Thursday, 1 November 2012

[CCF] Warm Homes In November

Do come to our big home energy event in Trumpington on November 10th - there is something for everyone, whether you live in Trumpington or not: DIY and "no cost energy savings" workshops, films made with local residents, house visits, talks from sustainability experts, children's activities. With energy prices constantly on the rise, this is not to be missed!

In mid-November, we are delighted to have Molly Scott Cato discuss the role of local economies in the progress towards a more sustainable lifestyle. A few days later, on 20th November, we'll have a practical introduction to one side of local, sustainable communities, as our expert panel shares their experiences in starting a community garden.

1. Warm homes in Trumpington: something for everyone! 10 November

Saturday 10 November, 10am - 4pm, Trumpington Pavilion, Paget Road, Cambridge CB2 9JF (map here)

Free event on energy-saving in older houses. It's true that we are focusing on the post-war housing in Trumpington for this event (and we hope a lot of Trumpington residents will attend!), but non-Trumpington residents will also find a lot to interest them in this comprehensive home energy day.
talks from sustainable architect, Anne Cooper of award-winning AC Architects, Justin Smith from the City Council on how the council can help you and the latest on the Green Deal, and Sara Berenger of Aran Services on insulating older houses (both cavity wall and solid wall)
workshops on DIY home energy-saving improvements and ways you can reduce your bills and carbon emissions at no cost
home visits (booking essential) to three homes in the area with energy experts Anne Cooper and Alex Rice of Green Tomato Energy
interactive eco-house, energy bike and other activities for children
stalls with experts from Aran ServicesMidsummer EnergyGreen Heat
showing of four films made with local residents on energy-saving measures in their homes (see two of the videos here

You can see the programme of talks and workshops herethe schedule of visits here. You can just turn up for the talks and workshops on the day, but booking is essential for the home visits, as there are only 21 places in total. Priority will be given to Trumpington residents until November 5th, after which anyone can book, on a first-come-first-served basis.

The event is free. Tea and biscuits will be available for 50p all day, courtesy of local residents. Donations to help cover our costs are appreciated, but not essential.

To find out more, or to book a house visit on the day, contact the office (01223 301842 between 10 and 3.30) or email
2. The Bioregional Economy, a talk by Molly Scott Cato 15 November
Thursday 15 November, 7.30 - 9.30pm, St. Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Road

When ecology meets economics…The Bioregional Economy

A public talk based on the new book by renowned green economist Molly Scott Cato

A strong local economy is important to sustainability, but how large is a local economy, how self-reliant can it be, and what resources will still need to be imported? A bioregional economy explores these questions while challenging the values of the current global economic system, putting people and locality before profit and growth. Join Cambridge Carbon Footprint and leading Green Economist Molly Scott Cato as she sets out a visionary account of what a bioregional approach to the economy would mean — and how to get there from here.

Molly Scott Cato is professor of Strategy and Sustainability at Roehampton University, Green Party spokesperson on economics and a Director of Transition Stroud.

3. Starting a Community Garden 20 November
Tuesday 20 November, 8 - 10pm, Wesley Methodist Church, Victoria Avenue, Cambridge

The benefits of community gardens are boundless: they provide fresh fruit and veg close to home, bring together neighbours, attract wildlife and beautify neighbourhoods. But starting one can seem like a big task: how do you find the land and get permission to use it? What do you plant so that everyone gets a share? How do you organise watering and weeding duties? Join our panel of community gardening experts to hear the answers to these questions as well as ask your own.


Keith Jordan, Community Worker for Abbey Action and Grow-Your-Own Expert

Anna McIvor, Co-founder of Romsey Town Community Garden

Stephanie Ferguson, Growing Spaces Project Coordinator for Transition Cambridge

Reserve your place by booking ahead. Please email or call 01223 301842.

4. CCF Stall at Mill Road Winter Fair 1 December
Saturday 1 December, 10.30am - 4.30pm, Ditchburn Gardens, Mill Road

We're returning to Mill Road Winter Fair this year! We’ll have lots of activities at our stall focusing on low-carbon living, so bundle up and come find us on Mill Road on December 1st, learn more about CCF, get a taste of our upcoming Low-Carbon Christmas event, or just to say hello!

We will be located in Ditchburn Gardens, which you can find on the MRWF map here . 

Volunteers are most definitely wanted! Contact to add yourself to the rota. Shifts are available 10:30am – 12:30pm, 12:30pm – 2:30pm and 2:30pm – 4:30pm.

5. A Low-Carbon Christmas 4 December
Tuesday 4 December, 5 - 8pm, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street

Join us for a hands-on evening that will change the way you do the holidays! Christmas can be a time of high consumption and waste, but it doesn’t need to be: let CCF volunteers show you how to have a Low-Carbon Christmas.
Some of the activities we’ll have for you on the night:
Make your own Christmas crackers
Make some easy handmade decorations
Wrapping service (bring your gifts if you already have them!)
Ideas for upcycled and second hand gifts on display
Vegetarian Christmas dinner cooking workshop

This event is family friendly and hands-on! Drop-in at Ross Street Community Centre on Ross Street anytime between 5pm and 8pm. The event is free but local handmade gifts, cracker packages and refreshements will be on sale (cash only), and we always appreciate donations!

6. CCF Winter Social 13 December

Thursday 13 December, 7.30 - 10pm, Hills Rd area

Volunteers, supporters, staff and trustees of CCF, come and enjoy some nibbles and mulled wine while celebrating the successes of the past year. If you’re new to CCF, this is a great chance to meet other like-minded people!

Space is limited, so please book ahead with or 01223 301842.

The social will be held at the home of one of our trustees, off Hills Road. You’ll get the full address when you book.

7. CCF book group 5 November
Monday 5 November

If you don't feel like going to the fireworks, our popular book group is meeting again on Monday evening to discuss Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point. We meet every two months in people's houses and share food as well as discussing the books. Recent books have been: "Meat, a benign extravagance" by Simon Fairlie and "The Far North" by Marcel Theroux. If you are interested in joining this group, email

We welcome new members!

8. Join us as we start our second year of Eating Local!
For the next month some of us will be (mainly) eating local food, so do join us or follow us on our blog! You can dip in and try this for as long or as short a time as you want - let us know how you get on! It is much easier and more enjoyable than you might think and there are some wonderful squashes and autumn fruits around at the moment. To find out more, visit our website or contact Bev on

9. Volunteer for our Low Carbon Christmas event!

CCF will be running a Low Carbon Christmas event on 4th December and we need lots of hands-on volunteer help between now and then to get ready!

We’ll need lots of people who can:
Collect materials for us at home (like wine corks and toilet roll tubes) and bring them to the office
Lend us some of your favourite upcycled/second-hand gifts that you've made for someone else or that you've received for display at the event.
Attend a prep evening on 22nd November (please let Stephanie know you're coming) to help make a stock-pile of decorations, gifts, crackers and wrapping materials for use and display at the event.
Attend the event itself on 4th December to help attendees make their own decorations and crackers, and to staff a wrapping station. All training on these jobs will be given at the prep evening or at the event itself.

If you’re keen to be involved with any of these aspects, please email Stephanie ( so she can give you more details!

10. Poster officers wanted!
Feedback from our events consistently shows that posters we put up to advertise our events get noticed. We're looking to expand the number of volunteers who can help us put up posters for our events, as well as find new places to post them!

If you can put up posters once or twice a month in a particular area of the city (such as Mill Road), or a big workplace like the Cambridge Business Park or Addenbrooke's Hospital, please email We can help you figure out where you can post in your area if you're not sure already and posters can be sent to you by snail mail or as a PDF attachment if you have colour printing capabilities.

11. The denial of despair – does unacknowledged despair compromise action on climate change?

We’re used to talking about the denial of climate change but are we seeing another kind of denial at present – the denial of despair?

Read more at www . rorandall . org

12. The Black Fish Speaker Tour 3 November

Saturday 3 November, 5.30pm, Sidney Sussex College, Mong Hall, Sidney Street

Join the co-founder of The Black Fish, Wietse van der Werf, for an evening of information and inspiration. Learn about the growing problems created by industrial overfishing and the creative ways in which The Black Fish is turning the tide.

Our oceans are dying. Overfishing is one of the major issues facing the world today and illegal fishing activities are damaging eco-systems and pushing species to the brink of extinction.

Emerging from some of the more established conservation organisations, a group of people founded a new organisation in 2010 named The Black Fish. Within a couple of years this initiative has grown into an international marine activism movement, with numerous victories already under its belt.

Free entry

13. Cafe night - woodland management 15 November
Thursday 15 November, 7.30 - 9pm, CB1 Cafe, 32 Mill Road

Vince and Louise, volunteer wardens at Hardwick Wood owned by the Wildlife Trust will come and tell us about their experience. They manage the wood to encourage wildlife and also produce a large amount of sustainable wood products. The aim is to replicate the traditional coppice management in parts of the wood, which makes it better for wildflowers, lots of insects, and a greater variety of birds and bats etc. They produce firewood, some charcoal, garden sticks and structures etc. and deliver to customers around the area to raise funds for the Wildlife Trust. There has also been some much larger tree-felling work by professionals to supply timber for buildings etc.

Vince and Louise will also invite you to join them on one of their work days to get some practical experience. After the talk the next work days are 17th November and 1st December.

14. Green Enterprise 26 November
Monday 26 November, 7.30 - 9.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane

Michael Evans will share the story of Green Tide Turbines and the challenges they’ve faced in developing ways to generate renewable power from rivers and estuaries. Michael is an experienced entrepreneur who’s clearly innovative about financing his ventures: Green Tide turbines started as a crowd funded charity! As usual in Green Enterprise events, the evening will be participative and will include plenty of time for discussion with the speaker and other participants

Cost £5

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