Monday evening meeting: Postponed

We’re sorry to say that for range of reasons, no steering group members are able to attend the meeting on Monday 17 March. Therefore it will be postponed.

Instead we will hold it on Monday 24 March at Great Expectations pub on London Street.
This meeting will be a chance to review / find out about current projects (Orchard Planting, Repair Cafe, Draught Proofing) and potential new projects. There has been some discussion recently about the following project ideas that would be great to discuss in more detail and see if there are people willing to get involved and make them happen:

  • Reading Local Economy Conference
  • Incredible Edible-type project for Reading (
  • Raspberry Pi Jam (workshop to learn / use Raspberry Pis)

This list isn’t exhaustive, and if you have thoughts or ideas about projects you would like to get off the ground with the support of Transition. Why not join us next week!

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Reading Repair Café: March 2014

Repair cafe future dates March

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Woodley Community Orchard Planting, Saturday 1st March

Fancy helping us to plant Woodley’s first community orchard in Woodford Park next week?

I’m involved with Transition Reading’s project to plant community orchards around Reading.
Last year we planted 40 tree orchards in both Prospect Park and Waterloo Meadows (just off the Basingstoke Road).

This year it’s Woodley’s turn: next Saturday morning (1st March) we’ll be planting 20 fruit trees behind Coronation Hall in Woodford park (mostly apples, pears, plums).
woodford park above

Then, in the afternoon, we’ll be planting 40 fruit trees in Bulmershe park (mostly cherry plums, pears, juneberry and Crabapple).

If you fancy joining the community of planters working to make Woodley a lovelier, friendlier (and tastier!) place, then meet us….

- at 10:30am in front of the Oakwood Centre for the Woodford Park Planting

- at 1:30pm in the car park off Gray’s Crescent (RG5 3EN) for the Bulmershe Park

Woodford and Bulmershe meeting points
Bring your wellies and spade.
If you can help us with both sites, you’re welcome to join us for lunch and chat at the Cafe Pandilla between plantings.
Just think, you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren – “I planted that tree” (alternatively, bring them along and plant it with them ;D).

If you fancy it, please let me know you’re coming so I’ve an idea of numbers: .


Rich Waring, Secretary, TTR

FYI, if you’re interested in helping us to graft the fruit trees for next year’s community orchards, we’re running a fruit tree grafting course the following Saturday (i.e. the 8th of March) with further grafting events to follow.

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Repair Cafe: Sunday 16 February from 12:00 noon!

This month’s repair cafe will take place on Sunday 16 February from 12 noon at rLab, Unit C1, Weldale Street, RG1 7BX. See you there!

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Return of the Repair Café

Repair Cafe January

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Reading’s First Repair Café a Success!

Tinnitus Machine being fixed by Nick

On Sunday, Transition Town Reading and Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN) held its first Repair Café, helping many people repair items they may otherwise have had to throw away. The event was one of the first public events at Highbridge House and proved to be an ideal location for the Repair Café which we hope will become a regular feature.

A team of 15 volunteers from Transition Town Reading, GREN, Reading Cycle Campaign, rLab – Reading Hackspace and other individuals helped people repair items including clothing and toys, electronics, bikes, computers and tools. A volunteer also provided advice on draught proofing your home.

Alongside the repairs, volunteers hosted a café with tea, coffee and home-made cakes, where people could relax, meet others and find out more about Repair Café.

Just one example of the many success stories is that of one lady with tinnitus who uses a white noise machine to enable her to sleep. Having dropped and broken the machine, she could no longer relax or sleep nor afford the £80 to by a new machine. In 5 minutes, Nick, our electronics expert, repaired the machine, and Mrs J left a very happy customer, looking forward to her first good night’s sleep in a long time!

The event is entirely free, with donations welcomed for repairs and refreshments. With the help of rLab – Reading Hackspace, we hope to make this a monthly event. Dates are to be confirmed, but future Repair Cafés may continue to take place on the third weekend of the month. Event information will be available on the RVA Directory when dates and times have been finalised.

We would also welcome your help to promote future Repair Cafés to people you feel could most benefit from being involved; either as volunteer repairers or to get items repaired themselves. It is a great way for people to save money, learn and share new skills, and meet new people.

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Reading Repair Cafe

repair-cafe (640x152)

Toss it away? No way!
Repair, Recycle, Reuse, Remake, Reskill, Relearn, Reboot, Rework and Relax, all in Reading(!)

Transition and Greater Reading Environmental Network are teaming up to launch Reading Repair Cafe! This initially a one-off event but with the possibility it could become a regular occurrence if successful.

The event is on Sunday 20 October at Highbridge House, 16-18 Duke Street, RG1 4RU and everyone is welcome!

We have confirmed experts to help with the following repairs / improvements:
Clothing Repair / altering / sewing
Simple computer fixing
Tool sharpening
Draught proofing

If you don’t know what to bring along, just pop in, get some advice on draught proofing your home and stop by for a cuppa and cake. The event is entirely free but donations will be welcome for repairs and refreshments.

This is a one-off event, but with the hope we can start to run it regularly if successful and popular. Please get in touch if you would be interested in getting involved.

To get involved in helping on the day please get in touch with
for more information about the Repair Cafe concept, visit

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Review of TTR 2012-2013

Review of TTR 2012 – 2013

Structure and Organization

  • Visioning events took place at Veronicas, Chin and Beths, and Ruth and Georges.
  • Trialled a few ways of making meetings more efficient e.g. prioritising agenda items by importance/urgency.
  • Ornella Trevisan organised Local Giving for collecting donations (this has the advantage of collecting Gift Aid as well).


  • Rich Waring, Pete Wheat, Dave Newman, and Beth Scott went on a grafting course.
  • Transition Street Wise training has taken place.


  • Tony Cowling conducted a draught buster training event at Ornellas attended by, Nathan Perrin, Karen Blakeman, Chris Rhodes, Veronica Leake, Sabrina Piergrossi, and Summreen Sheikh.
  • Participated in Tutti Fruity, Beth Scott was on the organising committee along with Ruth Martin. The TTR apple press was a huge attraction.
  • Nathan Perrin, Sabrina Piergrossi and Dave Newman organised a showing of In Transition 2.0 at the Global Cafe.
  • Chris Burden organised a talk by Julian Rose at RISC.
  • TTR ran stands at WaterFest, East Reading Festival and MERL Apple Day.
  • Ornella Trevisan gave 2 talks at Reading Libraries on Draught Busting.
  • A number of garden/allotment blitzes took place.
  • Pete Ruczynski and Karen Blakeman organised a talk by Chris Rhodes on Peak Oil.


  • Year 1 of a 3 year Orchard Planting project lead by Rich Waring, with a grant from the Forestry Commision, took off with the planting of 2 orchards, one in Prospect Park and the other in Waterloo Meadows. Three grafting events were held and over 100 apple and pear trees were grafted. The trees are now being fostered at Pete Wheat’s land and several allotments for planting next year.
  • The Draught Busting project, lead by Tony Cowling with a grant from RBC, worked on at least 25 houses of people in fuel poverty and got some very appreciative feedback. This was featured in a 2 minute slot on BBC South TV.
  • TTR acquired an apple press with a grant from RBC. It was used in the Tutti Fruity event, and loaned to PAWS for their apple day.
  • Ornella Trevisan organised TTR as a hub for distribution of the Transition Free Press to Henley, Wokingham and Pangbourne.
  • Abundance gathered apples for the Tutti Fruity event, despite 2012 being a very non-abundant year for apples.
  • Chris Rhodes is the TTR representative on the Reading Climate Change Partnership.
  • Heart and Soul meetings have been taking place.
  • Ruth Martin hosted a few crafts evenings.
  • The Music group have met a few times.
  • Seed projects: waste, up-cycling and re-skilling.
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TTR Steering Group Officers 2013/14

Ahead of the next Month’s AGM, TTR are inviting volunteers for the 4 Steering Group (SG) positions: Co-ordinator, Secretary, Treasurer and Communications Officer.

That’s partly because it’s written into the TTR constitution that officer positions are for one year (after which all the positions are up for re-election), but it’s also because 3 of the existing officers have already said that they would like to “pass the torch” on to the next generation.

The SG officer roles are key to TTR, and while none of them are particularly onerous, they do take a certain amount of time and energy which Chin (Secretary), Ornella (Treasurer) and myself (Communications Officer) have all said we would now like to direct towards other practical projects.

If you’re interested in helping support TTR and our work, and you have some time and energy to volunteer, the SG positions are a great way to get a good understanding of the group as a whole and how our projects run. I think they can be a great way for interested people to realise the transition that they want to see Reading make, and a springboard to make that change a reality.

Job descriptions for the SG officer roles can be found in Appendix of the constitution, i.e. page 5 here.

Applications / nominations should be directed to “”. The deadline for this is the 6th of May.

You are welcome to apply yourself, or nominate someone else (with their permission) and you don’t need to be a member to do so.

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