Transition Cambridge Hi everyone,

There are a lot of exciting things going on for the rest of the month, so I hope you find something to catch your interest here. Thanks to everyone who sent in information!

Contents: Transition News and Events

  • Wed 14th: Knitting circle
  • Thurs 15th: Transition Cafe
  • Tues 20th: Energy Group meeting
  • Weds 21st: Food Group Social
  • Thurs 22nd: Well-Being "Bring and Share"
  • Well-Being Group massage offer
  • Map of fruit trees in Cambridge

Related News and Events

  • Tues 13th: film The Vanishing of the Bees
  • Tues 13th: Student Union campaigns launch
  • Wed 14th: University talk on reducing energy consumption
  • Sun 18th: Intro session for volunteers for Climate Friendly Homes Project
  • Tues 20th: Emotional Responses to Climate Change - workshop
  • Wed 21st: Access to Land in Urban Areas Conference in Reading
  • Fri 23rd: Cambridge Climate Change Charter EXPO 09
  • Sat 24th: Village Energy Show
  • Thurs 29th:Copenhagen Briefing for Communicators and Activists
  • Community growing space at Anglesey Abbey

Transition News and Events this week

  • knitting circle

Lulu is continuing to host the knitting circle, and all are welcome to join in! It's at her house, and if you'd like to come, please contact her by email and she'll give you her address. 7:30-9:30pm Wednesday 14th October

  • Thursday 15th October: Transition Cafe

Come along to the cafe to meet others interested in the transition to a low carbon Cambridge... 7:45ish to 10ish, 22a Jesus Lane.

Future Transition events

  • Tuesday 20th October 8:00pm Renewable Energy

The Energy Group will be meeting upstairs in the Maypole pub again (by the Park St. Car Park). The booking is provisional - if the landlord gets a big party he will bump us out so please check the Transition website again on the day.

  • Wednesday 21st October at 7.30pm Food Group Party

The Food Group would like to invite you to a party at Martin's house on Hills Road. Please bring some food and drink to share. We would especially like to meet up with those of you who do not usually come to meetings. Please let Martin know if you might come so we have an idea of numbers.

  • Thursday 22nd October Well-Being "Bring and Share" - new on-going group

What is supporting you in Transition? What is hindering you? This is a new on-going group offering a one-hour 'sharing space' using these two questions for structure, followed by a bring-and-share dinner. For more information, contact Corrina. This week we will meet in Romsey at Jane's house (email Jane for directions).

Transition News

  • Well-Being Group: Massage Offer

One purpose of the Wellbeing Group is to support the wellbeing of those individuals actively involved with Transition. To this end, Jono Sedley, a qualified massage therapist, is kindly offering one free massage every two weeks to a Transitioner. Do you know someone who's been digging away in others' gardens? Tirelessly taken meeting minutes? Spent a Saturday on a stall? Then email their name and contact details (with their permission) to Jono along with their general times of availability. Jono can then get in touch with them to arrange a mutually convenient time. Thanks Jono for kicking off this skill-donation idea. If you would like to offer your skills to benefit other Transitioners, let us know (contact Corrina)

  • Map of free fruit trees in Cambridge - from Nicola in the food group:

There is now a public google map of 'Free fruit in Cambridge' showing where there are fruit trees or shrubs on public land that you can pick for free. We need you to collaborate on this! Anyone can edit the map and add in places that you know about. To start it off we have marked the locations that we were given at the Food, Garden and Produce fair in September.

Related news and events

  • Tuesday 13 October (today): documentary THE VANISHING OF THE BEES

At 8.30pm at the Arts Picture House, with director George Langworthy. Learn more about the declining bee population. - tickets can be booked on

  • Tuesday 13 Oct (today): CUSU Ethical Affairs Campaigns Launch

At 7:30pm in the Kennedy Room, Cambridge Union Society Building (organised by CUSU for students who are new to Cambridge) "Meet like-minded people and find out how you can get involved in the various ethical & environmental initiatives in Cambridge, anywhere from environmental consulting to activism. With reps of plenty of societies, including Amnesty, People & Planet, Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Transition Cambridge, CUECS, The Humanitarian Centre, Zero Carbon society, Engineers Without Borders, ENS, Camp for Climate Action... " With refreshments from Arjuna Wholefoods. More info here:

  • Wednesday 14th October: How adding intelligence can dramatically reduce energy consumption - cheaply. Talk at LR4, Engineering Dept, Baker Building, 5-6pm.
  • Climate Friendly Homes Project - volunteers needed -Intro meeting Sunday 18th October 11am

Cambridge Carbon Footprint, in collaboration with Cambridge University Environmental Consulting Society, is helping people reduce their household carbon footprint by getting trained volunteers to talk them through their options. We ask for a commitment to do 5 or more home surveys over the coming year, and in return, we offer high quality training in home energy issues and effective communication. Interested? Contact Sally or Siobhan for details and an application form. Introductory Meeting is on Sunday 18th October, 11 am.

  • Tuesday 20th October: Emotional responses to Climate Change

With Rosemary Randall, psychotherapist and director of Cambridge Carbon Footprint 7:30-9:30pm, St Luke's Church Centre, Victoria Road Denial, doubt, grief, anger, confusion and apathy are some of the many feelings that spontaneously arise in response to climate change. This workshop will explore what we can learn from psychotherapy that will help us deal with our own feelings and those of others as we work towards a low-carbon future.

  • Finding the Plot: Access to Land in Urban Areas Conference - 21 October

at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) in Reading. 10am-4.30pm This event is being jointly organised by the Local Action on Food Network and Women's Environmental Network (WEN) for community groups and interested individuals across the country that are facing challenges in accessing or retaining land for sustainable food production. The day will include talks from experts and keynote speaker Rosie Boycott chair of the London Food Board. An afternoon programme of issue specific workshops and sessions. Email polly

  • Cambridge Climate Change Charter EXPO 09 on 23 October

However well we do at home in reducing energy dependency, we often struggle to do the same at work. Whether it's excessive air conditioning, being forced to use our cars for work, or wasteful use of paper, the opportunities to act on climate change often fall by the wayside. The Charter Practical Help programme is offering support for organisations in Cambridge that want to do more to address climate change issues. The launch event is an Expo with discussion, stands and presentations. It will be held on Friday 23rd October, between 12 and 4pm, at the SmartLIFE Centre, on Kings Hedges Road. If you think your employer would be interested, go to to register, where you will also find more information, resources and a discussion forum. Or contact Amy Tillson

  • Village Energy Show, Saturday 24th October, 2-6pm Impington Village College

South Cambridgeshire District Council through the Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership is organising The Village Energy Show with the help of HICCA (Histon and Impington Climate Change Action). They want exhibitors at the event or you can just go along. Aims to raise awareness of energy consumption in 3 areas- home, food and transport and will provide information and advice from specialists to move the debate on from discussion to action and implementation. If you are interested in exhibiting, contact .

  • Copenhagen Briefing for Communicators and Activists 29 October

Offered by the Stop Climate Chaos campaign Martin Harper, RSPB's Head of Sustainable Development and chair of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition's planning group will brief & update us on the Copenhagen negotiations and their context, the policy issues (UK & global), and the range of demands being made by different groups. We'll explore how best to communicate, campaign & act on this. Thu, 29th October, 6:30-8:30pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA

  • Community Growing Space at Anglesey Abbey

The National Trust at Anglesey Abbey in Lode is giving over a whole field for a community growing project. The site is large enough to provide up to 40 allotments, community fruit and nut orchards, a wildlife and pond area with a central community area in the middle of the site. There will be practical food growing experiments and demonstrations, educational programmes, community food celebrations and more. Iwan Hughes is looking for a group of enthusiastic volunteers to take the idea forward and help to build and develop the site to reflect the wishes and needs of the local community. Contact Dennis Hughes.

Certainly a really wide range of events! There should be something for everyone, whatever your interest! Enjoy your week!


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