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Johann Zoffany

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

The Glebe Estate considered for Conservation status

Image above: Coronation Celebrations, Glebe St, 1953 / Chiswick Local Studies Residents of Chiswick’s Glebe Estate have never been so thankful for their wide streets, front and back gardens, and the community spirit that has helped us all survive nearly a year of Covid lockdowns. On Tuesday 12 January 2021, at the Chiswick Area Forum, LB Hounslow launches a consultati

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Cercle Français de Chiswick

Le Cercle Français de Chiswick was set up thirty years ago so that French residents, Francophiles and students of the language could meet and enjoy cultural events in French. They used to meet up in a church hall once a month. Now they meet online. Their programme for the next few months includes talks on French-Armenian singer and actor Charles Aznavour and the eighteenth century romantic

Best photographs of the year 2020

Throughout the year The Chiswick Calendar has had dealings with photographers who live locally, either reporting on their projects or using their photographs on the website. Several have taken part in The Chiswick Calendar's exhibitions Chiswick In Pictures and

Brentford: ‘The shape I’m in’ photography exhibition

Image above: One of the photographs in the exhibition, by Jacinta Cook A group of amateur photographers who are based in Brentford have put their photography exhibition online, having had their work on show to an empty room for most of the year. The 'Better Pictures' group meet once a week and take pictures all over London. In the spring of 2020 they were pleased to launch an exhibi

Chiswick Pier’s historic houseboats

Image above: Historic houseboats at Chiswick Pier; photograph Joanna Raikes Chiswick Pier has a number of historic houseboats moored there on long term leases. Most of them no longer have engines and they are so much a part of the local landscape that Chiswick Pier Trust, which administers the pier, has created a sign with a brief history of each of the boats. The pontoons where

Corney Rd Carols

Residents of Corney Rd decided to arrange their own carol service this year - outside, socially distanced and organised by the street What'sApp group. What could better epitomise the spirit of 2020? Most of the street's residents chose a carol and stood outside their homes to sing, with a little musical backing from a sound system at number 36. "Even Norman, our resident homeless man (oxymoro

A Merry Online Christmas

Christmas Carol services in Chiswick

Look out for elves

If you are spending Christmas with small children south of the A4, keep a look out for elves. There are ten elves to be found around the area of Cavendish School and Chiswick Food Market. You have until 4 January to take part. First get hold of a map - email: and make a donation to the school of minimum £2.00. The map will be emailed to you to

Christmas Jumper Hunt

A Christmas jumper hunt is to take place between 19 - 29 December in Bedford Park. Jumper hunters must spot over 45 Christmas jumpers which are hidden around the roads of Bedford Park. The winner gets a £20 voucher for Snap Dragon toy shop on Turnham G

Chiswick Art School spring 2021 classes


Since this was written we have gone into Tier 4. The latest uncontrolled spike in cases makes it unwise for students and teachers alike to work in the classroom until things are clearer. Many of the classes have already been proven to work well on Zoom and so these will start next term on Zoom. However, three classes scheduled to start in January will not start on time, as Zoo

Harriet’s Kitchen Menu 15 December 2020

Treat yourself with some delicious home booked food this Christmas. All you have to do it warm it up.

Harriet Benton launched Harriet's kitchen during lockdown in March 2020 as a way of helping neighbours in Bedford Park. With more than forty years in the catering business, she has a well tried repertoire of delicious dishes, which her team will deliver to your door, with no charge in

The Sunday Times ‘Life Lessons’ festival comes to Chiswick House

A new festival is coming to Chiswick next spring. The Sunday Times presents Life Lessons festival on 14-16 May 2021. Life Lessons celebrates big ideas for living better, a weekend of conversations and debates on modern-day wellbeing from brilliant minds. Don’t miss the fantastic line up of world-class authors, philosophers, scientists, and personalities includi

Trufflehound’s ‘Anything but turkey’ Christmas menu

This Christmas is destined to be different. Jo Buckingham, the chef who runs luxury caterer Trufflehound, says breaking with tradition can be liberating and fun. She has embraced this idea with Trufflehound's ABT (Anything but Turkey) menu, delivered to your door in W4, W12, W6 and W3, no minimum order. With added layers of luxury Trufflehound's festive menu naturally includes truffled beef

Griffin Brewery launches 2020 Vintage ale

For a beer drinker, tasting the new Vintage ale from the Griffin Brewery is a bit like a vintner getting a first swig of Beaujolais Nouveau. It is an annual event, eagerly awaited by the cognoscenti. For Guy Stewart, this year's first taste was a little nerve wracking. He's been in brewing for 25 years, but this was his first as Head Brewer at the Griffin Brewery, being in charge of creating the y

Cheat’s Christmas

Gardeners World presenter Arit Anderson visits Chiswick Flower Market

BBC Gardeners World presenter Arit Anderson was at Chiswick Flower Market on Sunday. She and about 6,500 other people. I thought I spotted Vanessa Redgrave as well, but couldn't swear to it. I've never been good at celebrity spotting at the best of times, but face masks make it even harder! It must be nice for them to be able to go about their business incognito. Arit had a long career in fashio

Christmas decorations at Chiswick Business Park

Chiswick Park is home to some of the world’s leading companies, including Discovery, Paramount Pictures, IMG, Starbucks, and Pernod Ricard. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the business park, which was one of the first to focus on making the working environment somewhere people would really want to spend time. The 33 acre site houses 75 companies in its 12 buildings, many of them global

The Chiswick Calendar freebie

Images above: Children's clothes from Style My Kid Online children's clothing company Style My Kid is one of the local independent businesses which features in The Chiswick Calendar Christmas gift guide this year.  They do have some lovely thing

Christmas Jazz at George IV, December 2020

‘Jules the Foodie’ offers to deliver nutritionally balanced meals to your door

Images above: Jules Kane and a testimonial from a happy client

Not all takeaways are bad for you ...

Jules Kane is a chef trained at Leith's School of Food and Wine, she used to be operations manager at the Crucial Food cafe at The Hogarth Club and she wants to feed you, properly. Her specialism is healthy food and when she found herself at a loose end when the health cl

The invasion of Chiswick Eyot

Image above: Withy bundling on Chiswick Eyot; photograph by Alanna McCrumb Every year the Old Chiswick Protection Society puts out a call for volunteers to come and bundle withies to shore up Chiswick Eyot. This year they’re doing it earlier than usual, and they need people to come and help in early December.

West and Hunter, luxury barbershop opens

Snappy Snaps offers personal framing service online

Image above: Snappy Snaps' framing service Local retailers have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially the 'non-essential' retailers. There has been much haggling over what qualifies as 'essential' and 'non-essential' but by any stretch of retailing logic, picture framing doesn't quite make the grade. So John Fitzgerald and his staff at Snappy Snaps Chiswick have bee

Let Christmas commence!

The residents of Silver Crescent and Thorney Hedge Road have decided it's Christmas. They have organised as a community to all dress their front gardens and windows and they turned on all the lights at 5.00pm on Saturday 28 November.

Photographs by Jennifer Griffiths

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