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

May News from Transition Town Reading

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Transition Town Reading needs you! We are looking for Steering Group to help direct TTR through the coming year. Come to our AGM on Thursday 21st May to find out more and to get involved.

This month we also have Repair Cafe (17 May at RLab), a walk to Mapledurham with Reading Sustainability Centre, plus an exciting vegan pop-up event and mushroom cultivation workshop this Saturday! There’s also a discussion event tomorrow night run by Global Justice Reading that we’re all invited to.

Read on below for more information about

  • TTR Steering group members needed
  • Repair Cafe  Sunday 17 May
  • Transition AGM and Social Thursday 21 May
  • Energy Group Update
  • Reading Sustainability Centre
  • Global Justice Reading: Energy democracy debate

TTR Steering group members needed 

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 onThursday 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/. There are vacancies that have to be filled on the steering group – if they are not filled then TTRcannot exist. TTR needs YOU!

Repair Cafe at *RLab*: Sunday 17 May, 12noon-4.30pm

With the warmer weather Repair Cafe returns this month to RLab (C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX) on Sunday 17 May 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

Transition Town Reading AGM and social: Thursday 21 May, 7:30pm at Main room, RISC (35-39 London Street, RG1 4PS)

Our annual AGM to celebrate all things Transition is on Thursday 21st May at 7.30pm in the Main Hall at RISC (35-39 London Street, RG1 4PS). The first hour will involve the more formal AGM parts – reports, discussion and election of a new steering group.

The second half (from around 8.30pm) is the social bit: bring and share food and live music. Bring along some food to share and if you’re musically inclined a musical instrument – and we can relax and enjoy the rest of the evening with good company. Hope to see you there.

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.

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/

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