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Thursday 27th June: 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 27th June: Building for the Future

Friends Meeting House Jesus Lane 19:30
Traditional architecture evolved over centuries to keep people safe and comfortable within the local context, resources and climate. But our climate is changing - what happens when weather events become more extreme? What happens when grid energy supplies fail? How can we address the challenge of staying safe in our own homes? Specifically - how can we stay affordably comfortable in extreme cold and hot periods with little expenditure? Feeling too cold or hot in your own home is often a hidden problem in the UK today even for the apparently affluent middle classes. This talk will help you understand the associated challenges, pitfalls and sensible solutions to improving everyday thermal well-being at home.

Susan Roaf is Heriot Watt University's Emeritus Professor of Architectural Engineering and currently sits on the UK Architects Registration Board. An award winning architect, author and teacher she believes many modern buildings are very poorly designed for their climates and the only truly sustainable buildings are those run largely with natural energy.
Source: Angela de Burgh and Ruth Lambert

Saturday 29th June: CropShare - Be an organic farmer for a day

Willow Farm, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9HF 09:30-16:00 add to google calendar
Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer... This week we will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10:00am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 4.00, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. Everyone is very welcome! See our website to get a flavour of what workdays are like. It will be good healthy fun, a great chance to see our local countryside, and how food is grown on a large scale. Please fill in this form if you would like to take part, and we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. If you can't make this Saturday, join our mailing list to get farm session updates... Hope to see you soon!
Source: Cambridge CropShare

Sunday 30th June: 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

Tuesday 2nd July: Zero Carbon Futures: Public Event and CNC AGM

St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, Cambridge, 18:15-19:45 add to google calendar
On 2 July Carbon Neutral Cambridge will be sharing and discussing the findings and recommendations of the Zero Carbon Futures Symposium at its first (brief) AGM. This symposium was held on 21 May, organised by CNC in partnership with the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council. It gathered together expert participants to "inform policy development for the new joint Local Plan", and explore how to help our councils "use their leadership, local planning powers and partnerships to the full to accelerate the local transition to net zero carbon".

Do join Carbon Neutral Cambridge to discuss the findings, and explore together how community groups can use these to help accelerate the local transition to net zero carbon. More...
Source: Carbon Neutral Cambridge

Wednesday 3rd July: CCF AGM and talk by Dr Adam Read: 'The Circular Economy - solutions to overconsumption and the climate crisis'

St Barnabas Church, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2BD 19:00-21:15 add to google calendar
Dr Read is the Junior Vice President of the Chartered Institute for Waste Management and a Chartered Environmentalist who has been working closely with DEFRA in his role as External Affairs Director at SUEZ. His talk will explore real world examples of how public pressure, legislation and innovation in both science and business can help shift us towards a resource efficient economy with lower emissions. Dr Read's talk at the City Climate Leaders Forum earlier in the year saw delegates queuing up to invite him back to hear more.

Dr Read's talk will be accompanied by CCF's brief formal AGM. We'll share the successes and challenges of operating in a very different landscape and seek your input into priorities for the future. Addressing the climate crisis has never been more urgent than it is now so we'd love you to join us. There will be time to mingle with speakers, staff, volunteers and fellow guests. All are welcome, please join us. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Tuesday 9th July: Energy Group Meeting

tbc 20:00-22:00 add to google calendar
At this meeting we will continue to discuss radical policy changes. What would be the impact of a price on carbon? What does cost effective mean? What changes in policy could unlock significant carbon reductions?

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

Saturday 13th July - Sunday 21st: Vegetable Festival

variousin and around Cambridge 09:30-17:00 add to google calendar
The Cambridge Vegetable Festival is a city-wide celebration of local and seasonal vegetables, bringing people together to grow, cook, eat and enjoy delicious veg! It's the finale to CSF's year-long 'Veg Cities' campaign, and they hope to inspire you to eat more veg and less meat and dairy to reduce your impact on climate change. With an action-packed week of free events and activities, there's something for everyone! Look out for Cropshare on Saturday 13th, the pop-up Farmers' Market on 20th, as well as community meals from Foodcycle and a celebrity chef allotment tour. Lots of the events are free, you need to book for some. More...
Source: Cambridge Sustainable Food

Sunday 14th July: The Work that Reconnects

Romsey Mill, Hemmingford Road, Cambridge, CB1 3BZ 10:30-17:30 add to google calendar
"The Work that Reconnects" is an experienctial process designed by Joanna Macy to help us connect with our energy and motivation to act for life on Earth. If, like many others, there are times when you feel overwhelmed, angry, fearful or numb in the face of the current global crises, this workshop is for you! Taking time to acknowledge and honour our (often conflicting) emotions in relation to the global challenges can help us find the energy to act on behalf of life on Earth, and can inspire a sense of connection, belonging and renewed hope for the future. During this workshop, we will dive deeply into a sense of wonder and gratitude for the precious gift of life on Earth, before facing any difficult emotions that may be arising in us. We will also connect empathically with the perspectives of others, including those who hold opposite views to us, as well as members of other species, and we will explore positive ways forward. This workshop is being offered by Anna McIvor and Nicholas Wilkinson. For more information and to book, please see the eventbrite page here. There is a suggested donation of £15-25 to cover costs.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Sunday 21st July: Transition Cambridge's Summer Social - all welcome

Empty Common Community Garden, Brooklands Avenue 14:00-17:00 add to google calendar
Join us to celebrate the summer and meet up with Transition friends old and new! Our summer social is a 'bring and share' picnic, so do bring something to eat/drink if you can. There will also be a barbecue - separate barbecues for veggie and meaty. This year, we're planning a 'vegetable creatures parade' - so, if you can make a creature from a vegetable, please bring it along! And if you'd like to join in with taking care of this beautiful community space, the gardeners will be at work in the morning from 10.30 to 12.30.

If you're not sure where the garden is, here's a map.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Wednesday 24th July: Transition Cafe Evening - How to Make Your Own...

OtherSyde, The Engineers House, Museum of Technology, Riverside, CB5 8LD 19:00-20:45 add to google calendar
During this cafe evening, local people will share simple "How to Make Your Own" practical, homemade tips for a more sustainable lifestyle. You will walk away with three recipes each for cleaning products, cosmetics and food, which you can test at home. Spaces are limited, so please make sure to book on Eventbrite here. 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

Thursday 1st August - Saturday 31st: Transition Cambridge's summer break!

nowhere 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 and the first one when they get back will be early September.
Source: Transition Cambridge

Saturday 7th September: Eversden Repair Cafe

Eversden Village Hall, Great Eversden. Cambridge, CB23 1HP 10:00-13:00 add to google calendar
Bring an item that you think still has life in it. The item will be assessed and, if it can be mended there and then, you can watch how it's done!

Repairs on offer are to: bikes, textiles, lampshades, clothes, soft toys, small appliances, small electrical items (no phones or tablets), jewellery, furniture & other wooden items. 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 a place in advance and to tell us a little about what you'll be bringing (see website link). This is to make sure we have a repairer available nd any parts needed for the repair. If there's a lot of interest in the event, you may have to wait a bit.

Come early or stay for tea, coffee, delicious cake and a chat.

Any donations will go towards the maintenance of the village hall. More...
Source: Eversden Village Hall

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

Old Divinity School, St Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP 19:00-21:00 add to google calendar
To mark the tenth anniversary of Open Eco Homes we're hosting an evening of celebration, conversation and inspiration at St John's College on September 10th. Join our key note speaker Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Julia King and a panel of experts, including renowned architect Meredith Bowles, as we look back at the last ten years and foreword to the next. We'll be asking the big question 'how do we meet the challenge of the climate emergency with a zero-carbon home sector in Cambridge?' Can it be done and what do we need to do to get there? Tickets for the event, including refreshments, are £5. Bookings, which are essential, open in July. More...
Source: Open Eco Homes/Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Sunday 22nd and Saturday 28th September: Open Eco Homes 2019 - save the dates

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. More...
Source: Open Eco Homes

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

Building materials needed for community building project

Got any scaffolding boards lying around? Or construction timber? Empty Common Community Garden are creating a community building, and are seeking building materials to re-use or recycle. Contact Nick on 07815 126227. More...
Source: Empty Common Community Garden 24 Jun 2019

Waterland Organics Community Supported Agriculture Scheme

Our CSA members gort their first vegshare last week . Those in the city centre had their lovely organic vegetables delivered by bike . To become a member and ensure your share of our farm's harvest , go to our website and sign up now! If you are not sure and don't want to commit for a whole season , try our four deliveries option and see how you like it. More...
Source: Farmer Paul and farmer Doreen, Waterland Organics, People Powered, Nature Driven . 14 Jun 2019

New Eco Radio Show on Cambridge Community Radio

Our planet is facing an environmental emergency. A new Cambridge105 radio show, The 7th Generation, looks at how the people of Cambridgeshire are stepping up to the challenge. The programme airs once a month with local environmental news and events happening in and around Cambridge, in-depth interviews, eco arts and reviews, and what the City and South Cambridgeshire has to say. The first show is on tonight, Monday, between 6pm and 7pm. More...
Source: Pivotal Arts 10 Jun 2019