Fergal Keane To Open Bedford Park Festival
BBC journalist will launch Chiswick's favourite fortnight
Fergal Keane, the BBC journalist and author, is to open this year’s Bedford Park Festival. He’ll welcome hundreds of people to the opening Green Days fete, opposite Turnham Green tube station, at 11am on Saturday June 13 th.
Fergal has lived in Chiswick for many years with his family and his charity Msaada, which helps people in Rwanda, has been chosen by St Michael & All Angels Church as one of three charities that will benefit from this year’s fortnight of arts and community events. Fergal is a co-founder and patron of Msaada. He will also be leading the Poetry Evening on Tuesday June 16 th, one of several events at this year’s Festival commemorating WB Yeats.
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Several other local celebrities are taking part in this year’s Festival. On Green Days weekend, chef and cookery writer Allegra McEvedy will be judging the Great Green Days Bake-Off, and broadcaster and food writer Lucy McDonald of Crumbs TV will be one of the judges of the Jam and Chutney-Making competition.
LBC presenter Beverley Turner, who is married to the Olympic rower James Cracknell, will be talking about the day he was critically injured in a cycle crash, just days after he had appeared at the Bedford Park Festival five years ago. She’ll be interviewed by former BBC correspondent Torin Douglas about how she juggles her writing and broadcasting with her ante-natal classes at The Blooming Bunch and looking after James and their three children. The session is called Blooming Tired!
Tickets are now on sale at the Festival’s website: www.bedfordparkfestival.org
There's something for everyone at the 49th Bedford Park Festival - from the World Premiere of Fondly Remembered by Gareth Armstrong to Oscar Wilde;from Opera, Jazz and Tango to the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir; from Star Wars books to Frozen Sing-A-Long; from Chiswick’s launch of Deborah Cadbury’s new book Princes at War to art and photography; plus walks, open gardens and much more.
'Chiswick's favourite fortnight' runs from the Green Days weekend on 13 and 14 June 2015, culminating in the Festival Mass at St Michael & All Angels Church and the Bedford Park Open Gardens on Sunday 28 June 2015.
Green Days Fête and Craft Fair
Each year, thousands of people enjoy a traditional village Green Days Fête and Craft Fair. The weekend includes a bandstand with live music and entertainment, fairground rides and games, food & drink, a craft fair with 20 exhibitors offering a wide selection of high-quality craftworks , many different types of stalls, competitions and a Cycle Zone , which has cycling advice, free bike maintenance and police security marking, as well as bikes from Woolsey of Acton and Brompton.
For children, there's a five-a-side football tournament and a fancy dress competition (theme: Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass), as well as face painting, games and activities in the children’s corner.
There are also a great range of competitions over the weekend, including the Great Green Days Bake-Off, for which local bakers are invited to submit cakes - to be judged by the Guardian’s Allegra McEvedy - and then sold on the refreshments and cakes stalls, in aid of the Festival charities; the new Jam and Chutney Making Contest which will be judged by Natalie Bayliss (founder of Turnham Green Ethical Hampers) and Lucy McDonald (Crumbs Food), the Win-A-Meal competition, the High-Roller-Tombola and the Champagne Lottery. The Photographic Exhibition and Competition will be on display in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall throughout the weekend.
The Festival is proud to present two new plays this year. Fondly Remembered by Gareth Armstrong stars five distinguished actors - Frank Barrie, Lucinda Curtis, John Griffiths, Josie Kidd and Philip York – in a wickedly funny comedy full of revelation, rediscovery and revenge. It will play at the Tabard Theatre for 5 performances from 17-20 June. Tim Waller’s new comedy, Cast Aside, is about love, loneliness and the roles we play in the world of show-business.
St Michael & All Angels
London Welsh Male choir - pic by John Downing
Children and family events include: a Children’s Morning: Star Wars Epic Yarns with book reading, felt craft and lightsaber action; and a private pop-up screening for a Family Sing-A-Long to the award-winning film Fnroze
Regular Festival favourites include the Bedford Park Summer Exhibition, showcasing more than 100 works by local artists; Artists at Home, in which over 50 local artists and craftworkers display their works; the Photographic Exhibition and Competition, the Bedford Park Walk and the Bedford Park Open Gardens.
The Bedford Park Festival is run by St Michael & All Angels Church, with the active support of dozens of local people and businesses. It was set up in 1967 to foster a sense of community, celebrate the arts, and raise money for urgent repairs to the Church. Since then it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities.
June 5, 2015