Newsletter20120924

Hi Everyone

There's lots to do this week, we have our Eco-Event stall at the Grafton Centre, plus the CamBake group meeting and Transition Cambridge's AGM and Film showing on 1st October. If you're new to Transition Cambridge and have been thinking about getting involved, check out our new Groups and Projects webpage. Finally, you can save £10 with the early bird booking deadline this Friday for Looby Macnamara's workshop on Creating Productive Groups. Happy Transitioning!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 25 September: Food Group meeting + Cambake meeting
  • Fri-Sat 28-29 Sep 10am - 4pm: Grafton Centre Eco-event with TC stall (+ help needed)
  • Monday 01 October: Transition Cambridge AGM + new Transition film
  • Tuesday 02 October: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 04 October: Film showing: No Impact Man
  • Friday 26 October: Book launch: "People and Permaculture" with author Looby Macnamara
  • Saturday 27 October: People and Permacuture: Creating productive groups with Looby Macnamara
  • Getting involved with Transition Cambridge
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Rooms to rent in Women's Housing Co-op
  • Hoop Springs Eternal
  • Lovely room to rent (with permaculture interest)

Other News and Events

  • Monday 24 September: The Big Picture: Dr. Aled Jones
  • 6 Fortnightly evening sessions beginning in October: Carbon Conversations - October Groups
  • Saturday 06 October: Apple and Orchard Day
  • Saturday 06 October: SkillsFest
  • Cambridge developer contributions - funding priorities
  • Energy Bill coming before parliament - campaigning for renewables
  • Cambridge Carbon Footprint - Carbon Conversations - a few spaces left
  • E-Petition against airport expansion

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 25 September: Food Group meeting + Cambake meeting

18:30-20:00, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)

The Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting - we'll be making a plan for the newcomers' meeting on 9 October. We'll also be reviewing our stall at the Food, Garden and Produce Festival on 15-16 September. Followed by a meeting of Cambake (Cambridge's community bakery project) from 8.00pm.

Fri-Sat 28-29 Sep 10am - 4pm: Grafton Centre Eco-event with TC stall (+ help needed)

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. We are especially short of people on the Friday -  Please help if you can so we can run the stall on both days!

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 8:30. Come to either or both parts of the evening; suggested donation for the film screening £3-5. All welcome! Members of Transition Cambridge are invited to nominate officers for election or propose amendments to the constitution. More details here.

Tuesday 02 October: Energy Group Meeting

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

We will be reviewing the recent events and deciding what to do next. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Thursday 04 October: Film showing: No Impact Man

19:15-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge

Come and see this great documentary about one man and his family trying to live without making any environmental impact right bang in the centre of New York City. Colin Beaven is the No Impact Man and this documentary tells the story of Colin's experiment with researching, developing and adopting a way of life for himself and his family. The film will be followed by a discussion about how we can all reduce our impact on the environment (probably moving to the Six Bells Pub when the cafe closes at 9pm). For more info, see the film trailer, Colin's blog, the film web-site and our web-page with a short precis of the film. NB Please note the earlier start time of 7:15pm.

Friday 26 October: Book launch: "People and Permaculture" with author Looby Macnamara

18:30, Heffers Bookshope, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TY

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. Please note that the time has changed to 18:30.

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

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

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 28th. After this date the cost will be £55/ £45 unwaged. For more information and to book contact Penny. More information about Looby Macnamara. Poster here.

Getting involved with Transition Cambridge

There are lots of ways to get more involved with Transition Cambridge. As well as attending our events, you can join a group or project - here is an up-to-date list of our groups and projects that we created for the newcomers evening last week. There are contact addresses for the different groups and projects, or just reply to this e-mail and we'll forward your e-mail to the relevant person. There are often specific tasks that we would like some help with and these are listed here. And if there is something you'd like to offer that isn't listed here, please get in touch too. We welcome everyone's involvement - Transition Cambridge is entirely run by volunteers.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Rooms to rent in Women's Housing Co-op

We are a women only housing co - op with two houses near the city centre. We are looking for women with an interest in cooperative living and green issues. As an organization we have a commitment to making our homes as sustainable as possible but as yet we haven't implemented any of our larger projects. So, we would be very interested in women who want to participate in this area. Please contact us to come and have a look around our lovely homes.

Hoop Springs Eternal

The Cambridge and Peterborough YMCA is calling for members of the local community to join them on Saturday 13th October at Parkers Piece between 12 and 4p.m to set a new world record. The Cambridge and Peterborough YMCA is one of 58 YMCA’S taking part in the YMCA’S worldwide record attempt for shooting the largest number of basketball hoops in one day. The challenge, which aims to gather 5 million people in YMCA’S across the world, officially starts at 8.am, local time in New Zealand and ends in Hawaii at 1700 following the time zone progression around the globe. This event is open to everyone so if you are interested in taking part, or want to show your support for the work of your YMCA please contact Andrew Wilbraham.

Lovely room to rent (with permaculture interest)

From Marina: "Hi, we have a lovely, large furnished room available in a peaceful, shared house run on permaculture principles. The room overlooks the garden and a nature reserve. There is an opportunity to participate in organic veggie and fruit growing. We're 2 miles from city centre and close to a supermarket. Sharing with 2 women (1 p/t employed and 1 f/t MA student) and a cat. Costs: £500 pcm + bills." Contact Marina here.

Other News and Events

Monday 24 September: The Big Picture: Dr. Aled Jones

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

Our Speaker on Monday 24th September is Dr Aled Jones, Director of the Global Sustainability Institute at ARU. Prior to this he was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He will share with us his thoughts on the big picture, influencing government, policy and regulation. Dr. Jones' expertise includes chairing the working group on climate finance within the Capital Markets Climate Initiative on behalf of Greg Barker, the Minister for Climate Change, sitting on the UNEP FI insurance sector working group and setting up the Banking & Environment Initiative. He has also worked in academia, consultancy and a high tech startup. He leads research projects in climate finance, energy and behaviour, and resource management. Cost £5

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.

Saturday 06 October: Apple and Orchard Day

11:00-16:30, Wandlebury

11.00am-4.30pm A popular day dedicated to delicious countryside delights for all the family: get your apples, nuts and other soft fruit identified. Discover the importance of orchard conservation. Have a go at archery, apple tasting & using the apple press, craft activities, and fairy tales. Ample different apples to purchase, tea, coffee and juice on the green and other stalls. For further information contact:Cambridge PPF

Saturday 06 October: SkillsFest

12:00-16:00, St. Andrew's Hall, St. Andrew's Road, Chesterton

Following on from our successful SkillsFest with Transition Cambridge last year, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is bringing back SkillsFest for another year! A wide range of skills that will help you live more sustainably will be covered, from vegetarian cooking to knitting to growing your own with workshops and skills demonstrations all day! There will be so much to learn and do, so drop in and get your hands dirty! More details here.

Cambridge developer contributions - funding priorities

Cambridge City Council is holding public consultation events across the city to seek ideas from local community groups and residents about local amenities (such as parks and open spaces, play areas, sports facilities and community centres) that could be provided or improved by making use of developers' financial contributions (also known as Section 106 funding). There is more info here. The North Area event is on Sat 6 Oct and the South Area event is on Thursday 4 October. If you would like to come along to the area workshop in your area, please email or phone 01223 457200. If you are not able to attend but still have suggestions about possible capital projects for new or improved facilities, please send your ideas to the same email address. A summary of the comments and ideas raised at this consultation event will be reported to the Area Committee in November, which will be able to prioritise which projects to take forward within the S106 funding available. If you would be willing to go along as a representative of Transition Cambridge, please get in touch.

Energy Bill coming before parliament - campaigning for renewables

As many of you will be aware, the Energy Bill is coming before parliament in early November, and the members of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition are campaigning on this (more info here). We want a clear target for zero carbon electricity by 2030, but, with the government backsliding on its green promises, there is a danger that instead Osborne will use the Bill to push gas and nuclear. Cambridge is a key constituency, so Greenpeace volunteer Fran Boait is coordinating a lobby of Julian Huppert in October. For more details see Fran's message here. If you might be able to join in, do let Fran know.

Cambridge Carbon Footprint - Carbon Conversations - a few spaces left

There are a couple of places remaining on both the Milton Road (near Mitchams Corner) and Newnham group begining early October. This is an opportunity to attend 6 practical and friendly evening meetings to help you discover low-carbon living together with like minded people. For further information visit www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org or telephone 01223 301843.

E-Petition against airport expansion

The following is part of a HM Government official petition against the expansion of airports. "In 2011, the Government accepted that an oil supply “crunch” if not a peak in production was very likely before 2020 and promised to develop energy policies for a resource constrained future. Plans for airport expansion continue, despite studies indicating a shortage of aviation fuel by 2026." For more info and if you feel moved to sign, go to this link.

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