Upcoming Repair Cafes from February 2020

For more information go to http://circularcambridge.org/repaircafe/ and follow the links.

25 April 2:00 – 5:00 pm in the Townley Hall, Fulbourn Centre

  • 2G3S Sawston Repair Café: in late Spring/early Summer – watch this space!



Winter Newsletter 2020

The winter newsletter has details of many upcoming events, including our Repair Cafe at Great Shelford on 29 February; visits to a low carbon home in Stapleford; Conversation Evenings on eco-friendly gardening and Extinction Rebellion; and further ahead, a talk on Africa and some nature walks.

Also other details, including how to respond to consultations.  You can download it here.

Greater Cambridge Local Plan

Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council are working together to develop a Local Plan for the area, to cover the period until 2040.  The big themes are:

  • Climate change – how the plan should contribute to achieving net zero carbon and the mitigation and adaptation measures that should be required through developments.
  • Biodiversity and green spaces – how the plan can contribute to a ‘doubling nature’ vision, the improvement of existing green spaces and the creation of more.
  • Wellbeing and social inclusion – how the plan can help spread the benefits of growth, helping to create healthy and inclusive communities.
  • Great places – how the plan can protect what is already great about the area, and design new developments to create special places and spaces.

Further information here

Details on how to comment here.  The closing date for comments is 24 February 2020 at 5 pm.

Cambridgeshire County Council Climate Change and Environment Strategy Consultation

Cambridgeshire County Council is developing a Climate Change and Environment Strategy and Action Plan. The Strategy outlines how they will reduce the carbon footprint of the Council and the County; help our communities adapt to the change already happening; and enhance nature and the benefits it provides.

They are currently inviting feedback on the draft Strategy.

The consultation is running from 20 December 2019 to 31 January 2020.

For more information and to take part in the consultation, click here



Conversation Evening: Eco-friendly gardening in a time of climate change

This winter our Conversation Evenings are on the theme of climate change.

We are meeting at 8 pm on Monday 24 February at Cox’s Close Community Centre, CB22 5SP Stapleford.  Come along and share your thoughts about protecting soils and encouraging wildlife in your garden;  and tips on plants to grow in a potentially hotter and drier climate.  A friendly discussion over a hot drink (did someone say something about cake?)

Conversation Evening: Are natural disasters our fault?

This winter the theme for our Conversation Evenings is climate change.  In October we heard from a representative of South Cambs on their plans to cut carbon, and in early December had a discussion about divestment from fossil fuels – maybe not the no-brainer you might think.

On Monday 20 February about 30 of us gathered in the Three Horseshoes to hear Bob White, a resident of Mingle Lane who is Professor of Geophysics at Cambridge University, introduce the topic of how climate change exacerbates natural disasters.  Floods and droughts fairly obviously; but he also showed that volcanoes and even earthquakes are linked to the changing climate, often because of changing pressure on the earth when ice melts.  A lively discussion followed.

Our next Conversation Evening will be on the theme ‘Eco-friendly gardening in a time of climate change’ and will be at the Cox’s Close Community Centre, Stapleford, at 8 pm on Monday 24 February.  All welcome.

Public Transport

After discussion and several iterations, 2G3S sent in a response to the Greater Cambridge Partnership Cambridge SE Transport Better Public Transport Project Consultation. The project proposes a new off-road public transport system using CAM (Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro) electric tram-like vehicles.  The route would run from the Biomedical Campus (Addenbrooke’s site),  through greenfield sites skirting Great Shelford, Stapleford and Sawston, to a new ‘travel hub’ near the A11/A1307/A505 (three options given).

For more details about the project, go to www.greatercambridge.org.uk/CambridgeSE

The closing date for comments was 4 November 2019.    You can view the 2G3S response here

Autumn Newsletter 2019

The Autumn newsletter has details of our upcoming AGM on 25 November and Conversation Evenings about climate change, specifically Divestment (3 December), Natural Disasters & Climate Change (20 Jan) and Africa (24 Feb).   Also info about Repair Cafes and other events.  You can download  it here.

Apple Day at Wandlebury

2G3S Apple Day, Wandlebury, 1 – 4 pm Saturday 5 October 2019

We held a successful Apple Day with Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CPPF) and Orchards East at Wandlebury on Saturday 5 October. Activities included:

  • Guided walks around the Wandlebury Orchard
  • Fruit and nut identification

  • Talk on the care of fruit trees
  • Apple juicing
  • Talk on cooking with apples – samples and recipes
  • Talk on cider making
  • Archery for adults (and soft archery for children)

  • The Cambridgeshire Beekeepers’ Association [CBKA] with information about all pollinators and a glass observation beehive
  • Activities for children, including crafts and games, and story reading by well-known children’s author ISABEL THOMAS
  • information about local environmental and horticultural groups

The weather was kind to us on the day; unfortunately the season hadn’t been a good one for apples and the juicers got off to a rather slow start!  But all in all a very enjoyable afternoon.