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Grow Heathrow 5th birthday – Saturday 28th February!

Posted: January 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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: Pre-Birthday Performance

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 http://transitionheathrow.com/ info@transitionheathrow.com 07706602284

Grow Heathrow Vineries Close Sipson West Drayton UB7 0JH

 

 


TIME-TABLE

Posted: August 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

TIME TABLE

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

8pm Dinner

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)

 


Free Coach to Reclaim the Power following attempted eviction on 15th August

Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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

info@transitionheathrow.com

Donations welcome.

 

 


Making Rituals That Matter – Still Places Left

Posted: July 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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: sylviatriandafylla@yahoo.co.uk or 07752 660177.

 

 


Transition Heathrow at Hayes Carnival 2014

Posted: July 25th, 2014 | Author: | 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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The yurt was up, a space of care and love; massage and yoga workshops on throughout the day.

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Healthy bike-powered smoothies were served up. Plants were happily given away. Kids got stuck into arts and crafts using recycled materials.

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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!” 

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Politics run deep on Carnival day. None of the events could take place without the largely voluntary work and enthusiasm of the town. 

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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.

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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.

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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.


GROW HEATHROW HOSTING

Posted: May 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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 – info@transitionheathrow.com


Greening Project a Success!

Posted: May 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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!


Help us green Austin Estate!

Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, Growing Group, Uncategorized | No Comments »

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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


Local Community Music Workshop

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, music, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 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

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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


Introduction to Gardening – course at Grow Heathrow

Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gardening Club, Growing Group, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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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.
When? 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 aglormand@gmail.com or info@transitionheathrow.com