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Eastcote House Gardens

Eastcote House Gardens
Winter is approaching, but still plenty to enjoy at Eastcote’s Gold winning park.
The last Plant and Second hand book sale of 2019 ,
Saturday 12th October 2019 11am -2pm.
Held in the Gardener’s Yard at the rear of the Walled garden.
Last chance to stock up on winter reading, and plants to enhance your gardens next year.
Eastcote Horticultural Society will be joining the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens with spring bulbs and spring bedding plants for sale.
Free event, please bring your own bags.
Don’t miss the exciting concert series to be held in the Stables EHG.
Bossa Nova, Jazz, Latin, Swing
TICKETS £12.00
TICKETS £15.00
Early Music Ensemble
Set your feet tapping to dance music of yesteryear
TICKETS £12.00
Ticket prices include refreshments and a donation towards the upkeep of the gardens.
Tickets available from
Telephone 020 8866 8436.
Last event of the year at Eastcote House Gardens
Tree Dressing
Saturday November 30th 1.30-3.30
School choirs.
The Mayor & Mayoress of Hillingdon will lead the dressing.
A happy start to the season of Advent.

HS2 Updates : Information event about West Ruislip tunnel portal

  • Monday 23rd September HS2 will be at The Barn Hotel from the 4pm and 7pm.

At the events you’ll be able to find out about HS2’s updated tunnel portal design, the tunnel boring machine cable programme, archaeological works in the area, and HS2’s construction activities until the end of the year, including  lorry routes and movements.

If you can’t make Monday there are a couple of different days.

  • Saturday 21 September, Harefield Community Centre, between 11am and 2pm
  • Wednesday 25 September, Ickenham United Reformed Church, between 4pm and 7pm

More details on the HS2 website.



South Ruislip Crime Prevention – Meet the police team and get advice and help


These stall offer advice, leaflets and general information to secure your home and personal safety.

SAINSBURY Supermarket

Friday 20th Sept 1-2 pm

ASDA Supermarket

Saturday 14 Sept 6-7pm

Thursday 26 Sept 3-4 pm

Residents can contact us using any of the following methods

Email :

Twitter : @MPSSouthRuislip for regular updates.

Telephone 07843291093

Upcoming Meetings: If you’d like to meet the team and discuss any concerns, we will be holding surgeries at the following locations;

Drop In Surgery

South Ruislip Library

Friday 20th Sept 12- 1pm

Thursday 26th Sept 12-1pm

‘The Last Night of the Proms’ Ruislip Lions Club 7th September 2019

 Ruislip Lions Club 
‘The Last Night of the Proms’
at the Winston Churchill Theatre
on Saturday 7th September 2019
at 7.30pm.  Come and join us for a terrific night out –
full of quality entertainment from the British Airways Brass Band, Vocalist Ruth Fortey and The Signature Singers.
Join us for music, songs and much flag waving!
Tickets available from the Compass Theatre Box Office Open Tues-Sat 10.30am to 5.00pm:
Phone Booking Line: 01895 250 615
**Ticket Prices: Adults £13.50 Under 16s £10**

Bourne Primary School Governing Board

Bourne School have approached us as they are looking for new local governors.  Do you have the necessary skills?  This is an excellent contribution to local society and our collective future.  If you are interested please contact the school after reading the file.

Co-opted Governor Vacancies Bourne Primary School July 2019

To the South Ruislip Residents Association,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Governing Board of Bourne Primary School.
We are hoping you might be able to help us recruit new governors for our Governing Board.
It is important to the school and the governors that there is a link to the local community and for the children to take pride in their local area…
If there is anything else you require from me or would like to discuss this further please feel free to contact me.
Kindest regards,
Amy Doody
Clerk to the Governing Board of Bourne Primary School


South Ruislip Planters

The South Ruislip Planters are in.  These have been organised by contributions from Lagan, who are the builders of the RAF Northolt runway who have funded the planters in the first year, the South Ruislip Councillors Ward Budget, the  South Ruislip Chamber of commerce and yours truly the SRRA.

In total the SRRA are contributing £1,200 over three years to the planters, as voted on at the last SRRA public meeting   So enjoy the planters and let’s all take pride in South Ruislip!

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, Manor Farm in Ruislip is hosting a two-day family event, from 10am to 5pm

Plenty going on at Manor Farm this weekend over the Bank Holiday!

Sunday 5 May

All day  Classic cars: A special vintage car show displaying a host of classic cars.

All day  To and Fro exhibition: Methods of transport in Hillingdon during the 1930s.

All day  Cart sheds: Skilled craftspeople will be making and selling handmade goods.

11am to 1pm  Storytelling: Hear fascinating recounts of wartime tales and life on the home front.

11am to 1pm Start your victory garden: Plant tomato seeds, take them home to watch them grow.

10am to 3pm Duck Pond Market: 50+ stalls offering different foods.

Monday 6 May

All day To and Fro exhibition: Methods of transport in Hillingdon during the 1930s.

All day Cart sheds: Skilled craftspeople will be making and selling handmade goods.

All day Food Stalls: Linnets Kitchen & Funky Elephant plus Coffee!

10am to 3pm Storytelling: Hear fascinating recounts of wartime tales and life on the home front.

11am to 3pm Face Painting

12pm to 2pm Live Swing Music

11am to 4pm Evacuee Experience: What it was like living in the borough during this time.

11am to 4pm Start your victory garden: Plant tomato seeds and take them home to watch them grow.

2pm to 4pm Tea Dance: In the Great Barn, playing famous jazz hits, run by Terry’s Tea Dance.

Quarterly Meeting 24th April 2019 Minutes

Quarterly Meeting Held at St Marys Church Hall, South Ruislip Wednesday 24th April 2019  Annual General Meeting

Present: 11 committee members, 5 local Cllrs (Barnes, Lavery, Makwana, Tuckwell and Kauffman) and 69 residents

Apologies: Jenny Hunt, Cllr Hurhangee. {Post meeting just wanted to add that apologies were received from PC Solanki for not being able to make it… the team had been put onto 12 hour shifts and had been tasked to deal with a traveller eviction at the time of the meeting at short notice.}

1. Meeting opened at 20:00

Sid noted that this was the 80th Anniversary of the SRRA today – which started in 1939.

Opening AGM today.

Minutes of the last meeting – no issues raised.

2. Election of officers

 The following officers were duly proposed and seconded and votes were held in favour of the following officers.

Secretary – Jeremy Wasden

Treasurer – Colin Hook

Chief Road Steward – Geoff Taylor

Vice Chair – Sid Jackson

3. Beautiful South Ruislip

This endeavour has been rolling on for a few years and with the SIL funds from ARLA the area has been improved.  But keen to continue to improve and make the area a little greener.

So Cllr Kauffman, Sid Jackson, Lynne and representatives from the SR Chamber of Commerce have looked at the options with advice from Hillingdon officers.

Installing baskets to sit on barriers and railings the only option was at SR station and this was felt to reduce visibility and potentially be hazardous.

Hanging baskets – The lampposts in the area without existing signage is too much spread for these to make an impact

Three tier planter.  Could work – looking at 7 in total. Going to sponsor the first year – from Lagan who are the builders of the RAF Northolt runway.  This will be a three year project so after the first year this will be supported with Ward Budget and funds from the SRRA.  Cost to the Resident Association after contribution from Lagan and Ward Budget will be £1200 to cover three years.  Put to a vote and a significant number for and no against.  So the motion to pay towards the planters was approved.

4. RAF Northolt


Runway work to improve and upgrade the runway at RAF Northolt has started, the purpose is to continue operations at RAF Northolt for the next 15 years.

Sarah Lo and Will from Lagan spoke on the impact of the work. Project scope – full resurface. Same position and to remove ponding and cracks.  Update the arrester beds. Also upgrading to LED lights, cabling and drainage.

As of 15th of April construction work is ongoing until the 15th of October.  The peak of the work will be May to August.  Impact will be to traffic.  They are trying to reuse the material rather than sending material off-site – this will be 1500 movements. 8000m³ of soil that is going to be reused.

Stone, cement and bitumen will need to come in – circa 65 movements per day – will try to do these between 9.30am and 3pm outside peak hours and will use the White Gate and the A40 to M25.

Dust and noise – dust mitigation on-site – use water suppression.  Lorries covered and vehicle washing. No heavy demolition – using noise monitoring.  Currently undergoing the noisiest phase.

Asphalt plant – located centrally and the vapour will be water.  They will monitor air quality.

Work is Monday to Friday – 7am to 6pm.

Air Space Change Proposal

Large countrywide consultation process for all airports started earlier in our area by Heathrow.   Looking to modernise as designed route in 50’s and 60’s.  Looking to move to a GPS system from a map based system.

Air Traffic control officer.  Air space modernisation strategy – how it is modified to allow for greater capacity.  CAP 16/60 process to conduct the design process.  Will be carried out in conjunction with the other airports and this will be affected by the air changes.

Working on generic principles initially and finally noise related issues. Trying to get the design principles right.  An example of a principle.  Should it be one or two or four or more routes. Should the flights affect more or affect less people more.

Putting in the change and want the feedback so can take note of local residents feedback on movements.  To come back by 12th of May.

[Please see separate website post with more detail]

Questions raised

Dudley Drive – Jet Engine running for some hours – why so?  Needed for testing on changes or replacement of engines.

Can the planes land more steeply as come in very low?  Do need to land but if you have feedback please contribute in the design process

Planes, do they dump fuel as they land?  No – effect seen is caused by vortices as water comes off the plane.

SL Tenniswood asked for responses to the consultation from local residents.  SRRA to publicise.

5. Reports from Treasurer

Current account £934 and Reserve £13,385.  Outstanding £195 newsletters, Public liability insurance £159 and committee expense £8.50.

As the AGM the annual accounts were discussed and presented by Colin Hook.

6. Chief Road Steward

Happy to report a full complement of Road Stewards


Trolley abandonment issue raised – ARLA developer to speak to ASDA

8. Civic Centre Hillingdon Traffic Meeting – Victoria Road

Going to measure traffic again.

Not willing to remove verges, remove trees.  Free drop kerbs?  Response was residents still park on the road. Disappointed.  Not going to do anything.

Cllr Kauffman – understand the cost issues – but it will amount to hundreds of thousands.

If took out 40 trees would that be something we wanted.  Want to look at limited residents parking – on Victoria Road between Brian Tree and ASDA.

Will Find out how many commuters park there.

9. Long Drive

Speed tables rejected on Long Drive as 85% comply with law – residents disappointed.  94% of residents in favour.

10. Tea Break

11. Constitution Updated

Updated constitution which the SRRA Executive Committee would like to formally adopt as distributed. Overwhelming support for the new document as previously publicised.

12. Allotments

Jeff advised that some plots available at Field End Road. So if interested contact the allotment man Bob Weeks.  Contact info in the YouTube video Jeremy has made about the Field End road allotments,

13. Councillors Corner

Allan Kauffman – The Boxing club opens on 4 June and two football pitches will follow at a cost of £250K

Fencing by Bonnell’s AK has spoken to a member of staff who will have a wall built this year.

Bridge at South Ruislip  Council has half of the money and are Chasing TFL for their half.

Daffodil bulb planting will be extended along the Victoria Road in 2020. Rachel Felstead was the resident responsible for the idea.

ARLA problems with ASB – groups of children causing or problems.

Young person club not being used fully at present – Allan felt this was due to changing demands from younger people

Lidl 278 agreement and council want to look at sew.e.res/ culvert etc before the road is changed.

Teji Barnes – Street surgery coming up.

Ward budget available for scouts etc.

Have been undertaking speed checks on Field End Road with the police

Edward Lavery – Have been working on the Eastcote area improvements and planting to start.

Road now fully completed and better journeys should ensue.

Lynne Kauffman added Eastcote car park is full of litter and suggest they cover the area on a litter pick scheme or encourage this to be done.  Eddie agreed to follow this up

14. Any Other Business

Colin grateful thanks to John Davey for auditing the books and thanks to Jeremy for assistance and to Allan K for the printing of the accounts

Lynne and Colin when to a borough Police meeting on knife crime and youth engagement. Well attended by people south of the borough and we need more support from people in the North of the borough.

Many issues affecting the south of the borough are similar to those in the north.  Criticism of Police dial 101 and increases in residential burglary.  Aggravated burglary is now taking place in the north of the borough. So people from the north of the borough are needed to attend.

A major message was the need for youth engagement was clear.

Colin, Lynne is arranging a litter picking session once a month and more people can go on the third Saturday of every month.

Cllr Steve Tuckwell – raised a new initiative from youngsters aged 16 to 18  who would like to join the litter picking group but struggled to attend on a Saturday.

Some young people have expressed the need for a nice environment.

Francis – litter picking needed on Field End field playing fields and could young people be involved

Flower festival at St Marys Church 4th May 7.30pm.  Welcome to attend

Colin Hook asked what is happening to the land by the pizza place in Great Central Avenue,  Allan K to look into this.

Camera going in at right hand turn on Victoria road by Aldi into West Mead.

15. Meeting ended at 09:50 pm