Newsletter20101223

Hi everyone, 

With Christmas just round the corner, it's a quiet time for Transition, but there are lots of exciting events coming up in January. We hope the year ahead will be full of new projects and events, and as always, we welcome everyone to get involved, as we work towards making Cambridge a more sustainable and resilient city. Get in touch with your ideas!

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Transition News and Events

  • Transition Christmas holidays
  • Thursday 6 Januray: Wheat-threshing evening at the Cafe
  • Tuesday 11 January: 'Philosophy for Communities' workshop
  • Saturday 22 January: The Future of Food: Plankton Pie or Carrot Cake?
  • Sunday 23 January: Seedy Sunday
  • Future courses and training in Cambridge - fill in our survey!
  • New Year Calendar of events
  • Our annual report

Related Events

  • Thursday 13 January: Choosing an Eco-friendly Heating System

Transition News and Events

  • Transition Christmas holidays!

Transition Cambridge is having a Christmas break, so the resource centre and cafe will be closed until the beginning of January, and this week's bulletin will be the last one until the New Year. 

  • Thursday 6th Jan: Wheat Threshing evening at the Transition Cafe

7:30pm, 22 Jesus Lane

Make your own flour! Come help with threshing some wheat grown in the heart of the city in Murray Edwards College garden. We hope to also have a small mill, so you may be able to take home a bag of freshly milled flour. With live musical entertainment. All welcome! (Come warmly dressed as it can be a bit chilly in the cafe.) Download a poster here (in Microsoft Word format, 0.5MB) if you know of somewhere to put one up.

  • Tuesday 11 January: 'Philosophy for Communities' workshop with Jane Carpenter

19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

In this workshop, Jane will introduce us to “Philosophy for Communities”, by facilitating the process so we can see how it works. The process aims to encourage people to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively. It builds a 'community of enquiry', where participants create and enquire into their own questions. The process can be used to improve learning for the lasting benefit of individuals and communities, and so is an important methodology for environmental and community-based groups to engage in thought-provoking dialogue and to work towards greater community cohesion. It is also applicable to use with children, so may be of interest to teachers and others who work in schools. More details here.

  • Saturday 22 January: The Future of Food: Plankton Pie or Carrot Cake?

2:00-5:30pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane. Free, by donation.

Where will the quest for a sustainable food supply take us? At this mini-conference, we will discuss the possible route for future food production in a world with a changing climate, growing population and decreasing fossil fuel reserves. Can large scale specialised farms, which have seen great successes, be adapted to continue to provide for us into the future, or will growing social change drive farm downsizing, urbanisation of food production, diet change, and reorganisation of local food networks? What balance of strategies along this spectrum will be needed to provide sufficient food with a low impact in years to come? Bring all your questions for the speakers in the panel debate, then choose from two workshops to discuss your ideas in more detail: “What is the role of science in the future of farming?” or “Increasing food security in Cambridge”. More...

  • Sunday 23 January: Seedy Sunday

Trumpington Allotment Society's next Seedy Sunday event is on Sunday 23rd January 2011 at Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9HZ. 1:30-4pm. Bring and share part used seed packets and seed collected from your own harvest. Also there will be rare/delisted/unusual varieties available from the Heritage Seed Library, and commercial seed varieties. It's OK if you don't have any seed to donate - just bring yourself! There's always plenty to go round. This annual event is organised by the Trumpington Allotment Society with help from Transition Cambridge. Cost £1. Children free. More info here. 

  • Future courses and training in Cambridge

Transition Cambridge is hoping to team with the Cambridge Sustainability Centre to run transition-related courses and training. Right now what we need to know is what sort of our courses and training you’d be interested in, so that we can start planning for the New Year. Vicky has put together this questionnaire, and we’d be really grateful if you could fill it in (only 10 questions). Hopefully lots of interesting courses will follow! Thanks for your help with this!

  • Calendar of Events

As well as the events listed above, we have:

- Saturday 29 January: Making the Most of Food 

- Monday 07 February: Solar Electricity at Home 

- Thursday 10 February: Carbon Conversations group for Transition Cambridge 

  • Our annual report

We thought you might like to see our first ever annual report, which lists some of the things we've done this past year (we prepared it for a funding application, and it's not exactly a proper annual report just yet!). Take a look at our web-site to find out more...

Related Events

  • Thursday 13 January: Choosing an Eco-friendly Heating System

19:30, St Luke’s Church Centre, Victoria Rd, Camb CB4 2DE

Dave Jordan and Ridgeons Sustainability Team will give you an overview of renewable and eco-friendly heating systems, including: biomass and wood-pellet systems, combined heat and power, ground source and air source heat pumps, woodburning stoves, condensing boilers, smart controls, sizing a system, solar thermal compatibility and lots more… Booking essential – please contact Cambridge Carbon Footprint or call 01223 971353 to book your place. The event is free but donations are invited to cover room hire and refreshments. More details here. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

We wish you all a relaxing break over Christmas, and hope to see you in the New Year!

Anna

Our Mission

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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