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Invitation from Harmondsworth Village

Dear Fellow Residents

On April 12th the Stop Heathrow Expansion group are welcoming all to Harmondsworth to raise awareness of the great threat to our communities.

Whilst this beautiful historic village is the one earmarked for demolition, it is merely a focus point to highlight all the villages that would be destroyed or rendered uninhabitable by airport expansion.

Tens of thousands that would be adversely affected by noise and pollution might like to stand here and be counted now, prior to the general election, to ensure all political parties know people’s strength of feeling on this issue. Efforts to kick it into the long grass until we have already cast our votes must not be allowed to silence us. 

We have a number of photo opportunities on the day including: tree planting for the future on land that would be compulsory purchased, a boundary mural showing where the new airport fence is being forced upon us and the Great Barn, newly restored, will be open to the public for the first time this year

All visitors will be also be able to investigate the other historic and listed buildings, and the threatened natural delights of Harmondsworth Moor, with the help of guides and illustrated leaflets.

The two local pubs serve great food and fine beer making this potentially the most civilised opportunity to protest possible.

 SHE

Stop Heathrow Expansion – Community EVENT

STOP HEATHROW EXPANSION 079-342-542-57 info@stopheathrowexpansion.co.uk

SHE is a campaigning group set up by residents from the Heathrow villages to fight any further expansion at Heathrow.

The interior of the Great Barn at Harmondsworth HEATHROW VILLAGES ARE FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL.

Harmondsworth is one of those scenic villages but residents are working hard to protect its historic buildings and community English Heritage has just completed a major restoration of the magnificent 15th-century Great Barn there, described by Sir John Betjeman as the cathedral of Middlesex.

Please join us at a special open day event on Sunday 12th April 2015 Harmondsworth Village Green, beside St Mary’s Church, Harmondsworth, UB7 0AQ Great Barn open 11am-4pm Walking tours of the historic village and Harmondsworth Moor Discover for yourself why your efforts to put an end to Heathrow expansion really matter.

SHE 

Finger Sign Post – Harmondsworth Village – UPDATE


Dear Villagers

GOOD NEWS – We recently asked the Council that a signpost similar to the one in the picture above be placed at the entrance of Harmondsworth Village as requested by the residents.

Previously, on the 20th July 2014 we requested that a sign be placed at the entrance of  Historic Harmondsworth Village to point tourists in the right direction. As you may be aware The Great Barn is a historic Grade I listed building (same a Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament) that is currently being renovated to its original self – with extensive conservation works due to be completed at the end of this year. The Village does not currently meet the criteria for an english  heritage sign but the one requested would be beneficial to the area.

The residents of  Harmondsworth are requesting for the sign below to include sign posts with the following points of interest for tourists when entering Historic Harmondsworth.

– The Great Barn
– St Marys the Virgin Church
– Barnes Wallis Memorial 

Thanks to our persistence on this matter – the finger sign post has now been approved by the Council and we will update you once we have the installation date.

Cllr Peter Money, Cllr June Nelson and Cllr Manjit Khatra
Your Local Labour Councillors 

‘Finger’ Signpost request for Harmondworth Village

Dear Villagers

We asked the Council that a sign similar to the one in the picture above be placed at the entrance of Harmondsworth Village as requested by the residents.

Previously, on the 20th July 2014 we requested that a sign be placed at the entrance of  Historic Harmondsworth Village to point tourists in the right direction. As you may be aware The Great Barn is a historic Grade I listed building (same a Westminster Abbey and Houses of Parliament) that is currently being renovated to its original self – with extensive conservation works due to be completed at the end of this year. The Village does not currently meet the criteria for an english  heritage sign but the one requested would be beneficial to the area.

The residents of  Harmondsworth are requesting for the sign below to include sign posts with the following points of interest for tourists when entering Historic Harmondsworth.

– The Great Barn
– St Marys the Virgin Church
– Barnes Wallis Memorial 

Response from The Council: “Thank you for your enquiry regarding the installation of a direction sign in Harmondsworth village. This matter is also the subject of a Petition delivered to the Council and has been referred to The Leader for his consideration”.

This sign is now in the hands of the Tory-leader of the Council. Lets hope he agrees to put this sign at the entrance of the Village.

We will keep you updated on the Leaders decision.

Cllr Peter Money, Cllr June Nelson and Cllr Manjit Khatra

Your Local Labour Councillors

Friends of the Great Barn at Harmondsworth – news and AGM

Dear Residents

Please see attached from ‘Friends of the Great Barn at Harmondsworth’.

I’m attaching a notice of next week’s AGM of the Friends of the Great Barn at Harmondsworth and hope you may be able to come along and hear Paul Drury talk about his research on the history of the site.

This has been a momentous year for the Barn as English Heritage has been undertaking a major conservation project, replacing the failing roof tiles with new hand-made ones and repairing or reinforcing the timber structure where needed – though these repairs will be difficult to spot once the roof is back in place. You can see the structure of the Barn as never before. Because of this building work we’ve only been able to open one Sunday a month this year, so if you want to have a look for yourself come on Sunday 14th September or Sunday 12th October before the scaffolding all comes down.

From next April we hope to be back to normal, opening on the second and fourth Sunday each month until October. If you’d like to help with the stewarding do please get in touch as we need more volunteers to help all our visitors enjoy the Barn to the full. No experience necessary, but enthusiasm for the building and its history is helpful!

Justine Bayley
Secretary, Friends of the Great Barn at Harmondsworth

 

The Great Barn – Progress

Dear All

I was invited at the last Harmondsworth Residents meeting by Justine Bayley (The Secretary, Friends of The Great Barn) to visit the Great Barn on Sunday 10th August 2014. 

“The Great Barn was rescued by English Heritage after years of neglect, this Grade l listed barn ranks alongside the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey for its exceptional architectural and historical interest and was dubbed the “Cathedral of Middlesex”. 

Built in 1426 by Winchester College as part of its manor farm at Harmondsworth, the Oak-framed barn is an outstanding example of medieval carpentry and contains one of the most intact interiors of its era. At nearly 60 meters long, 12 meters wide and 11 meters tall with 13 massive oak trusses holding up the roof, both its size and aisles evoke the space and shape of a cathedral. 

Having remained an agricultural barn for almost 600 years, the building continues to feature strongly in the life of the Harmondsworth community. Now under the managment of the Friends of the Great Barn at Harmondsworth, visitors to the barn will be able to absorb the awe-inspiring scale of the barn and enjoy this superb example of medieval architecture (Extract taken from The English Heritage)”.

Whilst on site I met with Veronica Rumsey, organiser for the recent WW1 Centenary Event and a volunteer for Freinds of the Great Barn who showed me the exterior of the Great Barn. I was then given a tour of the Great Barn by Justine Bayley and also also Dominic Barrington-Groves who is the site manager for the recent resoration project that is being under taken.

He said the following: “Work here is progressing well as we have been so lucky with the weather. We have started to strip the final third of the roof tiles which will enable us to survey this third and commence with the secondary remedial repairs to the common rafters etc. We are a third of the way through the primary timber frame repairs and shortly going to make a start on the vertical boarding. We have completed a third of the roof tiling and two thirds of the battening.The only difficulties we have come across is the un coving of the un foreseen timber primary and secondary frame repairs but this is to be expected to a certain extent”. The only difficulties we have come across is the un coving of the un foreseen timber primary and secondary frame repairs but this is to be expected to a certain extent”.

Below are some pictures that I took. The first picture is the exterior of the Great Barn with the roof tiles currently being replaced and the second picture is showing Roman numerals that were uncovered by the team which are 600 years old and shows where the two beams were joined togather. 

You still have a chance to visit the Great Barn this year, dont miss this opportunity to see the local history in your Village, it was a great experience and one I reccomend to everyone. 

  • Sunday 14th September 2014
  • Sunday 12th October 2014
Regards
 
Cllr Peter Money