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

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

Tips on marketing your activities as a small community group

We run our own small charity and know how difficult it can be sometimes to recruit and retain members with limited resources and time which seems always filled with other things.
A few things which worked for us are:
1.  running a blog with short posts from each event we do with lots of pictures so we don’t have to write to much:) and people don’t have much to read anyway. We take pictures with smartphones but a digital camera will do. You can be more advanced and not even have to sit down to a computer and post to the blog directly from the mobile application or by sending an email to the blog which then posts the text and pictures directly.
2. We then use the link to the posts in biweekly emails announcing the next event. We find some people don’t remember about events otherwise in their busy lives and it helps keep us in their mind. Sometimes it is just not the right time in someones live but if we stay in touch – as we gather emails of those who were in touch with us and add them to the contacts list – they join us at a later date because we did not give up on the.

3. The blog posts are automatically uploaded to the organisations/projects Facebook Page so we reach people who use Facebook more nowadays.

4. We share the update from the Facebook Page to Facebook groups and pages which are relevant to our area of work and also more general to Southend ie. Southend on Sea Events etc.

5. People can sign up for our email updates without having to be members which expands our network and these supporters often share our events with their networks which attracts new people who might want to become members.

6. Using the smartphone and google mail to organise contacts and send a regular text to supporters for free. See link to case study here

 

That seems to do the trick as each event brings new faces and replaces those who cannot come anymore or lost interest and keeps those which we are in touch with interested and aware of our ongoing presence.
If you are running your own small project or intend to set one up and needs some help or a short training for yourselves or your team get in touch with us. Happy to do a swap or work on a donations basis for the time we invest.
Happy community organising to  you and looking forward to see you thrive.
Other useful references

Castle Point

Calling any Transition Towners who live in Castle Point!  –  Because the bedrock of the TT movement is for it to be local, I’ve always been reluctant to get involved in Southend TT but have watched from afar (Castle Point) as it has blossomed and grown.   So,  I’m now wondering whether there is any interest in looking into the possibility of setting up a TT in Castle Point?  I know there would be a lot of work to do to encourage a fledgeling group to grow wings and take off,  but (as Southend has shown) anything is possible.  If there is sufficient interest perhaps we could get together to discuss?  I look forward to hearing from you on 078 1369 3107

Eileen x