Transition Southampton believes in a positive, sustainable, community imagined future. We work with local communities, organisations and local governments to create positive, sustainable, community-based solutions that tackle climate change and energy scarcity. We are part of the international Transition Network, and have a range of active and past projects across food, energy, waste, transport and the built environment, including our long-running Repair Cafes (see below.)
Some of Our Projects
Our current projects include Repair Cafe, Growing Places and Composting projects. We’ve run various projects and events over the years including our Open Homes Weekends. Check out the full list here and get in touch you’re like to get involved or have an idea you would like support with, by emailing chair[at]transitionsouthampton[dot]org
Join us at our AGM!
7pm Thurs 23 February at Avenue St Andrews Church. Refreshements, networking, and quiz
See http://transitionsouthampton.org/agm/ for more informatoin
All change at Repair Cafe!
Repair Cafes run regularly around the city. In an effort to reach more people we are changing our schedule in Freemantle and Shirley to alternate Freemantle Baptist Church, Testwood Rd, SO15 8RL (next: 4 Feb) with St James by the Park, St James Rd (next: 4 Mar).
The cafe at St Denys Community Centre, Priory Rd, SO17 2JZ (next: 18 Mar) continues on alternate third Sats. But on 18 Feb we are trialling a new site, Immaculate Conception Church hall, Portswood and if successful these will run on the alternate month to St Denys. Totton repair cafe continues, run by one of our volunteers – for more details see their facebook page.
All Repair cafes run from 10.30-13.00. Just turn up for repair or a cuppa! We welcome cash as we can’t take card payments.
Full list of dates
Feb 4 Freemantle Baptist
Feb 18 Immaculate Conception and Totton
Mar 4 St James by Park
Mar 18 St Denys
Apr 1 Freemantle Baptist
Apr 22 Totton
May 6 St James by Park
May 20 St Denys
Jun 3 Freemantle Baptist
Jun 10 Totton
Jul 1 St James by Park
Jul 15 St Denys
Aug 5 Freemantle Baptist
Aug 19 Totton
Sep 2 St James by Park
Sep 16 St Denys
Oct 7 Freemantle Baptist
Oct 21 Totton
Nov 4 St James by Park
Nov 18 St Denys
Dec 2 Freemantle Baptist
Dec 9 Totton
For more on Southampton Repair Cafe see our blog.
Repair Cafe Documentary
This short video gives a good indication of what we do at our Repair Cafes and why. It was created by film students at Solent University who attended our Repair Cafe events in November and December 2021 at Freemantle and St Denys. We thank them for creating it.
Blog: Could Southampton become one of the first National Park Cities?
Southampton is a unique city well known for its Maritime history, ancient walls and it’s pioneering in the fields of science and medicine. But Southampton’s natural heritage; our parks, the Common, green spaces, allotments, gardens, local nature reserves, and rivers are often undervalued. Learn more about Southampton National Park City on our Blog here.
Blog: From Gas Boiler to Air Source Heat Pump
If you’re curious about what’s involved in converting from a gas boiler to an Air Source Heat Pump, check out this fantastic write-up from one of our new contributors Richard, which has recently been updated 18 months after installation.
On Jan 23 there will be a film showing at October Books: The Oil Machine. By popular request series ecologist Kevin Bryan will be speaking on Composting on 13 Feb at October Books. This is not a re-run of the previous talk, but includes new material. Our AGM will be on 23 Feb at Avenue St Andrews – save the date, all welcome). And we have a series of talks on Water at Highfield Church Centre on Weds 19 Apr, 3 May, 17 May and 31 May. Sign up to our newsletter to keep informed.
Bitterne Park Growing Places
We’re repeating our successful community food growing project again this year, with a big seed giveaway in February. Watch this space for news of what’s next this year.
Imagine 2030 using the Transition Time Machine
See what people saw in 2030 when they travelled into the future. A full write-up is available on our Blog.
Our green gardening consultancy program continues for those within walking distance of Portswood. Feedback from recipients has been uniformly positive – why not see if our volunteer ecologist’s advice could help your garden support wildlife. Our retro-fit “rat proof composting” research also continues. If you have rats in the garden and are interested in trialling a rat-proof bin or compost collar or live within walking distance of Portswood and would like a wildlife garden consultation see our Green Gardening Consultancy page.
Join a Southampton Group
If you’re looking to get involved with a local group there any many amazing environmental organisations around the city, some are listed here.