Entries by Guest Blogger

How to spot a suffragette in the family

Professional genealogist Gill Thomas on how to get the best out of a Census Gill Thomas is a professional genealogist who has worked on events such as the Who Do You Think You Are? exhibition, helping the public with queries about how to trace their family history. Like the rest of the world, she’s taken her […]

Heal’s reopens

By Barbara Chandler, @sunnygran Bargains at the ready! Monday 1 June Heal’s Chiswick Outlet store re-opened, along with the brand’s prestigious flagship on Tottenham Court Road, and its other shops in Westfield, Kingston, Brighton and West Yorkshire. It’s a bit puzzling, as we’re being told continuously that all non-essential stores are due to start trading […]

Chiswick Confined – My Corona blog Week 10

Keith Richards, writer and resident of Chiswick, living on his own, has started writing a diary of his Corona lock down. Beginning on 24 March, he’s documenting the experience from his last pint in a pub onwards. Day 66 – Friday 29 May 2020 So, who is in a quandary? At the peak of the […]

Let them eat bread!

By Sara Ward I run a weekly micro bakery from home in Brentford, where locals can order bread, buns, honey and preserves to collect on a Friday afternoon, so I’m used to buying flour in 25kg sacks, and if I’m stocking a few different varieties, it’s not uncommon for me to have 100kg in the […]

We all know we need more housing in London

Guest blog by Cllr Andrew Steed Ealing, like Hounslow, is now holding ‘virtual’ planning meetings. Cllr Andrew Steed took part in his first such meeting this week to speak out against a planning application for 42 flats on land currently used as a car park  in his ward of Ealing Southfields. Here’s his guest blog […]

Chiswick Confined – My Corona blog Week 9

Keith Richards, writer and resident of Chiswick, living on his own, has started writing a diary of his Corona lock down. Beginning on 24 March, he’s documenting the experience from his last pint in a pub onwards. Friday 22 May is Day 60 of the lockdown. It is clear from walking around Chiswick that more […]

Safer Streets in Chiswick: Time for Action not Words

Images above: Tran’s bike in collision with a car; Tran with her wonky wheels By Dr Edward Seaton My wife Tran was hit by a car whilst she was cycling to work today. She is a consultant at Charing Cross Hospital and was cycling to a breast cancer clinic, along King Street. She was riding […]

Roll on the next car boot sale

Guest blog by Polly Williams There are many things I miss about pre-Covid life, but one regular mass gathering that I pine for in particular is the Chiswick Car Boot sale, which was the inspiration behind one of my recent illustrations. I was first introduced to the Chiswick Car Boot sale by my partner, a […]

Chiswick Confined – My Corona blog Week 8

Keith Richards, writer and resident of Chiswick, living on his own, has started writing a diary of his Corona lock down. Beginning on 24 March, he’s documenting the experience from his last pint in a pub onwards. Ssshh, listen! What’s that sound?  Who like me is enjoying the clarity of blackbirds and thrushes as you […]

‘I’m not a bee-keeper, I’m a bee landlord’

Guest blog by Susan Lee Kerr I’m not a beekeeper, I’m a bee landlord. In my Grove Park backyard I have two hotels abuzz with bees. Easy peasy, and no worries about swarming, queen bees, swashbuckling hats with nets… or even bee stings. My bees are loners, female and they ‘vant to be alone,’ to […]

Tough Times Ahead

  Images above: Cllr Andrew Steed, councillor for Southfield ward; Ealing Council building As an Ealing Councillor one is once again made aware of the many functions of a local authority. Most people will have limited direct contact with the Council, other than having their rubbish collected and their street being cleaned. They may wonder […]

Avoiding ‘Carmageddon’

The day after Boris Johnson’s speech to the nation introducing the beginning of easing the lockdown, roads into London  were jammed as communters headed in to work. This picture of Stile Hall Gardens (below) was not taken on 11 May 2020, but shows the kind of rush hour congestion which is typical in many of Chiswick’s […]

May 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for May. When the lights go out, Dear Child and The Lizard are all published this month. When the Lights Go Out Carys Bray had her breakthrough with A Song for Issy Bradley […]

26.2 people enjoy the 2.6 Challenge on 26 April

By Rosie Leyden The sun shone down on us – a group of 26 friends plus a one-year old – as we completed a running / walking / cycling relay of a total distance of four marathons last Sunday – the day of the cancelled 26.2-mile London Marathon. Starting at Bushy Park, we wove our […]

Local parkrunners take on the 2.6 Challenge

By Rosie Leyden Pembroke Athletica is an informal group of running friends, from Chiswick and West London, who meet up each week at parkrun in Richmond Park, run 5 kilometres, and then (more importantly) enjoy coffee and cakes at Pembroke Lodge café. At least they do in normal times. This Sunday they are all taking […]

Puy Lentil, Roast Red pepper & Goat’s cheese salad

By Jules Kane, chef @Crucialfood and part of The Cookbook Festival Team. Crucial Cafe offers a range of healthy meals and snacks at the Hogarth Centre, with many vegetarian and vegan options. This is Jules’ recipe for a simple and nutritional lunch option, with a zingy pesto made from wild garlic – which you may […]

Chiswick Confined – My Corona blog Week 4

Keith Richards, writer and resident of Chiswick, living on his own, has started writing a diary of his Corona lock down. Beginning on 24 March, he’s documenting the experience from his last pint in a pub onwards. “Trouble in mind, I’m blue But I won’t be blue always Cause the sun’s gonna shine In my […]

Work of famous local artist Hugh Cronyn goes on sale

Image above: Hugh Cronyn sailing across the Channel to Dunquerque c. 1938 Guest blog by Krassi Kuneva of Chsiwick Auctions Canadian-British painter Hugh Cronyn (1905-1996) led a fascinating life in America, Europe and England before World War II, thanks both to the support and connection of his family and friends, and his innate charm and talent. […]

Five movies for Covid Lock Down

1. Withnail & I Once a year, I watch this movie alone with a bottle of wine. The family leave me to it. They understand I have a bromance with a movie about a bromance between two out of work young actors at the tail end of the Swinging Sixties (‘They’re selling hippy wigs in Woolworths, […]

Chiswick Confined – My Corona blog Week 3

Keith Richards, writer and resident of Chiswick, living on his own, has started writing a diary of his Corona lock down. Beginning on 24 March, he’s documenting the experience from his last pint in a pub onwards. Here are his first two blogs from this week.   Image above: Turnham Green Terrace “Some people think […]

Funny books to take your mind off things

James Thellusson has put together a list of his favourtite comic novels to take our minds off things. 1.Down with Skool / Geoffrey Willans & Ronald Searle: If your kids think their education has been ruined by Covid-19 make them read about the trials of Nigel Molesworth because any fule kno St Custard’s is the worst […]

Watching live theatre on the TV

Torin Douglas ventures into new territory, watching a National Theatre production at home I’m very grateful to The Chiswick Calendar for telling me that the National Theatre would be live-streaming James Cordern in its huge hit play ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’. I watched it go out live – and the play and performances were every […]

Chiswick Confined – My Corona Blog Week 2

Keith Richards, writer and resident of Chiswick, living on his own, has started writing a diary of his Corona lock down. Beginning on 24 March, he’s documenting the experience from his last pint in a pub onwards. Here are his first two blogs from this week. Image above: “Devonshire Road this week.  Not as we […]

Find out your family history

Image above: Old Chiswick  Professional genealogist Gill Thomas suggests how to get started Gill Thomas is a professional genealogist who has worked on events such as the Who Do You Think You Are? exhibition, helping the public with queries about how to trace their family history. Like the rest of the world, she’s taken her […]