Newsletter20120529

Hi everyone,

Highlights this week include a talk and discussion on local currencies on Thursday evening (is it time to start one here?), and a series of mini-workshops at our stall at Strawberry Fair this Saturday (and lots of other good things there too, including an interactive play for children and a forest gardening area). 

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Wednesday 30 May: Transition Cambridge Permaculture Group Meeting
  • Thursday 31 May: Local currencies and how to make them valuable
  • Thursday 31 May: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 02 June: Transition stall and workshops at Strawberry Fair
  • Thursday 07 June: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 07 June: Cambridge Future Transport Visions: How will we get around?
  • Monday 11 June: Creating a Vision for Cambridge in 2030 (Part 2)
  • 15 - 17 June: The Work that Reconnects weekend workshop 
  • TC's 4th birthday party - some photos!
  • Transition opportunities

Community News

  • Hemp/lime plaster - help needed
  • Big Weekend/Olympic Torch Celebrations - Volunteers Needed

Other News and Events

  • Tuesday 29 May: Talk: The future of photovoltaics in buildings
  • Saturday 02 June: Forest Gardening area at Strawberry Fair
  • Saturday 2nd June: Interactive play: Find the castle. Solve the riddle. Change the world?
  • Sundays from 20 May to 30 September: Rubbish! The History of Waste in Cambridgeshire
  • Friday 08 June: PlanEAT: Dinner and a Movie
  • Saturday 09 June: Bat walk and watch the preparation for moth session the following day
  • Sunday 10 June: Moth Identification, Beekeeping talk and monthly maintenance event

Transition News and Events

Wednesday 30 May: Transition Cambridge Permaculture Group Meeting

19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

We are a group of permaculture enthusiasts who meet up regulary. We visit permaculture related projects in the local area, and sometimes help each other with practical tasks, show films, stalls at local events and run permaculture courses. At our next meeting we’ll make plans for visits and meetings for the next few months, and discuss how our permaculture practice is developing. All welcome. For more info, see our website here or contact Ceri and Dave.

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 31 May: Energy Group Meeting

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

We will be planning our next event, plus other events coming up and blue sky initiatives. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Saturday 02 June: Transition stall and workshops at Strawberry Fair

10:00-17:00, Midsummer Common (our stall will be near the bridge on Victoria Road)

Come along to find out more about Transition Cambridge at our stall (there'll be the usual supply of free courgette plants available!), or take part in one of our mini-workshops (all free or by donation) including: Making the most of food (11am), Solar panels (12pm, tbc), Keeping chickens (2pm), Making stencils and stencilling designs onto your clothes (3pm) and Grow your own veg (4pm). We'd also love some help on the stall so just come along if you've got some time free!

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).  

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. There will also be time to discuss our ideas for future transport in Cambridge and for that we need you! More details here. Free, by donation.

Monday 11 June: Creating a Vision for Cambridge in 2030 (Part 2)

19:00-21:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Following on our first visioning session on 24 May, we'll be offering a second session to explore further the visions that we came up with and for those who couldn't make the first session. This will be an exciting evening where you can let your imagination run wild: what would be your ideal, localised, resilient Cambridge in 2030? If we can make imagine it, we can create it!

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

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

The purpose of the Work that Reconnects is to provide a powerful experience of the interconnectedness of all life. By giving ourselves the time and space to hear our own responses to the issues that our world is facing, we create an opportunity to transform our negative feelings, and to find the energy to act for the healing of our world. And as we explore the self-healing and self-organizing powers of nature, we may see more clearly how we can play our part in creating a thriving, just, sustainable world. 'The Work That Reconnects' is an ecopsychological approach developed by Joanna Macy (see www.joannamacy.net for info). This workshop 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.

TC's 4th birthday party - some photos!

Here are some photos from our 4th birthday party - a big thank you to Wesley for taking these photos, and to everyone for coming along and helping out!

Transition opportunities

Stalls - we'll have stalls at Strawberry Fair (2 June) and the Town and Country Fair (16-17 June) - reply to this e-mail if you'd like to help for a couple of hours

Garden share coordinator - join the coordinating group to keep this project alive and kicking. If you could spare an hour or two on a regular basis to help, e-mail Ann Mitchell for more details (also see here). It's a wonderful way of promoting veg growing and community!

Talk on Transition: we've been invited to give a talk to the residents of some sheltered housing (for the over 55s) on a weekday morning - we already have a powerpoint presentation, but obviously it will be helpful if you know what TC is up to.

Poster designers and/or distributors needed! We'd love some help making posters for our fortnightly cafe nights, and also some help putting them up around town.

We hope to include this section on a regular basis to let us know if there are other Transition projects that you are looking for some help with, or if there are particular things you'd like to do!

Calendar of events

Community News

Hemp/lime plaster - help needed

From Victoria: "My parter and I are about to start renovating a stone farmhouse in France. We would like to insulate the interior walls with lime/hemp plaster. I was wondering if anyone is working on a similar project in this area that I could volunteer with, or whether anyone at Transition knew about relevant courses (CAT's course doesn't involve hemp, frustratingly)." Contact Victoria if you can help.

Big Weekend/Olympic Torch Celebrations - Volunteers Needed

Cambridge and District Volunteer Centre invite you to volunteer at the Cambridge Big Weekend 6th-8th July 2012. With bands and a firework display on Friday 6th July, the Olympic Torch Relay in the early evening of Saturday 7th July, and World Music Day on Sunday 8th July. See details here. Over 18s can volunteer on Parkers Piece. Briefing and training will be provided. For more info contact Louise.

Related News and Events

Tuesday 29 May: Talk: The future of photovoltaics in buildings

18:30-19:30, Lecture Room 4, Baker Building, Dep't of Engineering, Trumpington Street

Talk by Mr Hamish Watson, who is the CEO of Polysolar Ltd, an award winning Cambridge technology company developing and manufacturing transparent photovoltaic glass. Organised by The Cambridge University Energy Network (CUEN). More info here. Refreshments will be provided! Free entry.

Saturday 02 June: Forest Gardening area at Strawberry Fair

10:00, Strawberry Fair

The Forest Garden team from the Missing Sock are putting on a forest garden display in the green area at Strawberry Fair! With information about the project, and example trees and plants for a make-shift garden. If you have any portable plants you could lend us for the day please bring them along.

Saturday 2nd June, showings at 1 and 5:30pm.: Interactive play: Find the castle. Solve the riddle. Change the world?

13:00, Midsummer Common

Arlie’s people need their daily dose of brand new stuff. When supplies start to run out, Arlie embarks on a journey to a castle in a far-off land to find Plan B… GreenandPleasantLand is a village fair-meets-The Muppets interactive adventure quest for audiences aged 5 upwards. It mixes live music, visual performance and ridiculous costumes. It's a fairy tale depiction of the potential impact of peak oil and the ensuing attempts to transition to a lower-carbon way of life - with lots of jokes and songs. You can watch a trailer for the show here. The show takes an innovative and fun approach to promoting a more sustainable future, by bringing audiences into direct contact with renewable energy sources: audience members pedal bicycle-generators to provide pre-recorded sound at key moments in the show. fanSHEN tells stories of real people exploring big questions. We seek to challenge, confound and surprise. We create accessible performance pieces for theatres and non-traditional locations which ask audiences to engage imaginatively with ideas, to look at the world through the eyes of others and to ask, ‘Is there another way?’

Sundays, 2-5pm, from 20 May to 30 September: Rubbish! The History of Waste in Cambridgeshire

14:00-14:00, The Cambridge Museum of Technology, the Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8LD

An exhibition looking at the past, present and future of waste provision in Cambridgeshire including the historical use of burning rubbish to fire the boilers at the Museum of Technology. More details here.

Friday 08 June: PlanEAT: Dinner and a Movie

18:30-21:00, Ross Street Community Centre

Cambridge Carbon Footprint will be screening PlanEAT, a remarkable and award-winning film about the search for a diet that is good for our health, the environment and the future of the planet. The cast includes chefs, scientists and doctors and together they present a convincing case for both the benefits and the practicality of a more sustainable, mainly plant based diet. To prove it, we’ll be serving a delicious plant-based dinner too, and provide recipes to take home. Please contact CCF to purchase a ticket and reserve a place. The minimum price is £10 but please pay more if you can. More details here.

Saturday 09 June: Bat walk and watch the preparation for moth session the following day

21:00, Trumpington Community Orchard Project

Meet at Trumpington Community Orchard Project to take part in our yearly bat walk, talk to the experts and watch the moth traps being set up in preparation for the Moth identification session tomorrow. More details here.

Sunday 10 June: Moth Identification, Beekeeping talk and monthly maintenance event

10:00, Trumpington Community Orchard Project

Meet at the Trumpington Community Orchard Project and come to see the moths that have been captured overnight; help record and count and release the moths. Then at 10.30 listen to a talk about honey bees given by our local bee keeper Dave Jackson. We hope that we will have some new bees in the observation hive by then too, so keep your fingers crossed. If you'd like to join our regular maintenance session from 11.15am to 1.00pm please do. We can provide tools and gloves but do bring water to drink if it's hot or even a picnic if the weather is fine. More details here.

Hope to see you at some of these events!

Anna

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