When the Fuller’s Christmas trees go up on the Griffin Brewery there’s no denying that the Christmas season is upon us. Usually I bury my head in the sand as long as possible but this year I’ve decided to embrace it. So here is your Chiswick Calendar Christmas guide.
Some ideas for original Christmas presents
Jewellery by Shelley Thomas
Tucked away by Kew Bridge there’s a community of around twenty arts and crafts producers, among them Shelley Thomas, who makes beautiful, very distinctive silver jewellery. She creates her own pieces, customises jewellery to your design and also offers one day silver smithing courses for £170 or £150 each for two people.
You can buy direct from her workshop in the Old Pay Office at the Steam Museum, through her website: www.shelleythomas.co.uk or phone her on 07947 032286.
Stiletto Coat pegs by Derek Pearce
This quirky idea for a coat rack caught my eye. Derek Pearce is a woodcarver, sculptor and furniture maker. Have a look on his website at the table he made for John Cleese with carved woodland animals running around the base and his hippo tables, with the eyes and noses just peeping above the glass table top – genius.
Website: www.derekpearce.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knobs by Neil Brown
Neil Brown is the resident blacksmith in the forge at the Steam Museum. His work ranges from bottle openers at the smallest, stocking filler size up to commissions for furniture such as gates, staircases and balconies. As a member of The Chiswick Calendar club card scheme he offers a discount of 10% to club card holders. You can also try your hand at blacksmithing yourself on one of his blacksmithing for beginners courses.
Website: www.hotmetalworks.co.uk Tel: 07784 284250. Email: email@example.com
Christmas Three open studios
Three local artists will be showing their work next weekend. The Christmas Three Open Studios at 9 Windmill Rd, W4 1RN, just off the High Rd, will be featuring the work of artist Joanna Brendon, jeweller Annette O’Sullivan and weaver Bobbie Kociejowski.
Painting by Joanna Brendon Website: www.joannabrendon.com
The Christmas Three will be showing their work 1 – 3 December. Friday 6.00 – 9.00pm, Saturday 11.00am – 6.00pm. Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm. On offer also is mulled wine and minced pies.
Jewellery by Annette O’Sullivan Contact: Annette O’Sullivan
Scarves and Shawls by Bobbie Kociejowski
Bobbie is a Canadian artist who happened upon weaving almost by accident when she was living in a remote mining town in the Rockies. In our video she talks about how she came to be a weaver and the importance of using colour.
Make your own at Mella Mella
When my kids were young we had several pottery cafes in the area. I still have a few dubious looking lumps of clay splodged with bright colours that I couldn’t possibly part with. Mella Mella has opened recently at 8 Essex Place W4 5UT, a ceramic painting and pottery wheel studio, kids corner, garden and café, which caters for parties, classes, and workshops.
Greige opens its doors at Bedford Corner
Homeware store Greige has been part of the club card scheme for a year, selling their beautiful range of interesting items for the home online and from their warehouse in Chiswick. They’ve just opened their first shop at Bedford Corner.
One of the items I really like are these Danish tin houses for tea lights. They come in different shapes and sizes so you can put them together and create your own little street. Sizes range from 10cm to 45cm high. Prices £11.50 – £69.
These and everything in the shop are available at 10% discount for holders of the Chiswick Calendar club card when you spend £75 or more – but make sure you have it with you and brandish it with a flourish! (Online the offer applies when you spend £50 – promo code ChisCal50). Greige Lifestyle Boutique 1 Bedford Corner, South Parade, W4.
Paddleboarding with Active 360 – fantastic offer if you book by 4 December
If you want to buy something that is not going to be quietly recycled to a charity shop, how about a gift voucher for paddle boarding with Active 360, based at Kew Bridge?
Normal price £65 for one person for a three hour lesson, they have a fantastic offer for club card holders available to book only until midnight on 4 December. Active 360 are offering club card members vouchers for TWO people together for just £99 for a three hour lesson.
To book online using the club card go to www.active360.co.uk and use the promo code Calendar99, email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Ring 0208 825 5360. They’re very flexible too, so if you wanted a two hour lesson rather than a three hour lesson or three people rather than two, ring them up and talk to them about it.
Lamb’s wool jumper from Cotswold Outdoors
Warm winter woollies from Cotswold Outdoor. Club card holders can buy this lovely Aigle Lofoty 100% lamb’s wool women’s jumper for £90 from Cotswold Outdoor, 323-327 Chiswick High Rd, W4 (normal price £99). The 10% discount applies to anything in the shop.
The latest in instant cameras from the Chiswick Camera Centre
All the rage this Christmas apparently is the Fujifilm Instax SQ10, an instant camera which also records to a Micro SD memory card and has a built in LCD screen, meaning that for the first time you can choose whether to print an image instantly, print multiple copies and edit before you print.
Normal price £249 from Chiswick Camera Centre, 4 Chiswick Terrace, Acton Lane, W4. Andy, the owner, is offering a £25 discount to club card holders, bringing the price down to £224.
Vouchers for a meal at Annie’s
Another idea for something which will not sit gathering dust – a gift voucher for Annie’s restaurant at Strand on the Green. Any amount from £20 – £300 available. Redeemable by the end of May 2018. Buy online at www.anniesrestaurant.co.uk
Annie’s doesn’t have a club card offer in the restaurant in December but will resume its 15% discount to club card holders in January.