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October in Transition

Thanks to those who came to see us at the Reading Town Meal, we didn’t get too wet and there were lots of lovely people to chat to! This month we have our usual monthly meeting, Repair Cafe plus a draught-proofing workshop to get involved with.

Elsewhere around Reading, there’s Reading Green Drinks, a talk on Influencing the Local Planning Process and a climate change discussion with Prof Brian Cox.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting Tuesday 11th October
Repair Cafe Sunday 16th October
Draught Proofing workshop 16th October

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks Tuesday 4th October
Influencing the Local Planning Process Wednesday 5th October
Climate change discussion with Brian Cox Saturday 8th October

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 11 October, 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 tree planting in November and TTR events in 2017..

Repair Cafe at the St Barnabus church hall (Emmer Green): Sunday 16 October, 12-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is at St Barnabus church hall in Emmer Green, Grove Road, RG4 8RA,  12pm – 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

Draught Proofing Workshop, St Barnabus church hall (Emmer Green): Sunday 16 October, 3pm

Tony Cowling will be running a draught proofing workshop during the Repair Cafe on preventing draughts and reducing damp and condensation in your home. Tony runs our successful draught proofing project and has extensive experience of dealing with these issues. The workshop is free and people are encouraged to ask questions relating to any relevant problems they may be have in their own homes.


Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 4 October, 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

Influencing the Local Planning Process, Wednesday 5 October, 7pm at Jackson’s Corner, Reading

Reading and Wokingham’s Local Plans are being extended to 2036; the process of developing them is just starting. Prof. Gavin Parker and Kat Salter of UoR will help us understand the planning hierarchy, what local plans can and cannot include, and how we can best influence them. At the end of meeting we will collate ideas for a GREN response to Wokingham’s Issues and Options consultation. This is a Reading Climate Forum meeting – promoted by GREN and funded by Reading Climate Action.

Climate Change discussion with Brian Cox, Saturday 8 October, 2pm at University of Reading Great Hall, London Road Campus

On the afternoon of Saturday 8 October Brian Cox will lead a panel discussion along with Sir Brian Hoskins and others on Climate Change. It will be at the Great Hall, London Road Campus of the University of Reading. It is sponsored by the University and the Royal Society


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