'Good for Leigh' is an initiative set up by Leigh-on-Sea Town Council to help promote all of the wonderful things our town has to offer, from the businesses, organisations and groups to the individuals.
Each year at our Annual Community Meeting we announce our 'Good for Leigh' winners, these exceptional individuals and groups have been nominated by members of Council, to thank them for their outstanding contributions to the community of Leigh-on-Sea.
Information on other news and groups that are 'Good for Leigh' are listed below.
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council have once again selected their winners for this years Good for Leigh Awards. The recipients are nominated by members of the Council for their hard work, devotion and community spirit all contributing to being "Good for Leigh"
The winners were presented with a certificate at our Annual Community Meeting on Friday 22nd March. This years recipients are as follows...
Danielle launched Litterless Leigh in 2018, a community group who take time out of their weekends to go and litter pick around the Belton Hills and other areas of the Town
A new and very welcome addition to the many community groups in Leigh concentrating on the business community and more particularly, the independent traders for which Leigh is famous.
The group has made a start in bringing the business community together, liaising and working with both the Town and Borough Councils, organising awareness functions and generally being a proactive force within Leigh.
Allan has lived in Leigh for over 30 years and has been a volunteer for the Art Ministry based in Hadleigh for 12 years, acting as their Trustee Treasurer, Fundraiser, Events Co-ordinator and more. Allan helps to deliver art sessions to children and adults in need across South Essex, including cancer sufferers at Southend Hospital, people with additional needs in sheltered housing schemes, people with drug and alcohol addictions in hostels as well as their regular sessions at their base for adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, partially sighted and blind adults and adults with mental health problems. Allan has also developed strong links with the Leigh Lions and the Leigh Town Council to deliver affordable art activities for families in Leigh.
Rockamilly is a family run boutique in the heart of Leigh Broadway who demonstrated a fantastic joyful and community spirit during the Leigh Lights night.
Blade Education is a not for profit company based in Leigh-on-Sea that works within the local community creating innovative ways to tackle social issues through education and information. They especially emphasise connection between the older and younger generations.
Blade has done a great amount of work with West Leigh Schools and brought together many schools in the Ceramic Poppy Project (on the Cliffs) on and last year the displays at Southend Airport of the poppies and background history of local people who were involved in the Great War. In this they have worked very closely with the Leigh Branch of the British Legion. and have greatly raised awareness of the amount of work which can be done within the community when that community comes together.
Last year Nicholas was witness to a motorbike incident, he remained calm and called the emergency services for the injured party, put them in the recovery position and stayed with them until the ambulance arrived. Nicholas is a shining example of a good citizen and is still only in secondary school.
For the last few years Oasis Coffee House have been running a suspended meal scheme, where patrons can buy an extra meal or hot drink for those living in food poverty. They also issue vouchers to Southchurch Foodbank and to 57 West, a local church that gives around 50 to 80 meals to homeless and vulnerably housed people every week. They also work closely with The Storehouse Food Bank and HARP. Since 2015 they have raised over 27,000 pounds.
The British Legion work tirelessly all year round to promote and raise funds for the poppy appeal, and to clean up the town with regular litter picks. In November 2017 they worked closely with Blade Education to bring poppies to life for children across the Borough.
The Council wanted to present a Good for Leigh Award to everyone who volunteers for uniformed groups that meet in Leigh-on-Sea, to thank them for all of their hard work in providing activities for young people throughout the Town.
This includes all the leaders and helpers from Girl Guiding Groups (Rainbows, Brownies and Guides) and Scout Groups (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Sea Scouts).
There are a number of community groups around the Town that take part in regular litter picks, quite often these take place along the sea front, at Leigh Marshes, Belton Hills, Two Tree Island and Leigh Cemetery.
Groups include Litter-Less Leigh and Clean Leigh who are supported by Southend Borough Council's 'Make Southend Sparkle' initiative.
The Leigh Lions and Leigh's British Legion also take part in regular litter picks with their members.
Details of upcoming litter picks can be found on our news page here.
Leigh-On-Sea Town Council will be funding its own volunteer police officers as part of Essex Polices Community Specials scheme.
Under the scheme, the town council will fund the expenses of volunteer police officers who will be designated to the Leigh Town Council area.
Our Community Specials Constables will be volunteering a minimum of 16 hours each month in Leigh to target and disrupt anti-social behaviour, respond to community concerns and carry out high visibility foot patrols in the town.
The Specials have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers.
Along with other key groups, Leigh Town Council have joined the Leigh Partnership Group. The group's aim is to enable Leigh-on-Sea business community to become an even more dynamic force and grow our local economy. It is the intention of the group to liaise with traders and businesses and determine how their overall priorities can be delivered.