End of Season SiT Community Allotment Taster Day Sun 26/11 10-15

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 26/11 10-14

LOTS OF HELPING HANDS NEEDED:) we will be making our mega composter, filling raised beds with soil and compost and having a barbecue.

11:30 tea and short tour of the plots

13:00 Barbeque

Come in anytime for a cup of tea

Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 30/11 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavernpop in for the Transition social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

TrustLinks Christmas Fayre Sat 25/11 11:00-14:00

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • leave us a review here and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Clean shed satisfaction 22/10/2017

5/11/17 Bonny Bonfire party on the plot

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

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Trust Links – Newsletter – November 2017

Welcome to the Trust Links newsletter.

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Welcome

We have had a busy Autumn so far, with two of our major events taking place in the last few weeks – Walking Together, our annual sponsored walk and Southend Apple Day. We have launched our first ever crowd funding campaign for our Community Pets at Growing Together Shoeburyness and Westcliff and we have opened a community space for wellbeing and mental health in Westcliff called ‘Turning The Corner’. We are now planning for the festive season and hope to see lots of you at our annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 25th November.

Recent News
Get involved
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Growing Together tip of the month

Recent News

Community Pets @ Growing Together

Adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities find looking after animals to be relaxing and therapeutic, reducing stress and anxiety. We are crowdfunding to raise £2,500 to improve our pet therapy services. This amount will be £1 for £1 match funded by Comic Relief if we reach our target.
Find out more

Turning the Corner

We have a temporary lease on a shop on Hamlet Court Road in Westcliff in partnership with Motivated-Minds. ‘Turning the Corner’ will be a wellbeing hub, a community café, a shop, a place for groups to meet to socialise and host activities and training. Get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.

Southend Apple Day

We had a fantastic turnout for Southend Apple Day with over 300 people attending despite the drizzle! There was apple picking and scrumping, a bbq, and lots of like minded community groups to talk to. Enjoy our short film of some of the highlights – thank you to Alistair from the Echo for producing.
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Get Involved

Unearth your skills and add some positivity

We are looking for Volunteer Garden Support Workers to join us at Growing Together Rochford and Thundersley. Candidates need to love the outdoors, be good listeners, understanding, non-judgemental, positive thinkers and reliable and motivated.
Find out more

We are hiring at REACH

We are recruiting for a Recovery College Manager at REACH, the South East Essex Recovery College. This is a really exciting and challenging role to help bring the college into its next stage of development.
Find out more

Vote for us – Grow Your Own Business

Help us get valuable funding from the Natwest Skills & Opportunities Fund so that we can run a ‘Grow Your Own Business’ programme at Growing Together to help transform the lives of 20 local adults with mental health problems!. Follow the link below, select the ‘South East’ region then Trust Links!
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Courses

Digital Arts Group for Carers

We are offering a Therapetic Digital Art Groups for Carers, based in Chalkwell Park, every Monday from 10am to 12pm. Digital art is very relaxing and mindful, providing an escape from everyday stresses. Get in touch for more information.

Events

Christmas Fayre

Join us for carols and festivities at our annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 25 November, between 11 – 2, at Growing Together Westcliff. There will even be the opportunity to visit the main man in his grotto!!

Find out more

Thank you

Walking Together

Thank you to everyone who took part in our annual sponsored walk and helped to raise over £1,500, amazing! We really appreciate all fundraising efforts for Trust Links as we wouldn’t be able to provide the services we do without your support. Next years walk will take place on Saturday 15th September.
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2017 AGM

Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM on Wednesday 18 October. We had 2 inspiring talks from our own Tracey Brownlow on our life-changing Growing Together projects and Prof Jules Pretty from University of Essex on the benefits of a dose of the great outdoors and the ‘Natural Health Service’ on mental and physical health.

262 for Trust Links

Over the course of the year Paul Mansfield has run over 262 miles fundraising for Trust Links. This is an amazing achievement and we are extremely grateful to Paul for selecting our charity to support. Challenging yourself to complete a sporting event is a great way to fundraise and can be extremely rewarding. Please get in touch with us to find out more details. You can see Paul’s journey here.

Growing Together tip of the month

Leaf Mould

We have been busy in the gardens raking up our leaves to make a new batch of leaf mould. Place it into a container or black bag (with drainage holes) and then leave it for a year. When it’s ready you can use it as a great weed suppressant, a soil structure enhancer or to keep soil moisturised in the summer.

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5/11/17 Bonny Bonfire party on the plot

The nights are drawing in and the gardens slow down into hibernation.  A time for cutting back and cleaning away the old growth to make way for winter greens and spring cabbages.  What better excuse to burn off the odd bits of timber too small to be useful and have a brilliant campfire party in the process?

The visitors came steadily through the day giving a real buzz and fanning the flames of communal spirit Erhmm.  Enjoying great food with great company a combination which produced one of the best tasting meals I can recall.

A picture paints a thousand words, as some wise sage once said, so please excuse an in depth blog this time we have a lot more clearing to do!  Hope you enjoy the photos in the random order.  Please see Southend in Transition webpage for updates on the next event.  Seasons greetings Duncan

 

SiT Community Allotment Taster Day Sun 5/11 10-15 Bonfire Edition

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 5/11 10-15

Bonfire with a vegan/vegetarian fry up breakfast 🍳 for lunch! Bubble and squeak, veg sausages, bean stew, home made bread 🍞, mushrooms, 🍳 … 🔥 hot chocolate🍫 Does it get any better than this?!
Open to all, whether you feel you have green fingers or just fancy a cuppa and chat… We love to drink tea and chat, actually we love to eat too 🍲 hence the "fancy" lunch straight from the fire!
Potluck lunch so please bring vegetarian food to share, if you don’t happen to slave all night cooking, don’t worry we always have plenty!
Ohh and don’t forget the marshmallows!

Might do some gardening as well.

Lunch 12:30

Sun 26/11 10-14

Gardening. Strawberries potting up, filling raised beds with soil, seed saving.

11:30 tea and short tour of the plots
13:00 lunch

Come in anytime for a cup of tea


Other events locally:

Transition Drinks – 30/11 Thur 19:00 Olde Trout Tavernpop in for the Transition social meet up, open to all groups and individuals interested in local community and sustainability

Repair Café 12/11 10:30-14 Shoebury Hub – Share Shed launch included

Southend Soup4/11 Sat 14-17, Project 49

SEEOG talk 20/11 8pm "Using Plants for People and Wildlife" Growing Together Westcliff

TrustLinks Christmas Fayre Sat 25/11 11:00-14:00

Learning opportunities

Compost making

Wise watering

Soil fertility

Weeding

DIY:

water catchment and storage

Tool shed

Potting table

Materials storage

Starting new plot – digging

Visit us to plant, catch the sun, grow, water, sit, enjoy, drink tea or just chat.

How you can help?

  • donate tools (even if broken as we might be able to fix them)
  • donate seed
  • donate your time – volunteer occasionally or on a regular basis
  • leave us a review here and here

Where is it?

Click to find our little plot off Hamstel Road. Link to MAP

Past days

Clean shed satisfaction 22/10/2017

Sunny Sunday plot gathering

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259

Email UNSUBSCRIBE to stop receiving updates for the plot.

Clean shed satisfaction 22/10/2017

Although a more breezy day for our team we got our hats and jackets on and organised the main shed which far corner has not seen light probably from the day we put the shed up. Amazing satisfaction was flowing from a few shelves put up and we are ready to move in:)

We followed with a lovely lunch, more greenhouse work, preparing wood for the bonfire on the 5th of Nov and a little more gardening.

Thanks to Lester for gathering leaves up for us which will make a crumbly compost for next years potting and Bosco for finding the wood for us which we can use to make beds, planters and other structures.