Write-ups of Past Events

Strawberry Fair

6 June 2015

ladybirds stall 1Midsummer Common, Cambridge

Strawberry Fair is a Cambridge institution, completely free, run by the community for the community and a wonderful fun day out. CCF will be there again this year running a 1940s inspired stall in partnership with the Cambridge Ladybirds WI. To help promote our WWII Rationing Challenge the Ladybirds will be in full 1940s gear selling cakes and biscuits made from original WWII ration recipes. We’ll also be making climate bunting for the ‘Speak up for the Love of...’ lobby event on June 17, which will be sewn together at our Big Bunting Sew Up.

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Launch Event for WWII Rationing Challenge

2 June 2015
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

St Paul’s, Hills Rd, 
Cambridge, CB2 1JPWomen's Land Army

This evening of displays, talks and short films launches our WWII Food Rationing Challenge. 2015 is the 70 year anniversary marking the end of WWII. It is an opportunity to remember some of the hardships that people endured in their daily lives during and after the wartime years.

The challenge explores the common ground between a diet from the forties/fifties and eating sustainably today. Participants will be expected to stick to rations and can join in for a week or month, starting anytime during June 2015.

As well as individuals, we’d love groups of friends, family, colleagues and interest groups to try it together as a team. Each person will have their own ration book Continue reading

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Tristram Stuart: the food waste scandal (EAT Festival)

21 May 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

St Paul’s, Hills Rd, Tristram EAT logo
Cambridge, CB2 1JP

We’re very excited that Tristram Stuart, the charismatic global food waste champion, founder of Feed Back (which includes Feeding the 5000, The Pig Idea and The Gleaning Network) is coming to Cambridge to talk about the global food waste scandal and what can be done about it. He’s a great speaker (see his TED talk here) and if you haven’t read his book `’Food Waste: the global food scandal”, we’d recommend it. To accompany Tristram’s talk there will be short presentations from local food waste organisations: Food Cycle; the City Council Food Waste Team and more. Cambridge Sustainable Food will also be launching the local Love Food Hate Waste campaign that evening. There will be delicious nibbles made from food that would otherwise be wasted, provided by Food Cycle team.

This is a free event. No booking required. Not to be missed!

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BikeBus experience and Eco Hub visit

17 May 2015

Simon-Dew-loads-a-bike-on-to-the-rack-1024x682Gamlingay Eco Hub, Stocks Lane, Gamlingay, Sandy, SG19 3JR

CCF would like to invite you for an inspirational day out. We’ll be cycling from the City for a couple of hours to Gamlingay’s Eco Hub where we’ll be treated to a talk and tour of one of the country’s greenest community buildings. Lunch will be provided and then we’ll head back on the brilliant BikeBus. The BikeBus is a wonderful way to increase your access to the countryside without using a car – you’ll save 5kg of carbon by cycling instead of driving to Gamlingay. For more info about an innovative means of transport that’s on our doorstep please see South Cambs Bike Bus Continue reading

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Cambridge Repair Cafe

16 May 2015
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

IMG_4929St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton, Cambridge CB4 1DH

CCF and Transition  Cambridge are delighted to announce their next Repair Cafe. The idea is to match amazing repairers with people who need stuff fixed…and all for FREE! You can also pick up ideas on how to fix things yourself, if that interests you. We welcome:

    • small household appliances
    • electrical items
    • computers
    • mobile phones
    • bicycles
    • clothes
    • general bits’n’bobs

There’ll be a cafe on the day. You can turn up on the day, but it’s best to book your item in so the repairers have an idea of what’s coming and any small spares needed. Contact Kate here to book. The repairers are brilliant and can fix most things but there are no guarantees. For further details about the day click here.
The Repair Cafe is global and growing all the time, see the latest countries to join the drive to reduce waste and emissions.Free event but donations gratefully received.

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Spring Clean your Home Naturally

25 March 2015
8:00 pmto9:30 pm

Friends Meeting House
Jesus Lane

file000138472429Cambridge Carbon Footprint is delighted to offer a new green cleaning skillshare on how to keep your home and clothes clean and fresh using natural and non toxic ingredients. There’ll be ideas and demonstrations on cleaning all the rooms and surfaces in your home and a chance to make your own products.

Booking Essential: email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org or call the office on 01223 301842 (Mon-Fri, 9-5).

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Sustainable Food in the Spotlight: Choosing food which is good for you and the planet

17 March 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
Natural sign of love - heart made from small tomatoes

Image copyright of Piku/Mangojuicy.

Friends Meeting House, 
Jesus Lane, CB5 8AB

Can you lower your carbon footprint substantially  by changing what food you eat?  Yes you can! This workshop run by Cambridge Carbon Footprint as part of the Science Festival will consider the factors which determine the impact of our food on the environment, and it will invite participants to share their thoughts and feelings about changing to a more sustainable pattern of food consumption.

This is a free event. To book call 01223 301842 or email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.

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Solid Wall Insulation

11 March 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

The Centre at St Paul’s
Hills Rd CB2 1JP

Gina & Nicola at FallowfieldNearly all pre-1930s homes (and some built since) have solid walls that leak heat!

29 people came for lots of information and lively discussion with our panel of experts as they explained what’s involved in SWI and the choices you have.

You can download their presentations here: Continue reading

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Carbon Conversations

4 March 2015
7:30 pm

Carbon Conversations-10Join us for Carbon Conversations,  a series of six engaging meetings addressing climate change in a different way. The meetings will cover climate change and carbon emissions and will help participants explore their own responses to it, including their ideas for a low-carbon future and the four key areas of the footprint – home energy, travel, food and other consumption.

The meetings allow participants to examine their values, lifestyle and identity in a friendly setting and to come to terms both  emotionally and practically with low carbon living. Most members make reductions of 1 tonne CO2 during the meetings and develop plans to reduce further. Continue reading

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Vintage Swishing & Tea Party Event

28 February 2015
1:00 pmto3:00 pm

IMGP2698St Andrews Baptist Church
St Andrews Street

CCF are partnering with Cambridge BID and the Ladybirds WI  to bring Cambridge its very own Vintage Swishing and Tea Party Event. Join us on Saturday February 28th, bring your unloved garments and swap them for some pre-loved treasures! We’ll sort all the clothes into an organised swap shop while you enjoy afternoon tea and some vintage tunes.

1.00pm: Drop off your clothes, shoes, accessories
Enjoy afternoon tea & tunes
1.30pm: The swap shop opens

Entry is free – though donations are very welcome. This event is a fundraiser for Cambridge Carbon Footprint and the LadyBirds WI. All excess goods will be donated to charity. No booking required.

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CCF Stall at ‘Volunteer for Cambridge’

28 February 2015
11:00 amto4:00 pm

Volunteer for camGuildhall
Cambridge

CCF will be one of 80 organisations working locally on social and environmental change that are hoping to recruit volunteers at the event. Please come along and find out about volunteering with us or take a peek at our Volunteering Pages. We are currently very keen to recruit:

If you would like to chat through any of the roles please call our Volunteer and Events Organiser on 01223 301842

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Climate Friendly Holiday Choices – Your guide to choosing a green holiday in 2015

29 January 2015
7:30 pmto9:00 pm

The Fort St George pub
Midsummer Common, CB4 1HA

sunsetCCF would like to invite you to spend a winters evening in a cosy, riverside pub thinking about and possibly planning a more climate friendly holiday for 2015. We hope the event will be informal yet inspiring, with opportunities to hear about others experiences and maybe share your own. We’ll cover:

  • Wild camping and cycling holidays
  • Home swapping
  • Eco-holiday greenwash
  • WWOOFing:World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
  • Train travel abroad
  • How to calculate the carbon footprint of your holiday

Please book by emailing: info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

FREE

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A sustainable future in focus

27 October 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Friends Meeting House
Jesus Lane, CB4 8BA

IMGP3788Many of us are aware of climate change and the need to act on it, but are confused about what that might involve. Discussing these issues with others can be enlightening and empowering. What choices are high- and low-carbon? What power do we as individuals have to make them in our own lives and what resistances may we meet? Would a low-carbon future be off-putting or might it be rich and rewarding? This workshop with Cambridge Carbon Footprint offers a chance to consider these intriguing questions.

Free event. To book email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.

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Thermal Imaging Training

18 February 2014
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Helen & TICambridge Carbon Footprint Office

Thermal imaging is a great way to identify the best ways to improve insulation and air tightness, and at CCF we’re lucky to have not one but two thermal cameras! You can find more information on the benefits of infrared surveys  on our thermal imaging page.

At this training session participants will learn not only how to use our thermal imaging cameras, but more importantly how to interpret the results. Trainees will then be able to borrow our thermal imaging cameras to survey their own homes (and those of others if they’d like) and identify any trouble spots.

These courses are very popular, so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book contact the office on 01223 301842 or email info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.

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CCF Winter Social

11 December 2014
7:30 pmto10:00 pm

Hills Road
CB2 1PGMulled-Wine-and-Mince-Pies

Come and share mulled wine and mince pies with us at the CCF winter social.

It’s an opportunity to meet like-minded people and get to know others connected with CCF in a fun, social atmosphere. We’ll provide the venue (Hills Rd), the mulled wine and some mince pies – you bring a few nibbles to share, and some good cheer!

This event is open to all CCF supporters. It’s always a lovely occasion to meet old and new friends alike. Please RSVP to info@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

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