Happening on Saturday 26th May – Southend Vegan Fair

Thorpe Greenways School, Greenways, Southend on Sea, SS1 2 Southend-on-Sea
10am – 5pm

Southend Vegan Fair returns and is now at a bigger venue with indoor and outdoor space for up to 100 stalls!

Expect loads of great vegan food, animal rights stalls, talks, clothing, health products and make up products!

Copies of The Estuary Alternative paper and a variety of other papers, pamphlets and flyers produced by us (and others) will be available on the Vegan Army Surplus stall which will be outside in the school grounds at the fair. Look forward to seeing you all there:)


Southend Soup: Green Living

Saturday May 19th: 13:00–16:00

Kings Road United Reformed Church, 91 Crowstone Road, SS0 8LH Southend-on-Sea



Soups are fun community events with an element of crowdfunding:
Three or four 5-minute pesentations from people/small groups needing a small amount of funding. Ideas can be related to community, art or business. Everyone votes for their favourite idea and the winner gets a pot of money – usually around £150-£250 (sometimes more!) Submit your idea here: http://southendsoup.co.uk/submit-a-good-idea/

Funding comes from the donations on the day – so it’s important to pay if you’re able to.

Hosts Kings Road URC are working towards their Silver Eco-Church award, hence the Green Living theme. So;

* If you are part of a group that helps people live in a sustainable way, we can set up a table so you can talk to people. Let us know in advance if you’d like to do this: SherryFuller@Hotmail.co.uk

* Likewise if you make stuff that helps with recycling, reduces plastic or waste, is organic, fair trade, animal-friendly, or otherwise fits in with the eco theme, come talk about what you do and sell your wares/share your stuff or ideas. (As above, get in touch if you want a table.)

* Don’t bring plastic if you can avoid it! Cloth bags, reusable water bottles.


* The venue is a Trussel Trust Foodbank, so feel free to bring donations. UHT milk, juices, sponge puddings, Smash (easy mash potato), squash and tinned pies are always needed (but not beans – they have loads!)

* There are bowls at the venue, but it can be useful to bring your own in case we get lots of visitors!

* Musical instruments as there’s usually a jam to join in with!

* Entertainment for kids (and kids-at-heart!)

* Donations for The Kindness Exchange who do a trolley-run of Southend’s rough sleepers: spray deodorant, boxer shorts, comfy women’s pants, socks, wet wipes, hand sanitiser, tampons/towels, toothpaste/toothbrushes.

See you there!

The Leigh Folk Festival needs your help

If the Leigh Folk Festival is going to continue it’s success, it needs volunteers to help the event run smoothly. As you can see from the leaflet above, there’s a wide range of tasks that need to be undertaken over the weekend the festival takes place so there should be something to suit you. This is not a commercial event – it’s a community run festival which in our view, is infinitely preferable. If you can spare the time, please show you care by volunteering for a few hours to help make the festival an enjoyable event for all attending.

Forthcoming beach cleans

There are a fair few of us who want to change the world with some practical action – these events should fit the bill:) Basically, it’s people power getting the beaches cleaned around Southend!

Southend Beach Care Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/southendbeachcare/

Saturday 12th May | 9.30-11.00am | Billy Hundreds, Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea

Please join to clean up the strand line along Eastern Esplanade. This area suffers from plastic nasties getting tangled up in the seaweed. Let’s capture this litter before it get washed out to sea again. We will also be launching Southend’s first 2 Minute Beach Clean Board at Billy Hundreds. All equipment provided, everyone welcome.

Marine Conservation Society

You will need to register as a volunteer to then sign up to the event – https://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/user/register

If you have any questions about how to register for Beachwatch and need support, please call 01989 566 017 or email: beachwatch@mcsuk.org

Sunday 17th June | Chalkwell Beach | 10.00-11.30am
Meeting location: Area below ramp from Chalkwell Station & stairs from Esplanade parking

Sunday 16th September | Chalkwell Beach | 11.00am-12.30pm
Meeting location: Area below ramp from Chalkwell Station & stairs from Esplanade parking

Taster Day – Sun 29/04 10-14 – SiT Community Allotment

From our friends at Southend in Transition Community Allotment🙂

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Taster Day – Sun 29/04 10-14


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

Sun 29/04 10-14

– Change of date!

Season prep

11:30 tour of the plot

13:00 lunch

Come in anytime for a cup of tea.

Pick up free potatoes for planting, courtesy of SEEOG.

Ps. Pls park in adjacent roads as the allotments paths are closed off.

Sun 13/05 10-14

Pottering about

Other events and groups locally:

Vacant plots on the main Southend East site available. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

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All you need to know about Home Composting

Join SE Essex Organic Gardeners at their next meeting on Monday 21 May at Growing Together Westcliff at 20:00:

‘All you need to know about Home Composting’ by Tom Willis (self-billed Compost Maniac), Essex County Council’s Waste Buster volunteer scheme.

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 – you are most welcome!


Southend Vegan Fair – Spring 2018

Having been to a few vegan fairs that were nothing more than over-priced lifestyle events, it’s good to see one coming up with content and ideas that will give people something to think about and inspire them…

Saturday 26th May – 10am-5pm
Thorpe Greenways School PTA, Greenways, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1969557723362569/

Southend Vegan Fair returns and is now at a bigger venue with indoor and outdoor space for up to 100 stalls!

Expect loads of great vegan food, animal rights stalls, talks, clothing, health products and make up products!

If you want a stall please email: southendvegans@gmail.com for an application form.

£3 entry Under | 16’s go free.

So far they have…

We have a vegan poet performing on May 26th in Southend!

Cat crafts language with love to create honest, open and often brutal attacks on society and herself, while retaining a childish hope for a better future.

Cat a vegan and passionate about animal rights, in addition to her passion for social equality. Since becoming vegan, Cat has found her writing turning towards these values to give the voiceless a voice.

Cat has performed her work at Cosmic Puffin, The Rochford Art Trail and The Essex Poetry Festival among other events. She has also been featured on the 365scribble podcast.

You can find Cat at: https://catherinethepoet.wordpress.com | https://www.facebook.com/catherinethepoet/ or propping up the bar at The Railway Hotel.


As well as talks at the Southend Vegan Fair on May 26th we have a small panel who have agreed to participate in a questions and answers session with our attendees!

So get your thinking caps on and come up with some great questions for them!