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/
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
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.
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://
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!
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.
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.
Winter is often seen as a time for rest and reflection. For many mammals it’s a time to make a nice warm den and hibernate for a few months, getting ready for the year ahead.
At Grow Heathrow, we’re often lured in to the traps of modern life – always doing, doing, doing and doing some more. This can all get a bit much and lead to burn out.
So, in an attempt to counter this, we’ve decided we’re going to hibernate for the month of February. This means we won’t be accepting any new volunteers for this period, in order to allow us to reflect on the past year, build the relationships within the already existing group and have a bit of a rest.
You’re still more than welcome, however, to visit us during the day, come to our workshops and events, and make suggestions for workshops for the coming months.
Also, in the first week of March – we’d love you to come and stay in order to help us get ready for our 6th Birthday celebrations!
On March 1st 2010, Transition Heathrow members swooped on an abandoned market garden site in Sipson; one of the villages to be completely tarmacked to make way for a third runway at Heathrow.
6 years later, and Grow Heathrow is still here.
This weekend we’re celebrating this hub of social activity and resistance against Heathrow’s 3rd runway, and the hundreds of you who have made this happen over 6 years.
Come and celebrate with us!
Friday 4th March
3 – 5pm: The Beauty is in the Struggle: Come along to the Sipson mural. Add your hand prints to the many celebrating the beauty that lies in the struggle of Sipson Village. Outside the Zayani restaurant UB7 0HU.
Open Mic Night: Join us in the evening for vegan cuisine and music. Bring your instruments!
Saturday 5th March
A day of talks, cakes, singing, dancing and workshops from 11:00.
11 – 1pm: Generative creative writing workshop with Aimee
1 – 2pm: Automatic drawing workshop with Andy
2 – 3pm: Laughter Yoga with Paul
3 – 5pm: The inspirational KMT Freedom Teacher, artist and co-founder of the May Project Gardens is joining us to deliver a 2 hour Hip-Hop Garden workshop.
2 – 3pm: “Heathrow and the Prostitute State” by Donnachadh McCarthy. How Britain’s democracy has been bought by corporate lobbyists and the 1%.
3 – 5pm: Interactive panel discussion linking global north and global south activism, with speakers focusing on fracking, mining, aviation, and other struggles.
2 – 3:30 pm: Internet Security: Resisting the Panopticon, with Simon
3:30 – 5 pm: Join Matt for a workshop on What is Class Struggle?
In the Open
Home is where the Art is: Get creative throughout the day with HARTS.
Cob Oven pizzas.
2pm – Herbal Medicine workshop: making mineral root vinegar – from Doc Root, horseradish, burdock, dandelion and anything else we find!
5 – 6:30pm: Cake judging competition and SPEECHES! Start Baking!
Dusk: Join Robin Grey and Naomi Wilkins from ‘Three Acres and a Cow’ for an informal SINGERS’ CIRCLE, drawing on a people’s history of land rights, enclosures, loss and homecoming. Bring songs to share, sing, or come and listen.
The late night line-up includes KMT with friends, a return of The Lagan and DJs.
Sunday 6th March
Noon: Trees for Transformation - Come and help plant trees around the Heathrow villages. Meet at 12pm at Grow Heathrow to get tools and go to the sites.
1:30pm - Octopus Alchemy will be hosting a workshop which brings together radical politics and sauerkraut. Bring a jar or two!
Bring a sleeping bag, head torch and tent if you’re staying overnight. There is limited guest accommodation, but plenty of space for pitching tents.
Come down this week to help us prepare. There will be places to stay, good food and company and skills learnt in return.
This link has details on how to get here – http://www.transitionheathrow.com/directions/
Our address is Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JH.
Ring for.more info on 07541579798.
NONE OF THE ABOVE WILL HAPPEN ON TIME!
At Grow Heathrow we’re totally off grid for electricity, we get all our energy from wind and solar.
Our energy system was designed and built a few years ago, when the project was much smaller. As our community project continues to grow, we need to expand our enegry systems to allow us to keep doing the work we’re doing.
We’ve got a crowdfunding campaign to allow this to happen and we’d love your support!
If you can’t afford to donate – it’s still a big help to share the link to spread the word.
Also, we always need non-financial support. Right now we could really use:
wooden pallets for building and burning
forks and spoons
glass jam jars
Thanks for all the support!
Love Grow Heathrow x
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.
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.
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.
Monday 16th Feb – Friday 27th Feb we’ll be creating spaces for workshops and sleeping, building a new woodshed, gardening, beautifying the site with signs and paints, wood chopping, preserving and more. Sleeping space, food and revolutionary company provided
So, it’s all hands on deck and any help during this time would be much appreciated. Give us a shout on our email – email@example.com – or call – 07706 602 284 – to let us know if you plan on coming down.
Here’s to 5 years of beautiful resistance, and many more to come!
Another busy weekend of Shazzam workshops have been and gone here at Grow Heathrow.
On Saturday we had a workshop by Rose and Aiemee on Permaculture, planning, propagation and planning. And then on Sunday, to continue our “p” theme, there was a workshop on propaganda – otherwise known as an introduction to subvertising.
Saturday’s workshop was well attended by residents of Grow Heathrow, their family members and the wider community. The workshop went through the theory of permaculture – focusing on the ethics (Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares) and principles behind the practices. There were a range of different levels of gardening experience in the workshop – from complete newbies to experienced growers, which meant there was plenty of knowledge exchange within the group. We also looked into some of the ideas behind soil care, a key part of growing practice, and crop rotation.
We didn’t just spend our time talking though, but got out into the Grow Heathrow site to look at how permaculture design principles have been incorporated into many aspects of the way things work. We also got our hands dirty and weeded some of the beds in the meadow, ready for the coming growing season.
Feeling inspired by this workshop, a few people got together after the workshop and began planning this years growing at Grow Heathrow. We’re excited for what this season might bring and if you want to get involved in any capacity feel free to get in touch or come on down!
Sunday’s workshop on subvertising was also well attended with people coming from as far a field as Brighton to take part. In this workshop we discussed a variety of things from the problems associated with advertising to how to go about fighting back against the daily assault on our senses. (Did you know the average Londoner sees around 3500 adverts a day?).
Then we got practical and experimented with a variety of subvertising techniques on some fake billboards that were dotted around the Grow Heathrow site. Participants came up with some really creative ways to subvert problematic messages and said they enjoyed the chance to practice these techniques in a safe environment.
Another busy weekend down… let’s go for it all again this weekend! Come along fro Build A Bike Trailer tomorrow and then Intuitive Painting on Sound Healing on Sunday.
Go go go!
Last weekend saw a jammed packed schedule of Shazzam workshops.
We kicked off the weekend with the Radical Chat where Class War came down to discuss their Poor Doors protests in the East End and why they’re standing in this year’s general election. After a great powerpoint presentation, Jon from Class War answered a lot of interesting questions including being grilled about how he think’s he can represent anyone in parliament. Obviously, he’s an anarchist so he explained that the election isn’t an attempt to get in to parliament (infact he said he doesn’t want to get any votes) but instead is a way to take campaigning to the streets and making the most of the spectacle of the election. After a while we ended up discussing resistance and politics more broadly and we’re really looking forward to next month’s installment of Radical Chat, hosted by Action East End.
Saturday saw the bike workshop back in action. A few locals got their bikes fixed, we fixed a Grow Heathrow resident’s bike who now knows a bit more about axels, and we got a bike ready for sale. Now we’re looking forward to the ‘Build a Bike Trailer’ workshop – there’s still some spaces on this so get in touch – via firstname.lastname@example.org – if you want to come along.
Then finally on Sunday we had the pleasure of hosting Campaign Against the Arms Trade, who gave a talk about their latest campaign ‘Arms to Renewables’. This was really informative about the extent of spending on arms – which is essentially only making money due to massive government subsidies – and the huge potential for positive investments in renewables – which require the same kinds of skills and expertise as making weapons. The workshop was a great opportunity to share knowledge between anti-arms campaigners and environmentalists.
Phew! What as busy weekend… now let’s do it all again this weekend with Permaculture on Saturday and Subvertising on Sunday.
Hope to see you there