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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!

Flashmob Southend Soup @ Project 49

Mucrofund local projects 

Event link

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

Eastern European Culture Festival – Saturday 10 December 2016

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Poster for Monday 21 November 2016 Event – Growing Together Westcliff

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Community Fayre Saturday 22 October 2016

The Knights of St Columba  are holding a Community Fayre around the theme of ‘Live Simply’ and Fairtrade on Saturday 22nd October at Nazareth House 10am until 1pm.

CAFOD will have a stall there along with other Catholic charities, local businesses and organisations.

Hope to see you there

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Southend Little Free Pantry

TAKE WHAT YOU NEED, BRING WHAT YOU CAN.
Clothes, toys, household goods (within reasonable size limits) and other non-perishable groceries are welcomed.

See the facebook page for further information.

SE Essex Organic Gardeners] SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join…

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SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 19 September at Growing Together Westcliff at 8.00pm:

“Ben Lambert – adapting to economic and climatic change in an Essex Orchard”

Ben has been carrying out projects for his permaculture diploma at the 94 year old orchard Crapes Fruit Farm, near Colchester. There they grow both fruit and vegetables so expect a mix of no-dig farming, bio-intensive, soil re-mineralisation, forest gardening and holistic orchard management.

Growing Together Westcliff is situated on the corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG. Please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase.

Non-members £2.00 – you are most welcome!

See the facebook page for more information.

Event Invitation: MoreInCommon

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I think it’s fair to say that the last month has knocked many people’s confidence in the Britain they know and love.

From the brutal murder of Jo Cox, to some of the toxic images and messages distributed during the Referendum campaign, as well as the reports of hostility and even hate crimes against Europeans living and working in Britain since the announcement of the result, there’s a feeling that something has changed for the worse.

It would be a huge mistake to assume that the vast majority of people who voted to leave the EU were motivated by racism. People voted to leave for a whole number of reasons, only some of which were related to concerns about immigration.

In fact, there is a danger that such an assumption will actually push people from working-class communities who voted heavily for Brexit towards the politics of fear and hate at the very time we should be reaching out and helping them step away from such negativity.

Later this week, HopeNotHate will launch a campaign called#MoreInCommon to bring divided communities together and challenge the narratives of fear and hate.

The campaign will include:

– Holding over 100 meetings across the country, to develop plans to bring communities together around the #MoreInCommon theme
– Building solidarity with communities under attack and calling on the authorities to do more to defend them and demand that EU migrants have a right to stay in this country.

http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/educational/blog/moreincommon-4931

Monday July 11 7pm-9pm at Westcliff United Reformed Church

More details to follow soon.

See the facebook event page.

Southend Community-in-Harmony Partnership meeting (13 June)‏

Hello all

Hope you will be able to make the meeting next Monday (13 June) when our speaker will be Huw Williams from the Terence Higgins Trust.
I have attached the agenda together with minutes of the last main meeting (14 March) and minutes of Trustees meetings (14 March, 11 April and 9 May).
Hope to see you on 13th