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Model railway track - TT3 (12mm) gauge - free

the track

Stored for many years in a garage, and *really* grubby. The track, which I think is Wrenn Formoway, looks as if it could be salvageable. The foam 'ballast' underlay is definitely no good, and I make no promises about the base (hardboard), frame (timber), or point levers and solenoids. In two sections each 4ft * 6ft, the more densely-populated of which is surprisingly heavy. All free to anyone who can save any of it from landfill, but the new owner must arrange transport. More photos available on request.

Please contact me if you are interested.
From: Ken Warner 13 Nov 2018

Thermionic valves (audio) - free

Free and delivered free in the Cambridge area as a job lot: I prefer not to subdivide. Put away a long time ago and I have no way of proving whether or not they still work. Total 22, as follows: DK96; ECC83 * 7 (+1 suspect); EF93/6BA6; EL34 (German) * 2; EL34/6CA7 (Mullard) * 2; GZ34; PCL86; 6EA8; 7199 * 2; 8JV8; 12X4 * 2

Please contact me if you are interested.
From: Ken Warner 13 Nov 2018

Blue Tap reusable bottles now available in University cafes!

Blue Tap is a Cambridge start-up that is aiming to tackle two of the biggest issues facing humanity: access to clean water and plastic waste.

Blue Tap's core technology is a chlorine injector that allows communities in emerging markets to take sustainable control over their access to water. The team carry out capacity building on proper technology management with local stakeholders and communities. To fund their water enterprise, they sell reusable water bottles and thermoses, which have recently gone on sale in Cambridge University cafes. More...
From: Blue Tap 04 Nov 2018

Can you help us with sewing repairs at the Sustainable Fashion Festival?

We're looking for more volunteers to help us with simple sewing repairs at the Circular Cambridge Sustainable Fashion Festival on Sat 17 November at St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.

We'll be helping people with their mending from 1.30 - 4.30pm.

Hand sewing and machine sewing both welcome. We're expecting all sorts of small repairs: hems, buttons, zips, tears etc. Just an hour or so's help would be really useful - thanks! More...
From: Cambridge Repair Café 29 Oct 2018

Plastic project box (or audio oscillator)

White plastic project box, 82mm high, 205 wide, 140 deep overall. Top & bottom halves, slots for front and back panels and two internal dividers. Presently occupied by an audio oscillator that wasn't a great success, but the instructions (Wireless World 1977) have survived and the major problem is understood. Free and delivered free in the Cambridge area. Contact Ken
From: Ken Warner 11 Oct 2018

Three wooden project boxes (or kit-built hifi)

Three smart, matching, wooden boxes. One piece sleeve top/bottom/sides: 73mm high (inc. feet), 390 wide, 171 deep overall. 48h, 372w, 160d internal. Intended to accept a slide-in folded tray and flat front and back panels. One is presently occupied by a stereo amplifier which was said to run hot, one is occupied by an FM tuner which looks a bit unfinished, one is unused. The kits were from Integrex, the designs perhaps from Wireless World in the '70s? Free and delivered free in the Cambridge area. Contact Ken
From: Ken Warner 11 Oct 2018

240v to 117v (sic) 300vA transformer - free

The transformer was previously used for American HiFi, and is presumably suitable for other imported consumer goods.

140mm high, 110mm wide, 135mm deep, about 8kg.

Four apparently-similar windings, configured two primaries in series, two secondaries in parallel. Just the transformer: NOT in a safe enclosure.

Photos available on request. Delivered free in the Cambridge area. Please email Ken if you are interested.
From: Ken Warner 03 Oct 2018

What do our local government representatives think about climate change?

Time to vote!

Newly formed organisation, Carbon Neutral Cambridge has published a poll on candidates in the recent Petersfield by-election. The poll gathered the candidates' views on climate change and its effect on our city and region, which you can read here. Kelley Green (Labour) won, so the composition of councillors on the city council is 26 Labour, 13 Lib Dem, 2 Independent and 1 Green.

Carbon Neutral Cambridge's aim is to help the Cambridge region transition to being greener, cleaner, healthier and carbon neutral by the 2030s. They are keen for people to join in. Visit this link to sign up to their mailing list to be kept informed and help with campaigns. More...
From: Anne Miller Carbon Neutral Cambridge 17 Sep 2018

Camcycle Cycling Survey

Do you travel in and around Cambridge - by cycle or otherwise? We want to hear from you. Please complete this survey about cycling in Cambridge. More...
From: Camcycle 01 Sep 2018

Allotment plots available in Romsey

If you'd like to grow your own fruit, veg, herbs and flowers, there are currently plots available at Stourbridge Grove, off Coldhams Lane. Taking on an allotment plot can be a satisfying and fun learning experience, and it needn't be expensive. A map of the location is here and you can check the website here. To find out more, contact the membership secretary .
From: Romsey Town and District Allotment Society 09 Jul 2018

Call out for gardening volunteers

Are you interested in learning how to garden using permaculture principles and helping others do the same?

Headway Cambridgeshire are offering a limited number of spaces on their next Growing Together gardening course for volunteers who want to learn alongside people who have experienced a brain injury.

It doesn't matter how much gardening experience you have - as long as you come with an open mind.

The course is free and will take place at a community garden in Cambridge and one in Peterborough from Thursday 13 September 2018 until mid-March 2019, after which there will be 3 months of practical application of the ideas we have explored on the course. You only need to volunteer at one of these locations for two hours a week on a Thursday.

Contact Simon Lacey on 01223 576550 or by email for more information. More...
04 Jul 2018

5-month paid internship at Cambridge Sustainable Food

Cambridge Sustainable Food are are currently looking for a paid intern for 5 months between July and November 2018. For more details about the opportunity and how to apply, click here.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th June at 5pm! More...
From: Cambridge Sustainable Food 31 May 2018

Petition for a car free day in Cambridge

Traffic pollution is estimated to cause 40,000 premature deaths every year in UK. Cambridge Commons have started a petition for a car free day in Cambridge,as a way of alerting people to these danger. It will be a day of community celebrations and street parties. It will be a day when people gather outdoors and breathe fresh air. It will be a day to demonstrate a shared vision of a healthier, cleaner and greener future. We propose 22nd September, the same day as in London (see Facebook @carfreedayLDN).

"We the undersigned ask the Mayor, Mr James Palmer, the Combined Authority and local authorities, to declare a Car Free zone in Cambridge on Saturday 22 September 2018 as a sign of their resolve to eradicate poisonous fumes from our urban areas"

Please show your support by signing it. More...
From: Cambridge Commons 26 Apr 2018

Do you live in an eco home?

Do you live in an eco-home? We are currently looking for homes and hosts to take part in Open Eco Homes 2018. We are specifically looking for homes that have been renovated to a high standard of energy efficiency and environmental consciousness but would love to hear from owners of new builds too. Open Eco Homes 2018 will take place on September 30th and October 6th. Visit our website by April 6th for more information and to let us know if you would like to take part. More...
From: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 16 Mar 2018

Proposed waste incinerator for Waterbeach

Resource use and energy are key Transition issues, and here's something on our metaphorical doorstep.

Amey Cespa are proposing to build an 'energy from waste' facility at their Waterbeach site. You can read more on their website here. Such waste incinerators have a number of controversial aspects including health, emissions, environment, traffic (truck movements to bring in waste and remove residues). A local group (Cambridge without incineration) has formed to raise concerns. See their website here.

Nicola Terry has blogged her personal view here.
16 Mar 2018

Cambridge Carbon Footprint seek a new Treasurer

We're looking for a new Treasurer - an essential role in our work engaging and supporting people in choosing low carbon living. You would:

  • oversee our finances and advise trustees
  • help prepare budgets and accounts
  • help update our systems, with support from staff and trustees

You'd also be a Trustee, helping plan and steer CCF's work. We're jointly responsible for ensuring the charity is well-run - from producing a clear vision to good management of people and finances.

You'll already have had relevant experience and responsibility, maybe in a business, charity or other organisation. If this suits you (or someone you know), welcome! More...
From: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 10 Mar 2018

Funded PhD - 'Future cities: governing low-carbon energy transitions'

This fully funded PhD at the Global Sustainability Institute in Cambridge will explore the critical conditions for enabling local low-carbon energy transitions, particularly through networks of city local authorities (LAs) across Europe. It is in partnership with Energy Cities - the European Association of LAs in Energy Transition - which is a network organisation with a membership of 1,000+ LAs over 30+ countries. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Chris and Rosie to discuss further. The annual stipend (paid quarterly) will track RCUK levels across the three years, which is set to be £14,777/year (tax free) for 2018-2019. Only EU/UK nationals are eligible to apply. Deadline for all paperwork is 5th March. More...
From: Rosie Robison 12 Feb 2018

Camcycle: Communications and Community Officer

Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign) are looking for a Communications and Community Officer. Are you passionate about cycling as a means of sustainable transport and skilled in social media, digital and print communications, event management and volunteer coordination? Then this might just be the perfect career opportunity for you. Salary £24 - £27 K. Flexible hours. Applications close 23 Feb. More...
From: Camcycle 01 Feb 2018

The Signal Box Community Centre

The Trustees of The Signal Box would like to make the centre available on a donation basis to local community groups to host events which are geared at the whole community. The Centre supports over 2000 residents with a growing number of single occupancy and pensionable age households and we see opportunity to develop future programmes that support these groups beyond what is already provided. We look forward to hearing from you. More...
From: The Signal Box 09 Nov 2017

An allotment for you?

Would you like to grow your own fruit, veg, herbs and flowers? Taking on an allotment plot can be a satisfying and fun learning experience, and it needn't be expensive. 1st October is the date when traditionally allotment leases are renewed, so it's a good time to start. Your local allotment site may have some vacant plots, so take a look at the map to find out which allotment site is local to you.

Also, if you want to learn a bit more about growing, check out Dave's Grow-Your-Own sessions on Saturdays, held at his plot in Trumpington. More info here.
15 Sep 2017

Solar Panels for Great St. Mary's

You won't see them from the ground, but Gt. St Mary's church, steeped in history and a magnet for visitors, has passed an important hurdle on the way to becoming a renewable electricity generating station; at least It has received planning permission for solar panels on its roof. Transition Cambridge supported the application and are delighted. Read our comments and other details here
From: Nicola 14 Sep 2017

Ripe plums for free, need to be picked!

Hello! We have five plum trees that have some very nice, ripe plums ready for harvest. Way more than we could ever eat. If anyone would be keen to come by and do some picking, please contact me

We are located in Somersham, Cambridgeshire.
03 Aug 2017

Join the World War II Rationing Challenge!

World War II Rationing Challenge: learn from the past for a better future. Take part in Cambridge Sustainable Food's World War II Rationing Challenge for one, two, three or four weeks, from Tuesday 20th June to Tuesday 18th July. Many of the foods that were rationed during the war are foods that are contributing to climate change today. Be healthy and environmentally sustainable! Sign up online and let us know how you get on! Bi-weekly emails with recipes, tips and interesting facts. More information on our website.
12 Jun 2017

Cambridge Sustainable Food are Recruiting!

CSF is looking for a 2-day-a-week person to work with local food businesses, signing them up to our sustainable food pledge and working with them on food waste reduction. Deadline for applications 12 noon Monday 5th June. More...
28 May 2017

Informetis Home Appliance Trial 2.0 - Invitation

Peter Bates of Informetis would like to invite you to take part in the Informetis UK Home Appliance Trial. He is managing this trial for Informetis - who are based in Cambridge.

The trial will lead to creating an "itemised view" of the electricity bill that shows how much electricity each of the main electrical appliances uses in the home (e.g. Fridge, Washing Machine and Microwave).

This will lead onto creating cost effective technology solutions that help home consumers reduce their electricity bills and thus globally contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

Find out more and sign up here. Those taking part in the trial will be offered a gift voucher as a thank you for taking part. More...
18 May 2017

Job opportunity: Programme Manager at the Cambridge Student Hub

Student Hubs is recruiting for a Programme Manager based in our Cambridge office. The successful candidate will be diligent and highly organised, with at least one year of experience following graduation. Our Programme Manager will be responsible for leading three of Cambridge Hub's flagship programmes, and supporting our student-led vision for other aspects of our work.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, and will close them once we find the perfect candidate. See our application page for more details.
17 May 2017

General Election hustings - who, when and where

Time for hustings again! It's a good opportunity to see the candidates for the general election, hear what they have to say, and ask questions. If you'd like to go along, you usually need to book a ticket (and it's usually free). Here's a list of hustings organised by different groups in Cambridge. If you're in the South Cambs or South-East Cambs constituency, some hustings events are listed here.
16 May 2017

Waterland Organics CSA scheme

Cropshare's partner farm, Waterland Organics is looking for more members for its CSA scheme. By joining you get a range of delicious local and organic veg delivered for free over a 17 or 34 week period, and help to safeguard farming in our community for years to come. Deadline for joining this years scheme is June 1st. To find out more, visit Waterland Organics CSA page.
15 May 2017

Walnut/Hazel saplings wanted

Do you have any walnut or hazel saplings going spare? We need some for a forest garden project - by 20th May. If you can help, please contact Sheila
05 May 2017

Do you live in an eco home?

Open Eco Homes is a two day event organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. This year its happening on October 8th and 14th. Organiser Allan Shepherd is currently looking for homes to include in the event so if you live in an eco home and would like to take part please contact him to find out more. It's a great way to meet and help other people interested in low energy homes and a very effective way of cutting home carbon emissions. More...
From: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 01 May 2017

New home-owner needed - is this you?

Delightful, fruit-filled, organic, permaculture-designed wildlife garden - attached to a 3-bed 1960s village semi, approx. four miles SE of Cambridge - sorely needs an appreciative new owner as current (16-year) custodian, a long-term transitioner, is relocating to Bristol to join family members. If this might be you, please check out this link
10 Apr 2017

PhD Assistance Interviews - Sustainabilty

If you were to think about your everyday actions would you consider them to be sustainable? What would motivate you into more sustainable activities?

I am currently undertaking a PhD looking into sustainability and the role that local groups and its members like Transition Cambridge play in regenerating our neighbourhoods and cities from a bottom up approach.

I am looking for volunteers who would not mind undertaking a short interview, to assist me in understanding what motivates Transition Cambridge members in undertaking sustainable actions.

What does sustainability means to you?

What would influence / improve your everyday actions and activities, facilitating sustainability?

How does Transition Cambridge facilitate learning through communities of practice?

Please contact me if you would like to help.
06 Apr 2017

Cambridge Sustainable Food needs YOU!

With Spring having started, we have lots of great volunteering opportunities coming up in the next few months and we'd love you to get involved.

Find out more about how you can support our projects and campaigns here
From: Cambridge Sustainable Food 05 Apr 2017

Your questions for our future mayor

This year's elections are especially interesting because we have to select the first mayor of the Cambridgeshire/Peterborough devolved administration. What do we want them to do? This mayor will have considerably more power than our current councils have including budgets for infrastructure, housing and transport. (See Smarter Transport's briefing here.)

We will have the opportunity to challenge the candidates at a number of hustings prior to the election starting with the one at ARU on 31st March organised by Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Anglia Ruskin University. Do you have suggestions for questions we should ask? Please let us know if you do. Important topics could include transport, land use, biodiversity, skills - what do you think?
22 Mar 2017

Fancy running a cafe?

As part of the new Clay Farm Centre development, Cambridge City Council is inviting tenders for a Cafe Concession. This will be in a new community centre with a library and a medical centre. The cafe has a fitted kitchen and servery with seating for approximately 31 in the seating area. There is also a patio area outside. There is a planning restriction forbidding cooking except for reheating or warming food (e.g. in a microwave).

Visits to the centre on 22nd March; tender deadline 25th April; questions by 4th April. More...
From: Cambridge City Council 11 Mar 2017

Bin days are changing - are YOU ready?

Sweeping changes to bin collections across Cambridge will take effect from Monday 27 February. You may have a change to your collection day or time, or to the sequence in which your black or blue and green bins are put out.
From: Cambridge City Council 17 Feb 2017

Fix Your Own Bike Workshops

Are you keen to fix your own bike but short on space or need a few specialist tools? Perhaps you'd just like some advice while you build up your own bike?

A fully equipped training workshop, courtesy of Outspoken Cycles, is now open for you - currently Monday afternoon/evenings and soon also monthly Saturdays! We offer three levels of annual membership, Bronze (£20), Silver (£40) and Gold (£75), with decreasing hourly fees of £8/h, £6/h and £4/h. Members get access to a stand, tools, grease, lube, a library of bike manuals and expert advice from one of our qualified mechanics and of course plenty of coffee. Membership also gives you 10% discount on all workshop supplies, tools and repairs. Click here for more info --> More...
From: Outspoken Cycles 17 Feb 2017

Girton Repair Cafe success

There are some great photos in the Cambridge News writeup of the Repair Cafe in Girton. There are lots more planned for 2017 - if you have something that needs fixing don't throw it away! Maybe one of our experts could help make it useful again.
From: Ms 16 Jan 2017

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