Quietly subversive…

The more you think about the points raised in the above info-graphic from ifixit.comhttps://www.ifixit.com/ – the the more you see how subversive this is in making people question their assumptions about the consumer society we live in. Basically, we don’t really own a lot of the stuff we use because when it breaks or fails, we have to take it back to the supplier for ‘repair’ or replacement. This is about turning the tables and starting to put us in control:)


October ’17 Repair Cafe @ Shoebury Hub

This is the kind of practical, grassroots activity making a positive difference from skill sharing to sustainability through giving various items a longer use life that we love to promote…

After a hiatus due to a home move we were eager to get back into Repairing and for Octobers repair Cafe we were pleased to connect with the Malcolm, Brian and Chris of My Town Southend – https://www.mytownsouthend.com/ – @ the Shoebury hub who kindly offered, at stupendously short notice, to host the repair cafe in the wonderful community space they have created in what was originally the Unitarian Evangelical church. My Town Southend is all about promoting community cohesion, resilience and well being as opposed to extractive activities draining people and capital from the town. Needless to say we definitely sing from the same song sheet as them and are excited about one of their ideas to set up a Share shed at the hub which would sync in perfectly with the repair movement.

See here for the rest of the piece: https://southendrepaircafe.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/october-17-repair-cafe-shoebury-hub/

Shoebury East Beach Clean

Wikimedia Commons: Shoeburyness East Beach – geograph.org.uk – 1800748.jpg

Joint Green Action and Southend Beachcare Event.
We plan to clean the Beach looking out for micro-plastics.
Pickers and bags provided.
Children welcome accompanied by an adult.

Green Action – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenActionSEE/

Return of the Southend Repair Cafe

Sunday, October 1st from 10.30am onwards at Shoebury Hub, 151 West Road, Shoeburyness SS3 9EF

Return of our Monthly pop up repair cafe after a hiatus to move home. Attempting to save your broken equipment, furniture and souls from the landfill site and enjoying a nice cup of tea or coffee and a slice of homemade cake. Entrance is free, we only ask for donations to help us keep the repair movement growing.

This month we will be giving demonstrations in the basic electrical safety realm, to help keep DIY repairs free from worry. 3 pin plug wiring, correct fuse choice, cable choice. There is always a chance to practice soldering and basic fault finding using a multi meter tester. Simple solar power- how to use small solar power panels for lighting, pond pumps or for caravans and boats.

Southend Repair Cafe – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southendintransition/

Benefit for Southend Little Free Pantry

From Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alilouise/posts/10155795037696683


I am looking for acts to play at a charity gig I am putting on at The Railway (Clifftown Road) on Sunday 26th November for Southend Little Free Pantry. This is a wonderful charity run by the community for the community and I’m hosting it to raise funds, food and awareness.

I’m looking for musicians, singers, poets, comics, writers, magicians or any other skills you would like to showcase.

I’m also looking for sponsors, face-painters, kids entertainers, graphic designers, videographers and any other skills you may wish to contribute.

I know it’s a big ask to give up your time for free, I can offer the small gesture of paying travel expenses.

Please, dear friends, if anyone would like to contribute their art to this great cause, get in touch!

Southend Little Free Pantry – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southendlfp/

Southend Apple Day – Saturday 7th October

As some of our friends (South East Essex Organic Gardeners, Southend In Transition and Spiralseed) are supporting this, it would be rude of us to not help to publicise this event! Also, we support it because we like the idea of community orchards and bringing food production as close to home as possible…

SiT Community Allotment Taster Days Sat 09/09 10-14 presented by Southend in Transition Sat 7th Oct 2017: 11:00-14:00

If you’re interested in the idea of a community allotment, neighbourhood self sufficiency and growing your own food, this event is well worth attending…

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Southend in Transition Community Allotment
(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive.

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

Sat 09/09 10-14
Harvest festival – with the juicy grapes making a return this year and lots of tomatoes, pumpkins and green onions gracing us we will feast on food prepared at home and on the day.

11:30 tea and short tour of the plots
12:30 lunch

Come in anytime for a cup of tea

Saun 24/09 10-14
Gardening and a bit more of citizen science – the Big Bug Hunt – spot them and record them

Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 28/09 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout…

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