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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
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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.
Saturday Transition Potluck
Good crowd at the February potluck, we popped the cork to celebrate the funding awarded to Trust Links and partners and enjoyed homemade pizza.
Dates: 10th March 12:00-15:00, 7th April, 5th May 13:00 to 15:00. Suggested donation £2 to go towards costs of the venue and support the work of Trust Links.
Community allotment idea, chat about it and action. This is what can happen at the drinks… Last Thursday of each month, next Transition Drinks – 29th March 2012, 19:00 onwards. Cricketers Pub
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 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, 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.
Still at the stage of research (working with the organic gardeners, chatting with SEWEN about their plot, public liability insurance, structure of the working group and the right processes to help run it smoothly etc etc.) we will be visiting this Sunday at 10 to chose the plot. If you are interested to be in the working group or volunteer here and there or just wanted to visit when it is up and running let me know.
The Stock Exchange
aka Food Swap 10.00-12.00 in Metal’s Kitchen Garden, Chalkwell Park, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, look out for the next one. Possibly 1st Sunday of the month, but check the website nearer the time.
Mapping Southend Food Growers and Producers
Let us know of any events or projects to add to the map.
The start of a Google map by Laura, thank you.
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 Oy Oy!
Local News and Events
Southend Energy Project
TWIG Southend Energy Project
Use an energy saving monitor in your home so you can keep track of how much energy you use each day. It free to hire from Southend library !
14th March 7:30pm film screening of “The Road from Elephant Pass” at Chase Road Community Project
The project will be closing but if a group wanted to continue the Free Shops get in touch with Paul to discuss.
Organic Gardeners Talk Monday 19 March, 8.00pm – 10.00pm, ‘Nature reserves – our last sanctuaries’ presented by Graham Mee, Group Leader, South East Essex RSPB Local Group
Our speakers start at 8.00pm, but Growing Together will be open from 7.00pm to allow members to browse our Library, etc. and at 7:30 the new “Growing Questions and Answers” session.
Earth Day celebration Saturday 21 April, Growing Together
“theme this year ‘Re-skilling in our modern world’ which can include anything from growing our own food, knitting, all sorts of crafts, cooking … lots of room for suggestions here!”
SEEOG coach outing on Saturday 9 June is to Capel Manor Gardens (Enfield), combined with Forty Hall Farm, an organic farm run by Capel Manor College – further details later. There will be pick-up points arranged, the first one being at 8.15am from Kirbys Depot, Rayleigh.
What is talked about
Potato Day press coverage
FREE WORKSHOP OFFER! If you work directly with the community within Essex, I’m offering free workshops to encourage aspirational thinking to overcome problems and achieve great things. For example; giving you ideas about engaging people in meaningful conversations that build motivation to make a difference, demonstrating how to share stories to find strengths and common ground, ways to get past problems by looking forward to desired futures – and how to do this sort of thing whilst also having quite a bit of fun. Glitter and play dough is usually involved. :) If you would like to take me up on my offer, please just send me a “Hello!” at my hotmail address email@example.com
Southend East Allotments:
“ we have just had an area of the site cleared by the council and have a few plots available for rent at present. They will be FREE for the first year as some may need some quite hard digging as the area was covered with brambles.!!”
Blogs and websites
Events and activities by Cycle Southend
Southend Wheelers weekly rides
Transition News and Projects
March 2012 Transition Network Newsletter
Transition Network announced as one of Britain’s New Radicals
A February Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition
with the Southend own Fantastic Food Exchange film mentioned
World news and projects
Help crowd fund Open Permaculture
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