Hi Everyone,

Lots for those going out, as usual - but a few gems for those staying in to listen to the radio by the fireside ...


Transition News and Events

  • Thursday 23 February: Cafe evening - All about seeds + seed sharing
  • Saturday 25 February: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Saturday 25 February: Hedge laying and building a living willow screen.
  • Monday 27 February: The Work that Reconnects through song, dance and poetry
  • Tuesday 28 February: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 01 March: Growzones introductory meeting
  • Thursday 22 March: Transition cafe: Co-housing and the K1 project in Cambridge
  • The Economics of Happiness
  • Wood Stoves Advice Forum
  • Rob Hopkins on Radio 4

Other News and Events

  •  Over the ether - radio favorites
  • Wednesday 22 February: Behind-the-Scenes on Building an Eco-Home
  • Friday 24 February: Mad Hatter's Tree Party 2
  • Saturday 25 February: An Ecology of Mind
  • Tuesday 28 February: Talk by Robert MacFarlane
  • Wednesday 29 February: Sustainable Capitalism: if not now, when?
  • Thursday 01 March: Advanced Recycling Workshop
  • 12 to 25 March: Cambridge Science Festival
  • Monday 19 March: Resource constraints, economic growth and the future of society
  • Wanted in 2012: Toad spotters and bug hunters

Transition News and Events

Thursday 23 February: Cafe evening - All about seeds + seed sharing

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, Mill Road

Join us for a cafe evening all about seeds - and bring any seeds you'd like to share. Local seed-saver Ceri Galloway says: "Saving seed was once a mystery to me but over the last 7 years I've been collecting seed from my allotment and garden to replant the following year. I'll bring some of the seeds I've collected, and talk about which plants have easy-to-save seeds. I'll also talk about how to chit seeds - a way to check if they're still viable. If there's time, we can talk about how to set up a seed circle (a way to develop your skills and confidence with seeds in a supportive group setting). There will be an opportunity to share seeds - bring any you'd like to share. I'll bring some seeds from the Heritage Seed Library." The cafe opens at 7.00, the talk starts at 7.30.

Saturday 25 February: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments

Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are ideal for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's more of a mutual sharing than a lesson! In the February session we will be planting and pruning fruit, and building a raised bed for vegetables. If you'd like to join in, see our web-page here, and book soon as spaces are limited.

Saturday 25 February: Hedge laying and building a living willow screen.

11:30-17:00, Trumpington Allotments.

We have made a good start to planting this willow screen which will provide willow for coppicing and a wind break for the bees, making them fly upwards rather than bothering non bee-keeping allotment holders. However due to the weather it was not possible to collect more willow on the day. This means we have about half the job left to do - the rest of the willow and tidying up the hedge. It would be great to have enough people to get this finished. It will be something else to put into future permaculture events on site. Bring lunch to share - If it as cold as last time this will be @ 124 Foster Road about 13:00. You will be welcome to come for just morning or just afternoon session. Those on Facebook can see what has been done so far. More details here.

Monday 27 February: The Work that Reconnects through song, dance and poetry

19:30-21:30, United Reformed Church, Cherry Hinton Road (on the corner with Hartington Grove)

Are you concerned about the condition of our world? Would you like to strengthen your ability to respond? "The Work That Reconnects" is a form of group work developed by Joanna Macy ( It uses experiential exercises to explore how to use the energy of our emotional responses, reconnect with our passion to act for life and transform concern for the world into creative engagement. Join us for an evening of The Work that Reconnects using sacred dance and songs from the Findhorn Community interspersed with experiential exercises and poetry to explore the spiral of the Work that Reconnects. Facilitated by Anna McIvor. Suggested donation £3.

Tuesday 28 February: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW

Our meeting this week has reverted back to its usual Tuesday slot. We'll be talking about our current projects and plans and dreams for the future - community bakery, anyone?

Thursday 01 March: Growzones introductory meeting

19:00-21:00, Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane

GrowZones is a fun and practical way to help households grow food in their garden or allotment. It works by bringing around 6 households together to do some work on each other's gardens. It is open to all regardless of food growing experience or plot size. It is also a chance to learn about Permaculture which is a garden design system based on relationships seen in nature. This could be for you if you need help starting to grow food, are interested in permaculture and are free/can reciprocate in April and May 2012. Key dates: Thursday 1 March (7pm – 9pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane) for an introductory meeting and two 10 minute films about Growzones and Permaculture; 15 March for a planning meeting for those who want to take part to agree the dates for working on each garden or allotment - venue to be confirmed. The teams will be working on each others gardens on during April and May 2012. For more information contact Jane Brown on 0771 532 0886

Thursday 22 March: Transition cafe: Co-housing and the K1 project in Cambridge

19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge

Ever thought about designing and building your own home? On your own it can seem a bit daunting. But working co-operatively with other like-minded people under the guidance of a team of professionals it seems doable. K1 is a new self-commissioning opportunity at Orchard Park, Cambridge. Around 40 householders will come together to shape their own homes and community. They'll be supported and guided through the next 18 months design and build process. K1 provides the chance for residents to create their own high standards in sustainable living and create unique indoor and outdoor community spaces. Adam Broadway will be at the Transition Cafe on Thursday 22nd March to explain and answer questions. For more information about K1, see their web-site here:

The Economics of Happiness

Our second screening of The Economics of Happiness at the Arts Picturehouse on Sunday afternoon sold out - and some of the enthusiastic audience joined us for a discussion in the bar afterwards, where we talked in small groups in order to hear one another over the background noise! We're thinking of showing the film again in the autumn. In the meantime, if you're wanting to buy the dvd and/or organise a screening in your community, go to their website:

Wood Stoves Advice Forum

The Energy Group organised a question and answer forum for people thinking of buying a wood stove. It was one of our most successful forums yet - 65 people came and the feedback was excellent. More here.

Rob Hopkins on Radio 4

If you missed the talk on 'engaged optimism' by the co-founder of the Transition movement, you can listen again here. And if you'd like to read Rob's notes for the programme, you can do so here. Rob Hopkins believes that "engaged optimism" is the best way to face the global challenges of the future, be it climate change, oil supplies running out or the economic downturn. He believes initiatives enabling people to produce their own goods and services locally - from solar powered bottled beer to micro currencies like the Brixton pound - are the best way to build community resilience. Four Thought is a series of talks in which speakers give a personal viewpoint recorded in front of an audience at the RSA in London.

Calendar of events




Related News and Events

Over the ether - on the radio this week ...

The Food Programme this week looks at food clubs, food co-ops and buying groups.  If you missed it, you can listen again here. Also a piece on You and Yours about the Bristol Pound and other local currencies - listen again here

Wednesday 22 February: Behind-the-Scenes on Building an Eco-Home

19:30-21:30, Home on Madingley Road (address provided upon booking)

An exciting chance to go behind the scenes on a newly constructed Eco House. Join the owner in his new home for the complete story of the building of a house in the back garden of his former home (dating from 1930), complete with comparison energy bills, graphs showing savings, thermal imaging photos. A tour and refreshements will also be included. The house can’t accommodate more than 25 people, so please contact to reserve your spot! More details here.

Friday 24 February: Mad Hatter's Tree Party 2

19:00, The Missing Sock

Following on from the massive success of the Mad Hatter's Tree Party 1, we are presenting a whole new line up and gig at the Sock. We want to continue raising money for the establishment of the forest garden at the Sock (planting will begin mid March, watch this space), and raise awareness for sustainable garden farming in our local community. We have...the wonderful, sublime and always ridiculous, Jonny Marvel Shaky Navalbones Rebel Icons Alex Iamb; East India Company (tbc) Jessica Dolby; and introducing.... Kate Parsonage. Food, teas and coffees will be served by the fire! The Missing Sock bar will be open. In the Wisdom room, there'll be forest garden planning, films and literature. Suggested donation £3. A minibus will pick people up from the Six Bells pub, Covent Garden between 7 and 8. £5 return. Bring yourselves and any contributions you would like to share. For more info call Rosie on 07979757843. For more information and a map, see our facebook page.

Saturday 25 February: An Ecology of Mind

16:00-18:00, Winstanley Lecture Hall Trinity College

An Ecology of Mind is ‘a spell-binding, lyrical, and very important film about Gregory Bateson and his revolutionary ideas that helped launch the modern ecology movement’ said Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler. Bateson’s theories of “the double bind” and “the pattern which connects” continue to impact the fields of anthropology, psychiatry, information science, cybernetics, urban planning, biology, and ecology, challenging people to think in new ways. Produced, directed and introduced in person by his daughter, Nora Bateson, the film reveals his practical approaches to the enormous challenges confronting the human race. More details here.

Tuesday 28 February: Talk by Robert MacFarlane

19:30, Swifts Meeting Room, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn, CB21 5HD (in the same building as the library)

Put on in conjunction with Fulbourn Forum for community action, this is a presentation by the author of The Wild Places (2007) and Mountains of the Mind (2003), both award winners. In The Wild Places, Robert embarks on a series of beautifully described journeys in search of the wildness that remains in these islands, commencing and finishing with a surprising connection to an area of landscape right on Fulbourn's parish boundary. "A beautiful and inspiring book ... when Macfarlane moves in to the realities of the landscape, he makes them sing ... a deeply stirring book" - The Independent. Dr Macfarlane lives in Cambridge and is an English fellow of Emmanuel College. He knows our local environment well. If you would like to read The Wild Places in advance, the Fulbourn library has three copies to lend. Free entry. This talk is part of the Fulbourn Village Library Author Talk Series.

Wednesday 29 February: Sustainable Capitalism: if not now, when?

18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street

This talk will be given by Jonathon Porritt, well-known as a writer, commentator and campaigner in the field of sustainable development. In 1996 he helped set up Forum for the Future, and he was Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission between 2000 and 2009. He is author of “Capitalism as if the World Matters” and "Living Within Our Means". Part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture series. More details here.

Thursday 01 March: Advanced Recycling Workshop

19:30-21:00, St. Luke's Church, Victoria Road

So you recycle paper, aluminium and glass – now what? Mark Buckton, Recycling Champions Coordinator with the City Council, will give advice and insights for experienced recyclers wanting to know more about how to recycle anything, where it goes and what it becomes once you leave it in the bin. Bring your questions and take a meander through the world of rubbish with Mark – you’d be surprised at what you don't know about recyling! The workshop is limited to 25 people so booking is essential – email to save your place. More details here.

12 to 25 March: Cambridge Science Festival


Cambridge Science Festival 2012 celebrates the Olympic and Paralympic Games with the theme ‘Breaking boundaries’. There are over 180 mostly free events to showcase the boundaries that are being broken in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Volcanoes, Antarctica, maths, nature, health, comedy, events for children and something for everyone. More details here.

Monday 19 March: Resource constraints, economic growth and the future of society

19:30-20:30, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT

Join Aled Jones to explore: how do limits in the availability of certain resources impact on governments and business and what does this potentially mean for society, our pensions and our savings? This is a Science Festival event. More details here.

Wanted in 2012: Toad spotters and bug hunters

Here at The Wildlife Trust, February is fast becoming our favourite month; we have dusted off our New Year blues, love is in the air and we are excited to announce the launch of our Garden Watch survey for 2012. We need local residents to start or renew their nature quests in their gardens, allotments or on their balconies to report to us the whereabouts of certain species throughout the year. To kick start this year’s survey, we have chosen the common toad as the species to seek in February and March. As February warms up, the courageous common toad will wake up from its winter slumber in its cool dark home and begin the perilous and daring journey to the nearest pond to find a mate. Once they arrive, often en masse, the males will warm up their voices to gently coo at the females to find a mate. To find out more information on this fascinating creature and to submit a sighting, please visit the Garden Watch webpage or call the Wildlife Trust on 01954 713500. In 2011, we received thousands of new wildlife records which helped the Trust immensely in its work to map the distribution of species and their movements across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Later in the year we will be asking for records of butterflies, birds, mammals and spiders so keep an eye on the website for the latest news. To find out more about the Trust please visit

Hope you enjoy the shift of seasons - whether you're inside or out!




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