Newsletter20121112

Hi Everyone, 

There's a good choice of outdoor and indoor events  this week.  Find out about  Hardwick Wood's sustainable woodland products with wardens Vince and Louise at the Cafe night on Thursday, or get your garden tools out and your wellies on for a spot of late Autumn planting at the Romsey Community Garden on Saturday.  Is it too soon to talk about Christmas? Perhaps you can help us update the Transition Cambridge Earth- friendly gift list!

 

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Thursday 15 November: Cafe night- woodland management
  • Saturday 17 November: Community garden afternoon
  • Tuesday 20 November: Food Group meeting
  • Thursday 29 November: Cafe evening - 'Seeds of Freedom' film + discussion
  • Thursday 13 December: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party
  • Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth
  • Energy group teams with Switch
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Mill Road Winter Fair needs your help

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 14 November: Talk: 50 Shades of REDD+: Can Forests Really Save the Climate?
  • Thursday 15 November: The Bioregional Economy - A talk by Molly Scott Cato
  • Friday 16th (all day): Pot up for Pudsey plant stall
  • Saturday 17 November: Christmas Craft and Gift Fair
  • Saturday 17 November: Hedge Laying at Coton Countryside Reserve
  • Saturday 17 November: Girton Village Energy Day
  • Monday 19 November: Talk: Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open
  • Tuesday 20 November: Starting a Community Garden
  • 24th November: Fairtrade Regional Forum for the East of England
  • Monday 26 November: Green Tide Turbines
  • Saturday 01 December: Visit to National Self Build & Renovation Centre
  • New project: "Means of Exchange"
  • Allotments available at Vinery Road - Burnside Road site
  • Changing the banking system
  • Open Participatory Planning Meetings for "Poverty & Sustainability Year"
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Thursday 15 November: Cafe night- woodland management

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

Vince and Louise, volunteer wardens at Hardwick Wood owned by the Wildlife Trust will come and tell us about their experience. They manage the wood to encourage wildlife and also produce a large amount of sustainable wood products. The aim is to replicate the traditional coppice management in parts of the wood, which makes it better for wildflowers, lots of insects, and a greater variety of birds and bats etc. They produce firewood, some charcoal, garden sticks and structures etc. and deliver to customers around the area to raise funds for the Wildlife Trust. There has also been some much larger tree-felling work by professionals to supply timber for buildings etc. Vince and Liz will also invite you to join them on one of their work days to get some practical experience. After the talk the next work days are 17th November and 1st December.

Saturday 17 November: Community garden afternoon

14:00-16:00, Romsey Community Garden, junction of Marmora and Madras Road

We'll meet again this Saturday to do a little more work in the garden - it's time to plant broad beans and garlic for next year, and we still have some green manures and daffodil bulbs to plant too. So assuming the weather's OK, we'll meet from 2-4pm in the garden on Saturday. Bring gloves and tools if you have them - refreshments provided, suitable for all ages, free! (Read more about the community garden and see some pictures here.) (Also if there are any garden designers who'd like to help us design our nature garden or our flower garden, we'd love some help - please contact Anna 

Tuesday 20 November: Food Group meeting

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

This is the Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting - we'll be finalising plans for the Mill Road Winter Fair and reviewing our projects. All welcome!

Thursday 29 November: Cafe evening - 'Seeds of Freedom' film + discussion

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

The film highlights the story of seed - from its roots at the heart of traditional diversity-rich farming systems around the world, to the ways that seeds are being turned into a commodity and used to monopolise the global food system. The film is narrated by Jeremy Irons and features interviews with Vandana Shiva, Caroline Lucas and others. Following the film, there will be a discussion of the issues raised. More info on the film's website. More details here.

Thursday 13 December: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party

19:30-23:00,

More details to follow - please save the date! (and let us know if you'd like to help organise.)

Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth

A couple of years ago, Martin and the TC Food group put together this great list of Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth. We hope you find it useful, and we'd love to update it, so please let us know if you have some more ideas for gifts with low/zero carbon footprints. Thanks!

Energy group teams with Switch

Switch is a group of 4 students with an unusual strategy to raise awareness of climate change issues. They have a booklet on the subject illustrated by children and an energy calculator which uses human effort instead of kWh. On Friday 2nd November the Transition Cambridge Energy group shared the stage with them at the Grafton Centre and the Mayor came to visit. She even tried out the exercise bike and pedalled long enough to make a couple of slices of toast!

Events for your calendar

Community News

Mill Road Winter Fair needs your help

The Fair is on Saturday 1st December this year - it's a wonderful vibrant community event which is made possible by many volunteers! They are appealing for people to help out during the day (any time from 8am till 6pm) with various things - setting out tables, putting up banners and posters, overseeing venues. If you can help, contact Adeline Douard If you can help out by stewarding for an hour or two, contact Jonathan Goodacre (Tel: 07774 907 099). More details here.

Other News and Events

Wednesday 14 November: Talk: 50 Shades of REDD+: Can Forests Really Save the Climate?

19:30-21:30, Latimer Room, Clare College

The Cambridge HUB hosts Blaise Bodin from the Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme at UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. He will discuss their work supporting developing country governments to conserve biodiversity, safeguard tropical forests and combat climate change - all within the same initiative, REDD+. All are welcome to attend what promises to be a really interesting talk! Check out the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/348053221956470/">facebook event</a> here.

Thursday 15 November: The Bioregional Economy - A talk by Molly Scott Cato

19:30, St. Phillips Church Centre, 185 Mill Road Cambridge, CB1 3AN

What happens when ecology meets economics? Join Cambridge Carbon Footprint and leading Green Economist Molly Scott Cato as she sets out a visionary account of what a bioregional approach to the economy would mean — and how to get there from here. Full event details are available on our website.

Friday 16th (all day): Pot up for Pudsey plant stall

09:30, Outside the Round Church, Bridge Street/Sidney Street

Just to let everyone know that there will be a Pot up for Pudsey plant stall outside the Round Church in Cambridge, all day on Friday 16th November, in support of BBC Children in Need. The stall, run by members of Cambridge Rutherford Rotary Club, with support from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, will comprise plant donations from individuals, (including some celebrity gardeners and listeners to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire) and a local garden centre. It's a sort of plant bring and buy. So please come along and bag some bargains or even bring us something to sell on that you've potted up youself. Your plant story might even end up on the radio! Thanks for reading and see you there.

Saturday 17 November: Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

10:00-13:00, Arbury Community Centre

Recycling champions will he here showing you how to make christmas decorations, cards and gifts from old paper, card and material scraps, plus alternative wrapping techniques. There will be lots of other stalls too offering a wide range of gifts including terracota pots, jewellery, cosmetics, cards, personalised wooden tags and more.

Saturday 17 November: Hedge Laying at Coton Countryside Reserve

11:00-15:00,

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.

Saturday 17 November: Girton Village Energy Day

13:00-16:00, Girton Baptist Church, 103 High Street, Girton, CB3 0QQ

Stalls talks and displays - save energy, save money - refreshments available - Free entry. Speakers: Professor David Mackay and Peter Thom More details here.

Monday 19 November: Talk: Sustainable Materials: with both eyes open

19:30, Bristol Myers-Squibb Lecture Theatre, Chemistry Dep't, Lensfield Road

Talk by Dr Julian Allwood, hosted by the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Tuesday 20 November: Starting a Community Garden

20:00-21:30, Wesley Methodist Church, Victoria Ave, Cambridge

Want a community garden but not sure where to start? Let our panel of experts, including two from Transition Cambridge share what they've learned in starting their own community gardens and answer your questions. Hosted by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, please book ahead by emailing us or calling 01223 301842. More details here.

24th November: Fairtrade Regional Forum for the East of England

09:00, Cambridge

Hosted by Anglia Ruskin University on Saturday 24th November 2012 this is one of 12 such Forums to support and develop local fair-trade campaigning, and to improve communication between local groups. The day will include: plenary speakers from the Fairtrade Foundation; a wide choice of taster-sessions and workshops by people involved in local fair-trade; time to network and enjoy sampling fair-trade products. More details will follow. Fairtrade products not only ensure better working conditions and pay for producers, but also promote environmental protection as part of farm management in order to increase long-term sustainability (more info here). More information and booking here, or contact Cambridge Fairtrade or follow the Cambridge Fairtrade blog.

Monday 26 November: Green Tide Turbines

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

Michael Evans will share the story of Green Tide Turbines and the challenges they’ve faced in developing ways to generate renewable power from rivers and estuaries. Michael is an experienced entrepreneur who’s clearly innovative about financing his ventures: Green Tide turbines started as a crowd funded charity! As usual in Green-enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speaker and other participants. Cost £5. More details here.

Saturday 01 December: Visit to National Self Build & Renovation Centre

09:00-18:00, Staring out from Letchworth

Transition Letchworth are organising a coach to the National Self Build and Renovation Centre for Saturday 1st December. If you would like to join them, there is more information here or contact Roger Lovegrove.

New project: "Means of Exchange"

You may have heard of Ken Banks, an award-winning social entrepreneur who is best known for his work creating FrontlineSMS, a highly successful text messaging platform used for a wide variety of development applications throughout Africa and beyond. He is also behind the cash mob concept. He is currently working on a new idea, and to do so he needs to connect with the widest range of people possible at this point.The new project seeks to leverage everyday technologies to help people reconnect with local business, local resources, and each other. As the current economic crisis demonstrates, cycles of turbulence and disruption are now part of everyday life. Means of Exchange seeks to help buffer people from economic shock, and to help build resilience among communities. Find out more about the project here </a>, and read the full message from Martin at Future Business here, including details of how to register interest in getting involved.

Allotments available at Vinery Road - Burnside Road site

The Vinery Road Permanent Allotment Society has several half plots available on our Burnside Site. If you know of anyone who is interested in taking on an allotment please get them to contact us. Potential plot holders can find out more here. The available plots are generally over grown but now is an ideal time to get them dug over ready for the spring. Half plots are approximately 5.5 m wide by 18 – 20 m long.

Changing the banking system

If you feel as if you'd like to do something to make a difference and help to create change in our banking system you might be interested in "Move Your Money" campaign. The Ethical Consumer magazine has joined forces with other organisations such as UK uncut, The New Economics Foundation, Co-Operatives UK and others to support a new national campaign – "Move Your Money UK" aimed at drawing attention to ethical banking behaviour and calling on people to move their money to more ethical alternatives. The Ethical Consumers contribution is central to the project providing research to help everyone to understand which banks are the most sustainable so that they have an idea about where to move our money too. This special issue contains four buyers guides on: current accounts, mortgages, cash ISA's and saving accounts it also offers lots of information about the campaign, a raft of interesting contributions about banks and building associations, choosing a new direction for banking, Islamic banking, etc and their own analysis on these issues. If you'd like a copy of the magazine Ceri has 20 Free copies available. Please send a correctly stamped A4 addressed envelope to 124 Foster Road, Trumpington, CB2 9JP.

Open Participatory Planning Meetings for "Poverty & Sustainability Year"

The Humanitarian Centre is launching a year-long programme of events and activities that focus on poverty and sustainability. We are a Cambridge-based charity that connects academia, business, policy-makers and charities to more effectively work together to address global poverty and inequality. The programme for the year will be designed through open participatory planning meetings, to ensure that the events and activities add value to pre-existing work, and are current and influential. If you have an interest in issues of environmental sustainability, sustainable development or international development, please join us for the participatory planning meetings and share your ideas on what the Humanitarian Centre could do that would be interesting and important on this theme. Please register to attend here. Please contact Anne Radl with any questions.

Events for your calendar

That's all for this week,

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