Hi – just arrived in the area? Here is some information to help you find your way around.
Our next focus is the Chandos Rd Festival on September 25. This will be run by our traders, but they have asked for our help to make it run smoothly. We are asking for volunteers to help with stewarding during the day and tidying up at the end. If you could spare an hour or two on the day, please contact us. We have also been asked to help with leafleting the week before about road closures for the festival, again if you could help that would be wonderful. There will be 2 stages again this year. The Traders are keen that local talent should be to the fore on the smaller acoustic stage so do put your name forward and we will pass on your details.
Chandos Neighbourhood Association will be running a bric-a-brac stall to raise funds to run events again this year, so please dig out any unwanted but saleable items over the summer. If you have any ideas for fund raising, please do be in touch!
Looking a little further ahead, we are going to run a pumpkin carving competition in the run up to Halloween and a Christmas in Chandos Rd day on Saturday December 10.
We have received funding from Neighbourhood Partnership for a notice board for our association, hopefully to be situated in Chandos Rd.
We are now on Instagram – go to https://www.instagram.com/chandosna/
A meeting of the Association was held in the Kensington Arms with 23 people present including both ward councillors. These are extracts from the minutes.
A CNA noticeboard is planned. A Neighbourhood Partnership grant to cover the costs has been approved. The noticeboard would ideally be located on the railings by the war memorial. Ellie is still trying to make contact with the management company for the converted church apartments to get approval to locate the board.
Chandos Street Party – Di explained that the date has been set by the Traders Assoc as Sunday 25th Sept. The Traders are keen to get local people involved in performing on the stages or running stalls (non-food only). Any members keen to get involved should contact Di who can pass on their details to the organising committee. It was suggested to involve local schools and Uni students.
Halloween – Catrin explained that we planned to run a pumpkin carving competition displayed on residents steps/front gardens/etc. The date has been set as Saturday 29th October. Mabel’s Greengrocers is happy to promote/support the event. Leaflets/posters about the event will be handed out/displayed at the Street Party.
Xmas Carols – after last year’s successful event, the Traders would like to be involved to make a wider Xmas event (mince pies/ food, Santa’s Grotto, raffles, stick beard on Santa, etc). A date has been agreed as Saturday 10th December at lunchtime.
Winter Window Wanderland – after this year’s successful event and the interest shown by local residents to get involved next year, Catrin explained that we want to continue to grow this event, hopefully getting student houses to participate. Dates set as 18th/19th February (avoiding a clash with Rugby fixtures and the Bishopston event).
There was a question and answer session with the councillors during which issues of parking permits and bays, student numbers, overgrown hedges, mess after bin collections and weed killing were raised.
Saturday 12th December 2015 saw our first proper event since the inaugural meeting of the Chandos Neighbourhood Association.
The Chandos Christmas Carols.
The saying goes “never work with children or animals” but I don’t know if there is an equivalent one for running outdoor events. We thought we were pretty well prepared with pegs and tape as we tried to set up a table for the free mince pies kindly donated by The Redland Bakery. We soon realised the corner plot on Cowper Road with Chandos Road was a bit of a wind tunnel, and had to give up on the table cloth and our Association banner.
However it was neither raining nor very cold, and by the allotted time a few hardy souls had started to gather. Despite the strong gusts of wind, our brave pianist struck a chord (Thanks to Tailored Flooring who let us plug into their power supply) and we were off.
Now, I am no Musical Director (any volunteers for next year most welcome) so I had optimistically calculated that 16 songs should fill an hour or two. Trying to cater for all tastes we ranged from ancient to modern; traditional to contemporary; religious to secular, while loosely mapping out the Christmas story from star to stable. We provided the song sheets and the “Neighbours” (that’s you) provided melody & volume, along with occasional direction and descants. By the end the crowd on the corner numbered nearly fifty.
We got through the full programme before the rain started, only marred by some fairly appalling jokes by yours truly, and slight confusion as I was trying to compère from a play-list which turned out to be in a slightly different order to the song sheets.
As the event drew to a close, spirits were definitely high and at the end of “Silent Night” I am sure I was not the only one to have the palpable sense of community spirit being present. Of course this may have been partly aided thanks to the complimentary hot mulled wine kindly provided by No Man’s Grace.
I don’t expect it was the first seasonal singing to occur in our neighbourhood … I like to imagine our Victorian predecessors similarly gathering to worship at St Saviours or even further back some prehistoric Iron Age ancestors celebrating the midwinter, in song, on their way back from hunting to Clifton Down Hill Fort … but in 2015 it was our turn.
Here’s to doing it again in 2016. Ellie :)