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What we’ve achieved so far

The journey of Transition to a low energy, happy and abundant society is a long, long one.

As any journey it starts with a thought and a first step and that was what we did by meeting for the first time in the library and setting up the steering group. The other steps and discoveries were:

12 Steps/Ingredients of Transition
Our action

#1. Set up a steering group and design its demise from the outset

A bit of history…

screening of

The Power of Community and deciding to form a steering group

Kamil reports on our last public meeting at Southend Library, 5/3/2008

Three members of the group went onto Transition Training

#2. Awareness raising

www.southendintransition.org.uk

The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins reviewed by Graham Burnett

Transition Town Westcliff goes global!!

Community Orchard – exhibition of watercolours by Graham Burnett 10 – 17 May 2008

‘Grow Your Own’ film night at Springfield Drive Allotments, 19th June 2008

Transition Town Westcliff talk for the Chalkwell Ward Residents Association

Wood Fuel for a low energy future

Californian connections!

A Recipe for a Transitional Winter Meal…

We visited the Open Day at Springfield Drive Allotments with a display

We got an invitation from the Resident’s Association of Westborough

Check out the article in Echo here. And this is what GreenFutures has to say about Transition Towns. TTW in the Press

Transition Westcliff Film Club

Sack Growing and keyhole gardens

‘Permaculture – A Beginners Guide’ book signing event, Southend Library, Sat 28th March

Southend-on-Sea in Transition Library

Transition Westcliff on Youtube

Pecha Kucha Night Vol.2

Southend – Grow your Own 2009 Map

Big Issue at SEEC

Priory Park Road Safety Course for Adult Cyclists March 2009

Anglia in Bloom competition

Forest Gardening Film

“What A Way To Go” film screening


In the press

Over 300 people on the mailing list, over 50 people on the Facebook group and the website gets over 1000 visitors a month as of Sept 2009.

Newsletters

#3. Lay the foundations – working with various groups, networking with individuals and projects, supporting others in their work etc

Open Source Software for the Upcoming Transition

Express and Explore with Emerge

Give Coal the Boot – Greenpeace style

South East Essex Friends of the Earth – keeping the pressure on…

Grass Roots Reading Group

We had a discussion about Transition Town concept at South East Essex Dragons

We talked with people, visited the stand of the South East Essex Organic Gardeners

Food Coop in St Marks Centre, Westcliff. Credit Crunch Cookery Course.

Women’s Environmental Network – film screening, community allotment, plan for 2009

Transition Drinks on 29.01 and every month afterwards

Cluny Square/St Lukes – stronger and greener

Apple juice for life

Food for Life Partnership in local schools

Grassroots Reading Group

A local author wrote a book A Matter of Scale – it is available here

Sack gardening and keyhole kitchen gardens demonstration

Healthy Life Essex

Graham, published a book PERMACULTURE A Beginner’s Guide

Essex Flood Forum

Village Green and Kitchen Garden – Metal

St. Luke’s Healthy Living Centre CIC

Southend Credit Union 3rd Birthday

Milton Community Partnership


We’ve had a chat with Stephen and Ron from the Ferndale Baptist Church about possible projects in the St. Lukes/Cluny Square area
Your chance to own a copy of the St Laurence Orchard Map!

Chalkwell Hall Opening Event

Support a Woodland Resource Centre in South East Essex

New Southend YMCA concept shop

Why not become a recycling champion

Community in Harmony

Health Show in Hockley

The Big Lunch in Southend-on-Sea 2009


Visited the local Quakers, had a chat with the local Methodist Church, Coexist, 3Way Split Project, Camp Bling, Socialist Worker’s Party, Stop the War Coalition, Essex Beekepeers Association, Little ECO, Growing Together, Southend Adult College, Turning Tides, Open Arts, Sopocka Inicjatywa Rozwojowa (Poland), Uni of Essex, SEEC, Level 4, Camra

#4. Organise a Great Unleashing

Westcliff – the 47th Transition Town!

#5. Form sub groups


#6. Use Open Space

WEN Earth Day 2008 – Food Security Open Space at Porters

#7 Develop visible practical manifestations of the project

Scrumping – do you know a lonely fruit tree?

Designed and creating a buzz:

  1. Eco Homes Tour and Talk

  2. Edible Garden Crawl

  3. Well-Being Fair

  4. Conflict Resolution Skills Cafe


#8. Facilitate the Great Reskilling

First Organic Gardening Seminar

Credit Crunch Cookery Course

FREE ‘EDIBLE’ WINDOW BOX PLANTING

Introduction to Permaculture weekend, 31 October – 1 November 2009

keep a look out for various local courses

#9 Build a bridge to Local Government

Newsletters sent to local councillors and MP’s
Contact made with council officers and other agencies, Sustainability Officer, Road Safety Officer, Energy Efficiency Officer, Parks team

#10 Honour the elders


#11 Let it go where it wants to go…

Where next for Transition Town Westcliff?

Southend-on-Sea in Transition

Transition Rayleigh/Rochford District?

Rochford in Transition

#12 Create an Energy Descent Plan

Transition Southend Timeline

Transition Tale –

CSV Make A Difference Day

Transition Tale –

Organic Vegetable Growing Course

Sorry for all those I’ve forgotten. Please send in your suggestions. Some of the things above we’ve helped to publicize only and it is the organizers skills and commitment which actually made it happen.

Thanks for all the warm words of support we were getting, all the invitations and suggestions which helped us in the work. Thanks to all who have got involved and stayed in contact. It can only get better.

Where next we ask you:)

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