After All These Years review – Theatre at the Tabard

Image above: L to R - Graham Pountney, Judy Buxton, Jeffrey Holland, Carol Ball in After All These Years, Theatre at the Tabard Review by Bridget Osborne Theatre at the Tabard Wednesday 9 - Saturday 24 February After All These Years is a play that will resonate with people who have been married a long time. Who, in the course of a thirty or forty year marriage, has not come to that stick or twist moment - the point where they think: 'Is this it? Is this really all there is? Should I leave and find a more exciting life? Or maybe I should stay put, maybe I would be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. Maybe, for all the minor frustrations and irritations, this marriage is good enough.' Image above: Act One -

Chiswick restaurants react to new Brexit rules expected to drive up food prices

Image above: Dinner at Little Bird New paperwork will be required from now for animal and plant products Food prices in the UK have risen significantly over the past twelve months due to the cost of living crisis, but new rules governing imports following Brexit is expected to make prices rise even further. The UK has delayed border checks on goods coming from Europe five times since leaving the EU, but as of 31 January these new checks on EU businesses sending animal and plant products to the UK have now been implemented. Health certificates will be required for 'medium and high risk foods'. High risk items include live animals and eggs for hatching. Products such as milk, cheese, fish and meat are classed as medium risk. Nearly half of what we eat in the

Large emergency service response after woman collapses on High Road

Image above: Emergency Service vehicles on Chiswick High Road on Thursday 1 February; image via X Seven police and ambulance vehicles arrive after woman falls unwell Seven emergency service vehicles, including ambulances and police cars, were sent to Chiswick High Road on Thursday afternoon (1 February), after reports that an elderly woman had collapsed. London Ambulance service confirmed to The Chiswick Calendar a person had fallen unwell, but did not comment on the nature of the person's illness. Womenswear shop Mint Velvet  was closed for the rest of the afternoon ‘due to unforeseen circumstances’ and the pavement outside the shop was been cordoned off by the police. A London Ambulance Service spoke

Sadiq Khan rejects calls for Turnham Green to have constant Piccadilly Line service

Image above: Turnham Green Station Mayor says extra stop would cause delays and disruption Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has rejected the idea that the Piccadilly line shoudl stop at Turnham Green during the day. Piccadilly line trains currently stop at the station only before 7am and after 10.30pm. The question was put to the Mayor by local assembly member Nick Rogers, who referred to disruption on the District Line, and asked whether the Piccadilly Line could ease this. The Assembly Member for South West London asked the Mayor: "A petition is circulating in Chiswick calling for the Piccadilly Line to call at Turnham Green during the day during times of disruption on the District Line. This seems an eminently sensible suggest

Maestro (2023) – Film review by Andrea Carnevali

Maestro ⭐⭐⭐⭐ A love story - A biopic which chronicles the lifelong relationship of conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein and actress Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. Out in cinemas now. A film that comes with both Spielberg’s and Scorsese’s names attached as producers in the front credits deserves to be seen, no matter what, at least in my book. As it happens, this also has two of the best performances of the year waiting to score awards left and right. A lot has been said about Bradley Cooper's prosthetic nose in the film, but if you can get past the pointless debate (and to be honest, it’s not that hard to do that), you will not only find this is his best performance to date, but also it's an immersive and compelling portrayal and a l

Arts Ed parents demand answers as principal faces allegations of bullying

Image above: Arts Ed, Chiswick; School music production from February School facing period of uncertainty after allegations made against principal ArtsEd is facing a period of uncertainty after allegations of bullying and misconduct at the Chiswick drama and musical theatre schools. ArtsEd has a day school, which charges up to £6,000 per term, and a degree school. Julie Spencer is the overall principal of both schools. The publication Deadline published an investigation into allegations of bullying at ArtsEd, on 6 November, in which it said: 'As part of a five-month investigation, Deadline has spoken to more than two dozen people linked to ArtsEd and reviewed internal emails and written testimonies from students and ex-staffers. Some of these sources

Chiswick School in UK top 10% for developing their students’ potential

Image above: Chiswick School Chiswick School in top 2.6% for science subjects School performance tables recently published have placed Chiswick School in the top 10% nationally for developing their students' potential. Schools were assessed on the basis of the 'Progress 8' score, which measures the improvement in child’s performance from leaving primary school to taking their GCSEs, essentially showing the 'value-added' to a child's development provided by the school. Chiswick School achieved GCSE results significantly above the national average, with a particular strength in science subjects, according to data from the Department for Education. For science subjects, Chiswick School was in the top 2.6% of th

The London Brewers Alliance (LBA) Craft Beer Festival 2023 at the Griffin Brewery

Image above: Fuller's Griffin Brewery; photograph Nick Raikes ‘Toilet Block Location shoot’ anyone? Brexit, Covid and the cost of energy have all been cruel to the British craft beer - 45 of them went bankrupt in 2022 and the hip-hoppy-happy aroma that hung over them for the last decade has soured a little. One thing that hasn’t soured, though, is British brewer’s mischievous sense of humour and thirst for differentiation when it comes to brand names. At the London Brewers Alliance (LBA) festival last weekend, there were brewers on show with extravagant names like ‘Deviant & Dandy’, ‘Neckstamper’, ‘Werewolf’ and the cuddly sounding ‘Friendship Adventure.’ And these brewers often christen their beers with equally striking names.

Chiswick residents thanked by Police for information which helped them catch Khalife

Image above: Police talking part in the manhunt for Daniel Khalife at Chiswick House this morning; photograph Nick Raikes Hunted through Chiswick and caught in Greenford The Metropolitan Police has thanked the people of Chiswick for helping them catch terror suspect Daniel Khalife. Chiswick Police posted on social media: "To all the #Chiswick residents who called in with vital information regarding sightings of Daniel Khalife.

An Evening with Marcus Brigstocke and Jess Phillips at the Chiswick Book Festival 2023

Image above: Jess Phillips MP; photograph Roger Green Talking about everything from crumbling concrete to underwear Labour MP Jess Phillips was at the Chiswick Book Festival on Friday night (8 September) talking to comedian Marcus Brigstocke. It was an inspired combination because they were well matched and both very funny, even though the conversation ranged from crumbly concrete to underwear, taking in proportional representation, violence against women and the Taliban along the way. She was there to promote her books, which she seems to pop out with great regularity, about every two years: Everywoman: One Woman's Truth about Speaking the Truth was originally published in 2017; Truth to Power: How to Call Time on Bullsh*t, Speak Up and Make a Diffe

Theatre at the Tabard celebrates its first year

Image above: Simon and Sarah Reilly; Theatre at the Tabard 80 productions, two Off West End nominations and a fridge full of melted ice cream Theatre at the Tabard is celebrating its first year. Sunday 23 June marked twelve months since performances restarted at the Tabard, after Take Note Theatre took over the running of the theatre. They have a lot to celebrate: More than 80 productions during the past year, including five in-house productions which ran for several weeks, four of which were nominated for London Pub Theatres Standing Ovation Awards, and two for 'Offies' - Off West End awards. They have also had some big names in the entertainment world dropping in to perform - Jenny Eclair and Siân Phillips to name but two. But, rather irritatingly, they sti

Oppenheimer (2023) – Film review by Andrea Carnevali

Oppenheimer ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb. Out in cinemas now. As I sat down to watch my second film on this “Barbenheimer” weekend I had a little bit of trepidation. I have generally liked Christopher Nolan’s films in the past, but his most recent Dunkirk had left me a little bit cold and to be completely honest I had actually hated Tenet. Also, the idea of a massive three-hour long biopic, mostly dialogue-driven, on paper at least sounded a little bit daunting. However, I am happy to report not only that Oppenheimer lives up to the hype, but that it actually gains something by being so long. And yes, it is mostly dialog

Partygoers rescued by the RNLI without them being aware of the danger they were in

Image above: RNLI Chiswick lifeboat alongside party boat; photograph RNLI Chiswick Party boat the Royalty lost propulsion and needed a tow The Chiswick RNLI crew rescued fifty people on a party boat earlier this month, without the partygoers even realising they were in danger. The crew were having a meeting at Broomhouse Pier, just downstream from Putney Bridge when Thames Commander Mark Turrell noticed a large passenger vessel manoeuvring strangely. They then received a call asking for immediate assistance. The captain of the ailing vessel told them he had lost propulsion, and the 110 ton boat was being swept by the tide towards a group of houseboats. He was still able to steer it, so the RNLI crew quickly set up a t

Chiswick’s ‘community stars’ recognised for their work

Image above: Leader of Hounslow Council Shantanu Rajawat; Mayor of Hounslow Cllr Afzaal Kiani; Chair of Chiswick Cricket Club Bernard Hughes; Hounslow Cabinet Member Cllr Ajmer Grewal Awarded by LB Hounslow for community work There were several winners from Chiswick among those awarded One Hounslow Community Stars by LB Hounslow at an award ceremony on Wednesday (12 July). The Community Stars recognise individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the borough. Representing Chiswick among the 20 winners were Bernard Hughes, Chair of Chiswick Cricket Club, Colin Bartlett, Jonathan Courtney, and Aubrey Crawley from the West London Queer Project (WLQP) and three of the organisers of the Chiswick Repair Café: Jill Spencer, Ma

Anneka Rice opens ‘Seeing the Light’ exhibition at Turner’s House in Twickenham

Image above: Anneka Rice at the opening of 'Seeing the Light' eshibition of paintings at Turner's House in Twickenham Watercolours from the artist's trip to Italy in 1819 Broadcaster, journalist and painter Anneka Rice opened an exhibition of J.M.W. Turner’s watercolours of Italy on Thursday 6 July in the eminent 19th Century landscape artist’s former home in Twickenham. Rice is an accomplished artist herself, who studied at Chelsea College of Art and is now part of Maggi Hambling's Master Class. She has appeared on Sky Arts' Celebrity Portrait Artist of the Year. Opening the exhibition she said: ““I’m thrilled to be asked today, it’s a real treat to see and have a sense of place about where Turner lived and worked and found his

“Crumbling kerbs, broken paving, poor lighting, dilapidated benches” – the centre of Chiswick needs an upgrade

Image above: Chiswick Flower Market; photograph Anna Kunst Co-design Initiative for Chiswick High Road’s Old Market Place Guest blog by Dr Karen Liebreich MBE, co-director of Chiswick Flower Market Nearly three years ago we launched the first market – the monthly Chiswick Flower Market - in the centre of the High Road. Following in our wake came more Sunday markets, a higher profile for Chiswick with positive press coverage, and a general atmosphere of “buzziness” about the area. As well as aiding a commercial uptick on the high street, the markets have become a successful centre of community life, organising celebrations for occasions such as the Platinum Jubilee, the Coronation, and Christmas lighting. But even a cursory glance at th

Shakespeare In Love (1998) – Film review by Andrea Carnevali

Shakespeare In Love (1998) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ – Review by Andrea Carnevali The world's greatest ever playwright, William Shakespeare, is young, out of ideas and short of cash, but meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. Shakespeare In Love will be screened at Chiswick Cinema on Tuesday 6 June 2023 with director John Madden taking part in a Q&A afterwards. I have a sort of love/hate relationship with this film… and by the time you’ll get to the end of this review, you’ll understand why. It is a

Man who brutally murdered ex-girlfriend in South Ealing convicted

Image above: Dennis Akpomedaye; Photograph Metropolitan Police A man who killed his former girlfriend in a brutal knife attack in South Ealing has been convicted of murder. Anna Jedrkowiak died after being found with multiple stab injuries in Roberts Alley, off Church Gardens, just after midnight on Tuesday 17 May 2022. The 21-year-old, who was known to friends and family as Ania, had finished work at a restaurant in Ealing and was walking home with a friend when she was victim to the premeditated attack by her former boyfriend Dennis Akpomedaye. Akpomedaye was arrested within 22 hours of her murder as a result of CCTV footage which enabled police to track his movements, leading to recovery of evidence and DNA. The investigation, led by the Met's Specialist Crim

Vanessa Redgrave and Stephen Frears wow audience at Chiswick Cinema 

Image above: Stephen Frears and Vanessa Redgrave at Chiswick Cinema "I would not have been a film director without Karel Reisz" - Stephen Frears Vanessa Redgrave and Stephen Frears gave a question and answer session after the screening of Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment on Sunday (26 March), the last in the season of four films shown for the Karel Reisz retrospective season at Chiswick Cinema. The four films have been about as different as they possibly could have been: documentary We are the Lambeth Boys, his breakthrough 'kitchen sink' northern drama Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, psycho thriller Night Must Fall, and a typical 1960s flight of fancy Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment. Stephen Frears (B

Sunday street food market for Chiswick High Rd turned down

Image above: British Street Foods Applicant Richard Johnson will apply again The Licensing panel for LB Hounslow has turned down an application for a street food market on the fourth Sunday of the month in Old Market Place on Chiswick High Rd. Three monthly markets already take place there - the Chiswick Flower Market on the first Sunday of the month, the Antiques and Vintage market on the second Sunday and the Chiswick Cheese Market on the third. Food entrepreneur and journalist Richard Johnson, who has lived in Chiswick for more than 20 years, wants to hold a street food market to occupy the fourth Sunday, creating a focus for locals and visitors to come and

Chiswick Flower Market director refutes Cllr Biddolph’s comments about the market

Image above: Chiswick Flower Market; photograph Anna Kunst The Flower market does not leave litter and does bring customers to Chiswick businesses LB Hounslow is set to decide this week whether Chiswick will have a new monthly street food market on the fourth Sunday of every month in Old Market Place on Chiswick High Rd. You can read the details of the proposal, put forward by Chiswick resident, food entrepreneur and journalist Richard Johnson, which will be decided by the Licensing Panel on Tuesday 7 March, here: READ ALSO: LB Hounslow to decide on Sunday street food market for Chiswick High Rd

Just trust Shakespeare

Image above: Shakespeare's First Folio - British Library 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare's First Folio This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of William Shakespeare's First Folio in 1623 - the first collected edition of his plays. Shakespeare is thought to have written around 37 plays in all. Before two of his friends, fellow actors John Heminge and Henry Condell put together this collection seven years after his death, only about half of them had been printed. The rest, including Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and The Tempest had not, and might never have survived had they not been included in this First Folio collection of 36 plays. Heminge and Condell both appear in a lis

Nominees for the 2023 BAFTAs and Oscars

Images above: The Oscars and the BAFTAs There is a disconnect between what is popular with the viewing public and those with the power to vote in the awards, says Andrea Carnevali As a BAFTA member every year at around this time, my inbox gets packed with emails from all sorts of productions companies and streaming channels, all pushing for attention in promoting their latest films as well as inviting me (and all the other 6,500 members) to all kinds of screenings and Q&As around town. Only yesterday I counted 24 invitations to 24 different screenings. The hope of course is that by the time I get to choose who to cast my vote for, the memory of those names on those emails will still be fresh in my minds. Voting is a lot trickier that one might imagine.

Temple World – luxury travel agency in Chiswick

Image above: Elephant Plains leopard Not your average travel experience Alice Burns went on archaeological digs with her father in Southern Africa as a child, an experience which instilled in her a lifelong sense of adventure and led ultimately to her working in the travel industry. "My childhood was like Narnia" she told The Chiswick Calendar. "Constant winter. Our family would spend six months in Swaziland [officially renamed Eswatini in 2018] and six months in the UK. I went to school in both, alternating between the two schools, so I never got the long summer holidays. "Winter was the dry season in Southern Africa when my father would go on digs and my brother and I would go with him, camping out in the bush." Images above: Alice and brother Dav

Chiswick’s cultural year, 2022 – 2023

Image above: Torin Douglas, Director of Chiswick Book Festival, speaking at Arts Ed on Wednesday 11 January That was the year that was Guest blog by Torin Douglas This time last year, I wrote a piece headed ‘Culture is alive and well and thriving in Chiswick, despite Covid’. As director of the Chiswick Book Festival, I should normally have delivered it at the New Year ‘arts and business’ drinks we hold with ArtsEd, the school for performing arts in Bath Road. It’s a great occasion which brings together Chiswick’s cultural organisations, the

Tube strike confirmed for Thursday as last-minute talks fail

Image above: a shuttered London Underground Tube station Limited or no Tube services for all of Thursday A strike by London Underground workers will halt almost all Tube services on Thursday (10 November), in the ongoing industrial dispute over job security and pensions. Thursday's action will be the sixth 24-hour walkout by the Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) in 2022. About 10,000 RMT members working at London Underground and Arriva Rail (London Overground) will be on strike. TfL said there will be limited or no Tube services and London Overground will be severely disrupted

Rupa Huq has whip suspended for ‘race’ comment

She described Kwarsi Kwarteng as "superficially Black" Rupa Huq has had the Labour whip suspended pending an investigation into a comment she made at the Labour Party conference, according to BBC Political Correspondent Nick Eardley. The MP for Ealing Central and Acton said in a meeting that Kwasi Kwarteng was "superficially Black". "Sorry if I was not making myself understood clearly" she said, "superficially he's a Black man but again, he's got more in common ... he went to Eton I think, he went to a very expensive prep school, all the way through the top schools in the country. "If you hear him on the Today Programme you wouldn't even know he was Black." https://twitter.com/GuidoFawkes/status/1574731802182402048 Image above: Tweet by Guido Fawkes

Row over Gunnersbury Park Waterworks festival going ahead on weekend of Queen’s funeral

Image above: Waterworks festival Council hits out at festival organisers for going ahead The Leader of Hounslow Council has criticised the organisers of the Waterworks festival of electronic music taking place in Gunnersbury Park on Saturday (17 September) despite the period of national mourning for the Queen, whose funeral is the following Monday. Hounslow Council issued a statement saying it "has made representations in the strongest terms advising against this event proceeding. "We are clear this massive multi-stage festival event is completely out of keeping with the mood of the nation at this time of grief.” Cllr Shantanu Rajawat said: “We are extremely disappointed in the decision of Waterworks Events Ltd to proceed with their planned multi-sta

Brentford’s Creative Mile

Friday 2 - Sunday 4 September 2022 Brentford is holding its second Creative Mile event – a walking trail from Kew Bridge to Johnson’s Island with artists’ work exhibited in locations along the way. More than 70 artists are showing their work in eight venues over the mile long route during the weekend of 2-4 September. Starting at the London Museum of Water & Steam, the trail takes in the Musical Museum, Studio Flox and Watermans Art Centre and winds its way down to the buzzing arts quarter on Catherine Wheel Road where you will find a hive of creatives spaces including The Loft, Duke of London, The Brentford Project space and Johnson’s Island. Images above: Work by Claire Ireland, Derek Pearce, Neil Brown (Hot Metal Works), Máire Gartland and Neil