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The corporate assault on the Hampstead Ponds

City of London’s undemocratic commodification of a vital public health resource during the pandemic is a scandal. These spaces are a public good.  by Tom Frederic  – 7 min read The Hampstead Heath bathing ponds have been a freely accessible natural public health resource for generations. As part of the Heath’s natural open spaces, Londoners […]

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Happy Valentine’s to our ponds

Happy Valentine’s Day to our beloved ponds #hampsteadheathponds Help us keep them #freefromcompulsorycharges Thank you to CP, TS, MJ, KW, CH, & AL in the making of this video as well as our generous donors. The City of London, Hampstead Heath landlords, will make a big decision on Feb 24th regarding added and increased charges […]

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Letter to the Ham & High

Our letter objecting to the planned Heath budget cuts was published in this week’s Hampstead & Highgate Express newspaper. See entry for Jan 31st 2021 Press

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CANCELLED! Winter solstice vigil

–Due to Tier 4 restrictions suddenly imposed, this event can no longer take place– Please join us this Sunday December 20th at dusk starting from 3.30 until 4.30pm by the Boating Lake on Millfield Lane, N6 for a winter solstice candlelit vigil where we will use candles and sparklers to spell out SAVE OUR PONDS […]

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All Hallows Gall

‘Howling at Halloween’ against compulsory charges – Saturday October 31st. At dusk, Halloween Ghouls haunted the ‘free speech’ obelisk on Parliament Hill. Pond swimmers dressed in ghoulish garb protested the suffocation of our voices by The City of London Corporation and the threat to local representative democracy if the proposed abolition of the Hampstead Heath […]

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What a Sh*t Show – demo on Oct 11th

‘WHAT A SH*T SHOW!’ We held a mini-demo on Sunday October 11th at Hampstead Ladies Pond to protest City of London Corporation’s ‘gross negligence’ over sewage contamination. In March 2020, the City of London Corporation forced through compulsory swimming charges for the first time in the history of Hampstead Heath, defying the Consultative Committee and […]

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‘LOCKED OUT’ demo this Sunday Sept 20th

DEMO_FLYER_20.09.2020_LOCKEDOUTDemo this Sunday Sep 20th 2-4pm. “LOCKED OUT” Be there! Keep #hampsteadheathponds #freefromcompulsorycharges. We need MARSHALS, MEGAPHONE, DRUMMERS, TRUMPETS & tons of artwork on the theme of LOCKED OUT! We are also having and seeking speakers on the subject of the privatisation of public land, right to roam, community benefit societies running communal swimming spaces, […]

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Survey Results Community Vigil tomorrow

CALL OUT! Community Vigil tomorrow Sept 9th at 3.30pm Guildhall. We will be delivering Forum’71 Swimmers’ Survey results to our pond landlords @CityCorpHeath  Please bring green ribbons in honour of #MentalHealthAwareness Location: City of London’s West building, Guildhall, Basinghall Street, London EC2V 7HH

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LGBTQ+ Aug 22nd & friends demo by the Men’s Pond

Photos by Forum ’71 Photos by Joshua Bratt @Joshbratt87 Movie – demo Aug 22nd 2020