Our Annual Community Meeting is held every year in March or April depending on whether there is an election. All local residents are invited to attend the meeting and browse the community displays on show. This year we were delighted to have the British Legion, Co-op and Leigh Lions available to speak to members of the public about what they are doing. We also had the Two-Tree Island Group give a talk during the meeting about litter and waste.
During the meeting we present the Annual Report and also our Good for Leigh Awards. The latter part of the meeting is an open forum for questions and answers and gives residents the chance to have their say about their Town.
The Artist in Residence programme has successfully housed local artists since 2012, giving them a cut price studio and allowing them to get involved with Council initiatives and the community of Leigh-on-Sea. This year the residency was taken over by Leigh Art Trail who are now in their 21st year. Members of the Art Trail work closely with us at the Council bringing the Arts to the forefront in Leigh-on-Sea.
Leigh Community Centre is home to the Town's Community Art Wall, managed by Cllr Vivien Rosier and the Artist in Residence. The wall gives any local artists, community art groups and schools the chance to showcase their work. Members of the public are welcome to come and see the exhibitions at any time. The wall is booked up for exhibitions for the next year and the Council are incredibly proud that this resource is so popular and well-loved in the Community.
In 2017, the Council organised their first Christmas Fair. The fair was met with great success with over 70 stalls attending selling a variety of handmade items, food and crafts. We recognise that many people now choose to make a living through selling hand-crafted items and were able to offer stalls from as little as 10.
The local community supported the event wholeheartedly with the Centre being full of festive shoppers for the duration of the event.
This year's Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 1st December 2018, 11am - 4pm.
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council's Community Transport Scheme has been running for many years and has a membership of over 100 local residents who are aged over 60 or disabled. The Scheme enables us to take our members out on day trips and theatre visits throughout the year, most recently we attended Audley End House & Gardens in Saffron Walden.
We hope that this scheme improves the well-being of the elderly and disabled in the Town by providing interesting, fun and sociable days out.
Click here for more information about our Community Transport Scheme.
Good for Leigh is an initiative that the Council has run for the last 10 years. Councillors nominate local individuals, groups, or businesses that they feel have greatly contributed to the community of Leigh-on-Sea. This could be for a variety of reasons such as undertaking litter picks or doing something that's good for the environment, volunteering at community events or for the Council, or providing services to people in need around the Town.
Our certificates are presented yearly at our Annual Community Meeting held in April. Click here for or details of our latest winners.
The Council are also pleased to now present a "Good for Leigh Citizenship Award" to students at Belfairs Academy. Our first award was presented in July 2018 by Cllr Valerie Morgan at the Belfairs End of Year Assembley. Staff from the school nominated exemplary students who were working hard in and outside of school to become exceptional citizens, the winner was then selected by the Leigh-on-Sea Town Councillors. We look forward to making this an annual tradition to honour our young residents.
Since 2015 the Council has been producing a bi-annual magazine that is delivered free of charge to every household within the Town Council Boundary. The magazine was developed as a way to share Council news and events and also as a way of providing Community Groups with the chance to write articles and showcase what they are doing for their Town.
The magazine is free from advertising and cover to cover is an interesting read of everything that is going on in the Town. As a lot of our community engagement now comes from our website and social media channels, we are proud to produce a magazine that is accessible to all our residents.
As of June 2018 we have started to produce a Newsflash edition of our magazine which is taken out as a full page in the local newspaper "Leigh Times." These "flashes" provide updates on Council News and details of upcoming events and will be produced twice a year.
Click here to read previous issues of our Magazine.
Our current Councillors are very dedicated to maintaining the beauty of Leigh-on-Sea and regularly attend Community Litter Picks. These litter picks are organised by groups such as Make Southend Sparkle, Leigh Lions, British Legion, Friends of Library Gardens and Litter-less Leigh.
Where possible the Council promote these litter picks to encourage residents in the Town to take part.
For the last year the Council have been organising Nearly New Fairs at Leigh Community Centre. These fairs are a great way for local families to de-clutter their homes and sell on children's items, and they are well attended by eager buyers wanting to snap up a bargain. The Community Centre has a loyal following of local mums who support all of or endeavours to bring family activities to the Centre and Town.
Since 2015 the Council have been providing a variety of activities for children throughout the school holidays, the popularity of which has grown immeasurably over the last year. These activities are generally aimed at ages 3 - 8 and cost from as little as 2 per child, per event.
Over the years we have had a variety of entertainers and events come to the centre, including magicians, puppet shows, drama workshops, animal handling and much more. We provide parents with regular email updates informing them of the sessions and how to book. Our events almost always sell out and are well-loved throughout the Community.
The Council are proud to support local charity The Art Ministry throughout the year who regularly come to the Centre with a huge array of arts & crafts for children to enjoy. All proceeds from these events are donated straight back to the charity and to date we have raised over a 1000 for this good cause.
All of the events are organised as not-for-profit as a way to keep local families entertained and the Community Centre busy during the holiday season.
Click here for more information on our School Activity Programme
"Youth" is a hot topic in the Town of Leigh-on-Sea and the Council were keen to come up with events and initiatives to support and inspire young people within the Town.
Our first Youth Market was held in July 2018 where young entrepreneurs got the chance to sell their own handmade items and attend fun taster sessions to inspire them in different activities. There were also a selection of young local performers singing throughout the day.
Stalls were free to enable those attending to build their businesses.
We hope to run this event annually and look forward to seeing you in 2019!