Newsletter20121126

Hi Everyone

It certainly feels like Winter is upon us but there is no reason to be miserable because it will soon be Mill Road Winter Fair. When you go along do visit our stall on Donkey Green and if you can spare an hour please give us a hand. I can guarantee you warm humour whatever the weather. Also in Mill Road this Thursday, at the CB1 Cafe you will be all fired up about food and agriculture watching the film 'Seeds of Freedom' (and you can have a hot drink too). 

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Thursday 29 November: Cafe evening - 'Seeds of Freedom' film + discussion
  • Saturday 01 December: Mill Road Winter Fair - visit the Transition stall
  • Tuesday 04 December: Food Group meeting + Cambake meeting
  • Tuesday 11 December: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 10 January: Cafe night - How to Save Energy at Home
  • Thursday 17 January: Book now for Transition Carbon Conversations in January!
  • Thursday 24 January: Wood Burning Stoves
  • SustainableSouk won CUE (Cambridge University Enterpreneurs) awards
  • Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth
  • Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

  • Monday 26 November: Green Tide Turbines
  • Saturday 01 December: Visit to National Self Build & Renovation Centre
  • Saturday 01 December: Tree Dressing Day
  • Tuesday 04 December: A Low-Carbon Christmas
  • Monday 07 January: Grow Your Own Year Round Workshop

Transition News and Events

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.

Saturday 01 December: Mill Road Winter Fair - visit the Transition stall

10:00-16:30, Donkey Green - at the end of Mill Road, near the swimming pool

Come and visit the Transition stall at Mill Road Winter Fair. We'll be in a gazebo on Donkey Green (map here), between the swimming pool and the marquee. We'll have info about what Transition is doing, including energy and food projects, and Cambake (Cambridge's fledgling community bakery) will have samples of their products to taste. If you can help out on the day, please let us know (which will help us plan), or you can turn up on the day. Mill Road Winter Fair is Cambridge's most vibrant and wonderful community event, with an amazing variety of stalls, art, food and music the whole length of Mill Road - more info below. More details here.

Tuesday 04 December: Food Group meeting + Cambake meeting

18:30, Emperor pub, Hills Road

This Food Group meeting(6.30 till 8.00) will review Mill Road Winter Fair and other matters. The Cambake meeting (from 8.00) will be an update on progress (business plan, finance, premises etc).

Tuesday 11 December: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, venue to be confirmed

We will be reviewing plans for the next forum, catching up on news and planning future projects. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Thursday 10 January: Cafe night - How to Save Energy at Home

19:30, CB1 Cafe on Mill Road

There are lots of ways you can reduce your energy use at home without spending a penny - just by the things you do. From closing curtains at night or turning the heating off half an hour before you go to bed, to not overfilling the kettle, turning off the TV when no-one is watching it ... This workshop is about what we can do, why we don't always do it and what we can do to make it easier. Nicola Terry gave this workshop first at Warm Homes in Trumpington and got good reviews. It will be even better this time.

Thursday 17 January: Book now for Transition Carbon Conversations in January!

19:30-21:30, Hills Road near rail station

Bev and Liz are again offering a Carbon Conversations group specially for Transition, on Thursdays starting January 17th. The six 2-hour sessions are fortnightly and cover carbon reduction in the areas of home energy, travel, food, general consumption and waste. "The best educational experience I have ever had!" (Jade) This is a great opportunity to learn about reducing your personal carbon footprint in a small group of like-minded - we won't be running another Transition group for another year, so sign up now! Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org to find out more or to book. More details here.

Thursday 24 January: Wood Burning Stoves

19:30-21:30, St. Lukes Church Centre, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ

Wood Stoves is such a popular topic we are running it again on Thursday Jan 24th 2013. Our panel will include David Ousby from Cambridge Wood Works and sweep Lawson Wright. More information here

SustainableSouk won CUE (Cambridge University Enterpreneurs) awards

Congratulations to Michele on winning an award from Cambridge University Entrepeneurs for the SustainableSouk project. He is one of the winners of £100 for 100 words - a good business pitch in 100 words. Only the best ideas can be condensed that small and still sound good so well done Michele. SustainableSouk is a virtual market place for locally made or grown food products. Sign up today! More details here.

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!

Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

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.

Saturday 01 December: Tree Dressing Day

11:00-15:00, Wandlebury Park

Take a walk to collect natural materials and use them to make decorations to take home and to help the Rangers decorate a tree in the park as part of National Tree Week (National Tree Dressing Day) Cost: £6.00 per child (£5 for members). Contact Head Ranger 07833 598155 or email More details here.

Tuesday 04 December: A Low-Carbon Christmas

17:00-20:00, Ross Street Community Centre

Christmas can be a time of high consumption and waste, but it doesn’t need to be: let Cambridge Carbon Footprint volunteers show you how to have a Low-Carbon Christmas. Come along and make your own Christmas crackers and decorations, get ideas for low-carbon and upcycled gifts, or try out our wrapping service using our lovely recycled and handmade wrap. If you're hungry, get some ideas on how to do Christmas dinner vegetarian or vegan style, or treat yourself to some of our home baking. This event is family friendly and hands-on! Drop-in at Ross Street Community Centre on Ross Street anytime between 5pm and 8pm. The event is free but local handmade gifts, cracker packages and refreshements will be on sale (cash only), and we always appreciate donations! More details here.

Monday 07 January: Grow Your Own Year Round Workshop

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House

Whether you're new to growing your own food, or a seasoned experimenter, this workshop hosted by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and led by expert grower Keith Jordan is essential if you want to eat your own produce all year round. “Grow Your Own Year Round” will help you plan your garden and planting schedule so that you always have something from the garden to eat, no matter the season. Space will be limited so please book ahead by email or by calling us at 01223 301842. All materials will be provided. More details here.

Have a good week!

Nicola

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