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Dear Reader Welcome to the March edition ICN!

At this time of year we look forward to the onset of spring and to new leaves and fresh buds appearing. And as our thoughts may then turn to the bees which pollinate so many of our fruit trees and flowers, so this month's ICN takes a look at one of Ickenham's small army of beekeepers. Beekeeping has been as an active passtime and occupation in Ickenham for almost a century, and Diana May has provided a rare picture of Middlesex Beekeepers Association meeting up in the garden of what is now her house in Swakeleys Road in the 1930s (see picture). Whilst we do not know why these gentlemen took up beekeeping, we do know the unlikely circumstances which got present day apiarist Trish Wapling into her beekeeping - and what one little boy made of it all! And keeping with a broad gardening theme, the articles from the Churches this month both consider in different ways just how the seeds of goodness and kindness can grow if given the chance.

Photo kindly supplied by Diana May

Also this month we celebrate the wonderful achievements of two very different Ickenham residents - James Murray and Jordanne Whiley, who both show just what can be achieved with determination, faith, support and practise! Elsewhere on the one hand we celebrate a well supported event at Vyners School and on the other report the sad events at a local institution of 124 years standing.

And as we approach the 50th anniversary of the delivered ICN we also revive a more light-hearted tradition from the earliest copies of the ICN - and include a cartoon this month. Enjoy!

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