Police appeal for information after Chiswick woman goes missing

Image: 22-year-old Stephanie has gone missing from Chiswick Stephanie frequents Watford and Hemel Hempstead Police are appealing for information from the public to find a woman who has gone missing from Chiswick. Stephanie, who is 22-years old, is known to frequent Watford and Hemel Hampstead. If you have any information  you can call 101 and quote reference 01/362162/24. Missing People is a charity that offers a lifeline to the 180,000 people who run away and go missing each year in the UK. They listen in confidence, and support missing people and their families to explore their options and, where possible, to reconnect. Missing People has launched 116 000 - the number to call or text for support if you

Ealing Liberal Democrats create new Shadow Cabinet role for “Council Honesty”

Image: Ealing's Liberal Democrat Councillors New position will focus on uncovering instances of Ealing Council's "dishonesty" Ealing's Liberal Democrats have created a new Shadow Cabinet role for "Council Honesty" amid allegations the Labour-run Ealing Council has been consistently dishonest or has not been entirely transparent while governing. Since becoming the official Opposition in May 2022, the Lib Dems say they have been highlighting a number of issues with the Council including £3m spent on Ealing Town Hall to turn it into a hotel and losing £65,000 of IT equipment. More recently, the Lib Dems accused the Council of lying to the public by claiming that all Council workers and contractors are paid the

Ealing Council spends £500,000 fighting planning appeals

Image: Ealing Council Council spent over half a million pounds of taxpayer's money from 2018 to 2023 Ealing Council has spent over £500,000 in legal costs fighting rejected planning applications that were eventually approved on appeal, a new Freedom of Information request has revealed. The Labour-run council spent £506,248 of taxpayers' money, during the period 2018 to December 2023, to challenge planning decisions of which £142,467.65 was total legal costs and £363,780.36 were costs awarded to the appellant. Of 17 London councils who replied to the FOI request, Ealing spent the most on rejected applications which were then approved on appeal, according to the research by PR and Marketing company Coverdale

Cllr Katherine Dunne dropped as Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council

Image: Cllr Katherine Dunne and Cllr Shantanu Rajawat in March 2024 "Brutal, humiliating" dismissal comes out of the blue Cllr Katherine Dunne, the Cabinet Member for Climate, Environment & Transport, has been dropped as Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council. Cllr Dunne, who represents the Syon & Brentford ward, said she was "naturally disappointed" when the news broke of the sudden change on Saturday (18 May). "Thank you to everyone who has sent supportive messages. I’m naturally disappointed but looking forward to concentrating on my Cabinet portfolio over the next year" she posted on X. Council Leader Shantanu Rajawat announced his decision at Friday evening's meeting of the Hounslow Labour Group o

Chiswick Boathouse plans scrapped

Image: The site of the old boathouse as viewed from the Dukes Meadows Footbridge Council says still "significant potential" in developing site Hounslow Council has officially abandoned plans to rebuild the Chiswick Boathouse in Dukes Meadows due to insufficient funding. Instead, the Council is now redirecting efforts to a £50,000 feasibility study to explore commercial opportunities. They say they will still prioritise restoring sporting activities on the site. The previous boathouse on Dan Mason Drive, vacated by the Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club (TTRC) at the end of 2021 and demolished in 2022, was meant to be replaced by upgraded facilities, including a café and four boat bays. The TTRC settled a lega

Hounslow’s adult social care services rated ‘Good’ by regulator

Image: A social care worker and a nursing home resident; library photo Care Quality Commission praise Hounslow services following inspection Adult social care services in LB Hounslow have been rated 'Good' by the health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In the report published after a recent inspection, the CQC highlighted areas of good practice and those which required further development, for which the Council was recognised as having a robust and effective improvement plan in place working towards improvement in those areas. 'Could do better' in some areas The areas which required further improvement were in assessing people's needs and supporting people to live healthier

Napoli on the Road wins best pizzeria in Europe outside Italy

Image: Napoli on the Road on Devonshire Road in Chiswick Chiswick restaurant wins title out of 50 top European pizzerias A pizzeria on Devonshire Road in Chiswick has been named the best pizzeria in Europe outside Italy. Napoli on the Road topped the ranking over 50 other pizzerias at an event in Madrid on Monday 13 May. The event, 50 Top Pizza, listed the top fifty establishments after a thorough judging process in which restaurants were assessed during unannounced visits. 50 Top Pizza is an independent online guide which evaluates pizzerias with anonymous inspections during which the bill is paid in full. The gala evening was hosted by Spanish TV personality and cookery host Verónica Zumalacárregui at t

‘One Hounslow Community Stars’ nominations now open

Image: One Hounslow Community Stars awards in 2023, (L-R) Leader of Hounslow Council Shantanu Rajawat; Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Afzaal Kiani; Colin Bartlett, Jonathan Courtney, and Aubrey Crawley from WLQP; Cllr Shivraj Grewal Who do you think deserves an award? Hounslow Council is calling for nominations for the annual One Hounslow Community Stars awards event – to recognise and celebrate residents, voluntary groups and businesses who go above and beyond for their communities. It will take place in Hounslow House on 15 July and the Council is asking for nominations for people or organisations who make an outstanding contribution to the borough, improving and enriching the lives of others. There are no specific categories, but there are a broad set of themes

Gunnersbury Park announces changes to event management after complaints

Image: Waterworks festival taking place in Gunnersbury Park in 2022 Dedicated noise complaint hotline among new measures Gunnersbury Park has announced management changes for the upcoming summer programme of events, including plans to ‘minimise disruption’ following a number of complaints by local people. Residents have previously called for stricter noise limits on concerts at Gunnersbury Park and concerns about anti-social behaviour during the events has become a common theme in meetings between police and local people. Image: Lovebox festival at the park in 2019 Summer programme "crucial to the upkeep of the park" Julia Mattingley, Head of Operations & Commercial at Gunnersbury said: "We understand that our summer events p

Save Our Watermans campaign put in bid to use the empty building

Image: Watermans arts centre, Brentford Campaign group want to carry on using the building to maintain arts provision in Brentford A campaign group launched by a collective of local residents, artists and former staff members, have submited an 'expression of interest' to use the building on a temporary basis, as it may not be demolished for several years. Their spokeswoman told us leaving the Watermans arts centre site vacant while it awaits development would be a "terrible shame". Hounslow Arts Trust Ltd, the charity that operates Watermans arts centre, has announced it will close in mid-April because they could not afford the running costs. The arts centre was due to move to a new site in Brentford as part o

Barnes Railway Bridge to close for six days this summer

Image: Barnes Railway Bridge; photograph Anna Kunst Closure will take place from 28 July to 2 August Barnes Bridge will be closed for an extended period in summer, Network Rail has announced. The bridge will undergo significant maintenance work from Sunday 28 July to Friday 2 August, disrupting rail services on the Hounslow Loop line. Engineers will be focused on replacing all 48 solid wooden blocks supporting the track across the Grade II listed structure. These blocks, known as wheel timbers, will be upgraded to a more sustainable, weather-resistant material, to give the bridge a new lease of life. In addition to replacing the wheel timbers, the project includes the installation of new baseplates to enhance track connectivity to sleepers, and the realignm

Hounslow Council votes for “radical overhaul” of public consultations

Image: Hounslow House Council hopes changes will mean more people are involved in public consultations Hounslow Council's Cabinet have voted in favour of a "radical overhaul" of the way consultations and community engagement is carried out in the borough. At a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (14 May), councillors opted to revolutionise the Council's approach to public engagement and consultation with a comprehensive overhaul of its operating model. Under the proposed changes, residents will witness a concerted effort towards more inclusive decision-making processes, aiming to ensure that every voice is heard and every opinion matters. During the meeting, Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Katherine Dunne said the ch

Join the annual Big Help Out in Chiswick House & Gardens

Image: Join the Trust's gardening team on the day; photograph Chiswick House & Gardens Trust, Chris Greer Volunteer at Chiswick House, to 'explore, be outside and connect with others' Chiswick House & Gardens Trust is inviting people to come and get involved with a day of gardening on Saturday 8 June from 10.30pm to 12.30pm, as part of 'The Big Help Out' during National Volunteers Week. The Big Help Out is a great opportunity for you to 'roll up your sleeves, get some fresh air, learn something new and contribute to the community', say the organisers. Open to families, local residents, keen gardeners and newbies, everyone who gets involved will help the charity to improve the meadow and smarten up the app

Chiswick RNLI’s rescue of drifting party boat featured in BBC Saving Lives at Sea

Image: RNLI intercept the drifting Royalty vessel; Chiswick Lifeboat Watch "dramatic video" on Saving Lives at Sea TV - Tuesday 14 May, BBC2 8pm Chiswick Lifeboat's rescue of a drifting party boat on the River Thames will be featured in the BBC's Saving Lives at Sea series on Tuesday evening (14 May 2024). A dramatic video from the crews’ helmet cameras will be featured, as well as interviews with the crew involved. At 9.50pm on 7 July 2023, the crew on Chiswick Lifeboat were debriefing after a casualty care exercise at Broomhouse Pier when Thames Commander Mark Turrell noticed a large passenger vessel manoeuvring strangely. Moments later, a call came through on asking the lifeboat for i

David and Georgia Tennant to host charity gala night at Pub in the Park

Image: Line-up of celebrities expected at Pub in the Park's charity gala in Chiswick An all-star line-up on Friday 28 June David and Georgia Tennant will be hosting a charity gala at this year's Pub in the Park at Chiswick House, alongside celebrity chef Tom Kerridge. The event, on the Friday night (28 June) promises to be a very starry affair, with other well-known actors, musicians, comedians and TV personalities coming to Chiswick to raise money for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s charity – The Multibank. Among the line-up of stars who will be coming are Arabella Weir MBE, Claudia Winkelman, Alex Jones, Romesh Ranganthan, Lenny Henry, Stephen Mangan, Gaby Roslin, Simon Rimmer,

The Aurora Borealis seen from Chiswick

Image: Aurora Borealis over Southfield Park; photograph Aimee Morgans The Aurora seen all over Britain in rare light show I once went all the way to Iceland in the hope of seeing the Aurora Borealis and didn't see it once because the weather was cloudy. We had a lovely holiday anyway, but my point is the received wisdom used to be that you had to go quite far north to see the amazing spectacle of green and pink and purple taking over the sky. Now, twice in the space of a few months London has been treated to the sight. Although the light pollution made it hard to see, Aimee Morgans managed to get these stunning photographs of the Aurora on Friday night (10 May) over Southfield Park Images: Aurora Borealis over Southfield Park; photographs Aimee Mor

West London Queer Project wins Civic Honours Award

Image: Aubrey Crawley receiving the award from LB Hammersmith & Fulham Making a contribution to building 'a stronger, safer, kinder borough' The West London Queer Project was recognised at the Hammersmith and Fulham Civic Honours awards on Thursday 9 May. The awards recognise 'contributions to building a stronger, safer, kinder borough' and are given to those who've made a 'critical difference to improving people’s lives across H&F'. WLQP founder,  Aubrey Crawley, told the Chiswick Calendar that it was "incredible" to be in the room with so many people doing great things across the borough, and said: "To be recognised for anything you do is always heartwarming, but what made this one extra special is they've used the word kinder, that just makes it

Huge pile of educational materials dumped outside Falcons pre-prep school

Image: Books, folders and paperwork dumped outside former Falcons School site in Grove Park Parents of former pupils say confidential paperwork with private information about their children dumped outside school along with hundreds of books and educational materials Hundreds of books, educational materials and folders allegedly containing confidential pupil files have been dumped on the street outside of the old Falcons pre-prep school in Chiswick. One of our readers wrote to The Chiswick Calendar: 'I have just seen Falcons school closure articles online and someone has posted this photo in an online FB forum. Hundreds of books and educational materials (possible pupil data in folders) simply thrown outside th

Domestic violence charge against Kevin McNally thrown out says Pirates of the Caribbean actor

 Images: Kevin McNally and Phyllis Logan Case dismissal brings to an end a very stressful period for Kevin McNally and Phyllis Logan Kevin McNally, the actor best known for playing the role of Joshamee Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean, has told The Chiswick Calendar the charge of domestic violence, for which he was arrested in LA in February, has been dropped. The past few months have been very stressful for him and his wife, actor Phyllis Logan, of Downton Abbey fame, who live in Chiswick, but it appears the nightmare which began two and a half months ago is now over. Kevin was arrested on 16 February in Los Angeles, just as he was set to attend a Doctor Who fan convention at the Marriot Hotel. The Los Angeles Police Depar

Woman who climbed on top of Ferrari in Chiswick goes viral

Images: Police question onlookers on Devonshire road on Sunday Witnesses say it was 'pizza pandemonium' Bank holiday madness was on display in Chiswick on Sunday afternoon (5 May) after a woman caused a ruckus by allegedly rampaging through a pizza restaurant before climbing on top of a Ferrari parked outside and refusing to get off. The video of her spreadeagled on the roof of the car and being dragged off it has gone viral. Eye-witnesses told The Chiswick Calendar the woman had started causing a scene in Napoli on the Road, the Italian pizza restaurant in Devonshire Road, when she started "throwing plates and chairs around". Photographs of the incident show upturned tables and chairs outside the restaurant w

Police offer £20,000 reward for information in murder investigation

Image: Darren Augustine Police offer £20,000 reward for information The Metropolitan Police have put out a £20,000 reward for any information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the murder of 44-year-old Darren Augustine. Darren was a father of two who died after being stabbed in Brentwick Gardens, Brentford in the early hours of 26 April 2023. He died on the street shortly after 5.15.am. Police had earlier been called to the scene after a report of a break in and Darren was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics to save him. A post-mortem examination found cause of death to be stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. In a statement h

Brentford FC revoke more than 300 memberships over ticket touting

Image: Brentford v Liverpool, 17 February; photograph Liz Vercoe Premier League club sanctions supporters with bans and membership revocation Brentford FC have announced that they have revoked more than 300 memberships in a bid to tackle the problem of ticket touting at the GTech stadium. Announcing a crackdown on ticket touting, the Premier League side whose stadium is beside Kew Bridge Station have released a statement that acknowledged the ongoing impact ticketing touting has been having on matchdays, 'with a number of individuals and organisations claiming to have the ability to sell official Brentford tickets.' They say during recent fixtures against Manchester United, Brighton and Sheffield United, their operations have led to hundreds of individuals eit

Sadiq declared Mayor, Lib Dems win SW constituency

Labour's Sadiq Khan wins third term as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been declared Mayor of London for a third term. The announcement was made on Saturday afternoon (4 May). Both the Conservative party and Labour party had described the contest, a two horse race between them, as 'close'. Conservative Candidate Susan Hall said yesterday she expected to win, then a couple of hours ago Labour started claiming victory. In the event, the Labour Mayor was re-elected with 43.8% of the vote. Turnout across London averaged 40.5% according to London Elects, 1.5% down from the last mayoral election in 2021. The BBC were among the first to report Sadiq was expected to win. The BBC’s polling expert John Curtice said it seemed opposition to Ulez did not amount to enough of a signif

Cllr Bassam Mahfouz wins Ealing and Hillingdon London Assembly seat for Labour

Image: Sadiq Khan (L) with Bassam Mahfouz Labour win Ealing & Hillingdon Assembly seat, though more people voted for Conservative candidate Susan Hall for Mayor than voted for Sadiq Khan Ealing councillor Bassam Mahfouz has won the Ealing and Hillingdon consituency seat on the London Assembly. The Ealing Labour councillor won the seat with 72,356 votes. Conservative candidate Henry Higgins came second with 67,495 votes, while Green Party candidate Jess Lee came third with 22,974 votes. Liberal Democrat candidate Kuldev received 15,293 votes, while Anthony Goodwin from Reform UK came last with 15,247 votes. The voter turnout in Ealing and Hillingdon was 42.91%. Bassam Mahfouz, who grew up in Ealing, has been a councillor for almost 20 years. He runs a re

Sadiq Khan expected to be announced London Mayor

Image: Sadiq Khan Based on early results Sadiq Khan expected to be re-elected, with around 10% more votes than Tories The BBC's polling expert John Curtice has said he expects Labour's Sadiq Khan to win the London mayoral race, securing an historic third term and defeating his primary rival, Conservative Party candidate Susan Hall. Despite claims yesterday that the race between the two was close, and claims from Susan Hall's camp that she thought she would win, Politics UK are giving the estimated end result as: Sadiq Khan: 46% Susan Hall: 32% Labour sources called the election for Mr. Khan on Saturday afternoon (4 May), shortly followed by the BBC's prediction, with the BBC describing the win as a "slam dunk"

Labour’s Emma Yates wins Brentford West by-election in close race with Theo Dennison

Image above: Brentford West's newest representative Cllr Emma Yates Former Labour Cabinet Member, Independent candidate Theo Dennison receives a higher than predicted share of the vote Labour has regained the Brentford West ward on Hounslow Council after a tight contest in the by-election caused by Lara Parizotto standing down. Lara was elected for Labour but resigned the party whip in October 2023 over Gaza, and continued to serve as an independent until she took the decision to stand down as a councillor altogether. Theo Dennison

Civil Service FC win England Football Accredited Club of the Month

Image above: Civil Service FC Club wins prestigious Amateur FA award Civil Service FC, an amateur football club in Chiswick, have won the England Football Accredited Club of the Month. The club, who play their home games at Kings House Sports Ground, are the only surviving association football club from the original eleven which founded the Football Association (FA). They were founded in 1863 and they offer training for men and women with nine men’s teams and one women’s team. They also have a men’s veteran team. The men’s team play on Saturday in the Southern Amateur League and the women’s team play on Sundays in the Greater London Women’s Football League. The women’s team was set up in 2018 and finished in a record fourth place in 2023. The

Charing Cross to ‘decant’ MRI outpatients to other hospitals

Image: Charing Cross Hospital Outpatients requiring MRI scans at Charing Cross to be sent elsewhere until October Outpatients requiring and MRI scan from Charing Cross hospital will be 'decanted' to other centres across London until later this year. Imperial College Healthcare Trust, which manages Charing Cross hospital, are investing in a state-of-the-art 3T MRI scanner for the Imaging department, as a replacement for their existing 15-year-old scanner. This £3.4m investment is part of the trust's wider estates investment plan. In order to ensure MRI capacity is maintained during the installation works (7 May – 1 October 2024), most MRI outpatient care will take place in St Mary’s Hospital, Hammersmith H

Appeal to find missing Hounslow girl

Image: Talailah Misper Talailah has gone missing from her home address in Hounslow Police are appealing for the public's help after a 14-year-old girl from Hounslow has gone missing. Talailah, 14, was last seen on Thursday 25 April leaving her home address in Hounslow. When last seen, she was wearing a grey zipper hoody with grey leggings and pink crocs. PC Asim Raja said: “Following social media appeals, I am now further appealing to the public to assist us with enquiries to help find Talailah. Her young age makes her vulnerable, which is why it is so important that we find her. "Talailah has been missing now for over a week, if you have seen her or know where she may be then it is important that you

Witness says Old Market Place wall collapsed after being hit by a car

Image: Old Market Place wall knocked over Carpark wall collapses onto Chiswick High Rd pavement Part of the wall of Old Market Place, the carpark area outside George IV, has collapsed onto the pavement of Chiswick High Road, after a car hit it on Thursday (2 May). An eye-witness said a driver hit the wall, causing a ten-metre stretch of brickwork to tumble onto the pavement. Fortunately there were no pedestrians there at the time. The eye-witness said the car driver drove off at speed following the collision, but its number plates were noted. This is the second time in recent months a car has gone into the wall. An older male driver drove his car through the barrier so it was left sticking out over the pave