Leigh on Sea News

Review: Wreath making workshop at Scent

Damp moss, mince pies, and a buzz of anticipation... Last week my colleagues, assorted colleague-mums and I all squished into Scent florist in Leigh after work to get festively crafty. 

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Get happy

The cynics among you will joke about Leigh being voted 'Happiest Place to Live' by property website Rightmove, but I can't help but like the fact we've been given the accolade. 

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Endings, and new beginnings

Our baby is fifteen years old. No, you're not going mad. My wife and I haven't been hiding a secret child from you all for the past decade and a half. Sundown Arts, the arts organisation that we both run, is 15 this week.

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Dropping the C bomb

It's happening, isn't it?

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Clay Club and Craft Market

I've had such a Leigh-on-Sea week, dear friends. Last week I attended Clay Club in The Old Foundry, or what used to be The Lynn Tait Gallery. 

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Exploding in the distance

Sunday night. It was cold - not bone-chilling proper winter cold, but still chilly. We were in layers. So many layers - leggings under my jeans, big socks under my boots, a top AND a jumper AND my big coat and scarf. Woolly hat, my Mum's hand crocheted fingerless gloves.

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Halloween lols

I was reading an article on the history of trick-or-treating (hey, it's Halloween week) and it stated that "The British hate Halloween." It read "In 2006, a survey found that over half of British homeowners turn off their lights and pretend not to be home on Halloween...

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Feminist stories

Last week I was invited to perform at a feminist storytelling night at Metal in Chalkwell Park, and I thought long and hard about what to read. 

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On autumn

I love this time of year. It was always my favourite. It makes me think of You've Got Mail, when Tom Hanks' Joe Fox says to his mystery email-romance (Meg Ryan's Kathleen Kelly) "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."

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Matt Abbott spoken word show in Southend

On Thursday 11 October, poet Matt Abbott is coming to Southend to bring a five-star show to Twenty One Gallery in collaboration with local organisation Sundown Arts.

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Badger woes

My previous knowledge of badgers was previously exclusively a) kids TV shows of my childhood (Animals of Farthing Wood / Bodger & Badger) and b) a surreal conversation about badgers and the Bronte sisters both having TB in a brilliant scene in I'm Alan Partridge ("Heathcliff, pang! Then he really would be 'wuthering'."). Until now...

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Elastic weekend

Time is weird. For example, some mornings I get up, do yoga, have a shower, do my hair and make up, make breakfast, get dressed, check Twitter, and saunter out of the door feeling great about life.

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SoSlam – writing the hits of the future

Last week I ventured into Chinnery’s (scene of many a teenage ‘going to see my friend’s boyfriend’s band’ nights out) to see the SoSlam Young Musician’s Showcase

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Drink up, plants

I'm so sorry to any of you who have outdoor plans this August that are being rained off. Genuinely

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Switch in, switch on, switch off

The phrase "digital detox" is often bandied around, encouraging people to get off their smart phones and devices and I think it's so important to do so

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Talking About the Weather

Weather is surely one of the greatest inspirations for lyricists - weather and love. I was recently at a conference and one of the speakers said that on average, we spend roughly five years of our lives talking about the weather. FIVE YEARS.

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Making the most of it

This weekend was half loud, half quiet, and wholly local - so I thought I'd share it with you!

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Just keep swimming!

My first blog that I ever wrote for this website was about sea swimming and how much I love taking a dip in the estuary in summertime - it's years later and I still adore it.

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Steeped in tradition - Leigh Folk

For more than 10 years, my partner and I have always run a stage at Leigh Folk Festival, but this year we decided to have a break.

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A holiday in a day

Blue skies, white sand, lush dunes blowing in the breeze. The photos made it look like we were in the desert the tide was so far out - it was like a film set.

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