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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And there was the Great Chandos Mince Pie Bake Off! Competition was fierce, judges awarding marks for presentation and taste.
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!
in collaboration with the Chandos Rd Traders, 12-4pm. Carols, mulled wine, mince pies, children’s activities etc.
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:
First 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.
29th Oct 2016 6:30 – 8:30
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.
Pumpkins may be purchased from Mabel’s Greengrocer, 17 Chandos Road.
Stop Press: – seen in Mabel’s tonight (26th Oct)
This 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.
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.
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!
[Cuffy Flamenco Trio]