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The weather couldn't have been more perfect for Chiswick’s best loved summer fair which took place last Saturday on Turnham Green.

Organised by the parish of Our Lady of Grace & St Edward, this year's fair was another resounding success raising more than £13,000 for local charities.

Aside from the obvious attractions of Colin Firth, James Cracknell, Beverly Turner and Rula Lenska who all came along to join in the fun, steel band Stardust played throughout the event providing the perfect accompaniment to great day out for all the family.

The kid's corner, sponsored by The Park Club, did a roaring trade with bouncy castles, ball pond, arts and crafts corner, mask-making and face painting. 

Proving a popular theme, the mini world cup football tournament was won by the defending champions from St Mary's Year 6

International food and traditional tea tents were packed with visitors sampling delicious home cooked meals, snacks, cakes and treats from around the world and there was even the chance to indulge in a spot of retail therapy at the jewellery, bric-a-brac, toys, books and clothes stalls.

The parish has now raised
over £50,000 over the last fives years to help people of all faiths. All profits from this year’s fair will be distributed to local charities including React, Bag Books, Emmaus and Damien House, Bliss at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, and Bridge Street Day Care Centre.

The event was generously sponsored by BAA T5, and many other local companies including the new Chiswick Moran Hotel, Sam’s Brasserie, Mow’s Bar and Restaurant, Berkeley Consultants IFAs, P&O Ferries, EuroDisney and many, many more.

A number of local companies pitched in for the day with Macken Brothers and The Duke of Sussex providing the barbeque and beer tent.

Monsignor James Curry, of Our Lady of Grace and St Edward said, “The Summer Fair was once again a huge success raising a great deal of money and will enable us to make a difference to well-deserving local charities. Chiswick businesses and the community were extremely generous, for which we are sincerely grateful.”

July 11th, 2006