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Mind Matters – Back where we started?

Do you sometimes feel as though nothing has changed since the first wave of COVID-19? People are talking with me about how they are feeling the same as they did during the first wave and they keep having thoughts that we are back where we were six months ago. The result of this being they […]

Nigeria – the #EndSARS & Anti-Corruption Protests

Keith Richards, writer and resident of Chiswick, documented his Corona lock down, living on his own, in a weekly blog from 24 March to 7 July called Chiswick Confined – My Corona. Now he’s free to roam at will, the blog has mutated into Chiswick Unbound. “Everybody run run run Everybody scatter scatter Some people lost some […]

Try out recipes from Jo Pratt’s new Flexible Family Cookbook

Images above: Jo Pratt’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs & Chocolate brownies Chiswick resident and prime mover in the Cookbook Supper Club, Jo Pratt, has a new book out this autumn: the Flexible Family Cookbook. The acclaimed TV cook specialises in ‘sensible and simple but sensational’ recipes for all the family, easily adapted to please and designed […]

Cookbook kitchen raises money for the Felix Project

Images above: Jo Pratt and her Flexible Family Cookbook The Cookbook kitchen (formally Cookbook festival) are re-introducing their charity supper clubs on Thursday 12 November at the Airdale Bar at the Hogarth Health Club. The money raised will go to the Felix Project, which stops food waste by collecting surplus food from retailers which is still […]

PCNs issued to drivers on Turnham Green Terrace now tops 7,000

The number of penalty traffic notices issued to motorists for driving down Turnham Green Terrace since the road was closed has now reached 7281. That’s a little over 100 a day since enforcement of the traffic restrictions began on 18 August. Some drivers have been ticketed for numerous offences, including one person who has been […]

Bunting made with love – you can tell

Image above: Chiswick Flower Market in September; photograph Frank Noon When the Chiswick Flower Market was launched in September 2020 – the first new flower and plant market in London in 150 years – the organisers went all out to celebrate its birth. “Hang out the flags” went up the cry. The team begged and […]

Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants at Chiswick Flower Market

Chiswick Flower Market is delighted to welcome Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants to the market on Sunday 1 November. Rosy Hardy is recognised as the most successful female exhibitor at Chelsea Flower Show, with 24 Gold Medals to her credit since she built her first display at the show in 1992. She started out growing plants […]

Time to have a close and critical look at your wardrobe?

Images above: silk camisole and gold cuff from Gill Davies’ Prescribe:London collection Wouldn’t you like to have a functional wardrobe? One in which things go together and fit you and look flattering as outfits? This is Gill Davies’ mission. A personal stylist who often works with Harvey Nichols’ Style Concierge, her aim is to add […]

Episode 26: Cricket’s growth in remarkable places: the man who knows

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller have launched a new podcast to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. They chat regularly about cricket topics – hoping to keep a good line and length but with occasional wides into other subjects. James Coyne, Assistant Editor of The Cricketer magazine, has prepared each […]

Harriet’s Kitchen Menu 27 October 2020

Treat yourself with some delicious home booked food. All you have to do it warm it up Harriet Benton launched Harriet’s kitchen during lockdown 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 […]

Chiswick Flower Market is back, 1 November

Image above: The first Chiswick Flower Market in September; photograph Gwen Shabka Chiswick Flower Market to go ahead in November with support from LB Hounslow and Chiswick councillors The organisers of the Chiswick Flower Market (of whom The Chiswick Calendar’s editor is one) are delighted to say that the November market will go ahead as […]

One woman crusade to save motorists from fines

Image: Thanks to Hamish Pringle A public spirited Chsiwick woman has made it her personal crusade to stop motorists from being fined as they drive down Turnham Green Terrace. For several days she has been walking up and down the Terrace with a banner trying to stop drivers from inadvertently being fined £130. New signs […]

Chancellor announces support for hospitality businesses

  Image above: Chancellor Rishi Sunak; photograph Sky News Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced financial support for hospitality businesses across all tiers of Covid-19 restrictions. The Chancellor outlined a financial support package which can be backdated to August. After the Tier system was introduced across the country, pubs and restaurants in Tier 2 found booking […]

Chiswick Calendar freebie

Images above: Chiswick author Diane Chandler; Her latest book Only Human I’ve just finished reading Diane Chandler’s book Only Human, a very engaging novel on the Maeve Binchy end of the spectrum which starts when a Chiswick resident, about to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary, spots her husband from the top of the 94 bus in a […]

Restaurants and pubs hit by cancellations

Image above: Annie’s restaurant, Strand on the Green Takings were down at many pubs and restaurants this weekend as London went up to Tier 2 Covid restrictions. It is no longer permitted to go to a pub or a restaurant and sit with friends. There can only be one household per table. People who had […]

More Low Traffic Neighbourhoods planned for Chiswick

Images above: Planters being installed in Devonshire Rd; plastic barriers being replaced by traffic wands on Turnham Green Terrace The Cabinet Member for Transport at LB Hounslow, Hanif Khan, is due to give his report to Cabinet on Tuesday 20 October about the roll out of ‘Street Space’ schemes, or ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’ which have […]

Headliners comedy club closed 

Headliners comedy club, which has been running in Chiswick for the best part of 20 years, has closed until further notice because of Covid restrictions. The popular club, which stages stand-up comedy in the Boston Room of George IV on Friday and Saturday nights, reopened in September after the summer break, with reduced seating to […]

Trufflehound Dining Club Menu 20 October 2020

Trufflehound Catering launched their Dining Club in autumn 2020, offering fine dining meals delivered to your door. Each week a new menu is unveiled on Friday with two or three-course options for either £40 (two courses) or £45 (three courses). Local delivery (W4, W6, W12) is free. No minimum order. Clients have the weekend to […]

Harriet’s Kitchen – menu 20 October 2020

Treat yourself with some delicious home booked food. All you have to do it warm it up Harriet Benton launched Harriet’s kitchen during lockdown 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 […]

London going into Tier 2

Image above: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan London is going into Tier 2 on Saturday 17 October, which means no mixing of households indoors. Speaking at London’s City Hall, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said there was “simply no other option”. “Nobody wants to see more restrictions but this is deemed to be necessary in […]

Covid case confirmed at St Mary’s RC Catholic Primary School

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Chiswick has had its first case of Covid-19 confirmed. Parents were informed by email just after 9.30pm on Wednesday 14 October. The school will remain closed until Monday while staff carry out a deep clean of the premises. Classes will get their homework posted on the school’s website for Thursday […]

Stolen Landrover ends up in the river

Photograph – Jeremy Day A stolen Discovery Landrover is stuck in the mud by Chiswick Bridge. The Port of London Authority say it went into the river on Saturday night from a local slipway, probably from one of the rowing clubs. They suspect the thieves drove it along the mud at low tide and abandoned […]