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April 2017 in Transition

Hello Transitioners!

We hope April is showering you with sunshine and joy! This month Repair Cafe is at a new venue – New Hope Centre and it’s on a Saturday! We also have our usual monthly meeting where in particular we will be discussing the future of Transition. Unfortunately for a sustainability themed organisation, we’re not very sustainable with one or two steering group members doing the work of four people! So we need to decide how we are to proceed and in particular how this will affect our AGM in May.

Other notices this month include dates for your diaries for TTR events in May, and a chance to help run Repair Cafe from next year.

Around Reading there’s Reading Green Drinks for some environmentally themed socialising and Bean Pole Day for local woodland and wildlife fun times.

Here’s a summary of what’s on:

In Transition:
TTR Meeting – Wednesday 19 April
Repair Cafe – Saturday 22 April
Save the date – TTR AGM on 18 May
Save another date – Climate change: The Opportunity talk on 25 May
Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks – Tuesday 4 April
Bean Pole Day – Saturday 22 April

Transition Town Reading Meeting: Wednesday 19 April, 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 the future of Transition Town Reading and re-usable cups.


Repair Cafe at New Hope Centre, (95 York Road, RG1 8DU) : Saturday 22 April, 12-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is at New Hope Centre (95 York Road, RG1 8DU) and it’s on a *Saturday*

Bring along your broken items to be re-cycled, refreshed and refurbished! Throw it away? NO WAY! Bring it to Repair Cafe! 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 will be at Bean Pole Day – see below)**
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


Save the date: Transition Town Reading AGM on 18th May

The Transition Town Reading AGM will be held in Room 3 at RISC on Thursday, 18th May at 7.30pm, save the date!

Most importantly, this is where new Steering Group members, i.e. Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer, are elected.

If anyone feels they would like to lend their support to the group in any of these roles, now is your chance! To find out more about the roles email the steering group at

Save another date: “Climate Change: The Opportunity” talk on 25th May

We are holding a talk on Thursday 25th May at 7.30pm in the Main Hall at RISC entitled “Climate Change: The Opportunity” where Dr Robert Hutchison, founder of Winchester Action on Climate Change, will talk about what we as citizens can do in response to the crisis facing our planet. The talk will be followed by a chance for questions and discussion.

Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Rachel and I will be looking to step down as Repair Cafe coordinators from the end of the year. We are looking for new coordinator(s) to get involved in as much of this year as possible and taking over from next year. If you’re interested and would like to find out more then contact us at


Reading Green Drinks, Tuesday 4 April, 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

Bean Pole Day, Saturday 22 April, 10am – 3pm at Caversham Court, RG4 7AD 

Promoting local woodland products and wildlife friendly gardening.

Bean Poles and Pea Sticks, Plants, Tool Sharpening, Recycled Timber Products, Reconditioned Tools, Willow Products, Handmade Walking Sticks.

Children’s Activities with ‘nature nurture’.

Stalls representing a variety of local organisations including RSPB, BBOWT,  Reading and District Beekeepers, Traidcraft, Food4Families, Reading Natural History Society, Reading Urban Wildlife Group, Friends of the Earth, Friends of Harris Gardens, Motor Neurone Disease Society, Reading Tree Wardens, Tilehurst Horticultural Association and Ways and Means


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