Chiswick Flower Market traders – Steve Burridge

We've said we would like to make the Chiswick Flower Market 'the Columbia Rd of west London'. The 150 year old market in east London is one of the capital's top tourist sights, with more than 50 market stalls, catering originally for the immigrant Hugenot community, now so packed with visitors that since the lockdown, they are asking people to stay away if they don't live locally. The Chisw

Playful seal pup learns to paddleboard

Thanks to Paul Hyman of Active 360 for these lovely pictures of a seal pub which lives somewhere between Richmond and Kew , who has decided to join them on several occasions of late. At the risk of anthropomorphising, it does seem as if he just wants to join in and play with them, now they're open again and back on the water. "He just hops up on the board and takes an interest in what we

August 2020 Books

What’s new and good to read this month? Annakarin Klerfalk has a look at what’s on offer and chooses three good reads for August. The Midnight Library, Eight Detectives and Shuggie Bain are all out in August.

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How to Stop Time, is back with a time travel novel calle

Hounslow Council has done a “great job” during Covid crisis

Images above: LB Hounslow Chief Executive Niall Bolger; Cllr Gerald McGregor The new leader of the Conservative group of councillors on Hounslow council has said the council has done "great job" of handling the Covid pandemic. "The council's officers have been doing splendid work on that front" Cllr Gerald McGregor told The Chiswick Calendar. When the pandemic started to take

Home deliveries still on the menu

Images above: Deliveries from Urban Pantry and D Grande Tex Mex So we're out of lockdown, at least for the time being. But while some customers were keen to rush back into shops and restaurants when they opened up fully in July (remember those queues outside Primark?) others have remained more cautious. The clinically vulnerable, for example, will probably try to avoid visiting

Biggest night in the history of Brentford FC

Image above: Brentford player wearing the club's special commemorative blue shirt Tuesday's match (4 August 2020) between Brentford and Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final will be "the biggest night in their 131 year history". The match at Wembley, played to an empty stadium but watched by millions worldwide, will decide whether or not they go up to the Premiership

‘Eat Out to Help Out’ in Chiswick

Next phase of road changes in Chiswick announced

Image above: Road sign for Prebend Gardens at the junction with Bath Rd LB Hounslow has been introducing a programme of traffic management restrictions across the borough throughout June and July. They have been phasing in their traffic changes, sorting out those they can do quickly with a few planters and bollards first, then moving on to to the ones which need expensive cameras

Chiswick aka the Wild West

Images above: Traffic signs showing Fisher's Lane road closed, at the south end and at the north end I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but I am beginning to feel almost sorry for the council. Somebody somewhere is working very hard to introduce the new traffic measures throughout Chiswick, in the fond belief that they are positive and beneficial, but Chiswick drivers ar

Chiswick traffic management changes, May – July 2020

Images above: Sign outlining changes in Fisher's Lane

Check this before venturing out in your car

Hounslow's Streetspace programme introduced significant changes to traffic management across the borough in May, June and July 2020. The various projects have mainly been introduced as experiments under temporary traffic orders and have been designed in line wi

‘Chris’s Fish Bar’ reopens in Chiswick after last month’s fire

Chiswick Conservative councillors elect new leader

Images above: Cllr Joanna Biddolph; Cllr Gerald McGregor

Cllr Gerald McGregor elected leader

Chiswick's Conservative councillors have elected Cllr Gerald McGregor as their leader, replacing Cllr Joanna Biddolph as the leader of the Conservative group on Hounslow Council. The Chiswick Calendar learned of the unexpected decision after the election was held at the group's A

‘Big river cleanup’ planned to raise funds for London Harbourmaster

Chiswick Flower Market opening Sunday 6 September

Chiswick School Duke of Edinburgh success

Bread Ahead opens in Chiswick High Rd

Independent bread shop Bread Ahead has opened on Chiswick High Rd. The bread shop, owned by baker Matthew Jones, is at  316 Chiswick High Rd, where Clifton News used to be. Matthew has built a strong reputation as a traditional baker, opening up in Borough Market in 1998 and building up a wholesale bakery, with two retail outlets in Sloane Square and in Beak St, Soho. He also teaches bread

There’s been a rash of no-shows in restaurants around the country – how do Chiswick’s restaurants fare?

Face masks mandatory in shops from 24 July

Hounslow to “get tough” on motorists

Image above: squashed planter on Turnham Green Terrace Keith Richards wrote last week about the 'mess' that is Turnham Green Terrace, where confusion reigns over unclear signage, tin planters and ugly plastic bollards scattered about. Supposedly they demarcate the areas where pedestrians can walk in a safely socially distanced fashion and wh

Green shoots appearing in the High Rd

Image above: Bread Ahead, opened in Chiswick High Rd 24 July 2020 Have you noticed how new businesses are popping up on the High Rd? “We’re really busy” says commercial agent Jojo Finn at MJ Finn Commercial. “Everyone’s come back to shopping in Chiswick, which is fantastic to see.” The lockdown has driven people back to their local shops, both out of practicality

Mayor’s plans to move City Hall criticised

Activities for Kids during the Summer Holidays

The long school holidays are upon us, but with a difference. Quarantines are now needed for many holiday destinations and many parents are cautious about flying. So what do you do with the kids for the next few weeks? If you haven’t already booked a “staycation” in another part of the country, other options are now (re)opening up here in London. Some are local gardens or businesses whi

Black Lives Matter protest on Ealing Common 26 July

EFL Statement: Outcome of Extraordinary General Meeting

At an Extraordinary General Meeting held earlier today, Tuesday 9 June, EFL clubs voted on proposals in respect of changes to EFL Regulations in the event season 2019/20 is curtailed. Proposals were submitted by Barnsley and Tranmere Rovers alongside amendments to an EFL Board proposal which were put forward by Lincoln City, Stevenage and Ipswich Town. Following a vote on each by all 71 Clubs,

Joy of Moving Home School festival success

The Joy of Moving Home School festival reached over 1,300 schools and engaged with thousands of families across England and Wales. Recognising that children would miss out on their school sports day this year, the Joy of Moving Home School Festival aimed to fill that void and give children and families great activities to do at home. Thousands took part late last month in the festival. The Home

Join “Road to Wembley” project and get active

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has launched a new project as part of their #BeeWell programme. The Road to Wembley project is a six-week exercise challenge, starting at Griffin Park and ending at Wembley Stadium. Fans can keep fit and tick off the miles as they make their way between the two historic stadiums. Each week you will be expected to walk/jog/run a certain number of miles in you

“Sport means he is learning without him realising it”

With countless “lockdown experiences” emerging across the country, nine-year-old Bodhi has a bucket list of things to do in a jar when all restrictions are lifted. His mum Caren explained that the lockdown has not been without challenges. She said: “Although we home educate, and have lots of resources, we still found it a bit difficult to establish a routine and ensure a balance betwee

Round-up of Community Sports Trust activities

Launch of #BeeatHome video The Trust launched their #BeeatHome video – highlighting the impact in our local communities over the past two months. You can watch the video here. ITV London News and BBC Radio London highlight the impact of Trust activity packs ITV London News covered the impact of