“Hillingdon Hoard” webinar

Archaeologists working in Hillingdon on the HS2 project have uncovered a fascinating rare set of Iron Age potins, an early version of the coin, dating back to the 1st century BC. 

If you would like to find out more about this discovery, a free webinar on 19 July will explain all. You can register for it here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/festival-of-archaeology-hillingdons-hidden-history-tickets-157616668699

John Squiers

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.

If you would like details of the funeral arrangements please email ickenhamresidents@hotmail.com

“What makes our village special?”

This is the question we posed about four weeks ago. In just two weeks many of the lovely people of Ickenham rose to our challenge and submitted photos and ideas. From them we’ve burned a DVD of the best 96 for our stand in the Village Hall at the Festive Evening on December 9th.

The deck cycles through 80 rolling slides. It lasts 6m 30s. All photographers are credited in the slides and at the end.

A marvellous effort all of you.

If you can’t get to the Festive Evening, please enjoy them here (and share them if you want) with family and friends.


Swakeleys House open Saturday

As part of the London Open House weekend, Swakeleys House will be open to the public (no charge) on Saturday 17th September 10:00 to 16:00.

It gives Ickenham residents the opportunity to publicly show their interest in this building. Please go if you can. Groups of up to 15 at a time will be admitted every 20 to 30 minutes.

Tell your friends and neighbours, we need to demonstrate our continuing interest in this historic and iconic building to its owners.

Thank you.

Pinn depth monitor at Swakeleys Road

If you are concerned about flood risk or the chance of being washed downstream, this GaugeMap link shows the state of the River Pinn. Here’s a snapshot:










You can alter the frequency and tweak other graph options. In the snapshot, the upper black line is the highest ever recorded (October 30th 2000) and the second line is the more recent highest (February 7th 2014). The lower black line is the lowest ever recorded (August 9th 2007).

We’re “genteel” (it says here)

Trawling around looking for a definitive Green Belt map for Ickenham (here’s a clue), I noticed this description of Ickenham in Hidden London. We are, apparently, “A genteel residential suburb situated between Uxbridge and Ruislip.”

Hidden London claims to take, “an informative, histor­ically inclined look at a variety of the capital’s more obscure attractions, curiosities, districts and localities.”