Battle of Britain Bunker events and opening times

Attached are events at the Battle of Britain Bunker over the next few weeks. We have a programme that will hopefully be of interest to everyone from family activities, concerts, yoga sessions and interesting speakers! This weekend we have Caroline Paige talking about her extensive RAF career at 11.30am in our Auditorium.

Mulled wine and minced pies will be available to buy during December at Daisy’s café. Our gift shop is also stocked with lots of great present ideas for all the family.



We hope to see you and a Merry Christmas from the Battle of Britain Bunker!

Best wishes,

Battle of Britain Bunker, Wren Ave, Uxbridge UB10 0GG

Battle of Britain Bunker: | 01895 238154 | Battle of Britain Bunker


Hillingdon Council IT systems maintenance

From 6pm on Thursday 16 November to Monday 20 November, essential maintenance will be carried out to the Planning, Building Control and Local Land Charges IT system.  There will be no access to any records held within the system and the following tasks will be unavailable on the council’s website:

*   research planning, planning appeals, planning enforcement and building control history

*   view planning applications and plans

*   submit planning application comments

*   submit building control applications

*   book building control inspections

*   request land charge searches and receive search results.

Air Traffic instrument calibration

Note: On the morning of the 21st Nov Air Traffic instrument approaches will be undergoing calibration. To that end a light aircraft will be conducting several flights over the airfield up until 0330.

What is flight calibration:

Flight Calibration is the term used to cover a wide range of flight calibration, inspection and validation services. Flight calibration can include everything from checking navigation systems and ensuring radar systems are working to ensuring an aircraft passes an inspection and its equipment is up to date.


we have been asked to remind residents that it is illegal to pick any plant or funghi in Ruislip Woods national nature reserve.

Council’s plans for state-of-the art relocation of Uxbridge Library to go on display

Proposals have been developed for Uxbridge Library to undergo a modernised and climate-friendly transformation and relocate to Hillingdon’s Civic Centre in spring 2024.

Where many local authorities have closed local libraries as a way to reduce cost pressures, Hillingdon Council has committed to maintaining its 16 across the borough through its Library Strategy, and further investing in buildings and facilities to ensure they are of the highest quality, efficient and meet residents’ needs now and in the future.

The council’s plans for an upgraded central library, which are set to be considered by Cabinet in December, include facilities not currently provided in its existing building, such as study pods, hireable meeting space and a dedicated space for the popular Tovertafel (interactive tabletop projections).

The plans preserve exhibition and event spaces, a learning centre with public computers, charging points for laptops, a dedicated children’s library and of course, a large book collection.

The council is bringing the service ‘in house’ as part of its mission to continue delivering outstanding services in more efficient and innovative ways as a result of the ongoing budget pressures being experienced by all local authorities, and as part of the organisation’s commitment to being more sustainable to meet its carbon reduction target of net zero by 2030.

While the library’s current location in Uxbridge High Street remains popular, the building itself is one of the council’s assets with the highest carbon footprint and with underused spaces.

Work is already underway on renovating the borough’s Civic Centre as part of the Uxbridge Masterplan to revitalise the town centre and the southern end of the High Street.

The new facility will also be more accessible with a bus stop outside and disability access, in comparison to the current location which is split across six floors and can be difficult for disabled people to navigate and can prove especially challenging for older people, people with dementia and those with special educational needs.

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “Uxbridge Library would remain one of our flagship facilities and a genuine community hub. Its relocation would deliver a fantastic new amenity for residents and visitors.

“We’re committed to creating a green and sustainable borough and making sound decisions about using taxpayers’ money. So, it makes little sense to keep open a building which is energy inefficient and where the space is underutilised, when we can move the library just a very short walk away into a building which will be modernised to the highest standards while offering enhanced facilities.

“The move would also help centralise the facility alongside other services which have also recently been brought into the Civic Centre, including Uxbridge Family Hub and Learn Hillingdon, our adult education service.”

Plans for the new library are set to go on display for residents to view and find out more in the current library building on Friday 10 November. For more information, visit<

Some sad news

It is with very great sadness that we are letting you know that Lesley Crowcroft passed away earlier this week.

She had battled with ill health for a long time and most particularly in recent months.  She had had to endure so much but continued to work tirelessly for our community through her dedicated work for the Eastcote Conservation Panel and the Friends of Eastcote House Gardens.

For many years, as planning representative for ERA, I worked very closely with Lesley on local planning applications and other planning issues.  Her knowledge and support were invaluable to me, as was the friendship between us which grew over those years.

She will be so missed.

Jackie Redrup

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