Heaps of Events this week!

Hi Everyone,

Just scrolling through the info below on events this week in and around Cambridge, I'm getting really excited and can hardly decide what to go to. Saturday's grow your own session might be rather chilly, but just look at the to-do-list and you won't want to miss it. The Food Group meeting tomorrow night is also a bit different: we'll be reviewing this year's fruit harvest. Not forgetting the huge list of other events, from waste-free feasts to paradigm-shifting talks. And - it doesn't even stop there - we're warming up for the Mill Road Winter Fair on Sat 7th December, volunteers welcome. So much to do that there's no time to moan about the weather! Read all about it below:

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 12 November: Food Group meeting (from 6.30) + Fruit Harvest Project (from 8.00)
  • Saturday 16 November: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Saturday 30 November: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day.
  • Monday 09 December: Energy Group Meeting
  • SkillsFest photos and thanks!
  • Tips to reduce your heating bills

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 13 November: PassivHaus: The key to a sustainable future for UK buildings?
  • Wednesday 13 November: 'Econo...what?' reading group
  • Friday 15 November - Sunday 17: 'Working without bosses & living without landlords' - weekend of workshops about co-ops
  • Friday 15 November: The Liberated Feast
  • 10-5 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday: Hedge Laying
  • Tuesday 19 November: Talk: Nuclear Weapons and the Global Sustainability Agenda: time to abandon traditional forms of sovereignty?
  • Thursday 21 November: A Celebration of Local Foods at Fitzbillies
  • Friday 22 November: Sustainable Girton Energy Evening
  • Saturday 07 December: Mill Road Winter Fair
  • STIR magazine offer to Transition members
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 12 November: Food Group meeting (from 6.30) + Fruit Harvest Project (from 8.00)

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

The Food Group will have its usual fortnightly meeting from 6.30 till 8.00, discussing plans for autumn and winter. From 8.00 the Fruit Harvest Project will meet - reviewing the harvest season, the successful Apple Day stall, and making plans for the future. All welcome.

Saturday 16 November: 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 a mutual sharing, not a lesson! In the November session we will sow broad beans and field beans, build a raised bed, weed in the forest garden and harvest the medlars, at least. Join in here. More details here.

Saturday 30 November: 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. 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. Fill in this form 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.

Monday 09 December: Energy Group Meeting

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

We will review plans for the next forum and discuss anything else that crops up. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

SkillsFest photos and thanks!

A big thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday, either to share your skills or to learn new ones! Here are some pictures of the event from Axel - if you have any more, do send them to us and we'll put them on-line. Thanks!

Tips to reduce your heating bills

The Energy group has published a new FAQ, this time with tips on how to reduce your heating bills. Given the steep rises in energy prices we have seen recently, this might be a good time to take a look. More details here.

Other News and Events

Wednesday 13 November: PassivHaus: The key to a sustainable future for UK buildings?

12:00-14:00, Seminar Room SG2, CRASSH, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

The PassivHaus Debate: "This house believes that PassivHaus is the key to a sustainable future for UK buildings". This will be chaired by Margaret Reynolds (a regular with the Transition Energy group), with Jonathan Hines from Architype proposing, and Nick Baker from the Martin Centre in the Department of Architecture opposing. Tea and coffee will be available from 11:45am. This is a Greenbridge event, and here's a poster for this event.

Wednesday 13 November: 'Econo...what?' reading group

19:30-21:30, Milton (contact us for address)

The "Econo…what" initiative was set up by the Economic Justice Project to help non-economists understand how the financial crisis happened, the history of how it built up, who is to blame, and who is paying the price. We have started a small local reading group to work our way through the information provided - see link. Our first two meetings looked at the basics of the economy and the problems with austerity. The next session will examine the causes of the 2007 financial crisis (Session 3). We’ll be meeting at 19:30 on 13th November, in Milton. We’ve had some really informative and stimulating discussions so far and would love for more people to join the group. Please contact Ellie if interested. More info here.

Friday 15 November - Sunday 17: 'Working without bosses & living without landlords' - weekend of workshops about co-ops

13:30-17:00, venues around Forest Fields, Nottingham

New to co-ops but want to find out more? Already in a co-op and up for sharing your experiences and gaining new skills? Then this event is for you! A weekend of free workshops about workers' and housing co-ops - open to people from Nottingham and further afield. There'll be a varied programme of free workshops run by people in co-ops. You're welcome to come to just one or two of these workshops or to all of them. Refreshments and lunch for a small donation. For more info, follow this link More details here.

Friday 15 November: The Liberated Feast

19:00-22:30, The Centre at St Paul's, Hills Road, Cambridge

Join The Liberated Feast for a night of beautiful food. Vegetarian and vegan friendly, music and talks to enlighten and inspire. Share a gourmet 3 course meal, created from surplus food that has been donated by Cambridge food stores, food that would otherwise have been wasted. Inspiring talks about Global Food Waste and creative projects working to reduce food waste.... There will be a local food fair and Fairtrade recycled crafts to buy, plus stands showcasing their work reducing food waste. Proceeds from the event will be going to The Milimani Academy feeding programme in Kenya and Cambridge Foodcycle. Tickets £10 from Eventbrite We are still looking for local businesses to donate surplus food - if you can help please contact us Also if you would like to volunteer on the night in exchange for a free ticket or would like a stand to showcase your business or project or like to present a talk on the night, email us More details here.

10-5 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday: Hedge Laying

10:00-15:00, Wandlebury country Park and Trumpington Community Orchard.

Starting with a theory session at Wandlebury Country park, the practical side of the course will take place at Trumpington Community Orchard where a five year old hedgerow consisting of 10 native species will be laid. Cost is £50 for two days, booking via Cambridge PPF website. More details here.

Tuesday 19 November: Talk: Nuclear Weapons and the Global Sustainability Agenda: time to abandon traditional forms of sovereignty?

13:00-14:00, LAB 216 (Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin East Rd campus - entrance on Broad St)

Talk by Paul Ingram from BASIC; organised by the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University. Paul Ingram is executive director of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), working with government officials, experts and academics to find ways around the obstacles to global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. Full info here and if you have any questions, or to let us know you're coming (which is not essential), contact Rosie Robison or phone her on 01223 695107. Sustainable lunch provided.

Thursday 21 November: A Celebration of Local Foods at Fitzbillies

19:00-22:00, Fitzbillies, Trumpington Street

Take a culinary tour of the best sustainable produce from around Cambridge as showcased by Rosie Sykes (Fitzbillies' first-class chef). The event will take place at Fitzbillies on November 21 and will consist of a delicious three course dinner sourced primarily from local, seasonal food. Tickets are £33 per head and are available through Cambridge Carbon Footprint only (click here). This event marks the launch of Cambridge Carbon Footprint's 'Food for a Greener Future' campaign, which will culminate in a sustainable food conference on February 8, 2014. For more information about the campaign, or to book for the Fitzbillies dinner, please visit our website or contact us by e-mail or call 01223 301842.

Friday 22 November: Sustainable Girton Energy Evening

18:00-21:00, Girton Baptist Church 103 High Street, Girton

Save energy, Save money - Trade stalls with energy saving ideas; talk on SPEP (Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership), SCDC (South Cambridgeshire District Council) & CCC (Cambridge City Council) energy saving programmes; workshop on sustainable energy generation with PV panels (led by Nicola from the TC Energy Group); For further details contact Shane Holland via or download the poster.

Saturday 07 December: Mill Road Winter Fair

10:30-16:30, all the way along Mill Road

Join in with this wonderful community celebration! Food fair, street entertainers, artists, buskers, performances, loads of things for children to do - come and participate! The Transition stall will be on Donkey Green, by the swimming pool. Drop by to find out more about our exciting projects on food, energy, skillshares and more. There will be Cambake bread and local apples available. The fair is made possible by many volunteers - check out the website for ways of helping out by stewarding, delivering brochures etc; as well as info on the day itself. More details here.

STIR magazine offer to Transition members

STIR Magazine is a quarterly magazine that promotes community-led, co-operative and environmental alternatives. It looks at how co-operative and community-orientated ideas can transform our food and energy systems, our educational spaces, technology and engineering and other important aspects of our lives. Each issue they feature a 'Transition' column written by contributors from different Transition initiatives in the UK. They've just published their Autumn issue with the "The Future of Money" as a theme, and they're now working on the next issue which will be published at the beginning of January and is generally themed around land issues, eco-villages, community farms and the environment. They've been in touch to let us know that they are running a special offer of free postage and packaging on the current issue for UK Transition initiatives and members. If you'd like to take them up on this offer, you can buy the issue here (costs £3.95). See the Stir to Action web-site for more information about the organisation.

Events for your calendar

Have a great week,

Hannah

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