Newsletter20121008

Hi Everyone

There may be autumn in the air but its also a season of new beginning and there can be no better place to start than the Food Group newcomers meeting tomorrow (Tuesday), or for inspiration try next Thursday's film 'The Turning Point'. Also a new student project called 'Switch Off' is collaborating with Transition Cambridge Energy group to advise students and Cambridge residents on how to save energy. For looking back you could take a look at our annual report which showcases what we have done during the year, an impressive list! and Dave Fox's grow your own session next weekend will be harvesting the fruits of this year's labours and also sowing new seeds for next year.

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 09 October: Food Group newcomers meeting
  • Saturday 13th October: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day
  • Sunday 14th October: Romsey Community Garden work session
  • Thursday 18 October: Film showing: The Turning Point
  • Saturday 20 October: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Wednesday 07 November: Energy Group Meeting
  • Transition Cambridge Annual Report 2012
  • Good footfall at the Grafton Centre
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Rooms to rent in Women's Housing Co-op
  • Accomodation wanted
  • Wanted: Advice on purifying harvested rainwater for drinking water

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 10 October: Carnival comes to Mill Road Winter Fair - find out more
  • Saturday 20 October: Gamlingay Green Day
  • Saturday 20 October: Cambridge Carbon Footprint Ceilidh
  • 6 weekends from 27th October 2012 to June 2013: Permaculture Design and Biodynamics Course
  • Saturday 27 October: Apple Day
  • Microgenius for investment in renewables
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

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.

Saturday 13th October: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF 09:30-16:30

Come to what could possibly be the last workday of this growing season! 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. Fill in this form if you would like to take part this weekend, we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More...

Sunday 14th October: Romsey Community Garden work session

Romsey Community Garden, junction of Marmora and Madras Road 15:00-17:00

Help to dig, weed, sow and plan! This week we have a new patch to dig, and then we may be able to plant some more fruit bushes. We can also sow winter onions, and some green manures. Wear wellies and bring gloves/forks/spades if you have them (we also have some you can borrow). Refreshments provided, and all ages welcome! More info about the garden here.

Thursday 18 October: Film showing: The Turning Point

19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge

Come and see this great documentary about how a community in Scotland is making the transition to a more resilient and sustainable way of life. The film takes as its starting point an international conference on "Positive Energy: Creative Community Responses to Peak Oil and Climate Change", which took place at the Findhorn Ecovillage Community in Scotland in March 2008. It explores positive and practical solutions, with examples from the Findhorn community and Transition Town Forres that demonstrate how we can tackle food and energy production, transport, and wastewater treatment. It also shows how a local currency can help to boost the local economy. "This film is a great introduction to peak oil, resilience, and rediscovering community. It is a practical exploration of how to build resilience in a peak oil world, offering a glimpse of the possibilities of an economic, social and cultural renaissance that is just over the horizon." says Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture magazine. The film will be followed by a short discussion (probably moving to the Six Bells Pub when the cafe closes at 9pm). Free, all welcome.

Saturday 20 October: 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 October session we will again check progress of the polyveg, mulch beds and forest garden, tend brassicas, sow garlic and onions, and do some harvesting (bring a bag!). Join in here. Book soon as spaces are limited.

Wednesday 07 November: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Margaret's house on Oxford Road

There will probably be some activity with Switch-off to review and plans for our next event in January. We should have a new FAQ on wall insulation too. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Transition Cambridge Annual Report 2012

We have published our annual report for 2011/2012 and it's an impressive summary of what we have achieved recently: 15 active projects plus the website and newsletter publishing. Its no wonder we've all been busy. This also includes out annual accounts.Download the full report here (0.5 Mb pdf) You can also read the minutes from our agm and see how we created our plans for the next year 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.

Events for your calendar

Community News

Rooms to rent in Women's Housing Co-op

A good sized bright room is available in our house, and is part of Paradise Women's housing co-op. Housemates are friendly and encourage a positive, co-operative living environment. Active participation in both the running of the house and the co-op is essential, and is required as part of the tenancy agreement and is a rewarding experience. It is is a large Victorian house with a big garden, and is close to town and the river. The room is unfurnished, but the rest of the house is fully furnished. The rent is affordable and we aim to be as sustainable way as possible.. This accommodation is women only and there is a minimum six month stay. If you are interested please contact us to arrange a viewing by email

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

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.

Saturday 20 October: Cambridge Carbon Footprint Ceilidh

19:30-20:00, Arbury Community Centre,Campkin Rd, CB4 2LD

Come along to the CCF ceilidh fundraiser, which will feature a raffle, food and drinks, as well as our main event, the ceilidh! We are delighted to say that the Cambridge University Ceilidh Band have offered to play for us and there will be a caller, so no need to worry if you don’t know the steps! Children are welcome. As this is a fundraiser, we are selling tickets, but because we don’t want to exclude anyone for financial reasons, we have two prices: £5 and £10. You choose which you pay. The ticket includes entry to the ceilidh, some (vegetarian) food and one drink – other drinks will be available on the night. To book, contact us by email or phone: 01223 301842. More details here.

6 weekends from 27th October 2012 to June 2013: Permaculture Design and Biodynamics Course

10:30, The Apricot Centre, 83 Hungerdown Lane, Lawford, Essex. CO11 2LY

A new Permaculture design course is starting at the Apricot centre on October 27th 28th, and will be held one weekend a month until June 2013 .... this year we have added a new strand of Biodynamic systems to be held at Lauriston Farm in Maldon - giving a unique opportunity to see both sustainable food production systems working on commercial farms - and all in Essex ! The courses can be taken together or separately, the teaching team is creative and fun, we aim to be practical and accessible in our approach. More details here.

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.

Microgenius for investment in renewables

Microgenius is a new way to raise funds for small community energy projects or to make small investments. It works nationally but it was developed and is based locally. Currently it has 3 community energy projects on its books: a hydro-electric power installation, a company for turning tree trimmings into useful stuff and a company installing wood fuelled boilers. Take a look, if you would like to invest or if you would like some inspiration. More details here.

Events for your calendar

Have fun everyone

Nicola

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