Newsletter20120604

Hi Everyone

Still time book for our inspiring Work that Reconnects weekend in mid-June - and do come to Creating a Vision for Cambridge next Monday! Another not-to-be-missed event is CCF's film-showing of PlanEat on Friday, shown (of course!) with delicious sustainable food. It's a brilliant and inspiring film.

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • 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)
  • Thursday 14 June: Film: The man who planted trees + tree planting discussion
  • 15th-17th June: The Work that Reconnects: a weekend workshop
  • Saturday 16 June - Sunday 17: Transition + Cambake stall at the Town and Country Fair
  • Saturday 23 June: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • TC's 4th birthday party - some photos!
  • Transition opportunities

Community News

  • Hemp/lime plaster - help needed
  • Big Weekend/Olympic Torch Celebrations - Volunteers Needed
  • Cambridge Carbon Footprint looking for admin volunteer

Other News and Events

  • Friday 08 June: PlanEAT: Dinner and a Movie
  • Saturday 09 June: Start of CCF's Eating Local Summer invitation
  • 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
  • Monday 18 June: Coastal Wild Foods in a Day
  • Wednesday 20 June: Sharing in the Community (book now)
  • 23rd June to 7th July: People and Permaculture Design Course
  • The Spirit Level film - help make it happen!
  • In praise of second-hand stuff!

Transition News and Events

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. However, the main part of the evening will be an open space discussion and for that we need you! More details here.

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!

Thursday 14 June: Film: The man who planted trees + tree planting discussion

19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge

"The Man who Planted Trees" by Jean Giono is a beautiful and inspiring story of a man who planted a whole forest in France, and how it turned the land from a barren wasteland into a living place. The story was turned into an animated film in 1987 by Frédéric Back and it earned a number of awards. Following the film, we'll hear from Liz Serocold about the Trees for Life programme which has been planting trees in the Scottish Highlands since 1989. So far they have planted 800,000 trees and have helped to restore 4,500 hectares. We'll finish by discussing opportunities for tree planting closer to home. If you know of any suitable areas for tree planting in and around Cambridge, please come along or get in touch! This event is free and is open to everyone. The Transition Cafe is open from 7pm, and is a great way to find out more about Transition activities and to meet others involved in Transition Cambridge.

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.

Saturday 16 June - Sunday 17: Transition + Cambake stall at the Town and Country Fair

10:00-18:00, Parker's Piece, central Cambridge

Come and visit the Transition stall at the Town and Country fair, and meet some friendly transitioners. Food will be the main theme, and we will have veg plants for grow-your-own fans. Cambake, the community bakery project, is promising samples of delicious fresh bread too. More details here.

Saturday 23 June: 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 June session we will be tending tomatoes and other established crops, checking the progress of polyveg and mulch beds created during April's Permaculture Gardening Course, harvesting broad beans, beetroot, and hopefully more. I'd also like to build another raised bed if we have time. If you'd like to join in, see our web-page here, and book soon as spaces are limited.

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!

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. Bands, firework display on Friday 6th July, the Olympic Torch Relay early evening on Saturday 7th July, 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.

Cambridge Carbon Footprint looking for admin volunteer

CCF is looking for an admin volunteer three mornings a week to work in their busy and friendly office for three to six months. Not just admin - interesting projects to get involved with, too. Email CCF to find out more. Deadline 12th June.

Related News and Events

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: Start of CCF's Eating Local Summer invitation

This is the best time of year to join Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Eating Local Challenge, started last October! Find out how enjoyable and interesting it is to eat local food in the company of like-minded people! Visit the CCF website to find out how previous challenges have worked out and email CCF if you are interested in joining this time round.

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.

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.

Wednesday 20 June: Sharing in the Community

19:00-21:00, Bev's house in Cambridge (booking necessary)*

Share food, share skills, share tools! Cambridge Carbon Footprint’s Living Well with Less Stuff project is hosting an evening of Sharing in the Community to coincide with nef’s national day of that name (part of their Festival of Transition).

• bring a dish of seasonal food to share

• 'make do and mend' - share or learn a skill to revitalize old items

• help us to create a list of useful equipment we can lend each other (eg garden tools, sewing machines))

To get us started, Fiona is going to demonstrate how she alters and creates new clothes from charity shop buys. (You are also welcome to bring along small making or mending project you are in the middle of.)

 

Email Bev to

  • find out more about it
  • book your place
  • let us know what skills you are interested in, whether to learn or share

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.

The Spirit Level film - help make it happen!

From Bev: Having read the book The Spirit Level by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, I think this film is one that could really make a difference in the world, in the way that Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth did for climate change a few years ago. The book gives evidence from around the world to show that inequality of income is at the bottom of many seemingly unrelated evils of the modern world (and more equal societies are more concerned about issues such as climate change, poverty and justice). The Equality Trust is trying to raise the funds to make this film and one way they are doing it is for people to pre-buy a copy of the film within the next four weeks - it only costs $12 (i.e. £7.75 - don't be put off by the American payment website - the project is a UK one and I found it very easy to pay over the internet). This book really impressed our Cambridge Carbon Footprint book group last year! More info here and here's the link to pre-buy the film.

In praise of second-hand stuff

From Fiona at Cambridge Carbon Footprint: Have you seen the growing number of adverts around Cambridge at the moment advertising new houses but also shiny new lifestyles? We'd like to create some similar images but using second-hand things instead. If anyone is interested in spreading the message that second-hand stuff can look just as good, if not better than new things, then please get in touch. Whether you are a budding photographer, a marketing wizz or have a passion for second-hand items, get in touch.

Here's hoping the rain doesn't keep you from your allotment if you have one - and maybe see you at some of these events!

Bev

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