We are the Brentford Towers Residents Association. The tragic events at Grenfell Towers touched us all, not just in London but all around the world, June 14th still makes me humble. It was because of Grenfell that the residents of Brentford Towers realised they had no voice to highlight the issues surrounding their homes, their immediate environment and community. So what did we do? We formed Brentford Towers Residents Association and we were born on the 4th of July 2017.
Brentford Towers itself is a lively, diverse, multi-cultural community located in an area of natural beauty with a rich heritage dating as far back as the Roman times and features in the Civil War of 1642 and the Battle of Trafalgar. Sitting by the Thames, the Towers also have links to the London Museum of Water and Steam due to the names of each of the Towers.
Our association was created by the residents for the residents and we do not advocate any political parties, views or opinions. The BTRA are simply in place to protect and promote the interests of the local residents and foster local community initiatives. We work in partnership with Hounslow Council, the Metropolitan Police and other local borough community parties.
We are excited to be here, we are glad you have joined with us and we hope you enjoy the journey to a better, brighter and even happier Community.
On 14th June, 2017 at around 00:54, a fire broke out on the 4th floor at a tower block in Kensington and Chelsea in west London, by 3am, the fire had fully engulfed all 24 floors taking 72 lives. Those lives included, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, mothers, fathers, uncles, parents, grandparents; even the unborn.
None of them should have died, no one has been brought to justice so far, no one has taken blame. The pain and suffering is still being felt across the community. The 72 must be remembered.
As long as we remember them, they will never die, they will live forever, so remember them with the colour green. Remember them on Thursday 14th June at 12 noon for 72 seconds, hold the 24 hour vigil, keep the faith; remember!
Peace and love be with you all.
C/o Cornish House, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, London, Middlesex TW8 0DN, GB
The next Resident's meeting shall be posted here once a date is confirmed
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I believe this is a special time for all, it brings good wishes, good cheer and yes, good food! But Christmas is more than the presents and the food, it brings back love, friends, family and the memories of those who have long since left us. When I think of Christmas this year I will once again think about those who are no longer with us and those who soon will be, I will forgive myself for not doing as much as I could have done for others and I will try to do better. I will be thankful for the friends and family I have and I will wish peace, joy, happiness and love to one and all. Let's celebrate this time, this one, special time that comes but once a year, enjoy the opportunities it gives us to be good neighbours, care for our community, help the needy and cherish each other; not just at Christmas but everyday.
I hope the year ends in smiles and laughter and that the new year brings you all peace, health and happiness.
Thank you to Hounslow Housing staff, the Concierges at Cornish House, Caretakers, Police, Wardens our Councillors Mel, Guy and Corrina, the Caretakers and the London Museum of Water and Steam for your support and service throughout the year. Thank you to ENGIE who are helping to refurbish our home, best wishes for the season.
Celebrate Christmas then;
Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas,
Let your heart be light, from now on our troubles will be out of sight.
Through the years, we all will be together, if the fates allow,
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.
And have yourself, a merry little Christmas, now.