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Winter 2013/14 Newsletter

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Editorial: What a wonderful feeling to come back in 2014 to compiling the newsletter listing so many fantastic individuals, groups, projects, events and organisations. It gives me hope and inspiration to continue working on Southend in Transition in the year to come. I hope it energizes you as well. Have a great 2014.


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 462 official initiatives and 654 Muller initiatives in 43 countries


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


Local News and Events


Southend in Transition:

  • Transition Drinks Thur 30/01, 27/02, 27/03 19:00 CHANGE OF VENUE to Olde Trout Tavern

  • Transition Potluck 08/03, 12/04 12-15 Growing Together, corner of Fairfax Drive/Prittlewell Chase, no Potluck 22/02 and 10/05 as we take part respectively in Seed Potato Day and the Trust Links May Fayre

  • SiT Community Allotment – Planning day 18/01, 26/01, 01/02 10-12 various locations. Get in touch with SiT if you are interested in getting involved.


SiT Community Allotment bloggers:


Southend on Sea Energy Group – an opportunity arose to work with Pure Leafprog on local community energy projects. Get in touch with Kamil if you want to join the work group or be updated via separate news update.

  • CREST: Schools and Community Energy Conference Southend on Sea Borough Council Wednesday, March 5, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (GMT) – Kamil will give a talk at the event.


Southend Passionate Women – Initiated by Adriana from the core group, spreading like a wildfire – in a good sense:) “We are a platform of women from Southend neighbourhood who enjoy and share their passions. Be it your family and caring for others, personal development, your career, environment, businesses, your new project or simply anything that lights you up and allows you to live a fulfilling life.”

  • previous events: Making your own vision boards and Blogging Workshop

  • Romancing yourself Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  • I love everything you hate about yourself! Wednesday, February 26, 2014 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

  • E.D.E.N. Opening Ceremony. Save the date ladies, Sunday the 23rd Mar 2014


Amargur – new eco – art group for children starting up in Southend: Create with us own toys, room furniture, scrapbook and much more…


Southend in Transition Facebook Group

Southend Food growers and producers Facebook Group


We have copies of the Transition Free Press now, £1 donation, let us know if you want some for yourself, family or business.


Partners and inspirations:


What is on at Trust Links:

  • 22nd February 2014 Seed Potato Day 10am to 2pm

  • 10th May 2014 May Fayre 11am to 2pm

  • Micro-volunteering opportunities in Westcliff and Shoeburyness


What is on at South East Essex Organic Gardeners:


South East Essex Women Environmental Network:


Spiralseed – local Permaculture training and consultancy


Southend Swap Shop and Community Group

  • Meeting – 21st Jan at Trust Links (Growing Together) corner of Fairfax Drive/Prittlewell Chase

  • decided on a points system for the skills exchange, add your skills to their list

  • get in touch with the group if you are interested in bulk buying from SUMA


Foraging in Southend on Sea


Southend Soup – present an idea, eat a soup, gather support and maybe some finance.

  • Second soup another success with money going to the SHARE food bank in Shoeburyness for books for children

  • Pictures of Free Hugs session Southend High Street:) on Cuddle a Stranger Day


Essex Bees – bee hive renting, adoption, training to bee-come a beekeeper,


Cycle Southend events and training

  • Blokes with Spokes! Monday evenings 6.30pm from Chalkwell Park. It’s not about how fast you can go its about time in the saddle!

  • Tuesday Riders: Meeting at 9.00 at Southchurch park cafe, Shaftesbury Avenue entrance for a leisurely ride and return.

  • Women’s Wednesday riders: 6.15pm from Western approaches Community Centre.

  • Sunday Cyclers: Weekly leisurely group leaving Priory Park Bandstand at 10.00. Bring some change with you as we often stop for a cuppa or an ice-cream!

  • We also have our spin-off groups; For Mountain Bikers we have Muckers at 9.00am and Mighty muckers (for children) at 2pm on Saturdays. Monday Morning Mums road ride @ 9.15am. For up to date arrangements check out their very own Facebook pages, as they are independent to Cycle Southend.

  • Re-cycle centre to drop off your old bike and pick up a new-old bike:)

  • Cycle training is also available for both Adults and Children.

  • Ideas in Motion – Sustainable Travel Programme in Southend on Sea

  • Accredited cycle friendly cafes in Southend

  • Bike maintenance sessions


New: Southend Community Group Leaders Facebook Group


Southend Solar Network

Roger, Duncan and Pete need some more founder members for the new Southend Solar Network – an online community of rooftop solar households for exchange of experiences, ideas, and news about solar generation, optimisation, usage optimisation, etc.

If yours is one of the nearly 500 Southend households with a micro rooftop solar power station, you can join by just sending an email to:



Electric Vehicle charging point: The EV community now have a FREE recharging point in Southend, albeit limited to overnight and weekends only by appointment, for reasons of cost (mine)


Echo: Mussle Beds boost for Leigh – a group of Leigh fishermen wants to establish beds along Southend seafront to harvest the native blue mussels.


Essex and wider world


Edible Essex training and events

  • Orchard Pruning Skills Colchester, 18th January 2014


Essex Herb Group

  • January 25th (2014): Coughs and Sneezes: common herbs and  for winter colds

  • Mach 1st Mardi Gras – ‘Feast and Fast’ meeting.


Transition Chelmsford


Herts and Essex Community Farm looking for crowdfunding



Mount Holly Horticultural Talks

  • Vegetable Self Sufficiency in Changing Climate


Sea Change Sailing Trust- Maldon


End Ecocide Citizen Initiative


Transition News and Projects


January 2014 – Transition Network Newsletter


The November and December Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition


Transition Launch Training Online


Other local

people, groups and events contributing to strength of the community and make Southend and region an interesting place to live:


Essex Savers Credit Union – start saving, get a low interest loan, keep money locally

  • lent over £2.23 Million in 3,350 loans in 6 years

  • Paying off Payday loans

  • start saving to make the credit union strong and sustainable


Epic Quest Free School in Southend – suggested timetable


Southend Business & Community Charter – supports the vision of robust and efficient businesses and a thriving local community


River of Flowers Southend – be friendly corridors


Southend Community Choir – join in 2014, no experience necessary


Volunteer Centre Southend


Southend Borough Council news:


Scarlett Fireplaces won a Green Apple Award for its work in sustainable heating systems


Southend on Sea Linux User Group and

  • Interested in Open Source software, Bitcoin, Raspberry Pi?


Belfairs Woodland Centre

  • A pre-school club for under 5’s at Belfairs Woodland Centre.

  • Fairways Eco Group pictures

  • More events like the Green Bunch Wednesday, 19 February 2014 at 10:00 here


South East Essex Conservation Volunteers

  • January 26th – Dodd’s Grove (adjoining Belfairs Nature Reserve)


Southend YMCA 2013 year review


Southend Suspended Coffees

  • buy a coffee for a stranger


Potatoes at Hoy

  • 21st January Tuesday 20:00


Your suggestions will help us


The newsletter goes out to over 400 local people including project and group leaders raising awareness of local community action and making networking and getting involved easier.

The content of the newsletter can be be generated by you. Please send news about activities, project updates and forthcoming events to kamilpac@gmail.com.

If you would like to write for the blog just like James does about his mushroom growing experiment and on other topics of Transition please get in touch as well.


Contact Details

Southend-on-Sea in Transition– tackling peak oil and climate change, together, now



part of www.transitionnetwork.org/

email: kamilpac@gmail.com

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