By Taz Virdee
Massive thanks to our Heston West Big Local volunteers promoting the work we do for the local community in the sunshine at Berkeley's School Summer Fair on Saturday 29th June 2019. Together we engaged with over 100 local residents. We would like to thank Callum, Sabreen, Imaan, Rhys, Layba, Brooke, Kirstie, Calvin, Dasha, Kapil and Lily for supporting us and running our stall at the fair.
By Taz Virdee
Students at Heston Community School visited on Tuesday 25th June 2019 at the Brabazon Community Centre to present us with a cheque for £440. They raised this money during lunchtimes at their school for our Big Local. We really appreciate their amazing effort, passion and dedication. The youngsters also joined in on our art club session working with our participants and together created some stunning pieces of art. Big thanks to their teacher Ms Birk for organising this and inspiring the students. We look forward to starting our community project with the students soon. Well done everyone
'PRANKED' Our first Anti-Knife Crime Awareness film is released to help educate and inform children about the dangers of knife crime.
By MADE in HESTON WEST
'PRANKED’ is a short Anti-Knife Crime Awareness film aimed at Year 6 primary school pupils. The film is part of the Council's and Mayor of London's Prevent strategy and aims to educate and inform children about the dangers of knife crime and the devastating consequences it can have on young lives, families and communities. From 17th to 28th June over 3,000 primary school students across the borough of Hounslow will be watching these films and singing our song 'Think Smart' at the Hounslow Citizen's Staying Safer event at Cranford Community College.
This film was made by young people (10-16yrs) involved with our Big Local Youth Action Team and MADE in HESTON WEST. This project is in partnership with Make A Difference Entertainment, Hounslow Citizens, London Borough of Hounslow, Metropolitan Police, Mayor of London and ZeroPlus Theatre.
Main Cast: Mario Zapata, Samhita Damerashetti, Anjali Parmar and Maria Abreu.
Produced by Taz Virdee
Directed and Edited by Blaise Singh
Camera by Arfhan Razak
Story by Ajeet Bhatti and Tara Jhawer
Written by Hardial Rai
Our next two films: Consequences and Jag and Jill will be released in the next few weeks.
Big thanks to our local community and all our volunteers and supporters involved with making this project happen. If you or someone you know has been affected by the issues raised in this short film please talk to your teacher, parent/legal guardian, an older relative or an adult you can trust. However, if you cannot speak to any adult you know, please contact Childline which is free on 0800 1111 or the local police on 101 or if an emergency 999, they are here to help and support you 24/7.
Legacy and Youth Engagement - Heston West lead at the Big Local London Learning Cluster Event!
By HWBL Youth Action Team
HWBL Youth Volunteers Callum, Brooke, Layba and Kapil led the Youth Engagement Workshop.
On Saturday 22nd June 2019 – We were invited by WSA Community and Local Trust to run two Big Local workshops – Legacy and Youth Engagement at the Big Local London Learning Cluster Event held at St Luke's Community Centre. We were also joined by several other Big Local areas across London including: Barnfield, Wick Award, Broad Green, Grange, Plaistow South and William Morris. In the morning session, our Chair Alan Fraser led the Legacy Workshop alongside Callum. Alan went through the work we’ve done so far to address the future and our legacy, including inviting young people to be part of the discussion. During the session, Alan helped the other areas to identify their goals, ambition and what they would like to be remembered for.
Taz also spoke about connecting to schools, how to make sure you are getting all the credit and not just being a logo at the bottom of a flyer. In addition, he offered a few golden nuggets and ideas which was well received.
We were impressed with our youngsters at the event, they demonstrated fantastic confidence and inspired everyone with their enthusiasm and passion about the Big Local. We learned a lot from everyone else and left feeling excited. We would like to thank everyone and especially Sian, Wendy and Priscilla at WSA Community and Jeremy at Local Trust for inviting us. We hope we were able to help other areas and look forward to connecting with everyone soon at the next event.
Our first ever Big Local Chair and local ward councillor Rajinder Bath sadly passes away
By Taz Virdee
Cllr Rajinder Bath (right) attended our Big Local launch weekend event in September 2015 alongside Cllr Lily Bath (left)
It is with great sadness to announce our dear friend, former Heston West Big Local chair and Heston West ward councillor Rajinder Bath passed away on Sunday 2nd June 2018. Rajinder had represented Heston West as a Councillor since 1990 and during his time held several key and senior positions in the Council. Rajinder was Mayor of Hounslow in 1998 and during his time with the council, he worked tirelessly for the elderly, disabled and most vulnerable residents in our community.
"His contribution as Chair of HWBL undoubtedly contributed to the great success that Heston West Big Local has become." Alan Fraser, HWBL Chair
Rajinder was also our first Heston West Big Local Chair representing and leading us from 2014-15. Current Chair Alan Fraser said: "Rajinder Bath was passionate about the community he served for over 30 years. I knew him best as a governor of Cranford Community College and the first chair of Heston West Big Local. His contribution as Chair of HWBL undoubtedly contributed to the great success that Heston West Big Local has become. He will be missed."
On behalf of Heston West Big Local, we would like to offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
Rajinder Singh Bath’s funeral will take place on Thursday 13th June 2019 from 1.40-2.40pm for prayers at Hibernia Gurdwara, Alice Way, Hounslow, TW3 3UA and the funeral service will take place from 2.40-4pm at Hanworth Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Feltham, TW13 5JH. Refreshments will follow back at Hibernia Gurdwara.
The family request that no flowers be sent, instead please make a donation to the British Heart Foundation or a charity of your choice.
By Taz Virdee
We have just begun work developing our new Big Local Community Conservation Garden at Cranford Community College. A few months ago our fantastic volunteers got together to start pulling weeds and clearing up the site at our Conservation Clean Up Day and now we are ready to start putting our dreams and plans to action.
Some of our ideas from our recent community consultation include:
- Picnic Tables
- Vegetable and Fruit Patch
- Raised Flower Beds
- Play Area for Kids
- Sheds for storage/ Big Local groups
- Tyres (for plating in)
- Chalk boards for kids
- Swing Chair Set
- Fixing up outdoor classroom
- Stage area (on filled pond space)
- Fire Pit
- Fairy tree doors
Watch out for this space, more development news in the next few weeks!
By Taz Virdee
We have teamed up with talented artist and fashion designer Joel Sydenham and the Hounslow Family Learning and Education Department to help breathe new life to the Redwood Estate. The mural project funded by Hounslow Council has so far helped bring together local residents to create a positive and artistic difference to our community. The mural aims to highlight our Big Local journey in the last 3 and half years, celebrating our togetherness, activities and volunteers, including our famous yellow tops!
We have had so far over 50 volunteers, including children, supporting the project during April and May 2019. We look forward to completing the 3 walls in June and we will hold a ceremonial opening of the mural sometime in August to celebrate our community achievement.
By Taz Virdee
We had just over 150 people attend our Big Local Community Ramadan Iftar Event at Cranford Community College organised by our incredible volunteers in just under a week. Everyone contributed in bringing in their delicious freshly prepared dish to share amongst our community. Congratulations to all our volunteers for their sensational effort, taking the time to organise everything and also all those who attended with their families and friends. It was lovely to see everyone from all backgrounds come together. The event took place on Thursday 30th May 2019 from 8.30 to 11pm.