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Leigh-on-Sea Farmers Market


21 October 2016 09.00-12.00

Leigh Community Centre, 71-71 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1SP


Regular stallholders (and some pretty new!) at the Leigh market include:

Sarah Green Organics, who have a wide range of quality assured vegetables in season.
Highfield Farm bring beef joints, steaks, mince etc. from their rare breed cows.
Ann Cushion from Leigh brings runny and set honey from her local hives.
Hilltop Farm in Benfleet: Maureen Perkins brings apples and pears during late summer and autumn, and soft fruit and plums during the summer.
Rhyne Park Farm from Bures, bring pork and bacon from their Gloucester Old Spots, Saddlebacks and Large Blacks, as well as a selection of lamb products from our previous supplier, Layer Marney Farm.
Donald Swinburne: Wide range of homemade chutneys
Elixers of Life from Canvey, supplies healthy skin products made from natural sources.
Gambardeli’s, the home of great tasting, nutritious, meat-free protein.
Luke Osborne’s mushrooms (UrbanFarmers)
Louise Gomez, Sharpening Systems, whose van parks on the front forecourt
McCarthy’s Country Store
The Cheese & Pie Man
Flower and home
And SE Essex Organic Gardeners’ plants and information

Parking in Leigh is directly behind the police station and town council offices, where the market is actually held (down a small road between these buildings), or there is another car park in North Street. There is also parking on the roads, but it’s busy, so can take a while to get a spot.

See the facebook page for more information.

Event Invitation: Leigh-on-Sea Beer Festival‏

beer festival

Open for 3 days only! The Leigh Beer Festival will host 30+ real ales and ciders.

A range of hot food will be available plus live music and entertainment each day.

Open Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August.

This event is brought to you by Southend Carnival Events, raising funds for the carnival procession and local charities.

Aug 5 at 2 PM to Aug 7 at 8 PM
Leigh Community Centre

See the facebook event page for more information.

Send a Cow: Saturday June 25th, Leigh-on-Sea‏

After ‘Three Acres And A Cow’ (Cecily was there), she’s now opening her garden in aid of ‘Send a Cow’ –


Saturday June 25th


10:00 – 16:00


9 Glenbervie Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 3JU


Wild flower meadow and fruit and vegetables


Interest for children


Teas and plants for sale


Entrance: by donation – suggestion £4 .00


Children free


Cecily Morris was our guest speaker a few years ago, when she presented ‘Keyhole Gardens and how to make one’ – seen at this link:



Barn Dance – Friday 10th June 2016



Proceeds in aid of Leigh Folk Festival’s 25th anniversary

Hot food available + real ale bar.

£10 per ticket, available from Leigh Community Centre or by emailing info@leighfolkfestival.com. Tickets will also be avaliable on the door.

See the facebook event for further information.

Event Invitation: Barn Dance with Famous Potatoes – Leigh Folk Festival Fundraiser‏


Friday 10th June at 8pm at Leigh Community Centre


Proceeds in aid of Leigh Folk Festival’s 25th anniversary

Hot food available + real ale bar.

£10 per ticket, available from Leigh Community Centre or by emailing info@leighfolkfestival.com. Tickets will also be avaliable on the door.

See the facebook event page.

Leigh Farmers Market

leigh farmers market

Leigh Community Centre is host to their very own Farmer’s Market on the third Friday of every month. Like our page for details of stallholders and dates.

Visit the facebook page for further information.

Join us at the Official Trawler Launch Party!

Join us at the Official Trawler Launch Party!

As a reader of our first issue of Trawler Paper we thought you’d be interested to know that it was a massive success. In fact it’s popularity has lead to us writing, photographing and designing Issue 2, and the good news is that it is being printed this month!

The Spring 2016 issue has even more pages and features an amazing range of articles as well as short stories, poetry, and beautiful photo essays

But That’s Not all…
To celebrate the second issue of Trawler we’re holding a Launch Party at the Leigh Community Centre on April 15th 2016 that you are invited to. 

As well as giving away copies of the paper we’ll also have an amazing range of talks given by a host of local talent – a Trawler version of Ted Talks if you will!

Six local adventurers, entrepreneurs, raconteurs and personalities will be giving incredible seven minute talks on everything from wine tasting to building bamboo bicycles to wild swimming.

The Fat Pig Of Rioja by Sam Brown
Owner of Vino Vero, Sam will tell his tale of hunting out some of the best wines in Europe and finding the fabled “Fat Pig”. You’ll also be able to taste this wine on the night! (Complimentary glass of wine included in ticket price).

Happy Wild Swimming by Paige Ockendon
Paige will be premiering her new short film “Happy Wild Swimming” and discussing the benefits of winter swimming in the Estuary

White Gold by Alex Storey
Alex weaves a jaw-dropping story of how the cotton trade is in desperate need of reform, and what we can do to help.

My Handmade Bike by Sam Gable
Sam is a 3D designer who built a bike…out of bamboo…and now plans to ride it to Amsterdam.

Life Is About The Journey…Isn’t It?
A humorous and blunt take on how our world view can change just by bumping into someone on the beach.

All Mouth And Trousers by Ryan Philpott
Ryan started his acting career in the hallowed halls of Leigh Community Centre, and is currently working at the BBC, listen as he regales us with tales of his journey.

As well as these amazing talks, local musician Dave Crix will be playing a live set, and Ray Morgan and Jo Overfield will be regaling us with poems of whimsy and wonder.

Alongside our amazing speakers we have live music from local troubadour 56 Special as well as some impromptu poetry from Sundown Arts. It’s set to be a night of interesting and varied entertainment that will also raise some money for a charitable cause (£5 from every ticket goes to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/emma-woof)

So please go to 
and buy your tickets and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

The Trawler Paper Team

P.S. Tickets are selling fast so please get yours now at 

Squeezebox Folk Fri 31st 7:30pm

From Adam at SqueezeBox

We can’t wait for this one folks…

Daniel Merrill –  is one Third of The Dead Rat Orchestra, one of the leading free folk groups in the UK. Over twenty seven years of playing he has been honing his diablo violin style, blending a liberal approach to folk, classical and contemporary traditions. His approach is unique, exploring the full physicality beauty and brutality of the instrument.

With the Dead Rat Orchestra he has toured extensively supporting the likes of Godspeed You Black Emperor, Silver  Mount Zion, Eric Chenaux and Baby Dee. He has just returned from two months collaborating with artists from across the Middle East, where he is pioneering projects exploring the intersection between European and Arabic violin styles.

Ned Roberts is an acoustic finger-picker and songwriter based in London. Raised in a musical family (his father is renowned classical pianist Paul Roberts), Ned first started gigging when living up in York, playing old folk covers and the odd Dylan tune. Not long after writing his first songs, he was discovered by producer Luther Russell (Folks, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale) and brought to Los Angeles to record. The first single culled from these fruitful sessions was “Red Sun”, which featured frequently on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland and even Radio 3 in Spain. On the heels of this came Ned’s second single “Blues #6″, featuring vocals by acclaimed songstress Sarabeth Tucek. “Blues #6” was championed by both Lauren Laverne on 6 Music and Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. In late February Ned will support the celebrated US folk singer Anais Mitchell on 7 dates of her UK tour. Look for Ned’s debut record in June 2014.

Belinda and John Kempster met in The Hoy and Helmet folk club in Benfleet in the early 70s. Their love of music has always centred on traditional folk songs. John is particularly interested in sea shanties and, more recently, storytelling whereas Belinda had always favoured English country songs.

Crafting for Foes – Crafting For Foes make sparse and haunting folk- influenced songs, which are lyrically poetic and vocally harmonic. Since forming in 2010, they have released three hand crafted EPs; Midwinter, Love is Scorned and collection of traditional English folk songs Borrowed Ground under Adam Rees’ Moth House Recording label.

Crafting for Foes are pleased to be releasing their 7” single on the 31st. It’s the first in a set of 12 from Stone Tape Recordings You.Must.Listen series. It features traditional re-workings of Greenwood Laddie and The Trees They Do Grow High. Listen and order here:

If all that wasn’t enough, the Foes will be joined by friends Steven Collins and Diana Collier (Owl Service / Greanvine) – special guests on vocals, guitar and bass.

Entry £4 on the door and your records from 7.00ish – live acts from 8.00pm