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

Chiswick estate agent Harry Middleton swims English Channel for charity

Image above: Harry Middleton swimming in the English Channel Channel swim raises over £2,650 for charity Harry Middleton, a local estate agent and endurance swimmer, has successfully swum the English Channel to raise funds for two charitable causes. In a journey which began on Sunday (18 June) at 8.00am, lasting 12 hours and 46 minutes, Harry braved "tough" waters to support Make a Wish and the Fine & Country Foundation. Make a Wish is a charity which provides experiences for children facing life-threatening illnesses, giving them joy and hope. The Fine and Country Foundation, established by estate agents Fine and Country, supports charities which combat homelessness and poverty, providing essential suppo

Thames Tradesmen’s women’s crew triumphs at the 2023 British Rowing Masters Championships

Image above: TTRC's women's crew Thames Tradesmen beats opponents by one second Following their victory at the Head of the River race earlier this year, Thames Tradesmen's Rowing Club (TTRC) continued their winning streak at the 2023 British Rowing Masters Championships held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham on Sunday 11 June. A group of four determined women from the club emerged victorious in the Open Masters Quad Race, narrowly defeating Ireland's Portora Boat Club by a mere one second. The winning crew, composed of Francesca Streeter, Jackie Marie, Isabelle Meron, and Louise Martin, battled

Chiswick estate agent to swim English Channel for charity

Image above: Harry Middleton Harry Middleton raising money for Make a Wish & homeless charity  Chiswick resident and local estate agent Harry Middleton is swimming the English Channel for charity. Harry, an endurance swimmer, is raising money for two causes: Make a Wish and the Fine & Country Foundation, which supports a range of charities. For the swim he will be in the water for more than ten hours straight, a feat he hopes to complete in the coming weeks. Make A Wish is a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, bringing joy and hope to their lives. The Fine and Country Foundation is the foundation set up by the estate agent Fine and Country, which donates money to

Two Brentford FC stewards praised for saving fan’s life

Image above: Abdul Hakazada (centre left) and Jake Mead-Baker (centre) are presented with the award during half-time; photograph Brentford FC Matchday stewards presented with awards during half-time for their lifesaving actions Two match day stewards at Brentford FC have been praised for their actions after they helped save a fan’s life mid-game. During the game against Newcastle United at the GTech Community Stadium, Bees fan Raymond Harris was in the Dugout bar when he suffered a cardiac arrest. Jake Mead-Baker and Abdul Hakazada used CPR to give him vital time before the paramedics could arrive. The pair were presented with two Heart of West London awards during half time at the final match of the seacon

London Irish suspended from Premiership as financial deadline not met

Image above: library image Rugby club has failed to meet deadline to provide financial assurances for next season London Irish Rugby Club has been suspended from the Gallagher Premiership after failing to meet the deadline to pay players and staff. The club, which had until Tuesday (6 June) to complete a takeover or face suspension, will not be able to participate in any league next season. Despite efforts by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and other stakeholders to secure the club's long-term viability, the takeover by a US consortium did not materialise, and transparent evidence of funding was not provided. The suspension leaves the Premiership with only ten teams for the upcoming season, following the previous

West London Warriors celebrate one year anniversary

Image above: West London Warriors; photograph Aubrey Crawley LGBT+ touch-rugby team in Chiswick The West London Warriors, an LGBT+ touch rugby club, are celebrating their one year anniversary on Saturday 10 June with a BBQ, DJ, taster sessions and matches. The event will take place from 2pm at Grasshoppers RFC in Isleworth and the team is encouraging anyone who would like to try (or watch) the game to register and attend for free. Touch rugby is a version of the game in which players do not tackle each other but instead touch their opponents using their hands on any part of the body, clothing, or the ball. The West London W

Brentford striker Ivan Toney’s ban reduced after independent report highlights gambling addiction

Image above: Ivan Toney Toney diagnosed with gambling addiction and says he is determined to address it The detailed independent report that played a crucial role in determining the ban length for Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been made public, revealing he suffers from a gambling addiction. The report reveals that no evidence of match-fixing was found in relation to Toney's gambling activities. As a result, his suspension has been reduced from 11 months to eight. The investigation uncovered more than 200 bets placed by Toney, which violated the rules set by the Football Association (FA). It was revealed that some of these bets were against clubs he was associated with, although not in matches in which he p

W4 Youth launched with tea and cake

Image above: Grove Park Rangers at Tea Party in the Park on Southfield Recreation Ground Organisers celebrate successful Youth & Community Centre launch The W4 Youth Tea Party in the Park event on Saturday afternoon (20 May) on Southfield Recreation Ground went "really well", organisers say. On the day, Rocks Lane Chiswick hosted a 5-a-side football tournament from 2.30pm onwards where prizes were given out by W4 Youth Founder, Sally Chacatté. Rocks Lane Under 12s won the tournament and Grove Park Rangers were runners up. Shortly after that, Chiswick singers and former W4 Youth members, Alichė & Erire, performed during the afternoon. Sally and the W4 Youth Trustees, including Liberal Democrat Coun

Brentford’s Ivan Toney suspended for eight months

Image above: Ivan Toney Toney will likely be blocked from any attempt to circumvent his ban Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been suspended from Brentford FC until 2024 and fined £50,000 by an independent panel after admitting 232 breaches of Football Association betting rules. The ban, which the FA will enforce, only applies in England. But it is understood the

GB juniors skuller Jess Weir from Chiswick wins three gold medals

Image above: Jess Weir, gold medallist skuller Next stop, the European Championships Jess Weir (18) from Grove Park has won three gold medals in the Munich International Regatta. The competition over the weekend saw teams from Germany but also international teams competing from Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia amongst others. Jess was representing Team GB. As she is under 19 she was representing Junior Women, and as her birthday fell in February, she has been selected to represent Junior Women in the European Championships on 20 May and hopes also to compete in the World Championships in August. Jess, who is in the sixth form at Shiplake College in Henley, doing her A Levels this summer, won three gold medals - one for each of the skulling events she ent

Chiswick and Hammersmith to host ‘festival of cycling’ to celebrate C9 completion

Image above: cyclists using Cycleway 9; Hounslow Cycling Campaign Community Cycling Day will take place on Sunday 14 May Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham Councils are organising a community cycling day to celebrate the completion of Cycleway 9 this May. The 'festival of cycling' across Chiswick and Hammersmith will be jointly organised by Transport for London. The event will feature guided cycle rides from Turnham Green to Lyric Square in Hammersmith and back again. The guided ride, for families and cyclists of all abilities, will be led by expert, qualified ride leaders from both councils and from local cycling groups. Another led ride will take place in the afternoon from Hammersmith to Chiswick with Hamm

Fuller’s Griffin Brewery worker in bid to enter Guinness Book of Records for running a marathon dressed as a beer can

Image above: Lloyd Packer training for his Guiness World Record London Marathon attempt Lloyd Packer is in training to run this year's London Marathon. He has done it twice before, qualifying with good times, completing it in under four hours, but this year it will be a bit more tricky. He will be wearing a beer can costume, and raising money for charity in memory of his friend Andy ('Mouse' to his mates). He is hoping Marathon day, on 23 April, will not be too warm. "It's incredibly hot" he told The Chiswick Calendar, "and I've only had it since November, so I've only trained in it through the cold months." It is not only hot, but heavy, made of thick foam attached to a harness. "It's lihe running while carrying a child on your back." Fuller's Griffin Brewery i

London Irish say players will be paid

Image above: London Irish badges Rugby Football Union has confidence the club will pay staff and players The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed that London Irish will meet this month's payroll, after a number of news outlets claimed the Club's financial woes meant players and staff would not get paid. London Irish owner Mick Crossan has been seeking fresh investment throughout the season and a US consortium is reportedly close to reaching an agreement with the Club. A potential takeover by US investors still needs to be approved by the Club's governing body. The club has debts exceeding £30m, and time is of the essence for a deal to be completed. Premiership Rugby is said to be doing everything it ca

Clean sweep for Cambridge in the Boat Race

Image above: Cambridge men's team; photograph Gemini Boat Race "An exceptional day of racing" Cambridge won the men’s Boat Race, making it their fourth win out of the last five races. Their cox, Jasper Parish made an early decision early on in the race which put them ahead and they kept their advantage. He decided to stay close to the bank beside the new grandstand at Fulham Football Club because of the conditions on the Tideway, rather than competing for position in the middle of the river. It was cause for great celebration in the Parish household. His brother Ollie was also in the Cambridge boat and their father Matt had rowed twice for Cambridge in the early 1990s. Ollie said

Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Image above: Finish of the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race at Chiswick Bridge; photograph Anna Kunst Sunday 26 March The Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race takes place this Sunday (26 March), finishing at Chiswick Bridge. The 77th Women’s Boat Race is at 4pm, the 168th Men’s Boat Race at 5pm. Do go and watch it. Don't stand on the shore line and get cut off by the tide and have to be rescued by the RNLI (as people are every year). Do take your litter home with you, rather than letting it get washed into the river. Best place to watch it? Chiswick Pier, where you can see the race live along a whole sweep of the river and then nip inside to watch the finish on a big screen, while drinking from the Fuller's bar. Food from Salt Beef Shack, Abdul’s Moro

Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Head of the River winners

Image above: Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club (TTRC) Novice Men and Women Crews: Backrow (L to R): Dominic Warren, Lee, Brewster, Nathan Goodman, Tim Primmer, Jackie Marie, Kasia Wroblewska, Isabelle Meron, Hana Fegutova, Adela Williams, Francesca Streeter, Louise Martin. Front Row (L to R): Jonathan Geitner, Jay Sitaraman, Sophie Mandler, Michael Gatzoulis, Ian Koh (cox), Andy Sharp. Two teams win their categories Thames Tradesmen’s Rowing Club Men (TTRC) and Women VIII’s crews each won their categories at this year’s Masters Head of the River Race on Sunday 19 March. The Head of the River is one of the biggest fixtures in the rowing calendar, with over 200 teams taking part in 30 categories, including interntional teams. The length of the course is the

Chiswick Women’s Cricket team to play in beginners league

Image above: Chiswick Women's Cricket Team in action First time playing competitively Chiswick Women's Cricket team are to start playing league matches for the first time this summer. The team, who came together initially for a bit of fun and exercise during the Covid pandemic, have so far played two matches - both friendlies against the Shepherd's Bush women's team, who had similar beginnings to them and are at a similar stage in their development. That experience has emboldened them to join the Derek Morgan T20 league, so-called after the Derbyshire and England player who was one of the biggest supporters and the instigator of women’s and girl’s cricket in Middlesex. "We realised we had enough skills and understanding of the game to play" Chiswick Wom

Brentford FC named as best club for fan experience second season running

Image above: Brentford FC fan enjoys Brentford v Bournemouth match Family-friendly and welcoming environment praised by fans Brentford FC has topped the fan experience survey of Premier League clubs for the second season in a row, outperforming other clubs on multiple metrics measuring matchday experience. The survey had 31,000 responses from across the league, and Brentford outperformed the divisional average on nearly every off-field metric. There were a number of measures on which Brentford had the best ratings in the Premier League, including the quality of staff on matchdays, h

Players and fans swap roles in Brentford FC season ticket promotional video

Image above: shot from Brentford's new promotional video Video accompanies launch of 2023/24 season ticket campaign Brentford FC has launched its 2023/24 season ticket campaign with a new promotional video, featuring Brentford’s first team players. Brentford FC say the video, produced by the Unmarked Agency, captures the togetherness of all those associated with the club – both on and off the pitch. To illustrate the unity of the Bees family, Brentford’s first team players either acted as fans, staff or themselves, while fans shared the emotion of a gameday from their own or a pl

Chiswick School given a new rowing boat

Image above: Rowing boats on the river; photograph Marianne Mahaffey New boat will 'encourage and inspire' students into the sport The Quintin Hogg Memorial Fund in partnership with Chiswick Rowing Trust has bought a new rowing boat for the students at Chiswick School. The coxed four boat will enable the school to complete in local rowing regattas. The school’s rowing activities are held at the Quintin Boat Club Boathouse and it has four rowing groups this year ranging from novices in year 8 up to year 11s who have now been rowing for three years. The groups are led by Jackie Eas

Chiswick School teacher makes Premier League history

Image above: Bhupinder Gill (top left and bottom centre) Teacher becomes the first Sikh-Punjabi to act as an assistant referee in the Premier League A teacher from Chiswick School has made history in 2023 as the first Sikh-Punjabi to act as an assistant referee in the Premier League. Bhupinder Gill, Head of Year and a member of the PE department at Chiswick School started his journey refereeing at the age of 14 following in his dad’s footsteps. He moved up the ranks to become a specialist assistant referee, completing two years as a Football League assistant referee before being pro

Review: Dreaming the Impossible – The battle to create a non-racial sports world by Mihir Bose

How the Black Lives Matter campaign has been a catalyst for change Mihir Bose is optimistic. Cautiously optimistic, but hopeful none the less that the institutions which govern sport in Britain are finally waking up to what needs to be done to tackle racism. His book Dreaming the Impossible – The battle to create a non-racial sports world is full of accounts from sports men and women and administrators of their experiences from the 1970s onwards, beginning with his own of being pursued the length of a train packed with hostile football supporters by a large, fat Arsenal fan wielding a baseball bat and shouting ‘Coon, Coon, hit the coon over the head with a baseball bat.’ He survived to tell the tale and has written for the Evening Standard, the Fin

Sir Mo Farah joins schools sport conference in Hounslow

Sir Mo Farah CBE joined more than 200 representatives from schools across LB Hounslow to 'champion' the role that physical activity and sport plays in the lives of young people across the borough. The annual conference, which was hosted by Sport Impact and funded by Hounslow Council, promotes the importance of children being active and developing a lifelong love of activity and sport. The event was held at Twickenham Stoop Stadium to inspire teachers through a variety of workshops. As a child Mo Farah attended Isleworth and Syon School, and Feltham Community College. Now Sir Mo Farah CBE, he is a multiple Olympic, World and European champion. Since 2017 he has also been an ambassador for

‘Padel Tennis’ at Rocks Lane sports club

Images above: Coach Rafa teaching Padel tennis at the Rocks Lane courts There's an up and coming sport sweeping Europe and it's available to play right now in Chiswick at Rocks Lane sports club. Padel Tennis is a hybrid of beach tennis and squash, made popular in Spain after being invented by Enrique Corcuera in 1969. According to the Managing Director of Rocks Lane, Chris Warren, the game's popularity has recently skyrocketed. Around 250,000 more people per year are seeking out the game. The court is the size of a single tennis court, 10 x 20 metres, with a tennis net in the middle of the court. The difference is that the whole area is in an enclosed cage with glass walls at the back of the court, which players hit the ball off, like squash.