April Repair Cafe

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Sunday 19 April, 12 – 4:30pm, Repair Cafe at Jacksons!

Jacksons 1-9 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3AS

Get your garden tools ready for action this season! Bring them to Repair Cafe! The event is run entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in to get help to repair a wide range of items covering areas such as:

  • Electronics
  • Mechanical items
  • Computers (hardware / software)
  • Bikes
  • Clothing / textiles
  • Tool sharpening
  • In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and we are sure to have a go or at least provide some advice about what your best course of action might be.

As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake. Everything is free, but we encourage donations to ensure we can keep running repair cafe in future.

Spring is here! April in Transition

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Spring is here! Its’s warming up and bees, butterflies and flowers are out and about! There’s no better time to get involved with Transition – read on to find out about joining the Steering Group, Repair Cafe (19 April – bring your garden tools!!), and exciting updates from the Energy Group. With the election looming we’re also promoting GREN’s environmental hustings on 14 April. 

TTR Steering group members needed
GREN Environmental hustings Tuesday 14 April
Repair Cafe  Sunday 19 April
Transition Meeting  Monday 20 April
Energy Group Update
Draught Proofing
Reading Sustainability Centre

TTR Steering group members needed 

It’s also time when we start thinking about who will be involved in running transition in 2015/16. We have had a great team of people planning events, organising meetings, taking minutes, raising funds and helping plan the future of TTR. If you would like to take a more leading role in running Transition, then it’s your chance to step up at our AGM on Thursday 21st May at 7.30pm at RISC. Please email info@transitionreading.org.uk if you would like to find out more about getting involved in the steering group, or ask at one of our meetings. It’s vital we get new people to help bring fresh ideas and energy into the group.  To see the positions go to www.transitionreading.org.uk/about-us/.
GREN Environmental hustings: Tuesday 14 April, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Friends Meeting house (RG1 2SB)

GREN is holding a pre-election ‘environmental hustings’ at 7:30 on Tuesday 14th April at the Friends Meeting House, 2 Church Street, off London Street, RG1 2SB. All are welcome.

All major local political parties are expected to be represented and the meeting will be chaired by Professor Gavin Parker of the Henley Business School.

The debate will cover environmental issues that affect Reading in topic areas such as planning, transport, pollution, climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity, and waste – with reference to national and/or European policies as appropriate.

Format will be similar to ‘Question Time’ with pre-selected topics and supplementary questions from the floor. If you would like to suggest a topic or ask a question please do so by e-mail to secretary@gren.org.uk or hand it in on the night.
Repair Cafe at Jacksons: Sunday 19 April, 12noon-4.30pm

**IT’S SPRING TIME –  BRING DOWN YOUR GARDEN TOOLS FOR A SHARPEN UP TO GET THEM READY FOR ACTION**
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! You can also find out about Reading LETs (Local Exchange Trading Scheme)
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

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Monday 20 April, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading. 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. We’re particularly looking for people to take an active role in helping with the Energy Group. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support.

TTR Energy Group
Reading Energy Pioneers has reformed under the guise of our own energy group and are hoping to get a community solar PV project going based on a community share offer similar to those being used in Oxford.

Their idea is to target charity buildings, community buildings including churches and schools offering free installations in return for some free electricity while taking the feed in tariff and exported generation to finance the scheme. The roof owners will inherit the panels at the end of the Feed in Tariff scheme so will benefit from free electricity for the following years. REPs are looking for volunteers and helpers, board members for the proposed new CBS or CIC, team members, administrators and you to assist them.
If you would like to find out more or get involved in this group, see future newsletters for the dates of next meetings or email info@transitionreading.org.uk to be added to their specific group mailing list.

Draught proofing
Is your house draughty and cold? Is it expensive to heat?

Transition Town Reading’s draught-busting project may be able to help! The materials could be paid for by a grant from Reading Borough Council if you meet certain conditions and the work is done by the end of March. The work should only take a couple of hours and if you know of people who need our help please contact us. If you would like to help with this project please join us, you don’t need to be an expert. We can show you how easy it is to carry out draught proofing for yourself and to help your friends and neighbours do their homes. If you’re interested or would like to find more info visit www.draughtbusters.net 

See TTR’s draught-proofing in action on BBC South Today

Reading Sustainability Centre

RSC are currently interviewing people and canvassing their views on the hydro project. They will be having an outing to Mapledurham Mill on 23rd May with people walking, cycling, canoeing, going by boat and for the less able there will be transit by electric vehicles. See the website to contact them about what they’re up to http://readingsustainabilitycentre.co.uk/

 

March Repair Cafe

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Sunday 15 March, 12 – 4:30pm, Repair Cafe at Jacksons!

Jacksons 1-9 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3AS

The event is run entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in to get help to repair a wide range of items covering areas such as:

  • Electronics
  • Mechanical items
  • Computers (hardware / software)
  • Bikes
  • Clothing / textiles
  • Tool sharpening
  • In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and we are sure to have a go or at least provide some advice about what your best course of action might be.

As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake. Everything is free, but we encourage donations to ensure we can keep running repair cafe in future.

March in Transition!

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Happy March in Transition! 
This month will be filled with tree planting and opportunities to join in the Transition Energy group, as well as our regular Repair Cafe at Jacksons (Sunday 15 March) and projects planning meeting (Monday 16 March).

It’s also time when we start thinking about who will be involved in running transition in 2015/16. We have had a great team of people planning events, organising meetings, taking minutes, raising funds and helping plan the future of TTR. If you would like to take a more leading role in running Transition, then it’s your chance to step up at our AGM in May (date tbc). Please email info@transitionreading.org.uk if you would like to find out more about getting involved in the steering group, or ask at one of our meetings. It’s vital we get new people to help bring fresh ideas and energy into the group.  To see the positions go to www.transitionreading.org.uk/about-us/.

Reading Green Drinks  Tuesday 3 March
Repair Cafe  Sunday 15 March
Transition Meeting  Monday 16 March
Energy Group Update
Draught Proofing
Orchards – new sites and planting volunteers!

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

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

Come along to the Global Café on Tuesday 3 March 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

 

Repair Cafe at Jacksons: Sunday 15 March, 12noon-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! You can also find out about Reading LETs (Local Exchange Trading Scheme)
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

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Monday 16 March, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading. 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. We’re particularly looking for people to take an active role in helping with the community orchards. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support.

TTR Energy Group Re-Launch Update
The TTR Energy group met last week for the first time in a couple of years. The group are looking at establishing a solar PV project for schools and other community buildings. They are also planning a public event in October on ‘Powering Down’ (energy saving) 

If you would like to find out more or get involved in this group, see future newsletters for the dates of next meetings or email info@transitionreading.org.uk to be added to their specific group mailing list.

Draught proofing
Is your house draughty and cold? Is it expensive to heat?

Transition Town Reading’s draught-busting project may be able to help! The materials could be paid for by a grant from Reading Borough Council if you meet certain conditions and the work is done by the end of March. The work should only take a couple of hours and if you know of people who need our help please contact us. If you would like to help with this project please join us, you don’t need to be an expert. We can show you how easy it is to carry out draught proofing for yourself and to help your friends and neighbours do their homes. If you’re interested or would like to find more info visit www.draughtbusters.net 

See TTR’s draught-proofing in action on BBC South Today

Community Orchards Project – places to plant!

After some recent promotion, we have had a number of groups show an interest in planting a number of trees on community land and allotments. This is great news, but now we’ll be needing a team of planters to help make sure all trees are planted!

Details of exactly when and where we’ll be planting are to be confirmed – watch this space for more info! If you are particularly interested in being involved in the project OR if you know of any potential locations for orchards where we would have permission to plant, please email Alex at treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk

January Repair Cafe this Saturday!

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Saturday 17 January, 12 – 4:30pm, Repair Cafe at Jacksons!

Jacksons 1-9 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3AS

The event is run entirely by volunteers and anyone can pop in to get help to repair a wide range of items covering areas such as:

  • Electronics
  • Mechanical items
  • Computers (hardware / software)
  • Bikes
  • Clothing / textiles
  • Tool sharpening
  • In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and we are sure to have a go or at least provide some advice about what your best course of action might be.

As well as repairs, you can pop in for a cuppa and homemade cake. Everything is free, but we encourage donations to ensure we can keep running repair cafe in future.

October in Transition!

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Apple Picking at Clearwater Court: Wednesday 1 October: 5pm until dusk / we can’t reach any more apples

Come and help us pick apples for the Harvest Day Apple Pressing! The venue is the Thames Water Building on the south-side of Reading Bridge. Bring a hi viz jacket if you can. (on your left hand side when walking from the North side of the station to Reading Bridge) https://www.facebook.com/events/1493769667537585/?fref=ts

Saturday 4 October: Reading Town Harvest at the Butter Market

Reading Food Growing Network is running this event. Join in with the workshops and activities, swap your surplus produce: Workshops on chutney making, apple cheese, cider making, apple pressing, recycled baskets and more. If you want to attend a workshop, sign up here http://www.eventbrite.com/o/reading-food-growing-network-7484089455 (if there’s no sign up, you don’t need to book)

Transition Town Reading Steering Group Meeting: Monday 6 October, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and help to plan the future direction of TTR. We look at funding, communications, the website and think about what we should focus on next.

Better Recycling and Less Waste: Thursday 9 October, 6:30pm, Highbridge House

This open meeting will discuss how people in Reading can recycle more and throw away less. The meeting has been set up in response to interest from members of the Greater Reading Environmental Network (GREN) and Reading Neighbourhood Network (RNN).

The meeting is at Highbridge House, 16-18 Duke Street (over the Futon shop, entry via Thorn Lane) at 7:00 pmon Thursday 9th October with refreshments from 6:30.
www.gren.org.uk

Moving Beyond Burning – a closer look at biomass: Wednesday 15 October at RISC

Government plans for renewable energy involve burning lots of wood imported from abroad – but does this make sense in terms of energy security, carbon emissions, and wildlife conservation?

Biofuelwatch www.biofuelwatch.org.uk campaigner Duncan Law will visit from London to present this talk at a Reading Friends of the Earth meeting in Room 3 at RISC, 35-39 London Street, RG1 4PS

Repair Cafe 1st Birthday Party! at Jacksons: Saturday 18 October, 10am-3pm

Come along and learn to repair your broken things!
Clothes, Electronics, mechanical items, toys, furniture, blunt / broken tools.
Also, as it’s our birthday, there will be extra activities, including:

  • Clothes Swap and Stuff Swap – bring and take with clothes, household items, toys and more.
  • Upcycling from bike parts
  • Coding workshop for kids
  • Birthday cake and entertainment (tbc…)

So come along, join in the fun and bring along your friends and family to help us celebrate a year of repairing and upcycling!

Projects Meeting: Monday 20 October, 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 helping with Abundance and the community orchards. If you have new ideas for projects, this is a great opportunity to bounce them off other interested people, get feedback and support.
Draught proofing

Is your house draughty and cold? Is it expensive to heat?

Transition Town Reading’s draught-busting project may be able to help! The materials could be paid for by a grant from Reading Borough Council if you meet certain conditions and the work is done by the end of March. The work should only take a couple of hours and if you know of people who need our help please contact us. If you would like to help with this project please join us, you don’t need to be an expert. We can show you how easy it is to carry out draught proofing for yourself and to help your friends and neighbours do their homes. If you’re interested or would like to find more info visit www.draughtbusters.net

See TTR’s draught-proofing in action on BBC South Today

Funding GOOD NEWS!

  1. Skipton have shortlisted Repair Cafe for an award of £500 but we need YOU to vote to get the money, please add your name here! http://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/whos-applying/south-east/reading-repair-cafe/
  2. Repair Cafe is also ‘chosen charity’ for Waitrose for October (after an 11 month wait!), which means if you are shopping in the Caversham branch, please pop your green token in our box!
  3. Local Giving (online giving platform that Transition uses) has a MATCH FUND from 14 October. This means for every donation (up to £10 at once) it is doubled. This includes donations made through Draught Busting and Repair Cafe. Donate here!

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.