Southend in Transition Community Plot update

Team effort goes far… plot session 27/08/16 by Duncan Seath

Re-invigorated by the cooler start to the day after the heat wave of late, Fiona, Jodi, Kamil and I keenly arrived at the plot first, to set up ready to welcome volunteers or visitors. There has been a steady flow of new faces and regular visitors this year and pleasingly today’s session followed this trend.

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We were very happy to welcome four plot first timers (or first time I’ve seen them!), Councillor for Kursaal ward, Helen McDonald, partner Jim and their friends Helen and Aisha.  A more frequent visitor on the plot recently, Jason, a poetry collective member, joined us just in time for lunch. It’s always great to hear Jason waxing lyrical on hot topics of mutual interest. As we always say, work in progress!

Food Culture and Southend: Thursday 15 September, 14:00 – 17:00

Club Critical Theory: Essex Futures Conference Venue: Civic Centre Southend-on-Sea, Committee Room 4a (close to Southend Victoria and Southend Central railway stations) This includes: Food Cultures: Who is really setting the agenda in terms of policies on health and wellbeing in respect of what food we buy and consume? What can be done at a local level to improve ‘food cultures’ in the context of national policies which endorse a free market vision of society? Chair: Giles Tofield Evening drinks at the Railway Hotel … [Read more…]

Finding Food in London: Making parks and waste places fruitful

Food shortages and rationing brought by naval blockades during World War One meant producing home grown food became an essential part of life on the home front. City dwellers had their part to play in this, and Londoners were no exception, creatively transforming their civic spaces into productive places to aid “the growing of vegetables for victory”. Here, using recently uncovered material from the archive, we take a look at how weekly magazine, The Graphic, covered the sometimes rather incongruous conversion of well-known London spaces into fruitful Edens. finding-food-in-london-making-parks-and-waste-places-fruitful       … [Read more…]

Walking Together: Trust Links’ Sponsored Walk – Saturday 17th September 2016

Trust Links, Southend’s local, independent charity for wellbeing and mental health is holding a sponsored walk to link up its three sites. * Growing Together Shoeburyness * Growing Together Westcliff * Growing Together Thundersley * The walk is approximately 12 miles long The Walking Together Sponsored Walk will take place on Saturday 17th September 2016. It will leave Growing Together Shoeburyness at 8:30am and will aim to arrive at Growing Together Thundersley at approximately 2:00pm. There will be a pit stop at Growing Together Westcliff. Walkers will receive: A certificate to recognise their effort Walkers can sign up for the whole walk, or join or finish at the mid-way point when the walk arrives at Growing Together Westcliff. To register to take part, please email Walking Together: Trust Links Sponsored Walk Saturday 17th September 2016 8:30am start – anticipated end 2:00pm For more information, call Growing Together Westcliff on: 01702 213134. All monies raised will go towards their therapeutic horticulture work. … [Read more…]

Poetry on the Plot: Sunday 24th July 2016

By Sarah Yapp, photos by Sally-Ann Ashley With the sun blazing down, people who were discovering the plot or the first time began to arrive laden with cakes and poetry books.  The table had been set out by Fiona with her delicious falafel, salad and tea and the plot welcomed us into her arms. Courtesy of … [Read more…]