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Dear ICN Reader,

Welcome to the December 2018 / January 2019 edition of the ICN, which is a bitter sweet edition as many of the vounteer team, myself included, are stepping down this month making this edition our last.  However, the fantastic news is that following the appeal last month, we now have a full complement of new volunteers in place to ensure that the ICN will continue to be circulated around the village!

This month we lead on a very impressive award bestowed on one of the local schools in recognition of all the continued work successive Year 4 children have done over the years.  Well done to everyone who helped!

Elsewhere, we report on very different occasions and celebrations that local people have been involved with.  Jane Whybrow describes in moving terms what takes place in Beyond The Deepening Shadows ceremony and we catch up with the most recent celebration of the St Giles’ Mothers’ Union, which is now over 100 years old!  There is a call out for more volunteers – this time from HomeStart, who need parents/grandparents to help local families and we hear some tantalising details about a certain show which was filmed recently in Ickenham.  Will you watch it to find out the answer?

As we look forward to the Festive Season, there are lots of details of all the special events and activites which will be going on around the village in the coming weeks.  And don’t forget Festive Night on Friday 7th December!  Full details of all these items – and more – are in this edition of the ICN.                                                                                                       

As always, please do tell us what you are doing by sending in your copy for the next ICN.  Submissions for the February/March ICN edition need to be with the team by 12noon of 10th January 2019 at the latest please.  All items are subject to editorial review.

PLEASE NOTE – All forthcoming events and meeting details can only be accepted via the website.  After moderation, they will appear on the website and 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 still having problems, please do get in touch with a member of the team.   Please be advised that if the form shows the date in the US format of MM/DD/YYYY rather than the UK format of DD/MM/YYYY, this reflects the settings on individual computers rather than the ICN website.  All the dates for all events will nonetheless be shown in the correct format.

Alison Summerfield is the new member of the team who will now receive donations to the ICN.  The ICN is always very grateful to receive any donations.  All cheques should be made out to “PCC of St Giles’ Church” only as the bank no longer accepts “ICN” or “Ickenham Church News” as the payee.  Please send all cheques to Alison Summerfield at The Office, St. Giles’ Church, Ickenham, Middlesex, UB10 8BG.  Alison will personally acknowledge all donations, usually by email.  Alison will also be the main contact for advertising queries going forwards so if you are interested in advertising in the ICN, or have any advertising related queries at all, please contact Alison at advertising@ickenhamchurchnews.co.uk or on the new number 07789 900048.

It has been a pleasure to work with such a wonderful team for such a well regarded magazine for the last five years.  All of the outgoing team wishes all the new incoming team all the best.

Thank you for supporting the ICN.

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Susan Owen-Thursfield

Susan Owen-Thursfield