Christmas decorations in Chiswick

Image above: Christmas tree on Chiswick High Rd

Two trees and counting

A Christmas tree was erected in Chiswick High Rd last week, resplendent with lights. We have Hounslow Council to thank for it. There has been no fanfare, no big switch-on, no press release even, but they have provided trees in different areas around the borough of Hounslow.

Are there going to be lights in the street and is there going to be a ceremonial switching on of them? The Chiswick Calendar has received several emails from people asking about it.

We asked the events organiser at George IV. In pre-Covid days the lights were always switched on with great pomp and circumstance from outside the pub by the Mayor of Hounslow, with the Fuller’s dray horses on show, music and mulled wine from the pub on the last Thursday of November, which would have been last Thursday – but this year they say they have not heard anything about it from the Council.

They have to apply for a special licence to sell drinks outside at events like these, and if there is to be a ceremonial switching on, they will not now have time to do that.

We asked the Council, who told us Cllr Joanna Biddolph is taking the lead on that. We asked Cllr Joanna Biddolph, who said as soon as she had details, she would let us know.

As well as the provision of Christmas trees around the borough, LB Hounslow have made community grants available for festive celebrations. The Council told us:

“As part of our funding for festive events in the borough, we allocated up to £1,000 to Chiswick after Cllr Biddolph asked for funding. The funding will be used for festive purposes with the details revealed shortly.

“Cllr Biddolph has funding from another source for an additional tree which will be installed soon.”

So, watch this space, it sounds like we will be getting Christmas lights and another Christmas tree, but for now it’s just one of those Christmas secrets.

Meanwhile on Sunday 4 December the Chiswick Flower Market have plans for the biggest market yet, with activities for children and live music from many of the schools and performing arts groups in Chiswick.

They are putting lights around the Gingko tree outside what used to be the police station, with decorations designed by students at Chiswick School.

See what they have planned for the Chiswick Flower Market Christmas market here:

Chiswick Flower Market, Sunday 4 December.

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