Entries by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick student writes to PM after missing out on place at Cambridge

Image above: Maimuna Hassan An A Level student at Chiswick School has written to the Prime Minister after her predicted grades were downgraded by the standardisation procedure adopted by Ofqual, the body which has overseen the awarding of A Level grades in England this summer, when students weren’t able to sit exams. Head teacher Laura […]

Chiswick School celebrates improved A Level grades

Images above: Director of Sixth Form Karen Emmett, with Harry and Mya Chiswick School is celebrating a ‘significant improvement’ in 2020 A Level results over 2019. A record number of students gained a place at university and others have won apprenticeships in their chosen field. Three students will be heading to Oxford or Cambridge, with […]

Another new artisan bakery for Chiswick

Hush Hush Chefs opened in Chiswick High Rd at the weekend. It’s an ‘indoor food market’ selling fresh fruit, veg and artisan products, as well as fresh bread, pastries, and desserts and speciality coffee. As well as the wherewithal to make your own food, Hush Hush Chefs prepare and cook many recipes to order,  including filo pastry pies, […]

Chiswick In Pictures 2020

Images above: Chiswick House Grounds Inigo Jones Gate by Hugh Bredin; The Fishmonger by Naila Hazell It’s good to know that not everything is being cancelled. The Chiswick In Pictures art exhibition, organised by The Chiswick Calendar, is being held at the Clayton Hotel Chiswick from Monday 31st August – Saturday 7th November. This will […]

Chiswick Flower Market traders – Pepperpot nursery

Image above: Mint Apple (Mentha suaveolens) Who knew there were as many as 40 different types of mint? I discovered this talking to Catherine and Neil who run Pepperpot nursery, one of the traders who will be at the launch of the Chiswick Flower Market on 6 September. They just sell herbs. I say ‘just’. […]

Chiswick Flower Market traders – Urban Tropicana

Meet Lewis, who until the early summer of 2020 was flying regularly with BA as cabin crew, travelling the world taking every opportunity to see and find out more about tropical plants. His is one of several start-up businesses selling plants at Chiswick Flower Market. Lewis heard at the end of July that he was […]

Chiswick Flower Market traders – Steve Burridge

We’ve said we would like to make the Chiswick Flower Market ‘the Columbia Rd of west London’. The 150 year old market in east London is one of the capital’s top tourist sights, with more than 50 market stalls, catering originally for the immigrant Hugenot community, now so packed with visitors that since the lockdown, […]

Playful seal pup learns to paddleboard

Thanks to Paul Hyman of Active 360 for these lovely pictures of a seal pub which lives somewhere between Richmond and Kew , who has decided to join them on several occasions of late. At the risk of anthropomorphising, it does seem as if he just wants to join in and play with them, now […]

Hounslow Council has done a “great job” during Covid crisis

Images above: LB Hounslow Chief Executive Niall Bolger; Cllr Gerald McGregor The new leader of the Conservative group of councillors on Hounslow council has said the council has done “great job” of handling the Covid pandemic. “The council’s officers have been doing splendid work on that front” Cllr Gerald McGregor told The Chiswick Calendar. When […]

Biggest night in the history of Brentford FC

Image above: Brentford player wearing the club’s special commemorative blue shirt Tuesday’s match (4 August 2020) between Brentford and Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final will be “the biggest night in their 131 year history”. The match at Wembley, played to an empty stadium but watched by millions worldwide, will decide whether or […]

Next phase of road changes in Chiswick announced

Image above: Road sign for Prebend Gardens at the junction with Bath Rd LB Hounslow has been introducing a programme of traffic management restrictions across the borough throughout June and July. They have been phasing in their traffic changes, sorting out those they can do quickly with a few planters and bollards first, then moving on to […]

Chiswick aka the Wild West

Images above: Traffic signs showing Fisher’s Lane road closed, at the south end and at the north end I never thought I’d find myself saying this, but I am beginning to feel almost sorry for the council. Somebody somewhere is working very hard to introduce the new traffic measures throughout Chiswick, in the fond belief […]

Chiswick traffic management changes, May – July 2020

Images above: Sign outlining changes in Fisher’s Lane Check this before venturing out in your car Hounslow’s Streetspace programme introduced significant changes to traffic management across the borough in May, June and July 2020. The various projects have mainly been introduced as experiments under temporary traffic orders and have been designed in line with the […]

Chiswick Conservative councillors elect new leader

Images above: Cllr Joanna Biddolph; Cllr Gerald McGregor Cllr Gerald McGregor elected leader Chiswick’s Conservative councillors have elected Cllr Gerald McGregor as their leader, replacing Cllr Joanna Biddolph as the leader of the Conservative group on Hounslow Council. The Chiswick Calendar learned of the unexpected decision after the election was held at the group’s Annual […]

Bread Ahead opens in Chiswick High Rd

Independent bread shop Bread Ahead has opened on Chiswick High Rd. The bread shop, owned by baker Matthew Jones, is at  316 Chiswick High Rd, where Clifton News used to be. Matthew has built a strong reputation as a traditional baker, opening up in Borough Market in 1998 and building up a wholesale bakery, with […]

Hounslow to “get tough” on motorists

Image above: squashed planter on Turnham Green Terrace Keith Richards wrote last week about the ‘mess’ that is Turnham Green Terrace, where confusion reigns over unclear signage, tin planters and ugly plastic bollards scattered about. Supposedly they demarcate the areas where pedestrians can walk in a safely socially distanced fashion and where drivers can no longer […]

Green shoots appearing in the High Rd

Image above: Bread Ahead, opened in Chiswick High Rd 24 July 2020 Have you noticed how new businesses are popping up on the High Rd? “We’re really busy” says commercial agent Jojo Finn at MJ Finn Commercial. “Everyone’s come back to shopping in Chiswick, which is fantastic to see.” The lockdown has driven people back […]

Episode 17: Talking with Lord Jeffrey Archer

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. An ebullient Jeffrey Archer shares his lifelong passion for cricket […]

Temporary version of Cycleway 9 to be introduced

Transport for London is skint, its coffers emptied by the cessation of use of public transport during the lockdown. Many people might have quietly thought that would put paid to Cycleway 9. After all the bitter recriminations and virtual civil war over the issue, a little drop of Covid-19 might have seen it off, they […]

The Steam Packet to reopen and hopefully the Roebuck too

Image above: Steam Packet pub, Strand on the Green The Steam Packet pub on Strand on the Green, whose owner Food and Fuel went into administration at the end of March, has been bought by pub company Brunning & Price and is set to reopen on Friday 31 July. The Roebuck, which was also a […]