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November 2008

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Ickenham Church News - November 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


This is the title of a novel written by Ickenham resident Robert Pearson.  Loosely based on historical fact, it brings to life the characters who were living in and around Ickenham’s own Jacobean manor, Swakeleys House, in the 1600s.  For Robert, who has spent his career working with computers, this is his first book.  He was inspired to write it after reading Samuel Pepys’ famous diaries, from which the title of Robert’s book is taken.  

Pepys paid two visits to Swakeleys to borrow money from the owner, Sir Robert Vyner, on behalf of King Charles II.  In his diaries, he writes about the young black servant boy who had lived in the house, and this character features prominently in Robert’s novel.

“I just intended the book to amuse my family”, Robert said, “but some of my neighbours wanted copies so I had some printed.” 

You will have the chance not only to purchase a copy of the book but also to have it signed by the author, when Robert Pearson appears on the Ickenham Festival stand in the Village Hall, during the Festive Community Evening.  This popular annual event is on Friday, 5th December, starting at 6pm.  Many Ickenham shops will be opening late and offering hospitality.  There will also be bands, games, shopping stalls, food and drink and Santa’s Grotto!

And again, the Festival team have arranged for the shopping areas, and the large tree by the pond, to be festooned with Christmas Lights for the event (see ‘Ickenham Lights Up’).


REMEMBRANCE DAY - Sun 9th November

URC service commences 10 minutes early, at 10.50am 
joining with the Act of Remembrance from the Cenotaph in London
for the two minutes’ silence at 11am


ARMISTICE DAY - Tues 11th November

90th Anniversary of the end of the Great War

There will be a short Act of Remembrance around the flag pole in St Giles’ Churchyard (or inside the church if weather is too inclement) Meet at 10.55am.  All welcome



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 17th November (then Monday 15th December).  Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.

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