Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Spring is here so we’re putting together a season of workshops and events at Grow Heathrow and we’d love it if you were involved.
Do you have a skill you can offer? Would you like to run an event at Grow Heathrow?
We’re looking for people and organisations to offer workshops, events, performances, skill-shares, talks or just whatever it is that you do best, that can run at Grow Heathrow or in the wider villages between April and May.
If you would like to contribute to furthering the aims of Grow Heathrow, or know someone else that might, then please email us with a proposal of what, when and how, by Sunday 29th March to email@example.com. Or give us a ring on 07706602284.
Education for the Future.
Posted: March 6th, 2015 | Author: Jack R | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Following our 5th birthday celebrations last weekend there has been no dip in momentum here. There are plenty of workshops to look forward to this month: gardening, bike generators, raw food & nonviolent communication. Feel free to register your interest by emailing us.
Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Just days to go and we’re warming up for Saturday’s birthday celebrations.
There’s an exciting line up, and more information about workshops, activities and timings below.
Don’t forget to bring along seeds for the seed-swap, cakes for the cake competition and instruments for the jam.
There’s plenty of space for camping. Join the Grow Heathrow camping crew and bring a tent and sleeping bag. We also recommend warm layers, hot water bottles and friendly bodies to provide extra cosy heat.
If you can donate any mugs, please bring them along as we want to make sure everyone can drink tea!
Friday 27th February 7-10pm: Pre-birthday warm up activities
Interactive workshop and performance from XX the experimental theatre group.
Followed by permaculture and hip-hop workshop with KMT from May Gardens Project.
Saturday 28th February 11am – late: Birthday celebrations!
Tours, tea, live music, and food served throughout the day. Plus . . .
Seed sowing and swapping from Community Food Growers Network and Organiclea
Flag making from Heathrow Arts
Building with hemp
Umbrella upcycling workshop
‘The Making Space’, a space to explore, play and let your inner child run wild
And much more!
12:00 – 13:00: Home Education: A Real Choice?
13:00 – 14:00: Squatting 101
14:00 – 16:00: Reflecting on Past and Present Struggles, with David Graeber, Ewa Jasiewicz, Tristram Stuart and John McDonnell
Straw Bale Wellbeing Space
12:00 – 13:00: Social Auto-Healing Circles
13:00 – 14:00: Massage For The Masses
14:00 – 15:30: Kundalini Yoga
!!!!!!!!!!!! 4pm Cakes and speeches !!!!!!!!!!!!!
7pm onwards: Live music performances from acts such as Pete the Temp, Crazy Divine and Robin Grey, Dj’s till late.
A verbatim account from the miners, their wives and families, who took part in the Miners’ Strike 1984-85, reflecting the weekend’s theme of “Past and Present Struggles”
Regardless of the outcome of this year’s general election, or the misguided findings of the Davies Commission, the Heathrow villages have a vibrant future and will resist the expansion of Heathrow to the end. The celebrations will be a chance for us to connect with each other, a chance to cultivate a united front against the disastrous proposal for Heathrow’s 3rd runway in this crucial year.
Credit: Jonathan Goldberg
Time to celebrate the successes of the past 5 years, with one eye on how the make the next 5 even more fruitful!
PS it’s all hands on deck for the work week this week, come along for a day and get your hands dirty, big rewards of delicious food, entertaining company and the secrets to happiness.
Credit: Jonathan Goldberg
Posted: January 15th, 2015 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Who would have thought it? It’s been 5 years of growing tomatoes, learning how to use renewable energy, protecting from planes, pollution and capitalism and finding out about what community really means.. so it’s time to party…
Saturday 28th February 11am till late:
5th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! Expect workshops, guest speakers, fun and games, pizzas, live music, tours, the cake competition, late night djs, and more.
Friday, 27th February 7pm:
Sunday 1st March 3pm:
Post-Birthday Artistic Performance
Any Help Appreciated
Help us start the next 5 years with a bang by joining in with preparation throughout January and February.
We need help fixing, building and painting on site, cooking cakes and spreading the word.
Come to the Grow Heathrow site and join in with tasks, especially on a Thursday as that’s our community work day.
On the day, we’ll also need help cooking, entertaining the littluns, playing music and more.
Plus, don’t forget to come along to one of the many workshops running at Grow Heathrow over the next few months as part of Shazam 2!
What to bring
Cakes, instruments, activities, stories.
Warm clothes, a tent, sleeping bag and roll matt (we can provide some bedding and sleeping space under cover).
Warm food will be provided throughout the weekend, but any extras are appreciated.
Get in touch
Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Action, Uncategorized | Tags: activism, community, resistance | No Comments »
Any changes to the timetable will be updated on the website
Thursday 14th August
12pm Introductions / Grow Heathrow Q&A
1pm Lunch Break
2pm Guided tour of Grow Heathrow
3pm HACAN talk and Q&A with John Stewart: How local resistance beats airport expansion
4pm NOTRAG talk and Q&A: The Heathrow villages fighting the 3rd runway, plus plans for the future.
5pm Wellbeing session
6pm Guided tour of Grow Heathrow
7pm Know Your Rights training
9pm Live music
Friday 15th August:
*********** 8am Bailiffs Arrive ************
8am Onwards – General activities on site and outside the gate including: General resistance, music making, smoothie bicycle, wellbeing and more
If you want to help out with making the day run in any way, please let us know (examples include cooking meals, leading games, music sessions, improving the hot water system, bringing workshops etc)
Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Following the attempted eviction of Grow Heathrow on the 15th August, a free coach, 30 spaces, will leave Grow Heathrow towards Blackpool where we will continue to fight for corporate, social and economic justice at the Reclaim the Power camp. So you can stand in solidarity against airport expansion, and still make it to the camp to be part of the fight against fracking.
PLEASE EMAIL US KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BOOK A PLACE
Posted: July 29th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
There are still some places left for both days of Starhawk’s workshop “Making Rituals That Matter” 2&3 Aug. There will also be a free community ritual on the Saturday evening, all welcome but places are limited, especially if the weather is wet and we need to work indoors, so please let Sylvia or Grow Heathrow know if you are planning on being there. Starhawk is a long term political activist, permaculturalist and witch – see her website www.starhawk.org for more about her work.
Please note that the entire event will be drug and alcohol free. This is for various good reasons, which Sylvia will be happy to discuss more if anyone wants. Price for the workshops is on a sliding scale of £25 – £75 per day, but get in touch if you can’t afford that, no-one will be turned away for lack of money. Please get in touch to book, or if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07752 660177.
Posted: July 25th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
This movement is for cultural and spiritual sustenance, as well as for land and resources – full hearts as well as stomachs. Collective well-being should never have a limit.
Emotions were high in the run-up to Carnival. On the final day of preparations, whilst finishing off some of the final touches, Grow Heathrow was served a notice of eviction for the 15th August, 8:00am. First reactions were of stress, urgency and upset as the news slowly sunk in.
Carnival: a letting-off of steam, a temporary subversion of hierarchical relations, privileges, rules and taboos. “Like a flash of lightning, these moments illuminate a different world, a world created perhaps for a few short hours, but the impression which remains on our brain and in our senses is that of an image of the world we can (and did) create.”1.
The yurt was up, a space of care and love; massage and yoga workshops on throughout the day.
Healthy bike-powered smoothies were served up. Plants were happily given away. Kids got stuck into arts and crafts using recycled materials.
On the stage, Shop Floor Sessions, Al the Owl, Louise Loud Speaker, Sarah Bear, As One (Ian) and Antarma brought us all together in sing-along and dance. “Life is Amazing!”
Politics run deep on Carnival day. None of the events could take place without the largely voluntary work and enthusiasm of the town.
A big thanks to Phoenix for compering, Letizia for a cake to remember, Brenda for costumes, James Clarke for the marquee and Hillingdon Friends of the Earth for their presence.
Grow Heathrow: a triumph over private property, over hierarchy and privilege. A daring and experimental gamble, its first occupiers couldn’t have envisaged the many joyful years to come. Despite being given an ultimatum of sorts from the owners of the land, there is confidence this won’t be Grow Heathrow’s last involvement in Hayes Carnival.
Come and dance with bailiffs on August 15th, 8:00am. Arrive on 14th August for talks and workshops on how to peacefully resist our home and other homes threatened by Heathrow’s expansion.
1) HOLLOWAY, J. 2010. Crack Capitalism. London: Pluto Press.
Posted: May 6th, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
We have launched a new role at Grow Heathrow.
The ‘host role’ runs 3 days a week (Fridays, Saturdays 10-6pm and Sundays 2-6pm)
This is to ensure that all visitors are welcomed and tours / tea are available.
Get in touch to find out more about Grow Heathrow hosting, or to be in the pool of Grow Heathrow hosts – email@example.com
Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: Heather | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Thanks for all your help!
On Saturday 26th April, a team of volunteers made up of local residents, Hillingdon Play Association and Hillingdon Community Trust took up spades and trowels in a group effort to green Hayes Austin Estate. Austin Road Estate is a large area of housing made up of high rise flats looming over concreted playgrounds and 18 neglected raised beds. Hillingdon Play Association had been working with the community through group activities, and Grow Heathrow residents joined them and residents to beautify the raised beds together.
Starting at 9.30am, armed with trowels and compost and fueled on cups of hot chocolate and sandwiches we began preparing the beds, clearing away rubbish and weeds and pruning back overgrown shrubs. A planting plan to include shade tolerant, low maintenance perennials was put together, and local children were enthusiastically digging holes for a mixture of fragrant herbs, shrubs and flowers. We were also joined by a few volunteers from People and Planet who sped us to the finish line. Resident volunteers have taken over looking after each section of raised beds outside their flat, ensuring they’ll be watered and weeded.
Grow Heathrow and Hillingdon Play Association will be organising a follow up greening day in September where we’ll be doing some winter planting and maintaining the beds. Watch this space if you’d like to get involved!