THE HILLS ECHO

Autumn 2001

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

PLEASE NOTE

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH 2001

NORTHWOOD AND PINNER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL

PLANNING

LETS KEEP NORTHWOOD HILLS CLEAN AND TIDY

THE YEAR AT HAYDON SCHOOL

HARLYN SCHOOL

NORTHWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB

FAMILY HOLIDAYS

NORTHWOOD LIVE AT HOME SCHEME

OUT AND ABOUT BY STROLLER

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR LOCAL POLICE

THANK YOU

A RESIDENT

NORTHWOOD SCHOOL

BEREAVEMENT REGISTER

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH

CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS

COULD YOU DO IT?

SUMMER ACTION

MOUNT VERNON & WATFORD GENERAL HOSPITAL

CONGRATULATIONS>

YOU CAN DO IT

NORTHWOOD LIONS

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CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Summer 2001 is nearing its end. We have not had a good summer, quite a lot of rain, a couple of warm sunny periods, a short spell of hot, humid nights and days, and that’s it, about gone. We look forward to Christmas and the New Year; let us hope not so much rain as last winter.

Locally, we have had a couple of matters that have caused some concern. Planning application were received by Hillingdon Council for the St. Vincent’s Hospital site and Tesco / Shell for building or redevelopment on their properties. These caused local people some anxiety, including our association committee. Much debate followed the applications, which was curtailed, to an extent, because of the need to reply within 21 days. Your Committee, on a divided vote, decided not to oppose the applications, but make strong representations to the Planning Committee of Hillingdon Council as to our reservations on certain aspects on each application. I received comments from Association members on both sides of the arguments. We, as an Association, attempt to look after the welfare of all our members and local inhabitants, but we cannot, nor should not, attempt to stifle competition. We have fought for and continue to urge local inhabitants, to patronise our local shops. However, this Association cannot make preferences over individual shops. It is for local people, with their custom, to determine, whether or not a shop continues to be viable.

St Vincent’s is rather different. Planning permission is being requested to build a Nursing Home on the site, this to be funded by selling land for housing purposes. Several other plots of land have already been sold off by the St. Vincent’s Authority, but, regrettably, little, if any, of the monies received have been used for actual hospital activities. Therefore your committee, again on a divided vote, have not opposed the applications, but again have written, in the strongest terms to the Council of our reservations. Neither of these applications will find universal agreement for local inhabitants. We urge people to communicate with local councillors and Hillingdon Council and let them know their opinions. If you do not speak up, no one will hear you.

Local democracy must be protected at all times. Do take the trouble to VOTE at local elections. Recently, the Council held a consultation exercise regarding the way councils are run and LESS than ONE person a HUNDRED bothered to vote and comment. The Council now quite legally state that decisions will be made on the majority votes cast. If you do not vote, how can you complain?

Within our Association we are very anxious to receive feedback from members. We get most back from our Road Stewards, who are in day-to-day contact with members. WHY NOT JOIN US AS A ROAD STEWARD and have the right to attend our committee meetings and put a position or case. Perhaps you will consider being a full Committee Member. Come along and help us to help everybody. Your concerns are probably the concerns of someone else, let us know and we may be able to help. Your committee makes recommendations to the Council and other bodies join us and help decide what we can do for the people who live and work in Northwood Hills. Why leave it to someone else, and get their view, come and give your view and comment. You never know it might just do the trick and change something.

The Association is making an appeal to our local schools to become more involved in local matters. We hope to encourage support from senior pupils. We would like to see some sort of involvement by pupils who are, perhaps, in their last years at school to attend our meetings as observers, or more active members. These are the people of the future and we hope we might have the benefit of their views and aspirations. It’s early days yet, but we are confident it is the right way.

Policing is, as ever, a problem. Size counts, as the advertisements say. Hillingdon Division of the Metropolitan Police is due to receive ‘40’ extra personnel within the next six months, an increase of over 10%, hopefully, some will be allocated to patrolling Northwood Hills area, time will tell.

We understand that the Northwood Health Centre in Acre Way is to be demolished and rebuilt. No date has been announced, but, hopefully soon.

Northwood and Pinner Cottage Hospital wait decision time, as does the future of Mount Vernon. It is believed that this autumn ‘MAY’ bring news.

I finish by reminding readers that as bad as we sometimes feel matters are, they could be worse. We are fortunate in many ways to live where we do and enjoy life as much as we can. I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

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PLEASE NOTE

 We have occasionally received anonymous letters from residents about a variety of subjects, some complain about us (perfectly legitimately) some complain about neighbours, some wanting the committee to act on their information. We would like to stress that we DO NOT react to anonymous letters or emails. We will always respect anyone’s wish for confidentiality but if you wish us to listen and act please identify yourself. This is your Association and we will always listen to bonafide problems.

Michael Thatcher - Chairman

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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH 2001

A day that will be remembered for a long time. A day that will change the way we look at and deal with our lives. Our sympathy goes out to all those people from many countries, who lost relatives or friends in those terrible incidents in America. Life and attitudes of many people must now surely change, because of the actions of a few, but we must go on, we cannot and must not let bad things win. A vocal few must not be allowed to dominate our lives. The silent majority must begin to express their view, that is the only way forward. Activists of any kind must not be allowed a free run at our lives, or the way we think. We must stand up and be counted and we can do that in many ways. People must get used to commenting on national and local matters and confronting, with a reasoned argument officials and representatives of political parties. It is our world and we should be prepared to stand up and be counted on our efforts to both maintain and improve the lot of everyone.

As I write momentous decisions are being made, hopefully on our behalf and for our good. We can only wait and pray that life will continue to improve and that the wholesale slaughter of people will never return. We had hoped that the 20th Century had been the end of such horrific matters, but it has been proven we have more to do.

As we run up to Christmas our thoughts will continue to be with those who grieve, but our hopes must be positive, it is the only way to achieve a better place locally, nationally and worldwide.

Michael Thatcher - Chairman

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NORTHWOOD AND PINNER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Despite rumour and counter rumour, Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital continues to serve this and adjoining residential areas. It is no secret that the future role of Northwood and Pinner along with Mount Vernon is under review. This obviously has affected the financial support given to the League of Friends. Nevertheless, we continue to donate additional medical items, which benefits the hospital’s elderly patients. The Physiotherapy Department, which also provides care out in the local community, has received specialised equipment. On the lighter side the Friends have paid for several entertainment afternoons for patients.

Our fund raising events have included a very successful Quiz Supper evening, and at local fun days a ‘Find the £5 stations’ based on the London Undergrounds was played. However, the Autumn Fayre on the 22nd September attracted only 130 people realising £800. A somewhat disappointing result compared with previous Fayres. Yet £800 is £800.

Our thanks to the Northwood Hills residents who have supported the League of Friends and the Hospital.

Frank Armour – Chairman, League of Friends.

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NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL

Do you have problems with your neighbours, or do you know of anyone locked in a dispute? It may be worth knowing, that a Community Mediation service exists, which may help to resolve matters that sometimes appear to be irreconcilable. They provide an impartial service, which attempts a form of reconciliation between conflicting parties in a variety of circumstances where there may be discord. Anyone who requires the service of a mediator to help settle a dispute should contact Hillingdon Community Mediation, Bridge House, Station Road, Hayes, Middx. UB3 4BT. Telephone:-020 8561 2162

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PLANNING

During the past weeks much of my time has been devoted to two rather controversial applications. First the development of the St. Vincent’s Hospital site and the other the enlargement of the Tolcarne Service Station by Esso to include the provision of a Tesco mini-market.

St Vincent’s Hospital – The proposal is to develop the area on the western side of Wiltshire Lane on which stands derelict hospital buildings. The intention is to construct a nursing home at the top of the site, where the administration building and Chapel stand and sell the land below this area for housing. It is anticipated that money from the sale of land will pay for the nursing home, which will be either 60 or 48 beds depending on available money. The plans submitted for the nursing home are in detail but only outline application has been made for the housing development. If approval is given the developer will a make more detailed application.

We have supported the application for a nursing home but have expressed some reservations about the housing development. As members may recall a similar situation occurred three years ago when it was intended that land sold for housing on the eastern side of Wiltshire Lane would finance the improvement and extension of the hospital. We were, however, dismayed when the houses appeared but the hospital went into decline ending in its closure. This I understand was due to the government ban on sending N.H.S. patients to private hospitals. This rule was applied to St. Vincent’s even though it is a charity. Consequently we feel a little cautious about the current proposal. In our letter to the Planning Department we have emphasised our full support for the nursing home but at the same time asked for any approval to include a condition that no housing development will be allowed unless the proposed nursing home goes ahead. I understand that the application is likely to go before the Planning sub-Committee in November. When approval was given for the housing development on the eastern side of Wiltshire Lane a condition was imposed under Section 106 of the Town & Country Planning Act, that the top of this site be cleared of all hospital buildings by the year 2004. This will provide an open aspect leading on to Haste Hill and will to some extent compensate for the loss of Green Belt.

Tolcarne Service Station – This proposal is to enlarge the present Esso filling station site, reposition the pumps and build a Tesco mini-market on the same site. The shop will be fairly large and will include four checkout points. A public toilet will also be included. It has never been our policy to oppose any new retail outlet but we are concerned about nearby shops that will find it difficult, if not impossible to compete with Tesco. Many local residents and shopkeepers have signed and sent a petition to the Planning Department objecting to the proposal. In our letter to the Head of Planning we have asked that the petition and letters be considered. We have also drawn attention to a number of problems relating to the proposal. These are mainly relating to parking and road safety due to repositioning of the entrance / exit. We are particularly concerned about children who have to cross Joel Street to get to school.

Ex Barclays Bank Site – Conversion to a private club. We have objected to this proposal for two reasons. Joel Street is full of parked cars in the evening as the occupants visit restaurants and pubs. Many overspill into adjoining streets much to the annoyance of residents. A club would certainly make the situation worse. Our second point is we do not want any more private clubs in Joel Street. We already have one, which we accepted, but we would prefer the building to be used to the benefit of our residents even if it means waiting.

Lishman Y. Easby – Association Planning Officer

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LETS KEEP NORTHWOOD HILLS CLEAN AND TIDY

Fairfield Church had a "Community Week" in July - gardening for senior citizens, removing graffiti, cooking meals. One team attacked the mounting piles of rubbish behind the shops in Windsor Close.

Our sincere thanks to shopkeepers who came out to help the team - & for those of you who supplied refreshments to the workers!

Our gratitude to the Council who provided cleaning equipment and removed the piles of rubbish.

What can we all do to prevent this situation developing again?

Local business in Northwood Hills will thrive better if we can avoid our area becoming unsightly and getting a reputation as a rubbish dump. If we can keep the area clean people are less likely to drop litter.

Would you help if Fairfield were to repeat this exercise?

Is there anything we can do to improve the situation from week to week? Please contact us with ideas if we can help.

Thank you very much

Roger Pearce
MINISTER
FAIRFIELD
01923 827198
fairfield@nhec.org.uk
David Bishop
COUNCILLOR
NORTHWOOD HILLS WARD
01923 826610
davidbis@lineone.net

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THE YEAR AT HAYDON SCHOOL

Haydon School, an 11- 18 mixed comprehensive school of about 1650 students, is located at the junction of Wiltshire Lane and Norwich Road. It welcomes the children of many local residents. This article reviews some of the activities and successes of the school over the last academic year.

Haydon enjoyed very successful public examination results in the summer of 2001. Our GCE A level results made the national papers, with Haydon shown as the 57th best state mixed comprehensive school in the Daily Telegraph league table of results. Over half the examinations taken at this level resulted in grades A or B, the grades looked for by the top universities. The boys bucked the national trend and actually did slightly better than the girls. The school also enjoyed excellent GCSE results. with 67% of all students gaining 5 grades A* - C or better, the standard needed for entry onto A level courses and for many jobs. Once again the boys bucked the national trend by finishing only just behind the girls.

Students at Haydon enjoy many opportunities to excel in areas other than examinations. The music department, for example, offers three orchestras, a wind band, a jazz band, two choirs and a samba band. There are several occasions during the year when students have the opportunity to perform. Last year's programme included Christmas and Spring Concerts, an evening of chamber music, and an International Evening, which included performances of music from all around the world. School musicians recently performed "Grease" to sell out audiences.

Physical education continues to be very successful at Haydon. The school was awarded the Football Association Charter Mark recently, acknowledging the provision of football for all students in the school. This is alongside the Sportsmark Award, which the Department is looking to up-date to Sportsmark Gold in the near future. The Sportsperson of the Year Awards, sponsored by Eastcote Sports, is awarded to a boy and a girl each year. Many visits and trips are organised throughout the year, which provide students with educational, rewarding and enjoyable experiences. These included Year 9 Camp to the Ardeche in France, Year 8 Camp to the New Forest and the Girls Soccer Tournament to Barcelona.

Haydon enjoys many links with the wider community in addition to those mentioned above. The school does a tremendous amount for charities. For example, it has a continuing link with Michael Sobell House and has made frequent contributions to its appeals. Non-uniform days have contributed regularly sums of around £1000, for example, for the Jeans for Genes Appeal, Barnardos, and the National Meningitis Trust. Grangewood School received a particularly generous donation to help with the appeal to raise money to replace two minibuses, which had been burnt out.

The school continues to work with primary and other schools in a number of ways. Students from Warrender Primary School visited Haydon to participate in the International Evening. Haydon students have visited a local primary school to read their children’s stories. Haydon staff teaches language lessons at four local primary schools. Haydon Year 7 drama students were involved in a workshop at a local hall with children with severe physical and learning difficulties. Year 10 drama students have performed for the enjoyment of students at a local primary school.

The school continues its links with Hillingdon Adult Education, which runs a large number of courses in the evenings. Haydon students attend Uxbridge College one afternoon a week to take NVQ courses in catering, motor vehicles, hairdressing and sport and fitness.

Haydon is a specialist Language College. The past year has seen a considerable expansion in the activities and outreach programmes of the Language College during the European Year of Languages. The new Spanish Family Learning Zone gave an opportunity for parents of Year 7 students to learn Spanish alongside their children. Our primary programme enabled Year 6 children to be taught Spanish in four local schools. At Coteford an additional masterclass is taught to very able linguists. Over 100 pupils attended the special primary languages show where they entertained the audience with sketches and songs before taking part in five exciting workshops. During the summer holiday gifted children from a number of local schools attended Haydon for special language courses. Numbers of students taking community languages on Tuesday afternoons have increased considerably this year. Currently the school has two Gujarati classes and is also teaching Punjabi, Chinese (Cantonese), Portuguese and Arabic. Three Japanese classes are also taking place as well as two Spanish Masterclasses for Year 7 and Year 8. The Language College has supported a number of trips and exchanges this year as well as international work experience in France, Spain and Germany. The History trips to Ypres and Berlin, the PE camp in France, the Economics/French trips to Paris and the ski trip all received financial support.

Haydon remains a heavily oversubscribed and successful school. I wish to thank you for your forbearance with some of the problems caused by the school, such as traffic congestion, and to thank you for the support that you have given us over the last year.

P. Woods Headteacher.

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HARLYN SCHOOL

In order to make wet playtimes more interesting, staff would like to offer the children some new games for use in the classroom. Obviously large or electronic games would be unsuitable but if anyone has any small games, puzzles or comics that they could use, they would be very grateful.

Lifted from the Harlyn School Newsletter

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NORTHWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB

Northwood Football Club start this new season building on a successful 2000/1 season. Finishing ninth in the Ryman League Division One and an appearance in the League Cup semi-final for the first time, Northwood F.C. are hoping to improve on last season’s performance. The Reserve Team, who were promoted to the Premier Division of the Suburban Football League, also tasted success. Although hindered by the awful weather last winter, the Youth Section managed to play all of their League and Cup fixtures, with successes for the Under 8’s, Under 9’s Under

10’s and Under 11’s, they all had a superb season. The Under 12’s through to the Under 16’s also tasted success in various League and Cup competitions.

All was not quiet in the summer months with Northwood F.C. holding their Annual Fun Day in July, raising money to help improve facilities at the club. The extension to the Clubhouse is now under way, with the footings now being established. A Fire at the Clubhouse in late July showed what Northwood F.C. members are made of with all hands on deck, members got stuck in and made sure that the fire did not interfere with the daily running of the club and ensured that it was football as normal, with the ‘friendlies’ against Chelsea and Watford going ahead. In August the Club helped with the Northwood Carnival, with members once again volunteering their services to this very worthy cause. Well here’s to a new season, and let us hope it’s a successful season for all at Northwood F.C.

Steve Cansdale

A lot of people don’t know where Northwood Club is, or the many facilities we have on offer. Well you’ll find us if you wander onto the recreation ground via Chestnut Avenue or Highland Road. Behind the tall hedge near the clubhouse we have a lovely senior football pitch, it has Premier Status. We have a stand, which seats 460, and also standing cover to hold 2,000. If you would like to see our facilities and have a coffee or a drink in our Bar / Lounge please give me a ring. I will be delighted to show you around.

We are also looking for youngsters to play for our junior sides aged from 8yrs–17 yrs. Looking forward to seeing you

Betty Walley – Secretary 020 8866 2649

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FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Family holidays can be restful, invigorating, exciting or indeed any other type of holiday most of us wish to have. This is, unfortunately, not true for all those families with a disabled member, they have different choices. They can leave the disabled member at home, which leads to feelings of desertion on the part of the disabled member and guilt on the others. They can all go together and risk that haven’t been told the whole truth about hotels that ‘are entirely suitable for all disabilities’, how often they forget the steps leading into the hotel. Another option is to obtain as much information as possible. The ‘Holiday Care Service, 2nd Floor, Imperial Buildings, Victoria Road, Horley, Surrey. 01293 774535 will provide information to disabled people that will enable them to holiday with their family and friends in a mainstream environment.

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NORTHWOOD LIVE AT HOME SCHEME

I joined the Joint Headquarters Northwood in January 2000 with a new ambition in life; I wanted to be a Naval Social Worker. To that end I needed a varied experience of life outside of the comfort blanket that is the Royal Navy. So I threw myself into months of research to

find suitable organisations that could provide me with the experiences I sought. In fact I picked up the Yellow pages and looked under charitable organisations.

After a few telephone calls to various organisations that couldn’t give me the personal one to one situation I wanted, I telephoned the Northwood Live at Home Scheme. It sounded exactly what I wanted so I asked for an application form. After the Police check, referees and interview I was introduced to Ned.

To avoid confusion Ned is Edna but that is just between you, me, and now the rest of the readers of the Newsletter. Sorry Ned!

Ned is a fantastic lady with whom I have formed a great relationship. When I first started to visit her I was a little shy and nervous, but Ned soon put me at ease. She has the ability to speak her mind, but not in an offensive way, and that, coupled with her sense of humour makes her very easy to get on with.

I see Ned once a week on a Tuesday night, and by the time I get there she is usually ready. We hit the local Public Houses about 5.30pm followed by a pizza and then we either head off to a Watford nightclub or just relax in one of the local all night rave parties. I’m sure if Ned had half a chance she would, but usually it is just a cup of tea and a good chat. If anybody has the feeling that the world is sometimes a little easier on a Tuesday evening, that is down to Ned and I. We do, in fact, set the world to rights for one hour per week and what we do not talk about is not worth talking about at all.

We have managed to get out a couple of times, but the long winter has really taken its toll. We managed a little walk one day, which was very pleasant. We even made a Christmas shopping trip last year, which I thought would have been a lengthy affair. How wrong I was, I only wish my wife had the shopping style that Ned has. Ned had a list, and was not interested in browsing around the shops, if it wasn’t on the list, she wasn’t interested. A breath of fresh air from my point of view, as I am often gagged and bound when my wife drags me kicking and screaming come Christmas shopping time.

The time I have spent with Ned has been time well spent. I have learned a great deal from her, which has helped my in my quest to become a Naval Social Worker, and I am sure that Ned has had a direct influence on my successful application. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank Northwood L@H Scheme and especially Ned, thank you to you all.

To sum up the title of this letter, I will take the memories of Ned and the Live at Home Scheme from here and carry them for eternity.

Andy Makin – Neds Toy Boy

This very worthwhile scheme, which helps people to stay on in their own homes when they are more or less housebound, is always in need of volunteer visitors, drivers and other helpers. Elizabeth Balfre, who runs the scheme is an long-standing and valued friend of mine and one of the most approachable people I know, so please give her a ring, she would love to hear from you. The scheme raises a considerable amount of their money from having stalls at various Fayres and Fetes, so if you have unwanted gifts, or indeed anything that is re-saleable please let them know. The L@H Scheme is also selling wonderful Christmas Puddings in various sizes, so you could save yourself work and help them at the same time.

You can contact Elizabeth on 01923 842494, don’t just think about it, do it.

Margot Barnikel

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OUT AND ABOUT by STROLLER

Disabled people in wheelchairs and people pushing prams and buggies are finding it impossible to cross the road at the junction of Joel Street and Briarwood Drive due to the selfish and lazy drivers (who are afraid to walk) parking across the dropped kerbs when shopping at the supermarket. Vans and cars also park too close to this junction making it

impossible for motorists, when trying to get out of Briarwood Drive, to have a clear view of traffic coming down Joel Street from the roundabout.

Whether the painting of double yellow lines and chevrons (if it is ever implemented by the council) would help to deter this remains to be seen, but something must be done and enforced by the police and traffic wardens before there is a serious accident. The problem exists from first thing in the morning, before eight o’clock, until last thing at night, which is when the supermarket closes. This would mean the traffic wardens being on duty for at least 14 hours a day. If the supermarket could arrange for its deliveries through a side or rear entrance, this would obviously help and this is something our ‘planners’ should take into consideration when permitting businesses of this nature to open.

The N.H.S. and the Ministry of Education are recruiting Doctors, Nurses and Teachers from abroad to fill vacancies and combat shortages. Unfortunately, the Northwood Hills Residents Association are unable to do this and must rely on public spirited individuals from the local community to assist in the administration and unless more volunteers come forward there is a distinct possibility the Association will cease to exist.

People, both Male and Female are retiring earlier and most are still fit and healthy. I see many people wandering around the streets during the day looking bored and with nothing worthwhile to do to occupy their time and their minds. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO COULD HELP. If only they would devote the odd hour once or twice a year, it would give them a sense of well being and help them to make new acquaintances and get them to know their neighbours and fellow residents. WE DESPERATELY NEED THESE PEOPLE, if we are to survive, and if you are, or if you know one of these people please contact our Hon. Secretary, Margot Barnikel on 020 8866 2497 or our Chairman Michael Thatcher on 020 8866 2133.

We would also be more than pleased to welcome any of the younger blood in the community who wish to broaden their interests in life.

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A MESSAGE FROM YOUR LOCAL POLICE

You can take some comfort from knowing that there has been an overall reduction in burglaries in the Metropolitan area this year. Hillingdon’s reduction is even better and Northwood and Northwood Hills have seen a noticeable improvement. This may be no solace to those who have been burgled! I make no apologies for repeating past advice. I do so because it is those who take the least care who have the most problems. If you live in an affluent area please look at the houses near you. Do they have alarms? If so a house without one is an invitation. Of all the many houses burgled in the Metropolis, last year, only 40 had alarms fitted! Of those some may have been defective and others not set. Professional burglars will have sorted a few. Most burglars are kids! Make your house look occupied. Just walk down the road late one autumn or winter’s evening and play burglar/detective. Spot the houses where no one is at home. How do you know? Just pause to look and see. They are dark, silent with no sign of life. Is your home like that whilst you are out? Are you in a Neighbourhood Watch? Being in one has a significant reduction in the chances of you being burgled. Watches who have active members who keep an eye out and call the police when someone or something looks suspicious keep burglars away. If you are not in one and want to

start up let me know. Those who are in dormant Watches contact your co-ordinator and help out. Spread the word.

Did you know that there is, on average, one Permanent Beat Officer per 10,000 people? Did you know that Police Response Drivers are continually responding to calls from the public? The Police need you to help us make your environment safer. Without your help you can see that we can do little.

What do you feel and think about mobile phones? A blessing and a nuisance, no doubt! So many children demand these devices. You can keep tabs on them. Or can you? They could be anywhere. And, not only that, they are expensive, desirable, portable toys which others covet. Phones that are brandished with pride are open to be preyed upon by miscreant youths. Concealed ones can be sought out by searching, and robbing youths will search, as they know that most kids have them. Rather than keeping your child safe they may make them more vulnerable to attack. Nearly every week a phone is stolen at school. Most schools ban the possession of phones on premises. Does your child really need a phone?

Keep Safe and phone if you need crime prevention advice (0209 246 1941) Malcolm Ruddock PC163XH

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THANK YOU

The Committee would like to thank all the members who have paid the requested (if possible) £2 subscription. A considerable number of you have willing paid the increase and this has enabled us to stay financially viable. As you will appreciate the Hills Echo alone costs about 70p per household per year and this before any Association running costs are paid. It goes without saying that if anyone is unable to afford the £2 we are happy to accept £1 annually.

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A RESIDENT

Being one of the older residents of Northwood Hills, I have seen a great number of changes over the years. In particular, life has got more hectic, everyone is so short of time and I am amazed that even the younger generation are saying that too. It does not cost anything to be a good neighbour and to say ‘Please and Thank you’. We started a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in 1987 and I feel that it has helped us to get to know some of our neighbours, particularly some of the older people who are unable to get out and about. We feel now that it is time for some of the younger residents to get involved. After all, ones house and car are usually the largest investment one has. It is certainly dreadful to feel that someone has violated our home, apart from the fact of spoiling our very special and hard-earned possessions. Unfortunately burglars come in all ages, look for properties where there is, seemingly, no one around, windows left open and no lights on. I am sure that if all our property is marked with individual postcode and house / flat number, it is easier to trace. We can all exercise Crime Prevention, we put this into practice every time we lock the door, discourage our child from wandering or put our unique signature

on a cheque. You have a right to protect what is yours and a duty to protect those in your care.

I am sure that most burglars do not consider they will be caught, let alone appear before a Court, therefore the deterrent value of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes are our first line of defence. Vigilant people, neighbours, friends and passers-by acting in co-ordinated groups are the most effective deterrent to the burglar. The Crime Prevention Panel is there to help. Hillingdon Police Community Advice Line 020 8246 1501. Police Crime Prevention Officer – Richard Evans 020 8246 1822. North Sector Neighbourhood Watch Officer, Eve Woodroofe.

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NORTHWOOD SCHOOL

The September issue of the School’s newsletter tells us that they are, very fortunately, fully staffed and appear to have welcomed eleven new staff at the beginning of this term. The newsletter states that staff are very pleased with this year’s exam results at all levels and also the Year 9 National Curriculum test.

The newsletter also reminds parents about the required behaviour of children on the way to and from the school. Complaints have been received about anti-social behaviour on the roads and on public transport

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BEREAVEMENT REGISTER

This is a service specifically designed to remove from databases and mailing files, the names and addresses of people who have died. At this difficult time you will want to remember the good times with fondness, you will not want to be bombarded by badly targeted mail to someone who has recently passed away.

Bereavement Register Helpline 01732 460000

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WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH

Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish when it is collected? The recycling collection service is slowly being expanded throughout the Borough. The writer felt he had to satisfy his curiosity about recycled rubbish, as when collected, it is compacted.; but after a two hour visit to S. Grundon in Colnbrook, all has been revealed. Lack of space prevents me from going in to too much detail, but the amount of waste we generate as a community is mind blowing! At the handling plant, our rubbish packed in clear plastic bags, is segregated by a huge winnowing process which separates various grades of paper, cardboard etc.. Plastic and other materials are hand picked from a conveyer belt; steel metal tins are lifted by magnets and aluminium cans are "pinged" from the end of the belt. The whole system of screens and filters and baling is quite fascinating. The scale of the operation, which is 24 hours, is huge. All clinical waste from hospitals, is incinerated (plastic bins as well!) in a carefully controlled environment. The responsibility for dealing with our growing mountain of rubbish which we seem to generate on this earth, requires sensitive and sensible handling. Thank goodness we do not copy the Japanese and dump it into the sea! Clearly, although there is a cost involved in waste disposal, recycling our rubbish makes sense, because using land fill sites is finite, and we must control and protect our Earthly environment for future generations. If you would like more information, or have a particular interest in waste disposal, then Grundons do offer an excellent service of a conducted tour around their site, or a presentation to a group of people.

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CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS

Please note that I am the contact, via the internet, for this magazine and I have changed by email address. The new address is MargotBarnikel@aol.com

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COULD YOU DO IT?

Volunteer work that is. There are now so many local groups that are desperate for help. Most volunteers come traditionally from the older members of our society and that is only partly due to retirement and more time. The reality is that these are the people who lived through the Second World War and learnt the hard way that we all need help at some stages in our lives and if we all ‘pitch in’ then insurmountable problems become feasible activities.

Please give a thought to the fact that in not so many years or even next week that it may be you or your family that need help or support and, hopefully, the voluntary groups will still be around for you, none of us know just what is around the corner.

To name but a few of the groups who would love to hear from you.

Meals on Wheels need drivers (under 75 yrs) and escorts to deliver meals to the elderly and infirm.

Northwood ‘Live at Home’ need people who will befriend with a cup of tea or help take people out for an outing.

Mount Vernon Hospital have many different areas which need assistance, volunteers who will use their own cars to transport people to Hospital (mileage allowance is paid), visitors for long term patients (dogs too), helpers for the shop and also the trolley round.

Northwood and Pinner Hospital have very similar needs to that of Mount Vernon.

Northwood Lions who do such a lot for the local community would welcome new members.

Local Schools all have volunteers who do valuable work.

Your own Residents Assocation please come and help us, we’re a nice bunch really.

Even a couple of hours once a month can be so valuable. So go on give it a try. We will be pleased to put you in touch with any of these organisations.

Margot Barnikel

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SUMMER ACTION

During the long summer holidays do you wonder what to do with your children?

The Hillingdon Police noticed an increase in juvenile crime during the summer vacation and, with the local borough, decided to launch a project to occupy and entertain young people for four weeks of the holiday period. The project was managed and run by borough employees, police officers and volunteers. The result was a marked reduction in delinquent behaviour. Of course, very few of the young people who used the service would ever have been tempted into offending, but by providing this service, not only were young people given the chance to engage in many activities but, also, their parents could go about their remunerative and domestic duties unhindered. A reduction in the sort of crimes associated with bored children also occurred. This year the project was run at Evelyn school and some 400 young people availed themselves of the activities. Some employees of the borough and some Police Officers supported this brainchild of the Hillingdon Police Youth & Community Section. Activities included horse riding, supervised by Betty Wally, canoeing, supervised by PC Doug Dewey, dry slope ski-ing, swimming, bowling, fishing, ice-skating and many in-house thrills supervised by PCs Denise Cotton, John Walls, Danny and Mick Dunckley. Other volunteers & Police Officers also made the project a success. I thoroughly enjoyed my stints

and can recommend any one who likes children to volunteer for a few hours next summer. Just let me know if you fancy it!

P.C.Malcolm Ruddock

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MOUNT VERNON & WATFORD GENERAL HOSPITAL.

Residents may be interested to know that a shuttle service is available, for members of the public, as well as staff, to take visitors and possibly patients, to and from these hospitals. The mini bus service each way is once an hour leaving Mount Vernon at 15 minutes past the hour, and returning at 15 minutes to the hour from Watford General.

The journey time is approximately 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the volume of traffic, and the important thing, is that the service is free! A 282 or H11 bus is an easy connection to Mount Vernon Hospital, and the mini bus leaves from outside the main entrances of both hospitals, on time!

There is also a similar service from Mount Vernon to Hillingdon Hospital, leaving M.V. at 6.30; 7.45 ;11.00 a.m 12.30; 2.15 ;4.30 ;6.00; 7.30 and 10.00pm Could be useful if you are visiting anyone, and you do not want to use the car

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CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to two of our longer serving members. ‘Stroller’ and Lishman Easby who have both, recently, celebrated 80th Birthdays. It must be the local air!!!

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YOU CAN DO IT

A Very big ‘well done’ to all those residents, shopkeepers and other volunteers who assisted in clearing and cleaning the service roads behind Joel Street. We understand the initiative came from the people at Fairfield Evangelical Church, and once work had started assistance came from the local houses, flats and shops. Hillingdon Council, alerted by our hardworking local Councillors, assisted by attending and removing the rubbish etc. that was collected.

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YOU HAVE TO SMILE UP WITH THE LARKS

A Guildford reader, tells me of an interview he had with a school leaver who applied to his firm for an apprenticeship. Trying to find out a little about his family background, he asked the boy who, in his household was first out of bed in the morning. The chap replied: " my sister’s boyfriend"!

(Acknowledgments to the Daily Telegraph, Peterborough column)

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NORTHWOOD LIONS

Once again I am using this article to thank the people of Northwood for their support, especially in our fund raising efforts. The most rewarding event was the annual Carnival held on Bank Holiday Monday at Northwood Football Ground, Chestnut Avenue. This event alone raised over £4,000 a vast proportion of which has already been handed over to local organisations.

Many of you might have read that a cheque for £2,500 was presented to the Paul Strickland Scanner Appeal on the occasion of their recent topping out ceremony. I am pleased to report that this matched a donation from the Waitrose Organisation prompted by a Northwood Lions approach for support at the Carnival.

A recent collection at Waitrose for a Lion’s nominated charity supporting Breast Cancer Screening at Mount Vernon Hospital was also very successful with approximately £400 being raised in one day. This appeal will be supported until next June, so it is expected that a higher total donation will be forthcoming.

We will be undertaking many other activities during the coming months, ranging from a ten pin bowling challenge from another Lions Club, competitive quizzes, theatre trips, a fish and chip supper for elderly local residents, participation in the Lord Mayors Parade and a party for the elderly in South West London.

During the past few months our membership has been reduced by three Lions who have transferred to other Lions Clubs within the area. So once again I am inviting anybody who wishes to help those less fortunate than themselves and at the same time enjoy the fellowship of a diverse group of like-minded people to contact me, or any other Northwood Lion, for further information.

One final comment, on behalf of Northwood Lions, we wish you all a pleasant end to the year and have a Happy Christmas.

Eric Holland

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Issue 02 last updated 29th October 2006