Repair Cafe, volunteering, and Surplus Food Cafes

Hi Everyone

We have several networking and learning opportunities on offer this week, starting with this afternoon's Wiki website training and culminating in Saturday's Repair Cafe. It's the 21st Century equivalent of a stay of execution - keeping your broken stuff out of landfill! It's a great way too for learning how to fix things yourself - from jewellery and computers, to clothes and phones. And if you have a few repair skills to share, do come along and share your learning! There's a social meet up happening this Friday at the Daily Bread Cafe - perfect for Transitioners who live or work in the northern reaches of Cambridge.  Although Cambridgeshire is the driest county in the UK, our newest Transition interest group aims to help us all become more  informed and aware about strategies for coping with localised flooding.  Come and see how communities are successfully facing and overcoming it at the film screening next Wednesday.


Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 26 January: Transition web-site training!
  • Friday 29 January: Uptown Friday lunchtime social
  • Saturday 30 January: Food surplus away day in Oxford
  • Saturday 30 January: Transition stall at Volunteer for Cambridge Fair
  • Saturday 30 January: Cambridge Repair Cafe
  • Wednesday 03 February: Film: Water Blues, Green Solutions with new TC group Learning to Stay Dry
  • Thursday 03 March: Experiments in Democracy - Speaker event with Q&A
  • Monday 07 March: Experiments in Democracy - Open Space Discussion
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Family Cookery Club needs volunteers!

Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 26 January: Sustainable Futures: Finding your way
  • Wednesday 27 January: Climate Friendly Holiday Choices
  • Saturday 30 January - Sunday 31: Big Garden Birdwatch
  • Tuesday 02 February: Workshop on Climate Change Strategy
  • Wednesday 03 February: Talk : Reclaiming the term 'sustainability'
  • Tuesday 09 February: Cambridge Soup - share+eat+vote
  • Tuesday 16 February: 'The Money' - a cross between a game and a theatrical performance.
  • Weds 2 and Fri 4 March: Film Showing: The Economics of Happiness
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 26 January: Transition web-site training!

12:30, CB2 Cafe (upstairs), Norfolk Street

If you'd like to get to grips with how our web-site works so that you can post information about your events or activities, come along to this short session where we'll talk you through the basics of pmwiki (which is what we use to make our web-site). No experience of websites necessary! It will help us if you can let us know if you intend to come. If you'd like to help us keep our web-site up to date, this will also be a good time to come along and have a chat. We would appreciate the help! (If you can't make it, get in touch and we'll try to arrange an alternative time.)

Friday 29 January: Uptown Friday lunchtime social

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.

Saturday 30 January: Food surplus away day in Oxford

08:00-20:00, Oxford

We have been invited to visit the Oxford food surplus cafe to volunteer and learn more about how they are innovating to reduce food waste and food poverty (see the Facebook event here). There will also be a chance to meet representatives of Community Action Groups network, and to visit the Oxford food bank which also incorporates food surplus into its strategy which provides over a million pounds worth of food to its partners per year. There is likely to be another opportunity to visit this team in February. The trip will be accompanied by Oscar (Transition/Green Party) and Sam (Cambridge Sustainable Food/Curly Kale cafe) although you can make your own travel arrangements if you prefer. Meet 8am at Cambridge to catch the 8.15am train to Kings Cross.

Saturday 30 January: Transition stall at Volunteer for Cambridge Fair

11:00-16:00, The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge

Transition Cambridge will again have a stall at the Volunteer for Cambridge Fair, which is a celebration of volunteering in Cambridge, and a chance to explore volunteering opportunities across a wide range of organisations. We invite Transitioners to come along in order to meet future potential volunteers, or to let us know beforehand what volunteering opportunities you have in your groups currently so that we can advertise them. We will try to make "Volunteering Opportunities Sheets" detailing the roles (e.g. volunteering in which Transition group, aims and activities of the group, types of activities volunteers can get involved in, time commitment etc). As ever, we'd love to have your help on the stall, or making these sheets, and we'd love to meet you at the fair if you'd like to know more about volunteering with Transition Cambridge. Please get in touch if you can help with any of these things!

Saturday 30 January: Cambridge Repair Cafe

13:30-16:30, St Andrew's Hall, Chesterton, CB4 1DH

Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint are getting together again to bring you the next Cambridge Repair Cafe. It's a free event (donations very welcome) where we match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Bring along the following to be repaired and to pick up repair skills: jewellery (and jewellery cleaning), sewing repairs (clean items only please), small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, and general bits’n’bobs. You can turn up with your broken item on the day, but we expect to be very busy so it’s best to email us to book your item in and get an idea of when we will have a free time slot. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. Tea and cake available of course!

Wednesday 03 February: Film: Water Blues, Green Solutions with new TC group Learning to Stay Dry

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

A new Transition group is forming, looking at how we can stay dry when faced with changes in climate and increased rainfall. At this first event, we will show "Water Blues, Green Solutions". This film illustrates small-scale solutions implemented by local groups in four American cities, inspiring bottom-up actions to localised flood prevention. We hope to form an action group that can implement small-scale bottom-up solutions to localised flood prevention in Cambridge. Come along to find our more! All welcome, free (by donation). For more information, see the new "Learning to Stay Dry" webpage here.

Thursday 03 March: Experiments in Democracy - Speaker event with Q&A

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.

Monday 07 March: Experiments in Democracy - Open Space Discussion

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

This Open Space event follows on from the introductory "Experiments in Democracy" event taking place on 3 March 2016, which features speakers from 38 Degrees, Reboot Democracy, Independents for Frome, and Cambridge City Council. However this is also a stand-alone event (i.e. no need to have attended the other event first). Why, when climate change is evidently a pressing issue with potentially disastrous consequences for our planet and all its inhabitants, are we so slow to enact the changes required at either local or national levels? Could the problem lie in our system of governance, e.g. insufficient political will to take unpopular decisions in the face of short-term periods in office, or a dysfunctional system which doesn't allow politicians to follow the will of the people they represent? This "open space" style discussion will focus on the question: "How can we improve our democracy?" Participants are invited to bring along particular topics/issues/ideas they feel strongly about or simply come along with an open mind to take part in the discussions. There will be at least one group discussing how to stand as an independent candidate in the upcoming city council elections. All are welcome to this free event (suggested donation of £2-4 to cover costs). This event is co-organised by Transition Cambridge, 38 Degrees Cambridge and Pivotal - Cambridge Festival of Change.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Family Cookery Club needs volunteers!

Cambridge Sustainable Food is running a cookery club for families in Arbury and Kings Hedges and needs regular volunteers to help. The club 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 every week, some weeks or only occasionally, please contact Ann. We would love to hear from you! More details here.

Other News and Events

Tuesday 26 January: Sustainable Futures: Finding your way

19:30-22:00, St Paul's Church

Are you concerned about climate change, but not sure what to do about it? Whether it’s a way with words, an ability to empathise or organise, a wealth of business contacts, or something else entirely, the truth is that each of us has particular skills, interests and aspirations that might contribute to building a rich and rewarding low-carbon future. The first of these two workshops will give you the chance to reflect upon what that future might look like and how you might help to build it. We’ll explore what motivates you, what might get in the way, and begin to find a way forward which is right for you. The follow-up workshop will provide a chance to consider how your plans are developing and how to keep up your momentum. Talking about climate change with friends, family and colleagues can be challenging, since the topic arouses strong emotions in ourselves and others. So the workshop will also consider ways of making exchanges fruitful rather than awkward or confrontational. Workshop I – Tuesday 26th January, 7.30-10.00pm Workshop II – Tuesday 16th February, 7.30-9.30pm Free events. Please email usto book.

Wednesday 27 January: Climate Friendly Holiday Choices

19:30-21:30, The Red Bull (Newnham), 11 Barton Road, CB3 9JZ

Cambridge Carbon Footprint would like to invite you to spend a winters evening in a cosy pub thinking about and possibly planning a more climate friendly holiday for 2016. We hope the event will be informal yet inspiring, with opportunities to hear about others experiences and maybe share your own. FREE but spaces are limited so please let us know if you’d like to come by emailing us More details here.

Saturday 30 January - Sunday 31: Big Garden Birdwatch

09:00-17:00, an hour out in nature

Take part in the world's biggest wildlife survey! Over the weekend of 30-31 January, spend an hour outside in nature, and count the highest number of bird species you see at the same time. You could be in a garden, local park or nature reserve info here. Head to the RSPB website to request a free pack, and to log your sightings. Last year over half a million people took part, and counted 8.5 million birds! The house sparrow took the number one slot in 2015 - which bird will be top of the list in 2016?

Tuesday 02 February: Workshop on Climate Change Strategy

18:00-19:30, The Guildhall

Cambridge City Council has a Climate Change Strategy for how to reduce energy use and carbon emissions not just from buildings in their own estate but from homes and business in the ares. Also the strategy covers transport emissions, reducing waste and changes we can make to reduce the impact of climate change. The plans for 2016 to 2021 are now in draft and the council seeks our views and ideas - at this workshop we will hear about the draft plan and discuss it directly with council officers. There will be tea and coffee and sandwiches available from shortly before and during the event. If you are likely to attend please email the council to let them know, just for catering numbers. More details including the agenda here

Wednesday 03 February: Talk : Reclaiming the term 'sustainability'

13:00-14:00, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB 027), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

This talk by Ray Cunningham on reclaiming ‘sustainability’ is based on the book ‘Sustainability: A cultural history’, by Ulrich Grober (Green Books, 2012), which Ray translated from the original German. It argues that the term ‘sustainability’, although diluted and abused almost to death in recent years, is too valuable to be abandoned, and that the best way to defend and reclaim it is to gain a fuller understanding of its meaning and value by investigating its origins and the history of its use over time. The book takes us from the Old Testament via medieval Venice, the court of Louis XIV and the silver mines of 18th century Saxony to the West Coast hippies of the 1960s and finally to contemporary economic and environmental policy-making. This talk is a whistle-stop tour of the highlights. More details here.

Tuesday 09 February: Cambridge Soup - share+eat+vote

18:00-20:00, The Box Cafe, 47 Norfolk Street CB1 2LD

The concept of CambridgeSoup is simple; people come to share their ideas, eat soup, discuss and vote. The winning project takes home the proceeds from the £5 door charge, and comes back next time to tell us how they got on. The events facilitate seed funding and micro-crowdfunding for small start-up businesses, groups and ventures that are working for social good in the local community and the wider City of Cambridge. This exciting new approach provides a unique opportunity to effect the changes you want to see in your community, and to support the businesses you would like to see thrive. If you are interested in pitching your idea in the future please email Future Business More details here.

Tuesday 16 February: 'The Money' - a cross between a game and a theatrical performance.

19:30, Cambridge Guildhall, Market Square

You can choose to be either a Silent Witness and watch or a Benefactor and take part in coming to a unanimous decision about how to spend a pot of real cash. If you decide before the clock ticks down then you get to spend it, if not it rolls over to a new group. Become a Benefactor by donating as much as you can (minimum £10). Work with other Benefactors to decide what to spend the group’s money on. You have 90 minutes to come to a decision. If you don’t decide unanimously in the allotted time you relinquish your privilege to spend the money and the money rolls over to the next group of Benefactors. Or you can become a Silent Witness (£12, £8 concession) and watch as the group of Benefactors attempt to decide how to spend the money they’ve donated. And if you want to voice your opinion you can always become a Benefactor and buy your way in. More info, reviews, video clips and book tickets here

Weds 2 and Fri 4 March: Film Showing: The Economics of Happiness

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.

Events for your calendar

That's all for now, have a great week!

Jacky and the Bulletin Writers' team

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