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Historic centre revamped Battle of Britain 70 years on Stay safe this Halloween and Bonfire Night

Olympian Sharron Davies tests Hillingdon waters



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eventy years ago 14 Cover story what has Celebrities try out the facilities at the become known newly refurbished Hillingdon Sports as the Battle and Leisure Complex. of Britain was being fought out 9 Older People’s page in the skies over England. RAF The council has pledged to continue Uxbridge and Northolt played a supporting the borough’s older major part in securing a victory residents with its older people’s plan. that many feel prevented Nazi 10 RAF Benevolent Fund Germany from invading the UK. As part of Battle of Britain Winston Churchill on leaving commemorative events, Hillingdon the 11 Groups Operation from Council has chosen to support under RAF Uxbridge on 16 leading RAF welfare charity, the RAF August 1940 said, “Never in Benevolent Fund. the field of human conflict has so much been owed 12 Safer Hillingdon by so many to so few”. The As the darker nights approach we give freedom that we enjoy today some advice on enjoying Halloween we owe to those ‘few’. and Bonfire Night safely. We are proud of our heritage in this borough and there are 17 Young Hillingdon many events and ceremonies Hillingdon teenager set to lead his being held to show our peers in Olympic activities. appreciation of the service personnel who lost their lives 20 Feature – Historic centre revamped or were injured fighting to Northwood Young People’s Centre protect our country. It is also celebrates almost 100 years with a a chance to show our support new look for today’s generation for our service personnel who serve our country today. 23 Anti-social behaviour We are particularly pleased The council launches its new to have been able to refurbish campaign to explore what anti-social the Polish War Memorial at behaviour means to you. Northolt in time to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of uth 27 Hillingdon Environment for today’s yo d e p m a Britain. We will also be erecting v re b u Free electrical and textiles recycling cl c ri to a further memorial at the gates His as part of the council’s Streets Ahead of RAF Northolt showing the programme. names of all the airmen who gave their lives in this battle. Regulars A Family Fun Day will be held 4 News at Ruislip Lido in September, including a sponsored run 35 Hillingdon volunteers N or walk around the lido, 36 What’s on? with all the proceeds being donated to the Royal Air 39 Hillingdon contact numbers Force Benevolent Fund. C o v e r p ho to B Y e hillingdon featur

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New director appointed

Hillingdon Council has appointed a new director of Adult Social Care, Health and Housing. Linda Sanders will be coming to London from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council where she has been director of adult, community and housing services for seven years. Linda, who will be starting in the autumn, will replace Brian Doughty who has been interim director since Jeff Maslen retired from Hillingdon Council earlier this year. Linda Sanders said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Dudley Council but I am excited about the new challenges ahead of me as Hillingdon’s new Corporate Director of Adult Social Care, Health and Housing. “I will bring many years of experience to the authority and look forward to the prospect of joining colleagues at Hillingdon in the coming months.” Interim Director Brian Doughty added: “The recent improvements in Adult Social Care, Health and Housing have been thanks to the hard work of staff and I am pleased to have been a part of it. “There are challenging times ahead and I am sure Linda will build on the success we have achieved so far and I wish her well in her new role.”


Six months New service at support centre until the census On Sunday, 27 March 2011 the national census will take place. The census takes place every ten years and asks everyone the same questions on the same day to give a complete picture of how many people live in the UK, what type of services they need now and in the future. The census provides facts and figures relating to population, health and disability, housing, employment, ethnic groups and transport. The census is confidential and personal information is not shared. The amount of funding the council receives from central government is underpinned by census population estimates so it is extremely important that everyone takes part to give a true reflection of life in Hillingdon. More information about the census is available at

Hillingdon Centre for Independent Living (HCIL) has a new service that provides free, independent advice and support to people who experience difficulties with daily living because of illness, disability or because they are getting older. HCIL has a range of items on display for you to try, aimed at helping you with daily living. These include: household equipment, bathing and personal care items, chairs and sensory equipment.

Council complaints drop

Complaints to the Local Government Ombudsman about the council have dropped with response times almost ten days quicker than government targets. A total of 65 enquiries and complaints were made about Hillingdon Council for the period 2009/10 – seven less than the previous year. Of those, only 32 were investigated by the Ombudsman with none resulting in a ruling of ‘maladministration’. The council’s response times to enquiries has also improved year on year and is now seven days quicker than when compared to 2007/08.

In his report, Ombudsman Tony Redmond, stated: “Last year I commented positively on both your response times for my enquiries and the improvement from the previous year. I am happy to be able to say that the average response time of 19 days was well within our target of 28 days and was again better than the preceding year.” The Local Government Ombudsman is an independent body which investigates complaints about councils and other authorities, including education admissions appeal panels. In most cases, the Ombudsman only

HCIL was launched in September 2009 and is a joint funded project between Hillingdon Adult, Social Care Health and Housing and Hillingdon Community Health/ NHS Hillingdon in partnership with DASH. If you wish to visit HCIL, please phone 020 8848 8260 to make an appointment. HCIL is based at the Wood End Centre, Judge Heath Lane, Hayes, UB3 2PB.

investigates once a complainant has exhausted all avenues offered by a council. Of the enquiries and complaints made, five were regarding adult care services, children and family services, and education; six regarded benefits and planning and building control; three regarded transport and highways; nine were public finance related; eight were not department specific and the final 18 were regarding housing. In five cases a local settlement – where the council agrees to take action itself, which the Ombudsman judges satisfactory – was made.

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Crematorium manager scoops top prize

inbrief Burglary prevention advice As the darker nights approach it is important to light and secure homes as a deterrent to opportunist burglars. Police Crime Prevention Officer David Tennyson has offered this advice: “With the clocks going back it becomes darker earlier, so make your home look occupied when you are out by leaving a light on preferably in a room. The use of timer switches is recommended. “Ensure you have suitable locks on external doors and accessible windows. Residents should make sure that all windows and door are securely closed and locked when they go out or when retiring for the night.“

Council Crematorium Manager John Purcell has scooped a prestigious accolade for Lifetime Service at the national Council Worker of the Year Awards. John, who has more than 40 years of public service experience, has dedicated his career to providing the best possible services directly to local residents. He has overseen and implemented a vast number of crematorium improvements including a new memorial garden for children and babies, a multi-purpose hall for larger funerals and new technology so family and friends, who cannot attend in person, can watch the service over the internet. John said: “I feel quite overwhelmed, I am absolutely delighted to have won. I take great pride in my work and my hillingdon people magazine

priority is to make things less painful for those that have lost a loved one. It is wonderful that what we do at the crematorium has been recognised at a national level and I would like to thank everyone for voting for me.” Council Chief Executive Hugh Dunnachie, added: “A big congratulations goes to John, he is a very well-deserving winner and works very hard for the borough’s residents. He has worked with this council for more than 20 years and I am pleased he is getting the recognition he deserves. Thank you to staff, residents and everyone else who voted for John.” There were six awards and a total of 23 unsung heroes competing for votes. John was up against three other finalists from across the country for the Lifetime Service Award.

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Bereavement group wins royal award The Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue’s Bereavement Support Group has been announced as one of 103 UK volunteering groups to win this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups. On 5 September the group will be presented with a certificate, signed by the Queen, by Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London, Wing Commander Ed Partridge. The group was formed 17 years ago and currently has nine trained volunteers, supervised by a professional volunteer psychotherapist, who work together to provide care and support for bereaved people, from the synagogue’s own faith group and others in its area of operation. Contact the Bereavement Support Group on 01923 822109 or email

Question time Residents concerned about crime and disorder in Hayes can raise any issues at a Hillingdon Community and Police Consultative Group question time. It will be held on Monday 27 September at Uxbridge College Hayes Campus 7pm -9pm. Hayes Town Centre Partnership Chairman, David Brough will chair the panel consisting of the Police Borough Commander Julian Worker, Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Douglas Mills, John McDonnell MP and a magistrates’ court representative.

Entrepreneur workshop A free two day workshop is on offer to anyone interested in being their own boss. For information and dates for the next ‘Enterprising Attitudes’ workshop contact Pauline Seston at Brunel University on 01895 267057 or email

Thousands ‘live’ medieval history The council’s annual medieval festival, MedFest, brought a taste of bygone times to Ruislip. More than 5,500 visitors went to the family, fun-filled two day event that was inspired by the medieval heritage of the historic Manor Farm site on 14 and 15 August. Manor Farm teamed up with the Duck Pond Markets for this year’s free entry event. Attractions included jousting on horseback, family friendly activities in the Great Barn, as well as stalls and displays from local societies. Find out more about MedFest at www.


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Name added to war memorial A new name has been added to a Second World War Memorial. Rifleman Charles Van Wesemiall’s name was added to the memorial in St. John’s Church, Hillingdon, last month. Charles, who lived in Sutton Court Road, Hillingdon, before the war, was killed in action on 30 August, 1944 in Beauvais, Northern France. The addition follows the refurbishment programme for all council memorials as part of the council’s Civic Pride initiative. Several generations of his family went to a special ceremony where his brother, Leonard and Cllr Pat Jackson, on behalf of the council, laid wreaths.

Family members commemorate life of Rifleman Charles Van Wesemiall

Mayors share experiences of Hillingdon The Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr David Yarrow, has presented a former mayor with an inscribed Hillingdon plaque. Cllr David Yarrow met with former Mayor of Hillingdon, Bernard Joseph Brown CBE, known as Joe, who held office from 1969 to 1970. The 94-year-old, who used to live in St Margaret’s Road, Ruislip, was the fifth mayor of the borough before continuing on to have a varied and extensive political career. Cllr David Yarrow presented Joe with the plaque after discovering he was unable to attend the Veteran’s Tea Party in June in his former capacity. Cllr David Yarrow said: “Joe is full of information about the past and remembers old colleagues’ names as though it was only yesterday. He kept saying


Above: Former Mayor of Hillingdon, Bernard Joseph Brown CBE in his hay day Right: Hillingdon’s current mayor and Mayoress Rita Kilroy with ‘Joe’

‘I can’t believe that you would come all this way just to see me, it’s wonderful I will treasure the memory’. “We had a really interesting time with Joe and his daughter Felicity. He is a remarkable man for a 94-year-old.” September/October 2010 hillingdon people magazine

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Meet the Buyers event set to boost local economy An event that helps local businesses win new contracts is returning in November. Heathrow Area Meet the Buyers provides a platform for companies to meet with local suppliers in the hope of forming sales contracts. There are already 40 major organisations, including Siemens, Mace and NHS Trusts, confirmed to take part in the 23 and 24 November event at the Renaissance Hotel, Heathrow.

Last year Hillingdon construction and logistics company, Amalga Limited, won two separate contracts totalling £500,000 and creating 30 jobs, after going along. On average each buying organisation met with 45 suppliers in a series of 10 minute meetings at the European Regional Development Fund supported event. If you work for a small or medium sized

inbrief Making changes, saving money

company and would like more information on the Heathrow Area Supply Chain programme of support and events visit www. heathrowsupplychains. com or contact Business to Business on 020 7700 0008.

Celebratory event marks Publishing end of runway battle council A Family Fun Day spend over took place at the end of August to celebrate £500 the news, following this year’s General Election, that plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been scrapped. The event, a ‘thankyou’ and celebration extravaganza, was organised by Hillingdon Council with the No Third Runway Action Group (NoTRAG) to celebrate the defeat of the third runway plans on 28 August at Sipson Recreation Ground, Sipson Village. Fair ground rides, children’s activities and entertainment including live music, performances as well as food and drinks were on offer to celebrate. Geraldine Nicholson, NoTRAG, commented: “The hard work and commitment from local people against a development that would have decimated communities has been truly inspiring. They have hillingdon people magazine

led us to a victory that we can all be very proud of. This event is our small way of saying thank you to local people for their support, to celebrate our achievements and to look forward to a better future.” The announcement by the new Coalition Government that a third runway at Heathrow would be scrapped comes after a successful victory at the High Court by the council, other local authorities and environmental organisations over the previous Government’s and BAA’s plans to expand Heathrow Airport.

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As part of Hillingdon Council’s approach to open and transparent local government, the authority is now publishing online, on a monthly basis, details of all payments made by the council over £500. The publication of procurement spending details follows the government’s instructions that it wanted all councils to publish details of expenses over the £500 threshold by 2011. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “By publishing this information, all of our residents will be able to see exactly how the council is spending the money we receive from central government, council tax and other income.” The council is publishing these details ahead of the 2011 deadline, after which all councils must publish this information. Visit www.hillingdon.

Anticipating the current state of public finances and finance cuts to the public sector, the council is making changes to ensure value for money for our residents. During the last five years, the council has reduced costs and improved efficiency through the Hillingdon Improvement Programme, saving £43m. The council also started an extensive programme of work in 2009 to review and improve the way the council works, so that we are more efficient, delivering improved value for money for our residents and maintaining services that our residents value. This will mean that the council is a smaller organisation in the future and will operate with less staff, but this will be achieved by methodically reviewing all aspects of our operation and all decisions will be based on ensuring the council has the right skills, ways of working and structures in place to take the organisation forward to deliver the best possible services to our residents.

Young drivers seminars Places are still available on the young drivers seminars provided free of charge by Hillingdon Council. The four one hour sessions cover essential information and facts to help keep young drivers safe on our roads. Dates are September 21, 23, 28 & 30 from 7pm to 8pm. Please contact the road safety team for details on 01895 556336 or email roadsafety@


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inbrief School governors needed National charity School Governors’ OneStop Shop (SGOSS) is appealing for residents to volunteer as school governors. Residents aged 18 or over, with two - four evenings per term to spare, can volunteer. School governors gain exposure to a range of responsibilities and have a unique opportunity to develop their own skill set. Free training is also available. Contact Alison Young on 020 7288 9542, or e-mail alison.young@ or visit www.

Scouts presented with angling badge Volunteers Les Webber MBE, Alan Keep and John Castle, from Les Webber’s Angling Projects worked in partnership with the council to devise a programme which would support the 1st Harmondsworth Scouts in meeting the criteria for their Angling Badge. The programme was a great success and the 1st Harmondsworth Scouts were presented with their badges by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor David Yarrow.

Your views on bus route proposals In the January/February edition of Hillingdon People, we asked you for your thoughts on proposals for a limited stop bus route connecting the north and south of the borough. The consultation was very popular with 675 replies received. We were asking about the proposals on two routes, one from Northwood to Heathrow, and another from Eastcote to Heathrow. Out of all the responses, 427 came from residents who listed their nearest local centre as Ruislip, Northwood or Eastcote, showing there was more interest from residents living in the north than in the south. Sixty-five per cent of responses said they would use the Northwood to Heathrow route and 58 per cent said they would use the Eastcote to Heathrow route.


Of those who said they would use the routes, only 12 per cent said they would use the Northwood route more than one a week, with a third saying they would use it less than once a week. The results also show that of the responses received, less than half pay full price for their public transport and 41 per cent of those who replied use their Freedom Passes to travel. The survey results have been discussed with Transport for London (TfL). However TfL will only consider new bus routes if there would be sufficient passengers paying for travel. At this time TfL do not consider this to be the case. Hillingdon Council will continue to work with TfL to ensure that improvements to north - south bus services are secured.

Noisy neighbours blasted with four-figure fine Two noisy neighbours have been given a hefty fine for cranking up their music following an investigation by Hillingdon Council’s noise team. Elizabeth Witter and Lucan Wallace, of Waterloo Road, Uxbridge, were found guilty of breaching a noise abatement notice at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court last month. The pair failed to appear at court and were found guilty in their absence. They were each fined £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £202.09. Councillor Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This behaviour is thoughtless and shows no regard for others. It is anti-social and we will not allow residents to be upset by the selfish actions of others. This is the second time we have seen this pair in court and I hope the

message has got through this time. The council will continue to take action again if they ignore the abatement notice.” The noise team first issued the pair with a noise notice in March 2009, which they breached in August before appearing in court in November 2009. The council continued to receive complaints, with a further breach of the notice in May 2010. The council then obtained a warrant to seize their stereo and other equipment and took the matter back to court this week. If you are experiencing problems with noisy neighbours call 01895 250155 during office hours or 01895 250111 Thursday-Sunday evenings. You can also email environmentalhealthEPU@ For more information visit www.hillingdon.

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Council pledges continued support for older people Hillingdon Council is continuing to support older residents with its older people’s plan. The plan ensures that the council and its partners keep developing services to create a better quality of life for older people in Hillingdon.


And although funding for free swimming for the over 60s has run out, Hillingdon Council has pledge to continue supporting the initiative. Nearly 30,000 free swims were enjoyed in 2009/10. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council and Older People’s Champion, said: “As well as doing practical things such as freezing council tax, the report to Cabinet showed how many other actions have come out of the older people’s plan. “Almost one in five of the UK’s population is an older person and the number of older people in Hillingdon aged 65 and over is projected to reach 41,300 by the year 2025. We will continue to work hard to meet the needs of these residents who contribute so much to the borough. This is another example of Hillingdon Council putting residents first”

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illingdon residents will continue to benefit from a wide range of initiatives in the plan including the following. The Hillingdon element of older people’s council tax has been frozen for Hillingdon residents for the next four years. Any residents aged over 65 can continue to apply for a brown badge, enabling them to park in designated bays that provide easily accessible parking places for those who are elderly and may have mobility problems. Since the scheme started in March 2008 nearly 5,000 brown badges have been issued. A commitment to install a further 1,000 burglar alarms this year through the Leader’s initiative has been made, and more than 1,000 burglar alarms have already been fitted in the homes of vulnerable older people in the last year.

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Hillingdon’s residents will continue to benefit from a wide range of initiatives September/October 2010

inbrief Fair for 60+ citizens

Now in its 15th year the Hillingdon 60+ Fair is still going strong. This year the event will be held on Tuesday 5 October in the Market Square at the Mall Pavilions in Uxbridge. From 10am there will be a range of activities and entertainment on offer including barn dancing, yoga and choir performances. Information from the police, podiatry service, fire brigade and Hillingdon Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as stalls showcasing new hobbies for older people to try will be available. The event, organised by Age UK Hillingdon and sponsored by the council, is dedicated to improving the lives of Hillingdon residents aged over 60. Events programmes are available in the borough’s libraries. See page 28 for more information.

Older residents satisfied with care

A report published by the NHS Information Centre has found that more than nine in ten (93.3 per cent) residents aged 65 and over who receive home care in Hillingdon are extremely, very or fairly satisfied with the service they receive. This figure is around three percentage points higher than the average for English councils (90.5 per cent) and is the highest of any London borough. Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “These findings are heartening to see. Providing home care is vital for the people that need it and their satisfaction with the service they receive is very important. Staff are going into people’s homes so residents need to feel comfortable and happy with the care they are getting.” The data for the report is taken from Personal Social Services survey of home care users in England aged 65 and over, 2008-09. Five hundred and seventy-nine home care users aged 65 and over in Hillingdon responded to the survey.


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Hillingdon commemorates the Battle of Britain


ever in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” These are the now famous words spoken by Winston Churchill during the Second World War. This important moment in history has a special place in the heritage of our borough as he said them while visiting RAF Uxbridge on 16 August 1940. The speech followed a day of fighting in what is historically known as the Battle of Britain – a battle between the Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe which many believe if lost would have lead to a Nazi invasion of Britain. Churchill’s words later formed the basis of his speech to the House of Commons on 20 August and became synonymous with the battle, which started on 10 July 1940, continuing right up until 31 October. As 2010 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Hillingdon Council has chosen to commemorate this special link with a series of events across the borough and by supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) – the leading welfare charity that provides financial and practical support to serving and former members of the RAF as well as their families. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “As a local authority we are proud of our long association with the RAF and as a country we continue to owe a great deal to those who served or are serving in the RAF. They have always been there for us when we have needed them and by supporting the RAFBF we can, at least in part, be there to support RAF personnel and their families in return.”


This year the RAFBF has pledged £120,000 towards a new childcare facility at RAF Northolt in preparation for receiving personnel from RAF Uxbridge. Furthermore, plans are in the pipeline for a support programme for young people, including play parks and youth workers, funded by the RAFBF. In the borough RAF Northolt has been operating for nearly a century and during the Battle of Britain was one of the sector stations under the command of 11 Group (Fighter Command) at RAF Uxbridge. RAF Northolt Wing Commander Caroline Purdom, said: “It is extremely important for parents to know that their child is receiving the best that is available and with the RAF Benevolent Fund’s assistance we are putting childcare at the heart of our welfare provision.” The charity has committed to invest £10 million over five years to provide recreational services and facilities for young people across all major UK bases. And last year a total of £230,000 in 200 separate cases was used to support veterans and their dependants in London and Middlesex. Paul Hewson, Regional Director for the RAFBF, said: “It is fantastic for the RAF Benevolent Fund to receive the appreciation and help of the London Borough of Hillingdon in providing the much needed support to the RAF families who live in the borough. The current operations in Afghanistan remind us all of the daily pressures that the RAF faces and also serve to remind us of the heroism and deeds of their forbears.”

Pledge your support Heartfelt Thanks campaign

This campaign offers residents the opportunity to express their thanks to the RAF. Launched by Lorraine Kelly in June to mark the anniversary, the campaign offers the opportunity to write a thank you note to friends and family, past and present, who have inspired you. Messages can be submitted either online or on specially designed thank you cards that are available in the borough’s libraries. There is no charge for leaving a message but it must be written for the RAF. There is also a chance that you could win a flight onboard a Spitfire. Visit thanks to leave a message of for more information.

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Lido Never was so much owed Ruislip Family Fun Day For the second year running, the council has organised by so many to so few. a special family fun day and sponsored run at Ruislip

Winston Churchill

A chance to go back in time – 1940 Chronicle Residents can take a read of this fictitious paper which offers an insight into what life was like living during the Battle of Britain through the eyes of five different characters. To follow the story visit

Lido. This sponsored 5km run offers you the chance to raise funds for the RAFBF. You can either run the whole distance or just a sponsored ‘lido lap’ from 2pm. There will also be live music, face painting and a historic vehicle display at the event on September 18. Entry costs £6 and includes a free t shirt. To register online and download a sponsorship form visit

For information on Battle of Britain events taking place visit

Case Study

Former Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Shirley Harper O’Neill meets CPL Viniana Vunivalu

Viniana Vunivalu

RAF Northolt based medic, CPL Viniana Vunivalu has served in the UK and abroad, including Afghanistan, since 2003. While Viniana was in hospital last year for surgery on a serious knee injury she was told the news her father-inlaw had died suddenly in Fiji. Without knowing if she could afford the flight or if medically she would be fit enough to travel, Viniana was left in limbo, not knowing what to do. That’s when the RAFBF stepped in. She said: “I knew about RAFBF from training but to be honest I thought there was no way they could help me – but they were marvellous. We applied for help on Friday and by Wednesday my husband and son were on a plane to Fiji.” Viniana was initially refused financial help from her bank and it was only after speaking with RAF Northolt Community Officer, Flight Lieutenant Askew, that she was persuaded to approach the RAFBF. After examining the case, they immediately issued a grant to cover the cost of Viniana and her husband flying home for the funeral. And because doctors told Viniana she was unfit to fly, the RAFBF covered the costs of her husband and son instead. She added: “Where I come from it’s a big no-no to ask for money, but I was really struck by the way nobody at Northolt or the RAFBF ever made me feel like a burden. “It made me realise I am part of a bigger family.”

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hillingdon safety

Staying safe over Halloween and Bonfire Night Halloween and Bonfire Night can be a fun time but for some, especially the borough’s older and more vulnerable residents, this can become a very distressing time of the year. Follow these tips to stay safe while having fun. Restrictions on fireworks displays

Enjoying fireworks safely

Trick or treat tips

Residents who want to enjoy fireworks whether for Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Chinese New Year or New Year, need to be aware that through the Fireworks Regulations 2004, there is a curfew on firework use. It is an offence for any person to use fireworks between the hours of 11am and 7am, except for on the following ‘permitted’ fireworks nights: • 5 November – when you are not allowed to use fireworks between 11pm and 7am • Diwali – when you are not allowed to use fireworks between 1am and 7am • New Years Eve – when you are not allowed to use fireworks between 1am and 7am • Chinese New Year – when you are not allowed to use fireworks between 1am and 7am.

Colourful fireworks are great to watch but, as fireworks are essentially explosive materials, there are key safety issues to be aware of. Fireworks can be dangerous so stay safe by following the advice below: • Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks • Keep fireworks in a closed box and follow the instructions on each firework • Light them at arm’s length, using a taper and then stand well back • Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them • Always supervise children around fireworks • Light sparklers one at a time, wear gloves and never give sparklers to a child aged under five.

Follow the below tips to stay safe and have fun this Halloween: • Always go with an adult and stay together • Take care when crossing the road • Only go to houses where you or your friends know the residents and don’t go to houses if there is a ‘don’t trick or treat’ poster on display • Stay in areas that are well lit with street lights and take a torch with you in case • Don’t talk to strangers on the street or go into any houses • Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people especially the elderly • Don’t vandalise anything or throw things such as eggs and flour. This can cause a great deal of misery and may be classed as criminal damages or even assault.


The Safer Hillingdon Partnership has produced a poster for your window. If you would like a no trick or treat poster please go to


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he police and the council are working together to reduce anti-social behaviour in the borough and as part of this they have introduced two new dispersal zones. A dispersal zone gives the police the powers to require groups of people who are causing the disorder to leave the area and not return within 24 hours. The first dispersal zone is Uxbridge Road, Hayes and the surrounding area (below). The zone is running from now until the 11 December 2010. The second dispersal zone is operating in and around Ruislip High Street (right) until the 9 January 2011.

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The West Ruislip and Ickenham Safer Neighbourhoods Teams (SNT) have opened a new base. Two SNTs will work from the west Ruislip train station base in High Road, Ickenham, consisting of one sergeant, two police officers and three community support officers. Each ward team is dedicated to the needs of one specific neighbourhood. Borough Commander Julian Worker, said: “The teams are dedicated to the local community, who understand the issues that they are facing. I encourage local residents to get involved with their Safer Neighbourhoods Team and help to decide on the priorities for their area and how best to tackle issues together.” For more information visit To report anti-social behaviour call the West Ruislip SNT on 020 8721 2547 or the Ickenham SNT on 020 8721 2543.

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Hillingdon’s Volunteer Police Cadets won two trophies at this year’s MPS Annual Cadet Competition. More than 350 cadets took part in the event which tests police skills such as observation of a scene and first aid. Chief Inspector Shakil Qasim, Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr David Yarrow and Mayoress Rita Kilroy also joined the cadets for the final parade and award ceremony. hillingdon people magazine

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Celebrities take a dip in council pool S wimming stars and celebrities have taken a dip in the newly refurbished Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex. Last month Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans pitted his swimming skills against his broadcasting sidekick, Jonny Saunders, for the Chris Evans Sporting Challenge on his breakfast show. Former Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies adjudicated the contest which saw the two compete in a front crawl race. The event follows fellow Olympians Mark Foster’s and Sarah Price’s visit to the pool to launch new programme, Swimfit. The British Gas Swimfit is an initiative to help motivate people to get back into the water or improve their swimming skills. A range of programmes and sessions to suit all ages and fitness levels are available through the initiative. On 4 September a special event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first opening of the restored 50m outdoor pool and art deco grandstand is set to take place. Workshops for children, water challenges and fun events will also be on offer. For more information visit

Top: Cllr Henry Higgins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, Chris Evans, Jonny Saunders and Sharron Davies at the pool. Above: Olympian Mark Foster (right) gives residents some pointers

Thousands visit new Hayes Pool A staggering 30,252 visits to the new Botwell Green Sport and Leisure facility have been recorded for July alone. The £20million leisure centre and library is a first for the borough, incorporating a purpose built, state-of-the-art library and adult education class rooms within a sports and leisure centre equipped with a British National Standard gymnastics facility, an eight lane, 25m indoor pool, shallow pool, and a gym with more than 100 stations. The complex offers residents and visitors a range of leisure opportunities, with Hillingdon residents benefiting from an average reduction of more than 10 per cent on prices via their Hillingdon First card. Find out more at



For more information on Swimfit visit or watch the latest Chris Evans Sporting Challenge at radio2/shows/chris-evans/videos/ To be in with a chance to win a float signed by Mark Foster email

BigFest is back Arts extravaganza, BigFest, returns this year with its usual mix of the beautiful, the bold and the downright bizarre. On Sunday 24 October from midday to 4.30pm, Uxbridge High Street will be transformed by characters from popular fairy tales. Residents can meet a variety of story book favourites, such as Hansel and Gretel and a ‘knight in shinning armour’, as they make their way through the streets of Uxbridge. On the main stage there will be a variety of professional bands with themed arts and crafts workshops near Uxbridge Library. And with the usual mix of street theatre, dance and art, a happily ever afternoon is guaranteed for all at BigFest 2010. A list of events will be available in the borough’s libraries and at September/October 2010 hillingdon people magazine

Taking the next step Many young people will have just received their exam results and may be wondering what to do next. Likewise you may be an adult looking to return to work or make a career change. From support services to education providers, there are plenty of options in Hillingdon for residents looking to make the next step. Young people can also visit young. Employment and search and follow the ‘work’ support tab for further Job Centre Plus (JCP): Provides information support for job seekers. and advice.

Work mates: A free service open to low income families who have recently started work and are facing the pressures of managing family and work life. Research has shown that the transition from home to work can be a particularly stressful time for parents and without adequate support they can struggle to cope.

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Connexions: Training and employment advice for those aged 14-19 and anyone in aged up to 25 in LDD.

Hillingdon Training Ltd: Provides apprenticeship training at levels two and three for over 16-yearolds.

Support when starting employment

Three personal advisors will provide individual support and guidance on a range of issues such as accessing childcare services, budget management and advice on claiming all the benefits working parents are entitled to. Contact sandra.smith@ Next steps based at JGA 0800 100 900

Information, advice and training

Next steps (based at JGA): Provides impartial advice on learning and work. JGA Group also provides work based training for adults.

P3: P3’s Jobshop is a job brokerage service providing free training and support to help individuals into work. For Yiewsley call 01895 462074. For Hayes call 020 8561 1056 or visit

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Uxbridge College: Information and advice available at the Uxbridge Campus. Also provides 16+ and some adult learning as well as a full range of full and part-time qualifications from foundation to level four.

Hillingdon Adult Education: Provides interviews, drop-in and one-to-one sessions on specific subjects. There are September, January and July open days with a range of full and part time courses, vocational qualifications and courses for personal development.

There are also full-time opportunities for adults with difficulties and disabilities, which can lead to supported employment.

Locations Connexions Terrace Offices, Civic Centre, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW 01895 257855

Hillingdon Adult Education Brookfield Adult Learning Centre, Park Road, Uxbridge UB8 1NP. 01895 676690

JGA Television House, 269 Field End Road, Eastcote, HA4 9XA. 020 8426 2666

Job Centre Plus Senator House, Belmont Road Uxbridge UB8 1DP 020 8426 3000 contact-us@

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Seetec Unit 2, Brook Business Centre, Cowley Mill Road Uxbridge UB8 2FX 01895 520593 sandra.smith@


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Borough highlights captured on camera A colourful photography exhibition showcased residents’ creativity while highlighting some of their favourite Hillingdon features.


ore than 60 visitors went to SNAP, a community photography exhibition of photographs and short stories organised by health promotion team Healthy Hillingdon, using the theme ‘what is good about my area’. Submissions by residents, aged from three to 80, were displayed at Oak Farm Infant School on 30 July. Hillingdon East Ward Councillor, Cllr Pat Jackson, who went along, said: “Feeling good and positive in our physical, and social environment as well as having a sense of valuing the neighbourhood

where we live and work is important to our total well being. “By the medium of photography, all ages of our community are sharing and communicating their memories and expectations of living in a cleaner, greener and safer place. SNAP is part of the Acorn Community Engagement Programme – made up of local people, community groups and services aimed at highlighting local opportunities in Hillingdon East and Uxbridge North. For further information email or call 01895 277140.

Libraries Change Lives Deborah Mbofana, age 46

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If you stereotype women we are all supposed to go shopping for bags and shoes – me I love books, the touch, feel and looking at them on a bookshelf! My husband worries that I read too much and it can’t be good for me as my head will explode with all that information and stories! So it is ironic that my work life has spent the last five years looking at health in libraries, working with libraries, fighting for libraries and championing what goes on in them. This photo in Oak Farm is of the help section. Just books in a library that epitomises the core of libraries – but so much more as they can help people get out, help people get a job, help people make friends, help people find that bit of information, help people go on journeys of discovery that can open up their world into new worlds and new people and new experiences. Defiantly the anchor of our communities

Alan’s shop Julia, age 36

I often wondered what it was about this parade of shops that had made them stay open during these difficult times. So I parked the car and just sat and watched for a while. There were people going about their everyday lives, buying newspapers, going to the launderette and mums and toddler’s walking around. One shop struck me more than others – Alan’s Store. People were making a point of putting their head around the open door to say hello to the man – there was a definite feeling that he knew everyone and everyone was pleased to know him. I went in with my two-year-old son and as I was there, the man who was serving a lady asked, “Why are you smiling?” She replied “It’s you, you make me smile.” And then he served me – he made me feel welcome, he asked me how I was, he acknowledged my son. My question was answered... the people here have kept the shops open.


For further information email or call 01895 277140.

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Young people achieving in Hillingdon

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Hillingdon teenager leads his peers in Olympic activities.


illingdon teenager Shahed Popal has been selected to lead the way in a major new national development programme which will help young people make a difference to their local communities. The Young Leaders Project involves 100 young people from across the country who have been selected to take part in a personal development programme that will give them the chance to work together to make significant and positive changes to their lives and local communities. The idea is that they will look for opportunities and come up with activities which will involve other members of their community give them the opportunity to contribute to the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Shahed said: “I applied to the programme as I wanted to learn new leadership skills and to be able to communicate to a wider society. I also want to put into practice the skills that I have learnt from working on other volunteering programmes in my local authority.” The young leaders will be involved in an 18 month training programme that will help them to develop and deliver a range of volunteering opportunities in their local communities. They also recruit and engage with other young people in their local area to get

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them involved in activities to expand the impact of the programme. Shahed added: “My role is to help support the other young people involved in the project and to be the voice of the group. If people have questions or need someone to speak to, I am there as a representative for all of us.” Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Shahed has been involved with Hillingdon Council for a number of years and is keen to give back to the community in which he lives. He is a bright and ambitious young person who has a true gift for

engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds. I applaud Shahed’s achievement and wish him and his peers luck in their endeavours.” Guidance from BP employees will be given with each young person getting the opportunity to become a volunteer at the London 2012 Games. For more information visit www.london2012.con/young-leaders Shahed is asking residents to support volunteers by nominating them for a national award. Award organiser vinspired connects young people aged 16 – 25 with volunteering opportunities. Nominate at www.vinspired. com/rewards/nationalawards



he council’s young people’s activity programme FIESTA has been heralded a success. Nearly all 3,500 places were taken on 135 courses including Brazilian soccer, drama and urban art. Young people have achieved in a range of courses through participating in the FIESTA programme. The programme ran over six weeks and culminated with a celebration event at Liquid on 31 August.

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New Oyster Card Road safety cover helps children expert back to school safely receives An eye-catching road safety Oyster Card cover has been designed through Hillingdon Council to encourage children making the transition to secondary school to take extra care on their journey.


upils travelling to secondary school may have longer and more complicated journeys to make. There is often an increase in the use of cycling, walking and public transport rather than using a car to get to school. And peer pressure can also lead to young people taking unnecessary risks. In the last 18 months 27 ten to 15year-olds were involved in accidents while walking in the borough. Some of the accidents happened just metres away from a crossing point with distractions such as phones and iPods causing children to not notice the safer spot to cross. Planning, Environment and Community Services Traffic Manager, James Birch, said: “The Oyster Card holders contribute to the delivery of Hillingdon’s road safety message, provide an innovate and eye catching way for children to identify traffic hazards and risks, and help to keep young people safe on our roads.” Last term Hillingdon Council’s Road Safety Education Team visited all junior schools in the borough to discuss how to


stay safe and to ‘road test’ the new Oyster card design. The popular new cover highlights potential danger spots for children to be aware of. Children’s comments included: “I think it is a very good idea. Before my Oyster Card was loose but with the holder my oyster card fits in fine and I can’t lose it as easily. Also whenever I’m on a bus I will always look at it over and over again. It reminds me constantly of road hazards plus it is very colourful and eye catching. Thumbs up for the phenomenal idea.” Pupils also took part in a ‘spot the road safety hazard’ competition with around 200 pupils entering for the chance to win a Nintendo Wii. The Road Safety Team is planning further visits in the autumn term. A limited amount of the Oyster card holders will be available in libraries from the beginning of September when the winner will also be announced.


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Hillingdon Council road safety expert, who has dedicated 30 years to making London a safer place, has been commended for his efforts at a prestigious award ceremony. Hillingdon Council’s Ken Smithson was presented with an award for Outstanding Achievement by the London Road Safety Council at the Laurie Bunn Road Safety Awards. Ken said: “I’m very honoured to have received this recognition and hope it reflects the good work the Hillingdon road safety team has done to reduce casualties in the borough.” Ken has delivered a number of projects to improve road safety in the borough and across London, driving down the number of casualties on our roads. His achievements include delivering cycle training to more than 6,000 school children and road safety education to an additional 10,000 young children since joining Hillingdon Council in 2007. He has also helped to introduce young driver programmes and adult cycle training. Councillor Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation, said: “Ken is an asset to the council and puts all his energy into making the borough’s roads safer. He is committed to raising awareness and educating road users to reduce the number of accidents and I am very pleased that his efforts have been recognised at a regional level.”


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Allotments up for grabs to green-fingered residents Hillingdon Council has 200 allotments available to residents who are looking to enjoy the taste of produce grown on their own plot.


ast month residents were invited to a special event at Hayes End Allotments to mark National Allotment Week where residents got their hands dirty and learnt about running their own plot. At the event Hillingdon People spoke with three generations of gardeners about the advantages of cultivating your own food. Plot holder Vanessa Bonner has run her own allotment for three years. The 35-year-old works for the Disablement Association Hillingdon (DASH) and has secured funding from BAA Environment Awards in partnership with Groundwork Thames Valley to make three plots on the Belmore Allotments site wheelchair accessible. She said: “My parents grew vegetables in their garden and I did the same until I decided I needed more space. I put my name down on the council list and luckily I didn’t have to wait too long for my plot.” A sentiment 60-year-old George Richardson can appreciate. George has struggled to get an allotment for years and has travelled from south-east London in a bid to secure a plot to call his own. He said: “Around where I live all the sites are full with long-term waiting lists. I’ve been quite desperate to get started. The freshness of the food when you grow it yourself is fantastic. As the autumn season gets into full swing Vanessa will be harvesting potatoes, onions, cabbages and perhaps even a pumpkin with 12-year-old son Carl. Carl said: “I enjoy getting out of the house and getting some exercise and you can eat all the stuff you grow. A lot of my friends didn’t really know what an allotment was. One friend thought potatoes came from a packet in the supermarket.” hillingdon people magazine

Vanessa George

Even if you’ve got health problems you can adjust what you do.

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Allotments can be fun for residents of all ages

Vanessa, who is also the site secretary at West Drayton Cemetery allotment, has dropped two dress sizes since she took over her plot. She said: “Even if you’ve got health problems you can adjust what you do. There are quite a few younger people and it can really be a thing you do as a family.” The annual rent for an averagesized 5 sq rod (150 sq yards) plot ranges from £16.40 to £63.75, depending on plot size and what facilities are available at the site. There are also concessionary rates. Councillor Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for

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Environment, added: “Gardening is a great way to stay fit and active and a fun way for families to spend time together. There is a real shortage of allotments across London and we are lucky enough to be able to have some still to offer to residents.” For more information call 01895 277 765 or email


For more information please call 01895 277 765 or email


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Historic club revamp A youth centre steeped in history has undergone a facelift, preserving it for future generations, thanks to Hillingdon Council.


Some of the first club members with founder Alice Cowan

orthwood Young People’s Centre, in Hallowell Road, Northwood officially opened its doors on 28 July. Formerly the Northwood Boys’ Club, the facility now boasts a dedicated internet space, an information, advice and guidance access point, dance studio and music studio. Around 60 young people vied for the opportunity to be one of the first to see what the new facility has to offer. Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “I am really proud to be opening Northwood Young People’s Centre. We have been doing a lot of work to find out what young people enjoy doing and new centres such as this one are able to combine activities that mean there really is something for everyone. “This centre has got some really great facilities and is a very welcome addition to our existing facilities for young people in the north of the borough.”


The new facility is a far cry from its humble beginnings back in 1913 when a request to Alice Cowan from a cold boy on a winter’s night planted a seed in her mind. A veritable pioneer of her time, Alice took that request to heart and, despite opposition from, among others the clergy, the club was born. A write-up of events by former member Keith Alsop in 1950 stated: “As Miss Cowan got down to the idea her friends were by no means encouraging. One of the clergy voiced what probably many people felt when he said, quite bluntly, that no woman could run a boys’ club.” In 1934 the club celebrated its 21st birthday by installing electricity – enabled by two members digging a trench to lay the cable. Keith also documented instances of leaving meetings to take cover in the air raid shelter, built in the club forecourt, and the formation of an Army Cadet force. And although several members died during the two world wars, the club continued to provide a haven for local boys.

“It was a great pity that the war prevented a formal opening of the new club, but readers will easily carry their minds back to the winter of 1940 and will remember the trials through which the country was passing at the time,” recorded Keith. Over the years the centres has offered numerous activities, games, sports and stage productions. Former member and club leader, Kevin Byrne, joined the club as a 10-year-old before volunteering as a leader in 1985. He said: “It was a great place to go with your mates to play football, snooker, table tennis and meet people. They had a good programme of adventure trips to Devon and North Wales to do different activities, like canoeing.”

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“(Becoming a leader) I enjoyed being a member and I wanted to get involved.” From the 1970s the club was opened up to girls and by the 80s the boys were outnumbered. At July’s opening event dancers and singers performed while the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr David Yarrow, acted as host. New manager Ania FrejlichBotha said: “I am really excited at being able to offer local young people the opportunity to make the most of what we have on offer.” The centre is the second of three to be opened. Charville Young People’s Centre opened in March and South Ruislip Young People’s Centre is set to open early next year. For more information visit hillingdon people magazine

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Today’s young people help celebrate at the official opening while photos of former members capture the spirit of the club

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Hillingdon’s parks: no place for anti-social behaviour

Tacklin anti-so g behavi cial a key p our is for you riority r counc il and its partne rs

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Keeping ASB out of the picture… Levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB) are falling in Hillingdon. Decreasing over the last five years, Hillingdon’s ASB levels are one of the lowest in London.


n research undertaken with residents in the borough, the issues you have told us cause the greatest concern range from vandalism and rowdy behaviour to flytipping and noise disturbances. Working with our partners in the police, the council has been tackling these issues to ensure we are keeping ASB levels low and addressing the concerns you want us to. Even with actual levels of ASB activity low, concern about anti-social activities can have a damaging impact on people’s lives, so as part of the council’s ‘Keeping ASB out of the picture’ campaign, we want to hear from you about your perceptions of ASB and how you would like to be kept informed on how the issue is being tackled in your area. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, commented: “Anti-social behaviour is not welcome in Hillingdon and has no place in our community. We all have a responsibility to tackle inconsiderate activities when we witness them. Whether it is people dropping litter, playing loud music or groups of people drinking in public places, the council and its partners are there to support residents to ensure ASB is taken out of the picture.”

So what is antisocial behaviour? Anti-social behaviour is a term that is widely used in the media and yet can often be confusing. ASB covers a wide range of selfish and unacceptable activity that can blight the quality of community life. Terms such as ‘nuisance’, ‘disorder’ and ‘harassment’ are also used to describe some of this behaviour. hillingdon people magazine

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Street problems

• Drunkenness and rowdy behaviour • Aggressive begging • Street drinking • Dealing or using drugs in public areas • Intimidating groups ‘taking over’ public spaces

Nuisance neighbours • Night time noise from houses or gardens • Loud music • Dogs barking non-stop • Threatening behaviour or harassment

Environmental crime • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting • Fly-tipping, litter and abandoning cars • People who don’t clean up after their dogs

What does ASB mean to you? To coincide with the launch of the campaign we are asking what ASB means to you and your family. Hopefully ASB is not a problem where you live or perhaps you have experienced problems in the past that have now been resolved? Have your say by completing and returning the questionnaire (right) to Hillingdon People Magazine or visit


Report ASB issues to the council by calling 0800 694 0240, or the police on 0300 123 1212.

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Questionnaire Win a £25 of Chimes shopping centre gift voucher 1. Do you understand the terms ‘anti-social behaviour’ and ‘ASB’? Yes No 2. Were you aware of how many activities are classed as ASB? Yes No 3. Do you feel that ASB is a problem in Hillingdon? Yes No 4. Do you know how to report ASB? Yes No 5. Should tackling ASB be a major priority for the council and its partners? Yes No 6. How can the council better inform you about ASB? (tick any 2) a.

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Financial assistance for

Sixth formers and FE college students If you are aged 16-18 and studying in the sixth form or at a further education college you can apply for financial help through the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). Additionally, you can also apply for the 16+ Photocard (ZIP) to allow you free travel on London Buses and trams and reduced cost tube travel.

Learner Support Funds (for Hillingdon sixth formers) You can apply for Learner Support Funds to help out with your course expenses such as books, equipment, field trips, university visits and exam fees.

Home-to-school/college travel

When the cost of your journey is not covered by your Whilst these benefits can be of considerable photocard we may be able to help you fund the difference. help they may not meet all your studying Application forms for both schemes will be available needs. Hillingdon Council administers two online at the Hillingdon web site or by contacting the schemes to help out in these circumstances. 01895 250243. Student Support section on Applicants need to be Hillingdon residents. Assistance is means-tested.

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Hillingdon Homes makes a return Hillingdon Homes is set for an autumn return to the council – making Hillingdon one of the first councils in the country to bring council housing management services back in-house.


rom 1 October, council housing services will once again be part of the council with the aim of delivering more efficient and joined up services with other parts of the council. As well as better joining up services, the move will also make significant cost savings, which will be re-invested in the borough’s housing services. For tenants and leaseholders there will be no change of ownership and rents will continue to be set in line with Government guidelines. Repairs and housing service consultations will continue to be made in the same way. Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “Our tenants and leaseholders will continue to receive good quality housing services whilst

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at the same time, we will be able to better join up housing services with other council services making us more efficient and saving money that will benefit our residents.” Hillingdon Homes was set up in 2003 to manage the council’s housing stock and tenancies and to get £60 million in funding towards the decent homes standard – modernising kitchens and bathrooms in council homes. It has delivered good service performance and high tenant satisfaction. Following the spending of those funds, an independent telephone and postal survey found the majority of tenants were in favour of a return to the council. In February, the council’s Cabinet took the decision to return the service to Hillingdon Council.

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Neighbour troubles?

A mediation service is offering advice and support to disputing neighbours. Hillingdon Community Mediation has been helping residents resolve issues such as parking, noise, animal behaviour and boundary disputes for ten years. The free service often leads to issues being resolved without involving the authorities. For more information or a confidential discussion call Caseline on 01895 446611. Cases can also be referred to the mediation service through the council, Hillingdon Homes or police. Residents can request an information leaflet by recording their details on the answer phone. For further information visit



Family Fun Day Take part in a sponsored 5km run or a ‘Lido Lap’at 2pm (registration from 12noon). Entry £6 per person – includes a t-shirt and certificate. Book online by visiting

18 September 2010 12pm – 5pm Ruislip Lido

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Saturday 18 September 10.30am – 1.30pm Botwell Church Hall

Community ayre F n o i t a m r o f n I Over 40 stalls of community information with representatives from council departments, local organisations and community groups.

Botwell Lane, Hayes, UB3 2AB

Sign up for Botwell Green Leisure Centre membership Try out DJ decks, playstations and urban art on the youth bus Collect new rolls of recycling bags Sit in a fire engine Free blood pressure checks Find out about the Hillingdon Interfaith Network Try out the Groundwork Thames Valley smoothie bike Meet your local Met. police on the crime prevention bus 26

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Free electrical and textiles recycling Residents are being encouraged to recycle old clothes and electrical items for free, during a special week of action by Hillingdon Council.


ll the textiles, collected from your doorstep, will be donated to charity as part of the council’s Streets Ahead programme in Hayes from 18-24 September. Streets Ahead is a week of community events and activities to help make the borough cleaner, greener and safer. There will be similar events across other parts of the borough later this year and early 2011.

What can be recycled? Old clothes/curtains and all household electrical goods like: • Fridges/freezers • Washing machines • Vacuum cleaners • Televisions • Kettles

and we are always looking at ways we can make it even better. The free service we offer during Streets Ahead has proved very popular in the past, recycling the equivalent of more than four double decker buses last year, so be sure to make your collection booking.” The council offers a free fridge and freezer collection all year round but there is usually a charge for other bulky items.

Hayes residents can arrange a free collection during the September Streets Ahead by visiting www.hillingdon. or calling 01895 556000. Bookings must be received by 17 September. Once you have made a booking you will be informed of the day and time to put your recycling out for collection. Electrical goods and textiles not booked via the details above will not be collected. Councillor Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Hillingdon is one of the top London boroughs for recycling and residents make good use of the service we provide hillingdon people magazine

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Residents’ recycling reaches alltime high

Hillingdon’s recycling rates have rocketed with residents recycling around 40 per cent of the borough’s waste every month. Official figures reveal that on average 44.4 per cent of the borough’s rubbish has been recycled in the last three months, a total of 12,269 tonnes – the equivalent of around 1,533 double decker buses. This is an increase of four per cent on the same time last year. Councillor Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is welcome news for the council and for taxpayers. If all of this recycling had ended up in landfill it would have cost millions in landfill charges so it’s good for people’s pockets as well as the environment.” Refuse and recycling is collected every week on the same day. Residents are being reminded they can recycle aerosol cans, shopping catalogues and food cans in their clear sacks as well as a host of other materials. Garden waste is collected every other week and don’t forget the council also offers a free fridge freezer collection. Hillingdon’s civic amenity sites are also proving a popular way to recycle with residents. Nearly 2,000 tonnes of wood was recycled at the Harefield site in New Years Green Lane last year, which would have otherwise ended up in a landfill site.


For more information about refuse and recycling visit www.hillingdon.



Are you a Hillingdon resident? Is your child going to secondary school next September?

Did you know you can apply online? Visit for details.

Don’t forget your application for a place must be received by

Friday 22 October 2010

We strongly recommend that you submit your application online or by post, so that we receive it by Friday 22 October 2010. This is the Friday before the half-term holiday. Applications received by 31 October 2010 will be accepted, but if your application is received by Friday 22 October 2010, we can ensure that it is checked, acknowledged and processed in good time.

Admissions Team, 4E/09 Civic Centre,Uxbridge UB8 1UW 01895 556644


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eople of all ages and backgrounds cause anti-social behaviour issues for the rest of their communities so in tackling the problems this causes a number of approaches are taken by the council, the police and our partners. One way is to engage with people before problems arise. Hillingdon People met with Ryan Kimber, who coordinates a panel that looks to do this to find out how their work is helping Hillingdon tackle anti-social behaviour. The panel, called the Early Intervention Panel (EIP), meets every two weeks and is made up of representatives from the Police, Youth Offending Service, Targeted Youth Support, Education Welfare, Social Services, the council’s ASB Team, local young people’s charity P3 and housing providers. Anyone who is showing the early signs of causing anti-social behaviour is identified by the panel and efforts are made to address the issues that are causing their behaviour. People can be referred to the panel after two recorded incidents of this behaviour. Ryan explained his role in the panel: “Being the panel coordinator, it’s my job to receive the referrals from other police officers, or other partner agencies. Once I‘ve received the referrals, I find out more about the person to understand their anti-social or criminal pasts. This all helps the

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panel gain a clearer picture of why they are acting in the way they are. “Once the research has been done, I will decide whether a warning letter will be given in the first instance or they will be put straight through to the panel. The panel will then decide which of the partner agencies is best suited to take the lead on the case. They will then report back to the panel when they have done their assessment on the person and make recommendation on what actions will help them to stop their behaviour. “The panel will decide what they think is the best course of action for the person, either meeting with them, issuing them with an Acceptable Behaviour Contract, Targeted Youth Support involvement, ‘Child In Need’ or parenting support.” The panel deals mostly with 10 to 18 year olds but much older people have been referred. Statistics show that there is a strong link between anti-social behaviour and crime, so in tackling this behaviour at an early stage it is hoped to reduce crime and the fear of crime. An Acceptable Behaviour Contract is a non-statutory agreement and provides an individual engaged in anti-social behaviour with a framework of acceptable behaviour. They are asked to sign the agreement and live by the conditions set out in it. Once the contract has been signed, Ryan monitors police systems to ensure they are not breaching it. If, after six months, the individual have not come to the attention of the police or council again, their file will be closed as successful.


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Council parks fly the Green Flag It's official - the council’s parks are among some of the safest, welcoming and clean in the country with more than ten being recognised with a coveted Green Flag Award.


he council has scooped two prestigious Green Flag Awards for its parks and open spaces, bringing its current collection to an all time high of 16. The new awards have been presented to Yiewsley Recreation Ground and Hillingdon Court Park, and the council has maintained Green Flag status for 14 other sites. The Green Flag Awards, which are managed by a group of environmental charities, are presented annually to parks that have reached the national standard for parks and open spaces and winners must apply each year to renew their status. The full list of the borough’s parks and open spaces to fly the flag are: Churchfield Gardens, Ruislip; Warrender Park, Ruislip; Ruislip

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Woods; Harefield Village Green; Yiewsley Recreation Ground; Hillingdon Court Park; Fassnidge Park, Uxbridge; Cowley Recreation Ground; Uxbridge Common; Little Britain Lake, Cowley; Cranford Park; Lake Farm, Hayes; Barra Hall Park, Hayes; Minet Country Park, Hayes; Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens, Hayes; Little Harlington Playing Fields, Hayes Councillor Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We have more land under Green Flag status than any other London borough. It is a fantastic achievement and one that we should all be proud of. We are lucky to have so many parks and open spaces of such high standards and I am pleased to see so many residents and visitors out enjoying them this summer.

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Councillor Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, flies the flag at Yiewsley Recreation Ground

“We have a great programme of summer events underway and I am delighted that they can be enjoyed in so many Green Flag parks.” There are eight criteria used to judge the Green Flag Awards: a welcoming place, healthy, safe and secure, well maintained and clean, sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement, marketing and management.


For more information on the Green Flag visit


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Cleaner, greener Food hygiene Scores on Doors iPhone application

Diners can check the hygiene rating of restaurants thanks to a new mobile phone application. The Food Hygiene Scores on Doors iPhone application works by showing users how many stars their chosen restaurant has received for cleanliness. Those with a 3GS model and above also have a radar feature allowing access to information by pointing the phone at the restaurant. The application is also available on WAP enabled phones from Use your To download the application iPhone to go to the App Store > Lifestyle get the low-down on > Free apps > Food Hygiene.



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Innovation in managing disruptive road works The council is trialling temporary road plates to cover trenches on roads and pavements at locations were works are not being carried out. The project, which has been undertaken in partnership with Veolia Water, aims to reduce traffic congestion by allowing roads to stay open for longer periods. It is hoped the use of plates will be expanded to more sites and for use by other utility works promoters on busier roads where possible. The move also aims to reduce the environmental impact of essential utility works by minimising the disruption road works can cause. For further information contact Street Works Manager Wayne Greenshield on 01895 277553.

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r Hillingdon Big clean-up success for Hillingdon Council

More than 80 volunteers have collected a tonne of rubbish from across the borough in a series of special clean-up events organised by Hillingdon Council The council’s street scene locality officers teamed up with residents, who are part of the council’s Street Champions scheme, to clean-up the borough. The events were part of the Big Tidy-Up, a national project by the Keep Britain Tidy Group designed to make aff from time e-up theirion the capital cleaner. Recreat A total of 75 bags of litter, which is about one tonne, a dumped bike and a tyre have been collected over four events. The events have taken place during this month, with the most recent in Swakeleys Park, Ickenham on 20 June as part of Ickenham

Festival. Other clean-ups have taken place in Cavendish Park and Yeading Brook, Eastcote, with Bessingby and Cavendish management advisory group, and Rockingham Recreation Ground, Uxbridge, where volunteers from McDonalds in Uxbridge town centre also took part. Cllr Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “I am very impressed with the community spirit that everyone showed by taking part in the cleanup events. The council works hard to keep the borough clean and I would like to thank everyone involved for doing their bit to help. “It is important that we all take pride in where we live, and look after it. Dropping litter is an offence, and we take it seriously. If you drop litter you risk getting an on the spot fine of £80 so do the right thing and use a bin or take your rubbish home.” To take part in future cleanup events sign up to become a Street Champion by visiting www. or call 01895 556247.

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Young footballers can now enjoy new changing facilities at the new Bessingby Park Pavilion. The pavilion, which replaces an earlier building destroyed by fire, was jointly funded by the council’s Chrysalis programme and Hillingdon’s Youth Capital Fund. The applications for funding were submitted by local youth football team, Pinner Utd and had the support of the Bessingby and Cavendish Park Management Advisory Group (BACMAG) For more information about how the Chrysalis programme works and how you can submit a bid, please call the Community Leadership Team on 01895 277040 or email

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inbrief Hillingdon Council warns of bogus worker Hillingdon Council is warning residents against bogus park ranger patrol officers trying to scam money from people out enjoying the borough’s parks. Reports have been made that two men, pretending to be from the council, have approached dog walkers demanding money for letting their dogs off the lead in Minet Country Park, Hayes. The men, who claimed to be from the council, had been wearing green polo shirts with the old council logo on them and demanded £40 from residents on two occasions earlier this month. One incident took place at 6.30am and another at around lunchtime. Councillor Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is a low trick that these crooks are trying to pull, please do not be fooled and do not hand any money over. All our staff carry clear photo identification so please ask to see it. If you are still in doubt call the council or your Safer Neighbourhoods Team.” People should ask to see a council identification card and never hand money over on the spot. The ranger patrol uniform is beige and brown. If you have been approached by a bogus parks officer call the council on 01895 2500111 or your Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 0300 123 1212.

New traffic lights New traffic lights have been installed by Transport for London in Botwell Lane, Hayes. The ‘puffin’ crossings replaced the old style ‘pelican’ lights as part of TfL modernisation plans. On the new signals the green man is located above the push button and infrared detectors are used to identify if there is still someone crossing the road. A rotating tactile cone and an audible indicator are also fixed beneath the push button to indicate to deaf or blinds people when it is safe to cross.


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Become a volunteer trustee volunteer inprofile


ould you help oversee a busy charity or community organisation by becoming a volunteer trustee? Trustees have overall responsibility for directing the activities of an organisation, ensuring that it is solvent, well run and delivers to the public the things that it promised when it was set up. Collectively trustees form the board of an organisation. Its role includes appointing key members of staff, keeping a check on the organisation’s finances and seeing it complies with the necessary rules and legal obligations. Trustees are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation which is down to the paid and voluntary staff. Interested? Then Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services (HAVS) would like to hear from you. HAVS is aware that currently a number of charitable and community organisations in the borough have unfilled trustee positions. Through its volunteer centre HAVS aims to match applications to the organisations’ requirements.

Ted Hill, Chief Executive of HAVS, said: “In this time of austerity, and with the government wanting charitable and voluntary organisations to take on more public services, it is vital that each organisation has its full complement of trustees. “As well as helping organisations, volunteer trustees enrich their own lives by developing news skills and using existing expertise to the benefit of the community.”

Getting involved

Boards of trustees need people with a wide range of skills and from different backgrounds. If you have an interest in the work of a particular voluntary organisation, know the neighbourhood that it works in, or have professional or managerial experience, then why not get in touch. You need to be 18 or over, be willing give your time and energy on a regular basis and to work enthusiastically with the other trustees.

More information

For more information about becoming a volunteer trustee, and the opportunities available, contact the Volunteer Centre at HAVS, phone 01895 44273

Want to volunteer? • Hillingdon Carers are seeking volunteers with IT, Publicity and Fundraising Experience to become Trustees. • Hillingdon Refugee Support Group is looking for Trustees to become a part of their organisation. • News Story Selectors for the Hillingdon Talking Newspaper are needed to collate news from the local press ready to be recorded for those in Hillingdon with sight impairments.

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Doreen West to meet and you learn a great deal about the voluntary sector.

What would you say to people who are considering becoming a trustee? How did you become a trustee? I saw an advert asking for people with management experience to become a trustee for Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services (HAVS). I had some spare time so I thought why not give it a try.

What work background did you come from? I have my own business and so I have been involved in management all my life. However the board of trustees is made up from people with a large variety of life experiences so anyone, no matter what their professional background, can become a trustee.

What are the benefits of becoming a trustee? It is very rewarding and even though you may not be getting paid you will be rewarded ten-fold. You meet people from a variety of backgrounds that you’d never expect

Be ready to be very involved! You get a real satisfaction from helping people. You can progress through the board to become a Chair and gain even more responsibility. The experience I have gained has also helped me with my own business. I have also found that being a trustee also holds sway in conversations about what you do as a career.

What are your main duties? You will have to attend at least five meetings a year and will get the opportunity to attend some other meetings during the course of the year. You’ll be representing your organisation as well as having an involvement with the whole of the organisation’s staff and its members. Most importantly your voice is listened to in the right places and so you can really make a positive change.


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


As the darker nights draw in why not try out one of these events to brighten-up an autumnal day? For more activity ideas visit


In 1940s New York, the singer everyone wanted to see was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch and timing were far from perfect. Glorious! tells the hilarious story of Florence, her talented pianist, Cosme, and her eccentric friends on her journey to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall. This is a Magic Hat production by Peter Quilter. When: Friday 28 September – Friday 1 October 7.45pm. Saturday 2 October 2.30pm and 7.45pm Where: Compass Theatre Cost: Opening night tickets £9.50, adult £12 and concessions £10 Contact: Box office 01895 673 200 or 07769 560 991,

Judgement at Nuremburg

More than a play, Judgement at Nuremberg offers an overwhelming experience of human emotion not easily forgotten. Set in 1947, the play centres around a military tribunal in which four German judges face the American war crimes court in Nuremberg, charged with crimes against humanity before a panel of three American judges. Three of the defendants were Nazi thugs but one of them was quite different and had been a famous and renowned scholar and a man who detested Hitler and the Nazis. Yet he remained on the bench under the Third Reich. The American judges find themselves having to choose between patriotism and justice while passing judgement on moral crimes committed within the law. When: Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 October, 7.30pm Where: Compass Theatre Cost: £12, concessions £10 Contact: Box office 01895 673 200 or online at or 0845 838 9058

Magic of Motown

In 2009 The Magic of Motown presented sell-out shows throughout the UK – from London’s O2, Glasgow’s SECC, Cardiff ’s Wales Millennium Centre and the Belfast Waterfront. During the summer the production won the hearts of UK music fans, packing them in at giant festivals alongside Jools Holland, Lemar, Lulu and Jane McDonald. All this has led to its biggest ever tour. The Magic of Motown is set to clock up more than 150 dates in 2010 as the world celebrates 50 years of classic hits. Charting Motown’s rise from its first, 1960 millionselling hit to being heralded as the world’s greatest record label, the production revives all-time favourites. When: Wednesday 6 October, 8pm Where: Beck Theatre Cost: £21, concessions £20 Contact: Box office: 020 8561 8371,


Theatre Viva Las Vegas

Friday 17 September 7.45pm, Saturday 18 September 3pm and 7.45pm An evening of Las Vegas songs from the Rat Pack, Elvis, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Judy Garland and many other favourites. Cost: Tickets £12, concessions £10 Contact: Box office 020 8572 0475, Compass Theatre

Uxbridge Folk Club – Derek Gifford

Thursday 30 September 8pm Uxbridge Folk Club is up and running again on a monthly basis with club evenings consisting of floor singers and a professional act. Singers’ evenings will be introduced from January 2011 at Uxbridge RNA and folk concerts will be staged regularly at the Compass Theatre. Cost: £8 Contact: Archie Macauley 07810 447758 Uxbridge RNA


Wednesday 6 October – Saturday 9 October, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee, 2.30pm KLOS Musical Theatre production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Cost: £10, concessions £12 Contact: Box office 020 8868 4096 Winston Churchill Theatre

The Purple Theatre Company presents By Jeeves

Wednesday 23 – Saturday 16 Ocotober, 7.30pm What ho! Banjo in hand, Purple returns to the land of musical comedy in their upcoming production of By Jeeves, featuring the much beloved characters of P.G. Wodehouse’s well-known Jeeves and Wooster chronicles. Join Bertie Wooster as he fights off confused magistrates, random females bent on dire romantic ends and threatening jelly manufacturers. At the last, there is only one man who can guide him and his friends through the obstacles littering love’s maze…. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and book by Alan Ayckbourn, Purple promises you a night of laughter and merriment for all the family! Cost: £12.50, opening night all tickets £10.50, Thursday only concessions £10.50 Contact: Compass Theatre box office 01895 673200 Visit: www. Compass Theatre September/October 2010 hillingdon people magazine


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Coffee with a Cause

Monthly Coffee Mornings Third Saturday of the month (second Saturday in December), 10.30am to noon Join the monthly Coffee with a Cause Saturday coffee morning which raises funds for a different charity each month. Pop along for tea, coffee, light refreshments, charity greeting cards, plant sale and nearly new books. To date the group has raised more than £2,000 for charity. Contact: St Andrew’s United Reform Church

Harefield Poetry Group

Last Tuesday of every month, 6pm to 8pm An opportunity to write or read a favourite poem, based on a set theme, before a discussion session with other members. September’s theme is ‘education’ while October’s is ‘autumn’. One member has since had her work published and United Press have donated several poetry anthology, booklets and short stories. The group is run by Leonard Barron and Laura Marshall. Cost: Free Contact: 01895 558184 Harefield Library

Yoga Autumn Term

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning and evening sessions Nine classes to choose from. Contact: Visit www. or call 01895 675426 Cavendish Pavilion

Tuesday 12 September, 11am – 12pm Creative Writing workshop for children aged 5-8 years. Booking required by telephone or at the library. Contact: 020 8573 0261 Yeading Library

The Battle of Britain from Both Sides

Wednesday 15 September 7.30pm To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain authors Patrick Bishop and Roger Moorhouse will be giving a unique presentation about the battle with British and German perspectives. Copies of their books will be available for sale. Contact: 01895 250714 or visit Uxbridge Library to book Uxbridge Library Sunday 19 September 10am – 4pm As part of the London Open House weekend, The Stables, Dovecote and Walled garden will be open. Stewards from the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens and the Ruislip, Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society, will be available to give tours. Eastcote House Gardens

Brand new local singing club Thursdays 7.45-9.45pm Starts 23rd September No auditions, open to all adults who want to sing. Visit out our website for term dates, costs and more information. First session free Compass Theatre Long Room

Escape From Asylum Wood

Saturday 4 September 2pm Handicraft, cookery, preserves, floral art, fruit and veg as well as art and photography on show. There is also a raffle and sales table. Cost: Free Contact: 020 8759 0019 St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church Hall hillingdon people magazine

Astrosaurs Workshop

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The Women’s Institute Produce and Handicraft Show

Tuesday 7 September, Tuesday 5 October and Tuesday 2 November, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm The September demonstration is Andy Lloyd, ‘A Floral Jigsaw’. In October it is Linda Shackleton, ‘Autumn Splendour’ followed by John Chennell, ‘In Festive Mood’ in November. Cost: Members £3, visitors £5 Contact: 01923 829621 Northwood College

Friday 29 – Saturday 30 October, from 7pm and Sunday 31 October from 6.10pm A Halloween fright ride aboard the Ruislip Lido Railway organised by the Argosy Players and Ruislip Lido Railway.Following last year’s sell out Mad Bess Express the zombies will be back. Will you dare to try and escape from Asylum Wood? Trains depart nightly from Woody Bay Station at the lido every 50 minutes. Not suitable for very young children. Cost: £5 concessions £6. Under- 14s must be accompanied by an adult

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Contact: 07956 058888 or book online at Ruislip Lido Railway

Northwood Area Women’s Club

Thursday 7 October 9.30am – 12.30pm Friendship, fun and fundraising offered to Northwood and the surrounding area’s residents. General meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month excluding July and August. Visit www.northwoodarea Contact: info@ northwoodarea St John’s Church Hall

Fun Days Harefield Hospital Fun Run & Family Fun Day

Sunday 5 September, 10.30am – 3pm Two fun run courses of one and 3.5 miles as well as races for children, a fancy dress competition and a tug of war event prior to the start of the run at 11.30am. There will also be a vintage car display, entertainment, stalls and an all day BBQ. Funds raised will go towards a new MRI scanner.

Cost: Advanced, adults £7.50, children £3.50. On the day adults £10, children £5 Harefield Hospital

MAG Fun Day

Sunday 5 September, 11am – 4pm Fundraising community event including displays, facepainters and raffle prizes. Cost: Free Contact: 020 8573 3024 Hayes End Community Park

Fun Day for Hillingdon Council Tenants and Leaseholders Saturday 11 September, 11am - 3pm Various stalls, activities and information on offer. Cost: Free Contact: 01895 277038 or email ajames3@ Connaught Recreation Ground

Dance Viva Salsa

Every Wednesday, 7.45pm – 11.30pm Learn to Salsa dance. Cost: £4 first time, £7 members, £8 non-members Contact: 020 8866 9093 Ruislip Social Club

Venues Beck Theatre

Ruislip Lido Railway

Cavendish Pavilion

Ruislip Social Club

Compass Theatre

St Andrew’s United Reform Church

Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE Field End Road, Eastcote, HA4 9PG

Glebe Avenue, Ickenham, UB10 8PD

Connaught Recreation Ground

Uxbridge Road, Hayes

Eastcote House Gardens High Road, Eastcote, HA5 2EQ

Harefield Hospital Hill End Road, Harefield, UB9 6JH

Harefield Library

Park Lane, Harefield, UB9 6BJ

Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY

Grovenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ

Swakeleys Road, Ickenham, UB10 8BE

St John’s Church Hall Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA6 1DN

St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church Hall St Peter’s Way, Harlington, UB3 5AB

Uxbridge Library High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1HD

Hayes End Community Park

Uxbridge RNA

Northwood College

Winston Churchill Theatre

The Kingsway, Hayes End Maxwell Road, Northwood, HA6 2YE

Long Lane, Uxbridge, UB10 9PG Pinn Way, Ruislip, HA4 7QL

Yeading Library Yeading Gardens, Hayes, UB4 0EW

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.


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Care services

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

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Community information

Age UK 01895 431331 London Fire Brigade (Hillingdon team) 020 7587 4402 NoTRAG (No Third Runway Action Group) Samaritans 01895 253355 Social Security (Benefits Agency) 020 8426 3000 Three Valley Water 0800 376 5325

Advice and support

Consumer advice 08454 040506 Citizens’ advice Bureau 0844 848 7903 Hayes One Stop Shop 01895 556004 hayesonestop@ Hillingdon Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 020 8246 174 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 Hillingdon Women’s Centre 01895 259578 Victim Support Hillingdon 01895 421200


Library information desk 01895 250600 Advice and guidance (young people) 01895 257855 Enquiries about school transport 01895 250008 Truancy hotline 01895 250858

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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


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


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@ Hillingdon Police Community Advice Line (for non urgent matters) 020 8246 1860 Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm Community Safety Unit (to report race crime) 020 8246 1766


Hillingdon People Sep/Oct  

Residents' magazine for the London Borough of Hillingdon

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