URC Late Summer forecourt sale – September 7th

Keep that holiday feeling going at the URC!

Yes, even when the holidays are over and most people are back at work or school there’s the Late Summer Forecourt Sale at the URC to look forward to! It’s on Saturday 7th September from 10am to 12 Noon, admission is free and there will be a range of stalls including plants, bric-a-brac, boxed games, DVDs/CDs etc and our full range of books priced from 50p to £5.

As a break from browsing and buying there will be coffee, tea and lovely homemade cakes as well. Please get there if you can, and if you have items to donate bring them to the church between 3pm and 7pm on Friday 6th or ring Richard Piper on 01895 634348 for collection.

Should the sun stop shining most things will be inside, but it has been shining on us in another sense as we are currently running over £500 ahead of where we were at this time last year, so many thanks from us and “our” good causes for all the support.

Last but not least, make sure that you note the date of 5th October for our Autumn jumble sale. The one earlier in the year raised a four figure sum and represented a new record for us and it would be nice to do it again!

Richard Piper

Tunnel, power supply and archaeology updates from HS2

This, from HS2:

We will be advertising on Commonplace three events that will be coming up in late September today, with invites going out to the community. The events will allow people to see the plans SCS have for the tunnel portal at West Ruislip and will give other contractors an opportunity to update on other works such as archaeology and the TBM power supply.

The events will take place on:
Saturday 21 September at Harefield Community Centre 11am to 2pm
Monday 23 September at The Barn Hotel 4pm to 7pm
Wednesday 25 September at Ickenham URC 4pm to 7pm

HS2 update (with some good news?)

the latest from HS2:

News Round-up:

Archaeological works off Harvil Road, overnight lane closures on Harvil Road postponed and changes to ground investigation works at the River Pinn
Posted on Aug 7th 2019 by HS2 in Hillingdon

Footpath closure and archaeological works off Harvil Road
We will be closing a footpath near Harvil Road for archaeological works starting on 22 August. We will be carrying out works to get a better understanding of any significant archaeological remains which are in this area. A section of the public right of way, U34 footpath will be temporarily closed from 22 August until spring 2020. This is to ensure public safety during the ongoing archaeology and site survey works. For more details please see the notification sent to residents by clicking here.

Update on overnight lane closures on Harvil Road
The overnight lane closures on Harvil Road scheduled to take place between the 16 – 31 August have been postponed. You can read the notification sent to residents about these works, by clicking here. These works will now take place after the closure of Breakspear Road South has finished. We will notify residents ahead of the works once we have new dates.

Update on River Pinn ground investigations
We have postponed the overnight River Pinn ground investigations due to take place between 11-14 August. For full details please see the notification that was sent to residents here by clicking here. Once these works have been rescheduled we will notify residents of the new dates.

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 plans in context

Further to the earlier posting here’s some useful background for you:

Earlier this year the Council refused permission for the 437 home ‘Hillingdon Gateway’ development at Master Brewer, citing 10 reasons for refusal including unacceptable over-development. The Association is one of several local groups that have contributed to the creation of a Community Masterplan for Hillingdon Circus, which outlines what we want, bearing in mind the Council have allocated the area for mixed-use residential-led development. Details of the Community Masterplan are available here:

https://ickenhamplan.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/hillingdon-circus-update/

This will be subject to formal public consultation later this year as part of the emerging Ickenham Neighbourhood Plan.

Separately from the Community Masterplan process, the owners of the site are exhibiting plans for a different Master Brewer development on July 25th 4pm to 8pm. Their leaflet is reproduced again below: