Newsletter July


No-one can do everything, but everyone can do something!’
Barons Court Infant School newsletter

Transition Westcliff Newsletter July

(working with people from Southend-on-Sea and beyond)

Starting Southend-on-Sea in Transition – join the group on Facebook

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 30th of July, 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 – 15 of July, 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.
  • FREE ‘EDIBLE’ WINDOW BOX PLANTINGSaturday 11th July, 10 am – 12 pm at St Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, Westcliff
In association with Milton Community Partnership

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:

Southend-on-Sea in Transition launched on Facebook

  • The Transition Drinks were spent over a few drinks and exchanging ideas and contacts. Pop in this month.
  • We’ve watched Ecovillage Pioneers – an inspiring film about people and communities building their own sustainable homes and livelihoods
  • We’ve screened the film Money as Debt for the 3rd birthday of Southend Credit Union
  • We’ve visited the local Friends Meeting and talked about Transition Towns
  • We’ve visited the South East Essex Women’s Environmental Network Earth Day 2009


Transition News and Projects

Transition Network Newsletter

Writeups from the Transition Conference 2009

Over 130 152 170 185 Transition Initiatives around the world and growing strong. Transition Africa and Transition Finland.

What Can Happen When a Transition Initiative and its Local Government Work Together: the Stroud Story Transition Culture (7 July 2009)

Why are we actually doing this Transition Thing?

Sahara spreading to Europe

Report: Global climate disaster is moving closer

Study documents close relationship between past warming and sea-level rise


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:

Dig In Open Day – SEEWEN community allotment

Saturday July 11th 10.30 – 12 noon

The Big Lunch comes to Southend

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is supporting this special Eden Project event called The Big Lunch, in a bid to put a smile on the face of the town. The countdown is on for Southend residents to join a nationwide community street party event on Sunday 19th July.

SEEOG TRIPS: COACH TO GARDEN ORGANIC RYTON ON SATURDAY 18 JULY – check their newsletter for details.
Organic gardening seminars Saturday 25 July, 1.30pm:
Greensward Academy, Main Hall, Greensward Lane, Hockley SS4 5HG

SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR FAMILIES 2009 at MCP

Organic Growing Month by Month

Organic Vegetable Growing Course at Growing Together. Food Coop in St Marks Centre, Westcliff. Southend Credit Union Helping the local economy and you. Keep your money safe and sound. Are you a member yet? Transition your life with the help of Southend Libraries. Southend Highstreet Farmers Market and Leigh Farmers Market. Bicycle safety tagging.

Grass Roots Reading Group – call the Southend Library for the next date.

Volunteers for Metal – Village Green and Kitchen Garden.

Energy Usage Monitoravailable 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 – bring your clutter and yourself.

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

Wider Circle:

The Queen has got herself a garden and followed Prince Charles example by making it organic. Recently the Obama’s got one too so lets see who has got the greatest pumpkin in the end.

Skilling up for the Powerdown
Transition Training 25-26 July, Permaculture Courses 25 – 26 July and keep a look out for various local courses.

Your suggestions will help us:

What did you think about this newsletter? Survey is here.

The content of the newsletter can be be generated by you, the community members interested in TW and compiled by the Steering Group. Any news about activities, updates and forthcoming events should be submitted by 5th of each month to kamilpac@googlemail.com for inclusion in the next newsletter.

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.

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 Transition Town Westcliff

Contact Details
Transition Town Westcliff – tackling peak oil and climate change, together, now

http://www.transitionwestcliff.org.uk/

email:kamilpac@googlemail.com
text or call 07707676308
skype: kamil.pachalko3
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