Newsletter20120702

Hi Everyone,

You are? Good to hear! If you're looking for outlets for your excess energy then we have a number of suggestions! First up is the Home Energy Fair on Thursday. If you want ideas on how to reduce your energy use at home, this event is for you.  Come and talk to people in the know and get all the advice that you need!

Secondly, the Council is consulting on the new Local Plan, the document that is used to inform decisons on all manner of things from housing to transport to development of open spaces. If you are interested in what Cambridge will be like to live in ten years from now then please do get involved. Even if you don't feel that local politics is your cup of tea this is a process that needs your input. Please add your weight to the document - you can be sure that vocal and determined interests will be adding theirs! If you would prefer to make your comments 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. 

And, if you have any energy left over, read on - there's more ...

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 03 July: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 05 July: Home Energy Fair
  • Sunday 08 July: Big Weekend - help wanted
  • Tuesday 10 July: Visit to Innovation Farm at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany
  • Thursday 12 July: Transition Cafe: Dive (film)
  • Wednesday 25 July: Energy Group Meeting
  • Growing Spaces Dig Days in July
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Cambridge 105
  • How do you see Cambridge Market?

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 04 July: HICCA Film Club screening - 'Vanishing of the Bees'
  • Sundays, 2-5pm, from 20 May to 30 September: Rubbish! The History of Waste in Cambridgeshire
  • Saturday 14 July: Open Eco Gardens
  • Saturday 14 July: Compost Toilet Workshop
  • Sat 21st July - Sun 22nd July: Building a Clay Oven
  • Monday 23 July: Eco Renovation in Progress
  • Have your say on the future of Cambridge - Local Plan Consultation for residents
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 03 July: Food Group meeting

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

This is the Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting.

Thursday 05 July: Home Energy Fair

19:00-21:00, Emmanuel Church on Trumpington Street (near Mill Lane)

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.

Sunday 08 July: Big Weekend - help wanted

12:00-20:00, Parker's Piece

The Energy Group has a stall at the Big Weekend on Sunday. It is quite a long day - from 12-8pm and we have only just enough volunteers to man the stall. One or two more, for just a couple of hours, would be great. We will be handing out fact sheets, inviting people to take the energy quiz and finding out what people think about energy use in the home using our energy survey questionnaire. No previous knowledge is required! If you can help please contact Nicola.

Tuesday 10 July: Visit to Innovation Farm at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany

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

Join us for a guided tour of the NIAB Innovation Farm, a showcase of novel crops for food, medicine and fibre. Including soya beans suitable for UK cultivation, nettles for fibre production and much more. Your chance to see the cutting edge of crop development. Email Helen Holmes to book a place. More details here.

Thursday 12 July: Transition Cafe: Dive (film)

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

Inspired by a curiosity about society's careless habit of sending good, edible food straight to landfills, this award-winning documentary follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they 'dumpster dive' (i.e. go through the bins) in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles' supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food - resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action. This film showing is free and open to everyone.

Wednesday 25 July: Energy Group Meeting

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

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

Growing Spaces Dig Days in July

The Growing Spaces Project will be having a number of dig days in July to help us finish up a few more spaces this summer. If you would like to help plant some fruit bushes and herbs in public places and enjoy the fruits of your work for years to come, then join us! These will be in various locations around the city, and take place on July 4th, 8th, 11th and 15th. See the Growing Spaces page on our website for all the details. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Cambridge 105

Cambridge 105 is the Community Radio Project for the city of Cambridge. A volunteer-based, community-owned organisation, Cambridge 105 is here to provide a broadcast voice for Cambridge. We are broadcasting live on 105 FM seven days a week. With programmes to suit all tastes including locally presented Breakfast and Drivetime programmes. More details here.

How do you see Cambridge Market?

Love your Local Market is a new campaign to showcase markets of all types around the UK. Organisations involved in markets are working together to develop the Campaign as a response to the Mary Portas Report on the future of our High Streets. Cambridge City Centre Management will be holding a competition for local people to submit a piece of artwork, or photograph of the Market and its Traders, or write a story, poem or song about the market, past, present or future. Entries should be submitted by 5pm on 4th July. See the website for further details More details here.

Other News and Events

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.

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 14 July: Open Eco Gardens

10:00-15:45, Various Locations Around Cambridge

Mark your diaries for July 14, Open Eco Gardens is here!! Similar to our annual Open Eco Homes event held earlier this year, we are going to be opening up the gates to some of Cambridge’s Eco Gardens for guided tours and questions. An Eco Garden includes at least one of: food growing, water conservation, encourages wildlife, or uses permaculture design. Community gardens, allotments, home gardens, and public gardens will all be showcased. Booking is essential! Each garden is open for at least two time slots during the day (10:00, 11:30, 1:30 and 3:00).Call us on 01223 301842 to book your visits! More details here.

Saturday 14 July: Compost Toilet Workshop

10:00-16:00, Fen End Farm, Cottenham

Composting toilets save water and energy and improve soil fertility by creating fantastic compost. Find out how you too can easily make and use a hygienic compost toilet at home on this one-day workshop, with the option to construct your own loo on the day to take home and start using straight away! More details here.

Sat 21st July - Sun 22nd July: Building a Clay Oven

10:00-12:00, Cambridge Sustainability Centre

In this hands-on course you will learn how to build an oven out of the earth beneath your feet. You'll find out how to test for the right soil mix, how to shape the oven and build the walls, how to fire it and cook in it. You'll get to bake a pizza for your dinner, and learn how to use cob. We hope you'll leave feeling empowered that pretty much wherever you go in the world you'll be able to build an oven with what you find around you! More details here.

Monday 23 July: Eco Renovation in Progress

19:30-21:30, Bermuda Road

Due to popular demand, our eco renvovation in progress events continue this summer with a look at two adjacent Victorian Cottages on Bermuda Road (full address given upon booking). Experts Anne Cooper of AC Architects and Alex Rice of Efficient Ideas will take groups on a tour to explore renovations that have already been done and give their recommendations for future work as well. Booking is essential! Email us to reserve your spot today! 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.

Events for your calendar

Hope to see you out there!

Cheers

Rob

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Transition Cambridge aims to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

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