OUR PATCH SPRING 2018 CONTENTS WELCOME TO OUR PATCH FROM PAUL COONEY I COVER STORY THE CRAFTY WAY TO START A DISTILLERY How a bright idea to begin gin production in a copper still in a Hammersmith lock-up succeeded in changing the world’s drinking habits TALKING HEADS THE NEW PARENT POWER How schools are relying on parents to fix budget woes 7 EAR TO THE GROUND NEWS FROM OUR PATCH 9-15 LOCAL LIFE THE NEW CINEMA WAVE 16-17 A full round-up of what’s going on in W4, W6 and W12 New cinemas mean film fans have a huge choice of screens WHAT'S ON YOUR NIGHT OUT Gigs, comedy and footie. Don’t miss a thing! 4-6 18-19 ASK THE EXPERTS DOWNSIZING 20-21 Size is everything when you look for life’s next move LOOKING BACK THE PRESS BARONS How a band of calligraphers created publishing beauty 22 PROPERTY NEWS, EVENTS, CULTURE AND LIFESTYLE IN W4 PUBLISHED BY DESIGN AND PRINT Our Patch is distributed to 21,000 homes across Chiswick. We hope you enjoy it. To suggest a story or topic, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org DISTRIBUTION DISCLAIMER Horton and Garton hortonandgarton.co.uk Hammerprint 020 8753 2235 Letterbox Distribution Published four times a year. To advertise, email: email@example.com We thank our advertisers for supporting Our Patch, but Horton and Garton does not accept responsibility for goods or services offered by advertisers t’s springtime and, just as Chiswick is resplendent, the property market is in full bloom. Expecting to gently ease into 2018, I was knocked for six by the immediate pace of the market. January was a record breaker for sales agreed, with several sales negotiated off market. February has been equally successful and the pace is set to continue. As such I’m pleased to report I simply haven’t seen the effect of the dark cloud that supposedly hangs over the property market. January was a record breaker for sales agreed, February has been equally successful Chiswick continues to top the list as West London’s most desirable area. The village atmosphere, the independent and family-run shops on the High Road, Devonshire Road and Turnham Green Terrace, the superb state and independent schools, the abundance of transport connections and the variety and quality of properties available can’t be beaten. With over a century of combined experience in West London property, we know W4 and agreed more sales in 2017 across Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush than any other agency. Built on a foundation of honesty, integrity and the desire to go the extra mile, our success stems from our ability to deftly pair the best buyers with their perfect property. This year our community outreach will extend to supporting more charities and local organisations than ever before. Watch this space! For informed advice on how the market is moving in your particular patch of Chiswick, or to nominate a local charitable event for our support, don’t hesitate to get in touch.