Good News Stories from our Community Builders (21st Aug – 3rd Sept) – SAVS

Published on: September 12, 2023

Chiquitta Bruce, Milton – Sponsored by Milton Community Partnership

Southend witnessed the return of City Jam, an event that featured international artists but also highlighted numerous talented local artists. City Jam focuses on creating large-scale art using spray cans, which is displayed on boards, walls, and the sides of buildings. Chiquitta came across Project 49, which was actively participating in the event, creating a beautiful art piece opposite the Forum. She kindly asked if she could capture the moment.

Project 49 plays a vital role in the Milton ward, offering innovative services for adults with learning disabilities. They not only provide a safe space for their service users to become independent and confident but also take pride in fostering positive engagement and community inclusion. We extend our gratitude to Project 49 for contributing such a beautiful piece of art to the event.

Get in touch with Chiquitta:
07534 312867

Eda Deramchia, Shoebury – Sponsored by Shoebury Residents Association

Tomato Fest in Shoebury!

A young man called Josh, who is passionate about gardening and growing organic tomatoes in particular shared a lot of valuable and interesting information on how to grow, preserve, cook and love tomatoes through a Tomato Fest event which was very well attended and received by the Shoebury residents.

It was the first of many sessions to engage the community in growing their own vegetables and tomatoes. The workshop will make planters and seedlings and place them in the community spaces: Josh is collecting seeds from his tomatos to grow even more!

Josh grows around 100 varieties of tomatoes (who knew there were so many!) and had a very rich display of the different kinds for the event including some exotically named ones such as “Delta Dawn” and “Artisan Bumblebee”. The event also shared recipes, as well as some delicious delicacies including tomato soups & tomato chutney that had been cleverly combined with some very lovely sides including homemade breads, cheeses and other snacks.
Assisted by the amazing Chris Gostling and other residents, the community spirit really came together to create a very pleasant, informative and delicious morning at the Tomato Fest that was enjoyed by all!

It was fantastic to see young people interested in gardening, growing food organically & locally, and healthy cooking which is beneficial for everyone and the world around us.
May this teach and inspire people of all ages and may we continue to love the amazing things that the humble tomato can offer to us!

Get in touch with Eda:
07534 337503

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