Thursday, June 21, 2018

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Welcome to Eastcote

Following continued lobbying from the ERA, the council has now erected 4 brand new Eastcote signs.

It's long been argued that Eastcote deserved an identity of its own, with the Post Office having split Eastcote between Ruislip & Pinner based on the household's postcode. Not least because Eastcote is steeped in a rich history and even has its own tube station serving both the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines. Well after continued pressure from committed members at the Eastcote Residents Association, Eastcote has now been rewarded with 4-brand new signs, rightfully depicting the boundaries of Eastcote.

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Eastcote House Gardens Launches £1m Appeal

The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens successfully launched their appeal to raise £1,000,000 for the full Restoration of the buildings and gardens.

The Mayor & Mayoress of Hillingdon attended the event, the Mayor planting a Myrtle shrub in the walled garden to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

Many people came and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day, among the visitors, were 35 descendants of the Hawtrey family, former owners of Eastcote House who were delighted to re-discovered the newly replanted gardens.

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Another Successful Easter Egg Hunt

The Friends of Bessingby and Cavendish Parks held their second Easter Egg hunt on Easter Monday 25th April. It was a huge success and over 200 people attended and followed the trails around the park.
The sun shone down on the event, which looks like it will become a regular feature.There were prizes and all children who took part received either Easter Eggs or Bubble Blowers. Eastcote Residents Association donated £25 towards the prizes.
A GREAT time was had by all.

ERA Officer Nominated for Hillingdon Hero Award

From the Uxbridge Gazette

Ian Parkinson - Hillingdon Hero "Fabulous Fundraiser" nomineeIan Parkinson, of Field End Road, Eastcote, has been put forward for the Fabulous Fundraiser category of the annual competition, run jointly by the Uxbridge Gazette and Leader Series, and Uxbridge college .

The 45-year-old has been recognised for putting his heart and soul into generating thousands of pounds for his local community.

With Eastcote in grave danger of having no Christmas lights last year, due to a lack of cash, Mr Parkinson was personally asked by the town's business community to assist with their fund raising efforts.

In just eight short weeks, he organised a festive light appeal which raised an impressive £18,500.

The semi-retired accountant also raised the £7,000 necessary to arrange the biggest Christmas market and fayre Eastcote has ever seen, attracting a staggering 10,000 visitors.

As a result, local business owners claim to have generated more than £250,000 over the course of the event.

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Grangewood Charity Quiz - A Huge Success

The Eastcote Residents Association was honoured to be joint promoters of last Friday night's quiz evening in aid of the Grangewood School, a Primary School for children with severe learning difficulties, based in a beautiful wooded setting in Fore Street, Eastcote.

The School, together with the "Friends of Grangewood", have been working immensely hard to raise £15,000 to replace the antiquated Spa Pool. The school say that the spa is vital to their work, it is not only, "Stimulating and Therapeutic for the Children", but "great fun" as well.

Barclays bank sponsored the evening and their quiz master Nicholas Smith ran a superbly organised night of trivia, questions and picture rounds, while volunteers, friends and staff of the school all put in a huge amount of work and played the perfect hosts to make the evening both fun and successful.

The Quiz raised the magnificent sum of £1,325 while the raffle raised just over £350. The total amount raised was generously matched by Barclays Bank which resulted in Grangewood School benefiting from a staggering £3,350. We're delighted to announce this boost to their fundraising means they also reached their target to buy the new spa.

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