Entries by Matt Smith

Chiswick Festival cancelled

Chiswick Festival 2021 has been cancelled after a number of staff have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. Chiswick Festival criticised the “exorbitant amount” of people, their staff included, who have been told to self-isolate – despite most of England’s lockdown restrictions easing earlier in July. A statement on their website reads: […]

Closures on the District & Circle lines 4-13 August

Parts of the Circle and District London Underground lines are due to close for nine days from Wednesday 4 – Friday 13 August, while Transport for London carry out essential track maintenance. Chiswick stations: Chiswick Park, Turnham Green, Stamford Brook and Gunnersbury will remain open, but passengers travelling further than Earl’s Court after 7 August […]

August 2021 books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses A Slow Fire Burning, The Fair Botanists and Mrs March are all out in August. A Slow Fire Burning Paula Hawkins is best known for her international bestseller The Girl on the Train. In her third […]

Diluted sewage “geyser” erupts at Hammersmith Bridge

A “geyser” of ‘waste water’- diluted sewage – erupted on the north bank of Hammersmith Bridge on Sunday (25 July), following heavy rainfall across London. The jet of water was filmed shooting well over 100ft into the air out of an overflowing storm drain, before falling back onto the surrounding area or dissipating into a […]

Chiswick Flower Market anniversary: Michael Perry’s ‘Barakura’ style container workshop

Take part in Chiswick Flower Market’s first anniversary weekend by learning how to make the best out of your containers using Japanese ‘Barakura’ style planting, with Michael Perry. Michael Perry – TV’s ‘Mr Plant Geek’ is a hortpreneur, speaker and gardener who appears on ‘This Morning’ and ‘Stephs Packed Lunch’. Join him at Chiswick Flower […]

Chiswick Flower Market anniversary: London Terrariums Tinyjohn Workshop

Take part in Chiswick Flower Market’s first anniversary weekend by learning how to make a terrarium with London Terrariums. Join us at Chiswick Flower Market for our ever popular Tinyjohn workshop. You will make your own Terrarium to take away and watch grow over the next few months and years, learning the history and science […]

Chiswick Flower Market anniversary: Lifelike flowers wreath & candle ring workshop

Take part in Chiswick Flower Market’s first anniversary weekend by learning how to make a beautiful wreath out of everlasting flowers. Immerse yourself in a floral wonderland, surrounded by the finest everlasting blooms and greens in this two-hour indoor wreath making workshop. Taught by international expert florist, Berta Strobl, learn to make your own wreath […]

Man transporting machine guns through Chiswick handed 9 year prison sentence

A man who was carrying two Skorpion machine guns in his backpack close to Chiswick Park Underground station has been sentenced to nine years and nine months imprisonment. David Longhor, 20, of Villiers Road Southall, was sentenced on Wednesday 21 July for two counts of possession of a firearm with intent; two counts of possession […]

Tube strikes planned for August

Train operators have voted for four days of strike action across London’s tube network in August, over plans by London Underground to abolish the night tube train drivers’ pay grade. Following a ‘solid vote’ by members and subsequent talks, the tube drivers’ union, the RMT, has instructed train operators to not book on for any […]

Hammersmith Bridge ferry plans hampered by further delays

Plans for a ferry service at Hammersmith Bridge have been put back by objections from residents and sports clubs which use the river. The service needs landing stations on both banks of the river and both Richmond Council and Hammersmith & Fulham have to give planning permission. Commuters who have found themselves stuck on the […]

Face coverings to remain mandatory on London’s public transport

Face coverings will remain compulsory on London’s transport network despite Covid restrictions easing in England on 19 July, says Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. He is not prepared to put public transport users at risk by relaxing the rules on mask wearing, he says. England is removing most of its Covid restrictions next Monday, and […]

Top London nurse urges football fans to get vaccinated

As England prepares for the UEFA European Championship final, London’s clinicians are calling for football fans to support the country’s defence against coronavirus – by getting the vaccine. Hundreds of vaccination centres are open again this week for Londoners to take their shot. Many walk-in vaccination sites are open until late, so there’s plenty of […]

Ice cream salesman wins battle to trade outside Strand on the Green schools

Image: Marcele Detomaso’s ice cream tricycle  An ice cream salesman has won approval from the local council to trade outside a Chiswick school, despite objections from two head teachers. Marcele Detomaso, who sells gelato from a tricycle, applied to park his stand outside Strand-on-the-Green Infant and Junior Schools. Headteachers of both schools objected to the […]

Mayor offering chance to watch Euros final to Londoners who get vaccinated

The Mayor of London is offering Londoners a ‘golden opportunity’ to watch the Euro 2020 final at Wembley to Londoners who get their first COVID-19 vaccination this week. One lucky Londoner and a guest will be invited by Sadiq Khan to watch the game at Wembley Stadium – in the first major international football final […]

ArtsEd group cast in Addams Family UK tour

Eight former students of ArtsEd, the independent performing arts school based in Chiswick, have been cast in the UK wide tour of The Addams Family. Based on the cult classic franchise of the same name, the show will premiere in Woking at the New Victoria Theatre on 17 August 2021. The show will also visit […]

Ruth Cadbury MP slams Government lack of support for aviation communities

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth, has slammed the Government’s lack of support for the aviation industry. Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday 29 June, she returned to what is for her a well worn theme, emphasising once again that the Government needs to provide support for the aviation industry and wider supply chain. In […]

Chiswick’s pubs almost fully booked for England V Denmark

Image above: Football fans at Brentford FC’s pub of choice, in pre-Covid days England stand just two victories away from winning the European Championship on home soil, after beating Ukraine 4-0 in Rome at the weekend. On Wednesday 7 July at 8.00pm, England face off against Denmark in the hotly anticipated semi-final match. Tickets for […]

Drop-in vaccinations at Brentford Fountain Leisure Saturday 3 July

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre is offering drop-in Covid-19 vaccinations this Saturday (3 July) between the hours of 8.30am and 7.30pm. First and second doses of both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines will be available, with no appointment needed. The North West London Clinical Commissioning Group said: ‘Walk-in vaccines will be on a first come first […]

Council approves larger scale events at Chiswick Business Park

Chiswick Business Park is to start holding large scale social events. LB Hounslow’s licensing panel granted Chiswick Park’s application to hold larger scale events than they do currently, at a meeting of the licensing panel on Tuesday 29 June 2021. They are now able to hold up to 12 larger scale events a year. The […]

Giffords Circus is back and better than ever

Giffords Circus has returned to the grounds of Chiswick House. This year’s show, The Hooley, comes from the imagination of the late Nell Gifford who dreamt up the show with Director Cal McCrystal. Before Covid, Giffords had become an annual fixture on Chiswick’s social calendar. After a year-long hiatus the Giffords was warmly welcomed back […]

Council set to make decision on Chiswick Business Park events

Chiswick Business Park and the residents who live nearby will find out on Tuesday evenng (29 June) whether the park will be permitted to hold larger events than they do currently. The company which manages the site, Enjoy Work, has applied to Hounslow Council be able to hold events with up to 999 attendees on […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber opens Cinderella with a side swipe at the Government

Image above: Lloyd-Webber speaking to the cast of Cinderella “You’ve given us more money than the Government has” Andrew Lloyd Webber tells audience Andrew Lloyd Webber opened his production of Cinderella in the West End on Friday night (25 June) with a dig at the Government. He thanked the audience for not demanding refunds when […]

Watermans’ Friday Nights Live: line-up of music, comedy and cabaret

Watermans arts centre is ‘thrilled’ to be reopening for live performances, with the first in a new series of Friday Nights Live shows starting this Friday (25 June). ‘This popular and eclectic programme of music, comedy and cabaret means that once again there’s something local to brighten Friday nights in West London’, said Watermans’ spokeswoman […]

Devonshire Road set to reopen for traffic during the day

Hounslow Council have announced the partial reopening of Devonshire Road to vehicular traffic, following feedback from an independent review. General traffic access will be reintroduced between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm. Provision will be made for restaurants and cafes to retain the use of limited parking spaces for outdoor dining. As part of its […]

Petition to keep 533 bus route in Chiswick

A Chiswick resident has submitted a petition to Hounslow council asking them to intervene in Transport for London’s decision to stop the 533 from serving bus stops in Chiswick. The change, which is due to come into effect from 3 July, means the bus will run as an express service between Hammersmith Bridge Road and […]

Peter Dazeley photography: London’s Theatres

Images above: Portraits of Peter Dazeley; (L) by Rankin The Bedford Park Festival was delighted to have Peter Dazeley, considered one of the top 30 most influential British photographers of a decade, to judge the 2021 Photography competition. Peter Dazeley BEM FRPS, better known as simply as ‘Dazeley’, is an award-winning Fine Art and advertising […]

Fire at recycling centre in Mortlake

Ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters were called to a fire at Townmead Road in Mortlake on Sunday 20 June 2021. Firefighters tackled the fire well into the night, where around 100 tonnes of household waste inside a open fronted warehouse was ablaze. Firefighters advised residents in the area to keep their windows closed […]