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No-one can do everything, but everyone can do something!’
Barons Court Infant School newsletter
(working with people from Southend-on-Sea and beyond)
Transition Westcliff is an exploration of how the people of Westcliff-on-Sea and the surrounding area can prepare for low-energy, happy and more localised lives.
Localisation means providing for our basic needs as locally as possible with local people actively engaged in determining and supporting how this takes place
Permaculture designer Rob Hopkins says: “Rebuilding local agriculture and food production, localizing energy production, rethinking healthcare, rediscovering local building materials in the context of zero energy building, rethinking how we manage waste, all build resilience and offer the potential of an extraordinary renaissance — economic, cultural and spiritual.”
Get your dairies out for the next events:
- Transition Drinks, Transition Chat 25th of June, from 19:00 for a few hours. At the Cricketers Pub, crossroads of Milton Rd and London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea. A chance to meet for an informal chat about Transition Westcliff and green organizations and projects in Southend. Past Drinks.
- Steering Group Meeting - 17 of June, Wednesday at 8.00 pm. Open discussion and planning event. You are welcome, places are limited so give us a call or email before. Meet up at bottom of Southend Highstreet. Check and add to Open Agenda.
- TRANSITION WESTCLIFF FILM CLUB – Last Friday of the month, 19:30 till 21:30 at St Marks Church, Princes Street, with a friendly chat/discussion after the film and presentation of local groups and projects. Free entry (suggested donation £2). Tea, coffee and biscuits available. We can always use some volunteers to help with the screenings – get in contact.
Friday 26 June 2009 – Ecovillage Pioneers (50 min)
Over a decade, Helen went in search of a sustainable way of life. Along the way she recorded the UK’s most high profile campaigners on low impact living, as well as self-builders and ecovillagers from around the globe.
- Film screening at Southend Library Saturday 13th June at 10:30 and 12:00 to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of our very own Southend Credit Union – Local Money for Local People – watch short clips from a Canadian Credit Union explaining difference between a credit union and a bank and watch the film Money as Debt (47 min) – an excellent, entertaining and animated feature by graphic artist and videographer, Paul Grignon, explains today’s magically perverse debt money system.
A chance to get involved:
Our Steering Group is open to people interested in working with the community to find local solutions to the issues of climate change and peak oil. Sounds like a bit much at first:)? No worries, we will help you get clued up and skilled up in a supportive environment. We are no experts but local people on a journey.
Volunteer a few minutes here and there. Here are a few other bits we could use help with.
The core group members are already busy on the Transition Westcliff project. We can only do as much in our spare time so if you want more projects happening come and support us and you might feel the positive feeling associated with working with and for the community.
EcoHomes Tour Solar panels, wood stoves, insulation, water conservation etc are of interest to us so read more about it here and home owners get in contact to share your experience. Map mind over here.
Edible garden tour Don’t have an allotment but thinking about starting work on your back garden? What to grow and how? Do you want to see local back gardens in bloom full of veg and fruit? We want to!
Read about it here. If you want to help get in contact, open your garden to us or volunteer to help with the guided tours. Map mind over here.
Scrumping Have you seen fruit or nuts lying around in yours, maybe the neighbours garden or in some public space? Apples, pears, plums etc just rotting on the ground while they could be gathered up and made into some delicacies by those who need them? Don’t have time to pick them up or there are just too many in your garden. We will gather up the fruit and leave you a fair share to enjoy:) Why waste if it can taste? Full story here.
Well Being Fair We are thinking of organising a Well-Being Fair. This is at the stage of design but the basic idea would be for various practitioners (complementary therapies, psychotherapies etc) and agencies (PCT, sport, arts) to have their stand and introduce people to basic self help techniques and also to their services.
Southend – Grow your Own 2009 Map Are your seeds planted yet? Did you feel the thrill of those green seedlings coming out? What are you waiting for?
Send us your pictures of the seedlings, gardens, allotments and seeds via email or MMS and we will put them on an interactive map of Southend. Add your first part of postcode (ex. SS1). If you have loads of time add a short description of what you plan to grow this year. If you don’t have pictures send us the description and you’ll help inspire more growers this year in Southend. Back now to the allotment. Some of the pictures are already on the map.
Conflict Resolution Skills Cafe I wanted to learn the12 Skills of Conflict Resolution and discuss with friendly and interested others. Please get in contact if maybe you want to meetup to discuss and learn together in an informal and safe setting over a tea or coffee.
What we’ve been doing last month:
- The Transition Drinks were spent over a few drinks and exchanging ideas and contacts. Pop in this month.
If those stories are a bit scary or confusing and you are asking yourself what you can do – take a look at the Transition Towns projects, browse other local projects for practical solutions and hey! come up with your own, share them and get involved.
Local News and Events:
Earth Day with WEN 13th June Saturday
Community in Harmony 21th June Sunday
Organic Vegetable Growing Course at Growing Together. Food Coop in St Marks Centre, Westcliff. Organic gardening seminars and Credit Crunch Cookery Course. Southend Credit Union – Helping the local economy and you. Keep your money safe and sound. Are you a member yet? Health Show in Hockley with a pick of local and organic food. Transition your life with the help of Southend Libraries. Southend Highstreet Farmers Market and Leigh Farmers Market. Bicycle safety tagging.
Grass Roots Reading Group – come to the next meeting. 27th June, Saturday 2-4 pm at Southend Library.
Volunteers for Metal – Village Green and Kitchen Garden.
RECYCLING CHAMPION WORKSHOP: WEDNESDAY 24th June 200
Energy Usage Monitor available on loan from the Southend Library.
St. Lukes Healthy Living Centre – variety of services offered: healthy walks, community allotments etc
Woodland Resource Centre in South East Essex.
New Southend YMCA concept shop starting up.
Westborough School applied to have a wind turbine and solar panels!
Southend in Bloom2009 will consist of two categories:
- School competitions- Grow your Own Lunchbox
- Residential and Commercial competitions
Skilling up for the Powerdown
Transition Training, Permaculture Courses and keep a look out for various local courses.
Your suggestions will help us:
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When we’ve asked you is starting Transition Southend a clever idea we got a few responses, one of them below:
As I said at the inaugural meeting I feel that to succeed it is imperative to relaunch initiative as Transition Southend. You will not overexert yourselves because the project will encompass Westcliff and people from the surrounding areas will be more likely to join in. Well done for what you have achieved so far.
Over the next few months we will be planning how to launch Transition Southend and what should it be so if you want to get involved it is a very exciting time now as you can influence our local history.
Big thanks to:
MCP for supporting our work and publishing the events in their newsletter and for all of you who keep in touch and support our work.
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