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The Big Dig 2018 - Queens Park Allotment

My daughter holds a caterpillar in her hand, determined to take the pale, earth covered creature home as a newly beloved addition to our family. She proudly introduces  ‘Pillar’ around the group of gardeners who, taking a rest from shovelling farm yard manure onto the allotment beds,  lean on tool handles and smile indulgently in turn. We all wonder whether it will become a moth or a butterfly, and we all want it far, far away from our budding vegetable plots.

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Added by Helene Latey on April 24, 2018 at 20:36 — No Comments

Kilburn Tube Station Planters - New Plantings

\uap>Standing with my two feet firmly stationed on the brick walls of the raised bed, I bend down, grab the underside of the large root ball and lift a sage plant high up into my arms, dirt loosening and crumbling down beneath it. The herb has reached shrub like proportions and I can barely see around its woody stems as I cradle its mass against my chest. As I jump… Continue

Added by Helene Latey on April 24, 2018 at 20:15 — No Comments

Brent Pure Energy - update

If any of you reading this work at, have contacts or influence at these places, please get in touch with me:

Alperton, ARK Elvin, Capital City, JFS, Kilburn Park, Kingsbury, Leopold, Michaela, Preston Manor, Wembley primary,  Wykeham  (Schools)  Wembley High Technology College

Chalkhill, Lonsdale, Wembley Health & Care, (Medical/Community centres)

Willesden Sports Centre

Now read on to find out why.....

Our first installation on Queens…

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Added by Nick Hartley on March 17, 2018 at 9:42 — No Comments

Foraging at the Cemetery

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\uap>Aged gravestones, inscriptions effaced by time, sit heavily at angles in ancient rows. Carved angels and women, draped in sorrow, melt into the stone plaques, their faces covered in lichen, their feet hidden in tufts of grass. Surrounding, covering and emerging from these stony beds: the unstoppable verdant life of goosegrass,… Continue

Added by Helene Latey on May 8, 2017 at 20:59 — No Comments

Kilburn Station Book Exchange

\uap>The bookshelf is a series of lime green squares, each holding a haphazard collection of books. Titles range from ‘Hermeneutic Philosophy and the Sociology of Art’ to ‘Around Bruges in 80 Beers’, from ‘Fundamentals of Industrial Administration Vol. 1’ to ‘Dragon Bones’. I crouch with curiosity, head tipped to read the vertical spines. My fingers track through tall hardbacks and thin dog eared paperbacks as I assess the titles, often pulling books out to read the blurb. I’m at the… Continue

Added by Helene Latey on April 8, 2017 at 20:02 — 2 Comments

Refugee Allotments at Queens Park Allotment

\uap>“We journey towards a home not of our flesh. Its chestnut trees are not of our bones.”

\uap>                                             – Mahmoud Darwish We Journey Towards Home[i]

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\uap>“My hometown, like the stars just blinking on,

\uap>Is somewhere on the other side of a wide, wide river  -

\uap>More sensation, more memory than town.”   … Continue

Added by Helene Latey on March 28, 2017 at 20:16 — 2 Comments

Worm Delivery

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" - Audrey Hepburn

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\uap>I arrive home, arms weighed down with Kilburn High road spoils, to find a small square box nestled against the door. The shopping bags thunk disregarded to the ground as I kneel to read the label on the box: “If not home leave in a cool/safe spot”. I… Continue

Added by Helene Latey on March 16, 2017 at 21:12 — 1 Comment

Meanwhile: Endings and Beginnings

January: darkened days, morning frosts melting into winter gloom, and an email sent around from the Meanwhile @ the Corrib organising team confirming that we’ve pulled out. We’re no longer going ahead with Meanwhile @ the Corrib community hub.

There’s a moment of mental disconnect when you receive bad news about something for which you’ve been holding out hope, however tenuous. Time seems suspended as your brain absorbs this disappointing information and then, with an almost…

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Added by Helene Latey on March 4, 2017 at 23:14 — No Comments

Meanwhile @ The Corrib: Beginnings

The Corrib Rest, 76-78 Salusbury Rd, NW6 6PA

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\uap>1. The central part of a wheel, rotating on or with the axle, and from which the spokes radiate.

\uap>2. The effective centre of an activity, region, or network.

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\uap>The large downstairs room at the Corrib Rest was positively thriving. Long held friendships and connections were… Continue

Added by Helene Latey on December 8, 2016 at 14:57 — No Comments

Meanwhile @ The Corrib: Planning

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\uap>“In every one of them, in spite of their diversity, their different people and settings, he found the same spirit, the same sense of people coming home to the place, to each… Continue

Added by Helene Latey on December 8, 2016 at 14:55 — No Comments

Meanwhile @ The Corrib: The Vision

I enter the flat to the overwhelming smell of buttery popcorn. The scent brings such strong associations that my mind relaxes into the expectation of passive movie night viewing. While we, the Meanwhile @ The Corrib planning group, are gathering together to view something, it will be a much more active viewing process than the popcorn suggests. We are at our ‘vision’ workshop, facilitated by local ideas development coach Emma Rae. The plan is to extract the individual Meanwhile @ The…

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Added by Helene Latey on December 5, 2016 at 14:04 — No Comments

Consulation for new bike infrastructure at Queens Park Gyratory

One minute action:Go to the consultation http://lcc.org.uk/articles/take-action-support-brents-carlton-vale-tracks  and click on Start survey.

Click "Yes" to agree to the proposals and give your details on the second page.

Ideally, in the comments box, add your thoughts on the scheme in your own words. Brent Cyclists suggest asking for: semi-segregated measures or "stepped" tracks on the…

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Added by josie warshaw on November 25, 2016 at 17:28 — No Comments

Consulation for new bike infrastructure at Queens Park Gyratory

One minute action:Go to the consultation http://lcc.org.uk/articles/take-action-support-brents-carlton-vale-tracks  and click on Start survey.

Click "Yes" to agree to the proposals and give your details on the second page.

Ideally, in the comments box, add your thoughts on the scheme in your own words. Brent Cyclists suggest asking for: semi-segregated measures or "stepped" tracks on the…

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Added by josie warshaw on November 25, 2016 at 17:21 — No Comments

Hedgerow Harvest

Kensal to Kilburn Fruit Harvesters Fryent Country Park Event

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\uap>Sunday 2nd October 2016

\uap>Fryent Country Park, Fryent Way NW9 9SE

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\uap>The undergrowth within the hedgerow is a tangled mass of thistles, bramble and nettles held together in stringy nets of coiling bind weed.  Littered amidst the tangle lie misshapen spheres of brown, gold, green and red: fallen apples. Crumpled flesh… Continue

Added by Helene Latey on October 12, 2016 at 13:22 — No Comments

Treading NW6

Unthinkable Drinkable Brent wine making event

\uap>Saturday 24th September 2016

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\uap>Tumbling, overflowing crates fill the front garden, mimicking the  flow of people spilling onto the pavement. Convivial chatter, bursts of laughter and many ready smiles pass between the… Continue

Added by Helene Latey on September 30, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

Resurgence & Ecologist magazines offered

Dear all

I have a series of more than 2 years worth of this wonderful and inspirational magazine (featuring the columnist and TTK2K member Leo Johnson what's more!).  Has been a great bonus to me to have these - but alas as I am travelling away they need a new home.  Do contact me... including ideas of a community space they may go to. 

Added by Carol Low on September 10, 2016 at 9:10 — No Comments

Old Stories for New Times: inspiration for sustainable living

Dear all 

\uap>Do have a look at the report Sue Arthur and I have put together about how we went about doing this Transition project.  We have added resources in case you want to do a similar project.  This has also been part of our evaluation to the Heritage Lottery Fund who part-funded the project.  

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\uap>We would also like to thank TT K2K and the core group who have been and continue to be such supporters of the concept from the beginning.  Your practical… Continue

Added by Carol Low on May 29, 2016 at 11:02 — No Comments

cultural geography of Kilburn

This is about Kilburn by Doreen Massey, a Kilburnite who’s just died and was an author of the Kilburn Manifesto about neoliberalism.

https://www.unc.edu/courses/2006spring/geog/021/001/massey.pdf ;…

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Added by Transition Kensal to Kilburn on March 20, 2016 at 9:50 — No Comments

Energy Coop Blues

Following on from my last post (hopefully not the Last Post!), finally met with the decision makers at Preston Manor School, Wembley: Head, Chair of Governors, Business and Site managers. I presented our offer (Saving on electricity of around £2700 a year, no cost to school, 5% to investors) and got some awkward questions in return.  What if a child were to climb on the solar roof and get injured? What if a hurricane were to blow a panel off and damage people or property? (answer: our…

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Added by Nick Hartley on February 11, 2016 at 13:01 — No Comments

Brent Energy Coop

Just wanted to let you all know that there is an Energy Coop functioning in Brent!

A group of us from TTKTK and Brent FOE started meeting about 18 months ago responding to FOE's campaign to get local schools to 'Run on Sun'.  (i.e install Solar PV panels) We looked at the various ways of raising funds, ranging from local council money (no chance with the cut-backs) through donations (as e.g. organised by 10:10) to forming a Coop, which we have done. I attended a meeting…

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Added by Nick Hartley on January 21, 2016 at 12:46 — No Comments

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