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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


4 Day Winter Work Weekend Retreat

Posted: October 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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How would you like to help Grow Heathrow prepare for the cold months ahead, whilst also having an amazingly fun time?

Why not come to our 4 day winter preparation retreat from Thursday 5th November – Sunday 8th November.

Featuring: Eco-shower block building, insulating with hemp-crete (and other exciting materials), making woodburners from ‘rubbish’, winter veg bed prep….

not forgetting: bonfires, yoga, meditation, herbal teas, music, dancing, fun and laughter.

All on a donation basis .

Food and sleeping space provided. Let us know if you would like us to reserve you one, otherwise feel free to bring a tent 🙂

Come for as many or as few days ars you like

This is open for everyone, all levels of experience welcome.

More details to follow

Hope to see you there!


CALLING ALL CREATIVES

Posted: October 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

 

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Harts Residency – A process of Unlearning

You are invited to take part in a creative and nourishing residential experience at community project Grow Heathrow.

Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd of November ** RSVP by Monday 26th October **

What will be involved: Collective living, sharing skills, space to develop personal work, collaborative creativity, inner reflection, long term sustainability, nature, supporting the Grow Heathrow community and surrounding Heathrow villages. The residency will include some workshops, (eg. Permaculture, using art to create social change) morning and evening sessions to share, reflect and develop ideas, a final project in the wider community and space for people to shape the structure themselves.

Food, sleeping space, facilities, workshop space and materials will be provided. There will also be regular integrated but optional wellbeing sessions such as yoga, meditation and massage. Participants will be involved in the tasks that make daily living at Grow Heathrow possible.

From visual art or performance, to social sculpture, or learning the deep art of making perfect compost from our poo, any range of artistic practice is welcomed, as long as it is aligned to the aims of the project.

Participants are asked to make a contribution to help make all of this possible. Suggested donation £20 to £40 for the 10 days but you are invited to pay less or more, depending on what you can afford. Where will the residency be held: The residency will be based at Grow Heathrow, a squatted land project, run off-grid from renewable energy with activities such as food growing, bike mechanics and inner wellbeing.

Grow Heathrow is set up in support of local community, which is heavily impacted by the airport and the threat of its expansion. Participants will sleep in a communal guest cabin, there is also an option of bringing a tent if you prefer.

Although the residency will be based at Grow Heathrow, partiicpants are encouraged to develop ideas that also connect with the wider village and community. When will the residency be held: The residency will last 10 days (13th-22nd Nov) and participants are invited to come for the duration.

If you cannot come for this long, you are welcome to join from Friday 19th to Sunday 22nd November for the final community based project.

If you are interested, RSVP by phone or email, and include an explanation about what you think this experience can bring for you and what you can offer the rest of the group, Grow Heathrow and the wider Heathrow villages, (no longer than half an a4 page). Please express interest by Monday 26th October

communityharts@gmail.com 07512320856 transitionheathrow.com communityharts.com


Heathrow Arts Gallery Exhibition

Posted: July 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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Thursday 16th July, 3-4pm and 8-9pm​

Surprise public location in the Heathrow Villages – to be announced

A gallery showing of community art work in the Heathrow Villages, inspiring community care, social change and positive investment for the long term.

Drink and refreshments provided

communityharts.com


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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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.

np boundary   Area Boundary:
  • 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

Heathrow Arts Design Lab Sunday 8th Feb

Posted: February 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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There’s a new project starting in the Heathrow villages, called Harts, using community led arts of different mediums to combat the blight from the airport, encourage a more cohesive community, and cultivate a happy, healthy and sustainable community, for the long term.

Get involved at this launch project planning event!

 

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Making Soap at Grow Heathrow

Posted: November 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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What a success, mint, rose petal, oats and lavender soap, homemade at Grow Heathrow…

Soap is made using 3 different kinds of oils or fats, an alkaline substance and flavouring. This time we used coconut oil, olive oil and vegetable fat…maybe one day we’ll process our own oil from sunflowers and alkaline substance from ash or sea-shells… not to mention the bike powered mixer…

The more help we can get the better though – let us know if you’d like to come on board the Grow Heathrow providing for ourselves train..

And watch this space for Shazam round 2, winter program..Education for the Future

 

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Making Solar Panels

Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Energy, Events | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

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Guest blog by, Rachael Anne Roberts, workshop participant and volunteer at Grow Heathrow

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Grow Heathrow, a place of beautiful greenery and a worthy cause to fight for, not to mention to friendly residents who happen to have immense cooking skills! And if that all wasn’t reason enough, there was a certain workshop drawing me to the site: Learning How to Build Your Own Solar Panel, run by Demand Energy Equality.

I was unsure what to expect from the workshop. Before visiting the Grow Heathrow website and seeing the list of workshops, I was unaware that it was even something that could be done by hand.

The workshop was put on by a lovely lady called Emily Donavan from Demand Energy Equality. She taught us the science behind how solar panels work as well as how to actually build them, a process that I was soon to learn was a lot simpler than I had expected! Fun science fact that I was reminded of: Power = Voltage x Current!

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We were making fairly small, 18 watts solar panels, enough to charge a phone but not quite a house. Which makes it the perfect, simple, and not to mention handy, accessory to any home. The material of the solar cells that we used to build our solar panel was made out of thin silicone and if held too tightly, would crumble in your hands. Cautiously soldering the metal strip over each solar cell to attach the current to each, there were a few cracks and mishaps, but Emily’s patience and light hearted attitude never faltered. And she had expected this and brought plenty of spares!

Next came the gluing the solar cells to the glass and placing another glass panel over the top of it, using more silicone glue to seal around it, keeping the glass panels in place together. Making a solar panel was so much fun, but requires a steady, gentle hand. I began to feel guilty of the amount of solar cells that was being wasted when cracked. However after a few breakages, we started to get into the rhythm of solder, solder, glue, glue and the whole process of making a solar panel became far less complicated than I had previously imagined.

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The whole process took a lot longer than previously expected but we were all having so much fun, it was not an issue, in fact we were al more than happy to stay at Grow Heathrow for longer. Although a fiddly process, making a solar panel by hand is rewarding not just in the sense of a unique achievement, but also that you now have free, renewable energy which you were able to achieve by yourself – saving more money and is even better for the environment!

My home made solar panel turned out a lot better than I had expected. I decided to donate it to Grow Heathrow, since I figured that they may make a better use out it then I will. I had such an amazing weekend at Grow Heathrow that I have been to visit again since the solar panel workshop and will most definitely be going again soon. After all, I need to see how my home made solar panel has been put to such a good use!

 

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Grow Heathrow Backlands safe till January

Posted: September 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: legal | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Grow Heathrow was in Uxbridge County Court last week.

This is a new and separate case from the one from recent years, concerning the patch of land beyond the main greenhouses where we have built our homes and community straw bale house.

The judge ordered the case to be postponed, recognising that our human right to a home and peaceful family life needs to be considered properly.

However, the land at the front of the site where we do most of our growing, working and cooking is still living under the threat of baliffs turning up at any time.

So, if we want home grown sprouts for our 5th Grow Heathrow Christmas dinner we need the ongoing support of the local community and the wider environmental movement to protect our beautiful off grid community.

There is no time like the present to visit if you want to learn how to work within the legal system to hold space that operates outside the political system.The resistance is fertile but there is much physical and academic work to do if we are to make it grow. So please do come down to site and donnate your spare time to this greener vision of the future!