The Chiswick Calendar party “a tour de force” says Cllr Gerald McGregor

Image above: Cllr Gerald and Rev Eileen McGregor, talking to Suzette Llewellyn and Max Rademacher at The Chiswick Calendar party 2023; photograph Frank Noon

Guest blog by Cllr Gerald McGregor

The celebration party last Thursday was packed out. After a two year gap from the last event the familiar surroundings of the George IV were a great place to be. Partly a 2023 birthday bash, part networking event, part AGM, part social, with drinks and live music from jazz guitar and combos.

The aim is still to connect people in Chiswick who are working to make it a better and more interesting place to live. As a Chiswick Councillor it gives an opportunity to meet and chat to all the different sorts of people who organise things in Chiswick, from the Rugby club to the Book festival and from Rowers to Stall Holders with the odd councillor and celebrity thrown into the mix.

More importantly it gives Chiswick a chance to see worthy recipients receive rewards sponsored by Chiswick’s own Distillers, Sipsmith. Tremendous fun, and Bridget Osborne ably accompanied by Jeremy Vine acted as MCs for the award ceremony.

The Chiswick Calendar describes itself as a ‘celebration of life in Chiswick’. As a Community Interest Company (meaning whatever surplus or profit it makes is ploughed back into the website for the good of the community) the mission is to always build the community and engage socially and politically with the daily life of the area.

Bridget Osborn remarked that she started the venture as a small scale approach to local life and the values of Chiswick, but her efforts have produced a highly regarded platform to maintain a local and sociable hub for their community.

This means making a mark, supporting and informing Chiswick, and helping to establish the area as good a place to live in as we can make it. This means publicising the fantastic range of events that happen, promoting independent local businesses and providing a reliable source of local information.

The party also provided a chance to hear about Chiswick Calendar plans for the coming year; all in all a tour de force.

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See also: The Chiswick Calendar CIC celebrates eight years

See also: Winners of The Chiswick Calendar’s 2023 community awards

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