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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Pumpkin Winners

Many thanks to all the residents and businesses that took part in our first Chandos Neighbourhood Pumpkin Competition.  Everyone had gone to a lot of effort and we were very impressed by the creativity and variety of the designs we saw.  We’d also like to extend a special thanks to Mary Bishop for giving up her time to judge the entries.

The results of the competition were as follows:

image4First Prize: 44 Fernbank for a fantastic display of 5 pumpkins with great carving and ingenious disco ball lighting

Second Prize:20 Collingwood – Basement Flat, very creative carving, a scary tree, an owl and even a pumpkin carved from within a pumpkin

Special prize: 33 Chandos Road for the only performance piece and a special mention to Trevor and Percy (resident “spooky” dogs that joined in the fun!)

Prizes will be distributed this week.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition

29th Oct 2016 6:30 – 8:30

pumpkingAn 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.

Pumpkins may be purchased from Mabel’s Greengrocer, 17 Chandos Road.

Stop Press: – seen in Mabel’s tonight (26th Oct)

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Chandos Rd Street Festival

68c0adfc-7550-423d-b40c-b46ee106ff2cThis was the third street festival in Chandos Road, timed to coincide with the return of our student population and the last rays of summer sun. At least, that was the theory! We started off with a sharp shower as we set up, but miraculously as folks arrived and the Lord Mayor opened proceedings, the sun came out and shone through the afternoon.

ec3df007-2a7b-4591-bc9e-a403a048665c Events were announced in style by our Town Cryer, David Fry. We had the usual mix of great stalls for children and adults alike, including our own Chandos Neighbourhood Association bric-a-brac stall, which raised £220 for funds.

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There was a puppet show, face painting and wonderful live music and entertainment on the two stages. When thirst or hunger hit, there were our cafés, shops and bars serving a great variety of snacks and drinks.

All in all, a great day on Chandos Road organised again by the Chandos Road Traders!

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[Cuffy Flamenco Trio]

Bus Service

There will be an open meeting with the Managing Director of First Bus in Redland Library on Monday 12th September at 7pm. This will be an opportunity to discuss the reduction in frequency and the split of the route of the Nos 8 & 9 service between Temple Meads and Redland/Clifton. The issue is that the services are being reduced to a half-hourly service from 5 per hour and are being separated, so from Redland we will no longer be able to go to Clifton without changing buses. This is for a trial period, to be reviewed in October.

Residents will also note that the No 19 Wessex service has stopped.

Public Consultation on Supported Bus Services – Bristol – Citizen Space