Seal sign added to tow path at Strand on the Green

A seal sign has been added to the towpath at Strand on the Green, at the point where it joins Thames Rd at Strand End. The sign lets passsersby know that there may be seals on the foreshore and the public should give them their space. The advice is: Do keep well away - use your camera or binoculars to see them Do keep quiet so the seals can't hear us Do keep downwind so the seals can'

Chiswick Festival cancelled

Chiswick Festival 2021 has been cancelled after a number of staff have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. Chiswick Festival criticised the "exorbitant amount" of people, their staff included, who have been told to self-isolate - despite most of Engl

Closures on the District & Circle lines 4-13 August

Parts of the Circle and District London Underground lines are due to close for nine days from Wednesday 4 - Friday 13 August, while Transport for London carry out essential track maintenance. Chiswick stations: Chiswick Park, Turnham Green, Stamford Brook and Gunnersbury will remain open, but passengers travelling further than Earl's Court after 7 August will have to ch

Yeats sculpture hits fundraising target

A sculpture celebrating the Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet WB Yeats, has reached its target of £136,439 and is now scheduled for completion in June 2022. Artist Conrad Shawcross was commissioned to create a design for a piece of art work and organisers, led by poet and broadcaster Cahal Dallat, have already received planning permission from Hounslow planning officers. A page on the crowdfundin

Devonshire Rd reopened to vehicular traffic

Image above: Devonshire Rd - New signes installed Monday 26 July 2021 Devonshire Rd has been reopened to through traffic between the hours of 8.00am and 5.00pm, and will be closed to traffic overnight from 5.00pm to 8.00am except for access, following consultation with shopkeepers and members of the public. And as Johnny Nash once said, there are more questions than answers... A

Diluted sewage “geyser” erupts at Hammersmith Bridge

A "geyser" of 'waste water'- diluted sewage - erupted on the north bank of Hammersmith Bridge on Sunday (25 July), following heavy rainfall across London. The jet of water was filmed shooting well over 100ft into the air out of an overflowing storm drain, before falling back onto the surrounding area or dissipating into a fine mist close to pedestrians crossing the bridge. Filming the in

Next phase of cycling and pedestrian upgrades to start in Hammersmith

Image above: Cycleway along King St, Hammersmith LB Hammersmith & Fulham are to upgrade the cycle route along King Street. The red and white plastic barriers that currently divide the cycle land from the rest of the traffic in the stretch between the Lyric theatre and Goldhawk Rd, are to be replaced with

Man transporting machine guns through Chiswick handed 9 year prison sentence

A man who was carrying two Skorpion machine guns in his backpack close to Chiswick Park Underground station has been sentenced to nine years and nine months imprisonment. David Longhor, 20, of Villiers Road Southall, was sentenced on Wednesday 21 July for two counts of possession of a firearm with intent; two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of ammunition without a cer

LB Hounslow sign off on changes to Cycleway 9

LB Hounslow has signed off changes to Cycleway 9 proposed by Transport for London. Amongst other improvements, they now plan to add bus shelters at stops along the High Rd and to introduce more places for taxis and other vehicles to pick up and drop off passengers. At a Cabinet meeting on 20 July, Cabinet Members approved the discontinuation of the current Experimental Traffic Order (“ETO”)

Ruth Mayorcas named one of Cycling UK’s top 100 women in Cycling

Image above: Ruth when she won 'best newcomer' in the Hackney Wheelers Glamorous bike ride  Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling list celebrates 'inspirational women who are encouraging others to experience the joy of cycling'. Ruth Mayorcas, who campaigns for safe cycling in Chiswick, has been picked as one of the 100 this year. Every year the cyclists' touring club highlight 100

End of Covid restrictions

Monday 19 July marked a controversial landmark in the seventeen month fight against Covid - the end of the legal mandatory use of face masks. In England, limits on how many people can meet or attend events were lifted, nightclubs were allowed to reopen, theatres permitted to return to full capacity, and table service is no longer be necessary in pubs and restaurants. Some individuals - and the

Gap opens up along the tow path at Strand on the Green

A gap has opened up along the tow path at Strand on the Green between the path and the retaining wall which stands on the shore, in the stretch where it narrows between the Bull's Head and the City Barge. I noticed it on Thursday 15 July and given the devastation wrought by the flash floods three days earlier, I thought I'd better report it. The gap is quite big - I'd say two inches across - an

Sadiq Khan launches massive campaign to get Londoners back on the Tube

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a massive campaign to get Londoners back using public transport. The TV and poster campaign to get people back on the tube and on the buses is the biggest advertising campaign from Transport for London since the Olympics. The Welcome Back London campaign focuses on what people have missed over the past 16 months by not going out. Destinations are ch

Lib Dems ask SWR to keep mask wearing on trains

Liberal Democrat MPs, London Assembly members and council and group leaders in South West London have written to South Western Railway boss Claire Mann, calling for masks to continue to be required on their train services. The letter from Lib Dem politicians says: 'Many key workers from across south west London have used South Western Railway's (SWR) services to get to their jobs throughout

Hammersmith Bridge to re-open to pedestrians and cyclists

LB Hammersmith & Fulham Leader Cllr Stephen Cowan has announced that Hammersmith Bridge is to re-open this weekend (17 July) to pedestrians, cyclists and river traffic. The decision follows a series of comprehensive safety investigations into the bridge and the successful introduction of an innovative temperature control system that helps prevent cracking in the 19th century cast iron pedes

Tube strikes planned for August

Train operators have voted for four days of strike action across London's tube network in August, over plans by London Underground to abolish the night tube train drivers’ pay grade. Following a 'solid vote' by members and subsequent talks, the tube drivers' union, the RMT, has instructed train operators to not book on for any duty on four days next month. The first two 24 hour strikes wil

Hammersmith Bridge ferry plans hampered by further delays

Plans for a ferry service at Hammersmith Bridge have been put back by objections from residents and sports clubs which use the river. The service needs landing stations on both banks of the river and both Richmond Council and Hammersmith & Fulham have to give planning permission. Commuters who have found themselves stuck on the wrong side of the river since Hammersmith Bridge was closed,

Face coverings to remain mandatory on London’s public transport

Face coverings will remain compulsory on London's transport network despite Covid restrictions easing in England on 19 July, says Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. He is not prepared to put public transport users at risk by relaxing the rules on mask wearing, he says. England is removing most of its Covid restrictions next Monday, and while Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he expects masks to be

Flash Floods cause travel and business disruption in Chiswick

BBC reporter Dougal Shaw's video captures the flood underneath the railway bridge, where one driver had to abandon their car. Monday's downpour caused flash floods all over London, as steps were turned into waterfalls and puddles into lakes. Many roads and railways across the West London area have become inaccessible and several businesses have had to shut their doors as a result o

Specialist shop for runners opens in Chiswick

Image above: Up & Running Chiswick shop

Up & Running is up and running

A new shop opened on Chiswick High Rd on Saturday. In between M&S and Mint Velvet at no.242 Chiswick High Rd., Up & Running is a specialist shop for runners which sells all that a runner could need. It's part of a small chain of independent shops started nearly 30 years ago in Yorkshir

Chiswick Cinema beset by teething problems

Image above: Chiswick Cinema The new Chiswick Cinema, which was officially opened by David Puttnam on Thursday 24 June after a week of 'soft' launches - free screenings for Founder members - has been beset by teething problems. The Chiswick Calendar has received a number of complaints about the cinema. "We're working on it" say the cinema's management team. They will be helpe

Lockdown rules to end on 19 July

Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced to the House of Commons on Monday (12 July) that lockdown rules would end in England on Monday 19 July. Almost all legal restrictions on social contact will be removed, but some 'guidance

Enforcing mask-wearing after July 19 will be “a shambles”, says London transport boss

London’s transport chief has warned that enforcing masks to be worn on Tubes and buses will be a “shambles” if it is not a legal requirement after restrictions ease. Confirmed today (12 July) by the Health Secretary Sajid Javid, the legal requirement to wear a mask in indoor public settings, such as transport and in shops, will be scrapped as part of the final phase of easing Covid restri

Rise in Covid cases in Chiswick

Image above: Map showing case rates per 100,000 people for seven day period ending 5 July

Cases up by more than a third over previous week

New Covid cases registered in Chiswick were up by more than a third in the seven days up to 5 July, the latest figures released by Government. On the map, graded from white (fewer than three cases) through yellow, shades of green and

TfL & LB Hounslow claim C9 is a success

Image above: Chiswick High Rd cycle lane; photograph James Willcocks Transport for London claims new data published by themselves and LB Hounslow shows that Cycleway 9 is a success, both in terms of the number of people using it and of improved road safety and air quality in Chiswick. The new data shows cycling has increased by 72 per cent, they say, and there have been fe

TfL propose changes to Cycleway 9

Image above: TfL Overview map of Cycleway 9 Streetspace scheme Transport for London has announced it would like to make changes to the part of Cycleway 9 which comes through Chiswick High Rd, as a result of consultation with people who have contacted them. Amongst other improvements, they now plan to add bus shelters at stops along the High Rd and to introduce more places for ta

Top London nurse urges football fans to get vaccinated

As England prepares for the UEFA European Championship final, London’s clinicians are calling for football fans to support the country’s defence against coronavirus - by getting the vaccine. Hundreds of vaccination centres are open again this week for Londoners to take their shot. Many walk-in vaccination sites are open until late, so there’s plenty of time to get the jab and be home in t

Ice cream salesman wins battle to trade outside Strand on the Green schools

Image: Marcele Detomaso's ice cream tricycle  An ice cream salesman has won approval from the local council to trade outside a Chiswick school, despite objections from two head teachers. Marcele Detomaso, who sells gelato from a tricycle, applied to park his stand outside Strand-on-the-Green Infant and Junior Schools. Headteachers of both schools objected to the application, ci

Mayor offering chance to watch Euros final to Londoners who get vaccinated

The Mayor of London is offering Londoners a 'golden opportunity' to watch the Euro 2020 final at Wembley to Londoners who get their first COVID-19 vaccination this week. One lucky Londoner and a guest will be invited by Sadiq Khan to watch the game at Wembley Stadium – in the first major international football final to take place at the home of English football for 25 years.

ArtsEd group cast in Addams Family UK tour

Eight former students of ArtsEd, the independent performing arts school based in Chiswick, have been cast in the UK wide tour of The Addams Family. Based on the cult classic franchise of the same name, the show will premiere in Woking at the New Victoria Theatre on 17 August 2021. The show will also visit Milton Keynes, Dartford, Salford, Glasgow, Stoke, Liverpool, Nottingham, Cardiff, Shef