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Annual General meeting takes place

Wednesday 2nd May, 2018 at Isleworth Public Hall.

As usual we will keep the business part to a minimum and this will be followed by an illustrated talk The Farnell Family – Isleworth Brewers by TIS Secretary, Christine Diwell.    It will be noticed that a small increase in subscriptions has been agreed by the committee, the first since 2010.  Jacqueline Wills, Membership Secretary, will be on hand to receive these for those paying on the night – please remember to bring the relevant slip. 

What comes next may not immediately seem relevant to the AGM and subscription renewal but hold the thought and read on.  The over-riding important topic at this time for TIS is the fact that a Public Inquiry is to be held, headed by a Planning Inspector, to decide whether Hounslow Council’s decision, which TIS supports, should stand to refuse permission to build 127 units on the designated Local Open Space of Park Road Allotment Gardens and re-locate allotments within Syon’s renowned Capability Brown landscape.   The latter would be immediately beside the Grade l listed Lion Gates on London Road.

TIS has requested and been granted Rule 6 status for the Inquiry.  This means we are regarded as being capable of adding significant value to the case and will be able to take a very active part during the proceedings.  It involves a steep learning curve and huge amount of preparation work.  Not without one false start, and through the good offices of a charity, Environmental Law Foundation, we are delighted to have secured barrister representation on a pro bono basis.  But it is still likely to be an expensive process, hence reference to subscriptions.  If members are able to see the way to adding a donation, it will be very much appreciated.

For those interested to attend the Inquiry it will be held at the Free Church, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, commencing Tuesday 9th October 2018, at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to last possibly 8 days.  If you wish to speak it is important to be there on the first day to state this intention.  Support of the local community will be an important aspect.

On a lighter note, our annual Summer Social this year will be on Friday 27th July in the prestigious surroundings of the Music Room, Spring Grove House.  This is a joint arrangement with the Friends of Spring Grove House and planning is well ahead.  It’s an added incentive to renew membership soonest to ensure receiving full details and the formal invitation included in the June newsletter!

Meantime we welcomed the Council’s Conservation Officers, Sean Doran and Sophia Laird, to our March meeting for a presentation and question and answer session about their work.  This includes overseeing and promoting conservation of historical buildings, structures and areas of special historic, architectural or artistic interest.    For the second half of the evening, Mark Ormiston, the sixth generation of his family to lead local business, Ormiston Wire, took us through the fascinating history of the company.  This commenced in the City of London making spring wire for corsets and wigs in 1793.  After several subsequent moves, including to Ealing, it moved to Isleworth in 1990 where it remains.  It came about primarily because a vacant unit was available in Worton Road and Mark lives here.  The wire manufactured is very specialised for all types of companies, engineering, electrical, marine, musical, military, surgical etc. If you have seen objects and people flying through the air in Harry Potter or James Bond films, or when Thunderbirds are in action, there is every chance they were held up by Ormiston’s Wire.

Last but not least as to what TIS committee has been up of late, a re-design of our Membership Application Form has been undertaken to give it a more modern look and in the hope of encouraging new members to join.