January 2012 Newsletter

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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. Enjoy having 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

14th Jan 12:00 to 15:00, Growing Together gardens

The November potluck was well attended and feedback was that you would like them to continue. We were given a number of dates from Growing Together up until March. Suggested donation £2 to go towards costs of the venue and support the work of Trust Links.

To keep the juices flowing shall we have a walk around the garden at 14:00:)?

Nurturing Health

is an initiative of Milton Community Partnership. We believe that high quality, fresh, locally grown food is fundamental to a healthy life and a healthy world, and so we are supporting local people to grow their own vegetables and fruit using their gardens, allotments or even patios, balconies and window sills. Visit www.topofthecrops.org.uk. To help out at events or contribute ideas please get in touch Milton Community Partnership tel. 01702 213264 miltoncommunity@hotmail.com

Transition Together

The Transition Together project forms small, social groups of friends, neighbours and colleagues and then supports them in taking a number of effective, practical, money-saving and carbon-reducing steps. Visit our local website Transition Together in Southend to get involved or if you want to be kept up to date.

Transition Drinks

Last Thursday of each month, next Transition Drinks – 26th Jan 2012, 19:00 onwards. Cricketers Pub

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.

Local News and Events

Free Shop was open at Chase Road Community Project Sat 7th Jan 11am – 4pm – look out for the next one.

Chase Road ‘Sewing Shop’ from 7pm and usually every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Next one on the 16th of January

SEEOG latest newsletter online

Talk Still Pioneering: Food, Farming and the Peckham Experiment  16/01/2012 19:00 to 21:00

South East Essex Seed Potato Day 2012 Saturday 25 February at Growing Together “some volunteers needed to help the day along”

S E Essex Women’s Environmental Network

Earth Day celebration Saturday 21 April

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

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

Growing Together is doing a £3 per week veg bag scheme – organically grown veg and fruit grown onsite by our members (with mental health problems & learning disabilities). Just come to the site (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase) to order your weekly bag. Open Mon – Fri 9 am – 4 pm.

Christmas Arts, Crafts, Toys, Clothes, Wares & Food Exchange - visit the website to read about some great swaps done on the day and I can’t wait for the film from the day.

THUNDERSLEY ON FOOT

Transport

Events and activities by Cycle Southend

Southend Wheelers weekly rides

Volunteer at Turning Tides Personalised Travel Planning pilot

Wellbeing

Free Yoga Nidra at Dharma Yoga Saturday 14/01/2012 Time: 2-3pm

Transition News and Projects

There are 407 413 Official initiatives 458 Muller initiatives In approx. 34 countries

January 2012 Transition Network Newsletter

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

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

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.

Contact Details

Southend-on-Sea in Transition– tackling peak oil and climate change, together, now

http://www.southendintransition.org.uk

part of www.transitionnetwork.org/

email:kamilpac@gmail.com

text or call 07411457259

On Twitter

Southend-on-Sea in Transition on Facebook

and on WiserEarth

 

October Newsletter 2011

Southend-on-Sea in Transition

October 2011 Newsletter


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Southend in Transition, is supporting a personal and community level Transition to a more localised, happy and resilient lifestyle. Enjoy having 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

Apple Weekend 15/16 October

Saturday 15 October: 10.00am – 2.00pm

St. Laurence Orchard, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6RH

Apple display – Apple pressing – Apple tasting and buying – Apple tours – BBQ

Pruning demonstration – Apple stories – Wildlife trail – Scavenger hunt

(Parking at new car park for St. Laurence Park on new road going west from Eastwoodbury

Lane, left at roundabout)

Saturday 15 October: 5.00pm – 9.00pm

St. Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1QA

Educational film – Locally grown vegetable soup –  Apple quiz

Engagement and discussion – Bring and share apple deserts and recipes

Tickets need to be bought in advance.

Sunday 16 October: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Manchester Drive Allotments, Manchester Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 3EZ (opposite

Cricketfield Grove)

Essex orchard and WEN allotment

Sunday 16 October: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Growing Together Community Gardens, 47 Fairfax Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS0 9AG (corner

of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase)

Apple pressing – Apple related food – Apple bobbing – Toffee apples

Cider making – Apple tasting and buying – Crafts and cards – Apple stories

Tea and coffee – Apple display – Scavenger hunt – Face painting

Apple Weekend is sponsored by NFU Mutual Chelmsford and organised by SE Essex Organic Gardeners, Milton Community Partnership, Southend in Transition, community mental health charity Trust Links and South East Essex Women’s  Environmental Network.

For more information, please call 01702 213134 or visit http://www.seeog.org.uk/ or http://www.trustlinks.org/

Nurturing Health

is an initiative of Milton Community Partnership intended to improve the quality of life for residents of Milton Ward and the Southend on Sea area.

We believe that high quality, fresh, locally grown food is fundamental to a healthy life and a healthy world, and so we are supporting local people to grow their own vegetables and fruit using their gardens, allotments or even patios, balconies and window sills. Visit www.topofthecrops.org.uk

To help out at events or contribute ideas please get in touch Milton Community Partnership tel. 01702 213264 miltoncommunity@hotmail.com

Transition Together

The Transition Together project forms small, social groups of friends, neighbours and colleagues and then supports them in taking a number of effective, practical, money-saving and carbon-reducing steps.

One of the participants commented: “Everyone helps and inspires one another.  As one of the team said in our first meeting, ‘we can grow and develop one another’s ideas to enrich our lives’ – and we do.

Taking part in this local programme could mean that you:

  • save money this year

  • get to know your neighbours better

  • save on energy and water in the home

  • cut your bills and reduce waste

Southend in Transition is currently looking for:

- partner organizations and local agencies who would like to work with us on the editing of the workbooks to make them relevant locally – a great way to inform and involve local residents in your activities and programmes

- individuals interested in taking part – to start piloting the project in your street, ward or organisation – we will offer the handbook, support in starting and managing the group

Visit here (Totnes) and  here (Taunton) to read up success stories.

Visit our local website Transition Together in Southend to get involved or if you want to be kept up to date.

Transition Thursday Drinks

LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH Next Transition Drinks – 27th Oct 2011, 19:00 onwards. Cricketers Pub, crossroads of Milton Rd and London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea (map) Transition Drinks, Transition Chat – a chance to meet for an informal chat about Southend-on-Sea in Transition and all green organizations and projects in our area. Update on Transition Drinks 25/08

Transition Saturday Potluck

September’s Transition Drinks were well attended and we are now taking up more and more space in Cricketers Inn. Thinking of folks who can’t attend evening meet ups and for whom the pub is not their cup of tea:) we discussed having monthly get togethers over a shared meal. Matt from Growing Together agreed it was a good idea and I will be contacting him again to sort out details. Maybe every second Saturday of the month at Growing Together starting November the 12th from 11:00? Would you be interested to come around. I will confirm the date in the Nov Newsletter.

Mapping Southend Food Growers and Producers

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

Help us spread the word publicity group

We are trying to get as many posters and leaflets out there as possible so people can learn about Transition related events and activities locally. Still we get comments that people didn’t know about our existence and if they did they would join in much earlier ro come to an event.

We already have a few people who print posters for us and put them up but to expand our reach I ask for your help: can you print the occasional poster and put it up in your community centre, church, work place, shop window or home window? Email me with the subject POSTER, I will save your email to a separate group and I will email a poster from us or one of our partners. No obligation really, you can do it at the frequency which suits you and where you want it.

Local News and Events

Talks: ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ and ‘Wormeries and Organic Gardening’ 21th Nov 19-22

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

Free Shop is next open at Chase Road Community Project  Saturday 5th Nov
11am – 4pm and  Chase Road ‘Sewing Shop’ from 7pm and usually every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

Trust Links Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12th October at 2.30 pm at the Cheryl Centre, Growing Together Community Gardens, Fairfax Drive

Please help them qualify for a Natwest CommunityForce grant. They need to attain as many votes as possible to be successful so your help is greatly appreciated.
You can register and vote HERE – and please ask your friends and family to vote too !!!

Waste Minimisation Workshop on October 13 at 2.30pm at the Southend YMCA, Ecohub, 2A St Johns Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7JZ

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

December Art of the Village, (www.artofthevillage.moonfruit.com) is is looking to collaborate with others in celebrating Tree Dressing Day over the first weekend of December.
To contact them email: artofthevillage@hotmail.co.uk

Pictures:
Pictures by Louise from the visit to Growing Communities Gardens in Hackney
Visit at Big Society Shop Hamlet Court Road
Interview… with Ian about the Food Swap

Foraging in Southend on Sea Facebook Group

The allotment project DUG –  ‘Doing Us Good’ – A special allotment to help develop skills in young people and the community was officially opened in Shoebury recently.

Council Award for shrinking carbon footprint

Transport
Events and activities by Cycle Southend
Southend Wheelers weekly rides
Feet Feat for School Walkers
Southend wins £4,816,000 bid for sustainable transport

Transition News and Projects

There are 382 397 Official initiatives 458 Muller initiatives In approx. 34 countries
from the October 2011 Transition Network Newsletter

‘The Transition Companion:  making your community more resilient in uncertain times’ is due to be published by Green Books on October 27th.

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.

If you have something you want to share with us, feel free to get in contact. Share information, your ideas and feelings and share in the work here.

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

Contact Details

Southend-on-Sea in Transition– tackling peak oil and climate change, together, now

http://www.southendintransition.org.uk

part of www.transitionnetwork.org/

email:kamilpac@gmail.com

text or call 07411457259

On Twitter

Southend-on-Sea in Transition on Facebook

and on WiserEarth


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What A Way To Go – Life At The End Of Empire : Public Screening

Date:     Friday, November 27, 2009
Time:    7:00pm – 10:30pm
Location:     YMCA ETC Shop (next to Slug and Lettuce), 4a Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2NE

This is how you can support this event:

1) tell your friends about it and then bring them with you

2) forward it to your friends, Twitter it etc

3) visit the Facebook Event Page and use the “Invite People to Come” and “Share” button

4) print the poster or leaflet and put it up in a nice place at work, school, community center, church etc

leaflet A5

Poster

Thanks for that!

Description

Southend in Transition and a number of concerned local individuals have arranged a free screening of the most powerful and accurate movie about the modern global condition ever made. “What a Way to Go – Life at the End of Empire” will be shown in Southend-on-Sea on 27th November at 19:00.The venue is easily reached by mainline train from London Liverpool Street, Shenfield and Fenchurch Street.

 

NB: The film contains some strong language. Because of its intense nature, breaks will be provided between the four sections.
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What A Way To Go is a critical film at a critical time in the evolution of humanity. The survival of our species, and the future of our only home is in jeopardy, and things will only get worse if we do not change the direction we are going.

Tim Bennett, writer and director says: “After long decades of activism and effort, planetary ecosystems are closer to collapse than they have ever been. I can think of three basic reasons for this. First, we have largely failed to look at the whole thing at once. Second, we’ve refrained from deeply feeling our predicament. And third, we haven’t been asking the right questions of the right people.”

“What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire is an attempt to fill in these missing pieces. By looking at as much of the whole as we can, by creating a feeling experience of that whole, and by asking the deep questions of culture, psychology and spirit that lie at the root of our situation, it is our intention that What a Way to Go will break through the denial that has us locked in inaction.”

“There is no one right way for anything to live.”
Daniel Quinn

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A number of local groups and individuals are supporting the event, in order to bring people with as wide a range of relevant interests and ideas along as possible. Descriptions of the groups are posted below:

Spiralseed

Spiralseed is an independent publishing and educational company founded in 2001. Our publications include books, pamphlets and DVDs about permaculture, veganism, human ecology and organic gardening. We also run regular Permaculture courses and workshops and offer sustainable and ecological design consultancy. More information at http://www.spiralseed.co.uk

Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution To A Global Crisis

Keith Farnish is the author of “Time’s Up! An Uncivilized Solution to a Global Crisis”, a book which encompasses a great deal of the narrative of What A Way To Go, and then goes on to provide a workable, if radical solution to the ecological and social crisis created by Industrial Civilisation. The book is available free online via http://www.amatterofscale.com

S E Essex Organic Gardeners

It is now recognised that, in the face of the destruction of our countryside by chemical pesticides, British wildlife finds a safe haven in our gardens. It was to encourage the development of organic, healthy, non-toxic, gardening that South East Essex Organic Gardeners was set up in 1994 and they are now a thriving group with bi-monthly meetings, a regular newsletter and visits to a wide variety of organic farms and gardens. http://www.seeog.org.uk

S E Essex Women’s Environmental Network

WEN, the only organisation in the UK working consistently for women and the environment, has a vision of a world where women are aware of their ability to change the environment for the better and actively come together to do so. We run a local community food-growing project in Leigh and are in the process of setting up a personal carbon-counting group. http://www.seewen.org.uk

S E Essex Friends of the Earth

We campaign on local, national and global environmental issues in Southend, Rochford and Castle Point. Our main focus is climate change – we are calling on Southend Council to reduce borough-wide CO2 emissions by 40% by 2020 as part of Friends of the Earth’s national “Get Serious about CO2“ campaign and are working with SAEN (saen.org.uk) to prevent the expansion of Southend Airport. http://www.seefoe.org.uk

Southend in Transition

Southend in Transition is a group of positive, solution focused local residents who are aware of the challenges of climate change and the end of cheap oil. They ask the questions “How is Southend-on-Sea going to feed itself, where is the energy going to come from, how are we going to heat our homes and get to work?” when oil prices shoot up again and climate change hits in. http://www.southendintransition.org.uk

Healthy Life Essex

A community interest company providing the web-based resource http://www.healthylifeessex.co.uk. Lots of information for anyone interested in leading a more natural, happier, healthier, greener lifestyle. Subjects covered include environmental issues, gardening, countryside, wildlife, complementary therapies and much more. Lots of interesting articles, events, and a lively blog.

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