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 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

Volunteers needed to help conserve Chiswick Eyot

Image: Chiswick Eyot Local residents do battle with the Mitten crabs to stop the eyot washing away The Old Chiswick Protection Society is looking for volunteers to help with conservation work on Chiswick Eyot. The eyot (or ait) is one of about 180 of these tiny narrow islands in the River Thames, formed over time by the accumulation of sediment, which have become home to many different kinds of wildlife. Chiswick Eyot is a nature reserve and ancient withy bed where swans have nested and willow trees have grown for centuries. Traditionally, up until the 18th century, the willows were cut to make baskets for the Chiswick cheese fairs in next door Dukes Meadow, and also to take produce from Chiswick’s market gardens into London. Now, they serve a different pur

Drill House plans recommended for approval

Image: Drill Hall in Chiswick Planners recommend approval for proposals A proposal for alterations to the historic Drill Hall in Chiswick appears likely to receive approval. Last year, an application (P/2023/2880) was submitted to Hounslow Council to repurpose the Drill Hall on Heathfield Terrace. The nineteenth-century building stands adjacent to a former warehouse and is known as the Independiente building, as the name of the record company which was once based there is still visible on its facade. Constructed circa 1892, the building holds local listing status and is part of the Turnham Green Conservation Area. Internally, it features a single-storey configuration with a double-height hall space showcasi

Bus strikes suspended after company makes new pay offer

Image above: Abellio buses Planned eight day strike suspended after fresh pay offer Bus strikes due to hit south west London have been suspended after a new pay offer has been made. Industrial action was due to take place between  8-10 May and from 13-17 May. The strikes were by bus company staff in control rooms in Battersea and Twickenham. The new offer was tabled by the employer Transport UK (formerly Abellio), and as a result, the impending strike action was suspended to allow members to consider and vote on the latest offer. The routes that would have been affected by the strike are: 24, 27, 111, 156, 159, 267, 285, 322, 344, 345, 415 , 490, 969, H20, H25, H26, R68, R70. Control room staff, who use high-tech satellite GPS systems to monitor bus routes

Most of SWR network closed during May strikes

Image: A SWR train at Chiswick Station No service on Hounslow Loop line during strikes South Western Railway (SWR) has announced that most of its network will be closed during expected strike action in May. Drivers from the ASLEF union are striking over a long-running dispute on pay and conditions on Tuesday 7 May. Trains will run only on a limited number of lines that day. Stations on the Hounslow Loop including Chiswick, Brentford, Syon Lane, Kew Bridge and Isleworth will be closed. There will be shuttle services from Waterloo to Basingstoke, Feltham via Twickenham, Guildford via Woking and Woking only. A significantly reduced service from Feltham will call at Putney and Wandsworth Town. Wimbledon will be

Police arrest two men after burglary at The Eye Studio in Chiswick

Image: Eye Studio at 229E Chiswick High Road Police at the shop in seconds as burglars attempt to steal thousands of pounds worth of sunglasses  Police have arrested two men after an attempt to steal thousands of pounds worth of sunglasses from an opticians on Chiswick High Road. CCTV footage of the incident shows two men breaking into Eye Studio at around 4.30am on Tuesday (30 April). The footage shows two men, both wearing balaclavas, using what appears to be a concrete bollard to smash the front door of the shop. After entering, the burglars go straight for the sunglasses, which were on display in the front window. The thieves go on to fill up carrier bags with sunglasses, which are some of the most

New wave of strikes to hit south west London bus services

Image: Abellio buses Eight days of bus strikes to take place starting 8 May Bus company staff in London are to escalate strike action this month since their employer has boe made an improved pay offer, according to Unite the Union. Around 40 staff who work in the control rooms for Transport UK buses (previously known as Abellio) who control the bus routes, instruct drivers on traffic jams or accidents and ensure overall safety on the routes, are to take a further eight days of action from 8-10 May and from 13-17 May. Control room staff, who use high-tech satellite GPS systems to monitor bus routes across London, have been offered a five per cent pay increase for 2023 by Transport UK, a substantial real terms p

Harvest mice reintroduced to Ealing nature reserve as part of rewilding

Image: Harvest mouse; photograph by Charlie Marshall More than 150 mice reintroduced to Perivale Wood More than 150 harvest mice have been reintroduced to a nature reserve in Ealing as part of a rewilding project. The animals have been absent from Perivale Wood for decades, with the last official sighting in 1979. Now they are being reintroduced after an absence of four decades by the Ealing Wildlife Group, who bred the mice in captivity, with funding from the Mayor of London and Amazon’s Right Now Climate Fund. They have already released more than 1,650 harvest mice across the borough. Perivale Wood is the fifth relea

West London stalker jailed after harassing woman for seven years

Shaheen Chisti contacted victim's mother detailing the sexual acts he intended to carry out Image: Shaheen Chisti A stalker from west London has been jailed after harassing a woman for seven years. Shaheen Chishti, 54, of Foxglove Street, Shepherds Bush, started stalking a woman he met in 2016, sending sexually harassing emails and messages on social media. Six years later he continued to message the victim and threatened to drown her, even contacting her mother. In December 2016 after the first lot of unwanted emails and messages, the victim report

Central Middlesex Hospital attacker sentenced to 30 years in prison

Man who attacked colleagues with axe sentenced to 30 years in prison Image above: Matteo Bottarelli A hospital maintenance worker who attempted to murder two of his colleagues with an axe has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Matteo Bottarelli, 44, told a Central Middlesex Hospital worker, ‘this is your lucky day,’ before stabbing him in the neck with a type of pickaxe on June 21 last year. A second man suffered multiple head injuries in the unprovoked attack. Gideon Tesfay was stabbed with a scalpel while Trevor McGuire was beaten over the head with a mattock. READ ALSO: