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Permaculture Works Autumn 2016 – free downloads


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!

Council continues to lead low carbon agenda | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Published Wednesday, 14th September 2016

Solar Panels, Temple Sutton, Primary school, Eastern Avenue, Southend. Picture Steve O'Connell 22-10-15

Council driven energy projects over the last eighteen months have had such an environmental impact that they have kept the equivalent of 700 cars off the road for one year.

Over 3,500 tonnes of CO2 have been saved, and provided £700,000 worth of income and savings to the council.

The CO2 savings are also equivalent to an average car being driven non-stop for nearly 16 years or the average energy needs of a house being met for 269 years.

The great success of the work is part of the council’s Low Carbon Energy and Sustainability Strategy (LCESS) that was approved in 2015, and will be discussed next week (Cabinet, 20th September – item 21).

The annual update report charts the major progress made since the strategy was approved. Since then the council has started £19m worth of energy projects, including the ongoing installation of LED street lighting across the Borough, pilot solar panel projects at Temple Sutton School and Southend Adult Community College and other energy efficiency projects on council properties.

Alongside these projects, Southend Energy was launched in May 2015, delivering average savings of £276 per household to the 5,000 now signed up to the scheme, helping to save £1.3m locally and deliver 1,200 tonnes of CO2 savings thanks to the environmental policy within the tariff.

The report also looks to the future, with the council looking for innovative opportunities to generate energy from tidal and wave power on the Pier, put more solar panelling on council buildings, and continue work on local schools using Temple Sutton as a model.  The council’s energy team are also keeping abreast of new technology and innovations and looking at ways to better manage surface water and drainage with our partners like Anglian Water.

Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, says: “This report shows that we are really leading the field in this area, and continue to seek innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions, be more energy efficient and help to save ourselves and local residents money.

“I am delighted that the council have been able to carry out so many low carbon projects including the installation of LED street lighting across the Borough and working with local schools to deliver solar energy.  There are further exciting times ahead, and the energy team continue to stay ahead of the game, ensuring they are on top of innovations as they continually come forwards.  I look forward to working up the detail on more pioneering future schemes that are good for the environment and good for both the council and local residents finances.”

Background to projects

A total of 754 solar panels have been installed on the roof of Temple Sutton School, providing 180,000kwh a year – around three quarters of the school’s electricity demand. Southend Adult Community College, meanwhile, has fitted 401 panels to their roofs, providing 90,000 kwh a year, approximately a third of demand.

The solar installations are just one part of a large investment programme in energy savings and generation at the sites, which l also includes such measures as biomass boilers, ground-source heat pumps, LED lighting, additional insulation, motor controls, heating controls and double glazed windows at the school.  It is estimated that 437 tonnes of CO2 will be saved every year from the new measures – the equivalent to 219 hot air balloons filled with CO2.

The initial £1.9m investment is being made by the Council on the school and college’s behalf.  The school and college will then use part of the energy cost savings to pay for the investment over the long term. Additional savings can then be used by the school and college to reinvest into education.

See the website for further information.

SEEOG – September Newsletter




Healthwatch Southend Newsletter August 2016


Welcome to our August Newsletter!

As always, here at Healthwatch Southend, we welcome any feedback, good or bad, about local Health and Social Care Services. So if you have anything you would like to share with us, give us a call on 01702 356066 or go to our website at http://www.healthwatchsouthend.co.uk and complete our speak out form.
Your experiences and views are important so let us know what you think!

Book a Session with Us
Healthwatch Southend offer drop in sessions to community groups and projects to offer information and advice on Health and Social Care Services. If you belong to a group and would like our team to come along, contact us to arrange a date!

As always, please do get in touch with any suggestions you may have and we hope to hear from you soon.

Many thanks,
The Healthwatch Southend Team


[Leigh Folk Festival – 25th Anniversary] Today we launch our Crowdfunder campaign to raise…‏

Today we launch our Crowdfunder campaign to raise funds to put on‪#‎LeighFolk16‬ and future events.

Leigh Folk Festival has been free for the last 25 years, and we intend on keeping it that way. As the years have gone on, Leigh Folk Festival has grown and the costs of putting on a large scale event have increased.

We are looking to raise £5,000 in 35 days, to maintain the quality and diversity that Leigh Folk Festival so passionately embraces. In return we’ve come up with a number of reward packages to say thanks for supporting this great community event. After all, we would be nothing without your continued support.

Check out the rewards:
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/leighfolkfestival ‪#‎ThankFolkForYourSupport‬

Leigh Folk Festival's photo.
Visit the facebook page for more information also.

Handy course gives top tips to help you mend your bike | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council‏


Bikeability Fix sessions this June will teach children and young people from nine to fourteen how to tackle punctures and keep their bikes roadworthy.

These basic maintenance courses are being held at Belfairs Academy, Highlands Boulevard, Leigh, SS9 3TG on Wednesday 1st June from 9:30am until 11:15am, and 12noon until 1:45pm.

They cost £10 per session and there is no need to bring along a bike or any other equipment.

Everyone who attends will receive a puncture repair kit to help them mend bike punctures at home.

The Bikeability Fix course, delivered by the Cycle Southend team proved a big hit recently with two local scout groups who learned how to check that their bikes were safe and repair a puncture, along with basic maintenance tasks.

Scout Leader, Terence Lewis said afterwards: “The scouts thoroughly enjoyed the evening and are looking forward to participating in future events such as the forthcoming Tweed Ride.”

For more details or to book a place, please visit www.cyclesouthend.co.uk or call 01702 215595.

Calling would-be new young market traders | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council‏


Young entrepreneurs are urged to bid for the chance to pitch up in Southend High Street to sell their wares on Saturday 28th May.

Successful applicants aged from 16 to 24 will be able to set up their stalls from 10am until 4pm at a special youth market.

The event coincides with Love your Local Market fortnight: ‘Love Your Local Market’ and offers intrepid young adults from all backgrounds the opportunity to profit from their skills.

Applications are open till 24th April, and ten selected will be asked to pay a £10 pitch fee, to make the experience as similar as possible to the regular market process.

However, their takings will be theirs to keep.

Throughout the day, judges will be watching how the young traders conduct themselves, in a hunt to find Southend Best Youth Trader 2016 and award them with a £100 voucher prize.

Mike Allen, Managing Director of Essex Farmers Markets, will be joined by staff from the Council’s Economic Development team to oversee and support the traders at the event.

For more details and an application form, please visit: http://www.visitsouthend.co.uk/_previewBusiness-on-Sea-Youth-Market.aspx or email: economicd@southend.gov.uk

Applicants could also be put forward to represent Southend-on-Sea in the National Youth Market in Manchester at the beginning of September, with the chance of winning up to £500.

Details on this can be found here: http://www.nmtf.co.uk/nationalyouthmarket/17-campaigns/114-youthmarkets.html

The Council’s Head of Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism, Scott Dolling said:
“We hope as many young people as possible will apply, because this is such a tremendous opportunity for them to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills. They can earn money while having plenty of fun and getting a taste of real live market trading.

“We also hope residents and visitors will flock to the event to show their support while finding an array of bargains and maybe unusual items on sale.”

Singers, squeezeboxes and beer on the Pier! | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council‏


Get blown away at the end of Southend Pier with a special series of spectacular jazz concerts – starting Sunday 3rd April.

This Sunday’s event in the Royal Pavilion at the sea end of Southend Pier runs from 12:30pm until 3pm with Digby’s Dixieland Delight featuring Digby Fairweather, Roy Williams, Julian Marc Stringle, Mick Foster, Tim Huskisson, Roger Curfey and Alan Clarke.

Then on Monday 2nd May, the Royal Pavilion with resound to the sound of Guitars Galore with Jim Mullen, Dominic Ashworth, Paul Seeley and Paul Kimbleof.

Georgina’s Jazz on Sunday 12th June will star Georgina Jackson and Nick Dawson.

All these concerts run from 12:30pm until 3pm and will cost £15 – which includes entry to the Pier and return fare on the Pier train.

For tickets and more details, please visit: www.visitsouthend.co.uk or call 01702 215620.

SEEOG’s May poster‏

SEEOG May poster


Tree-mendous gift from OVO energy helps to green local park | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council


Children from Thorpe Greenways School have helped plant 250 trees in Southchurch Park East as the Council seeks to make the borough cleaner and greener.

The trees have been donated to the Council by OVO, the Council’s partner in its own energy initiative, Southend Energy.

The tree planting comes as the Council prepares to launch ‘Make Southend Sparkle’, a pioneering initiative to bring together community groups, businesses and the council to make our neighbourhoods cleaner and greener.

Mary Betson, Executive Cllr for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development, said: “I am delighted that we were able to use our links with OVO through Southend Energy – which has already attracted over 3,000 local customers in less than a year – to introduce further greenery into a local park.

“We are very grateful to them for donating these trees and I look forward to more of them being planted across the Borough.”

Reg Platt, Senior Manager from OVO said: “We pride ourselves on our green credentials, providing 33 per cent renewable energy as standard in both OVO’s and Southend Energy’s tariffs, along with our competitively priced Greener plans which are 100 per cent renewable.

“That is why we were delighted to support the Council by donating these trees as it prepares to launch its Make Southend Sparkle campaign.”

Since its launch in May last year, OVO has saved over 3,000 customers an average of £287 on their energy bills whilst increasing the percentage of renewable energy these households use.

To find out if you can save, please visit www.southendenergy.co.uk