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December in Transition

Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 1 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 on Tuesday 1 December 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 For more details see

Reading Climate Day, Saturday 5 December, Reading Minster (St Mary’s Butts)

Reading Climate Day is on 5th December at Reading Minster, St Mary’s Butts, Reading, RG1 2LN. The day of events, organised by churches in Reading, is intended to coincide with the Paris climate summit, with high profile speakers and activities to raise awareness about climate change.

10am – 2pm “Green Christmas” market. Browse our selection of environmentally friendly and fair-trade crafts and ethically-produced foods, and snap up a present that won’t cost the earth. **Transition will have a stall so come say hello!**

4pm “Cafe Theologique”-style talk. A chance to enjoy a late afternoon drink while you listen to renowned climate scientist Professor John Mitchell, Principal Research Fellow at the Met Office, talking about his work. Followed by time for questions and discussion.

7pm Climate Mass (with reception from 5.30pm) A climate-themed service led by Bishop Andrew, with top environmental theologian Dr Ruth Valerio preaching.

+ a wealth of information, exhibition of photos, activities and interactive prayer stations throughout the day and into the evening.

All are welcome!

TTR Christmas party, Monday 7 December, 7-9pm, RISC Room 1

The Transition Town Reading Chirstmas Party will be taking place on Monday 7 December in Room 1 at RISC, London Street from 7 – 9pm. Come help us celebrate another successful year in Transition. Bring along food to share and there will be party games and festive fun!

Update on Reading Hydro Scheme

Reading Sustainability Centre is happy to say that the application for the installation of two Archimedean Screw Turbines with a hut covering the generators, gearboxes and the control system (hydro power infrastructure) has now been registered.

Here is our planning application. You may also you may wish to add a response.

Reading Hydro would like you to respond to their survey here, this helps with their grant delivery, there is only one question to answer!


Introduction to Permaculture Design course, 19-20 March 2016, RISC

Permaculture is one of the founding principles of Transition and we encourage as many people as possible to attend this course! Here are the details:

Before we can “save the world” we have to save ourselves. Well we have to at least start with ourselves because that is the part of the universe we have the greatest control and influence over!

Led by Steve Jones from Sector 39, these 2 days, at RISC are designed to be the start of your permaculture journey. Packed with information, new ideas and rich with opportunity to develop your own thinking and personal goals.

This 2 day event is part of a build up to a full Permaculture Design Course in Reading commencing January 2017 (6 full weekends at RISC and one optional extra weekend/ field trip to Mid Wales)

Advance booking is essential for this event, min one month.  For more information including how to book, go to

Highlights from IPCUK2015

The 2015 International Permaculture Conference was held in London, with the subtitle, “Creating the World We Want,” featuring presentations from many highly inspirational speakers. All the talks are available for free on YouTube, and can be found by googling “ipcuk 2015 talks” under “videos”. It is a pleasure to select the following as highlights:

Rob Hopkins, on “The Transition Experiment”:

David Holmgren, on “A Permaculture Lifestyle”:

Geoff Lawton, on “The Global Potential of Permaculture”:

Chris Warburton Brown, on “A Permaculture Approach to Soil”:

Christopher Nesbitt, on “Repairing Damaged Soil Using Permaculture”:

Kristin Vala Ragnarsdottir, on “How Does Permaculture Stack Up in the Real Economy?”:

Workshop, on “What Will Education be Like in the World we Want?”


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