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April 2008

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Ickenham Church News - April 2008

URC Daytime Services

Sunday Mornings 11.00am
   (inc Junior Church and Crèche)
   (Holy Communion, 1st Sunday)

Sunday Evening Services

The two churches join together on Sunday evenings as follows:
   2nd Sun – Choral Evensong at St Giles’ (6.30pm)
   3rd Sun – Holy Communion at the URC (6.30pm)
   4th Sun – ‘Live@ Five’ at St Giles’ Church Hall (5pm

St Giles’ Daytime Services

Sunday Mornings –
   8.00am Holy Communion
   9.45am Holy Communion (with Junior Church
                and Creche) – (1st Sunday: Family Service)
   11.30am Matins with Holy Communion (1st Sunday)

Thursdays –
   10.00am Holy Communion



Anne Whitlam, Holiday Club Leader, receives The Swakeleys House Shield from Ickenham Festival Chairman, David Edington.

The Ickenham Festival Barn Dance was the scene of an historic presentation on 9th March when the Swakeleys House Shield was awarded to Ickenham Churches’ Holiday Club.  Since its inauguration 22 years ago, the Shield has been given to many individuals and, last year, even a Committee, but has never been presented to a whole organisation. 

This coveted trophy has been entrusted to the Festival Committee to be awarded for ‘Commitment to the Spirit of the Ickenham Festival’.  A certificate accompanies the trophy with a citation which, in this case reads, ‘This is the 40th year of Ickenham Churches’ Holiday Club, an initiative started and organised by members of St Giles’ and the United Reformed Church.  During the school summer holidays, thousands of Ickenham children have enjoyed the numerous activities led by hundreds of volunteers.  The Holiday Club has become an essential ingredient of the Ickenham calendar’. 

As luck would have it, the current Leader of Holiday Club, Anne Whitlam, was at the dance with her husband Mike, completely unaware that the Club had been the chosen winner.  She was therefore somewhat shocked when called upon to receive the shield from Festival Chairman David Edington.  But afterwards she did say, “I was totally surprised and delighted to be presented with the prestigious Swakeleys House Shield to mark the 40th anniversary of Ickenham Churches' Holiday Club.  On behalf of all the helpers and children over the years who have made Holiday Club such fun, may I thank the Festival Committee for this thoughtful recognition of our contribution to the community spirit in Ickenham.  We are very honoured!”




Ickenham Festival 2008

Sat 7 June – Sun 15 June

Gala Day Sat 14 June in Swakeleys Grounds

Holiday Club 2008

Mon 25 July – Fri 1 Aug 

For children aged 7 -11

40th Anniversary Year

If you want to stage an event as part of the Festival, take a stall in Swakeleys Grounds on Gala Day, or be in the Carnival Procession – there are application forms available on the Festival website: www.ickenhamfestival.org.uk.  For inclusion in the Festival programme, these must be submitted by Sat 12th April.

Don’t forget Open Gardens and the Scarecrow Competition!

To celebrate Holiday Club’s 40th Anniversary, there will also be a special service and exhibition at the URC on Sat 12th July at 5pm.

If you ever attended or helped, and have any memorabilia / photos we could borrow, please contact Anne Whitlam (01895 678169) or

 Gayle Metcalfe (01895 624485).

 Further details on both these exciting events will feature in ICN in the coming months. 

Meanwhile, mark these dates in your diary!

DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVEDThird 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 21st April (then Monday 19th May).  Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.

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