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July 2014

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Ickenham Church News - July 2014

URC Daytime Services
Sunday Mornings 11.00am

  • inc Junior Church most Sundays
  • Children’s space available during all services
Holy Communion,1st Sunday of month

Sunday Evening Services
The two churches join together on Sunday evenings as follows:

  • 2nd Sun – Choral Evensong at St Giles’ (6.30pm)
  • Occasional Holy Communion Services at URC when announced

St Giles’ Daytime Services
Sunday Mornings

  • 8.00am Holy Communion
  • 9.45am Holy Communion (with Junior Church
     and Crèche) – (1st Sunday: Family Service)
  • 11.30am Matins with Holy Communion
    (1st Sunday of month)


  • 10.00am Holy Communion



The First World War began a hundred years ago, on 4th August 1914 and Ickenham, then very much a farming community, soon felt its effects.  Horses, a prominent feature of the war, were commandeered from farms and traders by the War Department along with hayricks to feed them.  Ickenham was chosen for the location of aeroplane stores, which generated unprecedented flows of traffic causing destruction of the local roads.

The common belief across the country was that it would all be over by Christmas so, when recruitment was introduced, Ickenham men were among the early volunteers, confident of being back home soon with their loved ones.  No one foresaw the wholesale loss of millions of lives in awful conditions that were to follow.   

George Cruickshank (left aged about 18) lived in Long Lane Lodge, Ickenham.  He enlisted in the Machine Gun Corps and fought in France in 1915.  Unlike so many, George was one of the fortunate ones who survived the ‘Great War’; he can clearly be seen celebrating the end of the War in the bottom picture (back row, third from right) at a party held in Bunting Fields.

Not everyone was as lucky as George, and Ickenham commemorates nine of its lost WW1 heroes on tablets in St Giles’ and URC churches.  Brief résumés of their lives and deaths (as well as three others) are recorded in a booklet entitled ‘The Call of the Flag, Ickenham War Dead’, kept in Uxbridge Library’s Local Studies (who also supplied the pictures).  Among those mentioned are the following poignant comments:

Thomas Martin Harrington - Sergeant, 72nd Battery Royal Field Artillery.  Thomas was the second son of Frederick, gamekeeper to Mr Gilbey, owner of Swakeleys House.  He was the first man in the parish to enlist.  He left Ickenham on 5th August 1914, went to France and was engaged in many fierce battles.  Sadly he died of his wounds on 15th January 1917, aged 27, after receiving the Last Rites from the Chaplain.  His comrades spoke very highly of him.  Thomas is buried in France.

Beauchamp Tyndall Pell - Lieutenant Colonel, DSO, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment.Beauchamp was born in 1866, the youngest son of the Rev. Beauchamp Pell, Rector of St Giles’.  He had served in India in 1897 and again in China in 1900 when he was awarded the DSO.  He died from his wounds on 14th November 1914, when the men of the 1st and 2nd Queen’s were overwhelmed by a huge force of Germans.  Beauchamp is buried in the British Cemetery in Belgium.

Every year, on Remembrance Sunday, the names of these brave men, and others who gave their lives for their country in both World Wars, are read out in St Giles’ churchyard and we will continue to remember them.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends”.




The Induction of The Revd. Felicity Davies to be Rector of St Giles' Church and the Parish of Ickenham will be conducted by Right Reverend Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden in a service at St Giles’ on Wednesday 3rd September at 8pm.  Everybody is invited to attend.


Third Monday of the month, St Giles’ Church Back Hall, 2pm to 3.30pm.  Come for a friendly and informal chat over a cup of tea with other bereaved people and bereavement visitors.  No need to book, just come along.  The next meeting is on 21st July, (then 18th August and 15th September after that).



 Scarecrows, Teas, Volunteers, Train Rides, Exhibitions


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