Cycle lane not open till the new year

The cycle lane through Chiswick High Rd was supposed to be open yesterday (Friday 18 December) but it isn’t because of some problem with the traffic lights.

Transport for London said on 18 December:

‘New traffic lights are being introduced on Chiswick High Road before Christmas and the temporary cycle tracks will open as soon as possible after that.

‘We had hoped to open the cycle tracks sooner, but we identified some technical problems with the new traffic light cables yesterday, which require additional work’.

The final work on it won’t now be done until the new year, they say, but once it is, the traffic lights will adjust automatically, in real-time, in response to traffic conditions, ‘which will help to reduce congestion’.

Transport for London has released its annual transport survey, which shows how drastically the pandemic has affected transport in London.

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Heathrow ruling “drives a cart and horses through commitment on climate change” – Ruth Cadbury MP

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth, says the Supreme Court’s ruling on Heathrow “drives a cart and horses through our Government’s commitments on climate change.

“Pushing ahead with another runway at Heathrow is a huge step backwards in our efforts to fight the climate crisis”.

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday 16 December that building a third runway at Heathrow would be legal. The decision by the UK’s top court overturns the decision made in February by the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal had ruled that the proposed expansion of Heathrow was unlawful because it did not meet the Government’s international commitments on Climate Change. It said ministers had failed to take into account the UK’s commitments under the 2015 Paris climate accord, but the Supreme Court yesterday found this was not necessary.

Tim Crosland, a lawyer at Plan B, which brought the legal case against Heathrow, said: “The really damaging thing is the precedent for the other cases.”

Environmental campaigners were delighted by the Court of Appeal’s ruling in February, as it was the first significant ruling in the world to be based on the Paris climate agreement. Tim Crosland described it as “a really strong lever” in legal arguments against high-carbon infrastructure. He said Plan B is now considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Image above: Heathrow airport

“The right result for the country” – Heathrow

Heathrow’s response to the decision was:

‘This is the right result for the country, which will allow Global Britain to become a reality. Only by expanding the UK’s hub airport can we connect all of Britain to all of the growing markets of the world, helping to create hundreds of thousands of jobs…

‘Demand for aviation will recover from Covid, and the additional capacity at an expanded Heathrow will allow Britain as a sovereign nation to compete for trade and win against our rivals in France and Germany’.

Supreme Court’s decision places the ball back in the Government’s court

The Supreme Court’s decision does not mean that the third runway will necessarily be built, but it does mean Heathrow can move to the next stage and start it application for planning permission.

The campaign group No Third Runway said: “The Supreme Court’s verdict does not mean Heathrow expansion now has the green light. It’s simply one hurdle cleared.

They say the onus is now on the Government to review the Airports National Policy Statement.

“It can be argued that the Net Zero commitments and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic provide legitimate reasons for review”.

Net zero target

The Government has just announced (3 December 2020) an ambitious climate target, aiming for at least 68% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, compared to 1990 levels.

The statement, from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and the Prime Minister’s Office said:

‘Recognising the urgency to go further to tackle climate change, the UK’s new target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – our Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Climate Agreement – is among the highest in the world and commits the UK to cutting emissions at the fastest rate of any major economy so far.

‘Today’s target is the first set by the UK following its departure from the EU, demonstrating the UK’s leadership in tackling climate change’.

That leadership will be put to the test when the British Government hosts the COP26 summit in Glasgow next year. The summit, due to take place in November 2021, will bring parties together ‘to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’.

Heathrow, already anticipating the fight it still has to win the argument for a third runway, says Heathrow is already committed to a net zero.

‘This ruling recognises the robust planning process that will require us to prove expansion is compliant with the UK’s climate change obligations, including the Paris Climate Agreement, before construction can begin’.

‘Better not bigger’

Opponents of the third runway argue that the strategy for the development of Heathrow airport is that is should be ‘better not bigger’.

Ruth Cadbury MP said:

“Plans by Heathrow to build a third runway will not address the immediate crisis caused by the current collapse in demand for flying, nor will it address the UK’s need to cut carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.

“Many working at Heathrow and the wider aviation sector are facing redundancies and significant cuts to their pay and conditions now. Building a third runway in ten to fifteen years’ time does not help the caterers, baggage handlers or cabin crew who live in my constituency and around Heathrow, who are currently facing extreme hardship.

“I have always believed that Heathrow should be better, not bigger. Even with this decision we are still years away from the bulldozers going in.  In the meantime, thousands of local jobs have been lost due to the pandemic-generated cuts in flying, especially with business travel which will probably never return to previous levels.

“Building a third runway will mean more noise, more congestion and more emissions for families across West London and beyond and today’s decision means that fear still hangs over us.

“This ruling also drives a cart and horses through our Governments commitments on climate change and pushing ahead with another runway at Heathrow is a huge step backwards in our efforts to fight the climate crisis”.

Leader of LB Hounslow, Cllr Steve Curran’s reaction was more nuanced:

“Hounslow Council has long-held that we want the airport to be successful, as it plays such an important role in the economic lives of our residents, and our status as the gateway borough to London. That is even more important as we come to terms with the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and its devastating effects on Aviation Communities, where locally we face a £4 billion hit to our Hounslow economy with 40,000 jobs at risk.

“We have said before, we want to see a Heathrow which is better, not bigger so we hope that the Government and Heathrow Airport can find a solution that protects our environment and allows the airport to flourish. As a Council we are committed to our Climate Emergency pledge, to delivering our recovery plan through a Green Economic recovery for aviation communities, and to working with Heathrow in its ambitions to improve while ensuring the best outcomes for local residents and businesses.”

Unlike other boroughs under the Heathrow flight path, LB Hounslow has not taken part in legal action against Heathrow expansion. The boroughs which have are Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth, and Windsor and Maidenhead.

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New restaurant owners “gutted” they can’t go ahead with Chiswick opening

Image above: Mustaq Tappewale (L) and Kuldeep Mattegunta (R)

Kuldeep Mattegunta and Mustaq Tappewale were due to be opening the doors to their new Chiswick restaurant right about now, as I write this at 7.00pm on the evening of Wednesday 16 December. The opening was torpedoed on Monday by Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement that London was going into Tier 3.

“We are extremely gutted for such a short notice on the government’s decision to move London into Tier 3. As a newly opened business we have left nothing to chance right from every detail such as the decor, food, drinks and most importantly our staff” Mustaq told The Chiswick Calendar.

The young entrepreneurs have taken over the premises at 301 – 303 Chiswick High Rd, where Hedone used to be. Called ‘Republic’ the new restaurant will offer Indian food, with a difference, they say. There are are several sections to the menu. While ‘local favourites’ offers the kind of food British customers are used to: Indian food modified for the European palette, ‘street foods’ offers a range of the kind of dishes you might expect to find in India.

Mustaq used to be group manager for Kricket –  a collection of ‘modern Indian restaurants combining British ingredients with the flavours and aromas of India’, to be found in Brixton, Soho and White City. There he met Kricket head chef, Kuldeep. The two decided to create their own British – Indian fusion chain, starting in Chiswick.

Images above: Republic, 301 – 303 Chiswick High Rd

40% off takeaways until 20 December 2020

“Monday’s news ruined our opening” says Mustaq, but they have the staff and they have the food, so they will instead go straight to a takeawy service, offering a whopping 40% off all takeout and delivery until 20 December 2020.

They plan to open the restaurant as soon as restrictions are lifted:

“Our new opening date will be the same day as the government lifts up the restrictions and declare it as safe for general public to dine in”.

Republic’s chef, Kuldeep Mattegunta

Kuldeep has a Bachelors in Hotel management and Catering Technology from Osmania University in Hyderabad. After completing a bread and pastry diploma in Vancouver and working in Cin Cin, an Italian fine dining restaurant, he went on to run a barbeque restaurant and worked in a specialist Cantonese restaurant, before working for Gordon Ramsay, taking over responsibility for the running of fish section in the New York style high-end steak house Maze.

He has worked as a chef de partie in Mayfair’s Corrigan’s restaurant, Soho’s Arbutus restaurant and the Nobu Metropolitan in Park Lane. He worked his way up the ladder as sous-chef at the Quilon restaurant in Victoria, A Casa Di Tomilaia in Frankfurt and executive sous-chef at Benares in Mayfair, before spending two years as head chef with Kricket.

Republic is the first restaurant of his own.

Republic’s manager, Mustaq Tappewale

Republic’s manager Mustaq Tappewale has more than 11 years’ experience in the hospitality business, working with the Michelin starred Amaya in Knightsbridge, London’s oldest Indian restaurant Chutney Mary in Chelsea, Tamarind group on Mayfair and five star boutique properties such as The Taj Group. He has an MBA in Business and Hotel management from the University of Wales and has studied Hotel management at the Rizvi Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.

Both of them have a passion for Indian food and ‘look forward to injecting new energy into the Indian dining scene in Chiswick’.

Republic is ‘a realized vision of both Kuldeep and Mustaq, representing a dynamic, eclectic, and evolving India. The restaurant ethos is deeply rooted in traditions but is sophisticated and imaginative at the same time’.

We look forward to being able to experience a meal at the restaurant when it opens, but meanwhile here’s their takeaway menu:

Republic – Takeaway Menu

Sweet Potato & Jersey Royal chaat, kale pakora, pomegranate £8.00

Paneer stuffed padron pepper bhajiya, peanuts and red onion £8.00

Charred cauliflower, tandoori masala brown butter, pickled £8.00

Parsnip and Soya kheema sausage roll, spicy tomato ketchup £8.00

Cashews and Winter Veg korma £11. 50

Pollock ‘Meen gassi’, Spicy garlic murmura £13.00

Tandoori Tiger prawns £15

Crispy Chicken and Chips ‘65’, Spicy chip shop Mayo £9.00

Pistachio gilafi Venison seekh, Celeriac and green apple kasundi, Piquillo pepper ketchup £12.50

Lamb shoulder pepper fry, pickled baby onions £13.00

Classic chicken tikka masala £12. 50

On the side

Dal tadka £4.50

Saffron and royal cumin pulao £4.50

Achaari new potatoes £4.50

Punjabi channa masala £4.50

Poppodoms £2.50

Lassi @ £3.50 e

Mango Lassi

Figs and salted Pistachio Lassi

Lassi (plain, sweet, salted)

republicw4.com

Tel:  0208 154 2712

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The shops are open

Image above: Chiswick Camera Centre, 4 Chiswick Rd, Acton Lane, W4 5LY

The shops are open, as are hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons.

Chiswick High Rd was busy the day after Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s announcement that London was about to enter Tier 3 at one minute past midnight on the morning of Wednesday 16 December.

It was ten days before Christmas, but it was also in part because people are confused about the Tier 3 rules and some at least thought Tuesday would be the last day the shops would be open.

Not so. Shops, including ‘non essential’ ones are allowed to be open in Tier 3, as are hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons and gyms providing they don’t have indoor exercise classes.

Andy Sands, owner of Chiswick Camera Centre, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We have had an endless supply of customers assuming we close again tomorrow! Business has been hard enough we don’t need people thinking we are closed till Christmas.

“We had at least 20 people say ‘oh so you have to close again from tomorrow then!’ Plus just noticed about 10 emails to the same effect, even friends and relatives asking if we are closed again.”

Image above: Snappy Snaps, Corner of Turnham Green Terrace and Chiswick High Rd

John Fitzgerald at Snappy Snaps said:

“We were inundated with calls all day yesterday asking if we were open. We were manically busy with people thinking Tuesday was the last chance they had to get printing done. It’s not. We’re open, as we are allowed to be in Tier 3”.

Marmalade jewellers on Turnham Green Terrace had the same experience, with lots of people ringing up to see if they were open.

Janina at Marmalade said they’d had lots of calls but she’d also been into other shops and heard customers asking the same.

Chiswick Camera Centre and Snappy Snaps Chiswick are both part of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme, offering discounts to cardholders.

For some ideas of great presents you can buy locally in Chiswick, read Barbara Chandler’s piece on the trail of Christmas presents in Chiswick

Have a look too at our A-Z of where to buy presents in Chiswick

Tier 3 rules

Under Tier 3 – very high alert – rules, pubs and restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery, and indoor entertainment venues such as theatres, bowling alleys and cinemas must remain shut.

You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.

You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’.

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training. The Clayton Hotel for example still has guests who are working at Chiswick Business Park.

Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. The Chiswick Calendar and Live Music To Go has cancelled the two Jazz at George IV we had planned for 17 and 24 December and refunded the tickets and Headliners comedy club has cancelled this weekend’s shows.

Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. The Hogarth Club now has outside gym areas and outside exercise classes in small groups as well as a schedule of online classes by Zoom.

There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators. Brentford FC’s home game against Reading on Saturday 19 December is available to watch on ifollow.

Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events.

Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies.

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.

Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place.

Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.

You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

Avoid travelling outside of your area, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.

www.gov.uk/guidelines

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Heathrow wins Supreme Court fight over building third runway

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday 16 December that building a third runway at Heathrow would be legal. The decision by the UK’s top court overturns the decision made in February by the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal had ruled that the proposed expansion of Heathrow was unlawful because it did not meet the Government’s international commitments on Climate Change. It said ministers had failed to take into account the UK’s commitments under the 2015 Paris climate accord, but the Supreme Court found this was not necessary.

Tim Crosland, a lawyer at Plan B, which brought the legal case against Heathrow, said: “The really damaging thing is the precedent for the other cases.”

Environmental campaigners were delighted by the Court of Appeal’s ruling in February, as it was the first significant ruling in the world to be based on the Paris climate agreement. Tim Crosland described it as “a really strong lever” in legal arguments against high-carbon infrastructure. He said Plan B is now considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

Heathrow response

Heathrow’s response to the decision was:

‘This is the right result for the country, which will allow Global Britain to become a reality. Only by expanding the UK’s hub airport can we connect all of Britain to all of the growing markets of the world, helping to create hundreds of thousands of jobs…

‘Demand for aviation will recover from Covid, and the additional capacity at an expanded Heathrow will allow Britain as a sovereign nation to compete for trade and win against our rivals in France and Germany’.

“Deep immorality”

Tim Crosland broke the embargo on the court’s decision and put out a statement the day before it was due saying:

‘I have no choice but to protest the deep immorality of the Court’s ruling. 

‘Chris Grayling took his decision to approve Heathrow expansion in June 2018. That was two and a half years on from the Paris Agreement. Yet he assessed the climate impacts of Heathrow expansion against the historic temperature limit of 2˚C warming – which the UK Government and the international community had rejected as inadequate and dangerous in 2015. He did not inform the public or Parliament that that is what he did, but it became clear through the disclosure in this litigation that that is what he did.

Had he assessed Heathrow expansion against the 1.5˚C temperature goal in the Paris Agreement, he could not have approved it. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global decarbonisation by 2050 would still leave a 50% chance of exceeding 1.5˚C (even assuming the rapid development of negative emission technologies). According to the Government’s own figures, Heathrow expansion would mean 40 million tonnes of CO2 by 2050, just from UK aviation. Those two figures can not be reconciled.

In February 2020, the Court of Appeal ruled that Mr Grayling should have relied on the Paris Agreement temperature limit (not the 2˚C limit) and consequently ruled his decision unlawful. Boris Johnson informed Parliament that the Government would accept that decision and abide by the Paris Agreement.

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Long queues at the post office – and how to beat them

Queues at the post office can be long at the best of times. At the moment queues at Chiswick Post Office are unusually long. Christmas fast approaching might seem like the obvious answer for this, but this year Covid-19 is having an additional impact.

When you’ve queued for up to an hour to post your parcel it is very annoying to see just half the service counters open, but customers aren’t the only ones who need to adhere to social distancing. The manager of Chiswick Post Office told The Chiswick Calendar they are short-staffed, but also that they can’t have too many desks occupied, as this would violate social distancing guidelines and endanger their staff.

The result is that you could be waiting in line for quite a while. Depending on the time of day, it’s likely you’ll be queuing for anything up to an hour. Inside the post office there is space for only five or six people to stand in line safely, so the chances are, you’ll be queuing outside, where at peak times the queue often stretches far down Heathfield Terrace, come rain or shine.

If you’re keen to avoid waiting in the cold or rain, there are alternative postal services available in Chiswick.

InPost lockers

Image above: an InPost locker in Wandsworth

InPost Lockers are outdoors and available 24/7. A contact-free and self-service delivery option – no queues, no opening times and no human interaction, you can drop your parcels in seconds for as little as £2.63. You do however need a computer, a printer and some scales. When you book an InPost parcel delivery, you simply key in where the parcel is going to and from and its weight, pay online, print out a label and use a bar code to access the locker.

Drop your parcel off at an InPost parcel locker before 12.00pm and it’ll be delivered to your recipient the next working day. You can also drop off your parcel at a Hermes Parcelshop (see below). Chiswick has two InPost lockers, one is inside NB Newsagents on Grove Park Road, the other is at Chiswick Train Station on Burlington Lane, by the entrance to the platform.

For more information, click here.

Mail Boxes Etc. Chiswick

Image above: Mail Boxes Etc. Chiswick

Mail Boxes Etc. offer a range of services including parcel posting to anywhere in the world. Chiswick has a branch of Mail Boxes Etc. at 295 Chiswick High Road, W4 4HH.

Tel: 0208 996 0796

For more information, click here.

Hermes

Hermes provides flexible and affordable delivery options to home, work and ParcelShops (drop off points located in other businesses). You can send a parcel from £2.45. The company delivers more than 400 million parcels a year and its mission is to become the UK’s carrier of choice.

You can either take your parcel to a ParcelShop, drop off your parcel at a locker (see InPost lockers above) or arrange courier collection from your address.

There are two ParcelShops in Chiswick which show up on their shop finder:

Grove Park Wine
30 Fauconberg Road, W4 3JY
Open until 23:00
Express Stop Food & Wine
116 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PU
Open until 23:59

Hermes works with 80% of the UK’s top retailers including Next, ASOS, John Lewis and Boohoo.

For more information, click here.

Christmas posting dates and services

Hermes and Royal Mail have released their last recommended Christmas posting dates.

The last recommended posting days for Royal Mail services are: Royal Mail 2nd Class & 2nd Class Signed For service – Friday 18 December; Royal Mail 1st Class & 1st Class Signed For service – Monday 21 December; Parcelforce Worldwide express48, express48Large service* – Tuesday 22 December and Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed Parcelforce Worldwide express24, AM, 9 & 10 service – Wednesday 23 December.

* Express48large is only available in certain Post Office branches. Contact your local branch for special availability.

The last recommended posting days for Hermes customers are: Saturday 19 December – for customers who want a Hermes courier to collect a parcel from them; Monday 2  December (by 12.00pm) – for customers sending presents from Hermes’ nationwide network of ParcelShops, using the standard service; Tuesday 22 December (by 12.00pm) – for customers sending presents from one of Hermes’ nationwide network of ParcelShops, using the next day service.

Hermes also urge their customers to let recipients know that there is a parcel on the way using the tracking facility on their app or online. This is particularly important when posting items close to the last dates, so that recipients can arrange to be available for delivery.

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Chiswick Reconfined – A night with the Blues Engineers

Chiswick Art School spring 2021 classes

UPDATE

Since this was written we have gone into Tier 4. The latest uncontrolled spike in cases makes it unwise for students and teachers alike to work in the classroom until things are clearer. Many of the classes have already been proven to work well on Zoom and so these will start next term on Zoom. However, three classes scheduled to start in January will not start on time, as Zoom is not appropriate. These are: Print making, Introduction to Photography, Introduction to Oil Painting.

Original article

Chiswick Art School is expanding its range of classes for the new year. The school, run by painter Peter Burgess, is based at the artists’ studios at The Pavilion in Dukes Meadows (where the Sunday Food Market takes place).

Initially he taught painting by himself and over the past couple of years has put together a group of artists who teach different disciplines. In 2021 they are planning to move into a much bigger room within the same building, a converted farm house, to offer a range of classes which will include some art classes for children and a range of taster experiences for adults, so people can try out what they fancy without having to commit.

Teaching by Zoom and in person

This year they have tried out every sort of creative class online. Some, such as watercolour and drawing classes work really well:

“You can see less detail online when you’re looking over someone’s shoulder, but you can get around more easily. It’s certainly easier for people to set up their stuff at home. Some people prefer it.”

For Peter, being part of a group is the essence of a class: “it multiplies everyone’s efforts”. He prefers teaching in person, but says that group feeling is not lost in a Zoom class.

“We have a list of people who normally join classes who would have been staying away otherwise”.

They’ve tried everything by Zoom, even printmaking and photography, though you can’t see small numbers on camera settings, which is a bit of a hindrance. They’ve settled on doing whatever people want.

“We’re trying to cater for those who want to be in the room and those who don’t” says Peter, so you can go and set up your paints in person or you can take part from home, present in the studio on a monitor.

“I am quite passionate about getting to know people and what they’re interested in learning. You don’t just go online and tick a box for a class. I like to have a conversation with students before they join us”.

Images above: Sophie Griffin; Peter Burgess

Photography

After their highly successful photography course with Richard Blanshard in November, in January 2021 they are introducing new photography courses. Sophie Griffin will be teaching an Introduction to Photography course on Friday mornings and Photoshop / Lightroom on Friday afternoons. Sophie studied Art & Design at Kingston University and has worked as Photography Editor at several top publishing houses and media companies over the past 20 years.

Drawing and Painting

The Art School’s Drawing, Watercolours and Oil Painting classes have all been very popular in 2020, as people have had more time to spend on hobbies and projects at home.

Charles Knights, who teaches Watercolour and Drawing, has himself had exhibitions of his work in the U.K., France, and Bermuda. He will be taking more classes in 2021, showing students the basics of how to draw, from scratch, working initially in pencil and charcoal. He develops would-be water colourists from complete beginner to accomplished painters, creating sophisticated and atmospheric watercolour compositions. For the more experienced watercolour artist, he runs classes exploring advanced techniques in watercolour and more ambitious projects.

Peter Burgess teaches the Introduction to Oil Painting class himself. Step one is: ‘The equipment – what is and is not necessary. Art shops and sweet shops: knowing the difference’.

Peter trained at the Royal College Of Art and went on to study painting and portraiture for several years in France. An experienced teacher, his work has been chosen for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and he has received numerous awards.

Image above: Nick Archer; 

Portraiture and Printmaking

Also new for 2021 is a Masterclass in Portraiture, offering a detailed investigation of the human form, focusing on anatomical detail. This is taught by Nick Archer, who is well established internationally as an artist and teacher. He trained at the Royal Academy Schools and is a BP Portrait Prize finalist.

Nick will also run a class on Printmaking, ‘an incredibly versatile medium with an amazing range of techniques such as lithography, aquatint, screen printing, woodblock and chine collé.
‘Even in its simplest forms’, he says, ‘printmaking is capable of producing haunting and subtle images’.

In the spring term he will focus on collography and dry point.

Image above: Roz Wallis; 

Look out for more in January

Peter is currently in the process of putting together timetables for children’s art classes and adults’ taster classes. Roz Wallis, who has a studio at Dukes Meadows and carries out Raku firings on her allotment opposite, will also be taking pottery classes.

Vouchers

Peter is also offering vouchers, so if your own inner artist isn’t tempted by any of the school’s range of classes, he could still maybe solve a Christmas present problem for you.

Tel: 07798 522072

Email: chiswickartschool@gmail.com

chiswickartschool.co.uk

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Can I still go away for Christmas?

London enters Tier 3

On Monday 14 December Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that London was going into Tier 3. The restrictions include avoiding travelling outside our own area. But the rules for the five day period around Christmas are different.

From one minute past midnight on the morning of Wednesday 16 December

If you live in a Tier 3 area, you should avoid staying overnight outside of your area other other than where necessary, such as:

  • for work.
  • for education.
  • because of caring responsibilities.
  • to visit your support bubble.
  • for moving home.
  • to access voluntary, charitable or youth services.
  • for a medical appointment or treatment.

Government guidance for Tier 3

Christmas rules

Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three household
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in
  • if you form a Christmas bubble, you should not meet socially with friends and family that you do not live with in your home or garden unless they are part of your Christmas bubble

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December.

Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

Government guidance for Christmas

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Hogarth Club – what you can and can’t do in Tier 3

As London goes into Tier 3, businesses adjust once more, and this time you can go to the gym

Each time there’s a change to the Covid restrictions, the businesses in each sector scratch their heads, consult their trade bodies and work out the best they can do for their customers.

Gyms and health clubs suffered during the first lockdown, but since 2 December they’ve been regarded not as part of the hospitality industry but as their own separate sector, in recognition of the benefits they bring to people’s physical and mental health.

Ambi Devetta at the Hogarth Club explains what they can still do in Tier 3 and what they can’t.

Image above: Outdoor gym area; new tented gym space

We are open

Despite today’s announcement that London will move into the Tier 3 of Covid restrictions, at 00.01 on Wednesday, I can confirm that The Hogarth will continue to follow Covid secure protocols and remain open. In line with the Government’s decision to keep gyms open in Tier 3 for the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation, we are open as follows:

Gym / Pool / Tennis / Outdoor gym / Outdoor group classes / Medispa Clinic all OPEN. The cafe is open for takeaway food and drink only.

Indoor group exercise classes cannot open in Tier 3. However, the vast majority of other classes including BodyPump, HiiT and Body Conditioning will take place in our NEWLY COVERED outdoor exercise area, whilst Holistic classes such as Pilates and Yoga will be live streamed on Zoom.

Outdoor gym pods, Zoom classes and Hogarth Helpers

Lockdown 1.0 saw the launch of Hogarth Online where we ran classes virtually via Zoom as well as classes On Demand via our website or YouTube channel. These ranged from Yoga and Pilates to HIIT, Strength Training and Aerobics – we had something for everyone! Following government guidelines, we were then able to gradually bring back outdoor activities such as tennis, bookable outdoor gym pods and small outdoor classes of six. All were bookable online as we worked hard to also launch our brand new online members portal.

We also introduced our compassionate team of Hogarth Helpers, which we opened up to the local community to help support those most vulnerable or self-isolating. Our Hogarth Helpers looked after dogs, dropped off supplies and chatted over the phone to help out those in need.

Lockdown Two, we get into our stride

Lockdown 2.0 We ran our most comprehensive online timetable yet which was a great success. Our Studio Development Manager, Miranda and her team of dedicated instructors worked round the clock to prepare our almost complete timetable live in time for lockdown.

We also had our Hogarth Helpers on hand to help with any requests from vulnerable members of the community. Our Airedale Bar was able to remain open for takeaway only, as we had a rota of offers every day of the week!

Just as we were about to get going with our charity fundraiser for November – The Hogarth 500 for Sport in mind – it was announced that we were to go into lockdown. But this didn’t stop us! The Hogarth 500 was designed to be lockdown-proof and we were astounded at the efforts of our members and staff to keep active and support a much-needed charity.

Throughout November, teams of up to 6 were to row, run, walk or cycle 500 miles between them to raise money and awareness for Sport In Mind. Sport in Mind works to combat mental health issues and social isolation through sport and physical activity, in partnership with the NHS. Collectively, all 24 teams covered close to 15,000 miles and have raised just over £3,500!

Key safety measures

The safety of our members and staff is our number one priority, and while things will look a little different, we will continue to provide a premium and personal health and fitness experience. We will be incorporating extensive cleaning protocols and social distancing practices throughout the club. Our key measures include:

Online bookings
We have launched a brand new online booking system for members to book tennis, classes, swimming pool, spa pool, outdoor gym and now changing rooms to control numbers.

One way system and signage
We have designed an extensive one-way system laid out via signage throughout the club to limit member contact. Our safety signage also acts to remind members on how to practice safety and hygiene in the club.

New cleaning protocols
Foot pedal hand sanitiser dispensers and viricidal disinfectant cleaning equipment stations are located throughout the Club. Machines and equipment will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day by our in-house cleaning team, but members are encouraged to also wipe down any kit before and after use for extra precaution. Our housekeeping team has doubled in size and will be working round the clock, day and night, to disinfect commonly used areas of the club and complete daily deep cleaning.

Helios UV light cleaning robot
We have invested in a medical-grade cleaning robot that uses germicidal UV lamps to provide the required disinfection of the coronavirus and more. UV light cleaning robots are used in hospitals for maximum effective cleaning.

Live streamed classes
To allow for safe social distancing practice, our studios have been marked with floor signage to allow a limited amount of members in a class at one time. For those who would need to self isolate at home, we have invested in live streaming software for most indoor classes in Studios 1 and 2 to be accessible “virtually” via the members online booking portal and Zoom.

Modified air handling system
Our air handling system has been recalibrated to manage fresh air in and stale air out of the club on a regular basis. For further enhanced ventilation, we will be opening doors and windows every hour in the club to boost circulation.

More
We have made entry and payments throughout the Club contactless, redesigned the entire gym to allow for social distancing, The Airedale Bar has a new online ordering app – Dines and masks have been mandatory for staff to wear since we reopened back in July.

Chiswick Calendar Club Card members

Get in touch to find out more, we would love to meet you for a tour of the Club or discuss options over the phone or via email. We very much look forward to meeting you. The Hogarth Club is a member of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme, offering a discount on new memberships.

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Cycleway on Chiswick High Rd opens on Friday

The section of Cycleway 9 which passes through Chiswick High Rd will be completed this week and open for cyclists to use on Friday 18 December.

The construction of the High Rd stretch of Cycleway 9 has been blamed for creating traffic chaos on the High Rd, but from here on in, things should settle down and the traffic flow should improve, says Transport for London.

Santa themed celebration cycle cancelled due to Covid restrictions

UPDATE 16/12/2020 Transport for London was organising a Santa themed cycle ride along the route on Monday 21 December at 11.00am with London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, cycle campaigners, local councilors and families. This has now been cancelled since London has moved into Tier 3.

Image above: Chiswick High Rd, photograph Alanna McCrum

TfL acknowledges the problems the cycleway construction has caused

In a statement published by Transport for London, spokesman Fraser MacDonald said:

‘I want to say firstly that we acknowledge the temporary changes we have introduced to Chiswick High Road have caused some problems initially. The disruption to traffic flow in the local area has been caused by a combination of the construction of the temporary improvements, and some additional works being undertaken by Thames Water in the area. Work to build the temporary changes will be complete by 18 December.  We expect that when both our own works and the Thames Water works have completed, traffic flow will settle and improve’.

Cycleway 9, from Olympia to Brentford, was signed off by Transport for London and Hounslow Council in September 2019. TfL decided to go ahead with a temporary version as part of the Streetspace programme for improving the streets for pedestrians and cyclists this summer.

The combination of the works with roadworks by British Gas and Thames Water and the introduction of other traffic schemes by Hounslow and Ealing – the closure of Devonshire Rd and Turnham Green Terrace to through traffic and the closure of Fisher’s Lane to all vehicles except buses – has created chaos on the High Rd, resulting in resentment and fury from residents, many of whom opposed the Cycleway in the first place.

Opening the cycle lane is “exciting” says Cllr Katherine Dunne

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities on Hounslow Council, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“It’s exciting that the temporary Cycleway 9 along Chiswick High Road is almost ready to open. This has long been a dangerous road to cycle on and the construction period has been frustrating for all road users.

“The segregated lane and new traffic lights should provide safety and peace of mind for residents and visitors who choose to cycle, and over time I hope it will encourage more to do so”.

“We’re listening” say TfL

Transport for London has made several changes to the temporary cycleway as a result of representations from residents.

‘Even though construction of the changes is still ongoing, we have already made some changes to the scheme in direct response to the issues you and other people have raised’ says Fraser MacDonald.  These are:

  • ‘Following local complaints, we acted quickly to remove some incorrectly installed signage at Dukes Avenue.  We wanted to take this opportunity to apologise again to anyone who was inconvenienced and to thank those who brought this to our attention
  • ‘We introduced a new loading bay in the market place section of Chiswick High Road, to give local businesses an additional loading and unloading facility
  • ‘We plan to introduce a new loading bay between Mayfield Avenue and Cranbrook Road, again to give local businesses an additional facility
  • ‘For a short period of time the right turn from Chiswick High Road into Chiswick Lane was temporarily banned. The turn will be reinstated as soon as the traffic signals have been upgraded.
  • ‘We will continue to listen to all the feedback we receive. We explain below how we’ve made it easier for people to give us their comments.  Where we believe that a alteration to the temporary changes would help to resolve an issue raised by local, we will act accordingly’.

Images above: Chiswick High Rd; photographs Matt Smith

New bus stop ‘bypasses’

Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the new cycle lane is the way in which bus passengers have to cross the cycle lane to access a traffic island from which to board a bus.

‘We know some people are concerned about the changes we have made to bus stops on Chiswick High Road’ says Fraser MacDonald.

‘Specifically, we have introduced bus stop ‘bypasses’; these make it possible for us to provide a safe and continuous protected cycle track for people cycling. There’s more information about them on our website.  Some people have told us they are concerned about the safety of people using the new stops. Others have made clear they are disappointed that in some cases the bus shelter is some distance from the stop.

‘Bus stop ‘bypasses’ are in place in several locations across London, including Blackfriars Road, Stratford, Oval and Whitechapel, and were first introduced in 2014. Following their introduction we worked closely with organisations such as the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Guide Dogs, Transport for All, Age UK London, and the London Cycling Campaign to commission independent research to understand how people walking and cycling would interact with each other at these stops, and how disabled people would feel using them. This research helped us to refine and improve the design, for example by including mini-zebra crossings to make clear to people using the cycle lane that pedestrians have priority.

‘We provide shelters at bus stops wherever and whenever possible, including at bus stop ‘bypasses’. We are exploring as quickly as we can whether it might be possible to provide some form of shelter at the new bus stops temporarily. We will write to you again as soon as we have further information about that’.

Images above: Chiswick High Rd

Emergency services

Residents have also expressed concern about emergency vehicles getting stuck on the High Rd where there is now less space for vehicles.

‘We have already discussed the temporary changes we are making to Chiswick High Road with the emergency services, local councillors and at the Chiswick Area Forum’ says the TfL spokesman.

‘We know local people and other stakeholders want to speak to us directly about the temporary changes and we want to make that possible. We will write again shortly with further information about what steps we will take to enable local people to speak to us’.

While this email address remains open for comments: streetspacelondon@tfl.gov.uk, they do not respond to individual emails. Road users are referred to their Frequently Asked Questions section or the Customer Services department.

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Do not fall for the fake puppy scam

Hundreds of thousands of pounds paid for non-existent puppies

Interest in buying a puppy has soared this year, and with it so have puppy scams. In September the BBC reported that puppy prices had shot up during the coronavirus lockdown, with puppies often selling for £3,000 or more. Seizing their opportunity, those who would prey on others were soon capitalising on the lucrative market.

According to scam-busters Action Fraud, the scammers have been using the lockdown restrictions as an excuse to explain why prospective buyers couldn’t go and see the puppy they were buying. Instead they’ve been persuaded to part with a deposit and then more money for insurance and delivery.

Action Fraud says the money paid out for non-existent pups runs into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Chiswick residents Charlotte Pendred and Boris Pomroy told The Chiswick Calendar how they fell foul of a classic puppy scam, paying money for this adorable cockerpoo they were destined never to meet.

Charlotte and Boris have three children, aged eleven, eight and five. Now seemed as good a time as any to buy a family dog, so they started searching for a puppy.

After several weeks of searching and not finding quite what they wanted, Boris put an advert on a reputable pet finder website.

“We’d had various conversations and backed away from them because they didn’t feel right” says Charlotte.

When someone answered their advertisement, sending photographs and videos, Boris even did an internet trace to try and ascertain whether the pictures had been taken from another website.

“He spoke to the guy and he won him over”.

The puppy was nearly nine weeks old and still with its mother and siblings apparently. They talked about such things as injections. Boris paid a £200 deposit against an asking price of £900 and they were supposed to go and get the puppy, who the children had named Leo, from Birmingham. Boris bought the pup a travel cage and a bed and all the accoutrements any self respecting Chiswick puppy might need.

They’d arranged pick up for a Sunday and when the seller rang to say he had a buyer for one of the siblings in London, so he would bring them both down, Boris didn’t think anything of it. When he asked for more money and Boris refused, the deal began to unravel fast.

Eventually the seller said he would refund the money, but then he just stopped responding to calls. The children of course were upset and Boris felt bad that he’d been the agent of their disappointment.

Fortunately this tale has a happy ending. Charlotte says two weeks on they have a puppy – a real one, who they have also named Leo.

“Our eldest had always wanted a pug. Leo is five months old and we’re very happy with him”.

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London goes into Tier 3

Traffic jams expected

Chiswick may find itself in gridlock on Tuesday (15 December) as Londoners react to the news that we’re going into Tier 3 from one minute past midnight on Wednesday morning.

When the national lockdown started at the beginning of November, traffic in west London was totally paralysed the night before as everyone rushed to get things done. This time people may well decide to get out of London today and start their Christmas early.

The AA told The Chiswick Calendar:

“Some people with second homes may decide to leave London tomorrow to avoid the restrictions from travelling from a tier 3 area to stay in second homes. However, most London residents, who plan to travel, will have based their plans around the Christmas period (23 to 27 December) when different rules on travel will apply.”

The surprise announcement from Matt Hancock, two days before the review of the Covid tiers was due, has set restaurateurs scrambling to cancel bookings and arrange takeaway services and the pubs are expecting a busy night on Tuesday as people head for a last drink before Christmas.

The Chiswick Calendar will refund tickets booked for our two Jazz at George IV nights planned for Thursday 17 December (Trio Manouche) and Christmas Eve (Mississippi Swamp Dogs).

Image above: Donna Thompson-Smith, owner of Le Vacherin

Busiest week of the year for restaurants

Donna Thompson-Smith, owner of Le Vacherin, told The Chiswick Calendar that this is their busiest week of the year and that they would try and offer everyone who’s booked with them the option to come and pick up their meal to eat it at home instead of eating in the restaurant.

“I thought we would have until the end of the week, at least Wednesday. It’s going to be crazy” she said.

They are not sure yet whether they will be able to offer all their customers takeaway meals from as early as Wednesday, but she and her staff are scrambling to try and organise that.

“We already have all the food, it’s all been ordered for the week, so we will do our best. We will contact anyone who has booked with us”.

Donna is in no doubt of the seriousness of the situation. Her own GP has died from Covid-19. They are fully booked for Christmas Day and they are hoping to honour those bookings as a click and collect service.

Images above: The Boston Room at George IV; Simon Randall

“We will open again as soon as it’s legal”

“The nightmare continues” was the reaction from Simon Randall, who runs Headliners Comedy Club in the Boston Room at George IV. He had four comedians booked for this weekend: Jeff Innocent, Paul McCaffery, Tim Clark and Ria Lina. This is the fourth time he’s had to cancel Jeff Innocent this year.

Everyone who had booked before Christmas would be refunded automatically, he told The Chiswick Calendar.

“I suppose this means we won’t be able to open on New Year’s Eve and probably in January as well” he said. “But as soon as it is legal to reopen, we will”.

Headliners has taken in the region of £60,000 less than last year. He has been living off savings as he has not been eligible for any compensation.

“Fuller’s very kindly waived the rent for six months but there are still some ongoing costs. While you can ride that for a month or two, it’s not so good when it’s approaching a year”.

He’s now thinking about whether he will have to cancel the Ealing Comedy Festival next year.

“I assumed that next year’s festival would be safe, but now I’m not so sure. The thing with festivals is that you have to commit quite early and we need to sell 70% tickets to break even”.

Images above: Mississippi Swamp Dogs; Simon Harris, Trio Manouche; Larry Pryce, Live Music To Go

“The very worst that could have happened”

The Chiswick Calendar is refunding tickets booked for Trio Manouche on Thursday 17 December and for the Mississippi Swamp Dogs on Christmas Eve.

Jazz promoter Larry Pryce, who organises Jazz at George IV jointly with The Chiswick Calendar, said he was “devastated”.

“To have this sprung upon us so near to Christmas is the very worst that could have happened”.

For him and many of the musicians who play live, performances are their only income.

The pubs in Chiswick are expecting to be busy Tuesday night.

“The public being the public, they will cram in to get a last drink in” one general manager told us. He was expecting, none the less, to be throwing away food and beer, and this time bottled drinks as well.

“Obviously the bottled drinks have a longer shelf life but we’re now finding that even the bottled stock is reaching the end of its shelf life”.

“We must act to suppress this virus”

Speaking in Parliament on Monday 14 December, Health Secretary Matt Hancock explained the reasons for London going into Tier 3. Average Covid admissions to hospital were up 13% over the past week new cases daily were up 14%. London had seen “very sharp, exponential rises”.

He also told MPs that a new variant of the virus had been identified, that may be associated with the rise. They’d identified over 1,000 cases of the new variant, mainly in the south of England.

“We have to take swift and decisive action” he said. “We must act to suppress this virus”.

He also said that the rate of new cases was rising in all age groups, not just those of school age. The conditions of Tier 3 are that people can only see their friends and family who are not in their household or bubble, in outdoor settings and in groups of up to six. Hospitality venues must close when this comes into effect a minute after midnight on Wednesday morning and Londoners should then avoid travelling outside their area.

See: Tier 3 restrictions – Very High alert

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All buffed up and nowhere to go

Row over last minute cancellation of Chiswick Antiques market

Elisabeth Whittacker has lived in Chiswick since 1972 and has been antiques dealer for decades. She used to run a large antiques shop in Henley on Thames. Now 80, she still keeps her hand in by taking a stall at the odd antiques market.

She was delighted when she found out Jennifer Titmuss, who runs the Antiques & Vintage market at St Albans, had applied successfully to run a monthly antiques market in Chiswick High Rd. She signed up for a stall, bought a new gazebo, shelving and a card reader and has spent weeks getting antiques out of storage and cleaning and polishing them up ready for sale. She’d also taken out public liability insurance, as all traders have to do when they set up a street stall.

It was with some dismay that she heard on Friday night that the market had been cancelled. When she spoke to The Chiswick Calendar over the weekend she was “spitting feathers”. The collection pictured above represents just a fraction of the items which were laid out in her living room, ready to pack for the market.

Images above: Antiques at the St Albans Antiques & Vintage market

LB Hounslow officers ‘not satisfied’ the market would be Covid secure

Chiswick councillors were informed by LB Hounslow on Friday 11 December that the antiques market that was to have been held on 13 December had been cancelled because the Council was not satisfied that the market organisers would provide a Covid secure environment. According to the email the councillors received, the organisers had not provided sufficient evidence that the running of the market would ensure general public safety.

Elisabeth and other traders found out on Friday night from the market organiser at the same time the councillors heard the news from the council officers.

Council’s version of events “pure drivel”

The organiser of the market, Jennifer Titmuss has hit back that “the story that Hounslow Borough Council have given is “pure drivel”.

“The truth is that the events department (it is they who have cancelled) only got word early this week that the market was taking place.

“Despite me giving them every document relating to risks, safety etc that was deemed appropriate by the safety advisory group and the subsequent granting of my licence to run the market, they had not left themselves enough time to tick their boxes and informed me at 7.00pm on Friday night.

“I am very disappointed along with many others of course – and I shall be launching a formal complaint against that one particular person on Monday morning. I am really sorry to disappoint having worked so hard to put the licence application together.

The Council said it would continue to work with the organisers to ensure it could operate appropriately at the proposed market for January. Jennifer said: “It will take place on 10 January”.

Not so, says the council

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, told The Chiswick Calendar:

 “We understand the organisers of the Chiswick Antiques Market are disappointed and frustrated. However, having reviewed the requirement of Council events policy, it is clear the reason provided – that the organisers had not provided adequate evidence of COVID-19 safety measures – was accurate. It is incorrect to suggest otherwise.

 “Our principal responsibility in his matter must be the safety of the public, and it was for that reason the event was cancelled. We look forward to working with the organisers to provide a Covid secure event for future markets.”

January market?

At time of writing, Jennifer is planning to go ahead with the January market. Elisabeth is not sure about having a stall in January.

“I’ve worked so hard getting it all ready. I was really looking forward to it, but a lot of the things I was going to sell are Christmassy, like candle sticks, so I shall have to think about it”.

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On the trail of Christmas presents in Chiswick

By Barbara Chandler

The prezzie pressure is building up and it’s lovely, safest and most convenient to buy local. No problem here, as Chiswick is five-star for gifts. Over the weekend I did some feisty footwork on your behalf – and came back with a couple of carrier bags myself, which is about par for the course for this type of exercise.

I live at the “far end” of the High Road, getting on towards Gunnersbury, with wide pavements and big trees. But yes, there is life beyond Acton Lane with no crowds and pleasant service.

Images above: Cotswold, 323 – 327, Chiswick High Road

Cotswold
Cotswold is a huge emporium for everything outdoorsy – “but we do suffer from our location,” said the manager a little glumly. There is a jolly table just inside the door with lots of small and original present ideas. Get a kit to make a harmonica (£10) or upgrade to a ukulele (£30), or simply settle on some handsome slipper socks (£10). Nearby are the best woolly hats in Chiswick. Plus rack upon rack of serious clothing and other stuff for hiking, cycling, and climbing – or just a country jaunt – flaunting top logos.
323 – 327, Chiswick High Road; 020 3758 3312; www.cotswoldoutdoor.com

Images above: Neptune, 305-307 Chiswick High Road

Neptune
By contrast Neptune interior design store is an oasis of indoor chic. It’s decked out beautifully with a pretty tree and sells gifts plus up-market baubles and wrapping paper. There are well-ordered shelves of classy china and glass, like a mini Peter Jones. “And it’s fine to be faux,” says the manageress firmly, showing heaps of exquisite wreaths and bouquets.
305-307 Chiswick High Road; 020 3814 1220; www.neptune.com

Images above: The Italians, 454-456 Chiswick High Road

The Italians
Over the road, visit the Italians (for a taste of the holiday you didn’t have) and it’s full on fortissimo for festive foodies. There’s panettone galore– from minis at just £3 to posh decorated tins. Luxury hampers are £60 and £90 but you could just fill a sturdy paper carrier bag with some super goodies including first-season olive oil.
454-456 Chiswick High Road, 020 8061 9440; www.theitalians.co.uk

Images above: Majestic, 520-530 Chiswick High Rd

Majestic
Majestic, vast selection as ever, has a load of price cuts running until Christmas Eve.

“People this year want good drinks for family celebrations not cheap stuff for large parties,” said the manager. “And we are doing free deliveries for over six bottles.” Craft beer is “hand-picked for flavour…”

520-530 Chiswick High Rd; 0208 742 8065; www.majestic.co.uk

Image above: Halfords

Halfords
Halfords may seem unlikely for gifts, but a large space at the back has bikes, including childrens’, plus some jolly scooters. And lots of accessories for stocking fillers.
512-518, Chiswick High Road; 02087476110; www.halfords.com

Image above: Chiswick Cameras, 4 Chiswick Terrace, Acton Lane

Chiswick Cameras
Round the corner, professional photographers have got their gear for 54 years at Chiswick Cameras – myself for over 30. But Andy Sands (himself a successful photographer marvellously into macro) – treats all with kind advice. Useful gadgets for the snap-happy include lens and puffer cleaners, bags and a battery-powered LED light. They have plenty of good “first cameras” – a new Fujifilm X-T200 has £200 off: £549 (usually £749). Chiswick Cameras are also members of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme, offering a 10% discount off all camera accessories to Club Card holders.
4 Chiswick Terrace, Acton Lane; 020 8995 9114; www.chiswickcameras.co.uk

Images above: The market place outside Sainsbury’s; Pete at W4 Flowers

W4 Flowers
In the market outside Sainsbury’s, it’s great to find Pete back on his flower stall, which he opened up again just two weeks ago, after a spell of ill-health. The alley adjacent is flanked with trees on either side, with an on the whole friendly fir war between opposing sellers.

Images above: Ryman, 382-384 Chiswick High Road

Ryman
Ryman, on the corner, so stalwart for stationery, has an excellent choice of board games, and well-priced wrapping papers, though rather cramped.
382-384 Chiswick High Road; 020 8742 3363; www.ryman.co.uk

Images above: Flying Tiger, 378 Chiswick High Road

Flying Tiger
Flying Tiger (usually) stays this side of good taste at ridiculously cheap prices – but then they are from Denmark after all. Here’s where I bought a handful of glass ornaments for a fiver. For a happy hipster, maybe a pack of baubles for his beard? Or maybe not.
378 Chiswick High Road, 020 8742 1872; www.flyingtiger.com

Images above: Book Case London, 268 Chiswick High Road

Book Case London
Book Case is bounteous for bibliophiles – and the lucky on their list. The new New Arrivals on the left has prices a little reduced. And then start the bargains, meticulously ranged under subjects. In Art were pricey Taschen treasures at half price or less, including Monet and Klimt. An eager browser was rifling through what looked like a huge stash of LPs (well, to this oldie anyway) but were actually illustrated calendars for £4.99 on every possible subject under the sun, from Elephants and Vietnam to Classic Movie Posters. I think she bought Ballet Class.
268 Chiswick High Road; 020 8742 3919; www.bookcaselondon.co.uk

Image above: M&S, 186 Chiswick High Road

M&S
M&S have a covered walkway for queues, or you can avoid the queue entirely with the new book and shop service – but only one person will be admitted. The Christmas Food to Order service is now closed – “due to high demand”. But fresh farm turkeys will be coming in on 18 December, and opening hours have been extended. Particularly luscious are the celebration cakes: they take several days to get ready, so browse on line and order now for collection in store . The flowers featured on line are gorgeous, too, with free delivery, and lots of creative bouquets and plants in store..

Images aboveBorough Kitchen, 186 Chiswick High Road

Borough Kitchen
Further along Borough Kitchen is for cookware almost too posh to use. Here enamel is gloriously thick and lustrous, iron is truly cast, and French pottery has a mesmeric crackle glaze.
186 Chiswick High Road; 020 3538; boroughkitchen.com

Images above: Snappy Snaps, 182 Chiswick High Road

Snappy Snaps
On the corner Snappy Snaps, with its cheerful yellow shop front, has unfailingly helpful and knowledgeable staff to print out that special photo on the spot, advise on a mount, then pop into a frame. See The Chiswick Calendar’s feature on Snappy Snaps’ online framing service, conducted from the comfort of your living room. Snappy Snaps is a member of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme, offering Club Card holders a discount of 10% off everything they do.
182 Chiswick High Road; snappysnaps.co.uk/chiswick

Image above: Kitchen knife from the Japanese Knife Company, 171 Chiswick High Road

Japanese Knife Company
Crossing the road, The Japanese Knife Company does what it says on the tin. Just look at the blades sheltered in handsome showcases! Row upon row upon row. You have to spend mostly a hundred pounds or even much more – but you could get a masterpiece from a National Living Treasure, Takeshi Saji. In the meantime a rice straw hand brush is £12, a traditionally-patterned soap dish is £13, and a natural pastry brush set, is £12. I could not resist a huge sheet of paper hand-printed in Japan, though it cost £10. The Japanese Knife Company is also a member of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme, offering a free knife shave to Club Card holders.
171 Chiswick High Road; 020 7224 2422; japaneseknifecompany.com

Image above: Futon Company, 102 Chiswick High Road

Futon Company
A good step further down the road is the Futon Company – specialists in small space furniture but fruitful for small gifts. Big attraction is their “everything sale,” cutting prices across the board. I have to declare an interest: they stock my beautifully-packaged London Mono tea towels (see below) which many people have framed, as shown in the shop (£9). I also love their small ceramic butter dish (£7.50) and their trinket or snack trays with a rich thick glaze (£9). A neat little laptop table for use in bed or on your knee is £22.
102 Chiswick High Road, 020 8995 2271; futoncompany.co.uk

Images above: Decorexi, 58 Chiswick High Rd

Decorexi
Coming to the end of the High Road, the enticing windows of Decorexi corner store are crammed with pretty things, such as lamps and ginger jars. Inside, is a huge choice of furniture, much with an original twist. There are masses of mirrors and lamps. Smaller gifts include the cutest mice candle holders (£35 a pair) in white, gold or silver finish. A white clock-holding rabbit a la Alice is the same price, and wooden storage crates labelled Hogwarts are £8.00.
58 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, 020 7354 2112; www.decorexi.co.uk

Images above: Wheelers, Cato’s Yard, Turnham Green Terrace

Wheelers
Heading back, turn down the Terrace, to Wheelers, the niche garden centre alongside the tube station, with a somewhat hidden but uber-elegant Christmas room sparkling with decorations. Plus bowls of planted spring bulbs to bring pleasure through the darkest months.
Cato’s Yard, Turnham Green Terrace; 020 8747 9505; www.wheelersflowers.com

Image above: Turnham Arts & Crafts

Turnham Arts & Crafts
A few stops further, a specialist store will bring out anyone’s inner artist. It’s crammed with paints, brushes, canvases, papers, picture varnish, gilding and more, stashed along a fairly narrow corridor which opens into a generous room at the back. Brands include Winsor & Newton, Daler Romney, Faber Castelli, and Crayon d’Ache – and advice flows freely.
2 Bedford Park Corner, Turnham Green Terrace; 020 8995 2872 www.artistmaterial.co.uk

Images above: Greige, 1 Bedford Corner, South Parade

Greige
Over the road and round the corner, a mini-street of Danish tin houses have cut-out windows to show off fairy lights or candles within. These are my star attraction at Greige – indeed possibly in the whole of Chiswick.
1 Bedford Corner, South Parade; 020 3141 9030; www.greige.co.uk

Barbara Chandler is a specialist design writer for the Evening Standard; @sunnygran on instagram. These are her London Mono tea towels, available from the Futon Company

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Episode 33: New Zealand cricket’s long journey to success

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller launched a podcast early in 2020 to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They’re no longer deprived of cricket, but still chat regularly about cricket topics with different guests each week – cricket writers, players, administrators and fans – hoping to keep a good line and length but with occasional wides into other subjects.

Charles Darwin watched a cricket match in New Zealand in 1835 10 minutes – but the country had to wait a long time for international recognition and even longer for its first Test match victories. Things began to change in the 1970s, and David Leggat explains the reasons for its climb, and not only the one named Richard Hadlee. Formerly the chief cricket writer of the New Zealand Herald who has reported and toured with many New Zealand teams, he is the guest of Peter Oborne and Richard Heller on their latest cricket-themed podcast.


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David profiles the latest addition to New Zealand’s formidable pace attack – Kyle Jamieson (roughly the height of Joel Garner).1-3 minutes He pays tribute to the leadership and exceptional dedication of Kane Williamson. 6-7 minutes New Zealand’s best teams, he suggests, have been built on a few world-class performers supported by hard-working players who “get on with the job and do their bit” – in line with the country’s national character. 8-9 minutes

He suggests reasons why rugby union took off so much more quickly than cricket in New Zealand. He reveals that the legend of the invincible All-Blacks began with a misprint in newspaper copy. 26-28 minutes

Historically, he argues that distant England did more to support New Zealand cricket than neighbouring Australia, who played one (retrospective) Test match against them in 1946 and then no more until 1973. 10-12 minutes There is enduring gratitude to England’s pioneering tourists in the nineteenth century – notwithstanding the betting scandal in 1877 (the first in international cricket) by the English wicketkeeper Ted Pooley. 12-13 minutes England later established the practice of tacking on a short Test tour of New Zealand after Ashes tours to Australia. In one of these, Walter Hammond struck what was then the record Test match score. He pays tribute to an early great New Zealand bowler, Jack Cowie – who needed just one over to dismiss Don Bradman in front of a packed Adelaide Oval. 15-20 minutes

He traces New Zealand’s generally friendly relationship with Pakistan cricket – and gives a striking first-hand portrait of Imran Khan on and off the field. 21-24 minutes David’s father, Gordon Leggat, played for New Zealand on their pioneering tour of Pakistan in the 1950s, and, as a barrister, was called on to perform most of the team’s many speaking duties. He was later a national selector, tour manager and chair of the New  Zealand Cricket Council, and David traces his influence on making New Zealand stronger international competitors. 33-38 minutes

For years, New Zealand’s best cricketers were amateurs, with just a small allowance for overseas tours. Some of the best, such as Bert Sutcliffe, had to leave the game for long periods to earn a living. David assesses the impact of access to English county cricket for New Zealand players in the 1970s such as Glenn Turner, John Parker, Geoff Howarth, and of course Richard Hadlee – who became the first New Zealand player to have his name chanted by crowds. They gave inspiration to others to apply themselves professionally. 29-33, 36 minutes Three highly significant Test wins in the 1970s, and success in ODIs, put New Zealand’s cricket on an upward trajectory which brought them to number 2 in the international Test rankings. ­40-41 minutes

Finally, he reveals the team’s pain at the manner of their defeat in last year’s World Cup beneath the public display of good sportsmanship which won them so much admiration. 42-45 minutes.

Get in contact with the podcast by emailing obornehellercricket@outlook.com, we’d love to hear from you!

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Peter Oborne & Richard Heller

Peter Oborne has been the chief political commentator for the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, a maker of several documentaries and written and broadcast for many different media. He is the author of a biography of Basil D’Oliveira and of Wounded Tiger, a history of Pakistan cricket, both of which won major awards.

Richard Heller was a long-serving humorous columnist on The Mail on Sunday and more briefly, on The Times. He worked in the movie business in the United States and the UK, including a brief engagement on a motion picture called Cycle Sluts Versus The Zombie Ghouls. He is the author of two cricket-themed novels A Tale of Ten Wickets and The Network. He appeared in two Mastermind finals: in the first his special subject was the life of Sir Gary Sobers.

Oborne & Heller cricketing partnership

Jointly, he and Peter produced White On Green, celebrating the drama of Pakistan cricket, including the true story of the team which lost a first-class match by an innings and 851 runs.

Peter and Richard have played cricket with and against each other for a variety of social sides, including Parliament’s team, the Lords and Commons, and in over twenty countries including India, Pakistan, the United States, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Australia, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Morocco.

The Podcast is produced by Bridget Osborne and James Willcocks at The Chiswick Calendar.

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New community art work unveiled

A new community art work was unveiled on Sunday 13 December on the embankment wall of the railway at Turnham Green Terrace, aka the ‘W4th plinth’.

The collage Stay At Home is the work of students at Chiswick School. Head teacher Laura Ellener told the small crowd assembled for the unveiling that the school had remained open all year, catering for children who particularly needed their support and the children of key workers whose parents continued to go out to work during the lockdown. She said she was extremely proud of her students and her staff.

Tommy Robinson, who is the school’s Community Arts Coordinator and Head of Drama, told The Chiswick Calendar how he had dragged a big canvas out into the school field for the kids to vent their anger and frustration during lockdown, Jackson Pollock style. The results can still be seen at the top of the canvas.

Then they started talking about their experience of the lockdown and out of their comments came the idea of each child demonstrating how they were living during lockdown, in separate houses and flats, but each coping with it in their own way. If you look carefully at the picture you can see figures in the dwellings, some looking out at the world, others more introverted.

Images above: Penny the orangutan; Laura Ellener, Head Teacher of Chiswick School and Karen Liebreich, Director of Abundance London

The art work replaces an image of Penny the Orangutan, by David Kimpton and Richard Lawton, composed of £20 worth of pennies. Penny was created to raise funds for conservation of the endangered species in Sumatra and will now be auctioned for SOS, the Sumatran Orangutan Society.

She took a bit of persuading to relinquish her position on the wall. Organisers Abundance London asked Laura Ellener to do the honours and pull the toggle, the idea being that Penny would slide gracefully down, revealing the new work underneath. In the end it took a few sharp tugs from Abundance riggers Steve Nutt and Rory Ferguson to dislodge her.

Images above: Laura, Steve and Rory dislodging Penny and unveiling Stay At Home

Organiser Karen Liebreich said:

“Abundance London is delighted to welcome the new artwork Stay at Home.
“Under Head Laura Ellener, Chiswick School has come through this difficult year with an enhanced reputation and a firm place where a school should be, at the heart of the community. This artwork, superficially bright and cheerful, actually represents the hard year we have all had”.

Abundance started the community art project in September 2019, when they also commissioned and bought new benches for the piazza. The first art work to occupy the W4th plinth was a collage of Chiswick Empire music hall performers, by Sir Peter Blake. The artist, best known for his album cover for the Beatles Sergeant Pepper album, lives in Chiswick and is one of the judges who select the art works for the space.

Stay at Home is the third community art work to occupy the space and will be replaced by the next one in spring 2021.

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See also: Launch of Turnham Green Terrace Piazza

See also: Row over cancellation of Antiques Market

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Harriet’s Kitchen Menu 15 December 2020

Treat yourself with some delicious home cooked food this Christmas. All you have to do it warm it up.

Harriet Benton launched Harriet’s kitchen during lockdown in March 2020 as a way of helping neighbours in Bedford Park. With more than forty years in the catering business, she has a well tried repertoire of delicious dishes, which her team will deliver to your door, with no charge in Chiswick, and with a 10% discount for Chiswick Calendar Club Card members.

This is her last menu before Christmas, to be delivered on Thursday 17 December. Service resumes 7 January 2021.

“We’re overwhelmed by your wonderful feed back & your tolerance with our glitches. Thank you for ever for your support”.

To place your orders contact
harriet@harrietbenton.com
or phone  020 8747 1627 / 07973 858 642

Here’s this week’s menu, to order on Tuesday 15 December for delivery on Thursday 17 December.

Menu

Cider & onion soup with cheese & apple toasts  £5.50

British version of the classic French onion soup, made with scrumpy and Cheddar cheesy toasts

Vietnamese salmon salad with cashew nuts & flat noodles  S £6.50 / L £12.00

Very similar to the ever-popular Salmon teriyaki, succulent salmon, crunchy vegetables & spicy dressing
Large or small

Roast supreme of chicken  £11.50

Free range chicken supreme, roasted with herbs, bacon crisp, Dauphinoise potatoes topped with Gruyere & vegetables

Daube of venison with chestnuts & celeriac puree  £13.00

Shoulder of venison, 24 hour marinade. Slow cooked with a reduced red wine sauce. Chestnuts & celeriac potato puree

Lancashire lamb hotpot & buttered cabbage  £12.75

Shoulder & neck of lamb, slow cooked with vegetables & topped with sliced potatoes

Tagliatelle, meatballs & Puttanesca sauce  V £9.00 / M £10.00

The famous ‘lady of the night’ sauce. Punchy, spicy and full of flavour with olives, capers & chilli. Cauliflower & quinoa balls vegetarian alternative

Keralan pork & bean curry. Coconut nice & naan  £11.30

Tender pork tenderloin, warm spices & crunchy beans

Clementine cake GF  £5.50

Almond & clementine cake w / Grand Marnier syrup, clementine slices & cream

Rice pudding w / autumn fruits GF  £5.50

Creamy rice pudding with a compote of autumn fruits

Club Card discount

Harriet’s Kitchen is a member of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme and offers holders of one of our cards a 10% discount off everything on the menu. See where else offers Club Card discounts here.

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Row over cancellation of Chiswick Antiques Market

The new Antiques and Vintage market which was to have been held this Sunday in Chiswick High Rd has been cancelled.

Chiswick councillors were informed by LB Hounslow on Friday 11 December that the antiques market that was to have been held on 13 December had been cancelled because the Council was not satisfied that the market organisers would provide a Covid secure environment.

According to the email the councillors received, the organisers had not provided sufficient evidence that the running of the market would ensure general public safety.

Council’s version of events “pure drivel”

The organiser of the market, Jennifer Titmuss has hit back that “the story that Hounslow Borough Council have given is “pure drivel”.

“The truth is that the events department (it is they who have cancelled) only got word early this week that the market was taking place.

“Despite me giving them every document relating to risks, safety etc that was deemed appropriate by the safety advisory group and the subsequent granting of my licence to run the market, they had not left themselves enough time to tick their boxes and informed me at 7.00pm on Friday night.

“I am very disappointed along with many others of course – and I shall be launching a formal complaint against that one particular person on Monday morning. I am really sorry to disappoint having worked so hard to put the licence application together”.

Not so, says the council

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, told The Chiswick Calendar:

 “We understand the organisers of the Chiswick Antiques Market are disappointed and frustrated. However, having reviewed the requirement of Council events policy, it is clear the reason provided – that the organisers had not provided adequate evidence of COVID-19 safety measures – was accurate. It is incorrect to suggest otherwise.

 “Our principal responsibility in his matter must be the safety of the public, and it was for that reason the event was cancelled. We look forward to working with the organisers to provide a Covid secure event for future markets.”

The Council said it would continue to work with the organisers to ensure it could operate appropriately at the proposed market for January. Jennifer said: “It will take place on 10 January.

Image above: St Albans Antiques and Vintage market

Jennifer Titmuss, who runs a regular antiques and vintage market in St Albans, was granted a licence last month to place stalls in Old Market Place, where Chiswick Flower Market is held, and all along the south side of the High Rd as far as the South Beach shop at 123 Chiswick High Road.

“A monthly antique and vintage market would bring visitors, vibrancy and opportunity to an already popular and atmospheric community, help improve the potential for local shops and businesses, particularly after such a hard and terrible year” Jennifer told LB Hounslow’s licensing committee.

The antiques and vintage market was due to start on Sunday 13 December, to be held on the second Sunday of every month, with up to 80 traders once Covid restrictions are lifted, selling all sorts of antique and vintage objects, including architectural salvage, furniture (upcycled and not), French Brocante, ‘collectables’ such as china dolls and World War II memorabilia, ‘ephemera’ – printed materials such as post cards – and ‘kitchenabilia’ – old kitchen stuff.

In her submission to Hounslow Council’s Licensing committee, Jennifer Titmuss said the layout of the market had been designed for easy access for people to the shops as well as to the stalls, in both a Covid and post-Covid scenario.

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Chiswick Antiques market cancelled

The new Antiques and Vintage market which was to have been held this Sunday in Chiswick High Rd has been cancelled.

Chiswick councillors were informed by LB Hounslow on Friday 11 December that the antiques market that was to have been held on 13 December had been cancelled because the Council was not satisfied that the market organisers would provide a Covid secure environment.

According to the email the councillors received, the organisers had not provided sufficient evidence that the running of the market would ensure general public safety. The Council said it would continue to work with the organisers to ensure it could operate appropriately at the proposed market for January.

Image above: St Albans Antiques and Vintage market

Jennifer Titmuss, who runs a regular antiques and vintage market in St Albans, was granted a licence last month to place stalls in Old Market Place, where Chiswick Flower Market is held, and all along the south side of the High Rd as far as the South Beach shop at 123 Chiswick High Road.

“A monthly antique and vintage market would bring visitors, vibrancy and opportunity to an already popular and atmospheric community, help improve the potential for local shops and businesses, particularly after such a hard and terrible year” Jennifer told LB Hounslow’s licensing committee.

The antiques and vintage market was due to start on Sunday 13 December, to be held on the second Sunday of every month, with up to 80 traders once Covid restrictions are lifted, selling all sorts of antique and vintage objects, including architectural salvage, furniture (upcycled and not), French Brocante, ‘collectables’ such as china dolls and World War II memorabilia, ‘ephemera’ – printed materials such as post cards – and ‘kitchenabilia’ – old kitchen stuff.

In her submission to Hounslow Council’s Licensing committee, Jennifer Titmuss said the layout of the market had been designed for easy access for people to the shops as well as to the stalls, in both a Covid and post-Covid scenario.

The Chiswick Calendar is trying to reach Jennifer for a comment.

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Ealing Liberal Democrats challenge Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Image above: Cllr Gary Malcolm in a Zoom meeting with Council Leader Julian Bell

Ealing Liberal Democrats have requested a formal ‘call-in’ to Ealing Council on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

A ‘call-in’, which can be made by any councillor, enables the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee to consider whether the Cabinet should be asked to review its decisions. It’s a way for ordinary members of the council to challenge the Council’s leaders to adhere to the principles of good decision-making.
Ealing Liberal Democrats have called in the recent decision by Ealing Council on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, so the topic can be questioned and probed in more detail. Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, Leader of Ealing Liberal Democrat Group, says:
“Despite its best intentions I have very serious reservations about LTNs’ likelihood of reducing pollution, their terrible implementation due to no consultation, and the blatant neglect of the needs of all disabled people, carers, and ambulance services”.

Councillor Malcolm, who represents Southfield ward in Chiswick, said:

“The lack of consultation between Ealing Labour and its residents of the borough has resulted in an appalling neglect of the needs of carers and the disabled people. Recently the Council gave way to give some blue badge holders an exemption so they can travel in cars in the LTNs however many carers will have to spend much, much longer visiting their vulnerable family members or people they care for. We have no choice but to use the call-in procedures to question Labour and persuade them to either cancel the LTNs or give more exemptions to other key workers.”

Fisher’s Lane closure also due to be reviewed

Southfield councillors held a public meeting by Zoom for Southfield residents last week, in which is was clear that many people objected to various aspects of the schemes as they affected Chiswick, not just the closure of Fisher’s Lane to traffic other than buses.

The Fisher’s Lane closure, which is part of Ealing Council’s planning for cycle routes rather than a Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme, is due to be reviewed by Ealing Council at the first Cabinet meeting in January.

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See also: Protests against Ealing’s traffic restrictions make national news

See also: Ealing Council leader survives no confidence motion by one vote

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Ruth Cadbury MP urges PM to take action to save local pubs and restaurants

Ruth Cadbury MP has written to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urge the Government to take action to support breweries, pubs and other hospitality businesses based locally in West London and across the country.

In her letter Ruth pointed to the strong community links that many local pubs and restaurants had, while also telling the Prime Minister about the important role that they play in the local economy.

‘‘The historic Chiswick Brewery, home of Fullers beer, and our many pubs, restaurants and cafes play a huge role in our local community. They provide an accessible and welcoming space for residents and serve as the backbone of the community.

“The Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the sector, and I know from talking to local pubs and businesses that they’ve been working hard to make their venues safe and Covid secure. However this has proved difficult with the confused and muddled messaging from the Government.

“I’m particularly worried about the impact on small businesses as we have over 70 licensed restaurants and 20 pubs based in our constituency which employ less than 10 people.

“Without urgent action from the Prime Minister I’m concerned that many much-loved local pubs, restaurants and cafes across the country could be lost.’’

Image above: Letter from Ruth Cadbury MP to Boris Johnson, 4 December 2020

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Sutton Court Rd blocked by roadworks

Image above: Roadworks at the junction of Sutton Court Rd and the A4

Sutton Court Road is blocked by roadworks, preventing access to the junction with the A4 from the north side. Thames Water has dug up the road to investigate a mains leak in the stretch of road between Barrowgate Rd and the A4.

Southbound traffic is being diverted along Barrowgate Rd onto the A4, so if you are trying to get to Grove Park or Strand on the Green, or if you are trying to go west on the A4, the redirect takes you east along the A4 to Hogarth roundabout.

Sutton Court Rd is a major north – south route in Chiswick. The next opportunities to cross the A4 in either direction are Hogarth roundabout to the east or Chiswick roundabout to the west. The roadworks began on Wednesday 9 December. It will have a knock on effect for E3 bus journeys.

Should be cleared by Saturday 12 December

Thames Water has told The Chiswick Calendar that the leak, in a six inch diameter mains pipe, was relatively easy to fix. They got the job finished within a day and now just need to repair the road surface, which they expect to have done by Saturday 12 December.

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See also: Traffic cameras go live in Fisher’s Lane and Grove Park

See also: Review of Turnham Green Terrace traffic restrictions starts 9 December

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Mayor demands greater support for London

Economic output in London set to fall by £44 billion this year and we could see the highest rate of unemployment in the capital for over 20 years in 2021, with the loss of 350,000 jobs.

Hospitality, retail, leisure, the cultural sector and construction are sectors which continue to be hit hard by the pandemic, with many businesses across the hospitality sector in London on a financial knife-edge, according to the office of the Mayor of London. Critics say the Government’s recent spending review did little to address the true scale of the economic challenges which the capital faces, as many businesses still lack the grants and Government support they need to stay afloat

Spending by tourists in central London is estimated to have fallen by £10.9 billion this year as a result of the pandemic and uncertainty about what kind of trade deal will be agreed between the UK and the EU (if any) is also compounding the impact of Covid-19.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has criticised the Government’s decision to end VAT-free shopping for non-EU tourists in the new year, which will end the decades-old duty free regime for travellers from outside the EU and make shopping 20 per cent more expensive for them.

The Mayor is also calling for an extension of the business rates holiday beyond March, along with more support for jobs beyond what the Chancellor announced last week.

Country ‘cannot afford’ to take London for granted

sadiq khanThe Mayor, Sadiq Khan, said:

“We had hugely positive news about the Covid-19 vaccine last week, but this data shows the devastation this pandemic has caused and could yet cause without more government support. Many businesses are still in danger of closing and many thousands of jobs are still at risk over the next few years.

“I’m determined to do all I can to support London’s economic recovery now, and in the years to come, and we continue to provide grants and support directly to business across the capital. But these sectors won’t be able to sustain pre-pandemic levels of employment until 2023 at the earliest.

If the Government continues starving the capital of investment it will do nothing more than choke off our recovery from Covid-19 – both in London and across the UK. The country cannot afford to take for granted London’s economy firing on all cylinders and continuing to contribute billions to the treasury to fund the Government’s spending plans.

“Extending the business rates holiday and abandoning their decision to end VAT-free shopping is the kind of support our businesses need from Government right now, but we also need a longer-term plan to address the unprecedented jobs crisis this pandemic could yet cause.”

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Drug dealer sentenced to three years in prison

An Acton man has been sent to prison for three years after being caught dealing heroin and crack cocaine.

Steven Hue, 49, of Horn Lane W3 was sentenced on Friday 4 December after he pleaded guilty to four counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs at Isleworth Crown Court.

At 4.30pm on Monday 31 August, officers from the Violent Crime Taskforce came across a small group of men who appeared to be dealing drugs in Acton Park. The officers saw what looked like drugs wrapped in clingfilm in Hue’s hands. Hue then threw a bag over a fence, which one officer retrieved.

Hue was detained and searched. Officers found 40 wraps of crack cocaine, 40 wraps of heroin, around £80 in cash, a Nokia mobile phone and a wrap of cannabis hidden in his left sock.

He was charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs on 1 September, as well as with two further counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, in relation to another offence in May 2020.

Hue answered with “no comment” to all questions put to him during his interview.

Officers tackle drugs and violence ‘every day’

Detective Sergeant Mark Kelleher from the Violent Crime Taskforce said“The Violent Crime Taskforce was formed to disrupt criminality caused by those intent on committing acts of serious violence, which often stem from the supply of controlled drugs.

“The strong evidence that the investigation team gathered against Hue resulted in him pleading guilty to these serious offences.

“Officers are tackling drugs and violence every day. The message should be very clear, we are out day and night using lawful tactics, including stop and search, to keep London safe.”

The Police urge anyone who may have information on violent and drug related crimes to contact them immediately.

If you don’t want to speak to the police directly, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain completely anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use.

Alternatively, visit their website crimestoppers-uk.org

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The Sunday Times ‘Life Lessons’ festival comes to Chiswick House

A new festival is coming to Chiswick next spring. The Sunday Times presents Life Lessons festival on 14-16 May 2021. Life Lessons celebrates big ideas for living better, a weekend of conversations and debates on modern-day wellbeing from brilliant minds.

Don’t miss the fantastic line up of world-class authors, philosophers, scientists, and personalities including: Prof Brian Cox, Graham Norton, Caitlin Moran, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Bernadine Evaristo, Jay Blades, Elif Shafak, Magid Magid and Ruby Wax plus many more. See the full line-up on the Life Lessons festival website:  lifelessonsfestival.com

‘There’s never been a better time to reboot and rethink our lives – Life Lessons offers a fresh perspective and real, tangible knowledge to carry forward into day-to-day life. Spend the weekend exploring ideas, philosophies, tips and suggestions for healthy bodies, calmer minds and happier lives. With taster sessions to explore new skills and examine your career potential, Life Lessons really is a chance for you to design a better future’.

Tickets for Life Lessons festival at Chiswick House & Gardens on 14-16th May go on sale this Wednesday 9 December.

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New artwork to be unveiled on W4th Plinth

Image above: Penny the orangutan

Abundance London has chosen a new artwork to be installed on the railway embankment wall at Turnham Green Terrace piazza. The unveiling will take place on Sunday 13 December at 1.00pm. The W4th Plinth art project was launched in September 2019 with an artwork by Sir Peter Blake. It offers a temporary space for large scale artworks which is displayed on a blank railway wall, as part of the refurbishment of the piazza area at Turnham Green Terrace. The project is run by Abundance London, a local community organisation which runs volunteer environmental and horticultural projects around Chiswick. Sir Peter Blake now sits on the selection jury to choose new artworks.

Image above: Sir Peter Blake’s montage of the Empire theatre

No public vote for this unveiling

Dr Karen Liebreich MBE, one of Abundance London’s organisers, said:

‘The jury spent several happy hours sorting through the submissions and finally shortlisted three works of art. Usually we would hold a public vote to choose between these images. However, given the strange times we are living in and the constraints imposed by Covid, we have decided instead to display each of these works for six months. This will enable each work to be enjoyed by Chiswick consecutively, giving all the artworks their chance to be seen.

‘Come along for the great unveiling next Sunday. (Socially distanced, of course).’

Images above: some of paintings in the running to be selected

There is a selection of artworks submitted by many varied artists, following link to more  artwork. abundancelondon.com/the-fourth-plinth-artwork-voting/

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