Colourscape at Boston Manor

Image: Colourscape at Boston Manor; photographs Robert Eagle Guest blog by Robert Eagle A massive UFO - or is it a clutch of them? - has landed on the lawn in front of Boston Manor. Its controllers are intent on luring all who pass by into its unearthly globular form, where Pied Piper-like musicians and dancers in multicoloured capes entice them from chamber to chamber, bathed in mysterious coloured light. Children, entranced by the experience, assume they have gone to heaven, while adults wonder whether this is one of those psychedelic experiences they’ve so often heard about. Dogs, for their own protection and sanity, are not allowed. For this is Colourscape, an entertainment that fully deserves the description ‘weird and wonderful’. It arrive

Spooks / Sherlock / The Split actor Lara Pulver to open the Bedford Park Festival

An important date in the diary before opening with Fiddler on the Roof at Regents Park Open Air Theatre Award-winning actor Lara Pulver, whose career spans film, TV and theatre, will be opening the Bedford Park Festival at Green Days on Saturday 8 June. Lara, who won an Olivier award for her portrayal of Louise in the West End production of Gypsy, winning the Best Supporting Actress award to Imelda Staunton's Mama Rose, is well known to TV audiences from her roles in Spooks, Sherlock and The Split. She and her family have recently moved to Chiswick from LA. "I love living in Chiswick" she told The Chiswick Calendar. "As a family we're quite active. I play tennis at Hartswood tennis club and mums' netball in Ravenscourt Park. I didn't imagine

Hounslow Cabinet member Cllr Tom Bruce chosen as Labour parliamentary candidate for Twickenham

Recently given role of Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, now selected as Labour candidate in General Election Councillor Tom Bruce Hounslow Councillor Tom Bruce has been chosen as the Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Twickenham. Council Leader Shantanu Rajawat announced only a week ago at the Hounslow Labour Group of Councillors that the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development would be taking over from Katherine Dunne as Deputy Leader. Now the General Election has been announced, Cllr Bruce has announced his intention to stand for election as an MP. READ ALSO:

General Election 2024 – Most of Chiswick becomes part of a new constituency

Three wards join the constituency of Hammersmith & Chiswick Most of Chiswick’s residents will be voting in the new parliamentary constituency of Hammersmith and Chiswick on 4 July. The three wards of Homefields, Riverside and Chiswick Gunnersbury, which have been in Ruth Cadbury’s Brentford & Isleworth constituency, will now be part of this new constituency. Southfield ward remains in Ealing the constituency of Central and Acton, which Rupa Huq has represented since 2015. Image: Boundary Commission map of the constituency of Hammersmith and Chiswick, comprising the following wards: 1.Addison, 2. Avonmore, 3. Brook Green, 4. Chiswick Gunnersbury, 5. Chiswick Homefields, 6. Chiswick Riverside, 7. Coningham, 8. Grove, 9. Hammersmith Broadway, 10. Raven

Reporting the election – Chiswick Calendar Media Club

Reporting general elections on TV and radio - the triumphs and the pitfalls I'd like to say this was prescient rather than sheer dumb luck, but it now looks as if our Media Club event on Wednesday 19 June is rather timely. Come and hear about what it's like to be at the epicentre of election coverage - tales of adrenalin-fuelled all-nighters and reputations lost and wonWe will be talking about how to report an election, with a panel of experts pooling their many years of experience in reporting elections on TV and radio – the triumphs and the pitfalls. BBC Political correspondent and presenter Carolyn Quinn chairs a panel with other journalists and a pollster – all players in the political dramas that have characterised elections in recent years.

General Election 2024 – Hammersmith & Chiswick constituency hustings 

Meet the candidates for the four main parties Who will we be voting for in the General Election? Who are the candidates, and what do they stand for? In the July General Election most people in Chiswick will be part of a new constituency - that of Hammersmith & Chiswick. The three wards that were part of Ruth Cadbury's constituency of Brentford & Isleworth - Homefield, Riverside and Chiswick Gunnersbury - will now be in this new constituency. Labour MP Andy Slaughter has represented the Hammersmith area since 2005. He will be fighting Hammersmith & Chiswick for Labour, against Hammersmith & Fulham councillor Andrew Dinsmore for the Conservatives, Eraj Rostaqi for the Liberal Democrats and Naranee Ruthra-Rajan for the Green Party. Come and see what they h

High Court rules Joey Barton’s posts about Jeremy Vine are defamatory

Image: Jeremy Vine; BBC More than just “mere vulgar abuse” A High Court judge has ruled that comments made by former footballer Joey Barton about BBC TV and radio presenter Jeremy Vine on social media were defamatory. The BBC reports that Barton was sued by Jeremy Vine for libel and harassment over 14 posts on on X, formerly known as Twitter. Mrs Justice Steyn ruled on Friday (24 May) that 11 of the posts could defame Mr Vine, who lives in Chiswick and posts regularly about his commute into Broadcasting House by bike. The former Premier League footballer turned manager Mr Barton, 41, had called Mr Vine, 59, a "bike nonce" and "pedo defender", which she said gave the "strong impression" that the term was being used in its "primary meaning to allege the c

West London Retails Skills Hub launch

Image above: West London Business West London retailers, charities and educators have united in a bid to get more young people into local jobs Retailers, charities and educators have launched a brand new concept called the West London Retail Skills Hub. The hub will be launching at Westfield White City on Thursday 6 June. The West London Retail Skills Hub will be a new resource developed by Westfield, the charity Spark! and West London College, supported by Ethos Farm, Inspire ATA and West London Business, to support people of all ages to start or grow their career in retail. The skills hub is funded through investment from the public and private sectors. The entrance to the hub will be next door to John Lewis & Partners. Image above: Retail wo

Exlied Afghani singers to perform at west London Festival

Image above: Poster for ACAA Summer Festival Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) is bringing together popular Afghan performers In Afghanistan, the Taliban continues to outlaw music and culture. Under their rule, performance and music are banned. In a show of defiance The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) is bringing together popular Afghan performers, forced to live in exile, for a musical celebration at Cranford Community College in Hounslow, on Sunday 23 June (10am-8pm). Award-winning singer-songwriter Ghezaal Enayat will headline. Born in Kabul, she rose to fame with her hit ‘Dil-e-Beqarar’ but, forced to flee her homeland, she now lives in Canada. Other  performers include singers Hashmat Ehsanmand, Hamid Erfan and Timor Shai

Teenager arrested on terrorism charges west London

Image: Library image, Metropolitan Police officer Investigation related to extreme right-wing terrorist material A 14-year-old boy from west London has been arrested as part of an investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command. The boy was arrested on Wednesday 22 May at an address in west London on suspicion of possessing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. The teenager was taken to a west London police station and was later released on bail to a date in early August pending further enquiries. The Met said the investigation is related to extreme right-wing terrorist material. As part of the investigation, officers also carried out a sea

Womenswear brand Mint Velvet hope to expand into old Costa Coffee site

Image: Mint Velvet on Chiswick High Road New womenswear shop to open if application is approved A planning application (P/2024/1329) has been submitted by womenswear shop Mint Velvet to rebrand the former Costa Coffee next door to reopen it as a retail unit. If approved, the new signage would be placed across 244 and 246 Chiswick High Road, which are separated by the passageway through to Chiswick Back Common. Mint Velvet is a chain of boutiques with branches across the UK and Ireland. They also sell brands through John Lewis, House of Fraser and Fenwick. It was founded in 2009 by Liz Houghton, Jane Rawlings, Lisa Agar-Rea and Stuart Grant with the aim of providing ‘relaxed glamour’. Costa moved out of

Ruth Cadbury backs “well designed” LTNs during Parliament debate

Image: Ruth Cadbury speaking in Parliament on Monday 20 May Local MP praises schemes such as South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood Ruth Cadbury has backed what she describes as "well designed" Low-Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) in a debate in Parliament, triggered by a petition by 200,000 people calling on the Government to review LTN policies. During the debate on Monday (20 May), the MP for Brentford & Isleworth pointed out that there have been LTNs with barrier closures of roads in her constituency for decades which have not been challenged, such as Chiswick Lane/Beverley Road in Chiswick that protects Netheravon and Airedale Roads, one on Worple Road in Isleworth and in Pears Road in Hounslow. The Brent

Pitzhanger Manor hosts Antiques Roadshow

Image above: BBC Antiques Roadshow at Pitzhanger Manor Over 3000 people attend filming of Antiques Roadshow in Ealing Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery in Ealing hosted the BBC's popular TV Antiques Roadshow show on Sunday 19 May. Visitors from all around brought their cherished items for assessment—some of great value, others with fascinating family back stories. It was a bright and sunny day and the Walpole Park and Pitzhanger’s gardens were busy, with ten specialist areas where attendees queued to meet the Antiques Roadshow specialists. Fiona Bruce, the show's presenter, and a team of dedicated volunteer stewards welcomed guests, who listened to the experts’ opinions, and relaxed in the gardens. Pitzhanger Honey, made in local hives, proved popular am

Celebrating 75th anniversary of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Bedford Park Festival

Narnia comes to the Bedford Park Festival! The organisers of Green Days, which kicks of the Bedford Park Festival - a fortnight of community and arts festival events - on Saturday 8 June, always try and find an interesting theme for the children's fancy dress parade. This year they have been gifted with the 75th anniversary of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Whether it is the Disney version of Narnia or the original books by CS Lewis that children are familiar with, they will find plenty of scope for dressing up - lions, fauns, queens... Narnia and its most memorable characters will be highlighted not only in the Festival’s Fancy Dress competition and Children’s Corner on Green Days, but in a Treasure Hunt in Turnham Green Terrace, a Young Artists Compe

Greenhouse therapy rooms – Creating a community of therapists in Chiswick

Image: Patsy Richardson A place for clients to unburden and therapists and counsellors to share One of my enduring memories of having surgery on the NHS was being in a room with 12 or so cubicles, partitioned only by thin curtains, each with a consultant questioning a patient: "How often do you empty your bowels? ... Do you have any inflammation? ... Does it itch?" The result, a babel of not-so private confidences which would give any self-respecting GDPR consultant a conniption fit. Patsy Richardson has set out to design the exact opposite of that experience in her consulting rooms at Greenhouse in Chiswick. A suite of rooms on the corner of Chiswick High Rd and Annandale Rd, Greenhouse therapy rooms are beautifully decorated throughout in soft, restfu

Artists at Home 2024: Hannah Gilmour

Images: 46 Stitch's embroidered collars helped to kick start the business during the pandemic; Garments and accessories by 46 Stitch Hannah Gilmour 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, Hannah Gilmour is making her debut, where she will be showcasing handmade contemporary clothing. Her business 

A Labour government would stop Rwanda deportations from day one, says Keir Starmer 

Image: West London Welcome does everything it can to make asylum seekers and refugees feel welcome Labour committed to scrapping the Rwanda policy “absolutely, flights and all” Keir Starmer made the Labour party's position on deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda clear this week: “There will be no flights scheduled or taking off after the general election if Labour wins that general election,” he told Sky News after making a speech about immigration in Deal in Kent. Andy Slaughter, the Labour MP for Hammersmith, has repeatedly raised the dreadful conditions of asylum seekers in his constituency (which will become Hammersmith & Chiswick at the next election), most recently in a

Spoons Galore

Image: Spoons Galore by Claire Ireland Playing the spoons Guest blog by Robert Eagle William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) was a rather nervous clergyman from Oxford University who had a funny kind of stammer. He would unwittingly transpose the beginnings of words and end up saying something very different from what he intended to say. At a wedding, for instance, he is reputed to have asked: Is it kisstomary to cuss the bride? He is alleged to have congratulated a fellow cyclist for having a well boiled icicle. And at a posh event at his college attended by Queen Victoria he is said to have surprised his colleagues by proposing a loyal toast to our queer old dean. Actually poor Spooner almost certainly never utter

How to boost property value through interior design

Tips from Sarah Fox Adding value to your house isn’t always the top priority when considering changes to the interior but it remains good to know what elements are likely to have the greatest impact. Horton and Garton recently caught up with local interior designer Sarah Fox, from Fox Interiors, to find out what homeowners can do to boost value and appeal to potential home buyers and appeal to tenants. We all know what a difference it makes being in a space that has been thoughtfully curated and designed. Having sold and let hundreds of properties over the years, Horton and Garton can confirm that homes that both function well and look beautiful often secure a top sales price and usually within a short amount of time. Sarah Fox’s approach to interior design is to f

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