The Changing Face of Brentford, 16 September 2019

Gas works above Kew Bridge, 1920s, by Raven (Chiswick Local Studies)

7.30pm, Monday 16 September 2019,
at the Chiswick Memorial Club,
Bourne Place, London W4 2EL

In this illustrated talk Janet McNamara, our Vice-Chairman, will use historical images to show how the town of Brentford has repeatedly been re-born over the last three centuries.

Remembering the Chiswick V2, 8 September 2019

Two wreaths of seasonal flowers were placed at the V2 memorial in Staveley Road, Chiswick, on 8 September at the actual time of the V2’s devastatingly destructive landing – 18.44. The Society has brought flowers every year since the unveiling of the memorial, a joint project of the Society with the Battlefields Trust, in 2004.

This time four members of the Society were accompanied by Liam Shaw who has been tracing V1 and V2 incidents across London; we invited him to lay the Society’s wreath.

Liam Shaw lays the B&CLHS V2 wreath

We were delighted to welcome, quite unexpectedly, the 5 grandchildren of Ada Harrison who died in the blast at no 3 Staveley Road. (Mr & Mrs Harrison ran a newsagents and sweetshop called The Bonanza on the corner of Park Road and Burlington Lane, whch now forms part of the Co-op store).

The grandchildren had come from many different parts of South East England to bring their own wreath of crimson flowers. They had not known their grandmother – only one of them was alive in 1944, as a small baby – but they felt that the 75th anniversary was a significant date on which to commemorate her, making it a very touching occasion.

L to R: James Wisdom (B&CLHS chairman), Liam Shaw (V2 researcher), the Harrison grandchildren: Rita Alexander, Barbara Wilsher, Chris Donoyou, Paul Harrison-Cox and Peter Harrison, with B&CLHS members Jane Nissen, George Nissen and Val Bott


Autumn Programme 2019

Details of our autumn programme will be mailed to members
at the end of August.
The meetings will take place on Mondays
16 September, 21 October, 18 November and 16 December 2019

at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, London W4 2EL

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