It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of John Squiers. John was a long-time committee member of the Association and was Membership Secretary for a good number of years. He was very persuasive on the Association’s behalf. If he called to discuss a member’s offer of help, they somehow ended up doing more than they had originally thought!! He was also one of life’s true gentlemen in both senses of the word a very gentle man and an old fashioned courteous man . He will be greatly missed.
This picture shows John doing sterling work for the Association during Gala Day in 2002.
We were delighted to see so many members packed into the Village Hall for our AGM last Friday.
We were also pleased to welcome so many of our local councillors: Ray Puddifoot; David Simmonds; and John Hensley from Ickenham Ward, as well as Philip Corthorne and Brian Crowe from West Ruislip ward. We also welcomed our MP Nick Hurd and Squadron Leader James Tenniswood from RAF Northolt.
The formal business proceeded smoothly and the Committee members were duly re-elected for another year’s term of office plus the two co-opted members, Beryl Upton (HS2) and Simon Taylor (Traffic).
Ray Puddifoot spoke about the Council’s opposition to the third runway and its work to get agreement on traffic etc. from HS2.
Sqdr Ldr Tenniswood updated us on the planned improvements to the runway and arrester beds. He stressed the strategic importance of RAF Northolt. He also explained NORFEST and invited local organisations to take stands on the day.
Questions from the floor were mainly about HS2 and pollution. R Puddifoot stated that LBH would install monitors and keep a close eye on the results
The meeting closed with the traditional light refreshments. Our thanks to the ‘kitchen team’ led by Barbara Buckle and to Vic Silk and David John for keeping the drinks flowing.
Members of the Association will be welcome to attend the AGM on 21st April, 8pm in the Village Hall. Please bring your ‘Ickenham Calling…..’ newsletter as ID (and the enclosed AGM minutes). The hall capacity is 200 and we usually get very close to it, so don’t come late – you may not get in.
As part of the AGM, the Chairman reviews the Association’s activities during the preceding year. She also does a lot of other things like calling for votes on this and that and introducing the guest speakers. While much of this has to await the members’ approval next year, we thought it would be a good idea to see the body of her presentation here.
Each year we have to get the previous year’s minutes approved before we can upload them to the website. This happened last night. We should have added the 140+ members of the Association to the list of attendees. Apologies, and thanks to John Coombe for reminding us.
Last night’s AGM was a splendid affair, despite the rain. Over 140 people in the room. Speakers included our MP, Nick Hurd, and LBH council leader, Ray Puddifoot. The proceedings were handled beautifully by Jill Dalton.
We were rather taken with this snap of a Mayor (knitted by Beryl Upton) and the deputy mayor waiting for the proceedings to begin. John Hensley (pictured) will become our Mayor in three weeks time.
We will shortly be publishing (here) Jill Dalton’s report of the year. Watch this space.
Our sincere thanks to all the Association members who came along. We hope you found the event useful and enjoyable.