Good stuff to do and learn for everyone!

Hi Everyone

As we close on the final days of April, the high energy of Spring is as evident in the great outdoors as it is in our events! Cropshare have squeezed in another farm work day for this coming weekend, and  Greeniversity events are growing in variety and popularity with a sewing session this Sunday and bike maintenance coming up.

CONTENTS

Transition News and Events

  • Thursday 02 May: Transition Cafe: 'A Convenient Truth' film + discussion
  • Saturday 04 May: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day.
  • Sunday 05 May: Sociable Sewing afternoon
  • Tuesday 07 May: Food Group meeting
  • Tuesday 07 May: Energy Group Meeting
  • Saturday 11 May: Bicycle maintenance session
  • Thursday 16 May: Transition Cafe: Getting started with growing salads and vegetables
  • Transition Free Press summer edition has arrived!
  • Greeniversity events coming up
  • Events for your calendar

Community News

  • Help with vegetable garden in Shelford
  • A Tipi for Earth Education - Can you help?
  • Bring-your-own art exhibition and Songs in the Dark at the Cafe Project

Other News and Events

  • Monday 06 May: Bike Ride to Reach Fair
  • Wednesday 08 May: Community Orchard Conference organised by Trumpington Community Orchard Project
  • Wednesday 08 May: Vegan Baking Workshop
  • Sunday 12 May: Illustrated talk: Climate change and local wildlife
  • Wednesday 22 May: Living Well with Less Stuff
  • Friday 05 July - Sunday 07: Introduction to Permaculture
  • 19th - 21st July: Eastern Permaculture Gathering.
  • Events for your calendar

Transition News and Events

Thursday 02 May: Transition Cafe: 'A Convenient Truth' film + discussion

19:30-21:00, CB1 cafe, Mill Road

Once again, it's film night at the Transition Cafe. We'll be showing 'A Convenient Truth - Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil'. This informative, inspirational documentary is aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. It focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. The film includes exclusive interviews from Curitiba’s world renowned mayors Jaime Lerner and Cassio Tanigushi, as well as other brilliant minds who made Curitiba a world class model. All welcome - donations requested to cover the cost of the screening licence. More details here.

Saturday 04 May: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day.

10:00-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day. We will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.30pm, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. See our blog to get a flavour of what workdays are like. It will be good healthy fun,a great chance to see our local countryside, and how food is grown on a large scale. <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/cropshare.org.uk/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHdibUc1VllnRzBfRktuT29IamJfR0E6MQ">Fill in this form</a> if you would like to take part , & we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.

Sunday 05 May: Sociable Sewing afternoon

14:30-16:30, Ross Street Community Centre

Join us for a beginners sewing project to make a reusable shopping bag, or just bring along a current sewing project and enjoy the company! There'll be some sewing machines available (not sure how many just yet), and tea and cakes. If you're a beginner, Nic will demonstrate how to make a cotton shopping bag from left-over material: one cotton shopping bag can eliminate 100's of plastic ones over its life time. Bags are easy to make, and so are a great first time project. Sewing machines, thread, some material and all the help you need will be provided. If you have some material you would like to use bring that along. Old sheets and duvet covers work really well. All welcome, free, donations welcome towards room hire. (You can book for the beginners sewing project on the Greeniversity web-site, or just turn up for some sociable sewing.)

Tuesday 07 May: Food Group meeting

18:30-20:00, CB2 restaurant (upstairs room), Norfolk Street, CB1 2LD

All welcome at the Food Group's regular meeting. We'll be reviewing our activities, discussing our exciting new fruit-picking project that will be launched this coming Autumn and making plans for a fruit picking exploratory meeting on July 1st. More details on this coming soon.  Note that we're meeting at CB2 restaurant - upstairs room, go towards the back of the building.

Tuesday 07 May: Energy Group Meeting

20:00-21:30, Judith's house

We will consider plans for our next forum and progress on the community energy project for PV panels. Contact Nicola for details of venue.

Saturday 11 May: Bicycle maintenance session

14:30-16:30, Ross Street Community Centre

Does your bike look accusingly at you every time you sidle past it? Don't worry, bring a smile to your bike! Come to this class and show it that you care. I will show you how to make your bike safe to ride. You will discover how to make all the necessary checks, and what to do if things are not quite right, or even completely wrong! If you have some tools that you can bring, such as spanners, allen keys and screwdrivers, that will be great. If you can't, don't worry, I will have a comprehensive set of tools to help you. Bikes are great but they can be dirty! Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, and you might find it useful to bring latex gloves or similar. Free (donations welcome). Booking via the Greeniversity web-site.

Thursday 16 May: Transition Cafe: Getting started with growing salads and vegetables

19:30-21:00, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road, Cambridge

Want to grow your own but don't know where to start? At this cafe night we plant some salad and veg in pots for you to take home with you, and there'll be some experienced growers to answer your questions. Seeds, soil and pots provided, just choose what you'd like to grow! The cafe opens at 7, and we'll start at 7:30. Free!

Transition Free Press summer edition has arrived!

The 2nd edition of the Transition Free Press is out now, and is packed with inspiring articles on Transition-related topics from around the country. We have 200 copies to give away in Cambridge - you can get your copy from the Transition Cafe nights fortnightly on Thursdays (CB1 cafe, Mill Road, 7-9pm), and we'll also try to make sure there are copies available at all our events and stalls. You can read earlier editions on-line here and here's the Transition Free Press web-site.

Greeniversity events coming up

Skill-shares coming up in the next few weeks include: a beginners sewing project (5th May) and housing a swarm of bees (11 May), cycle maintenance (11 May), massage (12 May) and screen printing (27 July) (screen printing is not yet on the Greeniversity web-site). All classes are open to everyone and are free/low cost. If you'd like to attend any of these classes, sign up here. And get in touch if you'd like to teach or request a class, or help us organise more classes!

Events for your calendar

Community News

Help with vegetable garden in Shelford

Does anyone know of someone who is longing to grow fruit and veg in Shelford but hasn't got the space? Someone in Shelford has a huge and lovely vegetable garden but has trouble keeping up and would welcome help. Contact for more info.

A Tipi for Earth Education

You might remember that a while ago Vicky and Simon Lacey at the Cambridge Sustainability Centre asked if anyone had a tipi they could borrow for an overnight school Earth Education visit. Well, despite a couple of kind offers they didn't find anything big enough, and so they've launched a crowdfunding project and could really do with your help! If you fancy the chance to come and stay in a tipi in a beautiful organic orchard just north of Cambridge (within cycling distance), or to come along to a party in the orchard, or even just to help us make it possible to accommodate school trips, please visit Crowdfunder to find out how we can make this happen. Thank you! More details here.

Bring-your-own art exhibition and Songs in the Dark at the Cafe Project

This Tuesday (30 April) at the Cafe Project there'll be a "bring your own" art exhibition and Songs in the Dark (bring instruments/songs that you'd like to play - kind of open mic style) and of course you can also just sit back and enjoy your tea and cake! The cafe will be open in the Friends Meeting House on Jesus Lane (also next Tuesday). The cafe is free (drinks and cake by donation) and everyone is very welcome. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/490055867715038/">Event details on Facebook</a>.

Other News and Events

Monday 06 May: Bike Ride to Reach Fair

10:00-16:00, meeting at the Guildhall from 9.30, starting the ride at 10 prompt

This is the big annual cycle ride to Reach Fair. The route follows National Cycle Network route 51 to Reach, arriving by noon for the opening of this historic fair (it's 800 years old...). There are fairground rides, a maypole, morris dancing, food and drink tents and performances - all the fun of the fair. More info on the route, alternative start points and what to expect are on their website. More details here.

Wednesday 08 May: Community Orchard Conference organised by Trumpington Community Orchard Project

10:00-16:00, Scotsdales Garden Centre, 120 Shelford Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5JT

Are you involved with a community orchard? Would you like to start one up? This one-day conference is open for anyone who is interested in getting great ideas and advice about community orchards. Speakers include gardening and orchard experts from the region’s Traditional Orchard Group. Share your own experiences and learn from other community orchard groups, on subjects ranging from ‘working with volunteers’ to ‘increasing biodiversity’. Conference cost: £15 per person, (including refreshments and lunch) You must book a place in advance. Please email trumpingtonorchard@yahoo.co.uk More details here.

Wednesday 08 May: Vegan Baking Workshop

18:30-21:00, Parkside Community College (CB11EH)

Following from our highly popular Burgers Delight and Super Salads workshops earlier this year, CCF is pleased to offer a workshop on Vegan Baking this May. Our expert vegans, Oscar Gillespie and Tehnuka Ilanko will show you common substitutions and give you the chance to try out a couple recipes on the evening. Materials will be included, but to cover the costs of these materials, we suggest a donation of £3-5, which can be paid in person on the night. To register, please email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org. More details here.

Sunday 12 May: Illustrated talk: Climate change and local wildlife

14:30-17:00, Milton Country Park visitor centre

Illustrated talk by Brian Eversham of the Wildlife Trusts. The talk will be preceded by the brief AGM of the Friends of Milton Country Park, and followed by drinks to celebrate the Park's twentieth anniversary year. All welcome. More details here.

Wednesday 22 May: Living Well with Less Stuff

19:30-21:30, St. Andrew's Street Baptist Church (43 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge, CB2 3AR)

Can we be live well with less stuff in our lives? How hard is it to consume less stuff in an age where consumption is so encouraged? At Living Well with Less Stuff, volunteers from Cambridge Carbon Footprint will share their experiences of challenging themselves to reduce their consumption for one year. This event will feature a panel discussion, a swap shop and stalls with tips and tricks for repair, sharing and more. The event is free but booking is required! For all the details please visit our website. More details here.

Friday 05 July - Sunday 07: Introduction to Permaculture

18:00-18:00, Cambridge Sustainability Centre

Run by Graham Burnett of Spiralseed, this perennially popular course is a great introduction to the principles and practice of permaculture. Permaculture is an ecological design system that can be used to create sustainable human habitats. More details here

19th - 21st July: Eastern Permaculture Gathering.

17:00-17:00, Ringsfield Eco Centre, Suffolk, NR34 8JR

This gathering is for all those interested in permaculture in East Anglia/East of England. There will be workshops, a ceilidh and much much more. Check out the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/EasternPermacultureGathering?ref=ts&fref=ts">Facebook page</a> for more information or on the permaculture website. There are only 100 places so early booking is essential.

Events for your calendar

Wow - so much to do - I must remember to take a moment to smell the flowers! Have a great week

Jacky

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