Chiswick Cheese Market gets the go ahead

The organisers of Chiswick Cheese Market have got the go ahead to run an outdoor market in Chiswick High Rd once a month, selling cheese and 'provisions'. The application by the Cookbook Kitchen crew, the group of local women who brought us the Cookbook Festival, was heard by LB Hounslow Licensin

Give your old laptop to a child who needs it

During lockdown there are many children who are missing out on lessons because they don't have access to a computer to use for remote learning. Cllr Ron Mushiso has arranged a collection point outside Christ Church on Turnham Green where you can drop off an old, unused laptop or tablet so it can be wiped and reused by a child who needs it.

Control your dogs warning from Police after Richmond Park deer attack

Dog owners are being told to keep their pets on a tight rein after a deer was fatally wounded during an attack in Richmond Park on 1 October. The owner of the dog responsible has been convicted of causing / permitting an animal they were in charge of to injure another animal in a Royal Park. Franck Hiribarne, 44, from Kingston, appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Friday, 15 January w

Mayor of London acted ‘unlawfully’ in Streetspace programme

Images above: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; Royal Courts of Justice The Mayor of London and Transport for London acted unlawfully by introducing a Streetspace scheme at the height of the Covid pandemic, a judge in the High Court has ruled. The scheme, introduced in London last May, introduced bus-only corridors and restricted licensed taxis from entering the A10 Bishopsgate, a maj

New test site in Isleworth for people without symptoms

Image above: Isleworth Library; Google Streetview A new site went live on Tuesday 19 January for asymptomatic testing at Isleworth Library, Twickenham Rd, Isleworth TW7 7EU, wh

New test site in Stamford Brook for people with symptoms

Image above: Site of new Covid testing site for people who have Covid symptoms; Google Maps A new site for testing people who have symptoms is planned to open soon in the car park at

Most of Chiswick’s top priority residents already vaccinated against Covid

A high percentage of Chiswick residents who are in the Government's top category of those eligible to be vaccinated against Covid at this stage have already been vaccinated. LB Hounslow's Director of Public Health Kelly O'Neill told The Chiswick Calendar that 78% of the top priority group in Chiswick - those over 80, people who are housebound or living in care homes, have already had their jabs

Bollo Lane ‘monster tower’ approved

Ealing Council's Planning Committee have approved an application by developers to build ten towers, including one which is 25-storeys high, in South Acton. The development will provide 852 new homes. The 'monster tower' development on Bollo Lane was approved by ten votes to three, despite more than 600 residents objecting. The 25 storey block will be by far the tallest in the Chiswick area.

LB Hounslow has the highest Covid infection rate in London

LB Hounslow now has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in London, with 914 people per 100,000 having the virus. More than 100 residents have died of the disease this month. In a joint statement on the escalating situation in the borough, Council Leader Steve Curran and the Director of Public Health, Kelly O'Neill said: “Though infection rates in the borough are coming down, they are not c

Something to look forward to …

Images above: Chiswick Flower Market; photographs Anna Kunst The Chiswick Flower Market team is using this period of enforced hibernation to do a bit of planning. The organisers (of whom The Chiswick Calendar's editor is one) intend to continue to operate the market on the first Sunday of every month during 2021 - as soon as we can legally, once lockdown restrictions are lifted

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Confusion as NHS launches national Covid vaccination booking system

The NHS has launched a new national booking system for appointments for Covid vaccinations. In Chiswick, an email went out to local residents from NHS Hounslow CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) on Monday 18 January about it. The trouble is that GPs received the email at the same time as the public and they are left unclear what now is their role. The email said: 'Letters are now being sent

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Runner stopped on river front for ‘breathing heavily’ is a lockdown sceptic

Image above: The story, as reported in the Metro A jogger who complained that he was stopped by a Covid marshal for running along the riverside in Hammersmith because he was 'breathing heavily', is a campaigner who seeks to persuade the public that 'the Pandemic is over!' Gary Purnell was running by the river when he was stopped by a Covid marshal employed by Hammersmith & F

Acton fire prompts firefighters’ advice about incense and candles

Image above: incense stick Firefighters have issued advice on using incense and candles safely after a fire at a house converted into flats on Burlington Gardens in Acton. Part of a five-roomed flat on the second floor of the building was damaged by a fire apparently caused by unattended burning incense sticks. The Fire Brigade’s 999 control officers received seven calls co

Four men charged after cash and cocaine seizures in Chiswick

Four suspected members of an Albanian organised crime group have been charged with money laundering and drug offences after £340,000 in cash £400,000 worth of cocaine was seized. Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership, a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service unit, arrested the men on Wednesday (13 January)

Chiswick post “chaos” as Royal Mail struggles with Covid-19

Some Chiswick residents are facing long waits for their post, as Royal Mail battles with "challenging circumstances" brought on by Covid-19. The postal service have said some areas of the UK will see a reduced service, due to workers being off sick or self-isolating. Local residents are complaining of a huge backlog of post which is in turn leading lengthy waiting times, sometimes over two wee

Lib Dem councillors determined to have their say on Bollo Lane tower blocks

Image above: Ealing Southfield ward councillors Gary Malcolm and Andrew Steed Southfield's Lib Dem councillors have complained that they are being shut out of discussions about the development of the Transport for London site on Bollo Lane where there are plans to build ten very tall tower blocks, including one that developers propose to be 25 storeys high. The proposed developm

Avoid the riverfront say Police and Councils

Image above: Hammersmith riverfront; photograph Hammersmith & Fulham Council The Met Police joined Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow councils in urging local residents to avoid the busy riverfront to help stop the spread of Covid-19. The stretch of riverfront running from Chiswick Mall to Hammersmith Mall and down to Bishop’s Park in Fulham is extremely busy, they say, es

Car swept into the river at Chiswick Mall

Image above: Car flooded at Chiswick Mall; Photograph Simon MacMichael A car was flooded by the incoming tide at Chiswick Mall on Friday afternoon, 15 January and swept into the river. 'From what I can gather, bloke parked on foreshore and was distracted on phone he didn't notice people warning him, far less the tide racing in' said Simon MacMichael, who was passing. "I think

Train services to be reduced to 72% of pre-pandemic levels

Above: Photograph by Marianne Mahaffey  Train services across the country, including those which service Chiswick, will be reduced by up to 72% of pre-pandemic levels. The changes will come in place gradually over the next few weeks and passengers will be asked to check before they travel whether their regular service is running. The rail industry argues that the timetable cuts

Over a thousand Hounslow residents take part in new rapid Covid testing

A total of 1056 Hounslow residents have had a Lateral Flow rapid Covid-19 test during the first week of the service going live in the borough, with more seizing the chance to book tests online. Lateral Flow rapid tests are for all residents, but especially key workers to detect if they have the virus and are not aware. The pre-booked rapid test appointments, for people who do not have COVID-

Application for German sausage stall in Chiswick High Rd turned down

Images above: Photographs of the area where the stall would have been, submitted by Hitesh Lakhani as part of the application An application to set up a stall on Chiswick High Rd selling burgers and German sausages has been turned down by the Licensing Panel of LB Hounslow. Mr Hitesh Lakhani of Fine Street Events Ltd applied for a licence for a stall outside Barclays Bank at 153

Chiswick Head Teacher “devastated” that exams have been cancelled

Image above: Laura Ellener, Head Teacher of Chiswick School (library picture not taken during the pandemic) Head teacher of Chiswick School Laura Ellener told the Chiswick Area Forum on Tuesday 12 January she was "devastated" that GCSE and A Level exams were not going ahead this year. She said her Year 11 and Year 13 groups were still working very hard but she felt very bad for the

All you might want to know about Covid in our area – Kelly O’Neill

This week is critical for pressure on NHS

This coming week will be critical in terms of the number of people becoming seriously ill with Covid and the pressure on hospitals, LB Hounslow's Director of P

January 2021 books

Watch for ‘Alabama Rot’ in dogs, says Chiswick vet

Jeremy Vine and his penny-farthing bicycle

The sight of journalist and broadcaster Jeremy Vine on a penny farthing has become quite normal in Chiswick. Chiswickians are far too cool to stare at someone just because they're on TV, but the vision of a tall figure going past on a Victorian contraption does make people do a double take, and laugh and wave.

Jeremy Vine talks to Matt Smith

It's 150 years, give or take, since such a ve