Run the Lon­don Marathon, and make it snappy...

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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.

“To com­plete

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.

You can spon­sor him by tex­ting PSMR68 and the amount to 70070.

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. hilling­donthe­, or at Pro Mu­sic In­ter­na­tional in Swakeleys Road, Ick­en­ham.

n SNAP HAPPY: Pardip Min­has is pre­par­ing to run the marathon in a crocodile cos­tume

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