From the Newsletter Editorial...

There can be no more appropriate way to start a January newsletter than by wishing all members and readers a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.   TIS rounded off 2019 in the usual way with Carols in the Square.  Despite rain marring a lot of the day it cleared up in time for the event which saw a return of the large crowds seen in yesteryear.   Once again we were delighted to have Blue School children joining All Saints Church choir and the Salvation Army Band, also Hounslow’s Mayor, Cllr Louki, who welcomed everyone.   There was a great run, so much so supplies ran out, on the mulled wine ably concocted by John of Burchells as has become customary, and Garner & Hancock hosted their usual pre-event in their nearby premises.


Wednesday 25th September also saw the Mayor cutting the ribbon to celebrate completed renovation of Park Road Cemetery gates and pillars.  Having forgotten to bring his prepared speech he ad-libbed praising the joint venture between TIS and the Council.  What can be said is the work has not only improved Park Road street scene but is a step towards enhancing the cemetery overall along with the innovation of the charity Hounslow Men’s Shed making their base in the chapels and mortuary. These were in desperate need of a makeover before their arrival with the aim of preserving and making them usable after decades of decay. The event was rounded-off with an opportunity to view work undertaken on the buildings, with refreshments provided in the mortuary.  A plus point was that during it the Council Leader, Cllr Steve Curran, agreed funding would be provided to renovate the Park Road pedestrian gate. There is evidence to show that on one vehicle entrance pillar there was once a gas lit lantern.  As an additional enhancement, TIS will fund and has commissioned Men’s Shed to manufacture a replica of what is envisaged might have been there originally.


November saw TIS’s annual light hearted fund raising Quiz Night for which initial advance bookings were rather slow, but as the saying goes, attendance was all right on the night and thanks are due to Brian Pett for again producing some fiendish questions in amongst the easier to answer. Thanks go to Marilyn Larden for capably taking care of the catering, to Ian Fisher our convivial Quiz Master, and not forgetting Keith Johnson who ably records the scores.   This was the one and only occasion anyone can remember when there were joint winning teams but TIS also gains with the net takings doubled under Barclays’ £for£ scheme, adding substantially to our funds.


Monday the 11th day of the 11th month was made especially poignant this year marked as it was by launch of TIS 390 Project hardback colour publication detailing the researched lives of the large majority of the 390 names recorded on the Clock Tower War Memorial.  Held at the Blue School, this included a showing of the 2017 film about the project as well as a memorable talk by Eugenie Brooks a volunteer with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  Fuller details can be found in the enclosed separate newsletter.


To brighten February TIS’s first event is a tasting tour of world famous Chiswick based Fuller’s Brewery (see centre page to book), arranged by ever resourceful Jacqueline Wills.  This public house based firm was until 2019 family run, having been founded in 1845 by John Bird Fuller who was joined by Henry Smith and John Turner.  It is now in the ownership of Asahi Europe, a subsidiary of Japanese global beverage and food company Asahi Group, bought in what was said to be a £250m deal.  The behind the scenes tour provides the opportunity to find out how brewing has evolved, hear little known facts and the history of beer making.


This is followed Tuesday 10th March by a social evening, to which guests are welcome, featuring an illustrated talk by Pieter Morpurgo about restoration of the baroque style collection of pools, cascades and a canal that form Bushy Park Water Gardens.  Without giving too much away, in the 20thC these were largely forgotten, although during World War ll they were a US barracks site. They were returned in the 1990s to their former 1710 glory.  Men’s Shed will also give a presentation about the charity and the excellent restoration work they are carrying out at Isleworth Cemetery.