With these recent days of sunshine you might have more energy for getting involved in your grub! At Transition Cambridge's Food Group meeting tomorrow we'll be discussing the success of the Seedy Sunday event, plus getting ready for Eat Cambridge, a festival from 8-15 March organised by a local group of foodies. See below for several other food-sourcing events too.
18:30-20:30, The Emperor pub, 21 Hills Road, CB2 1NW (upstairs room)
This is the Food Group's regular fortnightly meeting - we'll be reviewing the success of Seedy Sunday, and planning for Eat Cambridge. All welcome.
19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge
Jade Cawthray is currently studying for a Masters in science communication, having completed an internship working at the Garden Museum in London. Come along to hear what she's learnt about how to communicate sustainability to a range of audiences. All welcome, free!
13:30-15:30, Marguerite's house
Open Day at Marguerite's permaculture garden: the theme will be 'Obtain a Yield.' We will look at the variety of fruit trees, perennial vegetables and herbs and self seeders in the garden, including a volunteer peach tree which produced wonderful peaches for the first time in 2012, and also at the water butts and watering system, although this is a work in progress. Email Ceri and Dave for location details
10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments
Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are ideal for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's more of a mutual sharing than a lesson! In the February session we will be preparing beds for early crops, and hopefully sowing, depending on conditions. We will also do some formative pruning of the new fruit trees in the forest garden. I'm a bit scared of this, so expert pruners please come and advise:) Join in here. Book soon as spaces are limited. More details here.
If you might be able to help us run our sound system at large events (probably not more than every couple of months) or manage our Twitter account (@TransitionCambs) we'd love to hear from you so get in touch!
Following an unprecedented joint effort from 13 groups local to East Chesterton, river users and wider city groups, a joint submission has been made to the Planning Inspectorate trying to save this unique location for a riverside pub. You still can help by signing and commenting - please complete the local residents' associations petition- and forward petition link to others.
Amy Tillson, Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR) Associate and EngD Candidate at University College, London, will speak at the next CAR Showroom on Wednesday, 30 January. The title of her talk is 'Are Great Britain's homes vulnerable to summer overheating?'. The Showroom will be held at the CAR offices in Gwydir Street. Wine will be served from 5.30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 6.00 p.m. Please let Maria know by Tuesday, 29 January, if you will attend.
18:00-19:30, Engineering Department, Trumpington Street
Professor Jared Diamond from the Geography Department at UCLA is giving this lecture. His most recent book is 'The World until yesterday - what we can learn from traditional societies', and previous books include 'Guns, Germs and Steel', and 'Collapse - How societies choose to fail or succeed.' Part of the Engineering Department's annual Distinguished Lecture series in Sustainable Development. More details here..
13:00-14:00, Anglia Ruskin, East Rd campus, Coslett Building 406
Helen Cranston (The Makhad Trust) will give a talk entitled: ‘Do Sunny Holidays = Water Poverty?’ The Makhad Trust is a charity which works with the culture of the Bedouin in the Sinai desert. This presentation will discuss aspects of living sustainably in an arid climate, the impact of tourism, climate change, water resource management and human geography as well as the positive impact a small charity can make on peoples lives. Sinai is a fascinating area, being the birthplace of the world's three major religions. Many of the influences on our culture and history have come out of this landscape. We are always very pleased to have members of Transition Cambridge at these seminars. A (sustainable/locally bought) lunch is provided at all seminars. More details here.
13:00-16:30, ACE Foundation, Bury Road, Stapleford CB22 5BP
Talks, stalls and practical sessions to help you make your home more energy efficient including Transition Cambridge's Nicola Terry on Energy Saving at No Extra Cost, and Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Tom Bragg on DIY Energy Saving. Free tea and cake, and free entry too. Organised by the Stapleford Environment Group. More details here.
11:00-13:00, Trumpington Community Orchard Project
Susanna will be demonstrating fruit tree grafting and hopes to be able to allow people the chance to use cuttings from the orchards trees to graft on to suitable root stock. The cost will be £5 per root to cover the costs of purchasing materials, there will also be pears rootstock and scion wood available for anyone interested in pears. Please check our web site for more information or email us or phone Susanna on 01223 841870 for further details. More details here.
16:15-20:30, Castle Street Methodist Hall, Cambridge
Drop-in session: 4.15pm - 6pm. Presentations and questions: 6.30pm - 8.30pm. Further information will be available nearer the time. Please see the Council website for notes of previous meetings and the latest news on the North West Fringe developments.
A new festival of local food and drink put together by a group of local food enthusiasts to showcase local food producers, retailers and restaurants. There will be a day-long event at the Guildhall on Saturday 9th March, and you can check out their website to keep up to date with current plans.
The fourth West Norfolk Permaculture Design Course will take place during 6 weekends over 6 months at 6 different inspiring venues across the region. This course provides an introduction to the design methods, tools, principles and ethics that underpin this sustainable design system. It is a unique opportunity to meet other people in the area who are exploring more sustainable ways of living and to visit some exciting projects already employing the principles of permaculture. The first weekend (April 13/14) is an introduction and participants can come to this as a stand-alone weekend. For those who wish to explore further, there will be five additional weekends on 11/12 May, 8/9 June, 13/14 July, 10/11 August and 14/15 September. Our aim is for the course to be accessible to all so if you have any questions or concerns about the dates or the price please do contact us. Cost £60 for introduction weekend and £250 for the rest of the course (concessions may be available). For more information and to book a place e-mail the organisers. This is an initiative of Downham and Villages in Transition.