The 2021 Bedford Park Festival will raise 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. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Parish Office on 020 8994 1380 for more information.
The Festival is still true to the spirit in which it was established more than 50 years ago: celebrating the arts, raising money for repairs and cherishing our community. This year's charities are: The Upper Room, WaterHarvest, and West London Welcome. Read more about them below.
Like so many organisations, all of our charities have been hit by the COVID-19 situation and are in greater need of our help than ever, so please be generous in your support.
Registered Charity No. 1133805
St Michael & All Angels Church, Bedford Park, which has organised the Bedford Park Festival since it began in 1967, is itself a charity. It is a beautiful and welcoming church at the heart of the community in Chiswick, close to Turnham Green station. It was built by the architect Norman Shaw 140 years ago as a focal point of the Bedford Park estate, for the worship of Almighty God and to serve the needs of the community.
Our mission is to share the experience of the love of God in Jesus Christ with all people through worship, education and service. The annual Bedford Park Festival is a central part of St Michael's work in the community, together with the Chiswick Book Festival in September.
Our services are open to the public every day under COVID-19 restrictions. You can join our 11am service evry Sunday here on our Facebook page - you do not have to have or join Facebook to watch them!
Registered Charity No. 1004354
The Upper Room is a local charity based in W12 and working with the homeless, with economic migrants and with ex-offenders. It aims to give them the self confidence and support they need to become economically independent.
At the heart of the Upper Room - in normal circumstances - is its meal service which provides nutritious evening meals five days a week. Free toiletries, bedding and clothing are offered when available and help is on hand for onward referrals for health, housing and benefits advice.
In addition, the Upper Room has two other projects. UR4Driving offers ex-offenders the chance to obtain a driving licence, making it easier to get work in the distribution industry, and reducing the risk of re-offending. UR4Jobs gives the homeless and unemployed, especially those from Central and Eastern Europe, the chance to join a multilingual and personalised programme of support, to help them with entry level skills training and access to work.
Registered Charity No. 1183261
West London Welcome is our newest charity – a free drop-in centre for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants who have settled in West London and the wider London area, providing them with the access to the services and support they need to lead full lives within their local community. Above all it is a place of welcome and acceptance for families and individuals.
As well as raising money for them, we have pledged to find volunteers and equipment to help their work over the next three years.
Registered Charity No. 1127564
Our international charity is WaterHarvest, which works with rural communities in India to harvest the monsoon rains, enabling the poorest people to reap the benefits of safer and sustainable water. WaterHarvest is a small UK-registered charity working in remote and arid villages, where communities are still struggling to survive without running water. Our project is to install ‘taankas’ to harvest the monsoon rains and thus provide a sustainable year-round supply of safe water for the poorest of the poor in the state of Rajasthan. We held a Zoom meeting with WaterHarvest to hear how they are affected by COVID-19 and how we can help. See pictures here.