Entries by Bridget Osborne

Jazz at George IV – The Blues Engineers

John O’Reilly and Nick Payne return to George IV for Jazz at George IV in March. The hugely talented Blues Engineers have played with and supported some of the very best blue artists in the business including BB King, Van Morrison and Bill Wyman. Singer and guitarist John O’Reilly is internationally acclaimed for his amazing […]

Open Studio day for Move Into Wellbeing

Chiswick charity Move Into Wellbeing provides four weekly dance, movement, exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s as well as other various mobility restrictions. The charity is offering residents an open studio day, funded by a National Lottery Community grant, for people to come and meet the team, watch or try a class, and over refreshments, to […]

Wave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu joins the Club Card

We are delighted that Wave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club has joined The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme. Wave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a friendly and focused BJJ and martial arts club based in Chiswick right by Stamford Brook station. As well as BJJ they offer classes for women’s self-defence, Muay Thai, wrestling, MMA, movement flow […]

The Chiswick Calendar freebie

Sipsmith is offering gin & tonics for local businesses in Chiswick who feel they deserve an end of day treat. In honour of ‘random act of kindness day’, (new to me, but growing in popularity as an annual thing apparently) our local gin distillery wants to host your perfect Friday, post work G&Ts. In order […]

The Chiswick Calendar half term guide

There’s lots of great stuff to do with children in and around Chiswick this week. There’s a fabulous programme of children’s theatre, with The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin on today, Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 February for 3 – 10 year olds at Watermans in Brentford and Star in the Jar at the Lyric, Hammersmith from […]

Plans for a Flower Market in Chiswick

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a flower market in Chiswick, once a month on a Sunday morning, to attract people here to spend money in the area? That is one of the ideas which will be discussed at a meeting this Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Boston Room of George IV. The Chiswick […]

Man in the Middle – Chapter 23: Laurence Fox

A middle aged man decides his elderly mother can no longer cope alone, so she moves in with them. Squeezed by the demands of the demographic time bomb and the requirements of the rest of the family, the Man in the Middle is bemused that life has become a hi-wire act, just when he thought […]

Life is just a bowl of cherries – not

Photographs above: Cllr Joanna Biddolph; Karen Liebreich MBE Whatever Doris Day or Johnny Matthis might have thought, life is not always just a bowl of cherries. Certainly not for Karen Liebreich of Abundance London, who had to stand on Turnham Green on a wet and windy morning last Saturday explaining to volunteers who turned up, […]

Cherry tree planting on Turnham Green

There are gaps in the avenue of cherry trees crossing Turnham Green, which provide such a magnificent display every spring. Abundance London, in partnership with Friends of Turnham Green, will be filling in those gaps, planting 16 additional cherry trees on Saturday 15 February. They need help to do the planting. Come with a spade, […]

Feeling sluggish?

The RHS at Wisley are looking for someone to count slugs. I kid you not. The RHS and Newcastle University are carrying out a one-year study of slugs in gardens, which involves citizen scientists surveying their gardens and sending slugs for identification to RHS Garden Wisley. This important research project will help develop the understanding […]

Chiswick School students seek elderly recollections 

Students from Chiswick School are looking for elderly residents to share their recollectons of the past for a creative project based on the Chiswick area. They’ll be lucky to get residents old enough to remember the days of the horse and cart shown above, but they are hoping for pre-war recollections, says Tommy Robinson, the […]

Urban Pantry’s Kate Frobisher wins award

Owner of Urban Pantry, Kate Frobisher, was invited to the Rosewood hotel last week to be celebrated as one of the ’30 under 30′ movers and shakers in the hospitality industry. The award, from the industry’s journal CODE, marks her as a rising star. The editors wanted to showcase hospitality as a viable career path in this […]

Planning permission sought to convert Bedford Park Surgery to flats

Dr John Keen, the doctor who runs Bedford Park Surgery in South Parade, has applied for planning permission to develop the building into flats. Dr Keen, who owns the building, is retiring from the practice. He has been a GP in Chiswick since 1988. He has applied to Ealing Council to convert the GP Surgery house […]

Ruth Cadbury signs anti deportation letter

Ruth Cadbury is one of more than 170 cross-party MPs who have signed a letter urging the Prime Minister to halt a flight deporting 50 people to Jamaica today. The flight may have been delayed in any case because an Appeal court judge ruled last night that not all those being deported had had proper […]

Night Czar visits Chiswick

Amy Lamé, the Mayor of London’s fabulously titled ‘Night Czar’ visited Chiswick last week to hear from a few of the residents and business people involved in the night time economy, about what support we need in Chiswick. Chiswick has been singled out as an area which has a night time economy because we have so […]

‘Suburban task force’

Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq raised concerns about the decline of London’s suburbs in a Westminster debate last week. In her speech she touched on transport, schools, cultural heritage and planning issues that are changing the physical nature of suburbia, and asked  the Minister for Local Growth, Jake Berry for a cross-departmental nation-wide suburbs task […]

Worried about the High Rd?

The problem of empty shops in the High Road is as bad as it has ever been. The issue of why businesses are closing down is complex: the shift in shopping habits to buying online, competition from Westfield, high rents and rates are all important factors. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to be part of […]

Chiswick Playhouse – Tryst review

Tryst is a two-handed play performed by two very accomplished actors, which is so well acted and directed, it could easily be a West End show. It’s dark, unpredictable and keeps you guessing right to the bombshell of an ending, at which point you find, to your consternation, that it’s based on a true story. […]

The Chiswick Calendar freebie – winner

Who won our competition for a meal for two at Little Bird cocktail lounge and restaurant, opposite Chiswick rail station? Ailsa Sheldon  @ailsasheldon Congratulations to Ailsa, who wins a meal for two up to the value of £80. ⠀ All you had to do was to: ⠀ 1. Follow @thechiswickcalendar and @littlebirdrestaurant on Instagram 2. Like […]

Pub in the Park 2020 tickets go on sale

Tickets have gone on sale for Pub in the Park 2020, in the grounds of Chiswick House 4-6 September. The popular food and music festival is returning to Chiswick for a second year, hosted by Master Chef judge Marcus Wareing, with Basement Jaxx playing on the Friday night, The Feeling and Kaiser Chiefs on Saturday; […]

Jazz at George IV Spring Line-up

We have a great line-up for you at George IV this spring. Thursday 6 February – Dom Pipkin’s “Smokin’ Boogie, Bad Boys, Bourbon & The Big Easy An homage to the music of New Orleans. Buy Tickets Thursday 5 March – Blues Engineers Singer and guitarist John 0’Reilly and the multi-talented saxophonist, flautist and harmonica player Nick Payne […]

Kaiser Chiefs & Basement Jaxx headline Pub in the Park, Chiswick

Tom Kerridge’s touring food and music festival Pub in the Park has announced their music line up for September. Playing in Chiswick, in the grounds of Chiswick House, will be the Kaiser Chiefs, Basement Jaxx, Marc Almond, The Feeling and Reef. The weekend- long event, from 4-6 September will be hosted by Marcus Wareing, one of […]

Danny Mac opens in Pretty Woman

The London premiere of Pretty Woman: The Musical opens on 14 February at the Picadilly theatre, with Danny Mac in the lead role, opposite Aimee Atkinson. Danny graduated at the ArtsEd, graduating in 2009, and has gone on to perform in musicals such as Wicked and Sunset Boulevard and most recently in White Christmas. Come […]

The Chiswick Calendar freebie

Fancy winning a meal for two at Little Bird? ⠀ For your chance to win simply enter our Instagram competition…⠀ ⠀ 1. Follow @thechiswickcalendar and @littlebirdrestaurant on Instagram 2. Like our Giveaway! post on Instagram 3. Tag a friend you could share the offer with⠀ ⠀ Giveaway closes Thursday 6 February at 23.59 GMT. The […]

Valentine’s Day specials

Do people still celebrate Valentine’s day? Yes they do says Spencer Wheeler, owner of Wheelers Garden Centre and the flower stall by Turnham Green tube station. Do they still buy red roses? ‘100%’ he says. It’s red roses all the way. We’re a conservative bunch when it comes to showing our affections. Since romance is […]

New initiative to get girls active

There is an ‘epidemic’ of childhood inactivity, according to the World Health Organisation, which says that children’s health is being damaged as well as their brain development and social skills. Girls come off worse than boys, with 85% of girls taking too little physical exercise, compared with 78% boys. Brentford Football Club’s Community Sports Trust […]

Strand on the Green residents unhappy with Bell & Crown’s glass box

Strand on the Green’s residents association (SOGA) is asking local residents to write to Hounslow Council and complain about the way in which the pub has glassed its outside seating area. The association complained about the addition of the conservatory and Fuller’s is now having to seek retrospective planning permission. ‘There is now a chance […]