COB OVEN BUILDING WEEKEND IS POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC
Role of Resistance at Grow Heathrow
Grow Heathrow, is an inclusive, sustainable community project on the site of the proposed 3rd runway. We are committed to furthering positive social change through education, autonomy and campaigning.
We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic and compassionate people who understand the unique nature of Grow Heathrow as a squatted piece of land under threat of eviction, in a village fighting against airport expansion.
Grow Heathrow is a nationally recognized organisation, making front page news. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the most exciting and innovative projects of its time and participate from the ground up in real change on both a local and global level.
If you are interested in joining our group, we encourage you to read more about the project to see that you understand and support our aims.
Please email no more than half a page about yourself and experience, stating why you’d be good for this role and send any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 07904174031 to talk through any queries.
These roles are currently vacant and we expect to fill them as soon as possible. Please get in touch soon, as we may appoint people before the final deadlines . We will review applications on Monday 15th September and possibly again in October.
All roles will be supported directly by a relevant and fantastic Grow Heathrow member.
* Food Grower for Resistance
Will be part of growing group, growing fruit and vegetables on the Grow Heathrow site and propagating for the wider community.
Skills Needed: experience in organic food growing, site planning, communication with wider community, coordination of volunteers. Must be free some Sundays.
* Creative Design for Resistance
Will help with creative re-design of spaces, such as art and wood workshops. Will use arts to respond creatively to needs of collective resistance.
Skills Needed: experience in the arts / textiles / woodwork / architecture or all of the above.
* Events and Community for Resistance
Will be part of outreach team, helping organise events and projects at Grow Heathrow and in the local community, including regular workshops, skillshares and the annual Birthday Celebrations.
Skills Needed: Experience in outreach, planning and communication, coordination of volunteers, experience of working with people of different ages and abilities.
* Radical Health for Resistance
Will be part of wellbeing group and help sustain positive health in the community through facilitating good food consumption, alternative medicine and organising on-going workshops such as massage, yoga, meditation and conflict resolution.
Skills needed: Love, compassion, understanding, sensitivity, organisation, experience of groups. Strong culinary skills also useful.
* Radical Media for Resistance
Will be part of media team, working with local and national and online media to help share the aims of Grow Heathrow. Will liaise directly with other teams within Grow Heathrow to publicize their efforts and support their events. Will also facilitate general multi-media documentation of the Grow Heathrow project.
Skills Needed: Great if your media trained, don’t worry if not. Need experience with publicity / online media. Great if you have skills such as photography / film making, or know others who do.
Requirements for all roles: You will be required on site for minimum 1 or 2 days per week at Grow Heathrow (exact days flexible).
There is an expectation that people will, and will want to be involved in central Grow Heathrow activities as part of their role. Such involvement will include participation in some Wednesday night meetings, 7-9pm and Community Work Thursdays, 9.30am-5.30pm.
So long as it does not contradict any of Transition Heathrow’s project aims, any ethically entrepreneurial ideas for both individuals and the group as a whole will be welcomed and carefully considered.
For all roles, resources, warm sleeping space, philosophy, companionship, musical entertainment, places on workshops and meals when at Grow Heathrow will be provided.
Nearly five years later the group has cleared 30 tonnes of rubbish and runs a popular community space called Grow Heathrow with a bicycle workshop, food-growing club, renewable energy courses, and an art space.
On Friday the 15th of August, after a three year court battle, bailiffs arrived for the first time to evict the group and were met with nearly 200 people supporting Grow Heathrow to continue the project.
The bailiffs will be returning soon and the members of community garden are preparing with various resistance tactics. The group are trying to negotiate with the owner to buy the land with the support of John McDonnell MP and the Sipson Resident’s Association.
To follow their story see:
Video by film-maker Sean Richard
12pm Introductions / Grow Heathrow Q&A
A huge protest took place in Nantes on 22nd February, against the planned new replacement airport to be built at Notre Dame des Landes, some miles to the north. The organisers estimated some 50,000 protesters, who came in from supportive groups from regions all across France. There are reported to have been 65 coach loads of protesters who travelled to Nantes to take part, and 520 tractors, brought by supportive farmers from surrounding areas. The protests were put down with considerable force by the police, using water canon, rubber bullets and tear gas.
The full report is at Airport Watch, including an article from Le Monde, video of police response, and a blog from John Stewart of HACAN about the origins of the resistance to the airport.
In a blog about the huge demonstration, part of which turned in to rioting, at Nantes against the proposed new airport, John Stewart looks at how this protest came about – and its relevance to other large infrastructure projects in Europe. The Nantes protest organisers say as many as 50,000 people attended, from supportive protest committees from areas across France. The politics of this airport project have taken on national interest and significance, and also linked into opposition to “Les Grands Projets Inutiles Imposes” (useless, imposed mega-projects). The people passionately fighting plans for a new airport in unspoiled French farming countryside are linked to those opposing HS2 and other schemes like a high-speed rail in Northern Italy and cyanide-mined gold extraction project in Romania. All these projects have managed to get support from very disparate sections of society. They all have real doubts about the economics or the necessity of the project; also they have land, homes, countryside or communities to defend; there is significant local opposition; and they also attract in outside opposition, from people with a variety of perspective as well as environmental.
Grow Heathrow, the squatted community garden by Heathrow airport, celebrated it’s 4th Birthday on Saturday the 1st of March.
People came from Bristol, Cambridge and France to kick off the celebrations with ‘Three Acres and a Cow’ on the Friday evening- a people’s history of Britain through folk songs, stories and poems connecting The Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with the 80′s road protests and Occupy via the enclosures and Highland Clearances.
Over 50 folk sat down for a hot skipped meal to watch the show which included performances from ‘Crazy Dvine’, Mark Brown, storyteller Nick Hunt, and Keely Mills who is Poet Laurette for Peterborough.
Saturday morning arrived and saw 150 people pass through the gates for site tours, cob-oven pizzas, seed sowing and sunshine.
The highlight of the day was definitely the Cake competition which saw the site turn into a kind of amphitheater arena with the audience finding viewing points on piles of logs, the cabin and whatever else they could find!
Cakes were followed by some top speeches from local campaigner Tracey, John McDonnell MP, Grow Heathrower Sam and supporters of the project.
As the blight of the Heathrow Third Runway still threatens the village of Sipson, and the Con-Dem government continues its mania of austerity cuts, it was once again inspiring to see Grow Heathrow thriving- putting politics into practice and building community power in the face of economic, ecological and democratic crises.
To find out more about Grow Heathrow visit www.transitionheathrow.com
And to learnt about storyteller Nick Hunt’s new book ‘Walking the Woods and the Water’ see http://nickhuntscrutiny.com/
Music from 3 Acres and a Cow at https://soundcloud.com/crazydivine
Credits to Community Food Growers Network for blog and photos
Last week the local community cafe, ‘Com.cafe’ came to Grow Heathrow for a fun day out.
There were games, foraging leaves, arts, music, lots of muddy shoes and learning lots of new things.
Have a look at the pictures and watch this space for future events
* SAVE THE DATE: 4TH BIRTHDAY PARTY, Saturday 1st March *
The past year has been filled with more growing, renewable energy, sustainable building, and much more. 2014 will see us in to our 4th Birthday celebration at Grow Heathrow… (Yes, get ready)
Saturday 1st March from 1pm at Grow Heathrow. Plus Pre-Birthday performance, ‘Three Acres and a Cow’ Land Rights Performance, Friday 28th February from 5pm at Grow Heathrow
We’re breaking last year’s record of over 100 pizzas in our wood-fired clay oven, with a bigger feast, more face painting, seed sowing, arts, more live music and of course the famous bike-powered sound system. Bring your friends and family, and come on down…
Plus, check out our legal update here and come down to site to check out some of our 2013 additions such as the finished straw bale house, artistic totem pole, the new gasifying wood burner and help us kick off our 5th year with a bang.
See you there!
More info and address/directions here: