THE Summer Solstice took place, to signify the sun entering the highest point in the northern hemisphere, was on Saturday.

Take advantage of the longer, summer days in Hillingdon this week with a range of cheap events for the whole family.

Here are my top five suggested items in the borough for under £5.

Tuesday, June 24

The Older Person Lunch and Social Club meets every Tuesday 11am-3pm at Bell Farm Christian Centre, South Road, West Drayton. Those over the age of 60 can drop in for a spot of socialising, with a hot lunch provided. Refreshments, including tea, coffee and biscuits, are also on hand. Entry is £4.50 per person.

Wednesday, June 25

Want to give your child a head start in his or her development? The Rhythm and Rhyme classes at Botwell Green Library in Hayes aim to do just that. Through story time, songs, rhymes and simple crafts, the class aims to get children socialising and building on their language and listening skills. Suitable for those under two, the session takes place from 10.30-11:30am and is free.

Thursday, June 26

Hillingdon Ramblers offer walks throughout the week, but their summer programme looks to take advantage of the longer days, with led walks of around 5-6 miles, finishing with an optional pub supper. For more information, email, contact 01895 853845, or visit

Friday, June 27

Interested in writing your own crime novel? Want to know how the professionals produce a page-turning book? Four crime writers, Luana Lewis, Barbara Nadel, Leigh Russell and Zoe Sharp, will be at Uxbridge Library from 7.30-9.30pm, to reveal their trade tricks. They will also take some time out to discuss their careers and take questions from the audience, while refreshments will be served at the end. The event is free, but tickets must be booked in advance. For details, contact Uxbridge Library on 01895 250706.

Saturday, June 28

Yiewsley Recreation Ground will play host to the annual Carnival in the Park this Saturday from 1-6pm. Rides, stalls, face painting, Punch and Judy and Victorian dressing-up.

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