Newsletter20121210

Hi everyone,

Sustainable sleighbells are tinkling madly, so this week get ready for the Transition Cambridge Christmas Party on Thursday as well as the Permaculture Christmas gathering on Saturday 22nd December. This Saturday Cambridge Carbon Footprint and the British Antarctic Survey have also teamed up to create a session about climate change and the retreat of the glaciers following a showing of Chasing Ice at the Arts Picturehouse. Book now for a special session of Carbon Conversations in January, too.

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
  • Saturday 05 January: Permaculture group meeting focused on forest gardening
  • Tuesday 15 January: Food group meeting + Cambake meeting
  • Thursday 24 January: Wood Burning Stoves
  • Apple press and crusher to borrow
  • Book now for special Transition Carbon Conversations group in January!
  • Transition Free Press - 1st edition and crowd-funding call
  • Permaculture group news
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • For sale: Off road tandem
  • Supporting independent businesses in Cambridge

Other News and Events

  • Friday 14 December: FoodCycle Festive Feast
  • Saturday 15 December: Chasing Ice: film followed by a talk
  • Monday 14 January: New Sustainable Eating Course (January 2013)
  • New Cambridge Green-zine!
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 11 December: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house

We will have a short meeting reviewing plans for the next forum, catching up on news and planning future projects - and then some seasonal cheer! Please bring something nibbly to share - Judith has promised us some mulled wine.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, 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.

Saturday 05 January: Permaculture group meeting focused on forest gardening

12:00-15:00, The Missing Sock, Finders Lane, Newmarket Road, Stow-cum-Quy, CB25 9AQ,

This meeting will be hosted by Rosie at the Missing Sock. We will look at the forest garden she has designed and is developing there. This will also be an opportunity for all people who are interested in forest gardening to share knowledge about this aspect of permaculture, including seed collection, plant types and cuttings. Free, all welcome, no permaculture experience necessary!

Tuesday 15 January: Food group meeting + Cambake meeting

18:30, Emperor Pub (upstairs room), Hills Road

6.30-8.00 Food Group meeting - all welcome - come along to find out about the food group's activities and to get involved! From 8.00 - Cambake meeting - all welcome - come along to find out more about Cambridge's community bakery and how to get involved.

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

Apple press and crusher to borrow

Transition Cambridge now owns an apple press, and a crusher (to chop the apples up before putting them in the press). If you fancy having a go at making your own apple juice, or if you’re involved in a community project, you're welcome to borrow them. The press is a 9-litre Vigo press – you can see more info and pictures of the press and 'classic crusher' on the Vigo website. If you’d like to borrow the press and crusher, please email Liz.

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.

Events for your calendar

Community News

For sale: Off road tandem

From Fiona: "This tandem is ideal for school runs and weekend rides adjustable rear seat suitable for children and ladies. It is a white Mission duet. Price: £125 or next offer. Call 07968 961275 or e-mail here."

Supporting independent businesses in Cambridge

One of the central tenets of the Transition movement is relocalisation – the more we can meet our needs from the local area, the less dependent we are on oil/transport and the more resilient the local economy can become. But its hard to find local businesses in the shopping centres - where are they? There is now a book to help you. ‘Independent Cambridge 2013’ is a guide to local independent shops, cafes, restaurants, artists, bike shops, picture framing and joinery and more. You can access the book directly online too or order the book from their website.

Other News and Events

Friday 14 December: FoodCycle Festive Feast

19:30, Stickybeaks cafe, 42 Hobson Street

FoodCycle Cambridge's Christmas fundraising meal, with fresh veggies from Transition CropShare farm. Tickets cost £25 or £15 for FoodCycle volunteers. A delicious three course vegetarian meal and a complementary drink as well as a cooking demonstration by Stickybeaks. There will also be a cash bar and a raffle. All profits from ticket and raffle sales will go to FoodCycle, a nationwide charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and a free kitchen space to create nutritious meals and positive social change in the community - www.foodcycle.org.uk If you have any questions please email us More details here.

Saturday 15 December: Chasing Ice: film followed by a talk

15:00-17:15, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

Cambridge Carbon Footprint has teamed up with the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and the British Antarctic Survey to host a Question and Answer session on climate change and the retreat of the glaciers with BAS glaciologist Dr Ed King. This follows the 3pm showing of the beautiful and inspiring film "Chasing Ice", which returns to the Arts Picturehouse following its success during the Cambridge Film Festival. Unmissable! Tickets can be bought or from the Arts Picturehouse box office in person or from their website. 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!

Events for your calendar

Have a great week!

Hannah

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