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.
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?
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 Annual General Meeting of The Brentham Society for the year ending August 2018 will be held at The Brentham Club on
Tuesday 26th February at 8pm.
Our speaker this year is the international authority on John Ruskin and local resident, Robert Hewison. Ruskin and William Morris were the founding fathers of the Arts & Crafts movement which so influenced Brentham Garden Suburb. Robert’s talk: ‘Pleasure in Labour: Ruskin and Morris’ explains why and how they became such influential figures.
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 and accounts for 2017-18 are here
Refreshments will be served – we look forward to seeing you.