Healthy Life Essex is proud to be hosting
on behalf of the South East Essex Women's Environmental Network

Women's Environmental Network South East Essex WEN

Forthcoming Events:


WEN meeting - Third Thursday of every month from 7.00pm (NB for December see below)
Venue: Friends Meeting House, 18 Dundonald Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1NB.
More information: contact Sharon on 07947 655947

Fourth Thursday of every month.
Transitional Towns meeting
Venue:The Olde Trout Tavern, 56 London road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NX .
More information: visit Southend-on-Sea in Transition.

The S E Essex WENnies had a fun evening at their monthly meeting on Thursday 21st November when Julie Sellwood showed the group how be creative in making cards or other decorative surfaces. You'd be amazed just what results when you get a group of women together round a table and let them loose with a pair of scissors, card, glue, paints, odd bits of fabric and threads!

The WEN monthly meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House in Dundonald Drive, Leigh, at 7pm on the third Thursday of each month but the December meeting will be taken over by a Christmas meal at a member's house.

During November the group also got together to celebrate the bountiful harvest that resulted from their community allotment this summer. Helen was the hostess and members enjoyed her scrummy pumpkin soup and bread both homemade - of course! The 'diggers' at the allotment will be putting the allotment to bed for the winter soon but they will be raring to go once the soil begins to warm up and Spring comes over the horizon.

SEEWEN always welcome new members so if you'd like to know more please call Sharon on 079 4765 5947 after 6 pm.

Bead Making July 2014We've been making bread!
At our July Thursday meeting we met at Friends Meeting House in Leigh- on- Sea and tried our hands at bread making,
taught by Helen. It was great fun and a good stress reliever.
We also tried beetroot bread that Helen had made.




Our stand at Wild Woods Day in Hockley Woods on 7th June 2014.
It was a great day out with lots going on packed with families having fun.

Wild Woods Day, Hockley Woods June 2014

 Apple Day Harvest Supper..Saturday 20th October here to view

Harvest Supper October 2013

Apple Day Harvest Supper - Saturday 20th October 2013
Members and friends of SEEWEN gathered at St Mark's Church Hall in Southend on Saturday 20th October to mark Apple Day. The annual celebration was initiated in 1990 by Common Ground as a way of paying tribute to the apple which is seen as symbolising the physical, cultural and genetic diversity of our natural environment which we should not let slip away. By linking particular apples with their place of origin, the hope is that orchards will be recognised and conserved for their contribution to local distinctiveness, including the rich diversity of wild life they support.
Any doubt about the wide range of apple varieties was dispelled by the beautiful arrangement of apples provided by the S E Essex Organic Gardeners.
The luscious supper of pumpkin soup, home-made bread and an array of apple desserts was followed by a quiz and a good time was had by all!


 SEEWEN AUTUMN 2012 here to view

As the summer has drawn to a close we've had a busy and fun programme of events starting with an 'Away Day' at a beach hut in Thorpe Bay. The sun shone and we whiled away the day with friends - making plans for the coming year, sharing lunch, having a swim (some of us!) and watching the world go by. Not a bad way to spend a day at all!

Then came our involvement in the Apple Day events when our main input was in organising the Harvest Supper at St Mark's Church Hall in Southend. If you didn't come then I hate to have to tell you: You missed a lovely fun evening! The wonderful spread of food mainly from our allotment included pumpkin soup and marrow dahl and a variety of apple desserts - a rare gastronomic organic feast!

To give you some idea of how successful the evening was we'll give you a little example of the thanks we received after the evening: "I just wanted to say thank you so much for this event - it was such an enjoyable evening. Having a young family we don't get out much in the evenings together because I worry about the children being too tired or noisy or running about and disrupting the evening.... you all were accommodating and we had a really lovely evening, probably the nicest evening out we've had together as a family this year." Now that really makes all the hard work worthwhile!

We are continuing to meet on the third Thursday of each month at Growing Together, so if you'd like to find out more about us please do come along some time soon.


 Earth Day - Sunday 22nd April 2012 here to view

Our Earth Day celebration held at Growing Together in Southend on April 22nd had 're-skilling' as its theme.
We shared lots of ideas about skills which were very common in everyday life in years gone by but which are now much less common.
The aim was to encourage people to re-learn some of these old skills, to become more creative and more independent and less reliant on buying things made by workers often on the far side of the globe.
Knitting and crochet, baking and gardening, home-made cosmetics and foraging were all on offer as well as lessons in how to make a wormery or a stag beetle hotel. Bike maintenance and story-telling, tai chi and singing were all part of a fun and informative day.
A good time was had by all!

SEE WEN now do text alerts to remind you of upcoming events! Please send a text to 0794 1154 166 saying 'WEN Yes Please' and your name to receive these alerts. This is a free service once this text has been received. To cancel, just send 'WEN No thanks!' to the same number. Your number will not be used for any other purpose.

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