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The 2015 Festival was opened by BBC journalist and author Fergal Keane.  For the full list of Festival events, and for the press release, please click on the links directly below.

2015 Bedford Park Festival Press Release

2015 Bedford Park Festival Leaflet - inside

2015 Bedford Park Festival Leaflet - outside

Competitions 2015

In the run up to, and during the 2015 Bedford Park Festival, there were eight fantastic competitions to take part in. A huge congratulations to everyone who got involved. Below is the list of winners for each competition.

Bedford Park Photographic Exhibition and Competition: Local photographers of all ages entered different categories and the public voted for their favourites. The competition was judged by Simon Walker, a local award-winning photojournalist with a long and distinguished career, including six years as News Picture Editor at The Times.  The winner for each category was as follows: A - Bedford Park Life: Paul Chambers; B - Portraits and People: David Kaye; C - Animals: Jon Perry; D - Religious Buildings and Spiritual Places: David Beresford; E - Places (rural): Sue Parkes; F - Places (urban): Jon Perry; G - Sun, Sea and Sky: Lawrence van Kampen-Brookes; H - Plants, Trees and Flowers: Roger de Montfort; I - Humour: Ian Wylie; J - Off The Wall: Jevan Chowdhury; Children's Category (11 to 16): Ceci Tombolis; Children's Category (10 and under): Alexander (Sasha) Petit; Overall Winner (Judges Choice): Jevan Chowdhury; Winner of the Vibeke Dahl raffle prize: Meg Clarke.

The Great Green Days Bake Off: Judged by chef, writer & broadcaster Allegra McEvedy, this fun competition had 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 'Chiswick', 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) - Milly and Phoebe White; Novelty Cake (Over 16) - Sara Gronmark and Stella Hockley - joint first; Sponge Cake (Under 16) - Wilfred Morris; Sponge Cake - (Over 16): Jeremy Francis.

Jam and Chutney Making Competition: New for 2015, this competition was judged by food blogger and author Lucy McDonald of Crumbs Food and Natalie Bayliss, founder of Turnham Green Ethical Hampers. The winners were: Best Jam: Charlotte Newlands (Triple Berry); Best Chutney: Marion Jones (Rhubarb, Old Canadian Recipe); Best Decorated Jar: Alison Myers.

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: Silver Bullets; Under 9s X: Red Scorpions; Under 9s Y: Sharp Shooters; Under 11s X: Ninjas; Under 11s Y: Racing Stars; Under 13s: Bee's Boys. & Y was used to split the larger groups.

Fancy Dress Parade: Children came dressed in their best 'Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass' costumes and processed onto the Green Days bandstand to be admired by all as part of the opening ceremony.  The winners were: Ages 0-3: Joint 1st Prize - Jezebel Grace & Marlowe Grinnell as Eat Me, Drink Me (age 2.5); 2nd Prize - Matilda Kelly as Door Mouse (5 months); 3rd Prize - Max Fatemi as White Rabbit (18 months).  Ages 4-6: Joint 1st Prize - Theo Hawes as King of Hearts (age 5) and Sophia Morris as White Rabbit (age 5); 2nd Prize - Beatrice Bradley as White Rabbit (age 5); 3rd Prize - Annabel Moody as Alice (5 years). Ages 7-9: Joint 1st Prize - Hebe Russell as Queen of Hearts (age 8) and Wilfred Morris as Mad Hatter (age 9).

Turnham Green Terrace Treasure Hunt: Children age 12 and under took part in our special 'Alice In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass’ themed Treasure Hunt on Turnham Green Terrace by uncovering lots of characters hidden in the shop windows.  A goodie-bag was given to every entrant, who were: Annabel Moody, age 5; Beatrice Bradley, age 5; Charlotte O'Hallorian, age 5; Harry Rose, age 3; James Meyer, age 4; Juliette Hawes, age 3; Lwena Da Silva, age 4; Oliver Taylor, age 3; Sophia Morris, age 5; Ted Rose, age 4; Theo Hawes, age 5; Theo Leiper, age 8; Wilfred Morris, age 9; William Rose, age 6.

Bedford Park Summer Exhibition Raffle Winner: A painting by William Bowyer was won in the raffle by Sarah King.

Win-a-Meal: Thirty seven local restaurants (listed below with the winners for each restaurant) generously donated a meal for two to help raise money for our Festival charities. For the second 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 Ian Leckie also held a 30 minute cooking demonstration where he taught people how to cook Roast Atlantic Cod, Curly Kale, Langoustine, Garlic butter! Angie's Little Food Shop: Peter Wolton; Annapurna (020 8994 0338): Chris Dodwell; Bill’s: Janet Young; Budsara: Charlotte Hatfield and Claire Hunter; Canta Napoli (now closed): Camilla Evans; Carvossos at 210: Victoria Wareham; Cote: Garth Gascoigne and Pete Norman; Crucial Café: Sue Mclaren; George IV: Sandra Grant; Indian Cardamon: Russell Bywater; L'Amarosa: Maggie Davidge; La Trompette: Trisha Cochrane; Nando’s: Catherine Dinsdale, Nathan Lester, John Little, Heather White and Charles Fry; Napa Restaurant, Clayton Hotel: Christian Hodgkinson;  Outsider Tart: Denise Sharpe; Pho Café: Jacky Sales; Rice House: Ros Lister; Saigon Saigon: JAS Edwardes; Sam’s Brasserie (now closed): Robert Stewart; Smokehouse: Carol Douglas; Sushi Bar Makoto: Iain Renwick and Jonathan Kemp; The Cabin: Kevin Morris; The Carpenters Arms: Amy Barclay; The Catch: Alyssa Mitchell; The Cross Keys: Prasila Bacon White; The Duke of Sussex: Kate Kirkham; The Hothouse Café: Nancy Osborne; The Italian Job: Sarah Bradley; The Lamb: Elerie Ebenezer; The Old Pack Horse: Nicky Kelly; The Pilot: Shelley Kirby; The Roebuck: Romilly Clarke; The Tabard: Megs Keetch; The Terrace on Holland Street: Leslie Lyle; The Union: Louise Kavanagh; Villa di Geggiano: Hugh de Lusignan; Yupa’s Thai (020 8995 2424): Charles Mortelman.

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. L.A. Menswear 020 8995 3853; As Nature Intended; B1o Bar; Ballet 4 Life; Boden; Bookcase London; Campbells Chemist; Celeste and Rose 020 8994 6922; Chiswick Boot Camp; Chiswick Pets; Clifton News 020 8995 1824; Covent Garden Fishmongers 020 8995 9273; Damsel Boutique; Fleet Tutors; Fresh as a Daisy 020 8995 1777; Frivoli; Harper Collins; HeadmastersInsider Dealings; L’Appetit Fou; Laser Aesthetica; Laundry Boutique; Lizard Boutique 020 8994 1423; MEM Hair and Beauty; Mimi Vasquez Hair and Beauty Salon; Noa Noa; Oddbins; Orion Publishing Group; Oxana 020 8995 0502; People Hair; Postmark; Rift Shoes Ltd 020 8747 1771; Sainsburys Chiswick; Sara Stationery 020 8747 3351; Sipsmith; Snapdragon 020 8995 6618; Sofa Workshop; SpecSavers; The Chiswick Fireplace Company; The Chiswick Beauty Lounge; The Convenience Store 020 8995 5214; The Cove Spa; The Eye Studio; The Good Wine Shop; The Hogarth Club; The Massage Centre; Tiger Retail Ltd; Top Hat Cleaners; Tops Haircutters; Wine Rack; Wyndham House Butchers; Zecca (now closed).

Sponsors for 2015

Major Festival sponsor: Savills - 5-a-Side Football on Green Days, The Bedford Park Summer Exhibition, An Evening of Film & Food: Pride

Diamond sponsors, who are giving £1,000 or more, in cash, goods or services: Bown Design & Build - Book Stall on Green Days and Raffle for Msaada; Chestertons - BBQ on Green Days and A Night At The Opera; Chiswick Gate – The London Tango Quintet Concert and Supper; Fletchers - Craft Fair on Green Days; John D Wood - Beer Tent on Green Days; Killik & Co Chiswick - Deborah Cadbury: Prices of War and Beverley Turner: Blooming Tired!; Knight Frank – Bandstand on Green; MoveTo – Publicity; Orchards - Refreshments Tent on Green Days and Chutney Making Competition on Green Days; Sipsmith - Sipsmith Stall; Tabard Theatre – Fondly Remembered.

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, Bibby Piano Duo, Tea Dance and Performances on Green Days; Banana Moon Day Nursery, Chiswick - Children’s Corner on Green Days; ChiswickBuzz - Online Media Videos; ChiswickW4.com - Competitions; Fitz-Gibbon - Jazz On A Summer’s Night; Fleet Tutors - Children’s Corner on Green Days and The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir; 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 The London Welsh Rugby Club Male Voice Choir; Picturehouse Cinemas - Festival Film Day; Powerday - Waste Management on Green Days; Sam's Brasserie (now closed) - Win a Meal Competition and Cookery Demonstration on Green Days; The Chiswick Calendar – Online Media Videos; The Orion Publishing Group - High Roller Tombola on Green Days; The Park Club / The Hogarth Health Club - Performances 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; BCL Consulting - Online Booking System; Bedford Park Residents Association – Champagne Lottery; Belinda Norcliffe Casting – Fondly Remembered and Cast Aside; Bluebird Care Hounslow – Fondly Remembered; Brompton Bike Hire – Cycle Zone on Green Days; Cafedirect - Fairtrade Refreshments on Green Days; Fingertips - Photographic Exhibition; ForMums.net - Children’s Corner on Green Days; Fullers - Beer Tent on Green Days; JoJo Maman Bebe - Children's Corner on Green Days; Little Angels – Children’s Morning: Star Wars Epic Yarns; Natoora - Refreshment Tent on Green Days; Out and About – Poetry Evening with Fergal Keane; Project 1 Design and Build - Children’s Corner on Green Days; Shepherds Bush Housing Group - Recycling on Green Days; Snappy Snaps - Prizes for the Photographic Competition; Stagecoach Theatre Arts – Performances on Green Days; The Busy Hive - Children's Corner on Green Days; The Walt Disney Company – Turnham Green Treasure Hunt; Trotters - Fancy Dress Parade and Turnham Green Terrace Treasure Hunt; Waterstones - Literary Events; Whisk - Great Green Days Bake Off on Green Days; Whitman & Co – Cycle Zone 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; 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.

Charitable Giving 2015

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 2015 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; Msaasa, which helps restore dignity to the forgotten victims of the Rwandan genocide; 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 2015

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

Saturday 13 June 2015
11am-11.30am: Fancy Dress Parade & Celebrity Opening
11.30am-1.30pm: Brent Jazz Orchestra with Beverley Stone - Big sound jazz band playing hits from Duke Ellington to Woody Herman
2.30pm-3.15pm: Dan Raza - Folk duo
3.15pm-3.25pm Jam & Chutney Competition Winners Announced
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 14 June 2015

10.30am-11.30am: Mass On The Green - Morning service in the open air with music by St Michael’s Brass. Preacher: Fr Lindsay McKenna, Vicar of St Andrew’s, Catford
11.45am-12.15pm: Ballet4Life - Choreographed ballet and contemporary dance pieces for the adult students
12.20pm-12.35pm: ArtsEd - Students singing an excerpt from ‘PIPPIN’
12.45pm-1pm: Chiswick Theatre Arts - Students perform songs, ballet and tap routines
1pm-1.30pm: Chiswick Scottish Country Dance Club - Dance routines performed on the grass
1.30pm-1.45pm: The Others - Local young rock band
2pm-3pm: Open Mic Perform live!
3.30pm-4.15pm: The Portraits - Alternative folk duo
4.15pm-4.25pm: Msaada Raffle Winner Announced - Raffle tickets available from the Charity Stall throughout the weekend
5pm-5.30pm: Mahoney & The Moment - Five-piece Transatlantic folk band

Craft Fair 2015

Every year we are thrilled to host 20 different craft exhibitors as part of the Green Days weekend.  The stalls will offer a wide selection of high-quality craftworks to buy or commission. 

Amanda Leader Decorative Antiques - chic French linens and antiques; Artful Glass susanderbyshire@hotmail.co.uk - traditional and contemporary stained glass panels and windows. Fused and cast sculpture and jewellery; Bijou De Carine - jewellery that is innovative and hand-crafted including wirework, quality crystals and freshwater pearls to create truly original pieces; Boxes You Design - wooden boxes that are both practical and useful, and works of art in their own right; Gabriella Sellors - silver and gold jewellery, modern yet classical, member of Surrey Guild of Craftsmen; Handlebar Heroes - animal head masks for bikes and scooters; Hayhoe Designs - sculptures and gift ideas for your garden or any outdoor space; Jeremy Cuss (020 8994 4030) - caning and rushing chairs as well as French Polishing; Jo Beckett Ceramics - functional pieces on the wheel in both stoneware and porcelain clays; Lorna Kyle: Handcrafted cards and crafts; 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; 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; Second Nature Soaps - soap made from the finest natural ingredients, using centuries old traditional methods; 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; Tracy Florance Photography - original photographic prints from around the world.

Cycle Zone 2015

The popular Cycle Zone was in place over the Green Days weekend between 12pm and 4.30pm on both days sponsored by local bike shop Woolsey of Acton, Brompton Bike Hire and Whitman & Co.

The Cycle Zone encourages local people to gain the confidence to safely use bicycles, and our local councils support this endeavour (see below) in particular by providing Dr Bike mechanics at our event and other shows to offer a free maintenance and advice service.

Hounslow Cycling Group (the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign) saw high volumes of people seeking advice on safety instruction, local routes and organised rides which is representative of the increased number of people seeking to use a bicycle in the local area.

For those that wanted advice on what type of transport they should own there was a wide range of bicycles on show from commuter and child friendly to racing and recumbent. Security advice and products were on sale with the police also marking nearly 100 bikes for free.

For those perhaps not wanting to own 2 wheels there was substantial interest from locals in the Brompton Hire Scheme ... many of whom were aware of the hire boxes by Turnham Green station but perhaps unaware that the 8 bicycles inside are available to hire for £2.50 a day. With 40 other such hire points across the country (and growing) the scheme by our local company Brompton looks here to stay.

We are grateful to Hounslow and Ealing Councils for their support - both of whom have useful pages on their websites covering safety classes, local routes and more.

www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/transport_and_streets/cycling.htm
www.ealing.gov.uk/info/201173/transport_and_parking/150/cycling

The Children's Corner 2015

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, face painting, hair braiding, lucky dip, frog hoop-la and much more.

Sunday Stalls 2015

On the Sunday of the Green Days weekend, we reset Acton Green to make room for dozens of charity, local community and craft stalls. Like the stallholders in the Craft Fair marquees, they pay us a fee, which goes towards our Festival charities.

Anxiety Action - a friendly organisation supporting anxiety sufferers who aim to help people attain a calm mind and body, and freedom from fear; Artisanne - elegant Senegalese baskets handwoven by women in contemporary designs and colours; Ben & Lola - Scandinavian inspired clothing and toys for girls and boys from newborn to 12 years old; Bottle Green Homes - a British company who sell animal print designs on linen tea towels and fine bone china mugs, which are entirely made in Stoke on Trent; Christine Knight Jewellery - Christine Knight designs and makes affordable jewellery using quality products sourced in the UK; freshwater pearls in many colours, semi-precious stones, sterling silver, Swarovski crystals and Murano glass among other things. Colours of Bengal: Scarves and jewellery (mitra.alam@which.net) - ethically sourced hand-crafted gift items from Bangladesh; French Fair - seven stalls selling cheese, tartifflette, chorizo sandwiches, olives and olive oil, rose wine and champagne, saucissons and tablecloths; Holly Francesca - unique, contemporary illustrations based on the most iconic places in London, the UK and the world; Indian Food - samosas, pakoras, curries and other Indian Snacks; Lynette Wrigley - jewellery from semi-precious stone, glass and resin; Mamacha - luxurious, ethical knitwear; Meadow House Hospice - Providing Specialist Palliative Care for the residents of the Boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing; Ocean Sole - collects flipflops that are found littered on beaches and in the waterways of Kenya and recycles them into handcrafted items; Omushana - baskets, beads and jewellery made by local mothers from the Bwindi region of West Uganda. All proceeds go directly to support their children and local projects; One Of A Kind (elinor.malcolm@gmail.com) - vintage and retro clothing, accessories and collectables (1920s-1980s), plus unique jewellery designs featuring vintage crystals, Murano glass and semi-precious stones; Optimal Spine - dedicated to optimising patient health and preventing the long term recurrence of pain. Treatments include chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, Pilates, yoga and orthotics therapy for all manner of ailments; Popcorn Box - home, gift, garden and interior solutions with a quirky, nostalgic feel for the whole family and all budgets; Residents Associations - a joint stall for the Bedford Park Residents Association, the Stamford Brook Residents Association and the Southfields Triangle; Rotary Club of Hammersmith - an active in a number of projects to benefit the community, locally and internationally, whilst members enjoy fellowship and fun. The club was formed in 1926 and is one of the oldest Rotary clubs in Europe; Siacha - a range of pashmina, cashmere, silk and merino (from New Zealand) stoles/shawls/scarves hand woven and hand crafted in Nepal and North India. Hand crafted jewellery pieces that make a fashion statement, from Tibet and Nepal; Simone Micallef Jewellery - hand-made jewellery; Speak Out In Hounslow - offers information on activities for learning disabled adults, that include gardening, drama, exercise and campaigning groups; Tabard Theatre - local theatre in W4 advertising new shows and revealing exciting opportunities for locals to get involved in; The British Cactus and Succulent Society - the principal objectives of the BCSS are to promote the study, conservation, propagation and cultivation of cacti and other succulent plants; The RSPB Central London Local Group www.rspb.org.uk/groups/centrallondon and www.swift-conservation.org - information, help and advice on how to 'Give Nature a Home’ at home, school or work. Also, find out about Swifts and their extraordinary aerial lifestyle, and about the Chiswick Swift Project – a new local initiative to make Chiswick a special place for swift conservation; Tommy Hollis Children’s Fund - sells strawberries & cream and duck merchandise and have fun kids activities including face painting; Urban Juice cindy@cindymackintosh.com- certified organic “Chiswick-made” cold pressed juice; W4 Youth - a community youth project for 11-19 year olds in West London; Wilson Picks - a mix of antique, vintage and unique items - pre-loved china, glass, furniture and other pieces carefully chosen for their quality and appeal; Women's Nightware (jane@janies.co.uk).