London Spring is the umbrella name for a series of events that we are planning at 74 Castlebar Road during 2017. The name London Spring calls to mind the spring of water that bubbles beneath the property. It also evokes memories of the Prague Spring in 1986, the Arab Spring in 2011 and the world wide hope for a deeper democracy. We have a dream for such events to take place in this underused and partially restored property.
The inspiration began when two young professional women met with James Leachman on 8 February 2017. They wanted together to present an initial facilitated event. Later Arlene Audergon suggested the name London Spring for the location and the series of events. The aim will be to bring together people of many different cultures, orientations, ethnicities, commitments and ages. The purpose will be to look at experiences of social isolation and fragmentation in the culture of the London we love. Together we have lots of contacts with people of faith, no faith and with social activists.
The consensus is that a Saturday between 11 and 3 would be the best day and time. James has already asked a gifted person to be the facilitator for the event, hopefully on a Saturday in March, April or even May.
74 Castlebar Road, W5
Overton House on Castlebar Road is an elegant red-brick, neo-Gothic house. This typically Victorian suburban house contains 19th century stained glass, floor tiles, and carved wood features. A short walk through the monastery gardens behind Ealing Abbey monastery and Church leads to this charming spot.
This charming building houses a number of activites that translate Catholic and Benedictine values into language and expressions more accessible to post Christian generations. One of the interpretive tools we have used for some time is toolkit of ‘human strengths’ of the Eriksonian system of psychology; trust, hope, overcoming obstacles, competence, fidelity and love.
Ealing Abbey JL 9 February 2017