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March seems to be a very busy month – we could be at events every evening if we wanted to!
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8pm at Patrick's house, which is near the Beehive Centre off Coldhams Lane. Contact Nicola for details of how to find it.
From 7pm, Robin Hood pub, corner of High Street and Cherry Hinton Road/Queen Edith's Way - we'll have a Transition handbook on the table so you'll know who we are. All in the area are welcome.
Would you like to grow more fruit and veg in your garden? Do you find the prospect a bit daunting? Would you like some help and support from fellow gardeners? Grow Zones, a community-based, local food project can make it easy and fun! A group of people (anything between 8 and 20) club together to share skills and tools, each using a set of Grow Zones permaculture resources to plan the changes they want to make, and then all make one visit to each other’s gardens in turn. It’s a great way to get started and to make new friends... 'Like Ground Force - but much more fun'. (Some groups may choose to work a community space together instead of gardens). Grow Zones Cambridge launch event will be held at URC Church Hall, Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge on Wednesday 3rd March at 7.30pm. Come along to learn more about how you can get involved or view a short video on how Grow Zones has been working in Bristol, or contact Chris Sunderland for more information.
The new Cambridge Community Supported Agriculture Development Group will meet at CB2 Cafe in Norfolk Street at 7:30 - 9:30 upstairs in the library - table reserved.
6-7:30pm, in the Cafe Project, 22 Jesus Lane.
The Transition Cafe is held at 22 Jesus Lane from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Everyone is welcome! It's a good place to meet other like-minded people informally and to relax over a cup of tea!
7.30pm in the Geldart on Ainsworth Street. All welcome!
Iain Webb will talk about how important it is to include nature in any thinking/acting in the Transition movement. Iain has been involved with the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust for nearly 15 years as a volunteer and paid employee, and was also a founder member of Transition Cambridge. He has had a life long passion for all things ‘natural’ and feels that any sustainable future needs to have nature at its core. After the talk there will be an opportunity to discuss the way forward. 7:30-9ish, community room in Romsey Mill, corner of Mill Road and Hemingford Road
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF; tickets £30 / £20. Throwing fun and collaboration at Climate Change & Peak Oil – all welcome! Your unique chance to gather, join, learn and share tales about the Transition Towns adventure so far in the South East. More info here. To book, (please put 'SE Conference' in the title)
After a simple shared meal at 6pm, we’ll watch three episodes of "The Powerdown Show" at 7:15pm in the URC church hall on Cherry Hinton Road (on the corner with Hartington Grove). Afterwards there'll be a short discussion of how to create low carbon communities in Cambridge. Made by the Cultivate Centre in Dublin, Ireland, the Powerdown Show is a 10-part series that takes a fresh and engaging look at community responses to the converging challenges of climate change and peak oil. Free, by donation (£2-4 suggested - thank you!). This is the third in this series of community meals and film showings (see some pictures of the first one), offered in collaboration with Emmanuel United Reformed Church. If you are free on Monday 15th to do some food preparation for the meal, we'd really appreciate your help (10am at Emmanuel URC on Trumpington Street, near Fitzwilliam Museum). Contact Anna if you're able to help - thanks!
Saturday 20th Mar 3-5pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane Sunday 28th Mar 3-5pm, Romsey Mill, Hemingford Road In association with the story competition (more info here, deadline 30th April), we are running a couple of afternoon workshops with the aim of generating lots of ideas of how Cambridge might have changed for the better by 2050. We will be thinking about what it might look like and what we could be doing, wearing, eating and dreaming about in forty years time. These workshops are free, with contributions invited to cover the cost of the room. Please let Nicola know if you plan to come. Open to all ages!
There will be a debate and workshop on the future role of Tall Buildings in Cambridge on Wed 3rd March at Centre for Maths Sciences, Wilberforce Road CB3 0WA. 6:30 for 7:00 to 9:30. Workshop in groups covering 4 set questions: What do you think is a tall building? What makes a tall building successful or unsuccessful? Where could successful tall buildings be located? What are the key issues the City Council has to get right to develop a policy? If you wish to attend this event, please
“The Feed in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive — Real potential for renewable energy support?” This is a unique event designed to raise the profile of technologies applicable for FIT and RHI support. It aims to help local small and medium renewable energy businesses understand the opportunities for business growth, and for the wider region to understand how it can benefit from renewable energy installations. This exciting and informative event will cover key topics including: legislation, selling your renewable heat & electricity, investment structuring, asset management, understanding the finances, delivery mechanisms and small scale opportunities. Churchill College, Cambridge, CB3 0DS, 9:30—16:30 including lunch, cost £50, book on-line. Organised by Renewables East. Programme for the day is available here.
6pm Arts Picturehouse, screening of film 'The Age of Stupid' with guest speakers Tony Juniper (Green Party parliamentary candidate) and Lizzie Gillett, producer of the film. Tickets from the Arts Picturehouse.
9am - 4:30pm, Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Suffolk. £95. Michael King teaches you how to construct a compost toilet from scratch in this 2-day practical course. By the end of the course the learner should leave with a strong understanding in the main principles of design, construction, and management of a working compost toilet, including sourcing from local recycled materials, exploring design aspects, applying woodworking techniques in the construction, and understanding the processes and principles involved in the implementation of composting human waste. This 2-day course includes advice on your own projects, discussion and handouts on designs, composting, health & safety, regulations and management. Reserve your place now by .
7.30-9.30pm at CCF Office, Citylife, 190 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8HE Carbon Calculator Training Workshop run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, more info here. This session is for people who would like to help on Cambridge Carbon Footprint stands at public events, including the Many Voices One World Festival on March 21st. As well as going over how to calculate carbon footprints using the laptop calculator, we will also be looking at how to use the pledge abacus to encourage people to take carbon-reducing actions. All welcome. No charge for this training session but please book if possible by contacting Sally
Women in Sustainable Development - Issues and Careers. 17:30-19:00 followed by networking with wine and canapés. Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Talks only Free, Talks and Networking Reception £10. Please register online at http://www.camawise.org.uk/meetings or
7-9pm at the Judge Business School, Trumpington Street The price of extinction: what losing biodiversity costs. Join Cambridge Conservation Initiative for a panel discussion on the social, economic and natural costs associated with the loss of biodiversity. Leading speakers from natural science, social science, NGO and business, including William Kendall from Green and Black’s, Dr. Hazel Thompson from BirdLife International, and academics from the University Departments of Geography and Zoology, will make the case for the conservation of biodiversity. The event will be chaired by Tim Radford (The Guardian). You will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel, and to join conservationists from across CCI at a drinks reception for informal discussion afterwards. The event is sponsored by Science AAAS. Places can be pre-booked by emailing
It's the Cambridge Science Festival from 8 to 21 March, with loads of science events for everyone... This year's theme is Biodiversity (2010 is UN year of biodiversity). There are lots of events, including several on environmental themes - eg panel discussions on energy policy on 11 March, on biodiversity and spirituality on 13 March; lecture on 'Fragile Web - What's next for nature' on 10 March; exhibition on the Eco-Saxons at West Stow Anglo-Saxon village on 20 and 21 March. And there's loads of other stuff, including lots for children... Full info here
A communication workshop run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. 7.30-9.30pm Tibbett's Room, St Luke’s Centre, Victoria Road, CB4 3ED. The importance of psychology in developing programmes of action on climate change is increasingly on the agenda. Ro Randall from CCF will present a snapshot of both the theories and some of the practical applications. Cost £10/£5, free to CCF volunteers. To book contact Sally at CCF
Faith, community and carbon reduction - come to the latest event organised by the Akashi project, part of Cambridge Carbon Footprint. This event will include interfaith dialogue, talks, meditations, dance, drumming, music, singing, climate-friendly homes, travel, diet, children’s activities, films, prizes, multicultural food, and more… All welcome! See here for more information. Free. Hills Road Sixth Form College (entry via Purbeck Road), 2-6pm.
Green Field Camp offers courses in woodland skills and alternative building projects. The first Green Field Camp will be held during the Easter bank holiday, with camping around the ancient and beautiful Ashlin Woods near Cambridge. The vision for Green Field Camp is for people to learn and participate in the creation of functional, creative and practical structures, including willow-work and willow sculptures that will last and grow, compost toilets, outdoor showers, clay ovens (wood burning pizza ovens), benders and more. With an inspiring group of experts to host classes and workshops alongside musical gatherings, drumming and dancing, saunas, and wellbeing activities. Time around the circle fires can be an ideal opportunity for both experienced and blossoming musicians, so please bring any and all instruments! Green Field Camp costs only £120 to attend with a further £25 contribution for all of your (vegetarian) meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared and served by our talented cooking team. For further information see http://green-fieldcamp.co.uk. To book your place please call or .
10am to 5pm, The Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, nr London Bridge. Meet other people with an interest in ecopsychology, share what you’re doing and, perhaps, create collaborations. The day will be facilitated to make the most of our time together. Please book in advance using the Ning Event RSVP as there are only 40 places available. See http://www.ecopsychologyuk.ning.com/events. Thanks to the generosity of the Trust, this event is free, but a small contribution to costs (£3-5) would be appreciated. Organized by Adrian Harris, Sophie Banks (of Transition Town Totnes) and Nikki Higley.
Orchard Barn project in Suffolk where OBee Community Interest Company are running courses, events and a volunteer programme in building traditional skills on a live renovation project. This spring/summer they include the hand conversion of local trees into a timber frame, making a shingle-covered roof from scratch, making a compost toilet, building with cob etc. Contact them at http://www.orchardbarn.org.uk
This introductory weekend permaculture course organised by Transition Ely and the Cambridge Sustainability Centre is actually on 8-9 May (we got this wrong last week - sorry!). It will take place at Fen End organic farm in Cottenham (within easy cycling distance of Cambridge), and will be run by Graham Burnett.
There is so much to choose from – and even more coming up soon! Thank you to everyone who sent in items. Have a good week!