Run the London Marathon, and make it snappy...
HILLINGDON Mayor George Cooper had a chance to see Harefield Infants School’s new state-of-the-art kitchen when he visited on January 29.
The school’s new kitchen and serving area was provided by the Department for Education and Hillingdon Council, and fitted by the council last summer, in time for the new academic year.
Bernadette Lloyd, head teacher of the school in High Street, Harefield, said: “It’s like a dream for us to now have a state-ofthe-art kitchen.
“The work was completed over the summer and it looks amazing. This is a great provision for the children of Harefield.
“Our chef manager, Peter Fascella, from caterers Taylor Shaw, is A MAN from Hayes has snapped up the opportunity to run the Virgin London Marathon dressed as a crocodile.
Pardip Singh Minhas, 47, also plans to complete the Hillingdon Half Marathon in the ferocious costume while pushing his son’s pram.
The Ealing Eagles runner, of Pinkwell Avenue, is no stranger to running, having competed in 11 London Marathons as well as last year’s Hillingdon race while pushing his son’s buggy.
Mr Minhas said: “Completing the Hillingdon half with my preparing fresh, nutritious healthy meals with high quality ingredients and the children are really enjoying them and able to concentrate more in the afternoons.”
Melissa Henderson, a parent of twins in Year One, said: “It saves us money having the universal infant free son was great fun and attracted a lot of publicity, so initially we planned to do the same again for the London Marathon.
“Unfortunately the organisers told me this wouldn’t be possible, so I thought I’d better find another way that I could make it interesting while still raising money for a great cause.
“I spent a full day scrolling through costumes online to find the perfect one and I knew the moment I laid eyes on the crocodile suit it was the one for me.
a school meals. It’s really brilliant, the children love the food and there’s so much choice.
“Having the chef onsite means it’s fresh.
“It’s really filling them up, as I’ve noticed that they’re not wanting to snack when they come home. We are really happy.” marathon in running shorts and a vest is hard enough, but I wanted to make it interesting and a real challenge.”
Mr Minhas will run the marathon as he celebrates his seventh wedding anniversary.
He revealed that after getting married on April 25 2009, he got out of bed the next morning to complete the 26.2-mile course.
He said: “The London Marathon will always hold fond memories for me. I must have shown half the people running the race my wedding ring, even the police if they
As well as enjoying a tour of the facilities the mayor also joined in with celebrations of several recent achievements including receiving the Investor in People Gold Award.
This marks Harefield Infant School out as one of a growing group of Gold Investors in People would listen to me.”
He is aiming to finish in under four and a half hours despite the weight of his costume.
“I completed 20 miles in three hours 14 minutes the other day in my normal running gear, so I’m on track for a pretty good time,” he said.
“I’ll be using the Hillingdon Half as a test run, so hopefully that will give me a good idea of what time to aim for.”
Mr Minhas is running to raise money for Revitalise charity, which offers essential respite care breaks for people with profound disabilities THE galaxy is the limit for Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra who will be performing the music of Star Wars this month.
They have lined up a programme to appeal to all members of the family which includes John Williams’ “incredible” music for the Star Wars saga, as well as Jupiter from Holst’s Planets Suite and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
Children are welcome at this special performance where they can “discover the magic of seeing and hearing a full orchestra live in concert”, say the organisers.
The concert will be at Winston Churchill Theatre, in Pinn Way, Ruislip, on Sunday February 28.
There will also be a selection from the Sound of Music and the chance to sing-along with the famous songs during this whistlestop tour of the musical. organisations.
The school’s ‘mini road safety officers’ received a road safety award from the mayor. Each child also won £100 in Halfords vouchers and teacher, Rhian Cooper received the Transport for London Teacher of the Year award for her innovative work in this area. and their carers, providing much needed relief for those who struggle with significant daily
Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra is enjoying its 30th season and has more than 60 registered members.
The celebrations included a lively and very professional singing and dance performance from the musical Oliver by Year Two children and a poem written by Miss Cooper and performed by the Mini Road Safety Officers. challenges.
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Tickets to the concert are £8 for adults and £5 under 16s, or £22 for a family ticket.
They are available at the JUNIOR doctors at Hillingdon and Mount Vernon Hospitals are planning to take national strike action again today (Wednesday, February 10).
This follows the latest breakdown in talks between the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Government on national terms and conditions for junior doctors.
The strike action is no longer the full walk out that had originally been planned and emergency cover will be provided. It will start at 8am and be in place for 24 hours.
A Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust spokesperson said: “As result of the strike action, the Trust has had to cancel some of its outpatient clinics and non-urgent scheduled procedures on February 10.
“The Trust has been contacting all patients who are booked in for appointments or procedures to advise if these will need to be rescheduled.”
Trust consultants and other doctors will be covering all emergency and critical areas. Urgent patient procedures will go ahead as planned.
The Trust is appealing to people to only visit A&E if they are in need of urgent or emergency care. door or from www. hillingdontheatres.uk, or at Pro Music International in Swakeleys Road, Ickenham.
n SNAP HAPPY: Pardip Minhas is preparing to run the marathon in a crocodile costume