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Advent Calendar comes to Turnham Green Terrace

Local Shops to Display Fund Raising Art Work

Christmas shoppers in Turnham Green Terrace can now enjoy an art exhibition as they queue for presents or food. The 24 pictures from the Advent Calendar in St Michael & All Angels church, Bedford Park, have gone on display in the Terrace windows.

The pictures - all created by local artists in support of St Michael's Christmas Appeal - can also be seen in the church (where the originals are displayed) and online at www.stmichaelschristmas.org .

The original works will be sold through a silent auction, which will close with a party in the church on Friday January 9th 2004. The artists are generously donating at least a third of their proceeds to the Appeal, in aid of four deserving charities at home and overseas: the Upper Room project for the homeless in Cobbold Road, Shepherds Bush; the Evangelical school in Ramallah, Palestine; the Micro Loan Foundation, a Chiswick charity which helps people in the Philippines and Malawi; and ACTS - Assist a Child To School, an educational charity in Kenya.

"We're delighted, and very grateful, that so many local artists have offered their time and talents to our Advent Calendar & Christmas Appeal" said Mother Nicola Stanley, curate at St Michael & All Angels. "And we're also grateful to the businesses in Turnham Green Terrace for letting us display the pictures to their customers."

The traders displaying the pictures are: Faron Sutaria, Fletcher Estates, Snappy Snaps, Melburys, Indigo Delicafe, Jads newsagents, Fortuny, Bushells, Vintage Christmas, Snapdragon, Macken Brothers, Something Nice, Oliver Bonas, Capricorn Travel, Whitman & Co, Chiswick Cobblers, LA Menswear, Marmalade Jewellery, Creations, Mortimer & Bennett, Tots, Barnard Marcus, Tops Haircutters.

Indigo Delicafe is again raffling a panetonne - an Italian Christmas cake - in aid of the St Michael's Appeal. Tickets cost £1 each and the draw will take place on Christmas Eve.

Carol singers from St Michaels raised £400 for the Appeal on Wednesday evening outside Turnham Green tube station, and the Appeal will also receive the collections from the Christmas services at St Michaelís.

December 20, 2003

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