Upcoming HS2 drop-in meetings – update

New dates for HS2 meet-ups. (Includes some you already know):

This is HS2 speaking:


We now have the dates for the HS2 drop-ins from Ruislip Manor library as well as some additional slots. Our full schedule is as follows:

Friday 28, Harefield library, 1pm to 5pm

Monday 1, Ruislip Manor library, 4pm to 8pm
Friday 19, Harefield library, 1.30pm to 5pm
Monday 22, Ickenham library, 1.30pm to 5pm

Thursday 1, Ruislip Manor library, 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Friday 16, Harefield library, 1pm to 5pm
Monday 19, Ruislip Manor library, 4pm to 8pm
Monday 26, Ickenham library, 1.30pm to 5pm

Monday 3, Harefield library, 6pm to 9pm
Tuesday 11, Ruislip Manor, 1pm to 5pm


Upcoming HS2 drop-in meetings

This from HS2’s Patricia Thompson:

Most of you will know that we are planning to host regular monthly drop-in sessions in Ickenham, Ruislip and Harefield.

At these sessions Grant Blowers, the local HS2 community engagement manager for Hillingdon, as well as our contractors, will be available to meet one-to-one with local residents and answer any questions they may have.  Below are the dates we have confirmed in Harefield and Ickenham.  We are still waiting to hear back from the libraries in Ruislip but I wanted to let you know that we are making progress on this.

We will be making these dates available on HS2inHillingdon and I will be able to give you an update on how we plan to communicate them more widely at our meeting next week.


Monthly drop-in sessions dates:

September 2018

Friday 28, Harefield library – 1pm to 5pm

October 2018

Monday 22, Ickenham Library – 1.30pm to 5pm

November 2018

Friday 16, Harefield library – 1pm to 5pm

Monday 26, Ickenham Library – 1.30 to 5pm

December 2018

Monday 3, Harefield Library – 6pm to 9pm


Northolt Commemoration Ceremony Sept 1

Saturday  September 1st  2018 at 12.00 

 Northolt Commemoration Ceremony at Polish Air Force Memorial, South Ruislip, Middlesex. 

The annual and 58th Ceremony of Homage to Fallen Polish Airmen during World War II will be held at the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt on Saturday 1 September. The ceremony will be conducted in both English and Polish and everyone is welcome.

Wreaths will be laid by representatives of the Polish and British governments, local authorities, the Air  Force and the Royal Air Force. Veterans of individual squadrons or their descendants will lay wreaths for each Polish squadron that flew alongside the RAF from 1940 to 1945.

The replica of the wartime Wilno Standard of the Polish Air Force will be paraded and the ceremony will also  feature a detachment of Officer Cadets from the Polish Air Force Academy, Dęblin, trumpeter and drummer of  the Central Band of the RAF, and the band of the Middlesex Wing of the Air Training Corps. Young people from the various Polish schools in London, in addition to the Polish Scouts and Guides, will also participate.

There will be a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at the end of the ceremony, subject to contingencies and weather.

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

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.


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.


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


July 7 Plants, Books, Coffee, Cakes…

On Saturday 7th July there will be a Coffee Morning with delicious homemade cakes, together with a Sale of Plants and Quality Books at the URC, running from 10am to 12 Noon

Admission free.

Plant sales have been doing very well this year and it hopes to see many of its regular customers again as well as some new ones.  On the book front it will have out the top end of the stock, with prices running from £1 each for quality paperbacks up to £5 and including books of local interest and a big collection of Sci-Fi paperbacks.

The URC is looking forward to an enjoyable morning, with proceeds divided between the church and our 2018 charities: Bereavement Care, SENSE [The National Deafblind and Rubella Association], The British Heart Foundation and Water Aid.

Hope to see you there!

If you have things to donate please bring them to the church between 3pm and 7pm on Friday 6th July or phone Richard Piper on 01895 634348 for collection.