Hello. Well that was a great Festive Evening. Thank you Ickenham Festival and all the people who put so much time and effort into making it so enjoyable. And thank you all the visitors for braving the chilly weather to participate in this great community event.
As promised, the video of the winners of the Characters of Ickenham poll is now online.
It’s going to be dry tonight, whoopee! Good news for all the street activities in Ickenham village centre. Wrap up warm and come and enjoy an evening (6 to 9) of “music, activities, fun and shopping”, according to Ickenham Festival which makes the whole thing happen.
We’ll be in the Village Hall meeting old and new friends, running the traditional ‘sweets in the jar’ competition, selling copies of Yesterday in Ickenham and displaying images of the winners of the ‘Characters of Ickenham’ contest run earlier in the year.
We look forward to seeing you there.
(And, if you miss it, we’ll be uploading the slideshow here tomorrow morning.)
Beacons to Light HS2 Route Again
On Saturday 21st October, the route of HS2 will once again be lit up by beacons as communities come together to oppose the proposal. In a repeat of the show of unity from communities up and down Phase 1 in 2011, communities along Phase 2 are being encouraged to light bonfires as beacons all the way down the line of HS2.
The event has been organised by former Stop HS2 Chair Lizzy Williams on Facebook, and hopes that anyone opposing HS2 can join in wherever they are in the country if they wish to show people enough is enough. In places where beacons and bonfires would not be possible, candlelit vigils can be held and are very useful in raising awareness of HS2 and the destruction it will bring.
Anyone organising their own event should take full responsibility for risk assessment and health and safety including insurance if required and of course locations to be used must have permission from the landowners, and to be safe the fire brigade should be notified in advance.
The purpose of the event is to make a highly visible national event against HS2 and to attract as much media coverage as possible. It is also to encourage a spirit of solidarity amongst action groups.
More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page.
Sadly there is no where to use in Ickenham but we understand there will be one in Denham
The Green Party and fellow activists are protesting about HS2 ripping out trees in Harefield. Five of them have spent the night under a digger, to prevent further damage and an eventual environmental catastrophe for Harefield and surrounding areas.
While the Ickenham Residents’ Association avoids political positioning, we feel that this ongoing story may interest many of our members. To keep track of what’s going on please check in with Get West London.
Giant Jumblie at the URC!
The URC is holding its Autumn Jumble Sale on Saturday 7th October from 10am to 12 noon, admission 50p. Come along for lots of bargains and if you have items to donate please bring them to the church between 3pm and 7pm on Friday 6th October or phone Richard Piper on 01895 634348 for collection.
Ickenham’s wonderful Jacobean mansion is open to the public this coming weekend (16-17 September). Access is via Milton Road between 10am and 5pm each day.
Update: The house is only open on Saturday – the grounds both days. Apologies.