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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.

Who are the 2024 candidates for the South-West London seat on the London Assembly?

April 9, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Armed police seen in Acton Green after man (46) dies

April 8, 2024/by Matt Smith

Ealing Council warns staff after £65,000 of computer equipment stolen or ‘moved’

April 8, 2024/by Matt Smith

Police, Fire and RNLI crews search the river at Strand on the Green

April 6, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

The Old Pack Horse reopens after refurbishment

April 5, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

The Apprentice comes to Chiswick

April 5, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Man shot dead in west London gang warfare

April 5, 2024/by Matt Smith

Train derailment in West Ealing

April 5, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Van stuck on Hogarth flyover

April 5, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Tube drivers call off April and May strikes

April 4, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

South Western Railway issues warning ahead of rail strikes

April 3, 2024/by Matt Smith

Watermans closure “the only viable option” for Hounslow Arts Trust, says Ruth Cadbury

April 1, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Jeremy Vine wins April Fool crown with very convincing bird attack video

April 1, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Oxford rower blames toxic river for defeat in Boat Race

March 31, 2024/by Matt Smith

Four people arrested at Pro-Palestinian protest at the Boat Race

March 30, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Sadiq Khan pledges Erasmus-style scheme for London students

March 30, 2024/by Matt Smith

Iran International journalist stabbed outside London home

March 30, 2024/by Matt Smith

15-year-old boy stabbed in Chiswick

March 30, 2024/by Matt Smith

Development of Grove Park ‘Piazza’ taking shape

March 30, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick Book Festival donates £20,000 to charities

March 29, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Potentially lethal levels of E coli found in River Thames ahead of Boat Race

March 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Ruth Cadbury writes to Chancellor over local bank closures

March 27, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick police officer accused of strangling woman appears in court

March 27, 2024/by Matt Smith

Tragedy as footballer dies during a football match in Chiswick

March 26, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Chiswick GPs scrap Saturday appointments after funding cut

March 26, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Mayor of Hounslow joins George Galloway’s party

March 25, 2024/by Matt Smith

International Padel Tournament comes to Chiswick

March 25, 2024/by Matt Smith

The Crown on Chiswick High Rd closes

March 25, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick councillor Joanna Biddolph suspended

March 23, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Hundreds of parking bays in Chiswick to be for electric vehicles only

March 22, 2024/by Matt Smith

We have to fight for British TV drama says Crown producer Andy Harries

March 22, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Torin Douglas awarded by Broadcasting Press Guild

March 22, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Athletic Club team up with Civil Service FC for Non-League Day

March 22, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Met Police release e-fit of man after sexual assault in Wendell Park

March 22, 2024/by Matt Smith

Watermans arts centre in Brentford closes

March 21, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Andy Harries OBE to receive lifetime achievement award

March 20, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Ruth Cadbury objects to plans to dump sewage in River Crane

March 20, 2024/by Matt Smith

Fresh train and tube strikes set for April and May

March 20, 2024/by Matt Smith

Sanderson set to return to Voysey House in Chiswick

March 20, 2024/by Matt Smith

‘Lady or the Tiger’ receives five award nominations

March 20, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran dies

March 18, 2024/by Matt Smith

Cross party support for tea and cakes among the daffodils

March 17, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

‘London living rent’ scheme launches in Acton

March 17, 2024/by Matt Smith

West London business group campaigns for support for new rail service

March 17, 2024/by Matt Smith

Two boys plead guilty to animal cruelty after animals killed at Gunnersbury college

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Drivers told to “stay away from M25” this weekend

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Chiswick House and Gardens awarded £50,000 from Rewild London

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Police issue image of man sought after fatal stabbing in Greenford

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Brentford striker Ivan Toney recalled to England squad after eight month ban

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Lib Dems call for Thames Water to be put into special administration

March 13, 2024/by Matt Smith

Leaked Government report finds Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are popular

March 12, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Chiswick councillor Paul Lynch honoured by being made an Alderman

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Asahi bring production of Meantime and Dark Star beers to Griffin Brewery

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Police hunt dangerous man hiding in west London

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Ealing Liberal Democrats present alternative budget

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

London Assembly calls for Hammersmith Bridge to be repaired and reopened

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

West London businesses and MPs react to the Budget

March 6, 2024/by Matt Smith

Second tower block gets green light after height reduced

March 6, 2024/by Matt Smith

Eighteen storey tower block approved in South Acton

March 6, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick House unveils details of planned ‘creative campus’

March 5, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick Lifeboat station has special role in RNLI 200 year anniversary celebrations

March 4, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

More bus strikes planned throughout March

March 4, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick Health Centre one step closer to being completed

March 4, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Hounslow Cabinet member helps George Galloway to victory and slams Council’s budget

March 4, 2024/by Billy Beatty

National Rail fares increase by 4.9% as London fares frozen

March 4, 2024/by Matt Smith

Three jailed for life for “horrific” torture and murder of Shakira Spencer

March 1, 2024/by Matt Smith

Hounslow Council goes live with new contactless card parking machines

March 1, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Chiswick residents win community awards

March 1, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Mayor unveils plan to cut Friday tube and rail fares

March 1, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Accident closes Bath Road in Chiswick

March 1, 2024/by Billy Beatty

London Overground strikes called off as workers accept pay rise

February 29, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Hounslow Council approves “ambitious” budget for 2024/25

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Programme for Ealing Book Festival announced

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Charity for terminally ill children looking for volunteers

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Two boys arrested after several animals killed at Gunnersbury college

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Ealing Council scraps green belt developments after local pressure

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Man from Acton charged with spying for Russia

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Appeal to trace missing man from Greenford seen in Hounslow

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick has a new fishmonger

February 27, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Overwhelmed local cat charity struggles to keep up with demand

February 27, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Brazen thieves return to break into Chiswick shop after £25,000 heist

February 26, 2024/by Matt Smith

Packed, angry meeting hears details of Chiswick GP surgeries merger

February 26, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

New free Digital skills bootcamps offered to Gen Z

February 23, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Conservatives announce Parliamentary candidate for Brentford and Isleworth

February 23, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Man who attacked work colleagues at Central Middlesex Hospital found guilty of attempted murder

February 23, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Chiswick’s local MPs vote for “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza after chaotic scenes in Parliament

February 22, 2024/by Matt Smith

Unexpected sewage discharge spotted in River Thames at Strand on the Green

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Hounslow police officer convicted of multiple rapes, including of a child

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Police release images of men after violent assault on N207 bus

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Cigar company applies for shop in Chiswick

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Clayton Hotel recognised at West London Business Awards

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Curious Roo coffee roastery seeks to move from British Grove to Power Road

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Hammersmith Bridge reopens to cyclists

February 19, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick set to host largest-ever gatheting of Routemaster buses

February 19, 2024/by Matt Smith

Ruth Cadbury MP raises over £2000 for local food bank

February 19, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick man charged in connection with burglary

February 19, 2024/by Matt Smith

Five west London men charged with smuggling hundreds of kilos of cannabis into the UK

February 16, 2024/by Billy Beatty

London Overground strikes called off

February 16, 2024/by Billy Beatty

London Overground lines receive new names and new colours

February 16, 2024/by Billy Beatty
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Who are the 2024 candidates for the South-West London seat on the London Assembly?

April 9, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Armed police seen in Acton Green after man (46) dies

April 8, 2024/by Matt Smith

Ealing Council warns staff after £65,000 of computer equipment stolen or ‘moved’

April 8, 2024/by Matt Smith

Police, Fire and RNLI crews search the river at Strand on the Green

April 6, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

The Old Pack Horse reopens after refurbishment

April 5, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

The Apprentice comes to Chiswick

April 5, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Man shot dead in west London gang warfare

April 5, 2024/by Matt Smith

Train derailment in West Ealing

April 5, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Van stuck on Hogarth flyover

April 5, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Tube drivers call off April and May strikes

April 4, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

South Western Railway issues warning ahead of rail strikes

April 3, 2024/by Matt Smith

Watermans closure “the only viable option” for Hounslow Arts Trust, says Ruth Cadbury

April 1, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Jeremy Vine wins April Fool crown with very convincing bird attack video

April 1, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Oxford rower blames toxic river for defeat in Boat Race

March 31, 2024/by Matt Smith

Four people arrested at Pro-Palestinian protest at the Boat Race

March 30, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Sadiq Khan pledges Erasmus-style scheme for London students

March 30, 2024/by Matt Smith

Iran International journalist stabbed outside London home

March 30, 2024/by Matt Smith

15-year-old boy stabbed in Chiswick

March 30, 2024/by Matt Smith

Development of Grove Park ‘Piazza’ taking shape

March 30, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick Book Festival donates £20,000 to charities

March 29, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Potentially lethal levels of E coli found in River Thames ahead of Boat Race

March 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Ruth Cadbury writes to Chancellor over local bank closures

March 27, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick police officer accused of strangling woman appears in court

March 27, 2024/by Matt Smith
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Tragedy as footballer dies during a football match in Chiswick

March 26, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Chiswick GPs scrap Saturday appointments after funding cut

March 26, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Mayor of Hounslow joins George Galloway’s party

March 25, 2024/by Matt Smith

International Padel Tournament comes to Chiswick

March 25, 2024/by Matt Smith
Chiswick High Road Reopened

The Crown on Chiswick High Rd closes

March 25, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick councillor Joanna Biddolph suspended

March 23, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Hundreds of parking bays in Chiswick to be for electric vehicles only

March 22, 2024/by Matt Smith

We have to fight for British TV drama says Crown producer Andy Harries

March 22, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Torin Douglas awarded by Broadcasting Press Guild

March 22, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Athletic Club team up with Civil Service FC for Non-League Day

March 22, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Met Police release e-fit of man after sexual assault in Wendell Park

March 22, 2024/by Matt Smith

Watermans arts centre in Brentford closes

March 21, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Andy Harries OBE to receive lifetime achievement award

March 20, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Ruth Cadbury objects to plans to dump sewage in River Crane

March 20, 2024/by Matt Smith

Fresh train and tube strikes set for April and May

March 20, 2024/by Matt Smith

Sanderson set to return to Voysey House in Chiswick

March 20, 2024/by Matt Smith

‘Lady or the Tiger’ receives five award nominations

March 20, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran dies

March 18, 2024/by Matt Smith

Cross party support for tea and cakes among the daffodils

March 17, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

‘London living rent’ scheme launches in Acton

March 17, 2024/by Matt Smith

West London business group campaigns for support for new rail service

March 17, 2024/by Matt Smith

Two boys plead guilty to animal cruelty after animals killed at Gunnersbury college

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Drivers told to “stay away from M25” this weekend

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Chiswick House and Gardens awarded £50,000 from Rewild London

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Police issue image of man sought after fatal stabbing in Greenford

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Brentford striker Ivan Toney recalled to England squad after eight month ban

March 15, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Lib Dems call for Thames Water to be put into special administration

March 13, 2024/by Matt Smith

Leaked Government report finds Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are popular

March 12, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Chiswick councillor Paul Lynch honoured by being made an Alderman

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Asahi bring production of Meantime and Dark Star beers to Griffin Brewery

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Police hunt dangerous man hiding in west London

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Ealing Liberal Democrats present alternative budget

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

London Assembly calls for Hammersmith Bridge to be repaired and reopened

March 8, 2024/by Billy Beatty

West London businesses and MPs react to the Budget

March 6, 2024/by Matt Smith

Second tower block gets green light after height reduced

March 6, 2024/by Matt Smith

Eighteen storey tower block approved in South Acton

March 6, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick House unveils details of planned ‘creative campus’

March 5, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick Lifeboat station has special role in RNLI 200 year anniversary celebrations

March 4, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

More bus strikes planned throughout March

March 4, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick Health Centre one step closer to being completed

March 4, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Hounslow Cabinet member helps George Galloway to victory and slams Council’s budget

March 4, 2024/by Billy Beatty

National Rail fares increase by 4.9% as London fares frozen

March 4, 2024/by Matt Smith

Three jailed for life for “horrific” torture and murder of Shakira Spencer

March 1, 2024/by Matt Smith

Hounslow Council goes live with new contactless card parking machines

March 1, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Chiswick residents win community awards

March 1, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Mayor unveils plan to cut Friday tube and rail fares

March 1, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Accident closes Bath Road in Chiswick

March 1, 2024/by Billy Beatty

London Overground strikes called off as workers accept pay rise

February 29, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Hounslow Council approves “ambitious” budget for 2024/25

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Programme for Ealing Book Festival announced

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Charity for terminally ill children looking for volunteers

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Two boys arrested after several animals killed at Gunnersbury college

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Ealing Council scraps green belt developments after local pressure

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Man from Acton charged with spying for Russia

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Appeal to trace missing man from Greenford seen in Hounslow

February 28, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick has a new fishmonger

February 27, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Overwhelmed local cat charity struggles to keep up with demand

February 27, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

Brazen thieves return to break into Chiswick shop after £25,000 heist

February 26, 2024/by Matt Smith

Packed, angry meeting hears details of Chiswick GP surgeries merger

February 26, 2024/by Bridget Osborne

New free Digital skills bootcamps offered to Gen Z

February 23, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Conservatives announce Parliamentary candidate for Brentford and Isleworth

February 23, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Man who attacked work colleagues at Central Middlesex Hospital found guilty of attempted murder

February 23, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Chiswick’s local MPs vote for “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza after chaotic scenes in Parliament

February 22, 2024/by Matt Smith

Unexpected sewage discharge spotted in River Thames at Strand on the Green

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Former Hounslow police officer convicted of multiple rapes, including of a child

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Police release images of men after violent assault on N207 bus

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Cigar company applies for shop in Chiswick

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Clayton Hotel recognised at West London Business Awards

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Curious Roo coffee roastery seeks to move from British Grove to Power Road

February 21, 2024/by Matt Smith

Hammersmith Bridge reopens to cyclists

February 19, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick set to host largest-ever gatheting of Routemaster buses

February 19, 2024/by Matt Smith

Ruth Cadbury MP raises over £2000 for local food bank

February 19, 2024/by Matt Smith

Chiswick man charged in connection with burglary

February 19, 2024/by Matt Smith

Five west London men charged with smuggling hundreds of kilos of cannabis into the UK

February 16, 2024/by Billy Beatty

London Overground strikes called off

February 16, 2024/by Billy Beatty

London Overground lines receive new names and new colours

February 16, 2024/by Billy Beatty

Hounslow goes for maximum Council Tax increase – so where is the money going?

February 15, 2024/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.