Transition Town Reading Newsletter
Hello Transition-folk,

Snowdrops are out and spring is just around the corner! This month Repair Cafe is at RISC, and includes a FREE workshop from Tony Cowling on ways to save energy in the home and reduce your bills. We also have our usual monthly meeting, a call out for homes to draught proof and a chance to help run Repair Cafe from next year.

Around Reading there's Reading Green Drinks for some environmentally themed socialising and Reading Bicycle Kitchen are looking for a new home - let them know if you know of anywhere that may be suitable.

Here's a summary of what's on:

In Transition:

TTR Meeting - Tuesday 14 February
Repair Cafe and Energy Saving Workshop - Sunday 19 February
Draughtbusters - we can fix your draughts and help reduce your energy bills
Repair Cafe coordinator(s) needed for 2018

Around Reading:
Reading Green Drinks - Tuesday 7 February
Reading Bicycle Kitchen looking for a new home


Transition Town Reading Meeting: Tuesday 14 February,

7:00pm 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.

Note the earlier start time of 7pm. 

This meeting we'll be particularly discussing  local economy project and re-usable cups.


Repair Cafe and Energy Saving Workshop at RISC (35-39 London Street, RG1 4PS) : Sunday 19 February, 1-4.30pm

Repair Cafe this month is at RISC (35-39 London St, RG1 4PS) starting at the slightly later time of 1pm, and there'll be another FREE workshop on saving energy and reducing household bills at 3pm. At the workshop you will be able to get advice on energy efficiency, with practical hints and tips on draught proofing and insulating your home. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

You can also 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
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


Draughtbusters - we can fix your draughts and help reduce your energy bills!

DraughtBusters has helped over 200 households in Reading to save energy through draught proofing and by giving advice on how to manage heating systems. The vast majority of this work has been carried out in the homes of the increasing number of people living in fuel poverty in our town.  On average our clients save £120 p/a and all of them are now warmer in their homes. For more details see the DraughtBusters website:  The service is offered free of charge - donations for materials are welcome.

We are looking for more homes in the Greater Reading area to draught proof - if you or someone you know is interested then get in touch by contacting DraughtBusters directly via their contact form.

DraughtBusters will also be running a workshop at Reading Repair Cafe on Sunday 19th February. People will be able to get advice on energy efficiency at the event, with practical hints and tips on draughtproofing and insulating their homes (see Repair Cafe event above for more details).

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 7 February, 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

Reading Bicycle Kitchen looking for new home

Reading Bicycle Kitchen (RBK) needs a new home soon!  If you know of a potential property located in the town centre or on the edge of town that might be available for let then please send as much information as you can to for their Property team to investigate.  Please don't rule anything out or assume that they might know about it already - they would rather have the same information 10 times than miss out on a potential opportunity!

Thanks for your help!
Michele and the RBK Property Team.

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