From the Newsletter Editorial...

It is always pleasing to report on an Annual General Meeting that is well attended and TIS’s held 7th May certainly came in that category.   We are very grateful to Catherine Parry-Wingfield for attracting this audience and giving an excellent account of the trials and tribulations in returning J. M. W. Turner’s Twickenham home that he designed to how it looked when he lived there. The AGM gave the opportunity to introduce Brian Grumbridge who took over as Treasurer during the year. The downside is we are seeking a new Membership Secretary to replace Jacqueline Wills who has stepped down after some 10 years in this post. If you would like to learn more about what is involved, please contact Susan Casey, re-elected as Chair, on 020 8847 0157. Jacqueline remains a committee member, alongside Joyce Tomalin, Kate Williamson, Lynne McEvoy and Marilyn Larden.  Christine Diwell continues as Secretary while Rosemary Bunce and Vanessa Smith undertake reviewing planning applications.

This year Civic Voice, to which TIS is affiliated, designated National Civic Day, 22nd June, as “Say Your Conservation Area Matters”.   For this reason, TIS has teamed up with Hounslow Heritage Guides and Friends of Isleworth Public Hall to come up with a new tour culminating with tea at the Hall. This walk takes in the recently opened Thames Path fronting Isleworth House and Isleworth Pottery site, as well as exploring lesser known parts of Isleworth Riverside Conservation Area.  It enables comparing grand 18th and 19thC houses with a variety of working-class cottages evidencing progression from market gardens to residential.  See centre page for details. All are welcome to come on all or some of the walk or just join us for tea at the Hall from around 3.30 p.m. 

The 15th July guided tour of 2 Temple Place, outlined in the last newsletter, built for William Wardorf Astor with no expense spared, is proving popular.  All spaces are filled but don’t despair if joining still appeals, there is always a chance a place may become available, hence details are again included in the centre page.

By way of contrast the next visit arranged for August is a guided tour of the enlarged RFU Twickenham stadium. This has evolved from purchase for a pitch in 1907 of market garden land growing cabbages to its now capacity for a 82,000 crowd. Also included is a free flow visit to the award-winning World of Rugby Museum in its new home. Heralded as the definitive place for everything about rugby it features three times as many as previously shown of its prestigious collection of memorabilia, also film and match footage as well as interactive exhibits.

Prior to that, however, we have TIS’s by now traditional annual social.   This takes place Friday 2nd August 6.30 – 8.30 p.m. at the Town Wharf Public House, now under new management, and offering from the top floor splendid Thames’ views. The venue provides a hospitable setting for a convivial social occasion and we look forward to welcoming members and guests on that evening.  Booking is essential and a form is enclosed with this newsletter.

At the last two Isleworth & Brentford Area Forums (IBAF) concerns were raised over the Northumberland Estate’s decision to issue Park Road Allotment Gardens’ plot holders notice to quit by March 2020.   With the Estate’s disinclination to continue the allotments, ideas for a way to retain this facility include the Council taking back management as previously, as well as the more radical step of invoking a Compulsory Purchase Order.  The result of raising the issue has been that Council Leader, Cllr Steve Curran, and Isleworth Ward Cllr Sue Sampson agreed to meet the Estate’s officers to ascertain more about their plans. The Cllrs put forward undisclosed proposals which the Estate will consider and the outcome is awaited.

A film of the Armistice Day Centenary on 11th November 2018 is live at isleworthww1.co.uk. It captures the crowds of the day, parades and service as well as the Memorial Wall exhibition in St Mary’s School and build-up of the commemoration from early morning to afternoon. Project 390 is very grateful to Dave Fairweather and his team for all the filming, editing and post production.

The researchers are in final stages of writing the book about the 390 servicemen, but have a last call for any information about a few they have been unable to find. If you know of any connections with those listed do please email us asap via isleworth390@gmail.com or phone 0208 847 0157: C Bignold, G Boswell, R. Byford, J Cornell, E.T. Davies, W Elliott, T.E Evans (possibly Tudor Eglywysbach Evans, Second Lieutenant, East Surrey Regiment, 8th Battalion- does anyone know of a local connection?), E Evens, L. Giles, J Hand, C. Hiscock, C Humphrey  (Not Frederick Charles Humphrey 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment (7010) who is already listed as one of the 390), J James (possibly John Edward James   24263, 1st Garrison Bn., Bedfordshire Regiment, does anyone know of an Isleworth connection?), R Lloyd, C. Martin, J O’Leary, P. Morris,  G.P. Purdy, J Robinson, W.A Smith (possibly William Alma Smith, Rifleman, 57458, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 2nd Battalion- does anyone know of a local connection?), W.W Wackerill, C Wells (not Charles Frederick Wells, Rifleman 6/1357, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 9th Battalion, already listed as one of the 390 - might it be Captain William Lewis Wells, Royal Air Force?), M. Welsh.