Posted: November 4th, 2013 | Author: Holly | Filed under: Events, Residents | Tags: access to land, community, Harlington, harmondsworth, sipson | No Comments »
A group of residents from Harmondsworth, Sipson and Harlington have successfully bid for a £7000 grant to give villagers a greater say in future development and planning issues.
The money has come from the Community Development Foundation, one of the organisations administering a £9.5 million government fund to support communities creating a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.
The plans can deal with a wide range of subjects, such as housing, employment, heritage and transport, or may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance to local people.
Holly Crofter, a resident at Grow Heathrow in Sipson and now a member of the Heathrow Villages Planning Committee (HVPC) that will be using the grant, is enthusiastic about the project: “The Neighbourhood Plan will give our villages a say in development decisions that have, in the past, been difficult to influence in a meaningful way. It’s particularly important for this area, which has suffered the blight caused by airport-related development for decades.”
Having secured the grant with the help of the Harmondsworth and Sipson Residents’ Association and arranged for the charity Groundwork to accept the funds on their behalf, HVPC are eager to move forward with the process to draw up an approved Neighbourhood Plan. This includes finding seven residents from each village to join a Neighbourhood Forum.
A public meeting about the project is being held at St Mary’s Church Hall in Harmondsworth on Thursday 14 November at 7pm.
Harlington resident and HVPC member Christine Taylor is hoping for a good turnout: “To complete this project it’s vital that people from all three villages get involved. This is our chance to tell the planners and developers what we want in our area and, just as important, what we don’t want.”
Posted: August 31st, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club | Tags: community, Festival, growing, Harlington, harmondsworth, harvest, Hayes, Residents, sipson | 1 Comment »
The Community Food Growers’ Network summer harvest jamboree is coming up on Sunday the 15th September at Grow Heathrow.
Full information is copied in below so tell your friends and come along for an afternoon of gardening fun. The day will include horticultural games, workshops of many shapes and sizes, an allotment produce competition, a shared dinner and plenty of dancing.
Outline of the Day:
11:30 – 12 Arrive and have tea.
12 – 1 Site Tour of Grow Heathrow and practical Horticulture session. This is a chance to have a tour of the garden with one of the growers and learn more about the site. There will also be a parallel workshop on saving your own seed: an introduction to the politics, poetics and practices of seed saving in community gardens.
1 – 2 Lunch: Bring a contribution to share.
2 – 3 Workshops: ‘Growing to sell in a community food setting’ and ‘An introduction to the Landworkers Alliance and La Via Campesina in the UK’.
3 – 5:45 Horticultural games and allotment produce competition: The famous horticultural games will be held to include salad tossing, potato and knife race and sack race. Prizes and prestige to be won. Taste based allotment produce competition – entrants to bring 2 pieces of their best leaf, root and fruit, which will be judged on taste by a panel of experts.
6 -7 Closing CFGN plenary.
7 – 9 Shared Feast, Music and Dancing: Please bring along a contribution of your produce for the shared dinner, which will be prepared in the afternoon, or a contribution in kind. There will be music and dancing too.
Face painting and crafts alongside the events all day!
Allotment produce competition: Gardeners from all over London will be taking part in the great taste based produce competition. Anyone wishing to enter should bring along 2 pieces of their best root, fruit and leaf. Remember we are using botanical terms here so your tomatoes and cucumbers will be considered fruit.
Sharing Food: Bring along some of your harvest, or a donation to cover costs. Produce will be cooked up into a shared lunch and dinner with some special pizza from the clay oven.
Thanks to Jonathan Goldberg for putting together the awesome photo montage of our third birthday party: jongoldberg.co.uk
Posted: May 20th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group, Residents | Tags: community, conservation, cranford park, Harlington, Hayes, Residents, sustainability | No Comments »
Cranford Park has loads of brilliant events coming up, from balsam bashing to a bat walk and even an invitation into the secret garden.
This is a reminder that the next Quarterly Meeting of the Friends Group is this Thursday (May 23) at 7.30pm. It will be held at Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way (off Cranford Drive) and all are welcome. Bus E6 passes close by. I hope you will be able to join us to hear the latest about your park and contribute your views. The agenda and previous Minutes were sent to members on May 5.
This Sunday, May 26, the SECRET GARDEN (next to the Stable Block) will be open from 10-12 noon. Come and see how this is growing, thanks to our volunteers, and maybe lend a hand! There are always jobs to do: no experience is required, tools and refreshments are provided.
More Cranford Park dates for your diary – no booking needed unless stated. Meet at park information centre unless stated.
Sundays May 26, June 23, July 14, August 11, September 8, 10am -12 noon all dates. Friends Group SECRET GARDEN OPENINGS. Come to help with some light gardening or just to have a look at this special place (normally closed to the public) beside the stables. Tools and refreshments provided. Meet in the small walled garden, adjacent to Stable Block. (Friends & Macmillan Cancer Support).
Saturday June 1, 11am. BUTTERFLY WALK. Join the Countryside & Conservation Officer on the park’s ‘butterfly transect route’ identifying a wide variety of species.
Sunday June 9, 10.30am – 1pm. Friends Group with Thames 21 RIVER CRANE BALSAM BASH. Volunteers required! Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant, taking over large swathes of riverbank, yet it’s easy to remove at this time of year. Volunteers will be gathering all along the River Crane and Yeading Brook – help us include Cranford Park in the campaign! Refreshments provided.
Wed. 12 June, 7pm. RIVERSIDE HABITATS & SPECIES. A wildlife walk and talk around the River Crane. Bring wellingtons if you wish to enter the river, nets provided. Please book with Alison Shipley firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 01895 250647.
Wed. 19 June 8.30pm BAT WALK. Evening twilight stroll looking for bats, using bat detectors. Please book with Alison Shipley (as above).
Sat. June 29, 11am. ‘Knights, Earls & Ghosts’, FREE HISTORY TOUR. Follow in the footsteps of some interesting characters from the past as we show you the park’s historical highlights.
Sun. 14 July, 2pm FORAGING WALK & TALK. Looking for free edible produce our doorstep. Includes cooking tips. With Sam from the Grow Heathrow project.
Sat. 27 July, 10.30am – 1pm. Friends Volunteer session with Thames 21 CLEARING VEGETATION NEAR RIVER BRIDGE. Volunteers wanted to help open up views of this important historical feature. Tools & refreshments provided.
Posted: March 9th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club, Residents | Tags: community, cranford park, friends of cranford park, Harlington, Hayes | No Comments »
Come along to Cranford Park to help with light gardening, including sowing wild flowers, or just to have a look. All welcome, bring the family.
Sunday March 17, 11am – 1pm. ‘Secret Garden’ Spring preparation
Tools, good company and light refreshments provided. Meet in the small walled garden, adjacent to the Stable Block. This, we hope, will be the first of many openings of the garden this season (with Macmillan Cancer Support).
More information about the group can be found at – http://www.cranfordparkfriends.org/
Posted: January 19th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: access to land, Harlington, Hayes, sipson, wild food | No Comments »
The fantastic Friends of Cranford Park are running some awesome events.
Grow Heathrow (currently known as Snow Heathrow) will be be going to the winter tree identification walk at 11am, Sunday 16th February. Meet at the Cranford Park visitor centre.
Join the Friends of Cranford Park Facebook, or follow @cranfordpark for the latest updates.
Outdoor events take place whatever the weather. Unless stated otherwise, please meet at the park information centre, near car park.
Second Thursday of every month, 10am – 1pm Cranford Park Volunteers
Feb 14, March 14, etc. Help with a variety of jobs in the park and woodland. Meet at park information centre. Contact: Alison Shipley, email@example.com
Third Thursday of every month, 11am. Feb 21, etc. Cranford Park Healthy Walk. Brisk two-mile stroll in friendly company. Why not include this as part of your new year fitness regime? Led by Countryside and Conservation Officer Alison Shipley.
Saturday February 16th, 11am. Winter Tree Identification. A winter wonderland walk through the park with tips on how to identify trees when not in leaf. Hear about historic uses for trees and how to assess their age. This event has been rescheduled from Saturday, January 19th
Friends Event: Sunday February 3, 11am – 1pm. Tall Tales and Trash!
Everyone welcome to join a community litter pick, hearing tales from Cranford’s exciting past and identifying wildlife as we go. Hear some true stories about your park and help smarten it up at the same time. Gloves, tools etc provided. Led by Bob Barton (CPF) and Billy Coburn (Thames 21).
Friends Event: Thursday February 28, 7.30pm Cranford Park Friends Meeting. Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington UB3 4LW (Bus E6)
General meeting following on from our AGM in November. All welcome.
Saturday March 2, 11am. Signs of Spring! A guided walk around the park looking for spring’s first stirrings. Led by Alison Shipley (LBH).
Friends Event: Sunday March 17, 11am – 1pm. ‘Secret Garden’ Spring preparation. Come along and help with some light gardening, including sowing wild flowers. All welcome, bring the family. Tools, good company and light refreshments provided. Meet in the small walled garden, adjacent to the Stable Block (with Macmillan Cancer Support). If there a garden enthusiast who would like to help lead this on the day please contact Bob Barton.
The Green Spaces Events Booklet details activity in parks throughout the Borough of Hillingdon and includes the above events.
Posted: September 12th, 2012 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Media | Tags: Harlington, harmondsworth, sipson, third runway | 1 Comment »
Like the steady roar of planes coming in to land over West London, the aviation industry keeps droning on about expanding London’s airports. Last week’s reshuffle shows Cameron and Osborne are listening to them too.
Justine Greening and Theresa Villiers, two Ministers with whose opposition to the third runway was well known, have found themselves shunted out of the Transport Department. A Number 10 official sniggered that Greening would “have plenty of time to think about runways as her flight to the next developing country circles the airport yet again.” (Which doesn’t even make sense, because why would a plane flying to a developing country be circling at Heathrow? Unless Cameron thinks the UK is a developing country? Anyway, I digress.)
Cameron and Osborne have established an inquiry to look into “the scale and timing of any requirement for additional capacity to maintain the UK’s position as Europe’s most important aviation hub”. Lest this loaded question prove anything other than a licence to lay tarmac, they asked the former head of the Confederation of British Industry, Howard Davies, to oversee it. Davies was once a special adviser to the climate change denier Lord Lawson. He had to leave the LSE after he was busted for nodding through some chunky donations from Gaddafi’s son. Davies won’t decide to build a third runway until 2015, which means all three parties get to run on a “no third runway unless the commission tells us to build it” platform at the next election.
Residents needn’t worry though, because Boris Johnson is on the case. He’s set up a rival inquiry, proving that the invisible hand of the free market will ensure competition. The Mayor’s inquiry will report in 2013 and, like the government’s commission, will conclude that we need lots of more runway space, because that’s what it is being asked to do. Given that no one is going to build a runway in the Thames Estuary – his preferred solution – Boris gets to oppose the third runway while making it ever more likely that Sipson and Harmondsworth will be buried under tarmac.
None of this means that the third runway will be built, of course. The strongest argument against it isn’t climate change, it’s that the damned thing has no purpose. There is bags of spare capacity at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports, which is why Virgin Atlantic was able to offer new routes between London and Manchester days after losing its West Coast train franchise. Using all that spare capacity would be stupid, of course, because flying causes climate change, makes loads of noise and pollutes the air we breathe. But let’s not forget it’s there.
This blog post was taken from the Plane Stupid website
Posted: May 2nd, 2011 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Growing Group | Tags: growing, Harlington, harmondsworth, sipson | No Comments »
Transition Heathrow have teamed up with Harmondsworth village allotments to bring you a community project to brighten up the villages with hanging baskets and public flower beds.
After the crazyness of last Thursday with 40 riot police rudely invading Grow Heathrow, we are moving on to concentrate on more serious business. On Sunday 22nd May from 10am at Grow Heathrow there will be a day of planting up hanging baskets and containers for residents to take home to hang around the neighbouring villages.
One week later on Monday 30th May, again from 10am at Grow Heathrow, we will have a day dedicated to planting up all the flower beds in the area. In the meantime we’re asking all local residents to drop off there hanging baskets in preparation to The Vicarage in Harmondsworth or to Grow Heathrow in Sipson.
If you want any more information or have any other ideas to bring to the project then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: November 26th, 2009 | Author: Joe | Filed under: Residents | Tags: BAA, community, Harlington, Moving in | No Comments »
After months of planning, in early October, Transition Heathrow finally took off. After moving into a house in the lovely village of Harlington we finally had our platform to start the project.
So far we have been settling in and meeting local residents, listening to everyone’s ideas and views on how the local community feels about the area, the people and the bastards BAA.
It was immediately clear that there is a massive sense of community spirit round here. Locals waving to each other in the streets and visiting each other for cups of tea.
We have been made to feel very welcome. After announcing ourselves at a meeting organized by our local Labour MP John McDonnell (legend) the audience seemed extremely enthusiastic.
Quite frankly, I can’t think of a better place in England to bring the transition town model to; with the attitudes of the locals I am more than confident that we will succeed in our aims.
This month we’re ready to get stuck in on the ground and have plans to organize a film showing before Christmas and Copenhagen to formally unveil ourselves.