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Healthwatch Southend Newsletter August 2016


Welcome to our August Newsletter!

As always, here at Healthwatch Southend, we welcome any feedback, good or bad, about local Health and Social Care Services. So if you have anything you would like to share with us, give us a call on 01702 356066 or go to our website at http://www.healthwatchsouthend.co.uk and complete our speak out form.
Your experiences and views are important so let us know what you think!

Book a Session with Us
Healthwatch Southend offer drop in sessions to community groups and projects to offer information and advice on Health and Social Care Services. If you belong to a group and would like our team to come along, contact us to arrange a date!

As always, please do get in touch with any suggestions you may have and we hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks,
The Healthwatch Southend Team


Epic Quiz Night – Friday 8th July

epic quiz night

Our next Epic Quiz Night is on Friday 8th July from 7.30pm. Only £3 per person, maximum team size of 6.

Invite all your friends and come along to join in the fun!

If anyone would have any items they would like to donate for our raffle prizes we would be very grateful, thank you!

See the facebook event page.

Equal Arts – improving older people’s lives through creativity

equal arts

We are a leading creative ageing charity supporting older people and those living with Dementia in Gateshead, Newcastle and across the UK.

Our team works to improve the lives of older people through creativity and our arts activities around the North East provide creative opportunities to help improve people wellbeing.

Memory may diminish but imagination remains.

Our work focuses on giving people the opportunity to explore their imagination and live in the moment.

We strongly believe in the health benefits of the arts and support care staff and artists to deliver musical, visual and movement-based creative activities with active older people and those living with dementia.

“The impact on residents and staff has been amazing. We’ve got happy residents, it affects their health and wellbeing dramatically, and happy families who are getting involved. It works, try it, invest the time, you won’t regret it.”Jackie Murray, home manager at Oakdale Lodge

Visit the website for more information.

One Love Event – Family Gathering Fun Day Special

family gathering

Focal Point Gallery – Pecuilar People Exhibition


Including artworks and archival material from Access Credit Card, Alan Kane, Jeremy Deller, Dan Mitchell and Simon Periton, Alan Sorrell, Alfred Hitchcock, Ashingdon Colony, Basildon New Town, Bata International, Caspar Heinemann, Cedric Price, Christian Nyampeta, Colin Ward, Dial House, Dunton Plotlands, Eduardo Paolozzi, Essex Wildlife Trust, Gloria Jackson, Graham Burnett, Hadleigh Farm Colony, Hammer Prints Ltd., Hannah Black, Henri Chopin, Ken Worpole, Laindon Labour Colony, Lina Lapelyte, Margaret Thatcher, Mayland Colony, Milly Thompson, Nigel Henderson, Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie, Osea Temperance Society, Othona Community, Purleigh Colony, Roderic Barrett, Ronald Reagan, Silver End Woman’s Institute, Silver End, Southend Libertarian and Anarchist Broadsheet (SLAB), Spiralseed, The Peculiar People, Wickford Colony and many more.

‘The Peculiar People’ is an exhibition and event series tracing the history of ideological and social-political communal living experiments throughout the 20th Century to the present day. These include the pioneering industrial worker estates at East Tilbury and Silver End, as well as the many alternative ideological communities such as the Tolstoy-inspired anarcho-naturist colonies; each revealing Essex as a place where utopias were imagined, traditional ways of living were challenged and revolutionary politics, art, architecture and literature were born and flourished.

Focal Point Gallery’s main exhibition space will feature an extensive archival display speculating on alternative living experiments from the late 1800s to the 1980s, alongside visual art, architecture, design and literature that relate to these counter-cultural histories. The gallery’s second space will house an installation by the artist Christian Nyampeta. This will give a framework to an evolving radical library and dynamic programme of performances, permaculture experiments, readings and public discussions

which extend, question and re-examine modes of non-conformity within a wider cultural and political context.

The exhibition culminates with a shift from socialist-focused agricultural developments to the growth of the financial sector in the East End of London and Britain’s first credit card company establishing itself in Southend-on-Sea. This shifting landscape is explored through the inclusion of Cedric Price’s 1972 model of an unrealised proposal for a lightweight pneumatic roof over the pedestrian shopping area of the town’s High Street.

Talks and Events:

16 April, 7:00 pm
The exhibition will open with artist Lina Lapelyte’s (LH), Ladies, 2015, a performance-concert featuring four women from the Lietuva ensemble.

28 April, 7:00 pm
Artist and writer Caspar Heinemann (UK) will read from their ever-evolving, pastoral poem Good Health & Safety 2015 – ongoing.

12 May, 7:00 pm
Ken Worpole (UK) writes on architecture, landscape, planning, design, and social history. In this talk, Worpole provides an overview of the nonconformist impulse in the Essex landscape (and its forms of settlement), and asks how this impulse fares today.

Visit the website for further information.

Estuary Festival

estuary festival

Estuary is a new, biennial arts festival curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary and presented in culturally significant and historic venues along the Essex and Kent shorelines. An exciting mix of new and existing works will pull together powerful themes resonant to the place, its history, landscape and communities in an ambitious programme of contemporary art, literature, film and music.

See the website or visit the facebook page.


Join us at the Official Trawler Launch Party!

Join us at the Official Trawler Launch Party!

As a reader of our first issue of Trawler Paper we thought you’d be interested to know that it was a massive success. In fact it’s popularity has lead to us writing, photographing and designing Issue 2, and the good news is that it is being printed this month!

The Spring 2016 issue has even more pages and features an amazing range of articles as well as short stories, poetry, and beautiful photo essays

But That’s Not all…
To celebrate the second issue of Trawler we’re holding a Launch Party at the Leigh Community Centre on April 15th 2016 that you are invited to. 

As well as giving away copies of the paper we’ll also have an amazing range of talks given by a host of local talent – a Trawler version of Ted Talks if you will!

Six local adventurers, entrepreneurs, raconteurs and personalities will be giving incredible seven minute talks on everything from wine tasting to building bamboo bicycles to wild swimming.

The Fat Pig Of Rioja by Sam Brown
Owner of Vino Vero, Sam will tell his tale of hunting out some of the best wines in Europe and finding the fabled “Fat Pig”. You’ll also be able to taste this wine on the night! (Complimentary glass of wine included in ticket price).

Happy Wild Swimming by Paige Ockendon
Paige will be premiering her new short film “Happy Wild Swimming” and discussing the benefits of winter swimming in the Estuary

White Gold by Alex Storey
Alex weaves a jaw-dropping story of how the cotton trade is in desperate need of reform, and what we can do to help.

My Handmade Bike by Sam Gable
Sam is a 3D designer who built a bike…out of bamboo…and now plans to ride it to Amsterdam.

Life Is About The Journey…Isn’t It?
A humorous and blunt take on how our world view can change just by bumping into someone on the beach.

All Mouth And Trousers by Ryan Philpott
Ryan started his acting career in the hallowed halls of Leigh Community Centre, and is currently working at the BBC, listen as he regales us with tales of his journey.

As well as these amazing talks, local musician Dave Crix will be playing a live set, and Ray Morgan and Jo Overfield will be regaling us with poems of whimsy and wonder.

Alongside our amazing speakers we have live music from local troubadour 56 Special as well as some impromptu poetry from Sundown Arts. It’s set to be a night of interesting and varied entertainment that will also raise some money for a charitable cause (£5 from every ticket goes to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/emma-woof)

So please go to 
and buy your tickets and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

The Trawler Paper Team

P.S. Tickets are selling fast so please get yours now at 

Event Invitation: Three Acres And A Cow, A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story’‏

three acres

Saturday 21 May 6-10pm at The Fisherman’s Chapel – Methodist Church, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues of fracking and the housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.

Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

The show starts with a 6.00pm potluck for a 7.00pm start – please bring a dish!

http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=13611 or http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/leigh

£10 (£8 concessions) + £1 online booking fee

Tickets can be bought locally from Adam without the £1 booking fee via squeezebox.folk@gmail.com

A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets for low income people are available – please contact cow23@threeacresandacow.co.uk

The photo above depicts a wood engraving by Claire Leighton, courtesy of the artist’s estate – http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/man-digging-potatoes-no-border.jpg

Matt King, the CEO at Growing Together Westcliff, said he saw the show at the Greenbelt Festival last year and that it was excellent.

Visit the facebook page for further information.

CAP Event Saturday 16 April


Saturday April 16 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM

Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea


CAP is an Community Arts Project which combines a community and professional Exhibition held at The Beecoft Gallery in Southend. The two week exhibition culminates in an Auction of donated works gifted by professional artists including, Paul Karslake, Heidi Wigmore, Paul Alcock, Lester Mills, John Bulley, Sheila Appleton, Lynda Kennedy Lake, and others. The event is focussing around the theme of homelessness and community support. Come along view some powerful works in various mediums, produced by professional artists and makers, local schools and colleges, the homeless community and local film maker Jo Farrugia. A unique opportunity to acquire some wonderful work by acclaimed artists and at the same time give back to the most vulnerable in our community.


See the facebook page for more information.

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