The time of the meeting has been returned to 7:30 pm from 6:30 pm because it will not now begin with a discussion with Councillor Paul Convery.
The recipients of the donations for filming suggested so far are:
George Sydney Smith Williams built many houses in Thornhill Square and elsewhere, leasing the plots from the Thornhill Estate. While living in Thornhill Square he became a substantial property owner in his own right. One of his great great granddaughters, who holds the family papers, is coming to London especially to talk about his life and works.
Sunflour Bakery of Caledonian Road is very kindly contributing some of the refreshments.
More than two years ago a large ash tree fell at the edge of Thornhill Square Gardens, destroying other trees and three metres of railings. New trees (Tulip Tree, Tibetan Cherry, Sweet Gum and Red Maple ‘Red Sunset’) were chosen and planted in the following winter, after discussions with residents; now the railings have been reinstated, using copies of the original ones (which have their own grade 2 listing from English Heritage). The reinstatement was delayed for various reasons; most recently, Metalcraft, the company that provided the railings, had to find a second foundry when its first choice went out of business.
Metalcraft was selected following the suggestion of residents (especially Patrick Firebrace), who obtained quotations for the work that kept the original design but that nonetheless were much better than those made to Islington Council.
Of course the railings elsewhere around the Gardens need restoration, but that is too much to contemplate in these straitened times.