Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Sponsored Walk For Wards 2013

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walk for wards

My friend, Elise Fleetwood is the Events & Corporate Relations Manager at the Department of Fundraising & Voluntary Services for Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She asked me if I would help to get the word out about their Sponsored Walk 2013

Click here to see the WALK FOR WARDS POSTER

Walkers will be sponsored to raise money for a ward or department of your choice

Details of the event are as follows:

When: Sunday 22 September 2013
Meet: 10am – Uncle Toms Cabin

Activity: 7km Seafront Stroll or 18km Hadleigh Hike

For further info or to register, please contact the Fundraising team on 01702 385337
or email: fundraising@southend.nhs.uk

Online Reg Form: https://southendhospitalcharitywalkforwards.eventbrite.co.uk/

Website info: http://www.southend.nhs.uk/support-us/fundraising/events/

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Southend People’s Assembly Against Austerity

This leaflet about the Southend People’s Assembly Against Austerity was thrust into my hand by one of my regular dads whilst I was on the crossing.

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This is the Southend branch of a national body called the People’s Assembly Against Austerity and it will take place

Tuesday 7 May 2013 – 7.30
Leigh Community Centre
Elm Road
Leigh on Sea

in preparation for the National People’s Assembly meeting in London on 22 June.

At a time when local people in Southend and Leigh on Sea are campaigning to save our libraries and to prevent other cuts to important services, we should ensure that our voices are heard.

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Olympic Torch comes to Southend and Leigh-on-Sea Friday 6th July

olympic torch in southend and leigh on seaIt’s so exciting!

The Olympic Torch Relay will be in Southend and Leigh-on-Sea on Friday 6th July.

To find out more, read the Olympic Torch LEAFLET

There will be lots of road closures so check out how it will affect if you need to travel about the town.

Certainly, for the return journey, lots of the side roads will be closed along the A13 London Road from 12 noon until 2.30. Roads affected will be those to the West of Chalkwell Avenue and going through Leigh-on-Sea. Each road will reopen once the Olympic Torch procession has passed by.

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Southend Airshow

vulcan bomber at southend airportReally looking forward to the airshow this year since I now have a balcony that looks out towards the Pier.

Even if some of the bigger jet fighters will not be making an appearance, I’m hoping for a really good view of the wonderful Red Arrows and my long-time favourite, the Vulcan bomber – I’m not sure if this is the same aircraft as the one at Southend Airport, which my friend, Peter, has helped to restore to its former glory.

The show, which is one of Europe’s largest free airshows, is sponsored by Westcliff Casino and usually takes place over the May Whitsun bank holiday. For this 26th year, however, it will take place on the Saturday and Sunday and we are promised a huge range of ground entertainment from the RAF, Army, Navy and Royal Marine Town Shows, trade stands, rides, simulators, giant inflatables and a packed arena programme of entertainment, to keep all of the family amused all day long.

BBC Essex will again be bringing you Radio Airshow on 1530MW, as well as providing the live commentary along the seafront, and Southend Radio will be providing live entertainment both days with music Roadshows.

I am indebted to VisitSouthend.co.uk for the full display programme.

Saturday 28th May 15:00 – 18:00

RAF Falcons Parachute Team

Tucano

Tutor

SAR Sea King

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane & Spitfire)

Hawk

RN Merlin

RN Solo Lynx

RV8tors

Breitling Wingwalkers

P51 Mustang

SWIP Team (Twisters)

Vampire

Vulcan

Sunday 29th May 14:00 – 17:00

RAF Falcons Parachute Team

Tucano

Tutor

SAR Sea King

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane & Spitfire)

Hawk

RN Merlin

RN Solo Lynx

RV8tors

Breitling Wingwalkers

P51 Mustang

SWIP Team (Twisters)

Vampire

Blades

The Red Arrows

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Local Elections in Southend-on-Sea

I am indebted to Julian Ware-Lane for publishing the details of all the candidates standing in the various Southend and Leigh-on-Sea boroughs for our local elections.

Searching online it is almost impossible to find a definitive list in a form that is easy to read and understand.

It’s difficult enough trying to decide which of the ‘grey’ people will have my best interests at heart locally and now I have to decide how I want to vote for those people in the future.

I have always thought that the current first past the post system seemed rather unfair with huge swathes of the country rigidly fixed in traditional voting postures that seem to have no bearing on the policies of those being honoured with their suffrage. However, the idea of being reliant on a series of machines like those in America which seem to have a propensity for going wrong at the worst possible moment, e.g. the fiasco in Florida some years ago.

I did find a great article explaining some of the arguments that have been put forth about AVP – the intermediate step towards possible proportional representation.

An A-Z of Rubbish Arguments About No2AVP

However, the one thing that has really tickled me is the confusing explanation using chocolate bars:

But the no campaign’s claim that AV gives some voters two votes, also made by former foreign secretaries led by Douglas Hurd, is equally absurd. As Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire, said on last week’s Question Time, if I ask you to buy me a Mars but a Mars is not available and I suggest you buy a Twix instead, I will not receive two bars of chocolate. A transferred vote is not a multiple vote.

Unless things have changed in the many years since I last bought a Twix, it has always comprised two chocolate coated biscuit sticks.

Whatever way you do decide to vote, please at least set foot inside a polling booth and exercise your right to do so – as my Nan always said: “Women died so you could put your cross in that box”.

I shall be making my way to one of those little green huts to do just that.

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