The visit went extremely well, with the Duke being shown around the meadows, starting at Chiswick Bridge. He was shown to what extent the Japanese Knotweed has taken over the stretch of the riverbank between Chiswick and Barnes Bridges and the sports facilities we call locally "Riverside Lands".
At the Promenade we stopped to let the Duke look over the newly painted Bandstand, Shelters, Ornamental river wall and the Gates to the steps.the lead down to the river
After showing him one of the new Benches we had fitted over the summer period we carried on around the Meadows down Riverside Drive
and eventually entered the main gates to "Promenade Approach Road" the original official entrance to Dukes Meadows.
L to R Tim Mack, Duke of Devonshire, Kathleen Healy
We drove down this tree lined avenue to the pump house at the end and turned around to let the Duke see the neglected paddling pool and children's play areas, finally pulling up by the new five a side pitch and bowling green.
Tim Mack,The Duke, Kathleen Healy. and the Paddling Pool in the background
<<The Duke looked with interest around the Farmers Market,
The Duke looking around Chiswick Farmers Market
The Duke after unveiling our Plaque's in the Bowls Club
The Duke was so delighted with his visit, that he has invited the Friends of Dukes Meadows to visit him at Chatsworth early next year.We then went onto show the Duke around the "Art at the Pavilion "exhibition organised by FoDM member Geraldine Phillips, he saw many works of art before acquiring a bowl and picture.
The Duke being presented with Hamper of market produce
From here we said our fond farewells as he departed back to Chatsworth.We were all very proud to show the Duke the work we have completed and thoroughly enjoyed his visit; he is a very interesting and charming man.
Visit by the 11th Duke of Devonshire
The Fodm is deeply saddened by the death of Andrew Cavendish 11th Duke of Devonshire our Patron, Friend and great supporter of our Charity, on the 3 May 2004
then into the Bowls Club for a small reception with the committee and volunteers, where he unveiled the seven Plaque's for the new Benches and was presented with a hamper of Market produce by two grand children of an Fodm member
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