This week sees the first exploratory meeting of the new Fruit Harvest Project tomorrow evening (Tuesday) as well as a day on the farm this Saturday with Cropshare, and the energy group are having a stall at the Big Weekend this Sunday so do pop by and say hello or help out for a bit! And we now have the programme for our Summer Festival on Saturday 13th July, with lots of skillshares and talks (e.g. bee-keeping, cycle maintenance, permaculture, and spinning), films, a cafe and then a party in the evening. We hope you can come and help us celebrate 5 years of Transition in Cambridge!
18:30-20:30, CB2 Bistro Norfolk Street Cambridge
Come to a special meeting and help create the Fruit Harvest Project. From identifying gardens with excess orchard fruits, planning harvest excursions, lending fruit picking equipment to use and redistribution of the harvest, there'll be plenty of ways to join in, please see our new web page for more on this project. We'll meet upstairs at CB2, All welcome. More details here.
19:00, The Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7HT
Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement, will be launching his new book "The Power of Doing Stuff" followed by a Question and Answer session. If you would like to attend, let us know and we will try to organise shared transport.
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 10am 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. <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.
12:00-20:00, Parker's Piece
Transition Cambridge will have a stall at the <a href="https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/unison-20th-birthday-big-weekend">Big Weekend</a> on Sunday. The Energy group have set this up but we welcome other groups - to man the stall and to explain all the different things Transition Cambridge are doing. If you can help please let us know - or just drop by and say hello.
18:45-20:00, CB2, Norfolk Street, Cambridge
The food grower's circle is a food grower's support group, where people come together to discuss the trouble they are having in their gardens or allotments and collectively find solutions. So if you are being trouble by a pest, have plants that aren't performing as you would expect, or simply want to know when to harvest and how to store your bounty, then come along and join us for a natter. These meetings are free, friendly and informal. 6.45pm for a 7pm start. You'll find us upstairs, just look out for the Transition Cambridge logo. Future dates: Monday 22nd July (CB2 cafe) Monday 12th August (CB2 cafe) Monday 26th August (CB2 cafe)
20:00-21:30, Margaret's house
We will review the forum and progress on the community energy project for PV panels. Contact Nicola for details of venue.
19:30, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD
The Transition Café is focusing on waste this week. The stuff we throw away goes on a journey after the bin lorry picks it up – but where does it go and what happens next? Emma Cross will begin this informative and interactive evening with a short talk – and there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. Emma coordinates the Recycling Champions scheme for the City Council. <a href="https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/recycling">More info on recycling is here</a>.
14:30-23:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane and Maypole Pub
To celebrate 5 years of Transition in Cambridge, we're organising a Transition Cambridge Summer Festival, which will include films, talks, skill-shares, an afternoon cafe and then a meal and drinks in the Maypole pub in the evening. There'll be skillshares and talks on permaculture, bee-keeping, cycle maintenance, energy saving in the home, and spinning amongst many others, and a chance to catch up with some Transition films, including A Farm for the Future, The Power of Community and In Transition 2.0. Get in touch if you'd like to help, or if you could offer skills, talks, films, cakes, children's activities, help with publicity or anything else. Full info here - everyone welcome and invite your friends! If you'd like to help out, please get in touch - there'll be lots to do!
11:00, Coldham's Common
Want to spend more time in Nature? Join our Wildlife Wanderings. A leisurely meander through Coldhams's Common, taking our time to observe the nature that is taking place around us. Meet at the gates to Coldham's Common, on Coldham's Lane, opposite Cromwell Road - map here. Bring a little notebook and pencil if you fancy starting a nature journal, we can show you how. Please bring hats, suncream, suitable shoes and water. And bring some simple healthy food to share, if you fancy staying for a picnic after. Free and open to everyone.
The permaculture group have received an enquiry about whether we are going to be doing a full Permaculture Design Course locally. Could anyone who would be interested please let Ceri and Dave know.
Recently added Greeniversity classes include an introduction to knitting on 31 July offered by Sarah from The Sheep Shop, and a workshop to build a top-bar beehive offered by Dave and Nicky on 27th July. There's also a little film made for the Community Channel about Greeniversity, which gives a good introduction to what Greeniversity is aiming to do and how the project works. Our next Greeniversity meeting is next Monday (8 July), where we'll be discussing the festival on 13th July - if you'd like to get involved with Greeniversity in Cambridge, contact us for venue details.
The Community Lover’s Guide to the Universe is a growing collection of stories and book editions, written and edited by volunteers, bringing together the experiences of many amazing people and their innovative projects - people who are actively and creatively making community, together. The contributions are growing into an exciting free on-line resource for ideas and inspiration which you can explore by themes. The Transition Movement was featured in the first book, Hand Made written by Tessy Britton which has inspired this collaborative action. The Cambridge edition is in progress and you can check out the wonderful stories captured so far, including Cropshare. There's also a meet-up on Weds 7th August (details in Related Events section).
Fulbourn Community Theatre Company is presenting an adaptation of Charles Dickens' Hard Times in September, and needs half a dozen black umbrellas – intact or broken – as props. If you have a sad black brolly that you no longer need and would be happy to recycle to a good cause, please email Pippa.
I still have a wide range of vegetable and herbs plants for sale in Trumpington from cucurbits to brassicas. £1.25 - £2.25 or accept LETS. I can also grow to order. Contact Ceri on 01223 840602
Each year we find some of our few soft fruit bushes don't get picked due to time pressure and the fruit goes to waste. It is a different type of soft fruit each year depending on what grows well. Picking can take a number of weeks and you need to be flexible as it is weather dependant. Would anyone like to help me with picking in exchange for some of this fruit? (In Trumpington). This year due to all this rain were set to get quite a few strawberries and thornless blackberry's. We also have gooseberrys and black, white and red currants and autumn raspberries. If you'd like to help with pruning in the winter even better. It's an opportunity to pick my brains on organics and permaculture. Contact Ceri 01223 840602
19:30-21:30, St. Luke’s Church, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ
Anne Miller, Director of The Creativity Partnership and non-executive board member of the British Antarctic Survey recently visited Antarctica. She will share her experiences on what it is like to live and work in Antarctica, what she learnt about the latest climate science, how Antarctica is changing and why this matters. Space is limited so please book a place by emailing CCF or calling 01223 301842.
10:00-16:00, Cambridge Wood Works
Our wood store will be open every Saturday in July from 10am til 4pm. Come and browse our affordable reclaimed timber. It’s great for simple DIY and garden projects and can even be transformed – see examples sent in by our customers on our Made from waste pages – and perhaps you’ll be inspired to go home and make something! From Saturday 6 July and on each Saturday that month, we’re delighted to be showing new work by CWW-inspired spin-off Kinetic Barn, designed and made by Alex Hamill, who is also a Wood Works volunteer. More details here.
17:00-17:00, Ringsfield Eco Centre, Suffolk, NR34 8JR
This gathering is for all those interested in permaculture in East Anglia/East of England. There will be workshops, a ceilidh and much much more. Check out the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EasternPermacultureGathering?ref=ts&fref=ts">Facebook page</a> for more information or on the permaculture website. There are only 100 places so early booking is essential.
14:00-15:30, St. Andrew’s Hall (St. Andrew’s Road, Chesterton) CB4 1DH.
Swishing is clothes swapping with style. Participants bring a few items of good quality, clean clothing, and get to take home a few items of their choosing from others (it doesn’t have to be a direct exchange). One person’s item that just doesn’t fit anymore or turned out to not be the right colour after all is someone else’s favourite new item in waiting; swishing just makes the exchange happen! One almost always comes away from a swishing with some fabulous new clothes that are even cheaper than they would be in a charity shop, sometimes barely worn, while relieving yourself of the guilt of those old items you never wear! It’s the perfect way to rejuvinate your wardrobe and give existing clothes new life. Please book a place by email. Despite the trend of mostly women taking part in swishings, we do welcome men’s, kids and baby clothes too!
Marshall's Airport are planning 50 more flights per week, starting in September (article here in Cambridge News). Colin wrote to us suggesting that anyone who would prefer there to be less rather than more flights coming out of Marshall's could bring the matter up with your local councillor, or write to Marshall's or the Cambridge News expressing your views.
From Oliver Swingler: "More than 340 different green, environmental, conservation, organic, wildlife, recycling organisations – including the Friends of the Earth Czech Republic, Christian Ecology, Fossil Free Yale, BBC Gardeners World, Organic Council of Ontario, Sumo Wholefoods – in 31 countries like the lyrics to the Global Warming song – now it’s on YouTube! Here is a performance by the Making Waves choir The words are given under the video clip in "show more" and are printed on the screen so you can sing-a-long! You are very welcome to broadcast, and ‘like’ it, and share, share, share the link as widely as possible via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter ..." Here's the 1st verse, sung to the tune of "What shall we do with the drunken sailor?": What can we do about global warming? (x3) Shrink our carbon footprint! 1. Walk, cycle, bus and train; Car share, avoid the plane; Holiday at home, learn to love the rain; Shrink our carbon footprint! ...followed by several more verses along similar lines...
Here's the Cambridge Woodworks summer newsletter, including their Open Saturdays, their "made from waste" projects, a "kinetic barn" (a large, wall-mounted sculpture using only recycled wood) and more! Read it here.
So lots of events coming up as always. And do get in touch if you'd like to help out with the Transition Cambridge Summer Festival (and please spread the word and invite your friends!).