Transition Cambridge Hi everyone!

This week's big event is on Thursday evening, when the Zero Carbon Caravan passes through Cambridge on its way to Copenhagen - come along to find out more and hear guest speakers Tony Juniper and Ro Randall. There's also a food group jamming session this Sunday if you'd like to learn jam and chutney making, and another "Work that Reconnects" workshop offered by members of the well-being group this Saturday. And some good news - Transition Cambridge has received a grant from Lush to organise some high-profile events around Cambridge on different Transition topics, so if you've got something in mind that you'd like to do, get in touch! (more info here)

CONTENTS Transition News and Events

  • Zero Carbon Caravan in Cambridge this Thursday evening
  • "Work that Reconnects" workshop this Saturday 12th Sept
  • Food group jamming session - this Sunday 13th Sept
  • Transition stall 26 Sept
  • South East Transition Camp 25-27 Sept
  • Transition Calender of Events for September

Related News and Events

  • Grow Your Own Session run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint 14 Sept
  • A few spaces left in the Autumn Carbon Conversations Courses
  • Sign up to the 10:10 campaign
  • "The Stitch Up?" workshops
  • Launch of "Veg swap" scheme

Transition News and Events

  • Zero Carbon Caravan in Cambridge this Thursday evening

7:30pm, Thursday 10 September, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane At this week's big event, find out what Copenhagen is all about from Chris Keene of the Zero Carbon Caravan, and hear guest speakers Tony Juniper (ex-director of Friends of the Earth) and Ro Randall (founder of Cambridge Carbon Footprint) talk about the Green New Deal and communicating climate change. The Zero Carbon Caravan set off by bike in mid-August from Wales, and will join others cycling from Scotland, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands on their way to the critical UN climate talks in Copenhagen, collecting information along the way about how the world can become zero carbon. Come along and bring your friends! If you are able to put up a poster about this, you can download one here - thanks!

  • "Work that Reconnects" workshop this Saturday 12th Sept

Offered by members of the Well-Being Group, open to all. A one day workshop using The Work that Reconnects, as formulated by Joanna Macy If you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the problems our planet is facing, this workshop creates a space to express your feelings, and to find the insight and energy to respond appropriately to the issues. The workshop is experiential, with lots of opportunities to talk things through and to connect to our feelings and to each other. Hosted by the Cambridge Buddhist Centre (38 Newmarket Road). 10.30am to 5.30pm. Cost £15-£20. For more information and to book, see the CBC web-site.

  • Food group jamming session - this Sunday 13th Sept

A handful of food group regulars got together recently to try our hand at making jam and chutney with fruit from our gardens and from the recent Plum Event at Bluntisham. There's still lots of fruit about, so if you'd like to join in we're planning another 'jamming' session at 1 Cutter Ferry Lane from 11am. NB:Chutney takes longer so needs a prompt start! We'll bring and share lunch too. If you'd like to join us, please contact Pippa for directions, a note of what to bring, and so we have an idea of numbers. Please include a mobile number if you have one.

  • Transition stall 26 Sept

We've been invited to have a stall at St Faith's school fair - their 125th celebration - on Saturday 26th September. If you're free that day and would like to help out, please let us know e-mail Anna ).

  • South East Transition Camp

25-27th September, WoWo Wapsbourne Farm near Haywards Heath, offered by Transition Forest Row The camp will include a dedicated yurt sauna, a large meeting marquee, and food preparation on site (they're looking for help with this!). The organizers are putting together an outline programme, with more decided at the time; get in touch with them if you'd like to offer something (or visit ning site below). The cost is £45 before 21 Sept, £50 after, and includes food (please book ASAP so the organizers can order the right amount of food). There are also day rates and for kids, plus a tempting price for those that want to come and camp early or leave later. We need some volunteers for Thur/Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon - camping & food for free - get in touch if you'd like to be involved. For full details, the Booking Form and a PDF flyer to put up anywhere appropriate please see this page:

Not sure why camping is so relevant to Transition? In this article by Paul Mobbs - 'The Great Outdoors: Energy depletion.... and camping!' - he says that by taking ourselves out of the everyday luxuries of modern society we create the 'headspace' that allows us to learn the art of living simply.

  • Transition Calender of Events (full details above or here)
    Weds 9 Sept - Food Group meeting (7:30, Geldart Pub, Ainsworth Street)
    Thurs 10 Sept - Zero Carbon Caravan (7:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane)
    Sat 12 Sept - Work that Reconnects workshop (10:30-5:30, Cambridge Buddhist Centre)
    Sun 13 Sept - Food Group Jamming Session (11am, 1 Cutter Ferry Lane)
    Thurs 17 Sept - Transition Café (7:45, 18a Jesus Lane) - free apple crumble, and environmental book swap
    Sat 19 Sept - Food group stall at Cambridge Food, Garden and Produce Sale, Parkers Piece, 10-5pm
    Thurs 24 Sept - Talk: "Finding your heart's purpose amid turbulent times" by Samina Khan of the Well-Being group (7:30pm, Friends Meeting House)

Related News and Events

  • Grow Your Own Session run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Monday 14th September 7:30-9:30pm A chance to meet fellow gardeners, share your gardening successes and failures, and pick up some seasonal tips and inspiration with local expert Keith Jordan. Meets at Ross Street Community Centre. Please email to help us plan for numbers.

  • A few spaces left in the Autumn Carbon Conversations Courses with Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Tackling our personal carbon emissions is central to creating a low-carbon future. It isn't easy however. It can be emotionally difficult to face the changes, practically difficult to put them in place, or you may just not be sure what to do. CCF's Carbon Conversations groups have been recognised nationally as one of the most promising climate change solutions, providing the support, information and creative space for people to really engage with change. Enrol today and see for yourself! Groups run fortnightly on Monday or Tuesday evenings in Cambridge, Milton, and Histon. There are also groups running with a Christian or Buddhist perspective. You'll receive a copy of our 128 page member's handbook, be able to borrow books and meters and find help and support in making your own journey. Cost is £15 for the course. To enrol, please email.

  • Sign up to the 10:10 campaign

Have you pledged your 10% for 2010 yet? If not, go take a look at This is a campaign to get as many people as possible to pledge to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% by the end of 2010. It's not just a petition, which the government can ignore like all the others, it is a real pledge, so they know we mean business! If you'd like to join in a discussion about this, have a look at the Transition Cambridge Forum. We'd love to hear how you plan to cut your 10%...

  • 'The Stitch Up?' workshops

Organised by Nikki Goldup and Andrew Martin of the Cambridge Design Collective at The Shop on Jesus Lane, all workshops on Mondays, 6:30-8:45, cost £8, please book in advance. They say "In recent research (Well Dressed? 2006), consumer impacts (such as omitting tumble drying and embracing a reuse, repair and recycle policy) have been shown to have a large positive environmental impact. 'The Stitch Up' has used this idea as a stimulus for their Autumn series workshops "The re-vamp, re-make, re-pair and re-design season..."
28 Sept: Revamp: T-shirts
Oct 5: Revamp: Denim
Oct 12: Basics: buttons, button holes and hemming
Oct 19: Basics: repairs and mending
Oct 26 & Nov 9: Re-work/Re-design
Nov 16 & Nov 23: Re-vamp: bags
Also there'll be a clothing exchange on 25 October. For more details of all these events e-mail TheStitchUp or see the Cambridge Design Collective web-site The Stitch Up brochure is here (page 1) and here (page 2).

  • Launch of "Veg Swap"

Susan Mortimer would like to announce the launch of Vegswap - a website that enables gardeners to swap their surplus home grown or homemade produce with other local users. The website is free and simple to use, and it allows you to search for specific produce you may want in a specific location making the whole process quick and easy. Alternatively you can post a list of things you have a glut of and wait for someone to make you an offer. Have a look! If you have any questions or comments, contact Susan.

That's all for this week - let us know your thoughts and ideas, and we hope to see you at some of these events!


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