November 2014 Monthly Archives

Community Groups from Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner Recognised in the 2014 Lloyds Bank Community Fund

November 28, 2014



The 2014 Lloyds Bank Community Fund is helping local people in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner to have a positive impact at the heart of their communities by giving grants of between £500 and £3,000 to good causes.

The shortlist of 1,400 good causes was put to a public vote between 2 September and 10 October, with people voting in branch, online, via text message, and, for the first time, on Twitter.  As a result an incredible 1.5 million votes were cast.

The local community groups who have been awarded the grants have been announced and notified. The successful groups from Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner are:

  • Eastcote House Gardens – £1000
  • Friends for Friends – £500

Over 700,000 people will be benefit either directly or indirectly from the good work the 1,400 good causes across the country will be able to deliver as a result of receiving a Community Fund 2014 award. Young people will benefit the most from the Community Fund awards, with 30% of the top awards going to groups that specifically benefit young people

Graham Lindsay, Director, Responsible Business and Community Affairs, Lloyds Banking Group said “It has been fantastic to see so many members of the public nominating and voting for good causes in the 2014 Lloyds Bank Community Fund. Looking at all the wonderful causes that the Community Fund awards will go towards is truly heartening to see. Helping our communities thrive in this way is crucial to us delivering our ambition to help Britain prosper.”

Nick Hurd MP said “This is a great cause and I am proud to support the Lloyds Bank Community Fund for all the good work it does for local communities. I would like to congratulate all organisations who were awarded grants, especially the two groups in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner. It is terrific to see the public so engaged in voting and supporting these schemes, which help make such a positive difference in the constituency.”

Nick Hurd MP calls for musicians and film-makers to enter Rock the House and Film the House

November 7, 2014

Nick Hurd MP is supporting musicians and film-makers from Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner by calling for local artists to enter Parliament’s two largest creative competitions, Rock the House and Film the House.


The annual competitions offer the opportunity to put local musicians and film-makers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the two industries, and to have the best of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner’s talent take front and centre stage. Judged by the leading lights of industry, with prizes ranging from festival slots, studio time, top-notch equipment, and your work premiered in London’s West End, the Rock the House and Film the House competitions are a pioneering opportunity to showcase what Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner has to offer, raising awareness about the importance of Intellectual property (IP) to our creative industries and country.


Dates for the 2015 competitions are:

  • 31 December 2014, closing date for entries to MPs
  • 1 February 2015, closing date for MPs to announce their constituency nominations
  • 18 March, Finals

More information on how to apply for each competition can be found at:



Nick Hurd MP MP said:

“I welcome the return of Parliament’s most-hotly contested competitions, and would urge all local musicians and film-makers to enter Rock the House and Film the House. This is an excellent opportunity for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner to celebrate our local talent and, as all nominations are judged by industry experts, there is no finer chance for our musicians and film-makers to gain exposure.”


Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all who have participated in Rock the House…it is a great opportunity for us to celebrate up-and-coming unsigned British talent in a fantastic setting. I wish the 2015 competitors the best of luck.”


Rock legend and actor, Alice Cooper said:

“Rock the House is a great project which celebrates the fantastic diversity of the British music scene and gives musicians a vehicle through which to hold their legislators accountable about protecting the music industry’s intellectual property.”


Former Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger said:

“Rock the House has once again been a genuine success this year, engaging a unique combination of politicians, young people and consumers alike with the message of respect for IP. I am committed to making sure the copyright system that underpins the UK’s outstanding music industry is understood and respected.”



For more information on how to enter Rock the House go to;

and for Film the House

One in a million

November 3, 2014

Hundreds of events will be taking place this week as charities use Trustees’ Week as a time to thank the one million trustees across England and Wales for their time and dedication.

There are 284 voluntary organisations in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner that all rely on the dedication, energy and commitment of c. 1,500 trustees in order to support their beneficiaries.

Trustees are the people ultimately in charge of a charity. They make decisions that help charities achieve their aims and change their beneficiaries’ lives.

It is also a time to encourage more people to become trustees, as many voluntary organisations find it difficult to recruit new trustees. As many as one in five charities are looking for a new trustee.

Being a trustee allows you not only to make a difference to the lives of others, but to learn new skills, meet different people, and develop your career. Voluntary organisations are always looking for a range of skills and different backgrounds on their boards, as well as more young people. You can find out more about trustee vacancies in your local area through NCVO’s Trustee Bank, Charity Job and Do It.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

“Trustees’ Week is a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate trustees and the valuable contribution they make to our society. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Good governance is at the very heart of an effective charity.”

Trustee facts and figures

  • There are over 160,000 charities in the UK, all of which rely on trustees.
  • There are one million trustee positions across England and Wales. However, the number of people who are trustees is likely to be considerably less. Research shows that 45% of trustees are members of two boards.

  • There are 284 voluntary organisations in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner with 1,500 trustee positions.