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Around a dozen of Chiswick's finest private gardens will be open to the public this Sunday afternoon, on the final weekend of the Bedford Park Festival. The owners are opening them to raise money for the Festival's good causes - the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, the Upper Room in Shepherd's Bush, and the fund to repair and repaint St Michael & All Angels church. They're open from 2pm to 6pm, with tickets costing £5 - or £10 for a family of five. Cream teas will be on sale at St Michael's Parish Hall.

The open gardens are part of the Festival's grand finale this weekend, with a range of events in and around the church, close to Turnham Green tube station.

On Friday evening, the portrait photographer Vibeke Dahl will open the annual Photographic Exhibition in the parish hall, at a preview party from 6.30 to 9.30pm. Admission to the exhibition costs £1 (children 50p), and visitors can vote for their favourite pictures. Vibeke Dahl will be judging the best photo in the show, and has donated a free sitting, and a portrait, to be raffled during the Exhibition. It's open on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from 11.30am to 5.30pm, closing with the prize giving at 5pm. Snappy Snaps in Chiswick High Road has donated photographic equipment as prizes.

On Saturday evening, the vicar of St Michael's Father Kevin Morris will be starring in the traditional End of the Pier Show, along with a full supporting cast. There'll be songs from Gilbert and Sullivan and West End shows, and a fish and chip supper! Tickets are £15 and can be ordered from the Parish Office on 020 8994 1380.

On Sunday morning, at 10am, the church is expected to be full for the Festival Mass, which will be sung and played by the Bedford Park Festival Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by St Michael's director of music Daniel Webb. It will be followed by the Festival Mass lunch in the Vicarage garden, and the Open Gardens, sponsored by the local garden centre, Wheelers of Turnham Green.

June 21, 2006