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Hi everyone,

This week there’s another chance to see the film “The Age of Stupid” (this evening), and then on Thursday, we’ll be thinking about whether it’s time to create a local currency for Cambridge, perhaps called the Cambridge Punt... There are also several new groups getting started, such as transport (contact James) and education (contact Beck), and nearby groups in Whittlesford, St Ives and Newmarket (see here for a list of local groups with contacts). So there are lots of ways to get involved, and we’d love to hear your ideas on how to help Cambridge move towards a lower carbon future!

CONTENTS Transition News and Events

  • TODAY! Tuesday 19th January: Meal and film showing "The Age of Stupid"
  • Thursday 21st January, Transition Café and Local Currency discussion
  • Sunday 24th Jan: Film showing: The Corporation
  • Friday 29th Jan: The launch of our first area group: Cherry Hinton
  • Calendar of events
  • New Education group getting started
  • Transition Talk Training – 9th Feb 2010
  • Transition conferences this year
  • this Wednesday: BBC2 programme featuring Transition Town Totnes
  • Transition in Whittlesford

Special food-growing section

  • Grow Zones comes to Cambridge
  • “Grow Your Own” Course

Related news and events

  • Book Swapping 'On the Move' Comes to Cambridge
  • Saturday 23rd January - Cafe Project Art Party
  • Saturday 23 January – Clothing Exchange
  • 26 Jan: What happened in Copenhagen, and what does it mean for us?
  • 26 Jan: Say it with Music - Helen Odell-Miller

Transition News and Events

  • TODAY! Tuesday 19th January: Meal and film showing "The Age of Stupid"

6pm (meal), 7:15pm (film), United Reformed Church, Cherry Hinton Road (on corner with Hartington Grove) Everyone is welcome to join us for a simple community meal at 6pm (food will be provided) followed by a showing of "The Age of Stupid" at 7:15pm. "The Age of Stupid" is a hard-hitting film, which nevertheless has the capacity to inspire to action. Made by Franny Armstrong (McLibel Director), it stars Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? Suggested contribution £5. Offered by Emmanuel United Reformed Church in collaboration with Transition Cambridge. This is the second in this series of community meals and film showings (see some pictures of the last one here).

  • Thursday 21st January, Transitoin Café and Local Currency discussion

As well are our usual café night starting at 7:30, this week at 8pm there’ll be a short talk followed by a discussion about local currencies. Totnes , Lewes, Brixton and Stroud have done it, have a look at the How-to guide from Lewes here. Come along to find our more about what benefits local currencies offer, and why we might want to have one in Cambridge!

  • Sunday 24th Jan: Film showing: The Corporation

The Corporation is a multi-award winning film that examines contemporary business as if it were a human being - and diagnoses psychopathy - due to, amongst other symptoms, a callous disregard for the feelings of other people, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, and reckless disregard for the safety of others and the law. Showing at Maggie’s house in Great Shelford on Sunday 24th January starting at 11am. The film is quite long, so we plan to have a couple of breaks, and enjoy a shared lunch with a walk by the river. As numbers are limited, please contact Maggie for directions and to book your place

  • Friday 29th Jan: The launch of our first area group: Cherry Hinton

7.30pm (doors open 7.15pm), The Royal British Legion Hall, 58 Fishers Lane, Cherry Hinton Transition works well at the local level and Cherry Hinton is the first of Cambridge's districts to explore what Transition would mean here. Do you live or work in Cherry Hinton? Come along to this launch night: A film showing of Power of Community, followed by discussion and an introductory Cuban salsa class. The Mayor is due to attend and various other councillors, community organisers and representatives from thriving local groups, as well as lots of residents and local workers. This event will be a celebration of the Cherry Hinton community. All ages are welcome. There will be tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits available - feel free to bring cakes and biscuits to share. The event is FREE with donations towards room hire welcomed. For more information, contact Corrina

  • Calendar of events

Tues 19th Jan: Community meal and film showing "The Age of Stupid" Tues 19th Jan: Energy group meeting Thurs 21st Jan: Transition Café and A local currency for Cambridge? (talk and discussion) Wed 27th Jan: Knitting circle Fri 29th Jan: First Transition Cherry Hinton event: Cuban night with "The Power of Community" Thurs 4th Feb: Transition Cafe Fri 5th FEb: Cherry Hinton Event: Film "In Transition"

  • New Education group getting started…

There have been rumblings of interest from several quarters in re-launching the Transition Education Group. If you're a creative communicator, experienced educationalist, or you're just keen to engage people, young and old (and in-between!), on what sustainability and transition is about, please contact Beck. Beck will co-ordinate responses and arrange a time for interested parties to get together for a meeting in early February.

  • Transition Talk Training – 9th Feb 2010

Colchester Borough Council will be hosting a Transition Talk Training day on 9th Feb 2010 for those interested in learning to give effective talks on Transition. More info here. Contact Samantha Preston to book.

  • Transition conferences this year

UK conference: 29-31 May, Michael Hall School near Forest Row in Sussex (booking isn’t open yet)
European Transition Town Conference – 19-24 May, Sieben-Linden ecovillage, Germany

  • Weds 20 Jan: BBC2 programme featuring Transition Town Totnes

Last September Michael Portillo passed through Totnes as part of filming for his new series of ‘Great British Railway Journeys’. The resultant programme, in which he gets a ride in a biodiesel rickshaw, spends Totnes Pounds and hangs out with Rob Hopkins in the graveyard, will be shown tomorrow (Wednesday) on BBC2 at 6.30pm (also available on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days).

  • Transition in Whittlesford

The web address for Transition Whittlesford in last week’s bulletin should have been transitionwhittlesford.wikidot.com - sorry for the confusion! If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Adam.

Special food-growing section

  • Grow Zones comes to Cambridge

Would you like to grow more fruit and veg in your garden but find the prospect a bit daunting? Grow Zones, a community-based, local food project can make it easy and fun! The idea is very simple – you get together with friends and neighbours, each using a set of Grow Zones resources to plan the changes you want to make, and then all make one visit each other’s gardens in turn. It’s a great way to get you started and to make new friends... 'like Ground Force - but more fun'.

Transition Cambridge food group will be supporting a Grow Zones launch event at URC Church Hall, Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge on Wednesday 3rd March at 7.30pm. Come along to find out more, contact Chris Sunderland on 0117 957 4652 for more information, or visit: www.earthabbey.com to view a short video on how Grow Zones has been working in Bristol.

  • “Grow Your Own” Course

Want to learn how to grow wholesome, healthy vegetables but not sure where to start? This year Transition Cambridge encourages aspiring new (or old) growers to attend the cambridgecarbonfootprint.org GYO course with the first session of 2010 to be held at the Ross Street Community Centre on February 22nd at 7.30pm. These two-monthly meetings will provide practical advice and informal discussion to get you going.

If you also want to try your hand alongside some other growers then contact Martin by February 10th to help share part of an allotment in either Holbrook Road (off Hill’s Road) or Stourbridge Grove (off Coldham’s Lane) this year. You will end up with a lot of useful experience plus a season full of tasty fruit and vegetables.

Related news and events

  • Book Swapping 'On the Move' Comes to Cambridge

A new free book swapping service is being trialled in Cambridge. Set up by TC member Colin Clews and his partner Patrick Cheung, the Commuters Book Club (www.commutersbookclub.com) aims to help people swap books easily, quickly and safely while they're out and about. This can be during their daily commute, their weekly shopping run or a one-off trip somewhere. In a nutshell, the site asks people to list books they wish to swap (or books they're looking for) and a couple of times and locations that are convenient for them. Potential swappers then contact each other via the site's online messaging system, a system that ensures that neither party's email address is ever disclosed. The messaging system also means that swappers can fine tune swapping arrangements if the current locations aren't entirely suitable. Of course the viability of the project is entirely dependent upon the number of people getting involved. And that's where Colin and Patrick need your help. If you'd be interested in giving the project a go, please sign up at www.commutersbookclub.com. It's one way of recycling all those books you got for Christmas!

  • Saturday 23rd January - Cafe Project Art Party

The Cafe Project (where we hold our fortnightly café night) invites you to a community party celebrating local art, music and people! Open Day: 3pm-8pm: Mixed media installaion, craft, t-shirt printing, tea, cake... Night: 8pm-11pm: Vegan dinner, live acoustic music, DJs... This is a great chance to find out more about what's going on in our community cafe, meet people, and get involved, as well as being a massive super-cool free party! www.cafeproject.org

  • Saturday 23 January – Clothing Exchange

organised by the Cambridge Design Collective and Cambridge School of Art Bring your clothes to swap between 11am and 12am. Clothes exchange 12:30-2pm, selling off the unswapped clothing 2-2:15pm. Venue: The Shop, 18 Jesus Lane. £2 entry £1.50 CDC/Shop members. See http://www.swishing.org/events/119 for more information

  • 26 Jan: What happened in Copenhagen, and what does it mean for us?

7.30pm - 9.30 pm, Tuesday 26th January, The Shop, 18 Jesus lane, Cambridge The outcome of Copenhagen has been reported on, talked about, analysed... but there were a lot of people from Cambridge who were there in person, and can tell us their stories. Come and join us in exploring the world after Copenhagen, and the implications/impacts on Cambridge and wider politics. (More info here)

If you were in Copenhagen, or engaged in the events actively from Cambridge, and would like to present your story during the event, or if you have images or short films you think are relevant, please get in touch. For more info, contact Emiliaor Ben and please spread the word and invite others to come along!

  • 26 Jan: Say it with Music - Helen Odell-Miller

7.30 - 9.30pm, Music therapy clinic, Anglia Ruskin University Helen Odell-Miller will be leading us in an exploration through music of our emotions and responses to climate change (particularly post-Copenhagen). Music is a wonderful way of expressing and resolving feelings that are hard to put into words. Helen is a music therapist of many years experience. Instruments are provided and you don't need any musical ability to take part. Booking Essential – please contact CCF. The Music Therapy Clinic is on the right as you enter the ARU campus from Broad St. Ring the bell for admission.

Hope to see you at some of these events, and with best wishes,

Anna

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