Entries by Guest Blogger

Tideway Tales: Coastal Connections

Image above: Chiswick lifeboat, photographed from Chiswick Bridge Guest blog By David Clarke What do these places have in common with Chiswick? Aldeburgh, Atlantic College, Brighton, Dover, Dungeness, Eastbourne, Gorleston, Hastings, Humber, Littlehampton, Littlestone, Margate, Mumbles, Newhaven, Poole, Portsmouth, Selsey, Shoreham, Southwold, Walmer, Walton, Weymouth, Whitstable. Many of the ten full time and 70 volunteers […]

It’s coming home… the Yeats/Bedford-Project is almost there

Image above: Enwrought Light by Conrad Shawcross RA, inspired by WB Yeats, will honour the poet, just yards from his childhood home and beside the path on which he walked daily to school, here at the entrance to Chiswick’s unique Bedford Park garden-suburb/artist’s colony. Guest Blog by Cahal Dallat We’re into extra time, of course, […]

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 18 July 2021

Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market, June 2021; photograph David Insull Guest blog by Donna Freed As of this writing, the forecast for next Sunday, 18 July does not include rain! Third time lucky for the Cheese Market! However, a little rain hasn’t dampened our spirits or our passion for cheese. We were pleased that the tremendous […]

Tideway Tales: from newsroom to search and rescue

Guest blog by James Anthony When I was seven years of age I wanted to be a paratrooper or a member of a lifeboat crew. So it was no surprise that by the time I was 45 I was a production journalist for the London Evening Standard, never having either parachuted of lifeboated. At that […]

Collections of two celebrated Chiswick residents go under the hammer

Guest blog by Liz Winnicott and Adrian Biddell Chiswick Auctions popular monthly Interiors, Homes & Antiques sale features collections from two fascinating local Chiswick residents this June. The first collection, from the late Peggy Copper’s Victorian House on Harvard Road, affectionately known as ‘the Museum’ to friends and family, looks rather like an authentic ‘cabinet […]

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 20 June 2021

Image above: Chsiwick Cheese Market, May 2021; photograph David Insull Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin ‘Say cheese!’ I know you’re smiling as you say it and so are we… we have recharged our inner batteries, sourced even more Artisan cheeses for your delectation and delight, and stand ready to open the gate for the second […]

Thomas Becket: Troublesome priest or people’s martyr?

Images above (1): An early 15th century alabaster panel showing Becket’s consecration as archbishop. Private Collection. © Nicholas and Jane Ferguson. Images above (2): Silver statue with sword in head. Saints were often portrayed with the manner of their martyrdom, which made it easier for the largely illiterate populace to recognise them. For St Thomas […]

Bedford Park Festival Latest News

Calling all young bakers! The Bedford Park Festival is looking for up to 18 ‘star bakers’ aged 8-12 years to enter its Bake-Off Challenge on Saturday June 12th.  It’s one of the highlights of the Children’s Fun Day that will open this year’s Festival in place of the annual Green Days weekend, which cannot be […]

From Hogarth to Peter Blake

By Adrian Biddell Local resident and Head of Paintings & Fine Art at Chiswick Auctions, Adrian Biddell, talks paintings in this month’s guest blog. From William Hogarth to Sir Peter Blake, Chiswick has long been a favoured haunt of artists. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the Fine Arts are flourishing at Chiswick Auctions. We have […]

Tideway Tales

by David Clarke, Chiswick Lifeboat Crew 2002-2004 The Lifeboat’s vhf radio squarks “Chiswick immediate – persons cut off on Lot’s Eyot!” We are on exercise in Corney Reach within sight of the station; helmsman Glen rams the throttles forward and the E-class lifeboat leaps ahead, reaching its top speed of 40  knots in a few […]

What makes a winning photograph?

I will be judging this year’s Photographic competition and The Chiswick Calendar asked me what I will be looking for as a judge. I have judged many professional competitions – from the Sony World Photography Awards to the Taylor Wessing (National Portrait Gallery) Award and ask the question myself, “ What images stand out for me […]

Harold Pinter lived in a small flat in Chiswick High Road, the inspiration for one of his greatest plays.

By Jill Apperley One’s life has many compartments When Harold Pinter died on Christmas Eve in 2008 his obituary described him as ‘one of the greatest of modern dramatists’ whose plays ‘decisively shaped the medium in which he worked’. Pinter’s influence on twentieth century drama is almost incalculable and it’s not too much of an […]

First pop up Antiques Market a success

By Barbara Chandler @sunnygran on Instagram Design writer for Homes & Property at the London Evening Standard The V word is big in retail at the moment – that’s V for Vintage. Even John Lewis is floating a new vintage department in Kingston, underpinned by the expertise of the successful on-line marketplace Vinteriors. But the virtuosos […]

Chiswick Antiques Market in Pictures

Thanks to Barbara Chandler and Frank Noon for the pictures. Click an image to open the gallery view. Images above by Barbara Chandler Images above by Frank Noon Read more stories on The Chiswick Calendar See also: First pop up Antiques Market a success See also: Chiswick Outdoor Markets Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick […]

Tickets on sale for this year’s Bedford Park Festival

By Torin Douglas Tickets have gone on sale for the 55th Bedford Park Festival, which will take place in front of live audiences next month, after being held ‘at home’ and online last year because of the pandemic. The Festival – known as ‘Chiswick’s favourite fortnight’ – will run from June 12th to 27th in St Michael & […]

Coot Watch at Chiswick House

By James Yates One of the few positives to emerge from the multiple lockdowns of the past year is an increasing appreciation for local nature and wildlife. Whether it has been watching small birds visiting a garden feeder, finding a new local green or taking up a new nature-themed hobby; lockdown has broadened our love […]

Chiswick Flower Market in Pictures

The first Chiswick Flower Market of 2021, after the lockdown. Thanks to Anna Kunst and Frank Noon Images above by Anna Kunst – annakunstphotography.com   Images above by Frank Noon – franknoon.com Support The Chiswick Calendar The Chiswick Calendar CIC is a community resource. Please support us by buying us the equivalent of a monthly cup of […]

May 2021 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 published in May 2021. Careless, Great Circle and Malibu Rising are all out in May. Careless Kirsty Capes’ emotionally charged debut Careless, shows us what happens when you fall between the cracks in […]

Pollution on Chiswick High Road: what does the data say?

Guest blog by Professor Tom Pike While London is by no means the most polluted city in the world, we still suffer from the health consequences of the air we all breathe. The London Air Quality Network (LAQN) of Imperial College estimates that up to 4,000 early deaths in 2019 can be attributed to our […]

On being ‘elderly and vulnerable’ in a pandemic

Image above: Rainbow from the window of Barbara’s flat It’s a pandem, and all stations panic Text and photogrpahs by Barbara Chandler Today, Tuesday, I will get my second Covid jab, thanks to the admirable enterprise of the local doctors who are selflessly running the large Chiswick vaccination centre. It’s within the 12 week window, […]

Debate on women’s safety

Image above: Sarah Everard What happened to Sarah Everard strikes a chord with every woman. Not because kidnap, abduction and murder are commonplace. They are not. But violence against women is. What happened to her is the realisation of the fear, hard wired in all of us, of what could happen. Usually we brush it […]

300 Years of Chiswick House Gardens – Part 4

Image above: Chiswick House; photograph Anna Kunst Part 4: The Men from the Ministry The Chiswick House estate was owned by the Dukes of Devonshire until 1929, when it was sold to the local authority, then Middlesex County Council. For nearly three decades prior to that it had been home to a private asylum, where […]

Spring housing market looks buoyant

Image above: Terraced housing in Chiswick; photograph Anna Kunst Guest blog by Julian Masson The March 2021 Budget announcement provided further positivity for the property market, with the Chancellor confirming not only an extension to the Stamp Duty Holiday, but also to roll out a mortgage guarantee scheme for buyers with a smaller deposit. Buyers, […]

Why the Yeats sculpture will be a great addition to Chiswick

Image above: Artist’s impression of how the proposed Yeats sculpture will look Guest blog by Torin Douglas MBE, Director of Chiswick Book Festival It’s more than five years since Cahal Dallat set out his vision for a memorial to WB Yeats in Bedford Park. As a supporter of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project […]

300 years of Chiswick House Gardens – Part 3

Image above: Chiswick House, photograph by Anna Kunst Part 3: Party time – Chiswick House as the venue for Georgiana’s lavish parties Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, wife of William, 5th Duke of Devonshire, was famous in the mid eighteenth century as a socialite, style icon, political organizer and activist (a Whig), and as an author. […]

300 years of Chiswick House Gardens – Part 2

Image above: Chiswick House; photograph by Anna Kunst Part 2: William Kent becomes involved In the early part of the 18th century, inspired by the architecture he saw on his Grand Tours of Italy, Richard Boyle, 3rd earl of Burlington set about realising his vision and creating a villa with associated garden all in the […]