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Eastcote Library Starts A New Chapter

Eastcote Library has re-opened following its closure at the end of last year for major refurbishment.

The library, which had become tired & dated, re opened its doors on Monday (11th July) - 3 months after refurbishment was due to be completed.

Hillingdon Council have continued its pledge to renovate a number of its libraries, with Northwood Hills recently re-opening following refurbishment, while Hayes End Library is currently closed to the public for its own make-over.

The new look Eastcote Library is open 6 days a week (see below) and offers Hillingdon Residents a large selection of fiction and non-fiction books, talking books & DVDs. The library also boasts 3 computers which can be booked for free for visitors to browse the internet, email or even make use of word processing facilities. There's also a new-look children's library and study area for students, or on Tuesday afternoons, younger visitors can enjoy regular weekly story telling sessions.


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Eastcote House Gardens Wins Chrysalis Funding

Eastcote House Gardens has successfully fought off competition from 5 other short-listed projects in Hillingdon to scoop funding from the Chrysalis programme.

The programme, which offers financial support for eligible projects in the borough, enabled residents to vote on their favourite two projects to receive funding. Eastcote House Gardens stormed to victory with an incredible 1080 votes, almost double of second placed Sanctuary Close in Harefield. The victory also showed that Eastcote are leading the way in online communications in the borough, with a staggering 99% of the votes (1073) being made through the online voting system. Had Eastcote Library not been closed during refurbishments, the total number of votes received could have been much higher.

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80th ERA Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday 25th May 2011 approximately 100 members attended the AGM at the Eastcote Community Centre.

Speakers were:-

  • Mr Nick Hurd MP – our local MP and Minister of Civil Society – He had recently had the pleasure of shaking hands with Barack Obama and hearing The Presidents’ speech in Westminster Hall.
  • The main speaker was Garry Coote – Hillingdon Corporate Fraud Manager. He gave details of the frauds that he deals with, namely benefit fraud, blue badge fraud, sub-letting both council and housing associations, single person discount and many others. He went to say that most of the investigation were brought to their attention by people ringing the Hot Line – he asks that if a fraud is suspected that you ring the HOT LINE 0800 389 8313 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - all reports will be treated in the strictest confidence and can be given anonymously. This was followed by a short question and answer session and he handed out pamphlets to everyone present.
  • Carys Walker –Hillingdon - Community Leadership Coordinator – She gave a talk and power-point presentation on “Pride of Place” or “Proud Proud” – this is a way of getting communities to work together for the benefit of the community. Details of the various activities, designed to get everyone working together, will be advertised.

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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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