Transition Cambridge Newsletter: Wine. Yes wine! Also Work that Reconnects and our AGM

Hi Everyone,

This promises to be a week of renewal and personal change. This Saturday, you can explore ways to channel the strength and inspiration you need for positive action in The Work That Reconnects workshop. On Monday, all are welcome to attend our annual AGM, an excellent opportunity to see what's happening in Transition Cambridge and help to form the next steps, as well as celebrate our progress. A rare treat on Thursday evening: learn how to make fruit wines and enjoy the taste of autumn for weeks and months to come! And next Monday, the Energy Group meeting will discuss overheating in our homes.

All these events and plenty more below. See you at the AGM!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • 28th Sept - 1st Oct: Course: Getting to the Heart of Permaculture Design
  • Saturday 03 October: Workshop: The Work that Reconnects
  • Monday 05 October: Transition Cambridge AGM
  • Thursday 08 October: How to make fruit wines
  • Monday 12 October: Energy Group Meeting
  • Tuesday 13 October: Food Group meeting
  • Monday 19 October: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Love plants and urban spaces? Want to learn how to blog?
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Cambridge-wide green tool library - October collection points

Other News and Events

  • Thursday 08 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Priorities and Plans
  • Saturday 10 October: Embodied Science Retreat
  • Sunday 11 October: Open event : Cambridge Co-housing
  • Tuesday 13 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Air Tightness and Ventilation
  • Tuesday 20 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Personal Stories
  • Friday 23 October: Limits to growth - a new generation of action, GSI lunchtime seminar
  • Monday 26 October: Environmental Melancholia, GSI lunchtime seminar
  • Thursday 29 October: Clim-art therapy: where do climate change, the arts and psychotherapy meet?
  • Wednesday 04 November: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Renewables Plus
  • Monday 09 November: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Insulation
  • Thursday 12 November: Sustainable societies: unusual questions / extraordinary answers
  • Nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

28th Sept - 1st Oct: Course: Getting to the Heart of Permaculture Design

09:00-17:30, Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Fen End Farm, Oxholme Drove, Smithy Fen, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 8UP

Wendy Seabrook, an Australian permaculture teacher, is visiting the UK and has offered to run a permaculture course focusing on permaculture design. The course will take place at the Cambridge Sustainability Centre (10 miles north of Cambridge) from 28 September to 1 October (4 full days) at cost price £125-150. Bookings are now open (early bird price ends 14 Sept) and full details are here.

Saturday 03 October: Workshop: The Work that Reconnects

10:00-17:00, Newnham Croft Primary School, Cambridge CB3 9JF

"The Work that Reconnects" is a style of workshop designed by Joanna Macy to help us find the energy and inspiration to act to bring about a more sustainable, peaceful and equitable world. This workshop aims to help you connect with topics that you'd like to engage with, and/or to find the energy and motivation that you need to get started or to keep going. The workshops are also a good way of connecting with other people who care deeply about environmental and social issues. The workshop will be based on Joanna Macy's book, "Coming back to life" (co-authored by Molly Young Brown, with a new edition out recently). The workshop will be facilitated by Anna McIvor and Liz Serocold. Suggested contributions are approximately £20 to cover the cost of room hire. To book, please contact Anna or Liz.

Monday 05 October: Transition Cambridge AGM

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

At next Monday's AGM we will be celebrating Transition's activities and achievements over the last year. Official business will be conducted, followed by a brainstorming session to plan where we're going over the next year, and then plenty of tea and cake. The AGM is a very good way to find out more about Transition Cambridge and to hear about the projects we are involved in. Everyone is very welcome to attend. If you have any (small, clean) tools for the forthcoming tool library, then please bring them to the AGM and Rebecca will pick them up.

Thursday 08 October: How to make fruit wines

19:30-21:15, Toni's house on Victoria Road

Ever dreamed of bottling summer? Making your own wines is easy! All you need is a few utensils, fruit, yeast, sugar, an hour or two, a little care, and patience. I will share with you all you need to know on how to make your own wines, show you which items you need, demonstrate the first stages of wine making and share my experience on troubleshooting. Price £12 per person (includes a cheat sheet, home-made biscuits, and tea). There is a limit of 9 people, so make sure you book quickly! To book or for more information, please email Toni (who will send details of venue). (NB If you intend to make wine from foraged soft fruit this season, I recommend picking 2-3kg now - it can be a mix of fruit and berries - and freezing them as it's getting towards the end of the season. But you can always get ageing fruit cheaply at the market or start off with ginger wine or mead, so don't worry on that account.)

Monday 12 October: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Peter's place, Fen Road

We will discuss overheating in our homes and how to avoid it - such as shading, reflective surfaces, ventilation, managing heat gains (internal and external). Also, we will hear a proposal from Craig Calient, a new volunteer, and we will catch up on other news. All welcome. Contact Nicola for venue details. More details here.

Tuesday 13 October: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, CB2 cafe, Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

The Food Group meets monthly, to make plans together for future events and to exchange news on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge. This meeting will include plans for our stall at Apple Day on 25 October and our pumpkin event on 27th. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Monday 19 October: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

19:00-21:00, Anna's house off Coleridge 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 Anna for details of the address.

Love plants and urban spaces? Want to learn how to blog?

The Growing Spaces project is looking for additional blog writers for our website. You will get trained on how to use wordpress and on your options of writing styles, then simply drop by a space or event once a month and share. You are also welcome to write on gardening topics of your choice. If interested or if you would like more information, contact admin@growingspaces.org.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Cambridge-wide green tool library - October collection points

A new tool library for groups is starting up (slowly). We are having two collection events in October: For small clean tools, at the Transition AGM on the evening of Monday 5 October. For anything portable, at Cambridge Botanic Garden Apple Day on Sunday 25 October (you will need to pay admission - but it is a good day out). We'd like to gather, and eventually purchase tools for gardening, conservation, ecology, DIY/repairs and food harvesting and processing tools. At the events we will also have information about other local tool gathering projects. For more information contact Rebecca Jones. More details here.

Other News and Events

Thursday 08 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Priorities and Plans

19:30-21:30, Venue tbc (not Friends Meeting House as previously advertised)

How to decide your priorities for creating an energy-efficient home, from easy jobs to big projects. Make a plan and turn it into reality, minimising hassle and unnecessary costs. Experts will describe the basics and answer your questions. All welcome, free event. Donations appreciated. One of a series of events on putting home-energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Saturday 10 October: Embodied Science Retreat

10:00-17:30, The Cass Centre, Cambridge CB2 8BS

Our bodies are our connection to the natural world. By listening deeply to the world within and by seeing ourselves as part of nature we change our relationship to the world outside. By building compassion for ourselves as living beings we sustain our work for the planet. This is a half or full day retreat to dwell deeply inside and connect with our surroundings. We will talk, move, rest and reflect. Morning (10-1pm) - Rhythm; afternoon (2.30-5.30pm) - Imagery. £35 for a half day, £65 for a full day. Concessions on request. Further details and booking on website.

Sunday 11 October: Open event : Cambridge Co-housing

15:00-18:00, Orchard Park Community Centre CB4 2EZ

Ever wondered about living in a co-housing community? Create a sustainable community in Cambridge! Now is your chance. But be quick as they are being snapped up fast. Cambridge K1 Community have a few dwellings available at their Orchard Park site. They are building 38 homes,using environmentally sound methods,with shared community space,making decisions together. To join us, or find out more, come to our: Open Afternoon — All Welcome. Sunday 11th October 2015, 3.00-6.00 pm. Meet at 3pm at the corner of Topper St and Graham St for a tour of the site. Meet at 4pm at Orchard Park Community Centre, CB4 2EZ for presentations, discussion. Email us if you have any questions. More details here.

Tuesday 13 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Air Tightness and Ventilation

19:30-21:30, Anglia Ruskin University, Helmore 251, East Road CB1 1PT

Nobody wants to live in a draughty house, nor a stuffy house; we want the best indoor air quality. Whatever kind of home you live in our panel of experts will help you understand the issues and solutions. Open Eco Homes host Peter Pope, innovator Tom Lipinksi from Ventive. Pete McKeown from local company Cernunnos and scholar Ray Galvin from Cambridge University will answer your questions and resolve the dilemma - how much fresh air is enough? One of a series of free events on putting home energy inspiration into practice. Donations welcome. More details here.

Tuesday 20 October: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Personal Stories

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5

Hear three Cambridge householders' stories of choosing, installing and living with a variety of energy-saving measures. Learn first-hand the how and why of living in beautiful, energy-efficient homes. What's it been like? What are the benefits? All welcome to this free event. Donations appreciated. One of a series of events on putting home-energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Friday 23 October: Limits to growth - a new generation of action, GSI lunchtime seminar

13:00-14:00, HEL302, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, CB1 1PT

The Global Sustainability Institute's work with the Institute of Actuaries brings together the latest evidence on limits to growth and resource constraints. It explores the potential impact of resource constraints on the global economy and society through the use of scenarios. Join us on 23 October (1-2pm) to hear more about these issues, from speakers Irma Allen (All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth) and Roberto Pasqualino (Global Sustainability Institute). No need to book. Any questions email Julie More details here.

Monday 26 October: Environmental Melancholia, GSI lunchtime seminar

13:00-14:00, LAB109, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, CB1 1PT

Join us for this Global Sustainability Institute seminar (1-2pm) given by visiting fellow Dr Renee Lertzman, a psychosocial researcher who has applied her work across public, private and governmental sectors for two decades. She will cover issues raised in her recently published book, Environmental Melancholia, in which she deconstructs the idea that there is a gap between what people care about and what is actually carried out in policy and personal practice. In doing so, she presents an innovative way to think about and design engagement practices and policy interventions. No need to book. Any questions email Rosie More details here.

Thursday 29 October: Clim-art therapy: where do climate change, the arts and psychotherapy meet?

18:30-20:00, LAB 002, Anglia Ruskin University, CB1 1PT (nearest entrance on Broad St)

A public panel discussion exploring human responses to climate disruption, and the arts. Psychosocial researcher Dr Renee Lertzman will lead an exciting line-up of speakers in conversation: Ackroyd & Harvey (associates of Cape Farewell), Marina Velez (Cambridge Sustainability Residency founder), Zoe Svendsen (creator of TippingPoint award-winning 3rd Ring Out), and Natalie Jeremijenko (founder of xClinic). Hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2015. 6:30-8pm followed by refreshments. No booking required but for more information email Rosie. More details here.

Wednesday 04 November: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Renewables Plus

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, CB5

Expert talks on choosing renewable energy and efficient heating to suit your home and budget. How to get the most from solar panels, heat pumps and other technologies like combined heat and power (CHP). Cut your energy bills and carbon emissions, while avoiding scams! Solar PV - the latest choices - Own Morgan, Cambridge Solar Heat pumps, micro CHP, heat recovery - Pete McKeown, Cernunnos Getting the best from solar & heat pumps - Nicola Terry Subsidies update - Feed-in Tariff, Renewable Heat Incentive - Justin Smith, City Home Energy Officer Chair: Tom Bragg, Open Eco Homes Manager and Host All welcome to this free event. Donations appreciated. One of a series of events on putting home-energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Monday 09 November: Open Eco Homes follow-up event: Insulation

19:30-21:30, St Luke's Church, Victoria Church, Cambridge CB4 3DZ

How much heat is your house losing in winter from poor insulation? What about heat gain in summer? What are the pros and cons of different types of insulation, and will savings on bills pay for the works? Open Eco Homes host Margaret Reynolds will set out the big picture, followed by our three expert speakers. A HOT topic! As usual there will be plenty of opportunity for your questions - and we expect another heated discussion! One of a series of free events on putting home energy inspiration into practice. More details here.

Thursday 12 November: Sustainable societies: unusual questions / extraordinary answers

16:00-18:00, LAB 006, Anglia Ruskin University, CB1 1PT (nearest entrance on Broad St)

A series of activities and games bringing new perspectives to sustainability, accompanied by tea and cake! Try sensing energy, explore how money makes the world go round, debate your right to decide how we use resources, and see 'natural' landscapes differently. More information on speakers and activities on our webpage. The event is open to everyone, and we are particularly keen for teenagers and their families to come along. Please book in advance, although you can turn up on the day. For more information ->https://www.transitioncambridge.org/mail-contact/sendmail.php?who=rs.r66%5D%5D]]. Hosted by the Global Sustainability Institute as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. More details here.

Nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects

Permaculture Magazine has teamed up with Permaculture People to produce nine short films exploring successful permaculture projects across a range of topics, such as large-scale, regenerative agriculture, forest gardening, urban permaculture and natural building. Watch the films here. Topics include forest gardening, natural building, binding soil with regenerative agriculture, urban permaculture, no-dig gardening, animal-free farming, off-grid living, transformation through learning, and 21st century foraging.

Events for your calendar

Have a great week,

Hannah and the bulletin writing team

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