The nights are drawing in and if you fancy a quiet evening with a book we have some ideas for reading matter for you this week. Firstly you must read our 'Transition Cambridge Vision for 2030', distilled by Stephanie from some lively sessions earlier this year. If that doesn't stimulate your imagination you might try 'People and Permaculture' by Looby Macnamara. She is giving a talk at this Friday at the Friends Meeting House - note the new venue and time - and she will have some books with her to sell and no doubt sign. Also if you've been meaning to book for her workshop on Saturday 'Creating Productive Groups' you had better hurry. But if reading isn't your thing, we have a very creative cafe next week making things from recycled materials.
18:30-20:00, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)
The Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting - we'll be discussing Food Sovereignty. See the Nyeleni Declaration of Food Sovereignty. The next meeting of Cambake (Cambridge's community bakery project) will be on Tuesday 6 November at the Emperor starting at 8.00pm.
19:00-20:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane
Looby will explore the use of permaculture principles and design to enhance personal, social and planetary well-being. Widening the definition of permaculture from being mostly about land based systems to taking it right into the heart of our own lives, relationships and society, she will explore tools and techniques that we can use in our own lives, including ways of creating harmony in our relationships and groups, and how we can forge a wider vision for our social systems. She will focus on how we can manifest a positive future with the use of a new design framework specifically created for people-based designs. Copies of her new book "People and Permaculture" will be available to buy. The talk is free and open to everyone; donations are welcome.
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 £55/ £45 unwaged but bursaries are available to Transition Cambridge members. For more information and to book contact Penny. More information about Looby Macnamara. Poster here.
19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, Mill Road
This cafe evening will focus on crafts using recycled materials. One thing we'll be making is 'plabric' - converting plastic bags into a stronger material which can be used to make other items (take a look at this youtube tutorial). And if you can bring along a few non-degradable and attractively coloured plastic bags to work with, that'd be great! Also, if you know a recycled craft which you'd like to share with others, please contact Liz.
Earlier this year Transition Cambridge held two visioning sessions to explore our vision for 2030. The results have been written up and are ready for reading and comment. You can access the document and contact information on the Transition website here.
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 at Coleridge School on 25th October from 4 till 8pm. To find out more, contact Kay Blayney.
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.
Explore the big ideas in the arts, humanities and social sciences for free at the 2012 Cambridge Festival of Ideas, from Wednesday 24th October to Tuesday 4th November. Speakers include China expert Martin Jacques, Radio 4 Controller Gwyneth Williams and Executive Editor of The Economist, Daniel Franklin. The debates cover issues as wide-ranging as the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the future of the BRICs, the social impact on the West of the rise of China and the US elections. For more information and a programme, please call: 01223 766766 or visit their web-site.
19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House,12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA
Bring your green enterprise dreams, projects, problems …and your creativity to our workshop. Ann Miller will facilitate a session to help us help you make progress on a green issue facing you. This could be how to improve your business? Find a greener job? Exploit a potential invention? Overcome a DIY problem? Or would you like to apply your creativity to helping others who do? The aims will be for us all to broaden our understanding of the problems facing green entrepreneurs, and techniques for overcoming them, generate some useful ideas, get to know each other better and have fun. Cost £5. More details here.
11:00-21:00, Various: East Barnwell Community Centre, Tree Walks & Ross Street Community Centre
A day focusing on local gardens and trees. ‘Gardeners’ Coffee Morning’ (11am-12) at East Barnwell Community Centre, Talk (12-1pm)Restored 'Lost' Garden of East Barnwell, Abbey Tree walk (2-3pm), Romsey Rec Tree walk (4-5pm). Evening at Ross Street Community Centre: Seaside-themed garden open (6.30-7.30pm) followed by special talk by the Head Gardener of Clare College (7.30-9pm). In collaboration with the Abbey Action Project, Romsey Garden Club and the University of Cambridge. More information: Keith Jordan Tel. (01223) 517259 or Email
17:30-20:00, Cripps Court, Magdalene College, Chesterton Rd
Cambridge Architectural Research is hosting this event exploring how designers and planners have a duty to take climate change impacts into account. Doing so will help protect human life and comfort and conserve limited available resources and biodiversity. How can we ‘future-proof’ our built environment, particularly when it is impossible to precisely predict changes? Environmental architect Sofie Pelsmakers (author of The Environmental Design Pocketbook) will set out some practical and robust design solutions and practices which should be practised today for a sustainable tomorrow. You MUST register with Maria by Tue 23rd if you wish to come.
16:00-20:00, 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, which runs from 4pm to 8pm. Contact Kay
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.
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.
10:30-12:30, Wandlebury Park
Enjoy autumn at Wandlebury Park during half term at one of our two sessions for children age 5 plus. Take part in crafts inspired by beautiful autumn leaves, fruits and seeds and look out for autumnal animal activity in the park. Book now to ensure a place at these popular sessions run by our field teachers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. £6.50 per child (members £5.00) Contact us by email or ring 01223 243830 x 201
13:30-16:00, Mill Rd Cemetery - avenue entrance
As part of the Festival of Ideas the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University is running a sustainability themed treasure hunt for families from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm on October 31st at Mill Road Cemetery, Cambridge. There will be treats for all teams! More details and registration at: www.anglia.ac.uk/gsi_treasurehunt
Help the Rangers restore some of the old hedges the traditional way and work on the hedges along the concrete track to open up the views. Bring a picnic and suitable clothing and shoes. Tools etc provided. Free event, donations welcome. Booking essential. Contact Head Ranger 07833 598155 or email More details here.
Have a good week,