September in TTR!

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Steering Group Meeting: Monday 1 September, 7:30pm, Great Expectations Pub (33 London St)

Business meeting where we look at our communications, review finances and funding and looking at how we can be more effective as a group. We don’t really look at specific projects in this meeting, so not the most interesting for first timers. Targeted at steering group members but open to everyone.
 

Berry picking, jam making and bake-off! Saturday 7 September, 12 noon – 5pm, Amersham Road Community Centre (RG4 5BP)

The first Abundance event of 2014! We are running a berry picking and jam making day on Sunday 7 September. It’s in conjunction with a community bake-off that’s happening on the same day. The event is being run in partnership with Reading Food Growing Network and Amersham Road residents. We’re looking for someone to lead on the jam making, if you’re a jam expert please get in touch (see below).

The plan for the day is:
12noon - Berry picking in Lower Caversham (meet at Amersham Road Community Centre – bring tupperware boxes/bags for storing your fruit!)
1pm - Picnic in Amersham Road Community Garden
2pm - Bring cakes to enter bake-off (note: optional theme is seasonal fruit!)
2:30pm - Jam making begins and cake judging / eating (everyone votes) 
4:30pm - Winners announced (judges favorite and public favorite: children, teenager and adult rounds!)
ALSO other related / relevant stall holders welcome, particularly allotment holders with excess harvest.
Get in touch if you’re interested in:
Berry picking/jam making, Abundance, stalls – Alex Treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk

Bake-off - amershamroad@gmail.com

REQUEST FOR HELP! If you are able to pick an icecream box or two-full of blackberries, damsons or elderberries between now and 7 September, just in case the season is already over / they are all picked already, that would be fab! 
AND Please save any empty jars you may have for this event. If you can let us know what you might be able to bring, that would help us plan. 
If you have a favorite jam we can make with these ingredients, please let us know and you can lead some of the jam making. Let us know if there are any additional ingredients in advance so we can buy them beforehand.

Projects Meeting: Monday 15 September, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub

Come along for updates on and next steps about ongoing and new projects. We’re particularly looking for people to take an active role in leading the Local Economy Conference and helping with Abundance. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support. 
 

June Repair Cafe: *Saturday20 September, 10am – 3pm at Jackson’s

Repair Cafe’s venue for September is Jackson’s in the town centre (the former department store)! We’re going to trial being on a Saturday from 10am to 3pm to tie in with Reading Bicycle Kitchen. Come along, get things repaired, or learn to repair them yourself. We’ll have the usual:
Electronics
Bikes (as part of the Bicycle Kitchen) 
Clothing / textiles
Mechanical items
Tool sharpening and more
Homebaking, tea and coffee also available. No charge for Repair Cafe, but donations very welcome to help continue Repair Cafe
See more at www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk or www.facebook.com/ReadingRepairCafe 
If you would like to find out about volunteering for Repair Cafe, emailrepaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk or subscribe to the volunteering email
 

Basingstoke Green Week – Social event: Saturday 20 September, 4pmonwards, Brookvale village hall (RG21 7RU)

We’ve been invited to a social event at Basingstoke Green Week by Basingstoke Transition Network. There’s going to be pizza making workshop from 4pm, bring your own beer and a contribution to the table. The event is at Brookvale Village hall, RG21 7RU, a short walk from the station. They’d like an indication of numbers in advance, please contact Alex at Treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk if you can come.
There is a whole week of Green events happening in Basingstoke from 20th – 27th as part of the Green week, see http://www.smartfuturecentre.com/basingstoke-green-week/for more details.

Events in July

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Repair Cafe at rLab
Sunday 20 July, 12noon – 5pm

Come along, get things repaired, or learn to repair them yourself. 
Electronics
Bikes
Clothing / textiles
Mechanical items
Tool sharpening and more
Homebaking, tea and coffee also available. No charge for Repair Cafe, but donations very welcome to help continue Repair Cafe
See more at www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk or www.facebook.com/ReadingRepairCafe 
Repair Cafe aims to be on the 3rd Sunday of the month but we’ll be taking a break in August, so this is your last chance before September! If you would like to find out about volunteering for Repair Cafe, email info@transitionreading.org.uk or subscribe to the volunteering email
 

Projects Meeting at Great Expectations Pub
Monday 21 July, 7:30pm

Come along for how to get involved, updates on and next steps about ongoing and new projects.  We will be starting to look at the new year for the abundance (fruit and food harvesting), community orchards and discussing how we can develop the ‘Local Economy Festival’ concept. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support. 

News flash: June Repair Cafe at Jacksons!

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On Sunday 15 June, the regular Repair Cafe event will be held in the Iconic Jacksons Building! This is just on the corner of Kings Street and Duke Street, directly down from the Marketplace.

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If you have never been to Jacksons OR Repair Cafe, this is a great chance to experience both. It will be a special weekend as a mystery organisation has taken over the Jacksons building and will be holding their grand opening the same weekend!

Come along and make the June Repair Cafe our BEST YET!

 

You can join the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReadingRepairCafe

Read more about Reading Repair Cafe on the Facebook page or at www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk

Transition Town Reading seeking new steering group members!

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We’re seeking new steering group members! If you are interested in taking an active role in the group and supporting its projects, we’re looking for a coordinator, secretary and communications person. General steering group members also needed.

To let us know you’re interested, or just to find out more, email info@transitionreading.org.uk.

Steering group meeting postponed and AGM reminder

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The Steering Group meeting today is postponed until next week and I thought I’d take the chance to remind you again about our AGM! If you’d like to be more involved in running Transition Town Reading please let us know and come along to the AGM. Note all other events in May are unchanged (Repair Cafe and website meeting).

Steering Group Meeting postponed to Monday 12 May, 7:30pm, Great Expectations Pub

Business meeting where we look at our communications, review finances and funding and looking at how we can be more effective as a group. We don’t really look at specific projects in this meeting, so not the most interesting for first timers. Targeted at steering group members but open to everyone.

Transition Town Reading AGM and Shared Meal: Wednesday 21 May, 7:30pm at RISC, Room 3 (stones room)

At the AGM, we will have a review of what has happened over the past year and how we are doing financially as well as discuss any changes that we would like to see happen within TTR in the future.
If you have any suggestions of things you would like to discuss, please email info@transitionreading.org.uk. We will provide a full agenda with any discussion items next week.
ALSO, at the AGM, we will be electing the new steering group!
The positions are:
Coordinator (chair)
Secretary
Treasurer
Communications
Plus non-portfolio officers who will support the above roles or can be allocated specific roles as required.
If you would like to stand for one of these positions or find out more, please reply to this email.

Possibly even more importantly than this, Wednesday 21 May will also be a chance for everyone involved in and interested in Transition to get together, share food (please bring a dish!), play some music if you are that way inclined and just catch up.
We will aim to keep the AGM business as short as possible then enjoy a relaxed evening together. New people also very welcome – if not keen on joining the AGM business, please come along from 8ish onwards.

Transition News and Events: May

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It’s TTR’s AGM month, so please join us on Wednesday 21 May for a celebration of 2013/4 for a shared meal, social and a little bit of business! Also it’s time to elect our new steering group so if you would like to be more involved in shaping Transition in Reading, this is your chance! Please see below for more info.

Steering Group Meeting: Wednesday 7 May, 7:30pm, Great Expectations Pub

Business meeting where we look at our communications, review finances and funding and looking at how we can be more effective as a group. We don’t really look at specific projects in this meeting, so not the most interesting for first timers. Targeted at steering group members but open to everyone.
 

TTR Website Meeting: Wednesday 14 May, Rachel and Alex’s house, 36a Mill Road, RG4 8DP

This is a practical session to review the TTR website and make improvements to it. If you have ideas about structure or content that you would like to appear on the site, you can add your ideas here. As this is a practical meeting and will be computer-based, we’re limiting this meeting to 6 people, so we can get things done. Experience on WordPress is especially welcome. If you are interested in joining us, please emailinfo@transitionreading.org.uk. 
 

May Repair Cafe: Sunday 18 May, 12 noon – 5pm: at rLab, Weldale Street, RG1 7BX

Come along, get things repaired, or learn to repair them yourself. 
Electronics
Bikes
Clothing / textiles
Mechanical items
Tool sharpening and more
Homebaking, tea and coffee also available. No charge for Repair Cafe, but donations very welcome to help continue Repair Cafe
See more at www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk or www.facebook.com/ReadingRepairCafe 
Repair Cafe aims to be on the 3rd Sunday of the month so future dates for your diary are: Sunday 15 June and Sunday 20 July, both 12 – 5pm. If you would like to find out about volunteering for Repair Cafe, email info@transitionreading.org.uk or subscribe to the volunteering email

Transition Town Reading AGM and Shared Meal

Wednesday 21 May, 7:30pm at RISC, Room 3 (stones room) 
At the AGM, we will have a review of what has happened over the past year and how we are doing financially as well as discuss any changes that we would like to see happen within TTR in the future. 
If you have any suggestions of things you would like to discuss, please email info@transitionreading.org.uk. We will provide a full agenda with any discussion items next week. 
ALSO, at the AGM, we will be electing the new steering group! 
The positions are: 
Coordinator (chair)
Secretary
Treasurer 
Communications
Plus non-portfolio officers who will support the above roles or can be allocated specific roles as required. 
If you would like to stand for one of these positions or find out more, please reply to this email. 

Possibly even more importantly than this, Wednesday 21 May will also be a chance for everyone involved in and interested in Transition to get together, share food (please bring a dish!), play some music if you are that way inclined and just catch up. 
We will aim to keep the AGM business as short as possible then enjoy a relaxed evening together. New people also very welcome – if not keen on joining the AGM business, please come along from 8ish onwards. 

Growing Together

A new allotment-based community food growing project based in Woodley. The objectives of the project are to share food, skills and work, whilst building community and having fun. Keep an eye on upcoming events for future Growing Together allotment sessions on the TTR website, the newsletter and the Growing together Facebook page

Draught Proofing

The draught proofing project has a new website! This will make is easier for members of the public to find out about draught proofing and how the project can support them. We will still post updates on the project in the newsletter and basic info on the transition website, but for more info, we will direct to www.draughtbusters.net

Upcoming meetings and Events

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April sees another Repair Cafe, the start of discussions about a local economy conference, Reading Food Growing Network next meeting as well as our regular meetings to discuss how things are going and what to do next! 
See events below for what’s on in April! 

Transition Steering Group Meeting: Monday 7 April, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub, London Street

Business meeting where we look at our communications, review finances and funding and looking at how we can be more effective as a group. We don’t really look at specific projects in this meeting, so not the most interesting for first timers. Targeted at steering group members but open to everyone. 

Repair Cafe at Amersham Road Community Day: Sunday 13 April, 2pm – 6pm

This month’s Repair Cafe will be on tour! Rather than a regular town centre location, we will be attending Amersham Road Community Day , which will include kids’ activities (craft, Easter Egg hunt, dance), a free yoga / relaxation workshop, stalls, international food tasting, family photos and more. Why not pop along, or if you fancy volunteering, email info@transitionreading.org.uk for more information. 

Reading Food Growing Network: Seed Swap and Website Launch: Saturday 5 April, 12 noon – 2pm.

Organised by Reading Food Growing Network to support individuals and community groups interested in food growing. The event is free and open to all, with refreshments. To find out more, email rfgn@risc.org.uk or go to http://readingfoodgrowingnetwork.weebly.com/

Update on Community Orchards

Due to flooding, the ground was not suitable for orchard planting this February and March, when the trees needed to be planted. Therefore we have teamed up with the Ways and Means Trust (who provide training and employment to adults with learning disabilities), who are hosting the trees until next year when some may stay there and / or be replanted in more openly accessible places. Thanks to the Ways and Means Trust for working with us on this, and to Richard for ensuring the trees could be planted this year!

Reading Local Economy Conference: Planning

A group of people from TransitionReading and Bracknell LETS, Reading University, AltReading and Reading Borough Council will meet on Tuesday afternoon to look at organising a conference to address how Reading is and can continue to develop a strong local economy. The conference will explore alternative economic models as well as practical ways of supporting local businesses. Themes will inlucde sharing economy, local currencies, incentive schemes for shopping locally and many other issues. If you are interested in getting involved with this project, please reply to this email. After this initial meeting, we hope that more people will also get involved.