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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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A Shazzam weekend of Bike trailers, Intuitive Painting and Sound Healing

Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Bike, Cool Projects, Education, Events, music | No Comments »

Last weekend we hosted 2 workshops – one practical for transporting our goods, one calming for our spirits and minds.

 

Saturday 31st - Up-cycling a Shelving unit into a Flatbed Bike trailer.

Who would have thought of the possibility of transforming a bunch of shelves into a bike trailer? Well we’ve done it!!!

We’ve proven that you can create a quality bike trailer with a team of eager people and a bunch of materials received mostly from donations.

All parts were free except for the tow arm and a few nuts and bolts.

 

 

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A whole day of planning, cutting, bolting, sawing and hugging warm cups of tea paid off and now the shelves are in use once more…… as a trailer.

 

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The creation has been purchased by Thor, giving it a new loving home.

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All the proceeds from this workshop have gone straight back into grow, helping us continue with further workshops and general sight stuff.

….The trailer has since been named Sady, after Thor’s dog who past away a while ago :)

 

Sunday 1st Feb – Intuitive Painting and Sound Healing workshop

 

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After the previous days busy building day, Sunday became a day of calm and peace with our office being revamped into a meditative healing and painting space for the day..

 

With a range of percussion instruments, our bodies resonated with the sounds being created bringing us into a meditative, relaxed state.

There were no fixed music or rythm. We all played the instruments according to how we felt, being free to pick up any instrument and experiment and see what sounds are created.

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Alongside being submerged in our acoustic senses, we were tactile with paint, chalks and pencils; releasing our energy onto paper . We did some mark-making going with whatever our minds felt right at the time. Our calming bodies drew squiggles and splodges not having to care whether each movement of our hand is a precise action or not. We let our creations be abstract, with no specific concept or object to draw. We expressed our inner child and allowed ourselves to be messy.

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Thanks to all the facilitators for delivering this weekend of workshops and thanks to all the participants for attending. It was a truely fascinating and relaxing weekend.


Fun and Easy Fermenting at Grow Heathrow – A Tasty Kick Off to Shazzam!

Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Britain is completely missing out on the benefits of fermented foods. I read that in the Guardian last summer. Kate Moss or someone equally iconic had said so, thus I resolved to buy a jar of sauerkraut that followed me from Edinburgh to Nottingham to Lincoln and then got lost. Although my love affair with fermented foods was brief, the fact still stood, unlike our European counterparts, here in the UK, we are missing out on eating ‘live’ food, and as a result we are missing out on a myriad of health benefits.

Now, for me fermented foods had always been synonymous with sauerkraut, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. In the main space at Grow Heathrow, there is a shelf that was obviously once meant for jams (it’s wittily labelled “Anarchy Spreads”) but has been laden with dusty jars of fermented foods for goodness knows how long. Indeed at the end of February Grow Heathrow will be half a decade old (come to our birthday party on the 28 of February and 1st of March!). So maybe that’s how old our ferments are too! I found that very intimidating it and took Annie, the fairy god mother of fermenting, to quell my fears in her Fun and Easy Fermenting workshop as part of our Winter Shazzam program at Grow Heathrow.

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Her wonderful and breezy approach to the art of creating this incredibly healthy food completely demystified sauerkraut and other fermented foodstuffs. On a lovely sunny January Sunday, we kicked off our winter season with Annie’s workshop. And what a treat it was. Annie brought a wide variety of ferments to show us: from hot sauce to addictive kimchee, and also offered the opportunity to taste more traditional and seasonal ferments. Of course I was immediately drawn to the more creative jars, like the kimchee, yet actually ended up making old-school red cabbage sauerkraut. My buddies around the table were creative or conventional to varying degrees, two boys combining powers to make rainbow sauerkraut, which included a turnip and fruit.

Over all, the workshop was a blissful way to learn about food. Annie proved to us that fermenting really does boil down to three simple steps and a handful of salt which will create something yummy. What a tranquil start to Shazzam and a tasty start to the year! I couldn’t have been more lucky.

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Save the date, Grow Heathrows 5th birthday 28th Feb / 1st March!

Posted: December 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

We’re holding out for that chilly start of Spring and hoping we’ll be able to mark our 5th year in this incredible place.

Grow Heathrows birthday is on the weekend of the 28th Feb / 1st March so save the date and keep your fingers crossed that we’ll be celebrating together.

What do you want Grow Heathrow’s 5th Birthday to look like? We want your thoughts and involvement, so get imagining. We’ll also be looking for people to get involved in preparing, cooking, creating, teaching etc, so have a think about what you could offer on that weekend / the week run-up. More info soon.

info@transitionheathrow.com

 


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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Workshop: Day of Degrowth – 25th of October

Posted: October 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Events | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Day for Degrowth: 25th of October, 10.30am – 6pm

Cost: Free, including lunch on a donation basis.

Degrowth is a concept that brings together activists and academics in order to understand the multiple crises (economic, social, environmental) affecting our planet. Economic growth has been a highlighted as a root cause of these problems and a variety proposals for a ecologically and socially just societies have been put forward.

In September this year over 3000 people attended the 4th International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany. This was an exciting event, with over 500 workshops, talks, and artistic presentations and shows the level of interest in degrowth to be increasing rapidly.

Unfortunately, conversations about degrowth in the UK have been rather thin on the ground. Until now.

Join us at Grow Heathrow for a day long interactive workshop introducing the topic of degrowth. We will aim to cover basic questions such as What is degrowth? Why is growth a problem? How do we get to a degrowth society? As well as providing a space to ask what should come next in terms of degrowth in the UK.

There is no limit on the number of places but as the workshop is all day lunch will be provided – so please email info@transitionheathrow.com to give us an idea of numbers.


SHAZAM – 2014 Autumn Programme of Events

Posted: September 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Education | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

COB OVEN BUILDING WEEKEND IS POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC

 

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Grow Heathrow are Recruiting

Posted: September 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Education | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

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Role of Resistance at Grow Heathrow

Grow Heathrow, is an inclusive, sustainable community project on the site of the proposed 3rd runway. We are committed to furthering  positive social change through education, autonomy and campaigning.

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic and compassionate people who understand the unique nature of Grow Heathrow as a squatted piece of land under threat of eviction, in a village fighting against airport expansion.

Grow Heathrow is a nationally recognized organisation, making front page news. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the most exciting and innovative projects of its time and participate from the ground up in real change on both a local and global level.

If you are interested in joining our group, we encourage you to read more about the project to see that you understand and support our aims.

Please email no more than half a page about yourself and experience, stating why you’d be good for this role and send any questions to: info@transitionheathrow.com, or call 07904174031 to talk through any queries.

These roles are currently vacant and we expect to fill them as soon as possible. Please get in touch soon, as we may appoint people before the final deadlines . We will review applications on Monday 15th September and possibly again in October.

All roles will be supported directly by a relevant and fantastic Grow Heathrow member.

* Food Grower for Resistance

Will be part of growing group, growing fruit and vegetables on the Grow Heathrow site and propagating for the wider community.

Skills Needed: experience in organic food growing, site planning, communication with wider community, coordination of volunteers. Must be free some Sundays.

* Creative Design for Resistance

Will help with creative re-design of spaces, such as art and wood workshops. Will use arts to respond creatively to needs of collective resistance.

Skills Needed: experience in the arts / textiles / woodwork / architecture or all of the above.

* Events and Community for Resistance

Will be part of outreach team, helping organise events and projects at Grow Heathrow and in the local community, including regular workshops, skillshares and the annual Birthday Celebrations.

Skills Needed: Experience in outreach, planning and communication, coordination of volunteers, experience of working with people of different ages and abilities.

* Radical Health for Resistance

Will be part of wellbeing group and help sustain positive health in the community through facilitating good food consumption, alternative medicine and organising on-going workshops such as massage, yoga, meditation and conflict resolution.

Skills needed: Love, compassion, understanding, sensitivity, organisation, experience of groups. Strong culinary skills also useful.

* Radical Media for Resistance

Will be part of media team, working with local and national and online media to help share the aims of Grow Heathrow. Will liaise directly with other teams within Grow Heathrow to publicize their efforts and support their events. Will also facilitate general multi-media documentation of the Grow Heathrow project.

Skills Needed: Great if your media trained, don’t worry if not. Need experience with publicity / online media. Great if you have skills such as photography / film making, or know others who do.

Requirements for all roles: You will be required on site for minimum 1 or 2 days per week at Grow Heathrow (exact days flexible).

There is an expectation that people will, and will want to be involved in central Grow Heathrow activities as part of their role. Such involvement will include participation in some Wednesday night meetings, 7-9pm and Community Work Thursdays, 9.30am-5.30pm.

So long as it does not contradict any of Transition Heathrow’s project aims, any ethically entrepreneurial ideas for both individuals and the group as a whole will be welcomed and carefully considered.

For all roles, resources, warm sleeping space, philosophy, companionship, musical entertainment, places on workshops and meals when at Grow Heathrow will be provided.

http://www.transitionheathrow.com/

 

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The Free Nature School from Berlin visits Grow Heathrow

Posted: June 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education | No Comments »

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Students at the Free Nature School follow an alternative curriculum connected to nature, with an ethos that learning and exercise go hand in hand. We certainly found them a joy to work with; they were no strangers to chopping wood and making pizzas in a clay oven!

 

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Smoothie Bikes with Com.cafe

Posted: May 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Energy, Residents | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Yet another amazing day of making homemade smoothies on the bicycle powered blender with Transition Heathrow the Com.Cafe!

Com.Cafe come to Grow Heathrow for seed sewing Thursday 29th May

 

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