Skillshares - Cycle maintenance, Grow Your Own and many more!

Hi everyone

This week's highlights include a bicycle repair workshop and a Grow Your Own session on Saturday, followed by several more skillshares with Greeniversity over the coming weeks, including learning to sew, aromatherapy back massage, housing a swarm of bees, keeping chickens, reading music and finding new directions in life - so quite a variety and plenty to choose from! 

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 09 April: Food Group meeting - NOTE NEW VENUE!
  • Saturday 13 April: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Saturday 13 April: Bicycle maintenance session
  • Thursday 18 April: Transition Cafe: Permaculture film "Building with Nature" with Gay Veal
  • Monday 22 April: Community Food Enterprises - Cropshare, Cambake and Sustainable Souk
  • Greeniversity events coming up - cycle repair, sewing, massage...
  • Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

  • Saturday 13 April: Cam Cleanup
  • Saturday and Sunday 13 & 14 April, 12-4pm: A weekend of bread-making
  • Sunday 14 April: Film - 'Trashed'
  • April 16th,30th, May 14th, 28th, June 11th, July 9th,: Carbon Conversations with Ro Randall and Andy Brown
  • Monday 22 April - Monday 03 June: Sustainable Eating - How to eat great food that won't cost the earth
  • Saturday 27 April: Seed and seedling swap
  • Job ad: Post-doctoral Research Fellow with Global Sustainability Institute (ARU)
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 09 April: Food Group meeting - NOTE 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.

Saturday 13 April: Bicycle maintenance session

14:30-16:30, Ross Street Community Centre

Does your bike look accusingly at you every time you sidle past it? Don't worry, bring a smile to your bike! Come to this class and show it that you care. I will show you how to make your bike safe to ride. You will discover how to make all the necessary checks, and what to do if things are not quite right, or even completely wrong! If you have some tools that you can bring, such as spanners, allen keys and screwdrivers, that will be great. If you can't, don't worry, I will have a comprehensive set of tools to help you. Bikes are great but they can be dirty! Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, and you might find it useful to bring latex gloves or similar. Free (donations welcome). Booking via the Greeniversity web-site.

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.

Monday 22 April: Community Food Enterprises - Cropshare, Cambake and Sustainable Souk

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

This Green Enterprise session focuses on “Community Food”, looking at three different early stage community food enterprises in the Cambridge area: Cropshare (a Community Supported Agriculture scheme working with a local farmer), Cambake (a community supported bakery), and Sustainable Souk (an online ordering and cycle delivery service for local food). All have been incubated in the Transition Cambridge Food Group. We will hear the inside story – the principles that underlie a community food enterprise, and the vision, opportunities and challenges for each. Do join us to learn more about these inspiring local examples, contribute your ideas about how they can overcome the challenges they are facing, and discuss how we can build a resilient local food system. As usual in Green-enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speakers and other participants. All welcome, cost £5. More details here.

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

Lots of new skill-shares coming up in the next few weeks: cycle repair (13 April), aromatherapy back massage (14 April), "Where do I go from here?" Finding new directions in life (20 April), keeping chickens (20 April), reading music (22nd April), beginners sewing project (5th May) 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. And get in touch if you'd like to teach or request a class or help with organising classes!

Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

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.

Sunday 14 April: Film - 'Trashed'

15:30, Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR

A new film about the global problem of trash, rubbish, the stuff we throw away. British documentary-maker Candida Brady has recruited Jeremy Irons to front a powerful denunciation of waste management and its malign consequences for our environment and health. From a Mediterranean ecosystem irrevocably damaged by a Lebanese landfill that grows by 80 tonnes a day, to the French town with dioxin levels 13,000 times the allowable maxima, Brady briskly provides ample evidence of the scandal and its international scale, also exposing the industrial lobbying that persuades governments – including ours – to ignore it. The last section of the film judiciously offers some hope by detailing solutions that can and must be implemented. Second showing on Thursday 18th April, 6.30pm. More info and booking via the Arts Picturehouse website 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.

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

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. 

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!

Job ad: Post-doctoral Research Fellow with Global Sustainability Institute (ARU)

An opportunity has arisen for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI), at Anglia Ruskin University, on the Cambridge campus. Formed in 2011, the GSI plays a critical role in bringing together academic disciplines with business and government organisations to develop practical solutions to sustainability challenges. Our core research questions are focused around (i) personal motivations and (ii) systems change, set against the challenges of sustainability. This post will be expected to focus on the first of these, with the opportunity to be involved in an exciting new collaboration with researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Surrey exploring the use of digital tools to facilitate energy reduction. The GSI is looking for an outstanding individual with an interest in this area and we are ideally looking for a candidate with a background in energy use (including science/engineering) and/or behaviour (including psychology/sociology/the use of digital technologies). You will have a PhD and evidence of an excellent qualitative and/or quantitative research track record. Strong statistical skills and/or experience of computer programming would be desirable. Further details here.

Events for your calendar

Have a great week!

Anna

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