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Eco Fair at Leigh Road Baptist Church

It was a pleasure to take part in the Eco Fair at the Leigh Baptist Church. With plenty of stalls and activities for children and adults everyone we have met was impressed with the organisation and the variety of ideas they could pick up and products explored.

The kids enjoyed the scavenger hunt and the activity room with lots of eco crafts.

We spoke with dozens of local residents about Transition Towns, our community allotment, the repair cafe, sewing workshops and other projects locally they could get involved with.

For a donation we offered books to raise awareness, cakes and home made playdough – the proceeds are going to our running costs. Tilly prepared handouts about foraging and there was herbal tea to try to help people see the amazing abundance and value of nature. Fiona prepared the vision boards and visitors were asked questions to stimulate imagination which is so necessary at the moment to move us out of the denial and hopelessness towards positive action to build a sustainable future. “Who could you be…” a baker, an artist, a builder. “What if…” we developed a sustainable food system for Southend in the next 10 years time? How would it look like.

We signed up lots of you to our newsletter and hopefully we will see you at our Taster Days and other local events.

Again big thanks to Leigh Road Baptist Church and Eco Essex for getting everyone together.

Radical Fair, The Railway Hotel, Saturday 6th of May, 12-18

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Why are we doing this?

2017 looks set to be a historically turbulent, crisis ridden year. It would be easy to give up on any attempt at changing the world for the better.

Fortunately, there are a number of groups and individuals in Southend and the surrounding areas who see things differently. They’re working at grassroots level on projects to bring about change.

We’re holding the Southend Radical Fair to let people there are positive alternatives to the prevailing climate of despair – this is your chance to see what’s on offer. There will be stalls by active local groups, meetings, workshops and coaching sessions to inform you and help you to get involved in changing the world.

How you can help?

Start Sharing. Use the Invite button with joy.

Link to the updated programme below.
https://docs.google.com/…/1W1b7179XuUKQakRRHDCNAZmRaG…/edit…

The Real Democracy Movement will be presenting their new book Democracy Unchained. Come along to hear about the threats to democracy and the multiple ways it can be protected and developed further. The evolution continues.

We will have around 19 stalls with local, regional and national organisations. If you did not make the list get in touch with us to drop your leaflets of.

Come along, get involved and start to make a difference. Please share.

We have the stalls and programme firmed up and it looks like an eclectic mix ready to draw your attention and give you hope and plenty to get involved with in the coming year.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Tanyfron Housing Co-operative

I have been told this is a lovely place with a great community which strives to live sustainably. Options for volunteering available through working holidays, learn a new skill.

Flashmob Southend Soup @ Project 49

Mucrofund local projects 

Event link

25 March at 14:00Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1, United Kingdom

South East Essex Seed Swap Saturday 25 February

South East Essex Seed Swap, alongside Potato Day
Saturday 25 February
10:00 – 14:00

Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 9AG
(corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase)

Bring your seeds! Swap, sell or donate!
Get surprised by new and old varieties!
Preserve diversity!

Questions? Call Kamil 07411 457 259

Southend Vegan Fair 27th May


https://www.facebook.com/southendveganfair/

Rochford Farmers Market – Saturday 5th November

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Rochford Farmers Market sponsored by Rochford Parish Council is on Saturday 5th November 2016 9.30 to 12.

Sos Advice Bureaus Energy Advice

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Eastern European Culture Festival – Saturday 10 December 2016

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Event Invitation: Southend Soup Christmas Party 2016

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BOOK TICKETS VIA EVENTBRITE. NOTHING TO PAY TIL THE DAY: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/southend-soup-christmas-party-2016-tickets-28696078744

Southend Soup is:
– A place where the Southend community comes together to have fun, to share soup (vegan and nut free) and to grow their ideas for Making Good Stuff Happen. Events are suitable for the whole family. On your own? Come along and make new friends.

– About hearing a few presentations (5 minutes) from people or small groups needing a small amount of funding to Make Good Stuff Happen. Ideas can be of benefit to the community, or related to the arts or business. We all vote for our favourite idea, and that idea gets a pot of money.

Funding comes from donations you pay to join in. We ask for £5 or what you can afford/want to pay. Kids are free unless they wish to donate some of their pocket money! Your donation entitles you to soup, bread and beverages as well as a vote.

Soup people make the event. Bring anything entertaining (we often have musicians, magicians and face-painting) and any crafts you want to sell, or information/stuff you wish to share.
As this is our Christmas* Party help us create a lively and happy atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

Need volunteers over the winter months? We can provide you with an information stall and give you a chance to talk about what you need.

Collecting shoeboxes (or similar) for foodbank customers, homeless people or those in hospital over Christmas? Let us know in advance. We’ll ask Soupers to bring things along for you to collect.

Contact SherryFuller@Hotmail.co.uk (please put Southend Soup in the subject field.)

This soup is hosted by our good friends at Southend Association of Voluntary Services. We’re very grateful for their ongoing support.

To submit an idea for funding, go here:http://southendsoup.co.uk/submit-a-good-idea/

* Southend Soup is secular. We love a party at Christmas, and we welcome people of every faith and none. We also recognise that Christmas can be an extremely difficult time for a great many people. We hope that everyone will feel welcome at this and all our events. If this is a hard time of year for you, please come along. We can connect you with others – including services if need be – that could help.

See the facebook page for more information also.