A Labour government would stop Rwanda deportations from day one, says Keir Starmer 

Image: West London Welcome does everything it can to make asylum seekers and refugees feel welcome Labour committed to scrapping the Rwanda policy “absolutely, flights and all” Keir Starmer made the Labour party's position on deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda clear this week: “There will be no flights scheduled or taking off after the general election if Labour wins that general election,” he told Sky News after making a speech about immigration in Deal in Kent. Andy Slaughter, the Labour MP for Hammersmith, has repeatedly raised the dreadful conditions of asylum seekers in his constituency (which will become Hammersmith & Chiswick at the next election), most recently in a

Spoons Galore

Image: Spoons Galore by Claire Ireland Playing the spoons Guest blog by Robert Eagle William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) was a rather nervous clergyman from Oxford University who had a funny kind of stammer. He would unwittingly transpose the beginnings of words and end up saying something very different from what he intended to say. At a wedding, for instance, he is reputed to have asked: Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride? He is alleged to have congratulated a fellow cyclist for having a well boiled icicle. And at a posh event at his college attended by Queen Victoria he is said to have surprised his colleagues by proposing a loyal toast to our queer old dean. Actually poor Spooner almost certainly never utter

How to boost property value through interior design

Tips from Sarah Fox Adding value to your house isn’t always the top priority when considering changes to the interior but it remains good to know what elements are likely to have the greatest impact. Horton and Garton recently caught up with local interior designer Sarah Fox, from Fox Interiors, to find out what homeowners can do to boost value and appeal to potential home buyers and appeal to tenants. We all know what a difference it makes being in a space that has been thoughtfully curated and designed. Having sold and let hundreds of properties over the years, Horton and Garton can confirm that homes that both function well and look beautiful often secure a top sales price and usually within a short amount of time. Sarah Fox’s approach to interior design is to f

Chiswick Cheese Market – 3rd Anniversary Sunday May 19

Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin I can still hear the team saying, ‘Hand sanitiser? mask?’ as people queued through a small entrance in our market boundary. It was 2021 - we started the market under strict Pandemic regulations. Visitors were counted in and counted out, masks were obligatory, no tasting cheese, no eating or drinking inside the market, no standing still apart from in a queue and most certainly no singing, chatting or just browsing! We did not know if people would come, and here we are about to celebrate our 3rd birthday and with a huge thank you to you all, we not only survived those stran

Firsts Bookfair – London’s rare book fair

One of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world Guest blog by Stephen Foster This week, Firsts Bookfair returns to the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square.  It is the UK's premium event for old and rare books but is also one of the most popular and prestigious rare book fairs in the world. This fabulous venue is just a short walk from Sloane Square Tube Station on the King’s Road.  Run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, and open to the public between Friday 17 and Sunday 19 May, it is housed over three floors with exhibitors including not only some of the finest in the UK but from across the globe. This year's theme is the Art of the Book, and as usual, ther

Demystifying estate planning

The award winning wealth management and investment experts Killik & Co have opened a new space on Devonshire Road – House of Killik Chiswick. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to share their guest blogs on how best to plan and save to acquire the wealth to achieve your goals. Killik & Co won “Best Discretionary / Advisory Wealth Manager’ in the 2023 FT Investors Chronicle

ArtsEd receives highest accolade from Independent Schools Inspectorate

Guest blog by Peter Middleton, ArtsEd Head Heacher At the end of March 2024, ArtsEd Day School and Sixth Form were inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) as part of their routine cycle of school inspections. This latest inspection took place under the new framework that was introduced in September 2023. There is no ‘overall judgment’ of the school - ISI have removed single word judgments. However, they are permitted to identify key areas of Significant Strength in a school. It is a label applied only where a school does something truly exceptional and with impact across the whole student body; the bar is set incredibly high. Accordingly, the School is thrilled that their inspection team identified the following area of Significant Strength at ArtsEd:

Sara Ward on Living the Good Life May 2024

Image: The 'wheatfield' at Hen Corner Wheat is Neat! I’ve sown a field - a field of wheat! Sorry if I’ve already told you about it - I’ve been telling everybody because I’m really excited about it. I mean it is a small field, six square metres, but I’m ‘actually’ growing wheat in my back garden and I’m going to tend it, harvest it, thresh it, mill it and bake it into a loaf of bread - oooh, I feel like Little Red Hen! However, I’m a little bit worried because I’ve followed the instructions to sow the wheat and I’ve put in a little more than they said to, SIX times what the instructions said. But I know my garden, and I know that not everything grows according to plan. To be honest, I’m glad that I’ve sown more than I needed to because

The case for Ozempic: the next wonder drug?

The award winning wealth management and investment experts Killik & Co have opened a new space on Devonshire Road – House of Killik Chiswick. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to share their guest blogs on how best to plan and save to acquire the wealth to achieve your goals. Killik & Co won “Best Discretionary / Advisory Wealth Manager’ in the 2023 FT Investors Chronicle

Julian Opie’s LED sculpture Curly Hair bought by Pitzhanger Manor

Image: Julian Opie's sculpture Curly Hair Walking into the Pitzhanger Manor Gallery Guest blog by Robert Eagle A mysterious chap called 'Curly Hair' has been striding towards the entrance of the Pitzhanger gallery in Ealing for almost three years - but has never managed to get through the door. And it now looks as if he is going to continue doing the very same thing for ever and a day. With very little hope of ever reaching his apparent destination.  But does he care? Old Curly Hair is certainly a bit of an enigma. He’s a piece of digital art, a two-dimensional LED display, an array of light-emitting diodes, standing two metres tall and made to mimic the movements of a man walking at a brisk pace from nowhere to nowhere. I’m a great fa

FoodSt market – Sunday 28 April

Guest blog by Richard Johnson Chiswick High Road will soon be bursting into song as Food St market gets set for a real family fun day out on April 28 11am-4pm. Apart from the fantastic food trucks selling everything from Australian Parmas to Japanese ice cream and New England lobster rolls - the Old Market Place will be treated to songs (and dances) from the shows as well as a visit from The Ice Queen herself. The songs - and dances - from Matilda and Frozen will come from Chiswick Theatre Arts students aged 9-17. And the Ice Queen herself - from Little Dreamers Entertainment - has even promised to pop down and pose for some photographs. If she isn’t in a TERRIFYINGLY bad mood. Kicking off proceedings will be Scott McMahon, Food St’s favourite buskin

Chiswick Cheese Market April 2024

Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin It feels like Spring is here, finally, which is good timing for our market on 21 April because we are showcasing three spring milk cheeses - Soft Joyce, Golden Cross and Rachel - on Cheesewick HQ this month - with thanks to Faye from Big Wheel Cheese (read on to find out a bit more about Faye below). Soft Joyce is made by Harriet Cooke in Wales from a small flock of sheep. The bloomy rind is washed in a local cider half way through the ageing process and the cheese has a sweet, earthy and honest flavour usually with a gooey velveteen texture from the extra ageing they get from maturing at Big Wheel Cheese. Golden Cross is a raw goat’s milk cheese made by the Blunt family in East Sussex from their own herd. It’s a lovely bright white cheese w

Sara Ward on Living the Good Life April 2024

Image: Bee products from Hen Corner Come on you Bees! Guest blog by Sara Ward Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s with great pleasure that I officially announce that this year’s Bee Keeping Season is officially open! With it always being a little warmer in London, Spring seems to start a little earlier (if you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen that our first spears of asparagus peeped through almost a month early in mid March) and the bees have been out foraging for a plethora of local nectar for many weeks already. As we dare to open each hive for the first time after their winter clustering, when they hunker down to nurture their queen whilst feasting

Wrong time to sell property? It depends on the property, say Horton & Garton

UK Land Registry figures show stagnant housing market, with Chiswick experiencing some of the lowest periods of activity it has had in decades The latest house price index has been published by the Land Registry, showing a slight drop in residential property prices of 0.6% across the UK last year and a fall in the number of property transactions of nearly 12%. One of the grimmer statistics for London is that it was one of the areas with the highest number of repossession sales in November 2023. Throughout the last year, Chiswick's property sector experienced one of its lowest periods of activity. This year is not looking much more promising as the uncertainty of a General Election always makes people cautious about moving. But if you do want to move, look beyond the h

Where to invest in Artificial Intelligence in 2024

The award winning wealth management and investment experts Killik & Co have opened a new space on Devonshire Road – House of Killik Chiswick. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to share their guest blogs on how best to plan and save to acquire the wealth to achieve your goals. Killik & Co won “Best Discretionary / Advisory Wealth Manager’ in the 2023 FT Investors Chronicle

Interview with theatre and film producer Robert Fox by Torin Douglas for The Upper Room series of winter talks

Images above: Some of Robert Fox's many productions; Robert Fox Limited Where to start? On Thursday I’m interviewing the charming and extremely well-connected theatre and screen producer Robert Fox (The Crown, Another Country, The Hours, Iris, The History Boys, The Lady In The Van, Chess, Lazarus, Atonement, A Voyage Round My Father…) and, perhaps not surprisingly, given the range of his work, I don’t know where to begin. Maybe start with his famous family? The Fox dynasty is theatre and acting royalty: Robert’s elder brothers are the actors James and Edward; he is uncle to Emilia, Freddie and, yes, Laurence; and his father Robin Fox was theatrical agent to the stars in the 1950s and 60s. There is even a distant connection to the legendary

Cache of paintings of Chiswick found, painted by once-celebrated artist Heather Jenkins

Image above: Portrait of Heather Jenkins by Marjorie Jenkins Heather's treasure By Robert Eagle A treasure trove of watercolour paintings of Chiswick by a once celebrated local artist who died last year has been discovered by her daughters, who had no idea they existed. They are now debating what they should do with more than 40 works, most of which feature locations in Chiswick, Kew, Richmond and the Thames from around 50 years ago. Heather Jenkins, who was 95 when she died in March 2023, showed artistic promise from an early age. After studying at St Martin’s in the late 1940s and marrying a fellow student, she worked in the theatre, becoming the chief scenery painter at Sadlers Wells. Image above: Strand on the Green by Heather

Tax-free savings: too good to be true?

The award winning wealth management and investment experts Killik & Co have opened a new space on Devonshire Road – House of Killik Chiswick. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to share their guest blogs on how best to plan and save to acquire the wealth to achieve your goals. Killik & Co won “Best Discretionary / Advisory Wealth Manager’ in the 2023 FT Investors Chronicle

Thames Tradesmen win Bronze at Master’s Head of the River race

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Men’s Master C Crew (L to R): Ben Soren, Paul Arnold, Manu Pezier, Tom Jack, Kim Williams, Ben Hopgood, Woody (cox), Dan Wood, Dave Bulmer Guest blog by Nigel Brophy What: 2024 Masters Head of the River Race When: Sunday March 24 Where: River Thames Tideway. From Chiswick Bridge to Putney Bridge Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club (TTRC) Men’s VIII crew came a respectable third in their category in this year’s Masters Head of the River Race on Sunday (24 March). The Master’s Head of the River Race is rowed annually in March, the day after the Head of the River Race, which is open for elite crews/rowers from all around the world. The Master’s Head of t

Chiswick Cheese Market March 2024

Celebrating International Women's Day AND St Patrick's Day Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin  International Women’s Day seemed a good time to shout about the fact that cheese making was very much solely a women’s occupation until mass cheese production started during and post the World Wars. Heading up cheese making in a factory then became a ‘professional job’ and at that time a professional job was ‘men’s work’ – no women here! There is a lot of evidence that the then male dominated mass production industry came to existing women cheese makers for help them identify exact temperatures and PH levels so that the methods could be ‘formulated’ rather than done by taste and feel as it had been done for many centuries by the women who made th

What effect will the Chancellor’s Spring Budget have on the housing market?

Looking at the effect of the Spring Budget on the housing market Local estate agent Horton and Garton consider the Spring Budget together with the wider economic and political landscape and how these factors might impact the West London property market and those planning to move. If not now, when? Guest blog by west London estate agents Horton & Garton Whilst the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) change announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Spring Budget on 6 March has sparked discussion among property sellers, particularly within the investment and buy-to-let sectors, this change is expected to have a limited effect on activity in the market. Despite the notable 4% reduction, feedback from

The Chancellor on the Hunt for quick wins?

The award winning wealth management and investment experts Killik & Co have opened a new space on Devonshire Road – House of Killik Chiswick. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to share their guest blogs on how best to plan and save to acquire the wealth to achieve your goals. Killik & Co won “Best Discretionary / Advisory Wealth Manager’ in the 2023 FT Investors Chronicle

Sara Ward on Living the Good Life March 2024

Spring Flowers and Flours Guest blog by Sara Ward Whilst the temperature may be jumping up and down, as though bouncing on a Spring (do you see what I did there?), with the sunshine bringing us 16c one day then back down to 2c a couple of weeks later, at least the bulbs are flowering! We’ve got daffodils nodding in the back garden and grape hyacinths in the front window boxes; the tulips are peeping through the grass in rings around the apple trees and the peach tree is in splendid form, opening its bright pink blossoms to captivate the local pollinators. When the sun shines - all is well, and when it doesn’t, I turn my attention to the flours inside. I keep a good stock, delivered directly from the mill, and am particularly enjoying malted flour a

Paying for education

The award winning wealth management and investment experts Killik & Co have opened a new space on Devonshire Road – House of Killik Chiswick. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to share their guest blogs on how best to plan and save to acquire the wealth to achieve your goals. Killik & Co won “Best Discretionary / Advisory Wealth Manager’ in the 2023 FT Investors Chronicle

Making money matters simple: introducing House of Killik Chiswick

Killik & Co, an award-winning wealth manager, is delighted to have opened a new space on Devonshire Road – House of Killik Chiswick. Here, local residents can seek expert advice on simplifying money matters in a relaxed environment; from pocket money to pensions, we can help.

‘I read an entire novel while waiting for a call that never came’

Image above: Southwark Crown Court; image Buildington Jury service can be shocking and traumatising, it can be interesting, but it can also be very dull There is a mystique about jury service. To those of us who have never had the call there is a slight sense of being overlooked, of missing out on an opportunity that might have been. I realise I am romanticising this. To most busy people it is just a nuisance to be got through when they have run out of excuses not to do it. Jenny de Montfort did jury service recently and has written us a guest blog about it. Guest blog by Jenny De Montfort on doing her civic duty

Exhibition ‘Mudlarking: Unearthing London’s Past’ opens at Emery Walker’s House, Hammersmith

Image above: Mudlarker on the foreshore of the River Thames at Hammersmith Thames Treasures revealed in new exhibition The spring exhibition at Emery Walker's house in Hammersmith will be of treasures retrieved from the River Thames by mudlarkers. Principal amongst the treasures, there is a full set of the famous Doves Type, the typeset developed by Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker at the end of the 19th century, with which the two partners created many beautiful books. The printing press was not only known for the beauty and quality of what they published, but for the spectacular way in which the two Victorian gentlemen fell out. The type was dumped in the river and it was thought the type would neversee the light of day again, but it thanks to the

Chiswick Cinema shows award winning documentary to mark second anniversary of the Ukraine war

Image above: Still from 20 Days in Mariupol; image IMDb Chiswick Cinema shows BAFTA-winning 20 Days in Mariupol in support of Ukraine, as war reaches the two-year mark Guest blog by Diane Chandler As Saturday marked the grim second anniversary of the war in Ukraine, Diane Chandler, a Chiswick based author who has written about the country, has written a guest blog for The Chiswick Calendar on how supporters of Ukraine's struggle against Russia can best offer their help to its beleaguered citizens. Diane got to know Ukraine in the 1990s while working there for the EU. Chiswick Cinema is showing several screenings of the documentary 20 Days in Mariupol, which won the Bafta Award for Best Documentary, and is widely tipped to w

A bit of a hornet’s nest

Image above: (L) Asian Hornet, clearly showing the dark thorax and abdomen and the yellow tips to the legs; photograph Haim Charbit; (R) photograph by Fablegros; both from Pixabay Guest blog by Joanne Gilbert Our main aim as WildChiswick is to help local wildlife thrive and survive.  Sometimes to do this, you need to consider the damage that can be done to our native flora and fauna by invasive species. Earlier this week I had a chat with Mark Pritchard who is an avid nature lover and beekeeper. Mark is very concerned about the rapid growth of Asian Hornet nests across the Southeast of England and is keen to make the public aware of their arrival, and ways in which they can report sightings. It is believed the first Asian hornet arrived in France in 200

Food St Market – Sunday 25 February the biggest yet

Image above: Waffle & Co will be at this weekend's street food market Guest blog by Richard Johnson Food St is back - bigger and better - after Hounslow council agreed to triple the number of food trucks allowed to rattle their pots and pans at Old Market Place. On February 25, from 11am-4pm, expect a seven-metre waffle truck, Himalayan dumplings, a KILLER venison burger, gozleme from Turkey and Taiwanese barbecue. The Food St organisers (who also run the biggest street food competition in the world) are curating a new selection of fresh food stalls, including hand-made pasta, Japanese patisserie, fresh olives, soft and hard Italian cheeses, and small batch, tray-baked granola with no preservatives, additives, refined sugar or salt. Waffle & Co