Posted: June 10th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Events | No Comments »
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
Posted: June 10th, 2014 | Author: Eddy Gums | Filed under: Education | No Comments »
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!
Posted: May 26th, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Education, Energy, Residents | Tags: com.cafe, community, food, Residents, sustainability, wild food | 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
Posted: May 22nd, 2014 | Author: Ian | Filed under: Art, Events, music | Tags: jamming | No Comments »
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.
Posted: May 10th, 2014 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: garden, wild food | No Comments »
April was a loads of fun; 30 of us came down and learnt how to identify the mustard family (brassicaceae), which has no poisonous plants, as well as the springtime linden (tilia spp.) leaves that are offering massive free salads all over London. We also spent some time considering the risks of foraging, codes of conduct and the law. A big thank you to everyone who came, all inspiringly enthusiastic, and also to our favourite photographer Jonathan Goldberg for these kickass snaps.
Now it’s May, the first few hogweed (heracleum sphondylium) flowers are just beginning to bud. Our site is covered in hogweed, having been derelict and neglected for so long, which means we’re able to steam pots full of dozens of hogweed flower buds every day in summer. Like an abundant wild asparagus, it’s gobbled up. And even if we didn’t live in a sea of it, it’s handy that each plant will live an extra year if all of its flowers are harvested.
But hogweed is part of the carrot family (apiaceae), which contains deadly poisonous species. Many people have heard of one cousin of the carrot, toxic giant hogweed (heracleum mantegazzianum), for the extreme sunburn rashes it causes when touched. The rashes can become scars that last years, and there’s plenty of giant hogweed growing along Cranford Lane as well as the Grand Union canal west of West Drayton.
We’ll start the workshop off with some very civilised nibbles – hogweed stems with hummus: they’re like a refreshing, slightly citrussy celery. We’ll learn how to tell the difference between toxic giant hogweed and edible common hogweed, as well as how to look for warning signs that wild plants may be in the dangerous carrot family. There’ll be some fun activities in pairs and groups to recap the day as well as handouts to take home. All that brain strain will be rewarded with a hike round the site harvesting, and then steaming the goods.
You’ll need to book in advance to be able to take part as this Month the workshop will have a cap of 12 foragers to be able to move quickly and fit all of our activities in. The suggested donation for the workshop is £8 for people on high or average wages and £3 for low waged and unwaged people. All donations go 100% to Grow Heathrow, paying for bike workshop tools, rice and bog roll. If money’s not ideal, you can donate your time washing up
Book by leaving a comment here with your first name, which should take 10 seconds. If you don’t have internet access then just let a resident know your name face to face or on the phone. You can also check out our travel info and videos about the site.
I’ve been enjoying a couple of foragers’ web pages a lot recently, Chester-based Eden Wild Food and London-based Ipso-phyto. They’ve got fantastic seasonal photos of local wild food, so check them out if you like the sound of that. They also both offer guided walks and workshops.
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 30th, 2014 | Author: Musicraft | Filed under: Growing Group | Tags: access to land, community, food, garden, growing, Residents, sipson, sustainability, transition | No Comments »
Parsley, Sage and Chives, fresh from the Grow Heathrow meadow, given in away in the local post office on a donations basis.
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Posted: April 25th, 2014 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Cool Projects, Events | Tags: Radical Housing Network | No Comments »
As part of the Radical Housing Network, we’re pleased to announce…
The Housing Weekender, 2014
The Weekender is on the 26th and 27th April. It’s a collaboration among groups from across London, who work on a whole range of housing issues including private renting, access to welfare, squatting, co-operatives and social housing.
Please Note: All events are FREE and no booking required
DAY ONE: Saturday 26th April
Events happening across London.Click here for FULL SCHEDULE
NORTH WEST LONDON
INEQUALITY BUS TOUR
The Housing Inequality Bus Tour is coming to you!
OUR CITY IS FOR LIVING IN
A HOME IS YOUR RIGHT
We are bringing: Music////Refreshments/// Useful information that can help with your housing problems///// Hop on the bus to find out more about what is causing London’s housing crisis and what we are doing about it.
The Google Map route of the Bus Tour.
Haringey Housing Action Group (HHAG) will be hosting their monthly meeting
Sat 26th April ///// 10am-12 midday ///// North London Community House, N17
Our Tottenham and Haringey Private Tenants Action Group (HPTAG) will be holding an info stall in Tottenham (opposite Bruce Grove Station, on the high road) between 1pm-2pm to give out information about the Our Tottenham Network and all campaigns to improve housing and support people to set up action groups in threatened estates in the area.
Saturday 26th April///// 12-1pm ////Hackney Town Hall
Join Digs and tell the council the private rented sector needs to change.
We will be sharing and listening to stories, playing renter bingo and presenting our dossier of stories to the council – come and meet councillors and tell them your story.
Over the last months Digs has been collecting tales of renting in Hackney. We will be presenting these stories to the council so they can’t claim ignorance on these issues, and we’ll be demanding longer tenancies and council action on profiteering landlords.
A night of films celebrating the struggle for decent housing in our communities
7.30pm til late, Saturday 26 April ///// St. Matthew’s Tenants Hall, 10 St. Matthew’s Rd, SW2 1NH/////Drinks and other refreshments will be available
We’ll be showing a series of short films which give an insight into housing activism, past and present, and provide acknowledgment and encouragement both to those who are precariously housed and those fighting to combat this social ill. They will include contemporary projects, such as the campaign to save and expand social housing in Cressingham Gardens, and inspirational examples from recent history, such as the co-operative living spaces established by the Brixton Faeries in the 1970s.
Organised by Lambeth Housing Activists and Lambeth Renters.
Happening in New Cross, Southeast London. For full programme click through to New Cross Programme page
Library: New Cross Learning, 283 – 285 New Cross Road, SE14 6AS
- 2pm – 3pm: Various Housing Shorts [FILM]
- 3pm – 4pm: Despite the City (1988) [FILM]
- 4pm – 5pm: SE London Co-ops Forum Presents: How Can Local Politicians Help Co-operatives Solve the Housing Crisis? [DEBATE]
- 6pm – 9pm: Grasp the Nettle (2013) [FILM]
Cafe: Café Crema, 306 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AF
- 1pm – 2pm: Jon Glackin: Street Homelessness [SPEAKER]
- 2pm – 3pm: Owen Hatherley – Urban Blight [SPEAKER]
- 3pm – 4pm: Jon Broome – Self-Build [SPEAKER]
- 4pm – 6pm: Give Us Space (2014) [FILM]
- 6pm – 8pm: Housing Hangout Space, light entertainment and drinks
DAY TWO: Sunday 27th April
For FULL PROGRAMME click here
33-37 MORELAND STREET, EC1V 8BB
11-12.15: Media Training
Lots of groups find that engagement with the mainstream media is a useful way to further their aims, but not everyone is confident in dealing with journalists to get the best results. It would be great to see more housing groups getting their voices heard. This practical training session will be led by Joe and Theo, who have been part of various grassroots campaigns including the Plane Stupid campaign against aviation expansion, and the Squash campaign against the criminalisation of squatting.
MIPIM is the world’s biggest property fair, where our cities and communities are bought and sold. It brings together developers, speculators and politicians for a week of back-scratching and champagne. The Radical Housing Network is part of a cross-European network organising opposition to MIPIM. In October, a special UK event will take place in London. Come along to find out more, and plan for action in the coming year.
Ever thought about setting up a housing co-op? Or maybe building your own home? Or perhaps you would like to know more about Community Land Trusts and other means of community engagement with local planning and property ownership? This session will look at ways that people are working within and outside the broken housing system to find alternative ways of gaining control over their housing and getting the homes they want and need.
We will be joined by Jon Broome, a leading self-build architect who worked with Walter Segal; Rob Morris, co-founder of the Drive co-op in North London and active member of Radical Routes; and London Community Neighbourhood Co-op, an ambitious a live/work/community space in Westminster based on sustainability, affordability and accessibility.
12.30-4.45: Action planning and preparation
Throughout the afternoon, we will be planning and preparing for a housing action in the near future. Come with ideas, energy, cardboard boxes, and maybe some for sale signs?
2.15: Understanding the Crisis
Danny Dorling is Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. His recent book, All That Is Solid (2014), argues that the solution to the housing crisis lies not in the construction of more homes, but in addressing the root cause: inequality.
Liz Davies is a housing lawyer and Chair of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. She is particularly interested in homelessness and social housing allocations, and is co-author of Housing Allocation and Homelessness (2012).
Join us to look at the causes of the housing crisis and start thinking about some of the solutions.
2.30-4.30: Law surgery and advice training
The first part of this session will be a workshop on homelessness and eviction, looking and where and how to seek legal help when facing these issues. It will be equally useful for people who would like to be able to give advice and support, and those actually facing these problems right now.
The second part of the session will be an open law surgery – so if you have questions around housing and homelessness that need a lawyer’s thoughts, come along.
3.45: Organising and Action
Defend Council Housing, London Renters, Squatters Legal Network and Lambeth Housing Activists will discuss their diverse tactics and experiences of organising in the face of the housing crisis. Together with the other groups in attendance we will think about how we can better organise across tenure and locality to develop a join-up opposition to housing injustice, and what kinds of organising and action work best for us.
This will provide an opportunity to share the events of the weekend, including the Saturday events in Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth, New Cross, and Barnet, as well as the sessions throughout the day on Sunday. In particular, we we hear the plans and proposals for action, and feedback on how we can move forward together.
In New Cross:
Little Homes////Children and families event
Time: 2-6 pm////
Location: Sanford Housing Coop (House Zero), Sanford Walk, SE14 6 NB
Creative workshop for children and families exploring alternative housing solutions. Children will build and decorate their own houses using cardboard and colours. The workshop is run by some of the Sanford Housing-Coop members and members of We Love Cardboard.
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