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  • Hillingdon’s unsung heroes recognised at awards ceremony

    UNSUNG heroes of Hillingdon have been honoured for the extraordinary, often unnoticed work they carry out in the local neighbourhood. On Tuesday, June 21, Hillingdon Council hosted a special awards ceremony to recognize 25 of the borough's unsung heroes. The Council invited locals to submit nominations for a Hillingdon Community Award at the end of 2021, for those they knew who were going above and beyond to improve the lives of others. The council received a flood of nominations from all throughout the borough and 25 nominations out of the 150 received, were selected as winners in various categories. The winners were invited to the awards ceremony, which was held in the Council Chamber of the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. There, they received certificates and unique lapel pins from the Mayor and Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllrs. Becky Haggar and Ian Edwards. The Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Becky Haggar said: “It was such a privilege to meet the winners and hear a little more about what they have achieved. “All the nominees have proven that they have real heart and commitment and have served their community without hesitation. Huge congratulations to everyone nominated, and of course all of the deserving winners.” Eastcote's Brian ‘Bob’ Beeston, 91, received The Civic Medal as the recipient of the evening's highest honour, the Special Recognition award, for dedicating 80 years to supporting his neighbourhood scout group. The Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ian Edwards, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure and a genuinely humbling experience to meet our Community Award winners. These are residents that have gone the extra mile, for their neighbours and community and have created a greater sense of belonging where they live. “The calibre of all who were nominated was exceptional, not just our fantastic winners, so I share my congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.” And the winners are…. Special Recognition Award Brian 'Bob' Beeston: The Civic Medal Extraordinary Achievement award Susan Setterfield: Gold Dee Lennon: Silver Nimesh Pattani: Bronze Samantha Queen: Bronze Helping Vulnerable People award The Silver Fox Memory Group: Gold Alexander and Daniel Bisland: Bronze Helping Communities award Angela Cox: Gold Ruislip and Eastcote Arts and Crafters: Gold Bhim Tamang: Silver Nicola Setterfield: Silver Gretta Batts: Bronze Julie Spittle: Bronze Jane Turnbull: Bronze Long Service to the Borough award Brian 'Bob' Beeston: Gold Simon Dyke: Silver Jane Taylor: Bronze Keeping the Borough Clean and Green award Hillingdon Litter Pickers: Gold South Ruislip Litter Pickers: Bronze Tidy Harefield Volunteers: Bronze Marie and Bob Earley: Bronze Lesley Crowcroft: Bronze Keeping the Borough Healthy award David Odonkara: Silver David Gentry: Bronze Shirley Gore: Bronze

  • Herald the last edition until we return after summer

    RESIDENTS can give themselves an extra special treat by grabbing the latest copy of The Hillingdon Herald. Your new local paper's eighth edition is now out in print and available at a number of locations around the borough for free. Front page of the eighth edition of The Hillingdon Herald This month’s special Platinum Jubilee celebration edition is filled with news and views as well as columns from your local politicians, including MPs Boris Johnson, John McDonnell and David Simmonds. Read more about Hillingdon’s Jubilee celebrations packed with pictures and quotes from your local areas, the new Elizabeth Line, the Canal Festival, the Hillingdon Business Expo, a new women's only gym opening, plus a wealth of stories and features about key news and sport developments in the local area. Rachel Sharp, Editor, said: "We hope you love this edition of the Hillingdon Herald, it is one of my favourite so far, and the last edition for the summer while we take a short break. We will be back in September, so meantime thank you for your support so far, and we hope you enjoy this platinum Jubilee celebration edition of your local paper." Subject to availability, the paper can be found at several locations including the following: Botwell Green Library Charville Library Northwood Library (oak lands gate ) Eastcote Library Harefield Library Harlington Library Hayes Library Uxbridge Library Ickenham Library Manor Farm Library Northwood Hills Library Oak Farm Library Ruislip Library South Ruislip Yeading Library Yiewsley Library West Drayton Library Hayes Muslim Centre Balcony Shirts

  • Boris Johnson visits residents at Options The Old Vicarage to plant a wish tree

    PRIME Minister Boris Johnson paid a surprise visit to residents at the Options The Old Vicarage, during the Platinum Jubilee weekend. The residential home, situated on The Greenway Road in Uxbridge, is a home for people aged 18 and above who have an Autism Spectrum Condition and may also have a learning disability or require similar support. Manager Dr. Roda Jeylani, who wrote the letter inviting the Prime Minister - MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, to their home said: “I was thrilled beyond belief when I received notification from the Prime Minister’s aide that Boris Johnson would indeed be visiting our home.” The purpose of the visit was to plant an Arbutus Unedo strawberry 'wish tree' in the home's gardens, whereupon residents can pin their hopes and desires. According to Dr. Jeylani these trees are identified as having special religious or spiritual value to which people come to and make offerings in order to have a wish granted or a prayer heard. She was determined to restore positivism in her residents following the lockdown which ended numerous trips they had enjoyed, posing a difficult time for the many. “His visit made us all feel really valued,” said 21 year old, Simon, who along with other residents and his mother were given the opportunity to pose questions to the Prime Minister. Picture Credit: The Old Vicarage Jenny, one of the residents, asked the Prime Minister if they could have more plants and mentioned how much she had been looking forward to having a wish tree in the garden where she could hang her wishes and have them come true, by magic. They went on to laugh together when the Prime Minister asked her what type of music she liked, and she replied whale noises. Commenting on his visit, Mr. Johnson , said, "It’s been a great privilege to visit the home and, having met the residents, I can clearly see Roda that you and your staff are doing a great job and indeed making their wishes come true. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity. I will visit again." Picture Credit: The Old Vicarage Boris Johnson’s visit to WLIoT at Uxbridge College campus BORIS Johnson was “bowled over by the knowledge and enthusiasm” of students at West London Institute of Technology (WLIoT) when he visited on National Thank a Teacher Day. WLIoT is part of Harrow College Uxbridge College (HCUC), with its primary base at Uxbridge College in Park Road, Uxbridge, which Mr Johnson visited on May 26. In addition to meeting students and staff and seeing demonstrations of WLIoT’s technology, the Uxbridge and South ruislip MP took the time to leave a message on the Thank a Teacher website, stating: “To all the teachers at Uxbridge College and the West London IoT I just want to say what an amazing job you have been doing. “I am bowled over by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the students I have met. You are the future! Best wishes Boris Johnson.” Captured by Liz Driscoll at Uxbridge College Mr. Johnson visited three of the WLIoT workshops where he saw a showcase of a 3D composite printer, solar power and wind power systems, as well as meeting with students undertaking surveying and field procedures outdoors. The Prime Minister also said: “It was a real pleasure to meet staff and students at the West London Institute of Technology here in Uxbridge. Backed by £8.6 million of Government funding, it is closing the skills gap in key STEM areas and boosting opportunities for students, trainees and apprentices across Uxbridge and South Ruislip.” Dr Darrell DeSouza, CEO and Principal of HCUC said: “We would like to thank our local MP Boris Johnson for taking the time to visit us at West London Institute of Technology – and for his kind words on the Thank a Teacher website. I am sure it goes without saying that everyone at HCUC would echo their sentiments!”

  • Hillingdon's Platinum Jubilee celebrations

    CELEBRATIONS have commenced all across the Borough of Hillingdon on Thursday, June 2, with residents and their Jubilee spirits ready to party, honouring the Queen's 70 years on the throne. Town Crier, reading a special proclamation to honour the Queen's Platinum Jubilee alongside Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Becky Haggar, as they walk down Uxbridge High Street. Later that evening, the Beacon Lighting Ceremony took place outside the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. All pictures and videos captured by Hillingdon Herald's photographer Nivedita Bhushan.

  • Boris Johnson visits Brunel - praises Hillingdon Business Expo

    PRIME Minister Boris Johnson visited Brunel University London today (May 26) to view Hillingdon Business Expo. Mr Johnson, who is MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, told The Hillingdon Herald that the Expo was 'great'. Captured by Nivedita Bhushan He said: "I have seen some brilliant businesses and some very inspiring projects. It's very, very good to see people coming together and really starting to get the economy moving again after the pandemic." More than 50 businesses have exhibited at the event, held at the university's Hamilton Centre, and organisers predicted there would be more than 1,500 people attending. Mr Johnson also met with Hillingdon Herald editor Rachel Sharp and staff. The Prime Minister, who writes a monthly column for the paper, told the reporters: "I am one of your journalists." Kim McGearty, Expo Director, said of the event organised by Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce: "It's been amazing - such a great turn-out and so lovely to have everybody back in a room together. There are lots of networking going on and we are having really good feedback. "It's the biggest free network event in the country and also people are here to promote their businesses so we have members of the public to make connections and find out what services people are offering as this is collaborative." Picture Credit: Nivedita Bhushan

  • Hayes Canal Festival to Be Hosted End of May

    THE Hayes Canal Festival will be hosted on May 29th for the first time in almost three years. The event will be held by the Canal & River Trust, a charity which brings to life 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales, with more than two million people in London and the South East living within a kilometre of a waterway looked after by the Trust. Ros Daniels, director of Canal River Trust London & the South East, said: “Hayes Festival is one of our favourite events that we run during the summer months. We’re especially excited to be bringing it back, celebrating the contribution that volunteers and partners are making across London’s waterways, ten years after the Canal & River trust was established as a charity to protect and promote them." Hayes Canal Festival 2017 Picture Credit: Jane Russell-lpr In the festival, there will be free boat trips and canoe sessions to fishing and climbing wall as well as live entertainment throughout the day - water and land - from noon to 5pm. Ms Daniels also said: “We hope this event right by the Grand Union Canal will encourage the local community to use this special green space on their doorstep, as well as appealing to visitors from further afield.” In partnership with Hillingdon Council and Retail Revival, waterways and wellbeing charity the Canal & River Trust is currently working on a regeneration project to revitalise Hillingdon High Street through a ‘Canal Retail Trail’. At the event, people will be encouraged to follow the trail, visiting the high street and the independent businesses there, completing the trail at Retail Revival’s stall where they can collect a free goodie bag afterwards. David Brough, Chair of Hillingdon Canals Partnership, added: “We started Hayes Canal festival eight years ago to raise awareness of the local community about the fantastic asset that the Grand Union Canal provides for local people. "Since it has been run by the Canal and River Trust it has gone from strength to strength and become a highlight of the year for Hayes families. After the break caused by the pandemic it is a joy to see it happening again.” Founded in 2012, the Canal & River Trust believes waterways have the power to make a difference to people’s lives and that spending time by water can make people healthier and happier.

  • Sustainable Sari design for Platinum Jubilee

    THE World’s first Platinum Jubilee Sustainable Sari design, chosen by internationally renowned fashion designer Paul Costelloe, is to be displayed on two four-metre-high mannequins as a part of Jubilee celebrations. Designer Paul Costelloe with Model Ueda, Picture Credit: Lali Adhikari As a mark of the Jubilee celebration, the Sari will be draped on two four-meter-high mannequins. The fabric of the Sari is made from recycled plastic bottles, which were melted and later converted into pallets and spun into yarn. The Sari consists of minute details to represent the Queen's favorite things. The English culture for example, The Buckingham Palace printed on the border of the entire Sari, playful corgis, and a garden party theme. Paul Costelloe said: “I am delighted from an impromptu meeting with Ajay from a Pub in Putney. We have achieved the impossible, introducing the creative spirit of Arts University Bournemouth with the centuries-old tradition of the Indian Sari shown on two enormous puppets. An extraordinary project and a great thrill working with Ajay and his team at Nutkhut.” Arts University Bournemouth students specially designed the Platinum Jubilee Sari along with Simmy Gupta and Ajay Chhabra, Co-Artistic Directors of award-winning arts organisation Nutkhut, to respect Her Majesty The Queen as the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee with 70 years of service. Ajay Chabra said: “Simmy and I have decided to take on Sari which is an iconic attire and worn by half a billion people around the world, and sari was first mentioned in the Rig Veda 2000 years ago. The idea was due to climate change and global warming I want to create something that depict iconic attire that represent the Queen’s favourite and something sustainable as well.” Simmy Gupta said: “To re-imagine the Sari, a timeless garment for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant, is both an honour and a joy! We have been playful yet considerate in our designs and to collaborate with Paul Costelloe and for that outcome to be presented on sustainable fabric is a true legacy for our future generations.” The Platinum Jubilee Pageant, as part of the extended Bank Holiday Weekend, will take place on Sunday June 5, to provide an opportunity for communities and people to celebrate the historic milestone of Her Majesty The Queen. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s reign of seven decades.

  • Public encouraged to join woodland moth hunt

    MOTH enthusiasts, conservationists, and the public will flock to the woods for the UK's annual Moth Night event this week. The annual celebration of moths is organised by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation, and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and will run on the days and nights from Thursday May 19 to Saturday May 21. Moth Night celebrates the unsung heroes of our natural wildlife, the 2,500 species of UK moths who serve as plant pollinators and crucial food for many other animals. This year’s event will feature a woodland theme seeing as it is a vital habitat for the moths. Mark Tunmore, editor of the journal Atropos and Moth Night founder, says: “At this time of year, woodlands are at their colourful best and so are their moth inhabitants, with a wide range of beautiful species on the wing. “We are also encouraging daytime moth hunts this year as there are many day-flying species to be seen, including the stunning Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Speckled Yellow and Argent & Sable.” If you want to take part in Moth Night, specialist equipment to attract moths is not needed. Just simply leave outside lights on, spray a 'sugar' mixture on fence posts, or dangle a red wine-soaked rope over bushes. For more information visit

  • Thousands of knives seized by the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce

    MORE than 3000 knives have been confiscated from the streets and more than 16,800 arrests have been made by the The Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce (VCTF) according to the Met. The VCTF, launched four years ago and funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is a team of specialised officers whose mission is to reduce violent crime and robbery. They are stationed in districts of London that are most at danger of violent outbursts, so they can help and protect the people who need it the most. Met Officers, Credit: Met Media Library Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Hill, who leads the VCTF, said: “The VCTF is full of highly-skilled and specialised officers who are absolutely critical in our efforts to tackle violence and robbery head on. They are an agile team and flex across London depending on where they are needed the most.” The unit also leads and manages London-wide anti-violence efforts, such as Operation Sceptre, which begins today, Monday May 16. Officers across London will increase their activities to prevent knife crime and target high-harm offenders and those carrying weapons as part of this national knife crime campaign. According to the Met, the VCTF alone has achieved great success since its inception in April 2018 up until April 2022, these include: 16,812 total arrests for possession of firearms, knives, offensive weapons and drugs; 3,148 knives taken off the streets; 696 firearms seized; 2,008 offensive weapons recovered; 15,369 other seizures including drugs; 340 mopeds/scooters; 2,896 vehicles seized; 22,976 weapons sweeps. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m proud to have funded the establishment of the Met’s Violent Crime Taskforce, which is working around the clock to target the most dangerous offenders and to bear down on violence across our city. “I’d like to pay tribute to all the brave police officers who have served as part of the new taskforce for their excellent work helping us to drive down violent crime and make communities safer across London.”

  • Barn blaze in Harefield

    A barn fire on Hill End Road in Harefield was attended by four fire engines and approximately 25 firemen on May 11. A single-storey barn in a large field was destroyed by the fire. An on-site tractor was used to assist in turning over and damping down areas with remaining hot spots. There have been no injuries reported. The fire department was dispatched at 02:02 AM, and the fire was out by 04:49 AM. The site was attended by fire teams from Ruislip, Hillingdon, Harrow, Stanmore, and Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service. The cause of the fire is under investigation.