On Sunday 14 October a group of members went to see for themselves the site planned for the third Heathrow runway. While visiting Harmondsworth’s Grade 1 Listed, cathedral sized, barn (dated1427), we met a resident of the village whose last twenty-five years have been ones of constant friction seeing off three attempts to have the runway built. Attempt three remains in limbo. We learnt, to our astonishment, that the new runway would be built within 250 metres of the barn, the mediaeval church and the few houses to remain in the planned, truncated village.
The evening of 6 June saw our contribution to the 2018 Wandsworth Heritage Festival – for which this year’s theme was parks and open spaces. Dave Dawson presented a fascinating talk on the historic landscape around Wimbledon Park. Very little of Capability Brown’s landscape remains, notably the lake, but it used to extend right up to Wimbledon Common. Remnants remain today. For a full report of the talk see the June/July newsletter.