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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.

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.

 

Report from May Fayre 2017

We had a brilliant day at the Trust Links organised Fayre. We set up in a lush location and could witness the bees at work.

The children enjoyed the home made play dough and making a DIY mandala from newspaper cut outs.

We used that time to chat about Southend in Transition with adults introducing the community allotment and Repair Cafe ideas and everyone was interested and shared our interest in building resilient and connected communities. We had a few signs up for the newsletter, donations, books bought and seed shared.

Walking around the grounds you could see how the Fayre has grown from year to year and got better and better. There were bands, how roast, May Pole and there was even an inflatable bouncy castle! New comers commented how they went past the site hundreds of times to be surprised at how many different things were hidden away behind the shrubs.

You can meet us again tomorrow at the www.sitcommunityallotment.wordpress.com between 10-14. We will enjoy some gardening but also read a few poems during lunch time.

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!

Double Whammy Networking supporting Tansition

​from Jill:

Don’t forget to book our next Double Whammy Networking event on 9th May. This event is sponsored by and being held at The Castle on Southend’s Eastern Esplanade. Tickets are £10 and include full English breakfast with veggie options. £8 from each ticket sold will go to our charity pot. For this event, we are supporting Southend-on-Sea in Transition and the Tram Stop Sheleter. There is also an option to purchase a banner ticket which includes the added bonus of being able to display a banner stand and your business literature. CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW

Tuesday 9th May

7:30am to 9:30am

Full English at The Castle Hotel

92 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2YP

As always, there’s no fundraising on the day apart from our optional card draw, so do join us for great business networking and a delicious breakfast served upstairs in the pub’s function suite / carvery.

Booking is essential, so please BOOK NOW