A RIGHT ROYAL TIME!
The Happy Couple themselves may have been busy elsewhere, but the residents of Ickenham excelled themselves here on the day of the Royal Wedding. There were street parties all over the place with hundreds of folk enjoying themselves in the perfect weather. It was an ideal occasion to meet up with neighbours, often for the first time.
Marion De Souza was the inspiration behind Rectory Way’s party and was delighted with the community spirit it engendered. “It was a pleasure to sit down, enjoy a snack and a good old chat together”, she said.
The party in Enstone Road (pictured in the centre row) extended for virtually its whole length, with more than enough food and drink to feed the scores of participants. Michelle Parker and Darren Kelf delivered flyers beforehand, expecting a few responses, but were amazed at the result. They put up bunting and other decorations the night before and organised games and a raffle. Donations were collected and all moneys left over were sent to charities.
Nettleton Road combined with Gibson Road to invite resident members of the three armed forces. “We decided that the military should toast the Royal Couple”, Hannah Moyes explained, “so we got together over a few bottles of wine and everybody mucked in!”
Breakspear Road South’s party benefited from a highly organised team including Jodie, Carol and Angela, and the table decorations incorporated flowers and hand-made teapots, with flags and buntings everywhere. There was T-shirt decorating for the children and a quiz for the adults. They also raised a contribution for the Mayor’s charity.
Pauline Benjamin and Christine Franklin, who both reside in Ickenham Cottages, initially thought of trying to close Swakeleys Road for the afternoon. Common sense prevailed and they held their very popular party in the Cottages’ front garden instead. They’d also provided enough food to feed a small army and the happy partygoers collected a handsome donation for the charity of their choice.
See page five for more Street Party pictures. And on pages three and four, read about the special contributions two Ickenham residents made towards the Big Day.
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 bereavement visitors. The next meeting is on Monday 20th June (then Monday 18th July). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.