The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016‏

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The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back for 2016!

We’re pleased to announce that the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is returning with £350,000 to distribute to community groups across the UK this summer.

It’s part of the continued commitment from M&S Energy to enable more communities in the UK to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable.

Over 136 projects entered in the competition last year, generating over 52,000 votes in a close-run campaign, resulting in 21 project winners from around Great Britain benefiting from our fund.

Ed Davey, the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, joined River Cottage founder Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and a panel of experts to decide on the 5 additional judges’ discretion prizes.

There’s £12,500 up for grabs in each M&S region across Great Britain to use towards the installation of a renewable technology and generate energy for your community building.

Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, we want to hear from you.

What do I need to do to apply?
Applications open online next week, and you have until 31st May 2016 to tell us all about your project to be in with a chance to win funding.
A tip to support your application preparation:

  1. Make sure Planning Permission or Permitted Development Rights has been approved prior to application
  2. You will need to submit cost quotes from your installer so have this document ready to upload

Find out more.

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

SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 16 May at Growing Together Westcliff at 8.00pm.

Nick Mole, PAN UK’s UK Policy Officer, will be talking about the pesticide-free towns and cities movement across the world and how communities are working to help pollinators in the face of government inaction. Nick is running their pesticide-free towns campaign and is on top of the subject
www.pan-uk.org/pesticide-free

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

Non-members £2.00 – you are most welcome!

Every year large amounts of toxic pesticides are used in the streets, parks, schools and open spaces of our towns and cities. But it doesn’t have to be this way ……….
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Visit the facebook page for additional information.

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

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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

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Hi we are the South East Essex local community group of the Womens Environmental Network, we meet monthly to discuss environmental and community issues.

Visit the facebook page for event updates and further information.

[Southend-on-Sea in Transition] In case you missed the film on ITV Anglia East…‏

In case you missed the film on ITV Anglia East (not available in Southend!) then here it is: https://youtu.be/-UGFqru02Ls

PLEASE VOTE – only 1 day left!!!!!!!!!!!https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/…/growing-together-sh…

To vote and for full T&C’s please visit – https://www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
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Alternatively, see the facebook link for more information.

Open Day – Eastern Avenue Allotment Site

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Monday May 2

10am – 4pm

Visit the facebook page for further information.

[Southend-on-Sea Action] Spiralseed are pleased to announce ‘Creating A…

Creating A Positive Revolution – A Six Week Appreciative Inquiry Course, Southend on Sea

Creating A Positive Revolution – A Six Week Appreciative Inquiry Course, Southend on Sea

The world’s full of big problems. You want to do something, but where to start?

Start with something small. Something that makes best use of your unique set of gifts. Something that begins on your doorstep – that tackles the problem in front you – and grows from there. 

This course, an enhanced version of one I ran in 2012 – and this time co-delivered with Permaculture teacher and author Graham Burnett – will equip you with the skills and inspiration to Make Something Happen in your community.

I’m an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner with 10 years of working with this philosophy to help people make a difference. You don’t need to know anything about Appreciative Inquiry (have a Google!) except that it’s originator – Dr David Cooperider – describes it as a way toseek out what gives life in order to ignite the imagination of what could be. It’s used with communities all over the world: working especially well in rural communities in developing countries.

At its heart is story-telling, and finding the best in every person. Everyone has something they can DO. To quote Cooperider (because this is great and I’ve nicked a bit for the course title):

“[Appreciative Inquiry] deliberately seeks to discover people’s exceptionality – their unique gifts, strengths, and qualities. It actively searches and recognizes people for their specialities – their essential contributions and achievements. And it is based on principles of equality of voice – everyone is asked to speak about their vision of the true, the good, and the possible. Appreciative Inquiry builds momentum and success because it believes in people. It really is an invitation to a positive revolution. Its goal is to discover in all human beings the exceptional and the essential.”

Over six weeks you’ll learn how AI works and will be encouraged to build your own project. The course is interactive and practical, and the fee includes a folder with detailed handouts of each session and all exercises. We encourage a certain amount of ‘homework’ but this will be light, fun and optional.

Places are restricted to 16, and will be allocated first come first served. (We’ll start a waiting list if we get over-subscribed!)

Tutors: Sherry Fuller, Appreciative Inquiry practitioner and founder of Southend Soup, Graham Burnett, Diploma of Permaculture Design

Venue: Upstairs at The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road (opposite Southend Central Station), Southend on Sea,

Dates: One evening a week for 6 weeks, Thursday 28 April through to Thursday 2 June

Time: 7 – 9pm

Course fee: Cost for full course £30.00 for concessions (ie students, and those not currently working.)

£50.00 for everyone else

A deposit secures your place and you can pay the remaining balance on the first night. £5 deposit for concessions, £15 deposit for non-concessions.

See more at the website.