Entries by Matt Smith

Local politicians join in condemnation of Israel

Hounslow Council’s Labour group has joined the Borough’s two Labour MPs in calling on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to stop the violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the planned evictions at Sheik Jarrah. Since the weekend Israel has faced international condemnation over the ongoing violence in Jerusalem, with repeated clashes between police and Palestinian […]

PM confirms lockdown set to ease on 17 May

The Prime Minister has confirmed that the easing of England’s lockdown restrictions will go ahead, claiming the data supported the decision. As a result the UK’s covid alert level has been reduced from level four to level three, prior to the planned easing of lockdown on 17 May. The joint decision was made by the […]

Whale stuck at Teddington Weir put down

The baby minke whale which was stranded in the Thames has been euthanised. The whale, which was rescued in the early hours of Monday morning after getting beached by Richmond Lock & Weir, broke free from the rescue team near Isleworth and continued to swim further up stream before becoming stuck in Teddington. On Monday […]

Richmond Park clamps down on dogs off their leads

Dogs will be required to be on leads in all areas of both Richmond and Bushy Park, from Tuesday 4 May, as the deer enter their birthing season. Dog walkers are “strongly advised” not to walk their dogs in the parks at all over this time, with lead-wearing being compulsory until 2 August. Up to 300 […]

Surge testing in Hounslow after South African variant identified

Residents over the age of 16 who live in and around the Woodlands area of the London Borough of Hounslow will be asked to take a PCR COVID-19 test from tomorrow (Tuesday 4 May), whether they are showing COVID-19 symptoms or not. This follows the notification to the Council that a single case of the […]

Chiswick Lifeboat urges caution to river pub-goers

Chiswick Lifeboat are urging caution to pub-goers planning on drinking at venues along the Thames. Because current COVID guidelines do not allow for indoor drinking, pubs are making use of their outdoor spaces to accommodate customers more than ever. Chiswick RNLI fear this may increase the risk that those under the influence will end up […]

Local elections: Meet the candidates for the SW London Assembly seat

The local elections are coming up this Thursday (6 May). The elections decide who runs local services – such as schools, libraries and bin collections – in 143 councils across the UK. Hounslow council isn’t in the running this year, but residents will be able to vote in the London mayoral election, as well as […]

Andy Sands Photography – Slime Moulds

If you’ve ever looked close enough at a leaf or a log, you might have noticed the tiny extremities which Andy Sands now photographs in his spare time. These ‘Slime Moulds’, the informal name given to several kinds of fungi-like organisms, are the focus of Andy’s recent photography and have been featured in the BBC […]

SW London Assembly candidate: The Green Party

In the run up to the 2021 local elections on 6 May, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing the major contenders for the South West seat on the London Assembly. The Green Party’s candidate, councillor Andrée Frieze, is hoping to rack up some votes by prioritising the climate crisis and, what she describes, as London’s housing affordability crisis. […]

SW London Assembly candidate: Conservatives

In the run up to the 2021 local elections on 6 May, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing the major contenders for the South West seat on the London Assembly. Nicholas Rogers is hoping to retain the seat for the Conservatives by relying on his previous experience in the public service sector, which he says will […]

SW London Assembly candidate: Liberal Democrats

In the run up to the 2021 local elections on 6 May, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing the major contenders for the South West seat on the London Assembly. Gareth Roberts, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the seat, is already a pretty well established face in SW Londons politics. Gareth is a the leader of […]

SW London Assembly candidate: Labour

In the run up to the 2021 local elections on 6 May, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing the major contenders for the South West seat on the London Assembly. Hounslow councillor, Candice Atterton, is standing for The Labour Party. She says she hopes to utilise her passion for working to better young people’s lives to […]

Woman’s body recovered from Brentford canal identified by residents

Image above: Eva’s photograph, posted on the Brentford Friends’ Facebook group A woman’s body has been recovered from a canal in Brentford on Tuesday 27 April. She has been identified by local residents as a woman called Eva, who was homeless. Police were called at 6.48 am on Tuesday to the Grand Union Canal near […]

Chiswick has a new mural

A mural of the singer and songwriter Eva Lazarus has been painted on the wall next to the Villa Di Geggiano restaurant. The ‘Spring’ artwork was created from a photoshoot by the street artist Zabou, who then hand-painted the edited picture onto the wall. Zabou is a French street artist based in London. She creates […]

Bus strikes suspended as drivers consider new pay offer

Planned bus strikes which were meant to go ahead on Monday (26 April) have been suspended, following a revised pay offer given to drivers. Bus drivers employed by London United, a subsidiary of French company RATP, based at seven depots in South and West London have been involved in a series of recent London-wide strikes […]

Thousands march on Ealing Council demanding end to LTNs

Thousands of protestors marched on Ealing Council on Saturday (24 April) to protest against the council’s controversial Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes. The procession stretched over a mile, travelling northbound along Northfield Avenue and turning right onto Uxbridge Road until arriving at the council’s premises Percival House and Ealing Town Hall. East bound traffic along Uxbridge […]

‘Padel Tennis’ at Rocks Lane sports club

Images above: Coach Rafa teaching Padel tennis at the Rocks Lane courts There’s an up and coming sport sweeping Europe and it’s available to play right now in Chiswick at Rocks Lane sports club. Padel Tennis is a hybrid of beach tennis and squash, made popular in Spain after being invented by Enrique Corcuera in […]

Rupa Huq criticises decision to delay students’ return to campus

Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq has criticised the Government’s decision to delay the return of students to university campuses in England until at least 17 May. During an Urgent Question session in Parliament on 16 April, the Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP confirmed that a return to in-person learning for around a million […]

Horticulture wars – tempers still running high in local society

Images above: Henry Gewanter; Dennis Flaherty The Chiswick Horticultural & Allotment Society has found itself in the middle of an incendiary leadership battle, one born out of an ‘unpleasant atmosphere of growing unrest’ between members. In February, The Chiswick Calendar reported there had been ‘heated, emotional and bitter rows’ between members of the society. These […]

London mums affected by knife crime speak out in new campaign

A campaign by parents who have been tragically affected by knife crime in London has been launched, in the hopes of preventing future deaths. The campaign, which hopes to raise awareness for the knife crime epidemic in the capital, features the emotional stories of mums who have lost their sons in fatal stabbings. The campaign […]

Night tube “certainly not” returning before 2022

The Night Tube will not be returning before 2022 due to lack of demand, according to one of London’s transport bosses. Andy Byford, London’s Transport Commissioner, said the Friday and Saturday all-night services on the Victoria, Jubilee, Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines will be the last to return to normal after the pandemic. Speaking to […]

Bus strikes still going ahead this week, says Unite

The bus strike planned for Thursday (15 April 2021) is still going ahead, according to the trade union Unite. Thursday’s strike is affecting the same routes across west and south-west London as the strike last week (7 April). Services will return to normal at 6.00am on 16 April. Two buses which go through Chiswick, the […]

Chiswick musician writes a new musical: Theme Park Fan

Image above: Nick Hutson Chiswick musician Nick Hutson has written a new musical, in collaboration with friends, about a shared passion: theme parks. Nick has lived in Chiswick all his life and for the last six years has been working as a a music composer for the theme park industry, something which he admits is […]

Shops, pubs and salons reopened

As of Monday 12 April shops and pubs have reopened after a long four months of tight lockdown restrictions. There’s a sense of jubilance and relief amongst shop owners and staff. The new rules allow for dining and drinking in pubs and restaurants with outdoor spaces, with “substantial meals” scrapped. Indoor shops have reopened for customers […]

More bus garages vote for strike action after talks break down

Bus drivers will stage another walkout today (Wednesday 7 April) in an “increasingly bitter” dispute with the bus operator RATP about pay cuts. It comes as two more bus garages in west London, the Stamford Brook and Hounslow Heath depots, voted to join the industrial action. It will mean that further strikes, beginning on Thursday […]

A tour of the new Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub

Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub is due to open its doors on 12 April. Located in the middle of Gunnersbury Park, the brand new sports venue includes a large 100+ station gym, two group exercise studios with automated virtual classes and a large sports hall offering competition standard facilities for a variety of sports such as […]

Police searching for Easter weekend church vandals

Image above: the glass entrance to the church has been smashed (Photo by Robin Knight) Police are searching for vandals who targeted St Nicholas’ church on Chiswick Mall on two seperate occasions, one of which was over the Easter weekend. The glass entrance to the church was smashed during the first attack, which took place […]

Mayoral candidates pledge mobile data rollout on Tube

London’s leading Mayoral candidates have come out in favour of 4G mobile phone coverage on the city’s Tube lines. Incumbent Mayor, Labour’s Sadiq Khan pledged the rollout of 4G mobile phone coverage across all Tube stations and tunnels if re-elected on 6 May. Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey matched the pledge and pointed out that the […]