We will miss friendly Yiewsley

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

SOME years ago a lady who had moved from Yiewsley to Hert­ford­shire wrote to the Gazette. She said she re­gret­ted not leav­ing dirty and un­friendly Yiewsley sooner, for the hap­pier and sun­nier fields of Hemel Hempstead.

We have moved to Northum­ber­land af­ter 28 years in Yiewsley and our ex­pe­ri­ence is very dif­fer­ent. Most of all we are sorry to leave our friends in the area. Our im­me­di­ate neigh­bours Colin, June and Peter (and Bob and Jess) were great friends to us over the years.

Bob was a Dunkirk army vet­eran who went on to sup­port the At­lantic Con­voys in Scot­land.

There are many others we miss – Noah, Senevi, Padma, Iqbal, Michelle, Sam and all their fam­i­lies, as well as lots of others in our street. Over the years a suc­ces­sion of cheer­ful local teenagers have pro­vided cat-sit­ting ser­vices for us, and more re­cently the splen­did Mau­reen (hello from “Hello”).

We would like to pay a last trib­ute to Ron Richards whom we were lucky enough to live near to un­til he passed away a few years ago. He was a true gen­tle­man, al­ways rais­ing his hat to ladies in the street, but more im­por­tantly a kind, un­der­stand­ing and tol­er­ant man, too mod­est to men­tion be­ing a Burma Star vet­eran.

It will be hard to find re­place­ments for some of the stead­fast local busi­nesses. Cow­ley Road Tyres (man­ager Dave) and PK Knight’s or The Clutch Cen­tre (Peter and Steve) from have kept many cars on the road over the years and al­ways pro­vide re­li­able and fair ad­vice as well as great ser­vice.

I am sure lo­cals re­call the Yiewsley Tan­doori, one of the best In­dian restau­rants in Lon­don and a loss when the owner re­tired.

Mr Rai­son who ran his hard­ware shop in Sta­tion Road was al­ways known (and not only by us) as “the man who has ev­ery­thing”.

Mark When­man’s great for shoe re­pairs and the green­gro­cers are ter­rific. Yiewsley is also for­tu­nate to have a num­ber of more “cor­po­rate” shops (su­per­mar­kets, etc) too, but the staff are mostly friendly and help­ful. It all goes to show that parts of Hilling­don and there­fore Lon­don are still just like vil­lages – we know Yiewsley isn’t the only such area.

Good luck to Hilling­don Council. It is not un­til we moved away that we fully ap­pre­ci­ated what an ef­fi­cient ser­vice we were given, and you are to be con­grat­u­lated on the on­go­ing im­prove­ments to Yiewsley.

We wish all the peo­ple of Yiewsley well, es­pe­cially those who walked by in Fall­ing Lane and won­dered where the sound of bag­pipes was com­ing from.

BOB HUNTER AND JO HER­BERT via email

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