Father Christmas

Father Christmas will be delivering on the Woodlands Estate as usual on Christmas Eve. As usual we are asking parents to provide a small present themselves and there will also be a small charge of £2 per present delivered to help Father Christmas maintain his sleigh. The presents should be wrapped and clearly marked with the child’s name and address, and delivered to 69 Woodland Gardens with the fee by 23rd December.

Sunday 9th December 2018 at 2.30pm


We are putting on an extra special ‘festive’ family film screening in December suitable for all ages.

“After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.”

Come and enjoy a great cinematic experience for a fraction of the price and on your doorstep.
(We have it on good authority that the big man himself might show up!)

Sunday 9th December 2018, WERFA Pavilion, Isleworth
Doors open 2pm • Film starts 2.30pm
Festive refreshments on sale pre-screening including homemade popcorn and themed ice-cream!
Children must be accompanied by an adult for admission.
Tickets just £3 per person.

Pauline Hooper

We were sad to hear of the death of Pauline Hooper in October after a long illness. Pauline is survived by husband Patrick. Long time Woodlands residents, they established a reputation as enthusiastic and skilled country dance partners.

Papa George Band review

Saturday 17th was a great evening with the Papa George Band. We were treated to a stunning first set of classic blues numbers. Kicking off with their great version of Taj Mahal’s ‘Strut’, we were completely mesmerized by the supreme musical skills of Papa George on lead guitar and vocals and Pete and Tom providing terrific back up on bass and drums.

Following a short break for a tasty meal of chilli, baked spuds and slaw their second blues set, if anything surpassed their first. Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition and ‘I Wish’, ZZ Topp’s ‘Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings’ being just some of the fabulous numbers we were treated to.

A wonderful show, helped along by all the usual volunteers providing support and sustenance. Another great WERFA evening to remember: come back soon George! Dick Knox

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

It’s that time of the year where burglars are out and about; so please secure your property before leaving home. Recent burglaries are reported (two in Whitton Dene) where the rear window/patio door was smashed.

OWL provides the public with the latest local crime alerts sent by email, telephone or SMS. To sign up see: https://www.owl.co.uk/met/

For reporting a crime which has already occurred, an alternative to phoning 101 (which can entail a long wait) is to report it on-line to: https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/how-to-report-a-crime/
To report crime in progress or suspected to be happening or about to happen, of course it’s a 999 call.

In the Borough – Consultation season has started

♦ The Ward Boundaries review consultation starts in January; anyone can submit a map of their proposals

♦ Consultation also starts in January on possible ways Heathrow can organise the flight paths of aircraft in future -with two or three runways. In either case there will be more planes and we are likely to lose some hours of respite.

♦ Plans for change of use of The George pub in South Street to a religious centre will be on display on 4 December 6.30 to 8.30pm at Isleworth Public Hall

♦Other consultations can be found at https://haveyoursay.hounslow.gov.uk/ including
Vehicle anti-idling action -closes 7/12/18
Transport Strategy local implementation plan – closes 2/1/19

♦TfL proposes changes to bus routes including H37 where changes benefit Richmond and Twickenham but reduce frequency in Isleworth. https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/bus-changes-richmond/ Closes 11/12/18

Watching Nature

Autumn colours have been particularly good late into the autumn after mild weather in October. So now we are going to have an extra cold winter? No doubt the seasons are less predictable. In a hard winter we may get a chance to see unusual birds migrating south from the more extreme cold in the north and looking for berries and other food in our hedgerows and gardens.. Meanwhile there are still regular sightings of a kingfisher on the Duke’s River. Our other resident birds need water for drinking and bathing, something we can help with when ice sets in.

In the Garden

To keep winter pansies looking good, keep an eye out for Downy Mildew and leaf spots – dead head regularly and remove diseased leaves straight away.

Entice birds into your garden with fat balls. They will seek out and eat up over-wintering insects for you too.
Julia

Parking Puzzle

New local CPZs will add to pressure for space to park in our area. A reminder that it is an offence to park on the footway or grass verge. Also to cross a kerb to park in a front garden unless a crossover (dropped kerb + drive) has been installed by the Council.

Social Club – Events for 2018

For all following events please email les@lesmccallum.com or phone/text 07510 632 109 to book tickets.

Blues night

Saturday 17th November at 8pm’    **Papa George Band**

With many years of playing live music to rock and blues audiences in the UK, Europe and US, this London based band will deliver a night of true passionate blues. As well as playing originals, they include a range of classic blues covers including material from the great blues artists…

Winner of US, UK and European awards, Papa George is described in press reviews as

“…an amazing blues vocalist and guitarist…”

This is another one that will be a sell out so please book early. Always a great night, back by popular demand.

Starts 8pm ► Bar open ►    Tickets £15 (light meal included)

Contact Les on les@lesmccallum.com or ring/text 07510 632109

Coming up in 2019:

  • Film night: Sat 19 Jan – Incredibles 2.
  • Quiz night (date TBC).
  • St Patrick’s night – March (date TBC).

WERFA Bake Off

I was so pleased to see so many residents at our Bake Off and tea afternoon on Sun 30th Sep. There was a really fun atmosphere and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves;  seeing  the entrants’ efforts [congratulations to all the winners] and sampling the tea and cakes on offer. It was also good to see so many of our younger residents taking part. I would like to thank all those who helped on the day, and in particular Barbara Hecht for organising the event, and all the preparation beforehand. I hope we will do something similar next year as part of our planned Summer Fair. Chris Hack, Chairman

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

Current scams include emails falsely purporting to be from British Gas and Amazon (alleging their requirement for confidential information), and telephone calls “from your internet service provider” threatening cut-off of internet service unless you follow their instructions. Because there are so many of these scams being tried now, it may seem hardly worth the trouble of reporting them, but be alert to the risks and you can still contact Action Fraud, 0300 123 2040.