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How to help and take part

The Bedford Park Festival is a two week community and arts event and we rely on the time and support generously given by local people and businesses to help make it happen.  Volunteers are welcome to help for a couple of hours or for the full two weeks!  Below is a list of ways you can be involved.  Please contact Helen Simkin at for more information or Torin Douglas at to sign up to the St Michaels’ email newsletter.  Thank you to those of you who have already offered your help.


Are you able to donate:

  • Toys: New or used in good condition. Contact Martyn Schofield (

  • Plants: It is never too early to start growing plants for the Plant Stall.  Please bring them to the stall on Saturday morning 10th June. Contact Marjolein van Kampen (

  • Cakes: any kind of home-baking plus marmalade/jam/preserves.  If they are brought to church on a Sunday morning we will take them home to freeze.  Contact Anne Mower (

  • Hats, belts, scarves, gloves and GOOD clothes: Contact Sarah Radcliffe (

  • Tombola items: worth £10 or more. Items should be new or unused and non-perishable.  eg. bottles of wine (still or sparkling) or non-alcoholic drinks; jars of preserves or similar; new/unused accessories such as scarves/jewellery;  food items such as biscuits or chocolates; new/unused toys; new/unused decorative items such as a picture frame or vases; upmarket toiletries or even gift vouchers for shops. Needed by 31 May. Contact Viv Gordon 07802 468159 or Ruth Jenkins 07952 252558 or the Parish Office

  • CDs & DVDs: For the Vicar’s Stall.  Bring to the Parish Office during opening hours. NO VIDEOS. Contact Nicola Chater (

  • Bric-a-Brac: Bring to the Parish Office during opening hours. ContactMel Howells (

  • Books:contact Helen Wareham (

  • Large sponge cakes: Victoria, Lemon, Coffee etc for the Refreshments Tent. Contact Russell Petit (

Are you able to help? Thank you to everyone who has volunteered in the past few weeks but we still need a few more hands on deck.  We urgently need people who:

  • Have an interest in or some experience of sound and lighting to liaise with the professional sound/light/electrical company who run the Bandstand.

Please contact Helen Simkin (07970 789582 or

  • Can volunteer a few hours of their time over the weekend to help man the various church stalls

Also ….. don’t forget:

To grow sunflowers for the Sunflower Competition. For 50 years, the symbol of the Bedford Park Festival, as of Bedford Park itself, has been the sunflower. As part of our celebrations, we have revived the Sunflower Growing Competition created for the Silver Jubilee in 1992. Judging will be at 2pm on Saturday 10 June.  There will be two categories; children and adults.

Sponsorship and donations

If you are a business and would like to know how your firm can be involved as a sponsor or by donating goods or services, click here: commercial opportunities.

If you are a member of the community and have contacts, or would like to help us liaise with businesses, please contact Torin Douglas at