Newsletter 31 March 2009

Transition Cambridge Hi all,

There's a lot to tell you about this week, but the first good news to report is that Transition Towns is becoming recognised and appreciated more and more. This online article is one of many to speak well of us lately, describing us as follows:

"Transition Towns have been called Britain's fastest-growing social experiment, attempting to break our carbon chains and, through diversity and decentralisation, strengthen the nation's community and economic fabric."

Transition News and Events

  • 1st April: Food group meeting
  • 2nd April: Transition Cafe and Knitting and Darning evening
  • 5th April: Manufactured Landscapes - film showing
  • 15th April: Knitting circle
  • 25th April: Transition Tales and Visions
  • Free seed potatos

Related Events

  • Film Showing-The Age of Stupid, 1st and 2nd of April
  • Add your voice to an online survey for our local authorities
  • Castle Street area comfort zone, a request for volunteers

Transition News and Events

  • Next Food Group Meeting-1st of April

The Transition Cambridge Food Group is responsible for various successful projects such as the Grow Your Own course, Garden Share Scheme and the petition for more allotments. They are still very open to new members. No need to book, just show up! The meeting starts at 7:30pm at the Geldart.

  • Knitting and Darning evening at the Transition Cafe-2nd of April

The cafe is open as usual, so come along and meet some other transitioners! Also this week in the cafe, we invite everyone to join us in some knitting and darning - bring along your knitting, or come and learn how (bring knitting needles if you have them), or bring your things for darning and whatever old wool you have to share. From 8pm, 22a Jesus Lane.

  • Film showing - Manufactured Landscapes - Sunday 5th April

Mary and Mark's Random Roaming Cinema presents: Jennifer Baichwal's award-winning film 'Manufactured Landscapes', another film on the Transition Town official list of ones to see.

When? Sunday 5th April, 7pm

Where? Mary's livingroom, Sturton St, Cambridge

Snacks provided (possibly even cake). Bring your own drink.

Reserve your sofa, cushion or floorspace by email (we can comfortably accommodate about 15).

  • Transition Tales and Visions (Highly recommended!)

25 April, 2:30-5pm, Aldren Wright Room, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane. An afternoon of storytelling with local storytellers on a Transition theme, with an opportunity to explore your own vision of a low-carbon future through creative art. All ages welcome! (Wear clothes that you can get messy in!)

  • Seed potatoes-free to a good home

Transition Towns member Ceri Galloway is offering these to anyone who is willing to pick them up from Trumpington: 6 lbs Cara - main crop 2.5 lbs Lady Christle - First Early 2.9 lbs Maris Bard - Early 2.5 lbs Red Duke of York - First Early You can take all or just specify what you want. The potatoes can be left for you on the door step.

Please contact Ceri

Related Events

  • Film Showing-The Age of Stupid

The Age of Stupid is showing at The Cambridge Picturehouse on Weds 1st and Thurs 2nd April at 1pm, 3pm and 7-15pm on each day. Without giving too much away, I'll just say that this film carries a very important message about the future of our planet, that everyone needs to know!

  • Add your voice to this online survey. Let our local authorities know how you think they should cut carbon emissions!

Laurie Smith is a member of Transition Cambridge and is doing a research MPhil at the Centre for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University. His thesis will make recommendations to the local authorities on how to cut carbon emissions from existing homes in Cambridge and the surrounding area. He believes that the local authorities need to do more and that it is essential that their actions be informed by the views and concerns of home owners and occupiers. He would be enormously grateful if you could spare 10 minutes to contribute your views and concerns. All information will be treated confidentially and will be used anonymously.

To complete the survey, please follow the link below:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=6m0XelhN08wzzEMhcLF59g_3d_3d

  • Castle Street area comfort zone-a request for volunteers

Do you live in any of the streets between Castle St, Victoria Rd and Chesterton Rd? They are currently being targeted as part of the City Council's Comfort Zone project to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes there. Cambridge Carbon Footprint is looking for a group of residents to help us organise some activities in support of this. Think you might be able to help? Interested? Want to know more? Contact Ro in the office (The streets are: Albert Street, Alpha Road, Arthur Street ,Carlyle Road, Clare Street, East Hertford Street, Fisher Street, Grasmere Gardens, Hale Street, Hertford Street, Hilda Street, Holland Street, Magrath Avenue, St Lukes Street, Searle Street.)

That's all for this week - hope to see you at some of these events! Please keep sending in items for the bulletin, and let us know if you'd like to get involved!

Best Wishes

Jono

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Transition Cambridge aims to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

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