Newsletter20121204

Hi everyone

After a busy weekend with Mill Road Winter Fair (pictures here), we're winding down a bit for Christmas, but don't forget our Christmas party on Thursday 13th Dec from 7:30 till late at CB1 cafe - we hope you can come to celebrate another year of Transition in Cambridge with live music and mince pies! If you haven't yet seen the new Transition newspaper - "Transition Free Press" - it's definitely worth taking a look, and bookings are open for the next Carbon Conversations group in January (organised specially for Transitioners, everyone is welcome to attend).  

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 11 December: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 13 December: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party
  • Saturday 22 December: Permaculture Christmas get-together and group design exercise
  • Book now for special Transition Carbon Conversations group in January!
  • Transition Free Press - 1st edition and crowd-funding call
  • Permaculture group news
  • Christmas gifts that don't cost the Earth
  • Latest TC events leaflet to print/send round
  • Events for your calendar (lots of new events added!)*

Other News and Events

  • Thursday 06 December: Thermal imaging camera training session
  • Monday 07 January: Grow Your Own Year Round Workshop
  • Monday 14 January: New Sustainable Eating Course (January 2013)
  • New Cambridge Green-zine!

Transition News and Events

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 13 December: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party

19:30-23:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge

Come along to help us celebrate! There'll be live music from Thomas Johannes, drinks on sale from the cafe, mince pies and cakes (please bring something if you'd like to). Everyone is welcome, whether or not you've made it along to any of our other events or meetings. Merry Christmas!

Saturday 22 December: Permaculture Christmas get-together and group design exercise

16:00, 124 Foster Road, Trumpington, CB2 9JP

This meeting will combine a Christmas get together of the permaculture group with a permaculture observation exercise and discussion around a kitchen redesign (Ceri and Dave's kitchen). Please bring food to share for a festive Winter Solstice meal after the discussion. All welcome, even if you have not come along to the permaculture group before. For more information please contact Ceri and Dave.

Book now for special Transition Carbon Conversations group in January!

Each year Cambridge Carbon Footprint runs one Carbon Conversations group specially for Transition Cambridge and now is the time to book if you want to participate in this 6-session award-winning course in the company of like-minded Transitioners! The group (facilitated by experienced volunteer facilitators Liz Serocold and Bev Sedley) will meet fortnightly at Bev's house near Cambridge rail station on Thursdays between 7.30 and 9.30pm on the following dates: January 17th and 31st, February 14th and 28th, March 14th and 28th, with sixth session to be agreed by group. Cost: £15, which mainly covers the cost of the handbook. The sessions are engaging, interactive and fun, as well as informative, and include three excellent games. The course covers the main topics of personal carbon reduction: home energy, travel, food and drink, consumption and waste. Whether you know a lot or a little about living a low carbon lifestyle, there will be something in the course for you! "The best educational experience I have ever had - sensational!' (Jade) People usually make significant reductions in their emissions after participating. To find out more visit our website and to book phone the CCF office on 01223 301842 during office hours or email us here.

Transition Free Press - 1st edition and crowd-funding call

Transition's first newspaper is out and it's a joy to read - have a look here! The editors hope to publish 4 issues a year, and are looking to crowd-fund the printing costs - if you'd like to help, you can do so at their BuzzBnk page here. We (TC) anticipate having 250 copies of each issue to give away - if you'd like to help us distribute them, please get in touch. We will have them at events and stalls, and may be able to distribute them in other ways with your help and ideas.

Permaculture group news

At the Transition Cambridge Permaculture meeting on the 7th November, members of the group discussed the way ahead for the coming year. The outcome was very positive and there are to be two themes. Members of the group that were present will host a meeting each month at their home or a place of specific interest/relevance to them. The focus of the meeting will be to look at an aspect of their permaculture practice with one particular principle in mind. The other strand will be to set up one or more ongoing Guilds so that interested members will have the support to deepen their practice. Dates, times and venues will be posted to the Permaculture group mailing list and Transition bulletin for the initial guild meeting and the first two meetings have been posted in the Transition events listings. For more information about the permaculture group, see their website 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!

Latest TC events leaflet to print out/send round

We created a new leaflet with all our upcoming events for the Mill Road Winter Fair. You can download it here, and please feel free to print it out and/or send it round to anyone who you think might be interested - thanks!

Events for your calendar

Other News and Events

Thursday 06 December: Thermal imaging camera training session

19:30-21:30, Cambridge Carbon Footprint offices

Concerned about high energy bills and heat loss in your home? A thermal imaging camera can show up areas of a house where heat loss is unnecessarily high (for example through ill-fitting doors or windows, or gaps in insulation), as well as hidden moisture, structural shortcomings, and other building issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. So why not join Cambridge Carbon Footprint for a free training session to learn how to use our thermal imaging camera? Participants will learn how to use the camera and more importantly, how to interpret the results. Once trained, participants will then be able to borrow the camera to survey their own homes (and those of others) so that they may identify the best ways to improve their insulation and airtightness. Better for the environment, and better for energy bills! To book your place email us or phone 01223 30184 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.

Monday 14 January: New Sustainable Eating Course (January 2013)

19:30-21:00,

A new five-week course packed with ideas about eating more sustainably starts in January. "Sustainable Eating: how to eat great food that won't cost the earth" takes a lively, participative approach to the topic, with food to try! Starts 14 January for five evenings, 7.30-9pm, at Sawston Village College. Cost: £35, concs available. The course tutor is Sally Fenn, nutrition therapist, food writer and amateur veg grower. To book, ring 01223 712424, or to find out more, email Sally Fenn.

New Cambridge Green-zine!

Cambridge GreenZine – a new on-line magazine bringing you green news and events – has published its first issue this week. They say: “Just like the Cambridge 'green' scene itself, there's something for everyone. We've got LOCAL news - the good news about Cambridge brownfields, news from local groups & societies and a directory of Green Groups. We've got LIFESTYLE tips and ponderings - about food, fashion, Christmas and more. And we've got THOUGHT articles - from the Romantic Poets to 'Plant Passports,' to some thoughts on seasonal overconsumption.” They’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to write something for their next issue coming out at the end of January. Have a look here. And thanks to Sue Woodsford for contributing an article about Transition Cambridge!

Have a great week!

Anna

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