Cropshare party, storytelling, fruit harvesting and lots more!

Hi everyone

Over the coming month, these's lots going on, including the wonderful Cropshare party on Sat 10th August (watch this lovely film of a Cropshare day made by aspiring young film-makers), a storytelling session about the Arctic and icebergs on the 22nd, as well as a fruit harvesting meeting (20th), "Wildlife Wanderings" (31st), and a TC stall at Milton Parklife Festival (this Sunday), grow your own session (17th), and permaculture gathering (17th). This will probably be our last bulletin until September as we usually take August off (though as you see, we seem to have lots of things going on anyway!) - but we'll keep our website up to date, and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TransitionCambs.

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Sunday 04 August: Milton Parklife Festival
  • Saturday 10 August: CropShare Harvest Party
  • Saturday 17 August: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington
  • Saturday 17 August: Permaculture August Meeting
  • Tuesday 20 August: Fruit Harvest Project Meeting
  • Thursday 22 August: Storytelling event: The Boy and the Big Block of Ice
  • Saturday 31 August: Wildlife Wanderings
  • Energy Group wants your input
  • Competition - Win a copy of Rob Hopkins' new book
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Whitehill Allotments have some allotments available
  • Cambridge Community Lover's Guide

Other News and Events

  • Wednesday 31 July: Film: The Moo Man
  • Friday 19 July - Monday 30 September: Cambridge Local Plan 2014 - public consultation
  • Saturday 20 July - Sunday 11 August: Big Butterfly Count
  • Saturday 3rd - Friday 16th August 2013: Permaculture Design Course in Norwich
  • Starting 3rd August, for a week or two: Romsey Art Festival
  • Sunday 04 August: Film: The Moo Man
  • Wednesday 07 August: New swift tower at Trumpington Community Orchard
  • Wednesday 07 August: Community Lover's Guide Meet-Up
  • Fri 9th - Sun 11th August: Introduction to Permaculture
  • Saturday 10 August: Annual Bat Walk
  • Sunday 11 August: Moth Identification event
  • Friday 20 September: Gadgets to Go!
  • The Gleaning Network are recruiting!
  • Job Opportunity: Funding Enlightened Agriculture
  • Food Blog Volunteers Wanted!
  • More flights from Marshall's Airport
  • Contribute to the Cambridge Hub's ethical living guide
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Sunday 04 August: Milton Parklife Festival

10:00-16:00, Milton Country Park

Transition Cambridge is having a stall at the big free festival in Milton Country Park on Sunday 4th August from 10 – 4pm. This will promote local groups with ideas on improving community life with lots of sports and healthy living stands and a marquee of local food providers. Offers of help with the TC stall if only for an hour or two more than welcome: if you would like to help, contact Ann or Sue

Saturday 10 August: CropShare Harvest Party

14:00 till late, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF

Join us at the farm as we celebrate another season of CropShare fun! There'll be plenty of activities, BBQ, live music and overnight camping on farm. Kid friendly. More details to come - for latest info, visit the Cropshare web-site which will be updated in the next couple of days. All welcome!

Saturday 17 August: Grow Your Own Session in Trumpington

10:00-13:00, Trumpington allotments

Join experienced allotmenteer Dave Fox on his plot in Trumpington. These sessions are for novices and people with any amount of practical growing experience - it's more of a mutual sharing than a lesson! In the August session we will sow spring cabbage, weed and harvest in the forest garden, care for tomatoes and hopefully snack on them, and prepare beds for autumn crops and green manures. Join in here. More details here.

Saturday 17 August: Permaculture August Meeting

11:00, Threshers Bush, near Harlow.

Rob is hosting the August Permaculture meeting and we will be looking at his smallholding where he grows both peaches and apricots. Rob has many years experience as an organic grower having run his own market garden for many years. He has a range of interesting forest garden trees that he is trialling. He grows soft fruit in a large greenhouse as well as outside, and uses wood chips with great success to aid fertility in his growing plans. Contact us for more details of how to reach the venue.

Tuesday 20 August: Fruit Harvest Project Meeting

18:30-20:30, Upstairs at CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge

A meeting to develop our plans for apple-juicing sessions, fruit harvesting outings, fruit distribution, publicity and more. All welcome!

Thursday 22 August: Storytelling event: The Boy and the Big Block of Ice

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

A story told by Tim Padmore of Gearshift Theatre. Imagine you're a twelve-year-old boy. You've just moved to an English seaside town to live with a new step-father. One day you wake up and discover that an iceberg the size of five football fields has drifted into the bay.... This storytelling performance combines a modern day fable with four traditional tales of indigenous Arctic peoples. Come and watch this creative response to the record-breaking melting of Arctic sea ice that occurred in 2012. Free, all welcome! (More info to follow.)

Saturday 31 August: Wildlife Wanderings

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.

Energy Group wants your input

The energy group has now run forums on: Solar panels for electricity, Wood burning stoves (twice), Solid wall insulation, Draught proofing and Ventilation, Reducing Heat Loss from Walls and Window, Managing Your Home Heating - what do you think we should do next? What home energy topic - either generating power or saving energy - would be of most interest to you? Please fill in our survey to let us know.

Competition - Win a copy of Rob Hopkins' new book

Fancy winning a book to read on the beach or in the park this summer? We have 5 copies of 'The Power of Just Doing Stuff' to give away. Just write 250 words telling us what inspires you about the Transition movement and/or Transition Cambridge. (You can find more info about the book via this link, we also have some copies to sell, which we'll bring along to our cafe nights.) The deadline is 1st August, and we'll notify the winners after that. Submit your entries here. We look forward to reading them! We hope to put some of the entries up on our website (with your permission). (This competition is open to everyone who lives, works or studies in Cambridge, or within 20 miles of Cambridge.)

Events for your calendar

Community News

Whitehill Allotments have some allotments available

Allotment Spaces are now available on Whitehill Allotment (Elfleda Road in the Abbey). We would especially welcome people who live locally but anyone in Cambridge is welcome to contact the Secretary, Clare Gichard. Whitehill Allotment now have a new website which is www.whitehill.info.

Cambridge Community Lover's Guide

The Community Lover’s Guide to the Universe is a growing collection of stories and book editions, written and edited by volunteers, bringing together the experiences of many amazing people and their innovative projects - people who are actively and creatively making community, together. The contributions are growing into an exciting free on-line resource for ideas and inspiration which you can explore by themes. The Transition Movement was featured in the first book, Hand Made written by Tessy Britton which has inspired this collaborative action. The Cambridge edition is in progress and you can check out the wonderful stories captured so far, including Cropshare. There's also a meet-up on Weds 7th August (details in Related Events section).

Other News and Events

Wednesday 31 August: Film: The Moo Man (note changed date)

18:30, Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge

The Moo Man tells the remarkable story of a maverick farmer and his unruly cows, filmed over four years on the marshes of the Pevensey Levels. In an attempt to save his family farm, Stephen Hook decides to turn his back on the cost cutting dairies and supermarkets, and instead stay small and keep his close relationship with the herd. However farmer Hook's plans to save the farm do not always go down well with his 55 spirited cows. The result is a laugh-out-loud, emotional roller-coaster of a journey. "Heart warming, a tearjerker of a movie about the incredible bonds between man, animal and countryside." Watch the trailer here or read more about the film here. This film was part of the selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with the makers of the film (Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier), chaired by CCF trustee Jane Heal.

Friday 19 July - Monday 30 September: Cambridge Local Plan 2014 - public consultation

Online and community venues

Would you like to have your voice heard in shaping the future of Cambridge? Maybe you feel passionately about what's happening where you live, new housing, low-carbon buildings, food-growing spaces, biodiversity, cycling? The City Council's draft Local Plan 2014 is now going through its final round of community consultation. There are exhibitions in community venues all around the city and in some of the nearby villages during the consultation period (find dates and venues via the link below) - and of course you can comment online too. Participate in this important consultation - it's your chance to give your views and shape the future! <a href="https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/draft-local-plan-2014">Full info here</a>.

Saturday 20 July - Sunday 11 August: Big Butterfly Count

Outdoors for 15 minutes

Are you seeing lots of butterflies this summer? Here's a chance to take part in a nationwide survey, to help assess biodiversity and the health of the environment. All you have to do is count the butterflies you see over a 15-minute period. It could be in your garden, in a park, in the woods, out in the countryside somewhere... Find out more about the project and log your butterfly sightings here

Saturday 3rd - Friday 16th August 2013: Permaculture Design Course in Norwich

09:30, Park House, Norwich

An exciting opportunity to participate in Norwich’s first residential Permaculture Design Course. The course provides an overview of what permaculture is all about & how it can help you to design a more sustainable, yet more abundant lifestyle. It will be facilitated by Aranya, a PDC tutor and teacher trainer from Devon together with local specialist guest tutors. The venue consists of 12.7 acres of woodland, arable land & gardens 4 miles from Norwich city centre. More details here.

Starting 3rd August, for a week or two: Romsey Art Festival

Venues all around Romsey

This new art festival in Romsey has open studios, an art market, workshops and more. It is an ideal way to discover and support local artists. More details here.

Wednesday 07 August: Come and help to complete the new swift tower for the Trumpington Community Orchard

13:00-16:00, Trumpington Pavillion

As Part of "Big Wednesday" there will be an opportunity for you to look at the plans and help to finish the housing for the Swift tower soon to be erected at the orchard project. Guy Belcher and Susanna Colaco will be there to answer questions about the benefits of erecting the Swift tower, their habitat and behavour. ChYpps (Children and Young People's Participation Service) will be running a series of activites for children. See here for how to get to Trumpington Pavillion.

Wednesday 07 August: Community Lover's Guide Meet-Up

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

As part of the community-themed Romsey Art Festival, there is a Community Lover’s Guide Meet-Up at CB1 on Wednesday 7th August from 7pm to 9pm. It will be an opportunity to celebrate the great stories and projects captured so far over a coffee and cake, meet people involved in these projects and share great ideas and ways of working which embrace resourceful, collaborative, creative and practical ways of shaping the places where we live and spend time. Check out the event here. It would be great to know if you are interested in coming along so we have an idea of numbers. Unfortunately the venue is not wheelchair friendly. Email Ellie.

Fri 9th - Sun 11th August: Introduction to Permaculture

6pm Friday eve till 4pm Sunday, Cambridge Sustainability Centre

Run by Graham Burnett of Spiralseed, this perennially popular course is a great introduction to the principles and practice of permaculture. Permaculture is an ecological design system that can be used to create sustainable human habitats. More details here

Saturday 10 August: Annual Bat Walk

20:00, Trunpington Community Orchard

Please do come and join us for our regular bat walk led by a member of the Cambridge Bat Conservation group and there will also be an oppotunity to watch how moth traps are set up to collect moths overnight ready for our annual event the following day. More details here.

Sunday 11 August: Moth Identification event

10:00, Trumpington Communit y Orchard

Please do come and join us for our Annual Moth Identification event at the orchard. There will a moth expert from the university to help us with identification. If you are interested in seeing how the moth traps are set up the night before, come to the bat walk on the 10th. More details here.

Friday 20 September: Gadgets to Go!

19:00-21:00, St Andrews Hall, Chesterton

A Film, Talk and Swap night… A short film: The Story of Electronics… then… A talk by Tom Bragg about electronics and sustainability, practical tips for reducing your carbon footprint – from purchasing to recycling at the end of their days… then… A Gadget Swap! So bring along the gadgets you don’t use any more, perhaps they were gifts which weren’t quite right, or a charger which you thought would fit. Then swap them with other people’s gadgets. Bookings are essential: call 01223 301842 or email us More details here.

The Gleaning Network are recruiting!

We need your help to grow gleaning into a strong national movement, saving literally tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables from going to waste on UK farms, and donating this fresh nutritious food to local food redistribution charities like FareShare. We're looking for a regional Gleaning Coordinator, to help kick start and organise gleaning in and around Cambridge. Help save tonnes of food from going to waste on UK farms for charity, and be a pioneer in this new national movement! You’ll be masterminding behind the scenes logistics, as well as getting your hands dirty in the fields, helping harvest that tasty produce. For more details about this voluntary role, and on how to apply, see our job ad here (deadline Monday 12th August). Read the full text of Martin Bowman's e-mail, including more information on what gleaning is!

Job Opportunity: Funding Enlightened Agriculture

“Funding Enlightened Agriculture” is a group of social entrepreneurs, ethical investors, bankers, farmers and growers, NGOs, and academics who seek to help new enterprises to get off the ground – enterprises of the kind that truly are intended to “provide good food for everyone without wrecking the rest of the world”. We have already helped a few with business advice, and with raising funds – not least through the crowdfunder, Buzzbnk. But there are plenty more in the pipeline – there should be an endless stream – and now we need a COORDINATOR to keep track of all the projects so far and to find new ones that need and deserve support and to explore setting up a fund. This is a challenging job, varied and complex, requiring financial acumen and social skills to deal with a wide range of people – but for the right person, it would be eminently fulfilling. So if you think you have what we are looking for – please apply! Applications need to be in by August 25th for an early September start-date. Details of the Project Coordinator position and more information about the project can be found here.

Food Blog Volunteers Wanted!

Are you interested in sustainable food? Cambridge Carbon Footprint is in the process of expanding its sustainable food blog to include a large variety of different food-related issues and we are looking for volunteers to contribute to the blog on a regular basis. We’re looking for people who are interested in low-carbon living, particularly food; enjoy writing and can commit to writing regular pieces for the blog (such as once a week/fortnight/month); perhaps you already have a blog about low-impact living and would be interested to do a regular or one-off guest blog post. For more information go to our volunteers page or email Elaina here.

More flights from Marshall's Airport

Colin Clews writes: As you may be aware, Marshall's will be operating an extra 50 flights a week from from Cambridge Airport from September. If you're wondering why there hasn't been a public consultation on the impact of this (e.g. safety, community and environmental issues) then you should be aware they already have permission to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Work is planned next year to 'strengthen' the runway to better accommodate the new planes. At present there seems to be little political will to put any kind of control measures on Marshalls: the only constraint on flight numbers would appear to be the airport's physical capacity to accommodate them. If this, as well as the apparent lack of public debate, concerns you as much as it does me, please make your feelings known to your local councillors. In particular, County Councillor Paul Sales, e-mail address cccpaulsales@gmail.com, is the representive on Marshall's 'Consultative Committee'. Thanks. Colin Clews.

Contribute to the Cambridge Hub's ethical living guide

Cambridge Hub (a student group) is in the process of writing a guide to sustainable and ethical living in Cambridge for new students. They would love to hear your pro-tips for getting involved in volunteering, campaigning and social enterprise (particularly in ways that are accessible to students) as well as ways to reduce your carbon footprint and get more involved with local projects. If you think you can help, even if it's just a few lines, drop them an email.

Events for your calendar

So we hope you all have a great summer, and we'll be back in September!

Anna and the bulletin-writing team

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