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Southend in Transition, is a group of local residents supporting a personal and community level Transition to a more localised, happy and resilient lifestyle. We are part of an international network of 422 official initiatives and 458 Muller initiatives in approx. 34 countries
Have a look at what we are working on with our friends and support local projects, attend events, bring your friends and families and volunteer.
This has been talked about for a long time now in Southend and whoever hears the idea is supportive and excited about the possibilities it would bring for the growth of the local food culture and economy.
Meet with us on Saturday the 5th of May 12-15. We will combine the usual potluck at Growing Together gardens at Fairfax Drive with a planning session for the SiT Food Coop and start a working group going which will afterwards continue to meet up – driving the set up of the Food Coop forward.
As a Coop it will enable members to shape the future of local food in Southend and we need your ideas, time and skills to make it happen so you are very welcome.
Please get call or drop us an email if you are interested in using the Southend Food Coop in the future or if would like to join the working group.
Community allotment idea, chat about it and action. This is what can happen at the drinks… Last Thursday of each month, next Transition Drinks – 31st May 2012, 19:00 onwards. Cricketers Pub
Southend East Community Allotment – Southend in Transition and Organic Gardeners?
We have taken on a plot and plan to collectively work it. We are thinking of having a core group people working it once per week/month and the plot open then to local volunteers and the wider public as a productive, educational, inspirational and social space to learn about sustainable ways of growing, value of fresh food and just to be out in the fresh air together.
If you are interested to be in the working group or volunteer here and there or just wanted to visit when it is up and running let me know.
The Stock Exchange
Mapping Southend Food Growers and Producers
Let us know of any events or projects to add to the map.
The start of a Google map by Laura, thank you.
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 and the newest one Oy Oy!
Local News and Events
Organic Gardeners Talk “From Gardener to Grower – the business of growing salad”, Growing Together will be open from 7.00pm to allow members to browse our Library, etc. and at 7:30 the new “Growing Questions and Answers” session.
Farmers Markets 2012
and new one starting in Thorpe Bay at 10am 20th May and is being held at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Johnstone Road.
The Stitch and Fix Course at Shared Space or Stitch and Sew at St. Mark’s
SEEOG coach outing on Saturday 9 June is to Capel Manor Gardens (Enfield), combined with Forty Hall Farm, an organic farm run by Capel Manor College – further details later. There will be pick-up points arranged, the first one being at 8.15am from Kirbys Depot, Rayleigh.
May Day Celebration 12th May 11am-3pm at Growing Together
The Big Lunch – this year the street parties are being organised beginning of June to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and the council is facilitating the process.
23rd June Midsummer’s Day event at Growing Together – details to follow
The Village Green 30th June
The Big Event 14th October 2012 at Garon’s Park, Apple Weekend 20-21 October
Foraging Taster Session Saturday, 26th May 2012 10.30 – 12.30 Essex Wildlife Trust Abbotts Hall Farm Great Wigborough, Colchester
What is talked about
TWIG shop in Hamlet Court Road continues by selling local produce Fri and Sat
Review of Graham’s book by Craig Mackingtosh of Permaculture Research Institute
Jack thinks of setting up a Community Supported Fishery
A stretch of abandoned allotments in Leigh should be cleared up and brought back to life, it has been suggested.
About Earth Day – Helen wrote: “beautiful day…the weather was just right…I ran a couple of bread making workshops with adults and children and the results were imaginative and tasty….although there was not a good turn out, the people that did come were magical….cheers you WEN lot!!”
Blogs and websites
Emerge have a new website and timetable
Community Business and Enterprise Adviser www.thebusiness-surgery.co.uk
Southend in Bloom launched for this year.
Events and activities by Cycle Southend
Southend Wheelers weekly rides
Linking unused skills, talents and resources in Chelmsford via community projects and enterprises that bring us Alive!
Show your true colours – recycle spare paint!
Southend wins Better Bus bid!
High prize for low carbon!
Grant boost for partnership green schemes
Project hopes to boost happiness in Southend
Promoting ethics in the workplace
AMIGOS Young persons mentoring scheme. Training Weekend – 21st & 22nd July 2012
Transition News and Projects
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