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New music centre Get hired – Hillingdon apprentices

Natasha Baker local Paralympic star


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elcome to the September/ 13 Cover feature October edition Local Paralympian competes in of Hillingdon People. 2012 Games As we come to the end 9 Older People’s page of what has Get out and active. Why not try a free been a memorable summer led cycle ride, or free swim we can look back at the events we have held to celebrate the 10 Olympics fever Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Photos from the Olympic torch relay in Olympics. As a London borough Hillingdon, and stories from residents we were able to purchase 126 who experienced the games themselves Olympic tickets that were given free of charge to young people across the borough so they could 14 Back2sport experience this inspirational event. Get yourself back into sport with our In Hillingdon, we also enjoyed range of sports courses and classes Hayes Carnival and BigFest and more than a thousand of you 16 What happens to your recycling? tried fishing at family fishing fun Find out where your cans and paper days at Little Britain Lake. go after you leave them for recycling Once again we have increased the number of parks and open 18 Young Hillingdon spaces in Hillingdon which have What’s on offer at Hillingdon’s been given the Green Flag. We now young people’s centres this autumn? have 21 Green Flags and more land under Green Flag status than any 25 Win £25 Chimes vouchers! other London borough. If there is Have your say about Hillingdon People an environmental improvement you think should be made in your area, and its design you can apply for funding through the council’s Chrysalis scheme to 31 Get hired help these ideas come to life. How you can become an apprentice As part of our promise to protect in Hillingdon our natural environment, we continue to work with residents to Regulars fight the government’s proposals oung y ’s n o d g u mn to build HS2 through the borough. hillin at’s on this4 aut News h w s e r t I hope the Olympics have inspired e’s cen 35 Hillingdon volunteers some of you to try out a new sport,peopl or get more active with your family 36 What’s on? – we have some of the best leisure W 39 Hillingdon contact numbers facilities in London, and we are continuing to invest and improve them. Our back to sport programme offers you the chance to return to Deadline for advertising in sports you might have given up on, the November/December C o v e r ph o t o: N ata sh a B a k e r , at a range of times to suit you. Pa r a-D r ess a g e r i de r , see pa g e 13 issue is 24 September Young people from across the borough have been taking part in Editorial and advertising enquiries Published by London Borough of Hillingdon the FIESTA activities programme © 2012 during the summer, learning new Hannah Collins 01895 250828 Design Phil Burton 01895 250670 skills and making new friends. Printed by Warners Midlands PLC Now we are moving into autumn, Hillingdon People, 3E/07 Civic Centre, the council’s young people’s High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW. centres are still open, offering Products and activities and opportunities to help services advertised in them reach their full potential. this magazine are not people hillingdon young

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ation about For more inform of programmes the full range this autumn, being delivered one your local visit or teleph centre: young people’s Charville ’s Centre Young People , Kingshill Avenue Hayes, UB4 8DD Tel: 01895 671985 Fountain’s Mill’s Centre Young People 81 High Street, 1JR Uxbridge, UB8 Tel: 01895 556300 Harlington ’s Centre Young People Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, UB2 1PB Tel: 01895 671955 Northwood ’s Centre Young People 54 Hallowell Road, 1DS Northwood, HA6 Tel: 01923 824269

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Have your say on Eastcote House Gardens

A two-day public consultation to discuss plans for the development of Eastcote House Gardens is being held. The council and the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens are hosting an event as part of the wider consultation for the proposals. The event will be on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September at St Thomas More RC Church, 32 Field End Road, Eastcote, HA5 2QT, from 10am to 4pm. There will be talks on the proposed changes from Rees Bolter Architects; information boards including plans and designs; information from AOC Archaeologists, including finds and photos from the recent archaeology digs; refreshments provided by Vintage Tea 2 You (to purchase); plant and calendar sales; children’s arts and crafts area. For further information or to register for a talk contact the Customer Engagement Team on 01895 250270 or email customerengagement@ For more information on Eastcote House Gardens please see www.hillingdon.


Jubilee Paralympians scholarship welcomed to Hillingdon to be offered One local student is set to benefit from a Jubilee scholarship to help fund them through university. The council-funded scholarship will cover the fees of a three year undergraduate degree course at the borough’s Brunel University to one student who has been a resident in Hillingdon for at least 10 years. The lucky student will be selected through the applications process by Brunel University, which is working with the council to offer the scholarship.

Hillingdon hosted the Athletics Canada Paralympic team before the team went over to the Olympic Park ahead of the Paralympic Games. The team trained at Brunel University and attended a special event at the Civic Centre at the end of August. The athletes and support staff met with Leader of

the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, and Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Michael Markham.

Residents with disabilities got a taste of the Olympics at a special ceremony held to mark the Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A series of events were held, including an art competition and a sports day, allowing people who use the council’s day centres the chance to get involved in the 2012 spirit. Users of the day centres were each given

a country to represent and researched the country and tried out a range of sports which they could compete in. They were rewarded for their efforts at a special ceremony at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium where around 100 of them were presented with certificates and medals. Tickets to Paralympic Games events were also given to some of those who took part in the sporting events.

Gardeners celebrated Olympics celebration held Residents who attend the Rural Activities Garden Centre, in West Drayton Road, West Drayton, have been thanked for their work on planting around the borough. They were invited along to an afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour to recognise the effort and work they have put into planting, particularly outside the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. All the plants they use have been grown from seed, and they regularly maintain this area. They were given bronze civic volunteer pins by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Michael Markham, as a thank you for their work, which is all part of the borough’s entry into Britain in Bloom. The group also planted the hanging baskets that are on display in Harefield.

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Dodgy glasses crushed

More than 5,000 pairs of counterfeit sunglasses and 3,000 toys have been crushed. The glasses and toys were seized by the council for breaching safety regulations and anything that could be salvaged was sent for recycling. They were seized by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), after requesting the council’s Trading Standards team’s help to secure warrants at a self storage premises in Hayes in March. The police were investigating money laundering and counterfeiting, and Trading Standards initially helped SOCA identify counterfeit football merchandise, which was seized by the police. As part of the operation, Trading Standards identified a significant quantity of sunglasses which did not bear the CE European Safety mark. The sunglasses originated in China and some also bore counterfeit trade marks. The sunglasses were found to breach safety hillingdon people magazine

standards, and could potentially cause eye damage. The importer was tracked down by Trading Standards Officers to Heston where he agreed to sign over the dangerous sunglasses that had been destined for markets and shops, to Hillingdon for destruction. The counterfeit toys were seized in and around Hillingdon, with some found to breach safety regulations, such as those for children under three years of age, and not all toys bore the European CE safety mark. As a result, the toy retailer received a caution for these toys. Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Cabinet Member for Finance, Property and Business Services, said: “It is important to stop these counterfeit goods from entering the market and being bought by consumers. The goods breached safety standards and were potentially dangerous and hazardous, especially for young children.”

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Heart defibrillators help save lives

A small parking fee is being introduced at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex to deter people from parking there who are not using the complex. Parking charges will apply to non-members at the centre, in Gatting Way, Uxbridge, from September. From this date health and fitness members who pay either by direct debit or annually will be able to collect a permit from the sports complex reception excluding them from the charges. Parking charges will apply Monday-Sunday 8am to 10pm. The first half hour will be free, which will help anyone dropping off or collecting anyone from the complex, or anyone wishing to make enquiries in person.

Three life-saving heart defibrillators have been installed in Uxbridge Library, Ruislip Manor Library and the Compass Theatre. The council has joined forces with the Arrythmia Alliance, who have donated the defibrillators, which are designed to jumpstart the heart if someone has a sudden cardiac arrest. St John Ambulance staff have been giving staff at the locations training so they have the knowledge to use the machines should they have to do this.

Benefit fraudster sent to prison A 57-year-old man from West Drayton has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraudulently claiming more than £51,000 in benefits. A joint investigation by the council and the Department for Work and Pensions found that Ryszard Trybus, of Station Road, failed to declare that his wife was employed by the Ministry of Justice. Mr Trybus completed several housing and council tax benefit application forms and did not disclose any of this employment on correspondences sent to the council. Mr Trybus appeared at Isleworth court and received a 15 month custodial sentence on 27 July. He had claimed £8,822.96 in housing benefit, £2,716.03 in council tax benefit, and £40,267.55 in income support, making a total of £51,806.54.

Help us spread the word Do you want to be part of Hillingdon’s growing network of parent ambassadors? We are looking for parents to help us spread the word on several topics, including home learning and early play; early communication and literacy and childcare opportunities. If you are interested in getting involved, come along to the information day on Wednesday 26 September from 9.30am to noon or 1.15pm to 3pm at Yiewsley Cornerstone Children’s Centre in Colham Avenue, Yiewsley, UB7 8HF.

Spot Hillingdon pool If you’ve seen the video for the new single by Ruislip band, Scouting for Girls, have you spotted the outdoor pool at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex? The boys visited the complex to film the video for their latest single, Summertime in the City, earlier in the year. You can find the video on YouTube – search for Summertime in the City, or follow them on Twitter @Scouting4girls.


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Hillingdon scores again with Green Flag awards

The council has scooped another two Green Flag awards this year, bringing the total of parks with the award to 21, one of the highest numbers across London. Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip, and Swakeleys Park, Ickenham, are the latest parks to be awarded the flag. Green Flags are a set of annual awards, presented each year to parks that achieved the high national standard established for open spaces. Each year, the winners must maintain their sites, in order to apply to renew their status. The Green Flag Award judges grade each site on a collection of eight criteria including: a welcoming place, healthy, safe and secure, well maintained and clean, sustainability, conservation and heritage, community

Hayes Carnival brings sunshine through the rain Thousands of residents attended Hayes Carnival, enjoying the parade procession and performances from local people. The crowds were treated to a New Orleans style jazz band and around 150 participants from the local community provided the lively entertainment, following closely behind in range of authentic and vibrant costumes. A bicycle based float from Grow Heathrow scooped the top prize for best performance. The main stage programme featured a diverse assortment of performances, celebrating cultures from around the world. These included

Japanese drumming, Bhangra dancing and a fire hula-hooping act. The Mayor and Mayoress spent time in the bustling traditional stalls area, where more than 40 community groups and charities shared their creative activities.

involvement, marketing and management. For more information on the Green Flag, including a complete list of Hillingdon’s parks and open spaces to achieve Green Flag status, visit www.hillingdon.

Hillingdon shines at Youth Games League Youngsters from Hillingdon have helped the borough finish eighth overall at the 2012 Youth Games League. The finals were hosted at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, and proved to be a dramatic and exciting showdown weekend to mark the close of the 2012 competition, with Hillingdon involved in the latter stages of many of the events. One of the key highlights was the


swimming event, where the girls’ team showcased their best performances to retain the trophy. There were also close finishes in girls football and table tennis where teams from Hillingdon finished as runners-up, reinforcing the earlier outstanding second place finishes in the boys cricket and girls judo. The boys’ hockey team displayed their expertise and made excellent progress through the early rounds to the

semi finals, but were eventually pipped to third place. The team still added a valuable 41 out of 50 points to the overall Hillingdon total. The netball team also performed well, finishing in 5th place overall. Cllr Henry Higgins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure said, “Once again Hillingdon has managed to maintain its excellent position in the Youth Games and the teams

displayed some superb performances. These young people, together with the coaches, the clubs and their parents work incredibly hard and I’m delighted their efforts have paid off.” Hillingdon’s outstanding performance led to a total of 23 teams finishing in the top ten. This included the boys’ athletics team, which bounced back from finishing 26th in 2011, to finish in 9th place this year.

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Fishing fun days success Better service online More than 1,000 residents of all ages tried their hand at fishing at the annual Family Fishing Fun Days at Little Britain Lake in Packet Boat Lane, Cowley. The events, organised by the council and supported by more than 50 fishing volunteers, again gave families the chance to have a go at fishing and take part in a range of other free activities including bird box making and river dipping. Prizes of fishing equipment and cups and medals were awarded for the biggest fish and most fish caught. Sky TV and Talk Sport Radio fishing personality, Keith Arthur, said: “These fun days are the perfect introduction to angling and understanding the aquatic environment. Hillingdon Council do a wonderful job in organising them.” Keith came along on 22 July with a team from Sky Sports to speak to the Leader of the Council and film highlights of the day for his fishing programme, Tight Lines. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “The Family Fishing Fun Days are now in their forth year and, as evidenced

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by the numbers of participants, are becoming more and more popular. We are always keen to encourage people to get outside and enjoy the borough’s many green and open spaces and fishing at Little Britain Lake is a great way to do just that” Comments from participants included: “It was a great day. Kids had a lot of fun. Will do it again in a heartbeat.” “The day was brilliant. I’m a single mum with three boys and wouldn’t know where to start with fishing. In just an hour my boys were putting on bait and taking fish off hooks. We’ll be going fishing again – thank you.” “Loved it, should have more events like this.”

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More and more Hillingdon residents are connecting with the council online to request services, report local issues and find out what’s happening around the borough. To meet this growing interest, the council has been developing the website to improve access to services and information via the internet. With a fresh new design, the site has been reorganised to make it easier to use and information easier to find, and to increase the range of interactive services. In addition there is an emphasis on providing better self service options, something which has proved popular this year with more than 40,000 residents already signed up. By registering on the website it’s now possible to request services and track progress all online and at a time convenient to you. Now when you access Hillingdon’s website on your mobile, you will find the site quicker and easier to use, and better suited to smaller screens and for those who are on the go.

Remember, to get the latest council news, service updates and event information, you can follow Hillingdon on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites. To find us online, just search for Hillingdon on your favourite social network, or go to Save time with online services: • Contact your councillor • Find your nearest park, library or leisure centre • Report issues on your street, and track progress • Pay council tax, rent, parking fines and more • Check local planning applications • Browse the events calendar


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Council tax CarePlace – your gateway to crosschanges borough information Are you looking to try a of local organisations, chance to identify could new sport or arts activity? services and activities. what opportunities affect you Do you know where CarePlace can be are available locally. your local community centre is and the services it provides? Do you know where to go for advice on safety and security in the home? CarePlace is a new online directory that provides information and advice on a range

Council tax benefit is being abolished by the government and each council has to replace it with a locally funded scheme. The government is also giving councils less money to fund these local support schemes, meaning we have to make savings to keep the borough’s council tax low. If you are a council taxpayer in Hillingdon, these changes will affect you, even if you do not claim benefit. The council is consulting with all residents on our proposed local council tax support scheme. To have your say on the scheme, please visit hsgcounciltaxben where you will also be able to find more information on the scheme, and how it could affect you and your family. The consultation closes on 31 October, so make sure you have completed the survey by then. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Customer Engagement team on 01895 277446 or email customerengagement@ and you will be sent a pack including all the information and a survey to return.


New library opens its doors

The newly built South Ruislip Library has opened its doors, welcoming residents with the aroma of new books, flowers and coffee. The three-storey building, in Victoria Road, South Ruislip, includes an open plan

used by all residents, however it is especially useful for those who receive Self Directed Support (where you have more choice over the services you receive) as it can help you plan your own support, and will give you the

CarePlace is a pan-west London directory, and provides information from other boroughs, including Ealing and Hounslow. For more information, visit uk/careplace or www.

library on the ground floor, an adult education centre complete with classrooms and workshop on the first floor and 10 new apartments split between the first and second floors. The library also boasts: • More than 2,000 new books • Seven PCs and four Apple Mac computers • Starbucks coffee area • Free Wi-Fi There will even be a flower stall, run by staff

and students from the council’s South Ruislip Adult Learning Centre. The council will also be offering local residents the opportunity to buy visitor parking vouchers from the library. The library will be open from 9.30am to 9pm MondayThursday, 9.30am to 5.30 Fridays and 9.30am to 4pm on Saturdays. For more information visit www.hillingdon.

New breast screening clinic for women living in Hillingdon A new breast screening clinic has recently opened at Uxbridge Health Centre, George Street, Uxbridge, for women living in Hillingdon. The clinic, which uses state-ofthe-art technology, is accessible to people with

disabilities and replaces the mobile screening vans previously used. Breast screening is an important health check because: • One in eight women will get breast cancer at some stage in their lifetime.

• Breast cancer is more common in women over 50. • Breast screening can detect breast cancer early, when it is too small to be seen or felt, and when treatment is simplest and most effective. • It is estimated that breast screening saves the lives of 1,400 women in England every year. If you are aged 53 and over and haven’t had a breast screen within the past three years, please call 020 3313 6644 now to make an appointment or visit www.westlondon

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Get active


f this summer’s Olympics have inspired you to be more active, then there are lots of ways to do it in Hillingdon. If you are over-50, why not try a led cycle ride as part of Age Well on Wheels. These rides are free and cycled to the pace of the slowest rider. All routes include on and off-road cycling so please ensure you have a suitable bike. You should bring refreshments, as there is a planned break in all rides. The next ride is on Saturday 22 September, meeting at West Drayton Station, Station Approach, from 10.15am, with the ride

starting at 10.30am. This is a medium ride, of 10–11 miles. For more details please call Sarah Durner on 01895 277137 or email If cycling isn’t your thing, then over 65s who live in Hillingdon can still swim for free in all the council’s indoor public pools during normal opening times. Simply turn up and prove your age with a bus pass; Freedom Pass; passport; driving licence or Citizen Card, and you can swim for free. For more information on ways to get active visit www.

Housing advice for elderly


series of advice sessions are being run for older people by the Housing Outreach team at Age UK offices in Hayes and Ruislip. The surgeries aim to provide advice and support for anyone seeking information in relation to their current housing situation, accessing housing, Locata support or general signposting to other services. To make an appointment in Ruislip please call 01895 250147. For the sessions in Hayes, you need to call 020 8756 4390. Dates and times for the surgeries are: Age UK Hayes – Townfield Community Age UK Ruislip – 105 High Centre, Townfield Road, Hayes, 1pm to 4pm Street, Ruislip 1pm to 4pm Tuesday 18 September

Thursday 20 September

Tuesday 16 October

Thursday 18 October

Tuesday 20 November

Thursday 22 November

Tuesday 18 December

Thursday 20 December

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Thursday 17 January 2013

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Thursday 21 February 2013

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Thursday 21 March 2013

Tuesday 16 April 2013

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In a national first, the council’s popular Brown Badge parking scheme for over-65s is due to be extended to include on-street parking bays. The location of the bays is still under consideration, but it is hoped they will be installed later this year. The scheme allows residents over65 to park in specially marked parking bays which are nearer to amenities. To apply for a Brown Badge, please call 01895 250926.

Have your say on older people’s services

If you want to get involved in older people’s services across Hillingdon, why not come along to the Older People’s Assembly? This group of older people meet every three months to discuss services for older people in the borough and to hear from a guest speaker on relevant topics. The next meeting is on Tuesday 25 September, 2pm to 4.30pm, in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge UB8 1UW. If you need more information, please call Alison Coote on 01895 277336.

Get healthy and active at 60+ Fair

If you want advice and support, and the chance to win in the prize draw, come along to the 60+ Fair at the Mall Pavilions Shopping Centre, Uxbridge, on Tuesday 9 October from 9am to 5pm. Stalls will include: • Keeping healthy - health checks, screening, nutrition • Health support – equipment and services • Activities - hobbies, leisure and fitness in the borough • Specialist housing • Keeping safe - police, fire service, remaining safe and secure in your home with TeleCareLine


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housands of people came to Hillingdon on Tuesday 24 July to enjoy the Olympic torch relay. It is estimated that around 90,000 people saw the flame as it made its way through the borough, via Hayes, Hillingdon and into Uxbridge, before finishing at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex. On its journey, it was carried by celebrities Mark Ronson and Katy B at Brunel University and former England cricket captain, Michael Vaughan, completed the final leg of the relay at the sports and leisure complex. Lots of photos and video from the relay are on the council Flickr site – visit www., or you can follow the link from www. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “Crowds along the torch route were very good, showing the enthusiasm Hillingdon’s residents have for the Olympics. I hope everyone enjoyed the fantastic atmosphere, it was great to see so many people gathering together and celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m delighted that it went so smoothly.”


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My Olympics experience


everal young people in Hillingdon were given tickets to the Olympics and Paralympics as a reward for their sporting success. Hillingdon People found out their experience of the events they were lucky enough to see. Kelly O’Donnell, took her ten-year-old son, George Nash, and his friend Nicola, to see the final Saturday of the Games after they won tickets in the draw after their school took part in the Jubilee Wood planting. Kelly said: “It was amazing. We got to see Mo Farah win the 5,000m final. It will never happen again in my lifetime. It was so special to be able to share it with my son. “After he won the race, Mo’s coach came to try and queue jump to get a drink, but I didn’t believe him, but it really was him. “Everything, even from getting off the train to go to the Olympic Park was really exciting. It was a carnival atmosphere. The noise when Mo was winning was like Concorde taking off. “George said it was amazing too. One of the rowers who won a medal was also called George Nash, so we followed his progress all the way through the Games. He was really excited about that.” Neil Kane is a volunteer who works with the council’s youth fishing team. The team was given four tickets to congratulate them on their success at the London Youth Games. They finished fourth in last year’s competition and third this year. He took two of the fishers and another adult volunteer. Neil said: “We went for an afternoon and evening session. We saw the men’s 200m final with Usain Bolt, and the 800m final where a new world record was set. It was absolutely fantastic. “The atmosphere was amazing. The men’s 200m final was tremendous. I can’t describe it, it was breathtaking.”

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Local writer in Olympic Opening Ceremony


illingdon writer Sean McManus was among 7,500 volunteers who performed in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. He was part of the spectacular industrial revolution sequence, the largest set change in theatre history, which culminated in the forging of the Olympic rings. Sean, who lives in Ickenham, said: “It was such a fantastic experience. We rehearsed for three months in sun, wind and rain and had a fantastic time. Each week, the show got bigger and better. “I have so many great memories from the final night: the Red Arrows zooming overhead as we walked to the stadium in costume; flashbulbs in the audience as we entered the field of play; the bounciness of the stage as we threw ourselves into the shovel/pickaxe choreography; the smell and heat of the pyrotechnics; high-fiving the


kids as we left through the audience; and watching the fireworks over the stadium at the end of the night.” He added: “I’ve made some wonderful new friends this summer, learned so much, and

had so many little moments of discovery and wonder as the show unfolded slowly before us. I am pleased I could play a small part in welcoming the world’s best athletes to London 2012.”

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t’s every sportsperson’s dream to represent their country at the highest possible level, and for 22-year-old Natasha Baker, of Cowley, she will be fulfilling her dream when she takes part in the Paralympic Games this summer. By the time you read this, Natasha will know whether she has achieved her aim of winning gold in the ParaDressage competition. Hillingdon People spoke to her about finding out she was going to London 2012, and how she was preparing for the biggest competition of her career. Natasha received a bursary from the council in 2009/10, which she used to buy JP, her horse, whose official name is Cabral. Natasha explained how she was told she was in the squad at the end of another competition. All the team were being told separately, and Natasha was one of the last people to be called in. “I was already pretty much crying before I went in – it had been building for so long to that moment. David, our manager, put his hand on my shoulder, and said ‘Natasha, you’re going to London 2012’ and the floodgates opened. I was so happy.” Natasha continued: “It is really strange – when I talk about it, I go way back up there again, but when I’m not talking about it, it’s like nothing has happened. I’m super excited!” In terms of preparation, Natasha explained that she had been advised not to change the way she and her horse, JP, train. She believes that if her routine changes, JP will know something is different and might not perform to his full potential. Natasha will be living in the Olympic Village throughout the Paralympics, with fellow athletes, something she is very much looking forward to, as she will be able to catch up with friends and enjoy the parties. She continued: “I’m really not nervous. I think because our team was so strong and we didn’t know who was going to get picked, getting selected was the hard work. I know that if I do my best and JP does his best, we have got a really good chance of going there and doing very, very well and maybe coming back with a medal. hillingdon people magazine

Rooting for Natasha (left) with the Paralympics mascot Mandeville and another member of the Paralympics squad

“I’m going to go there and have the time of my life – it’s never going to happen again.” Natasha became disabled at 14 months old after catching a virus. This caused the communication between her spine and the rest of her body to be interrupted. Natasha joined the crowds in Uxbridge when the torch relay came through, and said: “It was such a great atmosphere. It makes you proud to be British. It has come around so quickly, I remember getting a text when I was still at school to say we had got the bid.”

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hillingdon sport

The kids


So what’s on offer? Pay and play sessions

Only pay when you come and play. Sport





Stockley Academy School

Tuesdays, 7pm to 8pm


Uxbridge College

Wednesdays, 7pm to 8pm


Queensmead Sports Centre

Thursdays, 7pm to 8pm


Ryefield Primary School

Thursdays, 7.30pm to 8.30pm


Botwell Green Sport and Leisure Centre

Wednesdays, 10am to 11am


Friday, 6pm to 8pm


Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 8.45pm until 26 Sept



Ladies Hockey

Eastcote Hockey Club

Jog it Off

Hillingdon Sports Tuesdays, and Leisure Complex 5.45pm – Athletics Track


Behind the Civic Centre in Uxbridge on Cricketfield Lane

Wednesdays, 12.30pm


Hayes Cricket Club

Saturdays, 11am


Ruislip Lido Car Park Entrance

Sundays, 9am


Masters Swimming

Hillingdon Sports Mondays, and Leisure Complex 8pm to 9pm

£32 for eight weeks*

* Must pay as a block of eight sessions; sessions only used when swimmer attends.

Beginners’ courses

Suitable for beginners and returning players who’ve not played for years.







Uxbridge College Sports Hall

Fridays, 7pm to 9pm 21 September – 19 October

£25 inc equipment

Football League

Botwell Green Sports Centre

Thursdays, 7.30pm to 9pm starting September 2012 and January 2013,

£45 per team


Court Park, Hillingdon

Sundays 23, 3pm to 4pm September – 25 November


Virgin Active, Northwood

Mondays, 12pm to 2pm 24 September – 26 November


Thursdays, 6.30am to 8.30am 27 September – 30 November


Fridays, 7pm to 9pm 28 September – 1 December


Saturdays, 5pm to 7pm 29 September – 2 December


Sundays, 5.30pm to 7.30pm 30 September – 3 December


Back 2 Sport is about finding time to fit physical activity into your life so you can feel good and enjoy yourself alongside your busy life: We aim to run sessions that: • Cost less than £3 per hour • Are, wherever possible, pay and play sessions (there are some courses) so you don’t lose any money if you can’t come because you’ve got to take the dog to the vet or go to parents’ evening • Focus on beginners, or adults returning to sport after not playing for a number of years • Happen at times that are convenient for you including daytime, weekend and evening sessions • Provide a fun, social environment to get fit and feel healthy • Are run by local coaches, with lots of knowledge and support on hand

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hillingdon sport

s back at school? You...

CK 2 SPORT! Sport for young people

There are plenty of activities for young people too. These are cheap ways to get active and meet new people. Street Games Family Fitness Doorstep sport for just £1

Boxing (non contact)

Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm Ages 12–16 Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre

Not doing an activity you want to try? Fill out the Back to Sport registration form on our website and we’ll register your interest and start looking to set up new sessions and activities. For more information on specific sports please check out our website or email For general information just text SPORT and your email address to 80800 for FREE. Cllr Henry Higgins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “If the Olympics have inspired you to get more active and try out some sport, then these Back 2 Sport sessions are the perfect way to get started. “With classes during the day, and evenings, there are plenty of opportunities to try. If your children have gone back to school, why don’t you go back to sport?” hillingdon people magazine

Football Thursdays, 4pm to 5pm, ages 5–8 5pm to 7pm, ages 9–14 Dot Com Café, Glebe Estate, West Drayton Thursdays, 7pm to 8pm Ages 12+ Harlington Young People’s Centre, Harlington Fridays, 5.30pm to 7pm, ages 10–12 7pm to 8.30pm, ages 13+ Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre


Wednesdays, 5pm to 6pm Ages 7+ Dot Com Café, Glebe Estate, West Drayton Fridays, 5.30pm to 6.30pm Ages 8–13 Crane Centre, Fuller Way, Harlington

Fit Teens

A low impact, fun multi-sports session and nutrition for teenagers who are an unhealthy weight. We are always recruiting for our term time sessions.

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Parents and children enjoy being active together with these inspirational and engaging classes at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex

Street Dance

Sundays, 4pm to 5pm, Capofit: Sundays, 5pm to 6pm, £2 per adult, £1 each for first two children then 50p per child.

Disability Sessions Multi sport

Saturdays, 1.45pm to 3.15pm Ages 8–19 with special needs. Queensmead Sports Centre £3 per session


Saturdays, 10am to 11.30am Ages 8–16 Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre £5 per session

Disability Swimming

Sundays, Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex enquire at the centre 01895 208900


For more information on sessions for young people text GAMES and your email address to 80800 or e-mail


hillingdon environment

What happens to your recycling? In Hillingdon we have a high recycling rate of 43 per cent. But, what happens to some of the things that you put into your bags to be collected every week?


n the first part of a series of articles about where your recycling goes, Hillingdon People asked that question and found out more. Most drinks cans are made from aluminium which can be easily recycled through a melting process. The cans are sorted and separated at the Grundon Materials Recycling facility at Colnbrook. They are then crushed into bales before being taken to a processing plant. Once they are at the plant, they are separated out and shredded, and magnets are used to separate any steel to be recycled at another site. Very hot air is passed over the aluminium and vaporises any paint or other decoration before it is melted using a furnace that heats to 700 degrees. Any remaining impurities rise to the top and can then be removed. The pure molten aluminium is then poured into containers and cooled. From here it can be moved to another factory where it is rolled into sheets and can be made into drinks cans again. 75 per cent of all the aluminium ever produced is still in use, thanks to the aluminium recycling industry across the world. Along with the usual drinks cans, you can also recycle aluminium aerosol canisters. Paper and cardboard are both made up of vegetable fibres compressed into sheet form. Every piece of paper is made


up of millions of fibres. When you put paper or cardboard into your recycling, it is sent for sorting at Colnbrook, and then sent to processors who turn it into pulp which is used to make new paper and cardboard. The pulped paper is transformed back into paper through a series of processes to make the fibres in the pulp bind together producing new clean paper. The paper recycling industry has existed for more than 100 years and by 2009 provided 73 per cent of the raw material to make paper pulp in the UK. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “Residents in Hillingdon do a good job of recycling, but we

want to keep these rates up. By recycling we are helping to protect our natural environment and also keeping costs down – sending rubbish to landfill costs us all more money, so the more we recycle, the more money we can save.� There will be more information on recycling in the next edition of Hillingdon People.


For more information on recycling in Hillingdon, visit www.hillingdon.

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hillingdon jubilee

Diamond Jubilee commemorated E

astcote House Gardens now has a set of handcrafted Jubilee Gates. The traditional gates, designed by David Medcalf of All-Tech (Midlands) Ltd, incorporate the Hillingdon Crest and Royal Cipher and were officially unveiled by the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot. Cllr Puddifoot was joined by the Mayor of Hillingdon and the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens including Lesley Crowcroft who the Leader asked to formally cut the ribbon. A Jubilee Wood, planted by school children on the ex RAF Uxbridge site, was formally dedicated on 19 July by Wing Commander Ed Partridge OBE AE DL, the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hillingdon. Wing Commander Partridge said: “Her Majesty is keen to ensure that there is something lasting and beneficial to remain at the end of this Diamond Jubilee year. This wood, and hundreds of others, have been planted throughout the country as a lasting legacy to be enjoyed by us and those who come after us. It is very fitting that Hillingdon’s Jubilee

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Three events have been held during the summer in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Wood is on the historic site of the former RAF Uxbridge.” The children who planted the wood in May were invited back to the dedication event, which also included a draw for them to win tickets to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A Jubilee Garden in Swakeleys Park, Ickenham, was officially opened with the unveiling of a plaque and stone obelisk by Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Michael Markham. Representatives from the Ickenham Residents’ Association and Friends of Swakeleys Park were amongst those invited to attend the event which took place on 7 August. Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of the Council, said: “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a historic occasion and one we wanted to mark in an appropriate way. Hillingdon residents and future generations will be able to enjoy these lasting legacies for many years to come.”

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hillingdon young people

o y s ’ n o d g n hilli r t n e c s ’ e l p o pe In September, Hillingdon’s young people’s centres will launch their exciting new autumn programmes for young people aged between 11 and 19 who live, work, or study in Hillingdon.


ith seven young people’s centres across the borough, every young person is just a bus, tube, or bike ride away from a wide range of fun and exciting activities. The young people’s centres provide opportunities for young people to make new friends, try new things and develop the skills, knowledge and confidence that will launch them towards adulthood. Each centre offers a range of facilities including comfortable lounges, music production studios, DJ decks, tuition kitchens, PS3/XBox/Wii-equipped gaming centres, dance studios, iMac-equipped cyber cafés, arts and crafts studios, and internal sports halls or external sports courts. Although the centres are well equipped to respond to young people’s interests in sports, arts, cooking, or performance, they can equally be used by young people who just want to chill during their leisure time. There are sessions available for specific age groups – 15 to 19 year olds; 12 to 14 year olds and 10 to 12 year olds. The age bands are designed to make sure the programmes offered are appropriate to the needs of each age group. Different activities run at each of the centres, but most of them are open on Friday evenings, when they host regular performance events including gigs and comedy nights showcasing the best in local young performers. A number of the


centres will be introducing Saturday afternoon programmes over the next few months for 10 to 14 year olds, and a series of tutor-led urban dance and music production programmes at selected locations. The young people’s centres also deliver a range of programmes that are focused on young people who may need additional support and encouragement to get involved. These programmes include Sparks Clubs for young people who have learning difficulties, HACS Clubs for young people who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders (in partnerships with Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support), and Young Carers Clubs for young people who are family carers (in partnership with Hillingdon Carers). These programmes are available for young people up to the age of 25. Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “The young people’s centres we have in Hillingdon offer a wide range of opportunities for our young people to get involved and develop to their full potential. From learning something new to making new friends, they give young people somewhere to meet with people their own age that is easily accessible and safe. Several of the centres have had new facilities added recently, and we are always keen to hear what you want to see at your centres, so come along and let us know what you’d like to see available.” September/October 2012 hillingdon people magazine

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oung n m u t u a is h t n o s ’ t a res wh contacts

For more information about the full range of programmes being delivered this autumn, visit or telephone your local young people’s centre:

Charville Young People’s Centre Kingshill Avenue, Hayes, UB4 8DD Tel: 01895 671985

Music centre gives young people the X Factor

Young people in South Ruislip now have access to a state-of-the-art professional music studio at the Young People’s Centre in Victoria Road. The studio has been funded through the council’s ward budget initiative, which gives each of the borough’s wards cash to spend on projects in their area. It is hoped that young people will be able to develop their musical talents and creativity in making music, for example producing CDs and backing tracks for vocals.

Fountain’s Mill Young People’s Centre 81 High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1JR Tel: 01895 556300 Harlington Young People’s Centre Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, UB2 1PB Tel: 01895 671955 Northwood Young People’s Centre 54 Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA6 1DS Tel: 01923 824269 Ruislip Young People’s Centre Bury Street, Ruislip, HA4 7SX Tel: 01895 674188 South Ruislip Young People’s Centre Victoria Road, South Ruislip, HA4 0JE Tel: 020 8384 4160 West Drayton Young People’s Centre Rowhley’s Place, Harmondsworth Road, West Drayton UB7 9JB Tel: 01895 442892 Or visit

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hillingdon cares

On the look out

for hidden carers Staff at Sainsbury’s stores across the borough have been given special training to help them identify hidden carers.


he supermarket Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Carers Trust, the national carers’ charity, to help find hidden carers in communities across the UK, and the stores in Hillingdon are working with Hillingdon Carers to run the scheme. Sainsbury’s staff have received special training to help them identify people who may be hidden carers – for example those who pay separately for two lots of shopping, or pick up prescriptions from in-store pharmacies for someone else – and will direct them to Hillingdon Carers staff to find out more about local support. Claire Thomas, Chief Executive of Hillingdon Carers, said: “We’re really excited about this project and it’s great that


Sainsbury’s is keen to work with us to help identify hidden carers. “While people may feel that they’re only doing a bit of shopping for a neighbour or relative, in reality the level of care they’re giving to that person can be very high. “We know that carers are at an increased risk of health and financial problems because of their caring role, and we want to make sure that people are aware of the support available to them.” The initiative follows on from a successful pilot scheme in the South West, which referred 140 customers requiring help to the charity. Anthony Patton, Manager at the Uxbridge Sainsbury’s store, said: “We’re keen to play an active role in the community, and so are

delighted to be part of this initiative to identify hidden carers. By working with Hillingdon Carers we’ve learnt a lot about the issues that carers can face and we’re committed to helping more people get the support they need to allow them to carry on with their caring role.” Cllr Philip Corthorne, Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “Being a carer can be a tremendously demanding task with these stoic individuals often carrying on without realising that support is on hand. I welcome this scheme coming to Hillingdon and hope that as a result more carers are made aware of the options available to them.”


For more information contact Hillingdon Carers on 01895 811206 or go to www.

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hillingdon planning

Tackling illegal homes A clampdown has been launched on illegal back garden homes and rogue landlords.


eds in sheds’ unauthorised converted outbuildings that are used as residential accommodation – often provide very cramped and poor living conditions and show a total disregard to planning law. These buildings, which tend to be built in the back gardens of residential properties and rented, can also be dangerous to live in. There are also adverse environmental impacts on local communities, including increased noise and disturbance; poor visual impacts; increased traffic; and increased pressures on local facilities such as health, schools etc. A dedicated team of council officers is working to tackle the issue now, to ensure it does not develop into a larger problem. They will be pursuing investigations through to prosecution. As a result of this, individuals may find that they stand to lose housing benefits, and others may find that they owe council tax. The council will also work with partner agencies to tackle the problem of tax avoidance and illegal immigrants. Since the team was formed, there have already been successful prosecutions. Jamal Uddin, of Gloucester Road, London, was fined £5,400 for breaching a house of multiple occupation licence (HMO), £6,600 for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice ordering him to stop using a shed in Turnpike Lane, Uxbridge, as accommodation and ordered to pay council costs of £3,377. hillingdon people magazine

Rupa Sodha was also fined £3,500 and council costs of £2,079. He had illegally redeveloped a house in Princes Park Parade, Hayes, into seven self-contained flats as well as renting out a bed in a shed. Harnek Singh Brar, of Brookside Road, Hayes, was ordered to pay a total of £14,325 for unlawfully using his garage as two separate beds in sheds. Brar had also divided his main house into two separate houses. He also has to restore the outbuilding to a garage and the subdivided main house into a single home. Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: “We launched a clampdown earlier this month and the hard work and dedication of our officers is already paying off. I am glad to see the courts taking this seriously and issuing some hefty fines. I hope this acts as a warning and deterrent to others. We have a dedicated team to tackle this issue and we will continue to take action against those people who think they can flout the law.”

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Beds in sheds

Photos of some of the beds in shed properites the council have prosecuted. Top two photos – front and back of property in Turnpike Lane, Uxbridge; bottom two photos – the kitchen/toilet and side of property in Brookside Road, Hayes


If you suspect someone of breaching planning or housing regulations, report it to the council on 01895 250230.




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hillingdon change4life

The Olympics may be over and the sun may constantly be playing hide and seek, but there are still lots of ways you can get active and lead a healthier life.


hange4life Hillingdon is all about encouraging residents to be more active for life, by making small changes that could make a big difference to your fitness, health and happiness.

Here, Hillingdon People gives you some top tips for making the most of your borough to get more active. • While the longer days are on our side, if you can, walk your children to and from school – it will help reduce traffic and you can use the time to talk about their days. Come the weekend, get out and explore your local park or green space - take your camera and post your best photos to Flickr or Twitter and mention us, so we can see where you’ve been. The latest Explore Hillingdon leaflet has suggestions for led walks that you can try. • If you love animals, but don’t have your own pets, why not help out at your local animal shelter or volunteer to walk your neighbour’s dogs? • If walking isn’t your thing, you could try cycling to get around, rather than getting in your car, and there are free led cycle rides across the borough. Visit change4life and click ‘explore Hillingdon’ to find out more. • There are always lots of opportunities for volunteers– hillingdon people magazine

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see page 35 for details on how you can volunteer to play with Hillingdon Play Association or visit www. for more on volunteering. • Try your hand at gardening – if you have a garden, how about tidying it up before the winter sets in? If you don’t have a garden, an allotment or even planting a window box will help get you moving. • For those days when leaving your nice, warm house to brave the cold outdoors just isn’t an option, get back into DIY and put up those shelves you’ve been looking at all summer, or brighten up those tired walls with a lick of paint. It might not seem like much,

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but even hammering a few nails into a wall is more active than watching television. • Try something new with Hillingdon Adult and Community Learning – there are courses including rock climbing, gardening, yoga and dancing on offer. If you’ve always fancied trying something new, now is a great time to start. • If you need inspiration to get the kids active, there is a programme of events happening across the borough’s young people’s centres – see pages 18-19 for more details.


For more on change4life Hillingdon, please visit www.


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Assembly for people with disabilities Monday 8 October 2012, 11am to 2pm Registration from 10.30am Middlesex Suite, Civic Centre, Uxbridge UB8 1UW

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And get involved

Take part in your local Pride of Place week this September

Free electrical goods and textile collection: for residents of Ickenham, West Ruislip, Manor, Cavendish and South Ruislip What can you put out for collection? Fridges/freezers, washing machines, televisions, vacuum cleaners, kettles, old clothes/curtains Book your collection online through the contact details below. Collections will take place between 24 and 28 September. Contact details: 01895 556265 28

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hillingdon proud

of Hillingdon We want all residents and people who work in the borough to feel PROUD of Hillingdon, and as part of this, the council runs several schemes to help you improve your area.


art of this work is improving the borough’s town centres. This programme includes physical works on the streets – introducing new planting, better footpaths, improving parking arrangements, providing better streetlights and benches, smartening bridges, and so on – and also working with the shops and businesses to help them boost their trade in these difficult economic times. Over the next two years the council will be working in Hayes, Ruislip Manor and Northwood Hills town centres. Already the centre of Hayes has seen the

Public Exhibition An opportunity to view the plans between 12 September and 24 October. • Botwell Green Library • Hayes YMCA Young People’s Centre

Public Exhibition (staffed) An opportunity to discuss the plans with council officers. • Botwell Green Library on 26 September between 10am and 7pm • Hayes YMCA Young People’s Centre on 3 October between 1pm and 8pm. Residents in Ruislip Manor and Northwood Hills will be contacted over the coming months to gain their thoughts on how the town centre can be improved. hillingdon people magazine

first stage of the transformation planned for it, with extensive improvements to many of the shop fronts and forecourts. Local residents in Hayes will be receiving a leaflet in September asking for your thoughts on how the town centre can be improved. We are looking for your input into shaping how we can improve the area, so please let us know what you think. You can also complete this survey online at www.hillingdon. If you have ideas about how the area could be improved and would like to find out more this is your chance. Along with these consultations, as a bid to boost business, empty shops in the three areas will be used to house ‘pop up’ shops and activities. People needing some high street space to test a concept, expand a current business or develop a community or cultural project will be able to submit a proposal to use an otherwise unused shop. Watch out for a popup shop coming to your high street soon and pop-in for information! Funding for the improvements will come from the council and through grants from both Transport for London and the London Mayor, as part of his programme of works to improve outer London boroughs. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Improvement, Partnerships and Community Safety, said: “We want to make Hillingdon a borough people are proud to live and work in, and with

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Top: Hayes High Street following work to improve the town centre Winners of the window dressing competition in Northwood Hills and Hayes town centres, after the traders were given tips to help boost their business

your help we are looking to improve some of our town centres. Please let us know what improvements you want us to make so you can feel proud of Hillingdon.”


For more information on the town centre improvements, please visit www.hillingdon. or email towncentres@



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Apprenticeships are the word of the moment. They are widely talked about in government and media circles as being the route into training and a career for many young people. But what is an apprenticeship? What is happening locally and, more importantly, where can you find out what is available?


n apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. If you are over 16 and not in full time education you can apply. Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,200 job roles in a wide range of industries, from things like engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy. There is a huge amount happening locally, with figures from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) suggesting more than 1,500 apprenticeship opportunities within a 10 mile radius of the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. The service provided by NAS is a great starting point but there are a number of options locally, with both Uxbridge College and Hillingdon Training providing comprehensive apprenticeship programmes.

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Hillingdon Training offer access to apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships in a range of areas including business administration, child care, creative and digital media, customer service, health and social care, IT, pharmacy and classroom assistants. As well as having links to local employers Uxbridge College operate an Apprenticeship Training Agency, a groundbreaking scheme where the college simplifies the employment process by directly employing the apprentices. Businesses can also claim £1,500 for taking on their first apprentice. Uxbridge College has great links with a range of companies across a variety of sectors including British Airways, Hawker Pacific Aerospace, Mechanical Technical Services and even QPR football club. Apprentices sometimes get an opportunity to make an impact early on and one such young

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apprentice used a prestigious industry competition to showcase his skills. Security Systems apprentice, Chris Dawson (pictured), was praised for his professionalism and commitment at the British Security Industry Association’s 2011 Annual Awards. Hillingdon Council also offers apprenticeship opportunities and details of how to access these and links to all the other organisations mentioned is at uk/jobs, then click ‘apprenticeships’. Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Improvement, Partnerships and Community Safety, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to kick-start their careers, offering a chance to earn and learn. Working with our partners, the council is able to point anyone interested in an apprenticeship in the right direction to help get them started in employment.”



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Are you a Hillingdon resident? Do you have a child who was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009? If so, you need to apply for a school place by

15 January 2013

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Could you foster?


here are always children in the borough who need fostering – someone to give them a loving home and keep them safe and secure. All you need to have to be a foster carer is a spare room and time to dedicate to the children you will be caring for. You

will be offered complete support and advice from fully trained staff and any training that you need, along with a generous allowance. One of the types of foster carers we need in Hillingdon are those to care for 11-16 year olds who have complex emotional, behavioural and developmental

If your home is feeling a little empty after your children left for university or moved out of home, have you thought about fostering? needs. This is multi-dimensional treatment foster care (MTFC). It includes a team of people working with the child and foster carers to improve the lives of the young person being looked after. MTFC foster carers are part of a professional team. They receive weekly supervision and a high level of support and learn new skills and methods of caring for the children placed with them. There are weekly MTFC team meetings with staff and other carers. The overall aim is to help the young people learn the skills they need to live with a family on a permanent basis, whether they are returning to their birth families, or going on to be adopted or long-term fostering. These placements usually last between nine months and a year, depending on the young person. Cllr David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Fostering can be a hugely rewarding task and one that many current carers say adds a great deal of satisfaction to their lives. Foster carers are never left to deal with any situation alone – there is continual support from our dedicated team at the council. “The alternative to fostering is to place children in care homes but this is no match for the family setting and personal love and support that fostering offers. Many of our current carers speak of how inspirational their experience has been.”


For more information on fostering in Hillingdon, please visit www.hillingdon.

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is child’s play


illingdon Play Association has recently launched a new and exciting Play Ambassadors Project, with support from Hillingdon Volunteer Centre, encouraging children to get outside and play, and they need volunteers to help them run the project. Samantha Summerell (Community Volunteer Coordinator for Hillingdon Play Association, pictured middle of front row) tells us what happens when all the planning and preparation comes together. Tell us more about Hillingdon Play Association and the work it does for the community. Hillingdon Play is funded by Play England to go out into the community and recruit volunteers to help raise awareness of the importance of play. Hillingdon Play is part of a government programme and has received funding for one year from Hillingdon Community Trust to increase volunteering and help create more play spaces for children. Volunteers assess the play opportunities within their neighbourhood, looking at where children can or can’t play and what could be set up in the area to encourage play. Hillingdon offers a lot of green spaces, so it’s important to get children back into using the parks and open spaces we have in abundance.

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What volunteer roles are Hillingdon Play currently recruiting for? Casual volunteers to help out on one-off play day events such as National Play Day where you can help with all of the children’s activities, including painting and games. The second is Play Ambassadors to promote children playing outdoors in their neighbourhoods and be a part of making positive changes happen. Ambassadors encourage healthy outdoor active lifestyles. Why should volunteers get involved with Hillingdon Play? Volunteers will have a lot of fun while giving something back to the

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community. They will be enrolled onto a six-week learning programme (two hours per day per week) which will be flexible to fit into school life for parents. The programme will cover teaching about play and the benefits of outdoor play, as well as practical ideas to take play into their own families and neighbourhoods. Volunteering could also help you further your career in this area. Our volunteer roles would suit anyone, young or old who has a keen interest in making life better for children in the borough.

What do you look for in a volunteer? We look for volunteers who are passionate about working with children who are prepared to give up a few hours of their own time and who are committed to completing the programme. They will also be willing to go out and talk to people in their local area, communicating the message back out there. Lastly and most importantly somebody who just wants to have some fun!


If you are interested in volunteering for Hillingdon Play, please contact Samantha on 020 8573 8868 or email


Comedy, music and Zumba are just some of the events you can try out in the next few weeks in Hillingdon. Remember that for the most up-to-date listings, visit What’s On at, where you can search by event type or location to find the perfect event for you.

Magic of Motown

Celebrating 50 years of hits, the Magic of Motown comes to the Beck Theatre, featuring 36 chart-toppers from The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Lionel Richie and more. This non-stop spectacular includes 16 costume changes and tightly choreographed routines and songs Stop in the Name of Love; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; My Guy; My Girl; and Dancing in the Street. When: Thursday 27 September, 8pm Where: Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE Cost: £23.50, concessions £21.50 Contact: Visit to book online or call 020 8561 8371

Netherlands National Circus

Come along to this show, presented by Tony Hopkins Entertainments featuring a dazzling combination of theatre, music and dance. There are no animals, and quality and innovation are at the top of the agenda for these human performers with acts including a flying trapeze, as well as acrobatics, comedy, juggling, illusion and aerial feats. When: Tuesday 16 October to Sunday 21 October Where: Field End Road Recreaction Ground, Eastcote Contact: Visit for discounted tickets, or call 0844 4155 228

The Argosy Players and Ruislip Dramatic Society

present two separate productions of

Calendar Girls by Tim Firth

Two of Hillingdon’s theatre companies tell the incredible true story of the extraordinary ladies of the Women’s Institute who find themselves revealing more than they ever planned in their fight against cancer. Calendar Girls is based on an uplifting true story that is both hilarious and poignant. Join Argosy Players and Ruislip Dramatic Society as they unite in raising money for this worthy cause. Two weeks, two different productions, one very special show. When: The Argosy Players: Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 October, 7.45pm and Sat 6 October 2.30pm. Ruislip Dramatic Society: Wednesday 10 to Saturday 13 October, 7.45pm and Sat 13 October 2.30pm. Where: Compass Theatre, Glebe Avenue, Ickenham Cost: £12 (£10 concessions available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturday matinees only). Contact: Box Office numbers are as follows - Argosy: 0845 838 9058, RDS: 01895 675343, Compass: 01895 673200. Find out more at , and


Leisure Singing 4 Fun

Every Thursday 7.45pm to 9.45pm A club for adults who love to sing. No auditions. Take part in group numbers, work on techniques and skills and perform in shows. First session free, so come and see what we do. Cost: Pay up front – £53 for the term. Pay as you go – £6 per session. Contact: email First Ickenham Scout Hut

Dog agility club

Daily, depending on the season Advice on behaviour, nutrition and other related topics, along with agility classes Contact: Call Bea on 07949 296353 or visit www. Hayes

London Open House at Eastcote House Gardens 23 and 24 September The dovecote and stables at Eastcote House Gardens will be open to the public, with guided walks by the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens. Refreshments will be provided by the Vintage Tea Gardens. Cost: Free Contact: For more information, email Lesley Crowcroft on lesley.

Gardening Sessions

13 October and 10 November, 10.30am to 1pm A volunteer gardening session with the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens. No experience is necessary – training, tools and refreshments will be provided. Meet in the car park and enjoy the fresh air. Cost: Free Contact: Lesley Crowcroft on lesley.

Ruislip-Northwood Flower Arrangement Society

Tuesday 2 October, 7pm for 7.30pm start National demonstrator, Susan Phillips, demonstrating Finishing Touches. Cost: Members £3. Visitors: £5, available on the door Tuesday 6 November, 7pm for 7.30pm start Alan Smith will be demonstrating Seasons Greetings. Costs: Visitors £4, available on the door Northwood College September/October 2012 hillingdon people magazine

Northwood Craft Market Saturday 6 October, 10am to 3pm Original gifts and crafts, all handmade by local crafters. A great opportunity to browse and buy in a friendly atmosphere. All ages welcome. Children can have a go at simple crafts. Cost: Free admission. Contact: Visit www. northwoodcraftmarket., email northwoodcraftmarket@ or call 07780 601842. Northwood Methodist Church Hall

Exercise Zumba classes

Zumba Gold (low impact dance fitness), Zumba Toning/ Sentao (dance ‘n’ tone), Zumba Gold-Toning (lowimpact toning) and Zumba (original dance fitness) day and evening classes held in Northwood Hills, Ickenham, Pinner and Hayes. Contact: www. zumbawithtrisha. or email trisha@ for further details, or call Trisha on 07919 276539.

Zumba Fitness Class

Mondays, 6pm and Wednesdays, 8pm No dance experience necessary. Classes are fun and friendly. Come join the party. Cost: £5 Contact: Ann-Marie on 07701012927 or email zumbathatbody@ or Facebook zumbathatbody Monday – Walter Pomeroy Hall and Wednesday – St Edmund of Canterbury Church

Fitness sessions

Tuesday and Wednesday evenings Bums and tums, adult tap dancing and nifty fifty senior fitness Contact: For days and times, visit www. or call 07979 952277

Deelite-Fitness Kettlercise Classes

Mondays 9.30pm to 10.30am; Tuesdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm and Thursday 8.30pm to 9.30pm Cost: £6 drop in £30 for six classes. Eastcote Hockey Club

Mat Based Pilates

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Barre Concept

Monday 7.30pm to 8.30pm The Dance Studio, Bishop Ramsey School Contact: Dee on 07962423333, or e-mail deelite-fitness@hotmail. for further information and to reserve your place as classes get busy. Website

Music Classic Concerts at St. Edmund’s

Sunday 23 September, 3.30pm Music for Clarinet - Joanne Rozario, accompanied by Yukiko Shinohara. Cost: Tickets £6 to include refreshments Contact: Can be bought on the door, or on 01923 821869 St. Edmund’s Church

Our House presented by Hillingdon Musical Society

Wednesday 26 September to Saturday 29 September, 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday This award winning musical is based on the witty and contagious songs of Madness. Our House is a show full of triumph and tears set to the Madness soundtrack of the 1980s. Cost: £13, £11 for concessions (under 16s, over 60s, disabled and students) Contact: Book online at www.compasstheatre. or call the Box Office 01895 673200 Compass Theatre

Uxbridge Folk Club

Thursday 27 September, 8pm BBC Young Musician nominee and member of the new Albion Band, Blair Dunlop, with support from Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The main guest is on at around 8.45pm. Thursday 11 October, 8pm Ian Bruce with support from Blackwood. The main guest is on at around 8.45pm. Thursday 25 October, 8pm Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, with support from David Shevelew. The main guest is on at around 8.45pm. Thursday 15 November, 8pm Chloe Mattharu with support from Laura Victoria. The main guest is on at around 8.45pm. Cost: £8 on the door, students free first gig, then £5 Contact: www.tinyurl. com/uxfolk Uxbridge Royal Naval Association

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Coming from America concert

Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm Barber - Adagio for Strings Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (Soloist: Masayuki Tayama Piano), Copland - Appalachian Spring, Dvořák - Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” Cost: £10 (Conc £8, Children 11-16 £5, under 11 FOC). Contact: Tickets available from Pro Music International, 19 Swakeleys Road, Ickenham or tel.: 01895 252858. Tickets will also be available on the door. Find out more at www. Bishopshalt School

Theatre Soap Opera

Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 October, 7.30pm Several famous ex-soap stars tread the boards in this brand-new comedy telling the story of a soap with declining ratings. Blood is spilled and a body is discovered. Cost: £18.50, £20.50. Concessions £1.50 off and premiere cardholders get 10% off Contact: Book online at www.becktheatre. or call the Box Office on 020 8561 8371 Beck Theatre

and creatively explore the possibilities of theatre space. Cost: The whole seven week course costs £70 Contact: Book online at www.compasstheatre. or call the Box Office 01895 673200 Compass Theatre

KLOS present Fiddler on the Roof

Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm with 2.30pm matinee on 20 October Teyve lives in Anatevka, a Jewish village in Czarist Russia in 1905 with his wife and daughters and is unhappy that his daughters want to choose their own husbands. There is sadness and heartache but also humour and optimism despite the political unrest. Cost: £13, Concessions £9 – £11 Contact: Box office on 020 8868 4096. Winston Churchill Theatre

The Purple Theatre Company presents Comic Potential

Hillingdon Arts Service presents Theatre Design Course

Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm An hilarious and heartbreaking play by Alan Ayckbourn set in the foreseeable future when everything has changed except human nature; a future where TV daytime soaps are performed by android actors emotionally programmed by the control room. What happens when one of them develops their own sense of humour?. Cost: £12.50, £10 for concessions Contact: Book online at www.compasstheatre. or call the Box Office 01895 673200 Compass Theatre


Northwood College

Wednesday 19 September - Wednesday 31 October, 7pm to 10pm A course for local theatre practitioners to explore the multi-faceted art of set building. Led by a professional set designer, this course will explore the principles of set design

Beck Theatre

Grange Road, Hayes, UB3 2UE

Bishopshalt School Royal Lane, Hillingdon, UB8 3RF.

Bishop Ramsey School Hume Way, Ruislip

Compass Theatre

Glebe Avenue, Ickenham, UB10 8PD

Eastcote Hockey Club

Kings College Road, Ruislip,

Eastcote House Gardens

High Road, Eastcote, HA5 2EQ

Kings College Pavillions Kings College Road Ruislip

Maxwell Road, Northwood Middlesex, HA6 2YE

Northwood Methodist Church Hall Oaklands Gate, Northwood, HA6 3AA

St Edmund of Canterbury Church Edmunds Close, Hayes, UB4 0HA

Uxbridge Royal Naval Association 388a Long Lane, Hillingdon, UB10 9PG

Walter Pomeroy Hall

Royal Lane, Uxbridge, UB8 3QU

Winston Churchill Hall

Pinn Way, Ruislip, HA4 7QL

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Community information

Hillingdon Fire Station Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 0PH 020 8555 1200 ext 38228 hillingdongroup@ Samaritans 01895 253355 Social Security (Benefits Agency) 020 8426 3000 Three Valley Water 0845 782 3333

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

Advice and support

Age UK Hillingdon 020 8756 3040 Consumer advice 08454 040506 Citizens’ advice Bureau 0844 848 7903 Hayes One Stop Shop 01895 556004 hayesonestop@ Hillingdon Action Group for Addiction Management (HAGAM) 01895 207 788 Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support 020 8606 6780 9am to 5pm Hillingdon Carers 01895 811206 Hillingdon Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 020 8246 1745 Hillingdon Women’s Centre 01895 259578 NHS Wellbeing Centre Boots, High Street, Uxbridge 020 3214 5699 P3 Jobshop – Employment Services 020 8581 1056 P3 Navigator Hayes Housing Advice and Support Centre 020 8581 1054/5 navigatorhousing@ Victim Support Hillingdon 01895 421200

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Care services

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


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

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


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

Environment and street scene

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


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


Metropolitan Police nonemergency number. 101 Textphone 18001 101 hillingdon.enquiries@ Community Safety Unit (to report race crime) 020 8246 1766


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