Window Wanderland 2022 (Review)

Chandos area held it’s 7th Window Wanderland this year on Saturday Feb 26th and Sunday Feb 27th evenings. It was a relatively quiet year, especially when compared with last year’s bumper event (months of lockdown had stimulated those creative skills and and a desire to get out to enjoy a walk with a difference!) But there was still plenty to enjoy from strings of lights in gardens and windows to a wide variety of window displays inspired by Harry Potter, Bristol scenes, Minecraft, animals, plants and oceans… There were cats galore at the end of Lansdown Road, and intriguing and beautiful video projections of snowy scenes and even a conductor of a light & music display. We hope you spotted Boris & Carrie, who visited us to party on in their camper van. Movingly some chose to use their display to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine in its time of peril.

This year, the weather was very chilly on both evenings but thankfully dry , so wrapped up warm, we were able to hunt out all the magical windows on the Window Wanderland map.

We plan to host another Window Wanderland next year. So get your thinking caps on for your display–it really doesn’t have to be amazingly creative, though we do really appreciate the huge effort some households make. It’s great to see a street of lit-up windows and gardens–the more the merrier!

Photos can be viewed here.

Window Wanderland

Window Wanderland in Chandos Neighbourhood is not far off! Not sure what this is? Window Wanderland actually started in Bristol in 2015, and this is our seventh Chandos Neighbourhood Window Wanderland . The idea is to create a festival of light and colour, where you transform our neighbourhood into a magical outdoor gallery of unique displays in our windows. You don’t need to be creative or artistic to be part of your local Window Wanderland, and no one is judging your efforts – just being part of a Wanderland is inspiring and fun. Everyone and anyone can take part. On 26-27 February 2022 6-9 pm  just enjoy the Window Wanderland in your local area.


Last year we had over 60 Window Wanderland displays around the neighbourhood, with a great variety of approaches. We can all enjoy the experience of creating a window display which can be as simple as putting up coloured lights in your window or bringing out the inner artist in yourself and your family. If you would like some ideas and inspiration, follow this link to see windows from all round the world: https://www.windowwanderland.com/gallery/ . You may have already decided on your design/theme. Short of materials? Window Wanderland has set up a shop for tissue paper, templates etc: https://windowwanderland.square.site/ So, this year again let’s see if we can get a really strong take-up. Please register (it is free!) so we can add you to the Window Wanderland trail map: https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/chandos-bristol-2021/ and let’s make Chandos Neighbourhood Window Wanderland 2022 the biggest yet on 26-27 February!

Litter Pick & Tidy Up

Our next Chandos Neighbourhood Litter-Pick and Tidy-Up?! We meet at the Kenny at 10.30, 22 January. Please bring strong gloves, and any equipment you think useful. (Brush, shovel maybe). Litter-pickers provided (Thank you RCAS) as well as our own hi-viz jackets.Just an hour, but what a difference!

This is an approximate monthly event so watch for future dates and subscribe to our mailing list for regular updates.

Recent Planning Appeals

You may have noticed that there are several planning appeals under way in Chandos Neighbourhood. We have submitted comments about the appeal relating to 6 Clyde Park. In the case of 8,Chandos Road the appeal to the planning inspectorate is because there was no decision from Bristol City planners in the designated time. This is an important case for Chandos Road. The proposed development involves the demolition of the existing single storey extension and construction of two new residential units over three floors.It would infill the space behind 8 Chandos Road (originally a small garden) and many of us originally objected to this proposal. We can again comment but any comments to the inspector should not repeat what has been said before, but respond to the appeal documents. 

You can access these on the Bristol City Council Planning portal( https://www.bristol.gov.uk/planning-and-building-regulations/look-at-and-track-planning-applications, search 21/01798/F). Under the “Documents” heading, among the 53 listed you will find the appeal statement which gives you the outline of the basis of the appeal by the developer. Please use this to help. NB To access the inspectorate site to leave comments the link is: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/CaseSearch.aspx You then use 3286840 to search for this case. Comments on the appeal should be submitted by 19 January, but be warned! Do not leave it till the last minute, it is not an easy website to navigate!(Personal experience!)

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 https://s.surveyplanet.com/cKb_1IyiA 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:

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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!

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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

Stalls

T shirts
Avon Wildlife
Student info. from UoB
Potter
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
Yoga
Chin Hui Tan tutoring
Vintage Maps
Customised clothes and gifts
Vintage Homeware and Clothing
Flea market
Fostering information
Henna painting
R.N.L.I.
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!