31 Oct 2014

Brent FoE says No to Fracking in Brent

Brent Friends of the Earth Press Statement

For Immediate release 31st October 2014

Brent FoE says No to Fracking in Brent

In response to London Local Energy's application for a licence to frack for shale gas in Park Royal, Brent, Ian Saville joint Co-ordinator of Brent Friends of the Earth (Brent FoE) says,

“We resolutely oppose fracking in Brent, or anywhere else, and urge Brent Council to turn down the application by London Local Energy to site a well head in Park Royal. Fracking is a dirty technology that may seriously damage our health, environment and is very likely to worsen climate change. Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel that will add to the dangerous levels of greenhouse gases in the environment. It should be left in the ground.

Regulatory systems are not strong enough to protect against leaks of toxic chemicals used in the fracking process. This threatens our soil and water supplies. Fracking uses vast quantities of water - in the region of 4 million gallons per well head – which are lost to public supply.

We cannot count on fracking to reduce our fuel bills. Instead we need to invest in renewables and energy saving to heat our homes.”

Brent Friends of the Earth have been lobbying their MPs and parliamentary candidates about fracking in London.

Ends.

For more information contact:

Ian Saville, Joint Co-ordinator of Brent FoE 07949 164793

Notes to editors

  1. Local news item about Brent Council's response to the drilling application http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/local-news/fracking-north-west-london-anti-fracking-labour-8022410
  2. BBC news item about the licence http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-29807091
  3. Brent FoE met with Glenda Jackson MP earlier this week to lobby her about fracking - http://brentfoe.com/content/fracking-lobbying-our-mps-and-new-threat-fracking-london
  4. Fracking is a dirty word. The Government is threatening to puncture our green and pleasant land with countless fracking wells in a headlong dash for gas, with little thought for local people. Shale gas is a dirty fossil fuel that contributes to climate change, and poses serious local environmental risks such as water contamination and shortages. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest it won’t lower fuel bills, and it risks taking much-needed investment away from renewables and energy saving. For more information visit www.foe.co.uk/fracking.
  5. Brent Friends of the Earth has a website www.brentfoe.com

30 Oct 2014

London Federation of Green Parties lectures 28/11/2014


Drs Mae-Wan Ho and Eva Sirinathsinghji, Institute of Science in Society: glyphosate herbicides and GMOs.
 
Alternative Energy and the Grid: Jurgen Huber
THE DISASTER OF HS2 - why are we here, can we get out? Stephen Plowden
London Federation of Green Parties lectures questions and discussion part1
London Federation of Green Parties lectures questions and discussion part2

29 Oct 2014

Humble Origins: An Exhibition of Art on Paper

Humble Origins: An Exhibition of Art on Paper
Thursday 30th October 2014 - Thursday 27th November 2014
12pm-6pm

PRIVATE VIEW Thursday 30th October 6pm-9pm

At BAR Gallery
4-5 Queens Parade, Walm Lane NW2 5HT


Exhibiting art that uses paper as its medium. Humble Origins looks at the diverse ways with which paper is still widely used for art. Despite the rise of digital and the move towards technologies in our everyday lives paper is still a fertile and cherished medium for artistic practice.

Expect to see a broad range of artwork including sculpture, drawing, installation, collage, pen & ink on paper, prints and more! All work is for sale and is affordably priced.
INCLUDING WORKS BY P.MURRY
a tripod of galactic witches
24(h)*28(w)
Mixed media
125
autobiography of a gargling opposum
38(h)*27(w)
collage
200


17 Oct 2014

Veg Growing Project


We've received a request from Elayne from Willesden Town Team:

I wonder if you would be interested in joining me to provide a project for the coming year about teaching young people between 8 and 14 about planting vegetables and herbs? I am undertaking a funding bid for ward working money (October next tranche of cash) to cover 3 areas: Poplars Ave (Sainsbury’s Willesden Green); the Post Office Willesden high Road; and Dollis Hill Tube Station. With 3 planters per location and 2 workshops (same children at each?)  

If you are interested please contact elayne.coakes@btinternet.com as soon as possible.

many thanks,

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Transition Willesden
Making Willesden Green

7 Oct 2014

P MURRY seems to be having a sudden solo art show

P.MURRY ARTWORK at FOOD FOR THOUGHT October2014
Contact 07736525187/ email:  yrrumuk@googlemail.com/ http://quadraoptica.blogspot.co.uk/

P MURRY seems to be having a sudden solo art show ( thanks to Brent Artists' Resource), from now until the end of October at the FOOD FOR THOUGHT café which incudes

The eccentric ideas of an artichoke
Mixed media
£75
The sixth obsessional stance of Lionel Prism
Mixed media
£75
Unfossilised artichokes emit odes
Mixed media
£75
A renewed wave of opposition to artichokes
Mixed media
£75
The unknown redemption of Lionel Prism’s artichoke
£75
You never promised me an artichoke garden, why not?
£75
Always an artichoke but never an architrave or an archmandrite
£75
Artichoke, the skinwalker
£75
 EAT, C.ART F.ART
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5 Oct 2014

Shahrar Ali slams Brent Council's racial discrimination appeal and internal investigation decision

Brent Green Party's Shahrar Ali slammed Brent Council's institutionalised denial of racism and repeated the party's call for an independent investigation into human resources and other matters at Brent Council in a letter to the Kilburn Times this week:

Please note that the Kilburn Times erroneously transposed quotes in the throd and fourth paragraphs. The correct version is:


One could be forgiven for concluding that the problem was institutionalised. In the words of the Judge, “No employer will admit to it [unlawful discrimination] and, indeed, discrimination is often operating at an unconscious level.” 


Shahrar Ali said 'One could be forgiven for concluding that the problem was institutionalised' - not Judge Henry.

30 Sep 2014

Is it time to set up a People’s Assembly in Brent?

The People's Assembly Against Austerity
Dear Peter,

Calling on all people living in Brent, please read this invite from some activists in Brent wanting to set up a local People's Assembly group. There'll be an initial meeting on:

Monday 6 October @ 6:30pm
Prince of Wales Pub,
101 Willesden Lane,
London NW6 7SD

Is it time to set up a People’s Assembly in Brent? 

The People’s Assembly against Austerity was launched last year to help organise nation-wide opposition to government austerity policies which are doing untold damage to working people and communities while allowing the super-rich to increase their wealth to unprecedented levels.
Since its launch, the Assembly has organised a 50,000 strong anti-austerity demonstration in London and has mobilised support for public sector workers’ pay demonstrations and for the Jarrow to London People’s March for the NHS. It is now mobilising for a huge turnout for the TUC’s Britain needs a pay rise demonstration in London on Saturday 18 October.

It has also established over 80 People’s Assemblies at town, borough and regional level around the country, and these have done a great deal to involve ordinary people in resisting cutbacks and other austerity-based attacks on their communities.

A number of People’s Assembly supporters in Brent now believe that it is time to consider establishing a People’s Assembly in our borough, and we are inviting a range of progressive thinkers and activists to a meeting to discuss the matter.

You are invited to this meeting, which will be held at 6.30pm on Monday 6 October at the Prince of Wales Pub, 101 Willesden Lane, London NW6 7SD (a short walk from the junction of Kilburn High Road and Willesden Lane).

We believe that there is an urgent need to step up resistance to attacks on living standards, workers’ rights, state benefits and on our local health, education and community support services. We believe that a People’s Assembly in Brent will help do that and we look forward to meeting you at the 6 October meeting and to hearing your views on what should be done.

Please contact us if you require further information about the People’s Assembly against Austerity or, alternatively, call the Assembly’s national office on 020 8525 6988 or look up the national website onwww.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk.
Hoping to see you all there,

Mary Adossides
                         Richard Lynch 
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22 Sep 2014

STOP COUNCILS USING TOXIC CHEMICALS


20 Sep 2014

Join the Greens at People's Climate March on Sunday


The World Leaders' Climate Summit in New York this September will be a key moment in the fight against climate change. The march organised in New York aims to be the biggest climate demonstration the US has ever seen, and over 900 solidarity events are planned globally on the same weekend.

The Campaign against Climate Change is helping to organise the People's Climate March in London along with many other organisations including Avaaz, 350.org, UKYCC, People & Planet, Operation Noah, Wake Up London, Oxfam, Art Not Oil, BP or not BP, CAFOD, UCL Students' Union, Greenpeace UK, Rising Tide...

Join the March! 12:30 pm Temple Place (Embankment) – Sunday Sept 21st

12.15pm - Multi-faith gathering in Victoria Embankment Gardens
1pm - March sets off. Just join the throng or march along with the Fossil Free bloc, the families and children bloc, the 'BP or not BP' Viking longship, the trade union bloc, the Bike bloc, the Queer bloc...
1.45-2.45pm - Rally in Parliament Square

18 Sep 2014

London Green Parties oppose Boris's Development Corporation in Old Oak/Park Royal

The following  motion, proposed by Brent Green Party, has been passed unanimously by the London Federation of Green Parties.

“We call on the London Federation of Green Parties and the Green Party GLA members to oppose the Mayor’s plans to remove local planning powers over the Old Oak/Park Royal area as we believe this undermines local democracy and may further worsen  social and housing inequalities in order to increase private profit.”

17 Sep 2014

Love and Marriage: an installation by artist Kevin Vincenzo Keating
























A centre piece of this years Cricklewood festival will be an installation by artist Kevin Vincenzo Keating. An art work called Love and Marriage will be displayed in Keyes rd NW2. The 10 ft sculpture made of a stainless steel arch and 35 wooden pegs is a humorous symbol of love, marriage, and human relationships in modern life. Kevin continues to exhibit his installations in the street and believes that here is a whole new audience of the public who never go to galleries or art events but love to see and interact with art in the street. The Cricklewood festival is on Saturday 20th Sept. 12-6pm. Activities will include an open mic and free portrait painting for the public by other Creative Cricklewood artists. The installation will remain at Keyes Road until the 23rd Sept. For info, Facebook, Creative Cricklewood or Kevin Vincenzo Keating. http://https://www.facebook.com/events/309686689216000/?context=create&source=49#

Solo exhibition by Henryk Terpilowski at the BAR Gallery


























This week sees the opening of a solo exhibition by  Henryk Terpilowski at the BAR Gallery, Willesden 17th - 27th Sept Henryk has been using the skills, processes and compositional ideas he has learnt from his background as a decorative artist to develop a highly individual expressionistic style of painting. Some of the results are presented in this show.

 All invited to the Private View Friday 26th Sept 6 - 9pm when further musical entertainment will be provided at the 'We Love the Blues' event at A Pop-up Wonderland - next door

14 Sep 2014

Shahrar Ali and Amelia Womack are the dynamic deputy duo for Greens May 2015


Shahrar Ali, the Green's Brent Central candidate at the 2010 General Election and a candidate for the GLA and European Parliament, was elected Male Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales earlier this month.

This is his first speech as Deputy Leader recorded at our Birmingham conference last weekend:


Amelia Womack, elected Female Deputy Leader, and an experienced member of the Young Greens also made her first speech at the Conference. Together with Natalie Bennett they are the team that will take the Greens into the General Election in May 2015 in which Greens are fighting hard to retain Caroline Lucas' Brighton seat.

21 Aug 2014

Willesden Fruit Harvesters


Hello all

We'll be holding a workshop to make jam and preserve fruit on Saturday 6th Septemberin Dollis Hill.  The session will start at 10am till mid afternoon and is at a group members' house.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.  Please bring lunch to share.

Cost £5.  You will get 2 jars of produce to take home.  To book a place contact Janetjcummins170@gmail.com or phone 020 3609 2105.  Numbers are limited, but we'll be having more workshops in coming weeks.
Fruit to spare?
If anyone has picked and frozen some blackberries or other fruit for our workshop, please let Janet know the type and quantity of fruit so she can plan her recipes.  She'll let you know where to deliver it.  Thank you!

Willesden Fruit Harvesters