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Hi Everyone,

Join Growing Spaces this Wednesday as they grow (in both senses of the word) across the spaces of the city of Cambridge; this hotbed of the green revolution is meeting at a secret location but you can get access to the passcode here. This Friday lunchtime uptown at Daily Bread there will be a sharing of cake, for no reason other than CAKE.  No strings attached. Which brings us nicely to the weekend: join the Staying Dry group on Saturday morning for a tour of flood measures and an evaluation of their success.  Or, at the Missing Sock, get first hand experience of building that holy grail of permaculture, the Hugelkultur bed. Wondering what that strange word means? It's kind of like a vertical raised bed that you can grow things out of both sides. I think. Well anyway, come along on Saturday and you will be able to explain much better than me. More gardening opportunities are on offer every Sunday for the group gardening at Empty Common Community Garden. Phew!  And that was just the beginning. Read on for the full lowdown:


Transition News and Events

  • Wednesday 25 May: Growing Spaces project meeting
  • Friday 27 May: Uptown Friday lunchtime social
  • Saturday 28 May: Tour of Flood Resilient Measures around Clay Farm
  • Saturday 28 May: Hugelkultur!
  • Every Sunday: Shared growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers
  • Wednesday 01 June: Wildlife Wanderings Evening on Coe Fen
  • Thursday 09 June: EU Referendum Conversation Cafe
  • Monday 20 June: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • EU Referendum Conversation Cafe - shout-out for helpers!
  • Learning to Stay Dry - Field trip to visit London projects
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Degrowth/Transition Town Open Source Documentary

Other News and Events

  • Sunday 22 May - Sunday 14 August: Midsummer Common Community Orchard working parties
  • Tuesday 24 May: CambridgeSOUP
  • Thursday 26 May: Elements Of Nature
  • Tuesday 31 May: Seminar: Ethical Consumerism: Good for the Food System?
  • Friday 03 June: Book launch: What's Really Happening to Our Planet?
  • Saturday 18 June: Cambridge Potluck picnic
  • Fri 24th - Sunday 26th June: CycleHack
  • Sunday 24 July: Permaculture Party 2016
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Wednesday 25 May: Growing Spaces project meeting

19:30, TBA

Join the Growing Spaces project at our planning meeting to get involved with any of a bunch of exciting new projects this growing season and help coordinate the care of spaces. All welcome - gardening knowledge welcome but not required. Contact us for details of the address of this meeting and if you're interested in the project in general. More details of the project here.

Friday 27 May: Uptown Friday lunchtime social

12:30-13:30, Daily Bread

Because Transitioners need cake too. (this is a social event, all welcome)

Saturday 28 May: Tour of Flood Resilient Measures around Clay Farm

10:00-12:00, Meet at Trumpington Park & Ride

Join the Staying Dry group on a tour of measures that help to reduce the impact of localised flooding. Simon Bunn, Sustainable Drainage Engineer Cambridge City Council, will lead the walk around Clay Farm Development, on the south west side of the city. We'll look at measures such as permeable paving, rain gardens, down spout planters, waterbutt collectors, and rain water harvesting to find out how successful or otherwise they've been. Meet at Trumpington Park and Ride 9.45 for 10am start. To attend or For more information please contact Dawn More details here.

Saturday 28 May: Hugelkultur!

11:00-15:00, The Missing Sock forest garden, CB25 9AQ

We are creating a herb and leafy greens area in the outdoor kitchen. We are going to utilize a Permaculture technique called Hugelkultur, which is a method used to retain water in the soil and add fertility. Come and learn about this technique by helping to construct the Missing Sock forest garden's first Hugel bed! As usual we will work for the first part working and then relax, eat and plan for the next event. Bring gloves and lunch. Check out our blog More details here.

Every Sunday: Shared growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers

10:30, Empty Common Community Garden, Brooklands Ave.

If you want to garden, or just try it out to see if you like it, come and join us. If you feel short of time, knowledge, confidence or ability then don't be put off. We support, and learn from, each other. We meet as a group at the garden every Sunday but it is there for everyone to use at any time so if you can't make Sundays don't worry. We are at the far end of the allotments on the corner of Brooklands Ave. and Trumpington Rd. To see what we get up to visit our blog; the very first post shows where we are. <a href="?n=%20">Email Charlotte</a> More details here.

Wednesday 01 June: Wildlife Wanderings Evening on Coe Fen

18:00-20:00, Meet beside The Mill pub, 14 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX

We are so lucky to have the river and water-meadows right in the centre of Cambridge. Some of us who work in the city know just what a wealth of wildlife is hidden away. This evening a guest has been invited from the conservation hub at the David Attenborough building who will inspire us about what can be spotted in a quiet moment at lunchtime or on the commute back home. Think water voles, water rails and kingfishers...

Thursday 09 June: EU Referendum Conversation Cafe

19:15-22:00, Unitarian Church Emmanuel Road Cambridge

Are you In or Out, Undecided or Confused? The media is full of comments and opinion, facts and fear mongering - it can be difficult to make a clear headed decision with all the noise. Our Conversation Cafe, organised in association with our friends at Pivotal Cambridge, is an opportunity to create some space in which to hear and be heard. The evening will be a mixture of facilitated group discussion around Transition and Pivotal values, such as the environment, social justice and democracy, food and water security, energy security and immigration. The aim is simply to help people find some personal clarity about their voting position. No party political speeches, grandstanding or attempts to sway opinion, just honest conversation with refreshments. This event is free, with a suggested on the door donation of £3 -£5, but you do need to register for your place, here.

Monday 20 June: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

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.

EU Referendum Confersation Cafe - shout-out for helpers!

We're looking for a few willing volunteers to make sure the cafe conversation runs smoothly - are you free? We need a couple of tea and cake helpers to assist people with the refreshments in the break and clear up afterwards; and a couple of people who'd like to act as facilitators for the discussion part of the event. There's a free training session for facilitation skills on Monday 6th June and there'll be other experienced facilitators alongside you. Please email Elena Moses if you can help, thanks!

Learning to Stay Dry - Field trip to visit London projects

Following the February launch of the new "Learning to Stay Dry" Transition group, we hope to organise a field trip in spring/summer for interested people to visit solutions implemented in London. This will be a chance to meet with other local groups and to learn about their successes and failures. If you are interested in coming along, please get in touch with Dawn and she will coordinate dates.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Degrowth/Transition Town Open Source Documentary

My Name is Christian from Spain and I'm doing a test tour for my 2 month documentary bike tour about alternative lifestyles (transition towns, degrowth, simplifying life, hacker/maker spaces, ...). Will be picking up a used bike in Banbury and will be in Cambridge on the 25th and maybe also the 26th and I'm looking for people to interview and a place to sleep. Have also a tent ... so a place to put my tent would also be enough. Any help would be really appreciated! Contact: Christian Cramer  

Other News and Events

Sunday 22 May - Sunday 14 August: Midsummer Common Community Orchard working parties

10:00-12:00, Community Orchard betweem Midsummer Common and Newmarket Road

The Friends of Midsummer Common run a Community Orchard which links the main Midsummer Common to the Newmarket Road just by the bus stop at Auckland Road,near then Grafton Centre. We are holding drop in volunteering sessions between 10am-12noon on SUNDAY MAY 22 and then throughout the summer on on the SECOND SUNDAY of each month. These are sociable occasions when we get together to weed, prune, plant and do anything that needs doing. For further details consult our website.

Tuesday 24 May: CambridgeSOUP

18:00-20:00, Allia Norfolk Street Future Business Centre, The Community Room, 47-51 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD.

CambridgeSoup is an initiative designed to bring together local good causes and social ventures with members of the community, who each donate £5 into a prize fund, then hear from four ventures who pitch a local project, enjoy a bowl of soup, and vote for a project to take home the donations. Come down, pay £5 and enjoy Soup provided by local social enterprise WOUP - using unloved veg that would otherwise go to waste. £5 Tickets can be booked in advance using our Eventbrite link or buy on the door. More details here.

Thursday 26 May: Elements Of Nature

14:30-18:00, Hildersham, CB21

Studio tour, artist talk and nature walk in the beautiful surroundings of Hildersham in South Cambridgeshire. Elements Of Nature is an afternoon with sculptor Carol Sinclair and writer Jo Sinclair looking at nature as creative inspiration. The River Granta runs past the garden and is one of the elements we'll be taking a close look at. Tickets are only £10 but must be booked <a href="?">here</a> please. More details here.

Tuesday 31 May: Seminar: Ethical Consumerism: Good for the Food System?

17:00-19:00, Seminar room SG2, Alison Richard building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

The speakers are Sushil Mohan (from the Business School, Brighton)on 'Fair trade without the froth', and Bev Sedley (from Cambridge Sustainable Food)on 'The Cambridge Sustainable Food Charter'. Consumers shape the food system by the products they choose to purchase. Increasingly, consumers in more economically developed countries are choosing locally sourced, organic and fair trade products. This seminar will explore the rationale for and the consequences of these choices. Does fair trade in fact produce positive outcomes for the food system? Do organic foods have any nutritional benefits over conventional foods? We will also explore what is being done locally in Cambridge to promote a sustainable food system. The final seminar in the 'Food: From Field to Table' series.

Friday 03 June: Book launch: What's Really Happening to Our Planet?

18:00-19:30, David Attenborough Building, Pembroke St, Cambridge, CB2 3QZ

To celebrate the publication of his new book, acclaimed writer and environmentalist Tony Juniper will examine What’s Really Happening to Our Planet? In recent decades, the face of planet Earth has been changed forever. The effects of population and economic growth, coupled with rising demand for resources and environmental impacts, have left their mark. Understanding the scope and scale of the changes and the connections between them is vital to make sense of our modern world, to anticipate where it is headed next, and to start making a difference. Join Tony Juniper as he explains the facts behind the most important issues and explores the most viable solutions to reverse the damaging trends. Free event. Please book your ticket here to reserve your place.

Saturday 18 June: Cambridge Potluck picnic

14:00-16:00, Jesus Green

OLIO is a free app connecting neighbours with each other and with local shops and cafes to share their edible surplus food. And, on 18th June we are coming together to celebrate its launch in Cambridge. We hope you can join us! We believe food is meant for sharing and we invite you, your friends and family to bring a dish for the picnic so we can all break bread together. We'll work out the best spot on Jesus Green and let you know nearer the time. Look for the bunting! Away from the eating, there'll be family games, most probably rounders to help you work off lunch! If you love food, hate waste, and want to connect with your community, then please join us in Cambridge on the 18th June. This event is weather permitting, we have no rain contingency! Look forward to seeing you there. Olio can be found on Facebook More details here.

Fri 24th - Sunday 26th June: CycleHack

18:00-18:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road and other locations where specialist equipment may be required

This 48 hour event will be held simultaneously in more than 40 cities around the world. Five CycleHack categories; digital, physical, policy, local plan, event/campaign all looking at how to reduce barriers to cycling. Hacks will be loaded to the online open source catalogue to show how the ideas can be replicated. Partners include Camcycle (the Cambridge Cycling Campaign), the Smart Cambridge Programme (Cambridge County Council), CoDE Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, and CycleStreets. See us on twitter: @cyclehackcambs or Facebook. More Information about the global event

Sunday 24 July: Permaculture Party 2016


Sunday 24th July. Save this date! Permaculture Party 2016 @ Foxy's Place in Trumpington. Music from Mal & Kylie (of the Formidable Vegetable Sound System who played last year) plus a Ceilidh! More details to follow.

Events for your calendar

Have a great week!  

Hannah and the team of bulletin writers


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