From the Newsletter Editorial...

The Inquiry will commence

10 a.m. Tuesday 9th October 2018

At Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, TW8 8DW

To hear the Appeal following LBofH’s refusal of applications

To erect 8 blocks of 3-4 storey buildings to create 119 flats

and 8 houses with basement parking and associated works

at Park Road Allotment Gardens

and install allotments within Syon Park beside the Lion Gates

Many thanks are offered to those who have generously contributed to TIS’s costs in the endeavour to get the Appeal dismissed.  This has enabled booking of a private room during the Inquiry to facilitate discussions with our advisers.  We are grateful to the church for agreeing a much more favourable fee than that asked by LBofH.

Hopefully it will be forgiven for repeating the Inquiry, scheduled to last about eight days, is open to the public to attend.   For those wishing to speak on any aspects ranging from loss of allotments and open space, to traffic congestion, no affordable housing and/or harm to Syon’s Grade 1 listed parkland etc., it is best to come on the first day to make the Inspector aware.   It is hoped that even if not wanting to speak people will come along as often as possible to hear proceedings and show community support for retention of the current allotment site enjoyed by generations since 1917. 

Meantime for those who have not signed the on-line petition it can be found at:

Donations towards the Allotment Inquiry cost may be sent

by cheque payable to The Isleworth Society,

c/o 31 Pembridge Road, Twickenham. TW2 6AE

for direct payments please email for details

20th August proved to be a red-letter day for TIS by welcoming and co-opting Brian Grumbridge to the Committee following his agreement to take over the Treasurer role.   By way of background, Brian grew up in Norwood Green, Southall, was an Isleworth Grammar School pupil and read mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford. He joined BOAC Operational Research Department and then became part of the management team in British Airways’ Computer Department, taking early retirement in 2003.  Currently Brian serves as Churchwarden and Treasurer at St John the Baptist with St Mary the Virgin Church.  He has written six histories, four of churches in Hounslow/Isleworth, and is Editor of The Honeslaw Chronicle, Hounslow and District History Society’s journal.

July’s social attracted wide attendance being a joint occasion with Friends of Spring Grove House whose connections with the property enabled the event to take place there.  An enjoyable evening was much enhanced by the prestigious surroundings of the Music and Garden Rooms of this former home of Sir Joseph Banks enlarged by subsequent owner Andrew Pears, great grandson of the inventor of  Pears transparent soap. Existence of the house came as a surprise to some unaware it was hidden behind modern buildings of West Thames College.   Grateful thanks are expressed to all those whose hard work in arranging the excellent food, wine and administration contributed to making the evening such a success.

Thanks are due to Jacqueline Wills for arranging an excellent visit in August to Eel Pie Island Museum, Twickenham, which attracted maximum attendance feasible.  After a welcoming drink, attendees were treated to a wide-reaching account covering the island’s history including its role as host to innumerable big-name musicians in the former hotel ballroom.  A nice touch was to include connections with Isleworth.  Possibly it came as news to most that Andrew Pears proprietor of the soap and cosmetics factory in London Road once owned part of the island and was instrumental in the late 1800s in setting up a company there to produce electric launches.  This led to testing Daimler engines in the launches because it was not allowed on the road, proving so popular and reliable it was a prelude to setting up Daimler Car Company.  There was also time for a look round the well sourced museum with “passports” provided to attendees enabling return visits over the next year.

The 390 Project’s Quiz on Musicals exceeded expectations raising over £1,400.   Thanks are due to all members and guests for their support and also to those who made additional donations.  These funds enabled purchase of a Perspex image of a Tommy for Isleworth which will make its first appearance on 11th November 2018 and thereafter annually.   Purchase of these is part of a nationwide campaign There But Not There, with profits from sales supporting Help For Heroes.  10 further half portrait, bench size, silhouettes of a serviceman have also been received following a successful application to the Armed Forces Covenant Fund.

This year’s Service of Remembrance will be particularly special to mark the Armistice Centenary.  After a shortened ceremony, everyone will be invited to share some light refreshments and view an exhibition about the 390 servicemen named on the War Memorial.   Offers to help with stewarding will be much appreciated.  Do please drop a line to or contact 07818 436 844.  For the future, funding is being sought for publication of a book about the recorded Isleworth servicemen to include creation of a map about the places where they lived.

Hopefully a reminder is not necessary that for a number of reasons our annual Quiz Night will be a little later and on a different night – Saturday lst December. We rely on this to boost our funds to continue with various projects. Among those in the pipeline are restoration of Park Road cemetery gates and two cast iron milestones on London Road.  The funding helps cover additional cost of the Carols event albeit we are very grateful this year to Bellway for once again sponsoring the tree.

A form is enclosed to assist with booking for the quiz.  We hope that once again it will be well supported.  And another reminder, Carols in the Square celebration takes place Tuesday 18th December – see centre page for more details of both the latter activities.