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4 Letter from the Editor & Editor’s Tips 28 Business Matters Hounslow Chamber of Commerce Member News and Events

5 Zee London Mela Spectacular South Asian festival 6 Jazz at George IV Larry Pryce on bringing quality live jazz to Chiswick 8 Tidefest Martin Salter on Tidefest celebrating the River Thames 10 Brentford Festival with Hen Corner's Sara Ward 15 Chiswick Book Festival Torin Douglas on this year’s Book Festival line up

18 Chiswick House Dog Show Jan Preece on the Naughtiest Dog and My Dog's Got Talent contestants 20 Watermans Arts Centre Erica Weston on the River Weekender 25 Houseboats Kristina Fearnley on the romance and reality of houseboat living 27 Ballet4Life Emma Silverthorn on one woman’s quest to bring ballet to all


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to the August / September issue of Out & About. September is a month of festivals for our neighbourhood, starting with the Zee London Mela in Gunnersbury Park on Sunday 3rd September. The spectacular South Asian festival attracts thousands of people with a continuous programme of live music and classical and modern dance on the four main stages, street art, fashion and food as well as cabaret, comedy and circus by British Asian and international acts. Page 5 Brentford Festival takes place the same day in Blondin Park with more live music, pony rides, a fun fair, a display of classic & vintage vehicles, food, drink and a chance to talk to the Royal Horticultural Society on their tour bus about your plant queries. Page 10 The following Sunday is Tidefest, a celebration of the river with opportunities to try out paddle boarding, canoeing and river dipping, walks and talks on river related themes and boat trips on board the historic Thames launch the Windrush. Page 8-9 As part of Tidefest Watermans arts centre has a special River Weekender mini arts festival. Page 20-21 And Chiswick Pier Trust has organised a double bill film and talk about the romance and the reality of living on a houseboat. Page 25

with memoirs, journalists, historians: David Baddiel, Hunter Davies, Jo Malone, Laurence Rees, Jeremy Vine. Page 15 The last Sunday of the month is the Chiswick Dog Show, 24th September. Not a show that takes itself too seriously, you can enter your dog in the Naughtiest Dog or My Dog’s Got Talent classes for a mere £3 and it’s great fun whether you’re a dog owner or not. I am proud to be one of the judges this year. Page 18 Other highlights of the cultural scene include Ballet4Life opening up what can be an elitist art form, for everyone. Page 27 And Jazz at George IV. Jazz promoter Larry Pryce explains why he thinks Chiswick should be on the map for great live jazz. Page 6 Enjoy!


The Chiswick Book Festival is next up, from 14th–18th. An array of famous authors talk about their books – Maggie O'Farrell, Shrabani Basu, Marcel Theroux. Household names


EDITOR’S TIPS A few things to do with children in August • Watermans arts centre has a programme of creative workshops for children and young people from 1st– 19th August where you can try out digital coding, textile design, music and art. They also have a programme of films for families throughout the summer holidays. • London Museum of Water & Steam has new attractions for children to explore this summer: the Waterworks interactive gallery and the new outdoor Splash Zone. Prepare to get wet! • Gunnersbury Park has a wood sculpting workshop on 9th August, a water colouring day on 11th and a bird walk on 13th August. The head gardener leads a tour through the gardens on 21st August.


• The William Morris Society has a summer writing workshop for children aged 8-12 on 22nd August at Kelmscott House, 6 Upper Mall, London, W6 9TA. Based on Viking tales and the utopian world of William Morris' News from Nowhere.

Cover Image Paddleboarding at Kew Bridge. Photograph by John Clare.





A celebration of South Asian culture in Gunnersbury Park

ZEE London Mela is set to make a dramatic return to Gunnersbury Park on Sunday 3rd September. Having skipped a year last year, this is the 15th anniversary of the celebration of South Asian culture and promises to be the best yet. The free festival boasts live music on four main stages featuring British Asian and international artists and the best in contemporary and classical dance. India’s Queen of Hip Hop, Hard Kaur is flying in from Mumbai exclusively for the event and is joined on a strong bill by the biggest selling female Bhangra artist in the world, Miss Pooja. Also flying in from India for an exclusive London performance are the ever popular Bhangra pop maestros Desi Crew, from Amritsar. Mixing top artists from the subcontinent with British Asian urban artists, there will be dance, comedy and cabaret, Asian-influenced street theatre and circus as well as stalls and exhibitions and a fantastic array of food on offer. DJ Rekha is jetting in from New York to warm up for British Asian underground legends Asian Dub Foundation, who close the ZEE Main


Stage music bill, before a spectacular finale show involving a crane and 9 crazy French clowns, Transe Express, collaborating with The Dhol Academy from East London. This year’s theme – love

Artistic director Ajay Chhabra says: “We are inviting all Londoners to this year’s ZEE London Mela, to celebrate the diversity of our great city. What London needs right now is a coming together, a sense of joy of cultures and communities and this is an open invite to you all. This year’s theme is 'Love', love will conquer hate, join us on Sunday 3rd September in Gunnersbury Park.” The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This wonderful family event showcases the fantastic diversity of Asian arts and culture in the capital, and invites Londoners from all backgrounds to come together and get involved. Over the last fifteen years the Mela really has gone from strength to strength, with fantastic street theatre, dancing and delicious Asian cuisine. It’s events like this, taking place in all corners of the city that remind us that London Is Open, for all of our communities and to the world.”

Zee London Mela is from 1.00 – 9.30pm on Sunday 3rd September



JAZZ AT GEORGE IV IN CHISWICK Jazz promoter Larry Pryce puts Chiswick on the map Putting on live jazz in London has always been something of a tenuous business. Despite its increasing popularity the genre is still sometimes regarded as something of niche art form and some of the long-established venues in central London have been lost. Pizza On The Park has been transformed into London’s first 6 star hotel and the Dover Street Restaurant & Jazz Bar which I used to run, is now a late night fusion restaurant with DJ’s manning the decks into the early hours. The demise of some of the old venues in the centre of town is forcing both

resident Jazz enthusiasts and visitors to look further afield to places like the Bull’s Head in Barnes and the relocated Vortex in Dalston. But West London should have its own centre of Jazz excellence. To that end over the past year my company Live Music To Go has put on a series of Jazz nights with some of London’s top musicians in partnership with The Chiswick Calendar in the superbly appointed Boston Room at George IV pub, 185 Chiswick High Rd. Coming up this autumn

After a natural break for the holiday months, Jazz At George IV will be back with two superb concerts featuring the sensational French jazz vocalist Oriana Curls and her trio on September 28th and local big band The Jazz Mondays on October 26th. Oriana has developed her own distinctive style having worked with some of the best musicians, writers and producers around, among them Andy Bradfield (Imelda May, Rufus Wainwright), Marcella Puppini and Alex Golding, (Lulu, Keziah Jones). As accomplished a violinist as she is a vocalist, her impressive four-octave

range of a voice soars effortlessly through Jazz, Latin, Blues & Gallic chansons. The Jazz Mondays are a Chiswick based 13-piece band famous for their eight-strong "wall of saxes" fronting a tight, four-piece rhythm section and a dynamic vocalist. Their eclectic repertoire ranges across jazz to soul, ska and funk, from Dizzy Gillespie to Amy Winehouse. At last Chiswick has a strong jazz presence again.

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Messing about ON THE RIVER Martin Salter, the organiser of TideFest 2017 invites you to come and ‘Enjoy the River’

TideFest will be held at Strand-onthe-Green on Sunday September 10th. The annual event, which first started in 2014, aims to highlight the recreational importance of the Thames to Londoners and to encourage people to 'enjoy the river'. To that end there will be all sorts of river related activities for all the family including foreshore walks, an angling competition, boat trips, paddleboarding, river dipping, kayaking, nature reserve visits, water games, stalls and displays, talks and film

showings, live fish tanks, local artists, food, music and generous discounts off admissions to the London Museum of Water and Steam at Kew Bridge. There will be a rare opportunity to visit Oliver’s Island opposite Strandon-the-Green and to learn about the archaeological finds which have been made locally on a walk along the Thames foreshore led by archaeologist Dr Fiona Haughey. You will also be able to visit the Lots Ait boatyard in Brentford with a guide and take a boat trip aboard the historic Thames launch the Windrush.

sewer’, are sponsors of Tidefest and it is also supported by a whole range of wildlife organisations and environmental groups. Part of enjoying the river is having clean water and water birds and mammals that aren’t killed off by the rubbish we casually leave lying around the foreshore, so there will be a screening of A Plastic Ocean, a documentary on the consequences of our disposable lifestyle, at One Over the Ait by Kew Bridge and a special appearance by Wallace

Totally Thames Festival

The river festival is part of a wider movement to celebrate the river, the month long Totally Thames Festival which organizes river related events throughout London. As well as Tidefest at Strand on the Green there will also be things happening at Chiswick Pier, Brentford, Barnes, Deptford, Hackney, Beckton and other locations along the Thames Tideway. Keeping the river clean

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the Wet Wipe Monster as part of the campaign by the Marine Conservation Society to highlight this particular environmental menace. In east London Thames 21, which works to improve rivers and canals for people and wildlife, will be running tours of the River Lea, explaining the importance of reedbeds to the environment. The full programme is now available and can be booked via the TideFest website at or you can go to Tidefest Facebook page at or to keep up to date.

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BRENTFORD FESTIVAL 2017 Sara Ward looks forward to this year’s Brentford Festival The schools are out, the days are long, the sun is shining and we are squeezing every last moment of summer from each day before the evenings draw in for autumn. Once again, the Brentford Festival offers good old fashioned family fun as friends and neighbours gather for a community celebration in a local park just before the kids go back to school.

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New for this year is a very special partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society who have chosen the Brentford Festival as the final stop in their 6 month UK Tour. They will be bringing a horticultural flavour to the festival featuring workshops, talks and plant sellers. This year we have loads of new catering stands such as Mermaids Marvellous Fish Fingers run by Katie and Carolyn serving good old fish finger baps and wraps. After a sumptuous lunch, why not try your hand at the steel band workshop or one of the many activities arranged by Brentford FC Community Trust? Not forgetting the funfair, pony rides, ice creams and so much more! This magnificent event is completely run by volunteers, if you’d like to help in the run up and/or on the big day, do get in touch via the website.

The team of volunteers organising the event, led by wonder woman Linda Massey, has been busy all year ensuring that we have the best time ever. The Festival brings fabulous live music, topnotch catering and a CAMRA beer

Brentford Festival Sunday 3rd September, noon - 6pm, Blondin Park (Brentford/Ealing borders) one of the free Red Routemaster buses delivering and returning people to various locations in Brentford, Hanwell and Ealing. Dream and drool over the classic & vintage vehicle display and sip a cocktail from Spartan’s VW van.



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DEVONSHIRE ROAD STREET PARTY Chiswick's independent shopkeepers celebrate Devonshire Rd is in the heart of Chiswick, full of the quirky independent shops which give the area its reputation as an interesting place to go shopping. On Saturday 9th September Devonshire Rd will be having its annual street party, to which everyone is invited. There will be live music all day with old favourites Ray Lowe and his swing band, singing the Rat Pack songs of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jnr, Matt Monro and of course Frank Sinatra. Elvis impersonator Trevor Dodson will pay tribute to the King. Nolita Golding, Marina Simioni and Tom Lukas, who regularly plays in George IV, will also be performing from 10.30am. A hog roast will be on the go providing good food all day, the proceeds from which will go to the W4 Youth charity, a community youth project for 11-19


year olds in West London. Set up in 2009 the group now has over 300 young people involved in its activities. After her son was shot in the face one afternoon after school, Sally Chacatte, Founder and Chair of W4 Youth, created the charity with the vision to build a youth and community centre in W4 to give the young people of the area somewhere safe to go and something good to do 7 days a week. Barclays Bank has promised to match whatever is raised, to double the takings. Top Hat cleaners will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with popcorn and Pimms. Urban Pantry will be offering food and drink – owner Kate Frobisher pictured here with her mum holding a tray of their legendary egg and bacon baps and sausage rolls. Children will find a range of sporting activities ranging from a silent exercise class with headphones to a kick about

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INSPIRING WOMEN AT THE CHISWICK BOOK FESTIVAL Torin Douglas, Director of the Chiswick Book Festival, introduces this year’s line up On the day that Jane Austen appears on the new £10 note in September, marking 200 years since her death, the Chiswick Book Festival will be opening with a host of inspiring women speakers on a wide range of subjects. Austen’s life and work will be celebrated at the Festival's opening event on September 14th in the glorious surroundings of Chiswick House & Gardens, with its curator Dr Esme Whittaker of English Heritage, Paula Byrne (The Genius of Jane Austen) and Helena Kelly (Jane Austen, The Secret Radical). Clare Balding, a tireless champion of women in sport, will introduce The Racehorse That Disappeared, her second brilliant adventure story for children about her aspiring young heroine Charlie Bass. Fragrance entrepreneur Jo Malone (My Story) and athlete and super-adventurer Sarah Outen (Dare To Do) will discuss what it takes to keep going when things don’t quite go to plan. Martine Wright (Unbroken), who competed in the Paralympics after losing her legs in the 7/7 London bombings, tells her own inspiring story in an interview with sports journalist Sue Mott. Somerset Maugham and Costa Prize winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell will talk about her writing and new memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am, with acclaimed author and journalist Cathy Rentzenbrink. And one of history's most powerful women, Queen Victoria, will be the subject of 'Victoria & Abdul – and a Game of Thrones' to coincide with the new film starring Dame Judi Dench, out in September. Shrabani Basu, the author of the book which inspired the film, will be speaking with Deborah Cadbury whose new book, Queen Victoria's Matchmaking, describes how seven of Victoria’s grandchildren came to occupy Europe's thrones. But there is no shortage of men at this year's Chiswick Book Festival! Male authors speaking will include David Baddiel, Oz Clarke, Hunter Davies, Peter Hennessy, Robin Lustig, Tom Mangold, Harry Mount, John O'Farrell, Craig Oliver, Nicholas Crane, Laurence Rees, Marcel Theroux and the BBC's best-paid news broadcaster Jeremy Vine.


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BE OUR NEXT SUCCESS STORY Students achieve high standards at local college At West Thames College, we strive to prepare our students to step confidently into the world of work. We ensure students gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need for the future through our vocational courses taught by experienced professionals. And it works! Our students achieve outstanding results and go on to do amazing things. Neil Reynolds is just one example. He achieved a triple distinction star in Performing Arts and has gone on to be a huge success. He is currently starring as Matt in the CBBC programme ‘The Secret Life of Boys’ which won a BAFTA in 2016 for Best Interactive Original. Samuell Benta is another West Thames College graduate making waves. Having achieved a distinction in Music Technology, Samuell has appeared in


BBC’s ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Hotel Babylon’ and ‘Eastenders E20’ before becoming the first British actor to land a role in the hit kids’ franchise ‘Power Rangers Operation Overdrive’. And since graduating in HND ICT, Zobia Baqi has joined leading global investment firm Goldman Sachs as a consultant in client reporting. “I will always have fond memories of the college and owe a lot to the great teaching I received here,” cites Zobia. We want you to be our next success story. Enrol from August 24 at one of London’s top colleges. We have places available on a range of exciting courses and apprenticeships so whatever your talent or interest start your journey at West Thames College. Visit our website for more information.



Chiswick House DOG SHOW

Jan Preece, Chair of the Chiswick House Dog Show, explains why you should come, even if you’re a cat person You don’t have to own a dog to enjoy the Chiswick House Dog Show. Unlike some of the famous shows, this is a dog show which doesn’t take itself too seriously. You can tell from the classes – Naughtiest Dog, Prettiest Bitch, My Dog’s got Talent, Best Veteran, to name a few – that this show is all about having fun. Nor is it exclusive; this is one dog show where being a pedigree won’t get you anywhere. All dogs are welcome and it costs just £3 to enter your dog into one of the classes. Chiswick House Dog Show is an annual event, now in its 13th year this year, run by local volunteers for the enjoyment of the whole community. It’s also an opportunity for all the dog walkers who regularly use the beautiful, award-winning grounds of Chiswick House (and there are many) to give something back, as this fun day out for all the family raises money to maintain the gardens – a wonderful, historic oasis in West London available to all for free. This year’s show has as its theme the Dog Detective (it being 115 years since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles and 135 years since the first Sherlock



FEATURE Holmes short story) which should give those entering the Fancy Dress competition (fancy dress for dogs as well as humans) full rein to enter into the spirit of the sleuth. The judges are a closely guarded secret until the event itself but past years have seen Ant McPartlin, Michael Ball, David Tennant, Jeremy Vine, Wayne Sleep and Clare Balding passing judgement along with local vets and veterinary nurses, dog groomers and dog walkers. Should you be looking for a dog of your own, the Dogs Trust will be holding a re-homing parade for those wannabe dog-owners looking for a new best friend. Milo, the golden retriever pictured left, found a loving home this way last year. Among the stalls you will find an array of dog related consumables – pet portraits, cards, treats and every form of dog accessory imaginable – as well as a barbecue, beer and wine bars, Italian ice creams, aromatic coffee, cocktails, freshly cooked pizzas and fresh cooked churros. Chiswick House Dog Show takes place from 11.00am to 4.30pm on Sunday 14th September 2017 at the Cricket Pitch (Staveley Road entrance), Chiswick House and Gardens.

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Erica Weston of Watermans Arts Centre on a weekend of quirky and interesting entertainment

The Totally Thames Festival makes September a rather river-themed month, and Watermans is no exception with the fourth annual River Weekender coming up on 15th–19th September.

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But there’s a distinct lack of water and tidal mud: instead you’ll find a fabulous weekend festival of the arts for all ages. Well I would say that wouldn’t I?! But if you love quirky and interesting entertainment, free stuff to do and supporting your local independent arts centre, then make it a date for your diary. Friday 15th September sees us trying out something completely new. Working with North London’s critically acclaimed book festival ArchWay with Words, we’ve put together Watermans with Words: a literary mini-fest, including talks and readings from Welsh writer and film maker Iain Sinclair and journalist and author Caitlin Davies. Plus MA students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama will be performing new writing inspired by London’s bridges. We hope we’ll see creative work that will help us celebrate and reclaim these iconic landmarks


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Daytimes see, among other things, free music down in the bar (from Marimba to Opera), kids’ workshops, and extraordinary hair sculpture from Barcelona-based Osadia.

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THROUGH THE PORTHOLE Kristina Fearnley of Chiswick Pier Trust describes the pleasures and perils of houseboat living on the Thames It’s hard to believe, but over a thousand people live afloat on the Thames between Teddington Lock and the Thames Barrier. To the outsider these floating villages look like an idyllic and affordable alternative to the over-heated London housing market. But while the great views of the river, the sense of community and the closeness to nature are genuine positives, it’s not always plain sailing and it is seldom cheap. As part of this year’s TideFest festival Chiswick Pier Trust is hosting a doublebill presentation, a film followed by a talk on the pleasures and perils of houseboat living on the Thames. Life Afloat

‘Life Afloat’ is a 55 minute film about houseboat residents, among them parents talking about what

it’s like bringing up children on a houseboat and actress Imogen Stubbs, who recounts having to swim past submerged cars and post boxes to get to shore. The film looks at how tidal life for these communities has changed over time and the threat posed to them today by river-side property development. The essential checklist for buying a houseboat

After the film you can hear a talk by Dr Hilary Pereira of the River Thames Society, on the do's and don'ts of buying a houseboat. Hilary, who has herself lived afloat for 45 years, says “buying a houseboat on the Thames is a high-risk venture in an increasingly expensive yet unregulated market”. For example, did you know that houseboats don’t have title deeds? Or that any outstanding loans are automatically carried forward with the boat? Then there are the tricky issues of securing moorings and utilities. “Residential boats without a mooring can have little and sometimes negative value and so go downhill fast.” she says.


And how do you actually make sure the boat is fit-for-purpose? Do you want a ‘flat-a-float’ or a fully mobile vessel? Hilary’s years of houseboat living mean she’s seen and heard a lot of disaster stories and navigated a lot of these issues for herself. “There is little legal protection for the boat dweller in this unregulated market and lots of profit for those happy to exploit the gullible” she says. “Do not get caught out!” If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of buying a houseboat, Hilary’s checklist is essential reading. Life Afloat is at 1.45, Hilary’s talk at 3.00pm on Sunday 10th September at Pier House, Corney Reach, Chiswick W4 2UG

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By Emma Silverthorn Too often ballet is seen as the preserve of little girls, or talented stick-thin young people who are focused on becoming professional dancers. Ballet4 Life is determinedly not that. The classes are predominantly for adults and range from beginners to experienced dancers with special classes for those of us who have limited movement. Its founder Donna Schoenherr was a professional dancer at an international level before settling in west London and setting up her company Ballet4Life. She is on a mission to bring the joy of dance and its physical and mental benefits to all.

Donna is a New Yorker. Starting out with the Festival Ballet of New York, she did her formative training at the prestigious Botsford School in Rochester, where she trained in classical ballet technique, pointe, ballet mime, folk dance and advanced ballroom dance. She went on to dance with the Cleveland Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Michael Mao Dance Co where she was proud to be an integral part of two dance works that were made in collaboration with sight impaired dance artists; groundbreaking works which toured the country. Setting up Ballet4LIfe

Donna went on to train, dance, choreograph and teach across the globe, touring the United States, Mexico and Europe before settling in her chosen home of west London where she has lived for the past twenty years. Ballet4Life, which she set up in 2004, was one of the first organisations to provide adult learners in London with comprehensive programmes of high-quality ballet and dance courses. The B4L class line-up includes pointe, masterclasses, contemporary dance, beginner courses, barre and 50+ ballet classes; which have proven especially popular, making many a childhood ballet dream come true for Chiswick locals! In 2015 she launched Move into Wellbeing®, a dance programme for people living with Parkinson's and other mobility restrictions. Move into Wellbeing® was inspired by Donna’s


father who lived with Parkinson’s for thirty years and who she saw benefit hugely from music and movementbased therapy. Move into Wellbeing® was pleased to receive funding from One You Hounslow last year and thrilled to receive full registered charity status earlier this year. Ballet4Life has open days on 2nd & 9th September with FREE classes for the local community to try out these inspirational and inclusive dance classes. www.moveintowellbeing. https://www.instagram. com/donna_schoenherr/

Donna Schoenherr as a young dancer



MEMBER NEWS London’s Best Dressed Waiters When you think of hotel uniforms what comes to mind maybe is black and white suits and blouses in easy-to-clean viscose and cotton. Well think again. Fashionizer, the uniform designers based in south Acton, have just won an industry award for their uniforms made out of chiffon, silk and velvet, to match the opulent décor of the new boutique hotel ‘L’Oscar’ for which they are intended.

Fashionizer Director Debbie Leon

The central London hotel hasn’t opened yet, so the designs are still under wraps, but they won the award at the Professional Clothing Awards 2017 for Best Managed Contract for a Boutique Hotel because of their unconventional approach to uniform. ‘Staff are not defined by their job role or place in the hierarchy, instead they choose from a collection of garments’.

Award-winning Ned hotel uniforms

Their latest coup is the Ned, a 252-room hotel near Bank station which boasts nine restaurants and a rooftop pool. This lovely old building used to be the Midland Bank and is famous for its luxurious Art Deco interior. Fashionizer’s bespoke uniforms can be seen from the rooftop pool to basement bar, modelled by door staff, front-of-house and housekeeping as well as waiters and bar staff. At the launch of the high-profile hotel, Fashionizer’s uniforms attracted praise for their style and originality. According to the London Evening Standard, “The rooftop bar staff ’s natty cardigans make them the best-dressed waiters in town.”

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Director Debbie Leon leads her creative team of designers providing uniforms for the hospitality sector all round the world. Sales and marketing manager Dorota Ziolkowska says the firm, which has been producing quality uniforms for 20 years, now sells to more than 100 countries. Their speciality is arty boutique hotels and exclusive five star hotels, among them the Four Seasons in Dubai, the Merrion in Dublin and the Connaught in Mayfair.


Connaught Hotel, Mayfair


MEMBER NEWS Irish businessman makes Polish film

Daniel MacAuliffe’s latest venture is a film about a Polish DJ Daniel MacAuliffe is the kind of businessman you’d say had fingers in many pies. Founder and Managing Director of Class 1 Personnel, a recruiting agency based in Hounslow and Hammersmith, he also has a number of other businesses including Wild about Roofs, a firm which makes eco-friendly roof gardens, Easy Fix, a property maintenance company and a race horse stables in Ireland. Project London Production

Such a portfolio is not for the faint-hearted, but Daniel loves a challenge and his latest venture is certainly that. “I have many Polish friends” he says. Through talking to them the idea of showing Polish films in England and Ireland emerged and Project London Production was born. For the past few years he and his co-directors have gone to the Polish film festival, selected the best films and signed up the rights to show them here. ‘Walesa. Man of Hope’, a biopic of the Gdansk shipyard electrician who founded Solidarity, the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc, who galvanised his fellow workers to fight for democracy and went on to become President, is the most notable. Shown in 30 cinemas in England and nine

in Ireland, the films are dubbed in English and accessible to those who have Polish and those who have English as their first language. A small step to becoming a film producer

The next step was obvious: “Let’s make movies of our own” he said. They settled on the story of a Polish woman who comes to the UK and wants to be a DJ. Filmed in Poland, Ibiza and London, they’re hoping that it will be a critical success and will be seen by wider audiences than just the Polish diaspora. Made for a modest one million pound budget, the dialogue is 60 – 70% in English and stars wellknown Polish actress Maira Hirsh. They’ve booked 320 cinemas in Poland to show it when it’s released in October and they’re hoping two million people will see it in the first five weeks. The original music for the soundtrack will be released in September. Daniel has been a little shocked at the film industry’s notorious ability to burn banknotes. ”When it’s your own money” he says “you have to keep the lid on it”. So will he do it again? “We’ll see how this one goes”.

Daniel MacAuliffe, Pawel Jodlowski, Mariuz Muskietorz, Anoj Don



MEMBER NEWS Large new park, underground warehousing and 2,500 new jobs for West London A plan to extract gravel from beneath the surface of 110 acres of disused land in Cranford and Heston and build up to 177,500 square metres of underground warehouse space in the resulting cavity has been approved by Hounslow Council. The initial plans by landowner Formal Investments were rejected in April 2015 on the grounds that they involved unsuitable development of green belt land and the associated traffic and noise would disturb local residents, but the revised plans have met with 95% approval during public consultation and were passed unanimously by councillors on Hounslow’s planning committee on 6th July.

The plan represents a unique and visionary engineering solution which will provide warehousing for Heathrow, some 2,500 new jobs and a large new public park on top with full size grass and all-weather football pitches, hockey and cricket pitches and a variety of other facilities alongside fields and tree-lined paths for walking, running and cycling. The park will be the largest new park to be created in west London for more than 100 years. Formal Investments director Nicholas King said: “It is hugely exciting to know these ambitious and visionary plans, overwhelmingly supported by local residents, have taken a massive step towards going ahead.

Visionary engineering solution

“We have worked hard with Hounslow’s planners and councillors to get the proposals right, so that we can provide a local economic boost and give the people of Hounslow a tremendous legacy in the form of a new public park free for all to enjoy." Local people in favour

David Blackett, chairman of the Heston Residents Association, commented: “This project, strongly supported by residents, will provide the local community with a new landscaped public park with attractive amenities, replacing an area of former farmland which has suffered the ravages of vandalism and anti-social behaviour for some 20 years”. The area, known as at Rectory Farm, hasn’t been farmed since 1996. Work on the site alongside The Parkway (A312) and Bath Road (A4) is expected to begin in 2019 with the first area of the park opening in 2020 and the first underground warehouse space is expected to be available for businesses to use from 2022. The whole project is expected to take 15 years to extract the minerals, construct the warehouses and landscape the park. The Rectory Farm project has been devised by a team of world-class consultants – including architect Carmody Groarke, development expert DP9, landscape architect VOGT, engineer ARUP and the recently added property and construction consultancy Gleeds.

‘Top down’ construction diagram




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