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Saturday 10th Aug to 14th Sept: Bringing Our Awareness Back to Nature - a Mindfulness Course

Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve
Explore your relationship with nature led by Claire Thompson, author of Mindfulness & the Natural World, in collaboration with the Wildlife Trust BCN.

Join us for a five session course of mindfulness, walks, games and reflections, in the beautiful setting of Trumpington Meadows nature reserve. The dates are: 10th, 24th, 31st August, 7th, 14th September, from 9am to 12noon and the price is £160 per person. If you would like to attend but can't make all sessions, please get in touch.

Please see www.mindfulness-of-nature.com for more information, or go to www.wildlifebcn.org to book.
Source: The Wildlife Trust BCN

Saturday 17th August - Saturday 31st: Transition Cambridge's summer break!

cambridge 09:00
Transition Cambridge takes a summer break for August - it's 'traditional'!. Some of our events will continue (Cropshare, Empty Common community garden...) during August, and events can be added to our website listings in the usual way. However the bulletin writers will be dabbling their toes in the Cam, so the last fortnightly bulletin will be at the end of July. We'll be back in early September with news and events to build sustainable community in the face of climate change.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Sunday 25th August: 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

Thursday 29th August: 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

Thursday 29th August: Climate Change Challenge (for families)

Musuem of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, CB2 3DZ 12:00-16:40 add to google calendar
Can you survive a changing climate? Games, challenges and makes inspired by ancient civilizations that experienced climate change and weather disruption. Visit the Whipple Museum of the History of Science on the same day for related activities. Suitable for ages 5+ Part of Summer at the Museums more info. More...
Source: Summer at the Museums

Saturday 7th September: Eversden Repair Cafe

Eversden Village Hall, Great Eversden. Cambridge, CB23 1HP 10:00-13:00 add to google calendar
If you have something that needs mending bring it along to our Repair Café. A free event where you can learn a little about your broken item whilst a volunteer repairer assesses it and, where possible, does a fix.

We can repair: bikes, electric bikes textiles, lampshades, clothes, soft toys, small appliances, small electrical items (no phones or tablets), old sewing machines, jewellery, furniture & other wooden items. We can sharpen old tools and kitchen scissors.

We'll also be running a computer clinic - bring your phone, tablet, or computer and we'll help you with your IT issues.

Repairs are free but we ask you to book in advance and to tell us a little about what you'll be bringing. You can book here

We can supply minor spares on the day (like fuses) but if you know the item needs a distinct part, then please bring that with you.

All welcome, a free event but donations welcome. Any donations will go towards the maintenance of the village hall.

E-mail us if you'd like to help. More...
Source: Eversden Village Hall

Saturday 7th September: Grief-tending in Community

Clophill Centre nrear bedford MK45 4BT 10:00-18:00 add to google calendar
A rare opportunity to tend our grief in the company of others in a safe space skilfully held by Sophy Banks.

Grief is a natural response to what life brings us: we may feel sadness, loneliness, anger and despair . The more we open ourselves to love others, the more we also open to the pain of losing what we care for. As we celebrate the beauty of our world, or work for peace and justice, we open ourselves to the grief of witnessing the destruction of nature, or acknowledging the suffering and inequality in the world around us.

Grief tending is not about resolving our grief, rather honouring it. Francis Weller talks about "apprenticing ourselves to grief" - giving ourselves to learning from its wisdom. This day will give a space to gently deepen into our feelings, recognising the many forms of support that help us to do so. We will take time to integrate and prepare to return well at the end.

Cost: sliding scale £90 - £75 - £60. Booking essential. More...
Source: Claire Carter

Saturday 7th September: Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

Ditton Meadows, Fen Ditton, Cambridge 10:00-17:00 add to google calendar

Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today- as well as the most fun! Up to 10 people paddle each 30' boat with a drummer at the front beating in time and our helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience required, just plenty of team spirit!

Gable Events is proud to have once again joined with Festival charity, Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust, to bring you the 15th Cambridge Charity Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival is open to everyone and over 40 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course, watched by several hundred spectators. The Ditton Meadows location offers a superb venue for racing and a fabulous day is guaranteed with plenty of bank-side family entertainment including funfair activities, inflatables and children's rides plus a variety of food stalls and bar.
Source: Gable Events

Tuesday 10th September: Cambridge 2030 - meeting the zero carbon homes challenge

The Old Divinity School, St John's College, Cambridge, CB2 1TP 19:00-21:30 add to google calendar
A one off event to celebrate 10 years of Open Eco Homes and chart a course to a zero carbon future. Bringing together some of our top politicians, policy makers, architects, developers and engineers. A chance to get fired up and inspired. £5 ticket price includes free drink. Booking essential.

Speakers: Baroness Brown of Cambridge Julia King; Architect Meredith Bowles (Mole Architects); Greater Cambridge Senior Sustainability Officer Emma Davies; Open Eco Homes host, retrofitter and particle physicist Bart Hommels; Community housing developer Chris Brown, founder of Igloo

Plus Q and A and drinks reception.

Doors open 6.40pm. Drinks and conversation till 9.40. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Saturday 14th September: Open Eddinggton 2019

Storey's Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, CB3 1AA 10:00-16:00 add to google calendar
Cambridge's new community Eddington showcases its environmental credentials at a day of free activities, talks and tours on Saturday 14 September. Tours include a behind the scenes look at the energy centre and district heating system - designed to be more efficient and help reduce carbon emissions. Also a nature tour with Mike Dean, project ecologist, highlighting some of the features and infrastructure in place that will enhance the biodiversity of the site - as well as a demonstration of the unique bins system.

Attractions in the market square include a bike try out show and pedal powered scalextrixs, a junk yard orchestra to play on, made from recycled materials, live music, and street food market and licensed bar.

Visitors can travel to Open Eddington for free using the the U bus service which runs from the train station through the city centre and on to Eddington. More...
Source: Eddington, Cambridge

Monday 16th September: Transition Cafe Reflection & Improvement Meeting

TBC (central Cambridge) 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
Currently, 14 people are actively involved in the organisation of the Transition Cafe. Since February, we hold one cafe evening each month. This meeting is an opportunity to reflect on the Transition Cafe in general and to discuss improvement potential. Also people who aren't involved in the organisation (yet) are very welcome to join - it is always good to have an outside perspective. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Tuesday 17th September: Successful draught-busting and ventilation

Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, CB1 1LG 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
Draught proofing is usually the lowest cost, most effective way of improving your home's comfort or reducing energy bills, typically by £25-50 per year It's often one of the few ways tenants can achieve this and is a job that most of us can do ourselves. If you prefer to get professional help, this session will help you understand the issues and what probably needs doing. We'll cover finding and fixing draughts with demonstrations. But don't seal your home: you need enough ventilation for good air-quality and to prevent condensation and mould forming, which can be reduced in other ways too. We'll discuss what not to seal-up and getting the balance of ventilation right, which is often a matter of personal preference.

There will be some free items of draught proofing materials to share out. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Wednesday 18th September: Transition Cafe Evening - Embracing Emotions for True Transition - Honoring Our Pain

Othersyde (The Engineer's House, Museum of Technology) Riverside Cambridge CB5 8HN 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
This workshop explores emotional responses to the climate and biosphere crisis in particular honoring our pain. Participants can expect meditation, pair work, group work, role play, and ultimately the opportunity to connect, release and fundamentally embrace emotions both joyful and painful. This can help galvanise action by first accepting pain and fear in spite of the overwhelming change the world is facing. The work is inspired by environmental activists and eco-psychologists Joanna Macy and Ro Randall.

We suggest 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

Saturday 21st September: Beginners Guide to Retrofit

Upper Hall, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ's Pieces, CB1 1LG 14:00-16:00 add to google calendar
What do we mean when we talk about energy efficiency and retrofit? Run by the Manchester based Carbon Co-op this short, beginners workshop will explore basic ideas and concepts, helping you get to grips with how you might reduce energy bills, improve your property and make your home a little bit greener.

This workshop is for householders interested in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit, housing association staff, housing co-ops and landlords. You will gain a better understanding of retrofit, whether it is relevant to you and advice on your next steps. No prior knowledge is required.

Workshop leaders: Jonathan Atkinson - Carbon Co-op; Marianne Heaslip - Carbon Co-op More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th September: Open Eco Homes 2019 - bookings open 1 August

Open Eco Homes celebrates its 10th year in 2019! They offer bookable tours of low-carbon homes, eco-renovations and newbuilds - the dates for 2019 are Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th September. If you live in an eco-home, old or new, and you'd like to share your story and inspire visitors, get in touch.

OEH also organises talks and workshops, open to all, on the theme of saving energy at home. Their website has lots of resources and you can join the mailing list. Bookings open on 1 August - and some homes are v popular so get booked up quickly. More...
Source: Open Eco Homes

Wednesday 2nd October: Energy Group Meeting - water

tbc 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
At this meeting we will discuss water efficiency - why does it matter and what can we do? In many ways we can consider water in the same way we think of energy: mostly invisible, essential but cheap and with serious environmental consequences (See Think energy savings, think water savings too.

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

Thursday 3rd October: Better Insulation

St Paul's Cambridge (Lower Hall), Hills Road. 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
27% of UK carbon emissions come from houses, so upgrading the energy efficiency of our older homes with insulation is a major component of our national carbon emissions reduction.

The Better Insulation workshop combines the view of a householder, a green builder and low-carbon architect, introducing the tricky issues. We can help you think about your home:

What types of insulation are available and which systems best suit certain house types and life styles? Where is the government headed on these problems? What new possibilities are coming? As a home-owner, how low could you go on emissions reduction? What is a reasonable target for your home and your circumstances? How do you balance the cost, effectiveness and disruption of your planned improvements?

Workshop leaders:

Stuart Dyer - Householder, Transition Cambridge; Tim Acheson - Founder, Green Hat Construction; Margaret Reynolds - Architect and Open Eco Homes host More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Friday 4th October: Ladies' Clothes Swap

Eversden Village Hall, Great Eversden. Cambridge, CB23 1HP 19:30-23:00 add to google calendar
Bring your good quality clothes that you no longer wear, and pick up clothes that will be new to you. Please only bring clean clothes, preferably ironed and on a hanger. Accessories too! The curtains of the Hall will be closed & there is plenty of space in the back room for trying on outfits.

If you feel you don't have suitable clothes or accessories to swap you are still most welcome.

We'll be collecting unused toiletries which we will donate to a local women's shelter. If you would like to contribute we are looking for: body wash, deodorant, face flannels, face wash, nappies, personal hygiene & essential beauty items, sanitary products, shampoo, shaving gel/cream, toothpaste & toothbrushes.

Bring your own drinks and a £5 donation for our VH fundraising. We are a friendly group, bring a friend or come on your own & we'll introduce you to other ladies in the village. Please e-mail us if you are coming so we have an idea of numbers. More...
Source: Eversden Village Hall

Wednesday 9th October: Smart Electric Homes

Old School Hall, St Barnabas Centre, Mill Road CB1 2BD 19:30-21:30 add to google calendar
As we switch from fossil fuels to low carbon electricity our homes are at the heart of the system. We generate power with our solar panels and we demand more, for electric vehicles, heating and other appliances. Our expert speakers this evening will explain why we need smart home batteries too.

Our first speaker will be Owen Morgan, from Cambridge Solar, who has been installing Tesla Powerwall battery systems since 2016. Also we have Thomas Whiffen from geo, currently conducting trials of a new Hybrid HomeTM system that will use our home battery to reduce demand when requested by the electricity distribution system, further reducing costs.

What is it like to live in a smart home? How do we know if it is working properly? Come to 'Your Smart Electric Home' to find out.

Workshop leaders: Owen Morgan - Founding Director of award winning Cambridge Solar; Thomas Whiffen - Product Manager, geo (Green Energy Options) More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Monday 21st October: Transition Cafe Planning Meeting

TBC (central Cambridge) 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
Currently, 14 people are actively involved in the organisation of the Transition Cafe. If you are interested in helping to keep this wonderful project going, please join us at this planning meeting. We will decide on themes and build small groups for the cafe nights from January to July 2020. Each of these groups will then organise one event. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Planning for Net Zero

Carbon Neutral Cambridge recently ran an expert symposium in partnership with the local Councils and Planning Service, to inform the new Local Plan and explore how we could accelerate the local transition to Net Zero. The report is now available at the link below.

The top 3 findings of the report are that:

1. Local Plans are legally required to be "in line" with the Climate Act, though most aren't.

2. To have a hope of achieving this, the forthcoming Greater Cambridge Local Plan should set a Net Zero Carbon standard for all new homes, following the example of London and Reading

3. The average new home uses 40% more energy than required by Building Regulations. This is unfair.

We have a really important opportunity to shape the new Greater Cambridge Local Plan, which is currently at the initial "issues and options" stage, with a public consultation this Autumn. Do register with council now to make sure you hear about the consultation when it opens (link here). More...
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge 20 Aug 2019

Recipe Booklet: Transition Cafe - How to Make Your Own... Practical, Homemade Tips for a More Sustainable Lifestyle

The Transition Cafe on 24th July was a lively event where eight people shared practical, homemade tips for a more sustainable lifestyle. The presented cleaning, cosmetics, food/drinks recipes were: laundry detergent, scouring cream, kitchen sink cleaner, shower head cleaner, olive oil mask for hair, gram flour face mask, deodorant, kombucha, fruit vinegar and oat milk. If you have missed the event, you can download the booklet with all recipes from the Transition Cafe website here More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 06 Aug 2019