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

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