From the Newsletter Editorial...

A New Year is underway with a revised concept for our next meeting Wednesday 8th March.  For the first half Hounslow Highways’ (HH) representatives will present details of their remit, how they work, and field questions and queries. HH is a partnership between LBofH, Vinci Concessions and Ringway so this is a chance to raise issues about our streets as to cleanliness, condition and maintenance, something which affects us all.  It resulted from a £800m 25 year deal signed by LBofH commencing January 2013, to implement a programme to improve the Borough’s 259 miles of roads and 458 miles of pavements.  The second half of the evening is on a lighter note, a showing of “Come On Eileen”, an award winning documentary covering the life and cycling achievements of Isleworth’s own Eileen Sheridan.  The film includes her record breaking Land’s End to John O’Groats ride.   

To tie in with mention of Eileen, for some time the committee has looked at options to mark contributions to the Society of Eileen and Jean Lagden as former committee members.  Thoughts of sponsoring street trees fell away when no suitable site could be found.   Now the idea is coming to fruition to plant 2 Poplar trees on Isleworth Ait.  Both Eileen and Jean’s houses look out over this and when fuller grown the trees will be visible to all.  This could not have come about without the willing help of Isleworth Ait Management Group.  It is hoped planting will be completed in January.  Meantime if anyone knows the owner of a “light aircraft” crashed on the island (actually a model) the Ait Group would be happy to return it!

As far as we can trace the tradition of Carols in the Square started in 1993, without musical accompaniment. 2016 saw a change of day from Thursday to Tuesday, to better suit All Saints’ choir.  It drew a goodly crowd despite overcast weather. The Mayor and Consort attended with the singing accompanied by a 9 piece Salvation Army Band.  We are indebted to Bellway for agreeing to sponsor the splendid tree, and local businesses who contributed towards other costs - Oakhill, A. C Curd, Middlesex Glass, Tesco and Garner & Hancock.  The latter once again entered into the spirit of the occasion offering refreshments at their offices earlier on.  As always Burchells made a major half time contribution by concocting mulled wine and warming mince pies.

Maybe it was a last minute downpour that led to reduced attendance at our November meeting.   A shame as it was a rare chance to see a 1920s film produced at Isleworth Worton Studios which received much praise. Special raffle prizes were on offer thanks to a much appreciated generous contribution by the late Mary Bickle’s family who divided monies donated at her funeral between local groups with which she had been associated during her life.

Fortunately there was a bumper turnout for return of the Quiz Night. The buzz in the hall and comments made evidence it was regarded as highly enjoyable.  A bonus is it boosted our funds by £1,500 when the net profit was doubled under Barclays’ £for£ scheme.  No TIS activities come about without a good deal of planning and input behind the scenes and grateful thanks are due to all involved.

Along with many other groups and individuals, TIS’s laid a wreath at the Clock Tower War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Under the auspices of the 390 Project, initiated and overseen by TIS, pupils wore sashes and carried scrolls outlining lives of servicemen that died in 1916 and whose names are on the memorial.