February in Transition

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Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 2 February, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 

If you work in the green or ethical sector or just have a passion for those issues, GreenDrinks is for you.

Come along to the Global Café on from 6.30 to 8.30pm to meet like-minded people for a chat over a drink or two.

There’s no need to book – just turn up on the evening. But if you’d like to sign up for monthly meeting reminders, email the local co-ordinator, Kathryn McCann, at kathryn@katcreative.co.uk. For more details see http://www.greendrinks.org/berkshire/reading

Discussion on Future of Transition Town Reading, Monday 15 February, 7.30pm, RISC Room 1

Our steering group meeting this month is replaced by an open discussion on the future of Transition Town Reading. We have on-going successful projects but numbers at meetings over the past year have been low. This will be a chance to discuss how Transition Town Reading can move forward over the coming year, how we can expand our meetings to more people and any possible new projects or initiatives. If you have any ideas or are interested in the future of Transition then please come along.

Repair Cafe, Whitley Community Cafe, Saturday 20 February, 12noon-4.30pm

For February we are taking Repair Cafe to South Reading for a one-off special! It’s going to be at Whitley Community Cafe, 252 Northumberland Ave, Reading RG2 7QA on**Saturday 20th**.

We might be slightly smaller than usual depending on the space available, though we are still planning on doing our usual range of repairs! So bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Christmas presents broken already?? Bring them down! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!
Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep Repair Cafe going!

Reading Green Fest meeting, Tuesday 23 February, Great Expectations pub, 7.30pm

Reading Green Fest is a part of this year’s Reading Water Fest. It aims to celebrate the green and environmental groups in Reading and get people engaged in environmental issues! The event will be on Saturday 11 June, 11am to 5pm in the town centre. There is planned to be a day of workshops and stalls from local green and environmental community groups and charities.

The website is in progress: www.readinggreenfest.co.uk

We are having a planning meeting to discuss the event including the program of workshops, stalls and general organisational items. If you’re interested in being involved in the day – either helping to run the event or have a stall/workshop – then please come along at 7.30pm on Tuesday 23 February, Great Expectations pub library room (left hand side as you go in).

Introduction to Permaculture Design course, 19-20 March 2016, RISC

Permaculture is one of the founding principles of Transition and we encourage as many people as possible to attend this course! Here are the details:

Before we can “save the world” we have to save ourselves. Well we have to at least start with ourselves because that is the part of the universe we have the greatest control and influence over!

Led by Steve Jones from Sector 39, these 2 days, at RISC are designed to be the start of your permaculture journey. Packed with information, new ideas and rich with opportunity to develop your own thinking and personal goals.

This 2 day event is part of a build up to a full Permaculture Design Course in Reading commencing January 2017 (6 full weekends at RISC and one optional extra weekend/ field trip to Mid Wales)

Advance booking is essential for this event, min one month.  For more information including how to book, go to http://www.permaculturedesigncourse.co.uk/?event=introduction-to-permaculture-design

January Repair Cafe now at RLab

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January Repair Cafe has been moved to RLab at C1 Weldale St, Reading RG1 7BX. The event is still taking place on 24 January at 12:00–16:30.

We’ll be repairing the usual items:

Electronics
IT/Computers
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

January 2016 in Transition

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Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 5 January, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 

If you work in the green or ethical sector or just have a passion for those issues, GreenDrinks is for you.

Come along to the Global Café from 6.30 to 8.30pm to meet like-minded people for a chat over a drink or two.

There’s no need to book – just turn up on the evening. But if you’d like to sign up for monthly meeting reminders, email the local co-ordinator, Kathryn McCann, at kathryn@katcreative.co.uk. For more details see http://www.greendrinks.org/berkshire/reading

 

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 12 January, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room on the left hand side as you enter the pub.

You can help to plan the future direction of TTR, including funding, communications, the website and thinking about what we should focus on next. There will also be updates on and next steps about ongoing and new projects. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support. In particular we will be talking about new ideas and events for 2016.

Repair Cafe at Jacksons: Sunday 24 January, 12noon-4.30pm

January Repair Cafe is at Jacksons (1-9 King’s Rd, Reading, RG1 3AS) from 12noon to 4.30pm.

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Christmas presents broken already?? Bring them down! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

We are looking at collaborating with other local groups around Reading to take Repair Cafe to different venues. If you or someone you know would be interested in this then let us know by email at  repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk

Film showing “This Changes Everything”, Friday 29th January, 7.30pm at Global Cafe, RISC

Global Justice Reading are showing a film that everyone should see! Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, it is an epic attempt to re-imagine the challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller, it looks at the catastrophic consequences of capitalism through the eyes of seven diverse communities. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. You can sign up on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/996714413721981/

December in Transition

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Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 1 December, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 


If you work in the green or ethical sector or just have a passion for those issues, GreenDrinks is for you.

Come along to the Global Café on Tuesday 1 December from 6.30 to 8.30pm to meet like-minded people for a chat over a drink or two.

There’s no need to book – just turn up on the evening. But if you’d like to sign up for monthly meeting reminders, email the local co-ordinator, Kathryn McCann, at kathryn@katcreative.co.uk. For more details see http://www.greendrinks.org/berkshire/reading

Reading Climate Day, Saturday 5 December, Reading Minster (St Mary’s Butts)

Reading Climate Day is on 5th December at Reading Minster, St Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LN. The day of events, organised by churches in Reading, is intended to coincide with the Paris climate summit, with high profile speakers and activities to raise awareness about climate change.

10am – 2pm “Green Christmas” market. Browse our selection of environmentally friendly and fair-trade crafts and ethically-produced foods, and snap up a present that won’t cost the earth. **Transition will have a stall so come say hello!**

4pm “Cafe Theologique”-style talk. A chance to enjoy a late afternoon drink while you listen to renowned climate scientist Professor John Mitchell, Principal Research Fellow at the Met Office, talking about his work. Followed by time for questions and discussion.

7pm Climate Mass (with reception from 5.30pm) A climate-themed service led by Bishop Andrew, with top environmental theologian Dr Ruth Valerio preaching.

+ a wealth of information, exhibition of photos, activities and interactive prayer stations throughout the day and into the evening.

All are welcome!

TTR Christmas party, Monday 7 December, 7-9pm, RISC Room 1

The Transition Town Reading Chirstmas Party will be taking place on Monday 7 December in Room 1 at RISC, London Street from 7 – 9pm. Come help us celebrate another successful year in Transition. Bring along food to share and there will be party games and festive fun!

Update on Reading Hydro Scheme


Reading Sustainability Centre is happy to say that the application for the installation of two Archimedean Screw Turbines with a hut covering the generators, gearboxes and the control system (hydro power infrastructure) has now been registered.

Here is our planning application. You may also you may wish to add a response.

Reading Hydro would like you to respond to their survey here, this helps with their grant delivery, there is only one question to answer!

 

Introduction to Permaculture Design course, 19-20 March 2016, RISC

Permaculture is one of the founding principles of Transition and we encourage as many people as possible to attend this course! Here are the details:

Before we can “save the world” we have to save ourselves. Well we have to at least start with ourselves because that is the part of the universe we have the greatest control and influence over!

Led by Steve Jones from Sector 39, these 2 days, at RISC are designed to be the start of your permaculture journey. Packed with information, new ideas and rich with opportunity to develop your own thinking and personal goals.

This 2 day event is part of a build up to a full Permaculture Design Course in Reading commencing January 2017 (6 full weekends at RISC and one optional extra weekend/ field trip to Mid Wales)

Advance booking is essential for this event, min one month.  For more information including how to book, go to http://www.permaculturedesigncourse.co.uk/?event=introduction-to-permaculture-design

Highlights from IPCUK2015

The 2015 International Permaculture Conference was held in London, with the subtitle, “Creating the World We Want,” featuring presentations from many highly inspirational speakers. All the talks are available for free on YouTube, and can be found by googling “ipcuk 2015 talks” under “videos”. It is a pleasure to select the following as highlights:

Rob Hopkins, on “The Transition Experiment”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NczIIt89mk

David Holmgren, on “A Permaculture Lifestyle”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9uU31tx1yg

Geoff Lawton, on “The Global Potential of Permaculture”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F1joa9pO7E

Chris Warburton Brown, on “A Permaculture Approach to Soil”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXk-MUdPqYY

Christopher Nesbitt, on “Repairing Damaged Soil Using Permaculture”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBVHrYUyWlI

Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, on “How Does Permaculture Stack Up in the Real Economy?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5_8V6ir-Xo

Workshop, on “What Will Education be Like in the World we Want?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_C_z03qlAQ

November in Transition

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Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 3 November, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 

If you work in the green or ethical sector or just have a passion for those issues, GreenDrinks is for you.

Come along to the Global Café on Tuesday 3 November from 6.30 to 8.30pm to meet like-minded people for a chat over a drink or two.

There’s no need to book – just turn up on the evening. But if you’d like to sign up for monthly meeting reminders, email the local co-ordinator, Kathryn McCann, at kathryn@katcreative.co.uk. For more details see http://www.greendrinks.org/berkshire/reading

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 10 November, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room on the left hand side as you enter the pub.

You can help to plan the future direction of TTR, including funding, communications, the website and thinking about what we should focus on next. There will also be updates on and next steps about ongoing and new projects. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support. In particular we will be talking about the 2016 Reading Year of Culture and potential events we can run to be part of it.

Repair Cafe at Jacksons: Sunday 15 November, 12noon-4.30pm

November Repair Cafe is again at Jacksons (1-9 King’s Rd, Reading, RG1 3AS).

At this event we’ll also be running a workshop given by Tony Cowling (leader of the TTR draught busters project) on dealing with draughts, damp and condensation in your home. Tony offers simple, practical solutions to these common problems, and has a wide range of experience with these issues. Come along with your own particular problems or find out how to make sure they don’t arise in your home! Workshop is free but we encourage you to sign up at www.dampanddraughtproof.eventbrite.co.uk

Throughout the day you can also learn how to use a sewing machine / make some Repair cafe bunting.

Bring along your broken items to be fixed as well! Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

We are looking for more volunteers to help with organising, publicity and running Repair Cafe, if you’re interested please email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk

Green Christmas Market: Saturday 5 December, 10am-2pm, Reading Minster (St Mary’s Butts)

Looking for an green, ethical Christmas gift this year? A Green Christmas Market is being run at Reading Minster (St Mary’s Butts) in the centre of town from 10am to 2pm on Sunday 5th December. A range of local stallholders will be dispaying their wares including True Food Co-op, Roots Food and more. A great way to get in the festive spirit!

Introduction to Permaculture Design course, 19-20 March 2016, RISC

Permaculture is one of the founding principles of Transition and we encourage as many people as possible to attend this course! Here are the details:

Before we can “save the world” we have to save ourselves. Well we have to at least start with ourselves because that is the part of the universe we have the greatest control and influence over!

Led by Steve Jones from Sector 39, these 2 days, at RISC are designed to be the start of your permaculture journey. Packed with information, new ideas and rich with opportunity to develop your own thinking and personal goals.

This 2 day event is part of a build up to a full Permaculture Design Course in Reading commencing January 2017 (6 full weekends at RISC and one optional extra weekend/ field trip to Mid Wales)

Advance booking is essential for this event, min one month.  For more information including how to book, go to http://www.permaculturedesigncourse.co.uk/?event=introduction-to-permaculture-design

Reading Repair Cafe celebrates 2nd year anniversary

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Reading Repair Cafe has been fixing your broken items for 2 years! To celebrate, the Repair Cafe team put on an extra special Repair Cafe with workshops on speeding up your computer and tool sharpening. Over 20 people attended the workshops on the day and the whole event was a great success.

Next year Repair Cafe are looking to expand to run events around Reading and beyond at local community centres. If you’d like Repair Cafe to come to you then get in touch at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk

All set for the workshop on how to speed up your computer. Reading Repair Cafe held in Jacksons, Jacksons Corner, Reading, 18th October 2015

All set for the workshop on how to speed up your computer. Reading Repair Cafe held in Jacksons, Jacksons Corner, Reading, 18th October 2015

Reading Repair Cafe held in Jacksons, Jacksons Corner, Reading, 18th October 2015

Reading Repair Cafe held in Jacksons, Jacksons Corner, Reading, 18th October 2015

 

September in Transition

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Transition Town Reading Meeting: **Tuesday** 8 September, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Our regular monthly meetings are now on the second Tuesday of the month. Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea. You can help to plan the future direction of TTR, including funding, communications, the website and thinking about what we should focus on next. There will also be updates on and next steps about ongoing and new projects. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support.

Repair Cafe at RLab: Sunday 20 September, 12noon-4.30pm

Repair Cafe returns after the summer break this month to RLab (C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX) on Sunday 20 September from 12-4.30pm.

Come along and learn to repair your broken things! You can get your clothes, electronics, mechanical items, toys, furniture, blunt / broken tools fixed all for a donation only! Plus there will be homemade cakes!

You’re also welcome bring along you latest craft project to get help and support and a sociable space to work on your project.   So come along, join in the fun and bring along your friends and family!

We are looking for more volunteers to help with organising, publicity and running Repair Cafe, if you’re interested please email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk

Reading Hydro Open Meeting, Wednesday 23 September, Council chamber at RBC offices, RG1 2LU

Come to an open meeting about The Reading Hydro Project, a key component of the Reading Sustainability Centre project (http://readingsustainabilitycentre.co.uk/) at The Council Chamber at Reading  Borough Council offices, RG1 2LU at 7pm finishing by 9pm.

The meeting will involve:

· Updates on Reading Hydro from Tony Cowling, project lead.
· Progress report on Abingdon Hydro from Richard Riggs
· Investing locally in renewable energy from Lisa Ashford, Ethex.
· Q&A with the speakers above.
· Reading hydro financial model explained.
· Next steps for Reading hydro  Brendan   Barrow, E-WaterPower.
· Q&A  then networking & refreshments

Apple picking for Reading Town Meal

The Reading Town Meal is coming up next month and we will be running an apple pressing stall so need to collect some apples! If you know anyone that has an apple tree or if there any public apple trees near you that are ripe for the picking then let Alex know at treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk . We also need to pick all the apples so let Alex know if you’re interested in helping with apple picking.

Reading Town Meal, Saturday 3rd October, Forbury Gardens

The biggest “picnic in the park” that Reading has ever seen will return to Forbury Gardens on Saturday 3 October 2015 and the local community is invited to get involved in this celebration of local sustainable food. A delicious meal, cooked by Reading College catering students from produce grown and donated by local allotment holders and home growers will be served free to over 1,000 people.

The Abundance project will be running an apple pressing stall at the Town Meal and TTR will also have a general information stall shared with GREN and Reading Climate Change Partnership. Volunteers are needed to help with both stalls during the event and for set up and put down. If you’re interested in helping contact Alex at treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk .

 

August break

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We’re having a break in August to allow ourselves a rest in the holiday season. There’s lots of exciting things coming up in September so keep your eyes peeled! If you’re not on our mailing list you can sign up  up here to get our monthly newsletter of events.

July in Transition

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REP meeting, Wednesday 8 July, 7pm at RISC

Reading Energy Pioneers in conjunction with Wokingham Borough Energy Pioneers have won a substantial grant from the Urban Communities Energy Fund to help set up community solar pv projects in our area. These will be funded by community share offers and loans. These will focus on community buildings, schools and charity buildings and help these organisations to reduce their energy costs. Once the feed in tariff scheme ends these organisations will benefit from free electricity from their panels. Further any surplus income will be used to promote similar projects and to assist local charities.

If you would like to be involved we have a meeting on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm on 8th July at RISC.

Transition Town Reading Meeting: **Tuesday** 14 July, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Our regular monthly meetings are now on the second Tuesday of the month. Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea. You can help to plan the future direction of TTR, including funding, communications, the website and thinking about what we should focus on next. There will also be updates on and next steps about ongoing and new projects. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support.

Many shades of green, 15 July, 10am – 4.30pm, Braziers Park OX10 6AN

Our very own co-ordinator Chris Rhodes will be co-presenting a seminar at Braziers Park entitled “Many shades of green” which will explore a range of green issues. To attend, see http://www.braziers.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Many-shades-of-Green-July-2015.jpgfor more information. The programme can be found here.

Repair Cafe at RLab: Sunday 19 July, 12noon-4.30pm

With the warmer weather Repair Cafe returns this month to RLab (C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX) on Sunday 19 July from 12-4.30pm.

Come along and learn to repair your broken things! You can get your clothes, electronics, mechanical items, toys, furniture, blunt / broken tools fixed all for a donation only! Plus there will be homemade cakes!

You’re also welcome bring along you latest craft project to get help and support and a sociable space to work on your project.   So come along, join in the fun and bring along your friends and family!

We are looking for more volunteers to help with organising, publicity and running Repair Cafe, if you’re interested please email repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk