front page december 12
'TIS (ALMOST) the season to be jolly, and the Gazette has made its annual appeal for toys for children who will be spending Christmas on the Peter Pan and Wendy wards at Hillingdon Hospital.
And in a week for appeal launches, well known pub landlord Gary Gilchrist og The Brook House in Hayes is trying to raise as much money as possible as fast as he can to buy a mini-bus for Meadow High School for special needs children.
Elsewhere, a West Drayton businessman has been jailed for dodging £2m tax on importations of garlic, two young men from Ruislip have been detained for graffiti attacks on Tube trains and a man has been charged in connection with the death of a cyclist in Northwood last spring.
And on a crime theme, what about the victims? They had their own Christmas lunch, laid on by Hillingdon police, who this week are also honouring their most dedicated, brave and tenacious officers. Watch out for the awards ceremony report next week.
EastEnder Adam Woodyatt is all set to star as Captain Hook in The Beck Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan, which has sold out its entire first week; Age UK is appealing for older carers, and a famous actor has thrown his weight behind an appeal for a lost dog.
And on the Christmas theme, fancy a date? Brunel University's Dr Helen Jacobus has a play with the numbers for our 50th edition of the year, which came out on 12.12.12.