Hounslow Council has done a “great job” during Covid crisis

Images above: LB Hounslow Chief Executive Niall Bolger; Cllr Gerald McGregor The new leader of the Conservative group of councillors on Hounslow council has said the council has done "great job" of handling the Covid pandemic. "The council's officers have been doing splendid work on that front" Cllr Gerald McGregor told The Chiswick Calendar. When the pandemic started to take

Biggest night in the history of Brentford FC

Image above: Brentford player wearing the club's special commemorative blue shirt Tuesday's match (4 August 2020) between Brentford and Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final will be "the biggest night in their 131 year history". The match at Wembley, played to an empty stadium but watched by millions worldwide, will decide whether or not they go up to the Premiership

‘Eat Out to Help Out’ in Chiswick

Next phase of road changes in Chiswick announced

Image above: Road sign for Prebend Gardens at the junction with Bath Rd LB Hounslow has been introducing a programme of traffic management restrictions across the borough throughout June and July. They have been phasing in their traffic changes, sorting out those they can do quickly with a few planters and bollards first, then moving on to to the ones which need expensive cameras

Chiswick aka the Wild West

Images above: Traffic signs showing Fisher's Lane road closed, at the south end and at the north end I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but I am beginning to feel almost sorry for the council. Somebody somewhere is working very hard to introduce the new traffic measures throughout Chiswick, in the fond belief that they are positive and beneficial, but Chiswick drivers ar

Chiswick traffic management changes, May – July 2020

Images above: Sign outlining changes in Fisher's Lane

Check this before venturing out in your car

Hounslow's Streetspace programme introduced significant changes to traffic management across the borough in May, June and July 2020. The various projects have mainly been introduced as experiments under temporary traffic orders and have been designed in line wi

‘Chris’s Fish Bar’ reopens in Chiswick after last month’s fire

Chiswick Conservative councillors elect new leader

Images above: Cllr Joanna Biddolph; Cllr Gerald McGregor

Cllr Gerald McGregor elected leader

Chiswick's Conservative councillors have elected Cllr Gerald McGregor as their leader, replacing Cllr Joanna Biddolph as the leader of the Conservative group on Hounslow Council. The Chiswick Calendar learned of the unexpected decision after the election was held at the group's A

‘Big river cleanup’ planned to raise funds for London Harbourmaster

Chiswick Flower Market opening Sunday 6 September

Chiswick School Duke of Edinburgh success

Bread Ahead opens in Chiswick High Rd

Independent bread shop Bread Ahead has opened on Chiswick High Rd. The bread shop, owned by baker Matthew Jones, is at  316 Chiswick High Rd, where Clifton News used to be. Matthew has built a strong reputation as a traditional baker, opening up in Borough Market in 1998 and building up a wholesale bakery, with two retail outlets in Sloane Square and in Beak St, Soho. He also teaches bread

There’s been a rash of no-shows in restaurants around the country – how do Chiswick’s restaurants fare?

Face masks mandatory in shops from 24 July

Hounslow to “get tough” on motorists

Image above: squashed planter on Turnham Green Terrace Keith Richards wrote last week about the 'mess' that is Turnham Green Terrace, where confusion reigns over unclear signage, tin planters and ugly plastic bollards scattered about. Supposedly they demarcate the areas where pedestrians can walk in a safely socially distanced fashion and wh

Green shoots appearing in the High Rd

Image above: Bread Ahead, opened in Chiswick High Rd 24 July 2020 Have you noticed how new businesses are popping up on the High Rd? “We’re really busy” says commercial agent Jojo Finn at MJ Finn Commercial. “Everyone’s come back to shopping in Chiswick, which is fantastic to see.” The lockdown has driven people back to their local shops, both out of practicality

Mayor’s plans to move City Hall criticised

Black Lives Matter protest on Ealing Common 26 July

Residents hear gunshots in South Ealing

The police have made no public statement a full 24 hours after gunshots were reported in a residential road in South Ealing at around 10pm on Sunday night. Twitter was abuzz with people saying they'd heard gunshots, or maybe fireworks and wanting to know why a helicopter was circling overhead. Sky News correspondent Inzamam Rashid wrote: 'At least 8 armed officers have blocked off a road in

Temporary version of Cycleway 9 to be introduced

Transport for London is skint, its coffers emptied by the cessation of use of public transport during the lockdown. Many people might have quietly thought that would put paid to Cycleway 9. After all the bitter recriminations and virtual civil war over the issue, a little drop of Covid-19 might have seen it off, they might have thought. They'd be wrong. Construction of the new junction at th

Gyms and indoor pools reopen 25 July

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport announced on 8 July that gyms and indoor pools could reopen. Beauty salons, tanning shops and tattooists can reopen in England from Monday 13 July. Outdoor arts performances and club cricket can also resume. Images above: Outside 'pods' and cleaning routine at the Hogarth Club

Hogarth Club

The Hogarth Club on Airedale A

‘Honk for hope’ coach campaign rumbles through Chiswick

The Steam Packet to reopen and hopefully the Roebuck too

Image above: Steam Packet pub, Strand on the Green The Steam Packet pub on Strand on the Green, whose owner Food and Fuel went into administration at the end of March, has been bought by pub company Brunning & Price and is set to reopen on Friday 31 July. The Roebuck, which was also a Food & Fuel pub, is also in the process of being bought by the same company, though at

Local theatres battle for survival

Theatres to reopen in August

March 2020 will be remembered as a black month in the history of the London’s theatres; the moment they went dark because of Covid-19. That closure - now four months in and counting - is almost unprecedented in British history. An article in The Stage in April suggested you have to go back as far as the 17th century to find similar, prolonged,

LB Hounslow changes Edensor Rd ‘Street School’ plan after residents object

Image above: Cavendish Primary School; Google streetview Hounslow Council has agreed to abandon plans to make Edensor Rd a 'School Street', favouring instead a suggestion by Chiswick Cllr John Todd to extend the Red Route which runs along the A316 Great Chertsey Rd round the corner into Edensor Road and past Cavendish Primary School. Plans to make Edensor Rd a School Street were

New shop opens in Chiswick selling products containing cannabis extract

Image above: Beleaf Chiswick exterior A new shop opened in Chiswick High Rd on Thursday 16 July, selling a range of products made of the cannabis extract Cannabidiol, known as CBD. ‘Beleaf’, at 288 Chiswick High Rd, where the women’s fashion store Phase Eight used to be, has about 150 different CBD products on sale, including capsules and droplets of the extract and topica

Cllr Joanna Biddolph publishes her vision for Chiswick

Cllr Joanna Biddolph, leader of the Conservative councillors in Chiswick, has published her vision for how she would like Chiswick to be in the future. She set up the Chiswick Shops Task Force two years ago (July 2018) to come up with ideas to solve what councillors  described as the 'crisis' facing local shops, warning that Chiswick High Rd could become a 'ghost town' unless urgent action was

Gyms and indoor pools reopen 25 July

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport announced that gyms and indoor pools will be allowed to reopen from July 25. After being closed for almost four months, this will come as a welcome relief to fitness providers and gym-goers alike.

Gyms prepare to reopen next Saturday

The Hogarth Club on Airedale Avenue will be reopening on Saturday 25 July. Tim, the Club Directo