Ickenham Pond restoration

The Council have confirmed that work is underway to restore Ickenham Pond. A site notice states that “many invasive species have affected the pond and it is now in need of complete restoration. The project will enhance the pond, increase biodiversity and improve the aesthetic appearance of the surrounding area.”

Pictured here in August 2020 by the Crane Valley Partnership (@CVP_CraneValley )

Vegetation has been cut back regularly over the past few years, including the removal of the overhanging willows visible in the 2016 picture below.

Lilly, Reed Mace, Iris and various grasses have thrived recently and dragon and damselflies are a common site in summer months. But Parrot’s Feather and New Zealand Pigmyweed (likely to be the invasive species mentioned in the Council notice) have continued to spread and dominate.

It is reassuring that the Council are committed to increase the biodiversity of the pond, meaning it will be retained as a nature pond, rather than as a purely ornamental feature.

The work is being carried out by AGA Group, a Thetford based Aquatic & Fluvial Engineering company.

Work progressing on 22 October 2020
September 2016

Night-time test flights at Northolt 19 and 20 October

Night flying activity can give local residents cause for concern but this is routine activity and a yearly occurrence to calibrate the runway.

FROM RAF Northolt:
“There will be night flying on 19 and 20 Oct during the period 2200 to 0600 on both nights. This is essential flight checking activity in order to calibrate the Instrument Landing System (ILS) and Precision Approach Radar (PAR). Multiple approaches will be flown to both runways in order to assure the safety of the stn’s Navigat

Watching sport near Ickenham

Most of us know that Ickenham has a cricket club (Oak Ave), a rugby club (Ruislip/Uxbridge), tennis clubs (Swakeleys Drive) and a youth football team (playing at various locations). Contact details for these teams can be found on our useful links page.

There are also lots of other sports teams based near our village. Some of these are listed below:

Wealdstone Football Club, based at Grosvenor Vale in Ruislip. The ‘Stones currently compete in the Conference South. The ladies team currently compete in the Greater London League Division 1. The ground is a short walk from Ruislip Station.

Ruislip Rugby Club, based on West End Road in Ruislip. The First XV currently compete in London 1 league. The ground is a short walk from Ruislip Station.

West London Eagles Handball Club, based at the Queensmead Sports Centre in Ruislip. Both men’s and women’s team currently compete in the national Premier Leagues. Queensmead Sports Centre is a few minutes walk from South Ruislip station.

London Gaelic Athletic Association, opposite the Polish War Memorial in South Ruislip. The ground is the headquarters and principal Gaelic games facility for London. Various men’s and women’s curling and Gaelic football teams playing at the ground, which is a fair trek from South Ruislip station. The E7 bus stops right outside.

London Broncos Rugby League Club,  and Ealing Trialfinders Rugby Club, both based on Vallis Way in Ealing. Both clubs compete in the second flight in their respective national leagues. The ground is a short walk from Castle Bar Park station, which is about 20 mins from West Ruislip (change at Greenford).

Do get in touch to suggest additions to the list above.