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Hi everyone

A bit more news this week, after a holiday last week, and expect things to really get started in September! Only three places left on our wind turbine workshop this weekend!

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Transition News and Events

  • Tues 31st August: Transition Resource Centre open
  • 3-5 September: Wind Turbine workshop (only 3 places left!)
  • Wednesday 8th September: Food Group meeting
  • 18/19 September: Food group stall at Food, Garden and Produce Show
  • Garden Share needs another volunteer organiser

Related News and Events

  • Saturday 4th September: Family Fun Day at the Botanic Garden
  • Saturday 4th September: Romsey Town Garden Show
  • Tuesday 7th September: Grow your own workshop: Autumn review
  • Sunday 12th September: Visit to Grimes Graves
  • Thursday 16th September: Eco-renovation workshop: getting started
  • Elderberry saplings for sale
  • Last chance to take part in the council’s city farm consultation

Transition News and Events

Tues 31st August: Transition Resource Centre open

The Resource Centre will be open between 10.30 and 12.30 on Tuesday as usual.

URC church, 154 Cherry Hinton Road (side entrance in Hartington Grove) Tel: 01223 246747

3-5 September: Making a Wind Turbine workshop

Learn to make a wind turbine from scratch with Cambridge Greentech and V3Power. 3 full days, 9am to 7pm (some nights may be later), finishing by 5pm on Sunday. Venue: REWORKS, 9-11 Harvest Way, Cambridge CB1 2RA. Cost: £180. Vegetarian lunch and supper are included (no supper on Sunday). (With thanks to the Society for Environmental Improvement Trust and Lush, whose sponsorship is allowing us to offer this course more cheaply!) Accommodation: If you live outside Cambridge, we will do our best to find people who can put you up during the course. Number of places on the course: 9-12 people. (3 places left) Read more and book here.

Wednesday 8th September: Food Group meeting

The next regular fortnightly food group meeting will be Wednesday 8th Sep 6.30-8.30pm at the Corner House pub on Newmarket Rd. The Corner House offers us a great room all to ourselves, and has good food with lots of veggie and gluten free options. Come along and meet some food focussed folk!

18/19 September: Food group stall at Food, Garden and Produce Show

The Food Group will have a stall on both days of the show on Parker’s Piece, so do visit!

Garden Share needs another volunteer organiser

The Food Group would like to reach out more to elderly people who perhaps do not have internet access, but to do that we need someone to help who is likely to be available by phone during the day. Please email Jacky if you'd like to get involved.

Related News and Events

Saturday 4th September: Family Fun Day at the Botanic Garden

(Mainly for children!) Learn how to collect and store seeds and make your very own seed packets to keep them in ready to sow for next year. No need to book, just turn up between 11am and 3pm (entrance at junction between Trumpington Street and Batement Street). The cost is £2 per child plus normal admission charges for accompanying adults. Ask the staff at the ticket office for where to go within the Botanic Gardens. This is part of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden’ series: ‘First Saturday Fun for Families’ – full info here.

Saturday 4th September: Romsey Town Garden Show

Romsey Garden Club are holding their annual Garden Show - with competitions for vegetables, flowers, home produce etc. The venue is Ross Street Community Centre, from 1pm till 4pm - support your local garden show!

To enter an exhibit of your veg (or whatever) and more info see here.

Tuesday 7th September: Grow your own workshop: Autumn review

7.30-9.30pm Ross St Community Centre, Ross St, CB1 3UZ, with Cambridge Carbon Footprint. A chance to meet fellow gardeners, share your gardening successes and failures, and pick up some seasonal tips and inspiration with local gardener and allotment holder Keith Jordan and former Trinity College Head Gardener George Thorpe. All levels of gardening experience are welcome! Special to this season: they’ll look back over the last season – how was it for you and your garden? Bring along some produce you have grown. Saving seeds and storing produce. Start making plans for next season and preparing soil before conditions become too wet and sticky. Sessions are free of charge and open to all. No need to book. Donations are invited towards cost of room hire and refreshments. For further information phone 01223 971353 or email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org or check out their website www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

Sunday 12th September: Visit to Grimes Graves

Cambridge Natural History Society is organising a trip to Grimes Graves, the only Neolithic flint mine open to visitors in Britain. Visitors can descend 9 metres (30 ft) by ladder into an excavated shaft and there is a new exhibition that illustrates the history of this fascinating site. Set amid the distinctive Breckland heath landscape, Grimes Graves is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and home to a wide variety of plants and fauna. They will also explore this area and part of the neighbouring Thetford Forest, where the fungi season should be starting. In order to get a group discount to Grimes Graves they need at least 11 people Contact Jonathan Shanklin (j.shanklin@bas.ac.uk) to book a place. If you are planning to come and can offer lifts please let them know.

Thursday 16th September: Eco-renovation workshop: getting started

7.30-9.30pm St Lukes Church Centre, Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 2DE. Andy Brown (Engineer) and Tim Acheson (Builder), both specialising in sustainability, will introduce you to the principles and planning behind successful projects, explain what may be appropriate for different types of house and guide you through systems, materials and technologies. Run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint’s Low-carbon Network. Please book a place by calling 01223 971353 or emailing info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org. Free of charge and open to all. Donations are invited towards the cost of room hire and refreshments.

Elderberry saplings for sale

A group of local ex/homeless people are growing various native trees and garden shrubs for sale and thought people might be interested in planting their own elderberry in their garden for jelly/cordial/wine etc. Saplings 20-40cms high are £3, 40-60cms £5. Contact Marion Thompson 07948013091, Roots n Shoots Co-ordinator, Cambridge Cyrenians.

Last chance to take part in the council’s city farm consultation

If you’d like to see a city farm at Cherry Hinton Hall, then let the council know! The consultation period ends tomorrow (Tuesday 31st August). The info about the proposed city farm is here, and the council consultation can be found here.

Hoping to see you at autumn events! Please keep sending in items for the bulletin (and thanks to those who did this time!).

Bev

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