The Great Get-Together

Sunday 18th June saw a flurry of activity from Chandos Neighbourhood Association in Redland Grove as we prepared to mark the nationwide Great Get-Together inspired by the words of Jo Cox: “We have more in common than that which divides us”.image5image1

The weather was perfect as a kind neighbour mowed the grass and bunting and balloons went up.

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Friends and neighbours gathered and shared picnics and chatted, played games and generally chilled in the shade of a perfect June Sunday. A day to remember!

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The Great Chandos Get-Together Picnic, the first of many?

The Great Get Together

The neighbourhood will be having an informal picnic on the grass between Redland Grove and Grove Park on Sunday June 18th 12-to-2. Bring food, drink, a rug (and emergency umbrella) and join us for some fun and games.
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WIndowland 2017

The second Chandos Window Wanderland was held on 25th and 26th Feb 2017. Or perhaps that should be Windy Wanderland? Storm Ewan tried its best to dampen our event but we all know that residents of the Chandos Road area are made of stern stuff and many of you braved the elements to visit the displays.

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This year we had 26 displays on an assortment of themes created by businesses and residents alike. Mr Trump reared his day-glow head a couple of times as did cats (this year joined by dogs, mice manning security cameras or sitting in a pea green boat with an owl). The homage to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a particular highlight and we raise a glass of Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster to your efforts. Many residents used tissue paper to great effect to create beautifully colourful displays. Every single display was fantastic and we at the committee were so impressed.

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Many thanks to everyone for helping to make the event a success. We would especially like to thank all those that volunteered to distribute flyers and also Fiona McVey for getting those press releases out. Finally, we are very grateful to the University of Bristol for their generous funding which allowed this event to go ahead.

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Christmas review

December 10, how it rained! However, we were determined that the festive season should be well celebrated on Chandos Rd, aided by the Teddy Nativity scene, with the additional aim to raise some money for St Peter’s Hospice.

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Father Christmas put in an appearance at our Christmas market in Chums, where landlord Mark made everyone most welcome, dispensing mulled cider and good cheer and local a cappella group Partsong serenaded us with carols.

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Over hot soup from Mabel’s Greengrocer, customers perused stalls selling lovely glass and jewellery and a wood turner, all ideal for Christmas present shopping.

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And there was the Great Chandos Mince Pie Bake Off! Competition was fierce, judges awarding marks for presentation and taste.

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The well deserved winner was Lilly with her winning combo of mincemeat with brownie topping. Later in the afternoon we assembled under the canopy at No Man’s Grace to sing carols, aided by their mulled cider and Redland Bakery’s mince pies. During the day we raised £105 for St Peter’s Hospice, while getting well into the spirit of Christmas!

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