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New Year Get Together 2019

We continued with our tradition of bringing together friends and families linked to Southend in Transition through their direct work with us or via aligned projects.

We met at Trust Links site in Westcliff and enjoyed the warmth of the straw bale building while setting up the tables to look festive. Over biscuits we got to do create some lovely vision boards with wishes, hopes and goals for 2019 expressed through pictures, drawings and words. It is a great way to reflect on what matters to us and start the process of change. Tea and conversations stimulated by the cut outs kept flowing and chocolate biscuits were abundant.

We then had speed talks where anyone who wanted to talk about a project or personal change for 2019 has 2 min to present to others who then in turn can provide advice and support.

I kicked off talking with gratitude about all the volunteers and groups which contributed to the plot in 2018. We thanked those who enable us to be involved in this work while they look after the families or households. I spoke about not believing the illusion presented by the media and politicians and that there is more that unites us then divides us but that the distractions presented are in direct contradiction of the day to day of community groups which come together to make a difference to where they live and beyond. We will continue developing the plot in 2019 to make it a welcoming and beneficial place to our communities.

Duncan spoke about the relaunch of the Repair Cafe. Questions afterwards were about fixing sawing machines and these skills will be available. Anyone interested to contribute to the Repair Cafe contact duncan2seath@gmail.com

Ron told us about the orchards work happening in East of England. The February pruning workshop was over subscribed 2-3 times the capacity showing how much interest there is. Dates for plums summer pruning will be available in the future.

Ane spoke about thinking where your energy comes from and that many companies provide a reasonable price while sourcing green energy. Steve added that some companies directly invest the money in new green infrastructure. His advice was to see the Ethical Consumer score and a price comparison sites result and go with what you can afford. I added that this year 50% of the 10 lowest tariffs offered green energy. Matt signed up with Bulb so if you are interested to try them out he can refer you and that gives both parties money off.

Donna spoke about her work with dance therapy and the qualification she is gaining through Tamalpa. She talked about her inspirational teacher in her 90’s who is well and supple and what can be achieved through this type of therapy. She continues working with Emerge and putting on shows. Contact her at emergeartsdonna@gmail.com, 07839889187

Matt talked about the work done by Trust Links in developing sites in Canvey and Basildon. They hope to open up a cafe along the lines of Real Junk Food cafe but one which is pay what you can to make it affordable to everyone. On a different note St Alban’s will be looking at re-developing  their facilities to make them available to the community. Milton Community Partnership keeps running a number of community projects from St Mark’s Church Hall. He also talked about the breastfeeding support groups run by Eleanor and Alicja with one group hosted in the hall. To find out more or to volunteer contact chiefexec@trustlinks.org

Steve told us about the therapeutic gardens developed in Rochford Hospital and the work to be undertaking on developing new gardens on the grounds open to the public as well. He is also encouraging people to attend the demos organised by the Extinction Rebellion. Anyone interested to find out more or to become a trustee please contact him on steveburrow65@gmail.com

Tilly spoke about Southend Soup and events coming up in a few months time.

After that we had a music session led by Susan, the drums and Nella’s instrument basket came out and everyone contributed to some rhymes when food was ready.

We had lots of food to share with people bringing nibbles, main courses, desserts and drinks. Plenty to chose from vegan buckwheat and mushroom bakes, through to roasted and steamed veg through to jam tarts and homemade chocolates. There where plenty of seconds and I think everyone left pretty full and satisfied and we had enough cake to give out packs on the door.

Great start to this year ahead which will continue to test us and also offer opportunities to grow personally, as a community and as inhabitants of one and only planet within the generous boundaries of nature.

SEEOG Talk 18/09 8pm

Happy and Homemade Skills Festival 30/07 Sunday Growing Together Westcliff

Would you like to have an enjoyable day and learn something? Check this event out and support community action by sharing and attending:

Happy and Homemade Skills Festival 30/07 Sunday Growing Together Westcliff

Sewing, sourdough, homemade hand balm/toothpaste, essentials oils, reflexology, jam making, textile painting, fermenting, hypnobirthing and relaxation, drumming, meditation.

£17.50 for full day includes refreshments, vegetarian/vegan lunch and a goody bag.
Profits to Southend in Transition and Southend Little Free Pantries.
To Book: Message us via our Facebook events page.
Email alicjauk@googlemail.com or call Alicja on 0788611278.
Time Table of Events
Places for some workshops are limited so book early.
Time: Workshop:
9.45- 10.00 Registration
10-10.30 Welcome
10.30-12.00 Sewing workshop by Sarah
10.30-11.00 Sourdough presentation by Fiona
11.00-12.00 Homemade hand balm by Fiona
12.00-12.30 Homemade toothpaste by Sarah
Skin oil by Sarah-£5 additional fee
Essential oils basics by Claire from Conscious Kitchen
12.30-1.25 Lunch
1.15-1.25 Reflexology chat by Sarah
1.15-2.00 Jam making by Eleanor
1.30-3.00 Reflexology taster by Sarah. £5 for 15 min
1.30-3.00 Textile painting by Fiona
2.15-3.00 Fermenting Basics workshop by Alicja (water kefir, sauerkraut and little more…)
3.00-3.30 Hypnobirthing and Relaxation session by Steph from Do it Like a Mother… Families welcome
3.30-4.00 Drumming workshop by Susan followed by a family meditation. Goodbyes.

There will be an all- day chill out and crochet area with Laura.

 

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.

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

Permaculture Design Course 2016/17

Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) is a different kind of permaculture course – positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us! D4A is about regenerative learning, enabling individuals, organisations and communities to come together over six weekends to create empowering solutions to the real world challenges we are all facing in these times of change.

Adapted from the Permaculture Association (Britain)’s PDC core curriculum, this is a person-centred, fun, lively and inclusive course, exploring and utilising concepts such as Systems Thinking, Holistic Design, Community Empowerment, ‘Whole Person’ Health, Skill Sharing, Critical Thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, Right Livelihoods and much more. This course will be hosted at Furtherfield Commons in Finsbury Park, a new and exciting partnership project at the cutting edges of dynamic cultural change: “We believe that through creative and critical engagement with practices in art and technology people are inspired and enabled to become active co-creators of their cultures and societies.” Venue: Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London The course will be taught by Graham Burnett (Dip. Perm Des), Claire White (Dip. Perm Des), James Taylor (MSc. Human Ecology) and some great guest teachers.

Dates: 6 weekends, October 2016 – March 2017: 29 – 30 Oct 2016 19 – 20 Nov 2016 10 – 11 Dec 2016 14 – 15 Jan 2017 11 – 12 Feb 2017 11 – 12 March 2017 Cost: £390 – Individual, concessionary rate (unwaged) £590 – Individual, waged (income less than £25k) £790 – Individual, waged (income more than £25k) £790 –

Sponsored/organisation rate Book on the course at http://springintoactionpdc.blogspot.co.uk

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Permaculture Works Autumn 2016 – free downloads

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Permaculture Works Autumn 2016

Dear Reader,

We are emailing to share digital versions of the members’ newsletter. You should have received the paper copy through the post recently.

Download the PDF now to enjoy Autumn issue of Permaculture Works, your members newsletter.

You can also download this season’s free poster Permaculture design at home and in the garden, plus upcoming courses and events. Please share widely!

Bright Green Future – next generation of environmental decision makers | Permaculture Association

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Bright Green Future – next generation of environmental decision makers

Young people needed to take part in Bright Green Future, a new and unique programme to create the next generation of environmental decision-makers.

We’re looking for exceptional young people aged 15-17, with an interest in acting to reduce the impacts of climate change, to take part in a two year programme starting in September 2016.

Joining Bright Green Future will help young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on a career path which could influence decisions on energy and climate change, and really make a difference to our planet!

Participants will carry out activities including:
• Local projects – running simple low carbon projects such as a school eco-day or green week, draught proofing workshop, energy auditing, renewable energy assessments, litter picking, film nights, lightbulb swaps and more
• Residential course – a four-day summer school to meet other participants and take part in workshops, talks and hands-on activities
• Training & learning – both face-to-face and online training sessions exploring energy, sustainability, and how to influence decision-making
• Work placement – a ‘policy and influence’ work placement or work shadowing opportunity at a professional organisation which influences local or national policy such as a local authority, a governmental agency, or an environmental and landscape planning body (including our partner organisation, the Town and Country Planning Association)
• Mentoring – help and support throughout the programme from a member of staff at the Centre for Sustainable Energy
Applications are now open to take part in Bright Green Future from September 2016. See www.bright-green-future.org.uk/join for more details. The deadline for applications is Sunday 17 July. An application form, a press release, a poster and further guidance, including a rough timetable and some frequently asked questions, are attached.

Bright Green Future is being run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), an established and respected energy charity with a huge range of experience in delivering projects that involve: helping households to lower their energy use, addressing fuel poverty, supporting community energy, influencing energy policy, research projects, and much more. CSE staff will be on hand to support and mentor participants throughout the duration of the programme.

We’d be really grateful if you could help us to get the word out to young people, and those who work with them, by sharing this information with your local groups and networks, and by posting information about the programme on your website and social media channels.

Bright Green Future is part of a Big Lottery Fund project called Our Bright Future, aimed at empowering young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment. Seewww.ourbrightfuture.co.uk for more details

Bumblebee Identification Courses

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Buglife are running two Bumblebee Identification Courses with the Essex Field Club, at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Chafford Gorges Nature Park.

 

The Bumblebee ID course days will consist of a morning classroom session on bumblebee ecology and identification, led by the Essex invertebrate expert, Peter Harvey, followed by a walk around the site to practice the new identification skills. It will also include a session on how to use your new skills to help national bumblebee recording schemes. This is a great opportunity to learn some new skills and contribute to the conservation of bumblebees in the county. You don’t have to be a regular visitor to the site at all, as the survey methodology and recording can be used anywhere to produced valuable information for Bumblebee Conservation Trust

o   The courses are £10, with all of this going to the Essex Wildlife Trust’s Chafford  Gorges

o   Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided

o   There are two workshops, but they will be the same content so you only need to go to one unless you’re especially keen!

o   The two dates are Saturday 23rd July and Saturday 13th August, both running from 10am until 4pm

o   To book, please call the Chafford Gorges Nature Park on 01375 484 016

short courses @ apricot centre

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