Fisher’s Lane to become bus and cycle only underneath railway bridge

Images above: Fisher's Lane where it passes under the railway bridge; zebra crossing to the north of the bridge Ealing Council has published its plans to make the road underneath the railway bridge at Fisher's Lane accessible by buses and cycles only. The road will form part of a cycle route from Ealing to Chiswick High Rd. Cars wanting to get from South Parade to Chiswick High Rd

Where to eat outside in Chiswick

Images above: The Duke of Sussex, on the corner of Acton Lane and South Parade; High Rd Brasserie on Chiswick High Rd Chiswick restaurants and cafes were busy this weekend, as were the pubs that were open. Proprietors and customers have come to the same conclusion - that people would prefer to eat and drink outside now if they can - and places have made the best of the outside sp

Narrow escape for pedestrians as large tree falls down

A visual record of the Covid-19 Lockdown

Images above: Kitty on Lockdown day 92; Julia Fullerton-Batten

Looking Out From Within

Fine Art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten was "ultra-busy planning a photographic shoot with a large team of people, assistants, stylists, hair and make-up team, prop stylists, set designers etc." when suddenly everything stopped and her assignments were cancelled in March 2020. She

Home is where the pair of 19th century rosewood and cane-back armchairs is 

Chiswick Auctions busy as people focus on their homes

Being at home for the past few months has focused the mind on improving our living quarters. We may not have herd immunity but there is, it seems, a herd mentality. Whether it's digging over the garden and planting vegetables, having a clear out or getting a cat, we are apparently following the same psychological trajectory. The DIY

Lyric theatre’s ‘Letters from lockdown’

The Lyric theatre, Hammersmith, together with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, has launched a new play-writing project for the children of key workers who are attending school during the lockdown. Working with Lyric Artistic Associate and award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens, they hope the project 'will ensure continued creative enrichment' for vulnerable children across Hammersmith & Ful

Explosion in demand for kittens

There has been a surge in demand for the adoption of kittens in LB Hounslow, with at least one adoption centre not able to keep up with the demand. "I have a huge huge list of potential adopters, and a lot of them just want kittens, which we haven’t got." Carol Atkinson, Trustee and Treasurer of Hounslow Animal Welfare Society told The Chiswick Calendar. "The ones we do have are v

‘School Streets’ – Parents views

Image above: Cllr Hanif Khan, left, Cabinet Member for Transport at LB Hounslow 

Introducing School Streets to Chiswick

LB Hounslow is introducing ‘School Streets’ in Chiswick, to try and break people of the habit of taking their children to school and picking them up by car. At selected schools, drivers will not have access to streets adjacent to their child’s scho

Sales of ‘beautiful book’ vital in supporting Gunnersbury estate

Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum have been encouraging park-goers to buy a 'beautiful book' about the estate's history.

Using three decades of research, Friends of Gunnersbury Park & Museum have collaborated with Scala, a specialist publisher for museums and art galleries, to make the book a reality.

Described as "The story

Councillors admit there will be traffic chaos at first

I phoned Cllr Hanif Khan, LB Hounslow Cabinet Member for Transport, and Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, to try and clear up a few things about the traffic changes in central Chiswick which I was still unsure about (Monday 22 June). I'm not sure whether I should be outraged or reassured at their refreshing honesty. The truth is they weren't sure either. My first question was:

Chiswick Confined – My Corona blog Week 13

Keith Richards, writer and resident of Chiswick, living on his own, has been writing a diary of his Corona lock down. Beginning on 24 March, he’s documenting the experience from his last pint in a pub onwards. Image above: Landscape as seen from Keith's balcony, with Grenfell Tower in the centre Day 82  – Weekend 13 & 14 the June 2020 Those who w

Bedford Park Festival 2020

Black Lives Matter protest in Chiswick

I can’t help feeling the police detailed to keep an eye on the Black Lives Matter protest in Chiswick got lucky on Sunday, compared with their colleagues in town, where far right protesters were attacking the police in Westminster and spitting on people having a picnic in Hyde Park. While Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Hutchinson was making headlines all over the world by scooping up an

Hiding in plain sight: “County Lines” drug gangs

Bedford Park Online Festival

By Torin Douglas When it became clear that the COVID-19 lockdown meant Chiswick’s annual Green Days weekend and Bedford Park Festival could not take place in their usual form, Bridget Osborne and I put our heads together. Surely we could rescue some of it online? The Chiswick Calendar had organised the Photographic Exhibition last year, so that was an obvious starting point - they could pu

Rothschild carriages go for a check up

Two 19th Century Rothschild carriages have been sent off for inspection after surviving the fire which destroyed the Gunnersbury Park cafe on Friday 29 May. The carriages, which belonged to the famous banking family, were saved by firefighters, b

Bedford Park residents split on car ban

The Bedford Park Society sent out an email to all its members yesterday, encouraging them to oppose the traffic restrictions proposed for Turnham Green Terrace. The email, from the Society's committee, laid out a form of words for its members to use to complain to the council and urged them to get their objections in quickly. Complain they did, but not in the way the committee had hoped. A

Residents and traders react to car ban

Image above: Devonshire Rd The announcement from Hounslow Council that it will restrict access to traffic on Dev

Artists Stay Home – Jill Meager

Artists At Home has been a feature of life in Chiswick for decades now. The annual Open Studios by artists in Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush over a long weekend in June is something many of us look forward to. This year the artists will be ‘Staying Home’ as opposed to ‘At Home’, meaning they will not be welcoming visitors over the threshold, but they will be selling the

Champagne Superhighway

House prices along London's Cycleway routes are 80% higher than the London average, according to research carried out for letting agents Benham & Reeves. They looked at house prices along the seven cycleway routes and compared them with the average price for London. House prices along all seven cycle superhighways averaged £874,578, which is 80% higher than the current London average of £485

Phasing out the lockdown

Image above - Chiswick House Gardens, photograph by Anna Kunst Phase one of the lockdown is coming to an end. We will find out properly on Sunday what the Prime Minister has in mind, but already it's been widely reported that people will be able to move more freely, have picnics in the park and so on. Whatever Boris says on Sunday, it is not expected that the economy will just

Man in the Middle – Chapter 34: The lure of yoga

A middle aged man realises his elderly mother can no longer cope alone, so she moves in with them. Squeezed by the demands of the demographic time bomb and the requirements of the rest of the family, the Man in the Middle is bemused that life has become a hi-wire act, just when he thought it should start getting easier. How can he keep everyone happy and survive with his sanity intact? If y

Autocheck Chiswick open for business

"Many of my customers are surprised to find we're still open" says Les Magiera, owner of Autocheck Chiswick. Garages are allowed to remain open, as they provide an essential services, but the Government has given drivers six months lee-way on getting their MOT done and since very few people are driving anywhere, he's had very few customers over the last month. "We're not closed, but we're no

Work restarts on the Chiswick Cinema site

Work has started again on the Chiswick Cinema site, which has been shut down for over a month. Builders from Conemar started back at the site earlier this week. "The Government is beginning to encourage construction again" says Lyn Goleby, the entrepreneur behind the Chiswick Cinema, "and the workers on our site will be working in a socially distanced way." What are her thoughts on when the

Perspex screens go up in Snappy Snaps

The Chiswick Calendar talks to John Fitzgerald about the shop's Coronavirus refit

At the beginning of the lockdown period people embarked on all sorts of ambitious projects - decorating, learning a language, developing their cooking skills - but not apparently going through their photographs. I'd have thought that Snappy Snaps, who offer an online printing service, would be rushed o

Chiswick Station House looking for new tenant

The station house at Chiswick station (the actual station house which backs on to the platform, not the pub of the same name on the other side of the tracks) has come on the market, available to rent. Currently a design studio, the yellow brick building on Burlington Lane was originally the stationmaster's work place during the golden age of steam. The building is Grade II listed, built in 1849

Suspicous puppy

Songs of Praise from St Michael & All Angels this Sunday

Manager of British Grove Studios, dies from Coronavirus