Newsletter20120409

Hi Everyone,

Short and sweet today - just right for reading between the April showers ...

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 10 April: Growing Spaces Dig Day
  • Tuesday 10 April: Food Group meeting + community bakery
  • Tuesday 10 April: Energy Group Meeting

Other News and Events

  • Monday 02 April - Friday 25 May: Open Eco Homes in May - bookings are open
  • 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
  • Thursday 10 May: Social Enterprise workshop

Transition News and Events

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, prep 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.

Calendar of events

Wednesday 02 May: Eco Renovation Question Time

Related News and Events

Monday 02 April - Friday 25 May: Open Eco Homes in May - bookings are open

10:00-17:00,

Once again, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is organising Open Eco Homes - on 12-13 and 26-27 May. This year there are 25 homes in Cambridge and surrounding villages - a wide range of house-types, renovation measures and budgets. You can find out which homes are open when on the website - the most popular get booked up quite quickly, so get your skates on if you'd like to visit a particular house. More details 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

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.

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 CCF office or call 01223 301842 to reserve a place.

Thursday 10 May: Social Enterprise workshop

10:00-16:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT

Social enterprises from across the East of England are being given the chance to become more business-minded at a free event. The workshop will provide current and prospective social enterprise leaders and managers with the tools and inspiration to help them build effective business plans. Run by Professor Roger Mumby-Croft of Anglia Ruskin, Martin Clark of Cambridge-based Future Business, and businessman and marketing consultant James Cashmore, the day will cover the “why, what and how” of business planning through a combination of taught sessions and group work. Professor Mumby-Croft said: “Business planning is a vital tool for social enterprises and indeed all businesses. It assists navigation through a fast-changing world, and keeps the business on course towards its long-term goals. This workshop has been specifically designed for leaders and managers in social enterprises and values-driven businesses – from start-ups to established community businesses. This includes companies, co-operatives, and charitable trading arms – in fact all organisations that trade for a purpose beyond profit.” Lunch will be included. Places are limited so please book by contacting Rober Mumby-Croft.

Hope you've all had a chance to put your feet up at some point this weekend! Plenty to get on with on the way!

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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