Lightopia Picture Gallery

We went to the the opening night of Lightopia in Chiswick House Grounds last night. Lightopia is the new winter light trail event for 2020 and this year includes some interactive illuminations. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Watch: Natalie Sawyer secures Season Ticket #TakeYourSeats

Brentford will kick off next season in a new stadium in the heart of West London.

Most Season Tickets will be sold at our Reservation Centre at Heritage Walk near Kew Bridge, where you will be shown a video of how the stadium will look and the view from your seat using state-of-the-art virtual reality.

Watch as Bees fan and talkSPORT Presenter Natalie Sawyer drops in to secure her seat for the 2020/21 campaign.

Season Tickets will be on sale to some Season Ticket Holders on Monday. If you’re a current Season Ticket Holder, the Reservation Centre has sent you an email (or will give you a call) to confirm your details and invite you to your appointment during your priority access window.

If you don’t have an email address or you haven’t received this email, please call us on 020 3750 9705 or email

Alternatively, don’t forget to join the waiting list for 2020/21 Season Tickets here now.

Become a “Mini Bee” at new sessions at Gunnersbury Park

Held at Gunnersbury Park’s new sports hub, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is relaunching its Mini-Bees programme in January.  Delivered by the Trust’s experienced football coaches, Mini Bees offers exciting football sessions at Gunnersbury Park’s new state-of-the-art facilities on Saturday mornings for children aged five-12 years old.

In January, the sessions will expand to offer children as young as 18-months old the opportunity to play football in a fun and engaging environment. Plus, for budding gymnasts, the Trust will be offering “Tumble Bees” gymnastic lessons for children aged 18 months to 12.

One parent whose son has attended the Mini Bees session, said: “I think the Mini Bees session is great – the coaches are very professional and are fantastic role models.”

The new facility, which boasts one of the largest outdoor sporting facilities in London, will mean local people will soon have access to a huge range of activities to help them maintain a fit and active lifestyle. Along with Mini Bees, the Trust will be offering adult and junior leagues football sessions – along with girls’ football sessions.

To pre-register for our football sessions click here and to pre-register for our gymnastic sessions click here. For more information about our Mini Bees programme, please email us at

‘No alignment’ with EU says Sajid Javid

Chancellor Sajid Javid told the business community last week that “there will not be alignment” with the EU on business regulations after Brexit and insists firms must “adjust” to new regulations.

Speaking to the Financial Times, he admitted not all businesses would benefit from Brexit.

The automotive, food and drink and pharmaceutical industries all warned the government last year that moving away from key EU rules would be damaging.

Asked how differing regulations between the UK and EU may impact industries such as automotive and pharmaceuticals, he said: “We’re also talking about companies that have known since 2016 that we are leaving the EU”.

Indeed they have. A lot of people in Chiswick work for GSK, the world leader in developing vaccines combatting diseases ranging from cervical cancer, to shingles and meningitis. It is also working on new TB treatment – a godsend for the developing world.

GSK estimates £70m + for Brexit costs

GSK has been implementing their contingency planning since January 2018.

‘Our priority is to maintain continuity of GSK’s supply of medicines, vaccines and health products to our patients and consumers in the UK and the EU’.

They’re looking at re-testing and certification of medicines; transferring Marketing Authorisations registered in the UK to an EU entity; updating packaging and packaging leaflets; amending manufacturing and importation licences, and securing additional warehousing, 

They’ve budgeted £70 million over the next two to three years, ‘with subsequent ongoing additional costs of approximately £50 million per year, including additional customs duties and transaction or administration costs’ just to maintain the status quo.

That’s £70 + that could have gone into the new treatment for TB they’re working on.


Builders Breakfast

Members of the Hounslow Cycling Campaign gave breakfast to the road workers who are creating the new Cycleway 9 junction and the north end of Kew Bridge on Saturday morning.

About 20 local residents turned up to offer egg and bacon rolls and coffee to the slightly bemused road crew on their breakfast break, among them Brentford councillors Guy Lambert and Katherine Dunne and keen cyclist, broadcaster Jeremy Vine.

The workers are building protected cycle lanes at the junction with improved pedestrian facilities, including a new pedestrian crossing by Kew Bridge Station. The work started before Christmas and is expected to continue until April.

Michael Robinson, borough co-ordinator for Hounslow Cycling, denied it was a PR stunt meant as a deliberate provocation to those who oppose the cycle lane. It was purely to thank the road crew for making improvements to the area, he told me.

“The South Circular and Kew Bridge junction are currently dominated by motor traffic and are hostile and intimidating to people on bikes and on foot. 

“We thought it would be a good idea to thank them”.

Chiswick Clean Up Sunday 26 January

Cllr Ron Mushiso is organising one of his regular litter picking sessions, this Sunday (26 January).

Join him and Cllr Gabriella Giles at 2,00pm, outside Chiswick railway station (on the East bound side facing the Co-op on Burlington Lane). Do it for an hour and then relax with the group from 3.00pm at the Old Station House.

“Committing to just over an hour of their time, one Sunday a month, is not such a stretch as you know” says Ron.

“It get gets us out and about walking, being active and mingling. And it actually does a lot of good in creating an awareness for our local environment and educating the rest of the public to think twice about littering and fly tipping”.


Hogarth Club introduces new fitness programme

Guest blog by Vojin Soskic

The New Year is here. Predictably it is back with a bang and not just if you saw some fireworks. On the crest of that wave, we can exclusively reveal a brand new product at The Hogarth.

We introduce to you… The Hogarth Octagon Health and Fitness tests!

January is a popular time in gyms but we know there is danger of not maintaining the momentum in the coming months. One of the ways to stick to it is to set goals which are specific and measurable. These can then be reset as you reach one to target another. The Octagon tests will be a great way of achieving long term success.

Whether you are a beginner or a more seasoned exerciser everyone will have areas for improvement and the Octagon measures 8 categories in Health and 8 in Fitness, which will give you a starting point from which you can aim to improve and retest down the line.

Photographs above: Octagon Health testing

The Hogarth Octagon Health test will screen for 8 cardiovascular disease risk factors: age, family history, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, blood pressure, body mass index, diabetes and cholesterol. Whilst risk factors like age or family history cannot be affected the other six can be tackled proactively. Whether you need to lower your blood pressure or increase your activity levels we will help you do that. Even if you are not at risk from any of these, don’t wait until you are and keeping fit will combat them ahead of time. Think of it as a health M.O.T.

We can get through it all in less than 20 minutes and you will be much better informed about your health status. It might feel like being back at school as you will be graded from A-E at the end.

Photographs above: Octagon Fitness testing

As for The Hogarth Octagon Fitness tests, do not worry it is not an entry exam for the army! In half an hour it will look at strength and cardio as part of it, but it will also look at the quality of your movement. We will assess control, flexibility and mobility. The 8 tests will each determine a score out of 5. The range of motion of your muscles will directly impact what you can or cannot do in exercise and everyday life.

For this we will check ankle, posterior hip, anterior hip and upper body mobility. An overhead squat will be assessed for depth of movement and control. Single leg stability will test both sides individually as the ankle, knee and hip joints work in unison during the exercise. Your core strength will be scrutinised with an abdominal curl test. You will finish with a 3-minute Watt Bike test from which we can measure your aerobic capacity.

The variety of these tests will paint a comprehensive picture of your fitness and you will get an overall score from 1-5 alongside the individual categories. This should give you the impetus to work on areas of improvement and consolidate your strengths.

You can book in for either the Health or the Fitness Octagon. Or you can do both in under an hour.

The new decade has begun and at The Hogarth we are always looking at evolving in our quest to help people improve in their aspirations. We feel The Octagon will be able to enhance a clearer vision for everyone’s goals in 2020!

Hope to see you at the gym desk soon.

Vojin Soskic runs the gym at the Hogarth Club

The Hogarth Club sponsors The Chiswick Calendar and offers Club Card members an exclusive membership deal.



Ealing refunds parking fines

Guest blog by Cllr Andrew Steed

Did you get a parking permit reminder?

This was a story from last autumn: Ealing Council had a IT meltdown with the result residents did not receive reminders to renew their permits. Upto 3,000 Ealing residents subsequently ended up with a parking fine. Many appealed but the Council response was that it was up to residents to renew and rejected appeals. Local LDs raised the issue with parking, with the Portfolio Holder, the Chief Executive and asked questions at Full Council. To be frank it looked like the Council were adamant and would not do the decent thing. However I began to hear anecdotal stories that some of those who appealed were receiving notices cancelling the fines and refunds issued. It has now been confirmed that the Council will refund all residents who were penalised as a result of the Council’s own failure.

Crime down in Southfield?

Last Tuesday I attended our local Police Panel with 30 other residents. All wards in London have, or should have Police Panels, it is a key ingredient of Community Policing. Over the years Southfield has benefitted from some effective Chairs, committed ward sergeants and dedicated PCSOs and a team of Street Watchers. On this occasion we were joined by Inspector Leigh Ballard who manages the 23 wards in the Borough. Topics included doorbell cameras, thefts of catalytic converters, fly-tipping, and the relationship between the various ward police teams. Overall crime is down in Southfield year on year.


As the discussion forum indicates this is a big issue at the moment with a number of proposals in the ward and neighbouring the ward. The TfL proposal for Bollo Lane is actually in South Acton but will impact us significantly: the initial consultation gave the impression there would be something in the region of 400 units-to now discover it will be twice that number is shocking. The Stanley Road development with a planned 22 storey tower is also a concern, with local opposition growing and getting organised. Closer to home, as it is actually in the ward, are the plans for Cobbald Way, the site is currently a car park behind Greenend Road, adjacent to Acton Pumping Station. This last application is due to go to the Planning Committee soon, maybe in February, and I will speak against it.

Ward Forums – the final chapter?

Hounslow has Area Forums, Ealing has Ward Forums. Credit where it is due, the Ward Forum was originally a Conservative initiative. Over recent years Labour reduced the recommended number of meetings, the extent of officer support, and the budget to spend locally. Our meeting in St Albans Church on the 1st April will be the last such meeting. We maintained four meetings a year, lived with limited officer support, and enjoyed being challenged by residents. The ability to fund local improvements, be it lighting in our parks, helping local charities, or contributing to the Turnham Green Murals was appreciated by all. It is a great shame and without wishing to sound too dramatic, bad for local government and local democracy.

Cllr Andrew Steed is one of three Lib Dem councillors representing Ealing borough’s Southfield ward.

Green shoots in the housing market

Guest blog by James Waight

Welcome to our first Chiswick property market blog of the year and decade. As the cloud of political uncertainly recedes, green shoots begin to emerge for the market.

Regardless of your political persuasion, having more clarity about the direction of our country is creating greater confidence amongst buyers. There is a huge amount of pent up demand and it didn’t take long for us to agree our first sale of the year, a lovely two-bedroom apartment in Goodwood House at the asking price.

We are hoping this positive result is an omen for the rest of the year. The mood amongst property professionals is bullish, the vast majority expect property transactions to increase and modest price growth.

Certainly the early indicators are encouraging, the number of buyers registering is up massively on last year as is the number of viewings we have carried out.

As I write this blog we have just agreed the sale of a charming house on Wilton Avenue within one week of marketing, after receiving multiple bids. This is not unusual as there is still a shortage of available properties, so now could be a prudent time to market your home.

If you would like any advice on selling, buying or renting please don’t hesitate to contact us, alternatively feel free to pop into our office on Turnham Green Terrace.

James Waight is Associate Director of John D Wood & Co estate agents in Chiswick. John D Wood & Co sponsors The Chiswick Calendar.

Man in the Middle – Chapter 19: Reeling in the years

A middle aged man decides his elderly mother can no longer cope alone. Squeezed by the demands of the demographic time bomb and the requirements of the rest of the family, the Man in the Middle is bemused that life has become a hi-wire act, just when he thought it should start getting easier. How can he keep everyone happy and survive with his sanity intact?

If you’d like to begin at the beginning and missed the first instalment, you can read
No. 1: The Letter here

No.19 Reeling in the years

There is a black and white picture of Mother on our sitting room wall. She’s in an editing suite. It is 1941. She is working at Denham Studios as a third assistant editor on a film called ‘One of Our Aircraft is Missing’.

In her left hand she is gently pinching a length of film tape and with her right hand she is reeling the tape into a film wheel. Her dark black hair is long and combed back from her forehead and she is smiling at the photographer, as if the War did not exist. In the background, there is an Emergency Exit sign.

The picture hangs alongside a cluster of other family photographs on the wall next to the entrance to our kitchen. The children have nicknamed it the ‘Wonder Wall’. This is not a reference to the Oasis song but to the fact that when they look at the old pictures of me, they wonder how I ever got so badly out of shape.

‘You actually have hair all over your head in this one,’ says my son, slightly shocked, looking at a picture of me at university.

‘You’ve only got one chin in this one,’ says my daughter, pointing at me at an industry awards ceremony. ‘It must have been just after this that you started to let yourself go.’

‘That wall is meant to be a museum celebrating our family, not a reason for body shaming me,’ I say.

‘More mausoleum in your case,’ says my son.

My wife tells me I should not be offended by their disparaging comments about my current body shape. She thinks the comments are meant affectionately.

‘Anyway, they can’t help it. They’re at an age when they’re hormonally programmed to be body conscious. On top of that, they’re bombarded every day by social media images of young people with perfect hair and well-toned torsos. Is it surprising they find old pictures of you disappointing in comparison?’

This is not the reassurance I was hoping for. But I agree that social media and ‘Love Island’ have got a lot to answer for.

‘You can’t blame ‘Love Island’ for your lack of exercise or the second portions of spaghetti carbonara you’ve longingly wound around your fork all these years,’ says my wife.

In the picture, Mother is not the rice paper thin person she is now. She is a seventeen-year-old with puppy fat cheeks. I wonder if there is a genetic excuse for my ever-growing jowls?

‘Not really, darling. You were always a pig when it came to food,’ says Mother. ‘Don’t you remember at school they nicknamed you ‘wobbler’?’’

I do now. Wobbler. When I tried to run, I looked like a Telly Tubby chasing Usain Bolt.

‘Your father wasn’t very sporty, unless you count golf as a sport, which would be ridiculous. But he loved cooking. He was very proud of you because you cooked your first souffle aged ten.’

Out of her bag, Mother pulls a black and white photograph of me on the balcony of the flat where I was born. I am about six. I am staring intently at a large plate of food and have a white dishcloth tied around my neck as a bib. My elbows are level with my shoulders and I have speared my knife and fork into the food like a surgeon. The photo is too faded now to identify the food on the plate but whatever it is, I am looking forward to eating it. A lot.

‘Why don’t you hang this picture up on the wall with the other family photos?’ asks Mother.

‘Stowin’ away the time?’

I find myself mouthing the line from the Steely Dan song ‘Reeling in the Years’.

‘I don’t understand,’ she says.

‘Hanging it up there is a way of stowing away the past. Only in full view.’

‘If you want to be pretentious that’s up to you. I just thought it would be nice to see how sweet you were as a young child.’

Lightopia opens at Chiswick House 

Lightopia opens in the grounds of Chiswick House on 22 January 2020 and continues throughout February.

A series of illuminated sculptures all around the gardens create a magical wonderland after dark and visitors can control some of the extraordinary sculptures using touch pads and drums.

Following on from Chinese lantern displays in previous years, the handmade silk installations by Outreach Creative combine ancient techniques of Chinese lantern making with modern technology to create spectacular outdoor show.

This year’s display is much more interactive than previous shows. There are 45 groups of light installations, including the Tree of Life centrepiece: a 10m tall sculpture surrounded by 20 drums, which the public can use to change the tree’s colours.

In another part of the grounds there’s a stunning 18m long peacock. Light pulses through its wings in time with the beat of the music.

Photographs by Ray Marsh

Elsewhere there’s a display of 70,000 individual flickering roses, there are enormous glowing eggs which change colour when rocked, and musical buttons on the ground which create musical light shows when stepped on.

The installations have been designed by contemporary artist Ava Moradi, with a mission to create an immersive artistic experience for visitors of all ages, around the theme of Harmony. The event also features acrobats and musicians.

Photographs by Ray Marsh

Tickets for Lightopia cost £20 for adults, £13 for children and £58 for family tickets (1 adult and 3 children, or 2 adults and 2 children).

Entry from 5.00pm – 9.00pm.

Buy tickets here

Choose the next image for the W4th Plinth

The W4th Plinth art space was launched by Abundance London in September 2019, taking its name from the Trafalgar Square 4th plinth of rotating artworks. Sir Peter Blake’s collage of the Chiswick Empire music hall theatre has occupied the space on the wall of the railway at Turnham Green Terrace thus far. Now it’s time for the next piece of art to take its place. A panel led by Sir Peter Blake has selected a shortlist of four, and it is now down to you to choose its successor.

Karen Liebreich of Abundance London writes:

‘While Sir Peter Blake’s Chiswick Empire Theatre held the stage magnificently for the first six months, we welcomed submissions for the next artwork. We had 31 entries, of very high quality, and it was a difficult decision. A panel led by Sir Peter Blake selected the shortlist of four, and these are now subject to public vote to decide which one will be installed for the next six months on the wall overlooking the piazza at Turnham Green Terrace.

Voting opened on 19 January and closes at midnight on the last day of February. The winning entry will be installed in March. We are now inviting submissions for the next work, to be installed in September.’

Abundance London will pay for the printing and installation.

Shortlisted works

Images above: Penny the Orangutan by David Kimpton; Chiswick House Dog Show by the late Alfred Daniels

David Kimpton: Penny the Orangutan

Indonesian rainforests are being cleared to create palm oil plantations. Our artwork was created to raise funds for the Sumatran Orangutan Society, whose message is ‘every penny counts’ in the fight to save the endangered animals and their environment.

Alfred Daniels: Chiswick House Dog Show

In 2014 Danny (the late Alfred Daniels) was asked to design a poster for the Chiswick House Dog Show. He enthusiastically agreed but had never used dogs as subjects before and needed some photos. Jan Preece, Chair of the Show committee, gave him a selection and from these Danny put together this painting.

Images above: Oh Vincent! by Flor Ferraco; We are all Characters by Suzan Inceer

Flor Ferraco: Oh Vincent!

“Vincent screams freedom, movement and hope. What your eyes can feel is what I want you to receive. As he said, ‘What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything…”

Suzan Inceer: We are all Characters

“It’s a London sofa, a London street, the Thames at the top left. There is an audience, but it’s unclear – who is the entertainment? Are they communicating? Being understood? Or are they/we just shouting in a language known to no one else? I, for one, am curious.”

Which one will you vote for?

To vote (or submit a new artwork), visit

The Chiswick Calendar – Sipsmith Community Activism awards

Thanks to all those who came to our party last week in the Boston Room at George IV, celebrating five years of The Chiswick Calendar.

The Chiswick Calendar is a Community Interest Company. We provide daily events listings of all that’s happening in the Chsiwick area, the Club Card scheme to enable local businesses to offer deals and discounts to local residents, the weekly newsletter and the events we put on – the monthly Jazz at George IV and our Media Club. We’ve recently relaunched this website and it’s now how we want it to be, fast, reliable and easy to find your way round, thanks to web developer Dawn Wilson, software engineer James Willcocks and our main content producer Alice Gilkes.

We would be able to do none of this without the support of our sponsors John D Wood & Co, who have backed us almost since the beginning, and Asahi, who took over the sponsorship when they took over the Griffin brewery from Fuller’s. Also our partners the Hogarth Club, ArtsEd and Chiswick Auctions.

Ruth Cadbury was not able to come to the party but sent us this lovely message:

“Congratulations Bridget on the amazing work you’ve done through Chiswick Calendar and its offshoots, to bring people in Chiswick together in a way that is both imaginative and productive.  Chiswick is a richer place because of Chiswick Calendar and I thank you.”

Thanks also to Sipsmith, who provided bottles of London Dry Gin for the winners of our Community Activism Awards, and to Fiona at the Bell & Crown at Strand on the Green, who provided a voucher for lunch for two for one of our winners who doesn’t drink alcohol.

Who were the ten winners and what had they done to deserve their award? Some have worked hard to provide lovely cultural activities we all enjoy; some have got stuck in to physical labour to improve our environment, or gone out of their way to help people. Others have literally risked life and limb to rescue people.

2020 Chiswick Calendar – Sipsmith Community Activism Award winners

Image above: Left Julian Worricker; centre Andrea Carnevali; right Bridget Osborne; photograph by Jon Perry

Andrea Carnevali – Chiswick Oasis

Three years ago St Mary’s RC School in Chiswick discovered it was on the list of the 50 most polluted schools in London, because of its position next to the A4. In those three years Andrea Carnevali has gone from knowing next to nothing about air pollution or fund raising to becoming the fount of all knowledge on both. As a result, having raised more than £100,000, last summer the Mayor of London opened the Chiswick Oasis, the ‘green wall’ along the side of the playground, with some 12,000 plants intended to mitigate the worst effects of air pollution inside the school grounds. Andrea is looking to share his new-found expertise with any other schools who would like to do something similar.

Images above: Paul Hyman; Joanna Brendon

Paul Hyman – In The Drink

Sir David Attenborough has been in the news again this past week saying we have reached the ‘moment of crisis’ with climate change. It was his series Blue Planet which made many of us aware of the extent of the problem of plastic waste in the oceans, with those images of a sperm whale trying to eat a plastic bucket. Paul Hyman, who runs the Active 360 paddleboarding outfit at Kew Bridge, has been an environmental activist for many years and has been instrumental in setting up the In the Drink campaign, to stop single use plastic being used, especially near rivers. He organises regular clear-ups of canals in London and our bit of the River Thames by paddleboard, and has recently been talking to the organisers of the Boat Race to see what can be done to stop the monumental amount of rubbish which ends up in the river every year.

Joanna Brendon – Artists At Home

Artists At Home has been running in Chiswick for nearly 50 years. Arguably it was the first Open Studios in the country. Every year artists open their homes and studios over one weekend in June and we are all invited to wander round and have a look at their work. They now have about 80 artists in 60 or so locations in Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush. Joanna Brendon has been involved in Artists At Home for many years. She used to run it. They she looked after its promotion – which is how I got to know her. She stepped down from the Artists At Home committee, but has been made an honorary member for all her years of service to promoting artists in west London.

Images above: Denny Anthony receiving his award; to see his face you will find him on the very far left of the crowd scene!

Denny Anthony – Hogarth Youth Centre

The Hogarth Youth Centre at the end of Duke’s Rd has been a life saver for the generations of kids and parents who have used it over the past 40 years or so. They provide after school and school holiday activities while hard pressed parents are working. Chiswick has pockets of poverty which go unnoticed in the general description of the leafy suburb being such a great place to live. It’s not so great if you have no money. I went to a fundraiser at the Hogarth Centre recently, because it is no longer council funded and now has to stand on its own two feet financially. A string of parents stood up and made statements about how grateful they were to the centre’s lead youth worker Denny Anthony for his support and guidance, that had made and continues to make a real, material difference to their lives.

Images above: Donna Schoenherr; Jan Preece

Donna Schoenherr – Move Into Wellbeing

Donna Schoenherr settled in Chiswick some 20 years ago, from New York, where she’d been a professional ballet dancer, touring the world with several different dance companies. She set up Ballet4Life which offers dance classes for adults, and Move Into Wellbeing which specifically offers dance and movement classes for people with restricted movement. She was nominated in last year’s One Dance UK for Inspirational Work in Education and as an Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner.

Jan Preece – Chiswick House Dog Show

The Dog Show at Chiswick House is a fantastic event. Hundreds, if not thousands of dogs descend on the Cricket pitch every September and it’s become the biggest dog show in London. Every year they have prizes for all sorts of daft canine achievements. There’s a  fancy dress theme for dogs and owners and celebrity judges. Jan Preece chairs the committee that runs it. So thank you to Jan for just providing a free fun day out.

City Harvest

City Harvest London is a charity which takes surplus food from restaurants and supermarkets and distributes it to organisations around London which feed the hungry. They’re actually based in Acton but they do work in Chiswick. Unfortunately they couldn’t be at the party to pick up their award. They’re about to start a series of supper clubs, about which there will be more details in The Chiswick Calendar newsletter.

Images above: Cllr Ron Mushiso; Geraldine King

Ron Mushiso – Litter picking

Being a local councilor can be a thankless task. Hours of tedious meetings. Reams of documents to read through. People moaning at you. Ron Mushiso does all that, has a full-time job as a teacher and still finds time to organise litter picking sessions.

Geraldine King – Chiswick House & Gardens Trust

Geraldine King is the head gardener at Chiswick House. She could say that thousands of people and dogs traipsing through her precious gardens was unthinkable. But instead she seems to embrace the challenge and manages to keep the gardens looking fantastic all year round, despite the fact that it’s a favourite place for people to walk and for children to play. For the past few years they’ve won a host of awards in London in Bloom, including Heritage Park of the year, best Walled Garden and the People’s Choice. She does it all with an army of volunteers, but she’s the brains of the operation.


There’s been a lifeboat station at Chiswick Pier since 2002. It quite quickly became the second busiest station in the whole of the UK and Ireland, second only to Tower Bridge. In the time they’ve been running they’ve carried out more than 3,600 rescues and rescued over 1,750 people. Last year was the busiest since 2004, with 235 call-outs. The Chiswick station has nine staff and the rest of its crew members are all volunteers. The RNLI is funded entirely by its own fundraising.

Wayne Bellamy, who originally worked on lifeboats in Vancouver, is the station manager. Andy Mayo was originally a volunteer on the Dover lifeboat and joined the Chiswick crew in 2003. He’s now a full-time helmsman. David Clarke was in at the beginning and is now the station’s press officer, having retired from crewing. Guto Harri is better known as a writer and broadcaster, but is also a volunteer crew member at Chiswick. His late father was a volunteer for the RNLI in the Arran Islands.

They only do things together, as a crew, so they came up as a crew to receive their awards.

Photograph below: Bridget Osborne by Jon Perry



Keira Knightley’s new film, created by Rebecca Frayn

Keira Knightley stars in a new film released in March, about the disruption of the 1970 Miss World contest by Women’s Lib protesters. I spoke to the film’s creator Rebecca Frayn, who lives in Chiswick.

1970. Hot pants and bell-bottomed trousers. Glam Rock and glitter. Edward Heath became prime minister. There were widespread protests in America against the Vietnam war. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian hijacked four passenger planes. Terrorist groups with odd names like the Angry Brigade and the Weathermen pursued their singular agendas. Mick Jagger was fined £200 for the possession of cannabis. Paul McCartney left the Beatles. Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Joan Baez performed at the Isle of Wight Festival and the first Glastonbury Festival was held. Protest and youth counterculture dominated the headlines.

Central to that heady mix was the fight for women’s rights. The Women’s Liberation Movement was new and making waves. In New York some 50,000 women took part in the Women’s Strike for Equality, which demanded abortion on demand, free childcare and equal opportunity in the workplace. In London, Women’s Lib protesters disrupted the Miss World contest, hosted by Bob Hope at the Albert Hall, throwing flour bombs, squirting water pistols and shouting ‘moo’ in protest at the ‘cattle market’.

Images: Lesley Manville and Greg Kinnear; Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Misbehaviour 

I vaguely remember it. Five women were arrested, and made a mockery of the proceedings at Bow Street Magistrates Court, calling the magistrate ‘daddy’. There’s little record of it now and the protest might have passed into history as no more than a feminist footnote, had writer and film maker Rebecca Frayn not pounced on the story and decided to write a screenplay. Rebecca has a track record of making films about women, (Annie Leibovitz, Leni Riefenstahl, Norah Ephron, Aung San Suu Kyi and the BBC 2 documentary Tory Wives). She also knows a thing or two about campaigning, having set up the We CAN environmental movement, which lobbied the government to take action on climate change in the run up to the 2010 Copenhagen Conference.

Photograph: Rebecca Frayn by James Willcocks

“Golliwog moment”

In 1970 Rebecca was still a child. “For me it was what I call a ‘golliwog moment’” she tells me, where something everyone was familiar with, which was completely normal and unremarkable, was suddenly seen in a different light. “As a young woman you had a sense that something was amiss and oppressive, and you didn’t know what it was”.

She grew up watching Miss World, as did millions of people around the world, as family viewing on primetime television. The women paraded in swimsuits as their breasts and hips were evaluated, and turned in a long line across the stage as the camera panned across their backsides. How was that ok? How was that ever considered acceptable? There’s a great line in the film (penned by co-writer Gaby Chiappe) in which the main protagonist, Sally Alexander, is at home with her mother and takes exception to her encouraging her little sister to twirl around like a beauty queen. “You used to love playing Miss World when you were a little girl” says the mother. “Yes and we also liked eating our own snot” retorts Sally.

Image: Jessie Buckley and Keira Knightley as Jo Ann Robinson and Sally Alexander just before it all kicks off

Like me, Rebecca was dimly aware of the disruption of the Miss World contest at the time, but it was listening to The Reunion on Radio 4, which brought the five women who were arrested back together to reminisce, which made her realise the potential for a feature film.

The dramatic possibilities of the flour bombs and water pistols were a given, but she was also attracted by the women’s wit and anarchic exuberance. “They had a great sense of mischief and humour” she says. They defended themselves in court, calling Bob Hope and Miss World organiser Eric Morley as witnesses, and when they declined to appear, calling a policeman to take the stand to ask him questions like ‘who washes your socks?’ and ‘who irons your shirts?’ to ‘put Patriarchy in the dock’.

There’s also a clash of civil rights issues, as this was the first Miss World won by a Black contestant (Miss Grenada). In the film version, the Miss World organisers have brought in four Black judges to answer allegations of racism, and to introduce a Black and a White contestant to represent South Africa, as they were under pressure from the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

Even so she found it hard to raise any interest for her script. It was Pathé who took it up, who also made Pride and Made in Dagenham. They evidently have a thing for grass roots struggles, social realism with a dollop of earthy British wit.

“Six months later the women’s marches happened and the Me Too movement took off.” The film company realised they were onto something. Shining a light on a moment where a civil rights movement found the spotlight was suddenly topical.

“Things shifted” says Rebecca. “The project took on an energy. It was easier to get Keira Knightley.”

Keira Knightley plays Sally Alexander, the intellectual leader of the group, who still teaches history at University College, London. Her character explains the serious rationale behind the protest: “This competition makes us compete with each other and makes the world narrower for all of us in the end”.

While Keira Knightley is the headline Hollywood A lister, she is also backed up by a brilliant cast. Jessie Buckley plays another of the protesters, Jo Ann Robinson, who was more of a firebrand: “They’re turning oppression into a spectacle. Let’s make a spectacle of our own”.

Phyllis Logan is Sally’s mother; Keeley Hawes plays Julia Morley, (who is still running beauty pageants in far off countries where they’re still acceptable, and who refused to meet Rebecca when she was doing her research). Rhys Ifans plays her partner, the late Eric Morley, and Greg Kinnear plays Bob Hope (who can still be seen somewhere on Youtube dodging flour bombs in the real event, says Rebecca).

Images of Misbehaviour courtesy of Pathé Films

The film has been made by an all-female team – written by Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe, produced by Suzanne Mackie and Sarah-Jane Wheale and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, the only female director to have won a Bafta.

Misbehaviour will be in cinemas from 13 March.


Watch: Players’ Christmas visit to West Middlesex Hospital

Pontus Jansson, Ollie Watkins, Bryan Mbeumo, David Raya, and Joel Valencia spent time distributing presents, signing autographs, and chatting to adult patients on the Kew Ward at West Middlesex University Hospital before Christmas. At the same time, Simon Andersson, Jonny Mitchell, Ali Coote, and Joe Hardy visited the Starlight Children’s Ward to spread some Christmas cheer in the run up to the big day.

Club hosts lunch for older residents

Dozens of the area’s older residents were treated to a sumptuous meal at the Annual BFC Christmas Luncheon, held in The Hive, at Griffin Park. This event, now in its ninth season, was put a week before Christmas Day. More than 50 people from local church and community groups, as well as Lifeline members and attendees from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust programmes, enjoyed the festivities.

Attendees enjoyed a three-course meal, supplied by the Brentford FC catering staff, with traditional turkey on offer. The afternoon continued with guests singing Christmas carols playing bingo and taking part in a quiz compiled by Peter Gilham. Further entertainment was also enjoyed by the guests and there were goody bags to take away. Buzz Bee was on hand to join in the celebrations and a great time was had by all.

The Club would like to thank Levy UK, the official food and hospitality partner at Brentford Community Stadium, for their support of the event. They provided table decorations, mince pies and crackers to ensure the event went with a bang. Left over mince pies and decorations were donated to Hounslow Community FoodBox.

Watch: Christmas Comes to Griffin Park

Supporters young and old got into the festive spirit at our annual Christmas with The Bees event. The gates at Griffin Park were thrown open with the First Team squad signing autographs, posing for photos, and running activities in the run-up to the big day.

Brentford FC 2020/21 Season Ticket pricing update

In case you missed it, most Season Tickets at our new stadium will be purchased from our Reservation Centre (in person or on the phone) and current Season Ticket Holders will be able to purchase up to two additional Season Tickets and form a group of up to 12 supporters*.

We’ve emailed our current Season Ticket Holders with their login details to access our Online Reservation Centre so they can create their group and confirm their contact details ahead of their appointment at the Reservation Centre. Estimated on sale dates for 2020/21 Season Tickets can be found here.

We’ve also sent our Season Ticket brochures by post to current Season Ticket Holders and confirmed that Early Bird prices at the new stadium will expire on Thursday 30 April and will not increase should we get promoted to the Premier League. It also means that, current Season Ticket Holders, Members and their guests will have exclusive access to the Early Bird prices at the new stadium. Full prices and more information about 2020/21 Season Tickets can be found online here.

You can also find the answers to frequently asked questions about 2020/21 Season Tickets in our FAQs here.

With 2019/20 Club Memberships still available for only £25 Adults and £5 Juniors, this is another great reason to join our 4,000 current Members and gain priority access to Season Tickets in the new stadium.

Become a Club Member now

Alternatively, you can also join our Season Ticket waiting list at

*Subject to availability. Season Ticket Holders will be able to buy two additional Season Tickets in the one purchase. These could be for new Season Ticket Holders, or fellow Season Ticket Holders who are in a later priority window group. Season Ticket Holders can also group up with fellow Season Ticket Holders and their ‘plus two’s’. This will allow you to team up with others that you want to sit with, up to a maximum group size of 12 – assuming your group contains at least four Season Ticket Holders. This will be strictly monitored and we reserve the right to amend this policy should sales exceed expectations. The make-up of your group may impact on where you can sit – larger groups with more new fans will need to move to less central locations to ensure that longer term fans are not unfairly displaced.

Players spread Christmas cheer at West Middlesex Hospital

They have been delivering on the pitch in recent weeks but on Monday members of the First Team and B Team squad delivered in a different way at West Middlesex University Hospital.

Pontus Jansson, Ollie Watkins, Bryan Mbeumo, David Raya, and Joel Valencia spent time distributing presents, signing autographs, and chatting to adult patients on the Kew Ward while Simon Andersson, Jonny Mitchell, Ali Coote, and Joe Hardy visited the Starlight Children’s Ward to spread some Christmas cheer in the run up to the big day.

The visit has become a tradition with gifts donated by Brentford Football Club players and staff handed over to adults and children who have to spend time in hospital over the Christmas period.

Brentford FC top scorer Ollie Watkins said: “It’s nice to put a smile on people’s faces and give them a little surprise. Coming here opens your eyes and you realise how lucky we are to do what we love to do. It really makes you appreciate the little things.”

Director of Nursing at West Middlesex University Hospital, Vanessa Sloane said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Brentford FC for visiting our patients and for the kind gifts. Everyone was delighted to meet the players and it was a lovely festive treat at what can be a difficult time to be in hospital. Together with our charity CW+, we are very proud to be working with Brentford FC and incredibly grateful for all the support they show us and our patients throughout the year. We wish them lots of luck in their next match on Boxing Day.”

Become a Brentford Sports FEST ambassador just like Anna

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s biggest event of the year returns on April 5 2020. The Brentford Sports FEST will return next year with the popular 10k & 5k trail runs and 5k Walk & Talk, through the private grounds of Syon Park.

The event continues to go from strength to strength and this year we are excited to announce our new event Ambassadors. All event ambassadors are regular runners, ranging from beginner to more experienced. Our ambassadors will be able to share their experience and help anyone that needs extra information regarding our event in April.

We are happy to announce our first Brentford Sports FEST ambassador, Anna Rutowicz. Anna participated in the 5k run in 2019  and is a regular attendee at Park Run in Gunnersbury Park. Anna started running at the beginning of this year and since taking part in regular training and different running events including the  Brentford Sports FEST, her passion for the sport has grown along with her motivation to encourage others to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Ambassador Kit:

  • Unique code to book your place
  • Ambassador referral code – 20 per cent offer for ambassador referrals
  • Marketing Collateral and Brentford Sports FEST 2019 giveaway shirts

If you would like to become a Brentford Sports FEST ambassador, please contact

Anna’s Story:

“I started running frequently just this year after getting involved in a local charity 5k. The sense of achievement after completing the run inspired me to challenge myself further, signing up for the Vitality London 10k. I began regular training and came across Brentford Sports FEST, which was taking place a couple of weeks before the anticipated 10k. Taking part in the Sports FEST was such a fun experience that contributed to my motivation and confidence in running long distance. Fast forward to now and I am training for my first ever half marathon!

“Last year’s Sports FEST was very well organised. With a range of activities and running distances, including a family walk and talk, there really was something for everyone. The course took place in the grounds of Syon Park including sections that are usually closed off to the general public, making for a picturesque and interesting route, definitely one to track on Strava. Overall, the event was fun, relaxed and family friendly. Events like this really bring the local community together and I am looking forward to Brentford Sports FEST 2020!’’

Award winner Ben talks about his coaching journey

Ben Lampert, the UK’s only full-time deaf football coach, was among the winners at this year’s UK Coaching Awards. Ben, who works for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, took home the Changing Lives Award – supported by Sport England. And his story has continued to attract media attention

Through his Deaf Sports Plus project with the Trust, Ben breaks down barriers by providing free sporting activities to deaf children. That is in addition to working with hearing and deaf children in West London schools, where he coaches football and teaches sign language. New for 2019, the Changing Lives Award is awarded to a coach who is leading the way to empower, inspire and connect people from diverse communities to overcome life challenges using the power of Great Coaching.

Ben spoke at length about his coaching journey to the AFP news agency and explained about his work coaching with the Trust and elsewhere. That piece can be read here.

Brentford staff and players have been busy in the media with lots of stories around the Club attracting national interest. Head Coach Thomas Frank sat down with John Cross, from the Daily Mirror, and that piece can be read here. Co-Director of Football Phil Giles spoke to The Guardian for a piece that can be seen here and Pontus Jansson did an interview with The Sun that can be seen here.

Radio link-up for youngsters

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust teamed up with local radio station Westside Radio to offer a DJ masterclass to young people living in Ealing in October. The partnership saw young people from our intervention projects learn how to operate broadcast equipment; learn how to play songs; basic presenting techniques and learning how to prepare and conduct a radio interview. The workshop culminated in the young people interviewing Brentford players Matej Majka and Gustav Mogensen in an interview-style setting.

And after Brentford’s stunning 7-0 victory over Luton Town in November, the youngsters put their skills to the test when they attended the game and took part in the post-match press conference. Rose, 14, had the unique opportunity to ask Brentford Head Coach Thomas Frank what his favourite moment of the game was.

Rose, who is a young carer for her mum, said: “I really enjoyed taking part in the workshop and then testing my skills at the press conference. I am proud to be the only female ‘journalist’ to ask a question!”

Commissioned by Ealing Council, the young people involved in the workshop are part of the Trust’s Young Carers and Brighter Futures projects, which offers educational and support activities. Along with playing the best hip hop and R&B, Westside Radio deliver community content related to Ealing and surrounding boroughs and upskill young people with a range of educational workshops.

Wilzy, Radio Presenter and tutor at Westside Radio, said: “It was a great pleasure training young people from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust in radio presenting. They really enjoyed the experience of presenting a radio show alongside interviewing some of Brentford’s players. Hopefully we have discovered some future stars of sports broadcasting!”

Watch: New Stadium – A Bird’s Eye View – December 2019

There are now only a few months left until Brentford FC will move in to a new stadium. The Brentford Community Stadium building project is almost complete with the pitch being looked after on a regular basis and the seating installed. Only a few more items remain to be finished.

The work remaining to be done will be complete over the next few months and we will start in our new stadium next season. Work is continuing on the internal fit-out and finalising the areas around the stadium. The associated development is also well underway around the stadium. Have a look at how the project is coming along from a Bird’s Eye view.

Brentford v Fulham sponsor plays role in tackling loneliness

Football clubs across Britain are urged to bring older and younger people together to help tackle loneliness and ageism and improve health, care and learning across generations. The call comes from United for All Ages, which is sponsored the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park in December. This is the first of several activities in the coming 12 months to mark United for All Ages’ tenth year as a social enterprise and the growth of intergenerational activities across the country.

Brentford is one of several football clubs which support projects that enable older and younger people to mix and share activities and experiences. In our case, this work is done via Brentford FC Community Sports Trust As well as supporting intergenerational walking football, the Trust is organised a Christmas cookery project bringing together young people on its National Citizens Service scheme with older people living in local sheltered housing. A group of youngsters on the NCS project cooked up a storm when they rustled up a festive Christmas dinner for elderly residents at Brooklands College in Weybridge.

The youngsters are part our football education programme that combines classroom-based learning with a rigorous football training schedule. To complement the learning, students are also taking part in the government-backed NCS programme with the English Football League Trust. The programme aims to provide young people with important life skills, and students earmarked a cooking project as their chosen social action project.

Hansa Darbar, Events, Community and Business Development Officer for Age UK Hounslow, said: “The students were so friendly and made our members feel very welcome and special. They enjoyed the delicious lunch prepared by young chef.”

United for All Ages is aiming to encourage more clubs and their community trusts/foundations to move from supporting age-segregated activities for older people and for young people to doing more to bring older and younger people together to tackle issues like loneliness and ageism, while improving poor health, care , housing and learning, thereby building stronger communities and a stronger country.

Stephen Burke, director of United for All Ages, said: “Football clubs have the power to bring different ages together at a time when there is so much loneliness and division. Brentford’s Christmas cookery project is a great example of the benefits for both young and older people of bringing generations together. Mixing really matters! Enabling different generations to mix and share activities and experiences can tackle loneliness and ageism and improve care, health, housing and learning.

“Brentford is truly a football club for all ages – a real community and family club and a great place to meet friends old and new. In the 2020s together we can make Britain a country for all ages.”

Watch: From the Boardroom

Volunteer at oral history project

Brentford FC and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust has teamed up with educational charity Digital Works to develop an oral history project. We are looking for 16 volunteers to get involved in this exciting new project that will record and preserve the history of fans, players and staff of Brentford FC. If you want to interview the likes of Brentford legends Peter Gilham and Kevin O’Connor then this is the project for you.

All volunteers will receive training and support to conduct oral history interviews. You will be working with local archives in Chiswick as well as accessing the archives of the football club.

Benefits of becoming a volunteer:

  • Tour of Griffin Park
  • Talk and workshop from a historian
  • In-depth training from digital:works in oral history interview techniques and using audio equipment
  • Research workshops at local archives
  • Learn to write interview summaries
  • Support conducting oral history interviews
  • The opportunity to interview some of Brentford’s most well-known people

These recordings will be used to develop an oral history-based documentary that will be shared online, on TV, and at community history groups across the UK.

Your commitment:

You will need to be able to take part in all three training days plus a research visit to Chiswick Library Archives.

Training days are Monday 3 February, Monday 10 February and Thursday 13 February from 10am to 4pm at Griffin Park Learning Zone, Brentford.

There will be an additional research visit to Chiswick Library Archives – date and time to be confirmed.

You will conduct at least one day as part of an interview team. These will mainly take place in the Brentford area throughout March 2020. There will be a big launch event for the film and interviews later in 2020.

Some volunteer expenses will be covered.

Places are limited so please contact us asap to find out more and book your place. To sign up to become a volunteer please contact Matthew Rosenberg at or on 07949 107 023.

Award win for Ben Lampert

Ben Lampert, the UK’s only full-time deaf football coach was among the winners at this year’s UK Coaching Awards. The prestigious annual celebration of Great Coaching, which demonstrates the role coaching plays in transforming lives and inspiring an active nation, was held last month at The Tower Hotel, London. Ben, who works for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, took home the Changing Lives Award – supported by Sport England.

Through his Deaf Sports Plus project with the Trust, Ben breaks down barriers by providing free sporting activities to deaf children. That is in addition to working with hearing and deaf children in West London schools, where he coaches football and teaches sign language. New for 2019, the Changing Lives Award is awarded to a coach who is leading the way to empower, inspire and connect people from diverse communities to overcome life challenges using the power of Great Coaching.

Ben who is also Assistant Manager of the England deaf men’s football team, said: “Coaching is so different to playing. You need a whole host of different skills to coach. We’ve been running the deaf football scheme at Brentford (Community Sports Trust) for ten years and at first we struggled but you come to realise that sport is the same whoever takes part in it.”

The full winners on the night were:

Awards for Coaches:

Children and Young People’s Coach of the Year – supported by sportscotland

Sasha Moore (multi-sport, Stockport)

Community Coach of the Year – supported by Spond

Andrew Beech (multi-sport, London)

Changing Lives Award – supported by Sport England

Ben Lampert (football, London)

Talent Development Coach of the Year – supported by UK PCA

Danielle Brayson (swimming, Glasgow)

High Performance Coach of the Year – supported by UK Sport

Mel Marshall (swimming, Derby/Loughborough)

Young Coach of the Year – supported by Sport Wales

James Galt (football/futsal, Lancashire)

Coaching Moment of the Year – supported by Sports Journalists’ Association

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool FC – 4-0 win over Barcelona in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League semi-final

Lifetime Achievement Award

Judy Murray OBE (tennis)

The Coaching Chain

Ben Stokes (cricket) – Jon Gibson, John Windows, Geoff Cook, Andy Flower and Trevor Bayliss

Hannah Mills (sailing) – Anne Barrett, Ollie Green, Alan Williams and Joe Glanfield

Awards in Support of Coaches:

Coach Developer of the Year

Sue Ringrose (horse racing, Linconshire)

Transforming Coaching Award – supported by Believe Perform

Great Britain Hockey Coach Development Offer

Coaching for an Active Life Award

The Bulldogs (boxing, Port Talbot)

UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching, Emma Atkins said: “What a fantastic night. It has been such a privilege getting to meet so many inspirational coaches. The range of coaching talent in the UK is astonishing and the UK Coaching Awards offers us a chance to recognise the exceptional achievements of just a fraction.

“Whether it’s at community or world class level, Great Coaching is all about people – a great coach focuses on a participant’s character, their feelings and motivations to help them thrive. They create healthy and happy lives and in many cases, can even change the trajectory of someone’s life for the better. You cannot fail to be inspired by the finalists and winners at tonight’s Awards. Congratulations to all of them – and to the work of all coaches doing great work all over the UK”.

Chiswick House appoints new Director

Chiswick House & Gardens has a new director. Xanthe Arvanitakis has run both the Visitor Experience at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and commercial operations at the Sir John Soane’s Museum
and will take up the post in March.

At Greenwich she launched the new visitor experience, with the re-opening of the Painted Hall following a £8.4 million award winning conservation initiative.

Sir John Soane’s Museum also went through a transformation on her watch, with the restoration of Soane’s private apartments and opening up of other rooms and exhibition spaces.

Before working in museums, her career was in digital marketing, working with clients from a wide range of industries developing digital marketing, e-commerce and mobile solutions.

Sir Derek Myers, recently appointed as Chair of the Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, said:

“I am delighted that Xanthe has agreed to take up the Directorship of CHGT at such an important time in the Trust’s development. Xanthe is the ideal person to lead the Trust as this exciting time and I look forward to working with her to look after this magnificent estate that is well-loved by all who use it.”

Xanthe, who lives locally and took part in the half marathon which started in the grounds of Chiswick House in October, said:

“I am thrilled to take up the role as Director of Chiswick House and Gardens Trust and have the opportunity to work with the Trustees, staff and volunteers to help shape the future plan and ensure the magnificent Grade 1 listed house and gardens continues to thrive”.

She sounds like a breath of fresh air. Chiswick House competes with Osterley Park and Gunnersbury Park for visitors, both of which have very full programmes of activities on offer for children and adults.

IKEA comes to Hammersmith

IKEA UK has announced plans to open a ‘unique’ store in Hammersmith.

Its uniqueness comes from its relatively small size. IKEAs are normally the size of a small town, but this one represents ‘a whole new format for the city’. It will be the first IKEA store on a High St.

The Swedish retailer has bought the whole of King’s Mall and although it will be small by IKEA standards, consumers will still be able to buy some 2,000 home furnishing products – and to sit down to a plate of Swedish meatballs there.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council said:

“We’re very pleased Hammersmith will benefit from having Britain’s first IKEA city store. The new Ingka Centre will help rejuvenate King Street and improve our neighbourhood for all our residents and local businesses.

IKEA Hammersmith is set to open in Spring 2021.

20 January is ‘Blue Monday’

Beat those January Blues with a day of social activity and community events. Better Mental Health in Chiswick is organising a programme of events for ‘Blue Monday’ to help banish those January lows. The events will take place at the Catholic Centre, 2 Dukes Avenue and the Chiswick Library. All events are free, and anyone can drop in to one or all sessions.

Full programme



11-1 Winter Art Workshop (Artivate)

11:30 – 12 Talk on Green Doctors and Looking after yourself this Winter (GreenWork, )

12 – 12:30 Talk on Eat Well – Making healthier food and drink choices(Rasneet Choudray, One You Hounslow)

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch – Freshly prepared based on One You Hounslow `Cook and Eat’ recipes

2:30 – 3:00 Poetry for Wellbeing – Share the poetry you love and create some new pieces.  (Kyrill Potatpov BMHIC)

2:30 – 3:00 (upstairs) Talk on Living a Smoke Free life – the Benefits of being a non smoker (Rasneet Choudray, One You Hounslow)

3:15 – 4:00 (upstairs) Mindful Yoga (Karin Gartze)


11;15 – 12:00 Chair Yoga (Karin Gartze)

4:00 – 5:00 Origami for beginners (Kyrill Potapov)


5:30 – 7:00pm ReadWell Book Club Monthly Session

Our first ReadWell Book Club of the year will be looking at our book choices for the next part of the year. Please do send us your suggestions of books and themes on mental wellbeing that you would like us to consider. One recurring theme is…. why read books on mental health – Is it to learn more about the subject or could it also be about being connected, being inspired, and self help?

We will also be taking a look at and reading from Scarlett Curtis’ recent collection of stories and essays ‘It’s Not OK to Feel Blue’

Better Mental Health Chiswick

BMHC is a small volunteer group established autumn 2018 to improve mental health locally. We think community and creativity can help in strengthening everyone’s mental health. We work by:

– Raising profile of mental health and challenging stigma through events, media and social media presence
– Supporting practical initiatives of others to improve mental health
– Piloting new initiatives ourselves to improve mental health
– Providing input to Hounslow Council and NHS mental health service commissioning.

We welcome volunteers to get in touch at