Record breaking month for house sales

Image above: Five bedroom Victorian terraced house currently on the market with John D Wood & Co Guest blog by Julian Masson The property market for sales in the second quarter of the year was extremely b

Do I need to see a Chiropractor, Osteopath or Physiotherapist?

Guest blog by David Harvey, DC, MChiro This is something all manual therapists will have to answer at some point or another; I have certainly been asked this question a fair few times. I was faced with this question initially when I was in secondary school — during my GCSE years I made the decision to study chiropractic at university. When I told my teacher, she asked

Islamic & Indian Paintings: The Dexter Collection Part II at Chiswick Auctions

Guest Blog by Ghislaine Howard What is Art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the real.” - Rabindranath Tagore Chiswick Auctions Head of Islamic & Indian Art, Beatrice Campi and Department Coordinator, Ghislaine Howard are thrilled to offer the private collection of Islamic & Indian Paintings from Anthony Dexter.  Dexter is

It’s coming home… the Yeats/Bedford-Project is almost there

Image above: Enwrought Light by Conrad Shawcross RA, inspired by WB Yeats, will honour the poet, just yards from his childhood home and beside the path on which he walked daily to school, here at the entrance to Chiswick’s unique Bedford Park gar

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 18 July 2021

Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market, June 2021; photograph David Insull Guest blog by Donna Freed As of this writing, the forecast for next Sunday, 18 July does not include rain! Third time lucky for the Cheese Market! However, a little rain hasn’t dampened our spirits or our passion for cheese. We were pleased that the tremendous effort we have made to

Tideway Tales: from newsroom to search and rescue

Guest blog

by James Anthony When I was seven years of age I wanted to be a paratrooper or a member of a lifeboat crew. So it was no surprise that by the time I was 45 I was a production journa

Brentford’s first season in the Premier League

Image above: Bill Hagerty

An old score to settle

It was a long time coming for Brentford and a return after 74 years to England’s top football flight. But here they are – well, nearly – at the dawn of a new challenge, one that comes gift-wrapped in a significant chapter of the club’s colourful history. When the Premier League fixtures were published this week, th

Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 20 June 2021

Image above: Chsiwick Cheese Market, May 2021; photograph David Insull

Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin

‘Say cheese!’ I know you’re smiling as you say it and so are we… we have recharged our inner batteries, sourced even more Artisan cheeses for your delectation and delight, and stand ready to open the gate for the second Chiswick Cheese Market this Sunday, 20 June – th

Thomas Becket: Troublesome priest or people’s martyr?

Images above (1): An early 15th century alabaster panel showing Becket’s consecration as archbishop. Private Collection. © Nicholas and Jane Ferguson. Images above (2): Silver statue with sword in head. Saints were often portrayed with the manner of their martyrdom, which made it easier for the largely illiterate populace to recognise them. For St Thomas Becket,

From Hogarth to Peter Blake

By Adrian Biddell Local resident and Head of Paintings & Fine Art at Chiswick Auctions, Adrian Biddell, talks paintings in this month’s guest blog. From William Hogarth to Sir Peter Blake, Chiswick has long been a favoured haunt of artists. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the Fine Arts are flourishing at Chiswick Auctions. We have had an incredibly busy start to

Tideway Tales

by David Clarke, Chiswick Lifeboat Crew 2002-2004

The Lifeboat’s vhf radio squarks “Chiswick immediate - persons cut off on Lot’s Eyot!

What makes a winning photograph?

I will be judging this year's Photographic competition and The Chiswick Calendar asked me what I will be looking for as a judge. I have judged many professional competitions - from the Sony World Photography Awards to the Taylor Wessing (National Portrait Gallery) Award and ask the question myself, “ What images stand out for me that could win a photographic competition?” I will loo

Pollution on Chiswick High Road: what does the data say?

Guest blog by Professor Tom Pike

While London is by no means the most polluted city in the world, we still suffer from the health consequences of the air we all breathe. The London Air Quality Network (LAQN) of Imperial College estimates that up to 4,000 early deaths in 2019 can be attributed to our city’s pollution

Debate on women’s safety

Image above: Sarah Everard What happened to Sarah Everard strikes a chord with every woman. Not because kidnap, abduction and murder are commonplace. They are not. But violence against women is. What happened to her is the realisation of the fear, hard wired in all of us, of what could happen. Usually we brush it off as paranoia. The product of an over-active imagination, as you

Spring housing market looks buoyant

Image above: Terraced housing in Chiswick; photograph Anna Kunst

Guest blog by Julian Masson

The March 2021 Budget announcement provided further positivity for the property market, with the Chancellor confirming not only an extension to the Stamp Duty Holiday, but also to roll out a mortgage guarantee scheme for buyers with a smaller deposit.

Why the Yeats sculpture will be a great addition to Chiswick

Image above: Artist's impression of how the proposed Yeats sculpture will look

Guest blog by Torin Douglas MBE, Director of Chiswick Book Festival

It’s more than five years since Cahal Dalla

Diary of a vaccinator

Property sales and residential lettings very busy at the start of 2021

Image above: Terraced housing in Chiswick

Guest blog by Julian Masson

The end of 2020 and the start of the New Year brought fresh impetuous to the sales market and despite the Prime Minister’s announcement to enter a third national lockdown on 4 January, buyers were still keen to make the most of the stamp duty holiday. For us, this was demonstrated by the fact that we

Fiona Crumley obituary: “a warm, welcoming, knowledgeable and intelligent friend”

The runner’s dilemma – where to run during a pandemic

Twice now, a local runner has made national news after an altercation with a Covid marshal. The first, Mark Meghezzi was fined for spitting when he was running in Ch

Outrage and dismay that British musicians will need visas to tour Europe

Image above: David Juritz playing in concert with the Soloists of London in Lisbon As the details of the post Brexit trade agreement with the EU have become known, after a trade deal was finally struck at the eleventh hour, on 24 December 2020, musicians have realised that they are not part of the deal. They will have to apply for visas to travel in Europe, which adds an extra laye

Julia Fullerton-Batten: Contortion

Image above: Julia Fullerton-Batten
Julia Fullerton-Batten is a worldwide acclaimed and award winning Fine Art photographer who uses photography as a means of story telling. Julia’s use of unusual locations, highly creative settings, street-cast models, accented with cinematic lighting are hallmarks of her very

How to end a perfect year

Our reaction to news of the pandemic, individually, varies from denial and complacency at one end of the spectrum, to anxiety and extreme caution at the other. Julian Worricker, BBC broadcaster and journalist and resident of Chiswick, is at the cautious end. He has psoriatic arthritis and takes the immuno-suppressant drug adalimumab to combat inflammation in the joints. Since March he's been la

Dog or husband? Brexit quandaries

Image above: Angela and Jim at their home near Carcassonne Angela Corden and her husband Jim live part of the year in Chiswick and part in France. Howard, their dog, has an EU pet passport, but in the fevered pre-Christmas days of the EU trade negotiations, the all consuming question was: would Howard have to go into quarantine? What to do?

Guest blog by Angela Corden

Top four categories vaccinated by mid Feb “if things go well”

Image above: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing that Britain is re-entering national lockdown Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday 4 January that as we go into the third national lockdown, there is one key difference compared to last year. We now have effective vaccines. He described as a "realistic expectation" that by the midd

The Brexit effect – What it means to be French in England now

We ended our membership of the EU with more of a whimper than a bang in the end and the whole event was overshadowed by the pandemic . It will be a while before we've worked out the effects, but for some residents of Chiswick, coming to terms with the changes is a more urgent task than it is for others. EU nationals living here have until 30 June to register on-line for 'Settled Status'. Refusa

Putting the cheese back in Cheesewick

The Cookbook Kitchen has put in an application to run a cheese market on the third Sunday of each month in Chiswick High Rd, where the Chiswick Flower Market takes place in the Old Market Place outside the police station.

On the trail of Christmas presents in Chiswick

By Barbara Chandler

The prezzie pressure is building up and it’s lovely, safest and most convenient to buy local. No problem here, as Chiswick is five-star for gifts. Over the weekend I did some feisty footwork on your behalf – and came back with a couple of carrier bags myself, which is about par for the course for this type of exercise. I live at the “far end” of the High Ro

A new recruit enjoys her first day out with the RNLI

There is an initiation rite apparently. But it's not as bad as you might think. Chiswick's Lifeboat station relies on volunteers, as does the whole of the RNLI, as they receive no government funding. Georgie Cannock, 18, had her first day out on the river as an RNLI volunteer last week, and they haven't put her off yet.