Newsletter20120807

Hi everyone

Although things are quieting down in August, there's still plenty to do! Come along to the Transition Cafe this Thursday to find out all about the Growzones project in Cambridge; or on Saturday, there's another chance to "become an organic farmer for a day" on the CropShare project out at Lode. The Garden Share project is also looking for gardeners in the Romsey area, and the new Greeniversity project is looking for people who'd like to share their skills in Cambridge. And bookings are now open for Looby Macnamara's workshop on "People and Permaculture: Creating productive groups" in October - book soon to take advantage of the early bird booking rate!

CONTENTS

Transition Events

  • Thursday 09 August: Transition Cafe - All about the Growzones project
  • Saturday 11 August: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • August: Transition break 
  • Thursday 06 September: Managing your Home Heating
  • 14-16 September: Transition Network Conference 2012
  • Saturday 15 September - Sunday 16: Transition stall at the Food, Garden and Produce show
  • Fri-Sat 28-29 Sep 10am - 4pm: Grafton Centre Eco-event
  • Monday 01 October: Transition Cambridge AGM + new Transition film
  • Friday 26th October: People and Permaculture - book launch with Looby Macnamara
  • Saturday 27 October: People and Permacuture: Creating productive groups with Looby Macnamara
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News

  • Nominate the Cropshare project for Radio 4 Food and Farming awards
  • Transition Network Newsletter
  • Gardens available in Romsey area - garden sharers wanted!
  • Cambridge News article: Keep the greenbelt for growing food
  • Share your skills with Greeniversity! (+ help with venues/organisation)

Other News and Events

  • Saturday 25 August: Local Produce Day at Guyhirn Village Hall
  • Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Sept: Building a Clay Oven **new date!**
  • Saturday 01 September: September Swishing with Cambridge Carbon Footprint
  • Thu 6th - Fri 7th Sep: Emmanuel Environment Expo
  • Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Sept: Permaculture course at Dunton Community Garden
  • 6 Fortnightly evening sessions beginning in October: Carbon Conversations - October Groups
  • Contribute to the County Council's Transport Strategy
  • Cambridge Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan - consultation
  • Events for your calendar

Transition Events

Thursday 09 August: Transition Cafe - All about the Growzones project

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, Mill Road

Want to grow your own veg and fruit in your garden or allotment? Growzones is a project that can give you a helping hand to get going. It's based on the very simple idea of getting a group of about 6 households together to do a one-off gardening session in each other's gardens (usually followed by a shared meal). The work could be putting in raised beds, clearing an overgrown area, planting fruit trees etc. It's simple and practical way to make a dream of growing produce a reality. The presenters will be Jacqueline Ogden and Jane Brown who will speak about their experience of Growzones this spring, answer questions, and talk about plans for the next round of Growzones in 2013. More details here.

Saturday 11 August: 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! Fill in this form 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.

August: Transition break

Transition Cambridge traditionally takes August off to give all of us a chance to rest after a busy few months organising lots of events and stalls. We'll be back in September with lots more exciting events and projects! If you'd like to get more involved, that will be a good time to come along and find out more, and perhaps choose a project or group to join. Have a great summer!

Thursday 06 September: Managing your Home Heating

19:30-21:00, Emmanuel United Reform Church, 72 Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR

For most people space heating is by far the biggest use of energy in the home. Are you heating more of your house than you need? Is it warmer or cooler than you want it? Does the heat from your radiators go straight our of your window? If you would like tips on managing your heating, or if you'd like to know what the latest in heating controls can do, come to 'Managing your home heating' and ask our experts: Peter Thom from Green Heat and Laurence Hardwick from Homaetrix, plus experienced householders. More details here.

14-16 September: Transition Network Conference 2012

19:30, Battersea Arts Centre, London

This year's conference will take as its theme "Building resilience in uncertain times". And it's in London, so relatively easy to get to! Here's more info (tickets are now available).

Saturday 15 September - Sunday 16: Transition stall at the Food, Garden and Produce show

10:00-17:00, Parker's Piece, central Cambridge

Come and visit the Transition stall at the Food, Garden and Produce show. We'll have Cropshare produce and Cambake bread available (for donations), as well as a display of our projects and some friendly Transitioners to talk to! If you can help out at the stall, please contact us. The show is Cambridge's big early autumn event - you can enter your own produce in their competitions (Transitioners won several cash prizes last year...). More details here.

Fri-Sat 28-29 Sep 10am - 4pm: Grafton Centre Eco-event

10:00-16:00, Grafton Centre Great Court

Last year this event was called Live Green and it was great fun. There were stalls from CCF, Recycling, Cambridge Wood works, a live cooking competition and a smoothie cycle. This year the energy group are putting on a stall - this is a 2-day event and we need lots of volunteers so if you could help us out for a few hours please let us know

Monday 01 October: Transition Cambridge AGM + new Transition film

19:15-22:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Come and see the new Transition film In Transition 2.0 (recently shown at the cinema) at 7:15, followed by tea and cakes, and then join us for our AGM at 8:45. Come to either or both parts of the evening; suggested donation for the film screening £3-5. All welcome!

Friday 26th October: People and Permaculture - book launch with Looby Macnamara

Heffers Bookshope, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TY (time to be confirmed)

People & Permaculture talk by Looby Macnamara. Looby will be talking about her new book People & Permaculture, the first book to explore the use of permaculture principles and design to enhance personal, social and planetary well-being.

Saturday 27 October: People and Permacuture: Creating synergetic productive groups with Looby Macnamara

10:00-17:00, Trumpington Pavilion, King George V Playing Field, Paget Road, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9JF

Creating synergetic productive groups - a workshop with Looby Macnamara, author of People and Permaculture. We will explore group life and how to make the most of the group energy and people's skills. This will include decision-making, facilitation techniques and roles within groups. The workshop will be fun and interactive. Cost £45/ £35 unwaged if booked and paid for by September 25th. After this date the cost will be £55/ £45 unwaged. For more information and to book contact PennyMore details here.

Events for your calendar

Transition News

Nominate the Cropshare project for Radio 4 Food and Farming awards

Radio 4 are looking for the Best Big Food Idea. Their web-site says "We're interested in innovations that are improving the way good quality food is sourced and sold. It could be an initiative by a national supermarket, a wholesaler, a website, or a chain of food shops - any imaginative idea transforming our access to great food and drink." If you'd like to nominate Transition Cambridge Crop Share for the food and farming awards on Radio 4, here's the link.

Transition Network Newsletter

Read the Transition Network Newsletter here - including news about the network conference in September, various courses, book reviews, discussions e.g. on local currencies, events, and much more!

Gardens available in Romsey area - garden sharers wanted!

If you would like more space to grow your own fruit and veg, and live in the Romsey Town area, the Garden Share project have garden owners / allotment holders who are looking for people to share their space. If you are interested, please contact Ann. For more information about the Garden Share project, see the web-page here.

Cambridge News article: Keep the greenbelt for growing food

Sue, Dave and Jacky, members of the TC Food Group, spoke to the Cambridge News about the need for more allotments in Cambridge. You can read the article on-line here (Friday 3rd August). Contribute to the debate by writing a letter to the Cambridge News with your point of view!

Share your skills with Greeniversity! (+ help with venues/organisation)

The new Greeniversity Project (aka Cambridge Skill Share) is looking for some help! In particular, we're looking for people who'd like to share their skills - all skills are welcome, e.g. mending tools or clothes, cooking or making preserves, growing veg or herbs, making vinegar or beer, keeping bees or chickens, or the hundred and one other skills that we need to make the transition to more sustainable ways of life! We're also looking for venues for the skill share events - the venues will ideally be free, possibly offices, shops, scout huts, cafes etc that are not used in the evenings/weekends/Sundays and are relatively central - do you know of somewhere that might be suitable? Please let us know if you do! We're also still looking for people to help set the project up - that will include being in contact with skill sharers, contacting venues, putting events into the web-based system, doing publicity and helping organise and run a launch event. So get in touch if you'd like to get more involved or know of venues (and thanks to those of you who've already got in touch, we'll be in contact soon!). Here's the Peterborough Greeniversity page so you can see how the project is working there.

Other News and Events

Saturday 25 August: Local Produce Day at Guyhirn Village Hall

10:00-14:00, Guyhirn Village Hall (north of Cambridge, between March and Wisbech)

Guyhirn Village Hall is having a local produce day where you can buy, sell or swap any produce you have grown or made, including plants, vegetables, fruit, preserves, seeds, homemade cakes, wine etc. Got a glut of courgettes, an extra few jars of jam or some spare herb plants? Why not come and swap the fruits of your labour with other local like-minded people? Don't worry if you have nothing to swap as we'll also have stalls from local growers, allotment holders and bakers so you can still get your hands on some lovely local food! Teas and coffees available in the village hall. Contact: 01945 450814. (If you might be interested in having a stall to sell any of your own produce (veg, eggs, preserves, cakes etc) then get in touch with Abbie for more info.)

Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Sept: Building a Clay Oven **new date!**

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.

Saturday 01 September: September Swishing with Cambridge Carbon Footprint

13:30, 43 St Andrew's Street, Baptist Church (CB2 3AR - near the Arts Picture House)

Cambridge Carbon Footprints presents its second Swishing of the year. The event will take place between 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Swishing, for those that don’t know, is a clothes swap with style. Participants bring a few items of good quality, clean clothing, and get to take home a few items of their choosing from others (it doesn’t have to be a direct exchange). Despite the trend of only women taking part at swishing, we do welcome men’s, kids and baby clothes too! There will be room for 30 people so we recommend you book your place ahead by emailing info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org - or just turn up on the day. More details here.

Thu 6th - Fri 7th Sep 11am - 3.30pm: Emmanuel Environment Expo

11:00-15:30, Emmanuel URC, Trumpington Street, CB2 1RR

Emmanuel United Reformed Church, will host a FREE Environment Expo focussed on sustainability in buildings, particularly saving energy and especially in older buildings such as our beautiful church (for which we have ambitious plans). We invite building professionals, managers and owners of both public and private buildings and home owners to come and discuss these issues with consultants and suppliers for energy saving and renewable energy. More details here.

Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Sept: Permaculture course at Dunton Community Garden

09:00-17:00, Dunton Community Garden, Dunton, near Biggleswade

Permaculture is a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people, and communities. The course will be led by Hannah Thorogood, and will include an introduction to permaculture, observation of natural systems and how they relate to us, using some tools of permaculture design. The course aims to inspire you to be the change you want to see in the world, and is a chance to get to know like-minded people. Cost: £70 (£50 concessions) for the weekend. Booking is essential, please email, or phone 01767 3138978. Poster here.

6 Fortnightly evening sessions beginning in October: Carbon Conversations - October Groups

19:15, Various around Cambridge

6 friendly, practical meetings aimed at helping you halve your carbon footprint. Over 1,000 people have already taken part so come and join us! Cost is £15 for all six sessions and a copy of the 'Carbon Conversations' handbook. More details here.

Contribute to the County Council's Transport Strategy

Cambridgeshire County Council is now consulting on issues for a new transport strategy for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire. They say: "Growth is being planned and we need to explore how best to accommodate this while improving accessibility and reducing congestion." Their consultation document highlights some of the main issues and challenges for transport in the area and seeks views on what approach we should take in developing a new transport strategy over the coming decades. The closing date for feedback is 28 September 2012. You can also attend various public meetings to find out more. More info here.

Cambridge Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan - consultation

Cambridge City Council are inviting responses to the current consultation on the draft Cambridge Climate Change Strategy & Action Plan 2012-2016. In 2008, the Council produced a four-year Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan and it is now time to revise it. We would love to hear your views, comments and suggestions on the draft of the new strategy, which you can view here. If you wish to submit a response to the consultation, please download the form from the same link, and either email it to sustainablecity@cambridge.gov.uk or send a hard copy to the postal address provided. The deadline for response submissions is Wednesday 5th September. If you would like to be part of a joint Transition Cambridge submission, please get in touch.

Events for your calendar

Have a lovely and relaxing August! The next bulletin will be in September, so we'll be back then!

Anna

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