The Healthy Lifestyle Show 2014, 13th July

13 July at 10:00–16:00
Nine Acres, Flemmings Farm Road, Eastwood, GB

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A two day event held in a spectacular marquee in the picturesque grounds of Nine Acres, Flemmings Farm Road, Eastwood SS9 5QT. It will promote local, independent businesses who are involved in providing goods and services that promote a happier, healthier lifestyle. This will include organic and locally produced food, gluten free produce, fruit bar and smoothie bike, professional fitness and nutritional advice, organic skincare, day spa and beauty therapy. There will be interactive workshops providing martial arts demonstrations, healthy cooking advice, wheelchair sports, football and cricket skills and a circus workshop. In fact, anything that makes you feel happier and healthier!

Aimed at all the family and all abilities.

See more at

Talk by Prof Jules Pretty Thursday 31 October 7.30 – 9.30pm

This month instead of our usual Transition Drinks we decided to go to a talk by Professor Jules Pretty at the new library Forum.

The website describing the talk states ” A greener world economy isn’t just better for the planet, it could also make us happier, argues Jules Pretty OBE, Professor of Environment and Society University of Essex.”. His website lists a number of books he authored and the research completed – it promises to be an interesting talk so looking forward to seeing you there.

Tickets still available

Volunteering opportunities at Growing Together

Contact Triss if you are interested

SEEOG Talk: The Peckham Experiment, Mon 16th Jan

Still pioneering: food, farming and the Peckham Experiment    

In 1926, two Doctors in south London set up the Pioneer Health Centre, a unique health centre which placed good nutrition, organic food, social interaction and self-direction at its heart. Recognising that good health rested on much more than simply an absence of disease, the Peckham Experiment – as the Centre soon became known – remains a highly relevant and compelling example of the benefits of linking food, farming and health care provision.  This talk by Kate McGeevor, Trustee and Secretary of the Pioneer Health Foundation, will discuss the unique approach employed by the Pioneer Health Centre and what we can still learn from its findings over 80 years later.   

Emerge Community Day 18th September


Dear parents, its just a week and a half away now….don’t miss out on joining us at the heart of Emerge for our fabulous community day!


Back by popular demand!!
For those children who missed the chance this June….
Faeries Superheroes 
18th September 11:00am – 12:00pm
Priory park, Southend.
£3.00 if arriving in costume, £4.00 otherwise.
Limited spaces left call Emerge to book your child’s place.
[Sorry for the mistake in my previous email - To clarify - The above workshop is being run separately , is not included in the family ticket , and will take place before the start of our community day] .
Emerge Community Day
Sunday 18th September 2011
Priory Park, Southend
12- 4pm
Family ticket £6.00
12 o’clock THE BIG FOOD SHARE!
Next …..  Workshops – Fun – Learning and Relaxation
The family ticket @ £6 entitles your family to attend all activities from 12-4pm, this includes your child a place in our The Carnival of the Animals workshop 
They’ll be wearing one of our fabulous Animal masks
They’ll be creating their costume in the Creative Arts part of the workshop- Creating your animal! Roar!!!!!
Then its Performing Arts – moving like your Animal!!
They will have lots of fun turning Priory Park into their very own Safari…while you relax with a cuppa and watch a demo by Donna Fallowes on how to make Free organic medicine to put in your cupboard ready for winter. 
Later in the afternoon we have lots more fun and relaxing activities for you to enjoy.
We look forwards to seeing you there!
Children’s Performing/Creative Arts class
Thursday’s @ 4:20pm – 5:20pm
Southend Adult Community College.
Price £4.00 (including resources).
Toddler Tastic class starts again this week…please email me for further details…there are a few places currently avaialable.
Kind Regards,
Donna Fallowes
Director – Emerge

Westcliff Permaculture Design Course, spring 2010

Announcing a full Permaculture Design Course to be held in Westcliff on Sea this Spring.

The full 72 hour Permaculture Design Course is a vital stage in the development of understanding of permaculture ethics, principles, design processes and implementation techniques providing essential skills for the post-peak oil world.

Held over 5 weekends at a venue less than an hour from central London, we will be running this course in partnership with Southend in Transition, Milton Community Partnership and Growing Together

Dates: 7 – 8 May
21 – 22 May
4 – 5 June
18 – 19 June
2 – 3 July

Times: 10 am – 6 pm, with optional additional sessions and/or social events on the Saturday evenings

Accomodation: options for attendees from outside of the Southend area are available, more details to follow

Cost: £450 – £300 depending on income, some concessionary places available, please enquire to Milton Community Partnership (see below) £50 secures a place

Led by: Graham Burnett and guest tutors

Full course details here

For enquiries and bookings contact Milton Community Partnership or tel 01702 213264

Please note that booking of places for this course is NOT through Spiralseed, please contact the MCP directly, thanks

A local food celebratory day


A local food celebratory day was suggested by the local food project officers for the Women’s Environmental Network (see and is to be one of three WEN initiated events in the Eastern Region – the others being in Ipswich and Yarmouth.

The events are intended to showcase the development of three community gardens one in each area – the S E Essex one being WEN’s plot at the Manchester Drive allotments – and will create a focus for energy and partnership working that will provide a solid foundation for celebrating new food growing skills within the community. The projects aim to reduce isolation by encouraging isolated and disadvantaged women (and men) to get involved in gardening and food-growing as a healthy, outdoor activity, and by publicizing the existence of other community gardening groups in the area and in other parts of the East of England. The three events will be linked to encourage participants from each project to visit other food-growing projects in their local  area and in the East of England to enable the sharing of experience, as well as learning new skills and gaining greater confidence together.

Ideally anyone involved in, or interested in, local food production (and distribution) would have input into and take part in the day.

How WEN’S local food project workers see the day –

We would like to organise three celebratory events, modelled on our successful Culture Kitchen events, that will bring together urban food growers of different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
to share their ideas for and experiences of food growing, and enjoy a shared meal produced from the fruits of their plots. They will also have the opportunity to discuss and address the issue of accessing
fresh, healthy and affordable food in their areas, through food growing and other means. These activities will enable people from a variety of backgrounds to coalesce around shared local issues,
sharing skills and ideas over a community meal.”


The date has been set for Oct 16th 2010 (which coincidentally is World Food Day).

The aims of the day will be:

  1. To bring together urban food growers of different religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds to celebrate food growing skills, to share ideas for and experiences of food growing, and to enjoy a shared meal produced from the fruits of their plots.

  2. To provide the opportunity to discuss and address the issue of accessing fresh, healthy and affordable food in their areas, through food growing and other means.

  3. To enable people from a variety of backgrounds to coalesce around shared local issues, sharing skills and ideas over a community meal.

Suggestions have already been made for the programme for the day –

Showing positive films such as Robecca Hoskin’s Farm For A Future or some shorts on local forest gardens and orchards etc

An ‘Open Space’ or ‘World Café’ discussion space

Apple pressing and juicing (Graham Burnett has said he might have his own apple press by then)

Lots of local produce for sale

Lots of networking and local groups involved

Seed swapping

Recipe swapping

Veggie burger tasting

Permaculture display/workshop

Willow work

To be decided are –

The venue (to accommodate at least 60 people with easy access to a community food growing area and big kitchen)

the agenda (its all up for discussion!)

To register your interest or send in ideas

email Eileen Peck <

Carol Ferrett

S E Essex Women’s Environmental Network

01702  342148

The Powerdown Show reviewed

The Powerdown Show is a 10-part series of 20 minute documentaries that takes a fresh and engaging look at climate change and peak oil. Produced by the Dublin based ‘Cultivate’ educational collective, the series focuses on positive responses to these challenges, offering practical and inspiring examples of community action. Without underplaying the enormous implications of the twin threats we are facing, the makers argue that we also have a golden opportunity to create a far better, more sustainable way of life for ourselves and for future generations if we use intelligent design strategies to approach ‘energy descent’. Made to professional standards, each episode uses a mix of interviews, real life case studies, animations and even humour to explain the core problems before moving onto potential solutions such as localised food production, sustainable building, alternative energy, green economics, permaculture and Transition Towns.

The films were made to accompany Cultivate’s program of training for “Leadership, Livelihoods and Local Resilience”, and whilst there probably isn’t much in The Powerdown Show that is new to seasoned permaculturalists or community activists, it is a fantastic resource for awareness raising and would be great for showing in schools, at film clubs, etc. The twenty minute format means that each episode can be used to introduce a topic whilst leaving plenty of time for group discussion or other activities, something that can often feel pushed out at screenings of longer documentaries. A marvellous tool for any permaculture educator or Transition Town core team, especially as the makers give license-free permission for public screenings to any Transition initiative. I’m looking forward to using this with our local group.

You can obtain your copy here

Graham Burnett

(This review originally appeared in Permaculture Magazine)

Blues Fit For Life

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Southend Library FFL

Originally uploaded by Southend-on-Sea in Transition


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