Newsletter01-04-2013

Hi Everyone,

Plenty of outdoor activities on offer this week, from Grow your Own, Community Cam River clean-up and our ever popular CropShare. But if you're still feeling it's a little too chilly for outdoors, fear not: we have a Greeniversity energy workshop, films and cafe nights to keep you occupied!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Wednesday 03 April: Rolling out energy efficiency for homes and community buildings
  • Thursday 04 April: Transition Cafe: All about Cropshare
  • Saturday 06 April: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day.
  • Sunday 07 April: Workshop - Exploring Personal and Ecological Constellations
  • Monday 08 April: Energy Group Meeting
  • Tuesday 09 April: Food Group meeting - NOTE NEW VENUE!
  • Saturday 13 April: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Thursday 18 April: Transition Cafe: Permaculture film "Building with Nature" with Gay Veal
  • Thursday 27 June: Events forum - solid wall insulation
  • Renewable Energy Company in the making
  • Greeniversity events coming up - back massage, cycle repair...
  • Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

  • Saturday 06 April: Parsnip gleaning in Norfolk
  • Saturday 13 April: Cam Cleanup
  • Saturday and Sunday 13 & 14 April, 12-4pm: A weekend of bread-making
  • April 16th, 30th, May 14th, 28th, June 11th, July 9th,: Carbon Conversations with Ro Randall and Andy Brown
  • Saturday 27 April: Seed and seedling swap
  • Monday 27 May: Plan Bee – Ensuring the Future of Pollination
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Wednesday 03 April: Rolling out energy efficiency for homes and community buildings

19:00-21:00, Stoneyard Centre (Lower Hall) , 43 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR

Nationally we need to upgrade millions of buildings and adopt energy saving habits to save energy but there are difficulties: not knowing what to do, about the financing, about who to trust to do the work. This workshop will discuss the issues and explore example projects to show what can be done, and what is important to make things work. The examples include schools and churches and also some local projects you may know about: Open Eco Homes, the e-Coton solar panel bulk buy and Rampton Drift. We will develop some criteria to evaluate these and your project ideas. If you come to our workshop with a project in mind, you will come away with a more thorough understanding of how to make it a success. If you didn’t have any particular ideas to start with, you will have lots to consider afterwards. This workshop if free but a donation to cover hall hire would be helpful. We will serve tea in the break and if you wish to bring something to eat as well we can provide plates. More details here.

Thursday 04 April: Transition Cafe: All about Cropshare

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, Mill Road

Cropshare is our local CSA (community supported agriculture) project. It began in 2010 when local Transition food enthusiasts teamed up with organic farmer Paul Robinson at Willow Farm in Lode; and it's built up since then. During this cafe evening you can expect to hear some info about Cropshare, and answers to the following questions - What are the plans for 2013? How can agriculture be fun? How tasty is the farm's produce? How can people get involved? Check out the blog for the low-down and photos... More details here.

Saturday 06 April: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day.

10:00-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer and sign up for our next farm day, Sat 6th April. We will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10am to 12.30am, 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. <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/cropshare.org.uk/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHdibUc1VllnRzBfRktuT29IamJfR0E6MQ">Fill in this form</a> if you would like to take part , & we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.

Sunday 07 April: Workshop - Exploring Personal and Ecological Constellations

10:00-16:00, Newham Croft School, Chedworth St, Newnham CB3 9JF

Join us for this workshop which offers the opportunity to explore and find new resolutions to challenges and dilemmas which have previously seemed stuck or tangled. The systemic approach is simple yet powerful: we listen to each other’s stories. For each individual we identify the essence of the dilemma and map the richly interconnected elements. The constellation process reveals both what we already know about the situation and what has previously been unknown or invisible. By exploring both we release the flow of natural creativity. This constellations workshop encompasses the wider ecological systems in which we all live. It shows us how to draw strength from contact with the natural world. Bring your challenge or dilemma and discover and deepen your understanding of interconnectedness, flow and emergent creativity. Our facilitator is Jane Brown, who is highly skilled and versatile with many years’ experience. The cost is £35 or £25 unwaged. For more info or to book contact us.

Monday 08 April: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Margaret's house

We will consider plans for our next forum and progress on the community energy project for PV panels. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Tuesday 09 April: Food Group meeting - at a NEW VENUE!

18:30-20:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

All welcome at the Food Group's regular meeting. We'll be talking about our exciting projects - Note that we're meeting at a new venue - upstairs room, go towards the back of the building.

Saturday 13 April: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments

Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's more of a mutual sharing than a lesson! In the April session we will be sowing various crops including potatoes and nurturing early crops in the community polytunnel. Join in here. More details here.

Thursday 18 April: Transition Cafe: Permaculture film "Building with Nature" with Gay Veal

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

Gay Veal will introduce the film that she and her husband made while living in Brazil over a 10 year period. They had acquired 100 acres of land in the beautiful setting of the Serra Sao Jose (mountains) near Tiradentes in the state of Minas Gerias. The area was designated the equivalent of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to rare dragonflies, butterflies, monkeys and orchids. Nevertheless the forest had been felled 20 years previously and most of the trees were secondary growth. It had recovered well in that time and they planted many more trees, including native fruits. Their aim was to increase the natural habitat and build a sustainable house from local materials. Their 40-min film shows the methods and materials they used across the two years it took to complete it without electricity, using basic tools and water from springs on the land. They had horses and chickens as well as an organic vegetable garden. Their builders, from the nearby village, still had the memories and skills of building with earth. Gay will give a short introduction to the film and will answer questions at the end. All welcome, free.

Thursday 27 June: Events forum - solid wall insulation

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

Save this date for our next forum which will be on ways to insulate homes with solid walls - a big problem for many of us. Now is a good time to be considering it because there is financial help available for all through the Green Deal and the ECO grant scheme. We will have industry experts on external and internal insulation for you to quiz, plus some of our friends who have done it to tell you about the experience. We don't have full details yet - so watch this space.

Renewable Energy Company in the making

Would you like to be involved in creating a renewable energy community interest company? The Energy group is looking at some possible rooftop sites where we could install solar panels. The aim is to begin with a smallish project and then … who knows? Please contact the energy group and help us transition from exciting possibility to real reductions in green house gas emissions and economic success.

Greeniversity events coming up - back massage, cycle repair...

In the next few weeks there are several Greeniversity skill-shares: energy efficiency for homes and buildings (3 April), cycle repair (13 April, tbc), aromatherapy back massage (14 April), finding new directions in life (20 April) and housing a swarm of bees (11 May). All classes are open to everyone and are free/low cost. If you'd like to attend any of these classes, sign up here.

Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

Saturday 06 April: Parsnip gleaning in Norfolk

10:00-16:00, Farm in Norfolk, near Kings Lynn

On 6th April, the Gleaning Network will be heading down to a farm in Norfolk to save tonnes of parsnips from going to waste. All proceeds will be redistributed to food charities around the UK. Do you live in Cambridge, Peterborough or Norfolk? We need volunteers to help harvest the tasty produce! We're also looking for a driver with a driving license category C1 or above. Join the Arable Spring! Contact Martin to find out more, sign up to volunteer, or help coordinate. The day will be roughly 10am-4pm (TBC), and travel expenses are covered for those travelling from Cambridge and nearby. If you can't join us this time, sign up to our gleaning list by emailing the address above, and we'll let you know of all future gleaning days.  For more info about the Gleaning Network, see our web page

Saturday 13 April: Cam Cleanup

10:00-13:00, Sheep's Green (near Mill Pond), Midsummer Common (near the Fort St George) and Stourbridge Common

Can you help clean our rivers and Commons of litter? Last year 100 people came and filled countless bags of rubbish. City Council staff will provide bags, gloves and litter pickers - all we need from you is a little time. If you can help please let Andrea Reiner know so that they will know how many people to plan for.

Saturday and Sunday 13 & 14 April, 12-4pm: A weekend of bread-making

12:00-16:00, Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, CB23 2TX

Peter Voshol, a senior scientist and initiator of Loaf for Life bakery, will teach sourdough baking skills while at the same time reflecting on the structure of our food and energy needs. Suitable for all ages. Free but booking essential as spaces are limited. Book through Wysing Arts . More details here.

April 16th,30th, May 14th, 28th, June 11th, July 9th,: Carbon Conversations with Ro Randall and Andy Brown

19:30, Central Cambridge

This is a opportunity to join a Carbon Conversations group facilitated by the founders of the project Andy Brown and Ro Randall. Carbon Conversations groups help people explore their impact on the natural world, particularly in relation to climate change, and the scheme won a Guardian award as 'one of the 20 most promising solutions to climate change'. The small supportive groups look both at the practicalities and at the social/familial/personal dilemmas of making real changes. People who take part describe the groups as 'eye-opening', 'really enjoyable', 'renewed my belief in the possibility of doing something'. The cost is £15 for all six meetings and includes a copy of the 'Carbon Conversations handbook and refreshments. Email Andy to book your place.

Saturday 27 April: Seed and seedling swap

10:00-14:30, Nuffield Road Allotments, Chesterton, CB4

Come along and swap seeds and seedlings with other fruit and veg growers. Transition Cambridge Food Group will have a stall, so you can meet some friends too. If you can donate seeds or seedlings, or help out on the stall, please contact us You can find the location on this map. Please note change of date due to late arrival of Spring!

Monday 27 May: Plan Bee – Ensuring the Future of Pollination

19:30-21:00, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Churchill College

Mike Brown, Head of National Bee Unit, will give this talk which is organised by CSAR (Cambridge Society for the Application of Research. Non-members are welcome but a donation towards costs would be appreciated. More details here.

Events for your calendar

That's all for this week, have a good one!

Jacky

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