Festival 2019

Festival Poster 2019

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!

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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.

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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.

Pumpkin 2018

The festival is coming

Join us for the fifth annual Chandos Road Festival on 23rd September 2018 from 12:00 – 18:00. Last band on at 17:00.

There are loads of events including three live music stages, puppet show, face painting and an array of stalls. And of course not to forget the yummy offerings from our many cafés, bars and restaurants. This fun event is open to all and free to attend. We hope to see you there!

This event is organised by the Chandos Traders Association and the Chandos Neighbourhood Association.

There is up to date infotmation on the Festival’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/chandosfest) and on Instagram (@chandosfest).