From the Newsletter Editorial...

Most if not all Societies such as TIS approach their AGMs with some trepidations as to likely turnout.  Such worries proved groundless on 2nd May when we were delighted to be able to welcome some 70 members to this annual occasion.  The committee was re-elected as before with Susan Casey gallantly remaining at the helm.   A downside was and remains lack of a volunteer to act as Treasurer a post with a critical need to be filled.   To round off the evening Christine Diwell entertained with an account of the legacies, many of which still benefit Isleworth today, left by the Farnell family, generous benefactors and proprietors of the former Isleworth Brewery.  For this we were joined by two members of the current generations of the family now known as Farnell-Watson.

The next big day in the TIS calendar is the Summer Social on Friday 27th July, a joint event with the Friends of Spring Grove House, the eponymous venue being the former residence of famous botanist, explorer and friend of Captain Cook, Sir Joseph Banks.  At a later date it became home to Andrew Pears, great grandson of the inventor of the famous Pears transparent soap which, together with other cosmetics, was made in Isleworth for around 100 years.  The house is a testament to additions made during his tenure.   Although the venue has generous accommodation there is an upper limit on numbers so please book early to avoid disappointment. Because today the house forms part of West Thames College complex during the evening we are asked not to wander around the house but keep to the Winter Garden and Music Room, although this does not preclude sight of the grand central staircase etc.

Next on the TIS agenda is a visit on 9th August to Eel Pie Island Museum, Twickenham. This is jam packed with memorabilia covering its musical history and the part it played in 1960s’ British Blues helping such as the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart to launch their careers. It also houses a section on the boatyard heritage as well as a room devoted to The Late Trevor Baylis, inventor of the clock-work radio and other artistic island residents.  The entry charge includes a drink on arrival.  Format of the evening includes a seated slide presentation, an opportunity to ask questions and to look around the Museum until around 9 p.m.  See centre page for details of how to book your place.

Members will know we depend for the success of TIS’s annual fund raising quiz night on the good offices of Ian Fisher as Quiz Master and Marilyn Larden who comes up trumps with the catering each time. Currently they are undertaking a series of adventurous trips aboard.  For this reason, the quiz this year will be held a little later, on Saturday lst December.  The move from a Friday is necessitated by existing bookings on those days at Isleworth Public Hall.   Please do note the date.  Further details will come in the next newsletter.

Organisers of TIS’s 390 Project are extremely grateful for the several donations received in response to TIS’s last newsletter. It is also good to report some costs have now been covered relating to purchase of a 6 ft Perspex Tommy figure from There But Not There.  However, although the children’s badges for the centenary Remembrance Sunday 2018 have been taken care of, funding for certain aspects for this commemoration are still being sought.  For this reason a fund raising Musical Quiz evening has been arranged which it is hoped will be well attended – see centre page for details. 

On the subject of Sunday 11th November 2018, in view of the likely numbers attending, a list of volunteer stewards has already been started.  If you feel able to help please call 07818 436844 or email Meantime, look out for the Project 390 stall at Armed Forces Day on Isleworth Green, Saturday 30th June.


A main thrust of TIS’s energies at present is centred on the appeal by the Northumberland Estate against Planning Committee refusal of two planning applications, one to build 127 dwellings on Park Road Allotment Gardens and the second to re-locate allotments within Syon Park. To determine the outcome an Inquiry is to be held.

TIS has taken what is known as Rule 6. This enables us to take a full part in the Inquiry and give added strength to the Council’s case for refusing the applications.  The aim is to get both appeals dismissed.  We hope TIS members will show support by coming to the first day of the likely eight-day Inquiry, Tuesday 9th October, 10 a.m. at Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road. It is too late to submit written comments direct to the Inspector but those who wish to “have their say” can request this on the 9th. Whether or not people want to voice views, just coming along will evidence local support.

Among reasons cited for not building on the current allotment site is that no affordable housing is included and designated Local Open Space will be lost and not be replaced by equivalent or better provision.  Also, the excessive size and scale of the large number of dwellings is out of character and fails to enhance the Isleworth Riverside Conservation Area.

On re-location of the allotments, the site put forward is close to the Robert Adam designed, Grade l listed, Lion Gates.  Reasons for refusing this application are that it is an inappropriate site that would result in an incongruous addition to Syon Park, failing to preserve the setting of its historic character and that of Grade l Listed Syon House. Further justification is that allotment structures would harm the openness and visual amenity of Syon’s parkland making it unacceptable development within Metropolitan Open Land.

We hope the community will show support, as it has in the past, for refusal of the build on the Park Road site which should continue, as it has for over 100 years, to be allotments. Additionally, Syon Park’s nationally important landscape designed by Capability Brown in the late 18thC to be natural and open should not be despoiled by the intrusion of allotments