Green Screen Film Club, Ham

Ham United Group are launching a monthly film screening at Ham Library new community annexe. This will be called Green Screen and will focus on environmental and innovative films.

The free launch is a screening of Plastic Shores on Wednesday 29 January at 7pm, refreshments available (free). This is a thought provoking film on what happens to plastic when thrown away. Continue reading

The Fracking Files

In December New Internationalist  decided to put the entire main story of the current issue online for everyone to read and share for free. Like many of you, NI is concerned that the industries behind fracking are putting the countryside, water and health at risk.
NI would like the facts and information that have been put together to play their part in the resistance. It’s time that we sort the myths from the reality.

Saving Elmo: Why we fought to protect one urban tree

When a tree that stands in the city’s way is designated for the chop, many of us just stand by and watch it fall. We shouldn’t be so resigned

IT BEGAN with three large letters: R.I.P. Normally on such a freezing night I’d have rushed straight by in my hurry to get home, but something caught my eye. Pinned to the trunk of a tree I had passed countless times was a scrap of paper – and those three letters.

I hadn’t taken much notice of the tree before. It stood tall and solitary at the edge of a notorious roundabout, a welcome living thing in a sea of tarmac. It was a large elm with deeply fissured bark and sturdy upswept branches. I stretched my arms around its trunk: they scarcely reached half way. What did that ominous message mean? Continue reading

Eel Pie Island Artists Christmas Open Studios

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December, 11am-6pm.

Eel Pie Christmas Open Studios offers an opportunity to buy or commission original arts and crafts directly from the artists in the unique surroundings of Eel Pie Island.

Access to the island is via a footbridgge from The Embankment, Twickenham. Follow the arrows. the studios are situated in a working boatyard so children must be supervised at all times.

Eel Pie Island Boatyard
Eel Pie Island

Twickenham TW1 3DY

For more information please call 07932 453990 or visit EelPieIslandArtists.co.uk

Buy crafts, try crafts!

Saturday 30 November, 10.30am – 4pm

Craft Fair at Montague Public Hall, Montague Road, Hounslow TW3 1LD

Buy crafts, try crafts!

Items for sale by local crafters and workshop/activity sessions for all ages

Free entry. All welcome. Refreshments available.

Organised by Disability Network Hounslow members and volunteers

Supported by funding from LBHounslow Community Partnerships Unit

For more information contact Virginia on 020 8847 0016 or virginia@disabilitynetworkhounslow.org

Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial age, new research suggests.

The companies range from investor-owned firms – household names such as Chevron, Exxon and BP – to state-owned and government-run firms. Continue reading

Discover the Sounds of Brentford

Local musician and BRAG member Doug Benford has created a sound installation, with sculptor Rob Olins, that is currently up in the Riverside Gallery at the Watermans Art Centre until 23rd November.

The work comprises a series of acoustic mirrors and speakers created by Rob that are arranged in such a way as to create a soundscape through which the audience can navigate. The sound is focused all around you when you stand in the right spot.

This show features purely sounds from Brentford and environs which Doug has been gathering over the years: from sparrows (rather rare now!) and other birds, the musical and steam museums, the market, the sounds under/from umpteen bridges, planes, lawn mowers, the various trains including steam trains, fireworks, bats, church bells, the football stadium, footsteps in the snow, parks, building works, to other river/canal sounds.

Dough said “it’s a nice ‘snapshot’ of Brentford today, with many of its hidden quirks, I think”.

Previously Rob and Doug have had similar shows – again using sounds from specific areas – in Swansea (featured on BBC Radio Wales), Clacton-On-Sea, Stroud and Chelmsford, as well as smaller installation in South Kensington and Shoreditch.

The artists will both be there for a ‘special viewing / listening’ on Wednesday 13th Nov, from 6.30-8.30pm; do come down then if you like, for a drink in the next door bar, or visit anytime.