The Brentham Society is trying to ensure that any vulnerable or self-isolating resident on the estate has the necessary support they need. To that end – in tandem with the Pitshanger Community Association (PCA) we are attempting to set up a network of streets. We are already aware that “whatsapp” groups have been set up in Brentham as follows:
Denison Road and part Meadvale
Meadvale Road (West: 31-71, 40-90)
Please let us know if others exist and/or if you would be willing to set one up for your street.
You will be aware that May Day celebrations have been cancelled and we now know the organisers of the annual Open Gardens Day, due to be held in June, have cancelled the event. In addition The Brentham Club and grounds are now closed to all members and non-members but Pitshanger Park remains open.
The May Day committee have, after much deliberation, decided to cancel May Day this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are all sad about this decision but feel we have no choice from a health and safety point of view. All being well we’ll be back in 2021.
The Annual General Meeting of The Brentham Society for the year ending August 2019 will be held at The Brentham Club on
Tuesday 3rd March at 8pm.
Our speaker this year is Steve Pound (former local MP) who will share some entertaining reflections on his life and times and on the Brentham Society’s 50th Anniversary.
Following the talk there will be a review of the year and plans for the coming year. All Brentham Society members are encouraged to attend to voice their views on issues affecting Brentham.
Minutes of last year’s AGM are here
Refreshments will be served – we look forward to seeing you.
The link between the Brentham Club and the Fred Perry organisation goes from strength to strength. The recent junior tennis championship, held at the club, was a real celebration of young talent, showcasing some amazing up-and-coming players.
If you weren’t able to attend, click here to see a short video where Heather Lowe, Brand Manager at Fred Perry, explains the background to the event and how delighted she was with the weekend.
Want to know more about the origins and development of our historic estate?
Then join our expert guides Clive Evans and Sue Elliott for a gentle but informative walking tour of Brentham
Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd September.
Meet at the Brentham Club
for a 10.30 start.
Allow 90 mins to 2 hours.
Part of the annual London Open House weekend.
The cafe has been refurbished.
Now officially called The Fred Perry Café.
Come along on Sunday 7th to the official opening.
Jazz by The Raccateers.
12:00 to 2:30pm
Open to all.
Following the Open Gardens event last Sunday there’s a chance to enjoy another fine Brentham garden for The Strawberry Tea on Sunday 23rd June.
Come and meet many of the Brentham Society Committee, your local Councillors and MPs and mingle with friends and neighbours.
Tickets on the gate: Adults £4.00 Children £2.00
The current BBC2 drama Summer of Rockets was partly filmed in Brentham last year. The full series is available on the BBC iPlayer or you can watch it on Wednesday evenings at 9pm on BBC2.
Here are some of the photos we took of the filming on Vivian Green. Click on any image to begin the slide show.
Below is a short film clip of the crew in action. Can you match the sequences being filmed with the shots in the final drama?
The annual Open Gardens Day will be on
Sunday 9th June from 1-30pm to 5pm
There will be a plant sale on Vivian Green (opposite Brentham Club)
Teas will be served by Diana Hill
at 10 Winscombe Crescent
If you want to contribute in any way please contact Sheila@brentham.com
Programmes on the day @ £4-50 per person
on Vivian Green or at 13 Brentham Way
From Brentham Way – Tony MacKersie
Within a few seconds on Saturday 4th May a part of the pre-history of Brentham was suddenly gone. At about 5.20pm, in the allotments between Brunner Road and Brentham Way there was a terrific vibration as one of the huge Brentham Oaks, around 350 years old, crashed to the ground. Its massive canopy fell into several of the neighbouring gardens, a poplar tree and damaging sheds.
Alex and Neil look on in despair
The owners of the allotment, Alex and Neil Sibley explained that it had been raining, there were gusting winds, and some of the now exposed roots appear to have rotted. Only a few minutes earlier their children were playing on a swing hanging from one of the branches. Luckily they had gone back into their house on Woodfield Crescent when the tree fell, thus avoiding what could have been a terrible tragedy.
In February 2018 – Tony MacKersie
This is how the tree looked in February 2018.
Below is a video of the giant oak minutes before it fell, shown courtesy of Anita Sharda and Tim Sands, whose house overlooked the tree.
Back in 2005 Martin Mortimore interviewed John Bowman, sadly no longer with us, who at that time owned the allotment. The pleasure that the tree brought John is clear in the short film clip below.
The tree is a great loss to Brentham.