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May News from Transition Town Reading

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 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 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

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 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


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