Newsletter20120319

Hi Everyone,

Frosty last night in the City but gorgeous weather today - definitely time to get out and about!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Thursday 22 March: Transition cafe: Co-housing and the K1 project in Cambridge
  • Saturday 24 March: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Tuesday 27 March: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 05 April: Cafe evening - Eating local and buying local
  • Tuesday 10 April: Food Group meeting + community bakery

Other News and Events

  • 12 to 25 March: Cambridge Science Festival
  • Monday 19 March: Resource constraints, economic growth and the future of society
  • Monday 26 March: The story of Cambridge Organic Food Company
  • Tuesday 27th March: AAAS/Science lecture  "Thinking About Climate Change as a Commons". 
  • Saturday 14 April: Cam Clean Up 2012

Transition News and Events

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.

Tuesday 27 March: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)

This is the regular meeting of the Food Group - we will be talking about our exciting projects!

Thursday 05 April: Cafe evening - Eating local and buying local

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

Is it possible to ‘eat local’ for six weeks? And how much would you miss bananas? Helen Karapandzic and Ann Mitchell (who's a member of Transition Cambridge Food Group) were up for a challenge when they signed up for this project with Cambridge Carbon Footprint in January. During this café evening, they’ll talk about how they got on and what they learned about the local food system and its resilience. There will be plenty of time for questions. The café opens at 7.00, and the evening will begin at 7.30. More info about the project is on the CCF website and this article gives more detail.

Tuesday 10 April: Food Group meeting + community bakery

18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)

The meeting will start at 6:30; join us at 7.30 to discuss the exciting new idea of a Community Supported Bakery. Please come along if you are interested in locally sourced and co-operatively baked bread. All welcome!

Calendar of events

Related News and Events

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.

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.

Monday 26 March: The story of Cambridge Organic Food Company

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

Duncan Catchpole, founder of Cambridge Organic Food Company will share the story of the company and discuss some of the challenges they’ve faced in developing a thriving organic box scheme. As the Cambridge Organic Food company are at the heart of the local organic community and work with a wide range of local and organic suppliers, he is extremely knowledgeable about the issues involved in local organic food. This will be a fascinating evening for anyone interested in good food and the wider issue of how a community can feed itself sustainably and well. Organised by Green Enterprise Community. Suggested donation £5. More details here.

Tuesday 27 March: AAAS/Science lecture*: Thinking About Climate Change as a Commons

19:00 - 21:00, Royal Society, London

In her talk, Professor Ostrom will argue that it is important for us to move ahead rather than waiting for global solutions. She will discuss some of the evidence for actions being taken at multiple scales that will have positive impacts on global change. By ignoring local efforts, we risk ignoring some of the positive actions that could be taken by individuals, communities, cities, and states to combat climate change and its dangers. More information and registration here.

Saturday 14 April: Cam Clean Up 2012

19:30,

Time to get mucky cleaning out the local river! This annual event is organised this year by the Cleaner Cambridge Campaign. They say 'It's the perfect time to grab a bin bag, litter picker and some enthusiasm for an amble along the river and around the Commons, to carry out a spring clean for visitors to our beautiful city, but more importantly for our local community and your own personal satisfaction. These are normally fantastic community events and a good day out.' Email Paul for more details and to register your interest. See this link for photos of 2009's mammoth clean-up! More details here.

Hope to see you out there!

Cheers

Rob

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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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