Good evening everyone!
And as another Monday rolls round, I find myself looking once more at a list of fantastic events. First to be highlighted today is the Wimblington and Stonea Summer Show this coming Sunday (July 3rd), which will also play host to a seed swap. Next, Monday the 4th offers a chance to voice an opinion or ponder the city deal at St Mary's Church on King's Parade. Then between the 8th and 10th of July the Cambridge Wild Weekend will be taking place. I don't have space to go into detail about everything that is scheduled, but suffice to say there should be something for everyone- check out their site! Lastly, a little birdie told me that the Cambridge Repair Cafe still has a couple of spaces available- if you're able to keep stuff going, or if you've got things in need of some tender love and care then check it out!
09:30-16:30, Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, 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 on Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Click here to check which Saturdays we will be on the farm. 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.
10:00-12:00, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills CB22 3AE: meet by bike racks in car-park
Meet at Wandlebury Iron-Age hill-fort, the country park 2.5 miles south-east of Addenbrooke's hospital. This fascinating heritage landmark is a leafy wooded refuge in summer, with beechwoods and chalk grassland meaadows. Easily accessible from the city: just follow the footpath / cycle path from Addenbrooke's and the Babraham Park & Ride. Bus no. X13 AND 13a (direction Haverhill) stops outside the entrance. More details here.
13:30-16:30, St Andrews Hall, Chesterton CB4 1DH
Cambridge Repair Cafe returns for its second outing this year. Cambridge Skillshare and Repair, a partnership between Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint, organise this free event where we match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixing. Donations to cover venue hire etc are very welcome. Bring along the following to be repaired and to pick up repair skills: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits and bobs. You can turn up with your item on the day, but it is best to email us to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what to expect. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.
18:30-20:00, CB2 Cafe, Norfolk Street
This is the Food Group's last monthly meeting before the summer break. We'll review how the year has gone so far and (maybe) start thinking about the autumn... We'll also be exchanging news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. All welcome - we'll be upstairs.
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.
14:00, Empty Common Community Garden
Join us for our annual summer party to celebrate another year of Transition fun, friendship and community action. Please bring simple food to share and your own plate/cup/cutlery to share for our picnic. If anyone has some suitable outdoor games - eg boules, twister mats etc. feel free to bring them too. A nearby pub, the Earl of Derby will be our rainy day back-up. Transitioners, friends and family of Transitioners- all welcome!
What do you know about embodied energy in stuff - the energy used to make stuff, not just the energy when we use it? Also, what can we do to make sure that we re-use stuff rather than building from scratch and raw materials each time? The energy group have discussed these topics recently. Read what we have learnt on Nicola's website: embodied energy and circular economy.
I've been given a tray of pumpkin plants and I cannot use them all. I need good homes for about 18 - need not all go to the same person. Based near March Cambridgeshire - so need collecting or might be able to drop off to someone outside Cambridge. Contact me by email
Do you fancy taking part in some food-related discussions in the lovely city of Cambridge over the next couple of weeks? Your participation is very much appreciated! If you have any questions please feel free to email me. More details here.
10:00-15:00, Machines Room - 45 Vyner St, London, E2 9DQ
This workshop is for developing sustainable business based on the Blue Economy principles. The Blue Economy is a holistic entrepreneurial framework. It intends to achieve zero waste by adding value to existing waste streams thus turning external costs into profit centres. Blue Economy business models: offer more with less (We believe there are better options than recycling), apply systems thinking into resource usage and production (Everything is connected, always!), create jobs and social capital by becoming more innovative You will need to buy tickets for this event. £41.28 - £90.87 More details here.
09:30-16:00, Parish Hall Wimblington, Addison Road, Wimblington
Classes for vegetables, fruit, flowers, craft, honey and home made wine plus art classes. Also egg classes Open to those outside Wimblington. Also a seed swap and a plant sale. If you have any questions ask Liz Wright More details here.
19:00-21:00, Great St Mary's Church, KIngs Parade, Cambridge
The controversial City Deal has attracted a lot of attention in recent weeks, particularly over its impact on community and the environment. There will be a public meeting with panel discussion organised by the Federation of Cambridge Residents' Associations to allow anyone from the city and greater Cambridgeshire to have their say and voice their opinion. Here's the County Council website for the City Deal.
15:30-17:00, Various locations
A cluster of nature-themed events from local community groups, working in partnership with Cambridge City Council, the Wildlife Trust and Sustrans. Events are happening at Rock Road Library garden, Nightingale Park and Garden, Cherry Hinton Brook and Empty Common Community Garden. All free, and apart from the Sustrans walks, there's no need to book - and you can stay as long as you like. See the website for posters and details. More details here.
14:30-17:00, Orchard Park Community Centre
Cambridge Cohousing are holding an information afternoon on Saturday 9th July 3 - 5pm. The group with their developer TOWNhus are building 42 energy efficient homes designed by MOLE Architects and using Trisvelhus closed frame build technology, and utilising MVHR and air source heat pumps for a reduced carbon footprint. Half the custom build homes have already been reserved for purchase, prior to the build start date in November. This is a new community way of living with shared resources, a common house and workshop and is a unique opportunity in Cambridge. Before the information session there will be a site visit, starting at 2.30pm at Topper Street. More details here.
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 the Grafton Centre. We are holding drop in volunteering sessions between 10am-12noon throughout the summer 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.
As ever- have a great week,
Jonathan and the Bulletin Bunch