Reminder: Repair Cafe tomorrow 9:30 – 11:15 in Fearon Hall

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow morning (Saturday 19th May 2018) we’ll be holding a Repair Cafe in Fearon Hall in Loughborough from 9:30am to 11:15am. Bring along broken items that you will otherwise be throwing away and see if our volunteers can repair them!

We’re also happy for any new volunteer repairers to pop in to see how the event works and maybe even have a tinker.  If this is you, just drop in on the morning and say hello!

You might also be interested in the campaign being run by 38 Degrees Loughborough group to help cut down on plastic usage in the town and install drinking fountains for use with refillable water bottles. As well as support from Transition Loughborough, other groups including the Love Loughborough BID team are behind their push to reduce plastic usage in the town. Already many local businesses are providing drinking water and looking to phase out single use plastics where possible. If you run/work for a local firm, why not take a look at how you can help?

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Repair Cafe at Fearon Hall 19th May 9.30am-11.15am

In two week’s time we’ll be holding another of our Repair Cafe events at Fearon Hall in Loughborough. The idea is simple: if you have something that is broken and you’re about to throw it away, bring it along to see if our volunteer repairers can fix it for you.

The event is free, although we’re grateful for donations to help defray costs.  We’ll have people on hand who can mend clothes, glue things back together, peek inside electrical items, and fiddle with mechanisms. We can’t guarantee that we can fix all items that are brought along of course, but we’ll have a go if possible and maybe be able to point you in the right direction even if we can’t make a fix on the day.  You don’t need to book in as its first come first served, with doors open between 9.30am and 11.15am.

Also if you’re a bit of a tinkerer and DIYer yourself, come along and join in as a repair volunteer. We’ve got quite a few repair volunteers available but it’s always good to have more as it increases the spread of skills and the number of items that can be looked at. Bring your skills and tools along and we’ll get you repairing!

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What’s happening in Transition Loughborough?

Transition Loughborough have a number of events planned and projects running over the next few weeks, and we hope to get as many of our followers involved as possible.

Coming up on Friday 27th April 6-9pm we are hosting a screening and discussion of the film “Tomorrow” at John Storer House in Loughborough. This film looks at some impending issues that climate change may cause and what local groups are doing around the world to help tackle them. Advance purchase tickets are still available for the showing, which will be followed by a short discussion of how the material in the movie relates to Loughborough.

One of our long running projects is the community allotment plots that we have on the King George Road site. A few weeks ago we restarted our Wednesday evening social gardening sessions there from 5pm. It has been a bit cold and wet but the Spring weather will improve (promise!) so do feel free to drop in to enjoy the space, meet other local gardeners and help sow, harvest and share the crops we grow together there.  There’s no need to register, you don’t need any gardening experience to take part, we share the crops (some of which we can harvest now!) and it’s free, so come along and join in.

And advance warning of another run of a popular event that we’ve run before: we’ll be holding a Repair Cafe in Fearon Hall on Saturday 19th May from 9.30 to 11:15am. As usual we’ll have a selection of volunteer repairers on hand ready to look at your items that are broken and would be thrown away.  If they can fix it, you save money replacing it, local waste and material consumption is reduced and hopefully some repair skills will be transferred. Its free – all we ask is that you agree that there is no guarantee on the repairs and sit with the repairer whilst they work on your item to explain what is wrong and learn how the repair may be made.


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Are you a repairer, a fixer or a tinkerer? We need you!

As you may know Transition Loughborough organises occasional Repair Cafe events in the town, where we try to link up people with broken items that they would have to throw away with volunteer repairers who are happy to share their skills to show how these items could be fixed. We’re planning another such event in May, and have a core of existing repairer volunteers who are signed up to be there.  However we could do with more.  The more people we have who can help make fix items brought to a Repair Cafe the more repairs we can do in the time we have available, the more things that are saved from landfill and the more skills that are shared.  Its a win-win-win all round, and pretty good fun too!

So if you have a talent for fixing bikes, repairing furniture, getting old computers going again, mending clothes or saving broken toys, please get in touch with us and we’ll fill you in on the details of the event.

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Screening of the film “Tomorrow”

Transition Loughborough are arranging a special one-night-only showing of the acclaimed film “Tomorrow” at John Storer House on  Friday 27 April 2018 from 6pm to 9pm.

After the journal Nature announced the possible extinction of parts of mankind before the end of the 21st century, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, together with a team of four people, carried out an investigation in ten different countries to figure out what may lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it.

This film tells the story of their journey visiting people who are involved in inspiring, practical projects tackling the environmental problems we face. They meet the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. It is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film which explores the kind of creative solutions we can seek to implement in the town. Anyone who wants to make Loughborough a better place to live is invited to come along and be inspired by projects from across the world.

A number of local groups will have information showcasing projects and activities people can get involved in. There will also be an opportunity after the film to chat about potential new activities in Loughborough.

Tickets for the showing can be booked online. The ticket price covers the cost of room hire and purchasing the rights to screen the film.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

Tomorrow from Under The Milky Way on Vimeo.

…and a poster for our showing:

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Social Garden sessions restart this Wednesday evening

With the cold, snowy weather (hopefully) behind us, our thoughts are turning the Spring and the gardens again.  And that means that our regular Wednesday evening social gardening sessions are restarting this Wednesday evening from 5pm at our King George Road allotment plots.  The first meet up will be to show new people the plots and discuss what we want to grow this year.  The ground is still a bit cold & wet from last weekend’s weather to plant the seed potatoes or onion sets yet, but we can prepare the ground ready.

The following week things will be warming up and we’ll be getting an extra hour of light as the clocks change this weekend too. We can then really make a start on sowing and planting over the next month, so that hopefully the plots will look like this again by the summer:

If you want to get involved with the community allotment, or just want to see what the plot is like and talk to some other local amateur gardeners, pop along for an hour or so. It is free, friendly and there’s no obligation to come along every week – just drop in as and when!  No need to bring tools – just some sturdy shoes/boots and warm clothes you don’t mind getting a bit muddy.


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Repair Cafe 3rd March 2018 POSTPONED

Unfortunately we’re having to postpone this weekend’s Repair Cafe at Fearon Hall until a later date due to the current weather conditions.  Several of the repairers were coming some distance and it would not be advisable for them or people with items to repair to travel given the amber and red weather warnings being issued at the moment.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by this – we’ll be back though!


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Repair Cafe on Saturday 3rd March 2018 at Fearon Hall

We’re holding another of our Repair Cafe events at Fearon Hall from 9.30am to 11.15am on Saturday 3rd March 2018 in the main hall in Fearon Hall.  As usual we’ll have people on hand who are happy to have a go at repairing broken items to save them from going to landfill.  In the past we’ve dealt with lamps, chairs, bikes, TV sets, sewing machines, coffee makers, kettles, toys… well you get the idea.  If it’s broken and you’re going to throw it away, bring it along and see if it can be fixed.

There are no guarantees obviously (not everything is suitable for repair or repairable with the tools, skills or time we have available) but it’s free and worth a shot if it’s just going to the tip anyway! We do ask people to stay with the items that they bring for repair so that the repairers can ask them questions and show them how the repair can be made (please don’t try to “drop things off” to pick up later – they won’t be accepted!).

Also if you are a keen tinkerer and would like to help us do some of the repairs, please get in touch.  The more repairers we have available, the more items, and more varied items we can try fixing.

Here’s a poster advertising the event – please feel free to print it out and pop it on local noticeboard, pass to friends and neighbours, etc.

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General Meeting on 19th February at Fearon Hall

January started off the year for Transition Loughborough with a very successful Potato Day. We raised over £264 from orders, sales on the day, donations at the seed swap and the cafe in the Baptist Hall. A big thank to all who took part in the day – these funds allow us to run other Transition events throughout the rest of the year.

Steve and Janet staffing the Potato Day stall on Jan 27th 2018

And talking of events, we have a General Meeting coming up next week. This will be held on the evening of Monday 19th February from 7pm to 9pm at Fearon Hall. The agenda includes:

  • Reports from our various sub-groups,
  • Update on regional and national Transition matters,
  • Information about the screening of the film “Demain”,
  • New ideas for projects,
  • An update on our finances,
  • Deciding whether the Food & Gardens group should continue with our community allotment plots or help other groups with their community gardens,
  • Discussion on publicity for Transition Loughborough.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and give their input on how Transition Loughborough should develop over the coming year.

Also a quick note that our Seed Swap boxes will also be at the Upcycle Your Life event at Fearon Hall on 24th February from 10am to noon.  If you missed out on the seed swapping on Potato Day, you’ve got a second chance to bring along your unwanted seed packets and swap them for ones we’ve got in our stock. Everything is free and you don’t have to do a one-for-one swap – you can bring ten and take one, or bring one and take ten! Vegetables, herbs and flowers are all welcome – its a great way to try out something new in the garden!

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