Newsletter20120227

Hi Everyone

I highly recommend the Work that Reconnects event this evening and the exciting launch of Growzones in Cambridge. And don't forget the chance to look more closely at Recycling on Thursday - thought you knew all about it? So did I but found there is a lot of really interesting stuff to learn!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Monday 27 February: The Work that Reconnects through song, dance and poetry
  • Tuesday 28 February: Food Group meeting
  • Wednesday 29 February: Growzones on the radio!
  • Thursday 01 March: Growzones introductory meeting
  • Wednesday 07 March: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 08 March: Transition cafe: Off-grid renewable energy systems
  • Thursday 22 March: Transition cafe: Co-housing and the K1 project in Cambridge
  • Saturday 24 March: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

Other News and Events

  • Monday 27 February: 4-5pm lecture on Sustainable Urbanism
  • Tuesday 28 February: Talk by Robert MacFarlane
  • Wednesday 29 February: Sustainable Capitalism: if not now, when?
  • Thursday 01 March: Advanced Recycling Workshop
  • Wednesday 07 March: Making peace with the Earth
  • Saturday 10 March: Recycle Your Read: CCF Book Swap
  • 12 to 25 March: Cambridge Science Festival
  • Thur,Fri,Sat Mar 15th-17th 7.30am to 3.30pm: Free Electrical and Electronics Recycling
  • Sunday 17 March: Natural Connection Retreat in Hertfordshire

Transition News and Events

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 (www.joannamacy.net). 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?

 *Wednesday 29 February: Growzones on the radio!

If you want to find out more about Growzones, listen to an interview with Jane Brown, the co-ordinator, on Cambridge 105fm"s Greg's Vinyl Luncbox, which is on from 12 till 2pm. More info on Growzones here.

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

Wednesday 07 March: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house on Leys Road

We will be reviewing feedback from the forum on Wood Burning Stoves on 15th Feb, and discussing more blue sky initiatives. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Thursday 08 March: Transition cafe: Off-grid renewable energy systems

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

Have you ever wondered what it's like to live off-grid? Or perhaps you'd like to know how to fix up electricity on a boat or in a shed? Come and find out how to do it with Andy Rankin, member of the TC energy group and founder of local solar energy company Midsummer Energy. Andy has lots of experience of installing off-grid renewable power systems - from small systems powering scientific instruments in Antarctica, to medium-sized systems on narrowboats and yachts, to large solar arrays providing power to farmhouses that previously relied on diesel generators. The Transition cafe opens at 7pm, and the talk will start at 7.30pm, with lots of time for questions and discussion. Free.

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: www.cambridge-k1.co.uk.

Saturday 24 March: 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 March session we will be sowing the various crops including the ground cover layer of the forest garden, building another raised bed, and tending early crops in the community polytunnel. If you'd like to join in, see our web-page here, and book soon as spaces are limited.

Calendar of events

Saturday 28 April - Sunday 29: Permaculture Gardening course

Related News and Events

Monday 27 February: 4-5pm lecture on Sustainable Urbanism

4-5pm in the Department of Architecture

Lecture by Visiting Professor John Ellis on the evoluation of British Urbanism, theory and practice. (There are two more lectures in this series on the next two Mondays.)

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 info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org to save your place. More details here.

Wednesday 07 March: Making peace with the Earth

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

A talk by Vandana Shiva, whose work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the protection of the environment. Dr. Shiva offers solutions to some of the most critical problems posed by the effects of globalisation and climate change on the poorest and most populous nations. She is a philosopher, environmental activist, and eco feminist. Part of the 10th Annual Sustainable Development Lecture series. More details here.

Saturday 10 March: Recycle Your Read: CCF Book Swap

13:00-16:00, Bharat Bhavan on Mill Road, Cambridge (at the foot of the railway bridge, big brick building with a red door).

If you like books and the planet, you’ll love a good book swap! Just bring one or more previously loved books to the swap and leave it on the appropriately labelled table (eg. science fiction, biography, etc). Then feel free to browse, chat and find some new books to take home with you. You’ll have a chance to tell others why you enjoyed your books and get some recommendations too. There is no limit to the number of books you can swap but we recommend taking away a similar number of books as you brought. Admission: £2/person if you bring books to swap, £5/person without books, Kids free; this helps us cover the cost of the venue, and helps our charity to raise a few funds. Any books left at the end of the day will be donated to Books for Amnesty in Cambridge. More details here.

12 to 25 March: Cambridge Science Festival

09:00-09:00,

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.

Thur,Fri,Sat Mar 15th-17th 7.30am to 3.30pm: Free Electrical and Electronics Recycling

07:30-15:30, Sidgwick Site Car Park CB3 9DD

Do you have some broken electrical and electronic stuff you have been meaning to deal with? Something with a plug or a battery? Here is an opportunity to recycle it free of charge and safely. Computers, mobile phones, video players, games consoles, microwaves, dishwashers, electronic toys, power tools, kettles, TVs, electric heaters, radios, MP3 players and more are all accepted. This event is sponsored by Cambridge City Council, Recycle for Cambridge, Love Cambridge. European Recycling Platform and the University of Cambridge. It is open to all residents, companies and organisations in the Cambridge area.

Sunday 17 March: Natural Connection Retreat in Hertfordshire

Ceri has sent us this link to a day retreat on connecting with nature.

The weather has been really good for getting out in the garden or allotment recently, so check out the Growzones project!

Bev

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