harvest and make nettle soup together on an outside fire, and enjoy planning future sessions together while also enjoying the soup! Please bring gardening gloves and a mug or bowl and perhaps some bread to share. More details here.
The Cambridge Science Festival is back for another year, which means two weeks of great talks, films, exhibitions and hands-on activities. There are usually lots of events of interest to Transitioners - on solar power, climate science, biomimetics...and more. Most events are free and you need to book for some. Booking opens at 10.30am on Monday 8 February, and some events fill up quickly, so take a look at the programme here.
19:30, Friends Meeting Houise, Jesus Lane, Cambridge
Global Justice Now Director Nick Dearden and Cambridge law lecturer Eva Nanopoulos will be speaking on TTIP, Greece, and the world. More details here.
That's all for this week, Happy Transitioning!
Jacky and the Bulletin Writers Team:-)