Inspiring news and events for green minds, bodies and the planet

Hi everyone

What a diverse bunch we are, there's something for everyone this week! Give your grey cells a creative workout at Wednesday's Sustainability Hacking or Nature Writing in the City  meet ups, and relax and chat with fellow transitioners over a brew of your choice at Thursday's social gathering. Put on your wellies and wooly hat to join Farmers Paul and Doreen for more Cropshare fun on Saturday. So much to do and a whole week to do it in!


Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 24 March: Skillshare on Fermented Foods
  • Wednesday 25 March: Sustainability Hacking
  • Thursday 26 March: Transition social
  • Saturday 28 March: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Saturday 11 April: Wildlife Wanderings at the Garden Wildlife Day
  • Tuesday 14 April: Talk: The Moneyless Man, with Mark Boyle
  • Tuesday 14 April: Energy Group Meeting
  • Monday 20 April: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Saturday 16 May: Cambridge's next Repair Cafe
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Reach Community Solar Farm - share offer

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 25 March: Nature Writing in the City
  • Wednesday 25 March: How To Clean Your Home Naturally
  • Thursday 26 March: Food stalls planning meeting
  • Friday 27 March 6.30pm to Sunday 29 March 5pm: Workshop - 'The Way of Council and Community'
  • 28/3/15-27/9/15: Permaculture Design Course
  • Saturday 28 March: First aid and keeping well - skillshare
  • Saturday 28 March - Sunday 29: Conference - ' Climate Change - New directions for local action'
  • 8 April, 11am-12 and 1pm-2.30pm: Snail Trails towards a Green Museum
  • Thursday 14 May: Hidden Histories: Green Museums, A Panel Discussion
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 24 March: Skillshare on Fermented Foods - Full!

18:30-20:15, Ross Street Community Centre

This skillshare event is now full, we hope to run a similar one later in the year. At tonight's refresher evening we'll discuss some common worries and problems with home fermentation and make a batch of fermented kraut together. Please bring a chopping board and kitchen knife you're comfortable using, a jam jar or small kilner (no bigger than 0.75l please!) If you have books or resources to share bring them along. Veg will be provided, this event is free but we ask for a small donation ( £2-£3 per person)  towards the cost of ingredients and room hire. 

Wednesday 25 March: Sustainability Hacking

19:30-21:00, at Makespace

The sustainability hacking group will be meeting at Makespace this month to work together and exchange ideas. If you'd like to join the group's mailing-list or are interested in the group in general, contact Toni to say hi.

Thursday 26 March: Transition social

19:00-20:30, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street

This is a monthly Transition social so that we get to meet even if we usually come to different groups and so that we can have time together to simply relax, replenish, and get to know each other. Let Toni know if you are coming so we'll have a large enough space; also, please let her know if you think this is a great idea but prefer another day of the month in the next months, or if you have venue suggestions, or if you want to help to organise this event so it keeps going (one or two people to share organising would be very welcome!).

Saturday 28 March: 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.

Saturday 11 April: Wildlife Wanderings at the Garden Wildlife Day

10:00-15:00, The Stable Rooms, Wandlebury Country Park

Transition Cambridge Nature group have teamed up with the Resident Biodiversity team at Anglia Ruskin University and Wandlebury Country Park, to bring you a wildlife gardening extravaganza. Pop up to Wandlebury Country Park for animal shelter building (drop-in 10am-3pm), wildlife wanderings (11am-12.30pm), and a 'how to keep your own nature notebook' workshop (drop-in 1.30pm-3pm). The event is free and open to all. This is a family and adult friendly event. Remember to dress ready for British weather, with both sunscreen and waterproofs. Please also bring your own drinks and food as there is no cafe on site. There is, however, a smashing cafe at the Gog Magog Farm Shop down the road. Contact Jade for more information.

Tuesday 14 April: Talk: The Moneyless Man, with Mark Boyle

17:30-19:00, The Therapy Room, 25 Oxford Road, Cambridge CB4 3PH (Off Huntingdon Road)

Hailing from Ballyshannon in Southern Ireland, Mark Boyle has lived completely without money in England for two and a half years, an experience which formed the basis for his first book, The Moneyless Man. He writes intermittently for various international newspapers and magazines, such as the Guardian and Permaculture Magazine. Mark is currently in the process of creating a fully localised, land-based gift economy in Éire. This community will demonstrate how all the ideas and practical solutions described in The Moneyless Manifesto can be integrated into one holistic system design. Just last week the community announced they had successfully raised all the necessary funding and other support from crowd-funding to complete the building projects. Read more about Mark Boyle on his <a href="?n=Mark's%20website:%20">website here</a>. This event is co-organised by Cambridge Future Living Community (CFLC) and Transition Cambridge, and hosted by The Therapy Room. CFLC is a new project aiming to create beautiful shared spaces, places to live work and play, with humans as an intrinsic part of the ecosystem, stewarding the land for future generations, where neighbourhoods provide mutual support, and which is sustainable in every aspect and open to all independent of their means.

Tuesday 14 April: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house

Our special topic this time will be Energy and Health, introduced by James Smith. We need adequate heating and ventilation in our homes and workplaces for health - and outdoor pollution, often from fossil fuels and diesel car emissions, is also important. We will also catch up on the latest news. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.

Monday 20 April: 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.

Saturday 16 May: Cambridge's next Repair Cafe

14:00-17:00, St Andrew's Hall, St Andrew's Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1DH

Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge are delighted to announce their next Repair Cafe. The idea is to match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixed… and all for FREE! You can also learn how to fix things yourself. We welcome small household appliances, electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes and general bits’n’bobs. There’ll also be a cafe with cakes and biscuits. It’s best to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what’s coming and any small spares needed. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. A booking form will be available soon but for now please save the date! Repair Cafes aim to reduce waste, help us to avoid keeping buying things news, and hence cut our carbon emissions. This is a free event but donations will be gratefully received. And we are also looking for volunteers to help out on the day e.g. with the cafe (and donations of cakes and biscuits are also gratefully received!). To volunteer or book in your item, please contact Kate. More details here. Thanks!

Events for your calendar

Community News

Reach Community Solar Farm - share offer

Reach Community Solar Farm have launched their share offer to raise funds to build a small solar farm on the outskirts of the village. The completed scheme should generate roughly half of the electricity used in the village. Any surplus made after running costs will be split between a community benefit fund and interest payments to members. Find out more on the website. (Various TC members are involved in this project, including Andy Rankin of Midsummer Energy (member of TC energy group) and Paul Robinson of Willow Farm (home of Waterland Organics veg-box scheme and the TC CropShare project).) More info.

Other News and Events

Wednesday 25 March: Nature Writing in the City

18:00-20:00, the back room at the Earl of Beaconsfield 133 Mill Road Cambridge

A series of monthly creative writing workshops with poet and writer Clare Crossman, the next is Wednesday 25th March. In each session we'll examine the relationship between people and the natural world. All sessions will begin with looking at existing texts as inspiration for writing and there'll be plenty of time for your own writing and projects. Price: £10 per session. For further info contact Clare Crossman or visit

Wednesday 25 March: How To Clean Your Home Naturally

19:30-21:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8DA

Cambridge Carbon Footprint is delighted to offer a new green cleaning skillshare on how to keep your home and clothes clean and fresh using natural and non toxic ingredients. There’ll be ideas and demonstrations on cleaning all the rooms and surfaces in your home and a chance to make your own products. Booking Essential: email us or call the office on 01223 301842 More details here.

Thursday 26 March: Food stalls planning meeting

19:00-20:30, Hills Road, near station

Cambridge Sustainable Food will be running a lot of stalls at public events this year (eg at Arbury Carnival and Chesterton Festival). We are having a brainstorming meeting to discuss what activities we should include to attract adults and children. (As well as sustainable food, the focus will be particularly on food waste.) If you have ideas and / or want to find out more, come along and meet our stalls team at 7pm on Thursday 26th March. To find out the exact address, email Bev PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR THIS MEETING! More details here.

Friday 27 March 6.30pm to Sunday 29 March 5pm: Workshop - 'The Way of Council and Community'

19:30-19:30, venue in Cambridge - tbc

This weekend workshop with Pip Bondy focuses on the Way of Council - a practice of speaking and listening from the heart. Pip says 'We come together in a circle of Council that creates a container for empathy and honesty. The ancient form of Council is a spiritual practice that moves us to a deeper, more compassionate level of communicating and being. The core practice of Council provides a way of bearing witness and of peace making and helps cultivate non-hierarchical power. When in Council we step into a timeless space and spirit moves through us. We experience the deep connection to all life. It invokes the experience of community, where we listen to everything – people, place, and spirit. The roots of Council are within the natural world, spanning all cultures and beliefs.' The workshop is non-residential, and the fee is £175, including a deposit of £75. *Note that this workshop is fully booked - find more info on other workshops here.

28/3/15-27/9/15: Permaculture Design Course

09:00-09:00, Norfolk

Permaculture Design Course at Soil and Soul Permaculture in Norfolk. Our Permaculture Design Course is a hands-on, lively and inclusive course spread out over six months with one weekend each month. It is a non-residential course although there are options for staying over each weekend if you wish to. Priced according to affordability. More details here.

Saturday 28 March: First aid and keeping well - skillshare

10:00-12:00, Rock Road Library community room

Retired St John's trainer is offering free emergency first-aid training for about 30 people (book at the library or just come early). This should be really useful for volunteers (no certificate given), including in community gardens (Cropshare?) or at other Transition events. Healthwatch Cambs are also coming along to explain about Books on Prescription and how this independent organisation helps people find services and also comment on how well they meet their needs. One key way to keep healthy is to volunteer and stay connected - and explore the outdoors. Do bring any literature along to encourage people to join your community groups. More details here.

Saturday 28 March - Sunday 29: Conference - ' Climate Change - New directions for local action'

13:30-15:00, University College London, Gower Street WC1E 6BT

The Climate Coalition (CC) and the Low Carbon Communities Network (LCCN) are organising a major free conference/event in London. It will bring together people from local action groups across the UK with national NGOs as well as local government and support agencies. We invite you to help shape this event and to take part. The next year will be a critical one for work on climate change in the UK. The general election and the UN Paris conference will be key events, while issues round divestment, fracking, and renewable energy will also be focal points for action. The conference will cover all these issues and also include skills training sessions. There's also a big ‘Earth Hour’ conference party on Saturday evening. If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered (and could maybe lead a workshop on), contact the conference team If you’re active on climate change where you live this conference is for you! More info and book your place here

8 April, 11am-12 and 1pm-2.30pm: Snail Trails towards a Green Museum

11:00-12:30, The Orchard Community Centre, Cambridge CB4 2EZ

Join the University Zoology Museum Outreach team for an introduction to the diversity of snails in the UK and the chance to get your hands on some serious molluscs! With the Orchard Park Wildlife Project we will be collecting empty snail shells in the wildlife area which will be used in a public artwork by Ackroyd and Harvey to be displayed permanently on the outside of the new Museum of Zoology in partnership with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. This is part of the Univeristy of Cambridge Museums' 'Hidden Histories: Green Museums' project. Free. Fun for all ages and abilities. Book your free place here: 11am or 1pm. Read more about "Opwildlife" here.

Thursday 14 May: Hidden Histories: Green Museums, A Panel Discussion

18:00-19:30, The Polar Museum, Cambridge CB2 1ER

What do we mean by 'green'? The environment is a vast series of subjects. The museums of Cambridge hide a history of how we have understood the environment and the problems it now faces, deep in their archives and in the objects in plain sight. As part of Museums at Night, join us for a discussion to find out the secret environmental stories hidden in our museums. With the Polar Museum & the Whipple Museum. Other speakers to be announced. Book here.

Events for your calendar

Have a great week

from Jacky and the Bulletin Writers team :-)

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