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News, features and comment about Chiswick W4 and the surrounding area of west London.

Written mainly by The Chiswick Calendar’s editor Bridget Osborne, former BBC journalist and long-term resident of Chiswick, these blog posts appear in a weekly newsletter emailed to our subscribers, which you can subscribe to here.

Scroll down to find guest blogs by other members of our local community:  informed opinion on politics, the property market, fitness, health, culture, a monthly book review and a weekly column on how to live with your elderly mother from The Man in the Middle.

Chiswick Cheese Market gets the go ahead

January 22, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Give your old laptop to a child who needs it

January 22, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Control your dogs warning from Police after Richmond Park deer attack

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

Mayor of London acted ‘unlawfully’ in Streetspace programme

January 21, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

New test site in Isleworth for people without symptoms

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

New test site in Stamford Brook for people with symptoms

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

Most of Chiswick’s top priority residents already vaccinated against Covid

January 21, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Bollo Lane ‘monster tower’ approved

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

LB Hounslow has the highest Covid infection rate in London

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

Something to look forward to …

January 19, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Confusion as NHS launches national Covid vaccination booking system

January 18, 2021/by Matt Smith

Runner stopped on river front for ‘breathing heavily’ is a lockdown sceptic

January 17, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Acton fire prompts firefighters’ advice about incense and candles

January 17, 2021/by Matt Smith

Four men charged after cash and cocaine seizures in Chiswick

January 17, 2021/by Matt Smith

Chiswick post “chaos” as Royal Mail struggles with Covid-19

January 16, 2021/by Matt Smith

Lib Dem councillors determined to have their say on Bollo Lane tower blocks

January 15, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Avoid the riverfront say Police and Councils

January 15, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Car swept into the river at Chiswick Mall

January 15, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Explore Chiswick’s cultural history, online and on foot

January 15, 2021/by Matt Smith

Train services to be reduced to 72% of pre-pandemic levels

January 14, 2021/by Matt Smith

Over a thousand Hounslow residents take part in new rapid Covid testing

January 14, 2021/by Matt Smith

Application for German sausage stall in Chiswick High Rd turned down

January 13, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick Head Teacher “devastated” that exams have been cancelled

January 13, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

All you might want to know about Covid in our area – Kelly O’Neill

January 13, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Watch for ‘Alabama Rot’ in dogs, says Chiswick vet

January 12, 2021/by Matt Smith

Hear first hand from Kelly O’Neill about how Covid is affecting LB Hounslow

January 12, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Covid and Brexit: “A hideous cocktail” for businesses

January 11, 2021/by Matt Smith

Covid rate in Chiswick stays high

January 11, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Customs, confusion and charges: Chiswick struggles with Brexit

January 11, 2021/by Pam O'Toole

Covid news latest roundup

January 11, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Which ‘non-essential’ shops are still offering click & collect or deliveries

January 8, 2021/by Pam O'Toole

First vaccinations being carried out at Chiswick Health Centre

January 8, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Vaccination programme rolled out

January 7, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick School starts COVID testing programme

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

Tributes for Cllr Poonam Dhillon

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

Nursery staff and parents worried about safety of nurseries

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

Rapid COVID-19 tests available in Hounslow

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

‘Christmas at Kew’ events cancelled

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

Christmas impact – Covid cases up by nearly 50% in Chiswick

January 6, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Big rise in Covid deaths in LB Hounslow in December

January 6, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Alert Level 5 – what it means

January 6, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Can businesses still offer Click & Collect?

January 6, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Sadiq Khan tells ministers to “get a grip” on foreign arrivals

January 4, 2021/by Matt Smith

Prime Minister announces third national lockdown

January 4, 2021/by Matt Smith

Latest Covid figures for Chiswick

January 4, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Majority of Chiswick school children stay home

January 3, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Fisher’s Lane review put off till February

January 1, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

South Chiswick traffic consultation meeting fully booked

January 1, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick RNLI features in TV documentary

January 1, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Sheila Hancock made a Dame in New Year’s Honours List

December 31, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick Schools among those closed to majority of pupils by Covid restrictions

December 30, 2020/by Matt Smith

End of year letter from the editor

December 30, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Latest Covid figures for Chiswick

December 29, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Watermans arts centre ‘saved’ by community support

December 29, 2020/by Matt Smith

Residents object to German sausage stall in Chiswick High Rd

December 27, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Huge increase in allotment fees agreed

December 26, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Government plan for Covid testing in schools a ‘debacle’ 

December 21, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Macken’s stuck with a freezer full of large turkeys

December 21, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Cycleway 9 opens on Chiswick High Rd

December 21, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Click and collect in Chiswick

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Which shops are considered ‘essential’ and which are not?

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Retailers scramble to salvage Christmas

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Trains packed as people rush to leave London

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

London in Tier 4

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

A critically important Covid message

December 19, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Londoners’ way of life changed long term by the pandemic

December 18, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Cycle lane not open till the new year

December 18, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Design framework published on how to improve Turnham Green Terrace

December 17, 2020/by Matt Smith

Heathrow ruling “drives a cart and horses through commitment on climate change” – Ruth Cadbury MP

December 17, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

New restaurant owners “gutted” they can’t go ahead with Chiswick opening

December 16, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

The shops are open

December 16, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Heathrow wins Supreme Court fight over building third runway

December 16, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Long queues at the post office – and how to beat them

December 15, 2020/by Matt Smith

Can I still go away for Christmas?

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Hogarth Club – what you can and can’t do in Tier 3

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Cycleway on Chiswick High Rd opens on Friday

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Do not fall for the fake puppy scam

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

London goes into Tier 3

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

All buffed up and nowhere to go

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

New community art work unveiled

December 13, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Row over cancellation of Chiswick Antiques Market

December 12, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick Antiques market cancelled

December 12, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Ealing Liberal Democrats challenge Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

December 11, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Ruth Cadbury MP urges PM to take action to save local pubs and restaurants

December 10, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Schools should be compensated for Covid spending, says Rupa Huq MP

December 10, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Sutton Court Rd blocked by roadworks

December 10, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Mayor demands greater support for London

December 9, 2020/by Matt Smith

391 bus route replaced by 110

December 8, 2020/by Matt Smith

Drug dealer sentenced to three years in prison

December 8, 2020/by Matt Smith

New artwork to be unveiled on W4th Plinth

December 8, 2020/by Matt Smith

More markets planned for Chiswick

December 8, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Traffic cameras go live in Fisher’s Lane and Grove Park

December 7, 2020/by Matt Smith

Low Traffic Neighbourhood decisions sent back to LB Hounslow Cabinet

December 7, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Review of Turnham Green Terrace traffic restrictions starts 9 December

December 7, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Southfield councillors to host online forum about Fisher’s Lane

December 4, 2020/by Matt Smith

Boat Race 2021 moved away from River Thames

December 4, 2020/by Matt Smith

Christmas trees ‘essential’

December 1, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick Cinema launches new memberships

December 1, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Radical new plans for temporary crossing over Hammersmith Bridge

November 29, 2020/by Bridget Osborne
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Chiswick Cheese Market gets the go ahead

January 22, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Give your old laptop to a child who needs it

January 22, 2021/by Bridget Osborne
Deer attack richmond park

Control your dogs warning from Police after Richmond Park deer attack

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

Mayor of London acted ‘unlawfully’ in Streetspace programme

January 21, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

New test site in Isleworth for people without symptoms

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

New test site in Stamford Brook for people with symptoms

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

Most of Chiswick’s top priority residents already vaccinated against Covid

January 21, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Bollo Lane ‘monster tower’ approved

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith
Covid January 20

LB Hounslow has the highest Covid infection rate in London

January 21, 2021/by Matt Smith

Something to look forward to …

January 19, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Confusion as NHS launches national Covid vaccination booking system

January 18, 2021/by Matt Smith

Runner stopped on river front for ‘breathing heavily’ is a lockdown sceptic

January 17, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Acton fire prompts firefighters’ advice about incense and candles

January 17, 2021/by Matt Smith
Cocaine Drug Seizure

Four men charged after cash and cocaine seizures in Chiswick

January 17, 2021/by Matt Smith

Chiswick post “chaos” as Royal Mail struggles with Covid-19

January 16, 2021/by Matt Smith

Lib Dem councillors determined to have their say on Bollo Lane tower blocks

January 15, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Avoid the riverfront say Police and Councils

January 15, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Car swept into the river at Chiswick Mall

January 15, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Explore Chiswick’s cultural history, online and on foot

January 15, 2021/by Matt Smith

Train services to be reduced to 72% of pre-pandemic levels

January 14, 2021/by Matt Smith

Over a thousand Hounslow residents take part in new rapid Covid testing

January 14, 2021/by Matt Smith

Application for German sausage stall in Chiswick High Rd turned down

January 13, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick Head Teacher “devastated” that exams have been cancelled

January 13, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

All you might want to know about Covid in our area – Kelly O’Neill

January 13, 2021/by Bridget Osborne
alabama rot

Watch for ‘Alabama Rot’ in dogs, says Chiswick vet

January 12, 2021/by Matt Smith

Hear first hand from Kelly O’Neill about how Covid is affecting LB Hounslow

January 12, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Covid and Brexit: “A hideous cocktail” for businesses

January 11, 2021/by Matt Smith

Covid rate in Chiswick stays high

January 11, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Customs, confusion and charges: Chiswick struggles with Brexit

January 11, 2021/by Pam O'Toole

Covid news latest roundup

January 11, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Which ‘non-essential’ shops are still offering click & collect or deliveries

January 8, 2021/by Pam O'Toole

First vaccinations being carried out at Chiswick Health Centre

January 8, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Vaccination programme rolled out

January 7, 2021/by Bridget Osborne
Chiswick school testing 1

Chiswick School starts COVID testing programme

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

Tributes for Cllr Poonam Dhillon

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith
Kido nursery

Nursery staff and parents worried about safety of nurseries

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

Rapid COVID-19 tests available in Hounslow

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

‘Christmas at Kew’ events cancelled

January 7, 2021/by Matt Smith

Christmas impact – Covid cases up by nearly 50% in Chiswick

January 6, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Big rise in Covid deaths in LB Hounslow in December

January 6, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Alert Level 5 – what it means

January 6, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Can businesses still offer Click & Collect?

January 6, 2021/by Bridget Osborne
sadiq khan

Sadiq Khan tells ministers to “get a grip” on foreign arrivals

January 4, 2021/by Matt Smith
third national lockdown

Prime Minister announces third national lockdown

January 4, 2021/by Matt Smith

Latest Covid figures for Chiswick

January 4, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Majority of Chiswick school children stay home

January 3, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Fisher’s Lane review put off till February

January 1, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

South Chiswick traffic consultation meeting fully booked

January 1, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick RNLI features in TV documentary

January 1, 2021/by Bridget Osborne

Sheila Hancock made a Dame in New Year’s Honours List

December 31, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick Schools among those closed to majority of pupils by Covid restrictions

December 30, 2020/by Matt Smith

End of year letter from the editor

December 30, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Latest Covid figures for Chiswick

December 29, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Watermans arts centre ‘saved’ by community support

December 29, 2020/by Matt Smith

Residents object to German sausage stall in Chiswick High Rd

December 27, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Huge increase in allotment fees agreed

December 26, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Government plan for Covid testing in schools a ‘debacle’ 

December 21, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Macken’s stuck with a freezer full of large turkeys

December 21, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Cycleway 9 opens on Chiswick High Rd

December 21, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Click and collect in Chiswick

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Which shops are considered ‘essential’ and which are not?

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Retailers scramble to salvage Christmas

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Trains packed as people rush to leave London

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

London in Tier 4

December 20, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

A critically important Covid message

December 19, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Londoners’ way of life changed long term by the pandemic

December 18, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Cycle lane not open till the new year

December 18, 2020/by Bridget Osborne
Turnham Green Terrace new

Design framework published on how to improve Turnham Green Terrace

December 17, 2020/by Matt Smith

Heathrow ruling “drives a cart and horses through commitment on climate change” – Ruth Cadbury MP

December 17, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

New restaurant owners “gutted” they can’t go ahead with Chiswick opening

December 16, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

The shops are open

December 16, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Heathrow wins Supreme Court fight over building third runway

December 16, 2020/by Bridget Osborne
Chiswick post office 2

Long queues at the post office – and how to beat them

December 15, 2020/by Matt Smith

Can I still go away for Christmas?

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Hogarth Club – what you can and can’t do in Tier 3

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Cycleway on Chiswick High Rd opens on Friday

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Do not fall for the fake puppy scam

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

London goes into Tier 3

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

All buffed up and nowhere to go

December 14, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

New community art work unveiled

December 13, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Row over cancellation of Chiswick Antiques Market

December 12, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick Antiques market cancelled

December 12, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Ealing Liberal Democrats challenge Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

December 11, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Ruth Cadbury MP urges PM to take action to save local pubs and restaurants

December 10, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Schools should be compensated for Covid spending, says Rupa Huq MP

December 10, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Sutton Court Rd blocked by roadworks

December 10, 2020/by Bridget Osborne
London

Mayor demands greater support for London

December 9, 2020/by Matt Smith
391 bus

391 bus route replaced by 110

December 8, 2020/by Matt Smith
Police siren

Drug dealer sentenced to three years in prison

December 8, 2020/by Matt Smith

New artwork to be unveiled on W4th Plinth

December 8, 2020/by Matt Smith

More markets planned for Chiswick

December 8, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Traffic cameras go live in Fisher’s Lane and Grove Park

December 7, 2020/by Matt Smith

Low Traffic Neighbourhood decisions sent back to LB Hounslow Cabinet

December 7, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Review of Turnham Green Terrace traffic restrictions starts 9 December

December 7, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Southfield councillors to host online forum about Fisher’s Lane

December 4, 2020/by Matt Smith

Boat Race 2021 moved away from River Thames

December 4, 2020/by Matt Smith

Christmas trees ‘essential’

December 1, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Chiswick Cinema launches new memberships

December 1, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Radical new plans for temporary crossing over Hammersmith Bridge

November 29, 2020/by Bridget Osborne

Spate of thefts from cars

November 29, 2020/by Bridget Osborne
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Features

Guest Blog

Books of the Month

New books published each month

Annakarin Klerfalk is a literary agent who used to be the manager of Waterstones bookshop in Chiswick and knows the book trade inside out. Each month she takes a look at what’s new and recommends her top picks.

Man in the Middle

The musings of a middle aged man on living with his family and aged mother

Faced with the realisation that she can no longer live on her own, the decision to move the old lady in with himself, his wife and teenage children has a seismic impact on their lives, with riotous consequences.