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September in Transition

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

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:

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

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

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.


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