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Upcoming workshops and events at Grow Heathrow

Posted: November 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

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The following workshops and events are in the pipeline at Grow Heathrow.
Workshops are generally free, though donations are always appreciated. Tea
and snacks will be provided. If you use Facebook, please confirm that you
will be attending, and share with friends.

Radical Embroidery Date: Sunday 27th November Time: 10:30-15:00 Age range: 8+ with supervision

Ignored and derided for years as “women’s work”, embroidery is making something of a comeback. We’ll teach you how to embrace the needle and start a project, whether it’s a small patch, an embroidered quote, or the start of your radical full-size re-interpretation of the Bayeux Tapestry (which was actually embroidered). Materials will be provided, but you can also bring fabric that you would like to work on. Suitable for anyone old enough to hold a needle. https://www.facebook.com/events/1851165588449360/

Upcycling- learn to make jewellery and accessories Date: Sat 10th Dec Time: 13:00-16:00 Age range: 8+ with supervision

Getting crafty doesn’t have to cost you or the planet! Under the watchful eye of Kirsten K.Cycle you’ll learn how to work with reclaimed materials to make both beautiful and practical pieces. Why not turn a drinks can into a flower brooch, or a tetra-pak carton into a wallet? Materials will be provided, but you can also bring anything you would like to work with. https://www.facebook.com/events/645808802259404/

Sea Shanty Singalong Date: Saturday 17th December Time: 14:00 Age range: all ages, with children supervised

Come and learn some traditional nautical working songs, that’ll keep you entertained even if you’re more of a landlubber than a buccaneer. Suitable for all ages and singing abilities, participants will be given a PDF songbook afterwards so that you can all keep singing even if you forget the words. Don’t worry if you’re no Pavarotti, this session will be an informal singalong with no pressure to perform solo. https://www.facebook.com/events/814901231946510/

Winter Solstice Celebration Date: Wednesday 21st December Time: 18:00 Age range: all ages, with children supervised https://www.facebook.com/events/560364540824512/


The Darkness

Posted: October 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
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Join us for a theatrical play at Grow Heathrow for Halloween. The theme for this year’s production will be the darkness that lives inside of us… and in the forest, as 3 hikers are about to find out…
Deep in the forest….
Does she await….
Your Darkness she’ll find,
And your life……
She’ll take…….
Can you see the light yet…?

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/220783155006823/

We’re hibernating (early)

Posted: October 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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It’s been a busy summer here at Grow Heathrow – with lots of people coming and going, learning and sharing all kinds of skills and information about sustainability, getting involved in activism, meeting new people… and so much more!

Whilst all this is great, it can be a bit much if you don’t get a rest. So for this reason, we’re taking a break from accepting new volunteers at Grow who want to stay on site. It will be for at least a month, from Oct 19th, but could be more depending on how we feel.

Does this mean we’re ‘closed’? Absolutely not!

Please still come and visit for the day, come to our events, offer workshops, use our space for your own events etc. We’re still here to be used! And if the Government makes a decision about a new runway at Heathrow – we’re still going to be a vital hub of resistance!

We hope this isn’t a pain for anyone planning to come, but ask that people respect this, so that we can keep doing all the things we do, but even better!

Love from Grow Heathrow x


Anti-Airport Action Lab – #staygrounded @Grow Heathrow

Posted: September 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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This Saturday the 24th at Grow Heathrow there will be an anti-airport ‘action lab’ – a day of preparation for the #staygrounded actions happening on the 1st October.

GET CLUED UP | TRAINED UP | TEAMED UP | PLAN FOR ACTION

11:00 – 18:00,  Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, UB7 0JH

  • Everything you need to know about the Airport Flashmob & Critical Mass – 1st Oct.
  • Find out about the anti-aviation expansion campaign going on in the UK and abroad.
  • Get skilled up with basic direct action training with bikes or on foot
  • Meet others taking action and form teams
  • Use the collective space to make creative props
  • Put it all together and plan your action!

A one stop shop for an awesome airport experience!

As ever, Grow Heathrow will be cooking up some lunch, but by all means bring a dish to share.

We have guest accommodation with bunk beds that you are free to use, although be aware that you’ll probably be sharing it with a few others. A sleeping bag and a head torch are useful items to bring with you. Bring a tent for your own private sleeping space.

Ring us on 07835012486. Email: info@transitionheathrow.com

Grow Heathrow: http://www.transitionheathrow.com/

Reclaim the Power: https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/aviation-flashmob-critical-mass/


BACKGROUND:

Amidst a crazy political maelstrom, expansion plans at London City Airport were given the green light in July. The UK government is now expected to announce plans for a new runway, probably at Heathrow or Gatwick, in October – a decision which hangs in the air like a noose over our heads, and which we know will place the interests of a wealthy minority, and the profits of corrupt corporations, over the lives of ordinary people.

In solidarity with local and international groups, and in defence of climate and social justice all over the world, Reclaim the Power is calling for safe and peaceful action against the aviation industry, with a family-friendly flashmob and critical mass bike bloc at a London airport.

What: 100s of people will create a family-friendly flashmob and Critical Mass bike block Where: A London airport (to be announced) When: Saturday 1st October 2016


Stay Grounded: day of action against airport expansion – Saturday 1st October

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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After years of delay, the controversial announcement of a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow is expected on the 18th October. It comes just months after the green light was given to expansion at London City Airport, and makes a mockery of our own legally binding commitments for action on climate change. Clearly, more planes mean more catastrophic climate change, whilst our homes, communities and cultural legacy are destroyed. It is time to fight back.

In solidarity with local and international groups, and in defence of the climate and people all over the world, Reclaim the Power is calling for people to take safe and peaceful action against the aviation industry. Join in on a for a family-friendly flashmob and critical mass bike block at a London airport on Saturday 1st October.

As Black Lives Matter activists shut down London City Airport last week, over 400 people have so far pledged to take part in this day of action. The exact location is being kept secret, to keep the authorities on their toes.

All Day Action Labs @ Grow Heathrow – Saturday 24th and Friday 30th September – GET CLUED UP | TRAINED UP | TEAMED UP | PLAN FOR ACTION  – MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON.


WILL YOU JOIN IN IF HUNDREDS OF OTHERS PLEDGE TO COME?

GREAT! Here’s what to do next:

1) Add your email address to the pledge platform here: http://tinyurl.com/jxsxkyf, so that the organisers can let you know more info as it’s revealed. The more people who sign up, the more others will want to join, and the more effective we can be.

2) Get yourself along to one of the info-sharing / legal briefing / action training events at Grow heathrow or The Hive, to ensure you are fully prepared to participate. Details of the events can be found here: https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/events/

3) Start thinking about who your affinity group is and what you’re going to bring and wear (see below for suggestions)

4) Join this Facebook event, and share it with all your friend. – ttps://www.facebook.com/events/1764336040473934/

For information from Reclaim the Power on what will be happening on the 1st October, read below.

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WHATS THE PLAN?

This will be a fun, colourful and safe event that everyone is invited to participate in. An action consensus has been agreed to set the safe parameters of this day of action. The health and safety of airport staff, passengers and ourselves are of paramount importance and a top priority, and just in case it is not clear we will not be going on to any runways!

https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/aviation-flashmob-critical-mass/aviation-action-consensus/

Visually and creatively we will focus on the polluting aviation industry, the affluent minority who are driving the so-called ‘need’ for aviation expansion, and the 300,000+ people who are already suffering from the effects climate change, and who are paying the price for this convenient luxury lifestyle, with their lives.

There will be three main ways that people can participate in the day of action, individually and as part of affinity groups that will have autonomy over how they operate.

(1) BLOCK A

will be family-friendly, in a publicly accessible inside area. Creative themes (for dressing up) will be:

  • The “15%” – the minority of ‘flash-the-cash’, ‘binge’ frequent flyers who we know are driving the so-called ‘need’ for airport expansion in the UK

  • The tax man – and the heavy subsidisies to the aviation industry

  • A die-in – representing the 300,000+ people who are already dying each year, all over the world, from climate change related causes

  • Speech & thought bubbles – to convey the key messages in a creative and clever way

  • Red lines – aviation expansion is crossing a red line for a just and liveable planet, and people are paying with their lives (wear red)

(2) BLOCK B

will consist of cyclists, and will be in a publicly accessible outside area. Creative themes (for dressing up) will be:

  • Reimagining the alternatives – what could a future without aviation look like?

(3) Autonomous affinity groups are also invited to take creative action elsewhere, as part of the day of action, adhering to the same action consensus.


Climate crisis is a racist crisis

Posted: September 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Action | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Shutting down London city airport, UK black lives matter struck another blow for citizens who think they can turn their back on inequality in 2016.

Black Lives Matter UK has campaigned on many facets of how racial inequality today still affects the lives of those born into our prejudice society, most renowned for bringing police violence into the public eye. However, breaking onto city airport’s runway and diverting many flights, Black Lives Matter point out that it is more than just the policemen who have something to answer for, whilst jet-setters exercise privilege, someone else will bear the burden of pollution.

Today’s protest highlights the differentiation is not only reflected through societal markers, police violence, employment or educational statistics- the damage is deeper, the poison is in the air. Literally. Communities that suffer the worst pollution are racialized, black people are 28% more likely to suffer air pollution than their white counterparts. The cleanliness of the air should not correlate with the colour of one’s skin. No one is born with a right to a cleaner neighbourhood than the next child; yet the average salary of a city airport user is £92000, whilst at least 40% of the predominantly black residents in Newham, live under the airport’s smoke cloud and struggle by on less than £20000.

The runway has become a symbol of global inequality compounded by climate change, whilst thousands of refugees are dying in the Mediterranean to escape war, the global elite fly overhead. This is an issue of binaries: whilst the average Brit continues to consume 10.92 tonnes of carbon per year, (and rising,) south pacific islands disappear inch by inch beneath the ebb of the ocean. Mountain- top communities are starved away from their cultural homes and traditional pastures due to radical changes in the climate… all the while in London we keep building and developing, not seeing these things as connected.

Expanding airports, at a time when other people’s lives are irreconcilably damaged or cut short due to climate change is senseless. We owe a lot to individuals who put their bodies on the line to highlight global problems. Today these people are the voices of others who cannot speak for themselves. Yet into the future it is not the responsibility of the brave few to show that Black Lives Matter. It is all of ours.


Mass Action At An Airport Near You!

Posted: September 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Action | No Comments »

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Expansion plans at London City Airport have been announced and the government is expected to decide on where to build a new runway, probably at either Heathrow or Gatwick this October. These plans are devastating for local pollution, noise and for climate change.

In solidarity with local and international groups, and in defence of the climate and people all over the world, Reclaim the Power is calling for people to take safe and peaceful action against the aviation industry. Join us for a family-friendly flashmob and critical mass bike block at a London airport on Saturday 1st October.

The exact location is being kept secret, to keep the authorities on their toes – sign up now to receive more information. Our mass action is just one part of a wave of international action planned to take place around the same time of year. In order for this action to be effective, we need at least 400 people to take part. We need to send a strong clear message that we cannot have any new runways in the UK if we are serious about tackling climate change.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >> WILL YOU JOIN US IF HUNDREDS OF OTHERS PLEDGE TO COME?

GREAT! Here’s what to do next:

1) Add your email address to the pledge platform here: http://tinyurl.com/jxsxkyf, so that we know when we reach our target of 400, and so that we can let you know more info as it’s revealed. The more people who sign up, the more others will want to join, and the more effective we can be.

2) Get yourself along to one of the info-sharing / legal briefing / action training events, to ensure you are fully prepared to participate. Details of the events can be found here: https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/events/

3) Start thinking about who your affinity group is and what you’re going to bring and wear (see below for suggestions)

4) Join this Facebook event, and share it with all your friend.

~~~~~~~~WHATS THE PLAN? ~

This will be a fun, colourful and safe event that everyone is invited to participate in. An action consensus has been agreed to set the safe parameters of this day of action. The health and safety of airport staff, passengers and ourselves are of paramount importance and a top priority, and just in case it is not clear we will not be going on to any runways! https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/aviation-flashmob-critical-mass/aviation-action-consensus/

Visually and creatively we will focus on the polluting aviation industry, the affluent minority who are driving the so-called ‘need’ for aviation expansion, and the 300,000+ people who are already suffering from the effects climate change, and who are paying the price for this convenient luxury lifestyle, with their lives.

There will be three main ways that people can participate in the day of action, individually and as part of affinity groups that will have autonomy over how they operate.

(1) BLOCK A will be family-friendly, in a publicly accessible inside area. Creative themes (for dressing up) will be:

  • The “15%” – the minority of ‘flash-the-cash’, ‘binge’ frequent flyers who we know are driving the so-called ‘need’ for airport expansion in the UK

  • The tax man – and the heavy subsidisies to the aviation industry

  • A die-in – representing the 300,000+ people who are already dying each year, all over the world, from climate change related causes

  • Speech & thought bubbles – to convey the key messages in a creative and clever way

  • Red lines – aviation expansion is crossing a red line for a just and liveable planet, and people are paying with their lives (wear red)

(2) BLOCK B

will consist of cyclists, and will be in a publicly accessible outside area. Creative themes (for dressing up) will be:

  • Reimagining the alternatives – what could a future without aviation look like?

(3) Autonomous affinity groups are also invited to take creative action elsewhere, as part of the day of action, adhering to the same action consensus.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ WHY AVIATION? WHY NOW? ~

After years of delay, the controversial announcement of a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow is expected this October. It comes just months after the green light was given to expansion at London City Airport, and makes a mockery of our own legally binding commitments for action on climate change. Clearly, more planes means more catastrophic climate change. It is time to fight back.

Air travel is by far the most carbon-intensive form of transport, and is the fastest growing source of carbon emissions. Yet, climate change is still remarkably absent from any discussion around aviation expansion. Moreover, aviation is unbelievably absent from any discussions, agreements and targets around tackling climate change! It was excluded from the Paris Agreement signed by the World’s nations at the UN COP21 last December, and is even exempt from the UK’s own Climate Change Act 2008. It is an industry that benefits from huge tax subsidies and unprecedented legal and regulatory loopholes, and is threatening the lives of communities both locally and globally, as well as the very planet we all live upon.

More info >>> http://reclaimthepower.org.uk/aviation-flashmob-critical-mass/more-info/


Harvest Festival – Saturday 10th of September

Posted: August 29th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

The summer is fleeting… but we’re still here!

It’s been a lovely summer for those of us here at Grow Heathrow. Our polytunnel has given us a bounty of lush delicious tomatoes, and the brewery has been bubbling away. We’d like to invite you all to our Harvest Festival on Saturday 10th of September, running from 10:30am til late into the evening. During the day we’ll have family fun, fresh food (the pizza oven will be on form), a craft fair, and more; then come evening it’s bonfire and live music time!

 

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If any of you lovely people out there are makers, we’d love for you to have a table at our craft fair- it’s free, with a £5 suggested donation. You can sell anything you like, as long as it’s handmade, from photographic prints, wood work, crochet, or anything else. If that sounds like something you’d be into- please get in touch with Ru on 07753394600 or ruraynor@gmail.com.

September also means back to school- and we want to restart our workshop programme. Could you help? Past workshops have included pickling, how to subvert advertising, and radical embroidery. We also love to host talks, lectures, discussions, and film nights, so get in touch (info@transitionheathrow.com) with what you’d like to do, and when you’d like to do it. Our workshops work on a donation basis to make them accessible to as many people as possible.

Click here for Facebook event

We hope you’ve had a lovely summer, and that we’ll see you soon. Stay tuned for information on our court date.

peace and love,

Transition Heathrow

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What’s Your Alternative Vision for Heathrow

Posted: June 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Cool Projects, Events, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

 

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Whats your alternative vision

On Saturday 23rd July, Harts, Transition Heathrow and others are preparing an ‘Alternative Visions’ Launch, 12-6pm in the Sipson Community Centre in Heathrow, UB7 0DD.

There will be a ‘Gallery of Alternatives’ showing the innovative solutions that people are already cultivating in Heathrow and beyond, alongside some delicious food and drink.

This will be followed by an open space session for constructive discussions about developing positive alternatives in to the future, followed by some spectacular performances.

Currently, there are two predominant visions for the future of Heathrow – either the government decides this year that the airport is expanded, or the hotels, car parks and infrastructure serving the existing airport continues – both visions result in the destruction of homes, habitats and communities.

We want your input, skills and wisdom to create an alternative vision for our future.

communityharts@gmail.com


Sat 18 June, 1-4: Wild hogweed asparagus

Posted: June 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Boom! It’s that great tasting hogweed. Never heard of it? You don’t need to hear about it, just eat it. It’s one of our top most delicious wild foods.

Come on, we got another wild food workshop all lined up. We’ll do a little studying, to tell it apart from giant hogweed (heracleum mantegazzianum), which is poisonous to touch. It gives you full on peeling, blistering sunburn to make you feel like a proper Brit on tour in August. Then, onceonce that’s worked up an appetite in you and put you in the mood for food, we’ll steam the flower buds and serve them with butter/margarine and lemon juice.

The thrilling photo above shows young common hogweed (heracleum sphondylium), which is all there on the Grow Heathrow site, in the top left, alongside its poisonous Giant cousin in the bottom right. If you want to swot up beforehand, check out these tidal waves of fact that’ll make you very, very brainy.

So if you want to not have peeling sunburn but to eat something that tastes like asparagus, and let’s face it – who hasn’t been searching for that yin yang combo in life – you can either get some normal asparagus or come to the workshop.