Dear all

The first of our workshops to encourage you to take part in our exciting story writing competition is coming up next weekend! And don’t forget to put the date of our birthday ceilidh in your diary!

Transition News and Events:

  • Tuesday 16th March: Meal and Film: The Powerdown Show
  • Wednesday 17th March: Grow Zones Introductory Meeting (Food Group)
  • Wednesday 17th March: Education group meeting
  • Thursday 18th March: Transition Café night
  • Saturday 20th March: Story competition workshop - What will the city be like in 2050?
  • Tuesday 23rd March: Energy Group meeting
  • Friday 9th April CEILIDH! - Happy Birthday to us!
  • Wednesday 19th May: Transition Tales Quest

Related News and Events:

  • TODAY Monday 15th March: Dirty Oil film at Arts Picuturehouse
  • Wednesday 17th March: Voices for Change debate
  • Sat/Sun 20th/21st March: Meet the Eco-Saxons! (all ages)
  • Sunday 21st March: Many Voices One World Festival
  • Sunday 21st March: Diversity of life at Wandlebury (all ages)
  • Thursday 255h March: Consultation evening/talk on Coton Countryside Reserve
  • Saturday 10th April: Franny Armstrong and Tony Juniper in conversation

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 16th March: Film & Meal: The Powerdown Show

This will be the first public showing of the Powerdown Show in Cambridge. Made by the Cultivate Centre in Dublin, Ireland, the Powerdown Show is a 10-part TV series that takes a fresh and engaging look at the community responses to the converging challenges of climate change and peak oil. Afterwards there'll be a discussion on how to create low carbon communities in Cambridge.

Everyone is welcome to join us for a simple meal at 6pm followed by two episodes of "The Powerdown Show" at 7.15pm in the hall of the United Reformed Church on Cherry Hinton Road (on the corner with Hartington Grove). This event is offered in collaboration with Emmanuel United Reformed Church. Admission free, by donation (£2-4 suggested - thank you!).

  • Wednesday 17th March: Grow Zones Introductory Meeting

From 6.30pm in the Geldart on Ainsworth Street, CB1 2PF. Following the launch on 3rd March, supported by Transition Cambridge, we're all raring to get out there and transform our plots and would love to have other would-be veg growers join us at the Grow Zones. Further info about Grow Zones can be found here.

  • Wednesday 17th March: Education group meeting

5:30pm at CB2 Bistro (Norfolk Street). We'd particularly love it if any teachers, children or teenagers could come along to help shape our plans. Please email Beck for more details.

  • Thursday 18th March: Transition Café night

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!

  • Saturday 20th March: Workshop - What will the city be like in 2050?

3-5pm at the Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane. Free, by donation. What will the city be like in 2050 and what will people will be doing and thinking about? This workshop will provide an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for what you would like Cambridge to be like in 2050, which you can then use as the basis for your story for the story-writing competition. Mark Skipper will take us on a virtual tour of the city, brainstorming what and how things might have changed – given that our city will be at the forefront of innovation towards sustainable living and improved quality of life. The workshop is suitable for secondary school children as well as adults. If you are thinking of entering the Transition Cambridge story competition, joining in one of the workshops would be a great start. More information about the workshops.

  • Tuesday 23rd March: Energy Group meeting

8pm, provisionally at Patrick's house near the beehive centre (off Coldham's Lane), please contact Nicola for details of how to find his house. The new Feed In Tariffs (FIT), which subsidise renewable electricity take effect from 1st April 2010. These make the economics of household PV panels very favourable. See our FAQ on the Transition website for all you need to know.

  • Friday 9th April - CEILIDH **

On 9th April we will be marking our second birthday with a Ceilidh. Come and help us celebrate two years of Transition in Cambridge with music from the famous Cambridge Crofters folk band. Venue: Trumpington Village Hall. All welcome! For more information including tickets click here. Also we need volunteers to help out on the night, e.g. to serve drinks, wash up glasses etc. If you can offer up to an hour of your time it would be really appreciated. If you might be able to help please contact James T.

  • Wednesday 19th May: Transition Tales Quest

The remarkable Steph Bradley, of the Transition Network down in Totnes, is walking around England for 6 months, collecting stories to write into a Transition Tales book, but also to raise awareness of the importance of walking, and of our green lanes, and the joy of slow travel. She will be in Cambridge on 19 May and will be doing some storytelling in the evening at the Elm Tree pub (more details to follow). She welcomes anyone who'd like to accompany her for short bursts along the way, sponsor her journey, put her up for a night, invite her to talk or meet your group, or to generally cheer her with messages of support. To read more about the walk see here and if you'd like to sponsor her, go here.

Related News and Events

  • TONIGHT Monday 15th March: Dirty Oil film at Arts Picturehouse

6.30pm, tickets £7 DIRTY OIL plus Panel Discussion A Picturehouse DOCS screening, introduced via satellite by Neve Campbell and followed by a satellite panel discussion. Building on the current appetite for environmental films examining issues around natural resources and pollution, DIRTY OIL takes us deep behind the scenes into the strip-mined world of Alberta, Canada. Here the vast and toxic Tar Sands deposit supplies the U.S. with the majority of its oil. Through the eyes of scientists, ‘big oil’ officials, politicians, doctors, environmentalists and aboriginal citizens directly affected by ‘the largest industrial project on the planet today’, the filmmakers journey to both sides of the border to see the irreversible toll this ‘black gold rush’, fuelled by America’s addiction to oil, is taking on our planet. The panel will include: Paul Monaghan, Head of Ethics and Sustainable Development, The Co-operative (chair) Leslie Iwerks, Director, DIRTY OIL (previous Academy Award winner) George Poitras, Mikisew Cree Indigenous First Nation (Chief from June 1999 to June 2002) Colin Butfield, Head of Campaigns, World Wildlife Fund-UK

  • Wednesday 17th March: Voices for Change debate

Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street. Time: 7:15pm Ken Livingstone, Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, three distinguished leaders on economic, social, and environmental change, will be discussing rebuilding the economy. Organised by Cambridge Green Party.

  • Sat/Sun 20th/21st March: Meet the Eco-Saxons!

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Icklingham Road, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6HG. A hands-on event for children and adults, part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Find out how eco-friendly the earliest English were. Did they build sustainably? Use compost? Re-use? Re-cycle? Meet Anglo-Saxons, explore the Recycling Bus, browse stalls and watch eco-films! Investigate our green past and look to a greener future! Admission charges: adults £6, child/concessions £5, family £17.50 (under 5s: free). Last entry: 4pm. Booking not required – just drop in between 10am and 5pm.

  • Sunday 21st March: Many Voices One World Festival

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.

  • Sunday 21st March: Diversity of life at Wandlebury

Drop in to Wandlebury Country Park between 11am and 5.30pm (no booking needed). Walk the nature trail through beautiful woods and pasture. In the Stable Rooms Education Centre find out about the creatures living in these habitats; bees, bats, owls and creepy crawlies. Wandlebury Country Park, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, CB22 3AE

  • Thursday 25th March: Consultation evening/talk on Coton Countryside Reserve

You can drop in to the consultation about the future of the reserve any time between 5.30 and 7.30pm and there is a talk about the reserve at 7.30pm. For more info contact Carolin Gohler, chief exec of Cambridge Past, Present and Future.

  • Saturday 10th April: Franny Armstrong and Tony Juniper in conversation

10:10 Are We Saving the World? Franny Armstrong in conversation with Tony Juniper. 12:00pm at The Babbage Lecture Theatre in Cambridge. Tickets £8/6, booking at As many of us know, Franny Armstrong founded the 10:10 campaign, which set Britain the challenge of reducing our carbon emissions by 10% in 2010. How does she feel things are going? What does she think of the outcomes of the Copenhagen climate change summit? Acclaimed director of The Age of Stupid and author of McLibel, Franny Armstrong will appear in conversation with veteran environmental campaigner Tony Juniper, former executive director of Friends of the Earth and current Green Party candidate for Cambridge. Come and add momentum to what may prove to be the most significant campaign of the new millennium.

So, some very interesting events coming up! Hope to see you there!


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