Posted: January 24th, 2015 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: charity, cycling, palestine | No Comments »
Edinburgh to London: step on your bike and stand up for Palestine in tandem with 1,000 other fellow cyclists. Combine the challenge of cycling from Edinburgh to London with fundraising in support of a Palestinian children’s charity.
THE BIG RIDE will follow a stunning route from Edinburgh to London, clocking up an impressive daily mileage. From the Scottish Lowlands and Northumberland we cycle through Yorkshire and then head gradually southwards to London cutting a path through the middle of England. Following national cycle routes, we avoid the busiest and fastest roads in favour of natural surroundings, satisfyingly challenging distances with stops in some great cities along our capital-to-capital journey.
Event organiser Dermot MacWard describes his vision for the event:
“My friend Musheir El Farra lost 8 members of his family (including 5 children) in the recent war in Gaza. His sister Dr. Mona El-Farra the Vice President of the Red Crescent society for the Gaza Strip and Director of Middle Eastern Children Alliance has asked for help. Mona wants us to help raise awareness of the situation in Palestine and also help the children’s projects she’s involved with in The Gaza Strip.
Consequently we’re planning for 1,000 cyclists to join us in one of the largest mass participation cycling events of its kind in Britain. If you do nothing else this year – dust off your bike, pump up your tyres and oil your chain for a fabulous week of pedalling and help the people of Palestine.”
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Posted: March 13th, 2014 | Author: lundy | Filed under: Education, Events, Foraging, Gardening Club | Tags: cycling, growing, wild food, workshops | No Comments »
In addition to our weekly Growing Sunday and Community Workday Thursdays, we now have Workshop Week on the third weekend of every month and week lead up. Come down and join us for:
Foraging Friday (Friday of 3rd weekend of month)
Bike Workshop (Third Saturday of the month)
Introduction to growing workshop (Third Sunday of the month – now fully booked)
See EVENTS page for exact dates and CONTACT page to RSVP
Come and find out about what’s growing all around us and how we can use it in our daily lives. Elderflower fritters, spring green salads, scrumping apples….
All ages and experiences welcome!
Please phone Rose or Sam on to RSVP 07890751568
Learning together how to repair and maintain your bikes with tools and friendly support.
All ages and experience welcome
*workshops are donations based
Posted: August 15th, 2013 | Author: Lizzie | Filed under: Cool Projects, Education, Events | Tags: community, cycling, energy, P.E.D.A.L, sustainability | No Comments »
Grow Heathrow is looking for bike mechanics to help run our weekly bike workshop. It’s just a few hours in the afternoon. We can move the day of the workshop to a day that suits you best. Please contact us or drop by if you or anyone you know is interested.
Also any donations of allen bolts would be wonderful, as we’re quite low
Posted: November 16th, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Media | Tags: court, cycling | No Comments »
Grow Heathrow are back in court tomorrow facing possible eviction. Our hearing starts at 10.30am at Uxbridge County Court in Hayes, but supporters are being encouraged to get down there from 9.30am for a big show of support outside court. A critical mass bike ride will also be leaving at 9am from outside the Grow Heathrow gates heading to the court with a soundsystem.
We will be using #DefendGrowHrow on Twitter for updates from court and our website will be updated as soon as we find out any news. Thanks for all your support so far.
Posted: August 16th, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: activism, cycling | No Comments »
100 Days to Palestine from Harmit Kambo on Vimeo.
PEDAL have arrived in Palestine. After 4 months on the road having travelled over 7000km through 18 different countries (all by bicycle) they have made it to their final destination.
Since they arrived a few weeks ago, they have organised many meetings and gatherings and have already been involved in direct action – putting there bodies on the line as usual and announcing their arrival in style. The ’100 days to Palestine’ video above by Harmit Kambo maps PEDAL’s epic journey across the continent as they visited dozens of communities actively resisting forms of oppression and exploitation.
Although we at Grow Heathrow were sad to see some of our very finest crew head off for such a long time we couldn’t be prouder to learn that they have made it to Palestine. The dedication they have shown to make it all that way in what sounds like some difficult circumstances is amazing. PEDAL you should be proud!
Posted: May 6th, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Cool Projects, Growing Group | Tags: cycling, growing | No Comments »
This beautiful flyer says it all. At Grow Heathrow we’re rolling out 3 regular events. If making stuff is for you then get down to our crafternoon sessions every Tuesday from 2-5pm. If you want to learn how to fix your bike then bring your bicycle down and get involved with the bike workshop running on Thursdays from 1-5pm. And if you want to get your hands dirty with soil rather than oil then head down to the gardening club sessions running every Sunday from 2-6pm.
Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Residents | Tags: cycling, workshop | 1 Comment »
For about a month now local residents have been rocking up to Grow Heathrow every Thursday with their bicycles to come and learn how to get them fixed. The bike workshop is still in it’s early days so still needs people to spread the word but it’s looking good for the future.
The bike workshop is a place to come and learn how to repair your bike in a friendly environment. Some of us have the skills, some of us don’t. The emphasis is based on us all learning together. We’re not fully stocked yet but we have nearly all the tools and parts to fix any problem.
Why Bicycles? Bicycles are a great way to get around. It’s cheap as you avoid paying the rediculous London travel prices, it’s healthy as your body benefits from the exercise – and of course the climate likes it too. ONE LESS CAR!
If you have a bicycle that needs mending, or if you want to come and build a bike yourself then please get down to Grow Heathrow on a Thursday afternoon from 2pm – and why not bring a friend. The workshop can only grow through word of mouth.
Posted: March 22nd, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Cool Projects | Tags: cycling, P.E.D.A.L | No Comments »
On the weekend of the 20th and 21st March P.E.D.A.L. began its journey at Grow Heathrow in Sipson. The weekend saw two days of workshops on art & permaculture, environmental justice, storytelling, and discussions with Palestinian and Israeli activists. They then set off on Monday 21st March with a critical mass of cyclists starting at Grow Heathrow. The cycle procession went through significant sites in London of those involved in perpetrating oppression and those in resistance.
P.E.D.A.L. is a group of food growers, artists, community organisers, cyclists, and journalists, cycling from London to Palestine in 100 days in Spring 2011.
The living, breathing, cycling tool-kit leaves for the West Bank to support the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, and share stories, skills and strategies for resistance from the UK to Palestine. The bicycle caravan will be cycling in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli popular resistance movements- responding to the call-out from Palestinian civil society in 2005 to support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign. The ride will trace a trail of corporations complicit in the occupation, pollinate information about the campaign and support activists on trial for BDS actions. The group aim to join the dots of counter-cultures resisting injustice through Europe to the Middle East sharing stories, skills and strategies of resistance to create a cultural document for those working to end the illegal Occupation and the wider Global Justice movement.
Speakers along the way on the critical mass included Mortaza Sahibzada, the managing editor of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) eBook Series and Naomi Wimborne Idrisssi, the Secretary of Jews for boycotting Israeli goods. Presentations included stories of struggle and hope in the UK relating to the Palestine struggle outside the Israeli embassy, outside beauty product store Ahava in central London who sell Israeli goods on illegally occupied territories and then at Cable Street – the scene of historic anti-fascist and anti-racist riots back in the 1930s.
The final destination is Palestine and along the way they will stop at many locations across Europe and the Middle East. The purpose of PEDAL is to highlight the link between social and environmental injustices and how people across borders are responding to them in creative and innovative ways. This will be seen along the route they as they visit different communities where resistance takes positive forms. The choice of the bicycle as an empowering tool is designed to show the need for a life without dependency on fossil fuels and unsustainable transport.
PEDALler Andy Grange said:
“In 2011 we have seen explosions of people power across the Middle East. Across the world communities are fighting battles against economic, environmental and political injustice. Nowhere more do we see this than with the Palestinian people struggling for self-reliance, political rights, and liberation. PEDAL begins at an exciting time for popular movements fighting back.”