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Proposals for a new 'civic quarter' - consultation

The City Council says: 'We have a once-in-a-century opportunity to reimagine the area around the Guildhall, Corn Exchange and Market Square, to create a new focal point for residents and visitors that lives up to the city's world-renowned reputation as a centre of excellence and cultural significance.'

You can see an overview and give your views on the proposals here. There are also community workshops between 26 June and 13 July.

The deadline is 28 July.
Source: Antony Carpen, local historian and blogger 21 Jun 2024

Waterland CSA Veg shares and volunteering opportunities

July- December shares of fresh organic veg all grown on the farm in Lode are now available. I run a Community Supported Agriculture model where subsidised shares are available through the Community Pot pay it forward scheme. I am looking for volunteers with some veg growing experience to contact me for opportunities on the farm.
Source: Heron Holmes, Waterland CSA 28 May 2024

Resilience Webs for Norwich, Durham and York

Cambridge Resilience Web has expanded, and the Resilience Web platform is now available for everyone to use to create a web for their place (city/town/village/area etc). Just this weekend the Norwich Resilience Web went live, and there are already webs for Durham and York too. We'd love to support the creation of webs for Ely, Saffron Waldon, St Ives and other nearby places - if you live in these places and would like to help, please get in touch! Email Anna here. And if you haven't already had a look round the Cambridge Resilience Web, do take a look! More...
Source: Resilience Web 13 May 2024

Transition Together consultation in support of future funding

Transition Together (the UK Transition network of groups) need our input to help secure future resources for the Transition movement in the UK: "With our current funding coming to an end in March 2025, we are working hard to demonstrate how Transition groups are having a positive impact on their communities and to tell a powerful collective story of how our movement - with the right resources - can continue to help communities solve problems, lead change and make things better in real, tangible ways. Hearing from Transition groups was vital to secure funding from the National Lottery Community Fund four years ago and has guided our work throughout. Now we need to hear from you again to make a strong bid for continuing and building on the work we've started. Here's how you can help: take our survey (both individuals and groups can feed back); and/or join our Movement Consultation Events on 22 May and 12 June (anyone involved in Transition is welcome to take part). We know everyone is busy and pressed - and really appreciate you taking the time to contribute. We also know that together, we are doing great things - and that we have only just begun, and if we can secure the right support, together we can do so much more." We (Transition Cambridge) have received several small and medium grants through Transition Together over the last few years, so please do fill in their survey/attend their event if you are able. Thanks! More...
Source: Transition Together 12 May 2024

Adding locations into the Resilience Web? Tell us your ideas

The Resilience We is a directory that lists groups and organisations that work on climate change, environmental issues, sustainability and social justice. There are currently two ways of viewing organisations, as a list and as a dynamic web with groups divided into categories (see here - you can toggle between the views at the top - the web view works best on larger screens). A few people have asked about mapping the geographical locations of groups on a map, and we are beginning to explore what this might look like and how people would like to use that kind of feature. We'd be really interested to hear your ideas - here is a brief survey. We'd be really grateful if you could take the time to fill it in (or just write us an email). As ever, we are also keen to create new Resilience Webs for new places, so if you'd like to create a web for your town/village/area/city, please do get in touch. Thanks! More...
Source: Resilience Web, an offshoot of Transition Cambridge 12 May 2024

Large nature reserve planned for Cambridge - survey

A local charity is proposing to create a large nature reserve on the western edge of Cambridge. Cambridge Past, Present & Future is setting out a vision for transforming 200 acres of arable farmland that it owns near to Coton village so that it can benefit nature, improve community well-being and mitigate climate change.

The first phase of the 'Wilder Coton' project is already being planned and could get underway this autumn. A 10 acre field on Red Meadow Hill will be transformed into a mix of wildflower meadow, scrub and woodland and will enhance the lovely view. In another area, a new wetland will be created which will be a haven for nature as well as improving water quality in the River Cam catchment. A fundraising appeal is underway to help pay for these projects.

Cambridge Past, Present & Future is asking people what they think of its plans via an online survey at https://www.cambridgeppf.org/vision-coton-reserve by 20th May More...
Source: Flora Griffin 12 May 2024

Book release - Six Inches of Soil

Six Inches of Soil is the inspiring story of British farmers standing up to the industrial food system and transforming the way they produce food - to heal the soil, benefit our health and provide for local communities. This is the companion book to the film, which can be seen on Thursday 23rd May.

Six Inches of Soil is a story of courage, vision and hope. This book is not just for farmers. Reconnecting with our food, and regenerating our soils, ourselves and our communities benefits everyone and needs everyone to be involved.

This book and the film are closely related but stand on their own. In these pages you will find detailed chapters on each of the three farmers that provide replicable case studies and inspiration. Additionally, there are chapters examining the problems with the current agri-food system and proposing solutions and a vision for the future. More...
Source: Flora Griffin 12 May 2024

Vacancy with Cambridge Sustainable Food: Senior Project Manager

Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is seeking a dynamic and proactive Senior Project Manager to oversee and develop our current projects. The Senior Project Manager will be instrumental in driving forward CSF's initiatives and ensuring the effective delivery of projects across multiple areas. This is a full-time position on a 1-year fixed term contract with potential for extension, offering a competitive salary. The successful candidate will possess strong project management, communication, and networking skills, and will play a pivotal role in continuing the excellent work of our inspirational Community Interest Company. You can download the full job description and person specification here. If you would like to apply please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than 2 A4 sides outlining how you meet the person specification and why you are interested in this role. Please send to: lara "at" cambridgesustainablefood.org . Deadline for applications: 5pm on 3rd of May 2024. Interviews will take place on 9th/10th May 2024. More...
Source: Cambridge Sustainable Food 15 Apr 2024

Survey on electric vehicles and charging points

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has launched a survey asking the public to share their views on electric vehicles (EVs) and how best to meet the need for more charging points across the region. With the transition away from petrol and diesel vehicles affecting everyone - whether they drive an EV or not - we're encouraging as many people as possible to have a say. Working with Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, we are developing an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy and will be applying to the Government's Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (LEVI) fund to help build more charge points. The Combined Authority wants to make sure they are planned for in the right way, informed by people's views. The Combined Authority's vision for charging points is: "For everyone in the region to have the necessary electric vehicle charging infrastructure available in the right place at the time they need. This charging infrastructure will be high quality, safe, affordable, environmentally sustainable and accessible." The survey only takes five minutes and can be found here, along with further information. People have until March 26, 2024, to take the survey before it closes. More...
Source: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority 18 Mar 2024

Charles Dowding at Empty Common Community Garden

Last Monday we were delighted to welcome Charles Dowding the "No Dig" veg growing guru to our beautiful community garden and hut. He has a ton of useful videos online if you are interested. He asked to make a private visit so it was a lovely low-key gathering of the people who got it started and those involved with it now. Charles was shown round by Charlotte who has led the garden since the beginning and continues to care for it and support helpers. He gave some tips and we all shared our love of growing with tea and cake.

Declan, the City Council Officer who pulled many strings to bring the garden into being, came to meet Charles, catch up with how the gardeners and see the hut for the first time. He wrote thanking Charlotte and quoted Margaret Mead's famous saying: ' Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has".

Come and join us, every Sunday morning from 10.30 am unless it's pouring! More...
Source: Empty Common Community Garden 17 Mar 2024

Gold Award for Cambridge Food City

Huge congratulations to Cambridge Sustainable Food for securing the Gold Award. It's taken 10 years and a lot of hard work, so very well done all!

CSF say: ' Cambridge Sustainable Food Partnership has been awarded a prestigious Gold Award from Sustainable Food Places on behalf of the city. This award recognises Cambridge as leading the way in transforming local food systems to better serve our communities, the environment and the local economy. Cambridge is only the third place in the UK to receive this accolade.'

Please open the link for more information…. More...
Source: Meg Clarke 17 Mar 2024

Public consultation for the River Cam at Sheep's Green as Designated Bathing Waters

The River Cam at Sheep's Green is included in Defra's proposed list of 27 new swim spots for 2024. Notably, 21 of the sites are rivers. If designated, each site will receive regular water monitoring from the Environment Agency, who will investigate pollution sources and identify steps to respond by water companies, farmers and others. Take part in the consultation by 10th March. More...
Source: Cam Valley Forum 05 Mar 2024

Call-out for volunteers for "What would nature do?" weekend

Sandy and Nicole at Cambridge Carbon Footprint have planning well under way for the "What would nature do?" event on 23 and 24 March on Kings Parade. There'll be Repair Cafes on both Saturday and Sunday (book now if you'd like to bring something to be repaired). The Repair Cafes will be in one of three marquees in front of King's College. Our repairers will also be leading e-waste upcycling activities, and in the other two marquees there'll be hands on art activities, a sustainable living advice hub with Transition Cambridge, a soundscape and more, delivered in partnership with Hilary Cox Condron and Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination. We're keen to find more volunteers to help out over the weekend (particularly Sunday). There are a variety of roles and times: looking after and talking to visitors, helping to decorate the space, looking after volunteer repairers, greeting visitors at the reception, helping with creative activities etc. If you've been on King's Parade recently, you won't have missed the quagmire where our marquees are going to be, but the marquees will be floored and we'll be dry. Volunteers will have access to secure storage space for bags etc. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. To find out more and/or to volunteer, please contact Nicole Barton at CCF. Full event info here. It will be a great event - so please spread the word and do come along! More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Hilary Cox Condron, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, Transition Cambridge 05 Mar 2024

Donate to Transition Cambridge

Donations are always very welcome, and particularly now as our core costs are rising. You can make a one-off donation or donate regularly. There are details about how to donate on our website, or you can make a donation via paypal here. Thank you for your support!
Source: Transition Cambridge 04 Mar 2024

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

Community Engagement Coordinator - paid role at Cofarm

CoFarm Cambridge is recruiting its first dedicated Community Engagement Coordinator. Thanks to a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund's Climate Action Fund - as a partner in the 'River Cam Climate Action through Nature' project - they are looking for a very special 'people person' to join the CoFarm Cambridge team and drive engagement in their first community farm. They're looking for someone who is warm, approachable and a great communicator, who will ensure that CoFarm Cambridge continues to offer a welcoming, inclusive and happy environment for new and existing CoFarmers and visitors.

To find out more about this role, download the recruitment pack here. The deadline for applications is 14 February.
Source: Cofarm 22 Jan 2024

A Wilder Coton: Exciting new project by CPPF

Cambridge Past, Present & Future have recently announced an exciting new project: A Wilder Coton to transform arable farmland on the western edge of Cambridge into new habitats that are rich in nature, help to mitigate climate change and improve community well-being. The project is the first part of the charity's long-term vision to transform 300 acres of farmland into a large-scale area of 'wild-belt' at the charity's Coton Countryside Reserve, serving the city and beyond for generations to come. It is part of an even larger vision to help nature recover in and around Cambridge, called the Cambridge Nature Network, which aims to double nature by 2050.

Throughout December Cambridge PPF are crowdfunding to raise £30,000 to make the first phase of this project possible. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated. You can support the Wilder Coton project here. This month every £1, up to £250, is doubled by Aviva Community Fund. Please donate if you can! More...
Source: Cambridge Past Present and Future 13 Dec 2023

Peat free plants - updates on where to get them

A couple of weeks ago we posted information from The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) about nurseries that supply plants grown in peat free compost: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/peat/peat-free-nurseries. You can read why peat-free is better here. Since then, we've heard that the following nearby nurseries/shops also sell peat-free plants: Darwin Nurseries, which has good range of plants and peat free compost, as well as a farm shop, animals, play area, support for people with learning difficulties, with friendly staff; B&Q; the Botanic Gardens shop; and Cambridge Home and Garden. Thanks to Lorna for sending in this list of local suppliers of peat-free plants! More...
Source: Royal Horticultural Society 29 Nov 2023

CamCycle Big Give Zero Carbon Streets Campaign - #BigGive

The Zero Carbon Streets campaign is aiming to raise a massive £25,000 to support community groups working for better walking and cycling routes in their neighbourhoods. Thanks to the festive magic of the Big Give, donations made up to Tuesday 5 December will be DOUBLED, helping them achieve double the impact on a street near you. Donate here. More...
Source: CamCycle 29 Nov 2023

Want to grow some plants? Participants needed!

You and Your Green Space is looking for study participants living in or near Cambridge. You'll be provided with free bulbs and seeds to grow. The study is about how our relationship with nature affects our care for nature. You can participate if you're 18 or over, and you have access to a private outdoor space - anything from a windowsill to a garden. No experience is necessary, and all instructions will be provided. As well as growing some seeds and bulbs, you'll be asked to participate in some activities eg a 20-minute survey and a count of small creatures visiting your plants. More info on the project here - including a link to contact the researcher. Register before 4 December 2023.
Source: You and Your Green Space 14 Nov 2023

Help us organising some Transition Film Nights

We are planning a series of monthly film nights, including films such as "Once you know" and "Pure Clear Water". We'd love some help with organising - would you like to help us make these happen? Various roles are available. To put on these films the following things need to happen, and if you could help with even just one or two of them, that would be great: booking a venue; creating an eventbrite ticketing page; advertising on social media; creating a poster and putting it up in various places; liaising with the film distributor; researching future films to show; hosting the film on the night; dealing with the tech on the night (and probably a few other things...). We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to be involved! You can email Anna here.
Source: Transition Cambridge 13 Nov 2023

Travelling by train, not plane

If you're planning your travels over Christmas, don't forget "The Man in Seat 61" - he has a great website showing you how to get just about anywhere without taking a plane! And if you'd like to encourage the government to incentivise train travel over plane travel, you might like to sign Flight Free UK's petition asking the government to ban domestic flights where there's a direct rail link of 4.5 hours or less. Flight Free UK have calculated that transferring the two most-used flight routes in the UK to rail, London-Edinburgh and London-Glasgow, would save 1.75 million tonnes CO2 per year.
Source: The Man in Seat 61 and Flight Free UK 12 Nov 2023

Free Wooden Pallets available

There are several good quality pallets available free to people who can collect, at CB2 3LS - perfect for autumn garden projects. I can't help with transport, but will happily assist with loading. Please contact Jacky to arrange collection, as there are parking and loading restrictions in operation in this area.
Source: Jacky Sutton-Adam 17 Oct 2023

Black Friday Shopping Trolley Installation with XR Cambridge

We have received the following invitation from Kay Goodridge, of XR Cambridge: "A small group of XR Cambridge rebels are using their creative skills and ideas to make a variety of moveable installations out of shopping trolleys, to highlight different aspects of waste and consumerism." They are planning to have an event featuring a chain of these decorated shopping trolleys/wheeled shoppers on Black Friday (24 Nov). Transition Cambridge are invited to create our own trolley/shopper(s) as part of this - would you be interested in creating one and taking part? The trolley/shopper could showcase any aspect of Transition Cambridge's work that you would like to highlight. Please get in touch if you would like to be part of this! (We will either get permission to use a shopping trolley or create something similar with wheels.) Kay writes: "The trolley goes beyond its literal meaning initially conveyed or understood as an object for carrying items of food, clothing etc. to become a symbol of consumerism, waste, cost of living crisis, lack of transparency of food chains etc and which will communicate meaning to our audience through humour, text, imagery. Some themes so far include: food poverty, excess packaging, palm oil damage, and period poverty. We may highlight foods that are likely to get more expensive due to climate and injustices connected to this."
Source: XR Cambridge invitation to Transition Cambridge 02 Oct 2023

Job vacancies with Cambridge Past Present and Future

Cambridge Past Present and Future have two vacancies at the moment: a Membership and Communications Manager Vacancy (closing date 16 October) and a River Cam CAN Officer vacancy (closing date 5 October). Please see here for more information on both roles. More...
Source: Cambridge Past Present and Future 02 Oct 2023

Job vacancies with River Cam project - closing dates early October

The River Cam CAN (Climate Action through Nature) Project will support communities near the river to work on initiatives that will benefit them and the environment. It's a new 2-year project to help nature and climate in Cambridge funded by a £495,000 grant award from The National Lottery Community Fund's Climate Action Fund. It aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by the River Cam and inspire and support people to take action to help. The project will be delivered by a partnership of local organisations including Abbey People, Cambridge City Council, Cambridge Past, Present & Future, CoFarm and Water Sensitive Cambridge. They will be supported by the national charity Climate Outreach. More info about the project here. Details of the Project Officer role (full-time) with Cambridge Nature Network are here, and details of roles with Abbey People - Sustainability and Greenspaces Coordinator (full-time) and Programme Manager (part-time) are here. More...
Source: Cambridge Nature Network/PPF 02 Oct 2023

Help support community climate action in Cambridgeshire

Cambridge Carbon Footprint needs your input to better understand and support community climate action in Cambridgeshire. By completing our survey, you'll contribute to a strategy for collective action, help us and other groups working in the area to learn from existing efforts, and shape future work.

Results of the survey will be shared with local decision makers and publicly, to benefit your community. Our aim is to create a snapshot of community climate action across our region, what's working, what's not working, and provide new insight into potential gaps and opportunities.

The survey will be open until the end of October. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 29 Sep 2023

River Cam CAN Project launched

Cambridge Past, Present & Future are delighted to announce the start of a new project to help nature and climate in Cambridge thanks to a £495,000 grant award from The National Lottery Community Fund's Climate Action Fund. The River Cam CAN (Climate Action through Nature) Project will support communities near the river to work on initiatives that will benefit them and the environment. More...
Source: Cambridge Past, Present & Future 21 Sep 2023

Job: Veg and Fruit Quality Control Packer - Haslingfield

Farmaround is hiring! If you are passionate about fresh fruit and organic veg, and enjoy working in a dynamic and energetic environment, this job might be just what you want. At Farmaround, we are currently looking for a veg/fruit quality control packer to join our established team. You will play a vital role in ensuring that only the finest and highest quality produced reaches our valued customers. The work will keep you physically active and you will learn about various kinds of fruit and veg, their unique qualities and best ways to preserve their freshness. The job is 3 days a week (Tues, Wed, Thurs, sometimes on Mondays), from 2pm until 8-10pm depending on the day. The salary is £10.50 per hour, and the location is Haslingfield, start date as soon as possible. Interested? Send your CV to Alina. If you know someone who would be interested, please share! More information about Farmaround Organic. More...
Source: Farmaround 11 Sep 2023

Vote Climate

Maximise your vote to save the planet. Do you want the government to take real action on climate change? There is hope. By voting together as a block we can make that happen. "Vote Climate" (https://voteclimate.uk/) has been set up by local activist Ben Horton to incentivise the mainstream parties to improve their climate policies. He writes: "When you join VoteClimate, we'll tell you at the next general election which of the parties that could win in your area has the best climate policy. We take the membership list to the political parties before the next general election so that the parties will see how many votes and seats they will gain/lose based on their manifesto climate policies." On the website, tell them which constituency you're in, agree to be contacted before the next general election, then switch your vote to a party with a better climate policy. Find out more here. You can also like/follow VoteClimate on social media, and please tell your friends. And there are lots of ways to get involved - read more here. More...
Source: Vote Climate 05 Sep 2023

Climate Majority Project

Most people sense that we're in deep trouble with climate change, and they want to do something. Welcome to the climate majority. The Climate Majority Project is working to accelerate citizen climate action towards system change, and help a mass movement to see its own power. In particular, we support promising initiatives organising citizen action in local communities, workplaces and professions. The Incubator helps them to grow, connect with funding and build their networks. Find out more here, and donate to the crowdfunder here. More...
Source: The Climate Majority Project 05 Sep 2023

Bathing Water Designation at Sheep's Green

Cam Valley Forum plans to apply for a Bathing Water Designation for a 270m stretch of the River Cam at Sheep's Green to improve the water quality for those who swim there. Designated Bathing Waters are the only places in the UK where the Environment Agency monitors bacteria levels in open water every week, and the data is published. Learn more about what designation means and participate in our consultation. More...
Source: Cam Valley Forum 25 Aug 2023

Empty Common Community Garden - Video of new shed

Charlotte and the Empty Common Community Garden team have made a wonderful video showing how their beautiful new hut came into being, and demonstrating some of its features. Watch it here. And do come along to our summer picnic there on Sunday 25th June, or to one of our regular garden mornings on Sundays, to see the new hut for yourself. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 30 May 2023

Help save "Daily Bread Cooperative"

Daily Bread Cooperative Cambridge are an award winning vegetarian wholefood shop, providing ethically-sourced products at a fair price. They offer a wide variety of items including as many locally-supplied, organic, gluten-free, and vegan products as possible. For several years now we have worked with them to create and look after the raised beds at the front of the shop, where we grow herbs and vegetables that everyone can help themselves to. So we were very sad to hear that Daily Bread are struggling and may not be able to continue - see this Cambridge News article: "Award-winning Cambridge food shop faces closure as it issues 'use us or lose us' plea". The only way they will survive is if we all shop there as much as we can. So please consider them when planning your shopping, and encourage family and friends to do the same. Address/map here. Thanks! More...
Source: Daily Bread Cooperative Cambridge 30 May 2023

Daily Bread Raised Beds update

The growing season has started and the Transition Cambridge raised beds outside the Daily Bread Wholefood warehouse on Kilmaine Close (CB4 2PH) are looking beautiful with spring bulbs. The spinach, broad beans, onions and garlic that have overwintered are all growing on well and the beds had their Spring mulching yesterday. We're hoping to grow abundant free vegetables and herbs again for Daily Bread customers to help themselves this summer. Come along and take a look! More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 04 Apr 2023

21st -24th April - Unite to Decide and Earth Day

On April 21st after 100 days of building alliances across groups concerned about climate change there are planned to be 100,000 people outside the Houses of Parliament to ask the Government to end new fossil fuel licensing and funding, halt biodiversity loss, achieve net zero by 2025 and set up Citizens Assememblies to decide on how to do this.

This legal action,'The Big One', will be one of the largest pro-environmental collective actions in UK history. Environmental groups led by Extinction Rebellion - in their new mode of doing only legal, non-blocking action -will be there.

Could you - and maybe a group you are in - be part of the physical presence outside Parliament? Everyone is needed for this legal peaceful demonstration on April 21st and through the following three days too: come on the 21st and then when you can! Saturday April 22nd is Earth Day with an enormous colourful family friendly procession for biodiversity.

To find out more and sign up? link is below. More...
Source: x r cambridge 04 Apr 2023

Join the CCF Team - Vacancy for Home Energy Officer

Cambridge Carbon Footprint (CCF) is seeking a motivated and experienced Home Energy Officer to join our team. The Home Energy Officer is a new role for us, and will work to promote energy efficiency and carbon reduction by delivering events, projects and support to households in the Cambridge area.

We are looking for someone who is motivated, enthusiastic, and has a knowledge of energy efficiency measures, domestic renewables, low-carbon heating and strong communication and organisational skills.

This is a part-time role, 22.5 hours per week (60% FTE), £24,560 pro rata.

This is a unique opportunity to join a friendly team working on a project that will respond to the high levels of public interest in climate change and carbon reduction in a meaningful way.

The deadline for applications is 9am 16th March. To find out more and apply download the job information pack on the CCF website. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 24 Feb 2023

Volunteering with Transition Cambridge

We are looking for help with a few things at the moment, including gardening (various opportunities depending which community garden you live nearest to), graphic design (we'd like to make some nice posters to advertise our events), keeping the events part of the TC website up-to-date, running cafe or pub nights, and creating our fortnightly newsletter. We're also open to whatever you might like to bring or do. Please get in touch if you'd like to get involved! Contact Anna here.
Source: Transition Cambridge 22 Feb 2023

New community garden seeks gardeners (in middle of town)

A new miniature community garden is being created, right near the middle of town, and we're looking for a few people to help look after it. This will probably involve going along regularly to weed and water and just to check everything is OK. If you'd like to be part of this, please get in touch with Anna. More details coming soon...
Source: Transition Cambridge 22 Feb 2023

Retrofitting your home - new guide for Cambridge published

Cambridge City Council has published a new guide to retrofitting your home to reduce energy use, bills and carbon emissions. There are no- and low-cost measures, and DIY as well as advice on a 'deep' retrofit. It's customised for Cambridge - it features the 7 commonest house types. There are FAQ's, and a jargon-busting section, as well as a section for renters and an outline of financial support available.

The energy group agrees that the advice in this report is excellent - do read it! However, the 'typical costs' are higher than we would expect in many cases. This is partly because the guide is written with a very ambitious goal of net zero emissions in mind so thicker insulation and more stringent air tightness than is usual.

Also, don't forget that Cambridge Carbon Footprint's Open Eco Homes website features videos from homeowners about their retrofit journeys and case studies as well as expert talks on relevant topics. Find all that here. More...
Source: Cambridge City Council 06 Jan 2023

GCP Making Connections consultation ends 23rd Dec.

Cambridge has a problem with traffic congestion and it can only get worse as the population of the area grows. To reduce the volume of traffic the GCP has plans for better, more affordable buses and improved active travel networks, supported by a charge to enter the Cambridge Sustainable Travel Zone with a car or other motor vehicle. Whether you support this or not, please do respond to the consultation You have until 23rd December.

Transition Cambridge supported the plans at the march on December 10th organised by Cambridge Parents for the Sustainable Travel Zone. Carbon Neutral Cambridge explains the plans briefly here. Cambridge Cycling Campaign also urges you to respond; they have prepared a guide to how to respond with sensible suggestions for improvements.

No system will ever be perfect but something has to be done. These plans are the best that we have seen so far and there is plenty of time for improvement if we make our views known now.
Source: Transition Cambridge 12 Dec 2022

Used Triobike Taxi (tricycle) wooden seat/front box for sale - £100 or offers

This is a used passenger front seat from a tricycle (for two adults, sitting side-by-side). Our Triobike is used as an eco-taxi to give care home residents therapeutic rides around our village.

This original seat box was replaced under warranty after the glue holding the sides together started to fail - resolvable with a clean-up and re-glue, but our supplier went for a full replacement! Rather than throw the original away, we hope we can encourage an eco-minded person to repurpose it.. If you can't see a use for it, mention it to your friends, perhaps?

This box (pictures here) might suit as a front box for a homebuild project, or be repurposed for something entirely different.. garden swing, anyone?! Wooden ply frame/metal subframe spanning the front axle of a trike. Hinged cubby hole under seat, and removable foot panel. Metal side rail. Seat belts available if required.

Any proceeds will go to our village charity to help keep our Triobike taxi running. Collection only, from Histon. Contact me here.
Source: Nigel Searle 21 Nov 2022

Job vacancy with Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Cambridge Carbon Footprint are looking for an experienced community organiser to join the team to help to deliver Net Zero Now (NZN). The NZN project supports climate action by building capacity in local community groups to support people to reduce their carbon emissions. NZN was successfully piloted in South Cambridgeshire in 2020/1, training up climate leaders in 12 villages in South Cambridgeshire. This role is a fantastic opportunity to extend and develop the programme and have a positive impact on the resilience and sustainability of local communities. If you have experience in running community initiatives, have excellent communication skills, have good knowledge of climate change and local carbon reduction strategies and are able to plan and deliver projects and events please get in touch. More info on the role, and link to the application form here. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 22 Oct 2022

Small growing space needing gardener

We have been contacted about looking after a very small growing space (mostly pots) near the Milton Road/Highworth Avenue roundabout. The area is frequented by elderly people who aren't very mobile and would enjoy seeing some thriving plants. If you are a keen gardener and live near there, please get in touch - thanks!
Source: Transition Cambridge 04 Oct 2022

Volunteering: Help with social media needed over next few weeks

The Cambridge Resilience Web is continuing to grow and develop, and we'd love to use social media to let the new students know about it so they can get involved in local environmental/ethical groups. Social media is probably the best way to reach them, so if you're quite savvy with using social media to promote things, we'd love to hear from you. We'd like to use instagram, twitter and facebook to shout about the wonders of the webs. If you haven't already seen them, take a look, they're pretty amazing! The university web is here and the city web is here - click on map view to see all the local groups as a web. If you could help with this, please email Anna here. Thanks!
Source: Cambridge Resilience Web 19 Sep 2022

Eco Eats Recipe Book (produced by Sustainable Cottenham)

The new Eco Eats Recipe Book is an essential guide to simple and delicious ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your diet. The booklet brings together tried and tested recipes for family meals to inspire and help you increase the proportion of vegetarian and vegan meals in your weekly menu collection. You can do this because they are tasty, easy and economical or because you want to reduce your greenhouse-gas emissions - or both! All recipes are vegetarian and some are vegan or easily made vegan. They were recommended by Cottenham residents, chefs and their families and generally use ingredients that can be easily purchased in Cottenham, in our excellent local shops including Wards greengrocer and the Co-op. Many recipes are good for using up seasonal gluts (courgettes, tomatoes) or food that needs using up (ripe bananas). If you would like a copy (cost £2.50) please email Chris from Sustainable Cottenham. More...
Source: Sustainable Cottenham 19 Sep 2022

Energy saving survey

In this time of energy shortage it is very important that we all reduce energy consumption - even if we can afford to carry on as usual. This is because wholesale gas and oil prices will keep rising until enough people reduce demand that the supply is sufficient. Reducing demand helps keep prices low for everyone. With this in mind please fill in our short survey about what you are doing to save energy at home - both gas and electricity. It may give you some ideas and you can give us your favourite tips! We will collate the responses and report via the blog. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge Energy Group 04 Sep 2022

Questionnaire on e-scooters in Cambridge for research

Jo Fisher is conducting research into the contribution of Voi e-scooters in Cambridge to sustainable urban transport in the city. She hopes her research will help inform future sustainable urban transport policy and evolve the current local transport plan under the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. She is conducting a questionnaire aimed at Cambridge residents asking about their travel preferences and perceptions in the city, which can be completed here: https://angliaruskin.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/cambridge-resident-travel-preference-and-perceptions-quest (closes on 26 July). She would greatly appreciate if you could fill in the questionnaire with your views. Thanks!
Source: Jo Fisher 04 Jul 2022

Repair Cafes spread out across Cambs!

Great news for people looking to fix their stuff from helpful experts who will do it and even better, show you how to do it! Six Repair Cafes are organised between now and the end of July in Cambridgeshire, including three new venues in Swavesey (June 25th) Whittlesford (July 30th) and the Edge Cafe in Cambridge (July 9th). Look under 'Events' tab on Cambridge Carbon Footprint website for dates, venues and how to book (see link below). More details to follow... More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 24 May 2022

Donations needed to support future Repair Cafes - 24 hours left!

There has been a surge of interest in Repair Cafes - amazingly, there are 9 Repair Cafes scheduled between now and the end of July, incluing four new ones in Willingham, Swavesey, K1 and at The Edge Cafe. There are also at least 6 more groups hoping to start up this year. In order to support the development of Repair Cafes we need to attract more volunteer repairers, run more training workshops and develop support packages for organisers. To achieve this, Cambridge Carbon Footprint hope to take on a part-time person for 1.5 days a week, for one year which will cost £10,000. CCF have been accepted for £5k match funding from the Green Match Fund, which means that all donations made during the week of 22 - 29 April will be matched from the Big Green Match Fund, up to £5k, providing £10k if £5k is donated. So we would be very grateful if you'd like to make a donation via the Big Give website before 12pm Friday 29 April. Thank you! More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge 27 Apr 2022

Volunteer with TC! Help keep our website and social media up-to-date

We're looking for some help updating our website and running our social media - if you could help with either or both of these, we'd love to hear from you! Please email Anna for more info.
Source: Transition Cambridge 27 Apr 2022

Green New Deal Rising - funded training

The Green New Deal Rising Leadership Programme is a fully funded 6-month training programme for 40 people aged 18-30 from 10 places around the UK. The Programme will build skills and leadership, and help to kickstart Green New Deal campaigning in your community. It's free, fully funded, and designed to fit around work and other commitments. Apply by 18 April. More...
Source: Green New Deal Rising 12 Apr 2022

Cambridge Resilience Web - Recording of Pecha Kucha event

Last Thursday (24th March) Cambridge Resilience Web ran their first Pecha Kucha event showcasing some of the local groups featured in the resilience web, and you can watch a recording of the event here. The event featured five groups: Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Cambridge Community Kitchen, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination, Resettle Chesterton and Six Inches of Soil. It was a very varied line-up, with topics ranging from refugees to soil, community kitchens to safer cycling, and how to help children connect with their creativity and imagination. So do watch it if you'd like to find out more about any of these groups, or to know more about the Cambridge Resilience Webs.
Source: Cambridge Resilience Web 28 Mar 2022

Join the Cambridge Carbon Footprint Team

Cambridge Carbon Footprint are looking for a Part-Time Operational Support Officer to join their growing team. The role will be varied, helping to deliver their program of carbon reduction events, keep their comms fresh, and stay on top of admin. They're looking for someone highly organised, IT savvy, and happy to muck in and help set up and pack down at events. CCF are a small friendly team, pleased to offer a flexible working environment. Applications and interviews will be taken on a rolling basis until the post is filled, so apply soon if you're interested!

Full role description and details on how to apply at cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/op-support. More...
Source: Cambridge Carbon Footprint 05 Mar 2022

Job Opportunity: Food and Climate Programme Manager

Cambridge Sustainable Food is seeking a creative, dedicated and experienced communicator who is able to lead, deliver and develop our climate programme as we seek to be a national gold standard city. This is an exciting opportunity to join the CSF team and to make a real difference to climate change through raising awareness, running events and campaigns and in making a major contribution to Cambridge becoming a truly sustainable food city.

You will have a varied and exciting workload, working closely with colleagues, CSF's senior management, the CSF partnership board and project partners. You will lead our Climate and Food programme and join our vibrant and committed team, who are passionate about a sustainable and fair food system. We have limited resources but a 'can do attitude' and we invite you to have the same.

Working hours: 3 days per week (flexible)

Salary: £32,000 per year (pro rata)

Closing date for applications: Sunday Feb 13th, 5pm More...
Source: Cambridge Sustainable FOOD 30 Jan 2022

5asideCHESS

5asideCHESS is a Social Enterprise in Cambridge. We are working hard to reduce social isolation and loneliness within our communities and as part of our outreach work to support entrepreneurs in 2022 have launched the CrossROADS project. This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to set up their own artisan business by removing the barriers that can often prevent them doing so. We have the premises in Oakington, a team of mentors and can provide start-up costs. We do not require any shares in the business but do expect the entrepreneurs to be self-sufficient within a 6-12 month period and would hope when so they would make themselves available as mentors for the next CrossROADS intake. To find out more, contact Sally Field and have a look at the 5asidechess website here: https://5asidechess.com/what-is-5asidechess/.
Source: 5asideCHESS 19 Jan 2022

And the winner of our Christmas Quiz is...

Congratulations to several members of our very own Energy Group, who put in a group entry to our Christmas Quiz/Treasure Hunt and won! The answers are here. The answers are now available - take a look to find out what the various Transition Cambridge groups got up to last year... And a big thank you to Waterland Organics who donated the prize, a lovely box of local seasonal organic vegetables. More...
Source: Transition Cambridge 02 Jan 2022

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