June 15 to Sunday June 30 2002
of London's best loved community events, the
Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick, has announced
details of this year's programme. The area
was highlighted in the recent ITV drama 'Plain
Jane', starring Kevin Whateley as an engineer
who moved into Bedford Park in 1911. Parts
of the programme will be shown in the 'Bedford
Park Film Festival' evening, attended by the
producers, Carlton Television.
over two weeks, the Festival offers something
for everyone including art and photography
exhibitions, an Indian Feast, architectural
walks round the famous Bedford Park conservation
area, music to meet all tastes, a children's
musical, a film festival , garden visits and,
for all the family, a two day open air fete
complete with fun-fair, stalls, competitions
and children's activities.
35 years ago under the patronage of John Betjeman,
the Bedford Park Festival focussed attention
on this unique part of London, where the renowned
Victorian architect, Norman Shaw created the
first "garden" suburb. Traditionally
a home for artists and creative talents, Bedford
Park was designated a conservation area after
the first Festival in 1967.
McNally (left), one of the stars of BBC1's
Spooks and Channel 4's Shackleton, will officially
open this year's festival.
Festival is organised entirely by local people
and many of the artists and entertainers offer
their services free of charge. All the money
raised is ploughed back into the local community.
The event is strongly supported by dozens of
local businesses, through sponsorship, or the
donation of prizes and free meals at local
restaurants. Many of the latter will be given
away as prizes in the Square Meals Tombola
which once again this year is being sponsored
more details and a full Festival programme,
contact the parish office of St Michael &
All Angels Church on 020 8994 1380, or visit
Chiswick Children Hunt
Kings and Queens on Turnham Green Terrace
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