A film celebrating the

local food movement

Sheila Dillon, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4

MONDAY, 19th MAY 8pm


47 Fairfax Drive, Southend SS0 9AG

(corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase)

Local Food Roots – a film celebrating the local food movement

Food really matters, how you eat, how you shop, crucially affects how the world is.” Sheila Dillon, The Food Programme, BBC Radio 4

We have had to change our programme because Jim Bishop, our forager, is unwell.



Summer 2013 Newsletter

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 446 official initiatives and 566 Muller initiatives in over 43 countries

Have a look at what we are working on and support local projects by attending events, bring your friends and families and volunteer.

Local News and Events

Southend in Transition:

  • Transition DrinksThur 27/06, 18/07 19:00 Cricketers Inn

  • NEW Restarting the Stock Exchange 11-12 followed by

  • Transition Potluck Sat 06/07, 17/08, 14/09 12-15 Growing Together, corner of Fairfax Drive/Prittlewell Chase

  • SiT Community Allotment – we are back to continue the work on setting the allotment in 2013. Get in touch with SiT if you are interested in getting involved.

What is on at Trust Links:

  • Wednesday 19th June Midsummer Open Garden 2pm – 4pm

  • Full Permaculture Design Course, Essex, Summer 2013

  • Orchard Day: 25th June 2013

  • Growing Together Shoeburyness: on Friday 5th July 2013 from 2 – 5pm – OPEN DAY,  Saturday 22nd June, 10th August, 7th September 11am – 2pm

  • Saturday 12th October Apple Day at St Laurence Orchard In Partnership with SEEOG and SEEWEN 11am – 3pm

What is on at South East Essex Organic Gardeners:

  • ‘Never a Dull Moment’ a naturalist’s view of British wildlife; with Ross Gardner, a professional naturalist, currently working in environmental education. 15/07/2013 19:00 to 22:00

  • May Newsletter is online – packed with goodies as usual.

  • from the blog EcoHut Photos, Don’t Just Weed It – Eat It

South East Essex Women Environmental Network:

  • Community Allotment work days

  • WEN meeting – Third Thursday of every month from 7.30pm

  • June 20th – Badger talk and July 18th – Pauline Laine talk re localism

Spiralseed – local Permaculture training and consultancy

Southend Swap Shop and Community Group

  • Meeting – to carry on discussing ideas for the group and swapping/exchange system 8th July at 19:30 Trust Links (Growing Together) corner of Fairfax Drive/Prittlewell Chase

  • looking at setting up a group buying group so get in touch with them if you are interested in products from Suma and first swaps and shares taking place

Foraging in Southend on Sea

  • ideas what to pick and when, foraging in your side alley, ups and down of making nettle beer, Sea Kale coleslaw, dandelion in potato curry and Spor Bombs!

  • express interest in a foraging walk on Two Three Island with an experienced tutor

  • Leon Lewis Mushroom Walks

Veg Box – Southend Farm Shop and Veg Box scheme

Essex Bees – bee hive renting, adoption, training to bee-come a beekeeper,

Cycle Southend events and training

  • THE BIG CHARGE 10th July to 13th July @ Chalkwell Park

  • Monday morning mums club: leaving Eastwood community centre 9.15 (term time only)

  • Tuesday Riders: Leaving Southchurch Park/Greenways 9.00 every Tuesday

  • Sunday Cyclers: Weekly leisurely group leaving Priory Park Bandstand at 10.00. All Welcome.  

  • Women’s Wednesday riders: 6.30 FROM Western Approaches Community Centre.

  • Muckers and Mighty muckers on Saturdays and Thursday evening rides all leaving from the Recycle Centre, Progress Road.

  • Cycle training is also available for both Adults and Children.

  • TWEED RIDE 2013 1 September at 14:00 at Leigh Library Gardens

Ideas in Motion – Sustainable Travel Programme in Southend on Sea

Any interesting business or needing help to set one up? Contact the Eco Hub

Roots and Shoots, Hamelin Trust Charity, Sutton Bridge Farm

  • fresh strawberries and opportunities to volunteer

Local Friendly chicken and poultry keepers group has been set up to help each other, buy and sell and enjoy and share our love of poultry.

Edible Essex training and events

Made in Essex Festival

Roger shows his PV panel output and how much he generates back to the grid

Add some local trees and food sources to Fallen Fruit

Tom’s Green Woodworking

Hinguar wins national “Green School” award

Other local people, groups and events contributing to strength of the community and make Southend and region an interesting place to live:

Southend Community in Action updates

Village Green 13th July, Chalkwell Park

ROAD TO PEACE – Film showing on 21st September 2013 at Quaker Meeting House, Leigh

Belfairs Woodland Centre

Pocket Places Southend on Sea

  • RE-IMAGINING SPACES OUTDOOR WORKSHOP Victoria Gateway 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on 28th June 2013

Southend YMCA courses for young people:

Eileen’s musings:

From a girl called Jack

Ideas Hub Chelmford, check out their events

  • Sewing & Up-cycling club, Relational Art etc.

  • Ideas Festival 26th October to the 3rd of November

East Essex Smallholders Group

Transition News and Projects

June 2013 – Transition Network Newsletter

Power of Just Doing Stuff launches in Crystal Palace

Your suggestions will help us

The newsletter goes out to over 400 local people including project and group leaders raising awareness of local community action and making networking and getting involved easier.

The content of the newsletter can be be generated by you. Please send news about activities, project updates and forthcoming events to kamilpac@gmail.com.

If you would like to write for the blog just like James does about his mushroom growing experiment and on other topics of Transition please get in touch as well.

October 2012 Newsletter

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 417 422 official initiatives and 566 Muller initiatives in over 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.


Local News and Events

Farmers Markets 2012


Southend Apple Days: Orchard Open Day this Saturday 13/10, 11 am – 1 pm, St
Laurence Orchard, Eastwoodbury Lane (on the roundabout where Eastwoodbury Lane ends and the new road begins).

Harvest Supper Saturday 20 October St. Mark’s Centre, Princes Street, 6.00pm for 6.30pm small entrance fee

Apple Fun Day Sunday 21 October Growing Together Community Gardens 2pm-5pm

Trust Links AGM 17/10/2012

New Vacancies for the site in Shoeburyness


THE BIG EVENT Sunday 14th October 2012 1 2 . 3 0 p m – 5.30pm At The Sports
Hall, Southend Tennis & Leisure Centre Garon Park, Eastern Avenue,
Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4FA


BEE meeting on Wednesday 17th of October at 5pm with guest speaker, Jill
Poet from the Federation of Small Businesses. Book your place.


SEEOG Talk 19/11/2012 19:00 to 22:00 Daniel Hale, from international
development charity Progressio, will share some tales from a recent trip
to Zimbabwe where organic small-scale farming is changing lives

SE Essex Seed Potato Day 23/02/2012


FREE Beginner’s Foraging Session Saturday, 20th October 2012 , 10.30 – 12.30 Abbotts Hall Farm, Colchester

Tree Planting – Lotus Way Orchard, Jaywick Monday 15th October, from 10.00am

Grow Your Own Alternative Edibles by James Wong  LAST FEW PLACES Thursday 15th November 19.30, Chelmsford

Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg Saturday 23 February 2013 10.00 – 15.30, Chelmsford

Ideas in Motion
Southend sustainable transport conference Monday, October 22, 2012 from
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (BST) The Tickfield Centre Tickfield Industrial
Estate Tickfield Avenue SS2 6LL Southend On Sea United Kingdom

Meeting Why Inequality Matters Saturday 20th October 2012 10-4pm Quaker Meeting House 18 Dundonald Drive Leigh on Sea SS9 1NB For further information and booking please contact helenthornton2@yahoo.co.uk or Brenda Phillips 01702 334746


Rooted in Community Southend Cohesion Week 2013. 18th– 24th March 2013


Observation hive installed in Southend Central Museum by Essex Bees


Transition News and Projects

October 2012 – Transition Network Newsletter

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

Your suggestions will help us

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members and compiled by the Steering Group. Any news about activities,
updates and forthcoming events should be sent to
kamilpac@gmail.com for inclusion in the next newsletter and I will try to incorporate them as time allows.

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Local food working group meeting Fri 18th May 1pm

As a result of our meeting on the 5th of May a group is forming to take forward the agenda of making local and regional food more available locally and build local resilience through food initiatives.

The first meeting of the group will take place at the TWIG shop bottom of Hamlet Court Road (next to Nat West) Fri 18th May 1pm. Please email Matt at chiefexec@trustlinks.org to confirm you are coming so they know how many tea bags to prepare:)

If you cannot come but would like to be kept up to date with the work or come to the next meeting please also email Matt to add you to the mailing list.

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Looking for a space to grow food locally? Try Landshare…

which has plenty of listing for local gardens on offer to be shared, offers from helpers and keen gardeners with need for land.


for example


I live in Westcliff On Sea – near Chalkwell Park. I have a plot aprox 20 foot by 20 foot available at the rear of my garden. This can be independantly accessed by a side gate . i would love to hear from any one who would like to use this space for growing veggies etc

Emerge Community Day 18th September


Dear parents, its just a week and a half away now….don’t miss out on joining us at the heart of Emerge for our fabulous community day!


Back by popular demand!!
For those children who missed the chance this June….
Faeries Superheroes 
18th September 11:00am – 12:00pm
Priory park, Southend.
£3.00 if arriving in costume, £4.00 otherwise.
Limited spaces left call Emerge to book your child’s place.
[Sorry for the mistake in my previous email – To clarify – The above workshop is being run separately , is not included in the family ticket , and will take place before the start of our community day] .
Emerge Community Day
Sunday 18th September 2011
Priory Park, Southend
12- 4pm
Family ticket £6.00
12 o’clock THE BIG FOOD SHARE!
Next …..  Workshops – Fun – Learning and Relaxation
The family ticket @ £6 entitles your family to attend all activities from 12-4pm, this includes your child a place in our The Carnival of the Animals workshop 
They’ll be wearing one of our fabulous Animal masks
They’ll be creating their costume in the Creative Arts part of the workshop- Creating your animal! Roar!!!!!
Then its Performing Arts – moving like your Animal!!
They will have lots of fun turning Priory Park into their very own Safari…while you relax with a cuppa and watch a demo by Donna Fallowes on how to make Free organic medicine to put in your cupboard ready for winter. 
Later in the afternoon we have lots more fun and relaxing activities for you to enjoy.
We look forwards to seeing you there!
Children’s Performing/Creative Arts class
Thursday’s @ 4:20pm – 5:20pm
Southend Adult Community College.
Price £4.00 (including resources).
Toddler Tastic class starts again this week…please email me for further details…there are a few places currently avaialable.
Kind Regards,
Donna Fallowes
Director – Emerge

The Fantastic Food Exchange! 18th Sept 10-12 AM


You can help by spreading the message about the event and printing a poster and putting it up in a public space. Thank you.



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