It doesn’t have to be this way…

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Community gardening in Pitsea

We saw this on the Heart of Pitsea Facebook page and as we’re big fans of community food gardens, we thought we’d share it…

If you fancy getting outside and meeting up with our lovely Incredible Edible gardening volunteers, then you are welcome to join them tomorrow (Tuesday 5.9) morning 10am at our community gardening plot at Mill Green. Equipment is provided, you just need to wear comfy clothing and appropriate footwear. If you would like more info call 07572 001671.

Here’s a map showing where Mill Green is – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5726501,0.4999086,17z

Cleaning up the Pattocks

Pattocks is a sheltered housing complex run by Basildon Council. By definition it houses elderly, vulnerable, people many with mobility problems. One would have thought that anyone with a responsibility for the pathways would prioritise maintaining those around sheltered housing. The paths around Pattocks are broken, cracked, and overgrown, with weeds coming up in abundance. There is also rubbish dumped around the site and broken walls. The paths are not fit for purpose – they are clearly a health hazard.

Thumbs up to the estate manager who was not content to keep reporting broken paths and dumped rubbish around a sheltered housing complex with no result. She got in touch with the local councillor and a clear up was organised. Basildon & Southend Housing Action were there to lend a hand and share experiences of how to get things done. A few local people came out, either from the complex who expressed their gratitude or who came along to help. The “Pride Team” from Basildon Council were there to do the heavy stuff and take away the rubbish that had been collected. The result was a great improvement but needs to be kept up. There was cake and tea as a reward!

Yet again, it’s down to volunteers to undertake basic cleaning and maintenance on an estate in Basildon. If volunteers from the community are having to put in more of their time and effort to bring their estates up to an acceptable level, it has to be said that it’s not an unreasonable demand for those at the grassroots to have a real, meaningful say in how their neighbourhoods are run…

F.R.I.E.N.D / Epic Quest All Day Fundraiser

Date & time: Saturday 2nd September, 12noon onwards

Venue: The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 1AJ

Event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1110701825740237/

From the Facebook event page

An all day fundraising event for Southend based Epic Quest Education Centre and Kent based Farmed Animal Sanctuary F.R.I.E.N.D. Both are close to our hearts so please join us to raise funds and awareness for these two amazing organisations. A collective of bands and solo artists will play throughout the day including Johnny Kowalski & The Sexy Weirdos & Howling Black Soul. MORE TBC…

Upstairs will host a ESG Media Essex / London collective film festival and guest speakers.

FREE ALL DAY DONATIONS APPRECIATED X

What is ‘Liberation Permaculture’

Is permaculture about re-creating Eden or about changing the world in every way, even politically? Graham Burnett and Nicole Vosper make the case for a politically engaged, ‘liberation permaculture’ – https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/what-liberation-permaculture

This is from two people we have a lot of respect for making the case for a permaculture that will bring about fundamental social change as opposed to one that’s simply a lifestyle choice made by people who want to opt out of the modern world but who have no real interest in changing it. It’s an old piece but one that’s probably even more relevant now than when it was written, given the narrative of change coming from an individual altering their lifestyle as opposed to more politically conscious collective endeavours that seek to not only challenge but overthrow the system. It’s about siding with the oppressed and showing solidarity for their struggles for liberation as opposed to a lifestyle change that simply makes you feel good but does sod all to overthrow a system that is moving well beyond it’s use by date.

Advance notice…

On the back of the successful fair held at the end of May, the organisers are coming back with a Christmas event – here’s the Facebook event page which you can check for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/122867121684848 We may be there in some form – most likely standing outside in the cold handing out copies of The Estuary ALTERNATIVE paper!

It’s starting to happen

Following on from a post about the troubled ¾ estate in Vange on our sister blog, The South Essex STIRRER: The fightback starts herehttps://southessexstirrer.wordpress.com/2017/08/02/the-fightback-starts-now/ – as you can see from the flyer depicted above, things are starting to move in a positive direction. If you live on the ¾ estate or nearby in Vange and feel you want to make a positive contribution to your community, get in touch using the contact details shown on the flyer and get stuck in:) There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to improve the estate and no one’s pretending it’s going to be an easy task – however, the more people who step up to the plate, the greater the chances are of achieving success…