Newsletter20120423

Hi Everyone

Several interesting food-related events this week - and the Transition Greeniversity initiative sounds really exciting! This is also exactly the right time of year to contact Garden Share - they are looking for gardens and growers! And don't forget to book for Open Eco Homes in May - the most popular homes tend to get booked up quite early!

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Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 24 April: Food Group meeting
  • Tuesday 01 May: CamBake meeting
  • Wednesday 02 May: Eco Renovation Question Time
  • 15th-17th June: The Work that Reconnects: a weekend workshop
  • Greeniversity is coming to Cambridge
  • The Garden Share project is looking for gardens and growers!

Other News and Events

  • Monday 02 April - Friday 25 May: Open Eco Homes in May - bookings are open
  • Monday 23 April: Eco-Renovations in progress
  • Monday 23 April: La Belle Verte Free Reels film screening
  • Thursday 26 April: Fulbourn Forum: Open Meeting/AGM and Film PlanEat
  • Friday 27 April: The Manchester Rambler comes to Grantchester!
  • Monday 30 April: Does gender matter to sustainable development?
  • Thursday 03 May: Building Energy Performance for Refurbishment: Baselines, monitoring and benchmarks
  • Friday 4th May and/or Saturday 5th May: Foodcycle - Food Pick Up and Cooking!
  • Monday 07 May: Bike Ride to Reach Fair

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 24 April: 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!

Tuesday 01 May: CamBake meeting

20:00-21:30, Hot Numbers Cafe, Unit 6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge

Our next meeting is a chance for you to help shape the vision for CamBake, our community supported bakery project. Bring your ideas, inspiration and diaries, we have more exciting bread baking projects in the pipeline!

Wednesday 02 May: Eco Renovation Question Time

19:30-21:30, St Paul’s Centre, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP

Open Eco Homes kicks off this year with a question time event organised jointly with the Transition Cambridge Energy Group. The panel to answer your questions include builders and architects as well as householders whose homes you can visit later int the month. They have experience with new build homes and retrofit, with solar panels, underfloor heating, heat pumps, rainwater harvesting, insulation both internal and external, double and triple glazed windows, draught proofing ... this is your chance to ask what its like, both during the work and afterwards, do they really make a difference. Also Peter Thom will be able to answer your queries about the Green Deal, which is coming real soon now. The Green Deal means you will be able to install energy saving features in your home with no upfront cost. The chairman for the evening will be Energy Editor of The Guardian, Terry MacAlister. This event is free entry, donations will be welcome. 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? 'The Work That Reconnects' is an ecopsychological 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. This event is offered by the Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge.

Greeniversity is coming to Cambridge

Over the next few months we'll be helping to set up Greeniversity in Cambridge - Peterborough already has a Greeniversity, and we're aiming to set up something similar. This Thursday (26 April) we'll be having our first meeting with Greeniversity to think about how to get started. If you'd like to be involved in setting this up, e-mail us for details of venue (we'll be meeting at 17:30 near the station). If you'd just like to know more about Greeniversity, then come to the Transition Cafe on Thursday 17 May (7:30pm, CB1 cafe). In a nutshell, Greeniversity is about people getting together to learn green skills from other local people who have skills they are willing to share. It offers a range of free sessions taught by ordinary people. These range from how to grow your own veg, to how to knit or customise charity shop clothes, to riding (and servicing) your bike, and even how to insulate your loft. You could take a one off lesson or a five week course – Greeniversity is very flexible. It’s all free and the idea is to have fun and meet new people while you learn how to be a little greener.

The Garden Share project is looking for gardens and growers!

The Garden Share project is looking for more volunteer gardeners or garden owners - we would especially welcome registrations from garden owners near the centre of the city, and volunteer gardeners nearer the outskirts (or who are willing to cycle a little way to the garden). So if you've got a garden that you'd like to offer, or you're looking for somewhere to grow things, then register on the Garden Share web-page and we'll try to link you up with a grower/garden owner near you!

Calendar of events

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.

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.

Monday 23 April: La Belle Verte Free Reels film screening

20:30, Reworks 9-11 Harvest way, Cambridge

As part of an intergalactic coalition, a well-meaning space alien volunteers to bring a message of self-actualization and harmony with nature to the one planet rejected by all her peers as incorrigible - Earth. Everyone is welcome and the film showing is free! More details here.

Thursday 26 April: Fulbourn Forum: Open Meeting/AGM and Film PlanEat

19:45, The Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn CB21 5BS

7.45pm AGM, discussion of Fulbourn Forum for Community Action's work, with refreshments, followed at approx. 8.30pm by the film PlanEat: PlanEat is a thought provoking film detailing the search by a group of leading international scientists, doctors and professors for a diet which could be environmentally sound, sustainable, and promote good health for all. Having to battle against their own beliefs, and those of the institutions they worked for, they have come up with a solution that could change people's lives, dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, at the same time as providing more food for the planet. The film deals with a serious subject in a light, visual, humorous and engaging way. Using this scientific evidence, pioneering farmers and cooks around the world are discovering new ways to produce and prepare food. For more information phone David Cottee (01223 880616) or email the Fulbourn Forum.

Friday 27 April: The Manchester Rambler comes to Grantchester!

11:45-14:30, Grantchester Meadows

Celebrate the Right to Roam and the 80th anniversary of the ‘Mass Trespass’ of Kinder Scout in 1932 at our Ramblers Picnic and Sing-Along. Meet in Newnham at 11.45 to ramble the footpath to Grantchester. Then join us for songs about roaming free with Street Voices and a traditional picnic by the river. Street Voices are a homeless people's music group. For more information call Kay on 07871 529348. All welcome! (Please don't bring alcohol!) NB If the weather is really bad, we will switch to an indoor venue. See the Streetvoices web-site or call them on 07871 529348 to check.

Monday 30 April: Does gender matter to sustainable development?

13:00-14:00, Helmore 201, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road

This is one of the Global Sustainability Institute's lunchtime seminars. The speaker is Professor Clare Griffiths, from the University of Chester. Lunch is provided. More details here.

Thursday 03 May: Building Energy Performance for Refurbishment: Baselines, monitoring and benchmarks

12:00-14:30, Alison Richard Building (ground floor), CRASSH, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

GreenBRIDGE Seminar series, Cambridge University. Kerry Sykes from University of Cambridge will provide an overview of the Energy Dashboard Project. George Bartley, Managing Director, Building Sustainability Ltd, will then outline the features of the Energy Dashboard solution at the University. This will include a case study from the Gurdon Institute involving staff engagement. This session has been organised to review issues in building refurbishment procedures and workplace monitoring, with a focus on the University pilot scheme. All are welcome - no need to book - arrive at 12 noon for coffee for a 12:15pm start. Contact Margaret with queries.

Friday 4th May and/or Saturday 5th May: Foodcycle - Food Pick Up and Cooking!

Friday 4th May, 4:00pm, and Saturday 5th May, 9.30-12:00am or 12:00-3:00pm. FoodCycle collects surplus food from local food retailers and uses it to cook delicious, healthy meals for people in need in the community. We currently cook a three-course lunch at the Centre for St. Paul's every Saturday. This is a great, practical project that helps to minimise food waste. There are three ways to get involved: collecting the surplus food on Friday afternoons at 4pm; cooking delicious, vegetarian meals from surplus ingredients from 9.30am-12.00 on Saturday; helping to serve, chatting to the community and clearing up after the meal 12.00pm-3.00 on Saturday. If you are interested, email Cambridge Foodcycle for more details, or sign up here!

Monday 07 May: Bike Ride to Reach Fair

09:30-16:00, Depart from Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge

Come and enjoy all the fun of the 800 year old fair with a Maypole, rides, beer and food tents and entertainment. We'll follow National Cycle Network route NCN51 all the way to Reach Fair, arriving by midday. Departures will be from the Guildhall from 9:30 till 10:00. You can join the ride at any point on the route. Then there'll be departures from the fair at 2pm and 2:30pm from the cycle parking area in Reach via Tubney Fen and NCN 11 through Lode to Bottisham, arriving back in Cambridge at around 4pm. Full info here. Organised by Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Bike Week and Bike Friendly Cities.

We need the rain we're getting, but I'm sure there will also be some sunshine for all the exciting outdoor events! Have a good week!

Bev

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