60th Anniversary at Gunnersbury Park

A group of sixty people – Society members with friends and relatives – spent a cheerful if rather hot day at Gunnersbury Park on 28 July 2018 to mark our 60th anniversary. This was an especially appropriate venue since the Society has always supported the local history museum for our area, putting on joint exhibitions and establishing the Friends organisation in 1981. In addition major restoration works have been completed there in our anniversary year.

Chris Ellis leading a tour (Cate Maybury photo)

We explored the new Museum displays on all three floors of the Large Mansion, went on guided tours of the restored landscapes with Jan Anderson, the landscape architect, or Chris Ellis the Head Gardener, then assembled inside the walled garden where Capel Manor College’s West London Centre is based. The staff of the Benugo cafe in the Park provided a wonderful spread there for our birthday tea.

B&CLHS 60th anniversary tea party (Janet McNamara photo)

Some members had never explored the Park before or visited the Museum; nearly everyone planned to return soon. Seeing inside the 18th century walled garden was a special treat, as it is only occasionally accessible to visitors on Open Days. We loved seeing the students’ working gardens, features like the stumpery which they had laid out in the past, and the small animals, birds and snakes looked after by the Animal Care students.

Annual General Meeting, 21 May 2018

7.30pm, Monday 21 May 2018,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4 2EL

The AGM will see a review of the year and receive the financial statements of our activities. This year’s Journal, issue 27, will be launched at the meeting and can be collected by members who attend; copies will be posted afterwards to all other members.

Following the business meeting there will be several short “members’ papers” – too short for a lecture, but on local history topics that are well worth sharing.

Creating the Chiswick Timeline

7.30pm, Monday 16 April 2018,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, Chiswick, London W4 2EL

An illustrated talk by Karen Liebreich and Sarah Cruz, project co-ordinators from Abundance London, about the new murals under the Turnham Green Station bridge. The initial idea became an ambitious project supported by a concertina-style publication with all the maps and images, postcards of the illustrations and lively community activities creating a ceramic model of Chiswick and a needlework map. All are welcome