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Southend Little Free Pantry

Clothes, toys, household goods (within reasonable size limits) and other non-perishable groceries are welcomed.

See the facebook page for further information.

Southend Community-in-Harmony Partnership

Southend community in harmony

ELEVENTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Monday 9th November at 7.00pm


29-31 Alexandra Street



Please visit the website for further information.

Nursery Open Weekend 18th May 2014 10:00 – 16:00

The event will be held in Southend Parks Nursery, Wakering Road, Great Wakering, SS3 0PZ, and is Free to attend.

Discover how Southend’s gardens grow and find where our floral displays spring from, at the Council’s forthcoming Parks Nursery open weekend.

The nursery is the cultivation centre which transforms Southend’s spectacular parks and gardens.

Open weekend where gardeners can buy hanging baskets, plants and flowers, and pick up top horticulture tips from the Borough’s Gardening experts.

Potato Day on Saturday 22 February

Potato Day on Saturday 22 February makes potatoes a ‘must grow’ for many a local gardener!

With over 30 varieties of seed potato, some organic, sold individually at 15p per tuber, SE Essex Seed Potato Day on Saturday 22 February gives local gardeners the chance to buy seed potatoes by the tuber, meaning anyone with enough space for a potato grow-bag, or an entire allotment plot, can get started as soon as the weather improves!

SE Essex Organic Gardeners’ Secretary, Carole Shorney, said: ‘Whether your garden is large or small, the taste of home-grown, freshly dug potatoes is a taste hard to beat.”

At the event, visitors can buy seed potatoes by the tuber and learn all about growing them with tips from the members, plus some onion sets at £1.40 per pound.

Care is taken to source from UK suppliers, not for jingoistic reasons but to reduce the spread of the pathogen, brown rot, from mainland Europe.

SE Essex Seed Potato Day will take place at 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Admission is FREE, with refreshments available on the day.

Call 01702 201914 for more information or visit http://www.seeog.org.uk/ for updates.



Local food working group meeting Fri 18th May 1pm

As a result of our meeting on the 5th of May a group is forming to take forward the agenda of making local and regional food more available locally and build local resilience through food initiatives.

The first meeting of the group will take place at the TWIG shop bottom of Hamlet Court Road (next to Nat West) Fri 18th May 1pm. Please email Matt at chiefexec@trustlinks.org to confirm you are coming so they know how many tea bags to prepare:)

If you cannot come but would like to be kept up to date with the work or come to the next meeting please also email Matt to add you to the mailing list.

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The New Year Revolution Manifesto

Your Holiday Cycling News from Cycle Southend

Revolution Rides

Every Sunday throughout December and January, we’ll be leading leisurely rides through Southend, designed to get YOU back on your bike.  These will be leaving at 9am from Uncle Tom’s Cabin in December and Chalkwell Park Car Park in January.

Our January rides have a bit of a twist – they’ll be giving you an opportunity to combine cycling with other activities and kick start your New Year’s Resolutions.  Check out our website for more details.

Boxing Day Ride

On Sunday 26th December, we’ll be having our first Boxing Day Ride leaving from the Pier at 10am.  Time to burn off those Christmas calories and show off your new bike!


If your New Year’s resolution is to start volunteering, look no further!  We’re always looking for volunteers for a range of activities.  Contact us for more details.

In case of severe weather, we will make a decision to cancel a ride at least 1 hour before it starts.  We will announce the cancellation on the website and on our Facebook page.  You can also call 07826896018 on the day if you do not have internet access.

You can find more information on our website – www.cyclesouthend.co.uk – e-mail us at cyclesouthend@southend.gov.uk or give us a call on 01702 215985.

Please let us know how we’re doing!  If you have any comments, suggestions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Happy cycling!

Apple Day with a Ceilidh on Friday, 22 October


South East Essex Organic Gardeners are celebrating Apple Day with a Ceilidh on Friday, 22 October (8pm – 11pm) and local band ‘GARLIC SPREAD’ with caller SIBBY.




At Hawkwell Village Hall, Main Road, Hawkwell SS5 4EH




Ticket: £11 (adult) – £5 (child under 14)

Inc. freshly-made Ploughman’s Supper and Apple Juice

Prepared by Maureen and her team!

(So you won’t need to bring additional food!)

(Vegan option available by prior request)

Bring your own drink





Carole Shorney

Tel: 01702 201914



Southend in Transition Interview on BBC Essex

This morning, Kamil Pachalko from Southend in Transition was interviewed by Dave Monk at BBC Essex about the Southend community fruit map.

Here is the transcript.  You can also listen to Dave’s show on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days (Kamil’s interview is c. 38 minutes into the show)

Dave Monk:  I was speaking earlier this week about my favourite blackberry bush, we went blackberrying earlier this week and it was really good, I think we got around 6lbs of blackberries all off virtually the same bush.  Now am I going to tell you where you can get them?  No I’m not. 

Luckily not everybody is as nasty as me, because now there is a Southend fruit map.  So how do you get hold of this, what’s it all about? 

Kamil Pachalko is from Southend in Transition. Kamil good morning!

Kamil Pachalko:  Good morning


DM:  What is this then?  What is Southend in Transition to start with?

KP:  It is an organisation (there are over 300 around the world) which look at local solutions to issues such as energy dependence and climate change, and just really encouraging people to be positive and look for solutions around local food, local energy, local buildings, creating local jobs etc.  So instead of ‘doom and gloom’ we think about solutions, and the fruit map is one of them really.


DM:  And what does it show?

KP:  It shows where people who know of fruit trees on public land, and where garden owners who have a fruit tree are saying ‘this is overwhelming me its producing countless kilograms of apples can someone do something with this’.  People can get in touch and tell us about their fruit trees so we can get together some volunteers can go out and help them pick them, donate them to a good cause, a nursery or care home or even just keep them for themselves enjoy the taste of local apples and have them for free.


DM:  That’s absolutely wonderful, what a great idea!  So can you yourself get hold of the map and go to someone’s back garden and say ‘hello I see your on the map can I have some apples please?’

KP:  We aren’t doing anything new really, people have been doing this for years – they see their neighbours who have loads of apple trees and ask their neighbour for some, or the neighbour would offer them over the fence. What we are doing is simply publicising this idea that you should talk to their neighbours. Obviously people want their privacy, so if you see an apple tree in someone’s garden you could maybe leave a leaflet, or maybe chat to them.  Really up to the landowner what they want – if they are fed up with all their rotting apples they will give them to you for free. Otherwise if you want to join a working party to go out and pick apples or pears or other edibles in the locality get in contact with us and we’ll put you on the list and if we go somewhere we’ll inform you.  


DM:  Is it actually a map or is this the name of a project?

KP:  There is a map.  If you go to the website (http://www.southendintransition.org.uk/) there is a post about the fruit map, with a link to the map.  The map is searchable, and if you look at the map you can see more or less where the trees are.  You will find that the public trees are easily accessible, but with the private ones we don’t give the exact address – just the general area that there are apple trees because we want to preserve people’s privacy.  Really it is to inspire people.  We were inspired a year ago to start this map when we learnt in London that a similar project, that had run for two years, got so overwhelmed (they had tons and tons of fruit, in one place fruit up to the ceiling), that they started producing their own juices and selling them at farmers markets, making jams and preserves, and running festivals and workshops around using local fruit and preserving it. And we thought Southend is the just the same – people here are enthusiastic about food, this area was a big orchard once so we thought we can easily do this here.


DM:  I just think this is the most wonderful idea.  How are you going to take it forward?  Have you got many people involved in it yet? 

KP:  Basically there is a core of people who are interested in collecting the information and putting it on the web and there are also those people who have said ‘I have got this apple tree or pear tree come around next year or we’ll get in contact with you’, so we are in contact with these people.  We also want to hear from people who are interested in joining our working parties, so if someone calls us and says “I’m really overwhelmed can you help me?”, then we can get in contact with that person and go out and help them gather the fruit. It is all on a voluntary basis, and really the idea is to publicise this so we can get more fruit shared.

And if we really see this working, and we get loads of produce, we might be looking at a more professional project.  We have access to a pulping machines and presses for example so we could start thinking about selling local food and donating money to charity or helping a local charity out. 


DM:  Give us that website address again because this is going to create a lot of interest

KP:  http://www.southendintransition.org.uk/ But even if you Google ‘Southend in Transition’ it should come up easily, and on the site just type ‘fruit map’ in the search field and it will be there.


DM:  How many blackberry and apple pies have you had so far this year?

KP:  There were about 3 or 4 blackberry pies involved…but I just came back this weekend from an amazing apple tree with around 30 or 40 kilograms of apples in my backpack, so I’m still working through them!  I think this might have been one of the old fruit trees left over from the old orchard times – so it’s a part of Southend’s history and Essex’s history when you pick the fruit!


DM:  I bet you are ever so healthy as well aren’t you?

KP:  I’m getting there with the fruit!


DM:  Kamil thank you very much indeed.  Kamil there from Southend in Transition.  What a great idea – we should have this all over Essex shouldn’t we?  

Click here to view the Southend Fruit map

Dave Monk’s show is on BBC Essex at 9.00am weekdays, and show are available on the iplayer up to 7 days after broadcast.  Click here to visit the site.

Southend Scrumping – Mapping the fruit & wild food abundance in the Southend area.

With the harvest season nearly upon us, how can we make sure that wild fruit growing on public land in the Southend area doesn’t go to waste?    Successfully trialled in other areas around the country, community fruit mapping is a great way to share knowledge of where fruit trees grow on public land, making the most of the fruit that they produce, and ensuring that the fruit that these trees produce doesn’t just fall to the ground and go to waste.  The Southend Scrumping Map is a new collaborative project to map all of the fruit trees, and wild and edible plants in the Southend area, and we want as many people as possible to contribute so that, together, we can create comprehensive resource ready for us all to use every year. Fruit growing wild on public land is freely available, and can be used in jams and pickles, baking and juices. The Make it and Mend it website has some really useful information on how to get started in making your own jams and preserves, as well as other ideas on how to best use foraged food. So if you are a seasoned fruit picker and know of ‘hot spots’, if you know of any fruit trees or other wild edible or useful plants in the Southend area, or if you would like to be involved in compiling what we hope to be a comprehensive resource please contact Laura with a short description of the food source and its location (for example: apple tree, back garden, visible from Milton Road, near Canewdon Road) Happy foraging! Important note:  This map will list fruit trees found on both public and private land, so that we have an idea of the types of trees and plants which are growing in the area.  Exact addresses of trees found on private land will not be published (the map will just give the general area).  And always remember to be responsible in your foraging and make sure that you get written permission to pick fruit where it is needed!  Photo by Martin LaBar produced under Creative Commons licence

Add Southend’s fruit trees and food sources