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The Harrow Hill Trust

Caring for the heritage of the Hill and its future AUTUMN / WINTER 2012

In this Issue

From our Chairman The wheels haven’t come off – but they are turning slowly. In the Spring edition of the Newsletter I highlighted two initiatives involving the Council. We have made progress on both – but slowly.


An Award for Alan


The Harrow Hill Trust AGM


Upcoming Winter Events


Past Summer Events


Interview with Rev Tim Gosden

Annual General Meeting

Our project to construct a new Gantry on the Green is almost ready to proceed: planning permission has been granted to take down the current one and erect the new and we have the funding in place, including money from Harrow Council through Ann Gate and the Harrow Heritage Trust for which we are very grateful. The Council have also waived a fee for digging on the Green which Harrow School will need to do when they create the foundations. And we have a contractor eager to build it lined up. It was always intended that the Trust would ‘gift’ the new Gantry to the Council, to replace the existing semi-derelict structure, and so as a final step before pressing ‘GO’, we wrote to the Director of Planning asking for confirmation that the Council would accept ownership. We are hopeful this remaining matter will soon be resolved so that the new Gantry can be up by Spring 2013. The Trust has also been actively supporting the campaign by the Harrow on the Hill Forum, on which it is a member, in asking the Council to reconsider its current proposal to put more double yellow lines on the Hill. In a nutshell, the Forum recognises the need for some new parking restrictions to help ensure access at all times for the refuse vehicles and emergency services, but believes that the proposals go further than is necessary with associated loss of parking and an excess of yellow paint in the conservation areas on the Hill. The Forum launched its Say No to Yellow campaign in mid-July and is well on the way to collecting the signatures that will require a review by the Council. In the meantime, it has tried to meet the relevant councillors and officers in discussions, but again the summer holidays seem to have frustrated progress. Ann Gate has helped progress things by organising a meeting to find a way forward, and the Highways portfolio holder has agreed that officers can meet the Forum to go through the current proposals in detail with a view to reducing them. I hope to be able to report substantial progress on both initiatives at the AGM, which I hope as many of you as possible will attend. Ted Allett Chairman Ted is not standing as Chairman this year. On behalf of all the Executive Committee and other HHT members, I would like to thank Ted for all he has done for the Trust. For over 20 years, initially as Treasurer and then as Chair, Ted has been unwavering in his support; all his actions demonstrate how he truly cares for the heritage of the Hill. Ted, we will really miss you. Debs Catherall

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Planning matters Education, Education, Education In The Book of Harrow on the Hill which Don Walter published in 1988, he points out that before the end of nineteenth century “the Hill could point with pride not only to John Lyon’s famous establishment but also the Lower School of John Lyon, the well supported Roxeth National Schools, St Dominic’s convent school for girls as well as a number of private schools such as Orley Farm School and, notably, Roxeth Mead, which had opened in Middle Road as early as 1856”. This concentration of schools means that education is the most important industry and employer on the Hill. But this concentration also makes for occasional tensions between the major employers and the local residents who live on the Hill because of its Special Character reflected in its seven Conservation Areas. This is especially true when the character of the schools changes and numbers increase since this can result in significant increases in traffic as both the employees and their ‘customers’ travel back and forth. Orley Farm School, for example, had less than 200 boys thirty years ago, about a third of whom were boarders. Now it has 500 boys and girls, none of whom board, with a consequent three or four fold increase in traffic in the mornings and afternoons. As a result, in dealing with the school’s most recent planning application, the Borough negotiated a Section 106 agreement to try to limit numbers and generate a sustainable travel plan. Alan Evans Chair of the Planning Committee

A similar expansion has been evident at St Dominic’s. Years ago, of course, as Don Walter remarks, it was a convent school for girls, but over the years it has metamorphosed

into a substantial Sixth Form College. A few years ago, in the course of a Planning Appeal, the governors assured the Inspector that numbers would not exceed 600. The inspector said that he would take their word. Now, according to a recent advertisement, there are 950 students. The Trust attempts, with each further planning application from the College, to ask that, if granted, some limitation should be put on numbers through a Section 106 agreement, since the College always states that any application, if approved, will not result in an increase in numbers. After a relatively minor application earlier this year, the Trust made its usual request only to find that the Planning Officers had suggested to the College that if it wanted the application to be approved it should ask the objectors to withdraw their objections. The result was a meeting between the Principal, his adviser, and myself in June at which this request was made to us. I put the proposal to our Planning Committee who refused to withdraw our objection. One major reason for this refusal was that the Principal had stated to me that he would never sign a Section 106 agreement limiting numbers since he would always want to be able to increase numbers if necessary! The Committee felt that this statement made the assurances about not increasing numbers given in submitting the application ring rather hollow. [I would not wish to mislead and so should point out that the then Principal resigned in July and a new Principal has yet to be appointed so this may not necessarily be the position in the future.]

Achievement Award for Alan You are likely to know that Alan has been doing great service for the Trust for so many years, keeping actively involved with - and keeping us all informed on - all matters relating to planning on and around the Hill. And so it was wonderful to learn that his work and skills have been officially recognised by the European Real Estate Society at their Annual Conference this year when he was presented with an Achievement Award ‘for outstanding achievement in real estate research, education and practice at the international level.’ This award recognises Alan’s long and successful career, which began with his PhD thesis some forty years ago (when the term ‘urban economics’ did not exist) on Residential Location in Cities which was published by Macmillan. He continued as an urban economist, developing a course in urban economics at UCL. He published numerous articles on the economics of the market for land and property and the economics of land use planning, and two books in 2004: Economics, Real Estate and the Supply of Land and Economics and Land Use Planning. He has been cited in the national press and continues to do research today. His most recent article - on the reasons for the increase in the construction of flats in England since 2000 - was published in the journal Urban Studies in May this year. We’re lucky to have such expertise to hand to deal with planning issues for the Trust. Congratulations Alan!


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From the Communications desk Since my last update to you all, London has put on three great shows: the Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics – weren’t they fantastic? As part of the Olympics, the Hill had the benefit of the torch visiting us on 25th July and I have been very lucky to receive a number of photos from our members featuring this event, on what was a lovely sunny morning – do have a look at them on the website on the Views from the Hill page, or there is a small selection on page 5. Over the summer the Communications desk has been relatively calm, just notifying those on my “events lists” about forthcoming activities, along with producing the necessary posters and placing them at strategic positions over the Hill. I also respond to the various enquiries sent to and keep the website up to date with our activities, and those of other local organisations. You will find these on the webpage headed Other Local Activities. We continue to have at least 150 people visit our website each month, and on average they view 3 pages.

newsletters are delivered to my door step. These are split into two piles – postal and delivered. Over 100 newsletters are posted, and they have to be enveloped, labelled and stamped. The next pile is considerably bigger – about 600. These are divided between our 20 distributors, distribution lists are added to the packs and quantities double checked. On the next day, I deliver all the distributor packs to their houses, ready for them to deliver to you, and finally I go to the post office with the box of envelopes for the postal ones. I would like to close with two requests which I believe will make the Trust better for all of us: 1. If all of our postal recipients of the newsletter changed to downloading it from the website we would save over £500. As before, please email me at if you are willing to change to this method. 2. Please send through activities that you think might be of interest to other members, or photos which I can add to the website – it is your website after all.

My other role is “Distributor to the Distributors” – twice a year I suddenly have to go into overdrive as four boxes of

Mark Mills Communications Manager



What else is in Harrow? For the last year I have been representing the Harrow Hill Trust on a Heritage Marketing Forum which has been set up by Steven Gregory, Heritage Services Manager for the Borough of Harrow. I have learnt a lot about what else there is within a few miles of the Hill and the wealth of activity of cultural events in Harrow. West House in Pinner ( is in a delightful setting and has changing exhibitions of Heath Robertson cartoons; worth a visit. They are on the road to getting Heritage Lottery funding for an extension to house more Heath Robinsons and an Art Gallery. They are not the only Heritage site in Harrow applying for support. Headstone Manor is also on the road to get funding for major improvements. Bentley Priory ( received their funding a few years ago and now houses a Battle of Britain Museum. The role of the Forum is to encourage communication between the historical sites in the Borough and to update the literature about them. The aim is when someone visits Harrow there will be an easy information trail to visit the sites. Of course the Hill is a jewel in Harrow’s Heritage, in the form of St Mary’s, Harrow School and the village. Starting in January 2013 there will be a small exhibition at Headstone Manor about the Hill with exhibits from St Mary’s and the School to show what life was like in the 19th Century. The aim is to whet the appetite of visitors to the Museum to learn about Historic Harrow and visit the Hill to see for themselves what an interesting and beautiful place it is. Judith Mills

GM NOTICE is given tha t the Annual General Me eti ng of the Harrow Hill Trust will be held in the Old Harrovian Ro om, Harrow School (by kind permission of the Head Master) 8pm on Thursday 15

th November 2012 AGENDA

1 Minutes of the AG M held on 17th Nove mber 2011 2 Chairman’s Repo rt 3 Committee Chair s’ Reports 4 Hon Treasurer’s Report 5 Election of Offic ers and Committee for the ensuing year 6 Election of Hon Au ditor 7 Any Other Busin ess Drinks will be served

at the end of the meeti ng. In accordance with the Constitution, nomina tio ns for Officers and the Committee must be in writing and rec eived by the Hon Secre at least seven days pri tary or to the AGM. The consent of the proposed nominees must first be obtained. N.B. Ted Allett is no t standing as Chairma n this year. Existing Executive Co mmittee Officers Chairman: Ted Allett Vice Chairman: Vaca ncy Hon Secretary: Mary Dobson Hon Treasurer: Paul Catherall Hon Membership Se cretary: Victoria Peet Other Committee M embers Chair of Planning Co mmittee: Alan Evans Chair, Community Re lations/Environmental Committee: Deb Cathe Communications: Ma rall rk Mills Harrow Heritage Tru st Representative: Co -opted Eileen Kinnear Mary Dobson, Hon Secretary Byron House, Clonm el Close, Harrow on the Hill, Middx HA2 020 8423 7831 tonydo 0JZ

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Local events this Autumn/Winter Every Tuesday during term-time 1.30pm St Mary’s Church, Harrow on the Hill

Lunchtime Music

See page 3 for details.

Tuesday 9 October 8.15pm St George’s Shopping Centre, Harrow

Christmas Fayre

St Luke’s Starbucks Harrow Quiz

Saturday 24 November 7pm St Gregory’s School, Donnington Road, Kenton, HA3 0NB



Sunday 14 October 2.30pm On the Green outside Shaws and Blues restaurant

Businesses on the Hill

This walk by Jonathan Edwards, in conjunction with local archivist Rita Boswell, will focus on the various businesses that historically have existed on the Hill. Saturday 6 October 8pm The Speech Room, Harrow School

Commemoration Concert Harrow School and John Lyon School Features a joint orchestra and samples of the best of the music-making taking place at each school. The programme will include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mussorgsky’s A Night on the Bare Mountain. There will be a retiring collection. Tickets required but no charge. Saturday 27 October 7.30pm The Speech Room, Harrow School

Mendelssohn’s Elijah Harrow Choral Society: 75th anniversary concert Tickets are £18 and £10 concessions, available from Olwen Moss 020 8863 7830. Friday 2 November 8.45pm Harrow School Chapel                                       

Duruflé’s Requiem for All Souls

YOU! The HHT Community Relations Committee is looking for new members, if you can offer time to help us run social events please contact Deb via



Harrow boys give these free concerts every Tuesday during term-time. For details of each week’s concert visit www.

Come join us for a fun night of quiz revelry filled with plenty of cake in the cosy surroundings of Starbucks Harrow. It’s a great opportunity to get together with friends, family & colleagues whilst also raising money for St Luke’s. Tickets cost £10 and include Starbucks tea, coffee and cake. Book online at or contact Aneka Shah on 020 8382 8063 or




Thursday 15 November 8pm The Old Harrovian Room, Harrow School                    

Saturday 24 November 10am - 4pm St Mary’s Church

St Luke’s Winter Quiz Join us for our last and biggest Quiz of the year! With great prizes, a very reasonably priced bar and the St Luke’s Quiz Trophy up for grabs, the competition is always fierce and lots of fun! Tickets are £15 per person and include light refreshments, pizza, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Book online at or contact Aneka Shah on 020 8382 8063 or Saturday 8 December 11.30am – 2.30pm Claremont High School, Claremont Avenue, Kenton, HA3 0UH

St Luke’s Christmas Fête Get into the festive spirit - children can visit Santa’s grotto, take part in games and do pottery painting, whilst adults can browse a selection of stalls and sample delicious homemade cakes, mince pies and mulled wine. Entrance is £1 for adults and children under 12 go free. For more information, contact Aneka on 020 8382 8063 or Friday 14 December 7.30pm Saturday 15 December 2.30pm and 7.30pm (doors open half an hour before) Ryan Theatre,Yew Walk

The Sleeping Beauty The Hillplayers ( are proud to present Norman Robbins’ sparkling new version of the timehonoured fairytale. This two-act panto has all the traditional ingredients to ensure festive fun for all the family. A beautiful young princess, cursed by the wicked fairy Carabosse, sleeps for a hundred years until awoken with a kiss by a handsome prince. Can a court jester and his time machine save the day? Tickets are £7 adults and £5 concessions or a family ticket for four is £20. Buy tickets at or on 0844 8700 887. Limited tickets held by Maggie Conroy on

Harrow School Chapel Choir

Saturday 15 December 7.30pm The Speech Room, Harrow School

An opportunity to hear one of the most beautiful Requiem settings in a liturgical setting. Tickets not required.

Annual Christmas Celebration

Saturday 10 November 8pm The Speech Room, Harrow School                    

Michaelmas Concert Music for Screen and Stage Always a highlight of the term as the Concert Band, Orchestra, Swing Band and other ensembles perform for the first time in the new academic year. More than 100 boys will perform and the programme will include John Williams’s Star Wars Suite alongside other film and musical theatre favourites.

Harrow Choral Society Ticket prices to be advised (contact Olwen Moss on 020 8863 7830) and there will be a celebrity speaker to be announced.



Sunday 23 December 4.30pm On the Green outside Shaws and Blues restaurant

Carols Round the Green

This glorious Hill tradition will take place on the eve of Christmas Eve this year, with rousing carols accompanied again by the Salvation Army. Wander up to St Mary’s Church at 6pm for more carols there afterwards.

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Summer 2012 events Jonathan Edwards’ walks

The Olympic torch over the Hill

After 14 October, this year’s tally of four walks and talks will have been completed.

Photography by Peter Barbé:

May’s walk was the first of two considering the work of 19th century architects associated with the Hill. It centred on George Gilbert Scott, whose overall output consisted of over 800 buildings worldwide, from the recently renovated St. Pancras station hotel to Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand. On and around the Hill, his work included Roxeth Parish Church, Harrow School’s Vaughan Library, and the rebuilding of St Mary’s Church and Harrow School Chapel. Also featured were Charles Forster Hayward, who designed a number of buildings for Harrow School, among them the Knoll, Druries, Garlands, the first Science Schools of 1874-6; and Charles Robert Cockerell who enlarged the original Fourth Form Room in 1819/20. July’s walk looked at Saints and Sinners. The former category included the multi-talented Hewlett family contributing to public health and educational from the 1840s onwards, and social reformers Lord Shaftesbury and Annie Besant; the latter category was represented by Lord Byron, and the antics of certain Harrow Schoolboys during the Victorian era, including the infamous Jack Mytton. September’s walk looked at two more architects - local boy E. S. Prior, whose distinctive examples of corbeling, angled buildings and Dutch-style roofs adorn a number of his buildings on the Hill (the highlight proving to be the little-known ‘hidden gem’ of the former School laundry in South Harrow) and William Burges, who built Harrow School’s Speech Room which was unfortunately shrouded in scaffolding and sheeting on the day of the walk! Local archivist Rita Boswell will assist with October’s walk, which will look at businesses on the Hill. 100 years ago, there were no less than 30 shops in West Street alone, when the Hill provided for pretty much all local needs, from bakers, grocers, hat-makers, haberdashers, to undertakers. Check out the next newsletter for details of next year’s walks and talks.

...and Jubilee street parties

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Spotlight interview: Rev. Tim Gosden HHT newsletter designer and editor Rose Allett shifts the spotlight onto the Vicar of our iconic landmark, the highest building in Middlesex, St Mary’s Church.

When did you discover the Hill?

What is the best part of your job?

I have lived on the Hill for nearly 15 years now. I was born in Croydon but grew up in Addington, a small village then but now swallowed up by the town. Coming to Harrow, to the Hill, was in a sense like coming home for me. I was drawn to the great tradition of worship here and the idea of building links with the community. It’s a small community on the Hill, but a very precious one. There is so much going on and it’s nice to be a part of it.

I enjoy the stimulus of meeting other people, getting to know them, their joys and frustrations, listening to them and, if I can, helping them.

Why did St Mary’s feel right for you? It is a church that I liked. It has a long history that I felt sympathetic to, and traditions that I like. Going right back to the church’s consecration in 1094, the type of worship, especially music, has always been a part of the place and I felt drawn to that. (I play the piano and the organ, but I’m very rusty...don’t ask me to play!) In a modest way I wanted to become a part of that tradition, and to embrace both the continuity, and the need for constant change.

What about your work with the Harrow Inter Faith Council? I was Chair until I had a stroke on Christmas Day last year and reluctantly had to give up that role. I continue to maintain a strong link with them; on 22 November at 7.30pm for example, we are hosting an interfaith evening in the Old Harrovian Room, showing Of Gods and Men.

What has been a highlight of your career on the Hill? This summer was special. St Mary’s was chosen by the people of Harrow to be featured in a celebratory set of ‘London Landmark’ 2012 Olympics pin badges. For me, it’s about people feeling they belong to a place, and believing in it. On the day the Olympic torch came over the Hill, I met a number of people who said they’d wanted to come up here for so long - and now they were here. After the torch had passed, there were 40 to 50 people in the church, being quiet, lighting candles. The bells were ringing and the choir was singing. It was a lovely feeling to see people coming together like that, a very special moment.

What does your day typically consist of? After morning prayer, I am usually out and about, having meetings with the Parish Secretary in the community with schools and other organisations. At the moment we are busy organising our Christmas Fayre (24 November 10-4pm) and today, because it’s a Tuesday, we have a lunchtime concert in the church by the Harrow School boys. It’s a busy job but I try to get the balance right between being based at the church and being out and about.


For you, what is the best thing about working and living on the Hill? The ambience and aspect; just walking around the streets, it feels good to be able to think, and to catch sight of our landmark church from different angles. I also really enjoy the restaurants and often go to the Castle - my son works there as a chef!

If you could change one thing about the Hill, what would it be? Some people come up to the Hill for various unhealthy reasons, with negative aspirations to commit crimes; we need to be careful about that. Also, when the school closes at Christmas time, this part of the Hill can go so quiet. It can be quite a challenge keeping the spirit of the Hill and the community alive during the holidays.

Will we be able to sing carols with you this Christmas? Of course! After the carols round the Green on Sunday 23 December at 4.30pm, come up to the church for more carols at 6pm. See you there! To suggest someone you know for a spotlight interview in a future HHT newsletter, email us at

No Harrowing Experience This poem was written by Michele Wolf at the time of the Millennium: 12 years old but no less relevant today. Few places one can recall that have a character at all But Harrow with the old and new There is so much to see and do. The famous school upon the Hill where heads of state are going still. With history steep around each bend the likes of Byron did descend. Then as you track back into town so many shops are all around. Just take your time and slowly browse and while away some happy hours. Between it all a meal or snack No need to really hurry back. Then as the day turns into night the cinema, a welcome sight. To round it off, a soothing drink as in the chair you deeply sink. Yes Harrow is the place to come Forget the Dome, this Millennium. Are you a budding writer hankering to see your name in print? Email your poem, short story, article or anything you wish to

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Something for the weekend Find synonyms for words A and B differing by only one letter, then read down the letter column to read the hidden message! By Sue Allett. WORD A































































































































Answers in the Spring 2013 newsletter!

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Thank you to our corporate members:

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Boarding school for boys aged 13-19 General enquiries 020 8872 8000 Admissions (registrar) 020 8872 8007

Middle Road - 020 8422 2092

Harrow Welsh Congregational Church Family run, with some clients for 30 years. 152 Greenford Rd - 020 8422 1349

Croeso Cynnes I Bawb Lower Road (Middle Path) 020 8954 2907

Caroline Versallion

Italian restaurant and delicatessen. 41 High Street - 020 8426 6767

Craig Goodman Accountants

Providing cost-effective, quality-driven software for Microsoft Windows and the web. www.

London Road - 020 8966 7000

Middle Road - 020 8872 8400

Beautiful evening dresses and bridal attire. 01525 234 111 -

020 8864 4644

Hair and Beauty Greenford Road - 020 8422 4002

Sixth Form College Mount Park Avenue - 020 8422 8084

I-Realise Ltd

Commercial property consultants 49 High Street - 020 8423 2130

140 Northolt Road -

Lysiane Bysh Associates

Consultants in Human Resources and training Tel/Fax 020 7431 8230

Fifth Dimension

Interactive media solutions 36 Byron Hill Road - 020 8864 0155

Audio visual specialists 23 Wickham Road - 020 8427 7965 - 07860 791492

Gollings Architects 40 Nelson Road - 07884 227 573

Harrow on the Hill Dental and Implant Practice

Dr Fareeda Daar’s new dental practice, in the old King’s Head, offers routine family dentistry including hygienist and emergency services. 020 8426 5250

The Old Bank, 92 High Street

Van Dare Properties Ltd Property managers 50 Crown Street - 0844 806 8307

Residential sales, lettings and new developments 104 High Street - 020 8864 4441

Orley Farm School

Day preparatory school for boys and girls aged 4-13 South Hill Avenue - 020 8869 7600

Harrow on the Hill Motors

MOT, servicing, tyres, exhausts, brakes, suspension, clutches, electrical, diagnostics and bodywork. West Hill off Byron Hill Road - 020 8422 4220

Estate Agents 90 High Street - 020 8864 8844

Estate Agents 33-35 High Street - 020 8422 3333

SRM Plastics

Plastic injection moulders 73 West Street - 020 8422 9607

Other HHT Corporate Members: Copperfields Management, Roxborough Park, David Morgan & Co., 52 High Street, FW Computer Systems, 90 High Street, Mr D. Geraghty, West Street Police Station, J.E. Kennedy Solicitors, 59-61 High Street, S. Mills, Copperfields, Roxborough Park, Shaw News, 82 High Street, Ian J Tait Properties, 27 West Street


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