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This week's 'Supermoon' Photograph - Anna Kunst
Dr Richard Drewry, Grove Park Surgery

GPs surgeries remain open over Easter as Covid-19 peak expected this weekend

GPs surgeries across the country have been asked to remain open on Good Friday and Easter Monday as the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic is expected to be this weekend.

Although we won't know whether it is or isn't until a few days after, the NHS is braced for a busy weekend. In west London the West Middlesex is close to capacity with Covid-19 patients but other NW hospitals still have some capacity.

The new Nightingale hospital which has been set up in the ExCel centre in east London is also up and  running, ready to receive people with the virus.

Dr Richard Drewry of Grove Park Surgery is one of a team of GPs who are spending their whole time triaging suspected Covid-19 patients referred by 111 and other doctors locally, deciding whether or not they should go to hospital.

See his interview on The Chiswick Calendar website.


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LB Hounslow wins £600,000 in fines from prosecuting criminal landlords

Immediately before the current lock down, Hounslow Council's Planning Enforcement Team won its 17th prosecution.

The case, at Ealing Crown Court, was brought against two unscrupulous landlords who were ordered to pay fines totalling over £6,000. 

The record 17 successful prosecutions in a year have together resulted in more than £600,000 being netted, all of which has been put back into the public purse. 

In one case Zahid Malik, a Hammersmith based landlord, was fined for erecting and renting out a bed in shed type accommodation on London Road, Hounslow.

In another, Hounslow based landlord Balkar Singh was found to have converted his property into two separate flats illegally, netting the council their biggest ever fine of £246,000.

Read more on The Chiswick Calendar website.

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Lockdown - Things to do

We've added quite a few new activities to our Lockdown - Things to do section on the website.

Chiswick resident and experienced Zumba instructor Anna Calligaro has started two classes for adults and one for children each week by Zoom. They have the added advantage that when things are back to normal you will be able to meet her and do the classes in the flesh.

The Little Gym online classes

The Little Gym has also gone online. Many parents in Chiswick are familiar with The Little Gym on Hartington Rd. This local franchise of an international company offers physical programmes which help children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency, The Little Gym team has been filming exercises for children from four months to 12 years and their videos can be found on The Little Gym Youtube channel.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Fleabag theatre production available to view online

Soho Theatre is offering productions of Fleabag as part of their Theatre on Demand offer: 'The best curated content from London’s most vibrant producer of new theatre, comedy and cabaret'. For every rental of Fleabag, you will be contributing to charities dedicated to supporting those affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

National Theatre production of Jane Eyre

National Theatre production of Jane Eyre

The National Theatre's second free live-streamed production went live last night. Sally Cookson’s stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is now available to watch on Youtube.
Links to these and much else besides on The Chiswick Calendar website. 


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Peter Oborne & Richard Heller

Oborne & Heller on the publication of Wisden.

Cricket authors (and obsessives) Peter Oborne and Richard Heller have launched a new podcast to help deprived listeners endure a world without cricket. 

This week they celebrate the launch of Wisden, the cricketing almanac which records in huge detail the activities of last year's season, as it happens, the best of their lives.

You can hear Osborne & Heller on Cricket on The Chiswick Calendar website, offering solace to cricket lovers during the drought.

Oborne & Heller podcast
Ruth Cadbury MP

Ruth Cadbury MP calls for Universal Basic Income for self-employed

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth, is calling for a temporary universal basic income for self-employed people.

She says concern from self-employed people about what they are going to live on, now their income has dried up, is one of the issues people contact her about most frequently.

"There are probably over 10,000 self-employed people in this constituency. I supported the call for a temporary universal basic income for self-employed people.

I am glad the government introduced some support, however I still have concerns about the details, and for those who are excluded from the various schemes. I have written to the Chancellor again about this."

Read more on The Chsiwick Calendar website.

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Chiswick School head & assistant on delivery run

Chiswick School delivering food and computers to its pupils

Chiswick School is one of those which has remained open for the children of key workers and those who are for a variety of reasons considered 'vulnerable'.

Since they launched a fundraising campaign to help disadvantaged children and their families just a couple of weeks ago, the school has raised £7,000.

The school will remain open on Good Friday and Easter Monday and over what in theory should be their Easter Break, staff will be delivering food parcels, vouchers and computers to their students at home.

Read more on The Chiswick Calendar website.

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Strand on the Green school pupil

Schools registration on track for September

Hounslow Council reports that it is business as usual with admissions for primary schools in September.

'We have had a number of queries regarding National Offer Day for Reception 2020 and would like to confirm that the Admissions are on track and we are proud to report it is business as usual, with offers being made on 16 April 2020'.

The closing date for applications for nurseries is 1 May 2020. If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, they can start in the nursery class of one of our schools in September 2020.

Read more on The Chiswick Calendar website.

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Post Offices closed but delivery office open

I reported last week that our two Post Offices in Chiswick are closed because of the Coronavirus.

If you are looking to post or pick up parcels however, the delivery office at Heathfield Terrace is open for a couple of hours each morning.

For opening hours and how to pay for postage online, see The Chiswick Calendar website.

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Chiswick Mall - Anna Kunst

Capital Interchange Way development one of several which will impact Chiswick

The decision to go ahead with a major housing development on Capital Interchange Way by Chiswick roundabout, on the Brentford side of the A205 and south of the A4 / M4, is the first of many which will have an impact on Chiswick, says Cllr Joanna Biddolph, leader of Chiswick's Conservative councillors. 

“During this time of national emergency the Conservative and Labour groups on Hounslow Council have agreed to set aside partisan differences and work together to support our residents" she says.

“In that spirit I don’t want to criticise this decision today... However, I am disappointed that we haven’t had another opportunity to raise the concerns we know local residents throughout Chiswick have about the impact of this large development on our already over-stretched infrastructure. 

"There are several other big developments to come, all of which will impact on Chiswick, and we would like them to be considered together, not approved one-by-one". 

Read more about this story on The Chiswick Calendar website.

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Morrisons workers + Cllr Guy Lambert

Morrisons delivers Easter Eggs to Food Bank and to West Middlesex hospital

Morrisons in Brentford has delivered more than 1,000 Easter eggs to the local Food Bank and another pallet load to staff at West Middlesex hospital.

Michael Willis the store manager saw a social media post for volunteers and food.

“I saw a request for food on the Hounslow website, rang them up and offered as many Easter Eggs as we could manage" he said. 

Read more on The Chiswick Calendar website.


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Retired social workers wanted

Social Work England has launched the Social Work Together campaign urging former social workers to return to the frontline to support the local response to Coronavirus.

A temporary register has been set up for previously registered social workers in England who left the register since 18 March 2018 to return to practice should they wish to help in the effort.

More information is available on Social Work England's website here.

Which food shops are doing deliveries?

We've had a lot of interest in our list of the food places providing takeaways and deliveries to our Covid-19 Help & Information pages.

Correct at time of writing, things change so fast, please check direct with the vendor and please let us know if any of the information on here is no longer true when you use it.

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Keith Richards
Chiswick Confined - My Corona blog, week 3

Keith Richards is living on his own in Chiswick,, writing a blog about his experience of the Coronavirus lockdown.

This week he writes of his concern that people will be too tempted to go out and enjoy the sunshine over the Easter weekend.

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Withnail & I
Best Lockdown movies

I started out with the intention of using my time during this lockdown period to improve my mind, though I have to confess I have been distracted of late by the Netflix documentary series 'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.' As it lurches from the extraordinary to the downright bizarre, the lure of sheer voyeurism just sucks you in.

I am gradually catching up with films I have either wanted to see or have never seen and vaguely think I should.

I have never seen Withnail & I and since that is top of James Thellusson's list of Coronavirus distraction movies, I have just added it to to my own 'must watch ' list. 

See what you think of his choices on The Chiswick Calendar website and please send us your own top picks of films, drama box sets and books to so we can share them.

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