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April/May 2012 Newsletter

Feel free to forward this newsletter to people or organizations who might be interested in our work or whose enthusiasm, ideas or skills could support us.

You are free to include items from the newsletter in your newsletter, email updates, website, blog etc – just leave a link to our website.

Southend in Transition, is a group of local residents supporting a personal and community level Transition to a more localised, happy and resilient lifestyle. We are part of an international network of  422 official initiatives and 458 Muller initiatives in approx. 34 countries

Have a look at what we are working on with our friends and support local projects, attend events, bring your friends and families and volunteer.

Current Projects

New !Southend in Transition Food Co-operative

This has been talked about for a long time now in Southend and whoever hears the idea is supportive and excited about the possibilities it would bring for the growth of the local food culture and economy.

Meet with us on Saturday the 5th of May 12-15. We will combine the usual potluck at Growing Together gardens at Fairfax Drive with a planning session for the SiT Food Coop and start a working group going which will afterwards continue to meet up – driving the set up of the Food Coop forward.

As a Coop it will enable members to shape the future of local food in Southend and we need your ideas, time and skills to make it happen so you are very welcome.

Please get call or drop us an email if you are interested in using the Southend Food Coop in the future or if would like to join the working group.


Transition Drinks

Community allotment idea, chat about it and action. This is what can happen at the drinks… Last Thursday of each month, next Transition Drinks – 31st May 2012, 19:00 onwards. Cricketers Pub

Southend East Community Allotment – Southend in Transition and Organic Gardeners?

We have taken on a plot and plan to collectively work it. We are thinking of having a core group people working it once per week/month and the plot open then to local volunteers and the wider public as a productive, educational, inspirational and social space to learn about sustainable ways of growing, value of fresh food and just to be out in the fresh air together.

If you are interested to be in the working group or volunteer here and there or just wanted to visit when it is up and running let me know.

The Stock Exchange

aka Food Swap 10.00-12.00 in Metal’s Kitchen Garden, Chalkwell Park, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, look out for the next one Sunday 13th May. Now also combined with a Yellow (Skills) Pages).

Mapping Southend Food Growers and Producers

Let us know of any events or projects to add to the map.

The start of a Google map by Laura, thank you.

Blogging space

Share your experience and thoughts and inspire others. If you need online space to tell the world about your project or would like to write a regular post about your personal efforts to Transition your life let us know. The website www.SouthendinTransition.org.uk receives a good number of daily visits and attention so let me know if you are interested. See a couple of posts by James ie. Enter the Oyster and the newest one Oy Oy!

Local News and Events

Organic Gardeners Talk “From Gardener to Grower – the business of growing salad”, Growing Together will be open from 7.00pm to allow members to browse our Library, etc. and at 7:30 the new “Growing Questions and Answers” session.

Farmers Markets 2012

and new one starting in Thorpe Bay at 10am 20th May and is being held at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Johnstone Road.

The Stitch and Fix Course at Shared Space or Stitch and Sew at St. Mark’s

SEEOG coach outing on Saturday 9 June is to Capel Manor Gardens (Enfield), combined with Forty Hall Farm, an organic farm run by Capel Manor College – further details later. There will be pick-up points arranged, the first one being at 8.15am from Kirbys Depot, Rayleigh.

May Day Celebration 12th May 11am-3pm at Growing Together

The Big Lunch – this year the street parties are being organised beginning of June to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and the council is facilitating the process.

23rd June Midsummer’s Day event at Growing Together – details to follow

The Village Green 30th June

The Big Event 14th October 2012 at Garon’s Park, Apple Weekend 20-21 October

Foraging Taster Session  Saturday, 26th May 2012  10.30 – 12.30  Essex Wildlife Trust Abbotts Hall Farm Great Wigborough, Colchester

What is talked about

TWIG shop in Hamlet Court Road continues by selling local produce Fri and Sat

Review of Graham’s book by Craig Mackingtosh of Permaculture Research Institute

Jack thinks of setting up a Community Supported Fishery

A stretch of abandoned allotments in Leigh should be cleared up and brought back to life, it has been suggested.

About Earth Day – Helen wrote: “beautiful day…the weather was just right…I ran a couple of bread making workshops with adults and children and the results were imaginative and tasty….although there was not a good turn out, the people that did come were magical….cheers you WEN lot!!”

Blogs and websites

Emerge have a new website and timetable

Community Business and Enterprise Adviser www.thebusiness-surgery.co.uk

Southend in Bloom launched for this year.

Saddle up, sisters!

Events and activities by Cycle Southend

Southend Wheelers weekly rides

Squeezebox – live folk and acoustic music at the squeeze


Geni – us

Linking unused skills, talents and resources in Chelmsford via community projects and enterprises that bring us Alive!

100 new allotment up for grabs – Basildon

Show your true colours – recycle spare paint!

Southend wins Better Bus bid!

High prize for low carbon!

Grant boost for partnership green schemes

Project hopes to boost happiness in Southend

Promoting ethics in the workplace

AMIGOS Young persons mentoring scheme. Training Weekend – 21st & 22nd July 2012

Transition News and Projects

Festival of Transition

The idea is simple. You imagine different ways in which a post-transition society might also be a better one, and then try them out as a real-life experiment during a 24 hour period starting at dawn on 20th June 2012.

Your suggestions will help us

The content of the newsletter can be be generated by you, the community members and compiled by the Steering Group. Any news about activities, updates and forthcoming events should be sent to kamilpac@gmail.com for inclusion in the next newsletter and I will try to incorporate them as time allows.

Sent to you by Kamil Pachalko on behalf of Southend-on-Sea in Transition

Contact Details

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