LB Hounslow Cabinet decides to keep Grove Park traffic restrictions as they are

A meeting of LB Hounslow's Cabinet has decided to keep Grove Park traffic restrictions as they are. The Council’s Overview and Scrutiny sub-committee sent the traffic schemes back to Cabinet to be reconsidered in September, after members of the committee received hundreds of representations from residents as well as from Chiswick Riverside and Homefield ward councillors. READ ALSO:

30% discount off tickets for Headliners for Saturday 11 September only

Headliners comedy club is offering Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders a 30% discount on tickets for Saturday 11 September only. The comedy club, which is held in the Boston Room of George IV on Chiswick High Rd, is celebrating its 20th anniversay this September. Comedians taking part in the special anniversary show are: Stephen K Amos, Ian Stone, Tez Ilyas, Paul Thorne MC. Tickets ar

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Vaccinations stepped up in LB Hounslow because of Indian variant

Image above: Brentford Leisure Centre; photograph Google street view Vaccinations have been stepped up in LB Hounslow because of the presence of the Indian variant of Covid in the borough.

Barclays Bank to close their branch in Chiswick

Barclays Bank is closing its branch in Chiswick. The bank, which is on the corner of Chiswick High Rd and Annandale Rd, will close on Wednesday 18 August 2021. "There's been a massive drop-off in the use of branches" a Barclays spokesman told The Chiswick Calendar. The trend was apparent even before the Covid pandemic. "It's not just about the numbers" he said. "There are now many different

Young people who started their own business during lockdown

Images above: Rita Kastrati; Olivia and Francesca Johns

"We just thought, we have this long summer holiday stretching ahead of us with nothing to do and nowhere to go, so we'd go for it"

Francesca and Olivia Johns are 22 and 20 respectively. In the summer of 2020 Francesca graduated from Kings, with a degree in Geography; her sister Olivia had just complete

Rupa Huq gets celeb mates to make ‘get vaccinated’ video

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Overwhelming majority want changes to Fisher’s Lane and Turnham Green Terrace

Chiswick's Lib Dem councillors have carried out a survey among residents of Southfield ward, asking people what they think of the traffic changes to Fisher's Lane. They've found an overwhelming majority against the changes, which were introduced in July. But people don't want to go back to the status quo ante either. Most people surveyed would prefer Fisher's Lane to be one-way in one direction an

Stolen Landrover ends up in the river

Photograph - Jeremy Day A stolen Discovery Landrover is stuck in the mud by Chiswick Bridge. The Port of London Authority say it went into the river on Saturday night from a local slipway, probably from one of the rowing clubs. They suspect the thieves drove it along the mud at low tide and abandoned it once it got stuck. "Unfortunately any modern vehicle is usually a write off

Full text of the letter from a group of Chiswick residents to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, 28 September 2020

Letter published in response to Chiswick's Conservative councillers' own letter to the minister about the traffic changes introduced in Chiswick in the summer of 2020.

Support for Government Cycling and Walking Policies from Chiswick Residents

25th September 2020 To: The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport Copy: Steve Curran, Leader Hounslow Council, Hanif Khan

Open air markets all the rage this autumn

Shopping ain’t what it used to be. What used to be a carefree and enjoyable experience (well, sometimes) is now no longer something you’d really do for pleasure – except that is, if it’s out in the open air. Image above: Chiswick Flower Market; photograph by Frank Noon

Chiswick Flower Market

London’s markets are coming into their own. Chiswick Flower Market –

Staveley Rd protest ‘not acceptable’ says council

The Cabinet Member for Transport on Hounslow Council, Cllr Hanif Khan, has described the protests by residents of Park Rd in Grove Park against the installation of a road barrier as part of a new traffic scheme as "illegal activities" and "not acceptable." The council is installing a number of new traffic measures throughout the area of Chiswick south of the A4 to try and stop Grove Park and St

Chiswick Book Festival 2020: Journalist and Author Mihir Bose

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller talk with Mihir Bose, author of over 30 books and the BBC’s first sports news editor has analysed and reported global sport incisively for nearly 50 years. He has written with special authority about Indian cricket, tracing its journey from colonial dependency to superpower in his

Son bikes for lung cancer charity in memory of his dad

Proposed tower blocks near Chiswick roundabout set to be refused

Fishers Lane traffic measures ‘will not be enforced’ by Ealing Council

Chiswick Flower Market traders – Jacques Amand

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, is writing a diary of his Corona lock down. Beginning on 24 March 2020, 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 Those who were living are now dead Those who were breathing are from