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[Southend Food Growers (and producers)] Look out for Broad oak Herbs’ new website, an…

Broad Oak Herbs

Look out for Broad oak Herbs’ new website, an organic, biodynamic herb farm, working with nature intelligence in the beautiful Essex countyside specialising in bespoke artisan Traditional English Herbal Medicines for professional Herbalists and Practitioners. In the meantime, you can contact them for enquiries or to order on 07533 438020 or email them at info@broadoakherbs.co.uk

…..to Broad Oak Herbs. We are an organic, biodynamic herb farm, working with nature intelligence in the beautiful Essex countyside specialising in bespoke artisan Traditional English Herbal Medicines for professional Herbalists and Practitioners.

SEEOG Meeting


SEEOG would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 18 January, 8 – 10pm at Growing Together Westcliff.

Visitors are asked to use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase).

Steve Oakley and Faye Owen, the founders of The Friends of Shopland Churchyard, present a talk on the restoration of the Churchyard since they stumbled across it in September 2013…

Please check website for updates – http://seeog.org.uk/

Non-members £2.00 – you are most welcome!

Please feel free to share, etc.

Season’s Greetings!

SE Essex Organic Gardeners

SE Organic Gardeners

SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 16 November, 8 – 10pm, at Growing Together Westcliff.

Please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase).

‘Soft Fruit Growing’ presented by Philip Fawcett – a presentation on the principles of soft fruit growing, involving cultivation, propagation and pruning

Philip has worked in horticulture for nearly 50 years. He started as a nurseryman moving to a 22-year period as a head gardener for a large estate near Colchester. Currently he works freelance for a variety of clients. His most recent project has involved preparing a 7-acre ‘open garden’ for the National Gardens Scheme near Tiptree. Philip is a member of Garden Organic. He also is a keen poultryman, showing at National Poultry Club events.

Non-members £2.00 – everyone is most welcome!


Summer 2013 Newsletter

Southend in Transition, is a group of local residents supporting a personal and community level Transition to a more localised, happy and resilient lifestyle. We are part of an international network of 446 official initiatives and 566 Muller initiatives in over 43 countries

Have a look at what we are working on and support local projects by attending events, bring your friends and families and volunteer.

Local News and Events

Southend in Transition:

  • Transition DrinksThur 27/06, 18/07 19:00 Cricketers Inn

  • NEW Restarting the Stock Exchange 11-12 followed by

  • Transition Potluck Sat 06/07, 17/08, 14/09 12-15 Growing Together, corner of Fairfax Drive/Prittlewell Chase

  • SiT Community Allotment – we are back to continue the work on setting the allotment in 2013. Get in touch with SiT if you are interested in getting involved.

What is on at Trust Links:

  • Wednesday 19th June Midsummer Open Garden 2pm – 4pm

  • Full Permaculture Design Course, Essex, Summer 2013

  • Orchard Day: 25th June 2013

  • Growing Together Shoeburyness: on Friday 5th July 2013 from 2 – 5pm – OPEN DAY,  Saturday 22nd June, 10th August, 7th September 11am – 2pm

  • Saturday 12th October Apple Day at St Laurence Orchard In Partnership with SEEOG and SEEWEN 11am – 3pm

What is on at South East Essex Organic Gardeners:

  • ‘Never a Dull Moment’ a naturalist’s view of British wildlife; with Ross Gardner, a professional naturalist, currently working in environmental education. 15/07/2013 19:00 to 22:00

  • May Newsletter is online – packed with goodies as usual.

  • from the blog EcoHut Photos, Don’t Just Weed It – Eat It

South East Essex Women Environmental Network:

  • Community Allotment work days

  • WEN meeting – Third Thursday of every month from 7.30pm

  • June 20th – Badger talk and July 18th – Pauline Laine talk re localism

Spiralseed – local Permaculture training and consultancy

Southend Swap Shop and Community Group

  • Meeting – to carry on discussing ideas for the group and swapping/exchange system 8th July at 19:30 Trust Links (Growing Together) corner of Fairfax Drive/Prittlewell Chase

  • looking at setting up a group buying group so get in touch with them if you are interested in products from Suma and first swaps and shares taking place

Foraging in Southend on Sea

  • ideas what to pick and when, foraging in your side alley, ups and down of making nettle beer, Sea Kale coleslaw, dandelion in potato curry and Spor Bombs!

  • express interest in a foraging walk on Two Three Island with an experienced tutor

  • Leon Lewis Mushroom Walks

Veg Box – Southend Farm Shop and Veg Box scheme

Essex Bees – bee hive renting, adoption, training to bee-come a beekeeper,

Cycle Southend events and training

  • THE BIG CHARGE 10th July to 13th July @ Chalkwell Park

  • Monday morning mums club: leaving Eastwood community centre 9.15 (term time only)

  • Tuesday Riders: Leaving Southchurch Park/Greenways 9.00 every Tuesday

  • Sunday Cyclers: Weekly leisurely group leaving Priory Park Bandstand at 10.00. All Welcome.  

  • Women’s Wednesday riders: 6.30 FROM Western Approaches Community Centre.

  • Muckers and Mighty muckers on Saturdays and Thursday evening rides all leaving from the Recycle Centre, Progress Road.

  • Cycle training is also available for both Adults and Children.

  • TWEED RIDE 2013 1 September at 14:00 at Leigh Library Gardens

Ideas in Motion – Sustainable Travel Programme in Southend on Sea

Any interesting business or needing help to set one up? Contact the Eco Hub

Roots and Shoots, Hamelin Trust Charity, Sutton Bridge Farm

  • fresh strawberries and opportunities to volunteer

Local Friendly chicken and poultry keepers group has been set up to help each other, buy and sell and enjoy and share our love of poultry.

Edible Essex training and events

Made in Essex Festival

Roger shows his PV panel output and how much he generates back to the grid

Add some local trees and food sources to Fallen Fruit

Tom’s Green Woodworking

Hinguar wins national “Green School” award

Other local people, groups and events contributing to strength of the community and make Southend and region an interesting place to live:

Southend Community in Action updates

Village Green 13th July, Chalkwell Park

ROAD TO PEACE – Film showing on 21st September 2013 at Quaker Meeting House, Leigh

Belfairs Woodland Centre

Pocket Places Southend on Sea

  • RE-IMAGINING SPACES OUTDOOR WORKSHOP Victoria Gateway 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on 28th June 2013

Southend YMCA courses for young people:

Eileen’s musings:

From a girl called Jack

Ideas Hub Chelmford, check out their events

  • Sewing & Up-cycling club, Relational Art etc.

  • Ideas Festival 26th October to the 3rd of November

East Essex Smallholders Group

Transition News and Projects

June 2013 – Transition Network Newsletter

Power of Just Doing Stuff launches in Crystal Palace

Your suggestions will help us

The newsletter goes out to over 400 local people including project and group leaders raising awareness of local community action and making networking and getting involved easier.

The content of the newsletter can be be generated by you. Please send news about activities, project updates and forthcoming events to kamilpac@gmail.com.

If you would like to write for the blog just like James does about his mushroom growing experiment and on other topics of Transition please get in touch as well.

Southend East Community Allotment – Southend in Transition and Organic Gardeners?

There are some free plots at the Southend East Allotment’s site and it looks like there is energy in our Transition circles to take on a plot and collectively work it. We are thinking of having a core group people working it once per week/month and the plot open then to local volunteers and the wider public as a productive, educational (permaculture, organics), inspirational and social space to learn about sustainable ways of growing, value of fresh food and just to be out in the fresh air together.

East Hale Allotments

It is at the stage of research (working with the organic gardeners, chatting with SEEWEN about their plot, public liability insurance, structure of the working group and the right processes to help run it smoothly etc etc.) but if you are interested to be in the working group or volunteering here and there or just wanted to visit when it is up and running let us know.

The initial plan:
Sunday 11 March -view and choose plot, time tba
March: Society marks out the plot for us
Advertising the plot through the newsletter and SIT website
Meeting of a core group to plan allotment
Contacting councilors to do the first dig etc
1 April:
Work day, digging as there are loads of brambles to dig out
Tool and seed appeal and collection, Freecycle, Coop Community Fund
Continued publicity to local residents
Regular weekly work days
2013: a community allotment in every allotment site, I can dream:)

February 2012 Newsletter

You are free to include items from the newsletter in your newsletter, email updates, website, blog etc – just leave a link to our website.

Southend in Transition, is a group made up of local residents supporting a personal and community level Transition to a more localised, happy and resilient lifestyle. We are part of an international network of 407 417 Official initiatives and 458 Muller initiatives In approx. 34 countries

Have a look at what we are working on with our friends and support local projects, attend events, bring your friends and families and volunteer.

Current Projects

New! Saturday Transition Potluck 11th Feb 12:00 to 15:00

It was nice to see you in January and thanks for the help with eating all that food:) hopefully the snow will melt for the next Saturday when you will be bringing the treats you cooked up. Thanks to Simon for presenting his teams inspiring ideas. Suggested donation £2 to go towards costs of the venue and support the work of Trust Links.

Transition Drinks

Good chat in January and great idea on adding sub-events like a seed swap to the Potato Day. Last Thursday of each month, next Transition Drinks – 23th Feb 2012, 19:00 onwards. Cricketers Pub

South East Essex Seed Potato Day 2012 Saturday 25 February at Growing Together

“some volunteers needed to help the day along” Facebook Event

Description In association with Leigh-on-Sea Allotment & Leisure Garden Association and SE Essex Organic Gardeners, over 40 varieties of potato (one third organic) sold individually at 14p per tuber, venue is on corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase, ADMISSION PRICE £1.00 – Refreshments available

Growing Together will run cafe-baked potatoes, cakes and drinks – they will also host a Seed Swap initiative, potato printing children’s activity, sell art and craft products, honey and plants; also office computers set up to enable carbon footprint assessment for people visiting as part of the LEAF initiative.

The Stock Exchange

aka Food Swap 10.00-12.00 in Metal’s Kitchen Garden, Chalkwell Park, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex

Mapping Southend Food Growers and Producers

Let us know of any events or projects to add to the map.

Blogging space

Share your experience and thoughts and inspire others. If you need online space to tell the world about your project or would like to write a regular post about your personal efforts to Transition your life let us know. The website www.SouthendinTransition.org.uk receives a good number of daily visits and attention so let me know if you are interested. See a couple of posts by James ie. Enter the Oyster and the newest one Hail to the King.

Local News and Events

Free Shop was open at Chase Road Community Project Just missed it. Sat 4th Feb 11am – 4pm – look out for the next one. Chase Road ‘Sewing Shop’ from 7pm and usually every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

Transforming a Meadow 11th February Saturday

Southend YMCA’s Eco Hub
The next Business Exchange Event meeting will be on Tuesday the 21st of February at 5pm at the eco-hub. We’re still arranging what will happen that evening, but it will be an interesting evening as usual.

S E Essex Women’s Environmental Network

Earth Day celebration Saturday 21 April

What is talked about

The Veg Box on facebook: I cannot source any english garlic to include in my veg boxes. If I give you a whole garlic to grow for next year will you please give me one back from your harvest? (Each clove should produce one whole bulb).

Foraging in Southend on Sea group – members are thinking of future beach and wood forages, why not register your interest for when the snow melts?

Ian Hurd
I’m developing a small festival to promote new green technologies and new ways of living in a post-petroleum localised economy. I’d like to get everyone involved so anyone who is interested let me know – the plan is to do it around the weekend of the Queen’s jubilee and we’ve got a few venues in mind. Anyone who can lend a hand would be greatly appreciated!

Chalkwell Pop Up A Pop-Up delight in Chalkwell Park. Sourcing excellent food as locally as possible and serving it to our wonderful community.

GROW YOUR FOOD CLUB Every Thursday afternoon 3:30pm We have a community edible garden at St Mark’s Centre. Fresh air, exercise, friends, refreshments. And advice and help for growing fruit and veg at home even on a window sill.

Milton Community Partnership, St Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Essex SS1 1QA, Phone (01702) 341605, Email: miltoncommunity@hotmail.com

Film from the December The Fantastic Food Exchange – quality work, congratulations and looking forward to see the crew from the college working their art at other local events too

Blogs and websites

Biochar solution? Take part in tests.

Oca tubers being shared by Anni

Local jobs at Trust Links!

Cultivating the revolution  in the Positive News – about Graham, our local permaculture teacher.

George’s brewery in Great Wakering – if you are not already brewing in your garage this is the most local beer you can get in Southend on Sea

Some photos from the Wassailing event in South Woodham Ferres organized by our permaculture friends and their local community


Events and activities by Cycle Southend

Southend Wheelers weekly rides

Volunteer at Turning Tides Personalised Travel Planning pilot

Bike recycling scheme goes from strength to strength

Transition News and Projects

January 2012 Transition Network Newsletter

‘In Transition 2.0’ is nearly ready to be unveiled to the world!

A January Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

World news and projects

Help crowd fund Open Permaculture

Your suggestions will help us

The content of the newsletter can be be generated by you, the community members and compiled by the Steering Group. Any news about activities, updates and forthcoming events should be sent to kamilpac@googlemail.com for inclusion in the next newsletter and I will try to incorporate them as time allows.

Sent to you by Kamil Pachalko on behalf of Southend-on-Sea in Transition

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Growing for Self-Sufficiency Talk Monday 17 January

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Monday 17 January

SEEOG member, Maike Windhorst, on Growing for Self-Sufficiency

  • No need to fly in Spring Onions from Mexico into Southend Airport

  • Tips and tricks to Grow Your Own all the year through

  • Ways to deal with climate challenges in the South East

  • A fresh look at composting


Maike has been an organic gardener all her life and has been carrying on a life-long experiment to gain self-sufficiency. She has had large vegetable plots on all sorts of soils and rainfalls (in temperate Europe). When she came to England (1992), she joined Brentwood Organic Gardeners. Sadly they have packed up since. At the time, she met gardeners who knew Lawrence Hill from the Bocking days.

She has written a brochure (Growing for Self-sufficiency in a Changing Climate). This covers what leading authorities have written on Grow Your Own and how it should be developed further taking into account her own experience. She gave a rudimentary version of this talk at SEEOG some years ago after we invited her to stand in for another speaker.

Maike is now on the RHS speakers’ list and has given this talk to several societies in Essex. She also did a Veggie advice desk in Hyde Hall some time ago.

More info in the South East Essex Organic Gardeners Newsletter