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Dear ICN Reader

Welcome to the Bumper September edition of ICN!

This edition was "supposed" to be a six pageprint edition following the Bumper edition last time to cover the Ickenham Festival. However, these are very busy times for the churches and the wider Ickenham community and so when I looked at everything that had to go in, it just had to be another Bumper edition!

As the period of interregnum comes to an end for one of our Ickenham Churches, a number of articles this month focus on the upcoming changes. The congregation of St. Giles' is eagerly awaiting the installation of the Revd Felicity Davies as the new Rector, on 3rd September at 8pm. If you are available and in the area, do come along as everyone is welcome to attend. Ahead of her arrival, Felicity has written a letter to her Ickenham "friends", and Brian Reid explains the process by which Felicity came to be selected as St. Giles' fiftieth Rector. There is also a personal letter of thanks from one member of the St. Giles' congregation for the work done by the stalwarts of St. Giles' during the interregnum.

Ickenham's children have been busy this month too, and there is a full page colour spread of the many and varied activities that the Holiday Club children got up to during the "Mission Rescue" themed week! With 75 children attending, it was certainly a riot of fun! The ICN also reports on the selfless actions of Glebe student, Nell, at a time most children would simply have had a haircut! And Naomi Webb describes the fun that some children had when they volunteered during a recent Family Service in St. Giles', which also expoited some hi-technology.

On a sad note, St. Giles' former Verger, John Ralph is remembered following his sudden death recently. He will be missed by many. On a happier note, the poppies in Swakeleys Park have finally come out! Although a little late for the official WWI commemorations, they are still nonetheless a stunning visual tribute of Remembrance to the many who fell. And who knew what they have in their centres?!

Other articles this month describe the trials and tribulations that befell the residents of Ickenham Cottages when they tried to get some new windows installed; exactly why some ladies in pink went for a walk one night; why you might want to ring Mike Whitlam this month; how to "winter-proof" your bike; why 33 members of the URC went for a meal and just what is going on in St. Giles' at 6:30pm on 28th September!

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