Newsletter20120619

Hi everyone

This week we have the first meeting of the newly formed Transport group on Thursday evening, and the next chance to "become an organic farmer for a day" this coming Saturday, as well as a "grow your own" session in Trumpington. And take a look at the haikus (short poems) that people wrote with their visions for Cambridge in 2030! Please note that unfortunately the Free Marigold Day has had to be cancelled as the marigolds didn't flower in time.

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 19 June: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 21 June: Free Marigold Day: CANCELLED
  • Thursday 21 June: Transport group - 1st meeting
  • Saturday 23 June: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Saturday 23 June: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Thursday 28 June: Talk: Sourcing wood sustainably with Mike Bekin of Ecochoice
  • Thursday 05 July: Home Energy Fair
  • Cambridge 2030 visions - in the form of haikus
  • New REconomy web-site - tools for Transition businesses
  • New Transition Newspaper!

Community News

  • Norfolk Street Summer Event
  • Memories of Arjuna

Other News and Events

  • Sundays, 2-5pm, until 30 Sept: Rubbish! The History of Waste in Cambridgeshire
  • Saturday 16 - Sunday 24th June: 1st Cambridge Entertainment Extravaganza
  • Thursday 21 June: Surviving Progress - A Free Reels screening
  • 23rd June to 7th July: People and Permaculture Design Course
  • 25-26 June: Greenbridge Symposium 2012: Valuing sustainability in the built environment
  • Monday 25 June: Carl Dodd on Affordable Sustainable Housing
  • Tue 26 June 2012: Conference on Nuclear Energy by Cambridge University Energy Network
  • Wednesday 27 June: Cambridge Clothes Swap
  • Thursday 28 June: Sustainable Coffee Talk and Tasting
  • Wednesday 04 July: HICCA Film Club screening - 'Vanishing of the Bees'
  • Saturday 14 July: Compost Toilet Workshop

Have your say on the future of Cambridge - Local Plan Consultation for residents

Transition News and Events

  • 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: Free Marigold Day: CANCELLED

09:00, Sidney Sussex College

We regret to announce that the marigold give-away scheduled for 21st June has been cancelled! Circumstances have forced Sidney Sussex to have to cancel their marigold order and as such we won't have any to give away next Thursday. Deepest apologies for any inconvenience caused!

Thursday 21 June: Transport group - 1st meeting

19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

This meeting follows on from the transport event on 7 June (info on our web-site here). Come along if you'd like to help create a lower energy transport and travel system for Cambridge and the surrounding area.

Saturday 23 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 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.

Thursday 28 June: Talk: Sourcing wood sustainably with Mike Bekin of Ecochoice

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

Mike founded Ecochoice in 2005 to promote the use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified hardwoods to the UK construction industry. A Brazilian born, he’s visited the Amazon to see how illegal loggers work for soya, palm and cattle farm barons as well as the few initiatives of sustainable logging. Together with the FSC he promotes the use of different and unknown species to architects, contractors, local and central government agencies. The talk will focus on how sustainable logging in the Amazon works and why or how it should be supported.

Thursday 05 July: Home Energy Fair

19:00-21:00, Emmanuel URC on Trumpington Street

If you want ideas on how to reduce your energy use at home, this event is for you. Insulation, renewable energy, energy monitors - come and talk to a range of commercial suppliers as well as charity/non-profit organisations offering independent advice. More details here.

Cambridge 2030 visions - in the form of haikus

At the 2030 visioning session, we were all invited to write a haiku of our vision of Cambridge in 2030. A haiku is a short poem in a Japanese style. Have a look at the haiku's that people wrote here.

New REconomy web-site - tools for Transition businesses

The new REconomy website provides the latest tools and resources that can help you build a local economy where you live. Have a look here.

New Transition Newspaper!

Transition Free Press has gone live! Have a look at a taster edition here and read more about the project here. This first edition is a blueprint of how the new Transition paper will look, showing the kinds of subjects we will cover every quarter – news with comment and context, features and reviews is going live today. We hope Transition Free Press will become a flourishing national newspaper for the Transition Movement. There is a whole new narrative out there, the happening story of Transition you might not see covered by mainstream media. That’s the story we’re aiming to tell. You can order a print copy on-line (bottom of the page) - or let us know and we can do a bulk order and bring them along to a Transition cafe night.

Calendar of events

Community News

Norfolk Street Summer Event

23rd June, from 10am to 8pm, on Norfolk Street, Cambridge. Everyone will be welcome at this family-friendly outdoor entertainment event including circus acts, dance classes, music and food, art exhibitions, face painting, morris dancing and much more - including Petersfield's Got Talent.

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

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.

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.

Thursday 21 June: Surviving Progress - A Free Reels screening

20:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road

Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired SURVIVING PROGRESS, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined civilization escape a final, catastrophic progress trap? With potent images and illuminating insights from thinkers who have probed our genes, our brains, and our social behaviour, this requiem to progress-as-usual also poses a challenge: to prove that making apes smarter isn't an evolutionary dead-end. More details here.

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.

Monday 25 June: Carl Dodd on Affordable Sustainable Housing

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Carl, a longstanding member of Green-enterprise, and founder of Property Revolutions, will discuss “The journey to affordable sustainable housing” sharing his personal journey, including what he is doing now to make high efficiency, green buildings more affordable. Carl's experience includes the inspirational MSC Advanced Architecture and Energy Studies course at the Centre for Alternative Technology, re-training builders, dealing with planners, renewable energy and employing design partners as far afield as Moldova, so this will be a fascinating evening for anyone interested in innovation in the building sector, or who hankers after an affordable greener home. More details here.

Tue 26 June 2012: Conference on Nuclear Energy by Cambridge University Energy Network (26th June 2012)

09:00, Faculty of Law, Cambridge

The Cambridge University Energy Network (CUEN), is organising a conference entitled NUCLEAR: CLEAR OR UNCLEAR? (Sustainability, policy and prospects). The aims of this event are to: * Explore the technological, political, and financial aspects of nuclear power generation * Highlight the groundbreaking research being carried out in Cambridge and other academic institutions, creating lasting partnerships between academia and the world of industry, policy-makers and financial institution * Encourage cross-communication by providing a networking platform between the brightest and most enthusiastic students, businesses, and industries urgently looking for the required skills to enable and provide a sustainable future * Identify areas of potential cooperation between industrial and academic institutions More details here.

Wednesday 27 June: Cambridge Clothes Swap

14:00-17:00, Graduate Union, just off Silver St.

Come down to the Graduate Union and bring with you any clothes, shoes etc that you no longer have a need for and swap it for something you do....Simple! Also seen as it is a Life is a gift event feel free to just bring clothes along to give away or take anything you would like. You can also bring other items if you like.

Thursday 28 June: Sustainable Coffee Talk and Tasting

18:30-19:30, Cafe Julienne, Regent Street Cambridge, CB2 1DP

The Cambridge Coffee Club invites you to its inaugural meeting themed, "Sustainable Coffees". Ticket price £5 and tickets must be pre-purchased. Our first meeting will explore the economic and environmental sustainability of growing coffee through conversations with Cafe Julienne, who will talk about their work with small-scale growers in Rwanda and Arshiya Bose, a PhD student at CU researching biodiversity & coffee in India. We will provide you with a cup of sustainable, speciality Arabica coffee from Rwanda and something to nibble as well as a unique chance to sample civet coffee from India - the first time civet coffee from India is being brewed anywhere! Interested? Please contact Lindsey.

Wednesday 04 July: HICCA Film Club screening - 'Vanishing of the Bees'

19:15-22:00, The Brackenbury Room, Impington Village College, Impington

As part of Histon Feast week, we will be showing 'Vanishing of the Bees' - a film about the sudden disappearance of honey bees from beehives around the world. A representative from Cambridge bee-keepers will give a short presentation prior to the film, and be on-hand to steer a discussion and answer questions afterwards. Bee-based products will also be on sale. Refreshments will be available - cold drinks and home-made cakes. The film starts at 7:30 pm - and we look forward to seeing you there ! More details here.

Saturday 14 July: Compost Toilet Workshop

10:00, Fen End Farm, Cottenham

Have you ever thought about how illogical it is to use clean drinking water to flush away human waste, only to spend vast sums removing it and cleaning the water afterwards? Be part of the solution and learn how easy it is to compost your 'humanure', and construct your own compost collector toilet to take home! More details here.

Have your say on the future of Cambridge - Local Plan Consultation for residents

This may be of interest if you are concerned about the future of Cambridge. Ten years ago residents of Cambridge were asked to comment on the Local Plan, the document that guides all new building and open spaces in the city. Many failed to comment, but complain today about the quality of change in recent years. The next Local Plan is being drafted now. If you are interested in what Cambridge will be like to live in ten years from now then do get involved this time. Otherwise more vocal and determined interests will shape the future of this very beautiful city. The City Council is keen to involve residents in the process and is working with the Federation of Cambridge Residents' Associations (FeCRA) to achieve this. This is your chance to have your say. More info here. If you would like to submit your comments as part of a Transition Cambridge submission, please e-mail them to us, and we will invite you to a meeting where we combine people's comments and create a joint submission.

Have a good week!

Anna

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