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November 2011 Newsletter

Southend-on-Sea in Transition


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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

New! Saturday Transition Potluck

Recent 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 to socialise and have fun together.

The first one will be taking place at Growing Together Saturday 12th November, doors open at 12:00, food served at 12:30. Volunteers to help with setting up tables welcome from 11:00.

If you like it we could have them maybe every second Saturday of the month. In the future we could also tie the potluck in with a film screening, workshops or family and children events as for example run by Emerge Southend so come along and share your ideas.

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 Drinks

LAST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH Next Transition Drinks – 24th Nov 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.

Exchange

Christmas Arts, Crafts, Toys, Clothes, Wares & Food Exchange 11 December · 10:00 – 12:00 in Chalkwell Park

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

Fungus Foray in Belfairs Wood Meet at the main entrance in Eastwood Rd North at 10.30am. For further information contact Joy Emerson, Secretary on 01708 440297.

From the Foraging in Southend on Sea group – “Who would be up for a seashore forage at East Beach? We could spend a little while on the beach collecting some of the mussels, oysters, crabs, limpets, winkles, cockles, clams etc and cook them there and then?

Let’s go for Sunday 20th November – low tide is at 13:24 and high again at 19:39 so we should have a few hours on the beach before water becomes a problem. If we begin collecting at around 1pm and start cooking at 2pm? See you there! 🙂

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

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.

SEEWEN DIG IN allotment

We are working hard to prepare our ‘DIG IN’ allotment in Manchester Drive for the winter. A new rotation plan for the beds is ready for next year and we are collecting lots of burnable stuff for our BONFIRE NIGHT PARTY on Saturday Nov 5.

Art of the Village, (www.artofthevillage.moonfruit.com) 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

Emerge Community Christmas Party – Friday 16th December- Emerge Community Christmas Party –  Traditional and Non traditional Games and Activities for all the family, Bring and Share Buffet- All Welcome  6-8pm Tickets £5.00 non members/ Free to Emerge Members. Please contact Emerge to book your tickets- 07838889187 emergeartsdonna@gmail.com

Start thinking which potato varieties you would like to pre-order for the South East Essex Seed Potato Day 2012 Saturday 25 February at Growing Together

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.

Dan Golding from www.essexbees.co.uk used the Facebook Southend Food Growers and producers group to tell you that he is “thinking of doing a bee open day/hour/talk … what would people actually be interested knowing/seeing/learning?”

Yoga Dharma supporting the Global launch of The Poetry of Yoga on 11.11.11 with book signing and activities.

Pictures

Apple Weekend

October Food Exchange

Transport

Events and activities by Cycle Southend

Southend Wheelers weekly rides

Transition News and Projects

There are 402 Official initiatives 458 Muller initiatives In approx. 34 countries

from the November 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.

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

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