If you haven’t heard already, we’ve got our Parade day nailed down. Whatever you are doing on Saturday 11 January 2020 – clear your diaries! Cancel your appointments and get ready for another corking Parade.
As you know from a certain person’s endless messaging on the old social media, the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade only goes ahead thanks to the generosity and support of the community and local businesses. And while the #bemmylanterns committee hasn’t quite hit the fundraising target yet, we are well on our way.
This is thanks to the freaking brilliant local businesses that have decided to support us for this year’s project. We simply couldn’t do it without them.
We’re welcoming back some old friends and are super pleased to say hello to some great new sponsors and supporters.
If you want to find out a bit more about them and the cool things they do, take a look at the 2019 Sponsors page. And don’t forget, we are still looking for support, so if you are a business and fancy giving us a helping hand, why not sponsor us? And if you are a kind individual who would like to chuck some money in the PayPal e-bucket we’d really appreciate your contribution.
Super exciting news, everybody! On our meeting this Tuesday we looked at the numbers and even though we haven’t met our fundraising target yet, we have had such overwhelming support and demand from the community that we are going to go ahead with the #bemmylanterns project this year.
This means that the three month lantern making programme in local primary schools and community centres will begin across BS3 in autumn.
Committee Chair Malcolm Brammar said that the efforts to get more funding will need to continue throughout the year but the creative team can now be recruited and the operational planning of the event started.
Good news, but we still need your help
We’re still a way off our fundraising target, so please donate some money to the Community Lantern Fund and help us ensure we make it.
We have set up the Community Lanterns Fund, a super-easy PayPal way for you lovely people in the community to show your support. You can choose as little or as much as you would like and kapow! your donation is in. Technology is truly a marvellous thing….
To donate, just click on the nifty PayPal button below or, if kittens are more your thing, click a kitten.
That’s it. Help us reach our goal, so we can put on another amazing Parade for you all.
The Bemmylanterns committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants – the primary schools and local community groups, BS3 traders, politicians and musicians who came together in yesterday’s stunning Parade.
Without our volunteers, assistance from local institutions and financial support drawn from the area there would be no annual Winter Lantern Parade.
Once again the event showed people who live and work in BS3 choose each year to celebrate that ours is a community with pride, personality and creative flair.
Are you looking forward to this afternoon? Are you prepared for all the glorious shiny goodness that you’re going to feast your eyes upon?
We’re not just dishing up visual treats for you lucky, lucky people. We’re also serving you some top-notch pre-Parade musical realness, to really make your day pop!
But who, what and where are the big questions. Read on, my friends, read on.
The delightful Southville Strings will be playing at the junction of North St/Raleigh Road from 430pm. This wonderful group plays every Monday at the Hen & Chicken 7-8pm and always welcome new violin players. Interested? Just drop Vivienne Baker an email email@example.com
Get down to the Roundabout by North Street Green and Luckwell Road at 5pm to get a load of Campbell’s One Man Rock ‘n’ Roll Band. If you want to find out more about Simon Campbell, check out the website or drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shimmy on down to the The African Sambistas(@AfricanSambista), who’ll be turning heads outside the Old Bookshop from 5pm
Why not sample some of the creative work by Amy from the Woods? She’ll be outside the Steam Crane from 5pm.
And last, but not least, George Hickey (@georgehickeymusic, @abristolbard) is playing outside Hunters Estate Agents opposite HSBC on Junction of Cannon Street and West Street from 5pm.
So choose your spot wisely, and get on down for some splendid music while you wait for the fun to start.
You might have seen that the road closure boards are going up again around the route – the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade is on!
The big day is Saturday 19th January 2019, and it will be exactly as you expect with 1 small, teeny-tiny difference: we’re changing the start time of the event.
We’re pushing back the whole thing by 1 hour.
Why are you doing that?
Good question. The reason for the later start is because we’ve passed mid-winter already, so the evenings are getting lighter, and we want to make sure all the amazing lanterns look their absolute best.
So what are the new times for the Parade?
Road closures will start at 4pm, with the on-street entertainment starting at about 5pm.
The Parade itself will start at 530pm, following the usual route, and the fireworks will be set off at about 7pm.
You can read the full updated event information when you have a moment, but in the meantime make sure you’ve changed the time in your phone, diary or on you wall calendar.
Like us you’ve probably been following the weekend weather forecast over the last few days.
So it won’t come as a surprise to learn that, sadly, we’ve come to a decision based on safety issues, to postpone the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade 2018 on Saturday December 8th.
It’s particularly disappointing for all those children and community groups who’ve been working so hard and creatively on their lanterns over the last couple of months.
However, with a forecast of strong wind and rain during the Parade period on Saturday, we felt it unwise to subject participants and spectators to these conditions which also, to put it mildly, wouldn’t do justice to all that hard work.
Without delay we’ll be requesting Bristol City Council for a revised date for a Parade Route road closure in the New Year.
We’ll also ask all our local lantern makers to carefully store their lanterns ahead of the announcement of a new date.
The Bedminster Lantern Parade will happen this winter, but for only the second time in its eight year history, Parade Day will carry over into the following year.