Another community clean up for Vange on Saturday 17th February

Following on from the community clean upon the ¾ estate in Vange on December 2nd: Doing it for ourselves on the ¾ estate in Vange the Vange Hill Community Group (VHCG) and Basildon & Southend Housing Action (BASHA) have called another one for Saturday 17th February.

VHCG and BASHA are wondering if Basildon Council get wind of this clean up, whether they’ll put in extra effort on cleaning the estate of uncollected rubbish bags like they did before the last one back in December:) Fine – that leaves VHCH and BASHA more time to concentrate on the trimming and gardening side of things which will help with building a sense of pride in the neighbourhood…

As before, BASHA are facilitating this community clean up. The overall aim is to empower people on the ¾ estate to take an active role in making their estate a better place to live. Part of that is the physical work necessary to tidy the place up and put in some planting that will brighten things up come the spring and summer.

Obviously VHCG and BASHA are not going to be doing the whole of the ¾ estate. They’re working on two areas where they’ve already established a foothold with the aim of eventually linking these up to establish a clean and green corridor. The hope is that this will inspire residents in other parts of the estate to start working on their areas, facilitated by VHCG and BASHA if needed.

Basically, it’s all about empowering residents to take an active interest in managing their estates as part of a more fundamental project aimed at bringing power down to the grassroots where it belongs…



By popular demand, Trust Links are moving Wassailing to Sunday 28 January at 2 pm – 3.30 pm at St Laurence Orchard.

Come and wake the trees up for the Spring in historic St Laurence Orchard, located in Eastwoodbury Lane (at the junction with St. Laurence Way), Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6UY.

Sample the spiced apple juice, join in the traditional folk music and celebrate the new year in style!

Free entry

Donations to local charity Trust Links welcome.

Trust Links manage St Laurence Orchard throughout the year for benefit of wildlife and local people.

For more information, please ring 01702 213 134.

Billericay Community Garden Open Day

Saturday 20th January – 9.30am – 2.30pm.
Billericay Community Garden, Church View, CM12 9LD Billericay, Essex

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Hosted by Billericay Community Garden:

A chance to meet up with our volunteers, have a guided tour around the garden, stay and enjoy, even join in with the day’s jobs to do list – look forward to seeing some old and new faces. All welcome, please call in and say hi, we can also offer a brew coffee or tea:)

If you’re involved in setting up a community garden, we strongly recommend that you get along to this event to learn from the experience of the Billericay Community Garden team in getting as far as they have and the lessons they have learned along the way. We were involved in a few of the working sessions in the early days back in 2014/15 and can testify that they have created something quite amazing from the overgrown, rubbish strewn patch of land they started out with…

Festive Transition Potluck!

Saturday 30th December – 12pm-5pm.
Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive.

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Hosted by Southend in Transition Community Allotment:

Bring yourselves, families and friends. Bring and expect vegetarian and vegan food to share.

Festive themed dishes welcomed!

Bring games and musical instruments.

Plan for the day is to eat, talk and socialise with fellow community members, reflect on the past year and look forward to the next year.

Lunch is planned for around 1pm.

Then at 2pm an opportunity for speed talks: 2mins by individuals and projects about what went well in 2017, plans for 2018 and what would help you achieve your goals.

There will be vision board activity around 4pm so please bring your favourite magazines for cut outs.

Children’s arts and crafts as well as plenty of outside space to explore!

Please text and email us even if you only MIGHT come so we gauge the number of people and speed talks (

See you there!
Love from Transition Crew

SE Essex Organic Gardeners meeting – Monday 15 January

With more people growing their own food either in their garden, on an allotment or in a community garden, it’s important to do so in a way that doesn’t have an adverse environmental impact. This meeting will have information and ideas on how to achieve this – if you’re serious about growing your own feed, this will be well worth attending…

SE Essex Organic Gardeners would love you to join them at their next meeting on Monday 15 January at Growing Together Westcliff at 20:00:

‘Gardening with Wool Compost’ – Ian Tinton, Dalefoot Composts, on peat-free, natural and renewable products for all your garden needs

Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive (corner of Fairfax Drive and Prittlewell Chase), Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG – please use the entrance in Prittlewell Chase.

Non-members £2.00 – everyone is most welcome!

Get your copy of the The Estuary Alternative paper

If you want to get hold of a copy of The Estuary Alternative paper and talk to us about what we want to achieve with this project, you’ll have your chance this coming weekend. On Saturday 16th, we’re going to outside the Southend Christmas Vegan Fair (Bellvue Baptist Church, 484 Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2QA) – – from 1pm onwards for a couple of hours. On Sunday 17th, we’re going to be at the Stop the Cliff Development Demonstration (Prittlewell Square, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1DW) – – from noon onwards. If we have any papers left over from the Saturday, we’ll be handing those out at the protest – if not, we’ve got flyers to hand out instead. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible this coming weekend and to work out a way of taking this project forward in 2018…