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Dear ICN Reader,

Welcome to the April/May spring edition of the ICN!

With the recent celebration of an early-ish Easter – the ICN highlights the Walk of Witness that took place, as always, on Good Friday around Ickenham this year and poses an inciteful question, challenging you to answer it.  And for the first time this year, there was a Dawn Service on Easter day at St Giles’ which revived the old Christian custom of bringing the Light of Christ into the church.  As expected, but the Churches’ articles focus on Easter related issues and we hope you joined in some of the services.

We also headline the planting of the most recent Gospel Oak.  Sadly Ickenham’s Gospel Oak has suffered repeated vandalism in the past, causing them to die, and we wish the new Gospel Oak all the best in its latest incarnation.

We also make a shout our for volunteers for Hillingdon’s Talking Newspaper, a very worthy cause.  If you think you might be able to help, please do get in touch.  Elsewhere we again report the sad passings of locals, well known in the community but also joyous events which have happened recently too.

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

PLEASE NOTE – All forthcoming events and meeting details now can 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.  We hope this is an exciting improvement allowing more events to be publicised around Ickenham at short notice and independently of the ICN deadlines.  If you are having problems, pleased do get in touch with a member of the team.  Unfortunately the form seems to be showing the date in the US format of MM/DD/YYYY rather than the UK format of DD/MM/YYYY.  Please note that this is to do with the settings on individual computers and not the ICN website but that all dates will be shown on the website in the correct format.

Edwin Lee is also stepping down this year from his role as advertising manager.  His role has not been replaced, so if you want to put something back into the community, do get in touch by contacting Felicity on her new email address rector@stgileschurch.co.uk .  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.

Patricia Lee is continuing to receive donations to the ICN.  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 all donations.  Please note that the bank no longer accepts cheques made out to “ICN” nor to “Ickenham Church News”.

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Susan Owen-Thursfield