Newsletter20090714

Hi everyone,

Here's the latest news from Transition, with two exciting trips and your chance to book for the Transition Training in September. We're also looking for help with writing the bulletin, hosting the café, and fundraising, so get in touch if you'd like to help!

Transition news and events

  • Transition Training in Cambridge, 5-6 September
  • Site visits to zero carbon residential developments/earthships
  • Trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, 11 October
  • Help needed!
  • Upcoming Meetings

Related news and events

  • "The Life of Bees": Children's Music & Creative Maths week
  • Stunning new film: HOME (freely available on YouTube)

Transition Training in Cambridge, 5-6 September

Book your place to do the Transition Training in Cambridge! The cost is £100 (reductions available), and we'd like to know as soon as possible who's coming so that we can make sure it goes ahead. More details here: https://www.transitioncambridge.org/training

Site visits to zero carbon residential developments/earthships

Ivan is hoping to organise visits to the Earthship in Brighton, the Hockerton Housing Project and Long Sutton earth-sheltered social housing. Here's the info about the Earthship in Brighton - there's more info about all these sites

if you are keen to visit and he'll be in touch to sort out the details

The Earthship at Bighton - Earthships are autonomous dwellings that are designed to be independent of the utility grids: water, sewage, gas and electric. They use passive solar gain and lots of thermal mass to ensure comfortable interior temperatures are maintained in mid-winter and mid-summer. The Low Carbon trust run a tour lasting approximately 60-90 minutes on two Sundays each month; forthcoming dates are: 5th & 19th July, 9th & 16th August, and 6th & 20th September. Tours start at 10:30 so it would be prudent to depart from Cambridge by 07:30 (giving time for a tea/"comfort" break en route).

It might be possible to also have a brief look at Stanmer Organics, so extending the usefulness of our visit. The site is accessible by public transport if we want to maintain credibility and avoid driving.

http://www.lowcarbon.co.uk/tours

http://www.lowcarbon.co.uk/earthship-brighton/stanmer-organics

Trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, 11 October

Lulu (who runs the knitting circle) is organising a trip to London on 11th October to attend The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Lots more information about who and what will be showing and teaching at the show can be found here:

http://www.twistedthread.com/pages/exhibitions/viewExhibition.aspx?id=23&view=overview

Group discounts are available as follows: 10 tickets or more can be purchased at £8-00 each (less than both the standard Adult and Concessionary fees), a 20% discount paid to book them and there'll be no queuing to get into the Show on the day.

If you'd like to go, please let Lulu know asap so she can book the tickets, and please pass this on to anyone else who knits, sews, crochets, spins etc. She'll need to have your ticket money before the trip, and cash or cheques are both fine.

Help needed!

We're looking for help with the following things, no prior experience necessary! Contact us for more info...

  • bulletin writers: if you enjoy writing/editing/communicating, we'd appreciate your help putting together this bulletin. We take it in turns, so it would be about every 4 weeks, and it's a 2-3 hour commitment, usually on a Monday evening.
  • café volunteers: the Transition café runs fortnightly on Thursdays, and we need a few more people to help run it, so get in touch if you'd like to do a stint (approximately once every four weeks). It's a great way of meeting people and having some long chats about Transition-related topics.
  • fund-raising: we don't spend much but we do need a little money for hiring rooms, publicity etc, and we don't have much left. If you have time to spare to find suitable grants for us to apply for and/or to write the applications, we'd love to hear from you!

Upcoming Meetings

You are welcome to attend any of these:

  • Food Group Meeting: Wed, 15 July, 19:30 - 21:00, The Geldart
  • Energy Group Meeting: Tue, 21 July, 20:00 - 21:30, The Maypole, Portugal place (near the Park St. car park)
  • Café: Thursday 23 July, 20:00 - 22:30, 22a Jesus Lane. All welcome!

Related news and events:

  • "The Life of Bees": Children's Music & Creative Maths week

This event is being organised by Rhythm of Life, and will run from 10-12pm, on 27th-31st July at Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge. The workshops are suitable for 7-12 year olds, and will include song, movement, rhythm and art. The course is led by Heather Peck and Nicky Smith, experienced workshop facilitators with a passion for natural patterns. Cost: £50 for the week

To book a place or for more information contact Heather A minimum number of 7 students are required to run the course, and a £20 deposit is payable in advance.

Stunning new film: HOME (freely available on YouTube)

The popular coffee table book 'The Earth from Above' by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been made into a stunning film to highlight the damage man is doing to the planet. Called HOME, the film shows images of cities, rain forests, deserts and oceans from above to highlight the damage climate change, development and over exploitation is doing to the planet. The narrative quickly draws the viewer in to see the story of life on the planet, our role in shaping it and calls to us to work together to write the script of what happens next.

The 93 minute film can be watched online http://www.home-2009.com and can be downloaded from YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU. More info here: http://transitionnetworknews.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/film-review-home/#more-701

As things slow down over the summer, the bulletin will probably come out a bit less frequently, but do keep sending in news items etc, and we'll send out the bulletin when we've got enough to say. Have a lovely summer!

Anna

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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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