Newsletter20090518

Hi all!

We're full of (renewable) energy here at Transition Cambridge HQ, with plans for courses, meetings and of course our regular Transition Group get-togethers.

Transition News and Events

  • Transition Cafe and Renewable Energy (Thu 28th May)
  • Transition Tavern (Sun 31st May)

Related Events

  • Film "Age of Stupid" - (22 and 24 May)
  • amazonails - Building with Straw Bales (21 May)
  • Walden in Transition - Open Meeting (31 May)
  • Wind Turbine Workshop (5-7 June)
  • Walnut Tree - free to a good home

Transition News and Events

Transition Cafe and Renewable Energy (Thu 28th May)

Come along and meet some other transitioners, and find out what we're doing! Also this week in the cafe, there'll be a continuation of the discussion on renewable energy. From 8pm, 22a Jesus Lane.

Transition Tavern (Sun 31st May)

Come along and find out what Transition Cambridge is up to. An introduction to Transition, talks from our sub-groups and transition films in a very sociable environment. From 6.30pm, talks at 7pm: The Six Bells, Covent Garden, Cambridge.

Related Events

Age of Stupid

Not one but three chances to see this seminal film about climate change:

  • Friday 22nd May at the Histon Methodist Church, High St, Histon. Organised by Histon & Impington Climate Change Action. Doors open at 6.30 for a prompt 7 pm start. The film will be followed by a link-up up via the internet with The Royal Society of Arts' Age of Stupid debate, featuring George Monbiot journalist and author of Heat, Richard Betts head of climate impacts at the MET Office and Age of Stupid director Franny Armstrong. Entry is FREE so arrive early to be sure of a seat.
  • Friday 22nd May at the Cambridge University Engineering Department (LT0) at 7.30pm. See http://www2.eng.cam.ac.uk/~hemh/climate/notstupid.htm. Please come

along, bring your friends and ask them to bring their friends. 2 students, 5 non-students.

  • Sunday 24th May at The Maltings, in Ely. 7pm start, speaker Rev Nigel Cooper, organiser of Climate Change in the Fens Conference 2007. Tickets 5/4 from www.adec.org.uk

Amazonails - Building with Straw Bales

 Bill and Athena Steen, authors of  'The Straw Bale House', will be giving a talk on their

sustainable building techniques at Ann Thorne Architects in London on May 21st. For more information on this event, as well as hands-on courses (held in Todmorden, Exmoor), visit their website, www.amazonails.org.uk.

Transition East (Saffron Walden) Open Meeting (Sun 31st May)

Following the success of its recent meetings with guest speakers on Peak Oil and Climate Change, Walden in Transition is holding an open meeting to explore the issues raised and to envision the future of the town in the post-petroleum age. Looking ahead to 2020, find out when Tesco's car park is turned over to allotments, Walden gets a new train station, the "Bloods" regularly get gates of 700, Ashdon wins the Waldenvision song contest, most trade is in Walden Pounds, climate change refugees are welcomed with parties on the Common, and why staying at home is the new going away.

The meeting is at the Day Centre, Jubilee Gardens, George Street at 2.00pm on Sunday 31st May. Free entry. Everyone welcome. For more information, see Walden in Transition's website at www.walden-in-transition.org.uk or telephone 01799 501456.

Wind Turbine Workshop

The idea is to build a wind turbine that can be used for Climate camp, EF! and other gatherings and local events, and for participants to acquire the knowledge to build their own turbines.

The cost for the weekend will be a sliding scale between 120-200, food and accommodation (camping) included.

V3 are an excellent group who are highly experienced in this field. More information about V3 power can be found at www.v3power.co.uk <http://www.v3power.co.uk>

The Wind Turbine: The design consists of 3 blades carved from wood, a permanent magnet alternator consisting of two rotors which are steel disks with permanent magnets on them, and a stator with hand wound copper coils, all cast in epoxy resin. Everything is held together on a welded steel mounting. For a weekend course, we will be building a 2.4m blade diameter, 500W power output turbine, to charge 12V batteries.

Course Structure: The course should start on Friday evening, with a lecture giving an introduction to the wind turbine, and general theory behind wind turbines. For the following two days, the group will be split into 3 groups, rotating around 3 bases, this way getting an experience in all aspects of the turbine build. Each session should last 2 hours, with a break inbetween for tea, coffee, lunch or dinner. The course will culminate on Sunday with the turbine being assembled on a stand.

Course Participants: We can teach up to 12 people, which results in 4 per group, or 4 per instructor which results in a good learning environment for the participants.

For further information contact markos : markos - at - riseup.net

Walnut Tree - free to a good home

We have a very nice specimen of walnut tree (English Walnut, Juglans regia) to give away to someone in the Cambridge City area. It is currently 7 feet high (with just a few small branches from a healthy main stem) but it will get much, much bigger and will be too large for our small garden. If you have space for it and would like to collect from our house in York Street, please email Transition cambridge (who will pass it on. I do not wish to put the telephone number on the web - Nicola).

So, if you're feeling energised and have ideas to contribute, don't be shy! Drop us an email or come along to a meeting.

Cheers

Anne

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