Upcoming and recent
Events, activities and key diary dates
Litter Picking is back
IHRA is back out helping to keep Iver Heath tidy
It's been a while since we've been able to hold our 'volunteer litter picks', but now that lockdown restrictions are easing we are delighted to be able to re-start our monthly clean up events.
The first event of this year will start at the Iver Heath Village Hall car park on Saturday 1st May at 10.30am and last for approximately an hour and a half. We'll bring along all of the usual litter picking equipment, as well as gloves and hand sanitiser. Feel free to bring you own masks if you would like to.
We hope to see all of you regulars there, and some new faces too. We'll be following Covid safety guidelines to help everyone stay safe, but if you have any questions then please do get in touch with us.
Volunteering at the Environment Centre
Why not give the the Garden Volunteer groups a try?
The Iver Environment Centre is a fabulous environmental education charity located between Uxbridge and Iver, with a 2.4-acre site of different gardens, ponds and allotments used to teach local schools in Hillingdon, Slough and South Bucks about nature, the environment and food growing.
Because of Covid restrictions, and despite best efforts by the centre's small but very dedicated team, the gardens of the centre - including allotments and various themed gardens like the Mediterranean, herb and exotic gardens - are looking a little worse for wear. The team is really keen to make sure that the centre is looking great, as well as safe and smart, for visiting school groups in the summer and families in the holidays.
If your are interested in giving a helping hand at their Wednesday groups - either regularly or just giving it a try - they'd be delighted to hear from you. Call 01895 270730 or email Iver.firstname.lastname@example.org
Environment Centre 'All Hands on Deck' Days
Get outdoors and learn some new gardening skills
The centre grounds will open for groups of up to 22 volunteers from 10am to 2.30pm on the 15th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 29th of March and the 1st of April.
You will spread yourselves out across their 2.4-acre site to do gardening, sweeping and maintenance. No experience is needed, just a positive attitude and a willingness to get stuck in. Open to volunteers aged 14 and over (those under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult). All equipment is supplied, including gardening gloves, but you can bring your own if you prefer.
Attendance to these events must be booked through this Eventbrite link.
A novel way to celebrate your special occasion
Why not use the IHRA Phone Box mini-gallery?
IHRA has been using our iconic phone box in Pinewood Green as a mini-gallery to collectively celebrate community themes and events such as Christmas, Diwali, Valentine's Day or even our links to the Carry On films many of which were shot locally. This will continue with our list of scheduled occasions.
However, we are now making the phone box gallery available to local residents for the same purpose. If you would like to create a mini display for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or maybe even marriage proposal, then just get in touch with us. Email email@example.com or leave a message on 07572 125960 and we'll get right back to you.
There is no charge for IHRA Members; a small fee applies to non-members.
Note: this phone box is managed by the IHRA Committee. All content displayed must be family-friendly. Sorry but no advertising, business promotions or political messages will be accepted.
Buckinghamshire Weekly Online Lottery
Support IHRA with a chance to win up to £25,000!
The Chiltern & South Bucks Lottery is an online lottery that has been set up to support local good causes. IHRA has been accepted as one of the organisations to benefit, with 50p from each ticket bought via our page on the Lottery site going towards helping fund initiatives such as the Iver Heath Clean Air Campaign.
It's really easy to buy tickets - simply go to the IHRA page. There are lots of prizes each week, plus you have a chance to win the jackpot of £25,000. Good luck!
Light Up the Ivers 2020
Celebrate the Festive Season and help the Community sparkle
To add some sparkle in this socially distanced world a new event for The Ivers will launch on 1st December.
'Light Up the Ivers' will see windows lit up across the Parish. Each day the window or windows for that day will be revealed building over the weeks to locations in all the villages. You can see them from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day until early January 2021.
This is a collaboration between the residents’ associations of Iver, Iver Heath, Richings Park and The Ivers Parish Council and you can follow the daily reveals on the dedicated Facebook page #LightUpTheIvers.
Each week a summary of the windows that have gone ‘live’ will be published on Facebook and the residents’ associations will be spreading the word as well.
If you want to donate to one of the 3 local causes you can find details on Facebook. The 3 causes are Maureen’s Christmas Parcel Appeal, #LightUp The Ivers through The Good Neighbour Scheme for vouchers, and The Ivers Parish Council Food Parcels.
Watch out for more details soon.
Detailed information is on the #LightUpTheIvers Facebook page.
We hope you enjoy joining us. Be sure to tag us in your social media pictures during the event and use the hashtag #LightUpTheIvers. The best pictures will be shared on the Facebook page.
Litter picks suspended due to Covid restrictions
Our Litter Picking volunteers usually meet at various locations around Iver Heath at 10:30 on the first Saturday of each month. Much good work has been done since we first started this initiative, with well over 300 bags of rubbish collected by volunteers from around our village.
Unfortunately, due to current Covid-related restrictions, we are unable to carry out our monthly litter picks for the time being. As soon as the situation changes, we will be letting everyone know.
However, in the meantime, we are very happy to loan out litter pickers and high viz jackets to any individual members or small groups who would like to do their own mini clean-up.
If you are interested, then please contact Alec Moore on 07708 415760.
Join the September 2020 Big Clean-Up Event
IHRA helps keep Iver Heath tidy
We’re sending a ‘call-out’ to all of our keen volunteers to our Iver Heath ‘big clean up’ event of 2020, which is part of the Keep Britain Tidy national initiative.
Meeting in the Stag & Hounds car park just before 10:30am on Saturday 12th September, we’ll be splitting into pairs or small teams to fan out across the village for an hour and a half to bag up strewn litter that’s become a sight for sore eyes.
Safety is a bigger issue than ever, so we want to make sure that everyone stays safe while doing their bit for the environment and being part of ‘the pick’:
REFRESHMENTS AT THE STAG AND HOUNDS
The Stag & Hounds, where we will be starting and finishing, will kindly be laying on refreshments for volunteers after the event.
IHRA 'Drop-In' Event
Saturday 9th November at Iver Heath Bowls Club
As part of our commitment to keep Iver Heath residents informed on the big local issues, and to act as a voice for the community, we bought together latest information on some of the 'hot topics' in Iver Heath at this special Drop-In Event on 9th November.
We, and representatives from other organisations, were there to answer questions and note your comments and concerns.
Plus teams from Colne Valley Park and the Ivers Volunteers at Work were there showcasing information on some of the really inspiring environmental initiatives in the village and local area.
With thanks to all of the organisations that participated, all the residents who attended and especially the Iver Heath Bowls Club who provided such an excellent venue and the refreshments.
Links to some of the information we shared on the day can be found on the Useful Information section of this website under IHRA Useful Reference Documents.
Quiz Night a Great Success
Saturday 12th October at Iver Heath Bowls Club
Iver Heath Residents' Association joined up with the Iver Heath Bowls Club to put on a Quiz Night social evening on Saturday 12th October.
After expenses, £450 was raised, 50% of which will go towards replacing the Bowls' Club perimeter hedge and the other half towards IHRA's work on the renovation of two public noticeboards in the village which are in pretty bad shape.
All the Quiz teams who took part did well, however, the winning team with the highest score was Iver No Chance - a big 'well done' to them.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the evening's activities with special mentions to those who set the questions; Mike (quizmaster); Dean and Sharon (scorers); Sue Dickenson, Merlijn and Lisa Crone (baking yummy cakes); Pinewood Studios and Neil from the local shop in Slough Road for donating raffle prizes. Finally a huge 'thank you' to Betty Hemsley who organised the Bowls Club venue and cooked supper for 100 folks on the night.
Swallow Street Woodland
Introductory Walk on Saturday 19th October
Contractors have been working along Swallow Street recently finishing footpaths, erecting new fencing and kissing gates, and installing a new bench. Adam Bolton, Project Manager (Habitats and Access) at Groundwork South said “Whilst this represents the bulk of the contractor work, it merely marks the start of the project and of Swallow Street Woodland as a site.”
There are hopes to do a lot more positive work with the site. Ideas being considered by Groundwork South and the Colne Valley Park team include planting blue bells and other wildflowers, as well as the future use of bird and bat boxes. They have applied for extra funding to pay for some of this already, however volunteers will be the real difference maker in terms of the long-term success of this project.
Adam Bolton is leading a Welcome to Swallow Street Introductory Walk on Saturday 19thOctober between 10.00 and 11.30. Everyone is welcome.
Hardings Row Conservation Volunteers
Volunteering in the great outdoors
If you like being outdoors and doing some great work at the same time, this project could be right up your street.
Volunteers meet at Hardings Row Nature Reserve, which is just off Swallow Street in Iver Heath, for three hours of conservation work on one Sunday each month. You'll need your outdoor 'scruffs' and wellies but all equipment will be provided.
Want to know more? contact Dhush on 07718 043080 or email Dhush.Selvarajah@groundwork.org.uk
Check out the Autumn 2019 Colne Valley Regional Park Newsletter for information on various interesting projects, activities and initiatives.
Iver Parish Council seeks residents' input
Views on the Local Plan sought
Now that the consultation for the Local plan has been extended, the Parish Council is holding a 'have your say session' on Saturday 27th July at the Jubilee Pavilion to gather the comments of local people in order to inform their response to the Local Plan consultation and their representations at the public enquiry.
A Sunday filled with fun
Something for everybody to enjoy
The Funday will have activities for those of you who like crafts, sports or try something new like a circus skills workshop. The Iver Singers will be leading a singalong and the community library team is running storytelling sessions. You can even join in giant games or race on space hoppers.
Entry to the event is free, as are all the activities. You can bring a picnic or purchase food from the Scouts BBQ or cream teas from the Iver Heath Bowls Club.
So that pedestrians are kept safe as they move around the activities, parking during the event will be for blue badge holders only. Dogs are welcome but should be kept on leads while the event is kept in progress.
Colne Valley Regional Park Activities
Opportunities for everyone to get out and get involved
Due to the location of Iver Heath in the heart of the Colne Valley, many of the projects that are part of the new Heritage Lottery Funded 'Landscape on the Edge' partnership scheme will be of interest to local residents. Plus there are Summer activities for the family, volunteering opportunities and more to choose from:
Colne Valley Park Festival (28th July 2019 11am to 4pm) - fun for the whole family
Your Meadow Needs You! Join a team of “Lookers” keeping an eye on the cattle grazing on the Misbourne Meadow in Denham.
River Rangers needed: an opportunity for local residents to become River Rangers to help conserve, survey and champion local watercourses.
Let's keep up the great work
We are still in the judging period for Bucks Best Kept Village
We had a great turnout last month, with a team of volunteers that 'worked their socks off' to make a positive impact when the judges come round to assess Iver Heath for the Bucks Best Kept Village entry. Since then, individual residents, mini teams, The Ivers Volunteers at Work and Pinewood Studios staff have been out waging the war on litter and generally tidying up our village. Well done everybody!
This weekend is the final slot when the judges could visit, so let's get out there in force. Everyone welcome; the weather should be just right and we've got plenty of empty bags ready to be filled with stray rubbish.
Carers Bucks Events
Support available for unpaid careers in Iver Heath
You may be caring for a relative, or a friend or neighbour. Perhaps you are supporting someone who has had a stroke, or someone with dementia, Parkinson’s, MS, a physical disability, a mental health illness, cancer, or a child with additional needs. Carers Bucks is the charity in Buckinghamshire which supports unpaid carers, and is working to identify and support carers in the local area.
Carers Bucks runs support groups for people in a caring role – the Ivers group meets at Iver Heath Bowls Club on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10.30-12.30pm. You do not need to book to attend and new carers are always welcome. Do phone their office to confirm the venue before coming, as they sometimes have trips out, for example to a garden centre for lunch. There is also a Carers' Choir that meets twice a month in Chalfont St Peter.
If you would like to know more about how Carers Bucks can support you in your caring role, please get in touch either by telephone on 0300 777 2722, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or via their website www.carersbucks.org.
Crime Prevention Event
Saturday 22 June at Iver Parish Council (10.00 untill midday)
At our AGM in May, we talked about working with our Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Jane Brown to set up a CCTV and AMP project called SmartVille Iver Heath. You can meet some of those who would be involved, as well as pick up lots of useful information about crime prevention in general, at this drop-in event.
Residents voice their opinions on village future
Special meeting held at Iver Heath Bowls Blub
We had a good turnout at our meeting to get input from members and other residents of Iver Heath on the Neighbourhood Plan held at the Iver Heath Bowls Club. The feedback we received will be collated with that which we received at other meetings held earlier in the year and passed to Iver Parish Council for them to include in their formation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Ivers.
We will be sharing the headlines of our findings so far with IHRA members at the AGM being held at Iver Heath Village Hall on Saturday 11th May, where there will also be an opportunity to feed into our final report.
'The Ivers Volunteers at Work' events
Check out how you can join in
Did you know that there is a local group of dedicated volunteers regularly tackling various places around Iver Heath doing some great outdoor work? You may have spotted one of their yellow signs as they get out there edging footpaths, clearing ditches or even cleaning up road signs, all with the ambition of making Iver Heath a prettier and safer place to be.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you could join in on one of their 'clean up' sessions, simply visit their Facebook page.
Waging War on Litter in Iver Heath
On Saturday 6th April | part of the Great British Spring Clean
We are in constant battle with rubbish on our streets and paths, along verges and in ditches. It's not only unsighly but a health hazzard to our children, pets and wildlife.
For April's IHRA organised litter-pick, and as part of the Great British Spring Clean initiative, we are calling out for new volunteers to join us for this special event so we can make a real impact on cleaning up our village for the Spring. We want to 'wage war' on litter and win!
Every person who joins in, even for an hour, will make a valuable contribution. So, why not join us? Meet us at the Stag & Hounds car park in Church Rd at 10:30 on Saturday 6th April and be part of our Great British Spring Clean litter-picking army.
'The King and I' Special Screening Event
Tea, cakes and a movie for our precious senior citizens
We were delighted to welcome some fifty senior members of our community, many of them from local Contact the Elderly groups as well as some IHRA members, at a special screening of 'The King and I' on Sunday 4th November 2018 organised by IHRA and hosted by Pinewood Studios.
Jenny Armsby from Contact the Elderly said "Thank you so much to the IHRA for organising such a lovely outing for our dear 'Contact' ladies. They had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed the scrummy eats. Our elderly folk are so precious, and thank you for adding to their happiness". Jenny: it was an absolute pleasure.
Public Meeting 2018
Wednesday 24th October at the Crooked Billet
Our Public Meeting this week was considered a success as the function room at the Crooked Billet was filled with some 50 residents of Iver Heath eager to get the latest news on local projects and events.
Thank you to all those who attended, as well as to Jane Brown our local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator who came armed with lots of useful information, to Cllr Ray Sangster who provided an interesting update and answered council-related questions, as well as to the Crooked Billet team who kindly gave us the function room free of charge for the evening.
Notes from the meeting will be emailed to members in due course and a link to the notes will also be provided on this site.
IHRA helps keep Iver Heath tidy
Our Litter Picking volunteers meet at the Village Hall at 10:30 on the first Saturday of each month. Much good work has been done since we first started this initiative, with well over 200 bags of rubbish collected by volunteers from around our village.
If you are concerned about the state of a particular area of Iver Heath and would like to get involved to help clean it up please contact us.