Brentford FC launches new series of ‘Thousands of Stories’

Image above: Brentford FC Four short films to be released by football club Brentford FC has launched the next series of "Thousands of Stories", a series of short films sharing the stories of the club’s community. Thousands of Stories shares the tales of the people that make up Brentford. Following the success of the inaugural series, the upcoming instalment consists of four films which delve into the experiences of fans, exploring what supporting the Bees means to them and how the club has impacted their lives. The club say: "Every story is important, and unique and makes the club what it is today." Image above: Raymond Harrison Series two kicks off with 'The Moment': The story of Raymond Harrison, a lifelong Bees supporter who experienced

Oxford rower blames toxic river for defeat in Boat Race

Image above: The Oxford men's rowers during Saturday's race; theboatrace.org E Coli outbreak among Oxford team left several rowers "throwing up" A rower on the Oxford team which lost the Boat Race on Saturday (30 March) has complained about "poo in the water" and claimed sickness caused by an outbreak of E Coli played a part in their defeat. Research carried out a week before the race began found potentially lethal levels of E coli bacteria along the course on the River Thames. Guidance was issued to racers to not enter the water, cover bruises and open wounds and to thoroughly wash themselves down at the end of the race. Despite health warnings the historic race went ahead, and both the men's and women's r

Four people arrested at Pro-Palestinian protest at the Boat Race

Image ablve: Pro-Palestinian protesters at the finishing line of the Boat Race at Chiswick Bridge on Saturday; photograph Matthew Chattle, Alamy “Swift and decisive action by officers also ensured that the annual Boat Race was not disrupted" say police Four people were arrested at a Pro-Palestinian protest at Chiswick Bridge, the finish point of the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race on Saturday (30 March). Two men were arrested under section 1 of the Public Order Act 2023, for gluing themselves to Chiswick Bridge. Another two people were arrested near the Boat Race, under section 2 of the Public Order Act 2023, for 'being equipped to lock on', according to the Metropolitan Police. The Police say they became aware in the run up to the Boat Race that protestors 'm

Potentially lethal levels of E coli found in River Thames ahead of Boat Race

Image above: Boat Racers told to avoid entering the water and cover any open wounds Tests near Hammersmith Bridge found nearly ten times 'safe' levels of the sewage-related bacteria Boat Race organisers have issued new safety guidance for those participating in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on Saturday (30 March), after potentially lethal levels of E coli bacteria were found along the course on the River Thames. Racers are advised not to enter the water and to cover any open wounds, lest they run the risk of coming into contact with the contaminated water flowing along the race's route. E Coli, which is found in faeces, can cause a range of conditions including urinary tract infection, cystitis, intestina

Tragedy as footballer dies during a football match in Chiswick

Image above: Seb Chadwick. Image: Civil Service FC Seb Chadwick, 38, dies after collapsing during Civil Service FC match against Old Carthusians A footballer has died after collapsing during a match in Chiswick. Seb Chadwick was playing for Civil Service FC on Saturday (23 March). In a statement Civil Service have said: 'The Civil Service Football Club is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Seb Chadwick, aged 38. 'Seb collapsed during a CSFC game on Saturday. Seb had a brain aneurysm which burst during the game. Seb didn't know he had the condition. CPR was performed on the pitch, the paramedics were there immediately and he was taken to intensive care by ambulance. He could not have received better care. 'Seb's family, girlfriend and friends, includ

Thames Tradesmen win Bronze at Master’s Head of the River race

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Men’s Master C Crew (L to R): Ben Soren, Paul Arnold, Manu Pezier, Tom Jack, Kim Williams, Ben Hopgood, Woody (cox), Dan Wood, Dave Bulmer Guest blog by Nigel Brophy What: 2024 Masters Head of the River Race When: Sunday March 24 Where: River Thames Tideway. From Chiswick Bridge to Putney Bridge Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club (TTRC) Men’s VIII crew came a respectable third in their category in this year’s Masters Head of the River Race on Sunday (24 March). The Master’s Head of the River Race is rowed annually in March, the day after the Head of the River Race, which is open for elite crews/rowers from all around the world. The Master’s Head of t

Athletic Club team up with Civil Service FC for Non-League Day

Image above: Civil Service FC Spanish club team up with Chiswick based team for Non-League Day This Saturday, (23 March) Civil Service FC will be playing Old Carthusians at King's House Sports Grounds. A normal home fixture for the Chiswick based side, the game is very special due to the involvement of a top tier Spanish side, Athletic Club. The match is to celebrate the second edition of Euskal Non-League day, an event designed by Athletic Club to recognise the "fundamental work our affiliated clubs throughout the Basque Country do in serving their communities and producing players for Athletic’s first team." Euskal Non-League Day was inspired by the British version, which James Doe founded in 2010 with the aim of using international breaks as a means of pr

Brentford striker Ivan Toney recalled to England squad after eight month ban

Image above: Ivan Toney Striker recalled to Gareth Southgate's side after ban for betting Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been recalled to Gareth Southgate's England team after serving an eight month ban for betting. The 27 year-old striker returned to Brentford in January and has scored four goals in nine games since returning for Thomas Frank's men. He made his England debut in a 2-0 win against Ukraine, last March. Toney was banned in May last year after admitting to 232 breaches of the Football Association's betting rules and fined £50,000. His ban ended on 16 January this year and he scored in his first game back against Nottingham Forest. Brentford manager Thomas Frank said the call up was "fully deserved," he went on to say Toney "has all the abilitie

Thames Towpath run returns after pandemic hiatus

Image above: A previous Thames Towpath Run Sign up for the race now The Thames Towpath Run is back after a break, organised by the West 4 Harriers and sponsored by The Swan Pub. The event will take place on Sunday, 7 April, starting at 8.30am from the new location at Old Deer Park in Richmond. The 10-mile race, which has been running for 30 years, will follow a scenic route along the Thames Towpath, passing landmarks such as Kew Gardens and Chiswick Bridge. The course, known for its flat terrain, will challenge runners with varied landscapes. Mile markers and water stations will be available along the route, and participants are encouraged to bring their own soft cups to reduce waste. In addition to the ra

Our reporter Matt Smith is running 10k for charity

Image above: Matt Smith with his cat Taboo Matt hopes to raise £500 for Hounslow Animal Welfare Society The Chiswick Calendar's reporter Matt Smith is running 10k for charity this weekend. Matt hopes to raise at least £500 for Hounslow Animal Welfare Society (HAWS), a small local charity which supports unwanted, abandoned, stray or unloved pets to the extent of its resources. The charity recently spoke with The Chiswick Calendar about how it is struggling financially to look after pets in its care after being "absolutely inundated" with a wave of abandoned cats and increased demand for their services. Keeping the cats fed, warm and up to date with their medical treatments is a constant battle and vet bill

New football sessions for women in Chiswick

Image above: Chiswick and Kew Swans Sessions to be held on Monday evenings Chiswick and Kew Swans are a new football club coming to Chiswick. They are to offer sessions from Monday 26 February to women in the area allowing them the chance to learn or return to football in a "welcoming environment." The sessions are open to women aged 18 to 81+ with no previous experience necessary. The sessions are to be held at Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Grounds. Postcode: W4 3TL. They say their sessions are: "welcoming and inclusive with the emphasis on keeping fit, meeting friends and having fun." Swans FC was initially piloted in Twickenham and now regularly attracts close to 50 players over its two weekly sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Swans say these ses

Brentford FC’s finances show “exceptional period” of growth

Image above: Brentford GTech Stadium Club in strong financial position, but made less profit that its first season in the Premier League Brentford FC has published its financial results for the year end June 2023. The results show a footballing success story, as the strength of the club's financial position stands out in comparison with that of some other Premier League clubs facing scrutiny over their financial losses. The latest financial reports from the club, ending in June 2023, reveal a robustly profitable club. Cliff Crown, Brentford chair, said: “The 2022/23 season marked an exceptional period of growth for our club." Brentford finished in ninth position at the end of its second season in the Premier League

Ivan Toney ‘likely’ to leave Brentford in summer

Image above: Ivan Toney Fee of £75m rumoured for Brentford's top striker Brentford FC's head coach Thomas Frank has confirmed that striker Ivan Toney is likely to leave Brentford in the summer. Speaking to Danish media outlet Tipsbladet, Frank said Toney’s contract situation has left the club with little choice regarding the top striker's future. “He’ll only have a year left on contract with us, so it’s quite obvious”. Toney has been the subject of interest from London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, though Frank said no bids arrived for the striker in January. “This winter, we actually had no bids for him”, Frank said of Toney, who has scored two goals in three games since returning from an e

Chiswick sisters could be future Taekwondo Olympic contenders

Image above: Perdy and Darcey Stenzel (L-R), Darcy Stenzel with the medal she won in Sweden Two sisters both win big in national and international Taekwondo competitions Two sisters from Chiswick, Darcey Stenzel, 16, and her 10-year-old sibling Perdy, are making waves in the sport of Taekwondo, putting them on the path potentially to winning an Olympic medal. Both are proud members of the Chiswick-based Ilyeo Taekwondo club, based at the Hogarth Youth Centre on Duke Road. Darcey, in particular, has already notched up a series of triumphs. She was selected for the British Taekwondo GB Cadet squad in 2020 and recently she clinched Gold at the Sweden Open and secured Bronze at the Spanish Open 2023, elevating her

Council backs proposals for regeneration of Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground

Image above: Computer Generated Impression of proposed site development Historic site where the marathon was held during the 1908 London Olympics Proposals to restore the historic stadium and make major changes to the Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground in Hartington Rd, Grove Park, by Latymer School have received the backing of Hounslow Council planners. The Latymer Foundation's ambitious application (P/2023/1844) has been praised for the scope of the new facilities it will create, but criticised for its impact on the local environment. The Foundation maintains the grounds have been neglected for more than 30 years. They say it is underutilised because of the lack of investment, and has the potential to be transformed.

Chiswick School boy debuts for AFC Wimbledon

Image above: Justin Clarke (right) Justin Clarke makes history as youngest player to join AFC Wimbledon Justin Clarke, a Year 11 student at Chiswick School, has made history by becoming the youngest player to join AFC Wimbledon's ranks. He got his chance in an EFL Trophy match against League One Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday (18 November). Justin, a striker, had been training impressively after moving from Chelsea's development programme to the Dons. Despite his debut, the team faced a tough one-nil defeat. Sharing his experience, Justin said: “I missed school on Friday to train with the first team for the day. I’ve just had my mocks as well. School and exams are important too. The players

Help Jack Binstead to fund adaptive padel at Rocks Lane

Image above: Jack Binstead at Rocks Lane Sports Centre; Photograph by Matt Smith TV star Jack Binstead searching for sponsors for adaptive padel at Rocks Lane Actor and comedian Jack Binstead, best known for playing Rem Dogg in Bad Education, plays adaptive padel at Rocks Lane Sports Centre just off Turnham Green Terrace. Padel tennis has soared in popularity over recent years, which can be attributed to several factors, including its accessibility, the social aspect of playing doubles, and the fact that it is a fun and easy sport to learn for players of all ages and skill levels. Jack talked to The Chiswick Calendar about the popular new form of tennis, sharing his inspiring story, his ambitious pur

Riverside Club to repurpose tennis courts to Padel courts

Image above: padel courts visualisation; Virgin Active Company supported by Andy Murray in charge of proposals Riverside Health and Racquets Club in Chiswick, situated on Riverside Drive, is gearing up to introduce Padel to the range of sports it offers. The club plans to achieve this transformation by repurposing some of its existing tennis courts. Game4Padel Ltd, a company with investment from Sir Andy Murray, has drafted designs for eight new covered Padel courts. Earlier this year, the club had set up a series of pop-up Padel courts for demonstrations, hinting at the excitement building around the sport. Padel tennis is already played at Rocks Lane sports centre on the common beside Turnham Green Terrace.

Rocks Lane Padel team win national championship

Image above L to R: Ale Grilo, Rafa Vega, Pablo Delgado, Chris Warren, Guille Ibanez, Chris Dolphin, Sam MacNeil, Drew Warren. "This prestigious victory cements Rocks Lane’s position as UK’s leading centre" Rocks Lane Padel first team have won the national finals, securing an outstanding victory against their strongest rivals, Roehampton at the LTA National Club Finals. The weekend saw a historic first with Rocks Lane having two teams out of the eight teams that qualified from the whole of the UK. Outstanding performances from both Rocks Lane Padel teams meant that the Champions Trophy was taken back to Chiswick and a 5th place finish for the 2nd Team, which means Rocks Lane will have a minimum of two teams in the finals next year. "This prestigious vic

More padel courts approved for Rocks Lane sports centre

Image above: Rocks Lane Multi-sports Centre Two more padel courts given green light Council planners have approved the construction of two additional padel courts at the Rocks Lane Multi-sports Centre in Chiswick Common. The application sought permission for the installation of one padel tennis court and one training/junior padel tennis court at the western end of the centre in an area which is currently used for storage equipment. It does not increase the overall footprint of the centre. Local people whose children play netball and football at Rocks Lane expressed concern that more of the centre was being taken over by padel courts, fearing that the space for local children's activities in favour of adults.

This Sporting Chiswick – West 4 Harriers

Image above: Jon Scott-Francis; winter training The Comradery of the cross-country runner Jon Scott-Francis jogged past his 70th birthday last year and still runs over 40km every week. The running bug is something he caught as a teenager and has never wanted to shake off. ‘When I was 17, a friend and I had to sprint to catch a bus. I got to the bus easy enough and held it up for him. I couldn’t believe how fast I’d run. Nor could he. He told me I should take up running at school, which I did, pretty successfully winning medals and such.’ Scott-Francis has been a devoted member of the W4 Harriers since 1993, when there were about 20 members, after stints at other north London clubs. He’s a regular at west London Park Runs and on Monday nigh

Grove Park Primary school teacher in team of three attempting “World’s Toughest Row”

Image above: Louise Cox, Robyn Hart-Winks and Jordan Cole-Hossain pose with their boat; Planned route of the 'world's toughest row' Trio of women rowers to attempt Atlantic crossing to fundraise for charity  Robyn Hart-Winks, a primary school teacher at Grove Park Primary School, and her team, The Tidewaves, is gearing up for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2023, often dubbed "The World's Toughest Row." The race spans the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, a gruelling test of endurance for those who take the challenge. The trio, who initially rowed together at the University of London Boat Club, hope to raise funds, offer support, and raise awareness for Access Sport and London Youth Rowi

Chiswick Gators basketball team confirm move to Hammersmith

Image above: Chiswick Gators basketball team; photograph Chiswick Gators Local basketball team to relocate to Hammersmith for better facilities  The Chiswick Gators basketball club has officially announced its decision to move out of Chiswick, confirming it will be relocating to the Hammersmith Academy on Cathnor Road, just north of the Goldhawk Road. Starting this September, the weekly basketball sessions for children aged 6-15 will be held at the Hammersmith Academy every Wednesday during term time, from 6 pm to 7.30pm (replacing the  Tuesday sessions). Friday sessions will take place from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the Gunnersbury Sports Hub. The Club said: “Hammersmith Academy promises to be a good locati

Grenadian national cricket team to play in Chiswick this week

Image above: Grenada's cricket team in training; via Facebook Match to take place at Chiswick Cricket Club at 5.30pm on Wednesday 26 July The Grenadian National cricket team will be playing a T20 match in Chiswick this week. Currently touring the UK, they have added a short notice fixture against Chiswick Cricket Club on Wednesday (26 July) at 5.30pm. The game comes from a close association between the club and the island based on several players of Grenadian origin playing at Riverside Drive over the years. The Chiswick club has visited the island and supported youth cricket there through its charitable activities. READ ALSO: 

A new sports stadium planned for Chiswick

Image above: Visualisation of the new stadium stand  Plan for regeneration of Hartington Rd ground submitted to LB Hounslow The Latymer Foundation has submitted a proposal to LB Hounslow to make substantial changes to The Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground on Hartington Road. The heart of the revitalisation plan centres on restoring the Polytechnic Stadium. The 1936 Grade II Listed modernist grandstand, unused for over two decades, will undergo extensive refurbishment for improved accessibility. Once restored, the grandstand and its changing rooms will be reopened, hosting sports days and major matches. The proposed plans aim to rejuvenate the 32-acre site, enhance school sports facilities and benefit the wi

Chiswick woman in the final for this year’s JustGiving Awards

Image above: Lis Van Lynden Lis Van Lynden raises £9,000 for charity A woman from Chiswick, Lis van Lynden, has been selected as a finalist in the Endurance Fundraiser of the Year category for the GoCardless JustGiving Awards. Lis, aged 50, managed to raise over £9,000 for charity through her cycling journey. Lasting for more than seven months, Lis cycled a gruelling 5,000 miles along the Great Britain coastline to support the Multiple Sclerosis (MS Trust) and Multiple Sclerosis Society after her own diagnosis with the condition in 2013. Since renting out her flat a year ago, Lis has been on a continuous cycling journey, carrying her essential items, including a tent, for her challenge. She primarily camped

Brentford FC launches series of short films

Image above: Thomas Frank checks his heart rate monitor during filming; Photograph Brentford FC First film features manager Thomas Frank and focuses on cardiac health Brentford has launched a series of short films, Thousands of Stories, which aims to share the stories of the club’s community. The series kicks off  with the first of four films, The Pressure, which sees the spotlight on Brentford head coach, Thomas Frank and cardiac health. The series focuses on the stories that make up the club, from staff, fans and the wider community. Thousands of Stories shows how each person’s story is special and important in shaping the club. It is expected to be an ongoing series, so the c

The Pilot becomes a women’s sport pub

Starting with the FIFA Women's World Cup on Thursday 20 July - party on Saturday 22 July The Pilot pub in Wellesley Rd is rebranding itself as a Women's Sport pub. General Manager Liz Nugent told The Chiswick Calendar she was sick of seeing "old mens' matches being rebroadcast when there is live women's sport being played." She is launching the Women's Sport pub on Saturday 22 July with a (free) party from 6pm. "There will be games, prizes, a raffle with prizes from our suporting breweries - Fuller's, Brixton and Jubel - and special cocktails provided by Sipsmith." Members of the Actonians women's football team will be there and other special guests. Image above: Liz Nugent, General Manager of The Pilot, outside the pub The pub now has three large T

Brentford FC finalised Nathan Collins acquisition for £23m

Image above: Nathan Collins; via Wolverhampton Wolves Former Wolves centre-back joins Brentford FC Brentford FC has finalised the acquisition of centre-back Nathan Collins from the Wolverhampton Wanderers, after paying £23 million for the transfer. The 22-year-old player, who represents the Republic of Ireland at the international level, has committed to a six-year contract with the Bees. Brentford expressed a strong interest in securing the services of a central defender during the summer transfer window, particularly in light of Pontus Jansson's recent departure from the club. Nathan Collins joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Burnley in the previous summer transfer window for a fee slightly exceeding £

Kayak and canoe club by Kew Bridge organises Pride Paddle

Image above: Edge Progressive Paddling members stand with the progressive pride flag by Kew Bridge Event highlights rowing group are "tolerant and accepting" Edge Progressive Paddling, who promote themselves as a friendly and active kayak and canoe club based in Brentford, celebrated their second annual Pride Paddle event on Wednesday (21 June) along the River Thames. A group of 17 paddlers paddled upstream to Isleworth at 6.30pm from Kew Bridge, where they posed for pictures before setting off against the tide, before returning to the riverbank and celebrating with a drink in a local pub. Speaking to The Chiswick Calendar, Alex Whittaker, a senior volunteer at Edge Progressive Paddling, shared the history and