Sheila Hancock Launches The Chiswick Summer Fair

A great day out for the all the family in aid of local charities


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Sheila Hancock CBE and Jeremy Vine will launch the Chiswick Summer Fair 2011. The Fair, organised by Our Lady of Grace, Chiswick, takes place on Turnham Green on Saturday 9th July 11am - 4pm.

This year’s theme is ‘Circus’ and London’s hip circus school Albert and Friends Instant Circus will be holding circus training workshops in Kids’ Corner and impromptu circus shows throughout the day.

Sheila Hancock will officially open the Fair and be on stage at midday discussing her second novel Just Me which describes her life since the death of her beloved husband John Thaw. Later Sheila will join Georgina Fletcher, Head of Impressionists at Sotheby’s, to judge the children’s art competition!!

Pop School & Stage Academy, Mango Jango and Maverick London People’s Theatre will entertain with interactive theatre and dance workshops and the Park Club will present a Zumba demonstration. Three local bands will perform; A Wing and Prayer kick things off on stage with a folk session, Olivia McShane a fantastic 17 year old singer songwriter will perform some of her own material and rock band Red Rose Empire will top the bill at 3.15 with a rocking acoustic set.

BBC radio and TV presenter Jeremy Vine has volunteered to add his lunch time charm to the tug-of-war sports commentary at 12.45 and Adrenalin Rush laser tag will bring a real life video game experience to the green in the form of interactive laser tag battles throughout the day. will be hosting the online auction two week's prior to the fair where bids can be placed for forty fantastic items until Friday 8th July. The auction transfers to the Green on Saturday 9th July where bids can be placed in person at 1pm.

A wide selection of lunch options will be available including The World Food Tent and the legendary Charcoal Barbecue offering Macken’s finest burgers. The George IV pub will relocate from the High Road to run the Beer Tent again and will be serving a selection of locally brewed Fuller’s ales. Freshly mixed Pimm’s and Shirley Temple cocktails are on offer and the Moran Hotel wine bar will be offering quality wines by the glass. Tea, coffee and home baked cakes and a selection of soft drinks can be found in the Tea Tent.

Local businesses have again backed the event through their sponsorship and generous donations. The Fair Organising Committee would like to thank The Moran Hotel, The Park Club, High Road Auctions plus the many other local businesses who have contributed towards the Fair.

Fr. Anthony Dwyer, Parish Priest of Our lady of Grace and St Edward, Chiswick and St Dunstan Gunnersbury and Patron of the Fair Organising Committee said; “The Fair is a wonderful expression of Chiswick’s Big Society - having fun and raising money for local charities. Our sponsors have been particularly generous this year and we thank them sincerely. The Fair is our biggest event of the year and we look forward to welcoming visitors on the day”.

Each year the Fair invites applications from local charities and the Fair Organising Committee reviews these in line with the Fair’s aims of supporting local charities. This year the Fair will support Cedars, Hounslow Extra Club, Acton Homeless Concern, Hounslow Siblings Group and Age UK (Chiswick). More details about the charities and the Fair can be found at


June 24, 2011

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