Apple Day, staying warm, and Annual Report (aka TC brochure!)

Hi everyone,

This week, come and visit our Fruit Harvest Project and CamBake stalls at the Apple Day in the Botanic Gardens on Sunday, or find out how to keep your home warm in winter without racking up huge energy bills on Thursday in the Transition Cafe, or take a stroll in nature with Wildlife Wanderings on Saturday. Or if you feel like staying in, you can read about all the wonderful projects that Transition has been involved in over the last year in our Annual Report (which reads a bit more like a TC brochure!).

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 22 October: Greeniversity/Skillsfest organising meeting
  • Thursday 24 October: Transition Cafe - Preparing your home for winter
  • Saturday 26 October: Wildlife Wanderings
  • Tuesday 29 October: Food Group meeting
  • Monday 04 November: Cafe group meeting
  • Monday 04 November: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 09 November: November Skillsfest
  • Transition Cambridge Annual Report
  • Seeking community gardeners who live near Milton Road/Green End Road

Community News

  • Organic veg scraps for rabbits and chickens
  • Part time Green job at Cambridge Wood Works

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 23 October: Talk: Uncomfortable conversations... why discussing the big issues is so hard
  • Thursday 24 October: Talk: The Environment and our Health
  • Thursday 24 October: Illustrated Talk: Fleam Dyke and the Roman Road – Their history, archaeology, management, flora and fauna
  • Sunday 27 October: Apple Day
  • Monday 28 October: Places of worship as sustainable buildings
  • Monday 28 October: Exploring lifestyle boundaries and low-carbon living
  • Monday 28 October: Carlos Ludlow-Palafox on recycling and funding
  • Saturday 02 November: Warm Homes Mill Rd
  • Ethical Investment
  • Permaculture Design Course at the Apricot Centre
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Tuesday 22 October: Greeniversity/Skillsfest organising meeting

19:30, Please contact us for venue (near station)

At our next Greeniversity meeting, we'll be making sure everything is sorted for the SkillsFest on 9 November. Even if you can't make it to this meeting, we need volunteers to help out on the day so please get in touch! We are just a small group and would welcome more people to join - contact Anna for details of venue.

Thursday 24 October: Transition Cafe - Preparing your home for winter

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

As the temperatures drop and the nights get longer, come along to this café evening and learn about energy-saving measures for your home. Energy expert Tom Bragg will speak about a range of home energy solutions, starting with simple, cheap DIY measures (such as draught-proofing, using your heating controls wisely) and going through to eco-renovation projects (insulation, windows and more). We’ll show videos of local homeowners who’ve made energy-saving improvements to their homes. We’ll also have a thermal imaging camera (a good way to track down heat losses). As always, there will be time for questions. All welcome, free.

Saturday 26 October: Wildlife Wanderings

14:00-15:30, Logan's Meadow LNR, Logan's Way, Cambridge

Take a wander with fellow nature lovers, to observe wildlife in action at Logan's Meadow, one of Cambridge's eight Local Nature Reserves. This will be a very informal session, guided by those who come; we slowly wander as we fancy, looking carefully at the plants, insects, birds and any other natural curiosities that we can find. All welcome (free). Meet at the entrance of Logan's Meadow, just off Logan's Way. Please bring sensible shoes, that you don't mind getting muddy, a waterproof and some water.

Tuesday 29 October: Food Group meeting

18:30-21:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

All welcome at the Food Group's fortnightly meeting. We'll be talking about food projects and moving forward with our plans for autumn.

Monday 04 November: Cafe group meeting

19:00-20:30, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD

All welcome at this meeting of the cafe group - we will be making plans for cafe evenings for the next few months, so do come along to contribute ideas. The cafe is a great way to meet people, and to help new people find out about Transition activities and projects in Cambridge.

Monday 04 November: Energy Group Meeting

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

We will review plans for the next forum and discuss anything else that crops up. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Saturday 09 November: November Skillsfest

14:30-17:30, St Andrews Hall, St Andrew’s Road, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DH

Come and learn about draught-busting, baking Christmas cookies, herbal healing, making recycled jewellery, finger-knitting, singing and more! There'll also be a swap-shop and a cafe. More info to follow, but this is advance notice so that you can save the date! This is a joint event with Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

Transition Cambridge Annual Report

Our Annual Report is out, and it's amazing how much the different Transition groups have been doing this last year! It includes reports from all the different groups and projects, and is a great way to find out about what's going on in Transition Cambridge at the moment. You can read it here (high res version, 2.7MB) or there's a lower resolution version here (0.9MB). We hope you enjoy it!

Seeking community gardeners who live near Milton Road/Green End Road

A piece of land has been offered for use as a community garden off Green Park, very near the junction between Milton Road and Green End Lane, and close to the Brown's Field Youth and Community Centre. For this to work, we'll need two to four committed people to take it forward, and experience suggests that it's much easier if you live close-by. So please get in touch if you'd be interested, and we can arrange a visit to the site to meet the owner of the land, and to discuss next steps.

Community News

Organic veg scraps for rabbits and chickens

The organic veg stall on the Sunday market, run by Simon of Mayfield Organics, has an abundance of leftovers suitable for chickens/rabbits etc. and people are welcome to come and collect it for free, probably best in the afternoon, between 2pm and 4pm.

Part time Green job at Cambridge Wood Works

Cambridge Wood Works Community Interest Company (CIC), your local community wood recycling social enterprise, is looking to take on two part time team members to help them meet the growing demand for its products and services. More details here.

Other News and Events

Wednesday 23 October: Talk: Uncomfortable conversations... why discussing the big issues is so hard

17:30-19:00, Anglia Ruskin East Rd Campus, LAB 027

A Global Sustainability Institute Festival of Ideas event. Like politics, religion and money, climate change can be one of those topics it's not very comfortable to talk about with friends. It can provoke strong feelings, and judgement of people’s life choices, so isn't it more considerate not to mention it at all? In this interactive talk, speakers from the Global Sustainability Institute and friends will give their thoughts on why we avoid issues that it might be helpful for us to face up to, from climate change to our own health, and ask the audience to share their views and experiences. Led by Dr Rosie Robison and Julie-Anne Hogbin from the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University. Ages 15+, Free, Full access, Arrive on time, Booking not required. More details here.

Thursday 24 October: Talk: The Environment and our Health

19:30-21:30, Trumpington Pavilion, King George V Playing Field, Paget Road, Trumpington Cambridge CB2 9JF

This talk will be on how the environment impacts our health. The talk will be given by Dr Damien Downing, pioneer of Environmental Medicine, President of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Cost: £10. All Welcome. More info here.

Thursday 24 October: Illustrated Talk: Fleam Dyke and the Roman Road – Their history, archaeology, management, flora and fauna

19:45, The Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge CB21 5BS

Talk by Quinton Carroll (County Archaeology Dept) and Iain Webb (Wildlife Trust). Come and find out more about two important and interesting sites that we're lucky to have right on our doorstep. Our two speakers' detailed knowledge will enhance your enjoyment of these historic paths. Illustrated leaflets and guide books will be available. Entry free, but a small donation towards the room hire would be welcome. No need to book. Refreshments available. For more information, call David Cottee on 01223 880616 or e-mail him. More details here.

Sunday 27 October: Apple Day

10:00-16:00, Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE

Apple Day returns to the Botanic Garden celebrating all things apple! The Transition Cambridge Fruit Harvest Project will have a stall - come along to find out what we've been up to and what we're planning to do. There will be lots of other stalls too from apple identification to story-telling and apple-related stuff for sale. Admission is £3 for everyone aged 17 and over, plus the cost of garden admission, and under-16's are free. You can buy tickets in advance. More details here.

Monday 28 October: Places of worship as sustainable buildings

18:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road Campus, Cambridge, Room LAB 005

This meeting will include talks from Dr Shahid Hanif about the plans for the new Cambridge Mosque, and Mr Brian Cuthbertson, Head of Environment and Sustainability, Diocese of London, who will speak about how to improve the sustainability of existing places of worship, particularly medieval and Victorian churches. There will also be a chance to network. All are welcome to attend; please let Nigel Cooper know if you are coming so he can plan for catering. This is a meeting of the Faiths and Beliefs Network of the East of England hosted by Anglia Ruskin University. More info here (pdf file).

Monday 28 October: Exploring lifestyle boundaries and low-carbon living

19:00-21:00, St Luke's Church, Victoria Road, Cambridge, CB4 3DZ

We all want to do something about climate change in light of the idea that it poses a real threat to humanity. But what can we personally do? This workshop, delivered by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, looks at the 2013 levels of consumption, energy use, global travel and food sourcing and asks: are the solutions within our reach? This event is part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which runs from 23 October - 3 November 2013. The event is free but booking in advance is required. Booking information:01223 301842 or email us Bookings open on 23 September, 10 am. More details here.

Monday 28 October: Carlos Ludlow-Palafox on recycling and funding

19:30-21:30, Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

Enval grew out of Carlos’s PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge in the late 90s. Helped by the Cambridge Challenge Fund (now part of Cambridge Enterprise) and business angels from Cambridge Capital Group and Cambridge Angels, Carlos won the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs Business Creation Competition, created the company Enval and built a pilot-plant to demonstrate his process for recycling flexible laminate packaging (as used for toothpaste tubes, food pouches and coffee). With further investment from its original investors, COIN and the Angel CoFund and now in partnership with with Kraft Foods, Nestle and Mondelez International, Enval now has a commercial scale plant. Carlos will talk about partly about waste, but also about his experience navigating the funding maze. There will be plenty of time for discussionl More details here.

Saturday 02 November: Warm Homes Mill Rd

10:30-17:30, Homes and Ross St Community Centre

A home-energy day for the Mill Road area, with: * visits to local houses with energy-saving improvements (morning) * talks and workshops by home energy experts * videos of local homes with the householder & an energy expert * stalls with reliable local suppliers and installers !!! expert advice about your particular situation * latest information on loans and grants, including Green Deal * information will be useful for tenants and homeowners too The main focus will be on the many pre-1920s houses in the area (and throughout Cambridge) which have solid walls and are therefore more difficult and expensive to insulate. There will be open homes in the area in the morning, as well as an afternoon filled with workshops and talks on a range of interesting topics. For more information or to book your place, please call 01223 301842 or email us More details here.

Ethical Investment

Ethex (an organisation which advises on ethical investment) has just released a report which gives the top 10 places for 'positive investors', i.e. the postcodes where they live. Cambridge is in at number 10 - in particular they highlight CB1, CB3 and CB4 - West Chesterton, Market, Romsey and Queen Edith's. See map on page 17 of <a href="https://www.ethex.org.uk/medialibrary/2013/10/11/a7204585/Oct_2013_Final_Ethex_Positive_Investing_Report.pdf">the report</a> (pdf). There was also an article in the Guardian here.

Permaculture Design Course at the Apricot Centre

We are starting the next full Permaculture design course at the Apricot centre on the 26th/27th October, and then once a month till June 2014. We are offering an Introduction to Permaculture as the weekend of the 26th/27th October at £50. The course structure gives the participants time to read, watch films and meet up with smaller groups imbetween the sessions. We have found this creates really strong networks in the groups and the region. The Apricot centre is a fully established Permaculture site demonstrating the principles on many levels, we include livestock and commercial systems on the course as well as practical sessions. More details here.

Events for your calendar

So there's lots on, as ever! Get in touch with your ideas or if you'd like to help out at the SkillsFest on 9 November, and we hope to see you at some of these events!

Anna

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