Entries by Matt Smith

New mental health campaign launched by NHS with ‘Help!’ from The Beatles

The NHS has launched a new ‘landmark’ campaign to get Londoners to take better care of their mental health, using the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!’ to promote the campaign.  The classic soundtrack, written by the Beatles superstar in 1964, includes the lyrics “Help me if you can, I’m feeling down” and were donated by Sony […]

New university to open in Chiswick Business Park

Image above: Chiswick Business Park by Jennifer Griffiths A university will be opening in Chiswick later this year, after planning permission was granted for the campus in Chiswick Business Park. Richmond, The American International University in London – a liberal arts university, will be moving from its current campus in Richmond in July 2022. This […]

History of women’s football to be exhibited at Gunnersbury Park

The history of women’s football is to be exhibited at Gunnersbury Park Museum in summer 2022, in collaboration with UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. The National Lottery funded project aims to challenge the common perception of women’s football being ‘new’ and change the nation’s understanding of the game. Stories and objects relating to pioneering women and […]

Council approves plan to ‘reimagine’ Chiswick town centre

Image above: Chiswick High Rd ‘Ambitious, collaborative, interventionist approach’ – Steve Curran Hounslow Council has approved a report which calls for a ‘reimagining’ of the borough’s town centres: Chiswick, Brentford, Hounslow and Feltham. The report, commissioned by LB Hounslow as part of its Recovery Plan to address the impact of the pandemic, sets out an […]

Chiswick masseur convicted of voyeurism

Image above: Tamas Dominko image from Facebook A married man working as a masseur in Chiswick has been convicted of voyeurism, after a client in her 20s caught him filming her while she undressed. Tamas Dominko, 35, used his mobile phone to film the customer in July 2021. He placed the device on a treatment […]

Kew Gardens offering £1 tickets to visitors on Universal Credit

Kew Gardens has reduced entry prices for the poorest pensioners and visitors on Universal Credit to just £1. The offer is part of Kew’s ‘Manifesto for Change’, which it created in early 2020 stating that its gardens must be accessible to a wide range of audiences. The new £1 tickets can be pre-booked online or […]

Council approves new management structure for Gunnersbury Park

Image above: Gunnersbury Park Museum; photograph Jennifer Griffiths Hounslow Council has approved proposals to reorganise the management structure of Gunnersbury Park Estate, which will mean the council taking a back seat in managing the park. Overall responsibility for running the site will be given to the Gunnersbury Museum and Park Development Trust, which will now […]

Residents petition against 5G mast in conservation area

Image above: Example of a telecommunications mast head Telecoms company wants to put one of these in Old Chiswick Plans to erect a 20 metre high 5G telecommunications mast in the Old Chiswick conservation area have been met with resistance from local residents, who claim the structure will have a “significant detrimental impact.” The mast […]

Confusion over new shop voucher scheme to encourage people to get vaccinated

Image above: Chiswick High Rd There is confusion among Chiswick’s traders over a new E-vouchers scheme offering residents money off in local shops. Two Chiswick retailers told The Chiswick Calendar they have been told to hang on their window stickers and till arrangements because a new voucher scheme was in the offing, but they had […]

London Overground and Southwestern trains running reduced services due to staff absences

Overground trains, run by London Overground and Southwestern Railway (SWR), will be running reduced services this week as Covid-related staff absences continue to affect the transport network. On the London Overground, which serves Gunnersbury station, a half-hourly service will operate between Richmond and Willesden Junction until Friday 14 January. Usually, the services runs every 12-15 […]

Appeal to trace two significant witnesses to Ali Abucar Ali murder

Images above: CCTV footage of the potential witnesses  Police have released photos of two ‘significant witnesses’ they would like to speak to about the fatal stabbing of Ali Abucar Ali and the attack on 82-year-old Betty Walsh. The CCTV images of the two men were uncovered during the investigation who were spotted in the vicinity […]

Residents object to Betty’s application for late licence at weekends

Image above: Betty’s bar Residents living close to Betty, the bar-restaurant in Barley Mow Passage, have expressed concern about the restaurant’s application to extend their business opening hours. The owner of Betty Steve Novak has applied for later opening on Friday and Saturday nights. Betty offers ‘casual dining’ – sharing platters and traditional pub standards, […]

Traffic-free Fisher’s Lane given final sign-off by LB Hounslow

Image above: Fisher’s Lane The traffic restrictions at Fisher’s Lane, making it cycles and buses only, have been made permanent, following a decision by Hounslow’s department for Traffic, Transport & Parking. LB Ealing councillors ratified a recommendation in September 2021 to make the traffic restrictions on Fisher’s Lane permanent and the last thing needed to […]

Consultation launched for 4.1km extension of Cycleway 9

Transport for London is asking people to comment on newly unveiled plans for a major extension to west London’s Cycleway 9 route. The plans include an extra 4.1km of new, protected cycle lanes stretching from Brentford High Street to Hounslow High Street. On some sections, the cycle lanes would be ‘bi-directional’: this means that there would […]

Chiswick Post Office redevelopment backed by LB Hounslow

LB Hounslow are set to consider a report outlining visions for the future of the borough’s town centres, including Chiswick, at an upcoming cabinet meeting. Councillors will be presented with a series of ‘big ideas’ for the future of the High Road. Many of the ideas are described as ‘aspirational’ but the report does reveal […]

Chiswick RNLI celebrates 20 years of search and rescue

Images above: Chiswick lifeboat rescues In January 2022 Chiswick RNLI and the other three Thames lifeboat stations celebrate 20 years of search and rescue on the tidal river. The stations at Chiswick and Tower Bridge are now the busiest lifeboat stations in the whole of the UK and Ireland, but it took a major disaster […]

Met to increase number of police officers on the street

London streets should see an increase in the number of police in coming weeks. The Metropolitan Police announced in the autumn they would increase the number of ‘bobbies on the beat’ after data revealed a spike in unsolved minor crimes. The Met announced an extra 650 officers would be put back on the beat and […]

Gunnersbury Park becomes Jurassic Park

An animatronic company is planning to take over a section of Gunnersbury Park during the Easter holidays to put on a display of life sized dinosaurs, which move and roar. Dino Kingdom. the creators of the award-winning Lightopia Festival, which has brought crowds to Chiswick House Gardens in previous years, has applied for a licence to […]

Sadiq Khan pledges review of Kew Bridge cycling infrastructure

A review of cycling infrastructure at Kew Bridge is to be carried out by London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, according to The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. At one of the last Questions to the Mayor sessions of 2021, Sadiq Khan said the review would consider options to improve conditions for people cycling across the […]

Cancellations force Chiswick Playhouse to cut back on shows

Chiswick Playhouse has cut back on the number of performances of its shows after a deluge of cancellations following the prime minister’s announcement on the spread of the Omicron variant. West End shows have also had to cancel performances owing to outbreaks of coronavirus among cast and crew. The Lion King at the Lyceum theatre […]

TfL’s finances on knife edge as funding package set to expire

Transport for London are hurtling towards another financial crisis as an emergency funding package handed to them by the Government expires this weekend. Last week on Friday (10 December), the Government agreed to extend its financial support TfL for another week, with discussions about ongoing funding for the transport network to continue. On 1 June […]

Worried about someone sleeping rough? Download the StreetLink app

Rough sleeping is dangerous at the best of times, but it is especially deadly as temperatures drop during the winter. If you’ve ever passed someone sleeping rough and wondered how you can help, there’s an app for that. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, working in partnership with the charity StreetLink, have an app which […]

Chiswick School shortlisted for ‘Outstanding School Drama Department’ Award 2022

Chiswick School say they are ‘delighted’ that the school has been shortlisted for the ‘Outstanding School Drama Department’ award in the prestigious National Music and Drama Education Awards 2022. Over the past few years the performing arts have thrived at the school, with staff saying it has emerged as a ‘real strength’. Performances have ranged […]

Hundreds of Chiswick homes at “high flood risk”

Image above: Flooding in Acton Lane earlier this year Council report published Hundreds of homes in Chiswick are at high risk flood areas according to a report commissioned for LB Hounslow. The details emerged with the publication of the Updated Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP), commissioned to help Council understand the causes and effects of […]

Police patrol poorly lit areas in Chiswick

Police have started to patrol poorly lit areas of the Chiswick, after safety concerns were raised by residents. As part of the ‘StreetSafe’ scheme, officers are patrolling alleyways in Chiswick which have been flagged as areas where people feel unsafe, such as the alleyway which runs parallel to the Turnham Green Tube station. StreetSafe is […]

Gunnersbury Station rated worst London Underground station

Gunnersbury station in Chiswick has been rated as the worst Underground station in the capital, with one reviewer describing it as “the worst station imaginable”. The station, which is served by the London Underground District line as well as the London Overground, is ranked at 2.4 out of 5 on Google. The overground part of […]

Ruth Cadbury MP votes against “inhumane” Nationality and Borders bill

The Nationality and Borders Bill is “inhumane” and breaches the UK’s international commitments to refugees, says Ruth Cadbury MP. The MP for Brentford and Isleworth voted against the Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill at its third reading in the House of Commons On Wednesday (8 December). The bill is a new piece of legislation in […]

Cheap theatre tickets on offer to support West End recovery

Tickets to some of London’s most popular theatre productions are on offer for as little as £10, as part of an effort to encourage visitors back to the West End. The promotion, run by Official London Theatre, was was launched on Tuesday (7 December) by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, along with celebrity photographer […]

Rowing club leaves Chiswick Boathouse while site is redeveloped

The Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club has left Chiswick Boathouse on Dan Mason Drive, while site is redeveloped. The rowing club, which first took up residence there in 1985 is moving temporarily into University of London’s Boathouse on Hartington Road. LB Hounslow have taken possession of the site to knock the boathouse down and build what […]

Uber prices could rise by 20% after court ruling

Uber could soon start charging its UK customers VAT, making fares 20% more expensive, after a High Court judgement ruled the taxi service’s business model was unlawful. Uber sought further legal action following a Supreme Court ruling in February, which declared its drivers were employees and therefore entitled to appropriate benefits, such as sick pay […]