Strand on the Green photography competition winners

Image above: Strand on the Green photography competition winning photograph by Rosie Hayward Beautiful pictures of the picturesque riverside The winners of the Strand on the Green photography competition were announced on Wednesday (29 November) at the Steam Packet pub. The local residents association, Strand on the Green Association (SoGA), organised the competition to celebrate the beauty of the picturesque riverside beside Kew Bridge, and were delighted to have over 175 entries. The theme was 'Autumn on the Strand'. The organisers shortlisted ten photographs and chose a winner for the under-18 category and a winner for the adult entries. Rosie Hayward won the adult award, with her picture of Strand on the Green on a blustery autumn day, above, and nine year

Rude cufflinks anyone?

Christmas present ideas from the Chiswick Antiques & Vintage Christmas Market this Sunday The Chiswick Antiques & Vintage Market comes into its own this Sunday (10 December). Three weeks before Christmas is absolutely the time to buy stuff you don't actually need but just want, or you think someone else might, just because it's pretty, or perhaps it has a history. “There’s nothing at that market that anybody necessarily needs, it’s all about what we love and what we want,” says Catty Patel, who has been a trader at the Chiswick Antiques & Vintage Market since it opened here three years ago. "Whether that’s as a stallholder or someone who’s buying stuff,” she told The Chiswick Calendar, "it is just pure pleasure.” The market, run by Jennifer

Busted and Jools Holland headline at Pub in the Park in June

Image above: Busted Tickets on sale Tickets go on sale today (Tuesday 5 December) for Pub in the Park at Chiswick House, which next year will be taking place in June. Busted are headlining on Saturday night (29 June). They have been touring this autumn, celebrating 20 years (though they have spilt up and come back together and spent time working as solo artists in between) to promote their Greatest Hits album. Busted bounced into the charts with the irrepressible pop-punk energy of their debut single What I Go To School For. It kickstarted a succession of hits for the trio, including the #1 smashes Crashed The Wedding, Who’s David, Thunderbirds Are Go, You Said No and the Top 3 singles Year 3000, Air Hostess and

Chiswick Flower Market – Sunday 3 December

Guest blog by Kathleen Mitra As “it’s the season to be merry”, what better way to kick off the festive cheer than a Christmas Chiswick Flower Market on Sunday 3 December? Set against the backdrop of the Chiswick High Road, which is already busy with Christmas preparations, the market promises a day of blooms, greenery, merry melodies and family fun. Wreaths Galore! We are expecting to have the best selection of Christmas wreaths in London. Lots of our traders will be selling hand-crafted wreaths using locally grown foliage. From traditional to contemporary designs, there will be a wreath for every taste, style and budget. For those looking to add a personal touch to their front door decorations, the Christmas Flower Market will host a wreath-making workshop

Rula Lenska talks to The Chiswick Calendar about her new show: From Dzików to Willesden Green

Image above: Rula Lenska with her mother 'Bisia' (Elizabeth) A homage to her mother - "a wonderful woman" If you were asked to name three things about Rula Lenska, one would probably be that she is the actor who became famous in the 1970s in the TV drama Rock Follies and went on to work on both Coronation Street and Eastenders. You might also remember her tempestuous relationship with Minder and New Tricks star Dennis Waterman - they kept the tabloids busy for years. The third thing you would probably remember about her is that she is a Polish countess. She doesn't use the title here, she told The Chiswick Calendar, because "over here it makes me sound like a stripper, and it became pretty meaningless when my family

“We have a passion for Chiswick” – Mali’s cafe-deli and sister business Nikki’s Bakery

Image above: Homayoun Fahimipour, owner of Mali's and Nikki's Bakery Mother and daughter cafés run by a very busy husband and father It is nearly ten years since Nikki's Bakery opened on Chiswick High Rd. The early bird café beside Snappy Snaps on the corner of the High Road and Turnham Green Terrace, open from 7.30am every day except Sunday (when they open a whole half an hour later) has become a firm favourite with Chiswickians for its good coffee, fresh pastries and cakes, sandwiches, quiches and seasonal salads. It is always busy and owner Homayoun Fahimipour and his wife Mali have been able to branch out and open a second business in Chiswick: Mali, the café-delicatessen next to Waterstones, which Homayoun named after his wife and opened in June. (Nikki's

Antonio Forcione & Adriano Adewale – Jazz at George IV review

Adriano Adewale (L) & Antonio Forcione (R) World music / original music Jazz at George IV regulars were treated to something quite different on Thursday (23 November). Once a year for the past two years we have been lucky that Antonio Forcione has been at home in Chiswick long enough to give us a concert. The multi-award-winning acoustic guitarist has played once on his own and once with fellow Italian Giulio Romano, who plays here regularly with Trio Manouche.  This time Antonio was playing with percussionist Adriano Adewale from Brazil, so the concert had a totally different flavour. Antonio can play anything - it might be flamenco, it might be Stevie Wonder or the Beatles, all in his own inimitable style. He is charismatic, a showman, a comedian,

Handel’s Messiah – St Michael & All Angels Church Saturday 9 December 2023

Image above: Wild Arts poster featuring Jesus Messiah, artist Jorge Cocco Santángelo A version of the Messiah like you've never seen it before Well, you may have. I have only seen the Messiah performed by a huge choir. My impression of Handel's 1741 oratorio, which has become a Christmas staple and one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works, is chiefly one of mass and volume, with many voices belting out 'Hallelujah' in glorious chorus. When I talked to Orlando Jopling, the founder of Wild Arts, the company performing Messiah at St Michael & All Angels Church in Chiswick on Saturday 9 December, he confounded my preconceptions by explaining the Messiah works perfectly well with a small group of musicians, and a

Chiswick School Choral Group sing at King’s College, Cambridge

Image above: Chiswick School choir Chiswick Voices at King's College, Cambridge Bucking the trend and keeping up the tradition of choral music Students from Chiswick School had the opportunity to perform at a Cambridge University College on Monday (13 November). Chiswick Voices, the senior choir of Chiswick School, sang at a joint service of Choral Evensong with King's Voices, the mixed choir of King's College, Cambridge. Choral Evensong is a staple part of life at most Oxford and Cambridge colleges, many of which offer it in their chapels two or three times a week for students to pause from daily work pressures and reflect quietly. Many colleges also invite schools to sing alongside the college choir for a one-off service, but this has become a "dying cust

Remembrance Sunday at St Michael & All Angels

Image above: Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar of St Michael & All Angels In contrast to the events in the centre of London, the Remembrance ceremonies in Chiswick were quiet and respectful as usual. Torin Douglas was at the service at St Michael & All Angels Text by Torin Douglas MBE. Pictures by Torin and Jim Cox More than 200 people of all ages attended this year’s Remembrance Sunday service at St Michael & All Angels Church Bedford Park. The Choral Requiem Mass was led by the Vicar, Father Kevin Morris, with the Choir of St Michael & All Angels under the director of music and organist Jonathan Dods. The mass setting was Requiem Opus 9 by Maurice Durufle and there was a prayer, written by the Archbishop of Canterbury, for all who suf

JFK: The Home Movie that Changed the World – review

Image above: Presisent Kennedy's motorcade in Dallas; photograph colourised by Clayton Hickman Exclusive preview at Chiswick Cinema of a new documentary by Chiswick originator and executive producer Steve Anderson, with colourisation by Chiswick artist Clayton Hickman, to mark the 60th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination Chiswick Cinema held an exclusive, pre-broadcast screening of the television documentary JFK: The Home Movie that Changed the World on Monday night (13 November) before it is airs on ITVX on Thursday 16 November to mark the 60th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy in Dallas. I thought I had seen every permutation of the story I could ever wish to see. Apparently there have been over 1,000 books written on the

Chiswick doctor Kok-Tee becomes poster girl for organ donation

 Images above: Kok-Tee with husband Peter and with a friend's cat Kok-Tee Khaw wanted to make a difference when she died Kok-Tee Khaw, a consultant radiologist who lived in Chiswick and died last year, chose to donate her organs, because she realised from her life as a doctor how important it could be – both life-saving and life-changing for the recipients. Malaysian-born Kok-Tee, who was 67 when she died, became an organ and tissue donor when she had an accident and suffered untreatable injuries. READ ALSO: Kok-Tee Khaw obituary Her case is being used by the NHS Blood and Transplant unit as one of a number of examples to try and persuade more people, particularly from B

The Chiswick Calendar freebie – a Collectors Pack of Vintage Ale

Images above: Fullers Vintage Ale Collection Pack Strong beers with complex characters We have a Collectors Pack of Vintage Ale from the Fullers Griffin brewery to give away this week. Three bottles of their much sought after Vintage Ale - this year's limited edition plus a bottle of the 2022 and a bottle of the 2021. The Vintage ales are designed as strong beers with complex characters, using the best ingredients available at the time. This year's brew 'combines the best of traditional tastes with new hop varieties to deliver this year's own distinct character. Pale Ale malt is at the heart for delicate sweetness, combined with DRC®, a Double Roasted Crystal malt, to provide deeper toffee and raisin tones'. It highlights modern English hops, using Opus, A

Bulb planting on Turnham Green

Image above: Spring bulbs on Turnham Green; photograph Friends of Turnham Green With 8,000 bulbs to plant, your help would be appreciated It is that time of year when your help would be greatly appreciated planting bulbs on Turnham Green. The Friends of Turnham Green have organised a bulb planting session on Saturday 11 November. The Friends supplement the work of the Parks department at Hounslow Council by volunteering their time and labour to make the Green look more attractive. They describe their mission as ‘to rescue Turnham Green from municipal shabbiness’. As a result, the park has received the Green Flag award from the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy for at least the past five years. Leading British landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith drew

Strand on the Green Association autumn photography competition

Image above: Couple drinking at the Bull's Head; photograph Ljubima Woods It's almost impossible not to take a nice photograph of Strand on the Green - here's a chance to show off some of your best The Strand on the Green Association (SoGA) is open for entries to their 2023 photography competition. After the huge success of last year's competition, which attracted more than 75 entries, they decided they would make it an annual event. This year's theme is 'Autumn at the Strand'. There will be a prize-giving ceremony on Wednesday 29 November at the Steam Packet - everyone welcome. The winning photograph will be displayed on The Chiswick Calendar website (and they hope the winning entries will also be put on permanent display in the Kew Bridge Arch). Maximum

Rock & Rose launches autumn menu with comfort food for rainy days

A cosy setting to relax and enjoy a meal on Chiswick High Road Rock & Rose in Chiswick High Rd has launched it autumn menu. Owner Lorraine Angliss, who also owns Annie's restaurant at Strand on the Green and Little Bird opposite Chiswick Station, told The Chiswick Calendar that she likes to give her customers crowd pleasing dishes that offer comfort on wet and windy autumnal days. Lorraine opened Rock & Rose Chiswick in April 2022, following the success of Rock & Rose Richmond and her other two restaurants in Chiswick. People love it, she says, "they are blown away by the level of service and the quality of the food." It is very well reviewed on Tripadviser, where people praise the good food, friendly service and cosy setting. Cosy settings are very much Lorra

The Silver Birch celebrate three years in Chiswick

Image above: Michelin star award winning chef Nathan Cornwell at The Silver Birch restaurant Autumn menu being served, Christmas menu available to book The Silver Birch restaurant in Chiswick is a fine dining experience which has quietly become very popular in the three years since it opened at 142 Chiswick High Rd. The hallmarks of its success are there for all to see on the door - the logos of Andy Hayler's restaurant guide and the Michelin guide. Andy Hayler wrote in August: 'Chiswick has a lot of restaurants but not many good ones, so it is nice to see this one on the way up'. The

Base Face Pizza celebrates two years

Image above: Tim Thornton, founder / owner of Base Face Pizza A pandemic inspired life change which has paid off Base Face Pizza celebrated its second birthday this summer. The neighbourhood pizzeria was started by Chiswick native Tim Thornton at 300 King Street in June 2021, as a result of a Covid enforced period of reflection and reassessment. Tim was a professional jazz bassist, a member of the house band at Ronnie Scotts until the pandemic hit. When that put paid to touring he turned his attention to his other passion: pizza, which he had consumed in vast quantities in far flung places on world tours, becoming something of a connoisseur during his time on the road. Before opening the restaurant he first tried out his homemade pizzas on the neighbours, serv

ArtsEd announce plans for community choir

Image above: ArtsEd choir singers Sessions to begin Tuesday 7 November Chiswick's performing arts school, ArtsEd, has announced plans to form a community choir, the proceeds of which will be channelled towards the ArtsEd bursary fund to support the university's  students. The initiative is designed to bring music lovers together for a bit of fun, while supporting the next generation of artists. The community choir will meet every Tuesday, starting from 7 November until 5 December. The sessions will run from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Participants can look forward to 'engaging rehearsals led by experienced vocal coaches, expert guidance, and the culmination of the programme in a live performance'. The five-week expe

Wish you’d kept your record collection?

Image above: Bookcase on Chiswick High Road; Underground Vinyl is in the basement "If I had a pound for everyone who tells me they regret getting rid of their records" Every day Underground Vinyl has people come in who regret getting rid of their record collection. The record shop which opened in the basement of Bookcase on Chiswick High Road 18 months ago is home to both new and second-hand albums across the whole range of music tastes - rock, psychedelia, jazz and blues, pop and classical. Jazz and Blues is the most sought after, but the people who come in to buy records go right across the board, says Dan Coombes, who runs the shop along with colleague David Szunyog - musicians, a lot of DJs, young people who realise analogue sound is cool, and yes, older peop

“Mortgage storm brewing” says independent mortgage adviser James Corden

Image above: Terraced houses in Chiswick; photograph Anna Kunst Borrowers face huge hikes in mortgages as millions of fixed rate mortgages end over the next year Millions of people are facing huge increases in their mortgages over the next year. "There is a mortgage storm brewing" says Chiswick based independent mortgage adviser James Corden, of Fairfield Finance. "There is a whole chunk of mortgages coming off fixed rates before the end of next year." There were news stories about this last year when the interest rates started leaping up, but it is only now that the financial reality is starting to have an impact on people. According to the Office of National Statistics there are 1.4 million borrowers who have already come off fixed rate deals in 2023 or w

New head teacher at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Chiswick wants pupils to be able to speak up for themselves

Image above: Elizabeth Keane, Head teacher of St Mary's RC Primary School, Chiswick, with some of her pupils New head teacher Liz Keane shares her vision for the school St Mary's RC Primary School has a new head teacher. Liz Keane joined the school in Duke Road in September and is already making her mark. She says she has received a very warm welcome, and she is described by parents as "a breath of fresh air." The school received an Ofsted inspection during the summer term and is classed as 'Good', with an 'Outstanding' score for pupils' personal development. Under the leadership of previous head teacher Joan Harte, Ofsted inspectors concluded: 'Leaders have high aspirati

Set to Stun – Designing & Filming Sci-Fi in West London

Images above: Gunnersbury Park Museum exhibition Set to Stun exhibits from Doctor Who West London's rich history of sci-fi TV and film production If you live in Scunthorpe or Sheffield you might find yourself living next door to a retired steel worker. In Chiswick it could be a retired Doctor Who set designer or model maker. The creative hub that was BBC Television Centre in White City, combined with the film studios at Shepperton, Pinewood and Ealing attracted a population of artists, actors and writers, but it also gave rise to a whole range of craft specialities - costume, prosthetics, make-up and model making based in west London, some of which continue to thrive here supplying the film and TV industries. On the 60th anniversary of the BBC's drama

Riverside Studios unveils autumn programme

Image above: Promotional artwork for Cages via Riverside Studios Autumn programme has "huge range" for west Londoners The full details of the 2023 autumn season at Hammersmith's Riverside Studios has been announced. The season includes theatre, art, cinema, family entertainment, and events that offer audiences in west London and beyond a huge choice of experiences under one roof, along with all- day dining overlooking the River Thames. With the genre-busting visual spectacular Cages now running in Studio 2 until January, other theatrical offerings include Trainspotting Live (18 October – 6 November), the world premiere of KT Tunstall’s musical Saving Grace (22 November – 4 Dec

JG Contemporary present “In Bloom”, a joint exhibition by artists Jake Andrew and Tim Fowler

Images above: From the 'In Bloom' exhibition opening Friday 20 October 'In Bloom' The artists' gallery JG Contemporary in Churchfield Road, W3, has a new exhibition opening this Friday (20 October), featuring the work of Jake Andrew and Tim Fowler. 'In Bloom' is described as 'a harmonious synthesis of the works of two celebrated artists'. Running from October 20 to November 5, 2023, 'it unveils a vibrant tapestry of sensory experiences and offers an in-depth exploration of both artists’ use of hyper-saturation and contrast within the vast realm of gestural abstraction'. The exhibition is a journey through the two artists' tales, emotions and experiences, woven into an abstracted tapestry of artistic expression. It invites the audience to delve into into th

Help Jack Binstead to fund adaptive padel at Rocks Lane

Image above: Jack Binstead at Rocks Lane Sports Centre; Photograph by Matt Smith TV star Jack Binstead searching for sponsors for adaptive padel at Rocks Lane Actor and comedian Jack Binstead, best known for playing Rem Dogg in Bad Education, plays adaptive padel at Rocks Lane Sports Centre just off Turnham Green Terrace. Padel tennis has soared in popularity over recent years, which can be attributed to several factors, including its accessibility, the social aspect of playing doubles, and the fact that it is a fun and easy sport to learn for players of all ages and skill levels. Jack talked to The Chiswick Calendar about the popular new form of tennis, sharing his inspiring story, his ambitious pur

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter launches debut EP at George IV

Images above: Caolan McCarthy EP launch at George IV; record cover Musician, actor and resident of Chiswick Caolan McCarthy talks to Effie Webb Chiswick resident Caolan McCarthy is launching his debut EP Paper and Stone with his five piece band The Pines at George IV on Wednesday 1 November. The singer-songwriter has already picked up a Grammy nomination for 'Best Musical Theater Album' for the music from Amélie, the West End production based on the 2001 romantic comedy film of the same name. He is a musician, (multi-instrumentalist), composer, arranger, and music coach for theatre and film as well as being a trained actor.  Caolan graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2015, and has appeared in theatre productions in the West

Big Cheese Weekender puts Chiswick Cheese Market on the map

Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market; photograph Fran Warde How a well-meaning wish to help food businesses during the pandemic became a flourishing and successful business it its own right The Chiswick Cheese Market has been running for two and a half years, taking place on the third Sunday of the month in Old Market Place outside the rank of shops beside the George IV pub in Chiswick High Road. It has raised more than £20,000 for good causes, which it did not set out to do, and playing host to the Big Cheese Weekender on Sunday 15 October is real recognition from the cheese industry that it is recognised and respected in the world of quality artisan cheese makers, says organiser Lucy Cufflin. Launched in 2020 by founders Patrick McGuigan and Tracey Colley, t

Winners of WildChiswick 2023 photography competition

Image above: 'Who's Watching Who?' - Paul Brown's picture of an urban fox  Overall winner: 'Who's Watching Who?' - Paul Brown's picture of an urban fox Joanna Gilbert, founder of WildChiswick, invited the winners of her photography competition to a select soiree at room2 hotel on Tuesday 3 October. The overall winner was 'Who's Watching Who?' - Paul Brown's picture of an urban fox, chosen by judge Andy Sands, the owner of Chiswick Camera Centre, who is himself an award winning wildlife photographer. 'Hero to some Villain to others. The urban fox battling to coexist with humans' wrote Paul about his photograph. Each photographer was invited to submit their picture with a comment about why they had taken their picture. Some wrote poems, others just

A project to make the River Thames drinkable

Image above: Maartin Van Der Schaaf and Li An Phoa testing water quality on the banks of the River Thames Dutch couple hoping to unify River Thames groups into action  Dutch couple Li An Phoa and Maarten Van Der Schaaf are campaigning to make our rivers drinkable again. The co-founders of the ambitious environmental initiative have set their sights on the River Thames and are travelling the length of the Thames Path meeting environmental groups and anyone who would like to get involved along the way. Li An's journey started with a chance encounter with a pristine Canadian river in 2005, the Rupert, leading to a decade-long commitment to a vision of drinkable rivers worldwide. Li An's experience canoeing the R