This is an exciting month in Cranford Park.
We are celebrating the world’s biggest coffee morning in one of the smallest gardens (Sunday 14th September, 10am – 12 noon). The event is in the Secret Garden (near the information centre and stables) as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. We would be grateful if you could invite friends, make a cake or help on the day. There is an invitation attached.
On 20-21 September, the Berkeley stables, Secret Garden and St. Dunstan’s Church open their doors as part of London Open House weekend. There is an exhibition in the stables and members of the Friends will be in attendance to answer questions and collect memories. Sat. From 10.30am. On the Sunday (from 11.30am), classic motorcycles gather in the courtyard. Refreshments available, admission free.
Booking has opened for an open-air theatre production on 27 and 28 September (3pm).
Outline Theatre’s ‘Wheat to War’ is a celebration of local life and history, using song, dance and drama. Suitable for the whole family, the show features the coming of the Grand Union Canal, the building of the Great Western Railway and World War I, paying tribute to local heroes. Produced in partnership with the Imperial War Museum.
Tickets are £4 (four for £14, under fives free) via www.outlinetheatre.co.uk, ortel. 01895 851936.
Cranford Park is served by bus E6, road access is beside M4 junction 3/A312 on The Parkway. Parking is free, satnav TW5 9RZ.
The highlight of our foraging year.
If Grow Heathrow hasn’t been evicted, we’re going to bottle loads of blackberries. Bring clean empty jars and you will earn respect, win honour and know true righteousness. It’ll be the tail end but we should get lots of juicy buckets. You can taste some of last year’s (they’re great) and take some of this year’s jars home so you can fish for compliments from your family.
If we have been evicted, we’ll just go and eat blackberries. To be honest it might turn into just eating blackberries either way. See you there!
On Friday 15th August at 8am, bailiffs will make their first attempt to evict Grow Heathrow. Four and a half years after the abandoned greenhouses in the middle of Heathrow Airport’s proposed third runway were occupied by local residents together with activists, Heathrow villagers are organising again to resist airport expansion that’s ruled out by climate science.
Residents of the 700+ homes a third runway would destroy have asked to be trained to protect their own homes. On Thursday 14th, the day before the bailiffs visit, there will be talks and workshops on how to peacefully resist the eviction and on how ordinary people successfully shelved plans for a noisy third runway. At 8am on Friday 15th, hopefully you can help protect our home from the County Court bailiffs, ready to do the same for other homes threatened by airport expansion. Grow Heathrow has been described as the ‘heart of the village’ by BBC News and ‘inspirational’ by the local MP. We are still trying to buy the land instead of having bailiffs at our home.
We need your support in the days before, on the 15th and in the months after the bailiffs come. Join us for dinner on the 14th and be on site for when they arrive. Bring a sleeping bag, tent and rollmat if you’re coming to stay, cameras or smartphones for filming/livestreaming the bailiffs and we can always use more tea, coffee, milk, sugar and mugs! We currently also have some space for new members, so if growing food and campaigning on airport expansion are your cup of tea come and find out more about how you can volunteer here long-term. Summer in the glasshouses is green and glorious with a lake down the road.
If you have any special requirements, just drop us an email and we’ll do our best to make you comfortable. If and when the bailiffs go home, there’ll be a coach heading to to the Reclaim the Power action helping protect Blackpool from fracking. (donations welcome).
In October 2009 before he became Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The third runway at Heathrow is not going ahead, no ifs, no buts,” Within 30 months of taking power he set up a Commission widely expected to recommend airport expansion after his manifesto pledge runs out next year.
On Wednesday 18th June, more than 800 people packed into the Richmond Theatre to watch and judge the best viral films reminding Mr Cameron of his promise, and pressing the case against Heathrow expansion.
The No Ifs No Buts Film Competition staged by Zac Goldsmith MP in conjunction with the campaign group HACAN attracted well over 50 videos. Fifteen were shown at the event on 18th June.
In First Place: the residents’ film
In Second Place: the film beyond words
In Third Place: the comedy film
The 12 runners up are well worth watching.
Living in broken rotting greenhouses has its perks.
What plant books flatteringly call ‘wasteland species’ may not have the looks but as we like to say here, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And autumn is coming up, with our Garden of Eden maze of elderberries and blackberries. There’s even a volunteer from abroad staying at Grow Heathrow at the moment who despite getting to know all of us, the site and what we do there has privately admitted she’s now really there for the blackberries; after they finish she might be off to somewhere else.
On Friday 18th July, from 1pm to 4 we’ll be pickling green elderberries. We pickled loads of ripe and less ripe purple elderberries last year but they just weren’t amazing – they taste a lot of vinegar and a little bit of that rich, slightly unpleasant ‘elder smell’ that you get when you crush elder leaves. You can try them if you come round (no need to thank us). But the green ones we pickled got gobbled up with chips as comfort food in the dark winter – crunchier and less strong. So this year we know how to prepare to liven those winter moments when there’s ten men sat around the old wood burning stove and someone brings out a guitar with four strings and delights in another repeat singing ‘Wagon Wheel’. Green pickled elderberries for hot chips (and daal)! (You can also check out the Urban Harvest info on eating elderberries)
If you want to join the party, be there.
Dates for your diary: get involved to stop fracking in the UK
19 – 20 July, Nottingham: Build the site! Making radical spaces happen from the ground up is a big job, but it needn’t be a mystery. So we are dedicating part of this gathering to site training! There will be something for everyone, with all levels of knowledge and mobility.
14-20 August, Location TBA: Action camp
Take on the frackers! The action camp will be at a fracking site and to keep the industry in suspense, the exact location and travel information will be revealed near the time. Hunt the Facebook event page for clues as they are revealed…
*Support the community fightback
*Get skilled up and take direct action
*Build the world you want to see
What? - This year the target is fracking – a form of ‘extreme energy’ that threatens our human rights to a safe climate, clean water and a healthy local environment. - New fracking sites are being opened across the country every month. Up to 60% of England is under threat - Reclaim the Power will support a community on the frontline fighting fracking and join the dots between climate, social and economic justice - Alternatives exist here and now – we could create a million climate jobs, reduce energy demand and convert to community and publicly owned renewables
Why? - We need to reclaim OUR power. The government wants to drill under our homes, keep us hooked on fossil fuels and keep our energy in private, profiteering hands. - Meanwhile, climate change is getting worse, fuel poverty is killing people and economic and social crises are hitting us harder every day - We can stop this. We can stop fracking and build a democratic and clean energy system that works for us. The UK has a long history of civil disobedience, from the suffragettes to the disability rights movements.
How? - We’ll share skills, meet friends, participate in workshops and take mass civil disobedience.
Get involved and get inspired – let’s take on the frackers and win!
2 Workshops with Starhawk, Aug 2&3, London UK
How do we bring magic and myth into the actions that address the crisis of our time? How do we take our spiritual work out into the world in embodied, compassionate, and active ways? Two linked but separate workshops will explore skills and techniques that can help us. This will be an exciting weekend bringing together skills relevant to social permaculture, inner transition and magic, to help us enrich our work and our communities. We look forward to seeing you there.
Making Rituals That Matter: Day 1, Saturday 2 August, 9.30am – 5.30pm
On this first day, we’ll explore tools to help us create rituals that can bridge barriers, inspire and support social change, and help us heal and renew our hope when things get tough. We’ll learn how to listen deeply to the needs in our homes, workplaces and communities, how to craft intentions that lead to powerful magic, and how to create inclusive, empowering ritual language. We’ll explore the many voices we can use to honour and invoke our allies in healing and transformation, and play on the edges where story, drama and ceremony meet. Together we’ll co-create a ritual for Lammas / Lughnasadh, the ancient feast of the first harvest. There will also be informal space within this workshop for networking and sharing ideas and plans.
Lammas Ritual: Saturday evening 7.30pm, open to all, free
Making Rituals that Matter: Day 2, Sunday 3 August 9.30am – 5.30pm
This second workshop will go deeper into the skills and techniques of ritual—story, song, meditation, energy-work and trance. We’ll explore ways to create a powerful emotional arc, evoke ecstasy and catharsis, and shift consciousness. Activism can be tough and traumatic—just living in these times of challenge and intense transformation can be traumatic! But when we face the pain, ritual can help us transform it. We can become more skillful healers for ourselves and one another, and generate the strength and inspiration we need as we work for liberation and justice.
Venue: Transition Heathrow, London
See link for further info re venue: http://www.transitionheathrow.com/grow-heathrow/ Camping overnight on Friday and Saturday available in return for a donation to our hosts.
Cost: Sliding scale from £25 to £75 per day, lunch included. Our intention is to make this work available to all, regardless of financial situation, so please get in touch if you cannot afford this much, and we’ll see what we can arrange. Energy exchange (helping with organising, washing up etc) also possible. Please send Paypal payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include details of which workshop/s you are booking. 0r email to arrange other payment options.
Enquiries etc: 07752 660177
It’s Artsweek next week, so we’ll be hosting a jam on Thursday the 29th of May in our newly complete straw-bale house. Bring your friends!
We’ve got a piano (little outta tune) and a drum kit.
ALL ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS WELCOME!
……and all levels of musician too!
We’ll probably do some 10 minute improvisations, have some time for some sing along type songs, and maybe one or two continuous long jammmmmmmmmms
We’ll start around 7.30/8pm but come down for dinner beforehand if you want.
Be great to have you along. Please let us know if you are coming. And there’ll be a bonfire too.