Newsletter20120514

Hi Everyone

It's the UK Green Film Festival this week and the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse is showing three really great films at the weekend: The Happy Movie, In Transition 2 and Taste the Waste. After the Happy Movie Professor Felicia Huppert of the Well-being Institute is leading the discussion, and Transition Cambridge is having its fourth birthday party after the showing of In Transition 2, so definitely not to be missed!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Wednesday 16 May: CamBake Community Bakery meeting
  • Thursday 17 May: Greeniversity is coming to Cambridge
  • Saturday 19 May: CropShare - Become an organic farmer for a day
  • Saturday 19 May: Film: In Transition 2.0 + 4th birthday celebrations
  • Tuesday 22 May: Visit the National Institute of Agricultural Botany
  • Thursday 24 May: Creating a Vision for Cambridge in 2030
  • Saturday 26 May: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Thursday 31 May: Local currencies and how to make them valuable
  • Thursday 07 June: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 07 June: Cambridge Future Transport Visions: How will we get around?
  • Open Eco Homes Question Time

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 16 May: Climate Caravan meeting on sustainable transport
  • Friday 18 May: Film Showing and discussion: The Happy Movie
  • Sunday 20 May: Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife
  • Sunday 20 May: Film showing and discussion: Taste the waste
  • Fri 25th - Sun 27th May: Introduction to Permaculture
  • 26-27 May: Open Eco Homes in May - book now!
  • Saturday 26 May: Wild medicine - harvest and make your own herbal remedies
  • Monday 18 June: Coastal Wild Foods in a Day
  • 23rd June to 7th July: People and Permaculture Design Course
  • Tuesday 24 July: Summer Chutney and Preserve Course
  • May newsletter of Cambridge Woodworks

Transition News and Events

Wednesday 16 May: CamBake Community Bakery meeting

19:30-21:30, Hot Numbers, Gwydir Street

CamBake - the Community Supported Bakery in Cambridge - come and find out more. We will be reporting back on progress so far; agreeing our vision for the project; and setting up Working Groups for specific elements. We will also be making plans for our next baking event. Hot Numbers will be open from 7:00pm so do come early for a chat and something to eat. The formal meeting will start at 8:00.

Thursday 17 May: Greeniversity is coming to Cambridge

19:30, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, 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. 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 or low cost 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. Come along to this Transition Cafe night to find out more from Ian Tennant, who will be helping us to set this up in Cambridge.

Saturday 19 May: CropShare - Become an organic farmer for a day

09:30-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day. This Saturday, CropShare will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10am to 12.30am, and 2pm to 4.30pm, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. See our blog to get a flavour of what workdays are like. It will be good healthy fun,a great chance to see our local countryside, and how food is grown on a large scale. We'll be holding farm work days throughout the season - so watch this space! Email us if you would like to be take part this weekend, we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.

Saturday 19 May: Film: In Transition 2.0 + 4th birthday celebrations

16:00-19:00, Arts Picture House, 38-39 St Andrews Street, Cambridge then Stoneyard Centre, 43 St Andrews Street

This is the new film from the Transition Network and is a great way of finding out what the Transition movement is all about and hearing what other Transition initiatives are getting up to! (Film review here and here's some more info about the film with some short clips.) The film will be followed by a short question and answer session with some current members of Transition Cambridge, and then everyone is invited to help us celebrate our 4th birthday with a big cake in the Stoneyard Centre a few doors along from the cinema. Book your tickets early! (Normal cinema prices apply, and tickets will be available for booking through the Arts Picturehouse web-site.)

Tuesday 22 May: Visit the National Institute of Agricultural Botany

19:00-20:30, NIAB, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LE

Join the food group for a trip to NIAB on the evening of Tuesday 22nd May. This will give an opportunity to see the development of a range of plants on the farm. About NIAB: "NIAB is a pioneering plant science organisation based at the heart of the Cambridge science, technology and university communities and a thriving UK agricultural industry. With over 80 years experience in the agricultural and food sectors, NIAB has an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity. Our traditional activities have always focused on science-led plant variety and seeds characterisation, evaluation, quality control and knowledge transfer." Please book your place with Helen if you would like to come, and she will send details of where to meet nearer the time. There will be a small charge so please bring a donation.

Thursday 24 May: Creating a Vision for Cambridge in 2030

19:00-21:00, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge

What do we want Cambridge to look like in 2030 and what role will Transition Cambridge play in bringing that vision to life? This will be the first of two events* leading to the creation of Transition Cambridge's Energy Descent Action Plan. Bring your ideas and dreams for a sustainable Cambridge to this exciting landmark event! Facilitated by Transition's own Liz Serocold and Jane Brown. (*the second event is scheduled to take place in June and will deal with backcasting and creating a timeline for achiveing our vision).

Saturday 26 May: 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 May session we will be planting tomatoes, tending established outdoor and polytunnel crops, checking the progress of polyveg and mulch beds created during last month's Permaculture Gardening Course, harvesting lettuce and other salad crops (bring a bag!) and hopefully building another raised bed. If you'd like to join in, see our web-page here, and book soon as spaces are limited.

Thursday 31 May: Local currencies and how to make them valuable

19:45-21:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge

Stephen Lawrence will give a short introduction to local currencies, considering how they work and how they need to link to other systems in order for them to be useful. Stephen is a long term member of Camlets and has given several talks on this topic, e.g. at the Alternatives to Economics conference and to the Occupy movement. There will be lots of time for questions and answers and we will also discuss whether the time is right to start thinking about a local currency for Cambridge. There are some more links on local currencies here.

Thursday 07 June: Food Group meeting

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

This is the Food Group's regular meeting - please note that it's a Thursday (one-off). Also, we're going to NIAB on 22nd May, so no meeting then...

Thursday 07 June: Cambridge Future Transport Visions: How will we get around?

19:00-21:30, St. Lukes Church Community Centre, Victoria Road

This event is all about generating ideas for making transport in Cambridge more sustainable. To get the discussion going we will have some short talks from: Gary Armstrong from Outspoken Delivery, Sian Berry from Campaign for Better Transport, Mark Webb of Travel for Work and Jim Chisholm of CamCycle. Also there will be information stands from: Electric Bike Sales, School Run Centre and Outspoken Delivery. However, the main part of the evening will be an open space discussion and for that we need you! More details here.

Open Eco Homes Question Time

Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge Energy group got together this year to organise Open Eco Homes Question Time. This event introduces Open Eco Homes 2012 - this is the third year and there are 25 diverse homes and buildings to visit, to see the energy/carbon saving features that have been used and talk to the hosts about what is involved. The Question Time panel included hosts with houses built from 1900 to 2010. About 100 people came to the event, not including the organisers and sponsors, and the whole place was buzzing throughout. From the feedback the event was thoroughly enjoyed by most people though there were a lot of complaints about the sound system - We had to bring in Transition Cambridge equipment at zero notice because the venue's PA failed. Unfortunately our system is not suitable for a hall that size. We do apologise for this but we did the best we could under the circumstances. Click here to see the handout, which gives some information about the Green Deal and about grants for Free insulation to all home owners from Cambridge City council. More details here.

Calendar of events

Related News and Events

Wednesday 16 May: Climate Caravan meeting on sustainable transport

12:00-14:00, Unitarian Church, Victoria St (off Emmanuel Rd)

This is part of the "Climate Jobs Caravan" which is being organised by the Campaign against Climate Change and which will be visiting Cambridge that day. It is intended to highlight what needs to be done to develop a sustainable transport system. Speakers Richard Hebditch (Campaign for Better Transport), Ken Montague (Climate Jobs Caravan), Susan van de Ven and Tariq Sadiq (opposition county councillors). Participants are encouraged to drop in and out as they please, so don't be deterred if you only have a short lunch break. We would particularly like to see villagers worried about the future of their buses. See here for more information.

Friday 18 May: Film Showing and discussion: The Happy Movie

18:30, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

As part of the UK Green Film Festival, the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse is showing The Happy Movie with a discussion organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint afterwards. Professor Felicia Huppert, director of the Well-being Institute in Cambridge and expert on what makes us happy, will lead the post-film discussion. This highly-praised film is a rallying cry to those who are concerned about over-consumption and the ever-increasing materialism of our times. It shows us what really matters to us and what really makes us happy. A real must-see! Booking is through the Arts Picturehouse box office in the normal way. More details here.

Sunday 20 May: Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife

11:00-17:00, Bird's Farm, Haslingfield Rd, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7AG

The Countryside Restoration Trust's Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife will include food demonstrations and talks, various local food stalls, a bread making competition, as well as tractor and trailer rides, guided farm walks, sheep dog demos, farm animals and children’s activities. Free entry. More details here.

Sunday 20 May: Film showing and discussion: Taste the Waste

16:00, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

Not-to-be-missed film Taste the Waste about food waste is showing at the Arts Picturehouse as part of the UK Green Festival, with a discussion afterwards organised by Cambridge Foodcycle. Book through the Arts Picturehouse in the normal way.

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.

12-13 and 26-27 May: Open Eco Homes in May - book now!

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.

Saturday 26 May: Wild medicine - harvest and make your own herbal remedies

10:00-16:00, Milton Country Park, Cambridge

Come and learn how to make your own herbal remedies. This will be a great extension to our regular herb walks! We will be foraging and collecting plants growing wild in the beautiful countryside of Milton Country Park. We will learn about the plants as foods, medicines and make some seasonal herbal preparations. You will take home some herbal remedies made by yourself and lots of inspiration! To find out more see our website and e-mail us to book a place. Cost £55. Organised by Of People and Plants.

Monday 18 June: Coastal Wild Foods in a Day

09:00-18:00, The east coast

This wild food expedition to the east coast will be a chance to discover what grows wild on our east coast seashores, for example marsh samphire and sea purselane. We'll do a bit of gathering and share a picnic lunch. Provisional timings are 9am departure from Cambridge, returning at approximately 6pm. Price is £30 including minibus travel from Cambridge. Places are strictly limited to 14, and payment with advance booking is essential. For details contact Jacky Sutton-Adam.

23rd June to 7th July: People and Permaculture Design Course

09:00-17:00, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire

Led by Looby Macnamara, Klaudia Van Gool & Stefan Geyer, this will be a unique 2 week residential course dedicated to finding solutions for ourselves and our world. We will be looking deeply at the questions - how do we grow ourselves, our friendships, our communities, our human family? This will be a richly nourishing, empowering, and truly life transforming course. The course is suitable for those new to permaculture and will be beneficial to experienced permaculturists, even if you have already completed a design course. This is your opportunity to deepen your learning, consider your contribution to the world and take your next step... More information here or contact Mel.

Tuesday 24 July: Summer Chutney and Preserve Course

10:00-16:00, Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey CB24 4RS

Jacky Sutton-Adam will be leading this practical course on how to make the most of seasonal fruit and vegetable gluts with chutneys, pickles and jams. The course will include the essential knowledge to create successful and flavoursome preserves and avoid spoilage. All materials and ingredients supplied. Price: £44 /£37 concessions. To register and book a place, complete the online form here.

May newsletter of Cambridge Woodworks

Cambridge Woodworks May newsletter is out - read it here. You can see some of the things they have made from reclaimed timber here. They currently have 2 part-time vacancies and lots of volunteering opportunities.

Hope to see you at some of these events! Thanks for keeping all the information coming!

Bev

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