Lots of varied events coming up, with something for everyone! If you live in one of the many homes in Cambridge with solid walls, don't miss the solid wall insulation event this Thursday. If, like many of us, you have often thought wondered about the waste of fruit around our area, come to the Fruit Harvest Project next Tuesday. And put the Summer Festival in your diary now (July 13th)!
19:30-21:30, St. Lukes Church Centre, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ
Does your home have solid wall? If so now is a good time to be thinking about insulating them because there is financial help available for all through the Green Deal and the ECO grant scheme. Come to our forum and find out all about it. We will have industry experts on external and internal insulation for you to quiz, plus some of our friends who have done it to tell you about the experience. More details here.
18:30-20:30, CB2 Bistro Norfolk Street Cambridge
Come to a special meeting and help create the Fruit Harvest Project. From identifying gardens with excess orchard fruits, planning harvest excursions, lending fruit picking equipment to use and redistribution of the harvest, there'll be plenty of ways to join in, please see our new web page for more on this project. We'll meet upstairs at CB2, All welcome. More details here.
19:00, The Green Britain Centre, Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7HT
Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement, will be launching his new book "The Power of Doing Stuff" followed by a Question and Answer session. If you would like to attend, let us know and we will try to organise shared transport.
20:00-21:30, Judith's house
We will review the forum and progress on the community energy project for PV panels. Contact Nicola for details of venue.
19:30, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD
The Transition Café is focusing on waste this week. The stuff we throw away goes on a journey after the bin lorry picks it up – but where does it go and what happens next? Emma Cross will begin this informative and interactive evening with a short talk – and there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. Emma coordinates the Recycling Champions scheme for the City Council - see this page on the Transition website for more info. <a href="https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/recycling">More info on recycling is here</a>.
14:30-23:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane and Maypole Pub
To celebrate 5 years of Transition in Cambridge, we're organising a Transition Cambridge Summer Festival, which will include films, talks, skill-shares, an afternoon cafe and then a meal and drinks in the Maypole pub in the evening. We're still making plans for this, including skillshares on making and mending and jewellery crafting, talks permaculture, bee-keeping and energy saving in the home, and a chance to catch up with some Transition films, including A Farm for the Future, The Power of Community and In Transition 2.0. Get in touch if you'd like to help, or if you could offer skills, talks, films, cakes, children's activities, help with publicity or anything else. We need lots of volunteers, and there's room for more activities if you have any ideas! We're particularly looking for skill-shares on beer-making, cheese-making, tying knots or recycled jewellery making. Full details will be in next week's bulletin!
11:00, Coldham's Common
Want to spend more time in Nature? Join our Wildlife Wanderings. A leisurely meander through Coldhams's Common, taking our time to observe the nature that is taking place around us. Meet at the gates to Coldham's Common, on Coldham's Lane, opposite Cromwell Road - map here. Bring a little notebook and pencil if you fancy starting a nature journal, we can show you how. Please bring hats, suncream, suitable shoes and water. And bring some simple healthy food to share, if you fancy staying for a picnic after. Free and open to everyone.
19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, 32 Mill Road, CB1 2AD
Come to the cafe this week for some inspiration! Stephanie has been leading this Transition Cambridge project based on edible landscaping, and this is an opportunity to hear all about it and see some inspiring transformations of public spaces. Previously neglected public spaces are now growing luscious harvests of fruit, herbs and veg right here in Cambridge. Check out this link for some of the work that's been done by the team. More details here.
11:00, Paradise Fen
Want to spend more time in Nature? Then join our Wildlife Wanderings. We'll be exploring Paradise Fen, at a slow and inquisitive pace, looking out for different plants, insects and signs of animals. Meeting point: The ice-cream shop, next to the paddling pool at Lammas Land. map here Remember to bring a little notebook and pencil if you'd like to keep a Nature journal. We can show you how. Also bring hat, suncream, suitable shoes and water. And if you'd like to stay for a picnic afterwards, then bring some simple healthy food to share. Free, all welcome.
I still have a wide range of vegetable and herbs plants for sale in Trumpington from cucurbits to brassicas. £1.25 - £2.25 or accept LETS. I can also grow to order. Contact Ceri on 01223 840602
Each year we find some of our few soft fruit bushes don't get picked due to time pressure and the fruit goes to waste. It is a different type of soft fruit each year depending on what grows well. Picking can take a number of weeks and you need to be flexible as it is weather dependant. Would anyone like to help me with picking in exchange for some of this fruit? (In Trumpington). This year due to all this rain were set to get quite a few strawberries and thornless blackberry's. We also have gooseberrys and black, white and red currants and autumn raspberries. If you'd like to help with pruning in the winter even better. It's an opportunity to pick my brains on organics and permaculture. Contact Ceri 01223 840602
14:20, Shepreth Fete, Behind the Village hall at the junction of Station Road and Meldreth Road, Shepreth Cambridgeshire SG8 6PZ
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire is hosting a Gardeners' Question Time at Shepreth Fete on Saturday 29th June from 2.20-3.30 on Shepreth Rec. The programme will be recorded for future transmission. This will be a great chance to meet four of the expert gardeners who appear regularly on the Christopher South Gardening Hour: Mark "Mr Pumpkin" Williams organiser of Soham Pumpkin Fair; Tony Arnold (Chair of the Professional Gardeners' Guild and Head Gardener at Newnham College, Cambridge); Marney Hall (award-winning Chelsea Flower Show designer) and Barry Gayton (life-long flower and veg gardener plus cacti and succulent specialist). All have a wealth of knowledge on 'Growing your Own'. Come along and put your questions to the panel. Vanessa would welcome some Transitioners to come along and ask questions! Admission to GQT is free.
19:30-21:30, St. Luke’s Church, Victoria Road, CB4 3DZ
Anne Miller, Director of The Creativity Partnership and non-executive board member of the British Antarctic Survey recently visited Antarctica. She will share her experiences on what it is like to live and work in Antarctica, what she learnt about the latest climate science, how Antarctica is changing and why this matters. Anne is a very engaging speaker, so don't miss this! Hosted by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Space is limited so please book a place by emailing CCF or calling 01223 301842.
17:00-17:00, Ringsfield Eco Centre, Suffolk, NR34 8JR
This gathering is for all those interested in permaculture in East Anglia/East of England. There will be workshops, a ceilidh and much much more. Check out the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EasternPermacultureGathering?ref=ts&fref=ts">Facebook page</a> for more information or on the permaculture website. There are only 100 places so early booking is essential.
14:00-15:30, St. Andrew’s Hall (St. Andrew’s Road, Chesterton) CB4 1DH.
Swishing is clothes swapping with style. Participants bring a few items of good quality, clean clothing, and get to take home a few items of their choosing from others (it doesn’t have to be a direct exchange). One person’s item that just doesn’t fit anymore or turned out to not be the right colour after all is someone else’s favourite new item in waiting; swishing just makes the exchange happen! One almost always comes away from a swishing with some fabulous new clothes that are even cheaper than they would be in a charity shop, sometimes barely worn, while relieving yourself of the guilt of those old items you never wear! It’s the perfect way to rejuvinate your wardrobe and give existing clothes new life. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Please book a place by email. Despite the trend of mostly women taking part in swishings, we do welcome men’s, kids and baby clothes too!
Such a lot going on - and the sun is shining as I write this! Have a great week!