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:)

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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.

…also…

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!

This is what working together looks like

Now THIS is the kind of linking up between grassroots community organisations and projects that we love and want to encourage!

Southend Vegan Fair: https://www.facebook.com/southendveganfair/ has teamed up with Project 49: https://www.facebook.com/project49southend and KNOW YOUR ROOTS: https://www.facebook.com/KNOWYOURROOTSCHARITYEVENTS/ for this 2 day community event in Southend.

24th March is an outdoor event with lots of room for stalls.

25th March is an indoor event over 4 floors also lots of room for stalls!

All the info is in these two flyers and theres a load of stuff going on! If you’re interested in a stall get in touch! southendvegans@gmail.com

Working better together

There’s an amazing range of grassroots projects operating in this area. They range from community gardens and skill share initiatives through to resident run and managed local parks and open spaces. All of them in their own way contribute to the project of building a more just, sane and sustainable world that could eventually replace the decaying, dystopian one we currently have to endure.

One of the ideas that motivated building and holding the Southend Radical Fair that took place on May 6th this year was to facilitate networking between the grassroots projects in the area. Obviously, there’s a level of networking that already does take place and a number of groups do co-operate with each other – if that didn’t happen, the Southend Radical Fair would never have got off the ground!

The thing is, if we’re being honest, we’re only scratching the surface when it comes to networking and working together. Now don’t get us wrong, we are most definitely NOT calling for any kind of formal alliance! We’ve been there before in trying to meld a disparate range of radical groups and individuals in London into a semi-formal alliance and it didn’t work. We’re looking at a looser, more ad hoc arrangement where groups and people work together on specific projects or actions.

As well as this, we would love to see more in the way of skill sharing and mentoring between the different groups and people working on grassroots projects. There’s a tremendous wealth of knowledge out there ranging from how to organise and facilitate meetings, set up blogs and websites, produce papers and flyers through to building events such as the Southend Vegan Fair, managing a community allotment and in the case of Passionate About Hardie Park, managing a local park! If all of this could be shared, we would all be stronger and better placed to bring about meaningful change.

This is why we have set up The Estuary ALTERNATIVE blog and paper. As well as promoting and celebrating what grassroots community projects are doing, we want to use what we do as a place where we can share skills and experiences and grow stronger together. So, it’s over to you to make this happen!