Shoebury Matters November 2022

Getting To Know You

Groups and Organisations based in Shoeburyness with strong community links

This edition of the newsletter  features:

  • The Shoebury Ark
  • Trust Links Growing Together Shoeburyness
  • SECAT South East Community Academy Trust

The Shoebury Ark

The Shoebury Ark is a charity which aims to help alleviate poverty in the Shoeburyness area (one of the most deprived wards in the country) by the provision free, freshly cooked meals. In addition, we also sell at very low cost tinned/packet food and children’s clothing. We give out food parcels on case-by-case basis and also signpost people to other support agencies.

Friars Baptist Church

We operate each week on a Tuesday 2-4pm from Friars Baptist Church, Shoeburyness. We aim to provide a service in a welcoming non-judgemental environment to anyone in need. Currently we serve approximately 200 meals a week​

In 2021 Friars Baptist Church, Shoeburyness, collaborated with another local agency to test the need for a local facility to provide freshly cooked meals to the local community. This venture was known as the “Pop-up Community Kitchen” and served approximately 200 meals per week from the premises to those in need in the community. To fund the meals grocery items (tinned food) and children’s clothing were sold at nominal prices and surplus ‘near end date’ food from supermarkets was also given away. Enabling families to get nutritional meals and buy cheap clothing and provisions provides them with the ability to better manage their finances and in some cases not have to make difficult choices such as whether to pay for food or heat.

Trust Links is South East Essex’s local independent charity for mental health and wellbeing. We offer therapeutic gardening, recovery classes, social activities, employment training, and more to people living with mental health conditions. We support around 1,500 people in Southend, Castle Point and Rochford each year. We’re committed to building stronger communities and promoting sustainable living.

Trust Links Shoeburyness – Growing Together

Growing Together, Shoeburyness, Elm Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 9RZ

Since opening in 2013, the therapeutic gardens have been awarded a Green Flag Community Award for being a tranquil and mindful place for the community in Shoeburyness.We currently run two Growing Together members’ days at Shoeburyness, 9am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Shoeburyness is the home of our Women’s Only Group, a safe space for women to socialise, share support and take part in craft and creative activities. The Women’s Group runs from 1pm – 3pm every Wednesday.

From April to October we run Dig It Youth on Wednesdays 4pm to 6pmDig It Youth is an outdoor activities club for young people aged 10 and up. Dig It Youth take part in gardening activities or, or if feeling arty can try their hand at decorating our sheds with graffiti and other colourful artwork. 

Transforming a Community Space for Mental Health

The main building at Shoeburyness is built from sustainable wood, and we have put in polytunnels and raised beds for produce-growing. We also keep four guinea-pigs on site at Shoeburyness, which you can exercise and play with on members’ days. Transforming the waste ground at Shoeburyness into a vibrant community hub has shown what local people can achieve when we work together for positive wellbeing.

SECAT South East Community Academy Trust

We are a community of schools (Bournes Green Infant and Junior Schools, Hinguar Primary School and Nursery, Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursety School, Shoeburyness High School, Thorpedene Primary School and Nursery) working in partnership, sharing resources and ideas to provide a rounded and inclusive education to our pupils who range from the age of 3 through to 18.

‘Building strong schools, building strong partnerships, building strong communities’ is SECAT ‘s mission and they coordinate many support programmes and community events throughout the year.

SECAT Holiday Activity & Food Programme (HAF) December 2022

HAF is a free and exciting holiday programme for children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are eligible for benefit related free school meals.

If your child is eligible for free Winter activities this year, we have 3 days of activities on:

Wednesday 21st December, Thursday 22nd December, Friday 23rd December. Time: 9am-1pm each day

  • Start Reception/KS1 – 9-9.30am   Finish Reception/ KS1- 12.50am
  • Start year 3/4 – 9-9.30am   Finish year 3/4 – 12.55am
  • Start year 5/6/Secondary -9-9.30am   Finish year 5/6/Secondary- 1pm

Venue: Shoeburyness High School (main reception side access gate will be the drop off and pick up points at the times above)

The children will be provided with a FREE breakfast, FREE healthy snack, and hot lunch for FREE.

During the day they will be able to take part in sport, art and music/drama which will be provided by teaching staff from across SECAT.

We have 40 places available each day please book via: or you can book via the Livewell site

Please make sure children bring any medical information if needed and a refillable bottle if they have one.

Wearing trainers and suitable clothes for sport would be advised. Also, warm clothes as some of the activities will be outside.

SECAT Winter Community Update

A Focus on Youth

Climate Change Art Competition – (Closing date 19th December 2022)

It is the youth of today who have the power to bring change, this is why Southend City Youth Council has decided to run an art competition. We want young people up to the age of 18 to create a piece of art following this prompt: Imagine you are an artist trying to spread the message of climate change, how will you do this?

We would like the pieces to submitted by the 19th of December 2022. Entries can include a range of art forms such as music, poetry, artwork (no bigger than A2) and media/drama (short and snappy, no longer than 2 mins).

There will be one winner per Key Stage (KS1 – KS5) The winning pieces will be displayed in the Focal Point Gallery Community Showcase in January 23. Please email entries to or deliver to the Civic Centre for the attention of Lucy Bissel.


The VVU have listened to views from children and young people for that last 3yrs to help shape priorities and spending for their work to make young people feel safer in their communities If you run youth sessions with at least 15 young people aged 11-25yrs as a part of an officially recognised charity or organisation then you can take part. Funding for this project is limited and we are hoping to involve 5 groups in each District of Essex (plus the unitary authorities of Southend & Thurrock). Find out more



District commander, Chief Inspector Jo Collins

SOUTHEND’S new police district commander insists maintaining trust and confidence in the force from the city is a top priority.

District commander, chief inspector Jo Collins, has lived in the area for nearly 30 years and is now responsible for officers who respond to 999 calls and who are solving and preventing crime across Southend.

Ch Insp Collins wants to address the myth that all the policing resources are concentrated on the tourist areas.

She said: “The perception might be that we’re focused on the seafront, but we have neighbourhood and ward officers in every area across the entire district.

Click on the link below to listen to her story:

Do you have a question for the Commander?

SRA attend the IAG meetings at Southend Police HQ to listen to the latest crime statistics, but if any member has a question they want to put to the commander, please let us know using our email address:

White Ribbon Day

This is a video about Domestic Abuse, which affects so many of our woman who deserve to be treated with respect and live a joyful life.

The SRA supports the White Ribbon Day

Keeping Safe


Fraud is on the increase

Helping people become ‘fraud sa  vvy’ and looking after victims

Essex Police are working hard to make sure people are protected from frauds and scams and that victims are safeguarded from repeat attempts. Read more.

Helping to mitigate Climate Change

City’s mission to increase recycling rates in low performing areas

Southend cabinet members Cllr Martin Terry and Cllr Carole Mulroney have been visiting roads with the lowest recycling rates to encourage more recycling and speak to local residents about recycling habits.

Let’s Increase Recycling rates in Shoebury:

Recycling has positive impacts both on climate change and finances. Any rubbish that is not recycled is sent to landfill, an incredibly wasteful and expensive way of dealing with our waste. However, every time we increase the recycling rate by just 1%, we divert valuable resources away from landfill to recycling and save local council taxpayers £120,000. By recycling, we can all ensure that our limited resources can be used where they are needed most.

Recycling also greatly reduces the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) being emitted into the atmosphere. In 2021, recycling and composting the content of the pink recycling sacks, blue paper and card boxes, food waste caddies and garden waste bins and sacks collected by Veolia in Southend-on-Sea, prevented the equivalent of 8,000 tons of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere. That is the equivalent of taking 1,725 cars off the road for a year.


  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Drinks cans and food tins, empty aerosols and clean foil.
  • Plastic Trays, pots, tubs & films
  • Plastic bottles
  • Carrier Bags.


  • Crisp packets -polystyrene – hard plastics – batteries – mirrors – spectacles – drinking glasses – pet food sachets – nappies – plate glass & crockery.
  • Paper & cardboard in blue box
  • Textile in clear textile sacks
  • Small electrical in a plastic carrier bag
  • Food waste in the blue food bin

Further details can be found by clicking on the link below:

Thank you so much


All Southend-on-Sea City Council-managed car parks across the City will be free all day on Sundays until Christmas, providing a welcomed boost for traders across Southend-on-Sea

The free festive parking offer will start Sunday 4 December and runs up to and including Sunday 18 December. The free festive parking is offered by the council to support all local businesses during the festive season to help boost trade and entice shoppers to the City.

The offer applies to council run ‘off-street’ car parks, but not ‘on-street’ parking bays. A list of council car parks is available on the Council’s website:

Your Say Southend

Join the conversation. Where we live is important to us all and we want to make it the best place it can be and we cannot do that alone.

We need your help to tell us about the issues and the positives…

Folks Like Us

Folk Like Us is a free service, providing support and advice to people over the age of 55, living in the city of Southend who are experiencing loneliness and isolation.

This National Lottery Community funded project aims to address the following issues:

  • Older people in Southend feeling isolated because they can’t participate in local social or community activities. This could be due to poor health, lack of confidence, transport issues or just not knowing what’s available.
  • Older people feeling disadvantaged because they can’t easily access information which could lead to an improved quality of life.

Benefits to its Members

  • Increased Confidence
  • A decrease in social isolation and loneliness
  • Better social connections with the local community
  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • An opportunity to share lived experience and be a positive influence in the community

Services provided by the project

Folk Like Us Hubs

Our Hubs allow anyone to drop in during the specified times whether they are a registered member or general public seeking information.

Our Hubs are ideal if you would like to:

  • have a chat with the team
  • meet other people
  • learn about local services and support
  • get involved in one-off special days

 Shoebury Hub

The Folk Like Us Shoebury Hub is open on Mondays between 10am – 2pm at 151 West Road, Shoeburyness, SS3 9EF. You will see our signs at the front and side of the old church building directing you to our Hub. As with the Central Hub, there is support and

Hub activities have been introduced; many of which have been borne from member ideas. We have a weekly knitting group who knit for local causes, a monthly walking group, active picnics, service information shares, quizzes, as well as soup and jacket potato days to name but a few!

To find out more call the Turning Tides Team on 01702 356 070



Remembrance Day marks the day that World War One ended, at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, in 1918. It gives us as a nation the opportunity to come together to remember all the soldiers who sacrificed themselves so that we were able to live free of our own volition.

Dates For Your Diary

Shoebury Christmas Market

Saturday 10th December 10am – 5pm

Shoebury and Thorpe Bay Baptist Church, Thorpedene Gardens


Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Town and Country Planning Act 1990

List of Applications Registered week ending 25 NOVEMBER 2022 -SHOEBURYNESS

Application Number: 22/02225/FULH

Ward: Shoeburyness

Officer: James Benn

Date Valid: 16 November 2022

Area: BORO

Application Details:

Erect part single/part two storey side and rear extension, extend existing garage to side

Address: 17 Warrior Square Road Shoeburyness Southend-on-Sea

Applicant      Mr and Mrs Dowell 17 Warrior Square Road Shoeburyness SS3 9PZ

Agent             Mr Nick Kenney The Draughtsman Architectural Ltd 68 Ness Road Shoeburyness SS3 9DG

Application Number: 22/02228/CLP
Ward: Shoeburyness
Officer: Hayley Thompson Date
Valid: 17 November 2022
Area: BORO

Application Details:

Change of use from dwellinghouse (Class C3) to children’s home (Class C3(b)) (Certificate of Lawful Development – Proposed)

Address: 117 Kingfisher Close Shoeburyness Southend-on-Sea

Applicant      Ms Sophie Zwizwai Doonamis Ltd 117 Kingfisher Close Shoeburyness SS3 9YB

Agent             Miss Thandi Zulu TZ Town Planners Ltd 2 Calais Hill Tyler Hill Canterbury Kent CT2 9LT+