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Miss Marple to Hamilton: the centenary of ArtsEd

Based in the heart of Chiswick, ArtsEd has been setting the world alight with extraordinary talent for almost 100 years. The school kick started 2019 with two lively musicals: Cry-Baby and Disney’s Newsies, performed by their third year BA Musical Theatre students. Then later this year, their third year BA Acting students will be performing […]

Reader Profile – Keith Haynes

Do you remember the story a couple of weeks back about a German DJ who had written a track called Chiswick Days but had surprisingly little recall of his days in Chiswick. Well, for reasons too numerous to speculate on, the family he stayed with haven’t been rushing to reacquaint themselves with the acid house […]

Hogarth – One Man and his Pug

Another local artist known for his subversive wit was William Hogarth, who sometimes featured his dog to inject humour into potentially pompous compositions. His favourite canine companion was a pug called Trump, who appears alongside his master in several portraits and the statue by Jim Mathieson commemorating his life in Chiswick on the High Road. […]

Two trailblazing women

To celebrate International Woman’s Day this Friday, 8 March, we’re saluting Hoda Ali and Juliet Albert. Hoda and Juliet work in West London to help those affected by a form of torture that effects over 200 million women and girls worldwide, 137,000 living in England and Wales.* Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the partial or […]

“I’m an artist your rules don’t apply”

Carrie Reichardt’s mosaic covered home of art and craftivism stands loud and proud in an otherwise quiet and unassuming suburban street on the fringes of Bedford Park. A visual provocation of colour, wit and subversive slogans resides in Fairlawn Grove making this unremarkable street extraordinary, its incongruity giving Carrie’s political messages more clout.  A London […]

Foster’s Books

Step through the oldest shop front on the Chiswick High Road and you enter one of the most delightful shopping experiences in London. The listed bay window, which dates back to 1790, is painted bright green and is piled high with vintage books while outside there are £1 paperbacks, maps and assorted paraphernalia giving it […]

Free Home-Start course

Pippa is mother to three daughters and five small grandchildren and has been volunteering for four years for Home-Start. “We give two hours every week, plus travelling time. I live in Chiswick and the mums I’ve had have been in Brentford, Isleworth and Chiswick, so all in Hounslow. All very diverse mums who just love […]

Classic and Savoury Pancake Recipes

Classic Pancakes Whether you make your pancakes thick or thin is a matter of taste. Once cooked, add sugar, lemon or any favourite ingredients that bring back childhood memories. I love the tasty combination of lemon, sugar and golden syrup for extra sweetness, but I’m sure you have your own combinations. Makes 8-10 pancakes INGREDIENTS […]

Bedford Park featured in TV doc

The fourth episode of “Phil Spencer: History of Britain in 100 Homes” was billed as showing homes between 1850 and 1880, “when working class slums were transformed into decent family abodes”. The programme makers filmed former slum dwellings around Britain for 40 minutes before arriving at their 50th house in Bedford Park. Fear not, the […]

Reader profile – Bob and Linda Bright

Linda and Bob Bright moved to Chiswick about 25 years ago and have been Club Card members since 2015. They frequently use their Chiswick Calendar Club Card; “It’s great to get a discount at Bills, The Pilot, and The Bell & Crown.” “Also for a tour of the Fullers Brewery and a beginners’ ballet course […]

Jason Bowyer PPNEAC PS RP (1957-2019)

We are deeply saddened by the news of Jason Bowyer’s death on Sunday 17 February 2019. Jason was born in Chiswick in 1957 to the artist William Bowyer and sculptor Vera Bowyer. He attended Chiswick School where his childhood ambition was to play centre forward for Fulham, but then decided to follow in his parents’ […]

Chiswick House Camellia Show

Chiswick House’s Camellias are believed to be the oldest collection under glass in the Western world and include rare and historically important examples, with blooms in pink, red, white and striped. Visitors can view these heritage blooms within the elegant, 300ft Chiswick House Conservatory during the month of March (from 1 – 31 March 2019), […]

Have you heard a music track called Chiswick Days?

It’s by an underground, acid techno DJ and producer from Germany by the name of Thomas P Heckmann. Well, that’s one of his names, he has a number of aliases such as Parrot Torture, T.Tomato and The Freeek. I got in touch with Thomas, intrigued by the origin of the track’s title and his uncompromisingly […]

The Shelter Project

Homelessness has administrative gradations with words like “sofa surfing,” which sounds sort of sporty and fun, but isn’t. This article is about rough sleeping – rock bottom in the social hierarchy of homelessness. And although a pretty accurate description – it’s certainly rough, the circumstances are not conducive to sleep. Some local rough sleepers report […]

Alice Sheridan – reader profile

Alice is an artist producing striking, abstract canvases with intriguing titles like Poems in the Air or Unreliable Narrator. 20 years ago she and her husband Paul, an environment lawyer, moved into a derelict house in Merton Avenue with no electricity and flowers growing through the floorboards. They renovated that then moved to St Albans […]

Media Club – Truth, Politics and Lies

Last night (12 February) I spoke at an event called Truth, Politics and Lies, hosted by The Chiswick Calendar, on a panel with former No.10 director of communication for David Cameron Sir Craig Oliver, BBC broadcast journalist Greg Dawson and senior researcher, casm and chief technical officer at Demos Josh Smith. Here’s a summary of […]

Two local environment projects need help

The team creating a beautiful living wall at St Mary’s primary school to help combat pollution  are looking for help next week. Airlite (Airlite.com) will be supervising the painting of the interior walls on the ground floor of the school with a special paint which has been donated and that will serve as a purifying […]

Public Meeting for Heathrow’s new proposals

A public meeting hosted by local campaigners who are against Heathrow’s current proposals to increase air traffic over Chiswick is being held tonight between 7-9pm at Christ Church, Town Hall Ave Chiswick London W4 5DT. Heathrow Airport is currently running a consultation on the use of airspace for an additional 260,000 flights annually, if expansion […]

LGBT+ History Month celebrates diversity

February is LGBT+ History Month and Hounslow Council has arranged the free showing of a series of thought-provoking films to celebrate at the Civic Centre. Next Monday Simon Napier-Bell, the writer and director of Fifty Years Legal, will take part in a Q&A session after the screening of his new documentary charting the story of […]

Susan Penhaligon – Reader Profile

Born in Manila, then brought up in Cornwall, Susan has made Chiswick her home for over 40 years. “I settled in Chiswick straight from drama school as it was near the M4 so easy to get back to Cornwall. I always thought I’d go back, but never did”. An experienced TV, film and theatre actor, […]

Fishy Dishy

Recipe from The Flexible Pescatarian by Jo Pratt, published 14 March by White Lion Publishing, price £20 Grilled mackerel with beetroot, fennel and hazelnut granola Time taken 1 hour Serves 4 1 red onion, peeled and finely sliced ½ medium fennel bulb, finely sliced 2 tsp caster sugar 50ml/2 fl oz/¼ cup white wine vinegar grated zest […]

Lawrence of Arabia: Liar and charlatan or military genius?

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence remains the most detailed historical account there is of the Great Arab Revolt, which in 1916 aimed to create a single unified Arab state stretching from Aleppo in Syria to Aden in Yemen, gaining independence from the Ottoman Empire. But can Lawrence’s memoir be trusted as an […]

Chiswick Book Festival’s record sales help three charities

Three reading charities have received £3,000 each from the Chiswick Book Festival, thanks to the event’s record ticket sales last autumn. RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Talking Books, InterAct Stroke Support and Doorstep Library were presented with cheques on Thursday by the Festival director Torin Douglas at St Michael & All Angels Church, […]

Chiswick cafe wins Best Breakfast in Britain award!

It’s official. You can eat the best breakfast in Britain right here in Chiswick at Urban Pantry, Devonshire Road. The café’s talented team have just won the National Breakfast Awards by competing in a live cook off against 16 other finalists narrowed down from hundreds of entries. They claimed their crown by cooking ‘Cachapas”, which […]

Chiswick Curve Decision Imminent

The Secretary of State’s decision on two linked Appeals regarding Chiswick Curve is to be announced soon. Starbones, the developer of the Chiswick Curve, is appealing against the London Borough of Hounslow’s refusal of a 32-storey building and advertising screens. The plans for up to 327 homes and 5,882m² of office space at the site […]

Tonight’s Chiswick Area Forum Agenda

There is a packed agenda on Chiswick Area Forum, on 5 February from 7pm – 9pm, at Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Turnham Green, Chiswick, W4 4JN. The forum monitors and reviews services delivered by the Council and other agencies in Chiswick. Tonight’s agenda includes these subjects of concern to Chiswick residents: An update on […]

New Designs for CS9

TfL is inviting people to have their say on new designs for CS9 in two sections between: Kew Bridge/ Kew Bridge Road (High Street Brentford to Wellesley Road) Duke Road and Duke’s Avenue on Chiswick High Road At Kew Bridge and throughout Kew Bridge Road, the improved designs would provide two-way segregated cycle lanes on […]

Sewciable Gatherings

We’ve discovered some very creative people living in Chiswick, who like nothing better than getting together for a chat while they knit or sew. It’s a good way to meet like-minded people, make something unique and motivate you to finish that project that might have been lanquishing in the sewing drawer for months. Stitch Knit […]

20% off Pre-Sale tickets for the new Chiswick Prom

The Chiswick Proms, a brand-new open-air music festival celebrating comedy, musical theatre and classical music, is taking place at Chiswick House & Gardens from 7-9 June. The festival aims to bring the Chiswick community together, with high-class entertainment in an informal setting, and includes a family show of Peter & the Wolf. The weekend will […]

Working to save Chiswick Eyot

Old Chiswick Protection Society (OCPS) reached its Crowdfunding target of £20,000 towards securing the future of Chiswick Eyot, a local nature reserve. The OCPS will employ professional gardeners to pollard the willows on the Eyot during the first two weeks in February, and have provisionally set the Community Bundling Day for Sunday 24 February. The society […]