Burns Night fun

Our friends, the Ickenham Festival Team, will be holding their ever-popular “Burns Night” at Douay Martyrs School, Long Lane, Ickenham on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Expect a live Ceilidh Band with a caller for dancing, a Piper, a haggis supper (other options available) , dancing, and Burns poetry reading.  A great night out is promised for all.

You may book online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ickenhamfestival https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/ickenhamfestival

Full details of tickets and booking are on the Ickenham Festival website at
http://www.ickenhamfestival.org.uk/Feature.Burns.htm or contact Doug Neilson on 07516 984514.

Can you help Ickenham Church News?

Last month, we heard that Ickenham Church News (ICN) needs various kinds of help. We emailed our members at the time but help is still needed. So, here’s the original plea from Felicity Davies, Rector of St Giles:


I believe it was Chaucer who wrote, “All good things come to an end” – a saying that my dad would regularly quote when he wanted us to stop playing some amazing game we’d invented, and get ourselves ready for bed.  Well, life has moved on in different ways for each one of the wonderful team who volunteers at the Ickenham Church News and all of the production team will be standing down at the end of this year with the publication of the Dec/Jan edition.  The ICN is definitely a good thing, named recently as one of the “50 Best Things about Ickenham”, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t want it to end.

We now need volunteers to keep the ICN going into 2019 and beyond.  In Sussex I was once told that I was ‘not like the last vicar’, and, quick as a flash, another parishioner turned to me and said, ‘no, but you bring us yourself, and that’s all we ask of you.’  And that’s all we ask of you.  So here’s what we need to keep the ICN going:

An Editor (could be an Editorial Team share) – editing copy (emails, Word files, pdfs) and images into an online document, and sending the print ready version to the printers. During 2018 this was set up to use Lucidpress, an online software, to make the role a lot simpler.The ability to use Word, email and be able to copy and paste is essential. Knowledge of a graphics package (SnagIt, Photoshop etc.) is useful.

An Advertising Assistant – a discrete part of the Advertising role – responsible for finding replacement advertisers as required (usually only a few and usually only annually – most recently done via Facebook) and for invoicing and collecting the money from all the advertisers (done annually).

A Forthcoming Events section editor – now that the Forthcoming Events are entered directly online, this is a discrete section of the editorial requiring a mail merge Word document to be edited into the online format for the printed ICN.

A ‘proof-reader’ – a close detail person who can work within ‘House Style’, check phone numbers and ensure that days/dates make sense as well as spelling and punctuation – this could be done in hard copy or directly online.

‘Copy’ i.e. your articles of local interest from both church and the wider community. If you have a club or team event, or are doing or know something of interest that would make a good story, do send in a few words (around 200-350 words or contact the editor for guidance if longer) and a picture for inclusion in the next ICN. Copy can be sent in anytime but needs to be sent to .

The ICN comes out six times a year: Dec/Jan, Feb/Mar, Apr/May, Jun/Jul, Aug/Sept, Oct/Nov.  It is a great place to showcase and share all that goes on in our community, so let’s continue to ‘big up’ Ickenham and celebrate the amazing achievements and activities that happen here.   If you would like to be part of a new ICN team, please contact John Miller (01895 904556) or Felicity Davies (01895 622970) to find out more.

URC Christmas Fayre: Nov 17th

This year’s URC Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 17th November from 10am to 2pm. Admission 50p (free for under 12s).

The stalls will include Christmas gifts, decorations and cakes along with china, glass and small quality bric-a-brac, jewellery, toys and boxed games, DVDs and CDs and quality books.  There will be plenty of activities for the children, with Father Christmas arriving at 11, along with the popular 101 Surprises tombola [every ticket a winner!] and the grand draw at 1.30 with top prizes of £150 and £50 cash, kindly donated by Coopers Estate Agents.  Last but not least there will be hot food and other refreshments to help keep you going.  If you are able to donate anything for the stalls please bring it to the church between 2pm and 7pm on Friday 16th November or ring Richard Piper on 01895 634348 for collection.  Thank you for that in advance and hope to see you at the Fayre!

Richard Piper

David Porter’s litter-picking report

This was posted as a comment to an earlier post on the pICK-up. More people will see it as a post in its own right. So, with thanks to David Porter, here’s the detail of the event:

Ickenham’s first full village litter picking event – 27 October 2018 (for one hour)

A crisp five pound note, a wallet containing a driving licence, RAC membership card, golf range pass, national book tokens, national insurance number card for a resident in London W2, shoes and jackets, track suit bottoms, and a picture of a Tottenham Hotspur star were all plucked from the streets of Ickenham on Saturday 27 October 2018.

Some 36 bags full of street rubbish were piled up in front of the Village Hall in Swakeleys Road much to the consternation of mother of Mia, whose fifth birthday party was taking place later in the day. Sorry Mia, we hope it did not upset your guests when they arrived for the fun and games, balloons and party cake. Happy birthday to you.

Other full bags were left on the routes of the litter pickers. They made the village the cleanest in England for a short time.

Over 150 plastic bottles were picked up in the hour’s litter pick focusing mainly on the High Road, Swakeleys Road, Austins Lane and Long Lane.

One volunteer and her husband counted 350 cans into their rubbish bags.

Young volunteers came with their parents so their schools – Breakspear and Vyners should be very proud of their students’ community involvement.

More litter picking events are planned and are needed to keep the place spick and span before traffic generated by the HS2 scheme takes hold. From next June onwards there could be up to 550 traffic movements a day from the Ickenham/West Ruislip Portal. If drivers see mountains of rubbish on the streets they drive through they may think that a bit extra chucked from their cabs will not make any difference. HS2 contractors have agreed to include litter in driver’s induction training. The message “do not dare to litter” will resonate loud and clear.

Councillor Philip Corthorne (who represents West Ruislip including the Brackenbury and Ickenham Park estates) attended the event and joined in collecting rubbish. Well done Philip. Pressure is now on him and other London Borough of Hillingdon councillors to deliver what the Ickenham residents say they want: clear signage indicating Ickenham is, or aims to be litter free, and more bins in litter hotspots.

All Ickenham residents should be proud of its litter pickers who want to see a clear and tidy village.
Special thanks to Rachel Evans and the The Swakeleys Home Guard Club, where pickers went for light refreshments afterwards.

We can all make Ickenham a litter free zone.

Compiled by David Porter

27 October 2018