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Since the first Neighbourhood Forum meeting, the Heathrow villages neighbourhood planning committee have been working steadily behind the scenes. Have a look at some of the updates below.
- The picture above shows the boundary decided by the neighbourhood forum. The idea was to focus on the three villages of Sipson, Harmondsworth and Harlington, with the knowledge that it is more realistic to start small as a local neighbourhood plan is a big endeavourer, requiring lots of volunteered time and energy. The villages of Cranford and Longford can also get involved in neighbourhood planning at any point further down the line. We are now planning to get this formally designated by the council.
- Since our first neighbourhood forum meeting, we have decided to add another issue ‘health and wellbeing’ to our list of priorities for the area. (Other issues are housing, transport, enterprise, community spaces, green spaces and heritage.)
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 Transition Heathrow, or know someone else that might, then please email us with a proposal of what, when and how, by Sunday 29th March to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or give us a ring on 07706602284.
Education for the Future.
This morning polar bears from Plane Stupid, Grow Heathrow and London Mexico Solidarity visited the headquarters of Foster + Partners in London to express concern about airport expansion and destruction of the world humans and polar bears share.
Foster + Partners are the architectural firm contracted to build the new Mexico City airport which if it goes ahead will displace the rural communities in the area, and will cause a major ecological disaster for the valley of Mexico.
The People’s Front in Defense of the land ( Atenco FPDT ) have been mobilising since 2001 against the project of a new airport, and will continue to do so. And the movement grows.
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.
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.
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.
On Sunday 1st March, 1pm, Grow Heathrow’s 5th birthday presents “The Enemies Within”, a verbatim account from the miners, their wives and families, who took part in the Miners’ Strike 1984-85. It is their voices, as recounted to a group of actors from the Young Vic Theatre in the summer of 1985 and subsequently performed at that theatre, and 25 years later at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and the Barnsley Working Mens’ Club.
They describe the experiences they went through in the struggle for their jobs, their democratic rights, and the very future of their communities. And it is also a record of the brutal oppression and violence they were met with in the course of that struggle. Their lives were changed forever. As was the future of all trade unions. But the struggle continues. And their resistance continues… their voices can be heard just as clearly and passionately today.
Last weekend we hosted 2 workshops – one practical for transporting our goods, one calming for our spirits and minds.
Saturday 31st - Up-cycling a Shelving unit into a Flatbed Bike trailer.
Who would have thought of the possibility of transforming a bunch of shelves into a bike trailer? Well we’ve done it!!!
We’ve proven that you can create a quality bike trailer with a team of eager people and a bunch of materials received mostly from donations.
All parts were free except for the tow arm and a few nuts and bolts.
A whole day of planning, cutting, bolting, sawing and hugging warm cups of tea paid off and now the shelves are in use once more…… as a trailer.
The creation has been purchased by Thor, giving it a new loving home.
All the proceeds from this workshop have gone straight back into grow, helping us continue with further workshops and general sight stuff.
….The trailer has since been named Sady, after Thor’s dog who past away a while ago
Sunday 1st Feb – Intuitive Painting and Sound Healing workshop
After the previous days busy building day, Sunday became a day of calm and peace with our office being revamped into a meditative healing and painting space for the day..
With a range of percussion instruments, our bodies resonated with the sounds being created bringing us into a meditative, relaxed state.
There were no fixed music or rythm. We all played the instruments according to how we felt, being free to pick up any instrument and experiment and see what sounds are created.
Alongside being submerged in our acoustic senses, we were tactile with paint, chalks and pencils; releasing our energy onto paper . We did some mark-making going with whatever our minds felt right at the time. Our calming bodies drew squiggles and splodges not having to care whether each movement of our hand is a precise action or not. We let our creations be abstract, with no specific concept or object to draw. We expressed our inner child and allowed ourselves to be messy.
Thanks to all the facilitators for delivering this weekend of workshops and thanks to all the participants for attending. It was a truely fascinating and relaxing weekend.
Monday 16th Feb – Friday 27th Feb we’ll be creating spaces for workshops and sleeping, building a new woodshed, gardening, beautifying the site with signs and paints, wood chopping, preserving and more. Sleeping space, food and revolutionary company provided
So, it’s all hands on deck and any help during this time would be much appreciated. Give us a shout on our email – email@example.com – or call – 07706 602 284 – to let us know if you plan on coming down.
Here’s to 5 years of beautiful resistance, and many more to come!
There’s a new project starting in the Heathrow villages, called Harts, using community led arts of different mediums to combat the blight from the airport, encourage a more cohesive community, and cultivate a happy, healthy and sustainable community, for the long term.
Get involved at this launch project planning event!