Chandos Road re-imagined?

On Sunday September 26  2021 Chandos Road will be open for a series of ‘show and tell’ sessions and activities to showcase ideas for making Chandos Road more pedestrian-friendly. We will have activities for residents (including families) between 10am and 1pm.  You can try out ideas for positioning planters and bike racks on maps of the road.  You can have a go at some street art work!  We want your opinions and ideas.  We will be in Chums, Wilson’s and Chandos Atelier as well as an outdoor space. So please come along and add your thoughts!

The Future of Chandos Road

How could Chandos Road be Improved?

Chandos Futures, a group of residents and traders from Chandos neighbourhood, are looking at how to plan ahead as a community. Chandos Road, more of a destination? A people friendly place? Fewer effects of traffic? More balanced, positive well-being? Or are you happy as it is? Please follow the link to complete this 2 minute survey.

Neighbourhood Food Collection

Chandos Neighbourhood Food Collection has continued during the summer. Many thanks to all who have donated dry food, baby goods, toiletries, fresh fruit, baking ingredients, oil and those lovely treats! Our collection over the summer holidays has been divided between St Paul’s Children’s Centre and the Ventch in Lockleaze. As well as food for families, the centres have been providing lunch bags for the children and holiday activities (play, creative and cooking). This is this week’s collection, as generous as ever:


We are part of a wider effort of support in Redland and Bishopston, this is last week’s total donation to the centres.In September we will again review how best to direct help to families who need extra support during the pandemic. In the meantime, thank you again Chandos Neighbourhood!


Festival 2020

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Music and interviews with local bands. For the full Chandos Road Festival Experience don’t forget to preorder food and drink from the wonderful bars, pubs and restaurants on Chandos Road.

Running order (revised)

•Storm Force Ten – stirring Sea Shanties from this group of salty sea dogs

•Cenris – Celtic Progressive Folk Artist

•Harmonica Nick & Friends – musical mastery on the harmonica

•Duo 41 – Folk duo – fast & furious folk on Fiddle & Autoharp

•Robi Mitch – playful poetic lyrics set to breezy melodic songs, tinged with a dash of psychedelia

•Derrick & Woodward – 80s inspired pop

•The Open Secrets – Americana that brings the dustbowl tradition into the 21st century

•The Mutter Slater Band – Blues/Soul/Country Inspired Originals Played with Pride & Passion.

•Blue Badgers – Truck Driving Music from around the world – joyful, sweet and raw.

•The Tight Lipped Combo – Swinging tunes with uplifting tales of love, loss and redemption

•Ponchartrain – It’s a hillbilly – rockin’ – cajun – twangfest of a thang!

Festival 2019

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Main Stage

  • 12:00 Riff Raff Choir – mixed acappella group performing rock, pop and funk classics in beautiful four part harmonies.
  • 12:45 Sol – a multi-lingual blend of French café chanson, Latin rhythms and North African beats.
  • 13:45 Nightlarks – soul and jazz band playing hits from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
  • 14:45 Random Numbers – Expect the unexpected
  • 15:45 LoveButter are a dance orientated rock band with enough bang to knock out a mildly drunk wildebeest, probably the cheekiest band this side of debauchery.
  • 16:45 The Harrisons Trio – Two guitars, trombone and three voices. What could possibly go wrong?

Snobby’s Stage

  • 12:15       Cenris – Celtic Progressive Folk Artist
  • 12:45       Duo 41 – Folk duo – fast & furious folk on Fiddle & Autoharp
  • 13:15       Break Out Voices – Community choir – a clever blend of percussion and voices to lift the spirits
  • 13:45       Yuba Raj Gurung – beautiful haunting melodies from a Nepali singer/songwriter
  • 14:15       Storm Force Ten – stirring Sea Shanties from this group of salty sea dogs
  • 14:45       Harmonica Nick & John Hadden – Chilled Jazz/ Blues Combo to mellow the mood
  • 15:15       Gypsy’s Kiss Duo – is an energetic band offering “Guinness flavoured acoustic music”
  • 15:45       Robi Mitch – playful poetic lyrics set to breezy melodic songs, tinged with a dash of psychedelia
  • 16:15       The Tight Lipped Combo – Swinging tunes with uplifting tales of love, loss and redemption


Good Measure Stage

DJs all afternoon


T shirts
Avon Wildlife
Student info. from UoB
Ice cream
Animal drawings
Emma Wreyford Childrens activiites
Spoto Face painter
Vintage stuff
Our own CNA Bric a Brac stall
Midtown AV Hippy clothing & Hats
18th Bristol Scouts (books, games, children’s activities)
More Bric a Brac
Stomp rockets & clay work for children
Chin Hui Tan tutoring
Vintage Maps
Customised clothes and gifts
Vintage Homeware and Clothing
Flea market
Fostering information
Henna painting
Multiple Sclerorsis info.
Recycled/Upcycled clothing
Hand-knotted rugs, cushions and crafts
Ice lollies

The popular Chandos Road festival returns on Sunday September 22nd from noon to 6pm. Promising to be better than ever, all are welcome to join us for an afternoon of music, entertainment for all and a wide range of delicious refreshments. Organised jointly by the local traders and Chandos Neighbourhood residents, there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy at this relaxed, family-friendly event.

Chandos Road is blessed with a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars, so you can expect an eclectic and unbeatable variety of street food to suit all tastes, from delicious curries and tapas, wonderful cakes, yummy ice creams to ever popular fish & chips. Our local hostelries will be open for business, with Chums hosting a beer festival over the weekend.

This year, there will be lots of stalls with several local charities and the University Community Liaison Office will be represented. There’ll be bric-a-brac galore, vintage homeware, clothes and pictures, pottery and crafts and much more, including a yoga demonstration. Entertainments for the younger generations include face painting, imaginative craft activities run by Chandos Atelier, puppet shows, clay workshops and not forgetting the ever-popular Stomp Rockets – more fun than you can possibly imagine from recycled plastic bottles and a bicycle inner tube!

To complete the festive atmosphere, there will be music along the street all afternoon, with a DJ at The Good Measure to get the ball rolling. Outside Snobbys @ Cowper Road, the acoustic stage will feature Bangers ‘n Smash (samba band), Duo 41 (fast and furious folk), Break Out Voices (community choir guaranteed to lift the spirits) with a host of others including Nepali melodies, sea shanties, jazz & blues, witty ditties and more. On our main stage @ Lansdown Road, the afternoon kicks off with the funky, energising Riff Raff Choir, followed by SOL (French café jazz), Nightlarks (classic 50s/60s soul & jazz), Random Numbers (covers with a twist – ‘expect the unexpected’), Love Butter (energetic & wacky – a truly great local student band) and to round off the afternoon, local favourites the rocking country blues band ‘the Harrison’s Trio’, will get toes tapping with their seismic covers from the likes of the Eagles and The Band.

A great way to round off the summer!

Window Wanderland 2019

Our local Window Wanderland is coming up over the weekend 23-24 February. In case you aren’t sure, this is an event where residents decorate and light up their windows. In the past it has been really nice wandering around our area, taking in all the different displays. If you want to have a look, you can find past windows here or our Facebook and Instagram pages.

This year we have chosen a theme, “Our Planet”, but you can actually do anything which takes your fancy! We would really like to reach out and increase the windows on display this year. Your window does not have to be anything too fancy, fairy lights are a good way to brighten up a February evening without too much difficulty. With the Window Wanderland event in mind, we have asked Emma at Chandos Atelier to run a workshop for would-be Window Wanderlanders on the evening of 7 February. More details to follow!

We Will Remember Them

IMG_9732.JPGAt 10.30 on the morning of 11 November about 50 residents of the Chandos Road Neighbourhood gathered at our local war memorial on Chandos Road to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at the end of World War 1. There are 48 names inscribed on the rough granite memorial. We focused on the wartime experience of 9 of these men whose lives had been researched by Geoff Swain, one from each street in the neighbourhood. We learned a little about each of these men and how they died before sharing the poem ‘Reconciliation’, written by Siegfried Sassoon just after the Armistice had been signed in 1918. We then observed the traditional 2 minute silence before setting off to visit the houses where the 9 men had lived. Ellie Breed had put together the information about the men onto a display board, which can be seen by the war memorial on Chandos Road and individually outside their homes, also indicated by a poppy chalked on the pavement. We hope that many local residents will pause and read about these men, who mostly died at a young age in the Great War 100 years ago.

Personal Memorials

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition

31st Oct 2018

5:30 – 8:00

This an invitation to everyone in the area to get creative and make a scarily good jack-o-lantern and then display it for all to see in your front garden or window. You can share your designs on Instagram or Facebook with #chillingchandos and get out to see what your neighbours have done. The winning lantern will be crowned the pump-king of the Chandos Road area.

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