To get us rolling, there is an Energy Group meeting on Monday 5th of June next week. Then on Saturday 10th three events are happening- firstly a 'Bioblitz' at Hobson's Brook in Trumpington (imagine a sort of stock-take of wildlife) starting at midday, so if you're good at spotting critters that's the event for you. Then there is a Discovery Day at Trumpington Nature Reserve starting at 11am and offering a "mini-beast safari, a wildflower wander and a pond adventure". Lastly on the 10th is Fulborn's Community Market offering local food and products, with a cafe run by the WI.
Further ahead we have the fascinating opportunity to participate in Cambridge Sustainable Food's World War II rationing challenge that starts on the 12th June at 7pm in St. Luke's Church- well worth investigating for those interested. Lastly I'll just give an advance heads-up for Cambridge Carbon Footprint's summer social on Friday the 30th of June. Still there's plenty more, so do read on:
20:00-21:30, Margaret's house on Oxford Road
The main topic will be strategies for low carbon heating - both on the heat generation side (e.g. biomass boilers, heat pumps or CHP) and on the energy saving side. We will also catch up on the latest energy related news. All welcome. Ask Nicola for details of the venue. More details here.
Hobsons Brook is the wonderful local watercourse which makes its way from Nine Wells near Addenbrooke's via Trumpington, Empty Common and the Botanic Garden, along the gutters of Trumpington road to finally join the Cam. The Hobson's Conduit corridor is also an important green lung of Cambridge, and it's under acute pressure as the city grows. The Bioblitz is 24 hours of finding as many species as possible, and the organisers promise 'a family friendly festival of environmental conservation. Good science and good healthy activity. Wildlife experts working with and informing the general public, creating a snapshot of the variety of wildlife in the area.' There will be a fete at Empty Common community garden, with stalls and talks on soil, compost etc etc. We will have a stall so do come and see us, and even better give us a hand! if you can help man the stall for a few hours please fill in this doodle poll and contact Nicola (if she does not already know you). More details here.
09:30-17:00, Trumpington Community Gardens
Hannah Thoroughgood will be leading this course. She is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher based at The Inkpot in Lincolnshire. This course is the foundation that most take before moving on to the full Permaculture Design Course and possibly the diploma after this. The community garden is near the Foster Road Allotment site and Trumpington Community Orchard project, both of these sites are likely to be used during the course. contact Dave Jackson to book or for more information. Price: £40 for two days for Earlybird bookings before 1st May. £45 for later bookings.
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.
CSF is looking for a 2-day-a-week person to work with local food businesses, signing them up to our sustainable food pledge and working with them on food waste reduction. Deadline for applications 12 noon Monday 5th June. More details here.
Peter Bates of Informetis would like to invite you to take part in the Informetis UK Home Appliance Trial. He is managing this trial for Informetis - who are based in Cambridge. The trial will lead to creating an "itemised view" of the electricity bill that shows how much electricity each of the main electrical appliances uses in the home (e.g. Fridge, Washing Machine and Microwave). This will lead onto creating cost effective technology solutions that help home consumers reduce their electricity bills and thus globally contribute to reducing carbon emissions. Find out more and sign up here. Those taking part in the trial will be offered a gift voucher as a thank you for taking part. More details here.
Student Hubs is recruiting for a Programme Manager based in our Cambridge office. The successful candidate will be diligent and highly organised, with at least one year of experience following graduation. Our Programme Manager will be responsible for leading three of Cambridge Hub's flagship programmes, and supporting our student-led vision for other aspects of our work. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and will close them once we find the perfect candidate. See our application page for more details.
15:00-18:00, Cambridge City
CirculART is a project in which the work of local artists who work with repurposed materials is showcased in the windows of Cambridge's finest charity shops. For 3 weeks from the 8th of June 2017, the public will be able to pick up a CirculART Trail map from participating shops and other select locations around Cambridge. Using the printed trail map or its online version members of the public can follow the CirculART trail, visiting charity shops around Cambridge and enjoying beautiful artworks, all made by recycling, re-purposing and reclaiming. For the 2017 edition we are looking for new artists to get involved in this project. The artist application form is now live. Sign up here More details here.
11:00-16:00, Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve
Join us for the Trumpington Meadows Discovery Day! Come and see how the reserve has grown since the opening event last year. We're really excited to be bringing you wildlife encounters throughout the meadows, so pick up an activity pack and go on a mini-beast safari, a wildflower wander and a pond adventure. There will be a treasure trail and a variety of groups, games, activities to keep you entertained at the Community Hub. Entry is free! Refreshments available on the reserve, or why not bring a picnic. More details here.
14:30-17:00, Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Home End, CB21 5BS
Packed full of local food, produce and handmade goodies as usual. Breads from Abundance Bakehouse, plus local cakes, tarts, pies and savouries, some gluten free. Organic fruit and veg, local produce, Fulbourn's Moonshine Brewery ale, the Cambridge Cheese Co, and locally grown plants. Original prints, fine art, crafts and cards, plus affordable jewellery; crafted home, table, and fabric items; and home decorations, lamps and toys. Also natural health products and supplements; and handmade lotions, soaps and cosmetics. Not forgetting the Cafe run by the WI - great value.
09:00, farms around the country
Curious about farming? What are the realities of growing food and running a farm? How do farmers take care of the countryside? Open Farm Sunday is the annual event where farms are open to the public to visit. It's managed by LEAF - Linking Environment And Farming - more info here. Some farms offer tours, some offer family activities - farms closest to Cambridge are listed here.
10:30-12:00, Foster Road allotments trading hut CB2 9JR
Swap spare seedlings, plants and surplus seeds. Expand the range of plants you grow and meet other local gardeners. You can attend even if you don't have anything to swap, just make a donation. No admission charge. Everyone welcome. Arrive early for the best choice of plants. Directions here. We usually have plant swaps each May, June and October.
19:00-21:00, St Luke's Church
Cambridge Sustainable Food would like to invite you all to our launch event for the WWII Rationing Challenge 2017! More details here.
12:30-15:00, Judge Business School, Trumpington Street CB2 1AG
The Social Venture Weekend is for anyone with an ambition to set up or grow a business that makes a positive social or environmental impact. The workshop is an inspiring introduction to the social venture sector and a valuable opportunity to focus intensely on your own business. In an inclusive, supportive and friendly atmosphere, you'll have the opportunity to share and test your ideas with others and learn from the experience of successful social entrepreneurs. For emerging social entrepreneurs, it's a chance to explore new ideas and get started on your new business. For established social ventures, you will be able to refine your business plan and cement your understanding of business fundamentals to help your business thrive. The fee is £75 - if you want to take a business partner along, it's £37.50. There are concessions too. More details here.
13:00-17:00, Cottenham Village College
Cottenham Repair Café will be at Cottenham Village College as part of the Fen Edge Festival. Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing. You can 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. Booking is optional, the booking system is now open here or you can turn up with your item 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. Enquiries: 01954 253903 or email us More details here.
19:30-21:30, Confirmed once RSVP email received, plse see text.
It's been another inspiring and event packed year for CCF and we'd love to celebrate with you. The summer social is a great CCF tradition - an opportunity to meet like-minded people and get to know others connected with CCF in a fun, social atmosphere. Some drinks and snacks will be provided though you're most welcome to bring something to share. This event is open to all. It's always a lovely occasion to meet old and new friends alike. if you'd like to join us and we'll send you an email with the party details. More details here.
All the best
Jonathan and the Bulletineers