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!
At 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.
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.
Please let us know what you think of this year’s Chandos Road Festival at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GTB2RFL. Our questionnaire is anonymous and will only take a couple of minutes. Your feedback will be invaluable when planning next year’s event. Thanks!
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).
We are delighted to report that after careful and systematic measuring, our 2018 Sunflower-grower of the season is Dave Todd from Elliston Road, coming in at 2m34. Runner-up was Graham Balfry at 2m12 and in 3rd place Deborah Wareham at 2m03.
The prize of Rubicon Breakfast will be awarded at the Street Festival, 23 September.
Thank you all for taking part in this weirdest of growing seasons!