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The 2014 Bedford Park Festival ran from 7 - 22 June 2014.

The 2014 Festival was opened by Pirates of the Caribbean star Kevin McNally. For the full list of Festival events, and for the press release, please click on the links directly below.

2014 Bedford Park Festival Press Release

2014 Bedford Park Festival Leaflet

Review of Green Days 2014

Thousands of people enjoyed the 'village green' atmosphere, fairground rides and live music at the Green Days weekend, which opened this year's Bedford Park Festival in Chiswick. Despite heavy showers on Saturday morning - and forecasts of thunderstorms - the rain stopped at 10.55am, just in time for the children's fancy dress parade (Roald Dahl theme) and the Festival opening by Pirates of the Caribbean star Kevin McNally. By lunchtime the clouds had cleared and the beer tent, barbecue and refreshments tent were in full swing. For the next two days, the craft fair and all the stalls did brisk business - children's corner, books, plants, toys, bric a brac and more, not to mention the high roller tombola and win-a-meal raffle. At the cake stall, the marmalade-making competition was judged by The Times food writer Lindsey Bareham, and at the win-a-meal stall Sam's Brasserie's head chef did a 30 minute cookery demonstration. Author and Sunday Times columnist Bryan Appleyard was also signing copies of his new novel Bedford Park. Throughout the weekend, young footballers were showing their skills in the five-a-side tournament and there was a wide range of live music on the Bandstand, from BJO's jazz to folk and 60s rock from Creak, plus Zumba and children's performances. Sunday morning opened with bright sunshine and the traditional open-air service, Mass on the Green. Takings across the weekend were nearly as high as last year's record, despite the rain on the first morning, which is fantastic news as all the proceeds go to the Festival charities.

Competitions 2014

There were eight fantastic competitions, meaning that whatever your age, interest, skill level and preference for involvement, there was at least one competition for you!

Marmalade Making: This competition was judged on Green Days by the prolific author and Chiswick resident Lindsey Bareham, who also writes the Dinner Tonight column from Monday to Friday in The Times and makes marmalade herself! The three categories were 'Classic Seville Orange Marmalade', 'Any other single or combination of fruits' and 'Best Dressed Jar in Show'. The Best In Show Prize was awarded to Marion Jones and the Second Prize and Best Dressed Jar was awarded to Christopher (age 10).

Win-a-Meal: Thirty two local restaurants (lised below with the winners for each restaurant) generously donated a meal for two to help raise money for our Festival charities. For the first time this year, the game was played online prior to Green Days, and then played on Acton Green over the Green Days weekend. At the stall, Sam’s Brasserie Head Chef Mark Baines also held a 30 minute cooking demonstration where he taught people how to prepare fish sliders (mini fish burgers) with a seaweed mayonnaise! Adams Café - Harry Morgan; Annapurna - Richard Smith; Byron - Catherine Johnson; Canta Napoli - Lynette Atkinson; Carvossos at 210 - Adam King; Classic Image Cafe (020 8995 9977) - Clare Southgate; Cote - Duncan Tickell and Jane Denton; Gourmet Burger Kitchen - Ben Timmons; Indian Cardamon - Denise Sharpe; La Mancha - Jane Sinclair; La Trompette - Dana Eyre; Nandos - Roger Jones, Freddie Simons, Helen Ryan, Justin Turner, Victoria Wareham and Aimee Hart; Napa Restaurant at the Chiswick Moran Hotel - Neil Sibley; Ngon - Sian Alexander; Pho - Joanna Biddolph; The Rice House - Tassy Russell; Saigon Saigon - Peter Webber; Sam’s Brasserie - Madeleine Hawes; Sushi Bar Makoto - Elizabeth Philiphs and Fiona Rivaz; The Black Lion - Jane Kitson; The Cabin - Karen Frain; The Carpenters Arms - Virginia Winter; The Catch - Victoria Provis; The Cross Keys - Jenny Clark; The Duke of Sussex - Dean White; The Hot House Café - Daniel Richard; The Lambs Brewery - Joe Kennedy; The Packhorse and Talbot - Gill Smith; The Pilot - Nancy Osborne; The Roebuck - Mary Pears; The Tabard Pub - David Wheeldon; The Union Bar and Grill - Torin Douglas; Yupa's Thai (020 8995 2424) - Ellen Houghton.

The High Roller Tombola: This exciting game was played on Acton Green over the Green Days weekend and raised a large sum of money for our Festival charities, thanks to the generosity of local firms (listed below) and individuals who donated prizes. Adam Waite; As Nature Intended; Aspace Ltd; Ballet 4 Life; Bedford Park Pharmacy; Bene Yoga; Big Jim's Trims; Bikram Yoga; Blink; B1o Bar; Boden; Body n Brain; Bookcase London; Chiswick Boot Camp; Chiswick Child Photography; Churchills Pharmacy; Clean and Press Dry Cleaners (020 8995 0138); Covent Garden Fishmongers (020 8995 9273); Damsel; Dove Spa; East; Fantastic Hairdresser; Fingertips; Frances Lundy School of Theatre Dance; Fullers; Gabriella Sellors; Genco Male Grooming; Gousto; Hack and Veldt; Harper Collins; Insider Dealings; Jimmy’s (020 8995 2017); John Lewis of Hungerford; L’Appetit Fou; Laser Aesthetica; Laundry Boutique; Lizard Boutique: 020 8994 1423; Lyric Hammersmith; Macken Brothers; Marmalade; Mini Park Lane; Mortimer & Bennett; Noa Noa; Oddbins; Oliver Bonas; Orion Publishing Group; Oxana (020 8995 0502); Patisserie Valerie; People Hair; Philip Neal; Polomo; Pot Pourri; Prontaprint Chiswick; PR Hair; Reiki by Charleen; Rhian Winslade Ceramics; Rohanna Jewellery; Rosy Rosie; Ruby Red (mike@rubyredcosmetics.co.uk); Rush; Shelley Thomas; Shine Yoga Dance; Sipsmith; Snapdragon (020 8995 6618); Snappy Snaps; SpecSavers; Sofa Workshop; SpaceNK; Sweaty Betty; Tabard Theatre; The Chiswick Beauty Lounge; The Good Wine Shop; The Hogarth Club; The Little Training Company; The Park Club; The Tanning Shop; Top Hat Dry Cleaners; Turnham Arts & Crafts; Twisters; United Colours of Benetton (020 8994 8129); Wheelers; Whites Dentist; Wild Swans; Wyndham House Butchers; Zecca.

The Great Green Days Bake Off: Following the success of it's first year in 2013, this fun competition ran again with four categories - over 16s novelty cake, over 16s sponge cake, 16 and under novelty cake and 16 and under sponge cake. The theme for the novelty cake was 'summer', and the sponge cakes could have been Victoria Sponge, lemon, chocolate or coffee.  The cakes were then sold at the Green Days refreshments and cake stall to help raise money for the Festival charities.  The winners were: Novelty Cake (Under 16) - Ella Hastings and Ella Atkinson (made a cake together) and Anna Mackenzie; Novelty Cake (Over 16) - Sara Gronmark; Sponge Cake (Under 16) - Libby Bryant; Sponge Cake - (Over 16): Jenny de Montfort.

Bedford Park Photographic Exhibition and Competition: Local photographers of all ages entered different categories and the public voted for their favourites. The winner for each category was as follows: Category A Bedford Park Life - Roger de Montfort, St Michael & All Angels; Category B Portraits and People - Alicia Abu Jaber, Double Take; Category C Animals - Mike Mishra, Dog on Table; Category D Places (rural) - Louis de Montfort, Empty Boat; Category E Places (urban) - Nigel Mac-Fall, February in Verona; Category F Sun, Sea, Sky - Alicia Abu Jaber, Island Blue; Category G Plants, Trees, Flowers - Steve Malpass, Hebredian Lily; Category H Humour (photos that make us smile) - Clara de Montfort, Oh!; Category I Off the Wall (abstract or unusual photos) - Jevan Chowdhury, Keeping Your Eyes on the Road; Category J None of the above - Catherine Day, Olympic Gold. Children and young people: 11-16 years - James Mumby, Turtle; Under 11 years - Emile Hesselink, Mummy and my New Sister. Photos by guest photographers Ian Wylie, Jon Perry and Kelvin Murray were excluded from the voting. Best In Show (chosen by our guest judge, renowned Chiswick photographer Richard Bradbury) Winner: Paul Williamson, The Hills are Alive and Highly Commended: David Kaye, It’s better to let sleeping dogs lie and Mr Goose, Sails.

Fancy Dress Parade:  Children came dressed in their best 'Roald Dahl characters' costumes and processed onto the Green Days bandstand to be admired by all as part of the opening ceremony.  The winners were: Age Group 0-3: 1st Prize - Ted Rose as Pelican; 2nd Prize - William Rose as Giraffe; 3rd Prize - Harry Rose as Monkey. Age Group 4-6: 1st Prize - Sophia Morris as Mr. Fox; 2nd Prize - Bea Bradley as Mrs. Fox; 3rd Prize - Ned Russell as Mr. Twit. Age Group 7-9: 1st Prize - Chloe McGregor as Mrs. Twit;  2nd Prize - Wilfred Morris as Giant; 3rd Prize - Finley, Elsa and Edmund Reid as Centipede.

5-a-side Football for under 14s: This popular tournament was split into four age groups, and the winning teams were as follows: Under 7s Winning Team - FC Devils; Under 9s X Winning Team - The Serpents; Under 9s Y Winning Team - Racing Stars; Under 11s X Winning Team - The Invaders; Under 11s Y Winning Team - Ninjas; Under 13s Winning Team - Ballotelletubbies. X & Y was used to split the larger groups.

Turnham Green Terrace Treasure Hunt: Children age 12 and under took part in our special Roald Dahl themed Treasure Hunt on Turnham Green Terrace by uncovering all of his characters hidden in the shop windows.  A goodie-bag was given to every entrant.

Sponsors for 2014

Major Festival sponsor: Savills - 5-a-Side Football on Green Days, The Bedford Park Summer Exhibition, Richard Briers: A Good Life in Bedford Park.

Diamond sponsors, who are giving £1,000 or more, in cash, goods or services: Chesterton Humberts - Under Milk Wood; Fletchers - Craft Fair on Green Days; Hubbard Pegman Whitney - David Juritz Concert and Supper; John D Wood - Beer Tent on Green Days; Killik & Co Chiswick - Cycle Zone on Green Days, Mark Ellen: Rock Stars Stole My Life!; Marmalade Jewellery - Marmalade Making Competition; Orchards - Refreshments Tent on Green Days; Sipsmith - Sipsmith Stall.

Gold sponsors, who are giving £500 or more, in cash, goods or services: Andrew Nunn & Associates Sales - Bedford Park Open Gardens and The Bedford Park Walk; Ballet4Life - House Concerts, Bach: Mass in B Minor; ChiswickBuzz - Video for the Festival; ChiswickW4.com - Competitions; Fitz-Gibbon - St John Ambulance on Green Days; Hartswood Property Management - Skittles and Face Painting on Green Days; Macken Brothers - Barbecue and Bacon Butties on Green Days; My Plumber - Coconut Shy on Green Days and An Evening of Film and Food; Picturehouse Cinemas - An Evening of Film and Food; Powerday - Waste Management on Green Days; Sam's Brasserie - Win a Meal Competition and Cookery Demonstration on Green Days; The Orion Publishing Group - High Roller Tombola on Green Days; The Park Club / The Hogarth Health Club - Zumba on Green Days; Wheelers Flowers - The Plant Stall on Green Days.

Silver sponsors, who are giving £250 or more, in cash, goods or services: Apex Design and Construction - Scaffolding and Banners; Banana Moon Day Nursery, Chiswick - Children’s Corner on Green Days; BCL Consulting - Online Booking System; Bluebird Care Hounslow - Under Milk Wood; Bown Design & Build - Book Stall on Green Days; Cafedirect - Fairtrade Refreshments on Green Days; Fingertips - Photographic Silent Auction; Fleet Tutors - Children’s Corner on Green Days; ForMums.net - Children’s Corner on Green Days; Fullers - Beer Tent on Green Days; Home Instead Senior Care, Hammersmith & Chiswick - Bric-a-Brac Stall on Green Days and Poetry Evening with Louis de Bernieres; JoJo Maman Bebe - Children's Corner on Green Days; Natoora - Refreshment Tent on Green Days; Project 1 Design and Build - Children’s Corner on Green Days; Shepherds Bush Housing Group - Recycling on Green Days; Snappy Snaps - Photographic Exhibition and Competition; Trotters - Fancy Dress Parage and Turnham Green Terrace Treasure Hunt; Waterstones - Literary Events; Whisk - Great Green Days Bake Off on Green Days; Woolsey of Acton - Cycle Zone on Green Days; Young Veterinary Partnership - Children’s Corner on Green Days.

We are also very grateful to: Alastair Cassels for website design and support; Jennifer Yen and Westeast Design & Print for graphic design and printing; Jonny Burns for filming and editing our 2015 promotional videos; Independent Audio for operating the sound system; Inglewood Electrical for providing power for the sound system; MoveTo for publicity; Vibeke Dahl Photography for prizes for the Photographic Exhibition; Bedford Park Society for a donation from sales at the Society’s stall on Green Days; David Beresford, Jim Cox and Andrea Campanini for taking photographs.

Charitable Giving 2014

The Bedford Park Festival has always raised money for local charities and the work of St Michael and All Angels, with the active support of the community and dozens of local businesses. In 2014 we raised money for the St Michael's Organ and Parish Rooms Appeal and the following three charities: The Upper Room, a centre for the homeless and disadvantaged in West London, which provides meals and assistance with the search for employment and housing; Hamlin Fistula UK, a charity which provides medical expertise, curative surgery and preventative midwifery services in Ethiopia to women suffering from birth injuries; and The Mulberry Centre, Isleworth, a drop-in centre offering information, advice and support within a non-clinical and welcoming environment to all those affected by the diagnosis of cancer.

Bandstand 2014

At the heart of Green Days is the Bandstand, which is the focus for live music and many events throughout the weekend.

Saturday 7 June
11am-11.30am: Fancy Dress Parade & Celebrity Opening by Kevin McNally
11.30am-1.30pm: BJO with Beverley Stone - big sound modern jazz band which plays hits from Duke Ellington to Woody Herman
2.30pm-3.15pm: Dan Raza & The Shrouds - five-piece folk band
3.30pm-4.15pm: Learn To Swim - three-piece indie pop band
4.30pm-6pm: Creak - five-piece band with classic rock and blues inspired numbers from the '60s to today

Sunday 8 June
10.30am-11.30am: Mass On The Green - Morning service in the open air with music by St Michael’s Brass. Preacher: Canon Jeremy Davies, former Canon Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral
11.45am-12.30pm: George Smith - singer songwriter and guitarist who performs songs from the ‘20s to today
12.45pm-1.15pm: Zumba - a demo of the hit dance fitness routine – everyone is invited to join in
1.30pm-1.40pm: Chiswick Theatre Arts - a group of students perform numbers from Bugsy Malone
2pm-3pm: Step Up Vocal Club - W4 Youth perform songs with guitar and keyboard accompaniment
4pm-4.30pm: Hannah Faulkner - singer songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player who performs songs from the ‘60s to today
5pm-5.30pm: Mahoney & The Moment - brit-pop meets Americana in this uniquely versatile Transatlantic folk band

Craft Fair 2014

This year we hosted 21 different craft exhibitors as part of the Green Days weekend.  The stalls offered a wide selection of high-quality craftworks to buy or commission.

Catherine Beckett Jewellery - bold, fun, mainly silver jewellery with enamel and some gold; Gabriella Sellors - silver and gold jewellery. Modern yet classical. Member of Surrey Guild of Craftsmen; Jarapa Ltd. - recycled glassware and recycled cotton rugs; Jeremy Cuss (020 8994 4030) - caning and rushing chairs as well as French Polishing; Jo Beckett Ceramics - contemporary tableware made on the potter’s wheel using porcelain and stoneware clays; Lara D’ Handcrafted Bags - bags made from recycled, vintage and luxury fabrics remnants as well as found objects. Each bag is reversible and unique; Lorna Kyle: Handcrafted cards and crafts with a range of over 50 different ‘Happy Birthday’ cards and over 60 styles that are left blank inside, as well as miscellaneous cards such as wedding, baby and anniversary; Milo et Mimi - Chiswick-based online children’s boutique selling unique and hand-crafted products from across the world; Monica Barnham (cottagegiftstore@aol.com) - handmade cushion covers, peg bags, aprons and tote bags, all made from quality fabrics and oilcloth; Purely Porcelain - wheel thrown porcelain decorative and domestic ware; Rhian Winslade Ceramics - handmade ceramics. Sculptural pieces sit alongside quirky porcelain decorations and tiles. All pieces are unique; Rohanna Jewellery - individually designed, unique, handmade and affordable jewellery by Gill Connolly; Rosi Hacon Jewels (rosi.hacon@thebridgeconsulting.com) - handmade ‘Jewels’ using freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals, finished with sterling silver components; Rosy Rosie - fun ethical toys, gifts and accessories for babies, children and their grown-ups; Ruby Red - natural skincare and toiletry products made from unique formulas created by a Bio Chemist who selects plant ingredients, alongside a Perfumer who develops natural aromas from essential oils; Shelley Thomas Ltd - ‘Raw Bling’. Chucky silver and gold jewellery with unusual bold gem stones, plus some iron pieces; Simone Micallef Designer Jewellery - handmade, hallmarked designer jewellery, mainly bold statement piece necklaces with simple silver accessories to compliment the range, plus special cufflinks; Sweet Bubbles (sarah@unitrust.co.uk, 07740676891) - handmade soap and bath bombs, all made in England; The Print Rescuer - old rescued children’s prints, frames included; The Turnham Green Woodturner (ace.handyman@yahoo.co.uk) - a range of turned objects in a variety of woods, including bowls, platters, boxes, pens, condiment grinders, table lamps, candlesticks etc; Velvet Mutineer - handmade bags and accessories using Italian leather, upholstery fabrics and PVC coated cotton prints.

Cycle Zone 2014

In its third year at the 2014 Green Days weekend, the Cycle Zone enjoyed a busy time helping local people to safely use two wheels when they can. Volunteers from Hounslow Cycling Group (the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign) reported strong interest from people seeking advice on routes, improving road confidence and how to meet like minded cyclists. Free maps and literature were available including information on organised rides, one of which took place on Saturday night around the Chiswick and Brentford area. Local bike specialist Woolsey of Acton were on site with a fine range of Raleigh Bikes for all members of the family as well as security products at attractive prices. Based in Acton Lane they can service and supply all types of bicycles and related gear. Brentford Works were there to show their load carrying Cargo Bikes that are available for hire, as well as to dispense advice on the free cycle safety and bike maintenance classes that they organise. Finally on both days the local Police were on hand to apply essential security marking to bicycles while a Dr Bike maintenance team were kept busy doing minor checks and repair with Sunday proving especially busy for both as the weather improved. We are grateful to Hounslow and Ealing Councils for their support - both of whom have useful pages on their websites about safety classes, local routes and more. www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/transport_and_streets/cycling.htm. www.ealing.gov.uk/info/100011/transport_and_streets/150/cycling.

The Children's Corner 2014

An annual favourite with children of all ages, the Children’s Corner on Green Days was as busy as ever!  Stalls, activities and games included a Children’s Tombola and a Treasure Trail, both sponsored by Young Veterinary Partnership, a Lucky Dip sponsored by ForMums.net, Face Painting sponsored by Hartswood Property Management, a Coconut Shy sponsored by My Plumber, a String Pull game sponsored by Project 1 Design and Build, Hair Braiding run by Klassi Hairdressers, Wax Hands (made a model of your hand from wax!), a Bowling Lane, Frog Hoop-la, Pick-a-Lolly and the Giant Buzzer game. The Book People brought a fantastic range of children's books, Send-a-Cow charity brought a full size model cow so people could try their hand at milking, and JoJo Maman Bebe brought their van ‘Eloise’.