The Stage is Yours

A chance for children and young people to develop their performing arts skills and perform on stage at the Compass Theatre!

Each week of workshops feature a different selection of West End and Broadway musicals.

Five-day workshops for 7 to 16 year-olds:
• Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August
• Monday 19 to Friday 23 August •
Find out more and book:

Two-day workshops for 4 to 6 year-olds:
• Thursday 1 to Friday 2 August
• Thursday 22 to Friday 23 August
Find out more and book:


Summer Reading Challenge 2024

Presented by The Reading Agency and developed in partnership with Create, this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is ‘Marvellous Makers!’ and it’s all about celebrating children’s creativity.

This summer, children aged 4 to 11-years-old will be invited to fire up their imaginations and unleash storytelling and creativity through the power of reading. From puppets to portrait making, junk modelling to storytelling, there will be events and activities for everyone. 

Volunteers needed

We’re looking for young people aged 14+ who can help promote and deliver our Summer Reading Challenge programme.

It’s a great opportunity to gain experience working in a library, work as part of a team and engage with members of the public.

Find out more about volunteering

Fantastic gifts for reading

We have some wonderful gifts for this year’s challenge (available while stocks last):

  • visit 1 – your collector folder
  • visit 2 – sticker set 1
  • visit 3 – sticker set 2
  • visit 4 – sticker set 3, medal and certificate.

How to take part

  1. Between Saturday 6 July and Saturday 14 September, join our Summer Reading Challenge (for free) in any Hillingdon Library.
  2. Visit a library and borrow books at least 4 times during the summer (we recommend aiming to read at least 6 books).
  3. Collect your gifts as you borrow books.

Please note: Children wishing to take part will need to be a member of Hillingdon libraries – joining is free and easy.

Prize draw

Children who complete the challenge by Saturday 14 September will be entered into 2 great prize draws. There is an art set to be won at every library plus 1 major prize of a Kindle Fire and a Kodak camera bundle. Prizes will be presented by the Mayor of Hillingdon at a special event at the Mayor’s Parlour on Tuesday 1 October. Terms and conditions apply.


Council trials new parking technology to clamp down on irresponsible parking

Hillingdon Council has begun a two-week trial of a new vehicle fitted with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to help clamp down on unauthorised parking.
During the trial anyone parked in the council’s parking management schemes without the correct permits or exemptions will face enhanced enforcement.
Currently, Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO) carry out inspections across the borough on foot and individually check parked vehicles using handheld devices. However, the new vehicle’s technology allows CEOs to carry out more checks across a wider area in less time.
The ANPR cameras, linked to the council’s parking permit database, will highlight potential parking contraventions to the CEOs, who will follow up with a manual verification and check for valid parking approvals such as visitor permits and blue badges. Not all alerts will result in a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services said:
“We’re committed to being a digital-enabled, modern council, while putting our residents first. The trial is a fantastic way to maximise officer time in cracking down on those who fail to follow our parking restrictions and ensure that parking remains accessible and fair to residents with valid permits within their neighbourhoods.”
The results of the trial will be analysed before the council makes a final decision on further implementation of the vehicle across the borough.
For more information about parking in Hillingdon visit

Saturday morning walks from Manor Farm library

Hillingdon Ramblers members are offering a programme of easy paced 3-4 mile walks on the first and third Saturday of the month starting on 6th July. The walks will start at 10 am from Manor Farm (Ruislip) library. At the end of the walk there will be an opportunity to enjoy refreshments in the library. Full details are on the Hillingdon Ramblers website

Have your say on Hillingdon Council’s Cycling Strategy

The residents associations of Eastcote and Ruislip have requested extra time to respond to Hillingdon Council’s new Cycling Strategy consultation. The council has agreed to extend the consultation by two weeks, until 18th June 2024.

This will allow suitable time to update the document to create a final version which they will hopefully be able to launch not long after the general election.  Click Here

The council has published its draft Cycling Strategy – a 10-year vision outlining its ambitions to enable more people to make trips in the borough safely and easily and improve infrastructure.

Residents, businesses and visitors are being asked to have their say on the draft strategy ahead of a final version being launched later this summer.

Among the proposals is the delivery of eight new dedicated cycle routes. A key element of the consultation will be looking to understand which of those routes residents favour most, which will enable the council to prioritise delivery.

The council has already overseen the installation of many kilometres of dedicated cycle network, and helped thousands of young people get free cycle training, but there remain obstacles to getting more residents out pedalling.

The strategy sets out how the council will seek to address those, in particular by utilising the borough’s green spaces and towpaths to help residents traverse the borough without having to use busy roads, which can be hostile to new or inexperienced cyclists.

Cllr Jonathan Bianco, Hillingdon Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport, said: “We’re committed to creating a green and sustainable borough with thriving healthy households.

“By facilitating more safe, car-free travel options for residents it will remove non-essential and polluting journeys from borough roads, while helping residents to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

“We want to hear from residents and other stakeholders to ensure our ambitions align with residents’ needs, so that what we deliver will be well-used and also represent good value for money for everyone.”

Have your say on the draft strategy before the deadline on Tuesday 4 June

HS2 works update

Please see the works updates as follows:

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