CLITTERHOUSE FARM ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL!

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17th SEPTEMBER 2016 12-6PM

We’re looking forward to The Clitterhouse Farm Project’s first Arts and Crafts Festival! It’s set to be a fantastic day out for all the family.

The aim of the festival is to promote the artistic talents of North West London and further afield. We have a growing line up of talented musicians,  spoken word artists, dancers, visual artists, workshops and great food and drink.  We will upload a full festival schedule very soon.

We will post a full festival schedule very soon, but here are just a few of the highlights to expect:

Open Mic
If you’re a band, solo musician or singer please come along with your instruments, your band or your songs and poetry. You can sign up to perform on the day.

Paint a Frame!
Local business Fine Artisan Conservation Framers have kindly sponsored a workshop for kids (big and small) to paint a beautiful picture frame and take away on the day.  Don’t miss it!

360 Arts Competition
360 Arts invite you to take part in their competition, where one lucky winner will gain the chance to attend 360 for 6 weeks worth of free tuition at either one of their branches in Kingsbury (NW9 8YD) or High Street Barnet (EN5 5RR). All you have to do is find the 360 stall, say “Hi” to Kelly or Carol and complete a competition entry form.

Can you help us out on the day?
We need help with setting up, stewarding the day and general logistics. If you can spare some time on the 17th please let us know! paulette(at)clitterhouse(dot)com

FESTIVAL SITE PLAN

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Photos by Thomas Ball

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Suffragettes at the Farm!

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We’re planning a small history event at the Farm on Monday 28th March, which will focus on the suffragette movement and the life of Gladice Keevil – an influential suffragette who was born at Clitterhouse Farm.  There will be a presentation by Barnet local Mary Rowland who has carried out extensive research on the suffragettes of Holloway prison.

Our pop-up café – which is currently undergoing a makeover – will be open and serving hots drinks and snacks. We will also be offering some free barista training from 4pm. Please email paulette(@)clitterhouse(dot)com if you are interested in taking part. Places are limited.

This event is also part of the Find Your London #FindYourLDN Festival programme. You can find out more details of the other activities in the area – including a history walk to the farm – here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cricklewood-spring-tickets-21538030830

Community Mobilisation Project Meetings

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Thanks to the Community Organisers Mobilisation Grant, Clitterhouse Farm Project is hosting a series of events this spring to explore:

  • the role of our heritage in our vision of the future
  • whether ‘neighbourhood planning’ is right for Cricklewood, particularly in the context of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration. Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. Find out more here.

Meetings will be held regularly at Whitefield School (Map: HERE) from now on until the end of June. Here are some dates for your diary:

  • The second Tuesday of every month, 7 – 8.30pm, at the IT5 room (neighbourhood planning).
  • The second Thursday of every month, 3:00 – 5:00pm, at the IT5 room (heritage & local memories).
  • The fourth Thursday of every month, 3:00 – 5:00pm, at the IT5 room  (neighbourhood planning).

Enter via the the school’s main reception. Parking is very limited for the afternoon sessions. Please use public transport if possible. Please contact Luisa Vallejo – luisa(@)clitterhouse(dot)com or 077 7366 0938 – for further information.

Special thanks to Whitefield School.

Clitterhouse Farm? … What is it?  Where is it? 

This is the first post of a new Farm blog by Luisa Vallejo – one of the Farm Project’s Co-Founders – who is leading our new Community Mobilisation project for the next six months.

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Clitterhouse Farm’s history goes back to medieval times but its rich history of aeronautical innovation, fight for freedom and women’s rights has been long forgotten.

Its buildings became derelict with the inevitable prospect of demolition.

Only a few people knew about its past. We certainly didn’t!

The Farm buildings, which are owned by Barnet Council, sit at the corner of Clitterhouse Playing Fields, Cricklewood, North West London, at the core of one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK – The Brent Cross Cricklewood (BXC) Regeneration.

“It was the humble, silent and abandoned Farm buildings that brought us together in early 2013.”

It was the humble, silent and abandoned Farm buildings that brought us together in early 2013.  Paulette wanted to grow organic food and set up a cafe; Thomas had set up a Friends of Clitterhouse Playing Fields group; Alistair  wanted to run artists’ studios and workshops  and I wanted to work on a project on forgotten spaces.  However, we all felt this was an extraordinary opportunity to bring a sense of belonging and local pride to where we live.

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Since then, we have been campaigning as The Clitterhouse Farm Project (CFP) to secure the future of the historic and derelict Clitterhouse Farm buildings.  First of all, to transform them into a much needed vibrant multi-use hub that supports the local community and small businesses.  Secondly, we hope that its rich history will be taken into account in the regeneration that is to come.

The Farm supporters have already prevented the proposed demolition of the Farm buildings under the original 2010 Brent Cross Cricklewood (BXC) Regeneration plans.

“CFP has become a focus for positive change in the area.”

CFP has become a focus for positive change in the area.  We have held 15 active consultation events for the community, with a focus on art, music, food, gardening, outdoor cinema, history and sport.

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This summer we constructed a pop-up space at the farm for community engagement, support meetings and events.  Two hugely successful open-air cinema nights were held.  We also adopted a green space next to the Farm for a community garden. There, Hendon and District Archaeological Society (HADAS) undertook an archaeological dig which unearthed artefacts evidencing the Farm’s medieval past.

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Most importantly, we are currently in the process of formally leasing part of the Farm buildings from Barnet Council in order to access the capital funds required to bring the Farm buildings back to life.

“What none of us ever imagined was how the Farm buildings would transform our own lives! What we started doing in our spare time, gradually became a full-time obsession!”

What none of us ever imagined was how the Farm buildings would transform our own lives! What we started doing in our spare time, gradually became a full-time obsession! In my case, in January this year I joined Locality’s Voluntary Community Training Program, in order to have a better understanding of what I was already doing with the Farm and other local groups. This put me on a path that I never imagined myself to be on… applying, under the umbrella of the CFP, to the Community Organisers Mobilization (COM) Fund!

We thought CFP would benefit greatly from more in-depth understanding of the Communities Right to Bid, Right to Build and Right to Reclaim Land and, in the context of BXC regeneration, it would be important to know more about Neighbourhood Planning.

Being awarded this grant was great news! This funding will help us to actively engage residents around Clitterhouse Playing Fields: Prayle Grove, Whitefield Estate, Clitterhouse Estate, Brent Terrace, Golders Green Estate, Hendon Way Allotments and beyond.

“By strengthening the networks around Clitterhouse Farm through listening and exploring  Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning, we hope to underpin the Farm’s case for an asset transfer…”

By strengthening the networks around Clitterhouse Farm through listening and exploring  together Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning, we hope to underpin the Farm’s case for an asset transfer from Barnet Council and empower local groups to imagine the future of our area.

Yesterday we held our first COM funded meeting to celebrate this year’s achievements and talk about our future plans.

More than thirty people joined us.  There was a wide range of ages, several have lived in the area for many years, some had recently moved here whilst others came from further afield. People came from Brent Terrace, Whitefield Estate, Golders Green Estate, Westcroft Estate, and as far as Friern Barnet, Neasden, Harlesden, Mapesbury and Hayes, Middlesex!

They brought delicious food for all to share. We had all sorts of nibbles, vegetarian soup, warm mulled apple juice, chocolates and sweets!

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Many came to meet new people with positive ideas, with an interest in history, to learn more about the Farm Project and our activities.  There were many interesting conversations about who we are, how do we define our neighbourhood and what binds communities together [if you could not join us this time, we hope to see you in The New Year!]

This grant will also allow us to host a series of fortnightly events like this, where we aim to create spaces for in depth exploration and reflection on Community Rights and Neighbourhood Planning.

We look forward to the start of 2016, when we will be joined by a great team of community organisers to listen to residents in the Whitefield Estate, who are going to be relocated in the first phase of the BXC regeneration.

Clitterhouse Farm is HERE and we’d love to hear from you!

Season Greetings to all!

Luisa and the Farm Team

Paint it, Clean it, Repair it

We are having a day of painting, cleaning and repairing at the farm, and we need your help!

So dig out some old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, wear some sturdy shoes, bring a paint brush, a sweeping brush, a spade or a wheel barrow or just come along and lend a hand.

We will reward your hard work with tea and coffee, cakes and a mug of soup.

Children are very welcome to come along on the day, but for safety reasons we are limiting the work to adults only.

Guided History Tour

Guided History Tour: Cricklewood Aerodrome and Clitterhouse Farm

Did you know there were regular flights from Cricklewood to Paris… in a converted bomber? Surely not!

Back due to popular demand after last year’s well received tour, local artist Alistair Lambert will lead an illustrated walking tour starting at and returning to Cricklewood Rail station via Claremont road, Brent Terrace and Clitterhouse Farm.

Explore the eastern block of Cricklewood and discover several sites of rapid historical change: from the fields that fed the growing city  to war factories and eventually model suburban living.

You will also meet some surprising characters along the way.

An enthusiastic and entertaining guide as well as an accomplished local artist, Alistair has made an artwork especially for this event that will be viewed for the first time as part of this tour.

No booking necessary.

Meet at Cricklewood Train Station at 3pm.  The tour will then walk up Claremont Road to Clitterhouse Farm.

The walk lasts up to two hours and will take place whatever the weather. Bring a brolly and a friend!

Any questions please email: admin@cricklewoodopenstudios.org