David Fenton

David Fenton

It is with much regret and my sad duty to inform members of the Association that David Fenton passed away on the 2nd of June, in the Care home where he was residing in Denham.

I understand he succumbed to “a long standing, underlying infection”, (not Covid related) and, no doubt, his recent loss only last December, of Fay, his wife, will not have helped.

David had served in various capacities on the Committee, during his service from 1998 to 2013.

He served as a Committee Member; Road Steward; Area Steward; and from 1999 to 2011, as Treasurer of the Association. He eventually left the committee in 2013 due to “hearing problems”.

In addition to the above, he worked tirelessly monitoring the Cala Development on the Ex USN base, with frequent meetings with the developer to mitigate noise and nuisance emanating from the site during its construction.

His wife Fay was always in attendance with him at Association events helping out with the refreshments – an important element of any Association’s functioning.

David will be sadly missed by those who served with him in the Association, and personally by myself and Vanetta, who had become close friends of them both.

Pete Daymond. President.

Brief update (online due to COVID-19)

The Association has decided not to produce this quarter’s newsletter, nor to collect the annual subs at this time in order to protect all our stewards. We will review the situation when we are due to produce the Autumn newsletter.

In the meantime, just to keep you up to date with what has been going on in the last few months there is a brief update on the major issues on our website.

If you have a neighbour who does not have internet access, would you be kind enough to ask them if would like to know what is on here and give them an update?

Thank you in advance.

Keep safe and well.

Spring Newsletter available here due to COVID-19

Normally, we add newsletters to the archive as soon as the next one hits the streets. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 some of the street-hitting hasn’t happened this month.

You’ll find the Spring 2020 issue in the website archive. The AGM mentioned on page 1 was postponed. Thanks again to COVID-19.

If you are not a member of the Residents’ Association, for a £2 per annum subscription, you can normally get the newsletters hot off the press. For no extra, and at your choice, the Association will keep you updated with more immediate news by email. If you are a member and don’t get the emails, drop a line to ickenhamresidents@hotmail.com

 

AGM postponed and Coronavirus

In view of the rapidly changing situation and advice on the Coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision to postpone our AGM scheduled for 17th April 2020. Once the situation has eased we will call an EGM to cover the decisions we would normally have made at the AGM and we will let you have the requisite notice of its date.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but feel it is the safest and wisest course of action.

This information will be going on our website and via all our other means of communication but if you could let any neighbours who are not on social media know, we would be very grateful.

Also in the true spirit of our village community:

Lets keep looking out for each other

We are rightly proud of our community spirit in Ickenham and, over the coming weeks, please have a think about your friends and  neighbours  that might need a hand.

Age UK says:

Stay in touch over the phone, by post, online or by popping over for a chat.

See if people need any shopping or help by running some errands.

Encourage people to stay active around the house and keep moving.

 

Proposed changes to Vyners admissions policy

You may well already be aware of the proposed changes to Vyners School admissions policy for year 7 admissions in 2021. If not they can be found at
https://www.vynersschool.org.uk/page/?title=Admissions&pid=110

These will give precedence to those pupils attending Ryefield school who live within 2km of Vyners over local children who live nearest to the school.

We were not informed directly of these proposed changes;  we were informed by concerned parents as were those residents in roads closest to the school. This despite the following statement on the school website that

Vyners School’s Governing Body has supported the changes to the admissions criteria subject to consultation with stakeholders.

The consultation is for the attention of:

    • parents of children in the locality of Vyners School between the ages of two and eighteen;
    • other persons in the area who in the opinion of the admission authority have an interest in the proposed arrangements;
    • all other admission authorities within the local area;
    • the local authority;
    • any adjoining neighbouring local authorities.

Our schools representative has endeavoured to arrange a meeting with the head but has been informed that no meetings will take place till after the consultation finishes on 24th January.

We therefore feel, as an Association eligible under bullet point 2 above, that this consultation has not been properly undertaken.

We are very concerned about the impact this will have not only on those children who attend Breakspear,, Glebe and Hermitage (the 3 nearest schools) but also on the village community in the potential for increased traffic and pollution among other issues.

In addition to our concerns about the detrimental impact of the proposal on local people, following a detailed review of the national admissions code, the schools adjudicator annual reports and several adjudicator judgements, we believe that the Trust’s proposals may breach the code in at least three areas:

  • No rationale or justification for the criteria have been offered – impeding stakeholder’s ability to consider whether the criteria are reasonable and fair (as they must be)
  • No tie-breaker criteria (which must be included)
  • Failure to consult on the full criteria. The approach taken by the Trust of only consulting on one criteria means stakeholders are deprived of the opportunity to comment on the cumulative impacts of the criteria as a package and suggesting supplementary new criteria, or consequential changes to existing criteria.

With these potential breaches in mind, we call on the Trust to hold a further, legally compliant consultation.

We would urge that if you share our concerns you write accordingly to the school as below

An email to: jbeater@vlt.org.uk referring to Admissions Consultation in the subject header or a written letter addressed: Admissions Consultation and sent to the school’s address.

Thank you

Our online newsletter archive

Did you know that, as each newsletter is published and delivered to Association members by our wonderful street stewards, we upload the previous one to the website archive?

Obviously, for a £2 per annum subscription, you can get the newsletters hot off the press. For no extra, and at your choice, the Association will keep you updated with more immediate news by email.

Do you care about Ickenham?

Do you love Ickenham and would like to help oil the wheels of the Residents’ Association?
We are looking for someone to take on the role of Minutes Secretary to take the minutes of the monthly meetings and the AGM.
Are you interested or do you know anyone who might be? Like all the Committee posts, it is voluntary and you can become involved in other Committee work as much or as little as you like.
The Committee is non-political and it would help if you were too, although we’re not averse to having members who are passionate about local issues.
Please contact June Reyner, our General Secretary, at ickenhamresidents@hotmail.com in the first instance.
We look forward to hearing from you.

O to be a road steward!

The Ickenham Residents’ Association’s (largely unsung) heroes are the volunteer road stewards who deliver the Ickenham Calling newsletter to our members and collect the subs once a year. This activity keeps Association members informed on a range of issues including HS2 of course, road safety and traffic, the fight against crime, health, conservation and green spaces,

Every so often, the Committee organises a thank you knees up. Well, not quite a knees up, more a quiz evening with food and drink thrown in (not literally).

We get a sprinkling of emails after the event from some of the attendees. They always seem to have a good time and appreciate the Committee’s efforts. (Not me, this year, I was away sadly.)

Here are just some of the comments we received from our 26th July event. We have mixed them up and preserved the writers’ anonymities.

They opened with comments like these:
“A really happy event.” “Most enjoyable.” “Such fun.” “A good evening.” “Enjoyable and good fun.” “Appreciated by all.” “Warm and welcoming.”

In the middle, they said things like:
“A good way to meet and greet lots of good friends and acquaintances.” “The food was really delicious.” “The quizzes were challenging and fun.” “The quiz was excellent.” “Much laughter and giggling as we wracked our brains.”

And, at the end, apart from lots of “thank you”s their closing remarks included:
“I do applaud the hard work that must have gone in.” “A great job.” “Such a success.” “We happily went home.”

Hope that last one wasn’t provoked by relief.

 

PS (If you fancy becoming a road steward, after reading this, you’d be very welcome. If so, please send us an email. Thank you.)

Master Brewer hearing: can you attend?

From Ickenham Residents’ Association

The following application regarding the Master Brewer site is due to be considered at the Major Applications Planning Committee on Tuesday 19th February 2019 starting at 6pm in the Council Chamber in the Civic Centre.

This Association will be speaking against the proposals.

SUBJECT:  Application reference 4266/APP/2017/3183 Amendment Sept. 2018

FORMER MASTER BREWER SITE,  FREEZELAND WAY HILLINGDON

Proposal:  Construction of a residential-led, mixed use development comprising buildings between 4 and 9 storeys to provide 437 residential units (Use Class C3); employment floor space (Use Classes B1(a-c)); flexible commercial floor space (Use Classes A1/A3); associated car and cycle parking; and hard and soft landscaping, plant and other associated ancillary development. (Revised Application)

If you would like to show your support please  come along and listen to the discussion

Thank you in advance