GREEN DAYS TO KICK OFF BEDFORD PARK FESTIVAL
Local Actor Kevin McNally from "Spooks" to Open the Festival this Saturday
The two-week Bedford Park Festival gets underway on Saturday June 15th with the annual Green Days Fete on the Green opposite Turnham Green tube station.
It will be opened at 11am by local actor Kevin McNally. He was most recently seen in the Jubilee edition of 'Bremner, Bird and Fortune' and 'Shackleton' on Channel 4, and in 'Spooks' on BBC1, and he has appeared in dozens of dramas and comedies on film and TV - including the BBC sitcom 'Dad', with George Cole. He's also a TV writer and got to know Cole when he wrote ten episodes of ITV's Minder.
Kevin (left) will also be judging the Children's Fancy Dress Competition, this year on the theme of Jubilee. All children are welcome to take part - the parade assembles at 10.45 at St Michael's Parish Hall. This year's Green Days promises all the usual favourites - a funfair, craft stalls, junior 5-a-side football, live music (Bassett & the Allsorts, No 1 Station and Off-Beat Brass), beer tent, skittle alley, coconut shy, Champagne lottery, loads of childrens' activities, games and handicrafts, shooting gallery, barbecue, side shows, and much more besides. It's supported by Sainsburys, Fletcher Estates, Faron Sutaria, M&C Greengrocers and other local businesses (including ChiswickW4.com).
There is also a chance to win a BMW Compact - courtesy of Park West Chiswick - by trying to throw seven dice and coming up with seven sixes! And people can also win a meal for two at around 30 local restaurants in the popular Square Meals Tombola (sponsored by ChiswickW4.com). On Sunday, children can enter a cake-decorating competition (also on the Jubilee theme) or Pop Idol - a kids' karaoke event on the Band Stand, in which they can sing along to their favourite CDs or play an instrument.
The Green Days Fete is just the start of the two-week Bedford Park Festival. Other events in the coming week include: the Summer Art Exhibition in St Michael & All Angels Church, concerts, a poetry evening and an Indian Feast. Next Saturday and Sunday (the 22nd and 23rd) St Michael's Junior Church will present the ever-popular musical Oliver! The Festival is organised on behalf of the community by St Michael & All Angels Church. It's hoped this year's Festival will help raise the last £50,000 for the half-million-pound St Michael's Parish Hall appeal. Money will also go to the Upper Room homelessness project in Shepherd's Bush.
The 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.
For more details and a full Festival programme, contact the parish office of St Michael & All Angels Church on 020 8994 1380, or visit the Festival Website