Transition Town Reading seeking new steering group members!

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We’re seeking new steering group members! If you are interested in taking an active role in the group and supporting its projects, we’re looking for a coordinator, secretary and communications person. General steering group members also needed.

To let us know you’re interested, or just to find out more, email info@transitionreading.org.uk.

Steering group meeting postponed and AGM reminder

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The Steering Group meeting today is postponed until next week and I thought I’d take the chance to remind you again about our AGM! If you’d like to be more involved in running Transition Town Reading please let us know and come along to the AGM. Note all other events in May are unchanged (Repair Cafe and website meeting).

Steering Group Meeting postponed to Monday 12 May, 7:30pm, Great Expectations Pub

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.

Transition Town Reading AGM and Shared Meal: Wednesday 21 May, 7:30pm at RISC, Room 3 (stones room)

At the AGM, we will have a review of what has happened over the past year and how we are doing financially as well as discuss any changes that we would like to see happen within TTR in the future.
If you have any suggestions of things you would like to discuss, please email info@transitionreading.org.uk. We will provide a full agenda with any discussion items next week.
ALSO, at the AGM, we will be electing the new steering group!
The positions are:
Coordinator (chair)
Secretary
Treasurer
Communications
Plus non-portfolio officers who will support the above roles or can be allocated specific roles as required.
If you would like to stand for one of these positions or find out more, please reply to this email.

Possibly even more importantly than this, Wednesday 21 May will also be a chance for everyone involved in and interested in Transition to get together, share food (please bring a dish!), play some music if you are that way inclined and just catch up.
We will aim to keep the AGM business as short as possible then enjoy a relaxed evening together. New people also very welcome – if not keen on joining the AGM business, please come along from 8ish onwards.

Transition News and Events: May

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It’s TTR’s AGM month, so please join us on Wednesday 21 May for a celebration of 2013/4 for a shared meal, social and a little bit of business! Also it’s time to elect our new steering group so if you would like to be more involved in shaping Transition in Reading, this is your chance! Please see below for more info.

Steering Group Meeting: Wednesday 7 May, 7:30pm, Great Expectations Pub

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.
 

TTR Website Meeting: Wednesday 14 May, Rachel and Alex’s house, 36a Mill Road, RG4 8DP

This is a practical session to review the TTR website and make improvements to it. If you have ideas about structure or content that you would like to appear on the site, you can add your ideas here. As this is a practical meeting and will be computer-based, we’re limiting this meeting to 6 people, so we can get things done. Experience on WordPress is especially welcome. If you are interested in joining us, please emailinfo@transitionreading.org.uk. 
 

May Repair Cafe: Sunday 18 May, 12 noon – 5pm: at rLab, Weldale Street, RG1 7BX

Come along, get things repaired, or learn to repair them yourself. 
Electronics
Bikes
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 
Repair Cafe aims to be on the 3rd Sunday of the month so future dates for your diary are: Sunday 15 June and Sunday 20 July, both 12 – 5pm. If you would like to find out about volunteering for Repair Cafe, email info@transitionreading.org.uk or subscribe to the volunteering email

Transition Town Reading AGM and Shared Meal

Wednesday 21 May, 7:30pm at RISC, Room 3 (stones room) 
At the AGM, we will have a review of what has happened over the past year and how we are doing financially as well as discuss any changes that we would like to see happen within TTR in the future. 
If you have any suggestions of things you would like to discuss, please email info@transitionreading.org.uk. We will provide a full agenda with any discussion items next week. 
ALSO, at the AGM, we will be electing the new steering group! 
The positions are: 
Coordinator (chair)
Secretary
Treasurer 
Communications
Plus non-portfolio officers who will support the above roles or can be allocated specific roles as required. 
If you would like to stand for one of these positions or find out more, please reply to this email. 

Possibly even more importantly than this, Wednesday 21 May will also be a chance for everyone involved in and interested in Transition to get together, share food (please bring a dish!), play some music if you are that way inclined and just catch up. 
We will aim to keep the AGM business as short as possible then enjoy a relaxed evening together. New people also very welcome – if not keen on joining the AGM business, please come along from 8ish onwards. 

Growing Together

A new allotment-based community food growing project based in Woodley. The objectives of the project are to share food, skills and work, whilst building community and having fun. Keep an eye on upcoming events for future Growing Together allotment sessions on the TTR website, the newsletter and the Growing together Facebook page

Draught Proofing

The draught proofing project has a new website! This will make is easier for members of the public to find out about draught proofing and how the project can support them. We will still post updates on the project in the newsletter and basic info on the transition website, but for more info, we will direct to www.draughtbusters.net

Upcoming meetings and Events

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April sees another Repair Cafe, the start of discussions about a local economy conference, Reading Food Growing Network next meeting as well as our regular meetings to discuss how things are going and what to do next! 
See events below for what’s on in April! 

Transition Steering Group Meeting: Monday 7 April, 7:30pm at Great Expectations Pub, London Street

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. 

Repair Cafe at Amersham Road Community Day: Sunday 13 April, 2pm – 6pm

This month’s Repair Cafe will be on tour! Rather than a regular town centre location, we will be attending Amersham Road Community Day , which will include kids’ activities (craft, Easter Egg hunt, dance), a free yoga / relaxation workshop, stalls, international food tasting, family photos and more. Why not pop along, or if you fancy volunteering, email info@transitionreading.org.uk for more information. 

Reading Food Growing Network: Seed Swap and Website Launch: Saturday 5 April, 12 noon – 2pm.

Organised by Reading Food Growing Network to support individuals and community groups interested in food growing. The event is free and open to all, with refreshments. To find out more, email rfgn@risc.org.uk or go to http://readingfoodgrowingnetwork.weebly.com/

Update on Community Orchards

Due to flooding, the ground was not suitable for orchard planting this February and March, when the trees needed to be planted. Therefore we have teamed up with the Ways and Means Trust (who provide training and employment to adults with learning disabilities), who are hosting the trees until next year when some may stay there and / or be replanted in more openly accessible places. Thanks to the Ways and Means Trust for working with us on this, and to Richard for ensuring the trees could be planted this year!

Reading Local Economy Conference: Planning

A group of people from TransitionReading and Bracknell LETS, Reading University, AltReading and Reading Borough Council will meet on Tuesday afternoon to look at organising a conference to address how Reading is and can continue to develop a strong local economy. The conference will explore alternative economic models as well as practical ways of supporting local businesses. Themes will inlucde sharing economy, local currencies, incentive schemes for shopping locally and many other issues. If you are interested in getting involved with this project, please reply to this email. After this initial meeting, we hope that more people will also get involved. 

Monday evening meeting: Postponed

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

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

  • Reading Local Economy Conference
  • Incredible Edible-type project for Reading (http://incredibleediblenetwork.org.uk/blog/incredible-edible-prompts-council-handover-growing-plots-residents)
  • Raspberry Pi Jam (workshop to learn / use Raspberry Pis)

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

Woodley Community Orchard Planting, Saturday 1st March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,

Rich Waring, Secretary, TTR

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