THE HILLS ECHO

Autumn 2007

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

YOUR COMMITTEE

YES, MINISTER

NORTHWOOD HILLS SAFER NEIGHBOURHOODS TEAM

FROM A COUNCILLOR'S BRIEFCASE

NEWS FROM PINNER

LIFE AT ST EDMUNDS CHURCH

NAVIGATION PUZZLE SOLUTION

DOREEN RAVENSCROFT, R.I.P.

MICROWAVING WATER -  A WARNING

PLANNING REPORT

NORTHWOOD HILLS REFORMED CHURCH

A TOUCH OF THE HISTORICALS

EASTCOTE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

“FRIENDS” – OR NO FRIENDS?

MICHAEL SOBELL HOUSE

ICKENHAM CALLING

RECYCLING INFORMATION

NORTHWOOD SCHOOL

THE NORTHWOOD DOG  TRAINING CLUB

FELLOWSHIP CLUB FUND RAISER

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME

NORTHWOOD LIVE AT HOME

NORTHWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

Welcome to the new look Hills Echo! The Committee have all been working hard over the summer to transform the Echo and to include more items of local interest. Especial thanks for this must go to Alan Kimber, Ann Collis, Ray Krystofiak and Robert Symes [and the Chairman - Ed.]. Hopefully this is just the start as we would like the Echo to be a source of information and reference for all of the members and will be on the look out for items of interest to include in future issues. If you belong to any organisation that you feel other residents would be interested in reading about in the next edition or if you have any comments or suggestions on the new layout please contact either Ann Collis or John Morgan. Please don’t forget that the Echo belongs to all of you as members!

We have included for the first time a table of contents, to help you quickly find the relevant information. Please try, whenever you can, to support the businesses in the local area that have made the effort to support the Association.

Of all the issues currently affecting Northwood Hills I would like to focus on the traffic situation (makes a change from antisocial behaviour, where we seem to be seeing a welcome small improvement thanks largely to the efforts of our local police).

At the time of writing, we have all been caught in the major road works along Joel Street. At least the schools are on holiday, otherwise I could imagine that the hold-ups would be horrendous, with perhaps the queues being miles long. Hopefully, the road works will be completed before schools return. There do seem to be road works everywhere at present – a necessary modern evil, maybe.

Whilst I am talking about roads, I do have some good news for a few residents. The following roads have all been earmarked for resurfacing: Norwich Road, Wiltshire Lane, Rushdene Road, Potter Street Hill and Hilliard Road. So, whilst you may have a little hassle, just remember that you will have a new road surface.

There is a rumour going round that the Residents Association has changed its stance where Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) are concerned. You may remember that the Residents Association was strongly opposed to the introduction of CPZs a few years ago. Now, however, a number of residents, in some of the roads most heavily affected by commuter parking, have started their own petition to the Council to bring in “residents only” parking. The residents in those streets feel that they are being forced out by commuters. I would like to stress that the Residents Association, whilst sympathising with the affected residents, remains strongly opposed to the introduction of CPZs. Maybe we should start a campaign to reintroduce a car park into Northwood Hills!

I have had a number of enquiries from residents concerning whether there could be an additional pedestrian crossing in Joel Street by the station, where it is often difficult to cross, especially in the rush hour. The council are currently considering the issue and will be making a decision by October on whether to install a crossing, so fingers crossed!

You may have heard that there are proposals to close the London Underground ticket office at Northwood Hills. This means that passengers will not be able to use any of the facilities that come with a window service, plus the inevitable chaos when the ticket machine breaks down. There will almost certainly be a reduction in the week-day opening hours of this station booking office. The Residents Association supports the campaign to keep the ticket office open, and would urge you to give your support to the staff at the station by signing their petition.

John Morgan

Your Committee

Just a quick reminder of who does what

President  Alistair Hornal
Vice Presidents  Erika Kimber, Lishman Easby
Chairman  John Morgan
Vice Chairman  Betty Walley
Hon. Treasurer  Fiona Morgan
Hon Secretary  Ann Collis
Minutes Secretary  Vacant
Chief Road Co-ordinators  Marilyn Crocker, Robert Symes
Planning Officer  Vacant
Environment Officer  Ray Krystofiak
Transport Officer  Herbert Levinger
Hon. Auditor  John Orr
Committee Members  David Austin, Jyotrin Kumbhani, Gordon Gentry

YES, MINISTER

One of the Prime Minister’s new ministerial appointments may be good news for Hillingdon.

Lord Ara Darzi is a new Minister at the Department of Health. He is a distinguished doctor first and a politician second. His name is also on a controversial report that recommends a new strategy for London healthcare. In a nutshell he wants fewer large district general hospitals and more primary care clinics in the community. Most significantly for us, he is also a believer in specialist hospitals.

The new Minister faces a tough ride. The NHS is tired of reform, a profligate government is short of money and local communities do not like cuts. However, his strategy may just be the salvation of our two much loved local hospitals, Mount Vernon and Harefield. It could also pave the way for the Northwood and Pinner Community Hospital to be replaced with a modern primary healthcare centre to serve all the community.

All three hospitals are now at a critical stage in determining their future. 52000 people have signed up to my cross-party campaign to keep cancer services at Mount Vernon. All three Hillingdon MPs continue to work with Heart of Harefield as that hospital battles for the freedom to invest in its future. Hillingdon PCT is considering the future of the Northwood and Pinner site.

At a time when the government has made it clear that it intends to build houses on surplus NHS land we must win the argument that Hillingdon needs good local health services more than it needs another swath of expensive flats. Yes Minister?

Thanks to Nick Hurd, MP

Northwood Hills Safer Neighbourhoods Team

We came into existence on 3rd April, 2006 based at Northwood Police Station and consisted of myself, PC Phil Murray and PCSO Steve Carne. Since then there have been numerous changes with the team. We have moved from Northwood and now have an office in Argyle House on Joel Street right in the middle of our ‘patch’. We were joined by PC Emma Reed (who has moved to another team at the time of writing), PCSO Keri-Marie Jennings and PCSO Nicki Potter. Steve Carne has now been successful in applying to become a constable and will soon be leaving us to further his career. I thank him for his hard work over the last 18 months and wish him well.

Since coming into being we have had numerous problems to deal especially that of antisocial behaviour in and around Joel Street. In that area we have some resounding success, with some of our prolific offenders being sent to prison, a drug dealer evicted from York Rd, one offender being hit with a 4-year ASBO upon his release from prison and various of the other problem people having been arrested or summonsed to court. Having said that neither I, nor my team, intend to become complacent. We are experiencing some problems in the Salisbury Road area and we are working hard to try and combat these and had an event on 24th August, 2007 to publicise this and to get the local residents to come and meet with us.

Your Safer Neighbourhoods Team is not an emergency response team and we don’t work 24/7. We are here to provide reassurance and resolve issues and problems for the long term – something which I think is known as providing sustainable solutions. To do this what we need is the support of the community; we need you not to accept antisocial youths, crime etc. Report them, provide statements, let us know where it’s happening, when it’s happening and who’s doing it; we’ll try and do the rest – BUT WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE!

We can be contacted in numerous ways Tel 020 8721 2546, email NorthwoodHills.snt@met.police.uk or through the Met Police website www.met.police.uk  BUT REMEMBER IF IT’S AN EMERGENCY IT’S 999.

PS Remember as the nights draw in to leave a light on (or better still get a timer switch). Don’t let burglars know you’re out. Burglars also know you don’t live in the hall so leave a lounge light on.

Sergeant Tim Ibbotson - Northwood Hills Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

From a Councillor’s Briefcase

Joel Street– Planned Improvements
Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet has approved a number of initiatives intended to be submissions for funding by Transport for London (TFL) with the intention of improving pedestrian safety. At the junction with Tolcarne Drive, a pedestrian crossing is planned, and at Wiltshire Lane it is proposed to have kerb build outs, larger pedestrian refuge islands and waiting restrictions. Supported by our local Police with random speed checks, these measures hopefully will deter irresponsible drivers breaking the speed limit.

Safer Routes to School and Green Travel Plans
Currently, local schools with the help of our traffic officers are consulting with local residents to develop tailormade schemes which will improve pupils’ safety to and from school, by encouraging walking and cycling also use public transport and educating the pupils and parents to discourage the car run. Increased exercise will hopefully reduce obesity and help pupils’ concentration. Participating schools are Haydon, Northwood, Hillside and Harlyn who announced their plans on Monday 11th June.

Work for Young Offenders
The Hillingdon Youth Offending Service holds regular panel meetings to issue referral orders to young offenders who have to pay some form of reparation to make amends for their misdeeds. In order to restore their self-esteem and redress their misdemeanours, some type of work for the good of the community needs to be found for them to engage in. If anyone can suggest suitable tasks/projects that a group of young people can do under supervision, mostly at weekends, your local Councillors can forward the suggestions to the panel for consideration. Anything from graffiti removal to green spaces improvement, litter collection, helping charities or the elderly etc. will be carefully considered.

Shops in Joel Street Northwood Hills
Currently, the east side of Joel Street is designated as a “Secondary” parade and the west side as a “Primary”. This does mean that different rules apply to planning applications for change of use. Residents may find this strange; since shops are shops whichever side of the road they are on. With the introduction of the LDF (Local Development Framework) this anomaly may change. We await the description of the new proposals for a more strategic “balance” of uses, with interest.

Review of Polling Station Locations
The Council is currently carrying out a consultation exercise to consider Residents views on where polling stations should best be located. Ward boundaries cannot be changed. Northwood Hills Ward is currently divided into three areas RFA, RFB and RFC, with dividing lines drawn North to South from the roundabout down Joel Street and East to West along Pinner Road. The Metropolitan Railway line does act as a “natural barrier” and some residents find it difficult to get to their polling station via the railway bridge.

The Future of the Northwood & Pinner Hospital Site
The consultation exercise with local residents in the north of the Borough has been concluded. The result was presented to the Board of Hillingdon Primary Care Trust on Tuesday 19th June 2007 in Committee Room 6 of the Civic Centre, Uxbridge. To summarize, the four proposals are :-

1) To agree the permanent closure of the N & P Community Hospital.

2) Agree that the relocation of services which had been provided at the N & P Hospital be permanent.

3) Agree upon the communication of the outcome of the consultation to the public.

4) Support the redevelopment of the site to include the design of clinical and related services. This redevelopment should be within the context of the PCT’s overall strategic service review and meet the December timeframe for consultation on the proposals to redevelop the site.

Who Is Watching Big Brother?
Whether you approve or disapprove of CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) it would appear that its use is here to stay. To ensure there is more transparency and openness in the use of such surveillance, the London Borough of Hillingdon is introducing a “Lay Visitor Panel” to monitor and make recommendations about the use of CCTV.

This scheme will cost approximately £500 per annum (funded from the existing budget) and the idea is for members of the independent panel (numbering between 10-16) to be a “critical friend” and generally oversee the Council’s operations. Whether panel members will be confined to inspecting the CCTV monitoring room only, or intend to make site visits, I do not know.

The scheme is intended to be a way of increasing public involvement in the developing use of CCTV throughout the Borough as well as heightening public awareness of the potential advantages. Opening up the system to regular external scrutiny will help to ensure it is more widely accepted.

Councillor David Bishop, Independent

NEWS FROM PINNER

[It may be of interest to learn what is going on within the Residents Associations of neighbouring areas. From time to time it might be in our interest to join forces with them over issues of mutual concern.]

I am sure our two Associations have many problems in common, particularly in the planning area, seeing off inappropriate developments etc. We also share your aim to preserve our Green Belt. For us that means ensuring that Pinner Park Farm on our eastern boundary is preserved, but we also support your efforts to keep the Joel Street Farm an open space and prevent encroachment on Ruislip woods. It is these green areas which help us all to keep our distinct character and hence enhance our sense of community.

We also have projects which are special to Pinner and I thought two of these might be of interest.

West House
Of the various projects which we have tackled over a number of years, that to restore – and virtually rebuild – the dilapidated West House in our lovely Memorial Park, is undoubtedly the biggest and, some would say, the most ambitious. As many of you will know, we combined forces with the William Heath Robinson Trust to form a new, separate charity called The West House & Heath Robinson Museum Trust (HRMT), to take the project forward and the plans include, amongst other things:

 the first permanent home for the works of William Heath Robinson, famous artist and illustrator (who once lived in Pinner);
a separate gallery for short-term exhibitions;
a home for the Pinner Book of Remembrance which records the names of all from the old parish of Pinner who died in the two world wars;
community/education/function rooms;
cafeteria.

It is a tribute to the hard work of the directors of the Trust (several of whom are past and present members of the PA Committee) and the generosity of the people of Pinner and the surrounding areas, that Phase One of the works – restoring and partly rebuilding the main part of the old building – is nearing completion, on time and on budget. However, much more remains to be done and our next push is to raise the funds necessary to fit out the building so that it can be opened to the public. Donations, ideas for fundraising and/or sponsorship would be most welcome.

Band Concerts
While still metaphorically in the Memorial Park, let me mention that we have just completed the sixth year of an event which has already become a Pinner institution. The Band Concerts, a series of musical afternoons in the Park on four successive Sundays in July and August, regularly attract audiences of 500 people upwards. A different band plays at each concert and the range of musical styles is a revelation to the uninitiated.

No charge is made to those attending, but we have a “bucket” collection in the interval, with all proceeds going to the West House appeal. On a sunny afternoon, with West House as the backdrop and the music echoing out across the lake, there are few more pleasant ways of passing a couple of hours – although this year, because of the building work, the concerts were held at the Chapel Lane car park end.

The Pinner Association has been working for Pinner for 75 years this year. We hope that we and the Northwood Hills Residents Association will still be around in 75 years’ time preserving what is good in our areas, improving them where we can and working for our communities.

James Kincaid, Chairman

LIFE AT ST EDMUNDS CHURCH

One of the hidden activities at St Edmund’s is the daily round of prayer in the Lady Chapel, morning and evening. Holding people, events, needs, sorrows and celebrations in God’s light is continuous. This means that you are prayed for each day.

The autumn lies before us and there are important dates in the Church calendar; a number of which coincide with the calendar we all use. These are some of the highlights to which everyone is very welcome:

Harvest Festival - Sunday 30th September  11.00am and Harvest Lunch

Remembrance Sunday - 11th November  10.00am, including Act of Remembrance

St Edmund’s Day - Tuesday 20th November  7.00pm and then St Edmund’s Supper

St Edmund’s Christmas Bazaar - Saturday 1st December  11.30am

Christmas Carol Service - Sunday 23rd December 6.30pm and then seasonal refreshments

Christmas Eve 24th December  - 4.00pm Blessing of the Crib; 11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day 25th December  - 8.00am Holy Communion, 10.00am Holy Communion with Carols children bring your presents to show us!

More information about all that goes on for people of all ages at St Edmund’s may be found in the Church Foyer, in the “King” Magazine and on the Church Website: www.saintedmundschurch.org.uk

In the programme are these three activities, which may be of particular interest:

Fr Bruce’s Lunchtime Painting Drop-In: The Lounge
First Wednesday in the Month, 1.00pm – 2.30pm. The purpose is to offer some peace and quiet, conversation, to teach painting (I will be painting) and to be together. Everyone is welcome (including those not intending to paint) – if you wish bring your paints and a sandwich. Drinks will be provided. The dates for Autumn 2007 are: 5th September , 3rd October, 7th November, 5th December.

After School Service
Children and mums arrive from 3.45pm in the Lounge for squash, tea, biscuits and a chat first and we kick off at 4.00pm in the Lady Chapel with the children lighting candles and (under close supervision!) applying incense to the burner – reflecting our tradition here. There is singing, and a hands-on activity in which children work with our Lay Reader Lydia McLean and me, assisted by mums, all to a theme. The service concludes by 4.25pm with a variety of prayer and the last act is a communal blowing out of candles. Services will be held on these Tuesday afternoons during the Christmas Term 2007: 11th & 25th September ,  9th & 30thOctober , 13th & 27th November , 11thDecember  Christingle.

Meditation & Devotions before the Blessed Sacrament
This Service aims to provide a simple and atmospheric half-hour of quiet prayerful worship in which the Faith may be learned and the reality of prayer may be experienced. It is hoped in particular that those who need peace, healing or a gentle introduction to traditional Christian worship which makes no unexpected demands will find this Service helpful. These dates for Autumn 2007 have been arranged (7.00pm in the Lady Chapel): Thursdays: 14th September, 25th October, 15th November, 6th December.

A final thought: If anyone is in need of spiritual (in the widest sense) help or guidance, do get in touch. I am everyone's priest in the Parish, here if needed. It is worth remembering that many of us feel more isolated than previous generations who lived in settled communities with their family all around them. One of the gifts of Christianity is the sense of belonging which is part of church life. If you would like to explore 'belonging' in this way, St. Edmund's is here for you.

Fr Bruce Driver, Parish Priest

NAVIGATION PUZZLE SOLUTION

Start NW corner, then E-E-S-W-N-E-S-W-N-E-S-W-N-E-S

DOREEN RAVENSCROFT, R.I.P.

I felt very sad when I heard of the death of Doreen. She served on our Committee for many years and dealt particularly with the problems relating to health. These included the proposals for Mount Vernon Hospital, the Cottage Hospital and Health Centre etc. This assignment was highly suitable for Doreen with her caring nature – a trait which also extended to her Road Steward duties.

In my role as Association Planning Officer I had many contacts with Doreen when a neighbour felt in danger of being seriously affected by a nearby development proposal. She was quick to enlist my assistance and I was always impressed by her concern and eagerness to help someone, even during times when she herself was struggling with poor health and other problems of her own.

Doreen will be very much missed at out monthly meetings and will be long remembered by us and her many friends and neighbours in and around Hillside Close.

Lishman Easby

MICROWAVING WATER -  A WARNING

A 26-year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up. When the timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup, he noted that the water was not boiling, but suddenly the water in the cup "blew up" into his face. His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face which may leave scarring.

He also may have lost partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc., (nothing metal).

It is however a much safer choice to boil the water in a tea kettle.

General Electric's Comment:
Microwaved water and other liquids do not always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually get superheated and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will bubble up out of the cup when it’s moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it.

To prevent this from happening and causing injury, do not heat any liquid for more than two minutes per cup. After heating, let the cup stand in the microwave for thirty seconds before moving it or adding anything into it.

PLANNING REPORT

In a previous report I wrote of the benefit to be gained by residents discussing proposals to extend their houses with their immediate neighbours.They could then take into account any problems likely to arise, such as overshadowing, overlooking, loss of privacy etc. I believe that most applicants do talk to their neighbours.

At out last AGM our President, Alistair Hornal, spoke of the value of friendship with our neighbours both in the immediate and wider sense. I feel that this attitude does help in dealing with some planning proposals.

The tendency now is to build more blocks of flats although we have not received any such applications since the proposals for the ex-Somerfield site. I am sure that our turn will come.

These proposals provide us with a dilemma. Throughout the borough many people, particularly first-time buyers who are looking for a home, find that high mortgage payments etc. are making it very difficult. I think we would all prefer to see the traditional “semi” with a garden but we have to weigh this against the need to house residents. So we must bear in mind these two important points: preserving our neighbourhood and meeting the needs of residents. We shall endeavour to reach the right balance in accepting or protesting about any proposals.

On 11th July the Council held a seminar to discuss future planning. I was unable to attend but Robert Symes took my place, accompanied by Councillor David Bishop.

The aim of the seminar was to discuss a government White Paper on “Planning for a Sustainable Future”. Items covered a wide range, including a streamlining of planning applications, support for councils in prioritising town centres over out-of-town shopping complexes and blocking developments that threaten the survival of high streets and small shops. Other matters included climate change, increasing the supply of housing and protecting the environment.

Overall, I agree with most of the proposals but intend to request clarification on some of the points. Above all, our aim must be to protect and do what is best for our neighbourhood and the residents.

Lishman Easby, ex-Planning Officer

NORTHWOOD HILLS REFORMED CHURCH

My name is Liz Shaw and I am the minister at Northwood Hills United Reformed Church in Joel Street and I am pleased to have this opportunity to tell you something about our church.

Northwood Hills United Reformed Church is a small, friendly church and we come together for worship at 10.30 am on Sunday morning. Our worship is traditional but informal. We love to have visitors join us and we look forward to getting to know them over coffee after the service. We have occasional services of All Age Worship but on other Sundays, after sharing 15 minutes of worship together, the children are invited to share in their own activities with our junior church leaders. On the third Sunday morning of every month our service includes a celebration of Holy Communion. We have an open table and all are invited to share bread and wine with us.

On the first Wednesday of each month a few of us gather for a mid week communion service (10.30 am). During this service we take a passage from the Bible and share our thoughts on what this means for our lives today.

We celebrate having older members within our church family and they also meet mid-week at our Neighbours Contact Group (1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 2.00 p m). During the hour or so we spend together they not only enjoy each other’s company but also have regular speakers as well as sharing occasional days out and trips to the theatre. If this sounds like what you are looking for, come along and join us.

On the second Saturday of the month we invite you to pop in and have a cup of coffee at one of our regular coffee mornings (10.00 am to 12 noon). We are a Fairtrade church and apart from serving only Fairtrade tea and coffee we also have a stall which stocks a wide range of Fairtrade products for you to buy. Through our coffee mornings and occasional Sunday lunches, which we are pleased to share with the Northwood Community Association, we are able to raise money for Christian Aid and some local charities.

On the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month you are welcome to join us for a game of table tennis (7.30 pm).

If you would like to discuss celebrating a baptism or wedding in our church, or ask more about any of the above please contact me on 01895 622018.

Five years ago our church made the decision to share our building with the Templeton Centre who provide support for people suffering from Alzheimer’s and those who care for them. We feel encouraged and uplifted that we have been able to make use of our building in this way. We have a modern and extremely comfortable church through which we worship God and have discovered both joy and encouragement from sharing in this way.

Liz Shaw

A TOUCH OF THE HISTORICALS

The following excerpts are actual answers given on history tests and in Sunday school quizzes by children between 5th and 6th grade, in Ohio. They were collected over a period of three years by two teachers.

Ancient Egypt was old. It was inhabited by gypsies and mummies who all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.

Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines. He was an actual hysterical figure as well as being in the bible. It sounds like he was sort of busy too.

The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a young female moth.

Socrates was a famous old Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. He later died from an overdose of wedlock which is apparently poisonous. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.

In the first Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java. The games were messier then than they show on TV now.

Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out “Same to you, Brutus.”

Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw for reasons I don't really understand. The English and French still have problems.

Queen Elizabeth was the “Virgin Queen”. As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted “hurrah!” and that was the end of the fighting for a long while.

It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood.

Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking.

Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper which was very dangerous to all his men.

EASTCOTE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

Your Chairman has asked me to give a little news from your southern borders, so for this initial report I thought I would concentrate on planning items, in Eastcote, close to the Northwood Hills boundary, which might affect Northwood Hills Residents.

Of course the largest and most contentious is RAF Eastcote, which is to be redeveloped.

Outline planning permission was granted in 2004/5 and the site has now been purchased by TaylorWimpey with permission for up to 375 new units (‘units’ is the modern speak for dwellings or homes as we said in the old days).

The 375 units gives a relatively high density of 50 dwellings per hectare, and is the result of the Mayor of London’s policy that all new development must have a higher density of housing. The London Borough of Hillingdon has been given a target (another buzz word) to build 3650 new units (homes) by 2016.Taking into consideration all the large redevelopments in the Borough that are either passed or pending, RAF Uxbridge 1500 units, RAF West Ruislip 415 units, the EMI site in Hayes, etc, this “target” may not be as arduous as at first thought.

At RAF Eastcote demolition is now well under way and after wildlife surveys, removal of newts (yes, newts) demolition should be complete in late 2007. There have been some public consultation and the Residents Association has been extensively involved in discussions/co-ordinations with relevant parties to try to influence the development for the benefit of the local residents, with varying degrees of success. At the time of writing this note, the developers had just submitted their detailed plans for approval. “It looks like it will be a busy time”.

The old Grade 2 listed building, Highgrove House is to be refurbished and converted into private flats, plus 4 mews houses on the same site, with the present hostel block being demolished and replaced with

Other large applications have included the amalgamation of Bishop Ramsey Church of England Schools onto the Upper School site at Hume Way, with the present Lower School site, on Manor Way, eventually being made available for housing. Finally, Northwood Hills residents may be interested to know of a new London Cycle Route which is planned to cross Eastcote. From Evelyn Avenue, Ruislip, it follows the River Pinn to Forge Green on Eastcote High Road crossing Fore Street on the way. From there it was planned to be across Eastcote House Park to Rodney Gardens and on to Cheney Street. However, the Eastcote Residents Association have opposed the chosen route on the grounds of its adverse effect on the Conservation Area, its high costs and the impracticality of a signalled crossing at High Rd Eastcote into the park.  We have suggested that the existing and proposed new footpath through the RAF Eastcote (Lime Grove) site may offer an alternative shorter, safer and cheaper route.  The project is scheduled for completion by March 2010 giving plenty of time for community involvement in this project both to save costs, your rates, and achieve the best route through Eastcote.

Chris Groom

“FRIENDS” – OR NO FRIENDS?

Look behind the surface of the popular TV series Friends, and recent research shows that 1 in 4 Americans has no-one they can confide in (as against 1 in 10 some 20 years ago) [BBC News 22 August 07]. The internet may have made us a global village – but a ‘virtual friend’ is unlikely to make the grade as ‘a friend in need’.

Interestingly, a bit of ‘need’ often helps build friendships – especially if it is a shared experience of a tough time. Only last winter, many of us were without gas for several days – with positive effects on our local sense of community spirit. But where can we turn when we have no friends? When we lose our friends – perhaps through death, or because we have had to move away from home; or when we have been let down by our ‘nearest and dearest’, where can we find new friends who will be true friends?

Well, why not try the local church? Apart from their regular services, most churches run activities where you can meet all sorts of friendly people. (At Fairfield, for example, we not only run our own programme of activities throughout the week, but host numerous community groups.) Indeed, underpinning the Christian faith is the ‘good news’ that God wants to make friends with us, whether or not we’ve had much time for him; indeed, he even holds out a hand of friendship to his enemies!

It’s sad to have no friends – especially when real friendship is well within our reach. And perhaps we can together widen the circle of friendship to include new friends and neighbours who come into our community – especially those who come from other parts of the world, where they’ve had to leave their friends behind.

Alistair Hornal, Minister at Fairfield (Northwood Hills Evangelical Church)

MICHAEL SOBELL HOUSE

Here are dates for our Autumn events:

Musical Fusion Saturday 6th October @ 7.30pm
Musical Fusion is the offering by Michael Sobell House this year to the Voices for Hospices celebrations, a concert which only happens every two years. The concert will include, an acoustic rock guitar duo, acapella & close harmony quartet, a Jazz band & vocalist, gospel singers and vocalist & saxophonist, plus a 52 bells ensemble!

It will be great! All the artists are donating their time, so come on everyone, support them for supporting us. Do book early to avoid disappointment! Venue: Pinner United Free Church, Paines Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 3BL.

A ticket will be just £10.00 or £12.00 on the door and includes a tasty hot finger buffet. Wine & other refreshments will also be available. For tickets please contact Ophelia on 01923 844 829 or Valerie on 020 8863 2705 or email gvhughes@michaelsobellhouse.co.uk

Gift Fayre Saturday 27th October 2007>
We are holding a Gift Fayre in our new hall. The range of goodies that will be on sale include; handmade accessories, leather goods, hand-knitted goods, wonderful home-made cakes & pastries, scarves & pashmina, ceramics, table decorations, Austrian spice craft gifts, a selection of jewellery, lovely books, Candles, hand bags and interior decor gift items. This will be a good opportunity to catch the Christmas buyers early!

Come with friends and buy lovely items to avoid the stress that comes with Christmas and all that last minute shopping! Hot refreshments will also be available.

Doors open at 10.00am and close at 4.00pm. Entry will be £2.00 on the day. Venue: MSH Hall, Mount Vernon Hospital Site, entrance via gate 3 off White Hill, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2RN.

Hallowe’en Quiz Evening Wednesday 31st October 2007
A great quiz evening, including a fish & chip supper. Wine & refreshments will also be available, plus lots of fun! Rounds include: It Happened in 2006, Witches & Spooks, Animal Magic, Colours of Rock and lots more. Please book early, tables are going fast! Tickets are £15.00 each & includes a glass of wine or other refreshment. Contact Ophelia on 01923 844 829 or email ochambers@michaelsobellhouse.co.uk.

Venue: MSH Hall, Mount Vernon Hospital Site, entrance via gate 3 off White Hill, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2RN

ICKENHAM CALLING

As one resident has recently reminded me, it is the minor matters that often cause the greatest upset and upheaval in a community. Over the last few months and indeed years, the Ickenham Residents Association has been openly active in representing Residents views on larger projects such as the proposed developments by Tesco and Ikea at Hillingdon Circus, and more recently the development of RAF West Ruislip. However, at the same time the Association is involved, often behind the scenes, in a number of other issues, smaller in size but of direct importance to residents, ranging from monitoring all planning applications in the village to maintaining regular liaison with our Safer Neighbourhood Team.

The following is just a flavour of the issues, large and small, affecting Ickenham at present:

RAF West Ruislip
On 9 July 2007, despite residents’ concerns about the size of the development, given its proximity to the Conservation Area and the effect on traffic in our already congested village, the North Planning Committee of the London Borough of Hillingdon granted outline planning permission to VSM Estates for Redevelopment of the RAF West Ruislip site for a mixed use development comprising 415 dwellings (mostly houses and flats), an 80-unit elderly care home, playing field and open space with 468 car parking spaces, including traffic control on adjacent roads. With much of the detail of the development yet to be considered at the planning stage, there is still much that we as a community can do to influence this development.

VSM is now marketing the site to developers who will take the project forward. However, before building work can begin, any developer will have to submit another planning application to LBH to deal with what are known as “reserved matters”. This is only the beginning and the Association will continue to fight for a development that meets the needs of the community whilst protecting the existing character and amenities of our village.

Parking in Ickenham
Anyone who lives in or visits Ickenham is no stranger to the difficulties of parking in our village. Commuters who prefer to park for free in the village, rather than the station car park, compound the problem. We are therefore drawing up plans for a stop and shop scheme, primarily for the centre of the village, and will be launching the first stage of the consultation with residents, traders and local businesses at our members’ Forum in October.

Ickenham Station Ticket Office
Along with station ticket offices at Northwood Hills Station and many others, Transport for London intends to close the ticket office at Ickenham Station in March 2008. Having already written to express our concern at the closure, the Association is making further representations to London Underground to encourage them to keep the ticket office open at least during the weekends, given the increased numbers using the station during Wembley events. However, London Underground have in any event reassured the Association that closure of the ticket office will not mean that the station will be unmanned.

In short, Ickenham has a lot going on!

Rachel Moore, Ickenham Residents Association

RECYCLING INFORMATION

Facilities for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are now available at both the New Years Green Lane Civic Amenity site in Harefield and the Victoria Road Civic Amenity site in South Ruislip. Typical WEEE items include :-

Large domestic applications - including fridges and freezers, cookers, dishwashers, tumble dryers etc
Televisions
Computers (residents should ensure any personal data is removed before recycling their old computers)
Small (mixed) WEEE including radios, hair dryers, broken electrical toys etc.

Both sites are open 7 days a week from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Opening hours are extended to 6:00pm during British Summer Time.

Useful websites:- http://uk.freecycle.org      www.dontdumpthat.com

These are both sites where you can give unwanted items (or get them) rather than unwanted objects going to landfill sites.

NORTHWOOD SCHOOL

The school, which is a Business and Enterprise College, was honoured with a visit from the Mayor of Hillingdon during the summer term. He was greatly impressed with the hard work and dedication shown by all the pupils involved in business activities. He was particularly struck by the recent student-led production, Best of Musicals, which has already raised in excess of £2000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the fundraising efforts of the Year 8 Club, which is sponsoring a child in Pakistan through the charity Action Aid. [Well done! - Ed.]

Pupils in Years 10 and 11 have continued to be involved in projects around the local community as part of their GCSE Citizenship course. These have included decorating areas of the school, teaching primary school pupils about the issues of drug awareness, road safety and healthy eating. They have also been renovating a garden at an old people’s home.

Personal congratulations are due to Perry Waters who, having obtained a motor vehicle apprenticeship with Skillnet, was nominated by the company for the Apprentice of the Year Award. He was shortlisted and, at the time of writing, is awaiting the results of the final.

Taken from the school’s summer newsletter

THE NORTHWOOD DOG  TRAINING CLUB

The Club was founded over 30 years ago and currently meets at St Edmund’s Church Hall, Northwood Hills.

Dogs have suffered much recent bad publicity in the press and on television, due to a small minority of irresponsible dog owners. It is now even more important for all dog owners to ensure that their pets are properly trained, under control, and do not cause a nuisance to other local residents.

A well-trained dog can be walked off the lead in a safe place, to enjoy greater freedom and a much better quality of life.

The Club holds regular training courses to teach local pet owners how to train their dogs to be well-behaved and acceptable members of society. The course content includes: walking to heel without pulling, sit/stay, down/stay, recall to owner and a ‘leave’ command.

Courses are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings and are suitable for all breeds, sizes and ages of dog. Each course normally lasts for eight, weekly, one-hour sessions and costs £40 per dog. To obtain maximum benefit, owners must practise the training with their dogs every day between the classes. After completing a course, owners can then join the intermediate class to continue their dog’s training, progressing eventually to the advanced class.

As well as details of the training courses, the Club’s website contains a wealth of general information for dog owners, including advice on choosing and buying a puppy, toilet training and health matters.

For more information, visit the Club’s website www.watton.free-online.co.uk/ or telephone 01923 823472.

FELLOWSHIP CLUB FUND RAISER

On a Wednesday afternoon last June, the ladies of the Northwood Hills Fellowship Club held a “Bring & Buy” sale to raise much-needed funds to support “Macmillan Nurses”. The sale consisted of the usual things one finds at these events, i.e. clothes, bric-à-brac, books, a raffle etc. Although the weather was not helpful, a successful afternoon was had, with a grand total of £300 being raised – a very good result. Grateful thanks are due to Eileen for the use of her house, and also to Wendy, Freda and Eileen for their efforts in organising the event and to everyone else who contributed items for the sale. [What an inspiration to us all! – Ed.]

A Resident

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME

We opened our garden at 54 Ferndown for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 9th September. Fortunately this year we were blessed with good weather, unlike the previous two years. We had 121 visitors to the garden and with teas, raised £342.50 for charity. [Magnificent! – Ed.] Everyone was very appreciative of the garden which is rather exotic with palms, bananas, ferns, cacti and many other unusual species, not to mention the two handcarved totem poles and raised deck. For more information on the National Garden Scheme you can go to www.ngs.org.uk. If you missed our garden this year we are opening next year on Sunday 7th September, 2008 from 10.00 - 5.00, and look forward to seeing you then.

Ros & David Bryson

NORTHWOOD LIVE AT HOME

Forthcoming Events

Tue 9th Oct 2007 - Tea and Chat with Local AuthorCynthia Harrod-Eagles 3.00pm-4.30pm £2

Wed 17th Oct 2007 - St Johns Lunch 12pm-2pm £5

Thurs 18th Oct 2007 - Flowerland Iver 10am-2pm £4

Tue 13th Nov 2007 - Tea and Chat Oasis lounge 3pm-4.30pm £2

Wed 21st Nov - St Johns Lunch 12pm-2pm £5

Tue 27th Nov 2007 - Shopping Asda Watford 10am-2pm £4

Tue 4th Dec 2007 - Xmas Lunch 12pm-2.30pm TBA

Tue 11th Dec 2007 - Tea and chat–Oasis Lounge 3pm-4.30pm £2

Thurs 13th Dec 2007 - Cinderella Panto 12.30 pick up £10.50

Wed 19th Dec 2007 - St Johns Lunch 12pm-2pm £5

For more information call: 01923 842494

I hope that everyone has had a good summer despite the rain! We did manage however to get some sunshine on a recent visit to Windsor… and we have another full program set for the next few months.

Great news!! The Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr. Catherine Dann has chosen us as one of her Charities to support this year. We thank the mayor for recognising our scheme and our aim in improving the lives of the older people of Northwood. We welcomed her to our tea and chat on 11th September , which proved a success.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the organising of the Opera Evening and of course the Harrow Opera. Feedback from many who attended said that it was well organised with lovely entertainment and food.

As usual any suggestions for activities or if there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office and speak to Diane or myself.

Angela O’Malley

Just a Reminder! We have several Large Print books available for loan, in the office and a few Audio books. Please inform us if you would like to borrow them

A Mobility scooter has been donated to the scheme. We will be selling it to raise funds, if you are interested please contact the office.

Assured handyperson services

This service has been highlighted to the office, as being one of the services now currently available to the older and disabled homeowners in the borough.

They provide a minor repair service around the house eg. plumbing, electrical, and carpentry such as changing a washer, putting up shelves, clearing blocked drains, adjusting doors or changing light bulbs. The service is FREE; however you will have to pay the cost of any materials used. This service is also extended to provide advice on any work which may be required to put right any dangers in your home that might lead to a fall or impair your safety. They work with the local police to install crime prevention measures.

For more help or assistance contact the Care & Repair Team at the Ruislip office on:

Tel: 01895 678 002 or 01895 678 000.

Email: enquiries@paradigmhousing.co.uk

Website: www.pardigmhousing.co.uk

Northwood Live at Home Scheme, St Johns United Reformed Church, Hallowell Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 1DN

Northwood Live At Home is part of Methodist Homes for the Aged Charity No: 1083995 part of MHA care group

NORTHWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB

Club History (Reproduced and abridged from the Club website)

Recent research finally established that Northwood Football Club was formed in September 1899, with their first fixture being a friendly against Amersham. In 1931 Northwood joined the Harrow, Wembley & District League, and was immediately successful by winning the Premier Division title in five consecutive years from 1933 to 1937.

After the Second World War the club headed the championship in consecutive years, 1947 and 1949. It was at this time that the club moved to its current base in Northwood Park after having played at several different venues in the early years.

Northwood was elected into the Middlesex League in 1970, and became runners-up two years later. The Woods then managed to win the Middlesex League Cup on three occasions and the club was elected to the Hellenic League.

With help from the London Borough of Hillingdon, the Woods developed their present pitch, and in the first season they were promoted to top flight as Division One champions.

Due to increased travelling costs, Northwood switched to play in the London Spartan League in 1984. After a number of successes, the Woods completed a League and Cup double in 1992. which allowed them to take their place in the Third Division of the Isthmian League.

After five years at the higher level, Northwood made it to Division Two in 1997. After three seasons in that division, the Woods earned further promotion following an excellent runners-up spot in 2000.

Another three years later and Northwood found themselves in the Premier Division, having won the First Division North championship in 2003. They also captured the Isthmian League Cup for the first time in 2002, beating Premier Division Hampton & Richmond Borough in the final. In 2003, Northwood received the prestigious award of Community Club status from the Football Association in recognition of the club's commitment to youth football in the area.

Northwood faced a new challenge for the 2005-06 campaign, having been moved to the Southern League Premier Division, and although the first season in the new league was a struggle, manager Colin Payne steered his team just clear of relegation. However, 2007 saw the Woods finish in 22nd place in the division, and relegation followed. It wasn't all doom and gloom, though, as Northwood lifted the Middlesex Senior Cup for the first time in their history by defeating Hayes, now in Conference South, on their own ground.

The FA's Leagues Committee decided to move the club back to the Isthmian League for the 2007-08 campaign, and they will compete in Division One North - five years after being champions of that section.

A success story over the years has been the club's Match Day programme, which has picked up many awards. In the Wirral Programme Club's annual survey it was adjudged the Best Programme in non-League football on three occasions. It was given the accolade of Best Programme in the Isthmian League in each of the first twelve years of the club's membership!

Social side
Northwood FC run an Academy for 5 to 7 year olds on Sunday morning and then teams from 8 years to 18 from where players can progress to play in the senior side.

We also have a licensed bar in which to enjoy a drink during opening hours, match days and evenings. There is also a pool table available for children and adults. The hall is available for hire by the hour at a very reasonable fee.

If anyone is interested in finding out more please contact Betty Walley who will be pleased to show you around or give further details.