Local politicians join in condemnation of Israel

Hounslow Council's Labour group has joined the Borough's two Labour MPs in calling on Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to stop the violence against Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the planned evictions at Sheik Jarrah. Since the weekend Israel has faced international condemnation over the ongoing violence in Jerusalem, with repeated clashes between police and Palestinian worshipers in Jerusale

Chiswick Cheese Market launches this Sunday

The forecast for this Sunday is Gouda with light Bries, as a brand new Cheese Market pops up on the High Road. Truckles and wheels of specialty cheeses will be rolling in from all over the UK as far north as the Highlands. There will also be some of the best Europe has to offer, including Red Cow Parmesan, claiming to be the best in the world, and Alpine cheeses from France. 20 Cheese stalls

First pop up Antiques Market a success

By Barbara Chandler @sunnygran on Instagram Design writer for Homes & Property at the London Evening Standard

The V word is big in retail at the moment – that’s V for Vintage. Even John Lewis is floating a new vintage department

Chiswick House unveils Bring Into Being

New art works designed specifically for Chiswick House were unveiled at a special preview this morning ahead of the house and kitchen garden reopening on 27 May. Three contemporary artists have created installations continuing the artistic legacy of Chiswick House and Gardens, which was originally conceived in the 18th century as a “complete work of art”  with the grounds de

Chiswick Antiques Market in Pictures

Thanks to Barbara Chandler and Frank Noon for the pictures. Click an image to open the gallery view. Images above by Barbara Chandler I

Tickets on sale for this year’s Bedford Park Festival

By Torin Douglas Tickets have gone on sale for the 55th Bedford Park Festival, which will take place in front of live audiences next month, after being held ‘at home’ and online last year because of the pandemic. The Festival – known as ‘Chiswick’s favourite fortnight’ - will run from June 12th to 27th in St Michael & All An

PM confirms lockdown set to ease on 17 May

The Prime Minister has confirmed that the easing of England's lockdown restrictions will go ahead, claiming the data supported the decision. As a result the UK's covid alert level has been reduced from level four to level three, prior to the planned easing of lockdown on 17 May. The joint decision was made by the Chief Medical Officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as case

Viva Republic!

Kuldeep Mattegunta, head chef at Republic, puts finishing touches to one of his street food inspired dishes. Republic is at last set to open for diners on Chiswick High Road this Monday,  five months after their launch was scuppered by the Government announcing London was going into Tier 3. Chef Kuldeep Mattegunta and manager Mustaq Tappewale, both formerly of Kricket,

Drug dealers sentenced after being found with £300,000 worth of crystal meth

Two men have been jailed after being caught with almost £300,000 worth of crystal meth. Michael Harkin of Canterbury Place and Mehrab Akbari of Ealing Road were sentenced on Friday (7 May) to a combined total of 14 years and nine months in prison, following an operation led by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command. Officers' suspicions were raised when Harkin was observed having meets in car

Whale stuck at Teddington Weir put down

The baby minke whale which was stranded in the Thames has been euthanised. The whale, which was rescued in the early hours of Monday morning after getting beached by Richmond Lock & Weir, broke free from the rescue team near Isleworth and continued to swim further up stream before becoming stuck in Teddington. On Monday afternoon The British Divers Marine Life Rescue said the juvenile mi

Coot Watch at Chiswick House

By James Yates One of the few positives to emerge from the multiple lockdowns of the past year is an increasing appreciation for local nature and wildlife. Whether it has been watching small birds visiting a garden feeder, finding a new local green or taking up a new nature-themed hobby; lockdown has broadened our love for the outdoors as well as all the flora and f

Sadiq Khan re-elected London Mayor

Labour’s Sadiq Khan has been re-elected as Mayor of London. His victory was announced from City Hall on Saturday night. Sadiq Khan won 39% of first preference votes to Shaun Bailey’s 37%. After the second preference votes were counted, he took 1,206,034 votes, compared to Mr Bailey’s 977,601. In the 2016 London mayoral election he won with 44.2 per cent of the first preference vot

Conservative wins London SW seat

The Conservative candidate Nicholas Rogers has won the London SW seat on the Greater London Assembly. He will now represent LB Hounslow, Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames on the GLA. Speaking soon after his victory was announced, he said: “I want to thank the voters for placing their trust in me as their Assembly Member. Our three boroughs represent t

Police release video of armed arrest in Chiswick

The Metropolitan Police have released body worn video footage which shows armed officers arresting David Longhor, who was carrying two Skorpion machine guns and 40 rounds of ammunition in his back pack.  The BWV footage shows the moment of the arrest Longhor, 19, from Ealing was arrested in the early hours of Monday, 2 March close to C

Playing To The Crowds

Picture left by Lucinda MacPherson, picture right by Anna Kunst Did you hear a rather classy busker entertaining the queues at the flower market on Sunday? The last time David Juritz busked in Chiswick was back in 2007 at the start of a 50,000 mile world tour. David busking on world trip, can you guess where? Answer below. Now back on his home turf, the virtuo

Chiswick Flower Market in Pictures

Thanks to Anna Kunst and Frank Noon Images above by Anna Kunst - annakunstphotography.com   Images above by Frank Noon - 

New Antiques Market opens this Sunday on Chiswick High Road

Fancy a mooch around an antiques market this Sunday? Now you don’t have to travel far. A new monthly popup market starts on the 9th May with dealers from all over London and the Shires bringing their latest finds to showcase along Chiswick High Road. This once a month market will spread out along the south side of the High Road from the Police Station eastwards towards Hammersmith, wit

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

We bid a fond farewell to one of our Club Card members whose food deliveries were a silver lining for many of us over a year of lockdowns. Harriet and Alan Benton, top end event planners and caterers reinvented themselves as suppliers of elegant dishes for people stuck at home. Harriet’s friendly emails, extra touches – we were sent hearts on Valentine’s and wonderful team of volun

Richmond Park clamps down on dogs off their leads

Dogs will be required to be on leads in all areas of both Richmond and Bushy Park, from Tuesday 4 May, as the deer enter their birthing season. Dog walkers are "strongly advised" not to walk their dogs in the parks at all over this time, with lead-wearing being compulsory until 2 August. Up to 300 new fawns are expected to be born over this period. Along with their pregnant mothers, these d

Petition launched to prevent telecoms masts on ‘iconic’ Chiswick building

A petition calling to scrap the plans to install telecommunications equipment on the roof of a 'iconic' Chiswick building has been launched. The petition was submitted by a local resident, Lynne Metherell, who claims the masts will be a 'blot on the open spaces we value in the centre of Chiswick, visible from all sides.' The plans would see assorted steelwork including six antenna apertures

Good news and last push for Yeats Memorial

The London Borough of Hounslow granted planning permission for the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project on Friday (30th), which means it can claim a grant of £35,000 from London Borough of Hounslow’s Thriving Communities Fund to add to its final fundraising flurry. Celebrities and locals have rallied to support pledges for the artwork, Enwrought Light, which reaches its crowdfu

Surge testing in Hounslow after South African variant identified

Residents over the age of 16 who live in and around the Woodlands area of the London Borough of Hounslow will be asked to take a PCR COVID-19 test from tomorrow (Tuesday 4 May), whether they are showing COVID-19 symptoms or not. This follows the notification to the Council that a single case of the variant of concern first identified in South Africa has been identified in the Borough. Workin

Chiswick Lifeboat urges caution to river pub-goers

Chiswick Lifeboat are urging caution to pub-goers planning on drinking at venues along the Thames. Because current COVID guidelines do not allow for indoor drinking, pubs are making use of their outdoor spaces to accommodate customers more than ever. Chiswick RNLI fear this may increase the risk that those under the influence will end up in the river. Whilst noting there hasn't been any spec

Local elections: Meet the candidates for the SW London Assembly seat

The local elections are coming up this Thursday (6 May). The elections decide who runs local services - such as schools, libraries and bin collections - in 143 councils across the UK. Hounslow council isn't in the running this year, but residents will be able to vote in the London mayoral election, as well as vote for the London Assembly member for South West. The Chiswick Calendar's Matt

Chiswick Actors to star in Downton Abbey Sequel

Downton Abbey devotees are counting the months now that it has been confirmed that its highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster movie will be in cinemas this Christmas. Picture courtesy of ITV The first Downton Abbey film, itself a spin off from the hit TV series, featured a royal visit and the sequel picks up where it left off in the late 1920s. Fans can look f

SW London Assembly candidate: Conservatives

In the run up to the 2021 local elections on 6 May, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing the major contenders for the South West seat on the London Assembly. Nicholas Rogers is hoping to retain the seat for the Conservatives by relying on his previous experience in the public service sector, which he says will translate well into a role on the Assembly. See his interview with Matt Smith bel

SW London Assembly candidate: Labour

In the run up to the 2021 local elections on 6 May, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing the major contenders for the South West seat on the London Assembly. Hounslow councillor, Candice Atterton, is standing for The Labour Party. She says she hopes to utilise her passion for working to better young people's lives to flip the seat to Labour for the first time in two decades, in what she says i

‘Whatever you do think firstly of your walls’ William Morris

The Arts and Crafts movement is having a bit of a moment according to spring issues of home design magazines. House & Garden features a London Edwardian home decorated by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s interior designer, Ben Pentreath and this and his own London flat are clad in William Morris wallpapers. Emery Walker's drawing room. Picture by Paul Highnam

SW London Assembly candidate: The Green Party

In the run up to the 2021 local elections on 6 May, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing the major contenders for the South West seat on the London Assembly. The Green Party's candidate, councillor Andrée Frieze, is hoping to rack up some votes by prioritising the climate crisis and, what she describes, as London's housing affordability crisis. Andrée has worked closely with the current Gr

SW London Assembly candidate: Liberal Democrats

In the run up to the 2021 local elections on 6 May, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing the major contenders for the South West seat on the London Assembly. Gareth Roberts, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the seat, is already a pretty well established face in SW Londons politics. Gareth is a the leader of Richmond council and believes his experience in politics qualifies him for the seat