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Flashmob Southend Soup @ Project 49

Mucrofund local projects 

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

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Event Invitation: Southend Soup Christmas Party 2016


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.

PRESS RELEASE: Accountants celebrate Gold Charter Award‏

PRESS RELEASE:  For immediate release

For further information contact Jill Poet 01702 468387, jill@orbuk.org


Accountants celebrate Gold Charter Award

In 2015, RDP Newman Accountants in Southend achieved a Bronze Southend Business & Community Charter Award. Since then they have generally increased levels of community engagement; in particular, they committed to an eighteen-month strategy to support the wonderful Music Man Project. All employees at RDP Newman have enjoyed getting involved in a series of fundraising events and the team effort helped the firm achieve a Gold Charter Award this year.

Senior partner Paul Stafford and his colleague Joanne Upton were presented with their Charter Award certificate by Sir David Amess MP at a networking event at Space 282 in Leigh-on-Sea. The event was sponsored by Jaime Lawson, managing director of Space 282, and raised £333 for local charities.

Events arranged by RDP Newman have so far included a quiz night, name the bear competition and a hamper raffle. But perhaps the most rewarding aspect was collecting a range of musical instruments and ancillary items which were wrapped and presented to the Music Man students at a special Christmas lunch at the firm’s offices in Southend. This year, events will include entering the Colourthon, a Summer Fete / Sports Day, an abseil and more.

Apart from supporting the Music Man Project, the Charter Committee was impressed with the company’s commitment to supporting the local community in a number of other ways. The company supports young people through work experience and apprenticeships and also uses local companies in their supply chain.

For more information about the Southend Business and Charter Awards visit http://www.bccawards.org.uk/Southend or call Jill Poet on 01702 468387.


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Notes to the editor

  1. Pictures show:
  1. Sir David Amess MP presenting Paul Stafford and Jo Upton with a Gold Charter Award certificate;
  1. Music Man students receiving their Christmas gifts at a Christmas lunch at RDP Newman in Southend.
  1. Southend Business and Community Charter Awards are supported by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Southend Association of Voluntary Services, and a number of other local business and community groups.
  1. The Charter Awards are administered by the Organisation for Responsible Businesses. http://www.orbuk.org.uk.

[Cucumber & Cricket Soup: the one with the spectacles] Hi everyone! Next soup is approaching fast….‏

Sunday May 22 at 3-6pm at Southendian Manor Youth Football Club.

Hi everyone! Next soup is approaching fast. Please get your ticket if you are coming so we have enough food for all (and not too much left over – it’s harder to get rid of than you might think!0https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cucumber-cricket-soup-micro-…

The next Southend Soup micro-funding event is hosted by Southendian Football Club; at the back of Garons Leisure Centre in Southend. At soup events, people…

See the facebook page for more information.

Event Invitation: Essex Business Women’s Experience‏

essex womens event

Whether you have a long established business or you’re at the beginning of your journey, the Essex Business Women’s Experience is for you!

This is a unique opportunity to meet hundreds of Essex business women, learn from our free workshops, enjoy great food and be inspired, all with beautiful views of Southend Pier and lots of great sea air!

50 stands showcasing the best of Essex woman-led businesses.

Ready to start your business? Find just what you need to know, from making tax and accounting easy to finding office space.

Lots of relaxed, friendly networking with other women at all stages of business. We attract lots of women with tiny start up businesses.

Relax with a mini treatment. Looking after ourselves is a crucial part of enjoying running your own business.

Enjoy great food from our exciting Essex chefs and caterers.
Parking for 400 cars just five minutes walk away and easy access from public transport.

Join us for an inspiring and exciting day!
Email info@rosemarycunningham.co.uk if you are interested in exhibiting.
Rosemary Cunningham and the Essex Business Women’s Experience team.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are 400 parking spaces within five minutes walk of the venue. We can supply you tickets for a special daily rate of £5 for the Seaway car park.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact Rosemary Cunningham on info@rosemarycunningham.co.uk

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. If for any reason you can’t come, you are welcome to share your ticket.

We still have stand space available so contact us if you are interested in exhibiting.

Friday, June 17, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (BST) – Add to Calendar
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea Hotel – Church Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, United Kingdom – View Map

See the facebook page for more information.

The Hub Southend

the hub southend


Are we missing something for the community?


If you

  • are interested in developing a project that will help your local area or community
  • need help in setting up a community group or securing funding
  • feel that the HUB is missing a service that will be beneficial to the community
  • know of a project that you feel the HUB should promote

Then you can fill out one of the forms available inside the HUB available on the front desk and let us know. A member of the team will be in contact with you as soon as possible to discuss your idea or project.


Visit the website for more information.

Essex Savers notice of Annual General Meeting, Thursday 11 February, 6.30pm

Annual General Meeting

to be held at

Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Anglia Ruskin University

Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford. CM1 1SQ

Thursday 11 February 2016


6.30pm Refreshments    –   Mezzanine Reception Area

(Non-Members will have the opportunity to join Essex Savers)


7‎.‎00 ‎pm Presentations and Meeting‎     –    Lecture Theatre


Welcome ‎– Alison Davies‎, ‎President‎, ‎Essex Savers‎


       Guest Speaker Martin Groombridge, CEO London Capital Credit Union


       Essex Savers 2014-15, plans for 2016 – Essex Savers Team


                                                            See website for more details: www.essexsavers.co.uk


RSVP   by 5 February 2016

Essex Savers net Credit Union Ltd, 53 New Street, Chelmsford.  Essex.  CM1 1AT.

01245 496314           info@essexsavers.co.uk               www.essexsavers.co.uk

We will email your statement, please request by tel: 01245 496314 or email: members@essexsavers.co.uk




7.45pm    Annual General Meeting (Members only)


Quorum present



·        Minutes of last AGM held 27 February 2015 – Noel Mead, Secretary

·        Board Report – Alison Davies, on behalf of the Board of Directors

·        Treasurer’s Report‎, year ended 30 September 2015 – Brian Goldsmith

·        Auditor’s Report

·        Credit Committee Report 

·        Supervisor’s Report

·        Appointment of Auditors



·        Board members standing down by rotation (to be re-elected)

·        Ratify directors appointed during the year



Best wishes


Alison Davies

Mananging Director / President

netCUDA Ltd / Essex Savers net Credit Union Ltd

53 New Street




01245 496235

07870 678559


Event Invitation: Southend Soup – autumn comforts!

Dusty Bottems invited you to her event Southend Soup – autumn comforts! 2 November at 17:30 Belle Vue Baptist Church in Southend-on-Sea Join Maybe Decline Southend Soup is a community micro-finance project based on the brilliant Detroit SOUP. For our version, people come along, pay £5 (children go free), enjoy a mingle, music (usually provided by ‘hou…
Southend Soup – autumn comforts!
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EnZIyIzKaxE.png Belle Vue Baptist Church in Southend-on-Sea
Southend Soup is a community micro-finance project based on the brilliant Detroit SOUP.

For our version, people come along, pay £5 (children go free), enjoy a mingle, music (usually provided by ‘hou…


eBarts and Community Land Trusts events in Chelmsford

See here for the full programme of events.


Begin forwarded message:

From: Leonie Ramondt

Hi folks,

As people who are variously passionate about Chelmsford’s; creativity, community, social change, culture, sustainability and heritage, I’d like to invite you to two events that can help grow our local economy significantly.

The first is the ebarts social currency event. Imagine if we could mobilise even a fraction of the skills lost to us due to a depressed economy let alone enable unemployed people, pensioners, carers and students to supplement their income and /or start up their own enterprises.

the ebarts event at lunchtime on thurs the 23rd of October will give us the opportunity to explore whether this is possible. If this is of interest, please register via this link and/or please circulate the information to people who might be interested.

For those of us interested in community enterprise, the Community Land Trust event at the Ideas Hub is an opportunity to hear about an initiative that points towards how we might work together to make a real difference.

I was aware when the Marconi railway site was sold in 2012, that it was an amazing opportunity lost to community, because we didn’t have the active network to take advantage of it. Clearly the time wasn’t right. However, the linked 3 minute video shows an initiative in Totness that shows how people are working together to enhance their local economy http://atmostotnes.org/the-project/

Again, if you would like to attend, it would help our planning if you could register please and also please invite anyone who you think might be interested..

Many thanks,


07970 571375

The Ideas Festival 2014 Theme is Create!

Date: 20th October to the 2nd of November

The Festival is a Changing Chelmsford Initiative

creativity | collaboration | community

View and download the programme from


and please stay in touch and help spread the news via
Twitter: @ChangingChlmsfd



You can see some of the highlights from last year’s festival:


The Ideas Hub


Twitter: @IdeasHubChelms

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/IdeasHubChelmsford