Transition Southampton aims to inspire a happier, healthier and greener Southampton.
It’s over six years since Transition Southampton was started and in that time we’ve run an incredible number of projects, everything from cooking and workshops, fruit tree planting and community gardening through to our two green open home exhibitions and our repair cafe. We’ve produced a Sustainable Living Guide and a Station Walks book. We’ve delivered training, talks and information to many groups, and along the way we’ve shared food, watched films and had fun at socials and our AGMs. We are committed to working with local communities, organisations and local government to help develop positive solutions that meet the imminent challenges of fossil fuel scarcity (‘Peak Oil’) and climate change.
We now want to look to the next stage where we can really make a difference in the city. However, our co-ordination team has recently lost several longstanding members who are moving away or having to step back for personal reasons. We need people with new ideas, and we need people willing to put energy into our projects. We also welcome volunteers for backroom functions like treasurer, webmaster, membership secretary or newsletter editor – an ideal opportunity for those who’d like to help but for whatever reason can’t get to meetings.
If you’d like to see the Transition movement thrive in Southampton please email us at chair@transitionsouthampton or come along and meet us at one of our upcoming events.
Here are some dates when you can catch up and find out whats going on. We have:
- Thursday 10th September, 7.30pm come and talk about foody things with us at the Seedy Circle get together at the Art House.
- Saturday 19th September, 11am til 1pm, Coffee morning at Kate's Cafe in Portswood
- Wednesday 23rd September, 8pm, evening social at the South Western Arms in St Denys
- Coordination group meeting 14th September - venue TBC
The Southampton Repair cafe is open on the first Saturday of every month, with the next session on 3rd October from 10.30am-1.00pm at Freemantle United Reformed Church, Shirley Rd. This will be our first anniversary and to celebrate we will be having an exhibition of recycled and upcycled art from around the world. We will also be joined by Jean Genie from Lymington. who will be running a workshop to show you how to make something new and exciting out of your old pair of jeans, such as a bag, penicl case or bookmark. Lots of ideas and help available. Old jeans scissors, decoraions and sewing machines available.
Repair cafe aims to keep everyday items away from landfill, save resources, give people the opportunity to learn new skills and build community.
At the repair cafe we will have repairers who are able to repair small portable electrical items, portable wooden furniture, item needing glueing, jewellery, leather goods and bikes - along with sewing and mending, and advice on computer operation. All this plus a cuppa and a cake! Do come along with your items for repair. PLEASE NOTE: Our repairers generally do not carry wide range of spares, so if you think you need a new cable/clip/pin or other widget please bring it with you to the cafe. If you are unsure of what you need please come along and ask, and one of our repairers will be happy to advise. Repairs taking longer than 20 minutes may not be possible owing to time constraints.
And if you would like to offer your skills as a repairer or general helper please don't hesitate - the more the merrier, it will help us expand the repair cafe! We don't just need help on the day - if you could take on a tast such as publicity or social media we'd be very pleased to hear from you.
Future cafes: on 7 November the repair cafe will be at Cobbett Rd Library, Bitterne Park from 10.30am till 12.30pm and on 3 Dec we will be back at Freemantle URC church hall from 10.30-1pm.