Artists at Home 2024: Potter Nupur Narain Detar

Images: Nupur Detar, ceramic leaf plates Nupur Narain Detar joins Artists At Home 2024 Artists at Home 2024 takes place in just over a month's time, between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 June, when around 100 local artists will be opening their homes to invite visitors in to see their work. From painters to sculptors, photographers to ceramicists, the event offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a diverse range of artistic talents within their own neighbourhood. This year, ceramist Nupur Narain Detar is making her debut, where she will be showcasing her beautiful handmade ceramics. Nupur originally studyied interior design and was introduced to ceramics in Malta. She says she has never looked back

Artists at Home 2024: Jeweller Azelle Thorowgood

Images: Azelle Thorowgood, 'Unique blue twisted sea glass crafted in to a striking pendant drops from antiqued brass chain' Azelle Thorowgood joins Artists At Home 2024 Artists at Home 2024 is approaching, in what has become an annual celebration of creativity and community spirit. The event, which takes places between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 June, is when local artists open their doors to show their work in the intimate setting of their own homes. From painters to sculptors, photographers to ceramicists, this unique event offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a diverse range of artistic talents within their own neighbourhood. This year, interior designer Azelle Thorowgood is making her debut, wher

Keir Starmer biographer Tom Baldwin says the Prime Minister in waiting is “decent, but ruthless”

Image: Julian Worricker and Tom Baldwin at The Chiswick Calendar's Media Club in the Boston Room of George IV "Decent but ruthless" The local and mayoral elections were the last big test of how the public is feeling about politics before the next election, widely expected to be in November. Jonathan Freedland wrote in the Guardian: 'Triumphant Starmer already seems like the prime minister'. The headline was quickly followed with a caution, that these were local elections about local issues, not an opinion poll, but this was the worst performance for the Tories in council elections in 40 years. If they weren't already writing about Labour winning the next election, most political pundits are now. The author of the recent biography of Keir Starmer, Tom Baldwin,

Thank you Mr Hitchcock – promoting the Chiswick film club

Andrea Carnevali's homage to the films he shows at his Chiswick Film Club Bafta winning film editor (and Chiswick resident) Andrea Carnevali holds a regular Film Club at Chiswick Cinema, showing films that take his fancy, screening them with a little introduction at the start and a discussion which he opens up to the audience afterwards. He does it with humour, terrific enthusiasm and a lot of arm waving, bringing a great deal of knowledge to the discussions, though he is always keen to hear what other people think about the films he's chosen, particularly if they have not seen them before. He has been doing this since January 2023. As is the way of these things, he creates promotional material to advertise the film club. At first you might not notice, particularly if yo

W4 Youth shares stories of how the club is already changing lives

Image above: (left to right) Organisers of W4 youth club Marchelle Chacatté, Rachel Clare, Aliche Clare, Sally Chacatté  Youth group tells two stories of young people who have benefitted from the project W4 Youth have decided to tell the people of Chiswick the stories of two young people who have been attending the new youth group, set up a year ago at Southfield Recreation Ground. They hope the way the youth club has changed their lives will inspire other young people to come along and get involved. Image: W4 Youth club football Luke's Story 'Luke is 13 years old and was born with a rare blood disease which left him very vulnerable to infection. Because of this, he missed months of schooling after most children returned following Co

Launch of the Harold Pinter season at Chiswick Cinema

Pinter on Screen Chiswick Book Festival has launched a season of Harold Pinter films at Chiswick Cinema, curated by Pinter's biographer, theatre critic Michael Billington, who lives in Chiswick. One of Britain's most successful playwrights, Harold Pinter wrote one of his best known plays, The Caretaker, while he was living in Chiswick. It is rare that a screenwriter is celebrated with a season of their work, rather than an actor or a director,  Michael Billington told the audience on Saturday evening (27 April). The idea was born out of a chance conversation at the first Chiswick Book Festival. Harold Pinter's wife Lady Antonia Fraser was a speaker there and she told Book Festival director Torin Douglas that though her husband's plays were widely acclaimed, s

Joanna Bird ceramics and glass exhibition opens at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery

Image: Duet - Emmanuel Boos A Fine Line: Modern Makers at Pitzhanger Chiswick gallery owner Joanna Bird has curated a new modern ceramics and glass show which opens at the Pitzhanger Manor Gallery in Ealing on Wednesday 8 May. She has chosen work by ten established artists from four continents, whose work she thinks might have amused Sir John Soane, whose house it was. The show,  'A Fine Line: Modern Makers at Pitzhanger', runs from Wednesday 8 May to Sunday 4 August. "Soane was fascinated with materials and contemporary innovations" Joanna told The Chiswick Calendar. "One of his gifts was the element of surprise: this will be the theme running through A Fine Line." Images above: Another Blue, Undo IV, Hanne Heuch Sir

One Over the Ait joins The Chiswick Calendar Club Card

One Over The Ait: Brentford's live sport destination We are delighted to say Fuller's pub One Over the Ait has joined our Club Card scheme. On match days it is one of the destinations of choice for Brentford football fans, and when there is no live sport to see in the flesh, General Manager Jerry tells us there is always some live sport to watch on their big screens. Jerry has written us this guest blog, inviting you to pay them a visit. Fabulous river views, and more importantly, a good view of the big TV screens from every table in the pub Guest blog by Jerry Magloire A striking pub perched on the Thames, One Over the Ait is the perfect spot to eat, drink and enjoy live sport with a perfect view of the action from every table. Catch

‘Thank You Mr Crombie’ memoir by Mihir Bose – Review

'Lessons in Guilt and Gratitude to the British' Mihir's memoir Thank You Mr Crombie is a unique take on what it is like to have grown up in privilege in post-independence India, to have come to Britain and been subjected to racism and yet to have succeeded in following one's dreams. From an inauspicious start in Britain, Mihir Bose has become one of our most successful and distinguished journalists. As BBC journalist Clive Myrie says: 'This is a memoir of a life transformed and a nation reinvented. Eye opening, funny and revealing ... A beautifully written person account of the birth of modern Britain' Thank You Mr Crombie reads in the early part a bit like an Indian Cider with Rosie - the fond recollections of family life in a bygone er

A visit from The London Alcove Company – creating order out of chaos

Image: Shelving design by The London Alcove Company It sounds very grand, but I am creating a library A friend of my daughter’s, visiting our house for the first time, texted her standing uncertainly outside, peering in from the street: ‘Is yours the house with the book wallpaper?’ Another boyfriend, venturing into the living room, asked me incredulously: “Have you actually read all these?” Image: Novels culled by Mari Kondo and carefully alphetebised during Covid A life in books The books are real and yes, I have read them, mostly. What’s more, I can usually tell you where and when I read them and, in some cases, what impact they had on my life. Leon Uris’ novel Exodus played a big part in my decision to go and w

West End performer Rosemary Ashe returns to Theatre at the Tabard

Image: Rosemary Ashe in Honeymoon in Vegas at the London Palladium in 2017 Rosemary Ashe joins the cast of Gareth Armstrong's play 'Fondly Remembered' West End performer Rosemary Ashe is best known for her leading roles in opera and musical theatre, but she is as much an actor as she is a singer, and she returns to Theatre at the Tabard in May in an acting role. "People are sometimes surprised. They say 'oh I didn't know you could act" she told The Chiswick Calendar, (without rancour). Images: Rosemary Ashe in concert; in Call Me Madam "It's very funny and entertaining" Her part in Fondly Remembered, in which she returns to Theatre at the Tabard on 22 May, is that of Zoe, an older actor who has been in a long-running soap on ra

Hammersmith based artist makes first memorial statue of Queen Elizabeth II

Image: Hywel Pratley and his statue of Queen Elizabeth II in the gardens of Oakham public library Hywel Pratley's sculpture was unveiled in Oakham, Rutland on Sunday An artist from Hammersmith has made the first memorial statue of Queen Elizabeth II to be commissioned since her death in September 2022. Sculptor Hywel Pratley, whose studio is beside Ravenscourt Park, was commissioned by the Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, to create a statue for the library gardens in Oakham, the county town of Rutland. The gardens are a focal point in the town, as they are the starting point for a number of long-distance footpaths and guided walks. The statue, which stands seven foot tall and is made in bronze, was unveiled on Sunday 21 April, the late Queen's bir

Miss Fu-sion launches new dance single at Theatre at the Tabard

Image: Miss Fu-sion, aka Linda Hall For one night only ... Miss Fu-sion appeared at Theatre at the Tabard on Monday night (22 April). Aka Linda Hall, born and bred in Chiswick, Linda chose the Tabard as the place to launch her new dance single Heart Rush because not only does she still have many friends in Chiswick, and her mother lives here, but also she has many clients who know her from teaching dance and fitness classes at the Hogarth Club, and Virgin Active Riverside and Chiswick Business Park. Linda is relaunching her career as a singer and dancer having raised her family. She always wanted to be on the stage; having started secondary school at Gumley House Convent School, the Roman Catholic school in Isleworth, she quickly realised she would rathe

Sculpture at the Brewery opens

Images: Fuller's Griffin Brewery shop; photograph Asahi; Madeleine and John setting up; photograph Roz Wallis Who said we couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery? 'Sculpture at the Brewery' launched on Sunday afternoon (14 April) - Sculpture and ceramics by nine Chiswick 3D artists at the Fuller's Griffin Brewery, organised by The Chiswick Calendar. The work will remain on show and available to buy in the 'Tun Room' inside the brewery shop until Sunday 12 May. A Tun Mash is used in the brewing process, to mix the ingredients for brewing. The Tun Room is a round room made to look like the inside of a one. It is used for gathering people together for the introduction at the start of the brewery tours, but Fuller's Griffin Brewery are keen for more people to dis

Jan Ravens talks to Jonathan Maitland for The Upper Room Winter Lectures

Image: Jan Ravens The Dead Ringers impressionist will be talking about her career on Wednesday 24 April at 8pm at St Michael & All Angels Church Listening to Dead Ringers on BBC Radio 4 at 6.30pm on a Friday night signals the end of the working week for me, and the beginning of the weekend. Me and millions of others. The satirical comedy, which alternates with The Now Show and The News Quiz in the Friday night comedy slot, is the perfect way to unwind from the tensions of the week and ease into the weekend. The huge cast of characters drawn from the worlds of celebrity and politics has been developed over nearly 25 years by the accomplished team of impressionists which includes Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis MacLeo

Brentford FC launches new series of ‘Thousands of Stories’

Image above: Brentford FC Four short films to be released by football club Brentford FC has launched the next series of "Thousands of Stories", a series of short films sharing the stories of the club’s community. Thousands of Stories shares the tales of the people that make up Brentford. Following the success of the inaugural series, the upcoming instalment consists of four films which delve into the experiences of fans, exploring what supporting the Bees means to them and how the club has impacted their lives. The club say: "Every story is important, and unique and makes the club what it is today." Image above: Raymond Harrison Series two kicks off with 'The Moment': The story of Raymond Harrison, a lifelong Bees supporter who experienced

The Government Inspector – St Michael’s Players

"We need a good comedy to cheer us up" says director Guy Fairbanks St Michael’s Players is celebrating its 75th anniversary year. What better way to start it than with a comedy, says director Guy Fairbanks. The Government Inspector, by Nikolai Gogol, was written about Tsarist Russia in the 1840s. A rake is staying in a small town inn, unable to pay his bill. But help is at hand. The Mayor has had a letter warning him that there is a Government Inspector due to descent upon the town. "It's a classic piece of mistaken identity" says Guy. "A farce." Putting two and two together and making six, the Mayor decides the man at the inn must be the inspector and proceeds to wine and dine him and suffers the cad flirting with both his wife and his daughter.

Metropolis Studios in Chiswick – one of the best recording studios in the world

Image above: Metropolis Studios, 70 Chiswick High Rd; Photograph Jennifer Griffiths Not particularly well known locally, but on speed dial for music producers in Atlanta and LA Amy Winehouse, Queen, The Rolling Stones, George Michael, U2, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Rihanna, and Jay-Z; this eclectic group of musical titans all have one thing in common: Metropolis Studios in Chiswick. Europe’s largest independent recording complex, where these artists and many others have recorded, mixed or mastered their music, is discreetly located just off Chiswick High Road, tucked away behind the Villa di Geggiano restaurant, inside the Power House - a Grade II listed building which was once an electricity generating station. Over a period of

Sam’s Kitchen joins the Club Card

Image above: Head Chef Abbie Henden; Sam's Kitchen Chiswick Brunch with hints of fine dining It's tricky 'reviewing' a restaurant or cafe which is part of our Club Card scheme, because you'll be thinking 'well they would say that, wouldn't they?' But hand on heart, I think Sam's Kitchen offers Chiswick something new, something different which you can't find elsewhere, despite the myriad options you could choose for brunch or lunch in Chiswick that are of a high standard. Sam's has the advantage of having big sibling restaurants in Sam's Riverside and Sam's Waterside in Hammersmith and Brentford respectively, where the offer is fine dining. Sam's team can take what works best that can be translated to a smaller space with a high turnover of customers and deliver a

2024 SW London Assembly elections: Interview with Conservative candidate Cllr Ron Mushiso

Conservative Party's candidate for the SW London Assembly seat Ron Mushiso "It’s going to be a challenge" for Conservatives to retain seat The Mayoral elections take place on Thursday 2 May. Sadiq Khan is defending his record, and up for election also are the 25 London Assembly members whose job it is to hold the mayor to account. The Mayor's office and the London Assembly together form the Greater London Authority, responsible for transport, policing, planning, culture, environment, health, fire and emergency services and economic planning in London. In the run up to the 2024 London elections, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing contenders for the Sout

2024 SW London Assembly elections: Interview with Labour candidate Marcella Benedetti

Labour Party's candidate for the SW London Assembly seat Marcella Benedetti "I think people in the south-west are ready for a change and I think they're ready to vote Labour" The Mayoral elections take place on Thursday 2 May. Sadiq Khan is defending his record, and up for election also are the 25 London Assembly members whose job it is to hold the mayor to account. The Mayor's office and the London Assembly together form the Greater London Authority, responsible for transport, policing, planning, culture, environment, health, fire and emergency services and economic planning in London. In the run up to the 2024 London elections, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing contenders for the South-West seat, which co

2024 SW London Assembly elections: Interview with Liberal Democrat candidate Gareth Roberts

Liberal Democrats' candidate for the SW London Assembly seat Gareth Roberts "At the moment, what we do tend to get particularly from the Conservatives is opposition for opposition's sake" The Mayoral elections take place on Thursday 2 May. Sadiq Khan is defending his record, and up for election also are the 25 London Assembly members whose job it is to hold the mayor to account. The Mayor's office and the London Assembly together form the Greater London Authority, responsible for transport, policing, planning, culture, environment, health, fire and emergency services and economic planning in London. In the run up to the 2024 London elections, The Chiswick C

2024 SW London Assembly elections: Interview with Reform UK candidate Steve Chilcott

Reform Party's candidate for the SW London Assembly seat Steve Chilcott "People are dispossessed by all the parties" The Mayoral elections take place on Thursday 2 May. Sadiq Khan is defending his record, and up for election also are the 25 London Assembly members whose job it is to hold the mayor to account. The Mayor's office and the London Assembly together form the Greater London Authority, responsible for transport, policing, planning, culture, environment, health, fire and emergency services and economic planning in London. In the run up to the 2024 London elections, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing contenders for the South-West seat on the London Assembly, which covers the three boroughs of Hounslow

2024 SW London Assembly elections: Green Party candidate Chas Warlow

Green Party's candidate for the SW London Assembly seat Chas Warlow "It’s absolutely vital that the Mayor ramps up support for home insulation and renewables" The Mayoral elections take place on Thursday 2 May. Sadiq Khan is defending his record, and up for election also are the 25 London Assembly members whose job it is to hold the mayor to account. The Mayor's office and the London Assembly together form the Greater London Authority, responsible for transport, policing, planning, culture, environment, health, fire and emergency services and economic planning in London. In the run up to the 2024 London elections, The Chiswick Calendar is interviewing con

Arts & Crafts at the Chiswick Flower Market, Sunday 7 April

Image above: Suzette Llewellyn at the flower market in Chiswick; photograph Anna Kunst Art, pottery, jewellery, hats, scarves and accessories ... and of course, flowers Suzette Llewellyn, pictured above at the February flower market, is holding an Arts & Craft market as an extension of the Chiswick Flower Market this Sunday (7 April). The actress, who lives in Chiswick, has her hands full, as she is currently also rehearsing for a new play. She has been talking to makers of all sorts - jewellery, ceramics, furniture, art, and hopes that the market will become a regular fixture. The Chiswick Flower Market's licence allows them more space for stallholders than they use for flower and plant stalls. They would like to use it to promote other community ventures

Sculpture at the Brewery – 12 April – 10 May

A collection of work by ceramic artists and sculptors The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to present the work of nine local 3D artists, ceramicists and sculptors, at the Fuller's Griffin Brewery from Friday 12 April - Friday 10 May. The Brewery has a room in their shop - the 'Tun room', built to look like the inside of a huge barrel or mash, which is just the job for a small art exhibition of ceramics and sculpture. Asahi, which owns the brewery, sponsors The Chiswick Calendar. Here are the artists taking part: Images above: Dancer jumping (bronze resin); Macquette for a fountain; Bronze figure of Poppy; Antonia Young Antonia Young Antonia specialises in figurative sculptures. Many of her figures are originally made in clay or wax, and the

Mary West – one of Chiswick’s up and coming artists

Image above: Mary West at her studio in Grove Park Painting furiously to meet a constant stream of commissions for galleries and online clients "For the past couple of years things have been going really well" says Mary West, with an endearing hint of surprise in her voice. She is a classically trained artist, who grew up in Chiswick, went to Chiswick School and went on to study art at the Slade school of art in London. For those who remember them, she was inspired by art teachers David Kereszteny-Lewis and Gaye Deveney and photography teacher John Miller. After four years at the Slade, Mary painted while teaching at Orchard School House, not really making a living out of her art until she teamed up with another artist, Clara Wilkinson, to make murals. Liv

Colours of Siena review – debut novel by Chiswick author Judith May Evans

Images above: Judith May Evans; Colours of Siena A tale of love and adventure set in the medieval landscape of Tuscany I'm having a bit of a run of medieval history novels at the moment, as I am going to Carcassonne at the end of this month and am just getting in the right frame of mind by reading Kate Mosse's books The Burning Chambers and The City of Tears, set against the backdrop of the religious wars in the Languedoc region of France. Like Kate Mosse's award-winning best-sellers, Judith May Evans's book Colours of Siena brings to life the atmosphere of medieval Europe. Her focus is Tuscany and the vibrant artistic life of Siena. Her story is also a family saga, told through the narrative of a young woman seeking to break out of the

Interview with Rebecca Frayn about her new book Lost in Ibiza

Images above: Rebecca Frayn; Lost in Ibiza Rebecca Frayn's new book Lost in Ibiza puts its finger on the divide between the generations Funnily enough, I had just finished reading Michael Frayn’s novel Spies, bought after a Q&A with him at the Chiswick Book Festival, when a copy of Rebecca Frayn’s new novel Lost in Ibiza plopped through the letterbox. In both books, father and daughter manage to put their finger on a moment in time when the world is in crisis - in his case the Second World War, in hers the climate crisis - and capture the atmosphere of their own era, exploring how two generations deal with the catastrophe they face, and each other, as the world around them changes. Rebecca is every bit as much the polymath a