We were sorry to see Rosemary Pettit step down at the AGM and we wish her well in her role as Lady Mayoress, but are pleased to welcome Chris Tranchell who was elected. The Committee now consists of Hans Haenlein – President, myself as Chairman, Melanie Whitlock – Vice Chairman, Annabel Clarke – Hon Secretary, Richard Tollemache – Hon Treasurer, Richard Farthing – Membership Secretary, Richard Jackson – Newsletter Editor, Angela Clarke, Richard Winterton, Annabelle May, Julian Hillman, Derrick Wright, Chris Tranchell.
Our next Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday 11 September. Please contact me or any of the Committee if you would like matters to be raised.
The statue was finally unveiled at a ceremony on a glorious afternoon on 24th May in front of an invited audience. Unfortunately the original Guest of Honour Sir Roy Strong was unable to attend due to ill health but the organisers were delighted that Gilly Drummond, Chairman of the Capability Brown Festival Celebrations 2016 was able to take his place, together with Cllr Michael Cartwright in his role as Mayor. Gilly is also Chairman of the English Heritage Historic Parks and Gardens Panel and President of the Association of Gardens Trusts.
The Leader of the Council Stephen Cowan, MP Andy Slaughter and the sculptor Laury Dizengremel were also in attendance. Celebrations continued in the Blue Boat Pub nearby.
The Mayor unveils Capability Brown
Sculptor Laury Dizengremel
Members of the committeee
The location of the statue is on the newly adopted riverside walk at Distillery Wharf, but unfortunately the statue has been removed temporarily to rectify a slight wobble, but will be returned in about two weeks.
Congratulations especially to our Committee Member Richard Jackson for making the project happen, raising the necessary funds and overcoming so many obstacles along the way.
Following the success of this statue, it seems that plans are now afoot for another statue to commemorate William Morris. Watch this space!
We are delighted that the new Mayor, elected on 17 May, is Cllr Michael Cartwright. Michael was elected as a Councillor in 1992 and represents Broadway Ward. He was Deputy Leader from 2014 – 2017. He is a member and long term supporter of the work of the Hammersmith Society. We understand that Cllr Mercy Umeh will continue in the role of Deputy Mayor.
We also wish to congratulate Rosemary Pettit on her appointment as Mayoress and Consort to the Mayor. Rosemary has been on the Hammersmith Society committee for several years and was Chairman from 2012 to 2015.
Members and guests are cordially invited to our AGM which will take place on Wednesday 21 June at the Dorsett Hotel, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London W12. Doors will be open from 6.30pm and the meeting will commence promptly at 7pm.
In addition to the normal AGM business, the winners of the 2017 Environment Awards and Wooden Spoons will be announced. The Society’s Patron, the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham (see below) will present the Awards.
This year the Society held its 54th AGM at the 4 star Dorsett Hotel on Shepherds Bush Green which was joint winner last year of our prestigious Environment Award. The event took place on Thursday 9 June and was attended by more than 75 members and guests, including local MP Andy Slaughter.
Negotiations are now progressing for a possible location south of Hammersmith Bridge.
Watch this space…
In the meantime, John Goodier, Chairman of the Hammersmith and Fulham Historic Buildings Group, has advised us as follows : ‘London Landscapes no 42 Spring 2016 contains a lot of information about Brown in London. There are 42 Brown sites in London of which 27 are supported by signed plans or payment in accounts or bank records. The 27 include Peterborough House and Ranelagh House in LBHF. Ravenscourt park has evidence of Brown at 20%. There are about 30 Brown sites in the river side Boroughs Westminster to Richmond and two sites in Ealing. It has been said in the past that Brown did nothing locally and there was no particular reason why he lived in Hammersmith’. The other key reason why he chose to live in Hammersmith was because of the extensive tree nurseries that existed in the area.
I am delighted to announce that the local artist Ben Johnson has agreed to be our second Annual Honorary Member.
Last year its was Annette Albert. Hopefully Ben is known to most of you and he has an international reputation. He has lived in Hammersmith for more years than he cares to remember with Sheila his wife, and has a studio both at his home in Hammersmith Mall (usually open as part of Open Studios) and in Dalling Road which he shares with Peter Blake. He does extraordinary super realistic pictures, painstakingly crafted and his most famous are probably his views of Liverpool, Jerusalem and Hong Kong. He is currently working on a fantastic painting of the Alhambra Palace and other Muslim buildings. He currently has a major retrospective exhibition ’Spirit of Place’ in Southampton City Art Gallery. He has done much to promote and support Hammersmith.