Transition Cambridge Bulletin

Transition Cambridge Bulletin: your weekly roundup of inspirational earth friendly activities in Cambridge

Hi Everyone,

Looking out onto a snowy Cambridge as I write this reminds me of the importance of balancing the business of staying warm whilst minimising our impact on this wonderful planet. Are you wondering how to  do this?  Just sign up to the carbon conversation series for Transition Cambridge members which starts this Thursday, and if one of your New Year's resolutions  this year was  to get involved wth a good cause, there are several activities  listed to fill you up with community spirit!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 15 January: Food group meeting + Cambake meeting
  • Thursday 17 January: Book now for Transition Carbon Conversations in January!
  • Sunday 20 January: * Seedy Sunday including the following events
  • Seeds of Freedom - Film and discussion
  • Talk - The rise of F1 seeds: implications for growers and seedsavers
  • Talk - Introducing GrowZones and the Permaculture approach in your garden
  • Thursday 24 January: Wood Burning Stoves
  • Sunday 27 January: Media group second meeting
  • Thursday 07 February: Transition Cafe: Communicating sustainability
  • Saturday 09 February: Permaculture Group meeting: 'obtain a yield'
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Last call out for help - Seedy Sunday 2013
  • Help Save the Pike and Eel pub - Chesterton
  • Free to a good home: Shower doors and side panels
  • Organic grazing land available - West of Cambridge

Other News and Events

  • Monday 14 January: New Sustainable Eating Course starting tonight
  • Wednesday 16 January: Vegetarian Cooking Workshop: Veggie Burger Delight
  • Thursday 17 January: Thermal Image Training
  • Saturday 19 January: K1 Co-Housing Project: Vision Meeting
  • Tuesday 22 January: Climate Science in the Media: could it be done better, and how much does it matter?
  • Wednesday 23 January: Talk on Dowsing
  • Thursday 24 January: 2030 Vision Workshop: Energy, water and waste
  • Saturday 26 January: Conservation Tasks at Coton Countryside Reserve
  • Monday 28 January: CycleStreets at Green Enterprise
  • Wednesday 30 January: Lecture - Growing older in yesterday's world
  • How to recycle your Christmas tree
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 15 January: Food group meeting + Cambake meeting

18:30, Emperor Pub (upstairs room), Hills Road

6.30-8.00 Food Group meeting - all welcome - come along to find out about the food group's activities and to get involved! From 8.00 - Cambake meeting - all welcome - come along to find out more about Cambridge's community bakery and how to get involved.

Thursday 17 January: Book now for Transition Carbon Conversations starting this week!

19:30-21:30, Hills Road near rail station

Bev and Liz are again offering a Carbon Conversations group specially for Transition, starting this coming  Thursday January 17th. The six 2-hour sessions are fortnightly on alternate Thursdays and cover carbon reduction in the areas of home energy, travel, food, general consumption and waste. "The best educational experience I have ever had!" (Jade) This is a great opportunity to learn about reducing your personal carbon footprint in a small group of like-minded - we won't be running another Transition group for another year, so sign up now! Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org to find out more or to book. More details here.

Sunday 20 January: Seedy Sunday

13:30-16:00, Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington, CB2 9HZ

This year's Seedy Sunday has even more to do! Come and swap or collect some new veg and flower seeds for the coming season. You can donate your own saved or surplus packets of bought seed if you have any, but there's usually plenty of seeds for everyone. You can also buy heritage seed varieties or make donation to Heritage Seed Library for seeds they promote. This popular annual event has something for eveyone; as well as talks and a film (see below), CamBake will be offering some of their delicious seed-inspired breads, children can sow their own egg box seed garden, and there will be refreshments provided by Trumpington WI. Organised in conjunction with  Trumpington Allotment Society. More details here. We are also looking for a few more helpers- see below for how to get involved

Seedy Sunday: Seeds of Freedom - Film and discussion

13:35-14:10, Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cambs CB2 9HZ

Seeds of Freedom is a moving film highlighting why we need to save our own seed. It covers the story of seed - from its roots at the heart of traditional diversity-rich farming systems around the world, to the ways that seeds are being turned into a commodity and used to monopolise the global food system. Cost £1.50 on entry to the Seedy Sunday which starts at 1.30pm. However there will only be enough space for 30 people in the room so please arrive a little early to secure your space and we will allow entry at 1.20pm for the film. More details here.

Seedy Sunday: Talk - The rise of F1 seeds: implications for growers and seedsavers

14:20-15:10, At Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cambs CB2 9HZ

Main speaker at Seedy Sunday Valerie Muir of Valerie’s of Veggies and Plants We are pleased to have Valerie speaking. She is a retired medical pathologist and life long grower who has been running a small market garden near Bishops Stortford for 16 years becoming fully Soil Association certified organic 7 years ago. She grows veg, fruit, nuts, herbs and garden plants and teaches organic gardening and loves growing plants from seed. 30 places only please sign up on arrival at Seedy Sunday which starts at 1.30pm More details here.

Seedy Sunday: Talk - Introducing GrowZones and the Permaculture approach in your garden

15:15-16:05, At Trumpington Village Hall, High Street, Trumpington, Cambridge, Cambs CB2 9HZ

Pippa Vine from Transition Cambridge will talk about how her garden has developed since she participated in Growzones in 2010 when a small group of people came to help her make raised beds one afternoon and how Permaculture design in a small garden helped to increase her veg and fruit production as well as biodiversity. There are only 30 places so come and sign up for place during the afternoon at Seedy Sunday. More details here.

Thursday 24 January: Wood Burning Stoves

19:30-21:30, St. Lukes Church Centre, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ

Wood Stoves is such a popular topic we are running it again on Thursday Jan 24th 2013. Our panel will include David Ousby from Cambridge Wood Works and sweep Lawson Wright. More information here

Sunday 27 January: Media group second meeting

17:30-20:00, CB1

Fortnightly meeting to look at news, events and activity in the realm of Transition, and what is being done to help the public understand it. This is broad in scope at the minute, spanning newspapers, radio, art projects, web and social media. It may be that we volunteer to try and generate some helpful media while we're here, but it's largely about just reading and discussing.

Thursday 07 February: Transition Cafe: Communicating sustainability

19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge

Jade Cawthray is currently studying for a Masters in science communication, having completed an internship working at the Garden Museum in London. Come along to hear what she's learnt about how to communicate sustainability to a range of audiences. All welcome, free!

Saturday 09 February: Permaculture Group meeting: 'obtain a yield'

13:30-15:30, Marguerite's house

Open Day at Marguerite's permaculture garden: the theme will be 'Obtain a Yield.' We will look at the variety of fruit trees, perennial vegetables and herbs and self seeders in the garden, including a volunteer peach tree which produced wonderful peaches for the first time in 2012, and also at the water butts and watering system, although this is a work in progress. Email Ceri and Dave for location details

Events for your calendar

Community News

Last call out for help - Seedy Sunday 2013

Ceri is compiling the Seedy Sunday helpers' rota this week and bagging up seeds, so here's what's we're still looking for by way of help with this popular event. Do pease get in touch if you can spare an hour or two!

Sometime this week: an hour round at Ceri's to help make up seed packets (tea no doubt provided)

On the day: an hour or so of volunteers' time with the following jobs:

12.30pm-1.30pm - help with set up - moving tables, putting up signs etc

1.30-4pm: helpers to cover stalls and on the door collecting admission fee; help to supervise one or both of the children's seed sowing activity sessions - (2 X 20 minute sessions)

4pm-4.45pm: help with packing up and clearing away.

Helpers have free entry worth £1.50 and a chance to pick up some seeds for free! to get involved please contact Ceri - Thank you!

Help Save the Pike and Eel pub - Chesterton

Following an unprecedented joint effort from 13 groups local to East Chesterton, river users and wider city groups, a joint submission has been made to the Planning Inspectorate trying to save this unique location of a riverside pub. You still can help by signing and commenting - please complete the local residents' associations petition - - and forward petition link to others. More details here.

Free to a good home: Shower doors and side panels

From Margaret: I have a shower door and 2 side panels available to anyone who can make use of them (and collect them). Good condition. Contact Margaret 01223 420778 or e-mail her.

Organic grazing land available.

Approx 2 to 3 acres of organic grazing land available 7 miles west of Cambridge. This is river meadow next to Bourn Brook and is suitable for summer grazing of livestock (but not pigs). Mains water on site but not to meadow. The land is registered with the Soil Association so any stock would need to be organic and kept to SA standards. For further information e-mail Frank Gawthrop.

Other News and Events

Monday 14 January: New Sustainable Eating Course starting tonight

19:30-21:00,

A new five-week course packed with ideas about eating more sustainably starts tonight . "Sustainable Eating: how to eat great food that won't cost the earth" takes a lively, participative approach to the topic, with food to try! Starts 14 January for five evenings, 7.30-9pm, at Sawston Village College. Cost: £35, concs available. The course tutor is Sally Fenn, nutrition therapist, food writer and amateur veg grower. To book, ring 01223 712424, or to find out more, email Sally Fenn.

Wednesday 16 January: Vegetarian Cooking Workshop: Veggie Burger Delight

18:30-20:30, Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Future Business (Cambridge City FC), Milton Rd, Cambridge. CB4 1UY

Learn how to make a variety of your own veggie burgers, such as black bean or falafel burgers with this hands-on workshop in January. Hosted by two vegetarian and vegan cooking experts, you’ll come away from the class with great new skills and recipes, especially if you’re new to vegetarian cooking. Materials will be provided, and the workshops will take place at Cambridge Carbon Footprint's office off Milton Road. Donations are greatly appreciated to help cover costs (suggested £3-5/person). This will be the first in an ongoing series of low-carbon cooking workshops. This workshop has 10 places available so please email us or call 01223 301842 to book. Please let us know in advance if you have any particular allergies or food intolerance.

Thursday 17 January: Thermal Image Training

19:30-21:30, Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Future Business (Cambridge City FC), Milton Rd, Cambridge. CB4 1UY

Concerned about high energy bills and heat loss in your home? Join Cambridge Carbon Footprint for a free training session to learn how to use our thermal imaging camera. Participants will learn how to use the camera and more importantly, how to interpret the results! Once trained you’ll be able to borrow the camera to survey your own home (and those of others) so you can identify the best ways to improve insulation and airtightness. Better for the environment, and better for energy bills! Thermal imaging is only available while the weather is chilly, so don’t delay! To book your place email or phone 01223 301842.

Saturday 19 January: K1 Co-Housing Project: Vision Meeting

09:00-12:00, Room 2, The Meadows Community Centre, Arbury CB4 3XJ

We are building an co-housing community in Cambridge, on the K1 site in Orchard Park, Arbury. If you want to live in a house in Cambridge that's eco-friendly and also privately owned, with some shared resources, this project is a rare perfect opportunity for you. THIS MEETING is where we'll decide what kind of community we want to build - how eco-friendly? what shared resources? So if you are interested and you know what you want, or you'd like to see what's possible, please come along and share your views and vision. Please sign up on Facebook, or by email, so that we know how many are coming. More details here.

Tuesday 22 January: Climate Science in the Media: could it be done better, and how much does it matter?

19:30-21:30, Lord Ashcroft Building (LAB) room 109. Arrival either via the main entrance to ARU (on East Rd), and ask for directions, or come to the side entrance to the Lord Ashcroft Building on Broad St.

A key route via which the public currently acquires climate science information is through the media. In 2011, a series of focus groups and a national opinion poll were conducted to assess the public’s reaction to climate science news articles and explore issues of trust in climate scientists. In this talk organised by Cambridge Carbon Footrpint, Dr. Rosie Robison, Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University will present the key findings of this important study, which gives interesting insights into how the public engages with climate change issues. Dr. Robison will also raise some wider questions about the differences (and similarities) between scientists’ and non-scientists’ attitudes to climate science. Please book a place for this talk, which you can do by emailing us or calling 01223 301842. More details here.

Wednesday 23 January: Talk on Dowsing

19:00-20:30, Stable Rooms at Wandlebury Country Park

Paul Daw is a retired professional surveyor and has studied 500 out of 600 national stone circles and henges. Find out more about ancient sites at and around the Gog Magog Hills Price: £3.00 (on the door). Pre-book if you can: andrew@wrinklymacs.co.uk or phone 07802 796386. More practical dowsing events planned in 2013 — if interested contact Andrew or visit the website More details here.

Thursday 24 January: 2030 Vision Workshop: Energy, water and waste

18:30, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge

How will our needs for energy, water and waste disposal be handled in 2030? Come and give your views in a discussion led by Stephen Kay of Cambridge Water with introductory talks by: Cameron Adam (Environment Agency) "The national view"; Sheryl French (Cambridgeshire County Council) "The local view". Further information and booking (pdf document).

Saturday 26 January: Conservation Tasks at Coton Countryside Reserve

Help the Rangers carry out practical conservation work at Coton Countryside Reserve. Bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee provided. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult. For further information & details of meeting time and point contact the

Monday 28 January: CycleStreets at Green Enterprise

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

CycleStreets is the UK's best cycle journey planner, designed by cyclists for cyclists. Having started as a journey planner launched by Cambridge Cycling Campaign in 2006, its now acclaimed nationwide and run as a not-for profit company. Martin will share CycleStreets' story and the latest developments. It will be particularly interesting to hear how they encourage and manage the many volunteers involved, while also developing a professional service that’s getting increasing commercial interest.. As usual in Green-enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speaker and other participants Cost £5

Wednesday 30 January: Lecture - Growing older in yesterday's world

18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

Professor Jared Diamond from the Geography Department at UCLA is giving this lecture. His most recent book is 'The World until yesterday - what we can learn from traditional societies', and previous books include 'Guns, Germs and Steel', and 'Collapse - How societies choose to fail or succeed.' Part of the Engineering Department's annual Distinguished Lecture series in Sustainable Development. More details here.

How to recycle your Christmas tree

Real Christmas trees can be taken to Cherry Hinton Hall car park for recycling until 20 January, or to the recycling centres off the A10 near Milton or off the A505 near Thriplow. Alternatively, you can cut up your tree and put it in the green bin (making sure the lid will close). (Information taken from a council leaflet.)

Events for your calendar

That's all for now, have a great week

Jacky

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