Newsletter20120326

Hi everyone,

This week at the community garden on Sunday afternoon, Iain Webb will be offering advice on how to create a wildlife-friendly garden, followed by an Easter egg hunt and games - all ages welcome! In this week's bulletin there's also the opportunity to buy some Transition books at reduced prices, and some new Transition groups may be forming to look at housing, transport, a local currency and a social events group - let us know if you'd like to get involved in any of these! This Saturday the new community bakery group will be baking for Fulbourn Community Market, and this Wednesday there's an interesting talk on sustainable food systems with Harriet Lamb (Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation) and Andrew Hobday (Chief Sustainability Officer of Mars) speaking. And there are several new courses coming up at the Cambridge Sustainability Centre, including ones on beekeeping, permaculture and compost toilets!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 27 March: Food Group meeting
  • Sunday 01 April: Community Garden: Creating a nature area + Easter egg hunt
  • Thursday 05 April: Cafe evening - Eating local and buying local
  • Tuesday 10 April: Growing Spaces Dig Day
  • Tuesday 10 April: Food Group meeting + community bakery
  • Tuesday 10 April: Energy Group Meeting
  • Co-housing event at the Transition Cafe last week + a housing group?
  • Transition books at reduced prices
  • A new transition social events group?
  • Permaculture Gardnening course is now full

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 28 March: Visions for sustainable systems of food production and consumption
  • Thursday 29 March: Cam Valley Forum meeting
  • Saturday 31 March: Fulbourn Community Market
  • Wednesday 04 April: Community Composting training for local food growers in Bury St Edmunds
  • Thursday 12 April: The Sharing Economy – An Introduction to Collaborative Consumption
  • Saturday 14 April: Cam Clean Up 2012
  • Wednesday 18 April: Plant, Grow, Eat : an Introduction to Growing Your Own
  • Monday 23 April: Eco-Renovations in progress
  • Sunday 20 May: Beekeeping for Beginners
  • Fri 25th - Sun 27th May: Introduction to Permaculture
  • 15th-17th June: The Work that Reconnects: a weekend workshop
  • Saturday 14 July: Compost Toilet Workshop
  • Online forum - Green Food Project
  • Defunct Printer or Clapped Out Computer?
  • One day Eco Refurbishment & The Green Deal course

Transition News and Events

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!

Sunday 01 April: Community Garden: Creating a nature area + Easter egg hunt

13:00-16:30, Junction of Madras and Marmora Road

This Sunday we'll be working on the wildlife area, and Iain Webb from the Wildlife Trust will be there to help us. So come along and help us plant some wild flower seeds, put up a bird box and make a nice environment for helpful insects and other beasties! And if you'd like to know how to create a nature area in your own garden or how to make your garden more wildlife-friendly, come along and ask Iain all your questions... He'll be there from 2-3, and then from 3-4:30 there'll be an Easter egg hunt with food and games for all the family. Children are welcome and it's free!

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: Growing Spaces Dig Day

10:00-15:00, Brown's Field Community Centre

Growing Spaces is helping to revive Brown's Field Youth and Community Centre's front garden by planting a host of new herbs and edible flowers. We could use some helping hands to weed, prepare the bed and spread compost and mulch in the morning, and some hands to help plant and seed in the afternoon. If you have some time during the day on 10th April, please get in touch with Stephanie so she has an idea of numbers and can advise you what to bring! More details here.

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!

Tuesday 10 April: Energy Group Meeting

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

We will be planning the next forum on solar hot water, plus other events coming up and blue sky initiatives. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Co-housing event at the Transition Cafe last week + a new housing group?

Last week at the Transition Cafe in CB1 we had a discussion about community-led housing. Adam Broadway, project manager for Cambridge's first community-led housing project in years, provided a summary of the current housing market and made the case for other housing solutions. The k1 project is an opportunity for people to come together to design their own home and community. k1 is a 2 acre site at Orchard Park owned by Cambridge City who are investigating demand and the viability of this unique housing idea. Over the past 6 months Adam and colleagues have been testing whether a scheme is deliverable at k1. It is hoped the City Council will support the project and formally agree for it to be set up in the early summer. If this opportunity to be part of a group who will design their own truly sustainable community is of interest, do get in touch. More info here.  At the end of the meeting we also talked briefly about setting up a Transition housing group - if you'd like to know more, get in touch!

Transition books at reduced prices

Green books are offering 35% off orders over £25 so if a few people would like to do a joint book order, we can get the following books at these prices: The Transition Companion £13, The Transition Timeline £8.40, Communities, Councils and a Low Carbon Future £9.70, Local Monday £9.70 and Local Sustainable Homes £9.70. (Lots of other relevant books available too...) Let Anna know if you'd like to do a joint order (we already have some Transition Companions and Local Money books). You'd need to be able to collect the book(s) either from somewhere in town during the daytime or from near Mill Road at other times. These books are also available to borrow from our library. (Would anyone like to be the Transition librarian? Contact Anna for details!)

A new transition social events group?

If you'd like to get more involved in Transition Cambridge's activities, there are lots of ways of doing so! In particular, we would love to have an events team to organise social events for transitioners to get together regularly, e.g. in pubs, cafes, for walks, picnics etc. Get in touch to find out more!

Permaculture Gardnening course is now full

Our permaculture gardening course is now full, and we have a waiting list. For more information on permaculture courses in the region follow this link (there's also one listed below in the Related Events section). And if you'd like to hear about future events and courses, please contact us.

Related News and Events

Wednesday 28 March: Visions for sustainable systems of food production and consumption

18:00-19:00, Department of Engineering, Cambridge CB2 1PZ

How can the food sector move towards value chains based on more sustainable forms of production and trade? Which interventions are likely to be effective in addressing the depletion of natural and social capital within current systems of production? Who should drive these interventions?What specific actions can business, government, academics and civil society take together to transform patterns of consumption? This free public discussion, open to everyone, will be chaired by Dr Maarten van der Kamp, Research Manager, Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Speakers will include Andrew Hobday, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mars; and Harriet Lamb, Executive Director, Fairtrade Foundation. This is an open event so we advise arriving in good time to get a seat. It will not be possible to reserve places.

Thursday 29 March: Cam Valley Forum meeting

19:15, St Mark's Church Hall, Barton Road

The Cam Valley Forum's Annual General Meeting begins at 7.15 and after the formal meeting, not later than 8pm, Richard Glen of Richard Glen Associates will present the Bedford Waterspace Study which his firm prepared for the Bedford Borough Council and the Environment Agency 'to encourage the sustainable development of Bedford's river corridor.' There will then be an opportunity to discuss whether we need a similar study for Cambridge and, if so, what should it look like. More details here.

Saturday 31 March: Fulbourn Community Market

14:30-16:30, The Fulbourn Centre, 31 Home End, Fulbourn, CB21 5BS

This will be Fulbourn's 2nd community market day, and the new Transition community bakery group will be bringing along their first bread, so do come along to try it!

Wednesday 04 April: Community Composting training for local food growers in Bury St Edmunds

12:00-16:00, Quaker Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds

Are you interested in composting and growing your own? The Community Composting Network has received funding from Local Food for its 'Community Composting for Local Food' project. The aim is to help local communities grow their own food crops and to make and use their own high quality compost. The project will increase skills in composting for growing local food by delivering specially developed accredited training courses. There's further support in the form of networking workshops and equipment loans which will help trainees to put their learning into action on their own local food growing projects, and get their own Community Composting scheme up and running. If you' like to be involved in the project come to this free seminar to find out more - complimentary locally sourced lunch included! The seminar promises to be jam packed with information and inspirational ideas. To find out more or book a place, email Hollie. More info here.

Thursday 12 April: The Sharing Economy – An Introduction to Collaborative Consumption

19:30-21:30, St. Andrew's Hall, St. Andrew's Road

Could something as simple as sharing be a key remedy to hyper consumption and waste while building community at the same time? Traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, renting, gifting and swapping, redefined through technology and peer communities is transforming business, consumerism and the way we live! Join us for this exciting evening that includes guests from Zipcar, Life is a Gift, Lourish and more, to find out what exactly this powerful emerging economic force is and how you can engage with it in Cambridge. More details here.

Saturday 14 April: Cam Clean Up 2012

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.

Wednesday 18 April: Plant, Grow, Eat : an Introduction to Growing Your Own

19:30-21:30, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, CB1 3UZ

If you’ve never grown your own food but would like to start this year, this is the workshop for you! Join expert grower Keith Jordan in this workshop that will teach you what will grow best in your particular space – no matter what that space is – and tips on how to do it. You’ll come away from the workshop with a plan for your new garden, allotment or patio filled with containers and growbags, plus, ideas for what food crops will best suit both your kitchen and your plot. Growing your own has never been more hip, fun or important! Don’t delay, book today! Limited to 15 people! Email the Cambridge Carbon Footprint office or call 01223 301842 to reserve a place.

Monday 23 April: Eco-Renovations in progress

19:30-21:30, Private Home (Details available on Booking)

We’re offering a new Eco-Renovation Tour in north Cambridge off the Histon Road. This is an exciting opportunity to go round 1930′s house with Anne Cooper of award-winning AC Architects and Martin Roach, who has a great deal of experience in DIY energy efficiency. The session will last two hours. The owners will be on hand to answer questions and discuss what has been done already. Booking is essential for this, as the house cannot accommodate more than 20 people! More details here.

Sunday 20 May: Beekeeping for Beginners

10:00-16:00, Fen End Farm, Cottenham

If you are thinking about beekeeping this one-day 'taster' course will give you a good basic grounding in the main things that you need to understand, including the life cycle of the bee, safety, diseases and parasites and more. You will have the opportunity (weather permitting) to see inside a hive, and handle the bees. More details here.

Fri 25th - Sun 27th May: Introduction to Permaculture

18:30-18:30, Fen End Farm, Cottenham

Permaculture is a way of designing human habitats based on patterns found in nature, using them to our advantage without exploiting them. Find out why so many people are now using this guiding set of principles and ethics, not only in gardening, but in communities, livelihoods and other areas of life. Permaculture can be used at any scale; you do not have to have a piece of land, or even a window box to be able to apply it. More details here.

15th-17th June: The Work that Reconnects: a weekend workshop

18:30, Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Fen End Farm, Oxholme Drove, Cottenham, CB24 8UP

Are you concerned about the condition of our world? Would you like to strengthen your ability to respond? This weekend workshop introduces 'The Work That Reconnects', an approach developed by Joanna Macy (see www.joannamacy.net for info). Deepening our feeling of connection with life, we will open up spiritual and psychological resources needed to face and respond to global issues. Through experiential practices we will 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. The workshop will be facilitated by Anna McIvor, Bev Sedley and Liz Serocold and will be hosted by the Cambridge Sustainability Centre. Cost £50-100. Most of us will be camping and we will be cooking together. More info here and book here.

Saturday 14 July: Compost Toilet Workshop

10:00, Fen End Farm, Cottenham

Have you ever thought about how illogical it is to use clean drinking water to flush away human waste, only to spend vast sums removing it and cleaning the water afterwards? Be part of the solution and learn how easy it is to compost your 'humanure', and construct your own compost collector toilet to take home! More details here.

Online forum - Green Food Project

Defra’s Green Food Project is seeking to identify how food production can be increased while enhancing the environment. It will be looking at how to improve growth and competitiveness in the farming and food industry; increase food production in the UK and consider our role in global food security and protect and enhance the natural environment. Comments on the project are invited until 3rd April and will help inform the report, to be published in the summer. More info here.

Defunct Printer or Clapped Out Computer?

Old computers and printers can be recycled at Reboot in Waterbeach. Reboot is a local social enterprise (i.e. a charity) which refurbishes for sale donated computers and printers, or failing that it dismantles and recycles component parts. They boast that nothing goes to landfill! They also sell refurbished computers, see www.thecovergroup.org.uk/reboot. (This information was borrowed from the Camlets newsletter, thanks to Helen Gilbert for the information!)

One day Eco Refurbishment & The Green Deal course

Are you concerned about how your business can survive in the economic downturn? ...realising that there is potential work in the domestic refurbishment sector now that people cannot afford to move home? ...wanting to meet a growing demand for eco-refurbishment advice and services but currently lack the information and know-how? The Green Register is offering 1 day training courses around the country, including some at the SmartLIFE Centre here in Cambridge. They are designed for construction professionals, based around actual case studies, and will give you all the information you need to advise your clients on sustainable refurbishment of their homes. Also, seminars cover details of the Green Deal financing mechanism. More details here.

So there are quite a few new listings this week, and hopefully a few things of interest!

Have a good week!

Anna

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