Farming, films, workshops, conferences and pickles - Transition Cambridge Bulletin

Hi everyone,

I was surprised to see that the first and only Transition activity this week is Cropshare on Saturday. Come along and enjoy some light farming in the sunshine.  Never fear, there is plenty more to do across Cambridge this week including Bikes vs. Cars at the Arts Picturehouse on Thursday evening. Also consider signing up for the residential Economics for Transition workshop run by Helena Norberg-Hodge at Embercombe from Weds-Fri this week. On Wednesday evening poet and writer Claire Crossman will be leading a creative writing workshop in the series Nature Writing and the City in the pleasant surroundings of Grantchester Meadows, and all day on Friday there's a Technology Ventures Conference themed on 'Future Resource Abundance'. Do also take time to book your place for next Tuesday's Pickling Talk and Tasting - it promises to be packed with fresh ideas and sour flavours. Not such an empty week after all then!  Read on for more events...

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Transition News and Events

  • Saturday 27 June: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Tuesday 30 June: Pickling talk and Tasting
  • Friday 03 July: Wild weekend at Nightingale Park - Friday evening bat safari and insect trap setting
  • Saturday 04 July: Wild weekend at Nightingale Park - Saturday morning wildlife wanderings
  • Tuesday 07 July: Transition Cafe: "Seek the Change" with Emily Dunning
  • Tuesday 14 July: Food Group meeting
  • Monday 20 July: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Wednesday 22 July: Film: "Pollinating Change" with the Buzz Tour
  • Waste Not Want Not! #leftoverlunch selfies for Recycling Week
  • Transition Cafe updates
  • Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

  • Tues 3rd - Tues 30th June: WWII Rationing Challenge
  • Sunday 21 June at 20.30 and Thursday 25 June at 18.30: Film - 'Bikes vs Cars'
  • 24-26 June: "Economics for Transition" - Workshop with Helena Norberg-Hodge
  • Wednesday 24 June: Nature Writing in the City
  • Friday 26 June: Technology Ventures Conference: Future Resource Abundance
  • Saturday 27 June: EcoDharmaArts Festival
  • Friday 03 July: Talk - 'Urban Transport - without the hot air'
  • Saturday 04 July: All Ages Dance
  • Saturday 25 July: The Summer Clothes Swap Party
  • Wednesday 29 July: Ashley Ramsden tells Mr. Tistou
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Saturday 27 June: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

09:30-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day. We will be having fun helping out on the farm from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30pm, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. See our blog 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. Fill in this form if you would like to take part, and we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.

Tuesday 30 June: Pickling talk and Tasting

18:45-20:15, Ross Street Community Centre, Cambridge

The Food Group's last meeting of June will be a talk on the craft of home pickling, followed by a tasting of some seasonal pickles with recipes. Pickling takes advantage of seasonal gluts, so we can enjoy our favourite veggies for longer! We will look at some common pickling techniques and cover topics such as wet and dry brining and when to blanche. All welcome, a suggested donation of £3 to £5 will help to cover ingredients and room hire. To book your place, please email Jacky

Friday 03 July: Wild weekend at Nightingale Park - Friday evening bat safari and insect trap setting

20:00-21:30, Nightingale Park, Nightingale Avenue (near Addenbrooke's)

Let's go batty, mothing and mini-beast trapping. Learn how to set overnight insect traps, go moth watching and join a twilight bat safari with bat detectors. Bring a torch if you wish to stay late! If you wish, return the next day to view the traps and join an informal Wildlife wandering around the park, with optional bring and share mid-morning snacks in the meadow. This Invite comes from Friends of Nightingale Park, Biodiversity officer from Open Spaces, local wildlife trust and Transition Cambridge Nature Group. Both events are free, all ages and abilities welcome, no need to book, meet by the car park. More details here.

Saturday 04 July: Wild weekend at Nightingale Park - Saturday morning wildlife wanderings

09:00-10:30, Nightingale Park

Following the Friday night bat safari and insect-trap setting we will explore the park, looking in the traps, bird spotting and identifying plants - the orchids might be out too. Join in a bring-and-share mid-morning snack in the meadow area afterwards. This Invite is from Friends of Nightingale Park, Biodiversity officer of Open Spaces Team, local Wildlife Trust and Transition Cambridge Nature Group. More details here.

Tuesday 07 July: Transition Cafe: "Seek the Change" with Emily Dunning

19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

Emily Dunning has just returned from a 6-month trip travelling overland via the Trans-Mongolian Expressway to China, and then via several more countries to New Zealand. During her travels she met up with various people working on sustainability initiatives, from youth climate action groups in Taiwan to clean-up events in Russia to the social enterprise ethos inspiring change in Japan. She'll tell us about the joys and challenges of such a long overland journey, and the inspiration she took from the many sustainability projects she visited along the way. To find out more about what she's been up to, have a look at her blog seekthechange.org. Free, all welcome. If you'd like to help out with the cafe, please get in touch!

Tuesday 14 July: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, CB2 cafe, Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

This is the Food Group's monthly business meeting - the last before the summer break! We'll review the fruit map, get up to date on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge and maybe look ahead to the autumn. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Monday 20 July: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

19:00-21:00, Anna's house off Coleridge 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 Anna for details of the address.

Wednesday 22 July: Film: "Pollinating Change" with the Buzz Tour

19:30, Aldren Wright Room, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

"Pollinating Change" follows the Buzz Tour on a 1,300 mile walk around England, camping and living off donations. The Bees (Eve and friends) interviewed over 80 people about the inspiring things they were doing to change our culture not climate. As they wrestle with the day to day difficulties of food and shelter they explore the range of tactics being used to collectively reduce climate change and the different journeys of personal change. Come along to meet Eve as she passes through Cambridge (she is now travelling by bicycle). Find out more about the Buzz Tour here.

Waste Not Want Not! #leftoverlunch selfies for Recycling Week

Cambridge Sustainable Food needs your help next week! We are going to post and tweet photos of ourselves with our ‪#‎leftoverlunch‬ (lunch made from leftovers) as part of WRAP's Recyle Week (Mon 22 to Sun 28 June). Please help us to get as many as we can to create a bit of a buzz! If you are on twitter, tweet your photo (you and your leftover lunch - dressing up optional!) using the following hashtags: #leftoverlunch, ‪#‎CamLFHW‬ and ‪#‎recycleweek‬. Also @FoodCambridge and @RecycleforCambridge. Please share this and take part next week!

Transition Cafe updates

Thanks to some generous donations of money and space, we're now able to get the Transition Cafe back up and running, and we have two dates booked in: 7th July with Emily Dunning on her Seek the Change travels and 22nd July for a film showing "Pollinating Change" with the Buzz Tour. We're still looking for some help running the cafe side of things - please let us know if you could do this! And we could still add in one or two more evenings in July, so let us know if you have other ideas for cafe nights (or also for later in the year). The general idea is that we have a range of topics and activities, and that we create a friendly space for people to come along to meet fellow-Transitioners and find out more about Transition.

Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

Tues 3rd - Tues 30th June: WWII Rationing Challenge

06:30-23:00,

Cambridge Carbon Footprint are excited to be setting their latest challenge, the WWII Rationing Challenge. 2015 is the 70 year anniversary marking the end of WWII. This challenge helps us remember some of the hardships that people endured in their daily lives whilst exploring the common ground between a diet from the forties/fifties and eating sustainably today. Participants trying a ration based diet can join for a week or month in June and will have their own ration book with supporting info and resources. To find out more and sign up see our website. All are invited to a launch event at St Paul's, 7.30pm on Tues 2nd June for an evening of talks, displays and short films. Free event, no booking required. More details here.

Sunday 21 June at 20.30 and Thursday 25 June at 18.30: Film - 'Bikes vs Cars'

20:30-18:30, Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR

From the film's website: 'The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world. From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles, fighting for safe bike lanes, to the city of Copenhagen, where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs Cars looks at both the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars, and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.' Bikes vs Cars won the Audience Award at the UK Green Film Festival. Booking via the Arts Picturehouse in the usual way. More details here.

24-26 June: "Economics for Transition" - Workshop with Helena Norberg-Hodge

09:00-17:00, Embercombe, Higher Ashton, Exeter, Devon EX6 7QQ

We are delighted that Helena Norburg Hodge is visiting the UK and running a 3 day workshop on The Economics of Happiness at Embercombe on 24th - 26th June 2015. Helena is a pioneer of the localisation movement, and the articulator of the core ideas of counter-development. The course is for anyone interested in local economic systems design and implementation and plugging the gaps of our leaking local economy. Her Economics of Happiness programme stimulates new thinking, joint activity and public education in response to economic globalisation. For more information or to sign up for the course click here. It's a great chance to bring your ideas and exchange with one of the keys thinkers in localisation. Here is a link to her film trailer which features Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement. The cost is £205 for all three days, meals and accommodation in shared yurts on the evenings of 24th and 25th June. You can read more about Embercombe here.

Wednesday 24 June: Nature Writing in the City

18:00-20:00, Granchester Meadows

Poet and writer Clare Crossman leads a creative writing session inspired by nature- this time in Granchester Meadows. Using our surroundings and extracts from other writers' work as prompts, we'll examine our relationship to the natural world. Price: £10. Wear appropriate clothes in case of a chilly evening. For further info contact Clare Crossman or visit www.clarecrossman.info

Friday 26 June: Technology Ventures Conference: Future Resource Abundance

08:00-19:00, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

The 12th TVC Conference will be on “Future Resource Abundance”. This year’s focus will be on how innovation and entrepreneurship can save resources to boost growth, enhance global welfare, and enable a sustainable future. Topics that will be covered include CleanTech, Energy, BioTech, MedTech, Materials, Manufacturing, Food, and Water. To see the full programme and to book, see the TVC web-site here.

Saturday 27 June: EcoDharmaArts Festival

19:30, Cambridge Buddhist Centre, 38 Newmarket Road, Cambridge CB5 8DT

Oscar, Kate and Yogaratna are organising this festival, where everyone is invited to share poetry, music and visual art as a way of reflecting more deeply about the planet and environmental issues. All welcome, for more info, please contact Kate.

Friday 03 July: Talk - 'Urban Transport - without the hot air'

19:00, Waterstones, 22 Sidney Street, Cambridge CB2 3HG

Join lecturer, campaigner and journalist Steve Melia as he discusses his new book 'Urban Transport - without the hot air'. Steve will dispel current myths about urban transport, discuss current problems and solutions and tell us how Cambridge sets a sustainable example. Tickets are £5.00, available from Waterstones' ground floor desk. The book is out on 4th June, published by UIT, more info here. You can read his article on peak oil, economics and politics here

Saturday 04 July: All Ages Dance

10:30-12:00, St Paul's Primary School Coronation Street Cambridge CB2 1Hj

A new family friendly 5 Rhythms dance session for everyone, whatever age, dance experience or ability. Looking after our well-being is an essential part of the Transition to a more sustainable way of life. 5 Rhythms is a powerful dance and movement meditation practice that can help us to become more present in our bodies and wake up in these changing times. Come and channel your passion for the earth and for this life into your dance and see what happens. 5 Rhythms is a free form of movement meditation to music that anyone can do, whatever their age, gender, mobility or fitness level. This new family-friendly session is designed as an affordable and inclusive dance activity; it will be led by trusted Cambdance teachers, and we welcome young children as well as elders and everyone in between! This new class is expected to run monthly, posters and leaflets will be available shortly. Prices: adult £8, conc £6, 1st child £4, 2nd child £3, 3rd child £2. Maximum 3 children per adult. The accompanying adult must stay at the dance and remains responsible throughout the class for all children that they bring. For further information see the Cambsdance or email Nicole.

Saturday 25 July: The Summer Clothes Swap Party

13:00-15:00, St Andrews Street Baptist Church

CCF are partnering with Cambridge BID to bring Cambridge its very own Clothes Swap Party. Bring your unloved garments and swap them for some pre-loved treasures on Saturday 25th July. Bring your items in at 1pm and enjoy tea and cake whilst a team organises a swapping bonanza that kicks off at 1.30pm. 1.00pm: Drop off your clothes, shoes, accessories 1.30pm: The swap shop opens and ends at 3pm Entry is free – though donations are very welcome. This event is a fundraiser for Cambridge Carbon Footprint. All excess goods will be donated to charity. No booking required. More details here.

Wednesday 29 July: Ashley Ramsden tells Mr. Tistou

20:00-22:00, Unitarian Church Hall, Victoria Street, CB1 1JW

Cambridge Storytellers present a show , ‘Tistou of the Green Thumbs’ which brings together the work of two visionaries, storyteller Ashley Ramsden and writer Maurice Druon, as well as one of our favourite musicians, Godfrey Williams. The evening of live storytelling and music features one of the classics of the green movement, a vision of a peaceful and sustainable future, penned in the 1950s by a writer who grew up in the aftermath of war. More famous for the historical novels that inspired Game of Thrones, Druon writes about themes ranging from the arms trade to our care of the environment in this simple story of a boy who finds that everything he touches sprouts beautiful plants. ‘Tistou’s name deserves to be on the lips of anyone who cares about the future of the Earth,’ says Ashley Ramsden. More details here.

Events for your calendar

All the best,

Hannah and the bulletin-writing team

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