How secure is your financial future

Hi everyone

Money's on our mind at the moment at the Transition Cafe: this Thursday evening you can join the search for positive ways to save and invest for the future.  And at the Cafe Project meeting on Saturday you can discover the renewed local interest in creating a new community space . Like me, you're probably salivating at the prospect of the Eat Cambridge food festival so come along or get involved in the Food Group Stall this Saturday. Next week (16th March), perfectly in time with the start of spring, is the first Cropshare organic farming day, so get ready to spend a day working with nature. See details of all the fun and games below.

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Transition News and Events

  • Monday 04 March: Events group meeting
  • Thursday 07 March: Transition Cafe: How secure is your financial future?
  • Saturday 09 March: Transition Food Group at Eat Cambridge food and drink fair
  • Tuesday 12 March: Food group meeting
  • Wednesday 13 March: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 16 March: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Saturday 16 March: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Sunday 17 March: Permaculture group meeting at Fen End Farm
  • Thursday 21 March: Film: "97% Owned" at Transition Cafe
  • Food Group appeal for new meeting venue
  • Garden Share - Spring is coming!

Community News

  • CCF Admin Assistant Volunteer Wanted
  • Allotment Plots Available to Rent
  • The Cafe Project - a community cafe for Cambridge
  • Contributing to buying land for a food forest

Other News and Events

  • Monday 04 March: GSI lunchtime seminar: 'Showcase of GSI seed funded projects'
  • Monday 04 March: Vegetarian Cooking Workshop: Super Salads
  • Wednesday 06 March: Transport Plans for the Cambridge North West Fringe
  • Wednesday 06 March: Film: Gasland
  • Friday 08 March - Friday 15: Eat Cambridge - programme now out!
  • Monday 11 March - Sunday 24: Cambridge Science Festival
  • Monday 11 March: Low Carbon Road Freight Transport
  • Monday 11 March: Panel discussion 'The cost of conservation'
  • Wednesday 13 March: Panel discussion - 'The future of energy'
  • Friday 15 March: Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum
  • Friday 15 March: Its all in the detail - achieving best practice detailing for eco-refurbishments
  • Friday 15 March: Second Hand Style: Wear it Love it Share it!
  • Saturday 16 March: Workshop: Psyche, law and justice - joining up human responses to ecocide
  • Monday 18 March: Launch event for Promoting Credit Unions
  • Monday 22 April - Monday 03 June: Sustainable Eating - How to eat great food that won't cost the earth
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Monday 04 March: Events group meeting

19:00-20:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road

Come along to discuss future events, stalls, workshops and cafe nights. All welcome!

Thursday 07 March: Transition Cafe: How secure is your financial future?

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

Does it any longer make sense to save for your retirement in the current economic climate? If so, what kinds of sustainable savings or investments will offer you the best returns? Come along to discuss these issues in the context of peak oil and the global financial climate, and share ways to take a positive look at managing your money. We'll also look at setting up further events to explore the practical options in more detail with a view to enabling us all to make informed decisions.

Saturday 09 March: Transition Food Group at Eat Cambridge food and drink fair

10:30-16:00, The Guildhall, Market Square CB2 3QJ

Come and visit the Transition Food Group stall at the Eat Cambridge food and drink fair! You can meet some friendly Transitioners, learn more about about our exciting local food projects and how to get involved. If you'd like to help out on the stall, or if you can lend/donate fruit or veg for our display, contact us. And...Cambake will be on the stall next door, so you can pick up some delicious bread too! More details here.

Tuesday 12 March: Food group meeting

18:30-20:00, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)

This is the Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting - we'll be reviewing the Eat Cambridge food and drink festival. All welcome.

Wednesday 13 March: Energy Group Meeting

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

We will make firm plans for our next forum and discuss further how to run a community energy project for PV panels. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Saturday 16 March: 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 March session we will be preparing beds for early crops, sowing potatoes and nurturing early crops in the community polytunnel. Join in here. More details here.

Saturday 16 March: 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 for a day. This Saturday, CropShare 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 17 March: Permaculture group meeting at Fen End Farm

14:00-16:00, Cambridge Sustainability Centre at Fen End Farm Cottenham CB24 8UP

Our next meeting will focus on the Permaculture Principle "multiple functions for each element" in the context of the forest garden area at the Cambridge Sustainability Centre. How to get there: Some of us will cycle from Cambridge. For those without car and not keen to cycle, Vicky is happy to collect people from the bus stop in the village or from Waterbeach train station if you let them know in advance so she can coordinate lifts. Contact Vicky and Simon here or call them on 07801 719823. Please let Transition Cambridge Permaculture Admin group know here if you can offer a lift. For more info, visit Cambridge Sustainability Centre website or see the Transition Cambridge Permaculture wiki. More details here.

Thursday 21 March: Film: "97% Owned" at Transition Cafe

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

When money drives almost all activity on the planet, it's essential that we understand it. Yet simple questions often get overlooked - questions like: where does money come from? Who creates it? This film, made by Positive Money, explores these questions. The film will be followed by a discussion, possibly including some discussion of a local currency for Cambridge. All welcome, free.

Food Group appeal for new meeting venue

After 18 months of meeting in the room over the Emperor pub in Hills Road, the Food Group needs a new meeting venue. If you know of somewhere which is central, free and suitable for our fortnightly evening meetings (which at the moment are Tuesdays, 6.30 till 8.30), please contact us. It could be a room over a pub, or a community space or any other creative idea you come up with. Thank you!

Garden Share - Spring is coming!

Spring is only just around the corner, and now is a good time to think ahead for sowing and planting for the coming growing season. The Garden Share Project is looking for more volunteer gardeners and more garden owners in all areas of the city, so if you would like to grow your own but have no land, or if your garden is too big and you would like to share the space, please contact Ann or Fausto. You can read more about the Garden Share project here and here is a lovely article about the project in the Cambridge News.

Community News

CCF Admin Assistant Volunteer Wanted

Are you looking for office experience? Do you have a keen interest in environmental issues? Could you volunteer your time 3 mornings a week for 3 to 6 months for a small, friendly environmental charity in Cambridge? We're looking for a reliable and well-organised individual to help us out with our events bookings, data input, email inquiries and other admin-related tasks in our Cambridge office. If you're interested see our website under volunteer vacancies for more details. More details here.

Allotment Plots Available to Rent

The National Trust have a number of alloment plots now free on the Sunray Community Allotment site in the centre of Lode village. Anyone who would like to find out more please contact Janet Jephcott, Community Engagement Officer by email or call 07833 294 614.

The Cafe Project - a community cafe for Cambridge

The Cafe Project is hoping to get restarted! There'll be a first meeting on Saturday 9th March at 2pm in the Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane, and everyone is welcome to come from 1pm to chat over lunch (bring your own or share). All welcome!

Contributing to buying land for a food forest

From Guy Seaborn: "Do you have £10,000 that you would like to use to leave a legacy? My proposal is that if we could get 25 or 30 such people we could buy up 10 to 15 acres of land, and perhaps put it in a trust and use it for people to enjoy, walk, picnic etc. It seems to be a very similar approach to Wandlebury. It could be planted up as a food forest. Comments welcome. I appreciate £10,000 is a lot but it seems more likely and more community minded than finding just one benefactor."

Other News and Events

Monday 04 March: GSI lunchtime seminar: 'Showcase of GSI seed funded projects'

13:00-14:00, Anglia Ruskin, East Rd campus, Coslett Building 406

Three Anglia Ruskin researchers, Beatriz Acevedo, Sergio Fava and Nancy Harrison will talk about projects they are running which were seed funded by the Global Sustainability Institute. We are always very pleased to have members of Transition Cambridge at these seminars. *A (sustainable/locally bought) lunch is provided at all seminars* More details here.

Monday 04 March: Vegetarian Cooking Workshop: Super Salads

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

Think salads are just lettuce? Discover a whole new world of possibilities, from Mexican bean salad with tortillas to lemon cous cous salad. These quick, easy and delicious vegetarian and vegan salads will make you want to have salad every night! Materials will be provided, and the workshops will take place at the Cambridge Carbon Footprint Offices off Milton Road. Donations are greatly appreciated to help cover costs (recommended £5 per person). The second in Cambridge Carbon Footprint's 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 if you have any particular allergy or intolerance in advance. More details here.

Wednesday 06 March: Transport Plans for the Cambridge North West Fringe

16:15-20:30, Castle St Methodist Church Hall, Castle St. Cambridge. Cambridge.

The new housing developments in the north west of Cambridge will bring a wealth of new pedestrian, cycle, bus and car routes, managing sustainable access for all. Come and find out more about the traffic and transport plans for the new developments and hear up to date progress reports from local authority and developer representatives at an open forum hosted by Cambridge City Council on Wednesday 6th March: drop in 4.15 - 6pm, presentations and questions 6.30-8.30pm. Presentations will be from the County Council and Highways Agency, from Darwin Green and from the University. For any further information please contact either Julian Adams 01223 457617 or Tracy Mann 01954 713 342 or visit the <a href="https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/north-west-cambridge-community-forum">web site</a> More details here.

Wednesday 06 March: Film: Gasland

19:30-22:00, Anglia Ruskin University

Free screening of the most recent documentary on hydraulic fracturing. The UK is looking into sources of new sources of energy and fracking is being proposed as a way forward. Do you want to learn more about what that means? Come join us to watch this film! Donations are most welcome! The film information on Facebook. (You may need to write to them via Facebook to find out exactly where in Anglia Ruskin this film is being shown.)

Friday 08 March - Friday 15: Eat Cambridge - programme now out!

10:00-10:00,

Eat Cambridge is a new festival of local food and drink put together by a group of local food enthusiasts to showcase local food producers, retailers and restaurants. There's a day-long event at the Guildhall on Saturday 9th March, and you can check out their website to keep up to date with current plans. **The programme for the festival is now out - it includes workshops on wild food and baking sourdough bread, local food tours, a street food market and more...! More details here.

Monday 11 March - Sunday 24: Cambridge Science Festival

09:00-09:00,

Our local Science Festival returns for another year. There's masses of variety - archaeology, polar science, physiology, astronomy as well as physics, maths and chemistry. Events include tours, lab demo's, talks, exhibitions and hands-on stuff. Many events are suitable for children. Most events are free, and you need to book for some.

Monday 11 March: Low Carbon Road Freight Transport

17:30, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge

Professor David Cebon, who is based in the Department of Engineering, will deliver this lecture to the Cambridge Philosophical Society. This scientific lecture is open to everyone who is interested (free admission).

Monday 11 March: Panel discussion 'The cost of conservation'

20:00-21:00, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, CB2 1RW

Conservation costs money, but how do we put a price on the very existence of a species or ecosystem? By the services it provides humans? By the valuable genetic material it might contain? Is putting a price on nature a necessary response or should this be a case of values not value? Join a panel of experts including the campaigner and former Green Party candidate for Cambridge, Tony Juniper, to discuss these intriguing and increasingly relevant questions. His latest book 'What has nature ever done for us? How money really does grow on trees' frames environmental issues in a financial perspective. A Cambridge Science Festival event. More details here.

Wednesday 13 March: Panel discussion - 'The future of energy'

19:30-20:45, Clare College, Trinity Lane CB2 1TL

Across the boundaries of academic disciplines, energy researchers are working toward a more sustainable future. But what does that future look like, and what possibilities exist for reaching that goal? Tim Radford, former Science Editor at The Guardian, will chair this panel discussion with Cambridge researchers Richard McMahon, Julian Allwood, Emily Shuckburgh and Tony Roulstone around challenges in sustainability – technical, intellectual, behavioural and political – and recent developments in energy research toward meeting these challenges. Free, booking via Science Festival website. More details here.

Friday 15 March: Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum

08:45-17:45, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

We are pleased to announce the Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum 2013. Join us for a highly engaging day discussing the theme of "Local Action. Global Change?". Will technological breakthroughs lead us to a sustainable future? Or will it be individual action that drives the change we need? In addition to speakers from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University who will be touching on what research is being done with regard to climate change mitigation, there will also be local and national student societies sharing stories of their efforts - their successes and the challenges they encountered. This promises to be one of the highlights of the sustainability calendar - a must for anyone interested in tomorrow's world! To buy tickets (currently at early bird prices!) please visit this web page More details here.

Friday 15 March: Its all in the detail - achieving best practice detailing for eco-refurbishments

09:00-17:00, St Andrews Street Baptist Church, 43 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AR

Do you want to learn - how to achieve stringent airtight standards in retrofits? - which is the best way of insulating an external wall - inside, outside or the bit in between? - how the design team and builders can effectively communicate to achieve best practice detailing? - what happens to moisture movement when adding wall or roof insulation? Achieving best practice for new buildings can be a straightforward process but when it comes to effective detailing for refurbishments - especially when aiming for well insulated, airtight and breathable solutions using low impact building materials - the outcome is sometimes less than satisfactory. This seminar offers delegates an opportunity to learn how to achieve best practice ‘green’ detailing on site from a wide range of experienced practitioners such as a builder, an architect and technical experts together with some academic research. For more info, programme and booking visit www.greenregister.org.uk

Friday 15 March: Second Hand Style: Wear it Love it Share it!

19:00-21:30, Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Rd, CB4 2LD

Join us for a glamorous evening dedicated to the release of a new photo collection featuring fashion trends and classic looks created entirely from second hand clothing, shoes and accessories. The event will include a fashion show, a swishing (bring 2-5 items of good condition clothing to swap), and refreshments. A fabulous night out to rejuvenate your wardrobe without emptying your wallet! This event is free, donations welcome! More details here.

Saturday 16 March: Workshop: Psyche, law and justice - joining up human responses to ecocide

10:00-16:30, Refugee Therapy Centre, 1A Leeds Place, Tollington Park, London N4 3RQ

Organised by the Climate Psychology Alliance. Keynote speaker Polly Higgins, and respondents Sally Weintrobe (psychoanalyst) and Sandra White (ecopsychologist). Workshops exploring the theme from a variety of perspectives. For more details, see the flyer for this event.

Monday 18 March: Launch event for Promoting Credit Unions

16:00-18:00, The Guildhall, Cambridge, CB2 3NH

Cambridge & District Volunteer Centre is leading a new Cambridge City Council funded project, working with Cambridge CAB’s Consumerhub, Cambridge City and Cambridge Rainbow Savers Credit Unions. (See our earlier news item). To get the ball rolling you are invited to a launch event on 18th March with tea and sandwiches from 4pm and guest speakers from 4.30pm. If you would like to come, please register with Louise Walker by email or tel:01223 356549 by 12pm Friday 1st March

Monday 22 April - Monday 03 June: Sustainable Eating - How to eat great food that won't cost the earth

19:30-19:30, Sawston Village College

Food is responsible for 30% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. This course will explore how to feed ourselves well without it costing the earth; we will discuss fish fights and fair trade, reducing food waste and lowering our carbon footprint through our shopping baskets. We will share ideas, recipes and taste some samples. Participants will become aware of some of the principles, data and arguments around sustainable food; they will learn how to reduce their carbon footprint through food choices.This course runs for 1.5 hours a week for 5 weeks at a cost of £35. More details here.

Events for your calendar

All the best,

Hannah

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