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.

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 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 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.

Isleworth Voluntary Care Network needs your help

Please can you join other local volunteers to help local people by:

  • Giving occasional lifts to medical appointments at GP surgeries and local hospitals (mileage allowance given).
  • Befriending the housebound
  • Help also needed for daytime social events organised by our

It’s sociable and rewarding. If you may be able to help, please ring our office at St John’s Community Centre on 020 8569 8254 and leave your contact details. Thank you

Hounslow Residents’ Associations Forum

The forum is open to all borough Residents’ associations and community groups- WERFA is represented. It provides an opportunity to hear direct from senior council officers and councillors about their responsibilities and plans. Attendees  can raise questions, offer criticisms and suggest actions.  It meets about every two months at the Civic Centre and is on Thursday mornings when the Chair, Cllr Katherine Dunne can fit it in her schedule. Cllr Dunne is Hounslow Council Cabinet member for Communities and Workforce which includes Voluntary Sector and Citizen Engagement. Recent meetings have featured strategies on Waste & Recycling, Customer Experience (and website), Thriving Communities and Engagement, and Policy & Scrutiny.  Next time, 10.00am 29 November, the major topic will be Planning. For more info contact

In the Garden 

 The best time to plant tulip bulbs is November and they do well in containers. Plant the bulbs to a depth of about three times their own height and a bulb or two width apart. It is important for tulips to have good drainage, so put some broken crocks in the bottom of your container and mix horticultural grit in with your compost. Also, raise the container on pot feet to avoid waterlogging. Tulips like a cold winter, a good watering in spring and a good baking from June to September.    Julia

Watching Nature –  Love them or loathe them

Jimmy Hendrix released them from his flat in Soho – Myth.

At the end of filming ‘The African Queen’ in Isleworth they were released into the wild – Not true.

The Blue Peter garden has also been blamed — along with countless other wild claims.

What are we talking about?

Ring necked parakeets or to give them their correct name Rose ringed parakeets.In all probability unwanted pets were released, or escaped, and of course the great storm that destroyed many aviaries is the most likely reason why we have these beautiful birds in the wild.

I saw my first Rose ringed parakeet in Kew gardens around 1979, almost 30 years after ‘The African Queen’ was made and you will not see any of these birds in this famous film. However, once in print, these myths continue. It was in the late 70’s that these birds really started to colonise in our area. They have now spread out in all directions reaching as far north as Manchester.

These birds are native to India where they are very common and a popular cage bird. It is estimated by the RSPB that there are now 50,000 of these birds in the Britain and they are still spreading.

Stephen Moss the producer and author who gave a talk to our residents last year told me that he had organised a camera crew to film the famous roost of over 6,000 parakeets at Esher Rugby Ground only to find that the week before they had moved en masse to Stanwell. Les

In the Borough

♦  Constituency Boundary change plans have been confirmed. Hounslow South will become part of a new Hounslow and Feltham constituency

♦  Ward boundaries are up for review now and we can participate in the consultation on potential changes.. A public meeting on this will be Wednesday 14 November, from 6pm in the Blue zone at the Civic Centre (The last review in 2000 moved us into Hounslow South ward despite protests)

Family Film Club – Hotel Transylvania 3, 21st Oct – 10.30am

In Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, join our favourite monster family as they embark on a vacation on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realises Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

WERFA Woodlands Bake & Make Off Sunday 30th September 2018 2-4 pm

This year we are mixing the popularity of Bake Off with our traditional Autumn show to have a ‘Bake & Make Off’ which we’d like as many residents as possible to take part in.

We’ll be serving tea, coffee and cakes and there will be stickers and prizes for the best in each category. Come in on Sunday morning between 11.30 and 13.00 with your entries. 50p for each entry (20p for children).

So we have an idea of numbers, if you’re thinking of entering or have a child who wants to join in, could you message Barbara on 07930 328091 or fill in the Contact form on the WERFA website.

Also let us know if you would like to set up a stall (eg activities, fund-raising etc)

Luckily, our technical challenge is not hidden under a piece of gingham – we’d like you to bake eight cheese scones using the recipe below.

We are having the following Bake or Make categories to enter:

  1. Cheese Scones (see recipe below)
  2. Black forest gateau
  3. Make eight of your ‘picnic in the woods’ decorated cup cakes
  4. We’d like you to make a mushroom quiche
  5. Best Woodlands Estate photograph – children & adult
  6. Draw a picture or make a collage of trees and leaves –  children & adult
  7. WERFA’s best marrow or other home grown vegetable
  8. Show off your best home grown five Apples
  9. Create a picture of any Woodlands animal – children & adult
  10. Make a model of Little Red Riding hood or The Fox.
  11. Write your Woodlands Estate poem – what does it mean to you?
  12. Bunch of flowers from your garden, balcony, allotment or local walk.

Cheese Scones (makes 8)


225g/8oz self raising flour, pinch of salt, 55g/2oz butter, 25g/1oz mature Cheddar, grated and 150ml/5fl oz  milk


Heat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet.

Mix together the flour and salt and rub in the butter.

Stir in the cheese and then the milk to get a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured work surface and knead very lightly. Pat out to a round 2cm/¾in thick. Use a 5cm/2in cutter to stamp out rounds and place on the baking sheet. Lightly knead together the rest of the dough and stamp out more scones to use it all up.

Brush the tops of the scones with a little milk. Bake for 12–15 minutes until well risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.