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Taster Day and Seed Share – coronavirus update – SUN 22/03 11-15 Southend in Transition Community Allotment

Hi, we are planning to have a the taster day on the plot as some of our members felt they would benefit from the fresh air and social contact where safe distance can be kept. In the context of the coronavirus we are making some modifications to manage better risks and benefits of being on the plot. I hope you understand and can join us for an enjoyable session. Growing your own food can help reduce your families dependency on store bought produce and leave more supplies for the elderly and vulnerable who might not be able to grow their own. You can also donate your surplus to local charities.

-if feeling unwell please check advice from Public Health and don’t come to the plot https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

– greeting from a distance or elbow fives recommended – it’s an open space so people can keep reasonable distance, 2 m recommended.
-if you are planning to bring children to the plot the parents will be responsible for supervision and ensuring social distancing is adhered to, we will suggest activities you can do in your family group

-handwashing facility to be provided, water, soap, alcohol gel

-food and drink- no potluck this time-everyone encouraged to bring own flasks/drinks and lunch /snacks

-for local updates sign up to Southend Borough Council newsletter and tick Public Health news https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSOUTHENDBC/subscriber/new?qsp=CODE_RED

Being in nature, doing physical activity and having positive social contact can improve wellbeing so we are able to weather all sorts of crisis better but consider your individual and social networks circumstances and health.

Taster Day

SUN 22/03 11-15

Southend in Transition Community Allotment

(entrance to allotments off Hamstel Road – Garon’s end – opposite fish and chips Plaice to Be MAP)

Where you can learn how to grow food, look after your garden, take fresh produce home, relax in nature, meet new people over a shared meal and exchange ideas on how to help the community thrive

Taster Days – Volunteers and public welcome

SUN 22/03 11-15

2nd session of this year, get your wellies on and join us for a taster session. Lets brainstorm how we develop the plot in 2020. Potluck lunch, tea and coffee provided.

11:00 am: Set up

11:30 am: Tea and chat – what do we want to achieve on the allotment today?

12:00 pm: Tour of the plot

1:00 pm: Own lunch

All day: various gardening jobs, seed share.

Join us at any time during the day for a cuppa and a chat!

Sun 29/03 11-15

More DIY, relaxing in nature, good conversations while weeding or some meditation when tending to the beds. Potluck lunch, tea and coffee provided.

Pop in even if only for a chat.

Share https://www.facebook.com/events/145115276743102/

Past days

As the plot prepares for slumber 17th Nov ’19

Sowing the seeds of community

End of year celebration get together Jan 5th 2020

Other events and groups:

Think Global/Drink Local – usually Railway Hotel Thursdays – online alternative to be advertised – 26/03 19:00-21:00

Repair Cafe sign up and look out for more

Southend Extinction Rebellion group – training, talks, socials and non-violent direct action at this critical time in history

Regular opportunities:

Plots on the main Southend East site. Contact Dave on 07801355630 Well stocked trade hut.

TonyWagstaff or 07766727266

and more:

Earthangel Allotment School, Mendip Wildlife Gardens, St Laurence Orchard Work Days – Trust Links, Community Tree Nursery

Southend Allotments for individual plots

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

Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko

07411457259

Southend in Transition

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Sowing the seeds of community.

Seed Potato Day – Saturday 7th February

As we move into February and the days start to get longer, thoughts turn to  the growing season ahead. South East Essex Organic Gardeners ( SEEORG) hold their annual Seed Potato day at Trustlinks lovely Growing Together garden in Westcliff. There is a amazing, slightly mind – boggling, selection of seed potatoes avalible to buy.

The SIT team do a seed share event to capture the interest of all the keen gardeners.

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“The sharing of seed is an ancient practice, ensuring the survival of the human species, the local biodiversity of life, as well as local food security. If one gets philosophical about it, one could even say that the seed embodies a traditional, holistic knowledge of life that is as unbroken as the existence of the seed itself, and that is certainly a beautiful thing to think about.”  From https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/seed-saving-seed-libraries-illegal-united-states.html

We save seeds from our allotment and gardens, we have packets of commercial seeds that people donate to us and people come along on the day with seeds. There is no requirement to bring seeds to swap, we want to share the love and get everyone growing. We are happy to open packets to give just a few seeds. Sometimes a whole packet of courgettes is a huge commitment!

 

The event opened at 10 and there was already a queue of eager potato lovers. Once they had stocked up on earlys and maincrops they could wander round and look at the garden and other stalls, there was tea and hot cross buns on offer too.

There was a steady stream of people browsing the stall, it was great to chat with experienced growers and beginners, sharing advice as well as seeds. Our book stall did brisk business too.SIT blogp84690887_2601220766654007_8670560160462143488_n

 

 

We shared a space with the folks from “ Once Upon a Tree” https://www.facebook.com/onceuponatreesouthend-107900993902266/  it was a good opportunity to catch up with like-minded friends.

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By lunchtime we had built up an appetite, time for delicious curry cooked by the Essex Asian Women’s Association, everyone was talking about how good it was, it got the Mayoral seal of approval!

Temptation was right next door with fudge from “ The Fudge People” https://www.thefudgepeople.com/. It was so yummy my bar didn’t make it home.

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Musical accompaniment was provided by the Tuesday Music Group, some of us joined in the sing song.

The joy of these events is creating and renewing connections within the community and Southend is richer because of it.  The Transition Town movement is based on sustainable and resilient communties.

Join us at our Community Allotment to continue the conversation. Our first alloment day of the year is Saturday 29th Feb. We hope to see you there.

SITCOMA google maps link

 

 

End of year celebration get together Jan 5th 2020

Our friends at Trust links kindly loaned us their wonderful hall and gardens again this year for our annual celebration of the old year and welcoming of the new year.

With around 25 people it was a lucky Fi brought her nifty new usb fan powered bbq to grill some lovely veggies to complement the other great dishes people brought.  They were awesome btw.  Sorry for lack off photos of the food, we were too engrossed in the eating!

A great and useful activity on the day was mulching Christmas trees for ericaceous compost and a novel idea Eleanor wanted to try, making whisks from the tops which looked so therapeutic to make alone.  It was all a nice excuse to get outside in the fresh air, oh and the pine aroma!

How to put your dreams and aspirations into a crafty collage to keep us inspired and focused through the year.  Vision boards Ago!

After great events like this all you want to do is have social gatherings like this every week, one for my vision board!  What more do we need than friends old and new, food and nature.
Look forward to seeing you on the ever growing Transition community allotment this year. If you want to find out more about repairing house hold items, whilst getting together with community minded people over tea and cake you may like to get involved in Southmenders next repair cafe 1st Feb

Thanks again to Matt at Trustlinks for hosting this event in the wonderful Growing together Westcliff site.

 

Climate Action Fund Workshops at Trust Links – join in 30/11 and 3/12

Special update from Southend in Transition
www.southendintransition.co.uk

You might have not heard from us for a while small but your active group of local residents has been busy on the community allotment, running the Repair Cafe, attending community events this year and promoting all sorts of great things happening in Southend.

We might have been quiet but scientists continued to inform us about the climate emergency we are in, young people organised strikes and walkouts and the action of thousands in the global Extinction Rebellion brought the topic of climate and environmental crisis higher on everyones agenda.

We need imagination and action to tackle the issues in front of us and we will be supporting positive local ideas. See below:

Our friends at Trust Links are organising workshops to gather ideas for an application to the Climate Action Fund.

Local organisations, partners, and groups are invited to Trust Links’ Climate Action Funding workshops on the 30th November and the 3rd December.

We want to hear your opinions on how local communities can tackle climate change in South-East Essex. We are planning to make a bid for a Climate Action Fund from the National Lottery Community Fund, and we are keen to work with other local community groups to improve how everyone tackles climate change at a community level.

Lets see what brilliant ideas we come up with for Southend to address climate change.

Thank you in advance

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Kind Regards

Kamil Pachalko
07411457259
Southend in Transition
www.southendintransition.co.uk

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As the plot prepares for slumber 17th Nov ’19

I sadly missed our community allotment annual bonfire party this  year so I was glad to get to visit on a still early winter day, as the trees and plants shed their leaves to feed back into the circle of life.  Here are some pictures for your enjoyment.

 

The next big job for the plot is to prune the two huge trees we inherited, at around 8m tall far exceed the allotment site rules and are actually competing with water, nutrients etc.  We plan to reduce them by one third once all the leaves have dropped which indicates the sap is down.

Check our facebook page for future taster days

From this visits volunteers Duncan, Fiona and Steve, Happy gardening

Oct – Allotment Society General News

From: Dave Alston <dsalston@blueyonder.co.uk>

Southend East Allotment & Garden Society

General News

Southend (East) Allotments and Garden Society

10 October 2019

Dear All,

Sharpening Service, Main Path Closure, Available in the Trading Hut.

Sharpening Service.

A sharpening service will be available on site on Saturday 26th October from 10:00 am. You will be able to have various tools (forks, spades, hoes, shears, secateurs etc) sharpened for a reasonable cost.

Main Path Closure

The main paths have been closed for the winter so vehicle access will only be for very special circumstances.

Available in The Trading Hut

We still have some onion sets red and white along with garlic and broad bean seeds.

Dave Alston

Trading Hut Manager

Trading Hut Opening Hours

 Saturday 12:00 till 14:00 Sunday 10:00 till 11:30

Dave Alston
07801 355630