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hope you and your family were able to take advantage of the extended holiday period to enjoy one of the many Royal Wedding street party events that took place in the borough or indeed the fantastic event that we hosted at Manor Farm. This has given us a great start to our summer programme of activities for residents. These are the types of events that help bring local residents together to celebrate both our environment and heritage and to enjoy the wonderful facilities we have in our borough. Throughout the summer, we will continue to provide and support a wide range of events such as the ever-popular family fishing fun days, the Hayes Carnival and a whole host of other activities for residents of all ages. This year, our annual Ruislip Lido fun day will raise funds for the Royal British Legion and we are planning a charity walk taking in all 17 of Hillingdon’s libraries. Preserving Hillingdon’s natural and built environments are key priorities for the council and as part of that approach, we have clearly stated our opposition to the High Speed 2 rail proposals. The proposed route runs from central London to Birmingham, with a high speed link to Heathrow. This would have a major impact both on the north and south of our borough, destroying homes and the environment and bringing back the call for the expansion of Heathrow. As we did for our successful campaign T against the third runway at Heathrow, we have formed an alliance with a number of other councils whose residents will also be affected. I hope you will take the time to respond to the government’s consultation. We have included more information about the proposals and details about how you can respond in this edition of Hillingdon People and on the council’s website. Finally, I would like to add my own personal tribute to Group Captain Tom Barrett who tragically died recently. Tom was the station commander at RAF Northolt and he was a great friend to the borough, playing a key role in many local activities and initiatives. He will be sadly missed in Hillingdon.

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The Royal Wedding was celebrated in style with street parties and Hillingdon Council’s own event at Manor Farm

09 Older People’s Page

There are lots of social and leisure opportunities for retired residents or those thinking of retiring soon

11 New mayor

The council welcomes the new Mayor, Cllr Mary O’Connor

12 Royal British Legion

This year the council will be supporting the charity as it marks its 90th anniversary

16 High Speed 2

As the deadline for giving your thoughts on HS2 approaches, the council is offering some ideas and information on answering the consultation questions

18 Cricket competition

Tickets to watch Middlesex County Cricket Club are up for grabs

29 Blooming Hillingdon

The borough’s horticultural competition is back

32 Borough pride ration hillingdon celeb

The council has launched a new initiative to encourage residents to take pride in Hillingdon

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Award shortlist for library refurbishments Foster carers get together

Interactive presentations, workshops and lively debate took place at Hillingdon Council’s seventh Foster Carers’ Convention The convention, which this year had a theme of ‘Listening to the voice of children and young people’ took place in March at Uxbridge College’s Hayes campus. The Step-Up Group, consisting of young people who are either in or have previously been in care, also talked about what it’s like to be fostered and the Sons and Daughters Group, comprising of children whose parents are foster carers, explained what it’s like to live with fostered children. Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Social Services, Health and Housing, said: “Well done to everyone who attended this conference and made it such a lively and useful event. The council provides support and help for foster carers and their families who are doing such an important job. We are grateful for their commitment and compassion in making such a huge difference to the lives of children and young people in the borough when they need it most.” To find out more about becoming a foster carer call 0800 783 1298.


Hillingdon Council’s library service has been shortlisted for a national award for its rebuild and refurbishment programme. The council is the only local authority in London to meet the criteria in the category of Library Innovation of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards 2011. Hillingdon’s libraries announced record visitor numbers and book loans at the end of last year which marked the midway point of its £4million refurbishment programme. In some of the borough’s libraries visitor numbers have increased by more than 80,000 a year. The council is already three years into its six year programme to completely rebuild or refurbish all 17 of its libraries. Cllr Henry Higgins, Cabinet Member of Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “Hillingdon is committed to its library service. By taking a radical and innovative approach to many aspects of the service, and by recognising the important role that libraries play in communities, we have reduced running costs whilst at the same time increased stock levels of books and digital resources. “Innovative ideas have enhanced the experience our visitors can enjoy and I am delighted that this nomination recognises the work of everyone who is passionate about our library service.” While most other local authorities in London have announced or

The council’s library rebuild and refurbishment programme has been nominated for an award

are making cuts to the service, Hillingdon is bucking the trend by investing in a service that is well used and well loved by the residents of the borough. Harefield Library visitor, Marianne Reed, said: “Libraries are so important and I am proud to live in a borough where the library service is being respected and invested in. My local library is always a lovely place to visit and is such a great resource for local people to enjoy.” In 2007 the council opened a new library in Ruislip Manor hailing a new era in library services in the borough and instantly became a

model of best practice. Innovative features such as Starbucks coffee facilities, the most up to date books, brand new Apple Mac computers, free WiFi access and a more relaxed atmosphere were welcomed by visitors. Behind the scenes new processes such as ordering books directly from suppliers and changes to internal processes that ensure more staff are free to help visitors not only save the service money and reduce overheads but increase visitor satisfaction. The winner of the award will be announced at a ceremony in the London Hilton hotel, Park Lane in May.

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Award win puts inbrief Hillingdon residents ‘first’ Free trees The council’s HillingdonFirst card has won the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) 2011 IT initiative of the year award. The initiative was commended by the judges for delivering value for money to Hillingdon residents, for its innovative use of technology and for delivering improvement to council services. The HillingdonFirst card gives preferential rates to residents for parking and other council services and promotes wellbeing by offering similar rates at Hillingdon’s leisure facilities. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Improvement, Partnerships and Community Safety, said: “The LGC award recognises the council’s commitment to improving services

for residents. Hillingdon has led the way with its approach to residents’ cards and it is an initiative that other councils are looking to emulate. I would like to congratulate all of the council staff who helped to implement the card so smoothly for their hard work in making the HillingdonFirst card a success.” Hugh Dunnachie, Chief Executive of Hillingdon Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and one that staff can be rightly proud of. The award highlights our commitment to putting our residents first.” Information on discounts and offers available from local businesses as well as application cards for HillingdonFirst cards can be found at uk/hillingdonfirst

Steve Palmer, the council’s Head of ICT, (centre) collects the top gong for HillingdonFirst

If you are part of a community group and want to claim some free trees for your neighbourhood to enjoy, you should go online now. The Woodland Trust has 1,000 free tree packs for local community groups to plant on land that everyone in your area can enjoy and benefit from. You must have permission from the landowner before you apply and need to supply a grid reference or postcode for the proposed planting site with your application. You have until 30 September to apply for trees to be planted in 2011 and will be told if you are successful or not by 10 October. To apply, visit www.woodlandtrust., select ‘plant trees’ on the left hand side and then ‘schools and communities’ on the right hand side. If you have problems or difficulties with the online form, please email communitytrees@

Beating bowel cancer in Hillingdon Throughout May and June, the Hillingdon Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (HAEDI) will be running across the borough to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer. If the cancer is caught early, nine out of ten people diagnosed with bowel cancer will survive, so it’s important to understand the potential signs and symptoms. You should tell your GP if you have one or more of the symptoms below: Blood in your stools or on the toilet paper for the last three weeks or more;

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You’ve been going to the toilet more or less often than usual or it has been looser for the last three weeks; You’ve had persistent abdominal pains, a lump in your stomach or have noticed that you’ve lost weight or feel more tired than usual. Don’t be embarrassed to talk about your symptoms – your GP will have seen it all before. For advice and information, contact the Community Cancer Centre on 01895 461016.

Cheaper contents insurance for council tenants Hillingdon Council tenants can now get cheaper premiums on their home contents insurance thanks to a new scheme set up by the local authority. The council has worked to offer savings on last year’s premiums for residents who buy their home contents insurance through them. The scheme offers Hillingdon’s housing tenants the opportunity to purchase home contents insurance suitable for their needs which can be paid weekly, along with their rent. Tenants can also get more cover for their possessions, with accidental damage cover offered as standard and prices starting from just 64p a week for those aged 60 or over who are insured for £5,000. If you live in council or sheltered housing you can take advantage of the scheme. To check your eligibility and get a quote, call 01895 556397 or 01895 277707 or email


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Family fishing fun for free

The council’s popular free family fishing fun days will once again be taking place at Little Britain Lake this summer. The events, open to anyone keen to try out fishing, will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm on 24 July and 7 August. The days are being organised by Hillingdon Council in partnership with Les Webber’s Angling Projects.

All equipment plus bait and rod licence exemptions will be provided and there will be ‘catch of the day’ prizes, as well as other activities such as river dipping, bird, bat and bug box making, a bouncy castle and face painting. Visitors will also be able to talk to representatives from Angling Projects, and local angling clubs. For more information contact Lyn Summers on 01895 556640 or email lsummers@

Previously participants have enjoyed learning how to fish


Council offers career support for unemployed tenants Hillingdon Council is encouraging council tenants and leaseholders who aren’t in employment to get into work through a new programme. The Training Initiative for Leaseholders and Tenants (TILT) is a 12 week programme, organised by the council’s Community Involvement Team. It targets council tenants and leaseholders who have never worked or not worked for a long time and involves coaching, one-to-one support, CV writing, interview skills and a fourweek work placement. The work placements are provided by partner organisations, which work with the housing service at the council, including Apollo (construction), T Brown (gas appliance servicing), Mulalley (decorating contractors) and the Townfield Community Centre in Hayes. So far, 60 per cent of those who have taken part have secured work


and one person has decided to change career and train in a new field as a result of TILT. The pilot phase of the programme ran last year and the second phase started at the end of January this year. With the support of Hays Recruitment, eight tenants completed the first phase of the programme and the second set of six tenants have just completed their work placements. Contractors offering work placements have also told of how pleased they are with the programme and how they want to continue to be involved. TILT programme participant Natalie Lindsay, 36, who lives in Hayes, said: “The Training Initiative for Leaseholders and Tenants programme has given me and others like me a new lease of life.” Before the programme, Natalie was out of work for eight years. On TILT,

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she was placed with Hays Recruitment in March last year. They were so impressed with her that after a four week work placement, she was offered a paid part-time position as a project coordinator within the careers department. She added: “It has given us another chance to improve our present circumstances to better our future. “It has given us the chance to make meaningful contributions to the economy, influence our immediate environment and become better role models for our children. “Through TILT, I am now in a place to become financially independent. Thank you very much.” The programme has been nationally recognised and is currently shortlisted to receive a Tenant Participation Advisory Service Award 2011. For more information visit

No time for yourself because you support another adult? Then you are a carer. The Carer Fair is being held on Tuesday 14 June, as part of national Carers Week, between 10am and 5pm at The Mall Pavilions in Uxbridge. For more information or support please contact Hillingdon Carers on 01895 811206 or www.

Calling all volunteers Volunteers interested in history and aircraft are being asked to put themselves forward as tour guides for the Battle of Britain bunker at RAF Uxbridge. Training is provided and volunteers have access to the bunker’s reference library as well as gaining great experience in public speaking. Volunteers need to spare three hours a week and a small contribution towards expenses is available. For more information email 11gpenquiries@

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Tribute to a local hero

Former Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr David Yarrow and RAF Northolt Station Commander, Group Captain Tom Barrett at one of last year’s Battle of Britain commemorative events

Tributes have been paid to RAF Northolt Station Commander Tom Barrett who died in a road accident in March. Group Captain Tom Barrett was a respected officer, well known figure in the community and a key member of the Safer Hillingdon Partnership. The father of two served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded an OBE for his work in focussing the operational role of the Command Support Air Transport Fleet. He was posted to RAF Northolt in 2009 where he also served as Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the Queen. Air Officer Commanding 2 Group, Air Vice Marshal Phil Osborn, said: “Group Captain Barrett was a much loved and respected officer by all with whom he came into contact. Our sympathies are with his family at this difficult time.” The 45-year-old, of Beaconsfield, hillingdon people magazine

Buckinghamshire, was killed while cycling on the A40 on 10 March. Following his death the flag at the Civic Centre, Uxbridge, was flown at half-mast. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “Tom was one of the nicest people that I have ever met. He was a superbly professional and caring man and a good friend to Hillingdon in so many ways. He will be sadly missed and our thoughts are with his lovely family at this sad time.” The station commander also took part in several of the events supported by the council last year to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Wing Commander Jules Stilwell, Officer Commanding 32 (The Royal) Squadron, added: “Tom was an extraordinary person. We were privileged to have had him as our Station Commander and the Royal Air Force is a poorer place without him.”

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Council pledges sixfigure fund to schools Schools in the borough are set to benefit from a new £500,000 fund for educational initiatives to support children and young people. The fund, which results from the council’s effective budget planning for the coming year, will help to extend existing opportunities for children or young people and create new opportunities to develop the borough’s future citizens. Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity

for schools with big ideas to get the funding to continue their good work or kick start something new. Effective planning is enabling us to make the most of the council’s resources and I’m pleased to say that with this funding we are supporting our schools as they continue to improve the life chances of our young people.” The new fund, announced at a meeting of Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet on 14 April, will enhance work that is already taking place in the borough, building on the efforts of schools and youth workers across Hillingdon.

Benefit cheat sentenced A man from Hayes has been given a six month suspended jail sentence after fraudulently claiming more than £41,000 in benefits. Imran Rafique, of Yeading Lane, Hayes, appeared at Harrow Crown Court on 5 April following an investigation by Hillingdon Council. As well as receiving a suspended sentence, Mr Rafique was also given 200 hours of community punishment and a curfew between 8.45pm and 7am for six months. He pleaded guilty to 14 counts of dishonesty in order to falsely claim housing and council tax benefits. The investigation established that Mr Rafique, a self employed businessman, deliberately misled the council by stating on benefit claim forms that he

worked only part time earning £100 per week when in fact he ran his own business, Imrass Electronics Ltd. He was interviewed where it was established that he fraudulently obtained benefits amounting to £41,128.25 over five years. Garry Coote, Hillingdon’s Corporate Fraud Team Manager, said “We’re always pleased when another benefit cheat is caught – after all it’s your money they are stealing. “I’m always surprised that each and every year we still find people defrauding taxpayers totalling tens of thousands of pounds.” Anyone who suspects benefit fraud should contact the council’s hotline on 0800 389 8313.


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Council’s planning team secures conviction

Hillingdon Council’s Planning Team has successfully secured the prosecution of a local property development company for failing to complete works. Hodson Developments Ltd., was granted planning permission, subject to conditions, in October 2007 to build three detached properties. The conditions of permission on the Northwood based company included widening High Elms Close, Northwood, for highway safety reasons and reinstating road surfaces and street lighting, which they failed to complete. The council’s Planning Team issued the company with a breach of condition notice in March and again in April 2010, requiring the developers to finish the highway works. The developers failed to comply with

‘Life changing’ prize up for grabs Residents could be in with a chance of winning £25,000 simply by choosing to pay their council tax by Direct Debit. Hillingdon Council has teamed up with other London local authorities and Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd. (Bacs) – the not-for-profit organisation


the notices, giving the council no alternative but to prosecute. On 30 March at Uxbridge Magistrates Court, Hodson Developments Ltd were found guilty, ordered to pay the council’s full costs and the maximum fine of £1,000 for each of the notices, totalling £5,699.53. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “Hodson Developments Ltd. posed a health and safety risk to residents by failing to meet the terms of the planning permission and breaching the notices served. The court has ordered the company to pay the maximum fine as well as the council’s full costs sending out a strong message, which should hopefully deter anyone else in the borough from breaching planning regulations.” If residents have any questions about planning permission, visit the council’s website www. or call the planning team at the council on 01895 250230. behind Direct Debit – to offer council tax payers a chance to win the life changing prize. To be entered into the draw, Hillingdon residents must register to pay their council tax bill by Direct Debit before 5pm on 14 July. This can be done by returning a completed paper Direct Debit Instruction to the council, signing up to Direct Debit at www.hillingdon. or by calling 01895 250000. Residents who already pay their council tax bill

Burglar alarm scam warning Hillingdon Council and the Metropolitan Police are warning residents to be aware of companies offering to sell low cost security systems for their home. Elderly and vulnerable residents have reported being offered a security system for the low cost of £1. However the companies are failing to inform residents of the hidden cost of monitoring the alarm, which could amount to thousands of pounds. The council’s Trading Standards Team are advising residents not to be pressured into signing a contract, to shop around and get at least three quotes before signing up. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: “Residents should be wary of companies offering alarm systems for free or at a low cost, as there are often hefty hidden charges involved.

If you have any concerns contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 who provide consumer advice on behalf of the UK’s Trading Standards Departments.” Residents should also check alarm systems are accredited by either the National Security Inspectorate or the Security Systems & Alarms Inspection Board. David Mair, Manager of Security Systems at Metropolitan Police Service, said: “Householders can contact us if they want advice on the criteria a company should satisfy before they obtain quotes for a security system. “We can also advise on the type of system they should be looking for. They can contact the MPS Security Systems Compliance Unit on 020 7230 0749.” As part of the Leader’s Initiative, more than 2,000 free burglar alarms have been installed in the borough for elderly residents. If you are aged over 65 and would like to find out more information about the initiative, call 0800 694 0240.

by Direct Debit will be automatically entered into the prize draw. Hillingdon is one of 15 London boroughs taking part in the prize draw promotion. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: “We ran this campaign last year, as part of our cost saving drive, and we estimate that the councils involved saved almost £500,000 just by changing the way people pay their council tax bill – Direct Debit is

a much cheaper way for us to process payments. And the money we save can be used for the benefit of local residents. “We’re encouraging as many people as possible to look out for the prize draw information, switch to Direct Debit, and be in with the chance of winning the £25,000.” This year’s winner will be drawn on 19 July. For more information on the free prize draw and how to sign up to Direct Debit visit www. or call 01895 250000.

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Fit for retirement


etirement can open up more opportunities to enjoy life and Hillingdon Council has a lot on offer to help you get involved in things you may not have had the chance to before. While many people feel anxious about retiring, making the decision to get involved with a social activity or simply becoming more active in the local community can create a great chance to enjoy new experiences, meet like-minded people or learn another skill. The council, with support from the Leader’s Initiative for Older People, is working across the borough to deliver services and enable local community groups to offer activities and events for retired older residents who want to remain active and engaged in the community. You can get involved by:

Keeping active

Residents aged over 60 can get discounts with a LeisureLink card at council golf courses, swimming pools and arts and library facilities. Furthermore there are classes specifically designed for those young at heart at a reduced cost and free swimming for residents aged 65+. You can apply for a card online or by phoning 01895 556677. hillingdon people magazine

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Meeting new people

If you are looking to socialise there are a number of dining centres across the borough. A two-course meal is usually served with some offering after-lunch activities. Transport to and from the centres can also be arranged for housebound residents. Location details are available on the council’s website or by calling the Older People’s Team on 01895 556633. Many of the borough’s libraries also offer regular coffee morning events, which is a good place to meet new people.

Helping your community For those who have retired but wish to remain working there are lots of volunteer opportunities available. Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services (HAVS) offers volunteering work to cover most interest bases. See page 35 for more information. Or you could become a Street Champion. Street Champions act as the ‘eyes and the ears’ of the community to help get things fixed and report on environmental issues. For more information email streetchampions@hillingdon. or call 01895 556247.

Having your say

If you who would like to have your say on local issues then why not go along to the Assembly for Older People? The assembly takes place quarterly to discuss a wide-range of issues from housing and development at the RAF site to public transport. The next meeting will be on 21 June, 2pm4pm in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. You can also air your views on the enjoying retirement discussion forum on the council’s website. Leader of the Council and Older People’s Champion, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: “Through our Older People’s Plan we are delivering some excellent initiatives that can make a real difference to the lives of our older residents. “By 2025 the number of Hillingdon residents aged over 65 is projected to reach 41,300. We will continue to meet the needs of these residents through the Older People’s Plan and my Leader’s Initiative, which I hope will continue to improve their lives.”


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New facility puts Hillingdon in the Olympic ‘zone’ A new fitness facility has given Hillingdon a taste of London 2012, 500 days before the opening ceremony of the Olympics.


he adiZone facility, in Fassnidge Park, Uxbridge, which officially opened in March, is a giant multi-sport outdoor gym venue that aims to inspire the local community to get involved in sport. Designed and developed by adidas, adiZone boasts sporting facilities inspired by Olympic and Paralympic sports that include a basketball, football and tennis area, a climbing wall, an outdoor gym and an open area to encourage dance, aerobics and gymnastics. It is free to use and open all year round. Local coaches and sports club organisers will also be invited to the site so they can spot talent and encourage


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Richard Mantell tested out the facility with local children

young people to join local clubs and sporting organisations. Cllr Henry Higgins, Cabinet member for Sport and Culture, said: “This brings London 2012 alive for the people of Hillingdon in one of our award winning parks. The adiZone adds to the fantastic facilities already available to residents including the newly opened Olympic sized pool at the Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex and fantastic gymnastics hall at the recently opened Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre. I hope that residents young and old will enjoy these new facilities for many years to come.” adiZones, which are paid for through the Government’s Co-

location Fund, were initially installed by adidas in four of the London 2012 host boroughs, but are now being introduced to towns and cities across the UK as the Olympic and Paralympic Games preparation increases. Tim Byles, Chief Executive of Partnerships for Schools, the government agency responsible for delivering the Co-location Fund, said: “The Co-location Fund supports a wide range of projects delivering vital investment in joinedup facilities across the country from libraries and health services on school sites to new facilities for family support services and space for young people to access support as and when they need it. We are pleased to support the roll out of adiZones across the country and, working with local authorities, hope to develop over 40 adiZones.” Seb Coe, Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, added: “It’s fantastic to see adidas expanding the adiZone programme to Hillingdon. The adiZones inspire young people to become more active and help make our vision of encouraging these young people to choose sport a reality.” May/June 2011 hillingdon people magazine

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his May, the council has welcomed the new Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Mary O’Connor. To officially say hello, Hillingdon People caught-up with her to talk duties, citizenship and why this year she’ll be championing ‘mental health’ across the whole spectrum of mental health illness. Having lived in the borough for more than 50 years, Cllr O’Connor is well-versed in understanding the issues that concern Hillingdon residents. Formerly a senior nurse manager in Accident and Emergency, for which she received an MBE, she plans to spend her year in office raising awareness of mental health and getting rid of the stigma. All monies raised by the Mayor’s charity will be shared by the charities and acute services that support people affected by mental health problems. Cllr O’Connor said: “I want to work with those across the whole spectrum of mental illness.” This will include supporting the work of the charity MIND, Riverside Acute Unit, Woodlands, the Alzheimer’s and dementia unit and CAMHS – which provides mental health services for children and young people. Cllr O’Connor said: “Coming from an NHS background I’ve seen first hand the effects on people suffering with mental health problems which have not been properly diagnosed – and the effect on their families of being brought into accident and emergency departments. Busy hospital departments are not the right environment for someone going through a crisis of mental health.” “For me it’s about education and raising awareness, it’s about getting rid of the stigma attached – that’s the big thing, and that’s what I’d like to help achieve.” The new Mayor is also planning to invite local primary school children to the Civic Centre in Uxbridge to learn about citizenship before giving them a tour of the Mayor’s Parlour as well as organising talks on elections for Hillingdon’s young people. hillingdon people magazine

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Hillingdon’s first citizen

She said: “Our youth are our future and if we can ensure that they have as many skills as possible to develop their understanding of society we can improve things for everybody. “At a time when so many people in different parts of the world are fighting for freedom, we need to speak to young people about democracy and the importance of using their vote. Cllr O’Connor has spent the last year as Deputy Mayor so she is fully prepared to meet the demands of being the ‘first citizen of the borough’. Some of the events she attended as Deputy Mayor were the 25th anniversary of the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre at Mount Vernon Hospital, the rededication of the Eastcote War Memorial, lots of school events and the Jack Petchey awards – which recognise the achievements of young people. The new Mayor of Hillingdon added: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be the Mayor for the coming year. It is a privilege and an honour to serve our borough.”


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Celebrating 90 the Royal Britis Hillingdon Council is proud of its history supporting the armed forces and this year has pledged to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion to mark their 90th anniversary.


vents for residents young and old will be taking place across the borough to honour military personnel from the past and present and to help the charity to raise £90 million - £1 million for every year of their existence. The Royal British Legion safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of serving and ex-Service people, their families and their dependents. Around 9.5 million people in the UK are eligible to ask for the charity’s help and since 2003 it has financially supported 10,000 veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is probably most famous for the Poppy Appeal - the annual November fundraising campaign.

More than 30 million remembrance poppies are made each year at the charity’s poppy factory in Richmond, which is staffed largely by disabled or ex-Service people who suffer from chronic illness. The Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: “As a country we owe a great deal to those who served and are still serving in the armed forces. As a local authority I am proud of our long history of supporting these servicemen and women and this is a great opportunity to show, in part, our appreciation for the sacrifices they continue to make on our behalf.” People as young as 17 can be sent on active service meaning veterans can often be quite young. Each year the Royal British

Legion answers thousands of calls for help through their helpline, Legionline. They provide help through a number of different channels including counselling, job retraining and benefits. To contact them call 08457 725 725. Branch Secretary of the Eastcote Royal British Legion, Jeff Duley, said: “It’s fantastic for the Royal British Legion to receive the support and recognition from Hillingdon Council and the borough’s residents. The Royal British Legion will be needed for as long as people continue to be affected by conflict and your support enables us to assist those and their dependents who have been prepared to serve and even make the ultimate personal sacrifice in the UK’s Armed Forces.”

Ruislip Lido Family Fun Day Now in its third year, the council’s Ruislip Lido Family Fun Day will include activities to keep the whole family entertained and offers you the chance to keep fit while raising money for the Royal British Legion. Register online as a single participant or get together a team of family and friends and join us on 10 September to take part in either the Ruislip Lido Fun Run or the less energetic ‘lido lap’. Entry cost is £6 for each person and includes a free T-Shirt. To register online and/ or make a donation please visit and use the Ruislip Lido Fun Day link from the home page.


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years of sh Legion

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Your money will help people in circumstances similar to these:

Damian Wright

Damian Wright was killed in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan in 2007, leaving his 20-yearold wife Hester to raise their young son Josh alone. Damian had been in the army for five years, and served in Northern Ireland and Bosnia, and took part in exercises in Kenya, Belize and Cyprus. Since Damian’s death, Hester has been financially supported by the Legion, receiving help to pay off debts, buy household goods, a school uniform for Josh, and money towards a holiday. She said: “Nothing can replace Damian, but knowing The Royal British Legion is there to offer comfort and support has been a great help. “You don’t expect to lose your husband at 20 and be left as a single mum – it is very hard to keep going. But the Legion is helping me to come to terms with Damian’s death. It’s like a great weight has been lifted from us, knowing that someone can help us out. I’m not quite sure how we would have coped without them, to be honest.” hillingdon people magazine

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Simon Brown

Simon Brown, 31, is a member of the Legion’s Morley branch and served as a corporal in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). In December 2006, Simon was shot by a sniper in Basra. The bullet left him virtually blind and he has undergone 12 operations to reconstruct his face. With the Legion’s encouragement he has completed a teaching degree so he can work with troubled teenagers and has been assisted with his pension claim. He said: “One of the biggest challenges, apart from losing most of my sight, has been coping without my mates and that loss of camaraderie can really get you down. I will always be grateful for the Legion people in Leeds who came around to see me and got me off my backside. It really helped me to overcome the fear of meeting people face-to-face. The welfare facilities the Legion can provide are unbelievable and it’s such a comfort to know they’re there.”

Mark Stonelake

Gunner Mark Stonelake, of 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, had his left leg amputated in 2008 after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. As well as having his leg amputated, the blast left him with a badly damaged right foot, fractured back, broken bones in both legs and a broken nose, jaw and teeth. The Royal British legion is helping Mark through funding to the Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre and Personnel Recovery Centres (PRCs), part of the MoD’s Personnel Recovery Capability, where he has received treatment. The charity has also funded adaptations, such as building a wet room, in his home to make it easier for him to perform every day tasks. He said: “The Royal British Legion is my personal favourite charity, and the people at the Legion down in Devon are helping me while I’m in the army, but I know that help will continue, should myself or my family need it if I leave the army,”


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Royal British Le Event Author visit from former army officers, Patrick Mercer and Stuart Tootal Coffee morning

Where Uxbridge Library

Taking a closer look at 1921 online

Queens Walk temporary library, South Ruislip Yeading Library

Poppy themed story time with raffle

Charville Library

Yiewsley Street Party. Story time and crafts in the morning with the street party in the afternoon Poppy Party with a 1920s quiz Under 5s street party Healthy walk

Yiewsley Library

Yeading Library

Ancestry workshop

Yiewsley Library

Fundraising day with cake sale, book sale and Royal British Legion talk by Chris Wren Poppy Pride events and activities (in partnership with the Compass Theatre) Story time with poppy colouring and crafts

Harefield Library

Uxbridge Library

Ickenham Library West Drayton Library

Sponsored 27 mile library to library walk in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy party poetry evening

Yiewsley Library Manor Farm Library

Taking a closer look at 1921 online

Uxbridge Library

Afternoon tea and cakes and taking a closer look at 1921 online Music quiz and war songs

West Drayton Library Charville Library

Themed coffee morning

Northwood Hills Library

Taking a closer look at 1921 online

Northwood Library

Taking a closer look at 1921 online

Charville Library

Coffee morning with under 5s story time

Northwood Library

Tea dance

Harlington School

Royal British Legion themed craft event

Botwell Green Library

Taking a closer look at 1921 online

Ruislip Manor Library

Flag making

Oak Farm Library

Tea dance and sing-song with a guest Ruislip Manor Library speaker, competitions and crafts Over 60s coffee morning with talk by RBL member Yeading Library Taking a closer look at 1921 online

Botwell Green Library

Family Fun Day (Ruislip Lido Fun Run) Ruislip Lido Talk by Jeff Duley from Eastcote Royal British Legion Eastcote Library


When 1 June 7pm 3 June 10.30am to 12pm 7 June 10am to 12pm 9 June Check with library for times 10 June Check with library for times 10 June Check with library for times 10 June 10am to 11am 10 June Check with library for times 11 June 9am to 5pm 11 June 4.30pm to 7pm 14 June 10am to 10.45am 16 June 8am 17 June 7pm 17 June 10am to 12pm 17 June 2.30pm to 4.30pm 20 June Check with library for times 23 June 10.30am to 12pm 13 July 10am to 12pm 19 July 11am to 12pm 21 July 10am to 12pm 10 August 2pm to 4pm 31 August 3pm to 4pm 1 September 2pm to 4pm 2 September 12pm 2 September 2pm to 4pm 2 September 10am to 12pm 9 September 10.30am to 12.30pm 10 September 14 September May/June 2011 hillingdon people magazine

egion events

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vents across the country are set to mark the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. The council will also be marking the occasion with a calendar of events and activities across the borough. Planned events include street parties, poppy parties, tea dances, craft workshops, coffee mornings and living history talks given by service veterans. All of the events will be advertised on public notice boards, at local libraries and on the council’s website. A schedule of some of the events is listed (left) but please note that these may be subject to change or require tickets so please check with the library or on the council’s website for up to date information.

Charity walk

Residents can put their best foot forward to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion by joining Library staff on 16 June who will be taking part in a 27 mile library to library charity walk. Residents looking for a challenge can tackle the whole 27 miles or choose a part of the walk (see below). For more information please go to or contact Stephen Beer at Yiewsley Library on 01895 558286.

Library to Library Walk Yiewsley Library Set off at 8am START

West Drayton Library Set off at 8.21am 0.76 miles

Ickenham Library Set off at 12.08pm

Harlington Library Set off at 9.08am

2.09 miles

Oak Farm Library Set off at 11.30am 1.63 miles

Botwell Green Library Set off at 9.45am

1.3 miles

Charville Library Set off at 10.53am

1.32 miles

1.21 miles Yeading Library Set off at 10.15am

1.61 miles

1.36 miles Manor Farm Library Set off at 1.30pm LUNCH

Uxbridge Library FINISH

Ruislip Manor Library Set off at 1.55pm 1 mile

South Ruislip Library (Queens Walk) Set off at 2.40pm

1.67 miles

Harefield Library Set off at 5.50pm 4.88 miles

Eastcote Library Set off at 3.21pm

1.77 miles

Northwood Library Set off at 4.40pm 3.03 miles

1.79 miles Northwood Hills Library Set off at 4.10pm

1.17 miles



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Have your say on HS2

hillingdon consultation

Hillingdon Council has said that it opposes the Government’s current proposals for a high speed rail link which would connect London and Birmingham and go through parts of the borough.


any residents have contacted the council and asked how they should respond to the seven questions that High Speed 2 are asking to best represent their concerns. If approved by central government, HS2 would impact on both the north and south of the borough with the line running through Ruislip, Ickenham and Harefield and a high speed link to Heathrow probably achieved by two separate lines joining the main route at West Ruislip and Denham. Hillingdon Council has also joined forces with other local authorities affected to form the 51m group. The name


derives from the £51m HS2 will cost each UK constituency, excluding Northern Ireland. Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: “Although we are not against the concept of high speed rail, the proposed route is the worst of all options as regards the financial viability, the environmental damage and the significant impact on the lives of residents. The proposed high speed link will almost certainly see the third runway issue back on the agenda.” To help residents understand the issues here are some ideas which may help to inform your answers to the questions.

1. Do you agree that there is a strong case for enhancing the capacity and performance of Britain’s inter-city rail network to support economic growth over the coming decades?

• Not this way. Clearly trains are becoming increasingly overcrowded at peak times and everyone would want better rail services. But HS2 is not the answer to enhancing capacity and performance of inter city trains. HS2 could worsen the north/south divide. • Alternatives such as improving the existing rail network have not been properly evaluated, and these may provide greater and wider economic benefits.

2. Do you agree that the national high speed rail network from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester (The Y Network) would provide the best value for money solution (best balance of cost benefits) for enhancing rail capacity and performance? • No. It will cost £32billion and it will not be running until at least 2033. The benefits appear to be based on a number of unfounded assumptions. • The other alternatives do not seem to have been properly evaluated. • The proposed route and the Y shaped network appear to have been heavily influenced by an assumption that there should be a link to Heathrow. This has pushed the route to the west rather than a more direct route northwards. But there is no evidence that a direct link to Heathrow is justified in terms of the business case or reducing carbon emissions.

3. Do you agree with the Government’s proposals for a phased roll-out of a national high speed network and for links to Heathrow and the High Speed 1 line to the Channel Tunnel? • No. The Government is consulting on the principle of the Y network without having looked at the details and feasibility of the routes.

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hillingdon consultation • The Government’s approach of consulting in a two phased approach is not allowing all residents and businesses to participate in a proper and joined up way. • The two phased approach to consultation could result in the London to Birmingham route being built, with no agreement or funding ever being secured for the Y network. • The Government has not provided any evidence to show that it has properly investigated the impacts of linking HS2 to Heathrow or to Euston and St Pancras.

4. Do you agree with the principles and specification used by HS2 Ltd to underpin its proposals for high speed rail lines and the route selection process HS2 Ltd undertook? • No. The Government should have consulted on a national policy for transport, including inter-city rail services and airports to other destinations such as the West Country. • It is unclear as to whether HS2 has examined all reasonable options with regards to route or that the specification used by HS2 is adequate. For example the high speed specification for HS2 means that the route has too little flexibility and is causing unnecessary environmental and social damage. HS2 has placed so much weight on Heathrow and a west London interchange and this made their route selection process unjustifiably skewed.

5. Do you agree that the Government’s proposed route, including the approach proposed for mitigating its impacts, is the best option for a new high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands?

• No. The benefits HS2 claim are neither sufficient nor well dispersed across the country to justify the high costs in financial, environmental and social terms. • There appears to be no convincing business case for HS2

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to justify the environmental and social harm that it will cause. • The Government has not provided sufficient information with regard to mitigation to enable residents to respond in a considered way. HS2 will not be undertaking any detailed work on construction or noise mitigation until after the consultation is over. This makes it difficult for residents to answer this question on mitigation in any meaningful way.

6. Do you wish to comment on the Appraisal of Sustainability of the Government’s proposed route between London and the West Midlands that has been published to inform this consultation? • The Appraisal of Sustainability has not been properly carried out or consulted on with regard to other alternatives, such as improving the capacity of existing rail services. • It is difficult to comment on the Appraisal of Sustainability because the level of information provided on the plans is difficult to interpret. For example the maps on noise do not show individual properties and therefore they are of little practical use for residents wishing to know how they will be affected. These details will be published after the decision for the route has been made.

7. Do you agree with the options set out to assist those whose properties lose a significant amount of value as a result of any new high speed line?

• Your preferred option will depend on your personal circumstances. For example, the Exceptional Hardship Scheme may be best for those wanting to move soon. The Property Bond is likely to be best for those not wanting to move straight away because it would be transferable to new owners. The 3rd option may suit those who don’t want to move because they may get some compensation for the impact after the line is opened.

• It is worth noting that despite these discretionary measures, the blight has already started and will continue for many years until construction of HS2 starts and apart from the very limited Exceptional Hardship Scheme, compensation will not be paid for some years.

 ow you can have H your say

• Answer the seven questions by completing the government’s consultation document. You can download this from www. or call 0300 321 1010 for a hard copy. This should be posted to Freepost RSLX-UCGZ-UKSS, High Speed Rail Consultation, PO Box 59528, London, SE21 9AX by 29 July. • Fill in the council’s response card with a simple yes or no answer and return to the Freepost address by Friday 1 July. This should be done in addition to completing the consultation document. The cards are being sent to every household in the borough but if you have not received yours in this edition of Hillingdon People then contact us on 01895 250828.


To see the official HS2 maps visit www.highspeedrail.dft. or to keep updated with the latest information on what the council is doing with regards to HS2 visit


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Cricketing her in

If England’s Ashes winning winter has inspired you to watch some live cricket, you may be surprised to hear you could see some of the country’s finest players on your own doorstep.


iddlesex County Cricket Club (CCC) holds an annual festival of cricket at Uxbridge Cricket Club which was founded in 1789 and this year celebrates 40 years of playing at the Park Road site. This year’s festival in June includes two 20-over matches and a County Championship game. The team is based at the home of cricket, Lords, but plays several games a year at alternative grounds, including the Uxbridge ground in Gatting Way, Park Road. Middlesex CCC is the county team of Ashes winning England captain Andrew Strauss, batsman Eoin Morgan and fast bowler Steven Finn. The club also boasts former West Indian star Corey Collymore and Irish allrounder Paul Stirling, who was part of the Ireland one day team that beat England in the 2011 Cricket World Cup in March.

The team is hoping for a winning 2011, having had a successful pre-season and having made some new signings. Angus Fraser, Managing Director of Cricket at Middlesex CCC, said: “We’ve been busy this winter – I think this is the fittest Middlesex side to represent this club. I hope and believe this will be rewarded. We want to do well in every competition. Our priority is promotion into division one [of the county championship].” Cllr Henry Higgins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “Uxbridge is honoured to host these games, which offer everyone the chance to experience the buzz of seeing some of the country’s best cricketers at a compact ground. If England winning the Ashes this winter has inspired you to play or get involved in cricket, there are plenty of opportunities to do this in Hillingdon.”

Match dates


Friday 24 June



Sunday 26 June



Monday 27 – Thursday 30 June Friday 1 July





5.30pm (Gates open at 4pm) 2.30pm (Gates open at 1pm) 11am (Gates open at 10am) 5.30pm (Gates open at 4pm)

How you can get involved Street games

Come along and learn cricket skills with your friends. Sessions cost £1 at Hayes Cricket Club. For more information search ‘cricket’ on

Cricket alliance

Hillingdon is one of the first London boroughs to have a youth cricket alliance which incorporates all the borough cricket clubs supporting primary school cricket coaching, secondary cricket competitions and disability cricket. The alliance is also involved in supporting sports development projects and the London Youth Games.

London Youth Games

Europe’s biggest youth multisports event. Hillingdon goes up against the other London boroughs for sporting supremacy. Girls’ and boys’ cricket competitions are held in March with training taking place from November.


Disability cricket sessions ran by DASH at Botwell Green every Tuesday 4pm to 5pm free of charge.

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roes play Uxbridge ‘Get close to the action’ Hillingdon People met Middlesex CCC bowler, Tim Murtagh, to get his thoughts on the season ahead and to find out why you should go to watch the team at Uxbridge. Tim started his career at Surrey CCC in 2000 and moved to Middlesex in 2007. He has won the Player of the Year award several times for the club, with his most successful year being in 2008 when he took 108 wickets in all competitions. Tim explained how the players feel when they play at Uxbridge compared to the ‘home of cricket’, Lords: “We usually have at least three games a year down at Uxbridge. It’s a bit different to playing at Lords – it’s a compact ground. We get a few people down there to watch. It’s a good wicket, a good pitch. It’s a good chance to get out of Lords and get to some of the outer grounds. “Lords is the best ground in the world – Uxbridge is a change of scenery. We all look forward to it.” He encouraged residents to try to get to the festival: “It’s a great day out, you can bring the kids along, there’s always plenty going on. You are a lot closer to the players, sometimes we sit in with the crowd, we wander around the ground. It’s a great chance to get autographs from some of the England guys if they play.

Your chance to win!

“You are closer to the action than you are at Lords and you can feel that buzz a little bit, and see some entertaining cricket.” Tim explained that the aim for the season is for the club to win promotion in the County Championship. He said: “We have put a lot of work in [over the winter] and I’m pretty desperate, as all the other players are, to see some rewards from that. “I think we can challenge for some trophies this year, whether that’s one or four day cricket, we’ll see. We have made some good signings, a lot of guys have now played a lot of cricket and we should be coming to our peak as a team. We’ve got a lot to learn and this winter has definitely helped put us on the right track again.” The team benefits from several international players, including the Ashes-winning captain Andrew Strauss, batsman Eoin Morgan and bowler Steven Finn. Tim said they were always welcomed into the side whenever they were available to play for Middlesex: “They [Strauss, Finn and Morgan] are world class players. I take it upon myself to bring them back down to earth when they play. It’s always good to see those guys, they are quality players who would add quality to any team they

Hillingdon People has five pairs of tickets to give away to keen cricket fans for Middlesex’s Friends Life twenty20 game against Hampshire on 1 July. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question: Who is Middlesex CCC’s chosen charity partner for twenty20 cricket? Send your answers to: Middlesex CCC competition, Hillingdon People, 3E/07 Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW. All entries must be received by Friday 10 June and the winning entries will be drawn randomly from all correct answers received.

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are playing in. We welcome them back whenever they can play.” He added that he believed England winning the Ashes in Australia over the winter would inspire more people to play and watch the game. Tim has played county cricket since 2000, and the sport is in his blood, with his uncle and brother playing for county sides and his father playing for a club. He advised any budding players to work hard and keep believing.


Tickets for the Uxbridge Festival start from £5 for under 16s and £15 for adults. For more information on the festival, please see www.middlesexccc. com or visit www.


hillingdon celebration

The wedding of the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was celebrated across the borough with more than 40 street parties – one of the highest numbers of all the London boroughs.


housands of residents also enjoyed the free open-air screening and public picnic of the ceremony in the historic grounds at Manor Farm in Ruislip. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, the Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “Removing the red tape, waiving fees and covering the cost of public liability insurance clearly paid off. It was great that so many of our residents were


inspired to come together and hold their own street parties and I hope everyone enjoyed joining in with the Royal couple’s celebrations.” Here is a selection of photos from events that took place across the borough. Visit for more photos of the Manor Farm event and from street parties across the borough.

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hillingdon education

Celebrating Adult Learning in Hillingdon Residents wanting to explore their hidden talents can take part in one of the many taster sessions on offer as part of Adult Learners’ Week.


illingdon Adult Education will be celebrating the week from 14 – 20 May with a full range of events and taster sessions open to all. The week follows an Ofsted report in February that graded Hillingdon Adult Education as offering a good and in some areas outstanding service. Inspectors stated the service as offering a welcoming atmosphere and high quality accommodation with learners experiencing increased confidence and developing their personal, employment and social skills. Comments from participants, which formed part of the report, included: “I have been delighted with my courses and have been able to take away the skills and develop these at home. I have certainly recommended the centre and praised the teachers to friends and family. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my opinion on the excellent tuition I have received.” Details of sessions and events on offer as part of Adult Learners’ Week, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, are available in adult learning centres and libraries. Alternatively visit www.hillingdon. or call 020 8569 1613.

Getting a foot in the door

Whether you’re searching for jobs, need help updating your CV or want to gain some confidence in your interview technique, Hillingdon Adult Education’s Job Shop has a monthly free rolling programme in conjunction with Next Step to give you professional support and guidance. There are also one-to-one 45 minute tailor-made advice sessions with career advisors from Next Step available. For more information or to secure your place call 020 8569 1614 or drop into any of the adult learning centres.

Job search


6 June


6.30pm to 8.30pm


7 June


9.30am to 11.30am

Ruislip Manor

4.00pm to 6.00pm

Thursday 9 June

CV building and Job applications

Interview skills


10 June Harlington

9.30am to 11.30am


13 June Brookfield

6.30pm to 8.30pm


14 June Brookfield

9.30am to 11.30am

Thursday 16 June Ruislip Manor

4.00pm to 6.00pm


17 June Harlington

9.30am to 11.30am


20 June Brookfield

6.30pm to 8.30pm


21 June Brookfield

9.30am to 11.30am

Thursday 23 June Ruislip Manor

4.00pm to 6.00pm


9.30am to 11.30am

24 June Harlington

Want to set up your own business? Enterprising Attitudes is a two day workshop offering simple, practical advice on starting your own business and is coming to Hillingdon Adult Education in May. Call 01895 671969 for more information or to register your interest.


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hillingdon young people


he achievements of young people from Hayes took centre stage when local celebrity dancers Chris and Wes dropped into the fourth annual Hayes Youth Conference. The duo, winners of Sky TV’s ‘Got to Dance’ competition, attended the event to present awards to young people who have made a significant contribution to improving Hayes over the past year. They were joined at the conference, held at Hayes Working Men’s Club, by 13 to 20 year olds who want to find ways to improve their local area. The annual event is organised by the Hayes Youth Forum and Hayes and Harlington Youth Partnership (H&HYP) to enable young people to learn more about the services on offer to them and hear about the difference young people’s voices are already making to Hayes. This year the young people discussed crime and drugs; education, employment and training; housing; sexual health and youth services. At the event an award was given to Shannen Hunt from Harlington Community School who, despite difficulties in her personal life, still volunteers to help coach other students and children in sports and nutrition. She plans to study sports science and become a teacher. Peer mentors were also awarded for their hard work and their committment to taking responsibility for the future of their area by training and supporting other young mentors to prevent antisocial behaviour in north Hayes.

TV prize t e e m s r e n n i w h t u o y ’ s e Hay Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “This event brought together young people and members of the local community who have a stake in its future to discuss issues that they all care about. These young

people set a wonderful example to us all, as they are really making a difference where they live. I’m glad we were able to recognise some of them with these awards.” All five secondary schools in Hayes were represented at the conference as well as young people from Jupiter House Foyer, YMCA, Hillingdon Youth and Connexions Service, Hillingdon Young Carers, Police Cadets, Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support and West London Somaliland Community. The Hayes Youth forum is a group of young people aged 13–20 who live or go to school/college in Hayes and are passionate about their local community. H&HYP is a group of people from statutory, community and voluntary organisations who work with or for young people in Hayes to respond to the views of young people, promote services, share experiences and improve lives across Hayes and Harlington.



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hillingdon online

Thousands register for 24hr service

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Thousands of residents have already signed-up online to access a range of Hillingdon Council services available at the click of a button anytime day or night.


o far, nearly 17,000 residents have registered as online users with almost 9,000 service requests being made in the first two months following the launch. The council’s dedicated section for reporting and requesting services online, which is called ‘do it online’, groups together a range of council services that can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To date 63 fully transactional services are being offered online with more being added all the time. Requests in the first two months included 2,813 for more green waste bags and 5,151 requests for more dry recycling bags. As well as a more convenient way to access council services, it has also reduced the number of visits to the Civic Centre, phone calls and letters – all of which saves us and you money. Cabinet Member for Improvement, Partnerships and Community Safety, Cllr Douglas Mills, said: “It’s fantastic that so many residents have registered and been able to access services through our improved online facilities. “While we recognise some residents would rather continue to use traditional avenues, more and more are saying they would prefer to access our services online. “By providing the means to access services at any time we really are putting our residents first.”

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Go to ‘sign in’ and choose your own unique password

How it works

It works in the same way as when you do your shopping or banking online and means that for some services you will only need to register once. You will be asked for your email address and then all you have to do is select a password. After that, you can log in any time, day or night to check on the progress of your service request, manage your HillingdonFirst card online and even make payments to the council. It means you also save time filling in forms.

Start accessing council services

Services you can access These include: • Abandoned vehicles – report it • Fly posting – report it • Fly-tipping - report it • Graffiti – report it • Pot holes – report road and pavement potholes • Recycling bags – requests for more • Recycling collections (missed) - report it • Residential bonfires, vermin infestations and excess noise – report it

The initiative to get more services online is part of the council’s transformation programme to help improve access to services for our residents, increase our efficiency and save money. Changes to the way we handle payments, giving residents more flexibility to pay for services online, has already saved the council more than £300,000 which helps to protect front-line services.


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unleash your creativity

hillingdon arts

To mark this year’s Hillingdon artsweek there will be a range of activities taking place across the borough to suit all interests. Music, photography, dance, art, theatre and craft workshops will be running at a variety of locations from 11 – 19 June. Twenty local artists will also be opening their studios up to the public so residents can see how the professionals do it.

Here are just some of the events you can get involved with Theatre

Tagore Fest: East Meets West

Tuesday 14 June Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip The Hindu Cultural Society offer a celebration of Indian traditions with a vibrant mix of Classical Indian dance and music with a modern twist, blending East Indian and Spanish styles in the rhythms of the Sitar, Tabla and Dhole. An Indian feast will also be included within the ticket price. Tickets £6


The Great British Busk

Sunday 19 June, The Courtyard, Manor Farm The Duck Pond Market have teamed up with local musician Dan Nicholls to offer this unique outdoor music event. Watch local bands, choirs and singers battle it out to win the Best Busk prize over a glass of Pimms in the beautiful grassy courtyard at Manor Farm. Free entry



Film Taster Workshop

Sunday 12 June Compass Theatre Learn basic animation techniques, tricks and tips and how to make a basic animation Free limited places – book in advance

Literature/ Poetry Open Mic Poetry

Friday 10 June Manor Farm Library Read your favourite or even some self-penned poems aloud or simply come along and listen. Refreshments will be provided. Free entry


Young Movement Photographer competition

As part of artsweek 2011, Hillingdon Arts Service have teamed up with Dance Challenge™ to offer budding photographers the chance to win an amazing photographic experience. Two young people will win the chance to photograph top dance professionals in a theatre environment, along with tuition and guidance from a professional photographer. For more information and to download an application form, please visit

Open Studios

Following the success of Open Studios 2010, more than 20 local artists will once more be opening the doors of their studios to the public this year. From pottery to oil painting, leatherwork and sculpture, watch art in the making. There will be a special one day Trail Event on Saturday 18 June, visiting several of the studios and some local visitor attractions – including a boat trip on the Grand Union. Free entry to all studios. Trail Day: £2 per ticket


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Blue Badge crime

Earlier this year, Hillingdon Council’s Corporate Anti-Fraud Team launched an operation to catch fraudsters misusing Blue Badges.


art of a national scheme, Blue Badges are available to residents with severe mobility problems and allow holders to park nearer to areas, such as town centres, for easier access. Since the scheme was introduced in the 70s there has been a huge rise in Blue Badge fraud resulting in a thriving black market for fake or stolen badges. To combat the problem, Hillingdon Council’s Corporate Anti-Fraud Team launched Operation Acura to target anyone misusing the scheme. During February nine officers took to the streets in Uxbridge, including George Street, Vine Street, Belmont Road and the Chimes’ disabled parking bays, and inspected a total of 49 badges. This led to 14 badges being seized from people using them illegally, including one fake badge. Ten parking tickets where also issued. During April the council ran a further operation in Uxbridge town centre. This time the team seized 13 Blue Badges.

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The team will be carrying out further sting operations throughout the year. Corporate Anti-Fraud Team Manager, Garry Coote, said: “A lot of people see Blue Badge misuse as a victimless crime but it’s not. A big part of our response is enforcement but we also need to bring about a shift in perspective, which we aim to do through education and awareness. Misusing the scheme will result in a formal warning or prosecution in court, which may lead to a fine of up to £1,000 or in more serious cases, imprisonment.” There are more than 8,000 badge holders in Hillingdon and the council works in partnership with police and parking enforcement firm, Mouchel, to conduct Blue Badge enforcement operations across the borough. Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, Cllr Jonathan Bianco, said: “People misusing Blue Badges are stealing disabled parking spaces from the people who really need them. Having that parking space to access the shops will make

all the difference to someone with a genuine mobility issue. “Anyone caught unable to account for their use of a badge should be aware that they will be investigated and could be prosecuted.” Residents wishing to apply for a badge must meet certain criteria. Only those who would otherwise be incapable of getting to shops, public buildings or other places are eligible to receive a badge under the scheme. In all cases entitlement depends on the applicant’s ability to walk and considerations such as difficulty in carrying parcels are not taken into account. Badges cost £2 for three years and applicants will need two passport size photos.


For information on how to apply for a Blue Badge visit, email bluebadgescheme@hillingdon. or call 01895 556123. To report a suspected misuse of the scheme anonymously call 0800 3898313.


hillingdon carnival


of Hayes Carnival Hayes Carnival has been brightening the borough for more than 50 years and this year will be using the theme of ‘wonders of the world’.


he parade will make its way through the streets of Hayes leading to Barra Hall Park in Freemans Lane for an afternoon full of music, dance, arts and crafts, children’s activities, food from across the globe and a funfair. Carnival floats, made by community groups, will showcase the borough’s creativity and will be provided free of charge by local freight business Allport, which will also provide a volunteer driver. Plus there will be a prize up for grabs for the best float. Last year’s winner went to Ashwood Care Home in Hayes for their colourful interpretation of the carnival theme, ‘stardust’. Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, Cllr Henry Higgins, said: “Hayes Carnival is just one of the many activities that will be on offer throughout the year as part of our work to put residents first. I look forward to the local community coming together to enjoy the return of this great event.” The parade, on Saturday 10 July, will start at midday in Pump Lane before arriving at Barra Hall Park at 1.30pm. You can also get involved by booking a stall or a float. Applications for stalls, which are allocated on a first come, first


served basis, must be submitted by 28 June while the deadline for float applications is 14 June. Furthermore, community groups that book a float can benefit from advice on creating a fabulous design on a shoestring from a professional carnival company. The council would like to thank Allport for their continued support spanning more than 20 years.


To find out more or download the forms email hayescarnival@ or visit May/June 2011 hillingdon people magazine

Spring into action for Hillingdon in Bloom

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reen fingered residents are again being invited to enter the Hillingdon in Bloom competition this year by showcasing their gardening achievements. Organised by the council, it is the borough’s own horticultural contest which gives recognition to local people for improving their outdoor environment through the imaginative use and displays of flowers, trees, shrubs and landscaping. Schools, restaurants, pubs, hotels and businesses are all encouraged to take part and friends, relatives or neighbours can also nominate a garden they feel deserves recognition. Entry into the competition is free and categories range from window boxes and balconies to front gardens and communal spaces. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: “It is important to recognise individual contributions that make Hillingdon an attractive place for residents, workers and visitors alike. We always have a good number of entries and they are always so varied. Whether your garden is a colourful hanging basket or a thriving front garden, there is a category of Hillingdon in Bloom you can enter.” Scores of people enter the competition every year. The closing date for entries this year is 17 June and the winners will be announced in autumn. Judging takes place in July. Each year Hillingdon participates in London in Bloom, competing against all other London boroughs and the Cities of London and Westminster for a number of prestigious awards. London in Bloom is a London-wide campaign to promote gardening, horticulture and environment sustainability in the London boroughs. Some of the winning entries from Hillingdon in Bloom may be selected for inclusion in the London in Bloom competition, so your involvement could make a big difference. Bloomin’ marvellous

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For more information or an application form email greenspacesadmin@, or visit www.hillingdon. Entry forms are also available from the borough’s libraries.



Do you need help with any of the following from Age UK Hillingdon? You can have peace of mind knowing that they have been CRB checked and insured and that they have received all the necessary training. If so, please call the number at the bottom of this advert.

Nail Cutting Service

Willing Hands

Nail Cutting available from £12.50.

Do you need some help at home? We can provide cleaning, ironing, laundry and shopping for £20 per hour. We can also escort you to hospital appointments, shops etc.

Handyperson Service Handyperson service for all your basic DIY needs from £12 for the first half hour (including the call out charge) and £8 for each additional 30 minutes.

Tidy Gardens Service Basic lawn mowing and hedge trimming for £15 per hour.

For information on any of these services, please call 020 8756 3040. Registered charity number: 1051711

Assembly for people with disabilities Monday 20 June 2011, 11am to 2pm

Registration from 10.30am Middlesex Suite, Civic Centre, Uxbridge UB8 1UW

Please come along – it’s your chance to have a direct say and give your views Please contact Michelle Sampson (01895 277689 or msampson@ to reserve your place and to let us know about any special requirements, including transport needs, by 13 June 2011.


Future plans for the Primary Care Trust Health matters Lunch will be provided


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hillingdon community safety

Transport team tackles ASB Although Hillingdon has some of the lowest levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in London, the council is continuing to clamp down on and raise awareness of ASB as part of its ‘taking it out of the picture’ campaign.


his spring Safer Transport Teams will be working closely with young people to reduce ASB and provide anti-bullying messages. The Hillingdon Borough Police Safer Transport Team (STT) patrol the bus network on a daily basis to ensure young people using the network are safe and are behaving appropriately. Transport for London (TfL) has also devised a ‘behaviour code’ which they expect all young people to follow when travelling on public transport. Young people who break the code may be issued with a warning letter from the STT, which will be hand delivered to parents or guardians and recorded locally. Any further incidents will result in a second letter, a visit to the young person’s home and a referral to the council and TfL, which could then decide to withdraw a young person’s free travel concession.

Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Improvement, Partnerships and Community Safety, said: “Anti-social behaviour on public transport can be intimidating to those travelling through the borough and parents should be aware of the consequences of their child acting inappropriately. Revoking a young person’s right to free travel sends out a clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and helps us ensure that we keep this kind of anti-social behaviour out of the picture in Hillingdon.” Anyone travelling on London’s public transport network should not: • Put their safety or the safety of others at risk • Use offensive or threatening language or behaviour • Smoke • Play music out loud • Damage or deface an Oyster photocard or use

a damaged photocard • Let anyone else use their Oyster photocard • Commit any crime such as: physical or verbal assault; carrying a weapon; criminal damage; theft, robbery or burglary or misuse any controlled drugs • Young people must always touch in and out with their Oyster photocard otherwise they may lose their right to free travel

What are Safer Transport Teams? Safer Transport Teams are also part of Safer Neighbourhoods. They are there to make you feel safer when using public transport and tackle issues like crime and anti-social behaviour on buses and trams. They work with the British Transport Police to improve safety at train and tube stations. Safer Transport Teams are a joint project between the MPS and TfL.


If you have been a victim of bullying on local transport and would like to report it, contact your Safer Transport Team on 020 8721 2256 (not 24hr), by email: STT. or call Child Line on 0800 1111

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hillingdon environment

Feel proud to liv Hillingdon Council is launching a new initiative to promote pride in the borough.


ride is something that is hard to quantify but is something that people feel very passionate about. It is a feeling based on our environment or a sense of belonging and community. The council and its partners are committed to making the borough a cleaner, greener and safer place - all of which help to build a sense of pride and wellbeing - but to do this, we need your help. This summer we will be launching a new initiative that will focus on promoting pride in the borough through a number of existing areas of the council’s work. It will also highlight ways that you can get involved and have your say on the local issues that matter to you, your family and your neighbours.


Something for everyone Many of us can’t commit to attending events but this doesn’t mean you can’t get involved. Throughout the summer we will be launching new ways of engaging with the council as part of the initiative. From telling you about the issues that you’re interested in or that are local to you, to offering information in a way that you prefer, at a time you choose, such as by email or through the council’s website. Residents have told us they like the opportunity to speak to council staff ‘face to face’ but many find it hard to attend a public meeting at set times. In response to this we will be bringing the council and its

partners to our residents in a series of travelling roadshows which will visit town centres in the borough. The first of these roadshows will cover the wards of Yeading, Charville Barnhill, Brunel, Hillingdon East and Uxbridge North and South. Visit proud for more information. Alternatively you could become a Street Champion. These are volunteers who act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community to help get things fixed making a real difference to their local area. Anyone can become a Street Champion, all you need is the commitment to make a difference to where you live. May/June 2011 hillingdon people magazine

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ve in Hillingdon Chrysalis: helping you transform your area

Pride of Place week

The Chrysalis programme, now in its tenth year, uses council money to make environmental improvements suggested by residents. It provides money for projects such as renovating community facilities, sporting venues and play equipment in the borough’s parks. Recent projects have included: • A new pavilion for Bessingby Park • A new parapet for the Pinn Bridge outside Eastcote House Gardens • Improved footpaths for Taylor’s Meadow and Moorhall Recreation Ground • A new kitchen for South Ruislip Community Centre in Deane Park Projects must be on council land and not require ongoing maintenance. If you would like to find out more about getting money for your local environmental project or how to apply for Chrysalis funding, see the contacts box.

This replaces the council’s hugely successful Streets Ahead events and will be taking place throughout the year. It will bring together a series of community activities that are focused on making the borough cleaner, greener and safer. During the week residents can attend events arranged by local groups, the council and its partners. There will also be a series of electrical waste collection dates and advice sessions from local police and the fire service. For those in Harefield, Northwood, Northwood Hills and Eastcote and East Ruislip there will be a community café event on Saturday 18 June, 10.30am – 1pm. The event will give residents a chance to speak informally with council Cabinet Members over a coffee about topical issues in their area. The winning Chrysalis suggestion will also be announced at this event.

Crime question time

Your place: your priorities ‘Your place, Your priorities’ meetings will be held throughout the borough and give you an opportunity to nominate ideas for Chrysalis funding, make suggestions to enhance the local environment and discuss your area with your ward councillors, street champions and your neighbours. The first meeting, held in March at Northwood Methodist Church, resulted in several nominations for local improvements for the Harefield,

Northwood, Northwood Hills, Eastcote and East Ruislip areas. Anyone living in those wards who would like to make further suggestions can pick up an ideas form from Northwood or Harefield libraries or call the Contact Centre on 01895 556000. Nominations must be made by Friday 3 June. The suggestions with the most potential will be put to a public vote with the winning projects announced in Hillingdon People.

A series of question time events will be taking place across Hillingdon giving residents the chance to ask questions on specific subjects. The first is a ‘crime question time’ which will be taking place on Monday 20 June. The event gives residents an opportunity to put their queries to Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Improvement, Partnerships and Community Safety, Julian Worker, Hillingdon Police Borough Commander and Margaret O’Keeffe, Deputy Justices Clerk from Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court. The event will take place from 7 – 9pm at Northwood Synagogue in Oaklands Gate, Northwood. To submit a question visit www.hillingdon. or call the Contact Centre on 01895 556000 by 27 May.


For more information call the Pride of Place team on 01895 250118, email proud@ or visit www.

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FREE Electrical goods and textile collection Book online now!

What can you put out for collection?

Fridges/freezers, washing machines, televisions, vacuum cleaners, kettles, old clothes/curtains 100% of the electrical goods will be recycled and textiles will be donated to charity.


To book your free collection or for more information, visit: 01895 556000

Book by Friday 17 June 2011

Please note: Once booked, you will be informed of the day and time to put your recycling out for collection. Electrical goods and textiles not booked via the contact details above will not be collected.

Collection will take place between 20 and 24 June 2011

Free entry

Little Britain Lake

Sunday 24 July and Sunday 7 August 2011 9.30am to 3.30pm

Packet Boat Lane, Cowley, UB8 2JR


In partnership with Les Webber’s Angling Projects

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Equipment and bait provided Rod licence exemptions ‘Catch of the Day’ prizes River Dipping For more information Bouncy Castle please contact: Face Painting Lyn Summers Refreshments 01895 556640 34

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Volunteering to make a volunteer inprofile difference A Terry Wigington

re volunteers an important part of your voluntary or community organisation, or would you like to find out more about recruiting volunteers and developing volunteer roles? Hillingdon Volunteer Centre (HAVS) offers support and guidance to voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations that would like to expand ts their volunteer team or s perhaps recruit volunteers for the first time. We understand that starting from scratch or expanding can often feel a little daunting, but we can me ease the stress and take you teer through the whole process; eone from deciding what you would like a volunteer to re. do, to role development, advertising, recruitment, training and support. Role development is perhaps one of the most important things to consider when bringing volunteers into your organisation. You want to make your volunteer opportunity ‘stand out from the crowd’. Ideally it should be appealing,


rewarding and something the volunteer looks forward to. We can guide you through developing your volunteer roles and help to get you on track. Hillingdon is lucky to have a growing bank of volunteers with a diverse range of skills and experience. They are keen to use their skills to make a difference and contribute their time to the community and across the borough. If you would like more information regarding developing your volunteer programme please contact Tracy Johnson (Volunteer Centre manager at HAVS) on or 01895 442730. If you would like information on how to become a volunteer and find an opportunity that is right for you, please contact Chelsea Jackson (Volunteer placement adviser at HAVS) on cjackson@havs. or 01895 442730 To get a taste of the varied volunteer opportunities available in Hillingdon please visit

Where do you volunteer? I am a volunteer at the Manor Farm Site which contains a unique collection of historic farm buildings, archaeological remains and landscape features. I am based at Manor Farm House in Ruislip where I introduce visitors to what’s available.

What are your day to day activities? I open Manor Farm House in the mornings and check that everything is as it should be. I introduce visitors to what’s available and will try and answer any queries. I am also involved in helping with any functions The Great Barn has.

How did you get involved? I saw an advertisement in Hillingdon People magazine stating Manor

Farm had been reopened and was in need of volunteers. I have a genuine passion and love for old things and when I came to visit the house I fell in love with it.

What are the benefits of volunteering? You meet a variety of interesting people. Volunteering has allowed me to get involved locally and with local people. I have gained so much knowledge of local history and if I’m not sure of something I enjoy researching.

What would you say to potential volunteers? Try it. See if it will fit in with your routine and enjoy it. Manor Farm is such a nice place to be, especially in the summer time, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here.


For more information and advice on the opportunities available contact the volunteer centre (part of Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services). Ring 01895 442730, or visit

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There is lots to see and do in Hillingdon over the next two months. For more exciting activity ideas visit

Blithe Spirit

Wednesday 8 – 11 June, 7.45pm A happily married novelist, two wives – one alive the other dead – an eccentric medium and a dotty maid come together at a séance in this production from Noël Coward produced by Proscenium. Cost: £10 Contact: Box office, 020 8866 7075 or visit Compass Theatre

Tons of Money

Ruislip Dramatic Society presents Tons of Money, a farce by Will Evans and Valentine adapted by Alan Ayckbourn. Hapless inventor Aubrey Allington is about to inherit an incredible fortune and lose most of it to his enormous debts – that is, if he’s still alive. Aubrey has other plans involving his cousin George Maitland, an exaggerated Mexican disguise and a ‘slight’ change of character. But what he doesn’t know is that his butler has similar ideas and that George’s wife will soon be arriving on the scene. Set in 1922, this classic Aldwych farce skilfully adapted by Alan Ayckbourn promises an evening of fun and laughter from the roaring twenties.

The Wind in the Willows

Friday 24 June – Sunday 26 June, 3.30pm and 7.30pm Outline Theatre bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale, adapted by Alan Bennett, of river-bank animals with a delightful new dramatisation. Join Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger on their whirlwind adventures. Cost: £3.50 or four for £12, under 5s free Contact: 01895 474623 or visit St Matthew’s Church

When: Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 May, 7.45pm. Where: Compass Theatre Cost: £11, concessions £10 available on Wednesday and Thursday only Contact: RDS box office, 01895 675343, Compass Theatre box office 01895 673200 or visit


Uxbridge Choral Society Spring Concert

Saturday 21 May, 7.30pm Conducted by Jeff Stewart and including renditions of Jerusalem, Blest Pair of Sirens and I Was Glad. Cost: £10 Contact: 01895 847083 or visit www. St Anselm’s Church

The Unexpected Guest

Lost in the fog on a lonely road, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find himself stumbling on to the scene of a murder. When the dead man’s wife confesses to the murder of her despised husband, the stranger agrees to provide her with an alibi; but who is he really protecting? In a house full of suspects, whose are the unidentified fingerprints found at the scene? As the plot unfolds, clues are uncovered that open a Pandora’s box of love, hate, family secrets, suspicion and intrigues. In this seemingly openand-shut case, nothing is what it appears to be.

Supper Concert

When: Tuesday 14 June – Friday 17 June, 7.30pm and Saturday 18 June, 2.30pm and 7.30pm Cost: £12, opening night, £9.50 and concessions £10 Where: Compass Theatre Contact: Box office, 01895 673200 or Magic Hat Productions, 07769 560991

Dance 2 Xpress

Due to popular demand, Dance 2 Xpress are returning for the second year running to perform the ultimate dance showcase. They will be bringing together some of the best dance groups, crews, schools, duos and solo performers in the UK to offer an outstanding, dynamic, jaw-dropping and captivating entertaining evening of dance. They will also be paying tribute to Michael Jackson on what will be the second anniversary of his death. When: 25 June Cost: Adult £13 Where: The Beck Theatre Contact: 020 8561 8371 or visit


Sunday 12 June, 7pm Sine Nomine Singers performance of light music for a summer’s evening, including songs by Lennon and McCartney, Rutter and Seiber, which will be followed by a delicious supper. Cost: £15 Contact: Jess Luscombe, 07766 314282 or email St Martin’s Church Hall

Reading Community Gospel Choir

Wednesday 22 June, 7.30pm Performance by the choir. Cost: £10, children £5. Please book in advance Contact: 07889 617680 St John’s Church

Yiewsley and West Drayton Brass Band

Saturday 25 June Performance by the band. Cost: £6, children £3. Please book in advance Contact: 020 8573 5788 St John’s Church

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Dido and Aeneas

Saturday 2 July Eastcote Choral Society’s summer concert with arrangements by Robert Jones and music by Cole Porter and George Gershwin. The group also meet every Tuesday from 8pm to 10pm. Contact: Tickets are available from Northwood Bookshop, 01923 826999, Northwood Cards and Gifts, 01923 820075 or on the door. For more information call 01895 904556 or visit www. St Edmund’s Church

Special events Ruislip Woods Festival

Sunday 15 May, 12pm to 4.30pm A festival of woodland life past and present. Cost: Free Contact: Visit www. for more information Willow Lawn near Ruislip Lido’s Station and the Water’s Edge Pub

Kids Only Fun Day

Sunday 29 May, 10am to 4pm Face painting, puppets, balloon modelling, dance displays and arts and crafts at the ‘Mickey and Friends’ event. Contact: 07909 967690 or email The Great Barn

Ladies in the Night

Friday 3 June, 9.30pm The seasonal walk starts at Mount Vernon Hospital and goes through Moor Park and Northwood before finishing at the hospital. Participants can choose from either a five or nine mile route. There will also be music and a warm up before the start. Contact: Visit www. for an entry form. Mount Vernon Hospital

Poppy Pride

Saturday 11 June Enjoy a literary-themed celebration of the British Legion’s 90th Anniversary in the beautiful surroundings of Ickenham Hall. Contact: Compass Theatre, 01895 673200 Ickenham Hall

Uxbridge College Open Day

Wednesday 15 June, 3pm to 8pm Adults and young people can find out more about part-time and full-time education and training opportunities, see the college’s specialist facilities and meet staff and students. Contact: Uxbridge College’s Information, Advice & Guidance team on 01895 853333 or go to Uxbridge College hillingdon people magazine

4th Uxbridge & District Vintage Bus Running Day

Sunday 26 June, 9.45am Around 20 buses will be in service including GSs, RFs, RTs, and Routemasters. Departures will go from Chippendale Waye and Cumbrian Way, Uxbridge – where there will also be stalls – approximately every seven minutes. Contact: A full programme including, routes and timetables, can be purchased for £6 by cheque payable to The Amersham & District Motorbus Society to Peter Cartwright, 54 Guinions Road, High Wycombe HP13 7NX, by Paypal online at www. amershammotorbussociety. or on the day for £6.50 from Chippendale Way


Court Park Bowls Club

Sunday 29 and Monday 30 May, 10am to 4pm All equipment will be provided at the newly refurbished ground and coaching for all ability levels will be available. Cost: Free Contact: Court Park

Harefield Hospital Bowls Club

Monday 30 May The club welcomes anyone wishing to try lawn green bowling. Equipment is supplied and visitors should wear flat shoes. Contact: Angela Stevens 020 8386 0639 or visit for more information Harefield Hospital Bowling Club

Ruislip – Northwood Flower Arrangement Society

Tuesday 7 June and 5 July, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm The June demonstration will be by Joyce Furssedonn, entitled, ‘Images of Nature’ and in July Rayna Shiach will provide a demonstration using the theme ‘Happy Holidays’. Cost: £3 Contact: 01923 829621 Northwood College

Uxbridge & Ickenham Floral Art Society

Thursday 9 June and 14 July Demonstrator Jane Ellis will be presenting ‘The Seeing Eye’ in June and Chris Pearce will be demonstrating ‘Seasonal Delights’ in July. Cost: £3 Contact: 01895 850943 Ickenham Village Hall

Age Concern Yoga

Every Monday 1.45pm to 3.15pm and Tuesday 10.15am to 11.15am

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All abilities – nobody is too old or too stiff to do some yoga. Yoga can improve strength, stamina and flexibility. Cost: Mondays £36 for six weeks, Tuesdays £30 for six weeks Contact: Joyce Moon 020 8756 3040 weekdays between 8.30am to 5pm email jmoon@ Oak Farm Library


Every Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday, various times New summer courses. Contact: Jackie Barker, 01895 675426 or visit Cavendish Pavilion and the Fairway

Singing 4 Fun

Every Thursday 7.45pm to 9.45pm Singing 4 Fun is a club set up for adults who love to sing. No auditions. Cost: Members £4, non-members £8, Contact: email Long room, Compass Theatre

Women’s Institute

Every first Thursday of the month, 7.30pm to 10pm A new venue for the WI . Contact: Kim Murphy, 01895 632760 or email GAA Club


Bagot Stack (Fitness League) Classes

Tuesdays 7.30pm Exercise and easy dance classes to improve posture and fitness with fun. All ages, abilities, welcome. Cost: £4.20 Contact: 01628 776838, email rose.barber@ or visit www. Vyners School


Every Wednesday, 8.30pm to 9.30pm Fitness class catering for all abilities Cost: £5 Contact: Tito Severino, 07903 265 230 or email Bishop Ramsey School


Hillingdon Brain Tumour Group

Every 2nd Thursday of the month, 12.30pm to 2.30pm An informal group offering support and information about brain tumours to those suffering and their families. Contact: 01895 637444, email or just turn up Hillingdon Park Baptist Church Hall

Venues Bishop Ramsey High School

Ickenham Village Hall

Cavendish Pavilion

Mount Vernon Hospital

Hume Way, Ruislip HA4 8EE Field End Road, Eastocte HA4 9PG

Court Park

The Parkway, Long Lane, Hillingdon

Compass Theatre Glebe Avenue, Ickenham, iegcwdh

The Fairway, Ruislip Golf Club

Ickenham Road, West Ruislip, HA4 7DQ

GAA Club

West End Road, Ruislip, HA4 6QX

The Great Barn

Manor Farm, Bury Street, Ruislip, HA4 7SU

Harefield Hospital Bowling Club

Taylors Meadow, Hill End Road, Harefield UB9 6LD

Hillingdon Park Baptist Church Hall

Swakeleys Road, Ickenham Northwood, HA6 2RN

Northwood College Maxwell Road, Northwood, HA6 2YE

Oak Farm Library

Long Lane, Hillingdon UB10 9PB

Ruislip Lido

Ruislip, HA4 7TY

St Anselm’s Church

Station Rd, Hayes UB3 4DF

St Edmund’s Church

Pinner Road, Northwood Hills, HA6 1QS

St Martin’s Church Hall Eastcote Road, Ruislip, HA4 8DG

St Matthew’s Church

High Street, Yiewsley, UB7 7QH

Uxbridge College,

Park Road, Uxbridge, UB8 1NQ

Vyners School

Warren Road, Ickenham UB10 8AB

Hercies Road, Hillingdon UB10 9LS

If you wish to publicise an event, please email details to or send to Hillingdon People, 3E/07 Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW. Events are selected at the editor’s discretion.



Local Housing Partnership in Action

One of the members of Hillingdon’s Local Housing Partnership, Trinity Homeless Projects, is offering a special deal to all residents who receive Hillingdon People. For the whole of June and July, Trinity are offering any resident who comes into the store with this edition of Hillingdon People either 25 per cent off their order or free delivery to an address within Hillingdon. Trinity’s furniture shops have a great range of high quality second hand furniture. All the furniture is also thoroughly checked before being offered for sale to make sure it is clean and in good condition.

Do you have good quality unwanted furniture or electricals?

Visit: The Uxbridge shop Redford Way, behind Christ Church, Uxbridge town centre

The Hayes shop

3-7 Willow Tree Lane, on the corner at the junction with Yeading Lane Both shops are open Monday – Saturday from 9am to 5pm. To take advantage, present this magazine when paying for your chosen furniture. Everything that Trinity makes through its stores goes towards their work with people affected by homelessness in your community.

Refuse and Recycling Spring bank holiday 2011 Normal collection day Revised collection day

Have you made a will?

The Will Group offer a professional service Single will £65 (inc VAT) Pair of wills £85 (inc VAT) FREE home visits daytime or evenings We also offer: Will storage with free updating Inheritance tax planning

Telephone to arrange an appointment


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Advice and support

Age UK Hillingdon 020 8756 3040 Consumer advice 08454 040506 Citizens’ advice Bureau 0844 848 7903 Hayes One Stop Shop 01895 556004 hayesonestop@ Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support 020 8606 6780 9am to 5pm Hillingdon Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 020 8246 174 Hillingdon Women’s Centre 01895 259578 NHS Wellbeing Centre Boots, High Street, Uxbridge 020 3214 5699 P3 Jobshop – Employment Services 020 8581 1056 P3 Navigator Hayes Housing Advice and Support Centre 020 8581 1054/5 navigatorhousing@ P3 Navigator Yiewsley Housing Advice and Support Centre 01895 462074/5 Victim Support Hillingdon 01895 421200

Community information

Hillingdon Fire Station Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 0PH 020 8555 1200 ext 38228 hillingdongroup@ NoTRAG (No Third Runway Action Group) Samaritans 01895 253355 Social Security (Benefits Agency) 020 8426 3000 Three Valley Water 0845 782 3333

May/June 2011

Care services

Careline 01895 250380 Adoption and fostering 01895 277850 Drugs or sexual health advice for young people up to 21 years 01895 257285


Building control enquiries, inspection requests and dangerous structures 01895 250804 /05/06/07/08 Dangerous structures (out of hours) 01895 250111 Land charges enquiries 01895 250689

Local democracy Councillors’ names, addresses and advice surgeries 01895 250600 Council meeting dates and agendas 01895 250636 Conservative group office 01895 250316/250728 Electoral registration 01895 250251 electoralservices@ Labour group office 01895 250780/250271 Mayor’s Office 01895 250763


sportsdev@ Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre 020 8561 0956 Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, Uxbridge 0845 130 7324 Highgrove Pool, Ruislip 01895 630753 Queensmead Sports Centre, South Ruislip 020 8845 6010 Active Lifestyles Gym, Minet 020 8573 2956

Environment and street scene

Current and proposed roadworks in Hillingdon roadworks Environmental Protection Unit 01895 277406 Food, Health and Safety 01895 250190 Noise Team and animal welfare 01895 250155 Pest Control 01895 250184 / 277417 Ranger Patrol Safety issues in parks 01895 239241 Trading Standards 01895 250164


Harefield Hospital 01895 823737 Hillingdon Hospital 01895 238282 Mount Vernon Hospital 01923 826111 Northwick Park Hospital 020 8864 3232 Watford General Hospital 01923 244366 NHS Direct advice line 0845 4647


Metropolitan Police nonemergency number. 0300 123 1212 Textphone 18001 0300 123 1212 hillingdon.enquiries@ Community Safety Unit (to report race crime) 020 8246 1766


Hillingdon People May/June  

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