Category Archives: Charities and Big Society

One day like this a year…

Summary The cost of a bus ticket: £4.10. Entrance to the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Free. Outselling some of the big-name bands from the mid-1990s that I saw at the Corn Exchange: Priceless. The Dowsing Sound Collective don’t make beers… Oh, … Continue reading

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On campaigning charities and political parties

Summary Why the rise of large non-party-political campaigning charities vis-a-vis the shrinking of mainstream political parties leaves me a little uncomfortable Seven environmental-related charities and organisations have got together to organise a London-based hustings. (See here). You’ll be hearing of … Continue reading

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Stopping on rollerskates

Summary Week 2 of training with the brilliant Romsey Rollerbillies If you scroll to the last five seconds of the video below, you’ll see an expert’s example of how to stop on rollerskates in style I signed up for the … Continue reading

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Greater Cambridge Assembly meets for the first time…

Summary …but do the people of Cambridge know it even exists, let alone know how to influence it? Here’s a pano-pic I took at the start of the meeting …having made my way via bus from Cambridge to Cambourne, a … Continue reading

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Cambridge – we need to talk about community & concert venues

Summary Some thoughts following a year of going to lots of venues in and around Cambridge Being a self-styled ‘community cameraman’ means I get to go out and about filming in lots of community venues. This year I’ve been to … Continue reading

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A united arts and culture offer for the people of Cambridge

Summary In the face of austerity, the Cambridge Arts Network is bringing together the diverse & somewhat fragmented arts and culture scenes in Cambridge to try and unite us all in the face of a very uncertain future The Cambridge Arts … Continue reading

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Cambridge Hub turning ideas into actions

Summary Taking a ‘Be the change – Cambridge’ problem to Cambridge student activists…and watching them run with it Some of you may be aware of the Volunteer Cambridge event that the Cambridge Hub is organising for Cambridge City Council on 28 … Continue reading

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Scrutinising the Greater Cambridge City Deal

Summary Making sure the people of Cambridgeshire get the chance to scrutinise the looming changes to local government in our county It was almost by accident I found out about the meeting – via Twitter Despite another bad night’s sleep … Continue reading

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Widening and yet consolidating the debate on the future of Cambridge

Summary There’s lots of stuff going on about the future of Cambridge, but how do we connect them all together, avoid duplication and ensure we get as many people involved as possible? Lots of us took part in the event: … Continue reading

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We did it!

Summary *****Thank you***** to everyone that took part in our conversation cafe! Over fifty people kick-started Be the change – Cambridge. Now the really hard work starts. See http://bethechangecambridge.org.uk/?p=283 for an early write up with videos. See Lucinda Price’s excellent photographs … Continue reading

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