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Hi Everyone

This week there are several opportunities to find out more about Transition Cambridge, including at our resource centre tomorrow (Tuesday), at the Transition Café on Thursday and at our stalls this Saturday and Sunday. Do come along and say hello! There’s also a film about forest gardening with the permaculture group on Wednesday evening, and here are some pictures of our recent wind turbine workshop and a little video of it in action.

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Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 14 September: Transition Resource Centre open
  • Wednesday 15 September: Permaculture Group open meeting
  • Thursday 16 September: Transition Cafe
  • Sat 18 & Sun 19 September: Food, Garden and Produce festival
  • Saturday 18 September: Transition stall at URC BBQ
  • Monday 20 September: Energy Group Meeting
  • 8-10 October: South East Transition October Camp
  • Short film about Transition with Matt Harvey and a touch of humour

Related News and Events

  • Wednesday 8 September: Hanging by a Thread - Exhibition of craft work
  • Sat 20 November: Cambridge Conference on Climate Change and Health
  • National Trust allotments near Lode and "A foodie affair" at Anglesey Abbey
  • DEFRA survey about waste recycling and incineration

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 14 September – Transition Resource Centre open

From 10:30-12:30 at 154 Cherry Hinton Road (inside the church) – come along to find out more about Transition Cambridge and borrow library books!

  • Wednesday 15 September: Permaculture Group open meeting

Starting at 7:30, we will do a bit of business first, including reporting back from the Permaculture Convergence. At about 8.30 we will be showing the dvd 'A Forest Garden Year' - an inspiration in how to grow a wide variety of edible plants. Martin Crawford has created a forest garden from a bare field - now it's 'a wonderful example of what can be done with a minimum of effort to produce an abundant crop of unusual edible trees, plants, shrubs and ground cover.' Come along to find out more. There will be tea and biscuits...we ask for donations to cover the cost of hiring the room.

  • Thursday 16 September 19:30 : Transition Cafe

Come and meet other transitioners at the Cafe Project at 22 Jesus Lane (fortnightly on Thursdays 7.30-10.30pm). And if you'd like to bring along some cakes/fruit crumble, they are always welcome!

  • Sat 18 & Sun 19 September: Food, Garden and Produce festival

The Transition Food Group will have a stall at the Food Garden and Produce Festival on Parker's Piece on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September and we need some produce to sell.... So if you have surplus fruit and/or veg that you would be willing to let us sell, with the proceeds going to Transition, please let Rowan know. She will collect the produce on Friday. And do come along to the stall and meet the food group and hear about some of our projects. 10am to 5pm on both days. More info about the event here

  • Saturday 18 September 12:30 : Transition stall at URC BBQ

The Emmanuel United Reformed Church on Cherry Hinton Road are holding a barbecue to launch their new season of events, from 12.30 to 3pm on Saturday 18th September. Come along to see our brand new wind turbine! If you have any extra fruit that you would like to give away, bring it along so that we can encourage people to make the most of the harvest from their gardens or the free fruit available in the parks around Cambridge (free fruit map here). 

  • Monday 20 September 20:00 : Energy Group Meeting

This meeting will be hosted once again by Judith Rattenbury: contact Nicola for details of her address. This will be the last meeting before the Cherry Hinton Church Energy in the Home event on 28th Sep so we need to finalise plans for that. Also we will hopefully be going over new FAQs for heat pumps, solar thermal energy and wood burning stoves.

  • 8-10 October: South East Transition October Camp

8-10th October, Mid Sussex

The 3rd South East Transition Camp offers a weekend of workshops for both adults and kids, camp fires, storytelling and saunas under a new moon. Full info here.

  • Short film about Transition with with a touch of humour

Here's a great little youtube clip about Transition with Matt Harvey (9 minutes long).

"Poet and broadcaster Matt Harvey takes a sympathetic look at the Transition Town movement. He talks to Transition Town movers and shakers in Totnes, Stroud and Brixton, including Rob Hopkins, author of the Transition Town Handbook."

Related News and Events

  • Wednesday 08 September 19:30 : Hanging by a Thread - Exhibition of craft work

Hanging by a Thread - new work by the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Dyers and Spinners.

The Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be showing new work at Michaelhouse, including: cunning and colourful tapestries; sumptuous silk scarves, shawls and stoles; luxurious linens; and fabulous felt and fabric. Some items will be available for purchase. There will be spinning and weaving demonstrations on several days including Monday 6 Sept; please contact for other dates. For more information about the Weavers, Spinners and Dyers or the show, please ring 01223 327685 or e-mail secretary@cambsguildwsd.org.uk.

  • Sat 20 November: Conference on Climate Change and Health

Organized by the Zero Carbon Society in Cambridge

Healthcare needs to adapt to be fit for the future. This conference proposes a vision for a healthcare system based on low energy consumption that will be good for health and good for the tax payer. Healthcare needs to be rethought on many levels, from mode of delivery to management and infrastructure, reconsidering how the health agenda fits into green economics and politics, and how the dissemination of the public health message can bring about a shift away from high consumption lifestyles. Focus will be on policy, debate and action. What does ‘decarbonising healthcare’ mean on an individual, institutional, national, and international level? What lessons can be learnt from other sectors and past public health campaigns? What other resources and involvement from other sectors do we need? What should be the future direction of research?

For more information about the conference, see their web-site here.

  • National Trust allotments near Lode and "A foodie affair" at Anglesey Abbey

Message from Judy Hanmer: “If any of your members live within reach of Lode they might be interested to hear that the National Trust has released some land for allotments near the recreation ground. In theory they were all taken at the beginning of the summer but obviously some of the holders have found it all too much as only about a quarter of them have been worked (with the results that allotments like mine are like oases in a desert of weeds!) So it’s worth getting in touch with the National Trust at Anglesey Abbey to enquire if you are interested. My allotment has yielded an enormous harvest and I’ve been supplying some of my neighbours with vegetables for the last three months.” 

Related to this, you might be interested in "A foodie affair", a day celebrating food at Anglesey Abbey on 25 September, from 10:30am to 4pm, as part of British Food Fortnight. More info here.

  • DEFRA survey about waste recycling and incineration

DEFRA have a public survey online at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/waste-review/index.htm

where you can let them know your views on waste recycling and incineration.

So that's all for this week - thanks for continuing to send in interesting news and events!

Anna

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