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Hi Everyone

Lots of things happening now, so hope to see you at some of these events! (And do check out Anna in the YouTube clip below if you want to see Transition Cambridge in action!)

Contents

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 21 September: Transition Cambridge Resource Centre open
  • Wednesday 22 September : Food Group Strategy Meeting
  • Tuesday 28 September: Cosy homes now!
  • Food group success
  • YouTube clip of Lush/Transition Cambridge charity party
  • Parliamentary Early Day Motion on allotments

Dates for your diary

  • Thursday 30 September: Transition cafe
  • Saturday 02 October : Visit to Pipewell Woods with the Permaculture Group
  • 8-10 October: South East Transition camp

Related News and Events

  • Tuesday 21 September : Carbon Conversations
  • Wednesday 22 September: West Cambridge site planning meeting (food options)
  • Friday 24 September: deadline for city allotment consultation
  • Thursday 30th September: Visit to AC Architects’ Low Energy Offices
  • Thursday 07 October : Wild Food workshop
  • Sunday 10 October: Fulbourn Community Orchard Event
  • Sunday 10 October: CCF’s Seasonal meal for 10:10:10
  • Monday 11 October: Sustainable Shelford House Doctor surgery
  • London Cycle Map campaign

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 21 September: Transition Cambridge Resource Centre open

Do drop or in phone (01223 246747). We’re at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church on the corner of Cherry Hinton Road and Hartington Grove (Hartington Grove entrance) between 10.30am and 12.30 every Tuesday.

  • Wednesday 22 September 19:00 : Food Group Strategy Meeting

7.00pm -9.30pm: A bring and share meal, followed by a facilitated meeting to help Food Group members decide what activities to focus on and where our energies are best directed. If you've been to one of our meetings before, you are warmly welcomed to contribute to this discussion. In preparation, please write something short about why you're involved with the food group and bring it along.

  • Tuesday 28 September: Cosy homes now!

Emmanuel United Reformed Church, 154 Cherry Hinton Road. 18:00

Want to make your home cosy, cheap to run and fit for tomorrow? This friendly workshop will help you: understand the choices, talk through the difficulties, make big plans and take the first steps. The evening continues in the series of joint events with Emmanuel United Reformed church at Cherry Hinton Road, focusing on sustainability and environmental issues. It will combine a Carbon Conversations Taster from Cambridge Carbon Footprint and a discussion of renewable energy in the home with the Transition Cambridge Energy Group. A simple meal with be served form 6pm (free, by donation), and the workshop will run from 7:15 to 9pm at the United Reformed Church on Cherry Hinton Road (on the corner with Hartington Grove and Coleridge Road). This session will include a Christian perspective.

  • Food group success

From Ivan: “The Food Group had a display stand at The Cambridge Food, Garden and Produce Festival on Parker's Piece last weekend, an event organised by Oakleigh Fairs www.oakleighfairs.co.uk. Over the two days we met lots of people from Cambridge and beyond - Venezuela being the furthest. We had a great turnout of volunteers on a busy weekend - thank you. We purchased some produce directly from local growers but most was donated locally by Transitioners - thank you. Also we really must big-up our friends from Transition Nayland (www.transitionnayland.co.uk) who very generously donated lots of produce and bread for us to fund-raise with - it filled a big hole in our display because we had sold out of many items on Saturday. The foraged mushrooms were a BIG attraction!

So despite the grey clouds and cold wind a successful weekend; we raised awareness of the twin problems (without scaring anyone), met many old friends, added to our ever growing list of e-BULLETIN subscribers; topped up our piggy bank; sold/gave away some yummy breads, fruits, veggies, baby plants (have you started your winter salads etc yet?); leaflets; and, without wishing to sound too pompous, gave people hope - that there are ordinary folks working together at community level to put a Plan B into action.”

  • YouTube clip of Lush/Transition Cambridge charity party

Anna thought you might like to see this - a little video made by Lush from the Lush managers conference. Lush invited us to demonstrate running a charity party in a Lush store, as a way of raising money and raising awareness about Transition. The clip is really intended for Lush managers to encourage them to run more charity parties, but it's a good introduction to some of our Transition activities too. It was a lot of fun and it's a great little video clip!

  • Parliamentary Early Day Motion on allotments

Margaret Campbell of the Transition Network says: “Bob Russell, MP, has submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM 687) for debate stating "That this House welcomes the big increase in home-grown vegetables, with seed sales up 14 per cent last year; is pleased that the number of people wanting an allotment has increased by 20 per cent in the past 12 months; is concerned that according to the National Society for Allotment and Leisure Gardeners there are 100,000 people on waiting lists for an allotment; and calls on the Government, local authorities, other public bodies and private landlords to make land available for new allotments." To-date 28 MPs have signed the Motion.” She asks us to check whether our MPs are supporting this and to encourage them to do so.

  • Rob Hopkins chapter in new Post Carbon Reader

Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transtion movement, has a chapter in The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises”. He says “My chapter, “Building Resilience: What Can Communities Do” introduces the Transition concept to a wider audience of concerned readers, argues for resilience as the 'new sustainability' and offers a snapshot of where Transition needs to go in the years ahead. The Post Carbon Reader will be available in October 2010 from Watershed Media. The distributor, University of California Press, is providing a 20% pre-order discount to my network.”

Dates for your diary

  • Thursday 30 September: Transition cafe

22a Jesus Lane 19:30. Come and meet other Transitioners at the Cafe Project on Jesus Lane (fortnightly on Thursdays 7.30-10pm).

  • Saturday 02 October 10:45 : Visit to Pipewell Woods with the Permaculture Group

Visit to Pipewell Woods, an ancient woodland where the people who manage the woodland will give us a tour. Meet 10:45 @ Trumpington Park and Ride.

Cost £8-12 depending on numbers. Contact Dave or Ceri or phone 01223 840 602.

Click here for a leaflet with more information about Pipewell woods.

  • 8-10 October: South East Transition camp

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. (Mid Sussex ) More...

Related News and Events

  • Tuesday 21 September 19:30 : Carbon Conversations

Carbon Conversations Group: 6 friendly meetings over 12 weeks where participants learn about carbon emissions in food, the home, travel and the stuff we buy - in a non-preachy, collaborative way. Cost is £15 including the acclaimed Carbon Conversations Handbook. Booking essential - numbers limited to 8 per group.

More details from www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

  • Wednesday 22 September: West Cambridge site planning meeting (food options)

In Transition we try to encourage local food options as much as possible, including where there are new developments, such as at the West Cambridge site. There will be an open drop-in meeting at the Orchard Park community centre (Central Avenue, Cambridge. CB4 2EZ) between 6pm and 9pm to discuss food options and you can also comment online. Jade writes: “I read this in Cambridge matters yesterday, I know that there was some discussion over it at one of the food groups meetings.

  • West Cambridge development - chance to support local food stores

Cambridge residents are being given the option to comment on the documents discussing which of three supermarket options would be preferred within the development. They are:

Option A: Local food stores (such as co-operatives) at all three areas.

Option B: Two supermarkets, one of the Cambridge Uni site and on at the NIAB site (National Institute of Agricultural Botany). Each slightly larger than the Sainsburys city centre store.

Option C: One supermarket at the Cambridge Uni site the same size as Asda at the Beehive.

Option D: One supermarket at the NIAB site the same size as Asda at the Beehive.

Now making comments on the document and showing which option you support isn't completely straightforward. You have to register to comment, but I think the registration is for all planning documents, so will be useful in the future and then you have to choose the on-line form. You can then read through the whole document and comment on all parts of it. You can just choose one option and put your reason why. All in all I think it took me 10 minutes to do, so it wasn't that tricky.” Comment here.

  • Friday 24 September: deadline for city allotment consultation

Allotments play a really important role in a sustainable food strategy, and one of Transition Cambridge's early campaigns was about allotment provision. The City Council is now consulting on its new allotment management policy. So if you're an allotment holder, or even on the waiting list, do let them know your views. The deadline is Friday 24 September, and the link is here.

  • Thursday 30th September: Visit to AC Architects’ Low Energy Offices

Eco-Renovation : Visit to AC Architects’ Low Energy Offices, 6pm, AC Architects, Victoria Road. In 2002 AC Architects took on the challenge of renovating the corner shop at the junction of Albert Street and Victoria Road as an exemplary low energy building. There are offices on the ground, with residential accommodation above. This building visit showcases what is probably the most carbon-efficient office in Cambridge, with a presentation from architect Anne Cooper. Booking essential, either by emailing Amy Tillson or signing up here. (Organised by Cambridge Climate Charter, which is a local networking group for businesses that want to reduce their carbon emissions.)

  • Thursday 07 October 10:00 : Wild Food workshop

Wild Food at the Botanical Gardens Thursday October 7th 2010 10.00am - 4.pm Price: £45 per person.

Jacky Sutton-Adam introduces Autumn nuts, roots and berries which can be healthy and interesting additions to a regular diet. The plants covered will include some less well known wild foods of the season and the day will include a visit around the Gardens to identify plants and where they grow. There will also be an opportunity to taste some wild food recipes. To book, contact the Botanical Garden Education Department on 01223 331875 or visit the web address below and download a booking form. More details here.

  • Sunday 10 October: Fulbourn Community Orchard Event

11.30am and 3.00pm in the old estate orchard, Fulbourn Fen Nature Reserve

(signposted route from Stonebridge Lane entrance). Pippa writes “Get together, young and old, to celebrate the start of the Fulbourn Community Orchard Project, to share ideas and to find out more about how you can get involved:

· Bring your surplus fruit to share.

· Bring and share a picnic lunch (optional).

Apple juice for sale.

· Bring your favourite apple cake recipe (or other seasonal fruit) to be compiled into a resource for others to use.

· Sample tasting of cakes on the day (for a small donation).

Donated cakes gratefully received.

· Display and presentation by Joanna Crosby of Trumpington Community Orchard Project.

· Join us to contribute to the Global Day of Doing (10.10.10) and a sustainable future. Learn about volunteer work parties for the orchard project and the wider nature reserve.” For further information (and to donate a cake) please contact Richard

Townley 01223 880284 or David Cottee 01223 880616.

  • Sunday 10 October: CCF’s Seasonal meal for 10:10:10

Cambridge Carbon Footprint are signing up to the 10:10 campaign's Day of Positive Action on Sunday 10th October (10:10:10) and celebrating with an autumn seasonal meal. The meal will be from 7-9.30pm at Ross Street Community Centre.

Please bring food and drink to share, with as much of it local, seasonal and home-cooked as possible! Let us know what is in your dish and where the ingredients came from with a tempting label. There will be a prize for the most local and delicious home-cooked dish! Tell your friends and bring as many people as you can - the more the merrier! This is what the 10:10 Campaign have to say about their action day: '10:10:10 - the biggest-ever day of positive action on climate change on Sunday, 10th October, 2010. Across the world, thousands of people will take simple steps to reduce emissions, cutting carbon and sending a powerful message to world leaders that people everywhere are ready to tackle climate change.'

  • Monday 11 October: Sustainable Shelford House Doctor surgery

7.30pm at Great Shelford Free Church Hall (entrance on Ashen Green). Sustainable Shelford are hosting a House Doctor Surgery with a range of experts to consult on all aspects of home energy. For more information email Sustainable Shelford

  • London Cycle Map campaign

Ben Irvine of City Lifestyle is inviting us to support the London Cycle Map campaign.

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