Transition Cambridge likes to take a break in summer, so this will be the last Bulletin until September. With that in mind, a quick note that the Royston Repair Cafe has been temporarily put on hold pending a new location. Then between the 29th of July and 12th August is the Planet B festival from Peterborough Environment City Trust- lots of events are free, with a variety of topics. Something else free throughout August on Tuesdays are educational family activity days courtesy of Amey Waterbeach Waste Management Park. And on Sunday 20th August (also free!) Trumpington Allotments are having an open day- again, lots of interesting activities on offer.
Lastly, an early heads-up about Transition Cambridge's AGM on Thursday 5th October. Enjoy your Augusts!
The month of August is Transition Cambridge's traditional summer break...this means that the last bulletin before the break will be at the end of July. We'll be back in September with our usual mix of events and opportunities for action and education in sustainability and environmental matters.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA
October is the time for our AGM - to review and celebrate what we've been doing over the last year, and the last 9 years. It's a great opportunity to catch up with friends and hear more about the projects we're developing - Cropshare, Repair Cafe's, community gardening and more. All are welcome to come along; however only members can vote(a member is someone who's done some volunteering in the last 12 months). As we're a volunteer organisation, donations are welcome. There will be tea and, of course, cake!
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09:00-15:00, Cottenham Road, Histon
Join us this summer for woodland adventures at the Summer Forest School. Attendance to the entire 3 days is recommended to complete a project, but children can attend for single day to complete a smaller task. (Cost £70 for three days, £30/day.) Each day, children will be busy using ropes, wood work tools, pulleys and working with different materials (clay, wood, mud!). They may practice natural dye making, making shelters, exploring fire lighting and the different uses of fire. A qualified Teacher and Forest School Leader will support and assist children with new knowledge and skills or by building-up on existing ones. Please bring a water bottle, a packed lunch and suitable clothing. We will provide equipment, materials and freshly prepared snacks cooked on the fire. On the last day, children will have the opportunity to plan and prepare a two-course feast on the fire! More details here.
19:30-15:00, various in Peterborough
PECT (Peterborough Environment City Trust) are organising this green festival. They say: 'Considering alternative ways of living to what has become the norm is challenging but the process of questioning these norms and considering what would lead to a fair and respectful global community is what the focus of 'Planet B' is. What needs to happen for people to understand the issues, become more resilient together and take positive actions? This can be referred to as the need for a 'deep adaptation agenda' consisting of Resilience, Relinquishment and Restoration.' There are film showings, a huge picnic, debates, family events and more... Lots of events are free. Check the programme for details of events, dates, venues and how to book. More details here.
10:00-13:00, Market Hill Rooms, Market Hill, Royston, SG8 7JL
The Royston Repair Cafe July 30th event has been cancelled due to unsafe conditions at the venue. Organisers will schedule another Repair Cafe as soon as the necessary repairs have been made. More details here.
10:00-16:00, Amey Waterbeach Waste management Park
Recycling will be brought to life over the Summer holidays at fun family activity sessions being held at Amey Waterbeach Waste Management Park These FREE events will run in the Education centre and will include hands on practical activities, followed by a tour of the site. We also provide FREE tea/coffee/biscuits. Children must be at least six years old to attend and must be accompanied by an adult. All of the Education Centre team are fully qualified, DBS checked, experienced teachers. Sessions are FREE and run from 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm. Booking is essential to confirm your place as numbers are limited. To book telephone 01223 815490 or email us
12:00-16:00, Foster Road allotments, CB2 9JR
Trumpington Allotment Society invites you to an Open Day at Foster Road allotments. Please help us to advertise our event using the poster and flyers at our page below. <*> scarecrow competition <*> wildflower seed bombs <*> tours of the allotment and community orchard <*> pond dipping <*> compost and permaculture demos <*> allotment produce <*> baking, preserving and pickling home-grown veg and fruit <*> and more! To get involved, run a stall or find out more please get in touch by email to email@example.com This event is free and open to all. It is part of National Allotments Week. More details here.
09:00-18:00, various around Cambridge
Get to know your home city better! Open Cambridge is the annual weekend event where institutions open their doors to the public. This ranges from the fire station to the mosque to the Guildhall, as well as college libraries, gardens and art collections... There are talks, exhibitions,family events and tours (on foot and by bike). This year includes the new suburb of Eddington, which has rainwater recycling, a district heating network and an underground waste system...Most events are free,and you need to book for some - booking opens on 14 August. More details here.
09:30, Block 10, Ida Darwin, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EE
Headway Cambridgeshire are running a free weekly gardening course. We are looking for some helpful volunteers to come on the course. You will learn the basics of gardening including aspects of permaculture and organic gardening whilst also supporting people with a disability to do the same. More details here.
10:30-13:30, St Andrew's Centre, School Hill, Histon Cambridge
Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. You can bring along the following to be repaired and maybe pick up a few repair skills at the same time: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits and bobs. Please book your item in by emailing us telling us what the item is and what's wrong with it (if you know!), or you can turn up on the day. The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. This is a free event. However, donations to cover venue hire and other costs are very welcome. More details here.
14:00-16:30, Stapleford Recreation Ground, Jubilee Pavilion, Haverhill Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BX
Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Green Groups in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston (2G3S) are holding a mini Repair Cafe as part of a 'Green Living Afternoon' from 2 - 4.30 pm on Sunday 1 October. It will be in the Jubilee Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, on Haverhill Road/Gog Magog Way, Stapleford. No prior booking; but bring along any items that need repair (including electrical items, bikes, jewellery; but no fabric items this time please) and we'll try to fix them for you on a first come, first served basis! The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.