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February 2003





On Sunday 22 December the Bishop of Willesden, the Rt. Revd. Peter Broadbent, paid a visit to St. Giles‰ Church. He preached to both the 8.00 and 9.45 a.m. congregations as well as participating in the Parish breakfast between the services. After the 09.45 Communion, all processed to the Church Hall where the Bishop proceeded to dedicate the revamped rear hall and the new rooms upstairs. These are now known, officially, as The Bernard Chapman Hall, The Walter Davis Room and the John Hillier Room.


The rooms, whilst creating much needed and enhanced accommodation, serve also as a permanent reminder of Walter and John who both gave excellent, and devoted, service to St. Giles‰ Church and the community of Ickenham over many years.


When dedicating the Bernard Chapman Hall, Bishop Pete expressed the idea that although the rear hall had now lost its concrete, central supporting pillar (to make more room) nonetheless its human central pillar (Bernard) remains with us. We are grateful for all his 27 years support as Hall Manager, and his ongoing help in the life of the Church.




DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St. Giles‰ Church Hall, 2 to 3.30 p.m. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and pastoral visitors.و The next meeting is Monday 17th February (also Monday 17th March). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.


ICKENHAM GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME exists to serve the whole of Ickenham. We‰re here to assist in an emergency. If you need help, the daytime contact numbers are: 01895 633020 or 01895 235061.




Will the date of 27 January come and go with or without the initiation of a war with Iraq?   By the time you read this, the answer will be known.  The lay person could be forgiven for thinking that the present situation is surrounded with confusion, fear and uncertainty.  The UN Inspectors are still undertaking their work in accordance with the UN Resolutions.و Meanwhile the US and Britain are despatching their military to the region as fast as they can in readiness for action.  The Inspectors appear to be working 'blind' and finding nothing while the US and Britain continue to claim that they have intelligence which will prove Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction.  Is it naive to ask why such information could not be given to the Inspectors?  Of course, the lay person doesn't have all the facts (in the interests of national security) but it would seem obvious for the US and Britain to co-operate publicly and more positively with the UN Inspectors to try to avoid conflict and the potential suffering of thousands of innocent people.  Clearly there is growing concern both in the UK and US about the possibility of military action being taken without reference back to the UN first.  War should be avoided at all costs, in any situation, and our Government should be urged not to be drawn into any military conflict unless, and until, it is the last resort, and certainly not without the backing of further UN Resolutions. 


We have just celebrated the season of peace and goodwill, remembering the time when God became incarnate through the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.  Those of us who are concerned about the present situation should be urging our Government to do all it can to bring about a

peaceful solution in this matter for the benefit of all humankind.  In our churches we pray regularly for leaders of nations that they may all strive for peace among nations - our prayers are needed at the present time with renewed vigour.

Greetings, and peace, to you all.