Celebrating 75th anniversary of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Bedford Park Festival

Narnia comes to the Bedford Park Festival! The organisers of Green Days, which kicks of the Bedford Park Festival - a fortnight of community and arts festival events - on Saturday 8 June, always try and find an interesting theme for the children's fancy dress parade. This year they have been gifted with the 75th anniversary of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Whether it is the Disney version of Narnia or the original books by CS Lewis that children are familiar with, they will find plenty of scope for dressing up - lions, fauns, queens... Narnia and its most memorable characters will be highlighted not only in the Festival’s Fancy Dress competition and Children’s Corner on Green Days, but in a Treasure Hunt in Turnham Green Terrace, a Young Artists Compe

Greenhouse therapy rooms – Creating a community of therapists in Chiswick

Image: Patsy Richardson A place for clients to unburden and therapists and counsellors to share One of my enduring memories of having surgery on the NHS was being in a room with 12 or so cubicles, partitioned only by thin curtains, each with a consultant questioning a patient: "How often do you empty your bowels? ... Do you have any inflammation? ... Does it itch?" The result, a babel of not-so private confidences which would give any self-respecting GDPR consultant a conniption fit. Patsy Richardson has set out to design the exact opposite of that experience in her consulting rooms at Greenhouse in Chiswick. A suite of rooms on the corner of Chiswick High Rd and Annandale Rd, Greenhouse therapy rooms are beautifully decorated throughout in soft, restfu

Artists at Home 2024: Hannah Gilmour

Images: 46 Stitch's embroidered collars helped to kick start the business during the pandemic; Garments and accessories by 46 Stitch Hannah Gilmour joins Artists at Home 2024 Artists at Home 2024 takes place in less than a month, over the weekend of Friday 14 -Sunday 16 June, when around 100 local artists will be opening their homes to invite visitors in to see their work. From painters to sculptors, photographers to ceramicists, the event offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a diverse range of artistic talents within their own neighbourhood. This year, Hannah Gilmour is making her debut, where she will be showcasing handmade contemporary clothing. Her business 

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

Police appeal for information after Chiswick woman goes missing

Image: 22-year-old Stephanie has gone missing from Chiswick Stephanie frequents Watford and Hemel Hempstead Police are appealing for information from the public to find a woman who has gone missing from Chiswick. Stephanie, who is 22-years old, is known to frequent Watford and Hemel Hampstead. If you have any information  you can call 101 and quote reference 01/362162/24. Missing People is a charity that offers a lifeline to the 180,000 people who run away and go missing each year in the UK. They listen in confidence, and support missing people and their families to explore their options and, where possible, to reconnect. Missing People has launched 116 000 - the number to call or text for support if you

Ealing Liberal Democrats create new Shadow Cabinet role for “Council Honesty”

Image: Ealing's Liberal Democrat Councillors New position will focus on uncovering instances of Ealing Council's "dishonesty" Ealing's Liberal Democrats have created a new Shadow Cabinet role for "Council Honesty" amid allegations the Labour-run Ealing Council has been consistently dishonest or has not been entirely transparent while governing. Since becoming the official Opposition in May 2022, the Lib Dems say they have been highlighting a number of issues with the Council including £3m spent on Ealing Town Hall to turn it into a hotel and losing £65,000 of IT equipment. More recently, the Lib Dems accused the Council of lying to the public by claiming that all Council workers and contractors are paid the

Ealing Council spends £500,000 fighting planning appeals

Image: Ealing Council Council spent over half a million pounds of taxpayer's money from 2018 to 2023 Ealing Council has spent over £500,000 in legal costs fighting rejected planning applications that were eventually approved on appeal, a new Freedom of Information request has revealed. The Labour-run council spent £506,248 of taxpayers' money, during the period 2018 to December 2023, to challenge planning decisions of which £142,467.65 was total legal costs and £363,780.36 were costs awarded to the appellant. Of 17 London councils who replied to the FOI request, Ealing spent the most on rejected applications which were then approved on appeal, according to the research by PR and Marketing company Coverdale

Cllr Katherine Dunne dropped as Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council

Image: Cllr Katherine Dunne and Cllr Shantanu Rajawat in March 2024 "Brutal, humiliating" dismissal comes out of the blue Cllr Katherine Dunne, the Cabinet Member for Climate, Environment & Transport, has been dropped as Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council. Cllr Dunne, who represents the Syon & Brentford ward, said she was "naturally disappointed" when the news broke of the sudden change on Saturday (18 May). "Thank you to everyone who has sent supportive messages. I’m naturally disappointed but looking forward to concentrating on my Cabinet portfolio over the next year" she posted on X. Council Leader Shantanu Rajawat announced his decision at Friday evening's meeting of the Hounslow Labour Group o

Chiswick Boathouse plans scrapped

Image: The site of the old boathouse as viewed from the Dukes Meadows Footbridge Council says still "significant potential" in developing site Hounslow Council has officially abandoned plans to rebuild the Chiswick Boathouse in Dukes Meadows due to insufficient funding. Instead, the Council is now redirecting efforts to a £50,000 feasibility study to explore commercial opportunities. They say they will still prioritise restoring sporting activities on the site. The previous boathouse on Dan Mason Drive, vacated by the Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club (TTRC) at the end of 2021 and demolished in 2022, was meant to be replaced by upgraded facilities, including a café and four boat bays. The TTRC settled a lega

Hounslow’s adult social care services rated ‘Good’ by regulator

Image: A social care worker and a nursing home resident; library photo Care Quality Commission praise Hounslow services following inspection Adult social care services in LB Hounslow have been rated 'Good' by the health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In the report published after a recent inspection, the CQC highlighted areas of good practice and those which required further development, for which the Council was recognised as having a robust and effective improvement plan in place working towards improvement in those areas. 'Could do better' in some areas The areas which required further improvement were in assessing people's needs and supporting people to live healthier

Napoli on the Road wins best pizzeria in Europe outside Italy

Image: Napoli on the Road on Devonshire Road in Chiswick Chiswick restaurant wins title out of 50 top European pizzerias A pizzeria on Devonshire Road in Chiswick has been named the best pizzeria in Europe outside Italy. Napoli on the Road topped the ranking over 50 other pizzerias at an event in Madrid on Monday 13 May. The event, 50 Top Pizza, listed the top fifty establishments after a thorough judging process in which restaurants were assessed during unannounced visits. 50 Top Pizza is an independent online guide which evaluates pizzerias with anonymous inspections during which the bill is paid in full. The gala evening was hosted by Spanish TV personality and cookery host Verónica Zumalacárregui at t

‘One Hounslow Community Stars’ nominations now open

Image: One Hounslow Community Stars awards in 2023, (L-R) Leader of Hounslow Council Shantanu Rajawat; Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Afzaal Kiani; Colin Bartlett, Jonathan Courtney, and Aubrey Crawley from WLQP; Cllr Shivraj Grewal Who do you think deserves an award? Hounslow Council is calling for nominations for the annual One Hounslow Community Stars awards event – to recognise and celebrate residents, voluntary groups and businesses who go above and beyond for their communities. It will take place in Hounslow House on 15 July and the Council is asking for nominations for people or organisations who make an outstanding contribution to the borough, improving and enriching the lives of others. There are no specific categories, but there are a broad set of themes

Gunnersbury Park announces changes to event management after complaints

Image: Waterworks festival taking place in Gunnersbury Park in 2022 Dedicated noise complaint hotline among new measures Gunnersbury Park has announced management changes for the upcoming summer programme of events, including plans to ‘minimise disruption’ following a number of complaints by local people. Residents have previously called for stricter noise limits on concerts at Gunnersbury Park and concerns about anti-social behaviour during the events has become a common theme in meetings between police and local people. Image: Lovebox festival at the park in 2019 Summer programme "crucial to the upkeep of the park" Julia Mattingley, Head of Operations & Commercial at Gunnersbury said: "We understand that our summer events p

Save Our Watermans campaign put in bid to use the empty building

Image: Watermans arts centre, Brentford Campaign group want to carry on using the building to maintain arts provision in Brentford A campaign group launched by a collective of local residents, artists and former staff members, have submited an 'expression of interest' to use the building on a temporary basis, as it may not be demolished for several years. Their spokeswoman told us leaving the Watermans arts centre site vacant while it awaits development would be a "terrible shame". Hounslow Arts Trust Ltd, the charity that operates Watermans arts centre, has announced it will close in mid-April because they could not afford the running costs. The arts centre was due to move to a new site in Brentford as part o

Barnes Railway Bridge to close for six days this summer

Image: Barnes Railway Bridge; photograph Anna Kunst Closure will take place from 28 July to 2 August Barnes Bridge will be closed for an extended period in summer, Network Rail has announced. The bridge will undergo significant maintenance work from Sunday 28 July to Friday 2 August, disrupting rail services on the Hounslow Loop line. Engineers will be focused on replacing all 48 solid wooden blocks supporting the track across the Grade II listed structure. These blocks, known as wheel timbers, will be upgraded to a more sustainable, weather-resistant material, to give the bridge a new lease of life. In addition to replacing the wheel timbers, the project includes the installation of new baseplates to enhance track connectivity to sleepers, and the realignm

Hounslow Council votes for “radical overhaul” of public consultations

Image: Hounslow House Council hopes changes will mean more people are involved in public consultations Hounslow Council's Cabinet have voted in favour of a "radical overhaul" of the way consultations and community engagement is carried out in the borough. At a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (14 May), councillors opted to revolutionise the Council's approach to public engagement and consultation with a comprehensive overhaul of its operating model. Under the proposed changes, residents will witness a concerted effort towards more inclusive decision-making processes, aiming to ensure that every voice is heard and every opinion matters. During the meeting, Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Katherine Dunne said the ch

Join the annual Big Help Out in Chiswick House & Gardens

Image: Join the Trust's gardening team on the day; photograph Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, Chris Greer Volunteer at Chiswick House, to 'explore, be outside and connect with others' Chiswick House & Gardens Trust is inviting people to come and get involved with a day of gardening on Saturday 8 June from 10.30pm to 12.30pm, as part of 'The Big Help Out' during National Volunteers Week. The Big Help Out is a great opportunity for you to 'roll up your sleeves, get some fresh air, learn something new and contribute to the community', say the organisers. Open to families, local residents, keen gardeners and newbies, everyone who gets involved will help the charity to improve the meadow and smarten up the app

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

Artists at Home 2024: Potter Nupur Narain Detar

Images: Nupur Detar, ceramic leaf plates Nupur Narain Detar joins Artists At Home 2024 Artists at Home 2024 takes place in just over a month's time, between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 June, when around 100 local artists will be opening their homes to invite visitors in to see their work. From painters to sculptors, photographers to ceramicists, the event offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a diverse range of artistic talents within their own neighbourhood. This year, ceramist Nupur Narain Detar is making her debut, where she will be showcasing her beautiful handmade ceramics. Nupur originally studyied interior design and was introduced to ceramics in Malta. She says she has never looked back

Artists at Home 2024: Jeweller Azelle Thorowgood

Images: Azelle Thorowgood, 'Unique blue twisted sea glass crafted in to a striking pendant drops from antiqued brass chain' Azelle Thorowgood joins Artists At Home 2024 Artists at Home 2024 is approaching, in what has become an annual celebration of creativity and community spirit. The event, which takes places between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 June, is when local artists open their doors to show their work in the intimate setting of their own homes. From painters to sculptors, photographers to ceramicists, this unique event offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a diverse range of artistic talents within their own neighbourhood. This year, interior designer Azelle Thorowgood is making her debut, wher

Chiswick RNLI’s rescue of drifting party boat featured in BBC Saving Lives at Sea

Image: RNLI intercept the drifting Royalty vessel; Chiswick Lifeboat Watch "dramatic video" on Saving Lives at Sea TV - Tuesday 14 May, BBC2 8pm Chiswick Lifeboat's rescue of a drifting party boat on the River Thames will be featured in the BBC's Saving Lives at Sea series on Tuesday evening (14 May 2024). A dramatic video from the crews’ helmet cameras will be featured, as well as interviews with the crew involved. At 9.50pm on 7 July 2023, the crew on Chiswick Lifeboat were debriefing after a casualty care exercise at Broomhouse Pier when Thames Commander Mark Turrell noticed a large passenger vessel manoeuvring strangely. Moments later, a call came through on asking the lifeboat for i

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

David and Georgia Tennant to host charity gala night at Pub in the Park

Image: Line-up of celebrities expected at Pub in the Park's charity gala in Chiswick An all-star line-up on Friday 28 June David and Georgia Tennant will be hosting a charity gala at this year's Pub in the Park at Chiswick House, alongside celebrity chef Tom Kerridge. The event, on the Friday night (28 June) promises to be a very starry affair, with other well-known actors, musicians, comedians and TV personalities coming to Chiswick to raise money for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s charity – The Multibank. Among the line-up of stars who will be coming are Arabella Weir MBE, Claudia Winkelman, Alex Jones, Romesh Ranganthan, Lenny Henry, Stephen Mangan, Gaby Roslin, Simon Rimmer,

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:

The Aurora Borealis seen from Chiswick

Image: Aurora Borealis over Southfield Park; photograph Aimee Morgans The Aurora seen all over Britain in rare light show I once went all the way to Iceland in the hope of seeing the Aurora Borealis and didn't see it once because the weather was cloudy. We had a lovely holiday anyway, but my point is the received wisdom used to be that you had to go quite far north to see the amazing spectacle of green and pink and purple taking over the sky. Now, twice in the space of a few months London has been treated to the sight. Although the light pollution made it hard to see, Aimee Morgans managed to get these stunning photographs of the Aurora on Friday night (10 May) over Southfield Park Images: Aurora Borealis over Southfield Park; photographs Aimee Mor

West London Queer Project wins Civic Honours Award

Image: Aubrey Crawley receiving the award from LB Hammersmith & Fulham Making a contribution to building 'a stronger, safer, kinder borough' The West London Queer Project was recognised at the Hammersmith and Fulham Civic Honours awards on Thursday 9 May. The awards recognise 'contributions to building a stronger, safer, kinder borough' and are given to those who've made a 'critical difference to improving people’s lives across H&F'. WLQP founder,  Aubrey Crawley, told the Chiswick Calendar that it was "incredible" to be in the room with so many people doing great things across the borough, and said: "To be recognised for anything you do is always heartwarming, but what made this one extra special is they've used the word kinder, that just makes it

Huge pile of educational materials dumped outside Falcons pre-prep school

Image: Books, folders and paperwork dumped outside former Falcons School site in Grove Park Parents of former pupils say confidential paperwork with private information about their children dumped outside school along with hundreds of books and educational materials Hundreds of books, educational materials and folders allegedly containing confidential pupil files have been dumped on the street outside of the old Falcons pre-prep school in Chiswick. One of our readers wrote to The Chiswick Calendar: 'I have just seen Falcons school closure articles online and someone has posted this photo in an online FB forum. Hundreds of books and educational materials (possible pupil data in folders) simply thrown outside th