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!
Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Author: lundy | Filed under: Cool Projects, Growing Group, Uncategorized | No Comments »
If you’d like to get involved in helping your local community bloom and beautify, grab your trowels because now is your chance. On Saturday the 26th April at 9.30am, we’ll be joining volunteers and locals on Austin Estate to re-vamp their neglected raised beds and add a splash of colour to the estate.
We’ll be pruning and clearing up the beds, re-conditioning the soil, and then planting a mixture of woodland perennial shrubs and herbs. We’ll also be skill sharing on shade tolerant, low maintenance perennials for easy gardening.
There will be food and drinks provided for green fingered volunteers.
Any age or skill level is welcome and there will be lots to learn and do. Please bring tools such as secateurs and gloves if you have them. We need your help to make it happen!
We’ll be starting at 9.30am and working throughout the day, so feel free to drop in for all or just a bit of it and help us green the Austin Estate. For more information please contact info(at)transitionheathrow.com or call 07890751568
Posted: April 3rd, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Cool Projects, music, Uncategorized | Tags: art, community, Harlington, Residents, transition | No Comments »
COMMUNITY MUSIC WORKSHOP
Every 2nd& 4th Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm to 9pm
Our first Workshop is on Tues 11th March at 7.30pm
Venue: St Peter & St Paul’s Church Hall, St Peter’s Way, Harlington
Come along and learn to sing as part of our new community choir and play various percussion instruments. You will also have the opportunity to learn the piano, keyboard, flute, guitar & ukulele.
People of all ages are welcome – we promise lots of fun!
For more details please call 07900 340 556
Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group, Uncategorized | Tags: access to land, garden, growing, sustainability | No Comments »
Come and learn how to grow abundant and healthy fruit and vegetables in an organic way at the Community Market Garden GrowHeathrow this spring!
What? This course is for those who want to gain basic horticultural skills, build knowledge and confidence of organic foodgrowing within a community garden context or at home in your garden. Designed to build basic and technical skills through a combination of practical training within the Grow Heathrow growing space along side supported theory sessions on these methods of growing.
Running through 5 sessions from March – July 2014; 10am-4pm Lunch provided. One Sunday a month confirmed dates;
- 16th March
- 20th April
- 18th May
- 15th June
- 20th July
Where? Grow Heathrow site with potential trips to local allotment and growing sites. Site address; Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JH
Course Content that will be covered over the 5 sessions:
- 1. Planning a Growing Space; Organic vegetable garden design techniques including site and location, crop rotation and companion planting.
- 2. Soil Care; study of different soils, and soil cultivation techniques; a look at composting, mulching and green manures for soil care.
- 3. Propagation; Indoor seed sowing techniques, and how to prepare ground for sowing and planting. seedling aftercare
- 4. Seasonal garden maintenance; specific techniques for vegetable and fruit production. organic weed management, home made organic fertilisers, appropriate tool -use and ongoing care.
- 5. Inviting Wildlife; enhance biodiversity in the garden to help with pest and disease management. Basic plant identification
Suggested donation for the full 5 sessions £30 for food and printing costs (open to sliding scale donations according to what people can afford, contact for more information)
Each session will build on the previous ones so commitment and attendance for the full course is required. Drop-in gardeners are welcome at our Growing Sundays, the ‘Introduction to Gardening’ course is for people who can attend all sessions.
Spaces are limited, please send confirmation by the 9th March. We’d especially like to hear from people living in the local area and who’ve been involved with GH in the past, but all are welcome. Get in touch with any questions or come to Grow Heathrow’s 4th Birthday on Saturday 1st March, you can speak to someone in the Growing Space and have a look around the site.
We’re really excited to be able to offer this course, we look forward to hearing from you!
Contact: Aimee Lormand, 07592945249 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Posted: October 14th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Events, Uncategorized | Tags: cranford park, friends of cranford park, Residents | No Comments »
Message from Cranford Park:
Book now for one of the highlights of our year, the HALLOWE’EN SPOOKY SPECTACULAR on Thursday 31 October at Cranford Countryside Park. As this is a popular (and free) event, booking is essential (see below or poster attached for details).Join a group of actors for a ghostly walk around the park. There are three ‘showings’, one for children and two for adults – please specify which when you book.
3.30pm: For accompanied children. Make Hallowe’en lanterns followed by a spooky talk and ghostly walk at 5pm.
7pm & 8pm: For adults. Ghostly walk and terrifying talk for adults.
How to book: Booking is essential, please do NOT reply to this email but reserve spaces with Countryside & Conservation Officer Alison Shipley. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01895 250647.
HEALTHY WALK. Thursday 17 October 11am. A brisk 2-3 mile walk around the park in good company. No need to book.
AUTUMN COLOURS WALK. Saturday 9 November, 11am. Guided walk around the park enjoying the beautiful autumn colours in good company. No need to book.
Advance notice: Cranford Park Friends AGM - Thursday 21 November, 7.30pm Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way off Cranford Drive, Harlington UB3 4LW. All welcome.
For all events except the AGM please meet at Information Centre, Cranford Park, The Parkway (A312) Harlington/Hounslow, TW5 9RZ
Thank you all VOLUNTEERS who have been busy around the park, especially the Woods, in the Secret Garden and clearing ivy from the Ha-Ha wall, an 18th century historic feature near the Information Centre. To see photos of this and the park’s amazing variety of wildlife – including kingfishers, owls and weasels – read member Wendy Marks’ fascinating October blog here:
Calling all CYCLISTS and JAZZ MUSICIANS. A group interested in doing easy, level and (mainly) traffic-free cycling around Cranford Park, Minet Park, Heathrow Villages and West Drayton areas is being started. It will go at the pace of the slowest rider. We are also looking for trad jazz musicians/ skiffle players who might like to help stage an event next year remembering Ken Colyer’s Crane River Jazz Band which began around Cranford Park in the 1950s. For either of these please reply to this email.
We hope to see you in the park again soon.
Posted: October 7th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Join Grow Heathrow on a foraging excursion in Hyde Park!
Meet at Hyde Park Corner tube // Sat 12 Oct // 4pm
Posted: September 24th, 2013 | Author: lundy | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Work and play weekend this weekend. Work AND play - come on you know you want to! It’s meant to be sunny right?
We’re starting on Thursday and finishing on Monday, would be great to see you down here.
Posted: March 24th, 2012 | Author: matt | Filed under: Media, Uncategorized | Tags: community, newsletter | No Comments »
This Thursday, Grow Heathrow was left virtually empty as everyone got out and about in the Heathrow villages, delivering our newly pressed Newsletter Number 5. Around ten of us delivered nearly 2000 newsletters to residents in Sipson, Harmondsworth and Harlington.
Inside this issue: Tar Sands, Birthdays, Court Dates and more…
A PDF copy of the newsletter can be downloaded here.