Southend Soup: Community micro-funding

southend soup

March soup is our 10th soup! How should we celebrate?https://southendsoup.wordpress.com/soup-dates/

Soup dates

Forthcoming soups:

10) Sunday 20th March, Spring Soup at Ekco Social Club, 2pm – 5pm

11) Sunday 22nd May, Cricket Soup at Southendians Club, 3pm – 6pm

12) Saturday 2nd July, Volunteer Special Soup at SAVS, 1pm – 4pm

13) Sunday 4th September, Autumn Soup at Leigh Community Centre, 3pm – 6pm

Get submitting, get booking and TELL YOUR FRIENDS! (Especially tell any neighbours that might get much company.)  

Visit the facebook page for more information.

702 Fest – Food Bank Benefit Show

Saturday 2 July 2016 at 18:00

 

In association with the local Trussell Trust food bank, Southend Food Bank.

We are doing something different with this. Entry to the show will cost you THREE or more (no less) items of tinned and packaged food that will be donated to Southend Food Bank.

A list of preferred items will be shared in this event nearer the time as I have been advised they have high stocks of certain things.

They have offered to have a representative at the show which we are hopeful will happen.

Info on the charity is here http://southend.foodbank.org.uk/

Thanks to all of the below bands to have agreed to play the show for free. Maybe we can all have a whip around at the end of the show to throw the 2 travelling bands some petrol money.

Raiden

Curbstomp SCBD

Contagion

Judged By Blood

NIL BY MOUTH

Beer Money

Pure Rage

 

Visit the facebook page for further information.

SEFFA ex-commercial hens requiring a new home

chicken

SEFFA has a few hundred ex-commercial hens needing a forever home to escape the slaughter house. These were free range organic hens could do with a new home for xmas. Minimum donation per hen £5. Please reserve now to save these babes and avoid disappointment. Collection date will be announced as soon as we have a few hundred reserved.

Thank you (Essex, Basildon Collection Point only).

Please see the facebook page for more information.

Organic Vegetable Growing Course

Southend in Transition Vision 2030

Resilient Southend – Food and Reskilling

As crop yields were strongly affected by climate disruption and high oil prices hit farmers around the world making imported food costly the population had to relearn how to grow some of their own food. Some people took the chance and made a career out of that – starting up local market gardens and offering their skills to people who needed help with learning how to grow food. UK farmers who early on changed their ways of working to incorporate organic and permaculture principles became competetive again supplying nearby towns and cities. All in all the local economies became stronger as the money circulated mainly locally. Doctors reported that people are healthier with levels of obesity very much below those of 2009 and diabetes in children became a rareity again thanks to the fresh, organic and seasonal produce available. The favourite programme on TV was the X Veg Factor and you could overhear that the heated talk in the local pub -The Cricketers was about to dig or not to dig.

A step in the right direction.

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What else could happen to bring us closer to a resilient Southend of 2030? Share in the comments.

Eco DIY

While on a visit to some friends who – what a coincidence:) – are members of Transition (Stour) Valley we’ve met Chris from Clacton whose projects are certainly worth looking at. He transformed his home and garden to be as self-sufficient as possible and offers to share his skills and experience. You can visit him (by appointment) for a sneak peek or for longer as a working or paying guest.

Their next open weekend there as part of the Heritage Open Days in Clacton is on the September 12th and 13th.

Chris
www.ecodiy.org
193 Burrs Rd
Clacton-on-sea CO15 4LN

FREE ‘EDIBLE’ WINDOW BOX PLANTING


Thanks to funding from Turning Tides, we are able to offer a FREE Window Box Planting event to brighten up our area!

Come along on Saturday 11th July, 10 am – 12 pm at St Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, Westcliff and plant up a free window box or pot to take home, filled with growing salad, herbs and edible flowers!
Please text Eleanor in 07748 583418 to register your attendance, giving your name, number of people coming and the ages of any children that will be attending.
In association with Milton Community Partnership and Transition Westcliff

Swine Flu – Another reason for building resilience?

Over at Transition Wigan they have an interesting post about the swine flu and local resilience. Have a read and put Southend on Sea in place of Wigan – share your ideas in the comments.