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hillingdon people magazine


contents

November/December 2008

W elcome

to the

latest

edition of

Hillingdon

People.

Many of you

I’m sure will have either had

personal experience of investing in

banks that the Government have

now had to effectively nationalise

or will know someone who has.

Councils, police forces and

charities have been in a similar

position. This shows the serious

and rapidly changing position that

currently exists across the world.

Let me reassure you that despite

this unprecedented period in

history, the financial management

and strength of Hillingdon Council

means we are well able to deal

with these unforeseen events.

As I have already announced, we

are committed to a zero increase

in council tax for the next two

years. This will help some way

towards supporting our residents

through this difficult period. In

addition, our first time buyers’

initiative will help some of our

residents to get a foot onto the

property ladder.

As we move into a new year,

many of our innovative projects will

be delivered. These include our

two new leisure centres, the launch

of Hillingdon First – our privilege

card for residents, and we will

continue our library improvement

programme and commence

building three new youth centres

for our young people.

I will, over the coming months,

be announcing a further

programme of significant

investment in the borough and

service improvement as part of our

civic pride initiative.

2009 promises to be an exciting

year for Hillingdon as we are able

to achieve both significant facility

and service improvement and

freeze council tax. I am aware that

it will also be a difficult time for

some of our residents and we will

be looking for ways of helping out

where we can. In the meantime

may I take this opportunity of

wishing you a happy and safe

Christmas and healthy New Year.

Cllr Ray Puddifoot

Leader of the Council

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34 Front cover story

Ice rink and Christmas market

8 Readers’ survey results

What do you think of Hillingdon

People?

10 Keeping Hillingdon clean

How can you help to keep the

borough clean?

12 Make your money work

for you

Ways the council can help you make

your money go further

14 Summary of Accounts

How did we spend your money this

year?

18 Join us online

You can access council services 24

hours a day by visiting our website

22 Wildlife photo winners

See the winning competition entries

25 Opening hours

Find out when the council offices will

be closed over the Christmas period

Regulars

4 News

33 Hillingdon contact numbers

35 What’s on?

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© 2008

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Penicillin

discoverer

honoured

A commemorative

plaque in honour of Sir

Alexander Fleming has

been unveiled at

Harefield Hospital as

part of a scheme to

celebrate and remember

people of national or

local importance who

have lived in Hillingdon.

Sir Alexander Fleming

(1881 – 1955) was a

leading biologist,

pharmacologist and

Nobel Prize winner for

the discovery of penicillin.

He was appointed

regional pathologist at

Harefield Hospital during

the Second World War

and devoted most of his

time at Harefield’s

pathology department

studying the effects of his

discovery on a wide

variety of infections

including tuberculosis.

During his time at

Harefield Hospital,

Fleming contributed

much to the study and

development of

penicillin, which

modernised the face of

modern medicine when

it became readily

available in 1945.

inbrief

Former

councillor

sentenced

Following a court

hearing on 14 October,

Ian Oakley is no longer

a councillor for

Northwood ward.

Youth

Council

elections

Young people have had

the chance to nominate

themselves for the new

look Youth Council at this

year’s Youth Conference.

The conference was

held at the Civic Centre

and young people

attending had the

opportunity to put

themselves forward as

candidates for the

Youth Council.

Young people from a

variety of schools and

organisations across the

borough came together

to share their ideas

about how they feel

about youth activities

and how the borough

could be improved.

This year is the first

time young people have

had to have manifestoes

and will be elected

through email and

phone votes to be part

of the council.

Gas pipeline update

If you have been out and

about in the borough in

the last few months, you

might have noticed that

there is some construction

work going on to build a

gas pipeline.

The work, which is

being carried out by

Murphy Pipelines Ltd for

National Grid, will see a

new 18.5km pipeline laid

between Harefield and

Southall. This represents

a major investment in the

gas network by National

Grid and is vital to meet

the increase in demand

in west London.

The project is well

underway, with some

sections of the pipeline

BIGfest BIGger than ever!

The BIGgest BIGfest ever took place last month, with

hundreds of people turning up to the parade through

Uxbridge and the BIGfest village at Barra Hall Park

in Hayes.

There are lots more photos of the day at

www.flickr.com/hillingdon, or through the council

website at www.hillingdon.gov.uk.

being constructed in

underground tunnels to

allow it to cross major

roads and railway lines

without significant impact

on day-to day activities.

This includes the A40 at

Swakeleys roundabout.

Several sections of

pipeline have also been

laid in specially prepared

trenches and the ground

reinstated between

Harvil Road and

Uxbridge Park.

However, the majority of

the pipelaying will start

this year.

The council is

working with National

Grid to minimise any

disruption the work

may cause which is

scheduled to take place

during the week and on

Saturday mornings.

Work on a Sunday

might be necessary on

occasion, but this will

be kept to a minimum.

Construction teams are

working to ensure that

there is as little disruption

and inconvenience as

possible to local

communities and the

environment, with wheelwashing

facilities, on-site

speed limits, dust removal

and road-sweeping

vehicles all in operation.

If you would like any

further information,

please call National Grid’s

community relations team

0800 731 1231.

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hillingdon people magazine


New gym

opens to

help

residents

stay

healthy

A new gym with the

latest facilities has been

opened in Hayes.

The active lifestyle gym

has opened in Springfield

Road, Hayes, and also has

social facilities and free

car parking. Everyone

who joins will receive a

lifestyle assessment and

fully qualified instructors

will help them achieve

their goals. One-to-one

training is also available

and customers can be

given special

programmes to reach a

variety of targets.

Cllr Henry Higgins,

Cabinet Member for

Culture, Sport and

Leisure, said: “I’m really

pleased we have provided

this marvellous new gym

to help our local residents

enjoy their leisure and

become fitter and

healthier as a result. The

gym is not just for sporty

people and our

management partners

Mytime have a great track

record of getting more

people more active more

often, and I am delighted

that they are bringing

their active lifestyle

programmes to benefit

Hillingdon and

compliment the extensive

investment the council is

making into providing

21st century leisure

facilities for our residents.”

Residents wishing to

preview the gym should

contact Andrew Crossley,

gym manager, or a

member of his team on

020 8573 2956, or visit

the leisure section on the

council website at

www.hillingdon.gov.uk

New contact number for

social services

From 3 December there

will be a change to the

contact number for adult

social services enquiries.

Hillingdon Social Care

Direct is a single number

for adult social services,

meaning you will not

have to keep giving your

details out to various

people. Trained staff in

the contact centre will be

answering the calls and

will be able to deal with

a variety of enquiries, for

example, requests for

care assessment for you

or someone you know.

You can also phone up

and ask about things like

handrails for the home,

or requests repairs to

equipment you already

have. You can also get

information on social

care costs and contact

details for organisations

such as Age Concern.

This will help us

improve the service we

offer to you and mean

your enquiry is dealt

with more effectively

and efficiently.

From this date, the

number to call is 01895

556633 if you have any

adult social care queries.

The line will be open

from 8am to 6pm.

inbrief

Blue badge

spot checks

From December

random spot checks

will be carried out on

motorists using Blue

Badges, Brown Badges

or parking permits.

Civil Enforcement

Officers (the new name

for parking

enforcement officers)

will be ensuring that

the people using the

badges are the badge

holders themselves.

Checks will be

starting on 1 December.

Top for benefits

information and

customer service

The council’s benefits

information and

customer service has

been voted the best by

other London

boroughs.

A mystery shopping

exercise,

commissioned by the

Customer Services for

London Group (CSLG),

took place in June and

involved 13 London

councils. Each borough

made eight phone calls

to each of the

participating councils

and rated them on

technical knowledge,

how the call was

handled and overall

satisfaction. Hillingdon

came top overall.

Hillingdon to

pilot celebratory

youth events

The Youth Council in

the borough has been

selected to be one of

the pilot areas to

organise celebratory

youth events.

The Department of

Children, Schools and

Families have given

hillingdon news

the Youth Council

£15,000 to organise

two events focusing on

unity in the youth

community. Both of the

events will provide an

opportunity for young

people from different

parts of the borough

and from different

cultural and ethnic

groups to come

together to celebrate

their achievements.

Hillingdon has been

chosen to pilot the

scheme because of

the strength of the

Youth Council and

previous success in

similar schemes.

The events will take

place in February 2009.

Parking survey

shows residents

feel safe and

secure

Results of a recent

parking survey show

almost 63 per cent of

car park users feel

safe and secure in

Hillingdon’s car parks.

All car park users

were given the chance

to express their views

and what they thought

about the parking

facilities on street and

in council owned car

parks across the

borough. The results

showed a high level of

satisfaction with the

service in general and

94 per cent of people

said convenience was

the main reason for

choosing that particular

car parking facility.

Many of the points

highlighted in the

survey have started to

be addressed including

improvements to

stairwells at the Cedars

car park in Uxbridge.

hillingdon people magazine November/December 2008

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hillingdon news

New

councillor

elected

John Riley has been

elected as a Conservative

ward councillor for West

Ruislip. He was elected

with 52.4 per cent of the

vote, a total of 1,351 votes.

inbrief

Benefits fraudster

sent to prison

A woman from Hayes

was sent to prison

for fraudulently

claiming £26,000 of

housing benefit.

Firdous Jalil, of

Woolacombe Way,

Hayes, was caught

committing benefit

fraud through the data

matching National

Fraud Initiative, which

revealed she had failed

to declare she was

living with her partner

while claiming housing

and council tax benefit.

The fraud led to her

receiving overpayment of

benefits over four years.

If you have any

information about benefit

fraud, please contact

the council’s hotline on

0800 389 8313.

Libraries upgrades

As part of the

modernisation

programme across the

borough, Harefield

and West Drayton

libraries are closed for

refurbishment.

Alternative

arrangements have

been made, please visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk

for more information.

Hillingdon is blooming marvellous

The borough has won a

Silver Gilt award in the

large city category in the

London in Bloom

Awards ceremony.

Organised by the Royal

Horticultural Society,

London in Bloom is one

of eighteen regions across

England, Scotland, Wales

and Northern Ireland that

make up Britain in Bloom.

The contest is aimed at

promoting both

floriculture and

horticulture for the benefit

of the public as well as

to encourage displays of

flowers, shrubs, trees and

landscapes in places

visible to the public.

Have your

say on west

London

waste

A meeting into the future

of waste services is being

held at the Civic Centre

on Monday 1 December.

Six west London

boroughs, including

Hillingdon, have joined

together to plan how to

change the way we

manage waste in the

future. The West London

Waste Plan will identify

sites to manage all of the

area’s waste until 2025.

It will prioritise waste

reduction and recycling.

The meeting will start at

6.30pm with refreshments

available. Registration

will start from 6pm. For

more information visit

www.wlwp.net and to

register your interest in the

consultation please email

info@wlwp.net, telephone

01895 558341, or write to

West London Waste Plan,

Policy and Environmental

Planning, London

Borough of Hillingdon,

Civic Centre, High Street,

Uxbridge UB8 1UW.

Blooming winners announced

The best gardens in the

borough have been

recognised in the

borough’s annual

horticulture contest,

Hillingdon in Bloom.

The competition gives

recognition to local people

putting forward their

gardening achievements

through the imaginative

use of flowers, trees,

shrubs and landscaping.

There were 55 entries

this year’s contest and

the winners included:

• Woodbridge House

• Thelma White

Following a consultation

earlier this year,

improvements are being

made to the town

centre in Northwood.

This work follows the

successful completion

of work in Harefield

and Ruislip. More

than £500,000 is

being spent, with

£413,000 from the

council and the

remainder from

Transport for

London.

We would like to

thank all residents

who took part in the

consultation and told us

their likes and dislikes

about the Green Lane

area of Northwood.

Many of these

suggestions are included

in the works that began

in October. Other

suggestions that take

longer to arrange are still

being looked into, such as

a farmers’ market, safer

pedestrian crossings and a

20 mph zone.

Cllr Keith Burrows,

Cabinet Member for

• The Brookhouse, Hayes

• Sanctuary Close,

Harefield

• Pamela Percy

• William Constable and

• 8 Sanctuary Close,

Harefield

To see more of the

winners visit the news

section of the council

website at

www.hillingdon.gov.uk. If

you are interested in

becoming a judge or in

entering the competition

please contact Kerry

Fellows on 01895 250655

by 30 April 2009.

Northwood town centre

improvements underway

Planning and

Transportation, said:

“These works will make a

big difference to the lives

of the residents and the

suggestions were made

by them. I would like to

thank them for their

input, and also thank the

ward councillors for their

hard work on this

programme.”

If you would like more

information, please

contact Jonathan Westell

on 01895 250035 or email

jwestell@hillingdon.gov.uk

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hillingdon people magazine


Disabled playground

opened by rugby legend

Former England Rugby

Union captain, Lawrence

Dallaglio, has opened

what is believed to be the

first playground dedicated

to disabled children.

The playground has

been funded by the

council’s Chrysalis fund,

rugby charity Wooden

Spoon and the Peter

Harrison Foundation.

Rocket Park in Windsor

Avenue, Hillingdon will

be used by Karers 4

Kidz, a local charity,

specialist schools in the

borough and all children

with disabilities and

their families.

New home

for people

with mental

illnesses

Purpose built

accommodation for people

with mental illnesses has

been opened as part of the

council’s modernisation

programme.

Hamlet Lodge is being

leased and run by Look

Ahead Housing and

Care. Residents living

there will be supported by

24-hour staff to continue

developing independent

living skills within the

local community.

Play equipment

includes a yo yo swing,

cable runway,

roundabout, multiplay

unit, picnic tables and

specially designed roads

so that wheelchairs users

can practice their

wheelchair skills.

Lawrence said: “It is

a great pleasure to be

here at this wonderful

facility. There has been a

huge amount of hard

work to make sure it gets

to fruition.”

For more information

on Chrysalis please visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/

chrysalis.

Cllr Philip

Corthorne, Cabinet

Member for Director

of Adult Social Care,

Health and Housing,

said: “Hamlet Lodge is a

fantastic building which

will really benefit the

residents who can now

call it their home.

“The flats themselves

are large and modern

and the support on hand

will be second to none.

Additions to the borough

like Hamlet Lodge

ensure Hillingdon

continues to be a

prosperous borough with

improving housing and

social care.”

inbrief

Congratulations

to students

Students at the

borough’s secondary

schools have got the

best GCSE results ever

in their summer exams,

thanks to hard work by

them and by teachers

and school staff.

Cllr David Simmonds,

Cabinet Member for

Education and

Children’s Services,

said: “We wish all

students who took their

GCSEs this year luck in

their future, either in

continuing their studies

or starting work. They

have done themselves

and us proud.”

Uxbridge College

is outstanding

OFSTED inspectors have

rated Uxbridge College

as outstanding following

an inspection earlier

this year. The college

got the top rating in five

out of six categories

and was rated as

‘good’ in the sixth.

Budding builders

to train at new

construction

centre

A new construction

centre has been

opened by Hillingdon

Training Ltd at

Abbotsfield School.

A range of courses

are being offered,

including carpentry,

brickwork and painting

and decorating. The

centre provides

learners new skills in

various trades and

gives them a steppingstone

into

construction. The

courses result in

nationally recognised

qualifications.

hillingdon news

Have your say

about rights

of way

The council is

consulting with

residents about how

the rights of way in the

borough meet the

needs and demands of

a range of different

users. This is part of

our work putting

together a Rights of

Way Improvement

Plan, which will be

used to guide the

future management of

public rights of way.

Residents are being

asked to comment on

the use they make of

public rights of way and

future improvements

to the network. To get

a copy of the survey,

please contact 01895

556000 or visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk.

The closing date for

forms to be returned is

Monday 8 December.

Shopkeeper

sentenced

A Hayes shopkeeper

has been fined £8,000,

given 150 hours of

community service and

an eight month prison

sentence for

possession of

unclassified

pornographic DVDs.

The council’s Trading

Standards Department

found more than 540

unclassified DVDs at

Manubhai Patel’s

storage facility in

Isleworth. In October

2005, Mr Patel was

given a warning after

voluntarily forfeiting

similar DVDs.

If you are aware of

such activities, please

call Trading Standards

on 01895 250164.

hillingdon people magazine November/December 2008

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your hillingdon

We had almost 200 replies

to our readership survey,

which asked for your

thoughts on Hillingdon People.

Thank you to everyone who took

part for your ideas and suggestions.

We have now analysed all the

responses and have chosen a

winner of £25 Chimes vouchers.

Congratulations to Carolyn

Appleby of Hayes, who will be

receiving her prize soon.

Your comments tell us that the

most popular sections of the

magazine are the council news,

environmental information and the

‘What’s On’ page. The contacts

page is also popular, as is Safer

Hillingdon. A huge 95 per cent of

you like the redesign we had in July.

Around 20 per cent of you are

reading the magazine on the

What you think of

internet. We are looking at ways

we can improve this version of the

magazine so those of you who are

reading online can enjoy an

enhanced service.

There are a few places you

would like to see Hillingdon People

getting out to, as well as it being

delivered to your home. These

include libraries, which do receive

copies of the magazine, and also

supermarkets and doctor’s surgeries.

contacts

If you have any comments on

the magazine, please email

hillingdonpeople@hillingdon.gov

.uk or write to Hillingdon

People, Corporate

Communications, 3E/07 Civic

Centre, High Street, Uxbridge,

UB8 1UW.

Hillingdon First

Your questions answered

As we announced in the last

edition of Hillingdon

People, next year we are

launching Hillingdon First - a

privilege card for residents.

A Hillingdon First card will be

sent out to all residents over 18

years old. As we may not have the

details of all residents, we will be

publishing details nearer to the

time of how to get a card if you do

not automatically receive one.

The response from residents so

far has been overwhelmingly

positive, with many of you already

asking questions about how to get

a card, what you will be able to use

it for and more general questions

about things like cost.

Here Hillingdon People answers

some of your questions:

Why are we introducing

a residents’ card?

The council wants to make sure

Hillingdon residents get the benefits

of paying council tax in the

borough. Hillingdon First will offer

privileges and discounted access to

services for all of our residents.

We have consulted with residents

about introducing a residents’ card

and what it might be used for. The

response has been very positive

and residents were even involved in

choosing the name and design of

the card.

What benefits will it offer

residents?

As well as cheaper parking it will

offer discounts at a range of local

shops and services. It will also give

you access to all of our libraries

and waste sites, such as New Year’s

Green Lane.

At what shops will I be able

to use Hillingdon First?

We are still working with shops

and services to build up a directory

of local businesses that will offer

discounts to residents. We will publish

a directory of those shops and

businesses at which you can use your

card nearer the time of the launch.

What happens if I lose

my card?

You can either report it on-line or

by phone and it will immediately be

stopped. This means no one else

will be able to use it. Even if

someone does try to use it, it will not

have any of your personal details

and as it is not like a credit or debit

card, you will not lose any money.

Will residents have to

pay for their card?

No, it will be free to all residents.

contacts

For more information visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/

hillingdonfirst.

8 November/December 2008

hillingdon people magazine


hillingdon older people

WWW.THIRD-AVENUE.CO.UK

Every year Hillingdon residents are

cheated out of hundreds of thousands of

pounds by doorstep conmen. This type

of rip-off usually targets elderly

or vulnerable residents.

The typical scam starts when

workmen call at someone’s

house uninvited and

persuade them to have work done,

such as roofing, guttering or bushes

and trees trimmed.

Often these men say they just

happen to be in the area and can

offer you a ‘special deal’, they then

quote a low price, enticing you to

allow them to do the work.

However, when these conman start

the work, they discover further

repairs are needed and more

money is needed, usually several

thousand pounds. If they actually

complete any work, it turns out to

be of very poor quality and is often

found to have been unnecessary.

It is common for this type of

conman to ask for cash ‘up front’

and Trading Standards officers

know of cases where money has

been paid over to workmen for

them never to be seen again.

They are also difficult to trace if

they complete work and there are

problems with it. This is also the

case even if they give you a ten or

15-year guarantee. They use

mobile phones, give either no

names or false names, and use

false addresses.

Two trends have emerged

recently. The first involves

workmen driving up to elderly

people in the street, telling them

they have worked on their property

before and they need to carry out

a further inspection of this work.

The unsuspecting victim then

guides the workmen to their home

and the con beings. One Ruislip

resident recently lost £6,000 after

this type of incident and no work

was carried out. The conman even

drove the victim to the back to

collect the cash.

The second con involves men

calling at the door of people who

have already been the victim of a

con. He tells the homeowner he is

from Customs and Excise and

demands that VAT is paid on

previous building work. In the

cases reported to the Trading

Standards team, the conman has

usually forged Custom and Excise

letterheads, but is unable to

produce any identification.

Top tips

• Never employ an uninvited

workman who calls at your

door.

• Never pay cash up front.

• Don’t allow yourself to be

driven to the bank.

• Make sure you thoroughly

check the identification of

anyone who calls at your door.

• If you should agree for work

to go ahead, the workman is

legally required to give the

resident a written notice

explaining the resident’s right

to a seven day cooling-off

period.

contacts

If you do suspect that doorstep

conmen may be working in your

area or you are having

difficulties with someone

currently working on your

house contact your Police Safer

Neighbourhood Team or

Consumer Direct on 08454

040506.

hillingdon people magazine November/December 2008

9


hillingdon environment

We all want to live

in a cleaner,

greener borough

but we need your

help to keep it

that way.

Be cleaner

go greener

The council spends hundreds

of thousands of pounds

every year on cleaning the

roads, parks, collecting litter and

removing graffiti, fly-posting and

fly-tipping, all of which degrades

the environment.

Fly-tipping, litter dropping,

graffiti and fly-posting are all

classed as enviro crimes and cost

you, Hillingdon’s taxpayers. If you

are caught committing an enviro

crime, the council does have the

powers to fine or prosecute.

Cllr Sandra Jenkins,

Cabinet Member for

Environment, said: “The

council takes enviro crime

extremely seriously. We need

residents’ help to stop illegal flytippers,

those throwing rubbish

and anyone spraying graffiti in the

borough by reporting them to the

council. All of these acts are

illegal and people can be

prosecuted for them.”

The council is planning to

consult with residents about your

thoughts on whether we should

take stronger action against people

who commit enviro crimes such as

littering or fly tipping. If you would

like to have your say about this,

please see www.hillingdon.gov.uk

contacts

If you see or have information

about enviro crime, please call

the council’s customer contact

centre on 01895 556000, email

eet@hillingdon.gov.uk or visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk

Top tips for using your composter

With thousands of free

compost bins being

delivered around the

borough, are you making the best

use of yours? Autumn is a great

time to start as you gather up

leaves, empty plant pots and

generally tidy up the garden. These

top tips should ensure you get the

optimum results out of your bin.

1. Place your composter in a

sunny spot on well-drained soil.

If you need to put it on a solid

surface, make sure there is a

layer of soil underneath;

2. You can compost vegetable and

fruit peelings, tea leaves, coffee

grounds and crushed egg shells,

weeds, grass cuttings, hair,

paper, spent hops and even

vacuum dust;

3. Items such as evergreen

clippings, prunings, leaves, straw

and hay can be composted in

small amounts;

4. Things such as grass, nettles and

pond weed will help speed up

the composting process;

5. eep the lid on your composter to

keep the heat and moisture in. If

you can put it in direct sunlight

so the plastic absorbs the UV

rays that will heat the compost

up. In winter, you can use old

carpet or bubble wrap to help

insulate the composter;

6. Turn the compost occasionally

to increase air flow and speed

up decomposition;

7. Dig the compost into the soil in

early spring or late autumn when

it is ready to improve the soil

structure and act as a fertiliser.

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hillingdon environment

Happy recycling

Enjoy a green Christmas

Think of all the wrapping paper and cards

that are sent over Christmas. What happens

to them when the holidays are over?

While we are celebrating

Christmas, we also produce

twice as much rubbish than

usual, with extra empty cans, glass

bottles and piles of Christmas cards

and wrapping paper adding to the

usual amount of waste. All of

these things can be recycled after

the holidays through your weekly

collections by the council (see below

for Christmas collection dates).

While you can leave most of

your recycling out for collection,

there are certain things you can

recycle yourself.

• If you receive unwanted gifts,

you could take them to a

charity shop where someone

else might want what you do

not. You could combine this

with a clear out ahead of the

New Year and donate some of

your older, unwanted items.

• When you take down your

Christmas cards, put them in

your clear recycling bag or take

them to one of the local shops

Refuse and recycling

Christmas and New Year 2008/2009

Over the bank holidays the revised

collection days are as follows:

• Please leave your rubbish for collection between 6 am

and 6 pm on the revised collection days.

• Where two revised days are given, please put your

rubbish out on the first day. If it is not collected on the

first day it will be collected on the following day.

• Please leave your rubbish near your front gate but not

on the pavement.

• If you have any queries, or would like to report a

missed collection, call the council’s contact

centre on 01895 556000 or visit:

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/recycling

that offer a recycling service.

Or, recycle them yourself and

use them as gift tags for 2009.

• You can also recycle some of the

packaging your Christmas dinner

ingredients will have been in.

The Civic Amenity sites in the

borough also take a wide variety of

recycling items, including electrical

appliances, car batteries, clothes,

and the site at New Years Green

Lane in Harefield has a ‘swap

shop’ where you could take

unwanted items and see if there is

anything you want to swap them

with. Lots of the things that get

taken to the tips after Christmas

could be recycled, so think before

you throw them away.

Cllr Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet

Member for Environment,

said: “Christmas means we

generate a lot more rubbish than

usual, so please don’t forget to

recycle. Our figures for this year

show we are doing well, please

keep up the good work.”

What’s missing from

your recycling bag?

A new campaign to highlight the

items missing from residents’

recycling bags and commonly put in

rubbish bags is starting in November.

As part of this, there will be piles

of rubbish in the borough’s main

high streets to raise awareness of

how much waste a typical

household produces a year.

contacts

If you would like more

information about recycling in

Hillingdon, please visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/recycling

call 01895 556000 or email

recycling@hillingdon.gov.uk

Normal collection day Revised collection day

Monday 22nd Dec 08 Monday 22nd Dec 08

Tuesday 23rd Dec 08 Tuesday 23rd Dec 08

Wednesday 24th Dec 08 Wednesday 24th Dec 08

Thursday 25th Dec 08 Tuesday 30th Dec 08

Friday 26th Dec 08 Friday 2nd Jan 09

Monday 29th Dec 08 Monday 29th Dec 08

Tuesday 30th Dec 08 Tuesday 6th Jan 09

Wednesday 31st Dec 08 Wednesday 31st Dec 08

Thursday 1st Jan 09 Thursday 8th Jan 09

Friday 2nd Jan 09 Friday 2nd Jan 09

Monday 5th Jan 09 Monday 5th Jan 09

Tuesday 6th Jan 09 Tuesday 6th Jan 09

Wednesday 7th Jan09 Wednesday 7th Jan 09

Thursday 8th Jan 09 Thursday 8th Jan 09

Friday 9th Jan 09 Friday 9th Jan 09

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hillingdon finance special

Making your mo

We are all aware of the current financial climate, but what

help is on hand give you support to manage your money? And

what are we spending your money on in the borough?

There are several ways that you can get help with managing your money, from mortgage

advice to ensuring you get the benefits you are entitled to. Here we give you some ideas

on how you can you make your money go further.

Help

with your

mortgage

If your monthly mortgage

payments are getting difficult to

pay help and support is

available from the council.

As soon as you are experiencing

problems with your monthly

repayments, you need to ask for

help. The council can help by

giving you advice immediately

Case studies

Mrs P’s husband had not paid

the mortgage for four months

though he had agreed in court

that he would do so. When Mrs

P came to see the council she

said that he had not been able

to make the payments agreed in

court because he was not

working at the moment. Mrs P

was still working but did not

earn enough to pay the

mortgage and the bills and

housekeeping. She was

referred to the solicitors and

arrangements have been

agreed with the mortgage

lender for them to clear the

arrears and keep their home.

Mr B was 64 and was facing

repossession. He came to the

council for advice and was

over the phone or in person at

our offices, recommending a firm

of solicitors, referring you on to

independent debt advisors, or

providing tenants for property you

want to rent out.

If you are struggling to keep up

with payments on your own home

or as a landlord, you can call the

Housing Options and Advice

Team on 01895 250147 for

immediate advice and to talk

through your options.

referred to solicitors, the

possession warrant has been

suspended and he continues to

make regular affordable

payments on his mortgage.

Mrs D works part-time and is

the joint owner of a house with

her husband, who left the family

home earlier in the year when

they separated. Mr D stopped

paying the mortgage when he

moved out, and she was soon in

arrears of around £2,000. After

assessing her case our advisors

referred Mrs D to solicitors for

legal advice on her rights and

how to get help from her

estranged husband to

contribute to the mortgage. Mrs

D and the children have been

able to stay in the family home

and arrangements have been

made to clear the arrears.

Fight rising

fuel bills

With fuel bills rising to

record levels as the colder

weather hits, hundreds of

residents across the borough could

be missing out on grants and

discounts to improve the energy

efficiency of their homes.

The council is working in

partnership with London Warm

Zone (LWZ) to offer help with

the cost of loft and cavity wall

insulation, as well as heating

improvements. If you own your

home or are a tenant of a private

landlord, you could be entitled to

have work carried out by LWZ

approved contactors.

LWZ will assess your home to

find out what help you will need to

improve its energy efficiency. If

you are over 70, or in receipt of an

income or disability benefit, you

may be eligible to have loft and

cavity wall insulation installed free

of charge. Regardless of your

income, you could receive up to 75

per cent off the cost of insulation

work. The scheme also offers up to

100 per cent grants for help with

heating repairs and replacements.

contacts

To find out more and book a

home energy assessment, call

London Warm Zone on

freephone 0800 587 2251 or visit

the website at

www.londonwarmzones.co.uk

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ey work for you

On pages 14 to 17 you can read the council’s most recent

statement of accounts, which provides you with information on

the council’s budget and where it is being spent in the borough.

Are you

getting

what you’re

entitled to?

Benefits are designed to help

people who are on a low

income for a variety of

reasons, and there are several kinds

that you can claim depending on

your circumstances.

Sometimes people are unaware

of the benefits they could be

claiming, meaning they are not

making the most of what help they

are entitled to. The council offers a

free entitlement check to residents,

in association with the Pension

Service, to make sure everyone is

benefiting as much as they can

from financial support.

Officers from the department

can arrange for home visits if

needs be, and could help you claim

hundreds of pounds that you are

entitled to but did not know about.

Cllr Philip Corthorne,

Cabinet Member for Adult

Social Care, Health and

Housing, said: “This service

means that people can find out

about benefits they are eligible for,

which could help them when their

finances are tight. I would

encourage anyone who is uncertain

about their benefit entitlement to

take advantage of this service to

see if it could help them.”

contacts

The Joint Team Advice Line on

01895 216812 or 01895 216814

between 9am and 4.30pm

Monday to Friday.

Case studies

Mrs G is 81 and had been

relying on her son for pocket

money. She called at the

Information Point for help and

advice and had no knowledge

of pension credit or other

benefits. A benefits officer

completed an application for

pension credit with her and

chased up the application,

keeping her informed about

what was happening. Mrs G

has been awarded pension

credit of £124.05 per week,

with backdated arrears for

£7,827.30.

Mr and Mrs K were visited by an

officer for a full benefit health

check. They were already in

receipt of state retirement

pension, attendance allowance

and pension credit. They

discussed the carers allowance

and a further form was

completed for a review in their

entitlement to pension credit.

Mr and Mrs K have now been

awarded the couple rate of

severe disability premium and

carers’ premium and their

pension credit has increased to

£74.35 a week. They can also

get full council tax benefit.

Following a phone call from the

Domestic Violence Unit (DVU),

an officer visited Mrs L at the

DVU in Uxbridge to see what

benefits she could claim. She

was unable to take home visits

as her husband was controlling

and if he realised she was

receiving pension credits he

would take it from her. The

officer spoke to her about what

benefits she could claim and

completed the application form

fully so no further contact was

needed. She is now getting her

pension credit paid by giro to

the c/o address of the DVU and

is almost £82 a week better off.

She also received almost £2,000

in arrears. While visiting her,

the officer also promoted the

help available through the

council to other women so they

can also get advice in claiming

what they are entitled to.

contacts

For more information on how

the council can help you, visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk.

Uxbridge Citizens Advice

Bureau (CAB) has set up a new

money advice service for people

worried about the credit crunch.

You can get in touch by emailing

mas@hillingdoncab.org.uk or

call in to one of our three

bureaux. Opening times are on

www.hillingdoncab.org.uk

where you can also download a

free debt self-help guide.

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hillingdon finance special

How did we spend yo

Earlier this year,

we asked you how

you would like to

get information

about the council’s

budget and how

we spent your

money. Most of

our residents told

us they would

prefer to read

about the council’s

finances in

Hillingdon People.

This summary

tells you how we

spent your money

last year, what

assets we

currently have and

how we are

investing your

money.

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r money last year?

All councils must publish their

full accounts in a way

prescribed by the

Government. If you would like a

full set of the council’s accounts

please log onto the council’s web

site www.hillingdon.gov.uk or

contact the Corporate Accounting

Team on 01895 556073.

How council

services are funded

Councils are unique in that they

deliver nearly 800 different

services. Like all councils,

Hillingdon gets the money to pay

for these services by a mixture of:

• Council tax

• Grants from central

government

• Business rates and

• Fees and charges for things

like rents.

The council tax that you pay in

Hillingdon only covers 14.7 per

cent of the total amount the

council spends on services. The

council is also required to collect

council tax on behalf of the

Mayor of London. £29.2m was

collected from Hillingdon residents

and paid to the Mayor in 2007/8.

We also receive grants from

government to help us deliver

services. Many of the grants we are

given have to be spent on things the

government tell us. For example, we

get £158.4m that we have to give

to our schools for them to deliver

education for our children.

Our council houses and repairs

are managed on our behalf by

Hillingdon Homes, which is run as

a separate business.

Last year we collected £245m in

rates from businesses in

Hillingdon. This money is paid

direct to the government, who

then decide how much we get

back. Last year, we were given

£63.9m, which represents only 26

per cent of the business rates we

collected in the borough.

Financial review

Through strong financial

management, and by making

efficiencies in the way we run the

council, the overall financial

position of the council is now

much stronger.

Our general reserves, which is

the money that we can call on for

unplanned costs stands at £12.6m.

This meets the recommendations

of our independent auditors and

means that we have hit our target

of getting to £12m two years early.

We have been lobbying the

government for nearly two years

for them to fully fund the costs of

supporting unaccompanied asylum

seeking children that come through

Heathrow Airport. They have

recently announced that we will be

getting around £4m. However, we

are still concerned about funding

from the government for future

years and will continue to press for

a fair deal for Hillingdon.

We will also continue to invest

significant sums in facility and

services. The council tax increase

for Hillingdon services for 2007/8

was 3.75 per cent and for 2008/9,

three per cent. It is our intention

to freeze council tax for in

Hillingdon for the next two years,

this will mean no increase in

council tax for two years.

The cost of council

services in

2007/2008

Explanation of services

Cultural, environmental and

planning services – includes

libraries, parks, waste collection and

disposal and environmental health.

Corporate and democratic

services is the administrative cost

of running the organisation

including the democratic process.

Central and other services

include council tax administration

and voluntary sector grants.

Education and children’s

services includes services for

children, families and schools.

The Housing Revenue account

covers the financial position for the

council’s housing stock. Hillingdon

Homes Ltd manages the housing

stock on an arms length basis.

School budgets are managed by

school governing bodies although

they form part of the council’s

overall finances. School reserves

(the amount of money they can

call on in unforeseen

circumstances) reduced by £600k

during 2007/8 to £13m. At this

level they are around six per cent

of school’s gross budgets.

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£000s

Income

Revenue Support Grant 13,231

Business Rates 63,948

Council Tax 103,411

Interest & Investment Income 7,376

Total 187,966

Council Services

Education 38,864

Adult Social Care 64,831

Housing Services 3,524

Transportation & Roads 18,625

Cultural Environmental and Planning Services 33,033

Corporate & Democratic Core 8,300

Central Services to the Public 4,409

Other 81

Unapportionable Central Overheads 1,536

Interest Payable and Similar Charges 11,651

Housing Revenue Account deficit for year 339

Net cost of services 185,194

Amount met from Government Grant and Council Tax 177,818

General Fund Surplus for year 2,772

An additional £8.2m was invested

in Hillingdon’s schools in 2007/8.

GCSE results and literacy and

numeracy tests continue to show

an improvement year-on-year. The

level of permanently excluded

pupils has fallen to very low levels

over the past three years. Persistent

absence is also being targeted with

the aim of reducing the proportion

of pupils with more than ten days’

absence a year. For secondary

schools this figure is below five per

cent and at 1.5 per cent for

primary school children

Additional money invested in care

services has helped people to

remain living in their own home.

We have also introduced a first time

buyers’ deposit scheme as part of

our affordable housing programme.

Waiting times for a social care

assessment have also been reduced.

More than £60,000 was spent

on alley gating and other crime

reduction schemes to help people

feel safer in the borough. We also

recovered around £1m of local

taxpayers’ money from council tax,

benefit fraud and overpayments

through proactive investigations.

We spent £2.94m improving

roads and streets including

£816,000 from Transport for

London. This also included street

lighting and drainage.

The council’s

balance sheet

at 31 March 2008.

The balance sheet reflects the

overall financial position of the

council at the end of the financial

year. The council owns assets with

a net value of £1,388m after

taking account of loans of

£128m. These are mostly involved

in delivering services and we

regularly review whether assets are

still needed. Last year the council

raised £29.8m from asset sales

that was used to invest in our

buildings, such as libraries and

leisure centres.

Through good management and

maximising our investments, we

also earned £7.3m interest for the

council during 2007/8.

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Capital expenditure

This is money we spend on buying

new assets or improving our

existing assets. In 2007/08, the

council spent £68m doing this.

These schemes included:

£14.2m upgrading and extending

Oak Farm Primary, Uxbridge High

and Haydon secondary schools;

More than £2m was given to home

owners to provide disabled facilities;

£24.1m was spent on refurbishing

council houses to bring them up to

a decent standard;

£2m was spent on Manor Farm

heritage site. The Grade II listed

buildings have been fully restored

and include an interpretation centre;

£5.2m was spent on transport and

road works. Many of these were

focussed on safety, improving cycle

ways and footpaths, bus priority

and highways maintenance;

Almost £1m was allocated to the

Chrysalis programme, our

programme of environmental and

community safety improvement

projects which aim to improve

council land and facilities and works

towards safer, cleaner, greener and

more active communities.

Almost £1m has been invested in

Breakspear Crematorium following

public consultation.

£2.2m on Victoria Hall and Ruislip

Manor Library. This was opened in

October last year and incorporates

a café, new personal computers and

contemporary design;

Over £5.2m was spent on sport

and leisure facilities, including the

prestigious Uxbridge Lido;

Money saving

Some of the examples of how the

council is helping to save money

include the Abandoned Vehicle

Team reporting any suspicious

vehicles that could have been

stolen or involved in criminal

activity. This has helped to

promote a safer borough and has

also resulted in cost savings

through the reduction of

administration needs. Around 20

stolen vehicles were located in

2007/08 as a result of the work.

The Green Spaces team have

been working to make sure graffiti

is removed quickly and more

efficiently. Following a review of

the team last year, graffiti removal

was outsourced to our

maintenance contractor,

Connaught, and the time it takes

for graffiti to be removed has been

reduced to two working days. This

is saving around £30,000 a year.

Councils’ deposits in Icelandic banks

Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray

Puddifoot, said: “More than 100

councils, 30 police forces, Transport

for London and a range of charities

have all been affected by this

particular aspect of the current

global financial position and we are

expecting the government to support

councils and other organisations as

they are doing for banks and other

financial institutions.

Hillingdon invested £5 million

with an Icelandic bank and £15

million in a bank, which is a UK

subsidiary of an Icelandic bank.

We are however, financially sound

and with an annual cashflow of

more than £1 billion and the

investment in question will not

affect our ability to continue to

deliver high quality services to

our residents.

Some residents will ask why we

invest money in banks at all. All

councils invest money to help

reduce the level of council tax and

to maximise the amount of money

we have to deliver services. We

follow very strict government

guidelines and all of the banks we

invest in have the highest credit

rating. However, in these highly

unusual times, these ratings are

changing on a daily basis.

The financial management and

strength of Hillingdon Council

means we are well able to deal with

this type of unforeseen event.”

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hillingdon online

Join us

Hillingdon’s online community is growing. There are now

many different ways to contact us, help yourself to services

or have your say online - and it’s easy to get involved!

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hillingdon online

online

Did you know that you can

order recycling bags at 6am

on collection day? Pay your

council tax late at night not long

before it’s due? Or report that

annoying graffiti when you get

home from work at 7pm? Well you

can if you do it online through

Hillingdon Council’s website.

Do it online

We have developed a range of

online services to make it easier for

you to get those inconvenient things

done quickly and at a time

convenient for you. Information and

contact details about all of the

council’s services can be found on

the council website. In addition there

are a range of forms, transactions

and clever tools available to save you

a phone call or a journey to the

council’s offices. Applications,

bookings, payments, reports, requests

and searches may all be done online.

Different ways

to find us online

If you don’t have an internet

connection at home you will find

free access to computers and the

internet at your local library, and

staff who are happy to help. You

can also get council information

and contact us through your TV if

you subscribe to a cable or satellite

service: just press the interactive

button on your remote control.

And you can use your phone too!

To access council information using

a mobile phone with internet access:

go to www.hillingdon.gov.uk/mobile

or use the Looking Local link

available on some services. Or text

us: send a message to 07950 080321

to report an issue as you see it. Be

sure to include your name, door

number, postcode, the nature of the

report (e.g. street light, street

cleaning or recycling bags), and the

location if appropriate.

New and the future

In addition to the forms, payments

and service information, there are

lots of other ways to get involved.

You can now take part in online

surveys, watch videos from the

local community on YouTube,

browse photos of Hillingdon on

Flickr, read council news on

Twitter, or sign up to Hillingdon’s

Facebook page. You may also have

your say on health and social care

issues through Hillingdon’s Local

Involvement Network.

Over the coming months we will

be improving the Hillingdon

website with quicker access to

forms and services online,

enhanced interactive maps with

local links, and more podcasts and

video clips. We also want to make

it easier for you to engage with the

council so expect to see more

opportunities to have your say.

It’s easy to connect with the

council and your community when

you do it online!

Join us online:

Hillingdon’s growing

online community

• Sign up to Hillingdon’s

Facebook page

• Read council news on Twitter

• Watch council and community

videos on YouTube

• Browse Hillingdon photos on

Flickr

• Discuss health and care

issues on the Local

Involvement Network

Visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/joinus

Do it online: tips on

how to save time

with online services

• Apply for planning permission

or look up applications

• Report graffiti, missed

collections, flytipping,

abandoned vehicles, and

much more

• Request recycling bags

• Calculate benefits you may be

entitled to

• Reserve a school place

• Pay council tax, rent, parking

fines and more

• Contact your councillor

• Sign up to receive council

news by email or by SMS text

on your mobile

Visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/doitonline

Safety online

Hillingdon Council

encourages the

community to get

safe online. The

national ‘Get Safe

Online’ campaign promotes

internet security awareness and the

campaign website offers a range of

helpful guidance, including a ‘10-

minute guide for

beginners’. Go to

www.getsafeonline.org

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safer hillingdon

Keep your

home safe

and sound for

Christmas

Now the clocks have gone back and the

evenings are darker, make sure you are

taking precautions to keep your home

safe and secure during the upcoming

holiday period.

Compared to nearby boroughs,

crime levels in Hillingdon are

low and there is no need to

be unduly worried about being a

victim of a crime. In the 12 months

up to the end of August 2008,

Hillingdon recorded fewer crimes

per 1,000 population than

neighbouring Hounslow, Ealing,

Slough, South Bucks and Watford.

To help keep it that way, here are

a few simple measures that can

deter and prevent crime and help

you keep the season jolly:

At home

• Leave a light on to make your

home look occupied when you

are out to deter burglars;

• Install external lights to deter

vandals;

• Don’t leave presents under the

Christmas tree in view of the

window. Hide them somewhere

safe until you need them (which

makes it more of a surprise too!)

• Mark expensive presents, such

as electronic equipment with

contacts

For more advice on security

devices, please contact your

local crime prevention officer on

020 8246 1778.

your postcode by engraving or

using a UV pen;

• Dispose of packing carefully as

empty boxes left outside can

advertise that you have new

goods inside.

If you are away

over the holidays

• Remember to tell your

neighbours that you will be

away and ask them to keep an

eye on the house. Cancel milk

and papers;

• Buy some timers for your lights,

radio and TV so it looks as if

you are at home. These can be

picked up cheaply from any

DIY store;

• Remember to securely lock all

doors and windows.

On a night out?

• Don’t leave bags over the back

of your chair and keep wallets

and purses close to your body;

• Make prior arrangements as to

how you will get home. Make

sure someone knows where you

are going and what time you

will be back;

• Don’t use unlicensed taxis.

Just

another

normal

Boxing Day?

An incident of domestic violence

takes place every six to 20 seconds

in the UK and the police get a call

every minute relating to domestic

violence. Many local families will

endure extreme pain and suffering

over the holiday season and

victims of domestic violence are

being urged to seek help and

support this Christmas.

The stresses of Christmas and

the fact that more alcohol is

around can often lead to tempers

boiling over. Christmas for most is

a time of fun and family,

however, for some the

emotional strain of

the season can

contribute to a

rise in domestic

violence.

contacts

If you are suffering from

domestic violence and would

like help and support, please

contact:

Community Safety Unit (Police):

020 8246 1766.

Independent Domestic Violence

Advocacy Service: 020 8246

1745.

Domestic Violence Floating

Support: 01895 457421.

20 November/December 2008

hillingdon people magazine


hillingdon sport

Extra cash for

future Olympians

A ‘Gold’ bursary which will support the borough’s best

athletes has been announced as London took over the

Olympic flag in preparation for the 2012 Games.

SUPERSTARS

Cllr Henry Higgins,

Cabinet Member for

Culture, Sport and

Leisure (far left)

with Leader of the

Council, Cllr Ray

Puddifoot (far right)

Rion Pierre and

budding cycling

stars Slipstreams

Junior Cycling Club

The bursary is unique to

Hillingdon and will provide

financial support of up to

£10,000 for selected borough

residents who are already, or are

expected to, represent Great

Britain or England at an

international level.

Leader of the Council, Cllr

Ray Puddifoot, said: “Ablebodied

and disabled sports people

who have outstanding talent will be

able to apply for a ‘Gold bursary’

from the council to provide them

with up to £10,000 to help them

reach their full potential.

“This is something that could

really make a difference to our

elite athletes whilst the new top

class sports facilities in Uxbridge

and Hayes will be a great

community asset for everyone.

This is part of our continued

commitment to becoming a more

active, healthy and successful

sporting borough and providing a

legacy for the future generations of

Hillingdon residents.”

Fifteen-year-old swimmer

Francesca Marr is one budding star

that could be in line to benefit from

this support. She swims with

Hillingdon Borough and is coached

by David Hemmings. Francesca is

tipped for the top after being rated

among the top three in the country

for her age group.

Francesca said: “I do the 100

and 200m breast stroke. I’ve been

to the European Juniors this year,

national competitions, the national

Olympic trials for Beijing, which is

the British Championships.

“I’m looking forward to 2012, it’s

quite exciting because it’s going to

be on your doorstep.”

Francesca is among a group of

potential athletes who could benefit

from the bursary, which is one of

several schemes available to help

budding sports stars. Another grant

scheme is Hillingdon Sports Council

grants which are funded by the

council and have been revitalised to

enable the community to develop its

sporting involvement and capacity

and to support emerging sporting

talent. The four grant strands are:

Club Up to £3,000 on enhancing

sessions, increasing participation

and performance and equipment;

Coaching For coaching,

umpiring and officiating at level 1,

2 and 3;

Individual Supporting local and

regional standard athletes with

additional coaching, transport,

equipment and accommodation costs;

Clubmark Rewarding clubs for

gaining Clubmark accreditation,

which shows they are child safe

clubs with welfare and first aid

trained members and have coaches

at Level 2 standard or above.

contacts

For more information contact

Lorna Radford on 01895 277766

or email

lradford@hillingdon.gov.uk

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hillingdon environment

Wild winners

of competition

The winners of the

wildlife photograph

competition, run by the

council in conjunction

with A Rocha, have

been selected.

The winners of the wildlife

photograph competition, run

by the council in conjunction

with A Rocha, have been selected.

Thank you to everyone who took

part, all the entries were of a very

high standard and the judges had a

difficult decision to choose the

winners in both categories.

Seven-year-old Morgan Liu, of

Uxbridge, won the under-16 section

of the competition for his photo of

a shield bug on a leaf. His photo

was chosen because it was an

excellent achievement for someone

of his age and it had been taken

very carefully.

Bob Barton, of Hayes, won the

adult section with his photo of a

garden snail on a water lily.

Dave Coleman, of A Rocha

and the wildlife artist who is

providing the prizes, said: “It’s a

composition that is very expressive.

If you are heading off to see

family or friends during the

holidays, make sure you stay safe

on your journeys, whether you are in

your car or travelling as a pedestrian.

Now the clocks have gone back,

the evenings are darker and you

need to be careful walking home

from work, or picking the children

up from school.

With lots of parties and social

events over the holidays, it is

important to remember that

drinking and driving is an offence.

A conviction for drink driving has

the potential to ruin your life with

penalties including a 12 month

OVER 16

Bob Barton’s

photo, taken

in his garden,

which won the

over-16

category

UNDER 16

The photo

taken by

Morgan Liu

to win the

under-16

category

The relationship between the

negative outline at the top and the

flower is nicely balanced. I loved the

sweep of the snail through it as well.”

The winners will be receiving

paintings by Dave as their prizes

early next year.

driving ban, a criminal record, a

hefty fine and lifestyle changes, for

example, potential loss of job,

relationships or car.

The effect of alcohol on your

driving can include:

• Slower reactions

• Reduced field of vision

• Poorer judgement of speed

and distance

• Overconfidence and increased

risk taking, increasing the

danger to all road users

including yourself.

Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet

Member for Planning and

Transportation, said: “Christmas

contacts

For more information on Green

Spaces in the borough, visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk and for

more on A Rocha, visit

www.arocha.org

Keep safe on the roads this Christmas

is a time where people spend a lot

of time travelling to visit family

and friends and we would like to

remind everyone to make sure they

are safe while they are doing this.

Hillingdon has a good road safety

record but we want to make sure it

stays that way.”

There will be events happening

around the borough throughout

National Road Safety week (10-16

November) to encourage everyone

to be careful on the road.

contacts

Visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/

roadsafety for more information

on road safety.

22 November/December 2008 hillingdon people magazine


Work is progressing on new youth

facilities across the borough, with young

people getting involved in the design of

the centres.

Plans are underway for new

youth facilities in

Northwood, Charville and

South Ruislip. Development work

in the Northwood and Charville

locations is now fully underway,

with young people working with

the council, local partners and

architects on the design and

features they would like to see

included at the new facilities.

The three new facilities are part

of continued investment in

services for young people across

the borough.

Cllr David Simmonds,

Cabinet Member for Education

and Children’s Services, said:

“We are dedicated to improving

facilities for young people in the

borough and we are looking forward

to working with them to provide

facilities they want to see. We work

hard as a council to give young

people the best services possible,

through the Deputy Leader’s

Initiative among other projects. By

working with young people we are

ensuring that the centres we provide

are the ones they want to use.”

hillingdon young people

We want

your views

on youth

services

We don’t want to hear

young people say there is

nothing to do! We know

there is loads going on in

Hillingdon but the question is...is it

what you want, how you want it

and when you want it?

The council wants to hear what

you like and what you don’t like so

we can offer you a service that suits

your needs. The survey is for all

young people, whether you use

council services or not, and is

designed to help us improve what

we have to offer you in the

borough. The answers will help

feed into any future plans for the

youth service and help to design

services and activities offered

across the borough.

Cllr David Simmonds,

Cabinet Member for

Education and Children’s

Services, said: “It is really

important that we get feedback

from young people so we know

what they like and want to see

more of, and what they don’t like

and want to see changed. We will

be using all the feedback in our

planning for future activities for

young people so it will be great to

hear from as many as possible.”

There are a number of prizes to

be won for those that take part in

the survey with a top prize of

£150 of vouchers for someone

who completes the survey.

Some of you will receive

questionnaires through schools, but

if you do not get one, visit

young.hillingdon.gov.uk and you

can answer easily online.

14 young people have been

trained to carry out research with

their peers as part of a peer research

group as another way of speaking to

young people in the borough.

contacts

Visit young.hillingdon.gov.uk to

make your voice heard before

the end of January.

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safer hillingdon

Top tips for a trouble free feast

As Christmas approaches and thoughts turn to preparing

the traditional feast for family and friends, there are

several tips to help make sure festive food is safe to eat.

• Before stocking up, defrost your

fridge and freezer and give

them a good clean using an

anti-bacterial cleaner.

• Make sure you have adequate

space in your fridge and freezer

to keep the food at the proper

temperature (between 0ºC and

5ºC for the fridge).

• Keep cooked and raw foods on

separate shelves in the fridge, never

store cooked food below raw.

• Don’t leave food that should be

refrigerated at room

temperature. Refrigerate

cooked food as soon as it is cool

and use leftovers up within 48

hours. Only reheat leftovers

once and serve piping hot.

• Make sure meat and poultry is

fully thawed before cooking.

• Use separate chopping boards

and utensils for raw meat and

any cooked or ready to eat

foods or alternatively wash

thoroughly in hot soapy water

to avoid cross contamination.

• Always serve food piping hot

and as soon as it is ready. If

there is a delay between

heating and eating, keep the

food covered.

• Always wash your hands before

handling food and after

handling raw meat and poultry.

Dry them on clean towels.

• Wash work surfaces, dishes and

utensils in clean hot water and

detergent between and after

preparing different types of

food. Keep cloths clean and use

a kitchen sanitiser.

• To make sure your turkey is

cooked properly, check it’s

piping hot all the way through,

cut into the thickest part to

check that none of the meat is

pink, if juices run out they

should be clear.

contacts

If you would like more

information about food safety

please contact 01895 250190.

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your hillingdon

Hillingdon Council

Christmas and New Year

arrangements 2008/2009

Hillingdon Council will have a reduced service between 24 December 2008 and 1

January 2009. 25 and 26 December and 1 January are public holidays.

The arrangements for essential services are listed below. If you plan to visit the Civic

Centre in Uxbridge, or other council offices between these dates, it is advisable to check whether the

office is open.

Details of council services can be accessed 24 hours a day at www.hillingdon.gov.uk. Please see page

18 for information about what services you can do online.

Adult Social Care, Health and Housing

Meals service:

There will be a weekend service from 25 December to

28 December and on 1 January with normal service

on 24, 29, 30 and 31 December.

Day centres:

Asha Day Centre

Opening and closing at normal time, 9am to 4.30pm

during Christmas and New Year period. The centre

will be closed on 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Eastbury Road

The centre will be closed on 25, 26 December and 1

January but open as usual for the rest of the holidays.

Grassy Meadow

The centre will be open over the Christmas and New

Year period as usual. It will be closed on 25, 26

December and 1 January.

Poplar Farm

The centre will be closed on 25 and 26 December and

1 January and open as usual through the rest of the

holiday period.

Poplar Farm DC Saturday Service

The Saturday service is due to be closed on

27 December.

Noise service

The service will be closed on 25, 26 December and 1

January. Open from 9pm to 3am on 27 December,

7pm to 1am on 28 December and from 9am to 5pm

on 29, 30 and 31 December.

Hillingdon Council’s Contact Centre

Closed on 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

Normal opening hours (8am to 6pm) for all other days.

See page 33 for all the numbers and opening times.

Rubbish collection

For rubbish collection dates over Christmas, please see

page 11, or visit our website at

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/recycling.

Leisure centres

Highgrove Pool will be open from 8am to 2pm on 24

and 31 December, with the pool closing at 1.30pm,

closed on 25 and 26 December. It will be open as

normal on 27, 28, 29 and 30 December. It will be

closed on 1 January and open normal from 2 January.

Hayes Pool will be closed on 24, 25, 26 December and

1 January and open from 8am to 2pm on 31

December with the pool closing at 1.30pm.

Hayes Stadium Sports Centre is closed from 24 December

to 1 January and will re-open as normal on 2 January.

Queensmead Sports Centre will be closed on 24, 25

and 26 December, open from 10am to 4pm on 27 and

28 December, open as normal on 29 and 30

December, closed on 31 December and 1 January and

open as normal on 2 January.

Libraries

All libraries are closing at 1pm on 24 December and

will be closed on 25 and 26 December. They will be

open usual hours from 27 December until 30

December. On 31 December the libraries will close at

5.30pm and will remain closed until 2 January when

usual hours will resume.

Hayes One Stop Shop

The One Stop Shop will be closed on Christmas Day,

Boxing Day and New Years Day and open as usual all

other days.

Health services

There will be no evening contraceptive clinics on

Wednesday 24 or 31 December.

There will be a clinic at Uxbridge Health Centre on

27, 29 and 30 December.

The Hesa Centre in Station Road, Hayes, will be

holding a clinic at 1.30pm on 24 and 31 December.

Yiewsley Health Centre will be open from 9.30am to

11.30am and Warren Medical Centre, Hayes, is open

on 30 December from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

There will be an emergency service at Hillingdon

Hospital Accident and Emergency department.

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Cleaner, Greener

Hillingdon

Abandoned vehicles success

An abandoned vehicle is taken

off the street in Bolingbroke Way,

Hayes

Hillingdon is best in London for the removal of abandoned

vehicles on our streets.

The number of abandoned vehicles in the borough has

dropped for the last five years and the latest figures show we

have the least in London and are fifth best in the country.

In 2002/03 there were 3,741 vehicles, in the years 04/05

there were 310 and in the years 2006/07 only 214. The

reduction is being put down to a combination of tougher

enforcement, new rules deterring car dumpers and high

scrap metal prices.

To count as an abandoned vehicle a number of

inspections must be carried out, including road tax

status, condition of vehicle, age, damage and nature of

area where left. If you wish to report a vehicle you will

need to provide as much information about the vehicle

as possible such as its location, car model, colour and

registration. All requests should be sent to the council’s

Customer Contact Centre on 01895 556000.

National Tree Week

The end of November marks National Tree Week, a week celebrating

trees and woods and signalling the start of the tree planting season.

The council will be planting trees as part of the week. The first

survey of trees in the borough has just been completed and more

than 700 trees that are dead or dying have been identified. These

are now being removed.

The survey means new trees will be planted at the sites where

these trees are being removed. It also means tree pruning can be

programmed rather than being pruned reactively when we get

complaints or enquiries.

Cllr Sandra Jenkins, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “As

one of the greenest boroughs in London, trees have a unique

role in ensuring the borough is a pleasant and attractive place

to live and work. It is important we preserve the trees we have

and plant more to benefit future generations.”

Tree lined path in

Cranford Park

26 November/December 2008 hillingdon people magazine


News in brief

Noisy neighbour fined

A man who left his stereo

blaring while he went out has

been fined £250 and £500 costs

and a £15 victim surcharge

after pleading guilty at Uxbridge

Magistrates Court.

Tuna Ozel of Uxbridge, was

visited by the council’s Noise

Team after a complaint was

received by one of his

neighbours. When they visited

his home, the front door and

entire house was shaking due

to the loud music.

The Noise Team and Police

forced entry to the house and

seized noise equipment

including 200 watt speakers.

Older people can have

allotments rotovated

Green fingered older residents

are set to benefit from ready

rotovated allotments to help

them stay more healthy, active

and encourage more of them to

take up plots.

Leader of the Council and Older

People’s Champion, Cllr Ray

Puddifoot, made the

announcement to mark

National Allotments Week. The

council is also looking at ways

to improve access to allotments

and introducing toilets.

There are a number of available

plots in the borough, please call

01895 277765 or email

nporter@hillingdon.gov.uk.

Dangerous fireworks

shop prosecuted

A shopkeeper has been fined

£350 and ordered to pay £400

costs after pleading guilty at

Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court for

failing to store fireworks safely.

Karim Mawji, of Young’s in Field

End Road, Eastcote, was found to

be storing fireworks incorrectly

after an underage fireworks test

purchasing exercise by Trading

Standards Officers. They were

not stored safely or securely or

away from combustible material

in the shop. The container

outside the rear of the shop was

also open and accessible by

members of the public.

Hillingdon cycle training

one of best in London

Trainee cyclists practice

their skills at Breakspear

Junior School, Ruislip

Children enjoy the water feature at

Ruislip Lido

Hillingdon Council has been

praised for the quality of its

free cycle training for young

people in a recent study

commissioned by Transport

for London (TfL).

The study stated: “Hillingdon

has a very highly skilled

professional team delivering

very high quality training. The

team is diverse and will be an

excellent resource for local

development and innovation.

Much of the training could be

used as a blueprint for good

practice for other borough

training schemes.”

The council’s Road Safety team

currently trains 1,500

youngsters aged between nine

and 11 years, one of the highest

number in London. The

Bikeability scheme helps ensure

that people using bikes are

trained to a national standard

and have the skills and

confidence to ride their bikes

safely on the borough’s roads.

New water feature makes a splash

Children have enjoyed

splashing in a new

water play feature at

Ruislip Lido.

The 300sq m interactive

feature has been built

on the beach outside

the beach café. The

council funded the

£155,000 installation,

which opened in

September.

The feature will be

closed over the winter

but will re-open again

next Easter. It is made

up of a number of

different elements,

including jet sprays

and is designed to be

suitable for young

children of a variety

of ages.

Cllr Sandra Jenkins,

Cabinet Member for

Environment, said: “This is the first

water feature of this size in Hillingdon and I hope children have

enjoyed it and are looking forward to playing in it again next year. I

am sure it has been a big hit with children and their parents and will

provide lots of enjoyment for those who visit.”

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hillingdon people magazine


Entertain yourself in the

run-up to Christmas

Whether you want to find out about life as a superhero, keep the children occupied

with a pantomime, or treat them to a ride with Santa himself, there are plenty of

events to keep the winter days flying by.

Super – A musical comedy about the superhuman condition

Peter Pan

Featuring Leslie Grantham, Toby Hull and Emu from CiTV, and

Mark Jones who makes a return by popular demand as Smee.

This is the enchanting tale of the boy who never grew up brought to

life through magical sets and costumes. It is being staged by Qdos

Pantomimes, the same team that presented last year’s record-breaking

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan promises to have

the Beck’s hallmark

of quality and value for money.

Cost: £16.50 and £20

When: Friday 12 December to Sunday 4 January, various times

Where: The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes

Contact: Visit www.becktheatre.org.uk

or telephone 020 8561 8371.

The world premier of this newly-written work, performed by the Purple

Theatre Company. An original show, written by a Hillingdon resident,

Phil Burton, along with Bas Dickson Leach and Toby Vennard.

What’s it like to be a superhero? To go day to day, fighting crime

and righting wrongs, all in the name of justice, while all the time

wearing a colourful costume that some may point out as silly? This is

the hilarious tale of what it means to live up to the title of superhero,

whilst living in the world they have to protect. And what’s more,

doing it to music! Come along and see the Purple Theatre Company

do what they do best - saving the world one laugh at a time.

Cost: £11, all tickets on opening night are £9. Concessions are

available on Thursday only at £9

When: Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th November, 7.30pm

Where: Compass Theatre, Glebe Avenue, Ickenham

Information: Visit www.meanwhiledotdotdot.com or to book tickets

call the Compass Theatre box office on 01895 673200.

Have a train

ride with Santa

Santa has confirmed that he will be visiting the Ruislip Lido

Railway again to meet good boys and girls from across the

borough.

The man himself will be appearing at the railway on three

Saturdays in the run up to Christmas. The railway will also be

running at the usual times from 26 December until 3 January.

When: 7, 14 and 21 December

Where: Ruislip Lido Railway, Reservoir Road, Ruislip

Contact: To book your ride with Santa, you can book in

advance in October and November on 0845 643 0182, or you

can turn up on the day. Visit www.ruisliplidorailway.org for

more information on times.

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Gift wrapping

help needed

Could you help

the homeless?

If you enjoy gift

wrapping and have a

couple of hours to spare

to help raise money for

charity, you could help

Michael Sobell House.

The charity is having

two days of wrapping in

the Chimes and Mall

Pavilions shopping

centres in December.

For more information

please contact Ophelia

Chambers-Henry on

01923 844829 or email

ochambers@michaelso

bellhouse.co.uk

Hillingdon Council will

soon be opening its

winter shelter for

homeless men for the

third year running –

the result of close

collaboration and joint

working with some of

our key external

partners and local

church groups.

The shelter will run

from 12 January – 8

March and will once

again be based at St.

Andrew’s Church hall

in Uxbridge.

It will provide bed

spaces for up to eight

rough sleepers each

night during the coldest

weeks of the year.

The winter night

shelter will be staffed

by an experienced

manager working

alongside a bank of

volunteers who will

help by either supplying

an evening meal, assist

with cleaning and

preparing packed

lunches for the next

day or provide sleeping

night cover to support

the manager.

If you would like to

volunteer for any of

these roles or think

you can make a

donation, please

contact Gillian

Donnelly on 01895

556935 or email

gdonnelly@hillingdon.g

ov.uk for more

information from

Monday to Friday.

time on your hands?

Could you

be a friend?

The Community Cancer

Support and Drop-in

Service is looking for

volunteers to support

cancer patients and

their carers. If you are a

caring person and are

willing to be a listening

ear, and can be

dedicated to the role,

this could be the perfect

opportunity for you.

Training will be

provided for anyone

interested in skills of

self management,

befriending, fatigue

management,

symptom/pain cycle,

mental/physical

exercise,

communication and

assertiveness.

Volunteers can be

male or female and of

any age, as long as you

have a basic

understanding of

cancer and the needs

of cancer patients.

The role will be based

within the borough.

Help blind people

stay independent

Could you offer blind

and partially sighted

people the chance to

live more independent

lives?

Hillingdon Association

for the Blind is looking

for volunteers for the

Home Visiting Service,

which supports blind,

partially sighted and

deafblind clients to

lead independent lives

in their own homes,

the MidSight help and

information desks at

Hillingdon and Mount

Vernon Hospitals and

also to help provide IT

training.

If you are able to

space a couple of

hours a week or a

fortnight, you could

help provide a valuable

service to the visually

impaired. Full training

will be given.

Mini bus

drivers needed

The Wren Club in

Ruislip needs a driver

to help transporting

adults with learning

difficulties or physically

disabled people to a

leisure activities club

twice a week.

The group is affiliated

to the Royal Mencap

Society and aims to

provide help and

support for adults with

learning disabilities

along with their parents

and carers. Volunteers

would be driving a

Mencap minibus and

a minibus licence is

not necessary.

Any drivers would

also be welcome to

help in the club itself.

Information and

advice volunteer

A friendly and helpful

volunteer who is able

to empathise and offer

support and assistance

in solving problems is

needed to help at the

Age Concern advice

shop in Uxbridge.

The role would be on

a Thursday or Friday

morning and would be

based in Uxbridge.

Can you

help DASH?

The Disablement

Association Hillingdon

(DASH) is run by and

with disabled people,

their carers and

professionals with an

interest in disabilities.

Volunteer minibus

drivers are needed for

the Activities 4 All

project, which takes

disabled people to a

variety of activities,

including theatres or

safari parks.

You will need to be

over 21 and have held

a full European driving

licence for more than

two years. Midas

training will be provided.

For more information on

these appeals call the

Volunteer Centre Hillingdon

on 01895 442730

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Golden

numbers

www.hillingdon.gov.uk

Environment and

Street Scene

01895 556000

Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm

Anti-Social Behaviour

0800 694 0240

Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm

Council Tax

01895 250000

Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm

Housing/Council Tax

Benefits,Noise and

Housing Needs

01895 556666

Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm

Older Peoples’ Services

01895 556633

Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm

Racial Harassment

0800 694 0240

Mon - Fri, 9am – 5pm

School Admissions

and Benefits

01895 556644

Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm

Council Main

Switchboard

01895 250111

Mon – Fri,

8.30am – 5.30pm

Trees & Landscapes

01895 250230

Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm

Fraud Hotline

0800 389 8313

24 hours

Out of Hours Service

01895 250111

Advice and

support

To report housing

benefit fraud and other

fraudulent claims

including the

unauthorised

occupation of council

housing

0800 389 8313

Families’ Information

Service

0800 073 4800

Citizens’ advice

0870 126 4021

Hayes One Stop Shop

01895 556004

hayesonestop@

hillingdon.gov.uk

Hillingdon

Independent Domestic

Violence Advocacy

Service

020 8246 174

Care services

To request social

services for people

aged over 65 years or

for younger people

who have physical or

sensory disabilities

01895 556633

Careline

01895 250380

Adoption and fostering

01895 277850

Drugs or sexual health

for young people up to

21 years

01895 257285

Community

information

Hillingdon Age

Concern

01895 431331

Hillingdon Racial

Equality Council

020 8848 1380

London Fire Brigade

(Hillingdon team)

020 7587 4402

NoTRAG

020 8759 1677

Samaritans

01895 253355

Social Security

(Benefits Agency)

020 8426 3000

Three Valley Water

0800 376 5325

Environment

and street

scene

To report abandoned

cars, flytipping,

graffiti, flooding, grass

cutting, parks and

open spaces, potholes

and pavements,

recycling, refuse

collection, trees, street

lighting, parking

appeals and request

special collections

01895 556000

Current and proposed

roadworks in Hillingdon

www.hillingdon.gov.uk/

roadworks

Learning

Library information

desk

01895 250600

Advice and guidance

(young people)

01895 257855

Enquiries about school

transport

01895 250008

Enquiries about school

admission

01895 556644

Truancy hotline

01895 250858

Leisure

General leisure

enquiries

01895 250453

sportsdev@hillingdon.

gov.uk

Hayes Pool

020 8573 2785

Hayes Stadium

020 8573 0093

Highgrove Pool,

Ruislip

01895 630753

Queensmead Sports

Centre, South Ruislip

020 8845 6010

Local

democracy

Councillors’ names,

addresses and advice

surgeries

01895 250600

Council meeting dates

and agendas

01895 250636

Conservative group

office

01895 250316/250728

Electoral registration

01895 250251

electoralservices@

hillingdon.gov.uk

Labour group office

01895 250780/250271

Liberal Democrats

group office

01895 277821

Mayor’s Office

01895 250763

Planning

applications

Building control

enquiries, inspection

requests and

dangerous structures

01895 250804

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Dangerous structures

(out of hours)

01895 250111

Land charges

enquiries

01895 250689

Hospitals

Harefield Hospital

01895 823737

Hillingdon Hospital

01895 238282

Mount Vernon Hospital

01923 826111

Northwick Park

Hospital

020 8864 3232

Watford General

Hospital

01923 244366

NHS Direct advice line

0845 4647

Police

Hayes

020 8569 1212

Ruislip

01895 251212

Uxbridge

01895 251212

West Drayton

01895 437212

hillingdon.enquiries@

met.police.uk

Hillingdon Police

Community Advice

Line (for non urgent

matters)

020 8246 1860

Mon – Sat,

10am – 5pm

Community Safety Unit

(to report race crime)

020 8246 1766

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For more information visit

www.hillingdon.gov.uk


Music

Sine Nomine Singers’

Golden Jubilee Concert

Saturday 15 November, 7pm

The Sine Nomine Singers

will be celebrating their 50th

anniversary with a performance

of Haydn’s Creation.

Cost: £10

Contact: 020 8933 9708,

mail@sinenomine.org.uk,

www.sinenomine.org.uk

All Saints’ Church

An evening with

Andy Abraham

Wednesday 19 November,

7.30pm

Andy Abraham won the

hearts of millions of

television viewers as he

competed to win X Factor,

and this event will showcase

songs from his three albums.

Contact: 020 8561 8371

Beck Theatre

A Celebration of

Flanders and Swann

Friday 12 December, 7.30pm

Starring Gordon Peters, star

of BBC1’s Gordon Peters

Show and Dad’s Army,

presented by Ruislip Lions

Club in aid of local charities.

Cost: Adults £12 and

children £8

Contact: 07806 766993

Winston Churchill Hall

Ruislip Lions

Christmas Concert

Saturday 13 December, 7.30pm

Starring music, theatre and

dance. In aid of local charities.

Cost: Adults £12, children £8

Contact: 07806 766993

Winston Churchill Hall

Leisure

Girls Football

Every Tuesday, 6.30pm

and Saturday, 10.45am

Girls football training for

school years 4-9 with

Ruislip Rangers Youth FC.

Open to experienced

players and beginners

alike. Goalkeepers

particularly welcome.

Contact: Dave Holden on

07956 304966 or email

d_l_holden@yahoo.co.uk.

Tuesday - Goals South

Ruislip; Saturday - Kings

College Playing Fields.

Taekwondo Classes

Wednesday and Friday

evenings, Saturday morning

All levels of ability are

welcome in this friendly

and thriving club, from five

years old. Please enquire

about our adults only class.

Contact: Brian 020 8423 6088,

or visit

www.ruisliptaekwondo.com

South Ruislip Community

Centre

Kids’ Karate

Wednesdays,

5.45pm – 6.45pm

Suitable for children aged

seven and over.

Contact: 01895 440486.

St Giles’ Church Hall

Postnatal Yoga for

Mums and Babies

Thursdays 9.45 – 11.15am,

A great way to help with back

pain, stiffness and other

aches, to firm up tummy

muscles, fight exhaustion

and bond with the baby

through gentle exercises.

Contact: Katja 07951 763851

or email

katjapatel@yahoo.co.uk

Ickenham First Girl Guide hut

Christmas Gift Fayre

Saturday 15 November,

10.30am – 2.30pm

Come and buy lovely new gifts

from various gift stalls all in

aid of Michael Sobell House.

Cost: Entry £2, refreshments

will be available

Michael Sobell House

Saturday Special – Minet

Wild Adventure!

Saturday 15 November,

2pm – 4pm

Suitable for children aged

five to 11. Come along to our

wild adventure and explore

the deepest depths of Minet

Country Park. Please bring

suitable clothes, footwear

and your imagination but

parents not required.

Contact: Sarah Leedham

020 8573 0761

Minet Country Park

Ruislip Manor Chamber

of Commerce Christmas

lights

Saturday 15 November

The Christmas lights in Ruislip

Manor will be switched on

with a mini fun day for

families, with sideshows, a

barbecue and music.

The lights will be officially

switched on by Deputy Mayor

of Hillingdon, Cllr Shirley

Harper-O’Neill at 5pm.

Victoria Road

Light up a life

Sunday 30 November, 4pm

You can remember a loved

one, a friend, or celebrate a

new life at our service this

year. Dedication forms are

available from the main

noticeboard or the

fundraising office. Part of

the event will be taking

place outside so please

dress accordingly.

Michael Sobell House

Glitzy glamour evening

at Elstree Studios

Thursday 4 December,

7.30pm for 8pm start

A pre-Christmas party

complete with catwalk

fashion and work by fashion

students, some of which

will be available to buy after

the show. Hot and cold

canapés will be served and

there will be a licensed bar.

Cost: £20

Contact: 01923 844829 or

email ochambers@

michaelsobellhouse.co.uk

Elstree Film Studio

Christmas door hangings

Thursday 18 December,

2pm – 4pm

A special event as part of

Caring, actually, for the over

60s. Includes refreshments.

Cost: £5 per person

Contact: Booking is

essential, please contact

01895 270730

Iver Nature Study Centre

Model Christmas tree

making

Monday 22 December,

10.30am – 12.30pm

Part of the I’m Bored

programme, suitable for

children five to nine years

old. You can make a model

Christmas tree and

decorate it with sweets.

Cost: £8 per child

Contact: Booking is

essential, please contact

01895 270730

Iver Nature Study Centre

Theatre

Harefield Amateur

Dramatic Society

present Rumours

Thursday 13 to Saturday 15

November, 8pm

A comedy by Neil Simon.

Cost: £7.50, concessions £5

on Thursday only

Contact: 01895 823633 or

O’Donoghues in High

Street, Harefield

St Mary’s Church Hall

venues

All Saint’s Church

Long Lane, Hillingdon

Beck Theatre

Grange Road, Hayes

Compass Theatre

Glebe Avenue, Ickenham

Elstree Film Studio

Shenley Road,

Borehamwood, Herts

Ickenham First

Girl Guide hut

Community Close, Ickenham

Ickenham Library

Community Close, Long

Lane, Ickenham

Iver Nature Study Centre

Slough Road, Iver Heath, Bucks

Kings College Playing Fields

Kings College Road, Ruislip

The Ghost Train

Wednesday 19 to Saturday

22 November, 7.45pm

Ruislip Dramatic Society

presents a classic thriller,

written by Arnold Ridley, and

filled with suspense, mystery

and a dramatic storyline that

will leave you guessing until

its conclusion.

Cost: Tickets cost £10, £9 for

concessions on Wednesday

and Thursday only.

Contact: Visit

www.ruislipdramatic.org or

telephone RDS on 01895

637422 or the Compass

Theatre on 01895 673200.

Compass Theatre

Hurricane Productions

present Dick Whittington

Sunday 23rd November,

2pm – 3.30pm

Capture the children’s

imagination with our classic

take of Dick Whittington and

his cat! This show is ideally

suited to children aged 3-11

years old.

Cost: Adults £6, children

and senior citizens £4 each.

Contact: 020 8845 1714 for

more information and

ticket sales.

Yeading Community Centre

The Purple Theatre

Company presents

Super - A musical

comedy about the

superhuman condition

Wednesday 26 to Saturday

29 November, 7.30pm

See page 29 for details.

Michael Sobell House

Mount Vernon Hospital

(see below)

Minet Country Park

Springfield Road, Hayes

Mount Vernon Hospital,

via gate 3, off White Hill,

Northwood.

St Edmund’s Hall

Pinner Road, Northwood Hills

St Giles’ Church Hall

Swakeleys Road, Ickenham

St Mary’s Church Hall

High Street, Harefield

South Ruislip

Community Centre

Long Drive, South Ruislip

Yeading Community Centre

Ditchfield Road, Yeading

Winston Churchill Hall

Pinn Way, Ruislip

If you wish to publicise an event, please email details to

hillingdonpeople@hillingdon.gov.uk or send to Hillingdon

People, 3E/07 Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW.

Events are selected at the editor’s discretion.

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