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Autumn at Cranford Park

Posted: September 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Residents | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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This is an exciting month in Cranford Park. 

We are celebrating the world’s biggest coffee morning in one of the smallest gardens (Sunday 14th September, 10am – 12 noon). The event is in the Secret Garden (near the information centre and stables) as part of Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. We would be grateful if you could invite friends, make a cake or help on the day. There is an invitation attached.

On 20-21 September, the Berkeley stables, Secret Garden and St. Dunstan’s Church open their doors as part of London Open House weekend. There is an exhibition in the stables and members of the Friends will be in attendance to answer questions and collect memories. Sat. From 10.30am. On the Sunday (from 11.30am), classic motorcycles gather in the courtyard. Refreshments available, admission free.

Booking has opened for an open-air theatre production on 27 and 28 September (3pm).

Outline Theatre’s ‘Wheat to War’ is a celebration of local life and history, using song, dance and drama. Suitable for the whole family, the show features the coming of the Grand Union Canal, the building of the Great Western Railway and World War I, paying tribute to local heroes. Produced in partnership with the Imperial War Museum.

Tickets are £4 (four for £14, under fives free) via  www.outlinetheatre.co.uk, ortel. 01895 851936.

Cranford Park is served by bus E6, road access is beside M4 junction 3/A312 on The Parkway. Parking is free, satnav TW5 9RZ.

Coffee Morning invitation 2014

Spring at Cranford Park

Posted: April 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club, Growing Group | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


If you have thought of volunteering in the park, now is the time! Just turn up at one of Cranford Park Friends’ monthly sessions, meeting at the Secret Garden beside the Stables, on the second Sunday of each month… the next session is this coming Sunday April 13 at 10am (see below). No experience or tools are required.

Some other event highlights for the coming months are listed below. Other news in brief:

Repairs to the Stable Block roof, weatherproofing and ivy removal have been completed by the London Borough of Hillingdon’s contractor. So the building is weatherproof at last. Unfortunately there was a break-in in the early hours of March 9, the doors were damaged and some of our tools stolen. If you have spare garden tools you could donate to fill the gap, please contact the Secretary.

Towards a Lottery bid. LB Hillingdon has shown great faith in our group’s achievements by ring-fencing £25k to fund a Feasibility Study, the first step towards a Heritage Lottery Fund grant application. It has been declared a Hillingdon Improvement Project, for the buildings and park. Winning a Lottery grant will be a long and complicated job but success could mean wonderful enhancements, of benefit to the whole community. A Steering Group has been set up and the Friends are well represented on it. We hope you will be able to help us – more details in due course.

CRANFORD PARK EVENTS 2014 All events except *are free. Address: The Parkway (A312), Hounslow, TW5 9RZ.

Sunday 13 April, 10am – 12 noon. Secret Garden Opening & Volunteering. Help us prepare the garden for summer. Refreshments will be served to volunteers. The garden will open at the same time on the second Sunday of each month (11 May, 8 June etc.). The entrance is adjacent to the stable courtyard.

Saturday 26 April, 11am. Bluebell Walk. Join Countryside & Conservation Officer Alison Shipley for a guided walk through the bluebell woods. Meet at information centre.

Sunday May 11, 10am -12 noon. *Secret Garden Opening & Volunteering. *See above.

Saturday May 17, 11am. ‘Knights, Earls & Ghosts’ History Tour. A 90-minute guided history walk around Cranford Park. Meet at information centre.

Thursday May 22, 7.30pm. Cranford Park Friends’ Quarterly Meeting. Crane Community Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington (off Cranford Drive, bus E6). All welcome.

Sunday June 8, 10am -12 noon. *Secret Garden Opening & Volunteering/Balsam Bash. *See above. On the river we join the River Crane-wide event removing Himalayan Balsam, a highly invasive plant along the river. Please wear long trousers and long sleeve shirts.

Sunday June 22, 11am – 4pm. Grand Union Canal Boat Trip on the Elsdale. *(Members of *Cranford Park Friends and families only; booking essential). Departs from and returns to Packet Boat Marina, Packet Boat Lane, Cowley UB8 2JJ. A leisurely cruise and social event for members and their families. Free (donation of £3 suggested). Please bring a packed lunch. Licensed bar also serving hot and soft drinks. On-board toilets. Includes short talk on canal history, and local wildlife. Places limited, please book with Dhush Selvarajah, tel. 077180 43105, email dhush.selvarajah@groundwork.org.uk.

Saturday June 28, 11am. Butterfly Walk. Join the Countryside & Conservation Officer for a guided walk looking at the many species of butterfly found in Cranford Park. Meet at information centre.

Saturday August 2. Cranford Park Remembers. A friendly day for all the family with a medieval encampment, a memory wall where you can leave your park memories, activities for kiddies and more. The 18th century Stables and St. Dunstan’s Church will be open; tea garden refreshments. Details to follow nearer the date. Volunteers will be needed well in advance.

Saturday/Sunday September 20 and 21.* Open House London 2014.* Cranford Stables & Secret Garden and St Dunstan’s Church open. Members of the Friends’ History & Conservation working party will be in attendance.

Saturday/Sunday September 27 and 28, 3pm. *W*heat to War 1780-1918.*Celebrate local life in this hour-long outdoor spectacular for the whole family. Outline Theatre performs popular songs, dance and drama. A moving tribute to our local Great War Heroes, marking the centenary of World War I. Tickets £4 or 4 for £14, Under 5’s free; book online at www.outlinetheatre.co.uk. Box Office, tel. 01895 851936.

Local Community Music Workshop

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Projects, music, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »


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

Heathrow Villages awarded £7000 to create a Neighbourhood Plan

Posted: November 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Residents | Tags: , , , , | 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.”

Sun 15 Sep: Harvest Festival & Community Food Growers’ Network Jamboree

Posted: August 31st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 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

Cranford Park, balsam bashing and a secret garden

Posted: May 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging, Gardening Club, Growing Group, Residents | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Cranford Country Park

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 ashipley@hillingdon.gov.uk. 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.


17 March: Spring prep at Cranford park

Posted: March 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Gardening Club, Residents | Tags: , , , , | 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/

Be a friend of Cranford Park

Posted: January 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Events, Foraging | Tags: , , , , | 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, ashipley@hillingdon.gov.uk

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.

Reshuffle has “u-turn” written all over it

Posted: September 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Media | Tags: , , , | 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

Heathrow villages are blooming marvelous

Posted: May 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Growing Group | Tags: , , , | 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 info@transitionheathrow.com