Entries by Bridget Osborne

Rupa Huq and Matt Hancock join forces to ‘detoxify’ politics

Image above: Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton; Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk Rupa Huq MP and former Health Secretary Matt Hancock have launched a cross-party campaign to detoxify political debate in the UK. The Ealing Central and Acton MP and the former Health Secretary have agreed we need to “set public […]

Residents frustrated by glitches in registration for Chiswick School street permits

Image above: Chiswick School, from Staveley Rd Residents of Grove Park and Dukes Meadows are having trouble registering their vehicles for exemption to penalty notices so they can drive through Staveley Rd from the A316 to Burlington Lane. A Street School initiative was introduced last year around Chiswick School, to reduce traffic around schools, making […]

Sophie Ellis-Bextor to turn on Chiswick Christmas tree lights

Image above: Sophie Ellis-Bextor kitchen disco image from Twitter Celebrated singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor is to turn on the lights for Chiswick’s Christmas tree on Saturday 4 December. The tree, organised by the Chiswick Flower Market team and paid for by the Government’s Welcome Back funding to help high streets recover from the pandemic, will be […]

Exclusive Chiswick Calendar wine tasting offer

Chiswick’s new Italian restaurant Pianta is offering Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders an opportunity to sample ten wines with tasters from their menu. The event, exclusively for The Chiswick Calendar’s subscribers, will be hosted at the restaurant in Turnham Green Terrace on Wednesday 8 December by Pianta’s owner Stefano Fraquelli and wine expert Gabriele Rosin from […]

New grooves for Chiswick indie

Image above: Adam Bloom, owner of Bookcase Vinyl is set to make a comeback to Chiswick High Rd with a book shop making plans to branch out into LPs. Owner of independent retailer Bookcase, Adam Bloom, intends to launch his new project in the shop’s basement in the new year. “It’s a growing market,” he […]

Huge crowds attend prayers for Ali Abucar Ali

Image above: Crowds attend the Janazah funeral prayers for Ali Abucar Ali at the Darussalam Masjid  More than a thousand people turned out for the Janazah funeral prayers for Ali Abucar Ali at the Darussalam Masjid and Culture Centre in Southall on Friday (19 November). Ali (20) was fatally stabbed when he came to the […]

Ruth Cadbury condemns cut to public health funding in Hounslow

Images above: Ruth Cadbury MP; Hounslow House, headquarters of LB Hounslow Ruth Cadbury MP has condemned Government spending cuts to public health services, citing new research which shows Hounslow Council has lost £3.19m in funding for local public health services over the past five years. The Government allocates local councils money to cover the cost […]

Man appears in court charged with murder of Ali Abucar Ali

Images above: Ali Abucar Ali – photograph Chiswick Gators; Betty Walsh – photograph Betty’s family A man has appeared in court, charged with the murder of Ali Abucar Ali and the attempted murder of Betty Walsh, stabbed outside a kebab shop in Brentford last Friday night (12 November). Norris Henry, 37, of Brook Road South, […]

Lighting the Christmas tree kicks off Christmas in Chiswick 2021

Images above: Chivaree’s Ice King & Queen Christmas in Chiswick will be ushered in with a bit more panache this year. Chiswick High Road will be alive with a weekend of festive celebrations on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December, with the illumination of a magnificent 20ft Christmas tree in Old Market Place, paid for […]

Is this the best restaurant in Chiswick?

Images above: Mustaq Tappewale & Kuldeep Mattegunta, co-founders of Republic; photograph Joanna Raikes Republic – review I rather think it might be. I went for the first time last week – Lord knows why I left it a whole year since they opened (for takeaway at least – they opened properly in May). What a […]

War dead honoured in Chiswick memorial services

Image above: Memorial service on Turnham Green; photograph Andrea Carnevali Hundreds of people turned out to remember the dead of two World Wars and other more recent conflicts at the Remembrance Sunday memorial service on Turnham Green. Sea Cadets and Scouts were among those who made their way to Chiswick’s war memorial from Memorial Hall […]

Backlash from ‘apartheid’ analogy sparks apology from Tory Councillor

The leader of Hounslow Conservatives has apologised for his comments comparing traffic restrictions in Chiswick with pass laws in apartheid South Africa. Cllr Gerald McGregor, opposition leader on Hounslow Council and Homefields ward councillor in Chiswick, admitted he was out of line: “I have taken some time to reflect on my remarks over the past […]

Hogarth Club exclusive offer for Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders

Images above: Hogarth Club The Hogarth Club, members of The Chiswick Calendar Club scheme for several years now, have just reduced the joining fee for membership of the health club on Airedale Avenue in an exclusive deal for Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders. Members benefit from free personal training sessions, a variety of fitness classes, […]

Wood planted in memory of Alison on Acton Green

Image above: Alison Wood; Some of the trees being planted Alison Wood, who lived in Chiswick for many years, decided when she knew she was dying of cancer to do something positive that would leave a legacy for future generations. She left a sum of money to pay for the planting of a wood and […]

New indoor house plant shop opening in Turnham Green Terrace

Image above: Urban Tropicana Urban Tropicana, who started by running a stall selling houseplants at Chiswick Flower Market, is opening a shop on Turnham Green Terrace. The business, started during lockdown by Lewis Cox and his partner Steve Desouza, has been a runaway success as Lewis, who was made redundant last year, decided to have […]

Double shooting in Ealing

Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were shot in Ealing on Saturday 6 November. Police were called shortly before 05.30 on to reports of a stabbing and shots fired on Standard Road, NW10. Police, including firearms officers, and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene and found a 28-year-old man with stab and […]

Strand Antiques shop on the market after loss of ‘beloved figurehead’

Image above: Strand Antiques, Devonshire Rd Strand Antiques shop on Devonshire Rd is closing after being in business for more than 40 years. Founder Ann Brown, who was there from its inception at the original Strand on the Green premises, died in May. “We have lost our beloved figurehead” her partners wrote. One partner left the […]

Chiswick wildlife focus – birds, bats, hedgehogs and foxes

Image above: Birds at the lake at Chiswick House; photograph Jon Perry Climate change affecting UK birds Puffins could largely disappear as a result of climate change over the coming years, according to research carried out by the British Trust for Ornithology. The impact on the UK bird population was assessed by relating long-term trends […]

Christmas things to do in and around Chiswick

Festive atmosphere is brewing as a full array of activities looks set return after the disappointment of 2020’s last-minute cancellations due to the pandemic. Theatre This year you shall go to the ball. Richmond Theatre has a production of Cinderella from Friday 3 December – Sunday 2 January with Anton Du Beke. The theatre also […]

Chair of Brentford & Isleworth Labour Party attacks Conservative leader Gerald McGregor for “deeply disrespectful” comments

Chair of Brentford & Isleworth Constituency Labour Party Cllr Salman Shaheen has attacked the Leader of the Opposition on Hounslow Council, Conservative Cllr Gerald McGregor for his “deeply disrespectful” and “inflammatory” comments comparing traffic measures in Chiswick to Apartheid South Africa. In his most recent column on Chiswick W4 website, Cllr Gerald McGregor wrote: ‘Chiswick residents […]

LB Hounslow wins Council of the Year award

Image above: LB Hounslow team celebrate their win at the LGC Award ceremony LB Hounslow has won the Council of the Year award in the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards. The Awards are the biggest event recognising the achievements of officers and politicians in local government. At a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House in London […]

Where to see fireworks in Chiswick this year

Fireworks are back on the agenda, though not so much as they were pre-Covid. Tickets are still available for the public display at Chiswick Business Park this Thursday (4 November). Numbers are limited this year so they are asking people to book tickets, but the event is free. Usually there are fireworks displays in Ravenscourt Park […]

LB Hounslow mark up Chiswick High Rd in preparation for Cycleway 9 changes

Workmen from LB Hounslow have marked up the pavement opposite the end of Chiswick Lane in preparation for further changes to C9. Image above: Chiswick High Rd opposite the end of Chiswick Lane; photograph @FifteenMph Twitter ‘It’s like an explosion in a surveying factory’ wrote someone who calls himself ‘Fifteen MPH’ on Twitter. The Council […]

Increase in antisocial behaviour

Image above: Graffiti  Ruth Cadbury MP says she has been receiving an increased number of cases into her office about anti-social behaviour. According to ukcrimestats.com there were 7,123 incidents of antisocial behaviour in the Brentford and Isleworth constituency in 2020/21 compared to 3,867 in 2019/20 – an increase of 84%. “This is completely shocking” she says. It was […]

Putney MP campaigns to ban manufacture and sale of wet wipes containing plastic

Images above: Thames21 volunteers picking up wet wipes from the Thames foreshore Fleur Anderson MP for Putney is introducing her bill to prohibit the manufacture and sale of wet wipes containing plastic in parliament today (Tuesday 2 November). The bill has support from fellow MPs and organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society, Thames21, Thames […]