Labour £2,000 tax figure “a nonsense” says Sunday Times Economics Editor David Smith

"What makes me quite ... angry about this is that Sunak knows completely its wrong" David Smith The past week has seen things go from bad to worse for Rishi Sunak, being called out for lying in the debate against Keir Starmer on the claim that Labour would increase taxes by £2,000 per household, then being accused of a lack of respect for coming home early from the D-Day celebrations, for which he has apologised. He cancelled media interviews at the weekend as support for the Conservatives dipped even further in the polls, with a clear 22% gap between Labour and the Tories and Reform picking up support

How important is polling and TV news reporting in an election campaign?

Image: Houses of parliament; picture UK Parliament Reporting the election - Chiswick Media Club, Wednesday 19 June The polls have led the coverage of the election campaign so far - the 20% gap between Labour and the Conservatives has framed the whole debate.  Everything that is said and done by the leading figures in the campaign is scrutinized and assessed against that backdrop. The Lib Dems appear to have the most popular policies so far: awarding blue flag status to rivers and reducing sewage discharge scored 87% approval, and free school meals for all primary school pupils in England received 74% support in a You Gov poll. Voters are split on the Labour and Conservative pledges not to raise the three main taxes. They like Labour’s policy of charg

Lidl announces plans for new store in Brentford

Image: Site of former Morrisons on Brentford High Street to become a Lidl Lidl set to take over site of former Morrisons  Budget supermarket chain Lidl has submitted a planning application to Hounslow Council to bring a new store to Brentford High Street at the site of the former Morrisons. The plans represent a multi-million-pound investment and Lidl says a store opening there will provide those living in the area with access to the discounter’s high quality, best-value products. It will boost the local economy, creating up to 40 new jobs. With a proposed sales area of 1,430m2, plans for the new store feature the supermarket chain's famous bakery - recently crowned the UK’s most popular supermarket baker

Devonshire Day Nursery staff staying overnight in nursery raise over £600 for charity

Image: Devonshire Day Nursery staff members during their sponsored 'stay-awake' Staff took part in sponsored 'stay-awake' charity event for the British Heart Foundation Staff working at Devonshire Day Nursery in Chiswick have helped to raise money for charity by sacrificing their sleep for a sponsored 'stay awake', which involved them staying overnight in the nursery. After completing their Friday shift at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Bennett Street, the seven staff members including Joshua Elliott, Emmy Avery, Tasher John-Baptiste, Nicole Johnson, Louise Harding and Anna Ball powered through the night, playing games, enjoying snacks and sharing stories to raise funds for the British Heart Fo

TfL offers free and unlimited Santander Cycle rides for all Londoners every Sunday in June

Image above: Santander Cycles TfL offering free and unlimited 30 minute rides for all Londoners on every Sunday in June Transport for London and Santander are offering free and unlimited 30 minute rides for all Londoners on every Sunday in June to celebrate the launch of TfL Cycle Sundays. The offer comes as Santander e-bikes recently celebrated one million hires. TfL Cycle Sundays is a new programme of leisurely cycle routes that aims to support and encourage Londoners who are new to cycling to explore the capital, following bike 'friendly' routes. The scheme has been developed in collaboration with cycling organisations, and is backed up by a range of support to make it easier to try out cycling for the first time. The Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Wi

Teenager stabbed in Isleworth

Image: Police library image 17-year-old stabbed on Woodlands Rd A 17-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in Isleworth on Wednesday (5 June). Police were called to Riverside Court on Woodlands road at 7.38pm after reports of a stabbing. A 17-year-old boy was found with stab injuries and was treated by paramedics from London Ambulance Service and a helicopter from London’s Air Ambulance landed on St John’s Gardens to assist. There is no further information at this time on the boy’s condition, and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information that might assist the police with their enquiries including footage or images should call 101 or post @MetCC on X using reference CAD 7274/5 Jun R

Brentford’s Ivan Toney called up to England Euros squad

Image above: Ivan Toney; Photograph: Brentford FC Brentford striker makes 26-man squad for Euros Ivan Toney has been named in Gareth Southgate's England squad for the European Championships. The Bees striker made the 26-man final squad, after seven players were omitted yesterday, (Thursday 6 June). The Euros begin for England on the 16 June against Serbia. The tournament is being held in Germany. Toney has three England caps, coming on as a substitute for nine minutes in a Euro 2024 qualifying win against Ukraine, and against Belgium in March when he started and scored after 17 minutes. He also played in England's final warm up game against Iceland, coming off the bench for Harry Kane. He was banned for half of the season after breaking the Football Associatio

Fire at Turnham Green shuts down District and Piccadilly lines

Severe delays across the whole Piccadilly Line A small fire at Turnham Green tube station has caused rush hour chaos this morning on the District and Piccadilly lines, with both shut between Acton Town and Barons Court westbound. Transport for London say there have been severe delays on the Piccadilly line as a result, and minor delays on the District line. There are also minor delays on the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. Underground tickets are being accepted on London buses and the Elizabeth Line. London Fire Brigade told The Chiswick Calendar the fire had been a small track fire about 300 metres away from the station, reported to them at 07.34. They had it extinguished by 09.23, but it burned long enough to cause disruption to rush hour services.

Fire at Watermans arts centre in Brentford

Image: Fire at Watermans this morning; photograph from social media Empty building awaiting redevelopment, no one hurt say London Fire Bridgade There has been a fire at Watermans arts centre in Brentford this morning (Wednesday 5 June). London Fire Brigade officers attended the fire and extinguished it. Cllr Tom Bruce, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council and Cabinet Member for Assets, Regeneration and Development, has issued a statement saying: “Thankfully no one was hurt, but the building has been damaged. The cause of the fire is being investigated by LFB, and our officers are at the scene to support them as required." The arts centre was closed in April amid protests from local people. The Hounslow Arts Trust, which ran it, said keeping the building ope

Body found near Hammersmith Bridge

Image: Towpath cordoned off; photograph Matt Smith Thames Path cordoned off Police have confirmed a body has been found near Hammersmith Bridge. They cordoned off an area of the tow path on the Richmond side of the River Thames after the body was found there on Saturday 1 June. This suggests they are looking at it as a crime scene rather than a suicide, but police at the scene today were not prepared to give further details. Nor could they say when the Thames Path would be reopened, as investigations are ongoing, they told The Chiswick Calendar. Image: Towpath cordoned off; photograph Matt Smith Read more stories on The Chiswick Calendar See also:

‘Moffie’ – World premiere at Riverside Studios

Images: Kai Luke Brümmer 'MOFFIE', the world premiere stage adaptation of André Van de Merwe’s searing autobiographical novel, opens in Studio 3 of the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith on Wednesday (5 June). ‘moffie' /ˈmɒfi' - a South African slur for a gay man. The book, about the author's experience as a conscript in the South African Defence Force during the apartheid era, was made into a highly acclaimed film by South African director Oliver Hermanus, and has now been adapted as a play by Philip Rademeyer, presented as a monologue. It’s 1979 and South Africa’s government's main concern is keeping Southern Africa free of communism, to protect the Afrikaner people, Christianity, and the free world. To do this, they need bodies, and seventeen-year-

Independent pharmacists are closing and “patients are suffering”

Image: Busby's Pharmacy, Grove Park Independent pharmacists launch petition to raise awareness for the 'dire situation' they are facing Bridget Osborne and Matt Smith The organisation which represents independent pharmacists, the NPA, has launched a petition to make politicians and the public aware they are facing a dire situation, with many closing under the pressure of rising drug costs, shortages of key medicines and new measures implemented by the government. They say ten pharmacies are closing each week and three quarters of independent pharmacists find their accounts are now in the red, yet pharmacists are at the forefront of a new healthcare strategy to relieve pressure on GPs by asking patients to consult their local pharmacist first o

Bedford Park Festival, 7-23 June 2024

Image: The Summer Exhibition at the Bedford Park Festival Chiswick's annual Community and Arts festival Opening with the preview party for the Summer Exhibition art and Photography competition Bedford Park Festival opens with a preview of the Art and Photography exhibitions in St Michael & All Angels Church on Bath Rd on Friday 7 June from 6.45 - 9.30pm. Music and wine is promised, and there is no charge for admission. Both exhibitions are in the main church this year, whereas previous years the Photography exhibition has been upstairs in the Parish Hall. The Photography exhibition entries are also available to see online here on The Chiswick Calendar web

The Chiswick Calendar’s Green Days raffle prizes 2024

Image: Green Days Come and meet The Chiswick Calendar team at Green Days Green Days on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June signals the start of the Bedford Park Festival - the annual two-week community and arts festival in Chiswick. A feature of the Chiswick summer for decades on Acton Green Common opposite Turnham Green tube station, Green Days is a massive fete featuring a bandstand showcasing local talent in live music and dance performances, the obligatory beer tent and cake stall featuring a variety of home made cakes by local expert bakers ... A barbecue, a craft village, stalls from local businesses and community organisations, including ourselves, football games, fancy dress and a funfair. Come and see us at our stall on the South Parade side of the park, ju

No cause for concern with drinking water in Chiswick, say Thames Water

Image: Library image, tap water Problems with water quality Thames Water has said there is no cause for concern with drinking water in Chiswick, after routine tests were carried out last month. Water quality has come under suspicion in the past few weeks since South West Water told customers to boil their tap water in Devon after cryptosporidium, a parasite that can cause a diarrhoea-type disease, had been found in the water supply around Brixham. Last week concerns were raised about the quality of drinking water supplied by Thames Water after families living in Beckenham, south east London suffered from diarrhea and vomiting. Thames Water said this was not caused by contaminated tap water after carrying ou

Re-designing ‘Ginkgo Corner’ in Chiswick

Image: Artist’s impression of Ginkgo Corner Transforming the raised bed opposite the old police station Guest blog by Dr Karen Liebreich Plans are being unveiled for the transformation of the crumbling raised bed that lies opposite the old police station building. Seating, along with improved and extended planting will make the area into a welcoming, beautiful and accessible space. As well as updating the infrastructure, replacing collapsing brick walls and improving drainage by increased greenery, the planting will improve biodiversity and visual appeal, and improve the centre of Chiswick, an area that has been in great need of a radical refurbishment. Funding has been secured from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (part of the Lev

Artists at Home 2024: Jane and Jocie Juritz

Images: Jane Juritz; Jocie Juritz with her cat boots Mother and daughter Jane Juritz join Artists at Home 2024 Artists at Home 2024 takes place in less than a month, over the weekend of Friday 14 -Sunday 16 June, when around 100 local artists will be opening their homes to invite visitors in to see their work. From painters to sculptors, photographers to ceramicists, the event offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a diverse range of artistic talents within their own neighbourhood. This year, Jane Juritz  is making her debut with her daughter Jocie, a painter and shoemaker respectively.  Image: Jane's oil drawing 'Dungeness' "I love miserable, stormy days" Jane will be s

New restaurant planned for Chiswick High Road

Image: 299-303 Chiswick High Road Type of restaurant remains a mystery with applicant promising "something new" A planning application has been submitted to open a large restaurant on Chiswick High Road at the site of the former Indian restaurant Republic, which closed in late 2023 and the former premises of  Pizza Perfect next door. Both locations currently hold premises licences, which will be surrendered if a unified licence is granted for the combined site. KSMV Properties Limited has submitted a premises licence application for 299-303 Chiswick High Road, without disclosing the business's name. In January, KSMV Properties Limited received the premises licence for 299 Chiswick High Road, mirroring the te

Chiswick Flower Market stallholders win gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Image above: Rob Hardy with Gold winning Holly and Nikki at Chelsea Flower Show Mother and daughter team 'In the Garden' celebrate win 'In the Garden', a west London plant shop who have a regular stall at Chiswick Flower Market have won a gold award at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Holly and Nikki Barsby are a mother and daughter team who have a background in horticulture and floristry and specialise in plant and container gardens. They combine their skills to design, plant and dress your garden, window box or flower bed. Their work at the Chiswick Flower Market led them to meet Rob Hardy, who with his wife Rosy has won an astonishing 24 consecutive Gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Market. Rob and Rosy retired from Chelsea themselves last year, but Rob

Age Concern Chiswick to unveil a mural at its Spring Celebration

Image: Members of Age Concern Chiswick designing the mural Age Concern Chiswick celebrate Spring Celebration with the unveiling of a mosaic mural made by its members Age Concern Chiswick have announced the date for their Spring Celebration, scheduled for Thursday 6 June at their club premises on Oxford Road North at 1.30. They will be unveiling a mosaic mural that has been hand-made and personally created by the members of the club themselves. The ceremony will perhaps be the first attended by Hounslow's new Mayor Karen Smith. READ ALSO: Hounslow Council announces new Mayor and Cabinet for year 2024 / 25 Artist Kim Porrelli, who s

Thames Water issue urgent ‘do not drink’ warning in Surrey

Water testing follows historic fuel leak from village petrol station Thames Water has issued an urgent 'do not drink' notice to hundreds of homes in Surrey following water tests which indicated a 'possible deterioration' in the quality of drinking water 'in some areas'. The water company has been carrying out additional water sampling in Bramley since October 2023, following a historical fuel leak from the village petrol station. Thames Water is advising residents not to use tap water for drinking, cooking or brushing their teeth. They have said 616 homes in Bramley are believed to be affected. Last week concerns were raised about the quality of drinking water supplied by Thames Water after families living in Beckenham, south east London suffered from diarrhea and vomi

Hounslow Council announces new Mayor and Cabinet for year 2024 / 25

Image above: Mayor Karen Smith and Deputy Mayor Muhammad Shakeel Akram New Mayor announced along with new Cabinet roles Karen Smith has been elected as the new Mayor of Hounslow at the Council's Annual Meeting. Mayor Smith has been a councillor in Hounslow South since 2018. She will be joined by Deputy Mayor Akram, a councillor for Feltham North for the year 2024/25. A Cabinet shuffle has also been announced. As we reported last week, Katherine Dunne has been replaced by Tom Bruce as deputy leader, and Guy Lambert as stepped down from a Cabinet role. READ ALSO: Cllr Katherine Dunne dropped as Deputy Leader

Watermans developer seeks to avoid laspse of planning permission

Image: Watermans arts centre, now closed, awaiting redevelopment Developer submits planning application for Lawful Development Certificate, despite not yet starting work on the project A planning application (P/2024/1439) has been submitted to Hounslow Council seeking a Lawful Development Certificate for the proposed Watermans Arts Centre site. The aim is to prevent the lapse of the initial planning permission for the project located at the former Brentford Police station at 36 Half Acre. LGL, the developer, has engaged in extensive talks with the Council about the site and has expressed doubts about the feasibility of the current project setup. There has been little progress in terms of construction activity on the site. The planning permission, granted fo

Chiswick based teacher writes new “fail-proof”cookbook

Image above: The Independent Cook Chiswick based food technology teacher launches new cookbook A food technology teacher from Chiswick has written a new cookbook, which she claims is "fail-proof". Sarah Main's book features a collection of over 70 recipes which she says have all been used to teach teenagers in schools across west London, and covers the most basic skills. "The book has taken thirty years to write. It's fail proof because all the recipes in the book have been taught to teenagers in schools across west London. The book has even got QR codes in to show people how to skin a tomato, separate an egg or even line a pastry tin. It makes cooking a lot easier." The Independent Cook will be available in September, and is linked to a website. "The we

Thames Water say “zero evidence” drinking water is causing illness

Thames Water refutes accusation they are not extensively testing London's largest water supplier, Thames Water, have said there is "zero evidence" water they are supplying is causing illness, after being urged by the Labour party to "get a grip" with water quality testing. According to a report in The Guardian on Wednesday (29 May), Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary urged the company to test water treatment works “urgently” after claims emerged the company had tested the water at only one property in Beckenham, where dozens of people have reported being unwell with stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. Thames Water have refuted this, telling us "extensive testing" has been carried out - including in reservoirs and water treatment wor

Hounslow Council bows to pressure to reverse ‘backwards’ benches

Image: Benches facing into shops on the Grove Park Piazza Hounslow Council bows to pressure to turn benches around to face the other way at new Grove park 'piazza' Locals have viewed the installation of new benches at the Grove Park 'piazza' with bafflement, as they have been installed facing the row of shops, and there has been some hilarity in the chemist, Busby's, which would have come under particular scrutiny from members of the public sitting there. Pharmacist Sue Birch told The Chiswick Calendar: "We'll have to put on Punch and Judy shows and book some male strippers." Contrary to popular opinion, the benches have not been put in the wrong way round by a dozy council. They were always intended to face this way so people sitting there wouldn't be look

Pub in the Park full lineup announced

Image: Pub in the Park Chiswick 2022 "Biggest and boldest yet" The full programme for this year’s Pub in the Park Chiswick has been announced, which organisers describe as their "biggest and boldest" line-up of music, chefs, and restaurants yet. On the afternoon of 29 June, Chiswick House Gardens will host Scouting for Girls, Flawless, and Big Little Fish. The evening will see performances by Busted, Toploader, and Modern Love. The more relaxed Sunday afternoon session on 30 June will feature Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, with special guests Damian Lewis, Beatles Dub Club, and Billington and Quinn. Image: Jools Holland Charity gala evening The weekend's events will kick off w

Thames Water checking west London water quality after concerns raised

Image: Library image of a Thames Water van West Londoners boiling tap water as a precaution Thames Water, London's water supplier, is looking into west London's water quality after concerns were raised about contamination of drinking water. Dozens of people in the Beckenham area of south-east London reported being unwell with stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea over the weekend. Their symptoms mirrored similar reports coming out of Devon earlier this month, where unsafe drinking water led to more than 100 cases cryptosporidium, a parasite found in faeces which can cause gastrointestinal and respiratory illness. In response, South West Water, which manages Devon's water supply, told 17,000 households and bus

Killik & Co at the Chelsea Flower Show 2024

The award winning wealth management and investment experts Killik & Co have opened a new space on Devonshire Road – House of Killik Chiswick. The Chiswick Calendar is pleased to share their guest blogs on how best to plan and save to acquire the wealth to achieve your goals. Killik & Co won “Best Discretionary / Advisory Wealth Manager’ in the 2023 FT Investors Chronicle

Artists at Home 2024: Tina Takako Prentis

Image: Tina Takako Prentis Tina Takako Prentis joins Artists at Home 2024 Artists at Home 2024 takes place in less than a month, over the weekend of Friday 14 -Sunday 16 June, when around 100 local artists will be opening their homes to invite visitors in to see their work. From painters to sculptors, photographers to ceramicists, the event offers art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a diverse range of artistic talents within their own neighbourhood. This year, Tina Takako Prentis is one of the new members showing her work at the open studios. Originally from Japan, Tina uses art as a means of expression that she feels her words cannot fully convey, presenting vivid abstract paintings which she says "cha