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Saturday 24th February - Sunday 17th Mar: Repair Cafes for February, March and beyond

Cambridge & villages 14:00-16:00 add to google calendar
Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things. They're completely non-commercial, though donations to running costs are welcome. There are no promises or guarantees, but if something can be saved, repairers will do everything they can. Repairers are always keen to teach visitors how to do the repair themselves and at the very least watch while they do it. Successful repair rates are currently around 65%. NB you'll need to book your item in - bookings open a couple of weeks before. The next repair cafes are in St Ives and Great Shelford (both on 24 February), Cambridge and Ramsey (both on 2 March), Burwell (3 March), Eversden and Wisbech (both 16 March), Soham (17 March) (and lots more further ahead). You can book things in, check future dates, venues, times etc here. Supported by the Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network (CRCN) - a partnership between Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Transition Cambridge and others. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint - Repair Cafes

24 Feb and 25 Mar 2024 15:00 to 16:30: Climate Cafe

Mill Road Community Centre, 6 Hazell Street, Cambridge CB1 2GN
Join us at Climate Cafe - Cambridge, a gathering where you have space to talk about climate change and how it makes you think and feel.

Climate Cafes offer something different from the usual climate events. They are facilitated - so you can be sure that there will be space for you to speak. They are not designed to recruit you to do anything. The idea behind them is that talking about climate change is really important - but it is often made more difficult by our feelings of guilt that we are not doing enough, or frustration that others are not doing enough. So we provide a space in which we don't talk about what we should be doing.

Note that numbers are limited to 12, so please book ahead. More...
Source: Cambridge Climate Therapists

Sunday 25th February: Empty Common Community Garden

Empty Common Community Garden 10:30-12:30 add to google calendar
ECCG is a magical meeting place for you and your friends, close to the centre of Cambridge. Enjoy chatting as you garden and relax. We meet as a group on Sunday mornings from 10.30 am to 12.30 or later but people can come individually or in groups whenever they like. We are just completing our 'Heads, Hearts and Hands' hut where we can learn, bond and do things together and have tea and cake too. Come and enjoy the space! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge - ECCG

Thursday 29th February: 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 February: Travel, flying and the climate crisis

Signal Box Centre, 28 Glenalmond Avenue CB2 8DB 18:45-20:30 add to google calendar
How much does flying contribute to the climate crisis? Is it possible to still go on holiday without getting on a plane? Can my one action make a difference? 'Travel, flying and the climate crisis' will explore the reasons for flying less and look at the climate science of aviation emissions. There will be some practical tips for travelling without flying, and some inspiring examples of holiday destinations that can be reached overland. The speaker lineup features local activists and experts, including Professor Julian Allwood from the University of Cambridge, a representative from Cambridge Carbon Footprint, travel experts from Kuoni Travel, and Anna Hughes from Flight Free UK.

Flight Free UK is a charity that encourages people to travel without flying and runs the inspirational Flight Free Challenge, whereby people stay grounded for a year to reduce emissions and try the alternatives.

There will be hot drinks and refreshments available. All welcome. Book here More...
Source: Flight Free UK

Friday 1st March: Utopia Reading Club

Zoom 12:00
We are exploring different visions of utopia through fiction, and are discussing what makes each work a utopia, for whom, and what work it would take to implement the best ideas in Cambridge.

On March 1, we're back to non-fiction and will be discussing "Citizens" by Jon Alexander and Ariane Conrad, which is about the change that can happen when we think of ourselves as citizens instead of as consumers.

The zoom link for our meeting is available through eventbrite. More...
Source: Cambridge Doughnut

Friday 1st March: Spring Toy Swap

Mill Road Community Centre - 6 Hazel Street, CB1 2GN 15:00-17:00 add to google calendar
Parents for Future Cambridge and Ely is hosting a toy swap at Mill Road Community Centre in Cambridge from 3-5pm on Friday 1 March. The event is free and open to all.

HOW will the swap work? From 24th February, PFF members will provide collection points to drop off donations in Petersfield (off Mill Road) and Brunswick (near the Grafton Centre). Please email Flora to arrange.

ON the swap day! Preloved toys (with CE stamp) can be dropped off from 3-3.30pm. Don't worry if you can't drop off your toys at these times, you are welcome to come along with your toys to swap at any time on the day.

Swapping will begin at 3.30pm. We will be offering refreshments and a few crafty activities for the little ones. More...
Source: Parents for Future, Cambridge and Ely

Saturday 2nd March: Together Culture Repair Cafe

5 Fitzroy Street Cambridge CB1 1ER 09:00-12:00 add to google calendar
Join us for a regular Repair Cafe at Together Culture on the first Saturday of the month. We'll have experienced repairers on hand to fix your broken electrical and mechanical goods: kitchen gadgets, lamps, toys, tools and more. No need to book, just drop by and we'll see what we can do. If we don't have a repairer free, we can arrange a time for you to return. Most repairs take about 45mins. You're welcome to stay during the slot to learn about the repair and find out more about eco initiatives in Cambridge.
Source: Together Culture

Saturday 2nd March: Gardening and Allotments mini-fair

Cambridge Central Library, 7 Lion Yard CB2 3QD 11:00-13:00 add to google calendar
Spring is coming - a good time to get going with gardening. The library invites everyone to join us for a morning of crafts and tabletop gardening. There's also a chance to chat with experienced gardeners and ask questions, try your hand at tabletop gardening with Cambridgeshire Skills and browse/borrow a selection of our gardening books. We'll also have gardening-themed craft activities for children! Free and all welcome. No need to book; just turn up! Parents/carers to stay with their children at all times, please. This event will take place in our Foyer Space, just by the entrance on the first floor of Cambridge Central Library, which is wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible toilet on site. For full details of Central's facilities, visit our website. Click here for more information. More...
Source: Cambridgeshire LIbraries

Saturday 2nd March: Mill Road EcoChic Fashion Show

St Barnabus Church, CB1 2UB 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
Mill Road Fringe is proud to present the very first Mill Road EcoChic Fashion Show, which will take place on Saturday 2nd March at St Barnabas Church. It will showcase clothes and accessories from Mill Road's charity and vintage shops on the catwalk, alongside local designers who specialise in sustainable fashion. The show will offer a unique and memorable celebration of creativity and sustainability, reflecting the diversity and independence of Cambridge's distinctive Mill Road neighbourhood. Featuring stylish, exciting finds curated by enthusiastic fashionistas and modelled by local people. Doors open at 6pm; fashion show 7-9pm. Tickets are £5, available here. More...
Source: Mill Road Fringe

Sunday 3rd March: Cambridge Permaculture Group

Empty Common Community Garden 13:30-15:00 add to google calendar
Cambridge Permaculture Group meet monthly at the beautiful Empty Common Community Garden and Hut ( a Transition Cambridge project designed and run on permaculture principles and open to all). The Hut gives shelter for up to 12 people, with tea making facilities and a very efficient stove. We meet at 1.30 pm on the first Sunday of the month, to bring permaculture to life in Cambridge. We welcome new people inquiring into what Permaculture is all about, and those who already appreciate and use it, we all learn from each other. The Diploma holders/ students in the group hope to run an introductory course during this year. We may also do some practical projects in the garden and plan a film night in the hut. To keep in the loop and get updates, read the Transition bulletin or email us here to ask to be added to the Google group.
Source: Cambridge Permaculture Group

Wednesday 6th March: Going hungry in the UK: our food desert problem

on-line 17:30
Join us to find out why it's so hard to find affordable, healthy food in some areas of the UK, and what can be done about it.

For many people in the UK a healthy and sustainable diet is simply out of reach. This is in part due to food deserts; neighbourhoods where it's very hard to find affordable fresh fruit and vegetables due to poverty, poor public transport and a lack of big supermarkets.

Our expert panel will discuss what food deserts are, why they exist and possible solutions.

On the panel: Chair: Dr Jagjit Singh Srai, Director of Research, and Head, Centre for International Manufacturing, University of Cambridge; Professor Carol Wagstaff, Research Dean for Agriculture, Food and Health, University of Reading; Dr Megan Blake, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield; Leon Ballin, Programme Manager, Sustainable Food Places More...
Source: Cambridge Global Food Security, University of Cambridge

Thursday 7th March: Cambridge People, Planet, Pint: Sustainability meetup

Station Tavern, 2 Station Square Cambridge CB1 2GA 17:30
Pop down to your local People Planet Pint meetup to find more about what's going on locally with sustainability. There's no format or requirements on the night. It's all about having conversations and hearing from other people who may not typically come together in the same room. No pitches, powerpoints or panels. Just People, Planet, Pint(s). This is a monthly event. The first round is courtesy of a sponsor, details on the event page. More...
Source: People Planet Pint

Thursday 7th March - Friday 15th: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series

various in Cambridge 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
There are three lectures coming up in the 2024 series: Harriet Lamb, CEO of WRAP and Co-Founder of the Fair Trade Foundation will speak on 'The textile industry and preloved clothing' on Thursday 7 March from 7:00-8:30pm, Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College.

Oliver Morton, Science writer and Editor and Prof. Myles Allen, University of Oxford will speak on 'Agreeing to disagree' on Thursday 14 March 7:00-8:30pm, Winstanley Lecture Hall, Trinity College.

The third lecture is on 'No 1.5C without intervention'. The speakers are from Operaatio Artiks, which is a youth organisation in Finland They are Anton Keskinen, Anni Pokela, Dagmar Ilonoja, Ainu Kyrönseppä, Viktori Jaakkola and Ellen Haaslahti. The date is Friday 15 March from 7:30 to 9:00pm, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, CB2 3RS. Free, no need to book. More...
Source: Cambridge Climate Lecture Series

Friday 8th March: Pure Clean Water documentary film

Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre, Fulbourn, CB21 5BS 19:30-21:15 add to google calendar
The award winning new documentary film Pure Clean Water examines the critical issues surrounding chalk streams, water availability, and the growth of Cambridge through the lens of a unique watercourse, Hobson's Brook, its history, and its journey into Cambridge from the Nine Wells springs just south of the biotech campus.

Doors open at 19.15. The one hour film, introduced by the writer/director/producer, Dr Tony Eva, will be followed by a short Q&A discussion about the issues raised. No booking required. Free entry.
Source: Fulbourn Forum

Saturday 9th March: Mother's Circle for Climate Justice

Christ's Pieces, Cambridge 10:30-11:30 add to google calendar
Parents for Future, Mothers' Rebellion and Mothers CAN invite you to join us for a Mother's Circle for Climate Justice. All caregivers, allies and children are welcome. A Mother's Circles is a peaceful and welcoming protest of mothers, caregivers and allies in a public place. We sit in a circle together to connect to our climate emotions and ourselves. Children are welcome and can play in the circle. If you haven't attended a protest before or if you would like to meet others who are concerned, this is the perfect place to connect. We will have tea/ biscuits on offer, but bring a mug if you can. We will bring toys/crafts for the children and materials to make placards. Alternatively, bring placards with you featuring children's name/s or the reasons you are asking for climate action. You are welcome to bring a chair or ground covering.
Source: Flora Griffin

Saturday 9th March: 'The Great Cambridge Crash Course' - ' How we got to here'

Cambridge Central Library, 7 Lion Yard CB2 3QD - third floor 11:00-13:00 add to google calendar
Antony Carpen, local historian and blogger, is offering two highly informative workshops on Cambridge (the town). With some big decisions being made about the future of our city, first up is 'How we got to here'. We'll be examining some of the decisions taken by previous generations of councillors, politicians, ministers, and influential institutions, making use of some very big maps, newspaper articles, and original documents which you will be able to explore at your leisure in the Cambridgeshire Collection next door.

Please note that this won't be a party political event - this is not the place or space for 'controversialism' or party political preaching. It may however involve the analysis of published policy documents from institutions. More info about the workshops here.

Cost: Free/donations (£5-£10). Click the link for more info and to book. More...
Source: Antony Carpen, local historian and blogger

Wednesday 13th March - Thursday 28th: Cambridge Festival

Various locations around Cambridge 09:00
The Cambridge Festival 2024 programme is out now...and it contains details of hundreds of events - walks, talks, exhibitions, films and family events, both in-person and online. Many have a theme about climate, nature or sustainability. You can browse the programme and find links to book here.

Newsflash! Transition Cambridge will be participating in the Imaginarium, hosted by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, in marquees on the lawn in front of Kings College on 24 March - do come by and have a chat! Link for info here. More...
Source: Cambridge Festival

Tuesday 19th March: 'Weaving Trust'

The Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0UB GB 18:00-20:00 add to google calendar
Weaving Trust is a fun organised activity that enables participants to build intentional relationships. Participants learn how to have short but meaningful conversations with people they wouldn't usually spend much time with. Through these one-to-one conversations we celebrate difference, strengthen common identity and grow solidarity as an action to counter polarisation. We go beneath surface chit-chat to learn about what we are interested in and what issues we might have in common. Weaving Trust is helpful for building deeper connections within an institution or across different organisations. Weaving Trust events help us build power with each other when undertaken as part of building a local alliance. Click here for more info and booking. More...
Source: Cambridge Citizens

Tuesday 19th March: Six Inches of Soil

Arts Picturehouse 18:00
Picturehouse Green Screen is proud to present Six Inches of Soil, touring our sites with a live panel conversation following the film. Six Inches of Soil is the inspiring story of young British farmers standing up against the industrial food system, transforming the way they produce food - to heal the soil, improve our health, and provide for local communities. Some of us have seen a preview and it is brilliant. And one of the farmers who is featured is local. Highly recommended! More...
Source: Six Inches of Soil

Friday 22nd March: Air quality in Cambridge

Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane and online 19:00-20:00 add to google calendar
Wood stoves are good for climate change but bad for air quality. Is it OK to use them occasionally? What are the main sources of air pollution in Cambridge - and what are the current trends? Anne-Marie Hindley and Elizabeth Bruce, council officers and authors of the last report on air quality in Cambridge will give us a short talk and then take questions. We will also have some information to share on indoor air quality.

This meeting will be free to attend, all welcome, but donations to cover the venue cost would be much appreciated.

Contact Nicola for the zoom link if you would like to attend remotely.
Source: Transition Cambridge

23 and 24 March: What Would Nature Do? An Imaginarium Takeover At King's

King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1ST
Imagine a future that's teeming with life and guided by nature! Join the Imaginarium Takeover for a weekend of stories, ideas, creativity and hands-on activities as we ask "What Would Nature Do?" to build a greener, fairer and more connected future together. Come and be inspired as we seed ideas and root practical action alongside local experts. Watch everyday objects be regenerated in the Repair Cafe and cultivate connections with artists, campaigners and innovators as we together reimagine and build a future that's teeming with life and guided by nature. Drop in between 10am and 4pm on Sat, and 11am and 4pm on Sunday for nature inspired creativity and immersive experiences, hands-on activities and spaces to learn and talk. There'll also be Repair Cafes - bring us your broken toys, bikes, electricals and all sorts of household items for a free repair - book items in here (Sat 10am - 2pm, Sun 1pm - 4pm). And come and find out about the Pink Bin Dive, focused on dismantling discarded electronics, and exploring and repurposing their components - drop in on Sat from 2.30 - 4pm, and on Sun from 11 - 12.30pm. The Imaginarium Takeover is part of the Cambridge University's Cambridge Festival and is hosted and facilitated by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and artist Hilary Cox Condron. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footpring

Saturday 23rd March: Cambridge Repair Cafe

King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge 10:00-14:00 add to google calendar
We've been invited to join in The Imaginarium Takeover, part of Cambridge University's Cambridge Festival, facilitated by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and artist Hilary Cox Condron.

We'll be offering free repairs of many household items. Our Repair Cafe will run alongside hands-on creative activities, stories and practical ideas to share that'll help us explore how nature might guide us to build a greener, fairer and more connected future.

Booking recommended (opens 12 Feb) More...
Source: Cambridge Repair Cafe

Saturday 23rd March: 'The Great Cambridge Crash Course' - 'The government's plans for our city'

Cambridge Central Library, 7 Lion Yard CB2 3QD - third floor 11:00-13:00 add to google calendar
Antony Carpen, local historian and blogger, is offering two highly informative workshops on Cambridge (the town). Following up on 'How we got to here' is 'The government's plans for our city'. You may have seen the headlines in the news. This event is an opportunity to find out more about what ministers are proposing, and to share concerns and questions about what's involved. Mindful of the looming general election in under a year's time, it's an opportunity to come up with questions to put to existing local councillors and potential election candidates for both local and national elections. It will involve looking at maps and published documents from the archive. What can we learn from local history of the past half-century?

Please note that this won't be a party political event - this is not the place or space for 'controversialism' or party political preaching. More info about the workshops here. Cost: Free/donations (£5-£10). Click the link for more info and to book. More...
Source: Cambridgeshire LIbraries

Sunday 24th March: Cambridge Repair Cafe

King's College, King's Parade, Cambridge 13:00-16:00 add to google calendar
We've been invited to join in The Imaginarium Takeover, part of Cambridge University's Cambridge Festival, facilitated by Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination and artist Hilary Cox Condron.

We'll be offering free repairs of many household items. Our Repair Cafe will run alongside hands-on creative activities, stories and practical ideas to share that'll help us explore how nature might guide us to build a greener, fairer and more connected future.

Booking recommended (opens 12 Feb) More...
Source: Cambridge Repair Cafe

Wednesday 17th April - Sunday 21st: Cambridge Literary Festival

Central Cambridge 18:00
The literary festival is back for another year. Transitioners may be interested in the following talks:

19 April 6pm: Caroline Lucas on 'Another England'. She wants to reclaim Englishness from right-wing cheerleaders of isolationism and imperial nostalgia. Lucas makes a compelling and passionate case for who we are: outlining the English people's radical inclusivity, their ancient commitment to the natural world, and their long struggle to win rights for all.

21 April 6pm: Clayton Aldern on 'The Weight of Nature'. Award-winning neuroscientist Clayton Aldern uses ground-breaking research to document a largely unreported public health crisis: the warming climate is affecting our brains and bodies as well as the planet. Discover how through empathy, compassion, and a new understanding of intimacy with the natural world, we can adapt to a climate-changed planet. Tickets are usually £10/£14 (tbc). More...
Source: Cambridge Literary Festival

Net Zero Now Community Resource Hub now available

Cambridge Carbon Footprint are excited to launch their Net Zero Now Community Resource Hub: "Our new Net Zero Now hub is an online resource to help you take community climate action. Created using resources and recordings from the last 3 years of the Net Zero Now Programme, it is designed to enable everyone, regardless of knowledge, skills, or experience, to gain the tools to get started with community action on carbon reduction. This could be something like setting up a new local clothes swap, or even starting a community energy scheme. Learn from those experienced in community climate action and access useful info like how to secure funding, working with volunteers, and the most effective ways of talking about climate change in your community, and more... The content is available as an online resource for anyone to undertake in their own time at home." This is a great resource - do take a look! More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 19 Feb 2024

New community garden in Cherry Hinton

A new community garden is being created in Cherry Hinton near CH Primary School, where the Green Hut used to be. The garden will be a multi-purpose space for both the school and the whole community. We need everyone's help to create it! We are looking for plants (list here), tools, donations and volunteers to help maintain the garden - full info here. If you are able to donate plants, please bring them along to the garden on Wednesday 28 February, 11am to 1pm. Thank you! More...
Source: Cherry Hinton Primary School 19 Feb 2024

Cambridge Sustainable Food: Volunteers needed!

Cambridge Sustainable Food are working to build a fairer, more sustainable food system which supports the community and the environment. They have lots of activities, and are looking for more volunteers at the moment. Currently they particularly need drivers to collect supermarket surplus food to go to the community food hubs on Wednesday mornings. They are also looking for kitchen volunteers, holiday lunch cookery leaders, half term holiday lunch volunteers and more - see all their opportunities here. And do take a look round their website, as they have lots of interesting activities and some great resources (e.g. a local food directory). More...
Source: Cambridge Sustainable Food 14 Feb 2024

New group for Fairphone users

Are you a current or ex- Fairphone user (any generation)?

A local resident is setting up a group for Fairphone users in the Cambridge area. Although there is lots of support for Fairphone issues online, sometimes it helps to take a look at a problem with someone in person, or to be able to give someone some spare parts without paying postage! If you are interested, you can join the Signal group, or email us for more information. We may do some in-person meet-ups if there is enough interest.
Source: Fairphone users Cambridge 29 Jan 2024

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