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Harmondsworth Summer Fair

Posted: June 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Summer fair season has reached the Heathrow Villages, starting this saturday 27th June in the shady, historic grounds of St Marys Church in Harmondsworth.

There will be live jazz, home made cakes and cream teas, sumo wresting, crafts, bric-a-brac, games, competitions, coconut shy and much more on offer.

We are hoping to see lots of people, visitors to the villages and local residents alike – out to enjoy the day and support the event. It’s a perfect opportunity to experience the best that the villages can offer, and see what is likely to be lost should a third runway at Heathrow go ahead.

Harmondsworth primary school have their summer event the same day – why not visit both – close by and very different but complimentary events!


Summer Solstice Weekend at Grow Heathrow

Posted: June 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Flag it Up! Community Harts Parade – Friday 29th May 11am-4pm

Posted: May 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Art, Cool Projects, Education | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

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HARTS (Heathrow arts project) is launching a series of community murals on Friday 29th May as the last stop on the ‘Flag it Up’ parade’. The parade will begin at 11am in Harmondsworth; the village which faces almost complete demolition should a 3rd runway at Heathrow Airport be granted by the Government.

Hundreds of children living in the Heathrow villages have made flags based around the theme of ‘home’, that will be displayed on the lamp-posts, to combat the physical and social blight from the airport and the threat of its expansions and demonstrate the future that is strived for by the people of Heathrow.

The flag parade will start by St Mary’s church in Harmondsworth with activities 11am-12pm, walking to Sipson between 12-1pm, lunch at Grow Heathrow 1-2pm, (UB7 0JH), walking to Harlington between 2-3pm and finishing under the mural at Saint Peter and Saint Paul’s Church Hall with tea, music and activities, 3-4pm.

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The date coincides with the final day of consultation of Airports Commissions air quality assessment and the mass action camp ‘Reclaim the Power’, where people are highlighting the need, from many different angles, for the UK to cut emissions, reduce reliance on dirty energy and create a more just society.

The ‘Flag it Up!’ parade and the community murals are part of a series of community-led arts projects in the Heathrow villages. Other projects involve landscape art, film and social sculpture. Harts is looking for artists to come to the Heathrow villages to develop projects with the community over 2015, so if you can help get in touch at:

email: communityharts@gmail.com day time phone: o7512 320856

For more info, also see the Community HARTS website: communityharts.org

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Shazzam #4

Posted: May 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Check out our latest calendar of events! See our facebook page for updates.

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Heathrow Neighbourhood Plan Spring Updates

Posted: March 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Neighbourhood plan | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Since the first Neighbourhood Forum meeting, the Heathrow villages neighbourhood planning committee have been working steadily behind the scenes. Have a look at some of the updates below.

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  • The picture above shows the boundary decided by the neighbourhood forum. The idea was to focus on the three villages of Sipson, Harmondsworth and Harlington, with the knowledge that it is more realistic to start small as a local neighbourhood plan is a big endeavourer, requiring lots of volunteered time and energy. The villages of Cranford and Longford can also get involved in neighbourhood planning at any point further down the line. We are now planning to get this formally designated by the council.
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  • Since our first neighbourhood forum meeting, we have decided to add another issue ‘health and wellbeing’ to our list of priorities for the area. (Other issues are housing, transport, enterprise, community spaces, green spaces and heritage.)
Looking for roles * The Forum is missing representatives for two of our issues – enterprise and health/wellbeing. Do you know someone who could fit either of these roles? They would need to come to some NP meetings and have knowledge of how the issue is present within the Heathrow villages. * We also need people to help with online media such as website updates and social media – do you have the skills and could you help? The year ahead After piloting our community consultation questionaire at Grow Heathrow’s 5th Birthday on the 28th March we are planning community consultation activities for the Spring ahead. If you know of community events or activities where you feel this would be relevant, please let us know. We will also be attending and organising other meetings and events, so we hope to see you soon. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about any of the above. We now have a mailing list – if you want to sign up, please email us, or sign up on the website Regards Heathrow Neighbourhood Planning committee

Spring Workshops at Grow Heathrow – Can You Offer a Skill?

Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Spring is here so we’re putting together a season of workshops and events at Grow Heathrow and we’d love it if you were involved.

Do you have a skill you can offer? Would you like to run an event at Grow Heathrow?

We’re looking for people and organisations to offer workshops, events, performances, skill-shares, talks or just whatever it is that you do best, that can run at Grow Heathrow or in the wider villages between April and May.

If you would like to contribute to furthering the aims of Transition Heathrow, or know someone else that might, then please email us with a proposal of what, when and how, by Sunday 29th March to info@transitionheathrow.com. Or give us a ring on 07706602284.

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Polar Bears Against Airport Expansion Visit Foster + Partners in London

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Action | No Comments »

This morning polar bears from Plane Stupid, Grow Heathrow and London Mexico Solidarity visited the headquarters of Foster + Partners in London to express concern about airport expansion and destruction of the world humans and polar bears share.


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From Heathrow to Atenco we say NO to airport expansion and yes to a life-sustaining society for all.

Foster + Partners are the architectural firm contracted to build the new Mexico City airport which if it goes ahead will displace the rural communities in the area, and will cause a major ecological disaster for the valley of Mexico.

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The People’s Front in Defense of the land ( Atenco FPDT ) have been mobilising since 2001 against the project of a new airport, and will continue to do so. And the movement grows.

 


New Spring workshops

Posted: March 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

Following our 5th birthday celebrations last weekend there has been no dip in momentum here. There are plenty of workshops to look forward to this month: gardening, bike generators, raw food & nonviolent communication. Feel free to register your interest by emailing us.

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Grow Heathrow’s 5th birthday – Friday 27th February – Sunday 1st March

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Just days to go and we’re warming up for Saturday’s birthday celebrations.

There’s an exciting line up, and more information about workshops, activities and timings below.

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Don’t forget to bring along seeds for the seed-swap, cakes for the cake competition and instruments for the jam.

There’s plenty of space for camping. Join the Grow Heathrow camping crew and bring a tent and sleeping bag. We also recommend warm layers, hot water bottles and friendly bodies to provide extra cosy heat.

If you can donate any mugs, please bring them along as we want to make sure everyone can drink tea!

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Friday 27th February 7-10pm: Pre-birthday warm up activities

Interactive workshop and performance from XX the experimental theatre group.

Followed by permaculture and hip-hop workshop with KMT from May Gardens Project.

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Saturday 28th February 11am – late: Birthday celebrations!

Tours, tea, live music, and food served throughout the day. Plus . . .

Seed sowing and swapping from Community Food Growers Network and Organiclea

Flag making from Heathrow Arts

Building with hemp

Axing skill-share

Umbrella upcycling workshop

‘The Making Space’, a space to explore, play and let your inner child run wild

And much more!

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Alternative Space

12:00 – 13:00: Home Education: A Real Choice?

13:00 – 14:00: Squatting 101

14:00 – 16:00: Reflecting on Past and Present Struggles, with David Graeber, Ewa Jasiewicz, Tristram Stuart and John McDonnell

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Straw Bale Wellbeing Space

12:00 – 13:00: Social Auto-Healing Circles

13:00 – 14:00: Massage For The Masses

14:00 – 15:30: Kundalini Yoga

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!!!!!!!!!!!! 4pm Cakes and speeches !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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7pm onwards: Live music performances from acts such as Pete the Temp, Crazy Divine and Robin Grey, Dj’s till late.

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Sunday 1st March 1-3pm: Theatrical performance of ‘The Enemies Within’

A verbatim account from the miners, their wives and families, who took part in the Miners’ Strike 1984-85, reflecting the weekend’s theme of “Past and Present Struggles”

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Regardless of the outcome of this year’s general election, or the misguided findings of the Davies Commission, the Heathrow villages have a vibrant future and will resist the expansion of Heathrow to the end. The celebrations will be a chance for us to connect with each other, a chance to cultivate a united front against the disastrous proposal for Heathrow’s 3rd runway in this crucial year.

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Time to celebrate the successes of the past 5 years, with one eye on how the make the next 5 even more fruitful!

PS it’s all hands on deck for the work week this week, come along for a day and get your hands dirty, big rewards of delicious food, entertaining company and the secrets to happiness.

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“The Enemies Within”

Posted: February 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Workers | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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On Sunday 1st March, 1pm, Grow Heathrow’s 5th birthday presents “The Enemies Within”, a verbatim account from the miners, their wives and families, who took part in the Miners’ Strike 1984-85. It is their voices, as recounted to a group of actors from the Young Vic Theatre in the summer of 1985 and subsequently performed at that theatre, and 25 years later at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and the Barnsley Working Mens’ Club.

They describe the experiences they went through in the struggle for their jobs, their democratic rights, and the very future of their communities. And it is also a record of the brutal oppression and violence they were met with in the course of that struggle. Their lives were changed forever. As was the future of all trade unions. But the struggle continues. And their resistance continues… their voices can be heard just as clearly and passionately today.