AGM Chair Report

It’s a pleasure to be able to report on a lively and successful past year for The Isleworth Society, both socially and financially. A varied range of activities included four Members’ Social meetings with illustrated talks from guest speakers, a film and an evening of fine dining with music hall entertainment to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. Visits were organised to Kneller Hall and to a garden in St George’s Road. The Quiz evening returned to popular acclaim and a capacity audience, and brought in welcome additional revenue, assisted by the Barclays ‘Pound for Pound’ scheme. Despite a break from routine with a change of day, the annual Carols in The Square continued to attract local residents who, fortified by mince pies and mulled wine, turned up their volume and lifted December spirits in Lower Square. We hope that members have felt that their subscriptions have provided very good value for money, but with rising costs, the Committee is minded to recommend a small increase in 2018-19. 

The ‘unveiling’ of the renovated Glossop Memorial in June was one of the very visible highlights of the Society’s heritage activities and an example of excellent partnership working with Heritage of London Trust and the London Borough of Hounslow. The Isleworth 390 project, linked with local schools and churches, has continued its research into everyday life in Isleworth during 1914-18 and the people behind the names on the Isleworth Memorial. This year there was a particular focus on the 82 servicemen known to have lost their lives in 1916. 

The Society has also been active behind the scenes, in pressing for environmental improvements, including those to South Street, Redlees Park and Isleworth Leisure Centre. TIS was instrumental in securing the Asset of Community Value status for Park Road Allotment Gardens and in partnering the London Borough of Hounslow to provide supporting evidence during a Tribunal over an appeal against this decision. It continues its connections with many other groups in the community, including through representation or affiliation. 

In 2016, special attention has been given to finding ways to raise the importance of the Borough’s Conservation areas and TIS welcomes the opportunity to continue to publicise these more widely in the future through ‘Hounslow Matters’. In terms of our own communications, I’m particularly grateful to Ian Fisher, our Vice Chairman, for his maintenance of the TIS website and to Christine Diwell for her regular and informative newsletters. Ian will be standing down from the Committee, and we’re very appreciative of all of his efforts over nigh on ten years and especially, of his willingness to carry on in the role of webmaster.   

I’d like to thank all members of The Isleworth Society for their involvement and support over the past year, our President, Lady Caroline Percy, and Vice President, Andrea Cameron, for their guidance, and members of the Committee for their continued energy and commitment. Together, we can look forward to 2017 and to another active year for Isleworth. 

Best Wishes,

Susan Casey