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Thursday 23rd January: 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

Sunday 26th January: 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

Sunday 26th January: Trumpington Seedy Sunday

Trumpington Village Hall, Trumpington CB2 9HZ 13:30-16:00 add to google calendar
The local annual seed swap returns for another year! This is a chance to bring and swap self-saved seeds, or surplus bought seed (clearly labelled). If you don't have seed to swap, just make a small donation in exchange for the seed you take.

There will be refreshments and cakes, and stalls from community groups (including Transition Cambridge and Empty Common Community Garden - come and say hello) and local artisans. Entry costs £2 for adults, children come in free.

For anyone with an interest in Heritage Seeds, 'growing your own' or learning more about what goes on in our community, this event is a great place to get you started. There will be a wealth of expertise on hand to answer questions, give advice and help get you started growing.
Source: Trumpington Allotment Society

Sunday 26th January: Mindful Winter Wanders

Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve 15:00-16:30 add to google calendar
Join Claire Thompson, author of Mindfulness of the Natural World and Becky Green, Senior Ranger, for mindful walks this winter. The walks will include guided mindfulness practices and periods of silent walking together - offering opportunities to engage our senses and connect with ourselves and the winter wildlife wonders on the reserve. Tea and biscuits will be available to warm up at the end! No previous experience of mindfulness required.

We will be running these walks on the following dates:

Sun 26th Jan - 3-4.30 pm. Sat 8th Feb 10.30 am - 12 pm. Sun 23rd Feb - 10.30 am - 12 pm More...
Source: The Wildlife Trust BCN

Tuesday 28th January: Energy Group - replacing your boiler (DATE CORRECTION)

Margaret's place on Oxford Road 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
For our first meeting in 2020 the main subject will be, what are my choices when I need to replace my gas boiler? There are a number of options and (in my opinion) no clear winner. This may or may not be an imminent issue for you but it is not something that should be decided in a hurry and you may need preparation.

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

Saturday 15th February: Cambridge Repair Cafe at the Arbury Swap, Collect and Fix-Fest

Arbury Community Centre, Campkin Road CB4 2LD 11:00-14:00 add to google calendar
Cambridge Repair Cafe returns to Arbury Community Centre! Our volunteer repairers will be ready to tackle your broken electronics and electricals, household gadgets, tools, toys, clean clothes, jewellery and bikes. We can't fix everything but we'll do our best. No microwaves or TV's, sorry. Please book ahead to ensure you'll get a repair slot. You can drop in without booking but will almost certainly have to wait as this is a very popular event. One item only please - you can bring extra items but will need to wait to see if we can fit it in. Last repairs start at 1.30. More...
Source: Cambridge Repair Cafe

Tuesday 18th February: Greater Cambridge local plan - 'The big debate'

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB 18:30-21:00 add to google calendar
What changes are needed in the face of the climate and biodiversity emergencies facing us? Greater Cambridge (that's the City Council plus South Cambs) are in the process of putting together their new local plan. The consultation phase is open and there are consultation events from 25 January to 8 February in and around Cambridge and South Cambs. Individuals can also comment via the website. As part of the 'First Conversation', GC are inviting local groups to share their ideas about the future of the Greater Cambridge Area. "In a fun, quickfire Pecha Kucha format, eight local groups will present and debate their ideas, with a chance for you to pose your questions too. The presentations will be highly visual, and will range from the provocative to the poetic and everything in between. The event will start at 6.30pm promptly, but you can arrive from 6pm to grab a seat and a drink before we start." Tickets are £3, book here. There's more info about the plan here.
Source: Greater Cambridge local plan

Wednesday 19th February: Transition Cafe Evening - How can we have sustainable holidays and travel?

The Waterman (The Potting Shed in the back of the pub), 32 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX 19:30-20:00 add to google calendar
Love travel? Love the environment? How can we reconcile the two? This Transition Cambridge event will explore how can we have more sustainable holidays. We will start with a discussion on the impact of some example holiday destinations, then break into groups to brainstorm and share ideas on how to travel sustainably: what motivates us, what are the good sides, and what are the down sides. We will finally come together to share what we have discussed. It is a free event, but spaces are limited, so please make sure to book on Eventbrite (link below).

Transition Café is a monthly event series with lively conversations, talks, 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 22nd February: Wandlebury Work Party

Wandlebury 10:00-13:00 add to google calendar
Help wildflowers by joining a volunteer work party with Cambridge on the Verge and CambridgePPF. We will be cutting back scrub on the road verge near Wandlebury in order to save the fragile flowering plants that live on the chalk grassland.

All instruction, equipment and tools provided. Wear tough clothes and footwear and bring any drinks/snacks.

Numbers of volunteers will be limited to 12 for this activity due to the location and type of work, so please register in advance by contacting Ben from Cambridge on the Verge. More...
Source: On the Verge Cambridge

Thursday 9th April: Talk: 'The Uninhabitable Earth'

Babbage Lecture Theatre, David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street. 18:00-19:30 add to google calendar
Cambridge Literary Festival says: "As we enter the new decade with floods surging and fires raging it is impossible to deny that the global climate crisis is here and accelerating. David Wallace-Wells joins us to discuss his 'epoch-defining book' which provoked an unprecedented debate on the global climate emergency. Based on conversations with scientists his cover story in New York magazine in July 2017 starkly presented a series of worst-case scenarios for global heating and became an immediate sensation, reaching seven million readers in 24 hours, and his book The Uninhabitable Earth has turned into an international phenomenon. This launches a series of events, guest curated by Caroline Lucas MP, reflecting on the climate crisis to provoke urgent discussion, inspire action, and provide an opportunity for you to put your questions to the experts. David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor of New York magazine where he writes frequently about climate change and the near future of science and technology."

Tickets are £15/£12, bookable here. More...
Source: Cambridge Literary Festival

The County Council's Climate Change and Environment Strategy Consultation

Last week we held a discussion to consider Transitioners' responses to the Cambridgeshire County Council's consultation on its climate and environment strategy. With a number of climate and carbon mitigation experts and specialists from our community present, we think we have some strong responses to offer the Council. We are now compiling a checklist of comments made at the meeting which will be available to share with like-minded individuals and groups in the next few days. Our document is intended as an aid to others who hold Transition Cambridge's values of community resilience and low carbon living, and who would like to respond to the consultation, which closes on 31 January 2020. You don't have to complete the online consultation for your response to be considered, you can email the Council about particular points that you want to comment on. If you'd like a copy of our finished Transition checklist of points, please email Jacky More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 20 Jan 2020

Radio show feat. Rob Hopkins

Nick Skelton and the talented people at The 7th Generation radio show on Cambridge 105 have put together a show on the theme of 'What If...' - imagining ourselves into the future we want to create. It features an interview with Rob Hopkins about the power of the imagination and 'What If' spaces. There are examples from successful community groups and municipalities too. As it's New Year, there are also resolutions - what's yours? It's on mixcloud so you can catch up any time. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge/Cambridge 105 radio 13 Jan 2020

Exhibition: 'Walking on Thin Ice: Co-operation in the face of a changing climate'

Experience the vision of twelve teenagers selected from around the UK to work directly with polar researchers. 'Walking on Thin Ice: Co-operation in the face of a changing climate' is a co-curated exhibition about climate change as they see it. The exhibition is at the Polar Museum, Lensfield Road. Drop in for free, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, and Sunday 12-4pm. More...
Source: Scott Polar Research Institute 10 Jan 2020

Job with Cambridge Carbon Footprint

CCF are seeking a new coordinator for their successful Open Eco Homes project, now entering its 11th year. They say: "In Open Eco Homes (OEH) householders show visitors how they save home energy by their home's design, retro-fitted improvements and smart behaviour. This is the 11th year that CCF will run these 2 autumn weekend open days, along with training events to help people turn their inspiration into real home energy improvements. OEH has a great record and reputation of informing and inspiring thousands of visitors to make their own home-energy improvements and reaching a wider public, normalising and raising demand for affordable, low-carbon homes. The OEH Coordinator is the key staff member responsible for delivering Open Eco Homes, supported by volunteers, including the OEH Manager, and other staff in the CCF Office. You would be a fixed-term employee of CCF: 2.5 days/week, from about 24 Feb to 18 Oct 2020 on £22,328 pa, pro rata + benefits." There's more info on their website, including a fuller job description, and how to apply. The deadline is 9am on 13 January. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 10 Jan 2020