Newsletter20121001

Hi Everyone

We have plenty of activities this week that will add to the general buzz of a new University term! Get your green credentials up to speed and learn some new skills with the Greeniversity Skillshare who are having a stall at CCF's SkillsFest this Saturday, or pick up some handy overwintering plants  and seeds at Trumpington allotments plant swap. Meet the Food group people  at their newcomers' meeting, or just soak up inspiration from two excellent films: Transition 2.0 at Monday's (tonight) Transition Cambridge AGM, and No Impact Man at Thursday's  Cafe Night.

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Monday 01 October: Transition Cambridge AGM +  Transition 2.0 film screening
  • Tuesday 02 October: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 04 October: Film showing: No Impact Man
  • 5th-7th Oct: Transition South East Camp
  • Saturday 06 October: Cambridge Skillshare (Greeniversity) stall at CCF's Skillsfest
  • Tuesday 09 October: Food Group newcomers meeting
  • Friday 26 October: Book launch: "People and Permaculture" with author Looby Macnamara
  • Saturday 27 October: People and Permacuture: Creating productive groups with Looby Macnamara
  • Good footfall at the Grafton Centre
  • Local food hits the headlines!
  • Garden Share opportunity in Toft
  • Getting involved with Transition Cambridge

Community News

  • Accomodation wanted
  • Wanted: Advice on purifying harvested rainwater for drinking water

Other News and Events

  • 6 Fortnightly evening sessions beginning in October: Carbon Conversations - October Groups
  • Saturday 06 October: Apple and Orchard Day (+help needed)
  • Saturday 06 October: SkillsFest
  • Sunday 07 October: Plant swap
  • Wednesday 10 October: Carnival comes to Mill Road Winter Fair - find out more
  • Saturday 20 October: Gamlingay Green Day
  • Thursday 25th October at 16.00 and 18.00: Carnival comes to Mill Road Winter Fair - free workshop
  • Saturday 27 October: Apple Day
  • Saturday 17 November: Girton Village Energy Day
  • 24th November: Fairtrade Regional Forum for the East of England
  • Cambridge developer contributions - funding priorities
  • Energy Bill coming before parliament - campaigning for renewables
  • Cambridge Carbon Footprint - Carbon Conversations - a few spaces left

Transition News and Events

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.

5th-7th Oct: Transition South East Camp

19:30, Wapsbourne Farm, near Sheffield Park, East Sussex TN22 3QT

A time to gather together and create a family friendly event to celebrate, share our skills, visions, our hopes, fears, tell tales, sing songs, discuss plans, ideas, dreams, to relax, share food, have fun, reconnect and just be with and support each other, Marvel at dark starry skies, sit round open fires. Workshops include bushcraft, kids magic, bike maintenance, foraging and a great deal more plus whatever skills you bring to share. All on the beautiful Wowo organic farm campsite in the heart of Sussex. Full info here.

Saturday 06 October: Cambridge Skillshare (Greeniversity) stall at CCF's Skillsfest

12:00-16:00, St Andrew's Hall, St Andrew's Road, Chesterton, CB4 1DH

The new Cambridge Skillshare project (aka Greeniversity) will be having it's first stall at the Cambridge SkillsFest, organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Come along to find out more about the Skillshare project, and to enjoy the SkillsFest! Read more about Cambridge Skillshare here.

Tuesday 09 October: Food Group newcomers meeting

18:30, Baroosh, 8 Market Passage, off Market Street, CB2 3 PF - upstairs room

The Food Group has been a central part of Transition Cambridge since the early days. The link below takes you to more info. If you'd like to find out more about what we do, and our projects, you're welcome to come to this meeting and meet some of the people who are involved in the Food Group. All welcome! More details here.

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.

Good footfall at the Grafton Centre

The Energy Group manned a stall at the Grafton Centre 'Live Green, Shop Green and Save' over Friday/Saturday 28th/28th September for the second year running. This year they tried out Nicola's new energy saving action cards and also energy opinion surveys to engage the public in discussion about energy and other sustainability issues. For the children, the SPEP model house proved a valuable draw - making it easier for parents to chat without distractions.

Local food hits the headlines!

Last week's successful Eat Buy Local event has appeared in the Cambridge News. Transition Cambridge's Food Group co-organised this event with CCF and one of the speakers was Paul Robinson, of Willow Farm near Lode, who hosts the Cropshare project. All reports say that the local food was delicious, and the local food movement is growing stronger... Read more here.

Garden Share opportunity in Toft

A garden owner in Toft, with a lovely garden including several fruit trees, is looking for a garden share partner to help and share the produce. If you are interested, please contact Ann, Garden Share Coordinator

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.

Community News

Accomodation wanted

Do you have a room for a PHD student who is looking for accomodation in Cambridge with a fellow Transitioner from 4 October to 30 November, in order to complete his thesis? He can pay up to £300/month. If you can help, or know a friend or relative who can, please contact Tristam

Wanted: Advice on purifying harvested rainwater for drinking water

Message from Simon Moss: "I'm helping develop two small off-grid houses in rural Spain. They have rainwater collection which has been used by previous inhabitants for drinking water, but without any filtration or purification. I'd like to discuss ways of purifying the water, using the limited solar main electricity. Does anyone have experience in this field?" Please e-mail Simon with your answers.

Other News and Events

Saturday 06 October: Apple and Orchard Day (+help needed)

11:00-16:30, Wandlebury Country Park (off A1307 towards Haverhilll)

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. Map here. If you might be able to help on the day for an hour or two with setting up, manning stalls, welcoming visitors and clearing away at the end, the organising team would be very grateful and would love to hear from you - please contact Lorna Gough for more information. Thanks!

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.

Sunday 07 October: Plant swap

10:30-11:30, Trumpington Allotment Trading Shed

Bring what you have to swap - autumn planting seedlings, spare houseplants, saved seeds anything for the greenhouse. Now is the time for bringing on seedlings for winter planting spring cabbage, winter salads and be thinking about what to plant in October, Autumn onions, garlic, broad beans, winter planted peas, Pilot or Meteor varieties. There will be some autumn planting onions and garlic for sale at the trading shed, which is open on that day. More details here.

Wednesday 10 October: Carnival comes to Mill Road Winter Fair - find out more

16:00-20:00, Coleridge School, Radegund Road

The spirit of carnival comes to Mill Road this year as the Winter Fair hosts a spectacular parade guaranteed to get your feet tapping! And everyone aged from 5 to 105 is invited to take part. Renowned carnival artist Ali Pretty and her company Kinetika plan to help the people of Cambridge celebrate in style, creating a fabulous carnival parade that will have us all dancing in the streets. Working in partnership with the Parkside Federation, we aim to involve at least 200 local people, ranging from school children to professional artists, OAPs to local musicians. Whether you have a particular skill to offer, would like to learn some new ones, or just fancy doing something different, we’d be happy to hear from you. To find out more, come along and meet Ali and the rest of the team, or sign up for a FREE workshop. To find out more, contact Kay Blayney

Saturday 20 October: Gamlingay Green Day

10:00-14:00, The Ecohub, Stocks Lane, Gamlingay

Stalls, talks and displays from local wildlife organisations and green energy businesses. find our what you can do to save energy and save money. Refreshments provided by the Crafty Cupcake People. Lots to see and do. Free entry. More details here.

Thursday 25th October at 16.00 and 18.00: Carnival comes to Mill Road Winter Fair - free workshop

16:00, Coleridge School, Radegund Road

Renowned carnival artist Ali Pretty and her company Kinetika plan to help the people of Cambridge to create a fabulous carnival parade for Mill Road Winter Fair on 1 December, involving at least 200 local people, ranging from school children to professional artists,OAPs to local musicians. Whether you have a particular skill to offer, would like to learn some new ones, or just fancy doing something different, we’d be happy to hear from you. To join in, you can sign up for this FREE workshop. Contact Kay

Saturday 27 October: Apple Day

11:00-13:00, Rock Road Library, Rock Road, CB1 7UG

At this Apple Day in the Library Garden (which is now also a small orchard), there will be plenty of apple activities for the whole family including the community apple press (bring your own clean apples and juice containers), apple identification, apple bobbing, storytelling, cake stall, apple crafts, apple and spoon races, a William Tell shooting gallery and more! Come dressed as an apple or a character from an apple story to get a prize. Free, but donations to the Library will be appreciated. Organised by the Friends of Rock Road Library.

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.

Here's to a fun filled and inspirational week!

Jacky Sutton-Adam

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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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