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Thursday 7th February - Thursday 19th Dec: Weekly Healthy Walking

Wandlebury Country Park 10:00-11:00 add to google calendar
Weekly Healthy Walking every Thursday throughout the year: 10am and 10.30am. Each walk lasts around 30 minutes and covers about 1.5 miles. This social group meets all year round at 10am every Thursday morning, with the slower walk starting at 10.30am. Walks are well-attended, with 50-60 people joining most weeks. Some people like it so much they do both walks! Teas and coffees are available afterwards. NB: Free of charge and no need to book. If you want to take part for the first time then please arrive 10 minutes early to register. The meeting point is the Stables Education Centre. Donations towards the upkeep of the park are always welcome. Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free. For queries: email us or call 01223 243830 extension 207. More...
Source: CambridgePPF

Saturday 16th February: Repair Cafe at Brown's Field Swap, Collect and Fix Fest

Brown's Field Community Centre, 31A Green End Rd, CB4 1RU 11:00-14:00 add to google calendar
Cambridge Repair Cafe volunteers are back in action on 16 Feb, helping you bring your broken items back to life as part of the Brown's Field Swap, Collect and Fix fest. Please book your items in beforehand using the link below. Also happening: clothes swap, give and take area, recycling and disposal area with Veolia, bulky waste collection by prior arrangement only with City Council, 'Story of Stuff' film. Free event. Donations to help us cover costs are very welcome. More...
Source: Cambridge Repair Cafe

Saturday 16th February: 'Green Kids Ruskin Fun Day'

Science Centre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road Campus 11:00-15:00 add to google calendar
The Global Sustainability Institute at ARU are hosting a fun day of activities and talks around sustainable living, aimed at 4-11 year olds and their grown-ups! With contributions from The Woodland Trust, Cambridge Food Hub, Amey Cespa, Anglian Water and smoothie-bikes from outspoken cycles, along with a heap of expertise from the GSI team, and resident mascot, Ruskin the Rhino, it promises to be a lot of fun for all the family! Register for a place via eventbrite here.
Source: Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

Saturday 16th February: 'Affecting Every Existence' - Cambridge Climate & Sustainability Festival

Fisher Building, St John's College, 26-27 Magdalene St, CB3 0AF 11:00-17:00 add to google calendar
The organisers say: "The Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Festival is a one-day annual festival organised by a group of Cambridge University students and run in partnership with the Cambridge Hub. The Festival is aimed at increasing awareness of climate change, sustainability and 21st Century environmental challenges, and most importantly motivating people to take unilateral and collective action. At this year's festival we hope to spin strands of hope into a tale woven over the years with warnings and prophecies of doom. Our theme, "Affecting Every Existence", aims to engage the audience on how climate change can and will affect each one of us but that every one of us can save countless lives by playing our part in giving back to Mother Nature." The final panel session includes Transition Cambridge member Nicola Terry, on 'Community Action'. Tickets are £5 for students, £7 for non-students - more info and booking here.
Source: CCSF (with Transition Cambridge participating)

Saturday 16th February: Toy Swap Shop

Storey's Field Centre 13:30-16:00 add to google calendar
Our Toy Swap Shop asks children and their carers to bring a toy they no longer want or play with and swap it for another one. The emphasis of the toy swap shop is not on the monetary value a toy may have but rather on helping children (and adults) be more environmentally responsible and reduce waste. You can bring more than one toy to swap or to donate at our Toy Bank. More...
Source: A Toy's Life and Beyond CIC

Sunday 17th February: Empty Common Community Garden

Empty Common Community Garden 10:30-12:30 add to google calendar
There is generally a group of us in the garden on Sunday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 or later, and people are also coming and going during the week - you don't even have to garden just come and enjoy the space! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge - ECCG

Monday 18th February: Energy Group Meeting

Peter's place on Fen Road 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
At this meeting our main topic will be agriculture and land use - how does this need to change, for us to meet climate change targets?

All welcome, Contact Nicola for venue details. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

Wednesday 20th February: Transition Cafe Project: How to Change the Climate of our Climate Conversations (Workshop)

OtherSyde The Engineer's House, Riverside, Cambridge CB5 8HN 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
Why is it sometimes difficult to raise the topic of climate change with family, friends or colleagues? How can we make conversations easier and more fruitful? This workshop provides an opportunity to share thoughts and observations on these topics and to survey the kinds of opportunities for conversations to see which of them are most worth pursuing. This workshop is facilitated by Jane Heal, who has worked with Cambridge Carbon Footprint for ten years and been a Trustee since 2013. Please book your place here More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Thursday 21st February: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2019

Trinity College Cambridge 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
This year's Cambridge Climate Lecture Series is taking place on Thursday evenings from 14th February to 14th March 2019. We have a great line-up of speakers this year; Sir David King, Professor John Schellnhuber, Joseph Poore, and Ro Randall. They will be talking about climate repair, non linear change, meat consumption, and climate communication. The series culminates with James Lovelock, famous for his Gaia hypothesis and now aged 99, who will be joining Chris Rapley and Helen Czerski by video-link for a discussion on the future of life on earth. Places are free but please book here for any of the first four lectures at Trinity College. The discussion with James Lovelock can be booked via the Cambridge Science Festival. All events will also be streamed live online. To join the discussion on Twitter please use #CCLS2019. More...
Source: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series 2019

Saturday 23rd February: Cottenham Repair Cafe

Cottenham Community Centre Coffee Shop, High St, Cottenham. CB24 8RZ 10:00-14:00 add to google calendar
Repair Cafes match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing.

You can bring along the following to be repaired and to pick up repair skills: small household appliances and electrical items, computers, mobile phones, bicycles, clothes (clean clothes only please) and general bits and bobs.The repairers are experienced and can fix most things but there are no guarantees.

This is a free event, however donations to cover costs are very welcome.

To reserve yourself a ticket, please go to eventbrite. You can just turn up on the day but may have to wait a little. More...
Source: Nicole Barton

Monday 25th February: Fortnightly Walks in central Cambridge

starting at 1 Huntingdon Road near GP & Murray Edwards College 13:30
Free walks every two weeks, part of Walking for Health scheme. For more dates, visit our FB page. Walks will depart from 1 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3, near the GP surgery and Murray Edwards College. Walks will go ahead unless it's raining heavily or in adverse weather like snow and high winds. More...
Source: Walking for Health

Wednesday 27th February: Seminar: 'Linking knowledge to action at scales that matter: lessons from the past, thoughts about the future'

David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QY 17:00-18:00 add to google calendar
Hosted by Cambridge Conservation Initiative, this seminar by Professor Pamela Matson from Stanford University will discuss "science to action". Over the last two decades, scientific effort has begun to shift from research for fundamental understanding toward research that supports action. Dr. Matson will discuss how "science to action" has evolved in the context of current global environmental changes and sustainability challenges. While scientists and professional societies have recognized the need for science to help solve pressing societal problems, their engagement in problem solving has had only limited success, especially at the global scale. Drawing on her own research and that of others, Dr. Matson will discuss some crucial characteristics of research that effectively links "science to action," and practices for extending solutions to scales that matter. More...
Source: Cambridge Conservation Initiative

Wednesday 6th March: Transition Cafe Planning Meeting

Six Bells Pub (back room): 11 Covent Garden, Cambridge, CB1 2HS 19:00-20:45 add to google calendar
The Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things we are passionate about to build a great community in our city. It takes place at the OtherSyde, which is based at the Cambridge Museum of Technology. Currently, 14 people are actively involved in the organisation. If you are interested in helping to keep this wonderful project going, you can join us at our next planning meeting. On 6th March, we will decide on themes and build small groups for the cafe nights from July to December 2019. Each of these groups will then organise one event. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Weekly on 7th March until 4th April: Woven Woods Forest School sessions for pre-schoolers and their families

Woven Woods Forest School, Histon, CB24 9ET
Little Acorns Playgroup Weekly Forest School sessions for pre-schoolers and their families.

Sessions are weekly on a Thursday - 09:30 - 11:30. during term time; the next season will be 7th March to 4th April. Then Thursday 25th April to Thursday 23rd May.

During our Forest School sessions we encourage and support children to play independently, explore and discover nature in our beautiful 5 acre woodland.

There are also adult led nature crafts and bush-craft activities available including all the materials and equipment necessary.

One of our favourite times is snack time, we often cook together and there is always tea and coffee available for grown ups.

We end the sessions in the willow theatre with nature stories, songs and rhymes. More...
Source: Woven Woods Forest School

Saturday 9th March: Grief tending in Community

Clophill Centre near Bedford MK45 4BT 10:00-18:00 add to google calendar


Grief tending in community

A unique one day workshop led by Sophy Banks (Totnes founder of Transition heart and soul groups). "Grief is like the ocean. Sometimes the water is calm, sometimes it's overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim" ~ Vicky Harrison This will be an opportunity to be with our grief for the earth, loss of species, ancestral grief as well as personal losses.

Cost: sliding scale £90 - £75 - £60

Please bring food to share for lunch

For more information or to book please contact Claire Carter A deposit of £30 and a completed booking form will secure your place More...
Source: Claire Carter

Sunday 10th March: Spring Clean Litter Pick

The Plough Pub in Coton 13:30-15:30 add to google calendar
Do your bit to keep the stunning Coton countryside reserve looking beautiful by lending a hand to help pick litter from footpaths and hedgerows in the reserve and surrounding village. It's part of the Great British Spring Clean - with the aim of inspiring half a million people nationwide to join forces and collect, dispose of and recycle single-use plastic litter that destroys the beauty of our landscape and harms our wildlife.

Meet outside The Plough pub in Coton village. All equipment provided; wear tough clothing and footwear. No need to book, just turn up.

Directions: The Plough is a short walk north up Grantchester Road from the Reserve. If driving directly to the Reserve please park in Martin car park located just to the west of Cambridge on Grantchester Road, CB23 7PZ. OS grid reference TL414 577GB.

For queries: email us or call 01223 243830 extension 207. More...
Source: CambridgePPF

Monday 11th March - Sunday 24th: Cambridge Science Festival

Various 09:00-19:00 add to google calendar
Explore this year's theme of discovery at Cambridge Science Festival 11-24 March 2019. It's a year of celebrations! 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of Cambridge Philosophical Society, 150 years since the publication of the modern Periodic Table and Cambridge Science Festival itself is 25! Join us to discover more about the history of science in Cambridge, how current research is improving our understanding of the world and what the future might hold for us all. With events from astronomy to zoology, we welcome everyone to explore and discuss science through talks, hands-on activities, performances, exhibitions and films. Browse listings here Bookings go live Monday 11 February at 11am. More...
Source: Cambridge Science Festival 2019

Wednesday 13th March: Cambridge Science Festival - Fashion the Future

St Paul's Church, Hill's Road, Cambridge. CB2 1JP 18:00-19:00 add to google calendar
Although we often think of fashion as a frivolous affair, carefully choosing what we wear could make a big difference to tackling the climate crisis and other environmental problems. Clothing and textiles account for 12% of global greenhouse emissions and is the world's second largest industrial polluter. At this event Julie Kervedec of AmaElla Lingerie and Alana Sinclair of Cambridge Carbon Footprint will guide you through the science of fashion and the environment, share cutting edge case studies, and explore sustainable solutions to help green your own wardrobe.

Free, booking essential. Booking opens February 11. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Wednesday 20th March: Transition Cafe Project: TBA

OtherSyde The Engineer's House, Riverside, Cambridge CB5 8HN 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
The second Transition Cafe event this year will be on the topic of food (TBA). The Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. It takes place at the OtherSyde, which is based at the Cambridge Museum of Technology. The bar will be open before and after the event. After the event, you are invited to stay to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Wednesday 20th March - Wednesday 27th: Compost workshops for beginners

community centres around Cambridge 19:00-18:30 add to google calendar
The organisers say:'Free to attend, this composting workshop (funded by Cambridge City Council and delivered by composting experts at national charity Garden Organic) will explore why composting is important, what we can all compost at home, and most importantly how to do it. We'll discuss the ingredients you can and can't add to a compost bin as well as the merits of the various compost bins available. As well as the free training you will also leave with a pack of useful resources including a copy of Garden Organic's 'Composting for Gardeners' Booklet. We look forward to seeing you there whether completely new to composting or experienced composter looking to pick up a few hints or tips, this workshop will cater for everyone.' Book via Eventbrite (link below). Places, dates and times:

Brown's Field Youth and Community Centre, 20 March,7-9pm
Ross Street Community Centre, 23 March, 10.30-12.30
Cambridge Central Library, 27 March, 5-6.30pm More...
Source: Garden Organic/Cambridge City Council

Wednesday 20th March: Transition Cafe evening - Growing food

The Engineers House, Museum of Technology, Riverside, CB5 8LD 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
Spring is coming! Which means the growing season is getting going too! This cafe evening is a chance to find out more about Transition Cambridge's farming and community gardening projects - Cropshare, Growing spaces, Empty Common Community Garden and Grow your own sessions - and maybe join in as a volunteer.

Booking: Please make sure to book on Eventbrite, as the venue has limited capacity (but booking not yet open)

We invite donations of £2-£3 per person to cover venue hire.

Transition Cafe is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, films, workshops and presentations about all the things we're passionate about to build a great community in our city. The bar will be open before and after the event, and you're invited to stay on afterwards to meet like-minded people, network, explore new ideas, and get to know others involved with Transition Cambridge. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Sunday 24th March: Wandlebury Wildlife

Wandlebury Country Park 11:00-15:30 add to google calendar
Join us as we explore the habitats of Wandlebury and the wildlife that calls it home. Learn from interactive displays and talks from our conservation partners, and meet the team that works to protect and safeguard Wandlebury's wildlife. Fun and learning for all ages! In conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival, the yearly series of events providing the public with opportunities to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest and concern and raising aspirations by encouraging young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. This is a free, drop-in event for all ages. No need to book. Donations welcome.

Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke's roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free. For queries: email us or call 01223 243830 extension 207 More...
Source: CambridgePPF

Thursday 18th April: Talk: 'Can high technology products be sustainable?'

Lord Ashcroft Building, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT 18:30-20:00 add to google calendar
The useful lifetime of hi-tech consumer products is at an all-time low. Is there designed-in obsolescence and does it matter if we throw away equipment rather than repair it? As responsible engineers, what can we do to improve the lifetime of products? Societal and technology changes together with the emergence of new materials have encouraged a change in design approach. Have we now reached a tipping point where for example the presence of plastics in the marine environment means we have to change how we do things for the good of future generations and the planet? Making equipment sustainable, at least in the short term, is often less profitable than being unsustainable. Techniques and ways to minimise the additional cost of being responsible are presented. Also the role of legislators in setting standards and requirements is considered.

Chris Moller is the Director of Evonet Energy. He is a CEng with the IET and a Research Visitor at the Open University in Milton Keynes, researching Renewable Energy in the developing world. He is the technical lead for the Repair Cafe community in Cambridge more info. Book here. More...
Source: IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology)

Sunday 12th May: May Plant Swap at Trumpington allotments

Foster Road allotments trading hut CB2 9JR 10:30-12:00 add to google calendar


Swap spare seedlings, plants and surplus seeds. Expand the range of plants you grow and meet other local gardeners. You can attend even if you don't have anything to swap, just make a donation. No admission charge. Everyone welcome. Arrive early for the best choice of plants. Directions here.

We will have another plant swap in June.
Source: Trumpington Allotment Society

Streamlining the events pages

We are planning some changes to the events pages on this site - rather than five separate pages there will be only two: one for upcoming events and recent news, plus one for older news. This will mean that you don't have to look at lots of pages to see what is happening.

As a first stage in this change, if you submit an item you will find that the Name or organisation field is no longer optional - you must fill it in. This is important to avoid misunderstandings - we don't want to seem to be taking credit for other people's efforts.
Source: Transition Cambridge 16 Jan 2019

Recycling point for 'hard-to-recycle' items

The zero waste store, Full Circle, has just started to accept a wide range of items for recycling that are not currently accepted by the council. The items include crisp packets, biscuit wrappers and dental care items.

Full Circle have a stall on the market every Monday (opposite the electronics stall) where they can accept items for recycling. More...
Source: Full Circle 16 Jan 2019