ALL ABOARD AT STATION ST GILES’
Did you know that Ickenham St Giles’ has its very own railway station? That’s the name of the terminus for the miniature railway situated behind the Coach and Horses public house. And, in October, the group of enthusiasts who run it celebrated their Diamond Anniversary by offering free rides to the public.
Along with lots of Ickenham families, we paid a visit on one of their regular open days. Despite the unfriendly weather, a dozen or so society members were delighting in giving rides and showing off their miniature masterpieces. The one-twelfth sized propulsion units are owned and mostly built by individual members and we were given the choice of being driven by steam, electric or petrol. The rail system consists of an inner and outer circuit with two tunnels, two signal boxes and an engine shed.
In the clubhouse there was a working exhibition of model railways and a fascinating collection of beautifully crafted miniature bicycles and tricycles. Next door is the very welcome Station Buffet, with hot beverages and snacks served by Jean Mortimer and June Fryer. Nearby is the society’s well-equipped, spacious workshop.
The Ickenham & District Society of Model Engineers was founded on 8th October 1948 and the first meeting was held in the ARP Hut in Swakeleys Road (roughly opposite the URC). After a nomadic life meeting in various halls around the village, the site behind the Coach and Horses was bought in 1954 and a clubhouse built. The land had been for many years an orchard, owned by Miss Ellen Butler, who ran the Post Office in the early 1900s when it was in one of the old cottages opposite the pond. Society member, Doug Sexton, the stationmaster at Ruislip LT station, was a relative of Miss Butler and suggested that the society buy the land after her death. The modellers have met on almost every Friday night for all of their 60 years’ existence. If you’d like to know more about them, contact the Secretary, David Sexton, on 01895 630125 or email@example.com.
The Miniature Railway opens to the public on the first Saturday each month from April to December. So Saturday 6th December is your final opportunity this year to depart from Ickenham St Giles’ (from 12 noon until dusk). Why not get steamed up and go?
TWO MORE ICKENHAM EVENTS THAT WEEKEND DON’T MISS ANY OF IT!
ICKENHAM FESTIVE COMMUNITY NIGHT
Friday 5th December, 6pm 9pm
Shops, schools, local groups and businesses come together for a great night out!
Around the Village Hall, in Community Close and Glebe Avenue, local organisations and charities will have food, music, games, festive sales and lots more.
Many local shops will be open late, with special attractions, hospitality and fun. Special events at some local restaurants and pubs too.
Organised by the Ickenham Festival team
ST GILES’ CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Friday 5th December, 6pm 9pm
Saturday 6th December, 10am 4pm
Decorated Christmas Tree Festival in St Giles’ Church on both days. Entries warmly invited from businesses, schools, groups, clubs or families.
Christmas Festival Fair in St Giles’ Church Hall on the Saturday.
Further details on Page 6
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St Giles’ Church Hall, 2pm to 3.30pm. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and pastoral visitors. The next meeting is on Monday 15th December (then Monday 19th January). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.