Newsletter20100705

Hi everyone,

It’s a bit quieter now after the Environment Festival, but there are still some great events coming up - the energy group are putting on a question and answer session on Renewable Energy in the Home this evening (Tuesday) and then there’s a talk from Regina Jorgenson of the Vegan Society at the Transition café this Thursday. And don’t miss the wonderful Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Zoology Museum!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • TODAY 6th July: Renewable Energy at Home – Q&A session
  • TODAY 6th July: Transition Resource Centre is open!
  • Thursday 8th July: Transition Café with Regina Jorgenson from the Vegan Society
  • Saturday 24 July: Visit to Waterland Organics Farm in nearby Lode

Transition in Cherry Hinton

  • Sunday 18th July: Cherry Hinton Big Lunch
  • Saturday 24th July: Cherry Hinton Community Groups Fair

Transition news from further afield

  • Transition Network Conference - Reports
  • Totnes Energy Descent Action Plan
  • Transition and local government

Related news and events

  • 19 June – 24 July: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
  • Thursday 15 July: Talk – ‘The garden of Eden lost forever?’
  • Liftshare – a car-sharing web-site

Community Corner

  • Pond Clearing Weekend with Jacky

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 6th July: Renewable Energy at Home – Q&A session

With Peter Melhuish of the Energy Saving Trust, Andy Rankin of Midsummer Energy and Mark Norman of Solarworks.

8-9:45pm, Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1SU

Are you thinking about installing renewable energy at home? Would you like to know more about solar electricity, solar hot water and air source/ground source heat pumps? We have an expert on each topic to answer your questions, and a householder who can tell you about their experience. After a short introduction we will divide into groups, and each speaker will have a table where you can go and ask them your questions. You can move around as you wish. More information here.

  • Tuesday 6th July: Transition Resource Centre is open!

Come along and visit our new office! We have books to lend and lots of other useful information about low carbon living and how to make the transition to a more resilient way of life. Open 10:30-12:30am on Tuesdays, at 154 Cherry Hinton Road (in the United Reformed Church on the corner with Hartington Grove). You can also call us on 246747. (If you ring at other times, leave a message and we'll get back to you.)

  • Thursday 8th July: Transition Café Night with Regina Jorgenson from the Vegan Society

7:30pm, 22 Jesus Lane – vegan cakes available!

What part can a vegan diet play in our food future? Come along to a focused discussion with guest speaker Regina Jorgenson from the Vegan Society. Regina will be running in the Great North Run later in the year as part of Team Vegan.

  • Saturday 24 July: Visit to Waterland Organics Farm in nearby Lode

Want to be an organic farmer for a day? Join members of Transition Cambridge's food group at Waterland Organics, Paul and Doreen Robinson's Soil Association-certified organic farm in Lode - just a few miles outside Cambridge. Meet at 10am to lend a hand weeding some organic crops or in the greenhouse. Then take a tour of the farm and end the morning with a potluck picnic lunch together. Day ends by 2pm. Bring gloves, sunscreen, hat, water, and a potluck lunch item. For those cycling to the farm, meet in front of the Green Dragon on Water Street in Chesterton at 9 am. Places are limited, so please let Anne know if you are planning to attend.

Transition in Cherry Hinton

  • Sunday 18th July: Cherry Hinton Big Lunch

Giant Picnic Party, from 12.30pm onwards at Cherry Hinton Recreation Ground (off the High Street, CB1 9HZ). Bring your own food & drink, rug and sun/rain stuff – let’s hope for good weather!

Volunteers wanted to help on the day, also storytellers / musicians etc. Please contact Nazzarena if you can help. Have a look at the Big Lunch web-site here and the facebook page here.

  • Saturday 24th July: Cherry Hinton Community Groups Fair

A free event, featuring local groups, clubs and organisations, 12-4pm, Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road. There will be a Transition stall, with leaflets, posters, etc. Please contact Jerry if you can donate any plants or produce to our stall.

Transition news from further afield

  • Transition Network Conference - Reports

Around 300 people spent a very full weekend in June exploring many different aspects of Transiton at the 4th Network Conference in Devon. Please take a rummage through this wonderful collection of blog posts, audio recordings and photos of the full-on event that was the 2010 Transiton Network Conference. Sophy Banks, who had a big part in shaping the conference, reflects on how it went here; Rob Hopkins' final reflections are here and there are more comments and videos on his blog.

The Transition Network has a snazzy new website with news and a members forum with all sorts of great discussions going on here http://www.transitionnetwork.org/. If you’d like to receive the national newsletter you can subscribe here – take at a look at the newsletter from June! Thanks to Martin Grimshaw and Mike Grenville for this precis of Transition network related info!

  • Totnes Energy Descent Action Plan

Totnes & District Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) has been published. It's well worth a read and provides lots of inspiration and ideas! Read it on-line or buy a copy here. And read here about how it came to be. We hope to create our own Energy Descent Action Plan for Cambridge one day soon - if you'd like to be involved in making it happen, get in touch!

  • Transition and local government

Local government is being officially nudged to engage with local Transition Groups, on its own “improvement and development” website. A new article on the site explains the concept of transition and underlines the need for councils to build a relationship with their local groups. Dr Jacky Lawrence, Strategic Energy Manager at Warwickshire County Council, says: “No council can meet its targets without the help of the community. … It’s a slow process to build up trust – it’s got to come from the grass roots. Whether it’s energy security, climate change mitigation or promoting social cohesion, there are 101 reasons why a local authority should support this grassroots movement.” Read the full article here, and here's another article on how other local authorities have engaged with Transition initiatives. There's also a great section about this in the In Transition film (42 minutes in, you can watch it on-line here).

Related news and events

  • 19 June – 24 July: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

in the Museum of Zoology, New Museums Site, Downing Street, Cambridge

Stunning wildlife images from around the world will be on show at the University Museum of Zoology as it hosts the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. With categories including Animals in their Environment, The Underwater World, Urban and Garden Wildlife, and Wild Places, the exhibition showcases mesmerising images of life in the air, on the ground and under the oceans. More info and map and opening times. Free admission. The exhibition is brought to us by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

  • Thursday 15 July: Talk – ‘The garden of Eden lost forever?’

7:30pm, Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR. No charge – retiring collection.

With Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS, chaired by Sir Brian Heap FRS.

Professor Sir Ghillean Prance is a plant taxonomist and an expert on the Amazon forests. He is well known from his time as Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and Scientific Director of the Eden Project.

Organised by Emmanuel United Reformed Church as part of their “Earthed” programme.

  • Liftshare – a car-sharing web-site

Take a few minutes to create an account with Liftshare and find others going your way! Or if you already share with someone, you might be able to fill up those back seats too! Liftshare will let you know when someone else is going your way, and you can opt to receive an e-mail when someone’s added a similar trip to yours. This year there’ll be a Liftshare Week (4th-8th October), and if you’d like to win a prize, e-mail them a photo or short video (max three minutes) about what car-sharing means to you, and they may use it in their publicity to encourage others to give car-sharing a go. Full details of the competition here.

Community Corner

  • Pond Clearing Weekend with Jacky

Approx 9am-4pm Saturday 31 July and/or Sunday 1st August, Gilbert Road area, Chesterton. Our 6m long 1.5m deep pond needs a good clear out to improve the habitat for wildlife (no fish but plenty of other critters!). I'd like to get a group of around 6 to 8 fit people in to tackle it with me in return for a really nice lunch and maybe a cold beer or two at the end. Come along for one or day or both! Please email Jacky Sutton-Adam or text 07913 085797 with your name and which day(s) you can do. Further details will be sent to interested parties sometime around 20th July.

That's all for this week! Hope some of it's of interest, and maybe see you at some of these events!

Anna

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