Preparing for Winter - Home and Garden

Hi Everyone

With the weather getting a bit colder, now is the time to think about preparing for winter, so come along to our Grow Your Own session in Trumpington on Saturday to get your garden or allotment into shape, and visit the Transition cafe next week to hear from Tom Bragg about making your home snug for winter with cheap DIY measures (not to mention the thermal imaging camera!).

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 15 October: Food Group meeting (from 6.30) + Fruit Harvest Project (from 8.00)
  • Saturday 19 October: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Monday 21 October: Transition Hub meeting
  • Thursday 24 October: Transition Cafe - Preparing your home for winter
  • Saturday 26 October: Wildlife Wanderings
  • Monday 04 November: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 09 November: November Skillsfest
  • Minutes from our Annual General Meeting

Community News

  • Part time Green job at Cambridge Wood Works

Other News and Events

  • Thursday 17 October: Gagging Bill Public meeting
  • Wednesday 23 October: Talk: Uncomfortable conversations... why discussing the big issues is so hard
  • 26/27th October: Permaculture Design Course
  • Sunday 27 October: Apple Day
  • Monday 28 October: Exploring lifestyle boundaries and low-carbon living
  • Saturday 02 November: Warm Homes Mill Rd
  • Monday 4 November: Start of Sustainable Food challenge
  • Thursday 21 November: A Celebration of Local Foods at Fitzbillies
  • Permaculture Design Course at the Apricot Centre
  • Festival of Ideas
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 15 October: Food Group meeting (from 6.30) + Fruit Harvest Project (from 8.00)

18:30-21:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

The Food Group's fortnightly meeting will be from 6.30 till 8.00 as usual - including plans for Eat Cambridge 2014. The Fruit Harvest Project will meet in the same venue from 8.00 - making plans for Apple Day on 27 October.

Saturday 19 October: 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 October session we will plant spring cabbage, sow over-wintering onions and/or garlic, dig up the last of the maincrop potatoes, weed in the forest garden, and hopefully snack on ripe pears and raspberries, at least. Join in here. More details here.

Monday 21 October: Transition Hub meeting

19:00-20:30, Anna's house

At our hub meetings, representatives from the different Transition groups meet to coordinate activities and take care of any business that affects Transition Cambridge as a whole. Everyone is welcome to observe these meetings, and at the coming meeting, we will discuss some of the points brought up at the AGM (more social events, discussion groups, better advertising of our events, creating a forum for groups in Cambridge to get together and coordinate more widely). The minutes from the AGM and the Annual Report will be on-line in the next couple of weeks. Contact Anna for details of the address for the meeting.

Thursday 24 October: Transition Cafe - Preparing your home for winter

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

As the temperatures drop and the nights get longer, come along to this café evening and learn about energy-saving measures for your home. Energy expert Tom Bragg will speak about a range of home energy solutions, starting with simple, cheap DIY measures (such as draught-proofing, using your heating controls wisely) and going through to eco-renovation projects (insulation, windows and more). We’ll show videos of local homeowners who’ve made energy-saving improvements to their homes. We’ll also have a thermal imaging camera (a good way to track down heat losses). As always, there will be time for questions. All welcome, free. This is a joint event with Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

Saturday 26 October: Wildlife Wanderings

14:00-15:30, Logan's Meadow LNR, Logan's Way, Cambridge

Take a wander with fellow nature lovers, to observe wildlife in action at Logan's Meadow, one of Cambridge's eight Local Nature Reserves. This will be a very informal session, guided by those who come; we slowly wander as we fancy, looking carefully at the plants, insects, birds and any other natural curiosities that we can find. All welcome (free). Meet at the entrance of Logan's Meadow, just off Logan's Way. Please bring sensible shoes, that you don't mind getting muddy, a waterproof and some water.

Monday 04 November: 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.

Saturday 09 November: November Skillsfest

14:30-17:30, St Andrews Hall, St Andrew’s Road, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DH

Come and learn about draught-busting, baking Christmas cookies, herbal healing, making recycled jewellery, finger-knitting, singing and more! There'll also be a swap-shop and a cafe. More info to follow, but this is advance notice so that you can save the date! This is a joint event with Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

Minutes from our Annual General Meeting

Thanks to everyone who came along to our AGM last Monday, which turned out to be a very inspiring event as we heard about all the projects which the various Transition Cambridge groups are running at the moment. A big thank you to everyone for making all these wonderful projects happen! The minutes from the AGM are here (pdf format), and we aim to post our Annual Report here next week.

Community News

Part time Green job at Cambridge Wood Works

Cambridge Wood Works Community Interest Company (CIC), your local community wood recycling social enterprise, is looking to take on two part time team members to help them meet the growing demand for its products and services. More details here.

Other News and Events

Thursday 17 October: Gagging Bill Public meeting

19:30-21:30, Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS

The so-called 'gagging bill' poses a threat to local grassroots organisations as well as large charities as it regulates campaigning and even discussion of policy issues during the year before an election. This could require organisations such as Transition Cambridge to register with the electoral commission and declare expenses with them, if we advocate or oppose a policy position which is adopted by one political party and not another. 38 degrees has organised this public meeting and Julian Huppert will be there so this is a chance to engage with him before he votes on 7th November.

Wednesday 23 October: Talk: Uncomfortable conversations... why discussing the big issues is so hard

17:30-19:00, Anglia Ruskin East Rd Campus, LAB 027

A Global Sustainability Institute Festival of Ideas event. Like politics, religion and money, climate change can be one of those topics it's not very comfortable to talk about with friends. It can provoke strong feelings, and judgement of people’s life choices, so isn't it more considerate not to mention it at all? In this interactive talk, speakers from the Global Sustainability Institute and friends will give their thoughts on why we avoid issues that it might be helpful for us to face up to, from climate change to our own health, and ask the audience to share their views and experiences. Led by Dr Rosie Robison and Julie-Anne Hogbin from the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University. Ages 15+, Free, Full access, Arrive on time, Booking not required. More details here.

26/27th October: Permaculture Design Course

19:30-19:30, Apricot Centre, Lawford, Essex CO11 2LY

This is the first weekend of our Permaculture Design course which goes on into June 2014. The Apricot Centre is set in the midst of a 4 acre organic orchard. We run courses, host visits, cook food and make preserves. We also give therapy sessions, care farming and seminars. We are Mark and Marina O'Connell. Mark is a process oriented psychotherapist. Marina is a horticulturist, and a permaculture designer and trainer. More details here.

Sunday 27 October: Apple Day

10:00-16:00, Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE

Apple Day returns to the Botanic Garden celebrating all things apple! The Transition Cambridge Fruit Harvest Project will have a stall - come along to find out what we've been up to and what we're planning to do. There will be lots of other stalls too from apple identification to story-telling and apple-related stuff for sale. Admission is £3 for everyone aged 17 and over, plus the cost of garden admission, and under-16's are free. You can buy tickets in advance. More details here.

Monday 28 October: Exploring lifestyle boundaries and low-carbon living

19:00-21:00, St Luke's Church, Victoria Road, Cambridge, CB4 3DZ

We all want to do something about climate change in light of the idea that it poses a real threat to humanity. But what can we personally do? This workshop, delivered by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, looks at the 2013 levels of consumption, energy use, global travel and food sourcing and asks: are the solutions within our reach? This event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which runs from 23 October - 3 November 2013. The event is free but booking in advance is required. Booking information:01223 301842 or email us Bookings open on 23 September, 10 am. More details here.

Saturday 02 November: Warm Homes Mill Rd

10:30-17:30, Homes and Ross St Community Centre

A home-energy day for the Mill Road area, with: * visits to local houses with energy-saving improvements (morning) * talks and workshops by home energy experts * videos of local homes with the householder & an energy expert * stalls with reliable local suppliers and installers * expert advice about your particular situation * latest information on loans and grants, including Green Deal * information will be useful for tenants and homeowners too The main focus will be on the many pre-1920s houses in the area (and throughout Cambridge) which have solid walls and are therefore more difficult and expensive to insulate. There will be open homes in the area in the morning, as well as an afternoon filled with workshops and talks on a range of interesting topics. For more information or to book your place, please call 01223 301842 or email us More details here.

Monday 4 November: Start of Sustainable Food challenge

Join us at Cambridge Carbon Footprint for a new <a href="">Sustainable Food challenge</a>! With all the delicious squashes and apples around at the moment, how hard can it be to eat mainly local food?! To read about other people's experiences, see our Sustainable Food Blog and contact Elaina if you are interested in joining us!

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 (<a href="https://ccf-fitzbillies.eventbrite.co.uk/">click here</a>). 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.

Permaculture Design Course at the Apricot Centre

We are starting the next full Permaculture design course at the Apricot centre on the 26th/27th October, and then once a month till June 2014. We are offering an Introduction to Permaculture as the weekend of the 26th/27th October at £50. The course structure gives the participants time to read, watch films and meet up with smaller groups imbetween the sessions. We have found this creates really strong networks in the groups and the region. The Apricot centre is a fully established Permaculture site demonstrating the principles on many levels, we include livestock and commercial systems on the course as well as practical sessions. More details here.

Festival of Ideas

Cambridge University's annual festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences. This year's theme is 'frontiers', and there are hundreds of free events, some of which are bookable. Bookings open on 23 September. More info on the festival website. Events include "The joys and challenges of a head gardener", "Breaking frontiers: wisdom at work", "Hooked on plants" and various other Transition-related themes! More details here.

Events for your calendar

Lots of events to come to, as usual! Hope to see you at some of these!

Bev

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