Newsletters20091130

Hi everyone!

With so many great events coming up, it feels like Cambridge is firmly embracing the transition to a low-carbon world. Last week about 50 people came along to the community meal and film night, and lots of exciting new ideas came out of the discussion (see some of them here). As always, we'd love to hear your ideas for future activities and events, and thanks to everyone involved with organising the events below!

CONTENTS Transition News and Events

  • Tues 1st Dec: Energy Group Meeting 8pm, the Cafe Project
  • Wed 2nd Dec: Food Group Meeting 7.30pm, the Geldart
  • Fri 4th Dec: Shared Meal followed by Biodanza with the Well-Being group
  • Sat 5th Dec: Transition Stall at Mill Road Winter Fair
  • Sun 6th Dec: Copenhagen Climate Vigil
  • Tues 8th Dec: New film: "No Impact Man", 8pm Romsey Mill
  • Calender of events
  • Gifts for an eco-friendly Christmas!
  • Transition Cambridge on 209FM

Special Food Growing Section

  • Allotment opportunity
  • Two garden owners looking for growers
  • Free cardboard mulch

Related news and events

  • Sat 5 Dec: Mill Road Winter Fair
  • Sat 5 Dec: Community Environment Fair in Ely
  • Sat 5 Dec: Join The Wave in London!
  • Sun 6 Dec: Christmas at Wandlebury
  • Mon 7 Dec: "Help! I'm renting: Home energy advice for tenants"
  • Sat 12 Dec: CamLETS Christmas Fair
  • Tues 15 Dec: Techno-speak, Questions and Disguises
  • "Cambridge creates" launch this Saturday
  • 209 Radio appeal
  • News articles and TV program

Transition News and Events

  • Tues 1st Dec: Energy Group Meeting 8pm

This time we will be at the Café Project at 22a Jesus Lane i.e. where the Transition Café happens. All welcome.

  • Wed 2nd Dec: Food Group Meeting 7.30pm

As usual we will be in the Geldart on Ainsworth Street. The Geldart does excellent food and has free WiFi. All welcome.

  • Fri 4th Dec: Social Meal followed by Biodanza with the well-being group

Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane 6:30pm Shared meal: please bring something vegetarian/vegan to share, followed by 8-9:30pm Biodanza. Open to everyone whether you've been to the well-being group before or not! Come to either or both parts of the evening. Biodanza is a simple form of guided self-expressive dance from South America, which rejuvenates and revitalises, and helps people to reconnect more authentically with themselves and others. Suggested contribution £10 (a proportion of this will go to Children in Need). More info about Biodanza here.

  • Sat 5th Dec: Transition Stall at Mill Road Winter Fair

We'll have a big stall at the Mill Road Winter Fair, with info about the food group, energy group, and other Transition activities. Do come along to find out what we're up to! (We'll be on Donkey Green, by the swimming pool.) And if you're already involved in Transition and could spare an hour or two that day, then we welcome your help on the stall.

  • Sun 6th Dec: Copenhagen Climate Vigil, offered by the well-being group

7pm, the hall in Emmanuel United Reformed Church on Trumpington Street (near the Fitzwilliam Museum). On the eve of the Copenhagen Climate Summit when the world's leaders will decide on new targets for reducing carbon emissions, we'll hold in our thoughts all those involved with the negotiations, wishing them courage, wisdom, clarity, good communication, and the strength of will to create a fair and binding climate treaty for the sake of the current and future inhabitants of our beautiful planet Earth. For some people this might be through prayer, meditation, a blessing or just a wish or intention that all may go well and a way forward may become clear and be put into action. There'll be a brief introduction, half an hour's silence followed by spoken blessings or prayers, and then a chance to meet each other over tea. Everyone is very welcome!

  • Tues 8th Dec: New film: No Impact Man

8pm, Romsey Mill (Hemingford Road/Mill Road). Cost £5. Come and see this incredible documentary about one man and his family trying to live without making any environmental impact right bang in the centre of New York City. Colin Beaven is the No Impact Man and this documentary tells the story of Colin's experiment with researching, developing and adopting a way of life for him and his family. Reviewers comments include ""Terrifically entertaining. Compelling and extremely funny. " Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times and "Proof that "eco" and "entertainment" aren't mutually exclusive." John Anderson, Variety. Please come and join us for a community evening to watch the film and discuss how we can all do our little bit in reducing our impact on the environment. For more info, see our web-site, Colin's blog or the film web-site. Thanks to Nigel Dent for organising this film showing!

  • Calender of events

For more information on all these events, see our events page - Wed 9th Dec: Knitting Circle (check with Lulu to check this is on) - Thurs 10th Dec: Transition Café from 7:30, 22 Jesus Lane - Mon 21st Dec: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party, 8pm, CB2 café, Norfolk Street - Sun 17th Jan: Seedy Sunday, Trumpington - Tues 19th Jan: Community meal and film showing "The Age of Stupid" - Thurs 21st Jan: A local currency for Cambridge? (talk and discussion) - Fri 29th Jan: First Transition Cherry Hinton event: Cuban night with "The Power of Community" - 13-14th Feb: Introduction to Permaculture weekend course (more details to be posted soon) - 17-18th April: Introduction to Non-Violent Communication (weekend workshop offered specially to those working on environmental issues by Elizabeth English and Annie Rankin)

  • Gifts for an eco-friendly Christmas!

Thanks to everyone who has already sent in suggestions for Transition Gifts - see our page for what we have so far - but the more the merrier so please send us as many ideas as you can (email them to Martin). This list is for Christmas and afterwards too, because we can give gifts at any time! Special thanks to the Food Group for creating this alternative gift catalogue.

  • Transition Cambridge on 209FM

Local transitioners Corrina Gordon-Barnes and Jacky Sutton-Adams have been interviewed by 209FM, and you can hear their interviews here:
- Corrina introducing Transition Cambridge (16 minutes) (scroll down to and click on "Transition Cambridge", then click on the arrow to play)
- Jacky, talking about how to have an eco-friendly Christmas (12 minutes) (you can also read Jacky's tips here).

Special Food Growing Section

  • Allotment opportunity

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  • Two garden owners looking for growers

The garden share scheme has two garden owners in the CB5 area looking for volunteer growers to share their land and grow vegetables together. One is in Peveral Road, the other in Keynes Road. If you'd like to grow more of your own delicious fruit and veg next year, please register as a garden share volunteer here - we would love to get these gardens matched by the end of the year!

  • Free Cardboard Mulch

The Cambridge Cheese Company in All Saints Passage Cambridge has large quantities of cardboard packaging at the moment and would like to offer it to anyone who can collect. Cardboard makes an ideal winter mulch for fallow vegetable beds, trees etc. Mornings or late afternoons 4-6pm are the best times to collect; please avoid lunchtimes and Saturdays as the cardboard is stored in a private access area, and it's difficult for staff to leave the shop at busy times. Contact email.

Related news and events

  • Sat 5 Dec: Mill Road Winter Fair

The 2009 Mill Road Winter Fair will take place on Saturday 5th December. This a wonderful community event, held in the liveliest and most exciting neighbourhood in Cambridge. It will open at 10.30, and go till about 4.30. The fair takes place along the length of Mill Road, and there will be street entertainers, music, dancing, community groups, food stalls, local artists, history walks, special offers from local businesses and much much more. The programme for the whole fair is online at http://www.mill-road.com/winterfair_timetable.aspx Come along and support this fantastic local community event!

  • Sat 5 Dec: Community Environment Fair in Ely

10am -2pm at the Lighthouse Centre, Ely Includes free Fairtrade refreshments and activity tables where you can learn how to make presents from reusable materials. Featuring a range of people, information, free goodies, and lots more! For more information about the event, or if you would like to promote your goods/service, please contact Nikki at CCORRN 0845 602 7144, text STEM to 0790 595 1735 or email From the East Cambridgeshire Sustainable Growth Partnership. Free event - have fun saving money! Leaflet with more info here as a pdf.

  • Saturday 5th December: Join The Wave in London!

On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life will flow in a blue wave through the streets of London to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all. The Wave will start at 12pm in Grosvenor Square and move towards Westminster until 3pm, when the marchers will encircle Parliament. We are calling on world leaders to take urgent action to secure a fair international deal to stop global warming exceeding the danger threshold of 2 degrees C. Join us and help make this the UK's biggest climate change march ever. Please wear blue and be creative!

  • Sun 6 Dec: Christmas at Wandlebury

11 am - 5 pm (drop in at any time) Come along and take part in the making of traditional Christmas crafts, lanterns and tree dressing. Listen to the choir singing carols and finish with a twilight lantern walk around the Country Park. No need to pre-book. For more information, please visit our website or contact enquiries. Small charge per craft activity. Use the frequent bus citiplus 13/13a (Cambridge to Haverhill) with bus stop at the top of the Gog Magog Hills.

  • Mon 7 Dec: "Help! I'm renting: Home energy advice for tenants"

7.30pm - 9.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane. Offered by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, with Justin Smith, Home Energy Officer, Cambridge City Council. It's easy to feel powerless if you rent your home, but there are actually lots of things you can do to save both energy and money. This friendly workshop will explain what tenants can legally do and help you find ways of approaching your landlord so he or she will do more. Along the way we'll introduce you to the mysteries of available grants, Landlords Energy Saving Allowances, EPCs and the City Council's Landlord Accreditation Scheme - all of which may help you.

  • Sat 12 Dec: CamLETS Christmas Fair

CamLETS--Cambridge's Local Exchange and Trading Scheme - was established in 1993 and is experienced in helping local people negotiate trades of goods and services. Prospective members can attend the Christmas Fair to be held 11 am - 2 pm at Litchfield Hall, Litchfield Road, on Saturday, 12th December. Baked goods, arts and crafts, items old and new will be sold for cash or cams. Contact: Suzon Forscey-Moore, CamLETS Membership Secretary E-mail. Anyone interested in joining CamLETS can find info and a printable application form by going to http://www.camlets.org. Highly recommended!

  • Tues 15 Dec: Techno-speak, Questions and Disguises: A Communication Workshop

7:30-9:30pm, St Luke's Church Centre, Victoria Road With Andy Brown of Cambridge Carbon Footprint. Technical questions can floor the most practised activist. Sometimes they are beyond your capability to answer, sometimes they disguise another agenda. This practical workshop will help you sort out the questions you can answer, those you need to seek help with and those that have another story behind them. Andy Brown is a founder and Trustee of Cambridge Carbon Footprint, a professional engineer and a specialist in energy efficiency in buildings.

  • "Cambridge creates!" launch this Saturday

This new book brings together local written word and artwork, reflecting the diversity within our community. Have a peak and order your copy at their launch this Saturday at 3pm at the Libra Aries bookshop on Mill Road, part of the Mill Road Winter Fair.

  • 209 Radio appeal

209radio is an award-winning charity which supports dozens of local community groups, including the elderly, the homeless and people with mental health issues. The bad news is that it is on the verge of closure due to a funding crisis. They urgently need to raise £28,000 to survive. So far they have received £13,000. If you can help 209radio then they would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Tel: 01223 488413 / Mob: 07717 643940 or Jordan Chambers Tel: 01223 488418 / Mob: 07910 670970. For more info, see their web-site

  • News articles and TV program

Here's an article about an amazing initiative "Incredible Edible" in Todmorden and an article on peak oil from the Guardian, suggesting that peak oil may be closer than previously predicted. And finally, this Thursday 3rd Dec at 20:00 on BBC1, you can watch "The Human Power Station" - in this episode of "Bang Goes the Theory", they are going to try generating electricity for one household by pedal power. I wonder how many cyclists will it take? More info here

Thanks for continuing to send in local news and events, which we do our best to include. We hope you can make it along to some of them!

Anna

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