Newsletter02120508

Hi everyone

This weekend Cambridge Carbon Footprint have their Ecohomes weekend, with 25 local homes open for viewing - this is highly recommended! (Don't forget to book soon as some homes are already booked up on some dates.) And there are lots of other great events coming up, including a showing of the new Transition film "In Transition 2.0" at the Arts Picturehouse on 19 May, followed by Transition Cambridge's 4th birthday celebrations - we hope you can come!

CONTENTS

  • Transition News and Events
  • Tuesday 08 May: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 10 May: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 17 May: Greeniversity is coming to Cambridge
  • Saturday 19 May: Film: In Transition 2.0 + 4th birthday celebrations
  • Tuesday 22 May: Visit the National Institute of Agricultural Botany
  • Thursday 24 May: Creating a Vision for Cambridge in 2030
  • Saturday 26 May: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Wednesday 30 May: Permaculture group meeting
  • Thursday 31 May: Local currencies and how to make them valuable
  • Open Eco Homes Question Time
  • Garden Share project is looking for new coordinators (shared role)
  • Calendar of events

Community News

  • New Coordinator for Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 08 May: Cafe Project forward planning meeting
  • Thursday 10 May: Social Enterprise workshop
  • Thursday 10 May: Guided walk with the farmer of Coton Reserve
  • 12-13 and 26-27 May: Open Eco Homes in May - book now!
  • Sunday 13 May: Plant Swap
  • Wednesday 16 May: Climate Caravan meeting on sustainable transport
  • Sunday 20 May: Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife
  • Fri 25th - Sun 27th May: Introduction to Permaculture
  • Saturday 26 May: Wild medicine - harvest and make your own herbal remedies
  • Friday 08 June: PlanEAT: Dinner and a Movie
  • Monday 18 June: Coastal Wild Foods in a Day
  • 23rd June to 7th July: People and Permaculture Design Course
  • Tuesday 24 July: Summer Chutney and Preserve Course
  • May newsletter of Cambridge Woodworks

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 08 May: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)

This is the regular meeting of the Food Group - we will be talking about our plans for stalls etc over the summer as well as our projects!

Thursday 10 May: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house on Leys Road

We will be planning our next event, plus other events coming up and blue sky initiatives. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Thursday 17 May: Greeniversity is coming to Cambridge

19:30, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge

Over the next few months we'll be helping to set up Greeniversity in Cambridge - Peterborough already has a Greeniversity, and we're aiming to set up something similar. In a nutshell, Greeniversity is about people getting together to learn green skills from other local people who have skills they are willing to share. It offers a range of free or low cost sessions taught by ordinary people. These range from how to grow your own veg, to how to knit or customise charity shop clothes, to riding (and servicing) your bike, and even how to insulate your loft. You could take a one off lesson or a five week course – Greeniversity is very flexible. It’s all free and the idea is to have fun and meet new people while you learn how to be a little greener. Come along to this Transition Cafe night to find out more from Ian Tennant, who will be helping us to set this up in Cambridge.

Saturday 19 May: Film: In Transition 2.0 + 4th birthday celebrations

16:00-19:00, Arts Picture House, 38-39 St Andrews Street, Cambridge then Stoneyard Centre, 43 St Andrews Street

This is the new film from the Transition Network and is a great way of finding out what the Transition movement is all about and hearing what other Transition initiatives are getting up to! (Film review here and here's some more info about the film with some short clips.) The film will be followed by a short question and answer session with some current members of Transition Cambridge, and then everyone is invited to help us celebrate our 4th birthday with a big cake in the Stoneyard Centre a few doors along from the cinema. Book your tickets early! (Normal cinema prices apply, and tickets will be available for booking through the Arts Picturehouse web-site.)

Tuesday 22 May: Visit the National Institute of Agricultural Botany

19:00-20:30, NIAB, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LE

Join the food group for a trip to NIAB on the evening of Tuesday 22nd May. This will give an opportunity to see the development of a range of plants on the farm. About NIAB: "NIAB is a pioneering plant science organisation based at the heart of the Cambridge science, technology and university communities and a thriving UK agricultural industry. With over 80 years experience in the agricultural and food sectors, NIAB has an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity. Our traditional activities have always focused on science-led plant variety and seeds characterisation, evaluation, quality control and knowledge transfer." Please book your place with Helen if you would like to come, and she will send details of where to meet nearer the time. There will be a small charge so please bring a donation.

Thursday 24 May: Creating a Vision for Cambridge in 2030

19:00-21:00, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge

What do we want Cambridge to look like in 2030 and what role will Transition Cambridge play in bringing that vision to life? This will be the first of two events* leading to the creation of Transition Cambridge's Energy Descent Action Plan. Bring your ideas and dreams for a sustainable Cambridge to this exciting landmark event! Facilitated by Transition's own Liz Serocold and Jane Brown. (*the second event is scheduled to take place in June and will deal with backcasting and creating a timeline for achiveing our vision).

Saturday 26 May: 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 ideal for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's more of a mutual sharing than a lesson! In the May session we will be planting tomatoes, tending established outdoor and polytunnel crops, checking the progress of polyveg and mulch beds created during last month's Permaculture Gardening Course, harvesting lettuce and other salad crops (bring a bag!) and hopefully building another raised bed. If you'd like to join in, see our web-page here, and book soon as spaces are limited.

Wednesday 30 May: Permaculture group meeting

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

We are a group of permaculture enthusiasts who meet up semi-regularly. We visit permaculture-related projects in the local area, show films, have stalls at local events, run permaculture courses and help each other with practical permaculture tasks. At our next meeting we'll make plans for visits and meetings for the next few months, and discuss how our permaculture practice is developing. All welcome. See our past activities here. Contact Ceri and Dave for more information.

Thursday 31 May: Local currencies and how to make them valuable

19:45-21:00,

Stephen Lawrence will give a short introduction to local currencies, considering how they work and how they need to link to other systems in order for them to be useful. Stephen is a long term member of Camlets and has given several talks on this topic, e.g. at the Alternatives to Economics conference and to the Occupy movement. There will be lots of time for questions and answers and we will also discuss whether the time is right to start thinking about a local currency for Cambridge. There are some more links on local currencies here.

Open Eco Homes Question Time

Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge Energy group got together this year to organise Open Eco Homes Question Time. This event introduced Open Eco Homes 2012 - this is the third year and there are 25 diverse homes and buildings to visit this weekend coming and on 26-27 May, to see the energy/carbon saving features that have been used and talk to the hosts about what is involved. The Question Time panel included hosts with houses built from 1900 to 2010. About 100 people came to the event, not including the organisers and sponsors, and the whole place was buzzing throughout. Click here to see the handout, which gives some information about the Green Deal and about grants for Free insulation to all home owners from Cambridge City council. More details here. (We apologise that the sound system didn't work so well - unfortunately the venue's sound system was out of action so we had to use an emergency back-up...)

Garden Share project is looking for new coordinators (shared role)

The Garden Share project is looking for another co-ordinator (or maybe 2), to make a small group to share the work and keep the project alive and kicking. The project involves updating the spreadsheet with new registrations, visiting participants, arranging introductory meetings and following up partnerships from time to time, as well as publicity via leaflets and events. If you could spare an hour or two on a regular basis to help, Ann Mitchell would be really pleased to hear from you. If you're interested, e-mail her. It's a wonderful way of promoting veg growing and community!

Calendar of events

Community News

New Coordinator for Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Mary Geddes, the friendly and efficient Coordinator at the hub of CCF, is standing down at the end of June. She wants to catch up with her own work and to carry on in CCF, but without a work hat on. So we’re looking for someone else to coordinate our work and to: * keep an overview of our activities, putting the right people in touch * manage our office and develop & run its systems. The job is 3 days per week, £19,500 pro rata (ie: £11,700). The closing date for applications is noon on Thu 17th May More details here.

Related News and Events

Tuesday 08 May: Cafe Project forward planning meeting

17:30-18:30, Kings College TV room

We will be meeting to think about how to revive The Cafe Project (that used to be on Jesus Lane, and used to host the fortnightly Transition Cafe). A few of us from Transition will be going along. If you'd like to be involved in this, but can't come to the meeting, join the Cafe Project facebook page to find out more.

Thursday 10 May: Social Enterprise workshop

10:00-16:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT

Social enterprises from across the East of England are being given the chance to become more business-minded at a free event. The workshop will provide current and prospective social enterprise leaders and managers with the tools and inspiration to help them build effective business plans. Run by Professor Roger Mumby-Croft of Anglia Ruskin, Martin Clark of Cambridge-based Future Business, and businessman and marketing consultant James Cashmore, the day will cover the “why, what and how” of business planning through a combination of taught sessions and group work. Professor Mumby-Croft said: “Business planning is a vital tool for social enterprises and indeed all businesses. It assists navigation through a fast-changing world, and keeps the business on course towards its long-term goals. This workshop has been specifically designed for leaders and managers in social enterprises and values-driven businesses – from start-ups to established community businesses. This includes companies, co-operatives, and charitable trading arms – in fact all organisations that trade for a purpose beyond profit.” Lunch will be included. Places are limited so please book by contacting Rober Mumby-Croft.

Thursday 10 May: Guided walk with the farmer of Coton Reserve

18:00-20:30, The Martin car park, off Grantchester Road

A chance to discuss farming, crops and countryside management. Meet at the Martin car park, off Grantchester Road. Free, donations appreciated. Organised by Cambridge Past Present and Future. Read their newsletter here.

12-13 and 26-27 May: Open Eco Homes in May - book now!

10:00-17:00,

Once again, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is organising Open Eco Homes - on 12-13 and 26-27 May. This year there are 25 homes in Cambridge and surrounding villages - a wide range of house-types, renovation measures and budgets. You can find out which homes are open when on the website - the most popular get booked up quite quickly, so get your skates on if you'd like to visit a particular house. More details here.

Sunday 13 May: Plant Swap

10:30-11:30, Trumpington Allotment Society Trading Shed off Foster Road

Come along to swap your spare seedlings, plants and surplus seeds. Expand the range of plants you grow in your garden or allotment and meet other local gardeners. This is a low key and friendly event. If you don't have anything to swap please come anyway as there are generally enough plants to go round. There is no admission charge. Everyone welcome. Here is a map showing how to find the Trumpington allotments.

Wednesday 16 May: Climate Caravan meeting on sustainable transport

12:00-14:00, Unitarian Church, Victoria St (off Emmanuel Rd)

This is part of the "Climate Jobs Caravan" which is being organised by the Campaign against Climate Change and which will be visiting Cambridge that day. It is intended to highlight what needs to be done to develop a sustainable transport system. Speakers Richard Hebditch (Campaign for Better Transport), Ken Montague (Climate Jobs Caravan), Susan van de Ven and Tariq Sadiq (opposition county councillors). Participants are encouraged to drop in and out as they please, so don't be deterred if you only have a short lunch break. We would particularly like to see villagers worried about the future of their buses. See here for more information.

Sunday 20 May: Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife

11:00-17:00, Bird's Farm, Haslingfield Rd, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7AG

The Countryside Restoration Trust's Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife will include food demonstrations and talks, various local food stalls, a bread making competition, as well as tractor and trailer rides, guided farm walks, sheep dog demos, farm animals and children’s activities. Free entry. More details here.

Fri 25th - Sun 27th May: Introduction to Permaculture

18:30-18:30, Fen End Farm, Cottenham

Permaculture is a way of designing human habitats based on patterns found in nature, using them to our advantage without exploiting them. Find out why so many people are now using this guiding set of principles and ethics, not only in gardening, but in communities, livelihoods and other areas of life. Permaculture can be used at any scale; you do not have to have a piece of land, or even a window box to be able to apply it. More details here.

Saturday 26 May: Wild medicine - harvest and make your own herbal remedies

10:00-16:00, Milton Country Park, Cambridge

Come and learn how to make your own herbal remedies. This will be a great extension to our regular herb walks! We will be foraging and collecting plants growing wild in the beautiful countryside of Milton Country Park. We will learn about the plants as foods, medicines and make some seasonal herbal preparations. You will take home some herbal remedies made by yourself and lots of inspiration! To find out more see our website and e-mail us to book a place. Cost £55. Organised by Of People and Plants.

Friday 08 June: PlanEAT: Dinner and a Movie

18:30-21:00, Ross Street Community Centre

Cambridge Carbon Footprint will be screening PlanEAT, a remarkable and award-winning film about the search for a diet that is good for our health, the environment and the future of the planet. The cast includes chefs, scientists and doctors and together they present a convincing case for both the benefits and the practicality of a more sustainable, mainly plant based diet. To prove it, we’ll be serving a delicious plant-based dinner too, and provide recipes to take home. Please contact CCF to purchase a ticket and reserve a place. The minimum price is £10 but please pay more if you can. More details here.

Monday 18 June: Coastal Wild Foods in a Day

09:00-18:00, The east coast

This wild food expedition to the east coast will be a chance to discover what grows wild on our east coast seashores, for example marsh samphire and sea purselane. We'll do a bit of gathering and share a picnic lunch. Provisional timings are 9am departure from Cambridge, returning at approximately 6pm. Price is £30 including minibus travel from Cambridge. Places are strictly limited to 14, and payment with advance booking is essential. For details contact Jacky Sutton-Adam.

23rd June to 7th July: People and Permaculture Design Course

09:00-17:00, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire

Led by Looby Macnamara, Klaudia Van Gool & Stefan Geyer, this will be a unique 2 week residential course dedicated to finding solutions for ourselves and our world. We will be looking deeply at the questions - how do we grow ourselves, our friendships, our communities, our human family? This will be a richly nourishing, empowering, and truly life transforming course. The course is suitable for those new to permaculture and will be beneficial to experienced permaculturists, even if you have already completed a design course. This is your opportunity to deepen your learning, consider your contribution to the world and take your next step... More information here or contact Mel.

Tuesday 24 July: Summer Chutney and Preserve Course

10:00-16:00, Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey CB24 4RS

Jacky Sutton-Adam will be leading this practical course on how to make the most of seasonal fruit and vegetable gluts with chutneys, pickles and jams. The course will include the essential knowledge to create successful and flavoursome preserves and avoid spoilage. All materials and ingredients supplied. Price: £44 /£37 concessions. To register and book a place, complete the online form here.

May newsletter of Cambridge Woodworks

Cambridge Woodworks May newsletter is out - read it here. You can see some of the things they have made from reclaimed timber here. They currently have 2 part-time vacancies and lots of volunteering opportunities.

Hope you can make it along to some of these events, and we'd love to hear from you if you'd like to get more involved with Transition activities, or if you have an idea for a Transition project!

Anna

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