Clitterhouse Farm Project | March 2016 Newsletter 
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We have a Spring in our step

The Farm team hit the ground running in 2016!  We've been busily working away behind the scenes over the last two months. We travelled to Bristol for a fantastic workshop with experienced heritage architect Niall Phillips at Purcell; to Hastings on a Locality funded 'Knowledge and Skills Exchange' trip to see the work of Jess Steele (OBE) and The White Rock Trust; a Power to Change funding workshop in London and a three-part funding series with Community Barnet - culminating with a trial pitch to The Big Lottery and The John Lyons Trust. We also have a set of workshops coming up with award winning architect Katy Marks from Citizens Design Bureau. It has been a productive start to the year and we're excited about what's to come.

Speaking of which, we have a number of events coming up in Spring (see below). We're still working on the details for some of the events, but please put the dates in your diary and we'll report back with more information soon.  Be sure to keep an eye on our events page too.

We have launched our first survey for the Farm Project. We want to know what you think about the work we are doing and some of your thoughts on our area. We've tried to make it as easy as possible and a little more visually interesting than most surveys. We would be most grateful if you could take a 5 minutes to fill it in. You will be really helping us out a lot. Thank you! Launch it HERE


Community Mobilisation Project Meetings 
IT5 Room, Whitefield School, Claremont Rd, London, NW2 1TR (Map: HERE)

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, 6:30 - 8:30pm, at the IT5 room (neighbourhood planning). Next Meeting Tuesday 8th March
  • The second Thursday of every month, 3:00 - 5:00pm, at the IT5 room (heritage & local memories). Next Meeting Thursday 10th March
  • The fourth Thursday of every month, 3:00 - 5:00pm, at the IT5 room  (neighbourhood planning). Next Meeting Thursday 24th March
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 - or 077 7366 0938 - for further information.

Special thanks to Whitefield School.

Handley Page Comes Back Home to Cricklewood
Friday March 18th 6:30pm - 9:00pm.
Acorn Theatre, Whitefield School, Claremont Road, NW2 1TR  (Map: HERE)

Handley Page was an innovative aircraft design and manufacturing company based in Cricklewood between 1912 and the early 1960s. It is also associated with the the start of civil aviation between 1919 and 1929 at Cricklewood Aerodrome, which is now the Golders Green Estate.

Clitterhouse Farm are excited to be hosting a history event to celebrate Handley Page's connection to Cricklewood. Speakers include Rob Langham, author of the recently published book: Bloody Paralyser: The Giant Handley Page Bombers of the First World WarPeter Elliot, Head of Archives at the RAF Museum at HendonPeter Hart, oral historian from the Imperial War Museum and Mary Bennett, local resident with childhood memories of Cricklewood Aerodrome.  Please contact Luisa Vallejo - - for further information.

Suffragette at the Farm 
Monday March 28th (time tbc) 

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 on the day. Please email if you are interested in taking part. Places are limited. 

‘Housing Village’ with Middlesex University
Saturday April 23rd 12:00pm - 6:00pm

The Clitterhouse Farm Project have developed a working relationship with the lovely folk at Middlesex University’s School of Art and Design.  They recently asked us to collaborate on a new creative project with their students looking at the housing crisis in London.

“The aim of this project is for students to create conceptual structures that reflect their collective personal experiences, ideas and opinions on the Housing Crisis and each individual’s experiences with housing. The structures can be an internal or external space: they could present a physical ‘home’ in representation of a personal experience or a section with a home that has had a number of issues that the Housing Campaign wishes to convey."

The event will take place at The Farm in Clitterhouse Playing Fields on Saturday 23rd April. The exact details for the day are still being decided but there will be talks and creative workshops for all ages based around the important issue of housing in London.  We will send out more information in due course. For now, please put Saturday 23rd April in your diary and spread the word about the event.

Summer Arts Festival at Clitterhouse Farm!
Saturday 23rd July 2016

Call out for Artists, Performers & Organisers

The aim of the festival is to promote the artistic talents of North West London, but we are interested in artists from other parts of the city or further afield. We are looking for musicians, theatre groups, spoken word artists, dance companies, dancers, visual artists and more. We are also interested in anyone who would like to deliver workshops in dance, voice, theatre, capoeira, dance therapy and more.

This is also a call out for anyone interested in being a part of the team to help develop and coordinate this project. If you would like to get involved please contact Alison Ray MA: or


You may remember that HADAS (Hendon and District Archaeological Society) carried out an archaeological dig at Clitterhouse Farm last summer. They have now published the first part of their report on the history of the Farm.

“The pre-14th century history of Clitterhouse Farm is vague, clouded in mystery and tied up in disputed Charters with great potential for historical myth making. Earthen banks around the Manor, identified by aerial photography, are suggested to form a moated enclosure and defence line against Viking invasion across to Oxgate lying on the western side of Watling Street.  Hitchin-Kemp speculated that the Saxon Bleccenham may have been a Viking-raided homestead, blackened by fire, but then restored as ‘A house of clay … of such thickness of wall that even a modern bullet would scarcely penetrate.  From the ashes, Clitterhouse, the clay house probably arose.”        (Roger Chapman, HADAS, Feb 2016)

It’s a fascinating report. You can read it in full in the February 2016 issue of the HADAS newsletter HERE.

If you would like to find out more about the Farm Project or would like to get involved, please check out our website or drop us a line -  Don't forget to fill out our 5 minute survey. Thank you!

The Farm Team
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We have been supported by The Barnet Area Committee. 

Many thanks also to Mo and his team at Local Tool Hire for their continued support of the Clitterhouse Farm Project.

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