Newsletter20120611

Hi Everyone,

Huge amounts going on this week culminating with the Transition & Cambake stall at the Town & Country Fair at the weekend. Come down to Parkers Piece and get hold of some fresh local bread for the table or some fresh local veg plants for the garden! On Thursday there will be a showing of The Man who Planted Trees. An inspirational tale of the far-reaching effects of one man's decision to reforest his locality in France. It demonstrates how simple, local actions can build a pathway to a new situation. Just the sort of ideas that were discussed in the Transition Cambridge Transport Workshop last Thursday: How can we travel where and when we need to when oil isn't cheaply available to 'grease the wheels'? A great event with very postive energy!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Monday 11 June: Creating a Vision for Cambridge in 2030 (Part 2)
  • Tuesday 12 June: Web tutorial: Updating the TC web-site
  • Thursday 14 June: Film: The man who planted trees + tree planting discussion
  • Saturday 16 June: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Saturday 16 June - Sunday 17: Transition + Cambake stall at the Town and Country Fair
  • Tuesday 19 June: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 21 June: Transport group - 1st meeting
  • Saturday 23 June: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Cambridge Future Transport Visions
  • Strawberry Fair - photos of our stall

Community News

  • Memories of Arjuna

Other News and Events

  • Friday 15 June: Rio+20 Earth Summit: a series of short talks
  • 15th and 16th June: Conversazione with the Cambridge Natural History Society
  • Saturday 16 - Sunday 24th June: 1st Cambridge Entertainment Extravaganza
  • 16-17 June: Alternative Rio +20 organised by Campaign against Climate Change
  • 17th June: Open Farm Sunday
  • Monday 18 June: Coastal Wild Foods in a Day
  • 23rd June to 7th July: People and Permaculture Design Course
  • 25-26 June: Greenbridge Symposium 2012: Valuing sustainability in the built environment
  • Free Year Long Residential Sustainable Leadership Programme
  • Cambridge Carbon Footprint is seeking new admin volunteer in the office

Transition News and Events

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!

Tuesday 12 June: Web tutorial: Updating the TC web-site

18:00-19:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge

If you need help updating your pages on the Transition Cambridge web-site or inputting events into our news/events system, come along for a tutorial on how to do it! We use a system called pmwiki and it's quite easy. Bring a laptop if you have one. If you'd like to contribute to the web-site in future, you are also welcome (please let us know beforehand so we can set up a user id for you).

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.

Saturday 16 June: CropShare - Be 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 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.

Tuesday 19 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 - we'll be reviewing the Town and Country show and talking about our other wonderful projects!

Thursday 21 June: Transport group - 1st meeting

19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

This meeting follows on from the transport event last week - see information below and on our web-site 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.

Cambridge Future Transport Visions

We had a great turnout for the Transition Cambridge Transport Workshop last Thursday, despite the cold, the wind and the wet. We were looking at how we might get around in 2030 - post Peak Oil style. When the price of road fuel might be ……£5.00/litre? Five short snappy presentations from businesses, from advocacy and campaign groups and a community partnership; followed by tea and biscuits and, this being Transition, rounding off with an Open Space discussion! What else!! And all on a shoe-string budget. We saw how cargo bikes are already making deliveries in the City. How Smart Travel interventions deliver better returns for the tax-payer than big infrastructure. How employers can help wean people off car-based commuting. How a small number of people cycling instead of driving can make a huge difference to congestion and – one for the future – how buses might offer an almost door to door service. The notes from the Open Space discussion groups are here - if there is enough enthusiasm we hope some of these ideas will get taken forward. If you weren't able to come to the Workshop but want to help Cambridge prepare for a less oil-dependent transport future get in touch or come along to the next meeting, which will be on Thursday 21st June at 7:30pm at the Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, in the Aldren Wright Room. All welcome!

Strawberry Fair - photos of our stall

Here are some photos of our stall at Strawberry Fair, including the workshop on making a solar panel from solar cells with Janis Freimanis from Transition Heathrow, stencilling designs onto T-shirts with Beejal Parekh, and Growing your own vegetables with Dave Fox.

Calendar of events

Community News

Memories of Arjuna

From Dave at Arjuna Wholefoods: "I’m putting together a history of Arjuna from conception to the present day and was wondering if you’d like to share your thoughts and memories. Both former Workers and long/short serving customers are welcome! The idea is to collect everything together into a book (half history, half classic wholefood recipes), that would inform those new (and old) to Arjuna of the value of cooperative working and living, as well as the fun that can be had along the way! If you’d like to contribute, you are welcome to use these questions as a springboard to trigger your memories and write as much or as little as you like." Please send contributions to Dave.

Related News and Events

Friday 15 June: Rio+20 Earth Summit: a series of short talks

14:30-16:30, Riley Auditorium, The Gillespie Centre, Clare College (Memorial Court) (map

If you're interested in any of these: oceans, water, food, disasters, cities, energy or jobs ...then good news - they're the 7 'critical issues' highlighted by the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and Energise Cambridge and the Cambridge Hub are organising a series of short (10-15 min) talks by experts from Cambridge, covering a range of those topics. That'll be followed by a talk by Julian Huppert, who will have spoken to Nick Clegg about the Rio Summit just 2 days before this, and there'll be a chance to ask him questions. Speakers confirmed so far include Prof. Andrew Balmford, head of Conservation Science, talking about how food security and sustainable agriculture can be reconciled with the conservation of biodiversity; Dr. David Reiner, who has advised government, industry and NGOs on energy and environmental policy and who will be talking about energy and climate change; Dr. Damien Guihen of the British Antarctic Survey, talking about how we can monitor the oceans in a changing environment; Prof Keith Richards, talking about freshwater sustainability; and Dr. Andrew Coburn, who has been involved in developing several disaster mitigation plans in a wide range of countries. Full info here. Free entry and open to all!

15th and 16th June: Conversazione with the Cambridge Natural History Society

19:30, Zoology Dep't, New Museums Site, Downing Street, Cambridge (park in Red Lion car park)

This annual exhibition includes exhibits on all aspects of Natural History, showcasing the wildlife of our area. Items on display have included slime, fungi, cacti, cow-pats, birds & bees, flowers, local reserves, historical documents and much more. The exhibition in particular gives children the opportunity to gain knowledge of the natural world. Refreshments are available, and help with the tea stand is welcome. The 2012 Conversazione is on Friday June 15 (1pm - 6pm) and Saturday June 16 (10am - 5pm). The University Museum of Zoology will be open from 11am to 4pm on each day. More info here.

Saturday 16 - Sunday 24th June: 1st Cambridge Entertainment Extravaganza

10:30-19:00, Parkers Piece - Mill Road - Hope Street Yard

Cambridge Entertainment Extravaganza Community Group aims to celebrate and showcase the variety of entertainment we have in and around Cambridge and bring increased footfall to the Mill Road area. The 1st Cambridge Entertainment Extravaganza will begin at the Town & Country Show on Parkers Piece where we will have a marquee and stage and we will put on entertainment on both days Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June. During the week 18th - 24th June there will be events in the Mill Road area in existing venues and on the the street on the friday/saturday/sunday On Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th there will be a music marquee in Hope Street Yard along with a craft/green/community fair, where food and refreshments will be available, other events will also take place in the Mill Road area on both these days More details here.

16-17 June: Alternative Rio +20 organised by Campaign against Climate Change

19:30, central London universities

See their website for more details. Sian Berry will be one of the speakers. Free but registration requested.

17th June: Open Farm Sunday

10:30,

This Sunday is Open Farm Sunday and several farms around Cambridge will be open for visits e.g. Burwash Manor (Barton), the College of West Anglia (Milton), Manor Farm (Harlton) and College Farm (Duxford). More details about all these farms can be found on Open Farm Sunday web-site.

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.

25-26 June: Greenbridge Symposium 2012: Valuing sustainability in the built environment

09:00, Dep't of Engineering, Trumpington Street

Sustainable buildings may be high on the agenda, but measuring any aspect of value in the built environment, let alone sustainability, is a complex, many faceted problem. The main objective of the symposium is to explore how sustainability is valued in the built environment, and gain a better understanding of how the values of different stakeholders, from developers and government bodies to everyday users, can affect the integration of the principles of sustainability into the built environment. The event will cover a broad range of sustainability topics under four main themes, thus generating innovative thinking and allowing researchers to explore environmental, financial, socio-economic, behavioural, cultural and regulatory aspects. Full info here.

Free Year Long Residential Sustainable Leadership Programme

Each year Embercombe invests a year in the development of a small group of people with the potential to be leaders who will take forward their mission and inspire committed action for a truly sustainable world. The programme embodies the 'twin trail' of leadership development: the inner path of personal development and the outer path of action. Leadership, facilitation and practical skills training are all provided. At least 3 months of the year are spent in personal development, with action learning sets with our founder Mac Macartney, challenge from expert coach Jonathan Snell and a personal mentor and each Apprentice assigned to an area of responsibility within Embercombe to gain a deep immersion in the skills required to run a social enterprise. There is a small stipend with full board and accommodation at Embercombe. Full details here.

Cambridge Carbon Footprint is seeking new admin volunteer in the office

Time to spare? Would you like to come and work in our friendly office in Milton Rd three mornings a week for three to six months? Full details on our website.

Hope you can make it to some of these events and that you are inspired to contribute to events in the future. See you out there!

Cheers

Rob

 

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