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As part of its commitment to plant more trees and work with communities to do so, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is asking local residents of to help them plant a new community woodland in Shoeburyness.

 A green space on Elm Road Shoeburyness, known locally as Elm Road Sportsground, is the location for the woodland, which will be planted out and maintained by working with the local community over a number of years.

The council is also planning to introduce a woodland tree donation pack so that individuals, groups and businesses can support the project by funding young trees and helping with their planting.

 On Tuesday 16 September, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s cabinet confirmed that the council would be investing in planting 1,000 new standard trees in the borough over the next three planting seasons, in addition to its planned planting and replacement programme. At the same time, cabinet endorsed the council’s approach to developing a new tree strategy for the borough, with a focus on maintaining and enhancing the borough’s tree canopy cover.

 Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I am deeply passionate about trees and the important role they play in acting as part of the green lungs of the town as well as enhancing the local environment.

“Since coming into administration, I have been in regular discussions and meetings with others in the town who share this passion and I hope that launching these new initiatives so quickly shows that we are putting our money where our mouth is when it comes to the environment.

“I hope the community woodland will be a popular project that captures the imagination of young and old alike and gets us all thinking about the role we can play in helping improve our local environment.

“The planting of trees now is an investment in the future of the town and I hope that our town’s children will take pride and joy in seeing them steadily grow over the years.

The introduction of the new woodland tree donation pack builds on the already popular donate-a-tree scheme and will support those who want to get involved.

Anyone who would like to comment on the creation of a community woodland at Elm Road can contact the council at

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A campaign from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has been launched to give children an understanding of how criminals operate, in their attempts to force children to run drugs and money in, out and around the borough.

A hard-hitting video will be shown at The Odeon, with complementary outdoor and social media material. It focuses on children being groomed by criminal gangs, who are then forced to move drugs and money in and out, and around the borough. It shows children how quickly these new “friends” can turn very nasty, and provides reassurance and support to anyone who has any information.

The campaign, run in partnership with Essex Police, will give young people support and a place to go should they have information they need to pass on. Children will be able to tell us any information they would like to, completely anonymously, via a website that won’t track their IP or any other information All information received will be followed up by highly experienced professionals in the Children’s Services team at the council.

This is the third in a series of campaigns designed to help tackle the national issue of county lines. The first was created to inform parents of the signs to spot that their child could be being targeted by criminals. The second, in the lead up to the Christmas period last year, aimed to appeal to the consciences of recreational drug users and let them know their drug use directly resulted in local children being forced in to county lines activity.

Councillor Martin Terry, cabinet member for community safety said: “County lines is very much a national issue, and we in Southend see more of this activity than some other places in the UK due to our good transport links to London. However any county lines activity is too much, and our Children’s Services team is dedicated to putting a stop to these harms with a holistic approach. These professionals work above and beyond their roles on a daily basis, to help children who are in the grips of these criminals, and to prevent children identified as being at risk of being groomed in the first place. This campaign offers our young people reliable information, support, and a place to anonymously report anything they may know, as much or as little as they would like to share with us.

“I’d urge anyone who knows anything about this activity to please use the website and tell us. We can help. Our trained professionals are experienced in helping young people. We treat children as victims first, and just want to help get them out of these often violent and truly awful situations. You don’t need to leave your name, or any details, please tell us what you know so we can stop this happening to anyone else.”

Councillor Anne Jones, cabinet member for children said: “Children can worry about speaking to the police, social workers or other professionals, and live in fear as a result. We have created this campaign to highlight how quickly these criminals turn, from seeming new friends, to people who trap young people in violent situations. Children can be forced to commit acts of violence themselves, which then makes it even more difficult for them to report their situation.

“With this campaign we are firmly offering help to these children. We want to get you out of the grips of these criminals, so please go online and tell us anonymously anything you can. These criminals are not welcome in our borough, and we will not stop until we have protected all our children.”


Southend District Commander Chief Insp Neil Pudney said: “We know the gangs that prey on and exploit vulnerable young people will start off offering them gifts or incentives to entice them in.

“Before long those children will find themselves owing a debt to gang leaders and forced to pay that off by selling or couriering drugs and in some cases even perpetrating violence.

“The gang lifestyle is one with a very high price attached, you will end up perpetrating or the victim of violence, you may end up arrested and imprisoned, we want to stop that before it happens by showing young people the grim and nasty reality of what that lifestyle is really like.

“We would urge any young people who want help to get away from a gang and out of this lifestyle to visit this website and take the first step in getting help.”




High school-aged children asked, “Who’s controlling your friends?”      in new county lines campaign


We really believe there is still a chance to do something about climate change – that there remains a possibility that if we do the right thing – change our behaviours and work together – that global warming might in some way be arrested.

 So LRBC are trying to work towards making our church more sustainable in everything we do – our worship and learning, buildings, use of land, local community and lifestyle and we’re trying to do this both locally and globally. We want LRBC to be a lighthouse in the local community, working with everyone to a greener, sustainable future.

 The LRBC ECO FAIR is a chance for us all to learn more about how to do this, to find out what is happening already in our community. Come and join us and let’s make the world a better place. It’s going to be a wonderful day.


Focal Point Gallery is pleased to present ‘The World After’, a newly commissioned work and exhibition by artist David Blandy. Comprised of a film, installation and game, ‘The World After’ is a fictional tale which imagines a world after the Anthropocene era, a time in which humanity’s activities had detrimental effect on earth’s climate and environment. In this future world, human influence on the planet has faded following a catastrophic man-made ecological crisis, with those who remain having to find new ways to survive and form kin.

 The project emerges out of New Geographies, a three-year partnership across arts organisations in the East of England to commission site-specific work that responds to a series of publically nominated locations across the region. As one of nine commissioned artists, Blandy’s project takes inspiration from the unique post-industrial setting of Canvey Wick on Canvey Island, Essex.

 Formerly the site of an oil refinery that was only partially built in the early 1970s and never operational due to the oil crisis of 1973, Canvey Wick has for the past forty years been reclaimed by nature. Managed by nature conversation charities RSPB and Buglife, it is one of the most biodiverse areas of the UK with nearly 2,000 invertebrate species recorded on this quiet corner of the Thames Estuary.

 In the film, the voice-over reimagines the Wick as a future space where flora and fauna have grown to monstrous size, the site for a future fantasy narrative. It uses poetry, myth, immersive video and a symphonic score, played by the Southend Symphony Orchestra, to create a bucolic yet melancholic mediation on who we are, and who we could be.

 Filming the site over a year, Blandy returned every month to record the changes of the seasons. Using the technology emblematic of the Anthropocene era, the iPhone, the site was filmed in both macro and slow motion, revealing its rich yet hidden ecosystem. Through this magnification, minute scales of living communities are revealed as self-contained worlds, both sublime and horrifying in its detail.

For more information please visit the Focal Point Gallery website

This exhibition runs from 26th October until 26th January 2020.

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Southend businesses are being invited to brush up on their general knowledge and join the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity for our Corporate Quiz Night at the Holiday Inn, Southend on Thursday 7th November 2019.

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity supports men and women across Essex, Herts and North London living with cancer. This event is to specifically support our services in Southend.

Hosted by the legendary Quiz Master Mark Hargrave, businesses are being invited to test their wits in an evening of friendly competition by taking part in our Corporate Quiz Night; this will be a brilliant evening to spend with friends, entertain clients, reward staff or simply enjoy a good night out. As part of the evening a fish and chip supper will be provided, bar open from 6pm and a charity raffle with fantastic prizes.

Karen Mitchell, Corporate Fundraiser for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity said; “Following on from the successes of our Bishop’s Stortford and Chelmsford quizzes, this will be a light-hearted evening where everyone will be able to stretch their brain cells and raise funds to support our services in Southend. If you are a business looking to fulfil your corporate social responsibilities, looking for a team building event, an informal networking opportunity or simply fancy supporting HRCC in a fun way, we would love to welcome you along!

We already have a number of teams signed up so why not join us? Any support will be very much appreciated, even if you simply share our flyer with co-workers and friends/family; I hope many local businesses or groups of friends are able to get a team together and come along on the night.”

To enter a team of 6 for £95 including a fish and chip supper please call 01245 380719.  Extra places are available for £15 per person to a maximum of 10 per team.   Food is included and bar is open from 6pm. Quiz begins at 7pm and free car parking is available.

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