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Southend in Transition Community Plot Update

Hi there fans and friends of https://sitcommunityallotment.wordpress.com
We had our first plot visit this year and got a cunning plan of making it even better place to meet new people, enjoy nature and growing fresh, mood and immune boosting food.
Please see dates for Taster dates open to new people below. Just come in for a cup of tea and piece of cake to see the plot and decide then if it is something you want to get involved with. Bring a friend of family. We have a core group of growers so if you want to pop in now and again that’s just right.
This year we have our original plot to work on and are looking at working on a Family Plot so if you are in a blessed state, have that newborn or toddler please let us know so we can check some ideas with you what would make it an ideal place for you to bring your family to.
Taster days 2nd Sat and 4th Sun of the month, between 10-14, newcomers welcome:
Sun 28/02 Spring Clean- clean out the greenhouse, weed the beds and paths, mow the grass, turn out the compost bins and mulch
Sat 12/03 Soil preparation – Soil testing – Soil improvement
Sun 27/03 Last of winter harvest and lunch – making seed bombs
Sat 9/04 Seed, weed, read – Seed Swap and Spring poetry
Sun 24/04 Plant and rant – take a pot home
Sat 14/05 Seed and more weed – Make a of a bug hotel and take home
Transition Drinks – Transition Drinks – 25/02, 31/03, 28/04 last Thursday of every month, 19:00, Olde Trout Pub
Save my mobile and see you there.
What you can do now:
1. visit the plot Map for a Taster
2. forward to friends
3. if you have any tools, seeds, allotment stuff etc drop it off or let me know if you need it picked up. Thanks in advance.
4. have a look at recent pictures
5. suggest what events and activities would you like to see
Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

Local action
www.SouthendinTransition.org.uk and on Facebook

Westcliff Permaculture Design Course, spring 2010

Announcing a full Permaculture Design Course to be held in Westcliff on Sea this Spring.

The full 72 hour Permaculture Design Course is a vital stage in the development of understanding of permaculture ethics, principles, design processes and implementation techniques providing essential skills for the post-peak oil world.

Held over 5 weekends at a venue less than an hour from central London, we will be running this course in partnership with Southend in Transition, Milton Community Partnership and Growing Together

Dates: 7 – 8 May
21 – 22 May
4 – 5 June
18 – 19 June
2 – 3 July

Times: 10 am – 6 pm, with optional additional sessions and/or social events on the Saturday evenings

Accomodation: options for attendees from outside of the Southend area are available, more details to follow

Cost: £450 – £300 depending on income, some concessionary places available, please enquire to Milton Community Partnership (see below) £50 secures a place

Led by: Graham Burnett and guest tutors

Full course details here

For enquiries and bookings contact Milton Community Partnership or tel 01702 213264

Please note that booking of places for this course is NOT through Spiralseed, please contact the MCP directly, thanks

A local food celebratory day


A local food celebratory day was suggested by the local food project officers for the Women’s Environmental Network (see www.wen.org.uk) and is to be one of three WEN initiated events in the Eastern Region – the others being in Ipswich and Yarmouth.

The events are intended to showcase the development of three community gardens one in each area – the S E Essex one being WEN’s plot at the Manchester Drive allotments – and will create a focus for energy and partnership working that will provide a solid foundation for celebrating new food growing skills within the community. The projects aim to reduce isolation by encouraging isolated and disadvantaged women (and men) to get involved in gardening and food-growing as a healthy, outdoor activity, and by publicizing the existence of other community gardening groups in the area and in other parts of the East of England. The three events will be linked to encourage participants from each project to visit other food-growing projects in their local  area and in the East of England to enable the sharing of experience, as well as learning new skills and gaining greater confidence together.

Ideally anyone involved in, or interested in, local food production (and distribution) would have input into and take part in the day.

How WEN’S local food project workers see the day –

We would like to organise three celebratory events, modelled on our successful Culture Kitchen events, that will bring together urban food growers of different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
to share their ideas for and experiences of food growing, and enjoy a shared meal produced from the fruits of their plots. They will also have the opportunity to discuss and address the issue of accessing
fresh, healthy and affordable food in their areas, through food growing and other means. These activities will enable people from a variety of backgrounds to coalesce around shared local issues,
sharing skills and ideas over a community meal.”


The date has been set for Oct 16th 2010 (which coincidentally is World Food Day).

The aims of the day will be:

  1. To bring together urban food growers of different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds to celebrate food growing skills, to share ideas for and experiences of food growing, and to enjoy a shared meal produced from the fruits of their plots.

  2. To provide the opportunity to discuss and address the issue of accessing fresh, healthy and affordable food in their areas, through food growing and other means.

  3. To enable people from a variety of backgrounds to coalesce around shared local issues, sharing skills and ideas over a community meal.

Suggestions have already been made for the programme for the day –

Showing positive films such as Robecca Hoskin’s Farm For A Future or some shorts on local forest gardens and orchards etc

An ‘Open Space’ or ‘World Café’ discussion space

Apple pressing and juicing (Graham Burnett has said he might have his own apple press by then)

Lots of local produce for sale

Lots of networking and local groups involved

Seed swapping

Recipe swapping

Veggie burger tasting

Permaculture display/workshop

Willow work

To be decided are –

The venue (to accommodate at least 60 people with easy access to a community food growing area and big kitchen)

the agenda (its all up for discussion!)

To register your interest or send in ideas

email Eileen Peck <eileen@peckfamily.co.uk

Carol Ferrett

S E Essex Women’s Environmental Network

01702  342148

Transition Southend Timeline

The screening of short clips from all over the world about Transition Towns was really exciting. Seeing all the projects going of in UK, NZ and Europe and talking about how far Transition Westcliff has got over the last year got us into a good mood.

We done some good group work where we discussed our what concerns we’ve got for our community, what is the vision we have for it and what actions we can take to make them real.

We also started work on the Southend Transition Timeline. The Timeline
is a tool for our Transiton Inititive and the public. With it we can
easily look into a better future and work together towards it. Come to
the events and add your vision to it.

Some ideas very thought through others funny.

‘Permaculture – A Beginners Guide’ book signing event, Southend Library, Sat 28th March

Permaculture a Beginners Guide by Graham Burnett



Date; 28th March 2009

At; Southend Central Library, Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea

About the book; What is Permaculture? Why do we need Permaculture? What are Permaculture ethics and the principles of working with nature’s patterns? What are the Basics of the Permaculture design process? What are concepts such as Zones, sectors, edge, stacking and succession, and how they can work for us? How can you use Permaculture practically in your life, home, garden, land or community, whatever your situation? Plus Practical tips, including; reading your land, saving energy, year round food from your garden and how to use your weeds….

About the author; Westcliff based author and illustrator Graham Burnett is a co-founder of Transition Westcliff, a project exploring what low carbon life will be like after the age of cheap oil. He is also Trustee of the Permaculture Association (Britain) and holds the Diploma in Permaculture Design. He has run introductory and full design courses since 1998 with organisations and projects including Naturewise, OrganicLea, Green Adventure, the Vegan Organic Network, Thrive, Transition Town Brixton, Birmingham Decoy and Ars Terra in Los Angeles. He writes for publications as diverse as Permaculture Magazine, The Raven, Growing Green, The Vegan and The Idler.

For more information see www.spiralseed.co.uk/flyer


Transition Westcliff Film Club


(download flyer in PDF format for display in your local shop or notice board (A5 size))

Transition Town Westcliff Press Release;

2008 was the year that the news was dominated by high oil prices, with the year ending with the worst global economic downtown for several generations. One very important story went largely unreported in 2008, which was the year of global peak oil. Transition Town Westcliff begun in 2008 and in 2009 we have many activities planned to help people think about community developments, such as growing food close to home. Despite or because of the economic downturn alternative business models are being considered and localisation can be a tonic to the current economic depression.

So if you are feelings hung-over from the gloom of 2008, come and enjoy some positive messages for 2009 at the TRANSITION TOWN WESTCLIFF FILM CLUB – Last Friday of the month, 19:30 till 21:30 at St Marks Church, Princes Street, with a friendly chat/discussion after the film and presentation of local groups and projects. Free entry (suggested donation £2). Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

Friday 30 January 2009- The End of Suburbia (78 min)

With brutal honesty and a touch of irony this document asks serious questions about the sustainability of suburban way of life when the cheap fossil fuels are running out, drip, drip…

Friday 27 February 2009 – The Power of Community (53 min)

This is an inspiring look at what hope, community, intelligence & hard work accomplished after Cubans ran out of oil.

Friday 27 March 2009 – Transition Towns (50 min)

Short films about the beginnings of Transition Towns and their viral spread around the world from the UK to NZ, USA, Japan, Europe… and chat afterwards about the year since Transition Town Westcliff started.

Friday 24 April 2009 – Money as Debt (47 min)

An excellent, entertaining and animated feature by graphic artist and videographer, Paul Grignon, explains today’s magically perverse debt money system

With thanks to the support of Milton Community Partnership

Submitted by Graham

A Recipe for a Transitional Winter Meal…

This is a post-festive meal made up of seasonal vegetables obtained from the Milton Community Partnership’s veggie box project run by Eleanor King. The main part of the meal consists almost entirely of root vegetables that could be grown locally, ie, in your garden or allotment. The topping I have to admit was made from shop bought produce, but again could be grown during the summer months or under glass and either preserved or frozen… It was cooked in our wood fueled Rayburn, using locally sourced seasoned timber…

One large red onion

2 medium parsnips

4 medium carrots

2 large beetroots

One large sweet potato

5 or six medium potatoes

A bulb of garlic

Fair Trade Olive Oil


Several chopped tomatoes

Several chopped mushrooms

A large red pepper

Cut root vegetables and onion into largish chunks or cubes. Line them on the base of a good quality baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Break garlic into cloves and place amongst the veg. Don’t worry about peeling the cloves, the insides will soften as they cook and the garlic skins can be discarded afterwards. Roast in a hot oven for an hour or so until the vegetables are beginning to soften. Remove from oven and top with the chopped tomatoes, mushrooms and pepper and replace in the oven for another 30 – 45 minutes or so.

Serve with a nut roast (or in our case a curried bean loaf made from mashed broad beans (frozen produce from the allotment last spring), grated carrot, oats and cooked rice (not locally grown I’m afraid…), gravy or whatever you fancy… This fed our family of 6 with plenty left over for tomorrow’s lunch…

Submitted by Graham Burnett