THE HILLS ECHO

Spring 2008

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

AGM

WHO IS WHO (AS OF SPRING 2008)

ROAD STEWARDS ARE NEEDED IN SEVERAL ROADS

BEING BRITISH

PLANNING REPORT

OTHER PLANNING MATTERS

LOCAL REVITALISATION

NORTHWOOD HILLS PARK

HILLSIDE ROAD

MOUNT VERNON CANCER CENTRE

EVENTS AT MICHAEL SOBELL HOUSE

NORTHWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB

JOEL STREET ALLOTMENTS

NORTHWOOD AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

NORTHWOOD AND PINNER COTTAGE HOSPITAL

ST VINCENTS NURSING HOME

NORTHWOOD HILLS UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

QUIZ

PINNER CAMERA CLUB

HAYDON SCHOOL

MSS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

BE SAFE!

QUIZ ANSWERS

DISCLAIMER

The opinions of contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Association. The appearance of an advertisement must not be regarded as an endorsement by the Association.

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

I have been helping my wife go through her aunt’s papers, and found some little snippets of life in and around Northwood Hills, before Northwood Hills was developed. Discovering an individual’s thought of more than 50 years ago, about an area that you live in and have a great interest in, is always an eye opener, and perhaps some of the mature readers might know what I am talking about.

Can you find your way to Frog Lane? Do you remember the building of the first school in Northwood Hills? Or maybe you can remember a cinema up near Northwood Hills Circus? Or, there again, how about the Recreation area around Salisbury Road? Just outside our area, can you remember St Lawrence’s Church in Eastcote before the current building?

It is also sad to say goodbye to one of our longest serving businesses, with the closure of Mario’s Café. I would like to wish the proprietor and family all the best for the future. However, not all is lost, I have heard that it could soon be reopening as a café, but under a new name.

I, for one, have not lived in Northwood Hills for that long. However, I do understand that to move forward you must look back and learn; but to make that move, fresh blood and new ideas must always be forthcoming.

Today, more than ever before, we must start looking at what is going on around us. We must support our neighbours in Hillingdon in trying to STOP the construction of a third runway at Heathrow, especially if we wish to continue enjoying the green fields and relative peace around Northwood Hills. Northwood and Ickenham are also fighting the proposed closures of their post offices. Again, we must show our support and fight these proposals. There are many residents that rely on those post offices, and we believe that public transport is not the saviour. As proof of this, ask those residents in Salisbury Road, who have seen the demise of their post office.

Closer to home, the Residents Association has been hard at work on many fronts:

Argyle House – The owners again have applied for an addition of another storey with a revolting – sorry, revolving restaurant. The Association opposed the plans, and I am delighted to say, so has our local council.

Junction of Tolcarne Drive and Joel Street. Watch this space, our local council has plans to help alleviate the congestion on this junction.

CCTV. – Have you noticed that strange looking post on the roundabout at Northwood Hills Circus? I am informed that it is one of the latest CCTV cameras that can work almost as effectively at night as it can during the day.

Finally, the council have agreed that there should be another crossing in Joel Street. It will be situated near Tesco Express and I have been told that it should be in operation by the end of the financial year 2008/09.

Over the next 12 months, I hope that you will all see some changes to Northwood Hills, which the Residents Association is working on.

 In Joel Street, with the cooperation of Harrolds the opticians and ACR in Salisbury Road, we are aiming to get the clock outside Harrolds working again.

In Joel Street again, a new clock somewhere near the Tube Station.

With the cooperation of the residents in and around Chippenham Close, Wylchin Close and our local police, we are looking at the re-instatement of the children’s play area.

Again, with the co-operation of the residents in and around Egerton Close, Salisbury Road and our local police, the construction of a small football pitch, with perhaps something for those who like basketball.

Lastly, I would like to thank all the committee members, road stewards and Alan Kimber, our editor, for all their hard work.

URGENT – Northwood Hills Residents Association needs your help! Please contact either Ann or myself for more details.

PS. Frog Lane is now Fore Street.

John Morgan

69th AGM, 16TH MAY 2007

PRESENT – Alistair Hornal (President); Chairman (John Morgan); Committee Members; Jonathan Bianco, Andrew Retter, David Bishop (Hillingdon Councillors); Insp Neil Collen (Ruislip Police Station), PC Phil Murray and PCSO N Potter (Northwood Hills Safer Neighbourhood Team). Also, over 60 Association Members.

  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE received from Nick Hurd MP, Phil Akers (Road Steward).

  2. PRESIDENT’S OPENING ADDRESS - Mr Alistair Hornal welcomed all to the meeting. His address centred on the role of being a good neighbour, and treating neighbours the same way as we would all wish to be treated.

  3. MINUTES OF 2006 AGM – Approval was proposed by Mrs Phipps and seconded by Mrs Betty Walley. Agreed.

  4. MATTERS ARISING FROM 2006 MINUTES – None.

  5. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT – Mr John Morgan

  6.  * Welcomed and thanked the Councillors and Police for attending and paid thanks also to the Committee Members, Road Stewards and Alan Kimber for his work on “The Echo” magazine.

  7.  * Flagged several local issues that are still outstanding, including the public conveniences, pedestrian crossing near Tesco, traffic calming in Joel Street near Woodman PH, lack of litter bins, traffic management for Tolcarne Drive and the condition of many roads. He contrasted N. Hills to Ruislip and pointed out that the Council blame lack of funds, but had awarded themselves a 50% pay rise.

  8.  * JM congratulated and thanked the local police team in reducing crime and vandalism, but raised the issue of speeding cars in Joel Street.

  9.  * Raised the issue of the shops and stressed that without local support, many of the retail outlets would disappear and/or become restaurants.

  10. 10. HON. TREASURER’S REPORT – Mrs Fiona Morgan – Acceptance of the Account was proposed by Mr Herbert Levinger and seconded by Mr Robert Symes. Agreed. President thanked the treasurer for her hard work.

  11. NORTHWOOD YOUNG PEOPLE’S PROJECT – Ms Tanya Weekes gave an informative presentation on the Hillingdon Youth and Connexions Service (HYCS) which works with young people aged 11 to 25 who live or are educated in the borough to provide activities and support.

  12. ELECTION OF OFFICERS – Agreement to the nominations was proposed by Alan Kimber and seconded by Terry Clayfield. List of Officers available in “The Echo” magazine (p.7) and on the NHRA website. The Chairman thanked all officers for their work over the past year. He also stressed the need for more volunteers to take over vacant roles and to act as Road Stewards.

  13. HARLYN SCHOOL TRAVEL – Mrs Tina Sutch – It was explained that the aim is to reduce cars and traffic congestion, improve road safety and encourage children to walk to school at least one day a week by rewarding them with badges or stickers. It is planned to look at illegal parking, better signage, liaise with driving centre to reduce traffic at peak times. All details on school and NHRA website.

  14. QUESTION TIME - Councillors Jonathan Bianco, Andrew Retter and David Bishop and Police Officers Insp Collen, PC Murray and PCSO Potter responded to questions from the floor.

  15. PRESIDENT’S CLOSING REMARKS – AH thanked all for attending, especially those who gave presentations, the Councillors and Police for their presence. The Chairman thanked Robert Symes for organising refreshments.

AIMS AND PURPOSES OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Northwood Hills Residents Association Committee is elected at the A.G.M. held annually to work for the benefit of the community within the ward of Northwood Hills. The Association held its inaugural meeting in 1949 with a committee comprising Officers and Committee Members. Road Stewards are also invited to attend the monthly meetings to present ideas and comments from members. We act as an interface between us, the residents, and the council. Everyone within the Association carries out his or her task on a voluntary basis.

The Committee consists of 17 officers and committee members and meets from 19:30 to 21:30 on the 4th Wednesday of every month at Fairfield Church Hall. The current committee structure consists of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer and lead members responsible for Environment, Health and Transport. Our local councillors also attend and take back to Council our concerns or brief us on what they are aware of.

The Road Stewards are responsible for delivering the bi-annual publication “The Echo” to homes within their designated area and collecting the annual £2 membership fee. There is no set quota of homes that each steward covers; it is entirely up to them. At present we have about 50 Road Stewards, many of whom are also committee members.

We hold an annual Road Stewards Gathering at the beginning of the year to thank the Road Stewards for their hard work. The evening is an enjoyable occasion and an opportunity to meet and discuss relevant issues. Committee members provide catering.

We hold an Annual General Meeting usually in May. New committee members are voted in and we invite a guest speaker to talk and answer questions about local issues. Most recent speakers have been Dorian Leatham - former Chief Executive London Borough of Hillingdon and Ken Kirkman - Local Historian. All members of the Association are invited to come along to the AGM and raise their concerns.

Members of The Residents Association are the people that reside or work in the Ward of Northwood Hills. Members of the association are welcome to pass on any concerns to their Road Steward who can raise the issue at monthly meetings.
Local issues that are discussed and acted upon vary, but include health care, traffic problems, planning issues, crime, public transport, roads and parking etc. Ward Councillors and representatives from the police also attend these meetings.Now you know what we do, here are the people that make up the Northwood Hills Residents Association. Why not you join us? It will look good in your CV.

WHO IS WHO (AS OF SPRING 2008)

President

Alistair Hornal

Chairman

John Morgan (Tel: 01923 821552)

Chairman

Betty Walley 

Secretary Ann Collis (Tel: 0208 868 4356)

Treasurer

Fiona Morgan

Chief Road Steward

Robert Symes

Planning

Lishman Easby

Environment

Ray Krystofiak

Transport

Herbert Levinger

General

Jay Kumbhani

General

Stephanie Leven

General

David Austin

General

Leo Mindel

General

Gordon Gentry

General

Herbert Levinger*

*(Representing Gatehill Assn. – part of Northwood Hills Ward) 

ROAD STEWARDS ARE NEEDED IN SEVERAL ROADS

We still have several roads not covered by a Road Steward. If you have only enough time to cover, say 10 homes near you, PLEASE call Robert Symes on 01923 821201. All you have to do is to collect the £2 annual fee and deliver our bi-annual publication “The Echo”. Although we have many members already we desperately need to increase our income to cover the annual £1000.00 cost of providing Christmas lights in Joel Street.

BEING BRITISH

Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all? Suspicion of all things foreign!

 Only in Britain can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

 Only in Britain do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.

Only in Britain do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters.

3 Brits die each year testing if a 9v battery works on their tongue.

Only in Britain do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front. 

Only in Britain are there disabled parking places in front of a skating rink.

* Only in Britain do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the drive and lock our junk and cheap lawn mower in the garage. *

PLANNING REPORT

I have been the Planning Officer for many years and it is with sadness that I have to resign from the post.
My reason is that, at the age of 86, I am now partly disabled and find that I can no longer carry out my duties fully and effectively. I can no longer drive and cannot walk outside without help. I offered my resignation as Planning Officer at the last AGM but as there were no takers for the vacant post I agreed to continue for one more year. This has given me considerable concern, as owing to my physical limitations, I do not feel I have been fully effective. I wish I was fit enough to continue but our organisation is more important than an individual officer.

I wish therefore to make a plea for someone to take my place. I have always enjoyed this work and found it interesting and rewarding.

The main object of the job is to do what we can to help residents who are adversely affected by unreasonable proposals and also to protect our area. Most of our housing estates are well planned but do not lend themselves to excessive development. The “street scene” is very important and must be protected. In this I have always found our Borough Council most helpful and the officers easy to talk to and ready to discuss any problems. We keep a close guard on the preservation of green belt land. A fairly recent example of this was the saving of Joel Street Farm from a proposal to convert it into a cemetery. In this we enjoyed considerable support from our councillors.

Another field of endeavour has been to protect our shops and the viability of shopping areas, mainly Joel Street and Salisbury Road. We have succeeded on many occasions with help and cooperation of the Council Planning Department.
I have been involved in all this work over the years. I have found it enjoyable and worthwhile. It is a satisfying experience to be able to help our residents and our environment.

At one time any investigation required a trip to the Civic Centre to examine the plans. Now, all this can be done on the internet. In fact, the advent of the computer has made the job easier but in most cases a visit to the site is still necessary.

Finally, a new system for dealing with all applications is being developed and this is therefore an ideal time for someone to take over the role of Planning Officer. It is useful to be in at the beginning.
I hope that I have described the job adequately but I should be pleased to talk to anyone who would like more information. My telephone number is 020 8866 9674.

Lishman Easby, Association Planning Officer

OTHER PLANNING MATTERS

I think that the most debateable item we have dealt with recently is the proposal to build a revolving restaurant on top of Argyle House in Joel Street. This was discussed at committee and with residents living or running a business nearby. There were a lot of objections; it was felt that we have enough restaurants already in Joel Street. The parking problem was also a reason, particularly in the evening. It was also feared that diners in the revolving restaurant would be able to gaze into the bedrooms of certain houses – no doubt an extra attraction as they ate their fish and chips.

The whole building is already out of character with the rest of Joel Street and should never have been built. To raise its height would make it worse. We await the decision of the Council Planning Committee.

Lishman Easby, Association Planning Officer

LOCAL REVITALISATION

What we hope to achieve for Northwood Hills
Our major project for the next 12 months is to revitalise one of our local recreation areas. The site is tucked away between Fore Street, Wiltshire Lane, Chippenham Close and Lyneham Walk. At present the area is laid to grass and has been well maintained. There are a number of trees and a small overgrown area adjacent to an access path. There is an empty fenced-off play area of 900 sq m that used to contain playground equipment. Working with our local councillors, we are going to bring this area back to life.

Our vision
To improve the area, install playground amenities, make it accessible and safe for local people to enjoy.

Scope

Set up a marked-out football area and provide goal posts

Repair the fenced-off area and install playground equipment

Provide a circular path for cycling and walking

Provide benches, litter bins, plant trees, general tidy up

Naturally, this project does not come cheap. We are going to apply to The London Borough of Hillingdon and the Chrysalis fund to finance this worthy scheme. If you could help for only a few hours with some of the tidying up, we would be very grateful.

Contact Ray Krystofiak raymondomail-nhra@yahoo.co.uk

NORTHWOOD HILLS PARK?

Would you like a park in your Northwood Hills? Well then we are fixing up a park off Wiltshire Lane to play in, we hope to have;

A slide

A climbing frame

A swing

A bench

A cycling path

Maybe a football pitch.

Things that we need to keep this place much safer and more environmentally friendly.

A water fountain

Some recycling bins

Some rubbish bins for things that you can’t recycle

Some dog bins

Strong fences

Strong nets around the trees so nobody makes a hole in them.

There will be different parts of that area for different year groups.

We are looking at cleaning all the graffiti off all the fences so if you do graffiti for one thing it’s a crime and the second thing is we will just clean it all off again so there is no point of doing it.

We will have a fun time building this park for the future and hope it stays as it will be when it’s just been built. So do you like our idea of a new park?

We hope you do and hope it will be somewhere where you and all of your family can go. I hope this will be the best park you have ever been to!

Eleanor Morgan (Aged 7)

HILLSIDE ROAD

Hillside Road is the road where I used to live. Hillside Road is a road of bungalows par excellence and gives Northwood Hills a very special image together with Stanley Road, Hillside Crescent, Hillside Rise and Hillside Gardens. Taken together they do form a Bungalow Conservation Area. Their construction was started in the early 1930s by the builder, George Ball, and by about 1933 all the bungalows in the road were completed. They cost between £800 to £900 to buy then, which looks small beer but was even less affordable in the depressed 1930s. That’s hard for us to grasp today when these same bungalows can sell for £400,000+. Perhaps the most desirable ones were on the east side, where gardens backed on to farmland, now St John’s School playing fields. We lived on the other side (as Lady Bracknell would say: “Ah, the wrong side”) at No 38, right near the top, and I can remember in summertime going to bed and seeing the cows grazing in the field across the road. Wonderful! 
We had a very long narrow garden that backed on to those in Hillside Gardens and in the war mother arranged for the chicken man to bring some pullets round on the back of his bike. They became productive family pets and could never have ended upon our dinner table – but the fox sadly butted in on this arrangement with other ideas! Nearly all the gardens (on the wrong side!) were long and thin and I think there were still vestiges of the 19th century idea of “an acre and a cow” so that people could be partially self-sufficient. Anyway there was plenty of space for fruit-trees, vegetables, poultry and (for boys) a tree-top house and (for girls) a Wendy one. The gardens seemed to combine a wonderful balance between relaxation, fruitfulness and being children-friendly. However I do remember hearing of one parent “whose garden was much too good for children”! Yet on Guy Fawkes Night he gritted his teeth and held a superb firework party for – yes! – children!

During the war children often played in the road as cars used it rarely, only really those with gas bags on a rack on the roof. Remember them? Only one person now still lives in the road who goes back to the late 1930s. She will write a personal memoir for us in the next issue of the Echo. Nearly all the families in the road were young parents with children just starting school so there was a special bond. In summer babies were left in prams in front gardens - something quite unthinkable today. Many of the bungalows were only two bed-roomed but the upstairs loft could be boarded and turned into a third bedroom. At the bottom of the road at the Northwood end there was a triangle of land, built on immediately after the war, but set aside during it, where Burnet moths (those black ones with red dots so striking and imperial!) could be found on many of the wild flowers and grasses. We always tended to look towards the Northwood end because we did our shopping in the old High Street and went to school at Emmanuel. Others no doubt looked towards the Pinner/Northwood Hills end where their affairs carried them. So there was some kind of double division in the road then between one side and the other and one end and the other.

Bungalows of course have become more desirable than ever for many reasons – they echo times when building land was more available. In Hillside Road nearly all bungalows in the 1930s and 1940s had enclosed front gardens, privet being a hot favourite. I can still remember the bitter-sweet smell in late spring. Also of course it provided good nesting for the birds. Trimming the hedge was then part of a more leisurely way of life and a chance to talk to the neighbours and passers-by outside the boundary. There was a bungalow called “Mudgee” (it was apparently the name of a place in Australia), which had a wonderful tall hedge, which flowed along in waves. This made the bungalow inside private and even mysterious. Of course nearly everyone called their home a name although for some reason my parents didn’t: it might be a place of honeymoon, say Sorrento, or even placid Amberley; favourites (but super twee in modern eyes) were the Mon Abri and Mon Repos; there were the names that described a house and its garden: Red Tiles, High Trees and so on; then there were the contrived ones like Khara where a friend in Hillside Road lived: (Katherine/Hart/Anthony), which had an Indian Love Song kind of appeal as well as celebrating the initials of the family. Names that were popular in Hillside Road at the time of first occupation were: The Shrubbery, Coniston (undoubtedly commemorating a successful honeymoon!), Millhook, …I always feel they help to date a past period of time and tell us about the people who were around then. Today names are nearly as rare as hen’s teeth in 

In the 1970s the open landscape look became dominant in Hillside Road and many residents cut down hedges and opened themselves up to scrutiny. It also made the front gardens look much bigger so that there was a vista up to and from the bungalow. A few bungalows, which had mystery and that I had hardly glimpsed before, were now seen for the first time. It is also of note that bungalows at the Pinner end of the road backing on to St John’s are steep, with marked slopes up to the playing fields and it’s amazing how inventive people are at using a slope to create an interesting back garden! Some years ago a flowering thyme verge was created by someone who has a fine feel for these things at the Pinner end of the road on the west side. However it has sadly been taken over by scrub now. 

Coming to the present day, when I am merely an onlooker, the hill gives the road character and focus and it has a switchback appearance. This is attractive visually but most unfortunate because drivers speed up to achieve the top and do not slow down on the other side. The inevitable result is frequent accidents, with cars even finishing upside down in the gardens! The danger to pedestrians and residents is only too obvious! Hillside Road has quite a run of ornamental trees along the grass verges on both sides, which makes the road beautiful when they blossom. However, this may unfortunately cause drivers psychologically to speed up by causing a tunnel effect. I have read that clever arborists can create patterns with trees at the side of roads inducing a kind of calming effect over drivers. Narcoleptic drivers in Hillside Road– that would be something to advantage!

There has been development but I don‘t think it has yet become a problem. The bungalows were carefully designed to complement each other and give the road a special unified identity. Touch that with hamfisted extension and development and you don’t just spoil one bungalow – you blight the entire road. It is marvellous the way the grass verges have remained: they create space and harmony and there are more trees along the road now. Front gardens are under some pressure given the almost universal urge to pave. Nearly all the residents have ample off-street parking anyway so the road is exceptionally free of parked cars, almost unique in Northwood Hills!

Robert Symes

MOUNT VERNON CANCER CENTRE

Local people have always shown their support for Mount Vernon Hospital and now staff within the Cancer Centre are asking local people to consider volunteering their time to help within the patient areas, wards and offices. Volunteering is very much part of what goes on in a hospital and the contribution that people make, however small or seemingly insignificant, adds up to make a real difference to people who have to attend hospitals either as in-patients or as out-patients. Within the Cancer Centre we are looking to extend volunteering to include helping on the In-Patient wards and within Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy. Duties are of a non-nursing nature and include chatting to the patients and visitors, escorting patients, providing general help and administration as well as specialist skills such as driving visitors, gardening and offering shaves to the male patients. The time involved can vary from a few hours a couple of times each week to a couple of hours once a month.

In addition, Michael Sobell House, the Hospice and Specialist Palliative Care Unit located within the Cancer Centre is looking for new volunteers to drive patients to and from the Day Therapy Unit. The time involved is usually one or two days per week, collecting patients from their homes and dropping them to the hospice at approximately 9.30am and then returning to pick them up at 3.30pm for the return journey to their homes. Travel may be local but volunteers willing to travel to Watford, Hayes and Uxbridge are desperately needed.

 Also required are volunteers to help clean and maintain the aviary within Michael Sobell House. The delightful aviary provides a great source of pleasure and diversion for the patients and visitors attending the hospice. Help is required for one or two mornings per week.

 Furthermore, volunteers are required to offer complementary therapies to patients. Therapists should be qualified in either aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki or massage and should have their own insurance and be able to help at least a couple of times each month.

Michael Sobell House also run a Home Visiting Service whereby volunteers visit patients 01923 835876
within the patients’ own home providing companionship, practical help or a sitting service. New volunteers are required to offer this hugely valuable and rewarding service and anyone interested is invited to contact Jo-Anne as below. 
Please note that all volunteering in patient areas will require you to obtain a disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau. Details will be sent to you and the disclosure is free of charge. For further information on any of the above volunteering opportunities, you are asked to contact Jo-Anne Edwards on 01923 -844569 or by email on joanne@mshouse.co.uk

 

EVENTS AT MICHAEL SOBELL HOUSE

Sunday 27 April - Feel Good, Look Good Day
Come along and be pampered for the day. The spring has passed and summer is nearly here. Why not come along and experience a relaxing and revitalising session(s) with our professional therapists. Therapies on offer for the day, include aromatherapy massage, reflexology, reiki, Indian head massage, tapping and the body talk system. Beauty Therapies will include: manicure, pedicure, facials, foot massage and nail art. There will also be a few interesting tables. Treatment sessions start at 9.30am and the price varies per treatment. Call Ophelia for further information on what will be available on the day. Venue: Michael Sobell Centre. *


Saturday 10 May - MSH Annual Plant Sale
In the gardens of Michael Sobell House, you will be able to buy Pansies, Geraniums and many exotic plants, plus lots of bedding and all your vegetable patch favourites including corn, tomatoes, marrow, peas, beans, strawberries, plus pots and much more. Refreshments available too! Time: 10.30-12.30pm. Venue: Michael Sobell Centre.*


Sunday 18  May - Bike Ride - Registration: 8.00am+
On Your Bike For Care - 23 & 12 mile bike ride. Join in and raise funds on what will be a local scenic cycle ride. You will receive a route guide and a map to enjoy a healthy morning out, while raising funds for your local hospice, Michael Sobell House, the hospice based at Mount Vernon Hospital. There will be marshals en route as well as water-stops. You can have a FREE Bike safety check before the ride, and you will receive a medal or a T-shirt too! Entry fees: Adult £10.00, Children £4.00. Family £24.00 (2 adults & 2 children). Ride starts at 8.30am. All abilities welcome. Michael Sobell Centre is the Start & Finish of the bike ride.


Saturday 14 June - Jazz & Afternoon Tea on the Lawn
Support Tea at Three, Britain’s biggest tea party to raise money for hospice care. To celebrate National Tea at Three Month, MSH are holding a traditional Jazz Tea Party on the lawn. This is to celebrate Help the Hospices. A great jazz band “Jazz by Colours” will entertain you on the lawn in the lovely gardens of Michael Sobell House, during your afternoon tea on the lawn. Tickets will be £10.00 and include a full tea menu of sandwiches, pastries & delicious cakes. Places will be limited, so please reserve your seat early to avoid disappointment.


Sunday 6 July - The British 10K London Run 12 Places!
MSH has twelve places up for grabs on this great London event. The event captures the great London tourist sites in the heart of London. En route you will pass the London Eye, Pall Mall, the Royal Horse Guards, Westminster Abbey, Somerset House, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and many side stands and bands that will entertain you and spectators on the day. There will be over 20,000 runners on the day. Contact Ophelia for an entry pack.

* Venue: Michael Sobell Centre Lecture Hall: on Mount Vernon Hospital site, via gate 3 off White Hill, Northwood, Middlesex,
HA6 2RN.
T. Direct line 01923 844 829 Ophelia Chambers-Henry 
E. ochambers@michaelsobellhouse.co.uk

For further information, joining packs, entry forms or to reserve a place at one of the above events contact Ophelia on 01923 844829 or email: ochambers@michaelsobellhouse.co.uk  Please also watch our website which is constantly being up dated with great ways to support us & enjoy yourself! www.michaelsobellhouse.co.uk. Registered Charity No: 1079638

NORTHWOOD FOOTBALL CLUB

As reported in the last issue The FA's Leagues Committee decided to move the club back to the Isthmian League for the 2007-08 campaign, competing again 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, as well as being runner-up twice. It was given the accolade of Best Programme in the Isthmian League in each of the first twelve years of the club's membership; a remarkable run of consistency.

This season has been one of consolidation for the club after the much-publicised financial problems they encountered in the last couple of years. A new Chairman, Ian Barry, came in just over a year ago and with the help of many people, most of whom have been with the club for a long time, is beginning to turn things around. Operating a club at this level nowadays is never easy, but slowly and surely, the club is getting back on its feet. On the pitch, after a slow start to the current campaign, the 1st team are in the middle of an exciting run of form and although they will more than likely just miss out on a play-off spot, this run will stand them in good stead for next season. The current crop of players are all young and this is testament to the club’s policy of bringing the younger players through the Youth Section and looking to make them progress eventually into the 1st team. Ian Barry said “We are sure there are some exciting times ahead and with the players gaining valuable experience, we will be looking to make even more progress next season. We are still looking for a main sponsor for the 1st, Reserve and Under 18 teams and if anyone wishes to have more information as to how to go about this, or feel that they can help in any way, then please contact me at the club on the number shown below”.

Social Side - The club has a licensed bar that is open to members during opening hours and supporters and members on match days. To apply for membership and enjoy the benefits of a wide range of drinks and food, then please contact the club on 01923 827148 for more details or speak to Betty Walley who will only be too pleased to show you around or answer any questions.

Ian Barry

JOEL STREET ALLOTMENTS

As Secretary of the allotment society, I have been asked to write a few words about ourselves. We are certainly part of the landscape; together with the fields of Joel Street Farm, the allotments form a large open space that is a major feature of the Northwood Hills environment.

The past couple of decades have not been happy times for allotments throughout the country, and our site has been no exception to this, with plots becoming neglected and overgrown. But recently, with increased concern over environmental issues, worries about food miles and the origins of our food, allotments are becoming vibrant again. Hillingdon as a whole reports an increase of some 200 plot-holders, with most of our local sites over-subscribed. Our Society has gone from having plots untenanted to a full membership.

We are not a Council-run site: the land is owned by Ruislip Combined Charities, and the Society is entirely self-governing and self-financing. Its origins go back to the Enclosure Act of 1810 when it was designated as a Poors’ Field, to enable the poor of the parish to graze animals. (As was Ruislip Common, between the Lido and Bayhurst Wood, which remains open land.) The actual allotments date back to 1910, when the Allotment Society was set up. As you can see, we will soon have two important centenaries to celebrate and we are determined to become, once again, a thriving and central part of the local community.
Our site has been described by newcomers as a haven of tranquility in spite of its proximity to the main road; a place to relax in and unwind. Our members come from all age groups and multicultural backgrounds. We are friendly and welcoming and form a truly supportive community. We feel privileged to be custodians of this unique and historic site.

We have about 80 plots of varying sizes, with water on or near every plot, and manure freely available from the stables on-site. As parking on Joel Street is so difficult, we are currently arranging for a surfaced car parking area to be constructed. The gates are being upgraded and we are installing secure fencing along the Joel Street boundary. We even have machinery for members to borrow, a swap table for spare plants and a regular newsletter. All this for a current annual fee of £22.50 for a full-size plot, which is cheaper than most council-run sites in the area. Plus the added bonus of healthy outdoor exercise, the sense of achievement at growing our own and the incomparable taste of fresh, home grown produce.

We currently have a small waiting list, but plots often become available as members give up or move away from the area. To make enquiries, contact me on 07914-921390 or e-mail: joelstreetallotments@tiscali.co.uk

Trevor Dixon

NORTHWOOD AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Our year of activities covers September to August each year and annual AGM's are held in April. In 2008 the Association celebrates its 60th Anniversary.

In spite of this, it is amazing how many people are unaware of our existence, perhaps owing to our not having a community centre building that is visible.

We have sections that meet weekly, fortnightly and monthly, some seasonal, some all year.

Weekly
There is Keep Fit, Short Mat Bowls, who have some vacancies
Line Dancing, Badminton, who have a full complement at present
Social Tennis, short of members and would welcome some new faces

Fortnightly
There is Scrabble, Bridge and Whist, who have some vacancies
Table Tennis, who have a full complement at present
Social Evening (solo whist, scrabble, upwords and rummikub among other card and board games) This is an evening section and is short of members and would welcome people who enjoy card and board games with a cup of tea and cake

Monthly
Community Evening - invited speakers on a variety of interesting subjects Anglo/German Group - German speaking with speakers, quizzes etc

Walking for Pleasure - Short afternoon walks followed by a cup of tea
Rambling - Sunday walks, morning followed by a pub midday break, and short afternoon and back to the house of the designated leader that day for a cup of tea 
Sunday Singles - Varied programme of visits to Stately Homes, Gardens, Museums etc, or lunches, theatres etc.
Our membership currently stands at about 303 and mainly caters for the over 50's, but more recently younger people are joining, especially in the badminton. We have sections that are run during the day, but also have out-of-working-hours sections.
As we do not have a meeting place of our own, we hire halls and rooms in three of the local churches, so we would always be accessible by car, public transport or even within walking distance of our membership.
Annual Membership is currently £2.00 per year, with each section charging a fee according to the cost of the activity e.g. badminton is approx. £2.00 per session, tennis £1.00 per session and most of the other activities are a similar cost.
Please contact the Secretary on 01923 836346 if you are interested or want more information. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Mrs Pat Dunhill, Hon. Sec

NORTHWOOD AND PINNER COTTAGE HOSPITAL

The decision on the future of the Hospital has been deferred because the Government has decided to carry out a consultation exercise and review current services provided by the NHS. The delay is regrettable, but might result in a more “futuristic” approach to patient health care. Opinions will obviously differ on the proposals which centre mainly on the creation of “polyclinics”. Polyclinics are intended to provide healthcare in the community. The intention being to create “centres of excellence” or “super health centres”. These centres will house community services with perhaps 16-20 G.P s, alongside care more associated with hospitals. Patients are promised fast access to an expert service with no waiting lists and acceptance of self-referrals. A seamless and integrated service is promised with G. P s, on hand to help with tests and write referrals.

Services promised to be included range from independent living, physios, neuro-rehab teams, outpatient care, dental care, mental health, children’s service, to helping people discharged from hospital.

Finance for this new health care provision will be in partnership with the private sector so there could be an element of competition with local specialist hospitals. GPs may be reluctant to cooperate with these radical proposals because the concept of a “family doctor” may disappear and the system could become very impersonal. I have tried to give a précis of the proposed plans. I leave it to you to decide on the merits or pitfalls. We probably all agree that an early decision to go ahead and provide the best possible health service on the N & P site is highly desirable. I will do my best to keep you up to date with future developments.

Councillor David Bishop, Independent

ST VINCENTS NURSING HOME

The Home is newly opened in Eastcote on the site of the old hospital. And a super smart place it is too, purpose built and offering the highest standard of care in an idyllic woodland setting. It has homely accommodation for 60 residents, divided into four wings, each with a dining area, lounge and television room. Nursing care is excellent and there are social activities provided by a trained organiser. Meals are freshly prepared in the modem kitchen and can cater for all tastes and special diets.

St Vincents has formed many links with the surrounding community, inviting outside entertainers and local groups to share their activities with elderly residents who enjoy their company. Anyone who is interested for themselves, a relative or friend who may like to find out about the facilities is welcome to telephone for further details or to make an appointment with Matron, Shiria Halsey on 020 - 8872 4900 (www.svnh.co.uk). There is a burgeoning League of Friends, which has recently opened a small shop on the premises and also provided funds for a new piano. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who might like to join the League as a volunteer and support our work with the Home. We hope St Vincents Nursing Home will become an integral part of the local community and would welcome your involvement. Already we get a weekly visit from Toby the PAT dog, with owner Alison Hayes, and both are very welcome visitors.

 Is there anybody out there who is able to play the piano, who could offer the odd afternoon, either occasional or regular, to provide a sing-song for the residents? Please do contact us; it would be most appreciated.

 The Home is at the top of Wiltshire Lane and is served by the H13 bus, which stops at both Northwood Hills station and Ruislip station. Otherwise, we are best reached by going up Fore Street and turning left at the top. If approaching from Norwich Road, go straight ahead, past Haydon School and CMSS Centre and bear right at the end.

Irene Heywood Jones, Chairman League of Friends

NORTHWOOD HILLS UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

The small but loyal congregation meets for worship in the Joel Street Church every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. The service is followed by coffee and a good chat among members and friends. Everyone is made very welcome whether regular attendees or visitors. Saturdays are also a busy day. The first Saturday of the month we hold a ‘working party’ between 10.00 and 12.00, to tidy up the grounds and any other odd jobs. The second Saturday is a ‘Coffee Morning’, usually raising funds for ‘Commitment for Life’ or other topical charities.

Activities take part on the Church premises all week and include something for everyone, from pre-school nursery to dog training, keep fit, line dancing and table tennis. For the physically less active there are social afternoons, bridge and scrabble.

2008 sees the five year anniversary of our link with the Templeton Centre, and this will be celebrated in June with a special service. This link was a very important move by the Church to give the centre a new, permanent home, but it also gave the ‘Church’ a chance to look at its buildings and put them to good use.

If you want to know more about the facilities and activities in the Church, please feel free to call in or telephone 01923 822508. The notice boards are regularly updated, so watch out for special events.

Carolyn Orr

QUIZ

 Keep your brain working or you will lose it. The answers are all flowers or shrubs

1 Grows on wild moorlands
2 Capital Joy
3 Get wed in yellow
4 A cereal bloom
5 Remember me always
6 A cute vegetable
7 From Amsterdam
8 An Ultra Colour
9 It’s the best policy
10 Give me your answer do
11 Bees and babies make and do
12 Half hardy
13 Lynne Perrie played her
14 Mrs Bucket
15 Cartoon duck and herb
16 Hill looking purple
17 Mode of transport for whole country
18 Give us a kiss
19 Active Elizabeth
20 Basil covers his cold hands
21 Witches always have one
22 Flake fall
23 Dairy drinking cup
24 It’s not night for Mrs Savage
25 Common with three but rarer with four
26 Onslow’s sister-in-law
27 Frogs talk with us
28 Contains your pupil
29 A cooking pot, look
30 Straight laced bloom
31 Conceal man at Jellystone Park
32 Sounds like, not your friend
33 Milk producer in a petticoat
34 A sad ringer
35 Put an E in a small horse

PINNER CAMERA CLUB

Pinner Camera Club is a small and friendly Club which draws its membership from the Hatch End, Pinner, Northwood Hills and Northwood areas. Meetings are held at 8 pm on Monday evenings, in the convenient and comfortable meeting rooms at Fairfield Church Hall. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome.

The Club membership has a lot of expertise in a wide range of photographic areas. As well as excellent photographers of wild life, landscapes, travel, flowers and gardens, there are other members who have special interests in such subjects as parish churches and historic buildings in general, especially in London, black and white photography, Thames sailing barges and white water rafting.

The Club is well equipped, having won a lottery grant that covered most of the cost of the digital equipment. This is used extensively and, in the last two years, there has been an extremely swift and exciting changeover from traditional film photography to digital. Many of the members excel in this new medium and several evenings during the season are given over to tuition and discussion of digital techniques. These sessions have proved to be very popular. A similar initiative is now being undertaken in regard to audio-visual presentations, which have become far easier to compile, with the emergence of new computer software and other aids.

There is always a helping hand, whatever the particular interest and whatever the problem. Anyone who would like to attend one or two meetings as guest of the Club is invited to contact the President, Rod Head at 020 8429 0097, the Secretary, Les Spitz at 020 8866 2342 or the Membership Secretary, Len Capper at 020 8868 2899.

Mr J H Buxton

HAYDON SCHOOL

It has been a very productive and busy year so far at Haydon School, since an Ofsted inspection in June 2007 in which the school was awarded the highest grade of ‘outstanding’ confirming what all the students and staff felt about the school.
The staff and students were delighted with the appointment of Mr Robson as Head Teacher at Haydon in December. Mr Robson continues to improve the school and since his appointment Haydon has successfully gained an Applied Learning specialism to add to its specialist Language College status. This means a greater range of courses, particularly vocational courses to suit the learning needs of all students.

Haydon is launching its new website next term. The website will have dedicated pages for the community to see what activities are on offer at Haydon School as well as a link to the local residents association which we will be working with to build stronger community links. Any members of this association or the local community who would like to work with the school to improve the work of Haydon in the community are welcome to contact Caroline Whitehead (cwhitehead@hillingdongrid.org).

In addition to a new website the school continues to invest in information communication technology and is building a Virtual Learning Environment to enable students and their parents to access learning resources from home, and share work online with their teachers and other students. ‘Parentmail’ will enable the school to communicate more efficiently with parents via email ensuring stronger home-school contact.

The new Art and Design building is due to open later this year and promises to be an exciting learning space for students with fresh design features including a top floor viewing gallery.

Haydon has achieved an Eco Schools Silver award and the Environment club have continued to make significant sustainable improvements to Haydon’s local environment. In February 45 trees were planted on the school field by Haydon students and the Mayor of Hillingdon. Once established these trees will provide shelter, filter reflections off the field, improve the area’s general appearance and encourage biodiversity. A conservation area has been funded by the Parents Association. As well as providing a sanctuary and habitat for wildlife it will be a valuable resource for teaching ecology and sustainability. Paper is now being recycled across the school and a plastic bottle recycling project will commence after the Easter holiday.
Haydon students continue with their success in examinations and the school is rated highly in local and national league tables for its examination results each year. Haydon was named in The Daily Telegraph in August 2007 as the 17th best school for GCSE results and in March 2008 Haydon was ranked as the 5th best sixth form in London by ALPs, the organisation that assesses the performance of sixth forms based on value-added scores. GCSE and A Level examination season begins soon and all the staff would like to wish the students lots of luck.

Caroline Whitehead, Deputy Headmistress

CMSS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

CMSS is a charity which runs a skills centre for adults with disabilities. Our clients all follow an individualised timetable which enables them to gain skills in a wide variety of areas. Here are some examples of the things they are involved in:

College courses, flower arranging, horticulture, art, independent living skills, advocacy, information technology…the list goes on.

We are also piloting community projects where our clients spend their day out in the community.
CMSS also arrange holidays and socials for our clients. This year they have just been to Puerto Pollensa in Majorca, which was great fun.

Forthcoming fundraising event at CMSS Skills Development Centre:
5th July Jamboree

Contact Naheed for information on the community projects. Contact Jennie for information on fundraising events
Tel: 0208866 3711

BE SAFE!

Women - in light of the recent kidnappings and even murders, it is important to read the following advice for your own safety. These are things every person should consider to stay safe, so please take the time to read the following pointers - there may just be one or two you hadn't thought of. After reading this, please forward it to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.

Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

If a robber asks for your handbag, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you.... he is probably more interested in your handbag than in you and he will go for the handbag. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

If you are ever thrown into the boot of a car: kick out the back tail lights, stick your arm through the hole and start waving. The driver won't see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc, and just sit (doing their cheque book, or making a list). DON'T DO THIS! A predator could be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side and attack you. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

a) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and check the back seat.
b) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most attackers surprise their victims by pulling them into their van while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the shop, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

QUIZ ANSWERS

1 Heather 19 Busy Lizzie
2 London Pride 20 Foxglove
3 Marigold 21 Broom
4 Cornflower 22 Snowdrop
5 Forget me not 23 Buttercup
6 Sweet pea 24 Day Lily
7 Tulips 25 Clover
 8 Violets 26 Rose
9 Honesty 27 Crocus
10 Daisy 28 Iris
11 Honeysuckle 29 Pansy
12 Laurel 30 Primrose
13 Ivy 31 Hydrangea
14 Hyacinth 32 Anemone
15 Daffodil 33 Cowslip
16 Lavender 34 Bluebell
17 Carnation 35 Peony
18 Mistletoe