A little reminder from Chay and Dean about the 24th and 25th March

The 24th and 25th of March will see two events on two consecutive days that will offer people / communities some real alternatives to how we live now. Both of these events are exactly the kind of action we want to promote at The Estuary Alternative. There are still slots for stallholders but you need to act sooner rather than later because they’re going fast. If you’re involved in any kind of progressive, alternative, community focused grassroots project in and around Southend, this is where you need to be on the weekend of 24th / 25th March.

STALL HOLDERS PLEASE CONTACT EITHER:
DEAN WARD: 07964984667 | deanward1981@hotmail.co.uk
CHAY GODFREE: 07960650341 | Chay.godfree@cultiv8uk.org

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Billericay Community Garden Open Day

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

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/146656849445870/

Hosted by Billericay Community Garden: https://www.facebook.com/billericaycommunitygarden/

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.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1498444927121476/

Hosted by Southend in Transition Community Allotment: https://www.facebook.com/SiTcommunityAllotment/

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 (kamilpac@gmail.com)

See you there!
Love from Transition Crew

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) – https://www.facebook.com/southendveganfair/ – 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) – https://southessexstirrer.wordpress.com/2017/11/28/protest-against-the-development-desecration-of-the-cliffs/ – 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…

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…

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…