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Hi Everyone

Again a bumper edition in the run-up to Christmas! I do recommend the film “A Farm for the Future” on Tuesday – I found it truly inspiring. And do come to our Christmas Party!

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 07 December: A Farm for the Future - film showing and discussion
  • Thursday 09 December: Transition Cafe + discussion on "Heart and Soul" aspect of Transition
  • Wednesday 15 December: Autumn Re-Skilling at the Transition Knitting Circle
  • Wednesday 15 December: Energy Group Meeting
  • Thursday 16 December: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party
  • Saturday 18 December: Walden in Transition/FoE party
  • February 18-20: Dragon Dreaming workshop from Transition Norwich

Community News

  • Tai chi class in January (reduction for Transitioners!)

Other News and Events

  • Monday 06 December: Beyond the Tipping Point - film and discussion
  • Tuesday 07 December: “Making Light Work” (free one-day meeting)
  • Thursday 09 December: Clothes Swap
  • Tuesday 25 January: Food coops conference for Eastern Region
  • Saturday 22 January: Good Governance and Communication Skills for Co-ops

Dates for your Diary

Transition News and Events

  • Tuesday 07 December: A Farm for the Future - film showing and discussion

19:30, Bharat Bhavan (the old library by the bridge on Mill Road)

“A Farm for the future” is a brilliant short film featuring filmmaker Rebecca Hosking returning to the Devon farm where she was brought up, intent on taking on management of the farm. Realizing high input agriculture is becoming increasingly threatened, she explores ways of farming in a post-oil world, finding inspiration in nature itself and in permaculture techniques in practice all over the UK. Recently shown on the BBC, here's a great chance to see the film and ask questions of local farmers dealing with the same issues. Locally sourced refreshments will be available (bring a mug for tea), donations towards room hire appreciated!

  • Thursday 09 December: Transition Cafe + discussion on "Heart and Soul" aspect of Transition

19:30, The Cafe Project, 22 Jesus Lane

Come and find out more about Transition Cambridge over tea and cakes! This week we'll have a discussion about the Heart and Soul aspect of Transition - have a look here to see what Transition Town Totnes' H&S group get up to. Perhaps it's time to revive the Transition Cambridge Heart and Soul group...

  • Wednesday 15 December: Autumn Re-Skilling at the Transition Knitting Circle

19:15, 5, Brackyn Road, CB1 3PL

Now that the season is changing to the cool of Autumn, knitters everywhere turn their attention to creating and renovating warmer garments for the long winter ahead. This winter Lulu is turning her attention to the practice of Re-Knitting, that is, transforming worn and often well-loved knitted garments into new and revived ones. For instance, take a worn at the elbows sweater you're fond of but can't really wear anymore. Bring it along to a session and find out how to transform it into something new and wearable.

Additionally, Lulu and Mae will be happy to teach beginners to knit and to read patterns as well as learning from others about new techniques, yarns and generally exploring the joy of creating, customising and re-creating clothing.

Beginners are requested to call ahead of sessions to make sure that someone will be available to teach and help them. All welcome. Suggested 50pence contribution to refreshments costs. Lulu - C: 411350/ 07951 318116

  • Wednesday 15 December: Energy Group Meeting

20:00, tbc

We will be reviewing feedback from Mill Road Winter Fair, planning for the PV Forum in February, other activities and funding.

  • Thursday 16 December: Transition Cambridge Christmas Party

19:30, Maypole (upstairs room)

Come along and celebrate the festive season with other Transitioners! Bring a recycled Christmas present or two for a local care home if you can, and there'll also be an open mike session if you'd like to stand up and provide some entertainment!

  • Saturday 18 December: Walden in Transition/FoE party

12:00, 1 Mill Lane, Saffron Walden, CB10 2AS

Stephen Willoughby of Walden in Transition has asked us to pass on the following invitation: Everyone is welcome at a Walden in Transition/Friends of the Earth party on Saturday 18th December from 12.00 midday onwards, at 1 Mill Lane, Saffron Walden CB10 2AS (off Ashdon Road, north of the Common). Park in Ashdon Road or Shepherds' Way. Tel: 01799 527947. Finger food, bottles welcome.

More details here: http://www.walden-in-transition.org.uk/

  • February 18-20: Dragon Dreaming - Creating Outrageously Successful Projects Message from Transition Norwich:

"Dragon Dreaming is a way of making our dreams come true by running outrageously successful and transformative projects." It's an approach and a set of tools for delivering bold projects that empowers everyone involved; engages their own dreams, energy and growth; and aligns us with the Earth and the call for a Great Turning. "All of us are at the edge of a chasm between who we are and who we might become. How do we maximise our creative potentials on a scale never attempted before? Dragon Dreaming shows us a way."

Many people will remember John Croft from the wildly-oversubscribed workshops he ran at the 2009 Transition Conference in Battersea. On 18-20 February Transition Norwich are hosting John for an "Introduction to Dragon Dreaming" weekend - designed to give you enough information to use the Dragon Dreaming approach for your own project. See here or here or go to www.dragondreaming.info for more information.

The cost of the Norwich course will be from £95 to £190, depending on your circumstances. Accommodation is not included but we hope to find local hosts for non-local participants. We need to secure enough participants BY JANUARY 21st to cover costs, so please book early. Email tully@transitionnorwich.org for more info / bookings.

Community News

  • Tai chi class in January (reduction for Transitioners!)

Rob Beardwell (bulletin editor) is organising a new Tai Chi class in the New Year. Classes will be held at Romsey Mill on Thursday nights. Your first session is free and there is a discount for Transition Bulletin readers who want to sign up for a regular class. More information can be found here or you can e-mail Rob directly.

Related News and Events

  • Monday 06 December: Beyond the Tipping Point - film and discussion

19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge

30,000 days, 100 months, Copenhagen now Mexico – what effect do these so called deadlines and tipping points have on our motivations to act on climate change? And what sustains the activities of environmental groups and campaigners when these dates have passed? This new film explores these questions through a series of interviews with people from diverse backgrounds, nationalities and perspectives.

Watch the film, join the discussion. Ann Docwra Room, Friends Meeting House. Organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

More details here.

  • Tuesday 07 December: “Making Light Work” (one day meeting)

09:00-17:30 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road

A one day scientific meeting on harnessing the sun’s energy – ranging from chloroplasts to solar cells – OPEN TO ALL who are interested

Programme: 9.30-9.40 – Professor Alison Smith – Introduction : 9.45-10.25 – Professor Jim Barber (Imperial) – Introductory Survey Lecture : 10.25-10.55 – Coffee : 10.55-11.30 – Professor John Gray – Chloroplasts 11.30-12.05 – Professor Neil Greenham – Polymer Solar Cells : 12.05-12.35 – Professor Gehan Amaratunga – Nanostructured Solar Cells : 12.35-14.15 – Lunch : 14.15-14.50 – Professor Chris Howe – Algae as a source of Biofuels : 14.50-15.25 – Dr Adrian Fisher – Bio-Photovoltaics : 15.25-15.55 – Tea : 15.55-16.30 – Dr Richard Douthwaite (York) – Water-splitting Catalysis : 16.30-17.00 – Discussion session chaired by Professor Archie Howie. This talk is part of the Cambridge Philosophical Society series.

  • Thursday 09 December: Clothes Swap

20:30, CB1 Cafe 32 Mill Road

Rummage through your wardrobes and come swap your way to a new Xmas outfit in the cosyness of the cafe. Bring at least three (but the more the merrier!) good condition items. For each item you bring, you get a token to swap for something else.

Proceeds from the night will go to help work with ethical jewellery makers in Kenya. Designs will hopefully be on sale on the night too.

£3 on the door. Merriment and mulled cider available all night! And a good old-fashioned raffle. For more details email Gertrude.

  • Tuesday 25 January: Food coops conference for Eastern Region

10:30 - 4:30

Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk

www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

The Food Co-ops & Buying Groups project is organising a miniature food coops conference for the Eastern Region for interested individuals, new and established community-owned food enterprises, and food access or ‘5-a-day’ projects. Discover what support you can get from Sustain’s Food Co-ops project, where your nearest co-op is, hear from experienced food projects, and exchange ideas for the future!

Speakers:

- Kirstin Glendinning - Swillington Community Supported Agriculture &

the Soil Association

- Gemma Sayers - Food Co-ops Project & Ipswich Food Co-op

A plenary with representatives from Hastings Community Fruit ‘n’ Veg project

and the Community Food Enterprise, East London

+ Networking with local groups and Action Planning to help set up or improve your community food project + delicious lunch of local seasonal produce

This is a FREE event but booking is essential

Contact: gemma@sustainweb.org or 07971 863 586

More information and a toolkit showing how to get started is available at www.foodcoops.org

  • Saturday 22 January: Good Governance and Communication Skills for Co-ops

10 - 5pm, Friends Meeting House, Fonnereau Rd, Ipswich

A training day for individuals, employees, volunteers, public sector organisations, transition groups, community groups & co-operatives. This workshop is FREE and a delicious local seasonal lunch is included, so book your place by contacting Gemma Sayers from the Food Co-ops Project; gemma@sustainweb.org or 07971 863 586

That’s all for this week. Hope you are all managing to keep warm!

All the best

Bev

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