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July in Transition

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:

Mechanical items
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 and see our website for details of future events

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.


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 For more details see

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:


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