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Welcome to the December/January edition of the ICN!

The Festive Period is a very busy time for both Ickenham Churches and, as in previous years, this edition of the ICN lists all of the Churches’ special events and extra services, including extra activites taking place during the Ickenham Festive Community Night.  Although the building work at the URC is well underway, it is still limiting what can be done there so there are no special activities during the Festive Community Night.

There are lots of opportunities to enjoy Carols again this Christmas, including three main scheduled Carol Singing events, two in aid of some worthy charities, and the third around Harefield Hospital, bringing cheer to the staff and patients there who find themselves in hospital over Christmas.  If Carol singing is not your bag, do support the local choral societies who are all putting on special Carol Concerts with Carols for audience and choir.

There is also a reminder that 2018 will be a Festival year, and it is never too early to start to plan your activities for the Festival week!  Elsewhere we report on Ickenham’s very own Superhome, why local girl Lauren was in Fiji, and what is Gone but Not Forgotten.

Find out more about all these items, and everything else in this month’s edition, by clicking on ‘Current Issue’ at the top of the page.

Submissions for the February/March 2018 ICN edition need to be with the team by 12noon of 10th January 2018 at the latest please.  Late submissions will be held for a later edition.  All items are subject to editorial review.  

ANNOUNCEMENT – After 12 years of service to this magazine, Patricia and Edwin Lee will be stepping down from their roles as Forthcoming Events Sub-Editor and Advertising Manager respectively during 2018, to take full advantage of their retirement years.  We thank them for all their exceptional hard work and wish them well.  Their roles have not yet been filled so if you have some spare time each month and would like to put “something back” into the community, please do get in touch and find out more by emailing Felicity at fadavies58@gmail.com  

For the time being, if you are interested in advertising in the ICN, or have any advertising related queries at all, please contact Edwin Lee at advertising@ickenhamchurchnews.co.uk or on 07913 430989.  All forthcoming events and meeting details for the February/March edition should be sent to Patricia Lee at events@ickenhamchurchnews.co.uk, also on 07913 430989.  After publication of the February/March edition, following Patricia’s retirement as Forthcoming Events sub-editor, all forthcoming events and meeting details will only be accepted via the website.  After moderation, they will automatically appear on the website and will then be added into the relevant hard copy ICN with no further input from the clubs and societies.  Further details will follow but we hope this will be an exciting improvement allowing more events to be publicised around Ickenham at short notice and independently of the ICN deadlines.

Please note that Patricia Lee has agreed to continue to receive donations to the ICN beyond her retirement from the Forthcoming Events.  The ICN is always very grateful to receive any donations; cheques should be made out to “PCC of St Giles’ Church” and sent to Patricia Lee at The Office, St. Giles’ Church, Ickenham, Middlesex, UB10 8BG. Patricia personally acknowledges these individually in writing or by email.  Please note that the bank no longer accepts cheques made out to “ICN” nor to “Ickenham Church News”.

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Thank you for supporting the ICN.

Susan Owen-Thursfield