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At a meeting of Cambridgeshire County Council’s full council on Tuesday 14 October 2014, councillors debated a motion on the future structure of local government across the county in the face of further budget cuts. The text of the motion is here. You can watch a video of the debate that councillors had on Youtube here. Note also the contribution from Cllr Ian Manning (click here for the video clip) where he mentioned the work Be The Change – Cambridge has already done, and how it could be a possible means of starting this conversation about the future of the county.

This debate took place shortly after Antony Carpen’s public question to Cambridgeshire County Council. (See here for a video of the question, and the response from the leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Steve Count).

Update on Spring 2015 event

We’ve had a meeting of the core group of organisers, and will be having a further one shortly to confirm the date of the spring event. We are working with Cambridge City Council and the Cambridge Student Hub to co-ordinate/sequence the event with the Cambridge Community Fair, scheduled for the 28 February 2015. Once we’ve got the essentials confirmed, we’ll have a gathering of interested parties beyond the core group to shape the spring event.

Several of us will also be going along to the event Could Cambridge become a smarter city? which is part of the Cambridge Ideas Festival. It’s on Thurs 30 Oct – hope to see you there!

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Cambridge has a number of active, innovative and vibrant community groups campaigning on all things sustainability. Several work closely with Cambridge City Council’s environment team to reduce our city’s environmental impact.

Could Cambridge become a smarter city? – Thu 30 Oct, 18:30, Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 2RW

Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2014, this repeats an event hosted in 2013, so it will be interesting to see what progress our city has made over the past 12 months. See our Meetup group here for links to tickets and to Antony’s blogpost from the previous year’s event.

Transition Cambridge – AGM: Mon 20 Oct, 19:30, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

Click here for more information. Transition Cambridge have a number of interesting projects running across the city. From growing their own food to hosting skills shares to exploring renewable sources of energy, Transition Cambridge put the theories into action. They recently co-hosted a very successful ‘restart’ event where local residents brought broken electronic gadgets in for examination and repair by a number of very talented experts. This was featured on ITV Anglia on 2 October – see the report here.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign – AGM and presentation by Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter: Tues 4 Nov, 20:00, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA

The Cambridge Cycling Campaign work closely with the city and county council to improve transport in our city. Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council stated at their election hustings in Spring 2014 that the campaign plays an important role in scrutinising planning and transport projects. Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter is the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge. He will be giving a talk titled ‘How risky is cycling?’ See http://www.camcycle.org.uk/events/ for more information.

Liberated Feast – Sun 16 Nov, 18:30, Centre St Pauls, Hills Road, Cambridge.

Raising awareness on global food waste, the brainchild of Jennie Debenham this was first launched in 2013 with local MP Dr Julian Huppert as a guest speaker. Volunteers cook up a lovely vegan banquet for over 100 people using produce from farms, shops, allotments and local supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste. Proceeds from the event go to a school feeding project on for the Milimani School on Kenya’s Rusinga Island. Previous events have sold out so get your tickets fast! Click here to buy your tickets. If you are interested in sustainable food issues, have a look at the Cambridge Sustainable Food City project at http://www.cambridgesustainablefood.org/ - a number of firms and colleges are part of this project.

Dowsing Sound Collective’s Christmas Cocktail – Sun 14 Dec, 19:30, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge

Our friends at the Dowsing Sound Collective are hosting their excellent Christmas musical extravaganza in aid of Cambridge-based music foundation, The Dosoco Foundation. Dosoco are also one of the beneficiaries of Be the change – Cambridge. Last year’s Christmas Cocktail event sold out the Corn Exchange. So if you don’t want to miss out, get your tickets from the Corn Exchange here. See below for a recording from Dowsing’s summer 2014 concert in Bury St Edmunds.


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