Events in 2009

Transition Cambridge Christmas Party 21st December

Thanks to Nicky for organising this, and getting along some fantastic DJs! This was a very relaxing evening, in the CB2 cellar, sitting on cushions on the floor and listening to world music. A great way to end a busy year for TC!

Film showing "No Impact Man" 8th December

Lots of people came to see this film showing, one of the first public showings of No Impact Man in the UK. The film is thought provoking and inspiring, and we hope to show it lots more times in future. The book that goes with it is (in my opinion) even better! Extremely well-written and it's really making me think - in fact I'm almost ready to dive right into my own "No impact" experiment!

Copenhagen Climage Vigil 6th December

This felt a really powerful way to send our good wishes to the Copenhagen summit, and I continued to do so over the next several days, as I'm sure many others did too. There's a real energy to getting together to do this, and it was a lovely evening, with lots of interesting conversations over tea afterwards.

Well-being group meal and Biodanza evening 4th December

As usual it's lovely to just get together to chat, check-in with how each other are getting on, and then let our hair down with a bit of dancing! Gwen Martin led us in this very active and free form of dance, and it was really good fun, as well as being very good exercise.

Mill Road Winter Fair 5th Dec

Transition Cambridge had a large stall at the Mill Road Winter Fair with displays, loads of leaflets, a magnificent arrangement of colourful winter vegetables, local apples on sale and even home made ginger biscuits.

We gave away Christmas cards with an events calendar and the food group's Transition Gifts ideas catalogue, as well as flyers for the various events coming up. The energy group got valuable feedback in discussions around their current projects, and there were lots of sign-ups to receive our weekly e-bulletin.

The food group ran a 'guess the number of Brussels sprouts' competition, to win a magnificent stalk of sprouts to take home. Martin had to hold it up high so people could see and did so for a very long time - long enough anyway to make his arms ache. The final winner was Betty Morgan, pictured on the right, with her prize.

To cap it all, Kim Warren, of food group Grow Your Own renown, won a prize too, for the best hat at the Fair (seen here with Rowan Wylie in her hat with a band of sprouts) and donated her prize money to Transition Cambridge. Thanks Kim.


Betty Morgan winner of the competition to guess the number of sprouts at Transition Cambridge's stall at Mill Road Winter Fair

Community Meal, Film and Open Space Discussion 24 November 6-9:30pm

50 people came to this event, which was one of our best yet! It was a joint event with Emmanuel United Reformed Church, who provided the venue and food (which was amazing!), and was the first of a series of community evenings with an environmental theme (the next one is on Tuesday 19th January, more info here). The full write of this event, with notes from the Open Space discussions and photos, is here.

Open Meeting Sunday 5th July 2:30-5pm

About 30 people came to our second open meeting, and lots of new ideas were generated for future transition projects, so the event was definitely a success! We took as our big question for the day "How can we create a low-carbon Cambridge, less dependent on oil?". A full write-up of the event is here and here are some pictures (we'll add more as we receive them - thanks to the photographers for taking them!).

Environment Festival activities

We had so many events during the Environment Festival that we can't write them all up! They included film showings, talks, workshops, and stalls. We'll try to collect up some pictures to give you a flavour of what was going on...

25th April: Transition Tales

This was so good it has its own page: Storytelling. NB. There will be another session on 27th June.

13th April: Easter Monday 'a walk-into-the-west' along Wimpole Way to Wendy Wood

15 people walked along the Wimpole Way to Gareth's wood near Wendy - it was a perfect day for it, neither too hot nor too cold, and we had a lovely time! The Wimpole Way is an ancient route, trodden long before the age of oil, and perhaps long after, and it's a lovely route in spring, with the bluebells flowering and the birds singing. One of the highlights from the day was seeing 2 white deer bounding across a field - a truly amazing sight! We ended at the wood with tea and supper cooked over a fire, a perfect ending to a long day...The end of a long day

18th January 2009 - Trumpington Seedy Sunday

Over 100 people came to Seedy Sunday in Trumpington, swapping surplus and home-saved seed, learning and networking. There were stalls from Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library, Thomas Etty Heritage Seed Merchant, Trumpington Community Orchard, fairtrade refreshments from Trumpington W.I., and of course Transition Cambridge.Seed swappers

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Transition Cambridge aims to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate.

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