March 2017 in Transition

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Hello Transitioners!

Spring is now just about here and the daffodils are out, YAY! This month Repair Cafe is back at rLab, .we also have our usual monthly meeting, a date for your diaries, and a chance to help run Repair Cafe from next year.

Around Reading there’s Reading Green Drinks for some environmentally themed socialising, we encourage you to attend a Global Justice Reading talk on “Change Climate Finance” and there’s a talk at the University on electric cars.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting – Tuesday 14 March
Repair Cafe – Sunday 19 March
Save the date – TTR AGM on 18 May
Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks – Tuesday 7 March
Change Climate Finance talk – Wednesday 8 March
Great Debate on Electric Cars – Wednesday 15 March

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 14 March, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room or the Christmas room on the left or right hand side as you enter the pub.

This meeting we’ll be particularly discussing  local economy project and re-usable cups.

Repair Cafe at rLab, (C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX) : Sunday 19 March, 12-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is back at rLab (C1 Weldale St, RG1 7BX). There’s plenty of parking at the venue so don’t be shy to bring down your larger items!

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Throw it away? NO WAY! Bring it to Repair Cafe! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk and see our website for details of future events www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk 

Save the date: Transition Town Reading AGM on 18th May

The Transition Town Reading AGM will be held in Room 3 at RISC on Thursday, 18th May at 7.30pm, save the date!

Most importantly, this is where new Steering Group members, i.e. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, are elected.

If anyone feels they would like to lend their support to the group in any of these roles, now is your chance! To find out more about the roles email the steering group at steeringgroup@transitionreading.org.uk

Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Rachel and I will be looking to step down as Repair Cafe coordinators from the end of the year. We are looking for new coordinator(s) to get involved in as much of this year as possible and taking over from next year. If you’re interested and would like to find out more then contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk

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Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 7 March, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 

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

Come along to the Global Café 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

“Change Climate Finance” talk, Wednesday 8 March, 7:30pm at RISC

Global Justice Reading will be holding a meeting entitled, ‘Change Climate Finance’. Siobhan Grimes, from Christian Aid, will talk about a campaign to get banks to support clean energy and abandon fossil fuels. At present, banks invest much more money in mining for coal and drilling for oil than in renewables. We will learn how we can encourage them to shift money towards investing in clean, renewable energy and being part of the solution to climate change.

More info Jackie Oversby: 07745310794 / jackieoversby@gmail.com

Great debate on electric cars, Wednesday 15 March, 7:00pm at Palmer building, University of Reading

ARE AUTONOMOUS ELECTRIC CARS THE FUTURE OF PERSONAL TRANSPORT?

Join this annual Great Debate, led by the University of Reading and Engineering Institutions of the Thames Valley to discuss whether autonomous electric cars are the future of personal transport.
Places must be booked at this link http://www.reading.ac.uk/15/about/newsandevents/Events/Event710334.aspx

February 2017 in Transition

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Hello Transition-folk,

Snowdrops are out and spring is just around the corner! This month Repair Cafe is at RISC, and includes a FREE workshop from Tony Cowling on ways to save energy in the home and reduce your bills. We also have our usual monthly meeting, a call out for homes to draught proof and a chance to help run Repair Cafe from next year.

Around Reading there’s Reading Green Drinks for some environmentally themed socialising and Reading Bicycle Kitchen are looking for a new home – let them know if you know of anywhere that may be suitable.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting – Tuesday 14 February
Repair Cafe and Energy Saving Workshop – Sunday 19 February
Draughtbusters – we can fix your draughts and help reduce your energy bills
Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks – Tuesday 7 February
Reading Bicycle Kitchen looking for a new home

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 14 February, 7:00pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room or the Christmas room on the left or right hand side as you enter the pub.

Note the earlier start time of 7pm.

This meeting we’ll be particularly discussing  local economy project and re-usable cups.

 

Repair Cafe and Energy Saving Workshop at RISC (35-39 London Street, RG1 4PS) : Sunday 19 February, 1-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is at RISC (35-39 London St, RG1 4PS) starting at the slightly later time of 1pm, and there’ll be another FREE workshop on saving energy and reducing household bills at 3pm. At the workshop you will be able to get advice on energy efficiency, with practical hints and tips on draught proofing and insulating your home. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

You can also bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Throw it away? NO WAY! Bring it to Repair Cafe! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk and see our website for details of future events www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk

 

Draughtbusters – we can fix your draughts and help reduce your energy bills!

DraughtBusters has helped over 200 households in Reading to save energy through draught proofing and by giving advice on how to manage heating systems. The vast majority of this work has been carried out in the homes of the increasing number of people living in fuel poverty in our town.  On average our clients save £120 p/a and all of them are now warmer in their homes. For more details see the DraughtBusters website: http://readinguk.org/draughtbusters/  The service is offered free of charge – donations for materials are welcome.

We are looking for more homes in the Greater Reading area to draught proof – if you or someone you know is interested then get in touch by contacting DraughtBusters directly via their contact form.

DraughtBusters will also be running a workshop at Reading Repair Cafe on Sunday 19th February. People will be able to get advice on energy efficiency at the event, with practical hints and tips on draughtproofing and insulating their homes (see Repair Cafe event above for more details).

Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Rachel and I will be looking to step down as Repair Cafe coordinators from the end of the year. We are looking for new coordinator(s) to get involved in as much of this year as possible and taking over from next year. If you’re interested and would like to find out more then contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk

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Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 7 February, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 

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

Come along to the Global Café 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

Reading Bicycle Kitchen looking for new home

Reading Bicycle Kitchen (RBK) needs a new home soon!  If you know of a potential property located in the town centre or on the edge of town that might be available for let then please send as much information as you can to property@readingbicyclekitchen.org for their Property team to investigate.  Please don’t rule anything out or assume that they might know about it already – they would rather have the same information 10 times than miss out on a potential opportunity!

Thanks for your help!
Michele and the RBK Property Team.

January 2017 in Transition

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Hello Transition-folk,

Happy New Year! We hope 2017 is full of fun and adventures as we continue our transition journey!

This month Repair Cafe returns after it’s December break at the familiar rLab (Reading Hackspace) venue, and also includes a workshop from Tony Cowling on ways to save energy in the home and reduce your bills. We also have our usual monthly meeting, a call out for homes to draught proof and a chance to get involved with a new project.

Around Reading there’s some good news from the Reading Community Energy Society, a talk on water supply and a Permaculture Design Course at RISC.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
Repair Cafe and energy saving workshop – Sunday 15 January
TTR Meeting – Tuesday 17 January
Draughtbusters – we can fix your draughts and help reduce your energy bills
*New opportunity to get involved* – Reading Local Economy schemes

Around Reading:
Community buildings across Reading benefit from solar panel installations.
Reading’s water supply in a changing world – Thursday 19 January
Permaculture Design Course – Saturday/Sunday 21/22 January

Repair Cafe and energy saving workshop at rLab (Unit C1, Weldale Street, RG1 7BX) : Sunday 15 January, 12-4.30pm

Repair Cafe is back at rLab (Unit C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX), and there’ll be a FREE workshop on saving energy and reducing household bills at 3pm. At the workshop you will be able to get advice on energy efficiency, with practical hints and tips on draught proofing and insulating your home. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

You can also bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Throw it away? NO WAY! Bring it to Repair Cafe! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk and see our website for details of future events www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 17 January, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room or the Christmas room on the left or right hand side as you enter the pub.

This meeting we’ll be particularly discussing planning for 2017 and the local economy project (see below).

Draughtbusters – we can fix your draughts and help reduce your energy bills!

DraughtBusters has helped over 200 households in Reading to save energy through draught proofing and by giving advice on how to manage heating systems. The vast majority of this work has been carried out in the homes of the increasing number of people living in fuel poverty in our town.  On average our clients save £120 p/a and all of them are now warmer in their homes. For more details see the DraughtBusters website: http://readinguk.org/draughtbusters/  The service is offered free of charge – donations for materials are welcome.

We are looking for more homes in the Greater Reading area to draught proof – if you or someone you know is interested then get in touch by contacting DraughtBusters directly via their contact form.

DraughtBusters will also be running workshops next year at Reading Repair Cafe on Sunday 15th January and Sunday 19th February. People will be able to get advice on energy efficiency at the event, with practical hints and tips on draughtproofing and insulating their homes (see Repair Cfe event above for more details).

Reading Local Economy schemes as part of Reading Climate Change Strategy

As part of the Reading Climate Change Strategy, Transition Town Reading was earmarked to:

– Conduct research into local outlets that would consider trading in a Reading pound to strengthen the local economy

– Support local economy to explore methods used in UK towns and cities to increase local identity and build number of local businesses

Alex is going to start looking into potential local economy schemes and potential businesses in Reading. We would like to get together a team of interested people to work with on this. If you’d like to be involved then contact Alex at treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk

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Community buildings across Reading benefit from solar panel installations

Over the past three months solar panels have been installed on 10 community buildings including places of worship, community and council buildings and charity headquarters in and around Reading. That’s a total of 176kWp renewable electricity generated from solar panels!

The panels have been funded by the people of Reading and renewable energy supporters nationwide. Over 120 people invested over £230k in the project. This is the first scheme of its kind in Reading.

Reading Community Energy Society was created by local volunteers, known as the Berkshire Energy Pioneers, the local council and Energy4All who have over 12 years experience in the community green energy sector.

The Society has been set up so that after a fair return of 5% has been paid to investors, the profits, estimated to be £260,000 over the 20 year life of the project, will go back to the community as part of a community fund.

Tony Hoskins Chair, of Reading Community Energy Society explains “The main objectives of the project is to help reduce energy bills of the community buildings involved, improve the sustainability of our community, reduce climate change emissions and improve energy security. We are looking forward to working with the building owners and users and local community to ensure the project delivers these benefits”

Reading’s water supply in a changing world, Thursday 19th January, 7.30pm at Room 3, RISC

This is a repeat of the Reading Climate Forum talk from 4th November.

Chris Beales, a local hydrologist, and Michael Bright, a water industry consultant, will talk about how Reading gets its water, water efficiency, and the related challenges we expect to face from our changing climate.

Permaculture Design Course, starting Saturday/Sunday 21/22 January 2017 at RISC

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) to be run at the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), over 6 alternate weekends beginning on Saturday/Sunday January 21st/22nd. There are also optional extra field-trips available, visiting projects in mid-Wales.
http://www.permaculturedesigncourse.co.uk/?event=6-part-pdc-risc-reading

Permaculture is a positive, powerful and solutions-based approach to design, offering perhaps our most powerful tool to accelerate our collective evolution to a sustainable existence. Directly modelled on nature, permaculture takes you beyond sustainability to abundance.

Focus is also given to how we can apply permaculture principles to designing within the urban environment that most of us live in, e.g. living in a large town such as Reading.

Energy Saving workshops at Repair Café events this winter

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DraughtBusters will be running two drop-in workshops at Reading Repair Café events this winter as part of the national Warm Homes Campaign.

At the workshops you will be able to get advice on energy efficiency at the event, with practical hints and tips on draught proofing and insulating your home.

The two workshops are on Sunday 15th January, 3pm, at rLab, C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX and on Sunday 19th February, 3pm, at RISC, 35-39 London St, RG1 4PS. You don’t need to book, just turn up on the day.

Repair Cafés take place throughout the year. So as well as the Energy Saving workshops you can bring any household items that need repair and members of the Repair Café team will try and assist. Doors open at midday and close at about 4.30pm.

We hope to see you in January or February.

The Warm Homes Campaign is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA), which aims to raise awareness of the problem and some of the solutions available for those struggling to heat their homes affordably.

December in Transtion

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Season’s Greetings from TTR! This month we are bringing you some festive Transition cheer with our Christmas party! This year it’s held with Reading Friends of the Earth and Berkshire Greenpeace invited and replaces our usual monthly meeting. As the mercury drops, we are focusing on Draughtbusters this month – if you or someone you know has a draughty house then read on below to find out how we can help! Also, we are starting a bit of research into Local Economy schemes – if you’re interested let us know! Repair Cafe are having a break this month, they are back next month on Sunday 15 January at rLab.

Elsewhere around Reading, there’s Reading Green drinks for social fun times, Econet Christmas tree sale for ethical, local trees and sign up now for permaculture course starting next month at RISC.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Christmas Party – Monday 12th December
Draughtbusters – we can fix your draughts and help reduce your energy bills
*New opportunity to get involved* – Reading Local Economy schemes
Repair Cafe – Sunday 15 January 2017

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks – Tuesday 6th December
Econet Christmas Tree sale – Saturday 10th December
Permaculture Design Course – Saturday/Sunday 21/22 January 2017

Transition Town Reading Christmas Party: Monday 12 December, 7:30pm at RISC Room 1.

The Transition Town Reading Christmas Party will be taking place on Monday 12 December in Room 1 at RISC, London Street from 7.30 – 9.30pm. Come help us celebrate another successful year in Transition! We’ll be joined by Reading Friends of the Earth and Berkshire Greenpeace, and please bring along food to share.

Draughtbusters – we can fix your draughts and help reduce your energy bills!

DraughtBusters has helped over 200 households in Reading to save energy through draught proofing and by giving advice on how to manage heating systems. The vast majority of this work has been carried out in the homes of the increasing number of people living in fuel poverty in our town.  On average our clients save £120 p/a and all of them are now warmer in their homes. For more details see the DraughtBusters website: http://readinguk.org/draughtbusters/  The service is offered free of charge – donations for materials are welcome.

We are looking for more homes in the Greater Reading area to draught proof – if you or someone you know is interested then get in touch by contacting DraughtBusters directly via their contact form.

DraughtBusters will also be running workshops next year at Reading Repair Cafe on Sunday 15th January and Sunday 19th February. People will be able to get advice on energy efficiency at the event, with practical hints and tips on draughtproofing and insulating their homes. More details to follow in January.

Reading Local Economy schemes as part of Reading Climate Change Strategy

As part of the Reading Climate Change Strategy, Transition Town Reading was earmarked to:

– Conduct research into local outlets that would consider trading in a Reading pound to strengthen the local economy

– Support local economy to explore methods used in UK towns and cities to increase local identity and build number of local businesses

Alex is going to start looking into potential local economy schemes and potential businesses in Reading. We would like to get together a team of interested people to work with on this. If you’d like to be involved then contact Alex at treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk

Repair Cafe at rLab (Unit C1, Weldale Street, RG1 7BX) : Sunday 15 January, 12-4.30pm


Repair Cafe is having a well earned break in December. In January they’ll be back at rLab (Unit C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX), and there’ll be a workshop on draught proofing and reducing condensation in the home (see DraughtBusters above).

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Throw it away? NO WAY! Bring it to Repair Cafe! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk and see our website for details of future events www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk

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

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

Come along to the Global Café 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

Econet Christmas Tree Sale, Saturday 10th December, 9.30am-1.30pm at Caversham Court (RG4 7AD)

Scots pine Chistmas trees harvested as part of the management of local heathland for sale, as well as holly, mistletoe, cones, willow Christmas wreaths and natural decorations.

The event also includes BBOWT, RSPB and Fairtrade stalls with cards and gifts, and local honey and beeswax products from Reading & District Beekeepers

Permaculture Design Course, starting Saturday/Sunday 21/22 January 2017 as RISC

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) to be run at the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), over 6 alternate weekends beginning on Saturday/Sunday January 21st/22nd (2017). There are also optional extra field-trips available, visiting projects in mid-Wales.
http://www.permaculturedesigncourse.co.uk/?event=6-part-pdc-risc-reading

Permaculture is a positive, powerful and solutions-based approach to design, offering perhaps our most powerful tool to accelerate our collective evolution to a sustainable existence. Directly modelled on nature, permaculture takes you beyond sustainability to abundance.

Focus is also given to how we can apply permaculture principles to designing within the urban environment that most of us live in, e.g. living in a large town such as Reading.

November in Transition

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As the clocks go back and the nights are drawing in, here’s some Transition to keep you warm through the winter months! This month we have our usual monthly meeting, Repair Cafe (last one of the year!) plus a tree planting in Palmer Park!

Elsewhere around Reading, there’s a talk on water supply and climate change, another chance to get on a permaculture course at Braziers Park, and a talk on sustainable buildings.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting – Tuesday 8th November
Palmer Park Tree Planting – Saturday 12th November
Repair Cafe – Sunday 20th November

Around Reading:
Water supply in a changing world – Friday 4th November
Introduction to Permaculture: Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th November
The effect of Architecture and Urban design on new buildings and refurbishments to achieve low environmental impact. – Thursday 17th November

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 8 November, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.
Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room or the Christmas room on the left or right hand side as you enter the pub.

This meeting we’ll be particularly discussing planning for 2017 and our Christmas social event..

Cultivations field tree planting, Palmer Park, Saturday 12 November, 11am-3pm
On the 12th November from 11am we are planting a community pack of 420 Woodland Trust Tree saplings in Palmer Park. The tree planting will be close to the fence at the back of the park (next to the railway line), continuing a hedge planted from Palmer Park Avenue. Please bring a digging fork or spade or trowel, gardening gloves etc. It might be muddy, so dress appropriately. This project is supported by the local Green Party, Transition Town Reading and other local groups. We are looking forward to seeing you and planting trees

Repair Cafe at Parkside Cafe, YMCA (Tilehurst): Sunday 20 November, 12-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is at Parkside Cafe, YMCA, 34 Parkside Road, Tilehurst, RG30 2DD, 12pm – 4.30pm.

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Bring them down! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk and see our website for details of future events www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk

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Talk on water supply in a changing world, Friday 4 November, 7.45pm at Reading Quaker Meeting house, RG1 2SB
This is the fourth in this series of Reading Climate Forum events.

We live in a water stressed area.

Learn about the impact of climate change on our water supplies with wetter winters and drier summers. Local hydrologist Chris Beales will talk about the current pressures on our local river system, and how climate change is predicted to affect our rivers in the future.

Find out where our drinking water comes from and what we can do to be more efficient in our water use. Michael Bright is a water industry consultant. He will talk about how Thames Water supply water to our homes in Reading. He will discuss some of the challenges and what we can do as individuals to reduce pressure on our water resources.

Please tell your friends and colleagues about this event.

For details of our final event on Architecture and information on previous events see http://chrisbeales.net/readingclimateforum/

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Introduction to Permaculture, 19-20 November, Braziers Park
The course follows the Permaculture Association curriculum and covers the theory, ethics and principles of permaculture design for sustainability. A design process that can be applied to any project or area of life, it’s not just for gardening.

This inspirational weekend takes place in the beautiful house and grounds of Braziers Park where there is a wealth of permaculture examples. While the course is classroom based there will be lots of outdoor activities and taster sessions from bee-keeping to wood chip heating, coppicing, hedgelaying, composting, water harvesting, community living and more. Participants will put learning into practice and create their own permaculture designs by the end of the course. A big bonfire and merry making will take place on Saturday evening.

Tutors: John Baker and Trish Whitham, with community collaborators and guest speakers. More info and the programme can be found here. Price: £150, including organic lunches and refreshment breaks (concessions available). Additional meals and overnight stays available – POA, please book early.

All courses are held in the main house of Braziers Park surrounded by peaceful countryside in the foothills of the Chilterns.

“The effect of Architecture and Urban design on new buildings and refurbishments to achieve low environmental impact”
Professor Lorraine Farrelly has adopted our suggested topic for a School of Architecture public meeting. Thursday 17th November 2016. 6:00 pm in the School of Architecture Building, London Road campus, University of Reading.

October in Transition

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Thanks to those who came to see us at the Reading Town Meal, we didn’t get too wet and there were lots of lovely people to chat to! This month we have our usual monthly meeting, Repair Cafe plus a draught-proofing workshop to get involved with.

Elsewhere around Reading, there’s Reading Green Drinks, a talk on Influencing the Local Planning Process and a climate change discussion with Prof Brian Cox.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting Tuesday 11th October
Repair Cafe Sunday 16th October
Draught Proofing workshop 16th October

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks Tuesday 4th October
Influencing the Local Planning Process Wednesday 5th October
Climate change discussion with Brian Cox Saturday 8th October

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 11 October, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room or the Christmas room on the left or right hand side as you enter the pub.

This meeting we’ll be particularly discussing planning for tree planting in November and TTR events in 2017..

Repair Cafe at the St Barnabus church hall (Emmer Green): Sunday 16 October, 12-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is at St Barnabus church hall in Emmer Green, Grove Road, RG4 8RA,  12pm – 4.30pm.

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Bring them down! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk and see our website for details of future events www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk

Draught Proofing Workshop, St Barnabus church hall (Emmer Green): Sunday 16 October, 3pm

Tony Cowling will be running a draught proofing workshop during the Repair Cafe on preventing draughts and reducing damp and condensation in your home. Tony runs our successful draught proofing project and has extensive experience of dealing with these issues. The workshop is free and people are encouraged to ask questions relating to any relevant problems they may be have in their own homes.

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Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 4 October, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 

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

Come along to the Global Café 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

Influencing the Local Planning Process, Wednesday 5 October, 7pm at Jackson’s Corner, Reading

Reading and Wokingham’s Local Plans are being extended to 2036; the process of developing them is just starting. Prof. Gavin Parker and Kat Salter of UoR will help us understand the planning hierarchy, what local plans can and cannot include, and how we can best influence them. At the end of meeting we will collate ideas for a GREN response to Wokingham’s Issues and Options consultation. This is a Reading Climate Forum meeting – promoted by GREN and funded by Reading Climate Action.

Climate Change discussion with Brian Cox, Saturday 8 October, 2pm at University of Reading Great Hall, London Road Campus

On the afternoon of Saturday 8 October Brian Cox will lead a panel discussion along with Sir Brian Hoskins and others on Climate Change. It will be at the Great Hall, London Road Campus of the University of Reading. It is sponsored by the University and the Royal Society

September in Transition

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We are back from our summer break and raring to go. This month we have our usual monthly meeting, Repair Cafe and Reading Town Meal to get involved with.

Elsewhere around Reading, there’s a talk on saving energy around the home and an Introduction to Permacuture course.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting Tuesday 13th September
Repair Cafe Sunday 18th September
Reading Town Meal 1st October

Around Reading:
Introduction to Permaculture Course Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September
“Warm Homes – Cool Planet” – how to save on space-heating! Monday 26th September

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Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 13 September, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.
Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room or the Christmas room on the left or right hand side as you enter the pub.

This meeting we’ll be particularly discussing planning for Reading Town Meal and community orchards..
Repair Cafe at the Warehouse (Cemetary Junction): Sunday 18th September, 1-4.30pm
Repair Cafe this month is at The Warehouse, 1a Cumberland Road, RG1 3LB, 1pm – 4.30pm.

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Bring them down! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk and see our website for details of future events www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk

Reading Town Meal: Saturday 1st October, 12noon-4pm at Forbury Park
Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. First held in 2011, so far there have been three fantastic ‘picnics in the park’ celebrating the delicious fruit and veg that is grown in Reading. All the food is donated by the wonderful growers and allotment holders around Reading, cooked and served by Reading College, and last year more than 30 people gave their time as volunteers so that a three course meal was served free in Forbury Gardens. Over 1,000 people enjoyed the meal, which was accompanied by music from local bands, family fun activities, plus the chance to learn more about growing your own food, shop with local producers and find out what local community and sustainability groups are doing in Reading.

We will be running a stall with GREN telling people about what we do and how they can get involved. If you can help on the stall please contact Alex at treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk
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Introduction to Permaculture Course, Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September at Braziers Park
The course follows the Permaculture Association curriculum and covers the theory, ethics and principles of permaculture design for sustainability. A design process that can be applied to any project or area of life, it’s not just for gardening.

This inspirational weekend takes place in the beautiful grounds of Braziers Park in the midst of orchards and meadows with a wealth of permaculture examples. While the course is classroom based there will be lots of outdoor activities and taster sessions from bee-keeping to wood chip heating, coppicing, hedgelaying, composting, water harvesting, community living and more. Participants will put learning into practice and create their own permaculture designs by the end of the course. Saturday evening big bonfire and merry making.

Camping available or B&B nearby. Tutors John Baker and Trish Whitham with community collaborators and guest speakers. More info and the programme can be found here. Price: £150, including organic lunches and refreshment breaks. Some concessions available.
“Warm Homes – Cool Planet” – how to save on space-heating!, Monday 26th September, 7.45pm at RISC
Part of the Reading Climate Forum series of talks, there will be a talk at RISC by Tony Cowling and Ian Gough on how to save energy in our homes. Tony has vast experience through the DraughtBusters project of practical, simple steps we can all take to reduce our energy bills, and his talks are always informative and fun.

July in Transition

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Thanks to everyone who came along to Reading Green Fest, the event went really well and we got some very positive feedback. For those who missed out, there’s a good write up here

This month we have our usual monthly meeting, Repair Cafe and an exciting new Solar PV scheme to get involved with.

Elsewhere around Reading, there’s Reading Green drinks for some green-flavoured socialising and a climate change themed interactive performance for families called “You’re Getting Warmer”.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting Tuesday 12th July
Repair Cafe Sunday 17th July
RCES Community Solar PV Scheme

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks Tuesday 5th July 
You’re Getting Warmer Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 12 July, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub.

Come along and discuss all things Transition Town Reading over a pint of beer or cup of tea at the Great Expectation pub (33 London St, Reading RG1 4PS). We can usually be found in the library room or the Christmas room on the left or right hand side as you enter the pub.

This meeting we’ll be particularly discussing feedback from Reading Green Fest, an exciting opportunity for an Eco Park in Reading and the launch of the Solar PV scheme (see below).

Repair Cafe at Park United Reformed Church: Sunday 17th July, 1-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is at Park United Reformed Church, Wokingham Road, RG6 1DN,  1pm – 4.30pm.

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Bring them down! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

If you’d like more information contact us at repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk and see our website for details of future events www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk

RCES Community Solar PV scheme

Reading Community Energy Society (RCES) has launched today an exciting new project to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of community buildings in the Reading area, funded by a Community Share Offer.  This is the first ever community owned renewable energy scheme for Reading.

The Society plans to deliver just over 350kWp of solar PV on 16 community buildings including schools, places of worship and community centres. The main aim of the project is to help reduce energy bills of the community buildings involved, improve the sustainability of our community, reduce climate change emissions and improve energy security.  Visit the RCES website for further information and to download the share offer document, including the application form.

Tony Cowling, one of the Directors and founders of the scheme points out that it has several important benefits. These include the host community buildings saving money on their energy bills and eventually inheriting the solar panels.  The scheme will also run a local community fund to support energy efficiency projects and tackle fuel poverty. The members of RCES will receive annual share interest once the panels are all installed.

Everyone living in and around Reading and the rest of the UK will have the opportunity to join the scheme and the minimum investment is £200. The Society will need to raise £450,000 to complete the project. The closing date for the scheme is 15th July and so time is of the essence if you would like to get involved.  This is an opportunity for you, as local people, to invest in your local community, to get a reasonable return on your investment and to play a part in creating a greener, more sustainable environment.

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Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 5 July, 6:30pm at Global Cafe, RISC 

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

Come along to the Global Café 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

You’re Getting Warmer, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July, at Reading University Whiteknights Campus

Pebble Gorge present
You’re Getting Warmer

An environmental thriller for ages 7-11 years and their families

Hurry – we don’t have much time! The Three and a Half Degrees Gang are on their way, and you’re our only hope of slowing them down. Everywhere they go they are getting people hot and bothered. Agent Zero and Professor Helix need your help to save the Marsh Warbler bird before The Gang catch up with you. Are you up to the task of taking on this mission?

You’re Getting Warmer is an outdoor adventure for families and small groups, that explores the effects of climate change in the UK. Armed with a smartphone and specialist app technology, you and your family are agents for change, hunting down clues and interacting on your mission to stall the Three and a Half Degrees Gang.

Location: Reading University Whiteknights Campus
Tickets £20 per time slot for a group of up to 5 people.
Important Information:
* For 7-11 years and their families (groups of up to 5 people per time slot, with at least one adult)
* Please arrive a few minutes before your set off time as late comers cannot be accommodated due to staggered start times
* Performances will go ahead in all weather conditions provided it is safe to do so. Please wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors
* You will be required to provide proof of address and photo ID on arrival in exchange for the You’re Getting Warmer smart phone devise.

Further info & to book: http://www.readingarts.com/south-street/whats-on/youre-getting-warmer

May in Transition

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This month Transition needs your help, we’ve got exciting opportunities to get involved in the running of Transition at out AGM, and with Reading Green Fest. Plus we’ve got our usual Reading Repair Cafe and we’re promoting the Reading Town Meal crowdfunding campaign – please give what you can to a fantastic event.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

TTR AGM Monday 16th May
Repair Cafe Sunday 15th May
Reading Green Fest: Volunteers needed
Reading Town Meal Crowdfunding Campaign

Transition Town Reading AGM: Monday 16 May, 7:00pm at RISC (Room 3).

The TTR AGM is on Monday 16th May in RISC (35-39 London St, Reading RG1 4PS) Room 3 from 7pm. We will be celebrating the year we’ve had in Transition with bring and share food and drinks, plus a general round up of the year.

We will also be electing a new committee so if you would like to be more involved with Transition then this is great opportunity through becoming part of our Steering Group. More information about Steering Group roles can be found here http://www.transitionreading.org.uk/about-us/ If you’re interested or would like to find out more then contact the steering group on steeringgroup@transitionreading.org.uk

Repair Cafe at RLab: Sunday 15 May, 12noon-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is at RLab (C1 Weldale Street, RG1 7BX)

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Bring them down! Also if you have your own creative project (e.g. sewing, knitting, Raspberry Pi) you’re welcome to bring them along to work on!

Repairs include:

Electronics
IT
Mechanical items
Toys
Sewing, clothing and fabrics
Tool sharpening
In fact, if it’s broken, bring it along and our team of ready repairers will give it a go!

Home made cake, tea and coffee all in plentiful supply.

Everything is free but donations are very welcome to help keep repair cafe (and homemade cake!) going.

We are looking at collaborating with other local groups around Reading to take Repair Cafe to different venues. If you or someone you know would be interested in this then let us know by email at  repaircafe@transitionreading.org.uk

Reading Green Fest: volunteers needed

Reading Green Fest is a part of this year’s Reading Water Fest. It aims to celebrate the green and environmental groups in Reading and get people engaged in environmental issues! The event will be on Saturday 11 June, 11am to 5pm in the town centre. There is planned to be a day of workshops and stalls from local green and environmental community groups and charities.

The website is in progress: www.readinggreenfest.co.uk

We are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of roles on the day, including supporting stallholders, welcome/information point and film/sound operator. More details can be found here http://rva.org.uk/volop/all-sorts-of-help-needed-to-make-readings-first-green-fest-a-big-success/ . If you’d like to be involved in any way please contact Alex at treasurer@transitionreading.org.uk

Reading Town Meal Crowdfunding Campaign

Reading’s Town Meal is unique and run entirely by volunteers and community groups, including Transition Town Reading. Tasty meal-maker rewards are now on offer to donors who help make it happen in 2016.

Over 1,000 people are served up a mouth-watering meal made from fresh fruit & veg donated by home-growers, cooked and served up by Reading College catering students in Forbury Gardens. Workshops, fun activities for all the family, local musicians’ showcase, community groups’ stalls like our own and local food producers complete the day. Be a part of this fantastic community celebration of home-grown and local food in our town.

Even with all our community inputs, we still need to raise additional funds to pay for equipment to stage the event and that’s where you can join in to help! Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/reading-town-meal to give any donation, big or small, and choose your tasty ‘meal maker’ reward.