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…
These are two useful and thought provoking pieces looking at and making us ask questions about where our food comes from, how it’s produced and what impact its production and distribution has on our environment. Basically, they both argue that we cannot carry on as we have been and that we have to take more collective and personal responsibility for producing our food. In their own different ways, these writings feed into our thinking about the need to encourage neighbourhood resilience in what is becoming an ever more uncertain world.
Local Food: On Personal Responsibility – https://permaculturenews.org/2017/03/10/local-food-personal-responsibility/
Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain vs the Peasant Food Web – http://etcgroup.org/content/who-will-feed-us-industrial-food-chain-vs-peasant-food-web
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/
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://firstname.lastname@example.org,0.4999086,17z
Following on from a post about the troubled ¾ estate in Vange on our sister blog, The South Essex STIRRER: The fightback starts here – https://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…