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6 Nov, 4 Dec, 10:30-3:30: Mill Road Saturdays

Mill Road Cambridge
Mill Road Saturdays are a series of small events to be held between now and Christmas, instead of Mill Road Winter Fair which won't take place this year. Featuring craft and charity stalls, buskers and a fabulous 'street' of community bunting, Mill Road Saturdays will be a celebratory gateway to the diversity of Mill Road. These events will be held at Donkey Common (outside Parkside Swimming Pool) and Petersfield, with lines of community bunting at The EDGE Cafe also marking the Romsey gateway to Mill Road. A closer look at the bunting will reveal an I Spy Mill Road trail which encourages people to explore Mill Road at their leisure, discovering its shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Mill Road Saturdays will be the first of many events organised by the Mill Road Fringe, a spin-off from the Fair Committee. Find out more here. More...
Source: Meg Clarke

27/28 November and 04/05 December: Plant a tree at Logan's Meadow this Autumn

We will be planting trees on Logan's Meadow over the weekends of November 27-28 and December 4-5 between the hours of 11:00 - 15:00. In order to be Covid secure, numbers will be limited and pre-booking for a one hour slot is required.

Please come and get stuck in! You could be someone that lives locally, is involved with a club or Scouts group, be from the Women's Institute, a school, a faith group or similar. Families and individuals are very welcome.

No experience is necessary. You can bring your own tools or use those provided. We do recommend you should wear stout clothes and shoes. Contact Tony at this link. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge

Sunday 28th November: 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

Wednesday 1st December: How to run a Shrink Your Carbon Footprint workshop

Online 19:00-20:30 add to google calendar
Are you someone that might consider hosting a session with people you know (colleagues/community/groups) on how they might reduce their carbon footprint? CCF have created a Shrink Your Carbon Footprint Toolkit to help you deliver an effective 1hr workshop. The'How to' skillshare on 1st Dec will introduce you to the resources in the Toolkit (primarily a deck of slides and workshop plan)and help you feel confident to deliver the workshop to your audience. A maximum of 8 people can attend this online skillshare and we're targeting enthusiastic and concerned folk who aren't necessarily experts. See the link for more information and booking details. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Friday 10th December: Christmas Dinner 2050: will we be eating alternative turkey?

online event hosted by the University of Cambridge 14:00-15:00 add to google calendar
What will replace turkey at the Christmas dinners of the future? This webinar from the University of Cambridge will look at three alternative proteins that might be the answer: algae, sea-food and pulses.

SPEAKERS: Nick Saltmarsh, Co-founder, Hodmedod Ltd: Dr David Willer, Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge; Ellen Harrison, PhD student, Algal Innovation Centre, University of Cambridge; Chair: Francesca Re Manning, Programme Manager, Cambridge Global Food Security IRC, University of Cambridge.

Part of Cambridge Global Food Security IRC Coffee Break Seminar series, and EIT Food's #AnnualFoodAgenda project, supported by CambPlants. More...
Source: Abigail Youngman, Annual Food Agenda, University of Cambridge

Saturday 11th December: Cambridge Greenpeace Christmas Quiz

Zoom 19:00-22:00 add to google calendar
On Zoom once more, the Cambridge Greenpeace Quiz is back, this time in its Christmas edition! There will be a round of Christmassy questions as well as all the usual sort of topics.

When you buy your ticket, you will be sent a Zoom link and password. If you haven't got Zoom already, you can get it from https://zoom.us or your phone or tablet's app store. The prize for the winning team will be vouchers for a local or online ethical shop, for example Full Circle.

Tickets are £5 per screen, from here. More...
Source: Cambridge Greenpeace

Wednesday 15th December: Energy Group: social

ONLINE 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
This will be a fun event. Please bring something to share - an upbeat story, something funny, a tip for energy saving, or for how to run a sustainable Christmas - anything you like. Also if you have suggestions for things you'd like to discuss in 2022 that would be great.

We will conduct this meeting online using Zoom. All are welcome. Contact Nicola for the link to join the meeting. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group

Thursday 16th December: Transition Cambridge Christmas get-together

The Six Bells Pub, Covent Garden (off Mill Road), Cambridge, CB1 2HS 19:30-23:00 add to google calendar
We'll be celebrating another year of Transition Cambridge with a winter gathering at the Six Bells pub (in their back room, which is well-ventilated as a covid precaution). All welcome, and if you've any ideas for Transition-themed Christmas activities, let us know!
Source: Transition Cambridge

Thursday 24th February: Action on packaging: How the Co-op made all its own brand packaging recyclable.

online 18:30
Robert Thompson will explain how the Co-op overcame challenges to increase the recyclability of own brand packaging lines from 46% in 2016 to 100% in 2021. The talk will cover how the Co-op overcame challenges in defining what 'recyclable' means, how they worked with over 300 suppliers to ensure the packaging of 3,000 own brand products was recyclable, how they became the market for their own recyclate, and how they developed a system for recycling flexible plastic films in store. Finally, Rob will look at future challenges regarding responsible material choices and climate change.

Rob leads the packaging sustainability strategy for own brand packaging within the Ethics, Sustainability and Policy team at Co-op Food. He has worked in packaging development for over 20 years with experience gained working in composite can manufacture, frozen food, soft drinks and retail. He is a Chartered Environmentalist and a fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. More...
Source: The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Daily Bread Community Garden


Courgette flower, photo taken by Nadia

Transition Cambridge's refurbished raised beds have been lovely this summer, providing passing customers with tasty broad beans, tomatoes, spinach, courgettes, herbs and strawberries and attracting lots of butterflies. Nadia from the Daily Bread Co-op helped with watering and care for the beds over the summer (and took this beautiful picture of a courgette flower) and Meg from TC planted, weeded and kept the grass short with shears. Now winter is nearly here, the beds have been replanted with a mix of broad beans, onion sets and some mustard to dig in as green manure. The strawberry plants and herb bed have been weeded and mulched and left to spring into life again next year. Go enjoy! More...
Source: Meg Clarke TC 08 Nov 2021

Transition Cambridge AGM

The AGM was held last week. About 15 of us gathered in a pub and celebrated the many and wonderful achievements of the past year. These included the winter online talk series, and the collaborations with other local groups including the Cambridge DEAG, the Web of Resilience and the proposed What If Shop/Climate Emergency Hub. Anna was reelected as Chair, Nicola as Secretary and Sam as Treasurer. The officers were all thanked for their work over the last challenging year and everyone hugely enjoyed being together again in person. Minutes will be available soon.
Source: Transition Cambridge 02 Nov 2021

Homes wanted for retrofit study

A project team of Bioregional, Transition by Design and 3GCC are carrying out a study of how to retrofit private housing stock in Cambridge for the City Council. The study will produce a public facing guide on how to retrofit your home to zero carbon and how much it might cost.

The project team needs your help to conduct this study in gaining an accurate understanding of typical homes in Cambridge. We need to carry out simple site visits (around 1 hour) of homes to check assumptions of the condition, construction and energy use. In addition selected homes will receive a free air tightness test and basic retrofitting advice.

The homes we need are ones of typical condition and without significant retrofit measures already in place. If you would like to put your home forward, please fill in this form Many thanks in advance for your help. More...
Source: Transition by Design 28 Oct 2021

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