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

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.)

Litter picking report

Report from David Porter:

NINETEEN public-spirited citizens of Ickenham turned out for today’s litter picking event on Ickenham Green. Students Luke and Ben from Glebe School and Fearne, Leo, Indy and Pippa from Breakspear School came with their parents. Their schools should be proud of them.

In one place in the Ickenham Green culvert there was a disgusting collection of pink plastic bags. Volunteers suspected these were filled with dog mess. Responsible dog ownership? “That (action of disposal) is worse than just leaving it on the ground,” commented local allotmenteer and volunteer Stuart. “Those bags will never decompose.”

Collectively, the litter pickers speculated what the punishment should be for such irresponsibility.

Whoever you are, please stop it! Take the product of your dog’s bodily functions away with you and dispose of them where they are not a danger to wildlife or residents in our superb village.

A tent, a dumped load of asbestos, tins, bottles, plastic bags, a bus direction sign and other rubbish were collected and put into 29 bags for collection by the council’s disposal team.

Ickenham Village should thank Carol, Bob, Erica, Steve, Barbara, Simon, Justin, Stuart, Simon, Indy, Pippa, Jeff, Luke, Ben, Kirsty, Fearne, Kevin and Leo for their help in making Ickenham a litter free zone.


Look what a difference volunteer litter pickers can make. Here are “before” and “after” pictures of the culvert at Ickenham. The pink bags (in the “before” picture) may contain dog mess.

 

And here are some of the volunteers who took part in the litter picking exercise on Ickenham Green today alongside the full disposal bags.

 

 

It’s litter-picking time (27 April)

Rubbish makes our green spaces dangerous for us and animals

Help transform Ickenham Green’s green space by freeing it of rubbish.

A litter-pick will take place this Saturday (27 April 2019) at 10.30am lasting 60 minutes (the event will end at 11.30am sharp). Meet next to Ickenham Green allotments (on path from Soldiers Return pub on High Road, Ickenham).

If sufficient volunteers turn out on the day we will clear High Road, Ickenham (West Ruislip station to Austin’s Lane) as well.

Contact, David Porter, davidreporter@onetel.com or call 07751 282700 up to and including the event.

Help beautify the library garden?

We have received the following from the Library Team

As you may be aware, last October, a team of volunteers which included local school children, redesigned and is now in the process of planting up the Library Garden . We met again this week for a Natter and Potter tidying session. These sessions are open to all residents to come along and make their contribution mix in, chat and enjoy a cup of tea with the other gardening workers.  The Library garden is accessible to library users.

We would like to take this opportunity to see if you or any  group you are associated with would like to join forces to take this slightly further and make-over the front beds outside the library in Ickenham and to see if any of your members could assist in the transformation, would like to create a bedding design, offer plants and could offer time for maintenance.

The Library manager – Barbara Ezra – has been given the provisional go-ahead from the council on condition that residents can offer this information and back up going forward.

There are various schemes that this could head towards including Britain in Bloom but Barbara and I have our eyes set on opening the main Library Garden for the Festival week in 2020 and with a view to having transformed the front bed outside the car park by that time too.

If you think you could help or would like to join a Natter and Potter session please contact the Library directly on (01895) 558271

Thanks in advance