Drop-in HS2 community surgeries

Today, HS2 sent out this announcement. Somewhat short notice but here it is:

HS2 Ltd will be holding two drop-in community surgeries to provide residents an opportunity to speak to a HS2 staff member.

The surgeries, to be held at Ickenham Village Hall, are open to any member of the public to drop-in and have a discussion about HS2 work with a staff member. No booking is necessary.

The details are:

Thursday 26 July, 10.30am until 4pm

Friday 27 July, 10.30am until 2pm

Both at Ickenham Village Hall, 33 Swakeleys Road, Ickenham UB10 8DG

Future drop-ins are currently being planned, which will be organised to provide times suitable for evening as well as day time visits to be held regularly in various venues in other Hillingdon neighbourhoods.

If you need to contact HS2 and are unable to visit, you can contact the HS2 Helpdesk in a variety of ways:

24/7 freephone 08081 434 434

Minicom 08081 456 472

Email HS2enquiries@hs2.org.uk

Residents’ feelings about HS2: Survey results

Earlier in the year, we ran a post here inviting you to share your feelings about and understanding of HS2. If you’re interested you can download/view the results here.

They are in two parts – first the survey and second the answers to question number 3: Please tell us any thoughts about the communication methods above. Also about any other ways you get your information about HS2.

The results may enlighten you, unless you’ve been following the HS2 saga closely, in which case they’ll probably confirm your perceptions.

Michael Sobell hospice: update

We have received the following update from Terry Dean on behalf of those co-ordinating the campaign:

The petition will be delivered to a representative of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust on the land just outside the gate 3 entrance of Mount Vernon Hospital on White Hill from 9 to 9:30am on Monday July 9th. I have cleared this with the police and invited them to join us.

I will be accompanied by Dr. Elaine Laycock MBE. Dr Laycock was one of the first doctors to work at the hospice soon after it opened. She used some of her time at MSH to help create the first Palliative Care Centre in Serbia which opened in 2013. She took staff from MSH to Serbia to teach them, and brought Serb doctors to MSH to learn. There are now two hospices in Serbia both based on the Michael Sobell model; it is ironic that there may soon not be one in Northwood unless we stand up for it. Dr. Laycock gained support from the Queen Mother who sent her a signed photograph (something almost unheard of) and also some cut-glass which raised a useful amount for the hospice when it was auctioned. Dr. Laycock also met the Duchess of Kent twice in her capacity at the hospice. Dr. Laycock instigated the original sponsored walk, the water garden at the entrance, and a butterfly cage which eventually became the aviary. Her son even designed the logo which is still in use.

Dr. Laycock and I will be meeting with Nick Hurd next week to discuss this campaign. I have in my possession a letter from Mr Hurd stating that he welcomes the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy which encourages the development of specialist palliative care and hospice provision. If we are able to reach a target of 10,000 signatures we may be able to force a response from Westminster. At this stage we only need everyone who has signed so far to get one more signature! So please share this link if you have not already done so.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-michael-sobell-hospice

Finally I have received a message of support from a relative of Michael Sobell.

To remind yourself what we are striving to save please paste the address below into your browser to watch a short video made last year by media students of West Herts College.

https://youtu.be/JxoOXs6i9gI

Thanks for standing up for compassion and the need for members of society to care for each other.