Covid jabs now at Hillingdon Hospital

The Hillingdon Hospitals Trust has opened a new public Covid-19 vaccination hub, at Hillingdon Hospital, and there are plenty of appointments available – either book online walk in.  The new centre will help roll out of the Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters that are vital to keeping everyone in our community safe. But we need your help. Please could you help share information about this service with your contacts and encourage your friends, neighbours, colleagues and family to come and have their vaccination at Hillingdon Hospital. 

More information is below and attached are posters / social media assets that you are welcome to use.

If you would like more information or additional materials, please contact the communications team at:

About the hub:    The hub is located on Pinewood Ward at Hillingdon Hospital, and can be accessed via a dedicated external entrance through the car park just off Royal Lane, so that visitors do not need to go through the main hospital building.   We are offering the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, and can provide first and second doses to anyone 16 or over, as well as boosters for adults over the age of 18.  The hub is open between 8.30am and 7.30pm, seven days a week. Walk-in appointments are available.  

Appointments can also be made through the National Booking system Pre-bookable booster appointments are currently being offered to anyone over the age of 30, and the system will be updated on Wednesday 15 December to allow those over the age of 18 to book for their booster.   

In the meantime, over 18s are welcome to access booster vaccines through walk-in appointments, provided it has been at least 3 months (91 days) since their second dose.   Please note that we still require anyone attending our sites to wear a clean surgical mask, maintain social distancing, and wash/sanitise hands regularly. This helps us to keep everyone safe.  

Current vaccine eligibility:   Anyone over the aged 16 or over can have a vaccine.  People aged 18 or over should have their second dose from 8 weeks after their first dose.  Most people aged 16 or 17 should have their second dose from 12 weeks after their first dose.  Anyone aged 18 or over can get a booster vaccine from 3 months (91 days) after their second dose.    

Vaccines are effective way for us to combat the virus – they save lives.  If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, there is a wealth of information available on the NHS Coronavirus Vaccination webpage and the Government’s website.  

URC activity this weekend

From URC

There’s plenty going on this coming weekend at the URC!  On Friday evening the church will be open from 6pm to 9pm for a festive display on the theme of LIGHT, accompanied by stalls of Christmas goods, small bric-a-brac and quality second-hand books and a bran tub for the children.  There will be seasonal refreshments in the Oasis coffee shop, an update on CLICK Rukiga and a raffle with prizes including Sunday lunch for four at the Fairways Carvery and a £25 meat voucher from Ickenham Village Butchers.  We will be open again on Saturday morning from 10am to 12 Noon for a Festive Coffee Morning, with the stalls still open and augmented by one of the famous Butterflies book stalls.  There are no admission charges at any point so we look forward to seeing you.


Sunday 17th October 2021 at 7.30 pm
Battle of Britain Bunker Visitor Centre, Wren Avenue, Uxbridge, UB10 0GG

Walton – Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Coates – Dambusters March Bernstein – Great Escape March
Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations
Parker/Charles – We’ll Meet Again

Adults £12, Concessions £10, Children 11-16 £5, under 11 Free
Reserve tickets by calling our Box Office 01895 674223,
Purchase through 01895 250615 or or via an orchestra member


Colne Valley Park Festival Fortnight

We have been asked to circulate this to you:

We are delighted to share with you our Colne Valley Park Festival Fortnight details, which has an exciting programme of events and activities for everyone to enjoy across the whole Colne Valley. Please do share this post, as we would be thrilled for as many people to enjoy what is on offer as possible.

From Batchworth to Staines, Langley to Uxbridge, we are partnering with volunteer groups, organisations and charities to offer you a variety of guided walks, online talks, children’s activities and more for you to enjoy over the Festival Fortnight: Saturday July 24th to Sunday August 8th 2021

Follow our link:

To find out more, book on the events and get ready to explore, enjoy and discover the Colne Valley Park!

“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:

September URC Jumble Sale

From URC:

We were overwhelmed by the response to our July sale, which raised over £590 despite only featuring plants and the quality books and the weather being rather Wimbledon.  It was lovely to see so many old friends again after a long gap and they seemed really happy to be back.  So, we’re going to do it again on Saturday 4th September [10am to 12 Noon, admission free] with a coffee morning and plant stall, lots more books [and stamps and postcards] plus bric-a-brac and toys and games.  If you have things to donate please bring them to the church on Friday 3rd September between 3pm and 7pm or ring Richard Piper on 01895 634348 for collection.  We could also do with some more helpers to join our happy team so if you think you could spare an hour or two please ring the same number for details.  Whether helping or visiting you will be supporting a range of worthwhile charities as well as the work of our church

Richard Piper

Over 50? Free taxi for your Covid jab

In case this is of use to you:

FREE VACCINE TAXIS: Age UK, the charity supporting older people, is offering a free taxi service for people aged 50 and above to get to and from their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The scheme covers Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent, and runs until the end of March. The service uses Uber and the full cost of the travel to and from the vaccination centre will be covered.

If you are aged 50 or above and would like Age UK to arrange free taxi transport to and from your COVID-19 vaccination appointment, then please get in touch by emailing Amy Shallon at or by calling 07947 188 221.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

You may well have seen this on the village Facebook pages but just in case you haven’t:

The Rotary Club announces

Santa’s coming!
Please donate generously to Santa and his amazing team
Socially-distanced Santa will be bringing his musical sleigh to Ickenham visiting: Gibson Road, Campden Road, Charlbury Road, Enstone Road, Malcolm Road, Woodstock Drive, Halford Road, Swakeleys Drive, Thornhill Road.
Because of COVID-19, we can’t collect door-to-door, but we are raising money for the London Air Ambulance and Coram Life Education (Hillingdon).
You can donate through:
Or text: SANTAHILLING to 70085 to donate £5 (texts cost £5, plus one standard rate message).
The schedule for Ickenham  is from 6:30pm as follows:
* Thursday 10th December – Ickenham
* Gibson Road (but not between Campden & Nettleton), Campden Road, Charlbury Road, Enstone Road, Malcolm Road (but not between Nettleton & Woodstock), Nettleton Road, Woodstock Drive (but not between Swakeleys & Gibson), Halford Road, Swakeleys Drive, Thornhill Road (between Woodstock & Gibson).
* Friday 11th December – Ickenham
* Lawrence Drive (but not between Crosier & St Giles), Crosier Rd, Glebe Ave (but not between Long Lane & Crosier), St. Giles Ave, Austins Lane (between St Giles & Glebe), Sussex Rd (between Glebe & Burnham). Tavistock Rd, Burnham Ave (but not between Glebe & Milverton), Milverton Drive, Edinburgh Drive, The Paddock, Long Lane.
* Monday14th December – Ickenham
* Greenacres Ave (between Derwent & St Georges), St Georges Drive, Copthall Road West (between St Georges & Derwent), Derwent Ave, Wallasey Cres, Hoylake Cres, Woodland Close, Eleanor Grove, Rectory Way, Swakeleys Road (between Rectory Way & Derwent).