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Aston watercolours now on show in the HGS virtual museum

Posted on 13 Nov 2018

We are pleased to announce that a collection of watercolours of the Suburb made in the 1920s is now available to browse online via the HGS Heritage virtual museum.



The collection of around 40 images shows various Suburb scenes painted between 1923-1925 by William Isaac Aston, a mathematical instrument maker who lived on the Suburb at the time. The collection is dedicated to Aston's son A. Ewart Aston, who was an architect to the Hampstead Garden Suburb Tenants, and has around fifty Suburb properties to his name.




The paintings portray the Suburb at various times of the year, and the majority are easily recognisable almost one hundred years on. Despite the inevitable softness of the watercolour medium, Aston had an eye for detail and his paintings stand up to close scrutiny. The collection also showcases Aston's skill for representing all seasons, with the verdant leaves, pink blossoms and murky woodland familiar to all who love the Suburb.



As the hand-bound album of watercolours is rather delicate, it has not been possible to make them available for public display since they were purchased by the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust until now. The purpose of the virtual museum is to make Suburb-related artefacts accessible to everyone, and this makes it the perfect place to display the Aston watercolours.

We have made high resolution scans of the 8x6" paintings, and the virtual museum website allows visitors to click into and zoom in on each image to see them in far greater detail than would be possible in a physical display.

The collection of Aston watercolours is available on the HGS Heritage virtual museum at this address: https://hgsheritage.org.uk/Detail/collections/WIAW001

2018 Trust Election Results

Posted on 20 Sep 2018

The Trust has received the result of the 2018 Trustee election, which is reproduced below in the prescribed form.

The votes for this year's Trust Council election have been counted and verified by our auditors, haysmacintyre. 422 valid ballot papers were received. There were 9 rejected papers. One resident Trustee position was up for election, with two candidates standing. Brian Ingram received 130 votes. Raymond Taylor received 292 votes. Therefore Raymond Taylor has been elected as a Trustee.

2018 Trust AGM information

Posted on 13 Aug 2018

The Trust's 2018 Annual General Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 5 September 2018 in the Henrietta Barnett School Hall, Central Square NW11.

There will be a period for informal conversation over light refreshment at the beginning of the evening, and doors will open at 7.30pm for that purpose.

The business will commence at 8.00pm; official notice of the meeting has been sent to all Members, and can be downloaded as a PDF here. For more information on Trust Membership, click here.

Suburb residents who want to check if they are currently a Trust Member are asked to email the Membership Secretary via mail@hgstrust.org with details of their full name and residential address.

Trust Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/2018 published

Posted on 19 Jul 2018

The Trust's Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/2018 has been published, and copies will be sent by post to all Trust Members in the next few weeks. Copies will also shortly be available from the Trust office, and the PDF can be downloaded from our website.

To find out more about becoming a Member of the Trust company, see here.

Opt-in to receive notification on Trust applications subject to more extensive consultation

Posted on 04 Jul 2018

In line with the Trust’s Consultation Policy, we aim to seek the opinions of interested parties on applications for proposed changes in the appearance of buildings and/or the land on which they stand in the Suburb. Routinely, the Trust notifies nearby neighbours regarding applications to a property.  On certain applications, which may have a broader impact, the Trust notifies a wider group, including those residents who have opted-in to receive such notifications from the Trust.

Any resident or owner of a property on the Suburb (whether or not a member of the Trust) who wishes to register for optional notifications on more extensive consultations from the Trust by e mail should e mail mail@hgstrust.org with details of their name and residential address, requesting to opt-in to receiving correspondence on any or all of the following:

  1. Trust events (e.g. Winter Lecture)
  2. Consultation on certain applications, in line with our consultation policy
  3. Trust e-newsletter

Please note that it is not possible to register to receive notification of more extensive consultation notifications by postal letter as these are sent by e mail. Routine notifications will continue to be sent to nearby neighbours by postal letter.

Any resident on the Suburb who is not a member of the Trust, and wishes to become one, may do so by completing and returning the form available here. There is no cost and liability is limited to £1 per member.

Sunshine Corner and Central Square update

Posted on 30 Apr 2018

The weather can't make its mind up, but if you have seen Central Square and Sunshine Corner recently, you'll see that Spring is well on its way. At Central Square, the new beds are looking lush and healthy, with the early crocuses and daffodils dying back, making way for yet more flashes of colour and healthy new growth.

And at Sunshine Corner, after a long winter and the beds looking rather bare, the planting is beginning to emerge from the cold earth as green shoots reach for the sun.

Keep an eye on both sites over the coming months as Sunshine Corner's new arrangement establishes itself further, and Central Square continues to flourish with year-round interest.

If you have any questions about either site, please contact the Trust office on 0208 455 1066 / 0208 458 8085 or mail@hgstrust.org

HGS Trust 2017 Winter Lecture a Great Success

Posted on 05 Dec 2017

HGST 2017 Winter Lecture

Thank you to all who attended this year's Trust Winter Lecture.

In recent years, the Trust has organised several winter lectures on a variety of subjects in hopes to interest, entertain and provoke thought among the audience.

This year there was a warm atmosphere at the Henrietta Barnett School for this well-attended event, despite the cold air outside. Residents and others with an interest in town planning, the Suburb and related subjects came together to mingle, and enjoy a glass of wine and a mince pie or two, before taking a seat for the lecture. We were especially pleased to welcome the Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Brian Salinger.

Our special guest speaker this year was Simon Conibear, who for many years was Estate Director for Poundbury, the Duchy of Cornwall's urban extension of Dorchester.

Simon delivered an interesting, thought-provoking, and often rather amusing lecture which covered the establishment and development of the project.

Although it could be argued there are more differences than similarities between Poundbury and Hampstead Garden Suburb, Simon's presentation brought a number of interesting points for the audience to consider, in terms of town planning, residential building design, and vernacular styles of architecture, amongst others.

It was particularly illuminating to see Poundbury's approach to the use of local architectural styles and building materials in stark contrast to other modern housing developments.

Simon's fascinating and well-illustrated lecture also generated a number of salient questions from the audience.

We hope everyone had an enjoyable evening.

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