Transition Cambridge Bulletin: Farm days, swap'n'share veg stalls, wildlife wanderings and more...

Hi everyone

July has been a busy month for Transition, with visits from the Buzz Tour and four Taiwanese students, our 7th birthday celebration on Sunday, and several events and meetings. So now it's time for a rest! Transition Cambridge takes August off, at least in principle - but as you'll see below, there are still quite a few things happening, with three CropShare days (1, 15 and 29 August), a Veg Swap'n'Share stall (15 August), various Growing Space gatherings (dates to be confirmed), and a walk with the Wildlife Wanderings group in Orchard Park (15 August). Find more information about these below or on the Transition Cambridge website. There are also lots of other events in and around Cambridge, such as the cohousing meeting on Thursday, the sustainability residency art exhibition on Saturday, orchard-care days and a permaculture party to name a few (more below). A big thank you to all the people who make all these wonderful events happen, and to you all for supporting them! Our next bulletin will go out in September (unless there's any very urgent news between now and then). We hope you all have a great summer!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • August: Summer break
  • 1st, 15th and 29th August: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Saturday 15 August: Wildlife Wanderings - Orchard Park
  • Saturday 15 August: Veg Swap 'n' Share stall
  • Tuesday 08 September: Energy Group Meeting
  • Tuesday 15 September: Food Group meeting
  • Monday 21 September: Transition Cambridge hub meeting
  • Saturday 03 October: Workshop: The Work that Reconnects
  • Monday 05 October: Transition Cambridge AGM
  • Transition Opportunities
  • Transition Blog: Running a Repair Cafe, with Chris Moller
  • Next "Introduction to Permaculture" course in November
  • Transition Network Conference

Community News

  • Looking for people in West Suffolk constituency
  • Bulk Buy Scheme for Photo Voltaic panels in South Cambridgeshire

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 29 July: Ashley Ramsden tells Mr. Tistou
  • Thursday 30 July: K1 Co-housing Open Evening
  • Saturday 01 August: Cambridge Sustainability Residency artists present Raw Catalyst exhibition
  • 9th and 27th August and 13th September: Caring for the Orchard
  • Saturday 22 August: Rock Abundance at Queen Edith's Community Action Morning
  • Sunday 23 August: Permaculture Party
  • Sunday 30 August: Rock Abundance at Rock Allotment Society
  • Tuesday 08 September - Wednesday 09: 'Designing the world we want' - International Permaculture Conference
  • Open days are 19th & 27th Spetember, both 10:30 - 16:30: Open Eco Homes
  • Thu 29 - Fri 30 Oct: Behaviour Change From the Inside Out: psychosocial approaches to sustainability, energy and climate chang
  • Streetlife - a great sharing web-site
  • Planning your holidays?

Transition News and Events

August: Summer break

Transition Cambridge usually takes August off, so there will be very few events/meetings and no newsletters during this time. However CropShare has three farm days (info here), and the Growing Spaces project will continue to harvest and maintain spaces - sign up to their mailing-list for updates. Over the summer you can still check our website for news and events as we will try to keep these web-pages up-to-date.

1st, 15th and 29th August: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

09:30-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode 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 from 9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30pm, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. 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. There will be farm days on the 1st, 15th and 29th August. More details here.

Saturday 15 August: Wildlife Wanderings - Orchard Park

09:00-10:00, outside Travelodge Hotel, Chieftain Way, Orchard Park, Cambridge CB4 2WR

This is a reptile and amphibian walk, with the regular Wildlife Wanderings group, looking at the local fauna and flora. Meet at the Travelodge in Orchard Park. Wear suitable clothes. Free, all welcome. We hope to see the lizards basking! For more info, contact the Wildlife Wanderings group here.

Saturday 15 August: Veg Swap 'n' Share stall

10:00-12:00, Milton Road Library Ascham Road Cambridge CB4 2BD

Bring and swap home-grown (or foraged) fruit, veg, flowers and herbs, and any spare full-sugar long-life preserves. It's free for anyone to take part, even if you don’t have anything to bring, you can still take produce away. Optional cash donations will go to the Friends of Milton Road Library. All welcome!

Tuesday 08 September: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Patrick's place, off Coldham's Lane

We will discuss renewable energy investments - how the business models work, the risks and returns and benefits for the community. We will have details on some examples including Reach Solar Farm. More details here.

Tuesday 15 September: Food Group meeting

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

This is the Food Group's monthly business meeting - the first of the autumn season! We'll get up to date on food projects and initiatives in and around Cambridge and make plans for the autumn. All welcome - we'll be upstairs in the library.

Monday 21 September: Transition Cambridge hub meeting

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.

Saturday 03 October: Workshop: The Work that Reconnects

10:00-17:00, Venue to be confirmed

We are planning our next Work that Reconnects workshop in October. These workshops are designed to help you find the energy and inspiration to act to bring about a more sustainable, peaceful and equitable world. The workshops can help you connect with topics that you'd like to engage with, and are also a good way of connecting with other people who care deeply about environmental and social issues. The days are usually both intense and enjoyable, and aim to help you see more clearly your next steps in whatever projects you hope to undertake or are already involved with. The days are based on the workshops of Joanna Macy, described in the book "Coming back to life" by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown. The workshop will be facilitated by Anna McIvor and Liz Serocold, who both have several years' experience of facilitating The Work that Reconnects. Suggested contributions are approximately £20 to cover the cost of room hire. To book, please contact Anna or Liz, and we'll confirm the venue as soon as we can.

Monday 05 October: Transition Cambridge AGM

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

This is advance notice of our Annual General Meeting. Agenda items and nominations for officers (Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer) should be sent to Nicola Terry by 28 September. Nominations for other potential officers are also welcome (e.g. events, grants, press officer etc). We will post an agenda for the meeting nearer the time. 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.

Transition Opportunities

There are always lots of ways to get more involved with Transition Cambridge! Right now, we need help with a variety of marketing and media-related tasks, such as designing leaflets and posters, photographing events, writing little reports on events for our media blog (other types of blog posts are also very welcome), and editing our weekly newsletter. We are also looking for people interested in running events and stalls, such as our cafe nights and stalls at the various Cambridge fairs. And if you have other ideas of things you'd like to do, we'd love to hear from you! A few other ideas that might appeal include Transition walks, musical or singing evenings, skillshares, a Transition cinema, or Transition well-being days. A quick look at some of the websites of other Transition initiatives shows the diversity of activities that can fall under the Transition banner (e.g. Totnes, Ealing, and the Transition Network list of projects). As we aim to help Cambridge make the transition to more sustainable ways of living, we invite everyone to get involved in whatever ways you feel drawn to - get in touch with your ideas!

Transition Blog: Running a Repair Cafe, with Chris Moller

Here's our latest post on the Transition Media Blog, with Nicola Terry interviewing Chris Moller about how to run Repair Cafes, and how he learnt to fix things. Did you know that hairdryers can cost as little as 20p to fix, and that toasters can likewise often be fixed for next to nothing? Read on for inspiring stories of things that he's fixed... http://transitioncambridgemedia.blogspot.co.uk/

Next "Introduction to Permaculture" course in November

The Permaculture Group are starting to think about organising another "Introduction to Permaculture" weekend course in Cambridge, probably in November. We'd like to get an idea of the level of interest, so please let us know if you'd like to take part. We'd also love to hear from you if you might be able to help organise the course. Permaculture approaches aim to support the creation of sustainable, agriculturally productive, non-polluting and healthy settlements, by combining an ethical framework, an understanding of how nature works, and a design approach. Read more about Permaculture here.

Transition Network Conference

This year, the Transition Conference is back, and will take place from 18 to 20 September in Seal Hayne in Devon. More info and booking here. A few people from Cambridge will probably be going, so do get in touch if you'd like to share lifts/travel by train down there together.

Community News

Looking for people in West Suffolk constituency

Andrew Gillett is planning to speak to his MP, Matthew Hancock, about the recent budget. Taxes on renewable energy were raised and incentives to buy fuel-efficient cars were reduced. He is looking for other people living in the West Suffolk constituency (which includes Newmarket, Haverhill and Mildenhall) to join him in the meeting. If you're interested in participating, please email Andrew.

Bulk Buy Scheme for Photo Voltaic panels in South Cambridgeshire

Are you thinking of installing solar panels? Volunteers from S. Cambs Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership are organising a bulk buy scheme for homes in S Cambs and Cambridge City. They have 10 households expressing interest already, from Girton Feast Week Fun Day. The aim will be to install as many as possible homes by Christmas, at a discount price negotiated with a selected installer. To find out more see their facebook page or email them Also you can follow them on twitter

Other News and Events

Wednesday 29 July: Ashley Ramsden tells Mr. Tistou

20:00-22:00, Unitarian Church Hall, Victoria Street, CB1 1JW

Cambridge Storytellers present a show , ‘Tistou of the Green Thumbs’ which brings together the work of two visionaries, storyteller Ashley Ramsden and writer Maurice Druon, as well as one of our favourite musicians, Godfrey Williams. The evening of live storytelling and music features one of the classics of the green movement, a vision of a peaceful and sustainable future, penned in the 1950s by a writer who grew up in the aftermath of war. More famous for the historical novels that inspired Game of Thrones, Druon writes about themes ranging from the arms trade to our care of the environment in this simple story of a boy who finds that everything he touches sprouts beautiful plants. ‘Tistou’s name deserves to be on the lips of anyone who cares about the future of the Earth,’ says Ashley Ramsden. More details here.

Thursday 30 July: K1 Co-housing Open Evening

19:00-21:00, Orchard Park Community Centre, Cambridge CB4 2EZ

An opportunity to come and learn more about K1 Cohousing. Meet the members, see the plans, ask questions, see the site. There will be presentations, a Q&A session, refreshments and a twilight site tour. If you'd like to live in a more communal way, but still have your own front door, this could be for you! More info here.

Saturday 01 August: Cambridge Sustainability Residency artists present Raw Catalyst exhibition

12:00-14:00, Ruskin Gallery, East Road, CB1 1PT (part of Anglia Ruskin University)

Please join us for the end of residency celebration on Saturday 1st August from 12 till 2. We will be showing works and processes of the Sustainability Residency 2015 and we would love for you to come around and share our experiences with a glass of wine and some lunch nibbles. Please extend the invitation to all those you think might be interested. Everybody welcome! RSVP to Marina Velez. Facebook event here.

9th and 27th August and 13th September: Caring for the Orchard

11:00-11:00, Trumpington Community Orchard

While Transition Cambridge is having it's summer break we will still be meeting to take care of the orchard at Trumpington. This is not only an orchard but a biodiversity project and there are always interesting things to see. The Swifts have made their first nest in the Swift tower. This is a great opportunity to meet up with founding members,to learn more about orchard work and the history of the project or just to enjoy some outdoor work with enthusiastic people. It is a great way to enjoy the summer weather. Children ae welcome.We provide gloves and tools. See here for how to find us. We meet monthly on the second Sunday and the third Thursday. Our dates for your Diary in August and early September are: Sunday August 9th 11am -1pm Thursday August 27th 10am - 12 midday Sunday September 13th 11am - 1pm More details here.

Saturday 22 August: Rock Abundance at Queen Edith's Community Action Morning

10:00-12:00, Outside Queen Edith's Chapel, Wulfstan Way

"One person's glut is another person's feast". Second of three abundance events in South Cambridge. Bring and swap home grown (or foraged) fruit, veg, flowers, herbs and full-sugar long-life preserves. Free for everyone to take part. Even if you don't have anything to bring, you can still take things away. There will be an optional cash collection for charity or community use. This isn't a project about food poverty but any excess will be distributed to food cycle or other good causes. More details here.

Sunday 23 August: Permaculture Party

14:00-22:00, Venue in Trumpington

Live music: * Formidable Vegetable Sound System * Mal Webb with Kylie Mulligan. Also featuring: * Margaret's Garden Teashop * Allotment tours * Vegetarian food & drink * Bonfire from dusk. Fundraising for Bustan Qaraaqa Permaculture project, Palestine. http://bustanqaraaqa.weebly.com/ £10 for adults, under 16s free. Car parking limited so please arrive on foot or bicycle if possible. The directions to Trumpington allotments will help you to find it. Contact Iain Webb for further details.

Sunday 30 August: Rock Abundance at Rock Allotment Society

10:00-12:00, Rock Allotments Trading Centre, Baldock Way

"One person's glut is another person's feast". Third of three abundance events in South Cambridge. Bring and swap home grown (or foraged) fruit, veg, flowers, herbs and full-sugar long-life preserves. Free for everyone to take part. Even if you don't have anything to bring, you can still take things away. There will be an optional cash collection for charity or community use. This isn't a project about food poverty but any excess will be distributed to food cycle or other good causes. More details here.

Tuesday 08 September - Wednesday 09: 'Designing the world we want' - International Permaculture Conference

09:30-17:00, The Light, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London. NW1 2BJ

Two days packed with presentations, workshops, academic papers, exhibitions, music, and art. Plenary sessions with inspirational speakers including Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement. Day 1 focuses on practice - What are the inspiring, far-sighted projects of today, that show us what a sustainable society could look like in 2030? Day 2 focuses on processes - the pathways to transformation: How do we get from where we are now to where we want to be? Explore and share how existing tools and processes can be used to design the world we want and need. Enhance cooperation and links between different groups and sectors working to achieve a more sustainable world. Tickets (early bird rate) are £160 (or £145 for students). If you fancy stewarding for two half-days, you get free entry to the conference. More details here.

Open days are 19th & 27th Spetember, both 10:30 - 16:30: Open Eco Homes

10:30-16:30, at 18 Cambridge-area open homes

18 varied Cambridge-area low-energy homes will be open for free booked visits: retro-fitted & new-build, low cost & really stylish, simple & high tech. Householders show and explain how they save energy, including: draft-proofing, many types of insulation, low-carbon energy sources such as wood-stoves, solar and heat-pumps. Smart behaviour and taking control of home-energy too. More details and booking to follow. Home-owners: Do you have an interesting (not perfect!) low-energy home that others could learn from? We're looking for more. See "Hosting" at openecohomes.org or phone 01223 301842. More details here.

Thu 29 - Fri 30 Oct: Behaviour Change From the Inside Out: psychosocial approaches to sustainability, energy and climate chang

09:00-09:00, Anglia Ruskin University

The Global Sustainability Institute (anglia.ac.uk/gsi) at Anglia Ruskin University and Dr Renee Lertzman (reneelertzman.com) are co-organising a two-day workshop in October on psychosocial research techniques, which place affect and emotion centrally within design. The workshop will be exploring specifically how psychosocial techniques can add new dimensions to sustainability research, including theoretical foundations, a flavour of a range of specific tools (in-depth interview design, narrative analysis, using these methods in concert with surveys, polling and focus groups) as well as hands-on practice and case study analysis. Booking is now open for attendees, with an early bird rate until 14 Aug, and places are limited to 25 so we advise people to book early. More details here.

Streetlife - a great sharing web-site

Streetlife is a local social network that makes it easy to connect and share with people in your neighbourhood. There are quite a few people in Cambridge and a lot of traffic on the website, including advice on just about everything, the opportunity to lend and borrow, local groups, and more - definitely worth a look! https://www.streetlife.com/

Planning your holidays?

If you're planning your holidays, here's a quick reminder about the wonderful "The Man in Seat61" website that has helpful advice about how to get just about anywhere without flying. And if you like being in the great outdoors, WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) is a great way to meet new people while helping out on a farm in exchange for food and accommodation (UK website here). Let us know your low carbon holiday ideas/experiences and we'll post more ideas here!

So we hope you have a good summer, and we'll be back in September!

Anna and the Transition bulletin-writing team

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