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Eastcote Scouts Win "People's Choice" Funding

6th Eastcote Scouts win People's choice awards. Eastcote Residents' Association NewsThe 6th Eastcote Scouts are celebrating, having been announced as the winners of a £20k grant to improve their facilities and help attract new members.

The group, which meet at their hut in Oak Grove, were among the lucky winners of a £50,000 pot offered by Hillingdon council, and decided by local residents across the borough.

Speaking to the Gazette, group leader Martin Stanworth said: "We are trying to provide fun, adventure and excitement to children every week and it’s difficult to do this in an urban environment, so now we can improve the grounds and the headquarters so that we will be able to provide more excitement and fun to more children in Eastcote."

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the 6th Eastcote Scouts, you can find out more information at their website.



Society Sets Sights on New Members

Field End Photographic Society are focusing their efforts on welcoming new members to their group. With digital technology making photography more accessible than ever, there's no better time to get involved in this popular pastime!

Meeting every Wednesday evening, at 8pm (from 4th September - 25th June), members can share their photos, get advice, discuss techniques and much more. There are regular talks and competitions as well as assignments where aspiring photographers can hone their skills. All levels are welcome, from semi-pros using the latest DSLR cameras to beginners armed with just a camera phone.

Read more: Society Sets Sights on New Members

ERA to support Eastcote House Gardens with £1k donation

Following our exclusive story last month, revealing that the Heritage Lottery Fund has accepted the £1.28m bid to help restore Eastcote House Gardens, the ERA are delighted to announce that they have pledged £1,000 towards the funding volunteers need to raise as a condition of the Lottery bid.

The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens have been working tirelessly and recently announced that they have raised over £12,000, but crucially need to raise another £13,000 as part of the matched funding. In addition to the cash funding, the group of volunteers have also pledged to contribute over £125,000 worth of volunteering hours to the project, giving a combined effort of £150,000 of funding towards the bid.

Read more: ERA to support Eastcote House Gardens with £1k donation

Hillingdon Planning Law Update

The Hillingdon head of planning recently gave a briefing to planning officers regarding the new changes introduced by the government.

The changes open up a number of additional planning opportunities for both residential & commercial properties, with planning guidelines being considerably laxed. Part of the changes mean that residential properties will be able to build a good sized, single-storey extension without formal permission. The applicant will be required to notify the council still, and immediate neighbours may object, but elements such as petitions and lodging to a planning committee panel for appeal will no longer be possible in these instances.

Read more: Hillingdon Planning Law Update

Eastcote House Gardens Wins Lottery Funding

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) recently published its latest list of supported projects and announced that Eastcote House Gardens was successful in a bid for £1.28m to help restore the gardens and buildings.

The funding comes as part of the HLF's continued support of green spaces throughout the country, with 11 projects across England receiving much needed funding to help restore and regenerate parks and green spaces. Eastcote House Gardens was one of 4 successful bids in London. The grant means that plans for the regeneration of Eastcote House Gardens, including the restoration of the stables and dovecote, and a brand new tea room, can now begin to be put into action.

Read more: Eastcote House Gardens Wins Lottery Funding