Where do your Lantern Parade donations go?

Fundraising is a vital part of the whole Bedminster Winter Lantern process.    The committee starts work at the beginning of the year, securing funding, putting together those Lantern Kits and working with the community to do a whole host of fundraising efforts.

Not to mention the amazing fundraising done by the bucket collectors  on the day of the Parade!

Some of our wonderful bucket collectors

Without this vital fundraising, we simply couldn’t make the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade happen each year.

But we are a not-for-profit bunch!  If we happen to generate any surplus, we don’t keep it! We share the love with a charity local to BS3.

Usually we wait to see how much we manage to raise and then check if there is extra after we’ve balanced the books.

This year we’re changing things up, because we think that the work that these folk are doing is so important that we should promote the heck out of it in advance!

Say hello to Help Bristol’s Homeless

Help Bristol’s Homeless is a non-profit, social enterprise with a mission to change the face of homelessness in Bristol.

Help Bristol’s Homeless

Jasper Thompson,  the founder of Help Bristol’s Homeless and owner of Jasper’s Jamaican Diner on North Street, explains a bit about what they do:

 

“We work with the support of our directors, staff and volunteers to build accommodation, to be used by residents while they access the help they need to secure a permanent home. By providing users with the security and dignity that everyone deserves, we empower them to take an active role in improving their own situation. Our mission is to get homeless people off the street first, and then give them a helping hand in the right direction.”

Pretty powerful stuff, non?  Totally worth getting as much cash together as we possibly can!

Help Us help Bristol’s Homeless

If you are coming along to the Lantern Parade on the 9th December please do bring some pennies to help this fantastic project.

Or even better…if you have a bit of time and fancy getting involved, why not lend a hand by volunteering to be a bucket collector? Simply email Alex, our volunteer coordinator who will give you all the details of where, what and how.

See you all soon!

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x

 

 

 

 

The Official BWLP 2017 poster is here!

One of the favourite jobs of team #bemmylanterns is the annual judging of the entries for the Official Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade poster.

For those of you who are new to the whole Lantern Parade business, each year we invite children from participating schools to  draw or paint a picture that really says “lanterns”.  And each year, members of the committee get together to decide which picture will go up on all our posters.

It’s never an easy job – we have so many talented artists in BS3 – and this year was no exception.

It took us a while, but we finally made our decision.

We have a winner!

So ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.  We are delighted to unveil the Official Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade 2017 Poster with artwork by the splendidly creative Tallulah Lippiatt from Southville Primary.

Well done, Tallulah!  We hope you enjoy your Toyville voucher!

Tallulah Lippiatt at Southville Primary, with her winning poster.

You can see her picture in all its glory below, but do keep an eye out for the actual poster.  It will be going up all around about BS3 from tomorrow morning.

The Official Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade 2017 Poster, with artwork from Tallulah Lippiatt at Southville Primary.

The best of the rest

Take a look at the other fab entries below – excellent work all round!

 

Team #bemmylanterns needs help – can we count on you?

70 is a big number, but we need that many volunteers.

Just over a month until the 2017 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade gets underway.  Or might get under way.

Don’t panic, but in order to make it possible for the Lantern Parade to go ahead, we need a minimum of 70 volunteers to help us with stewarding on Saturday 9th December.

That’s quite a big number, but BS3 is full of awesome helpful volunteer-types, right?

 

Are you one of those awesome helpful volunteer-types?

Are you free to volunteer to be a steward or a bucket collector on Saturday 9th December?  Check your diary! Are you free?  Do you want to know more about the volunteering possibilities?  Read on!

Splendid stewarding

The volunteer stewards will work in teams under Sector Chiefs and will help the smooth running and safety of parade and its participants, being a conduit for information on road closures to members of the public.

All we need is 4 hours of your time, during which you’ll meet with your Sector Chief and team before the start of the Parade, for a briefing to agree positions and pick up your high-viz jacket.

You’ll then walk to your location with your team before the start of the Parade.  You’ll stand at your location for the duration of the Event, as advised by your Sector Chief, explaining road closures to members of the public.

If you fancy being a steward, email Alex (our volunteer coordinator) or ping us a message via our Facebook page.

Brilliant bucketing

The bucket collectors are a vital part of the team, as they help raise the vital funds to ensure that we break even for the day (and if we get any surplus, we donate it to a local charity). Bucket collectors will walk through the crowds along with the Parade, carrying buckets for the crowds to lob their pennies into.

Again, you’d meet with the team coordinator before the event, to have a briefing, pick up your high viz and bucket, and then off you go!

We got some great feedback last year about how people wanted to give, but there just weren’t enough buckets going through the crowd.  Can you help us get to all those people?

If you think you can wield a bucket like a pro, drop Alex an email or say hello on our Facebook page.

Of course, we are looking for help in many other ways too.  If you have a secret superpower or special skill that can help us make the 2017 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade even more special, and you would like to lend a hand, do get in touch.

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x

 

 

 

 

2017 Lantern Workshops

Oh my days!  The workshops have started and they are all shaping up to look a bit blooming marvellous!  Keep checking in here to see the latest developments from our super-creative school and community groups!

#bemmylanterns #bwlp2017

 

 

 

The 2017 Bemmylanterns Pub Quiz

Where’s the place to be on to on Monday 23 October?  The Hen & Chicken for the Bemmylanterns Fundraiser Pub Quiz, that’s where!

Join Harry the Quiz Master for 10 rounds of quiz goodness, the chance to win some smashing prizes, and some philanthropic feel good times.

Entry is £20 per team of up to 5 people, and all proceeds will go to helping make this year’s Lantern Parade a reality.

Registering your team is super easy – just drop an email to Harry, the QuizMaster at thphipps@blueyonder.co.uk before 16th October!

Update September 2017

After a long fundraising campaign during spring and summer, the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade organisers can now confirm that this year’s event will go ahead on the afternoon of Saturday December 9th.

School workshops have now started designing and creating the colourful illuminated lanterns that will be paraded on the streets in three months time. Nearly all the areas primary schools will be represented as well as a growing number of community organisations who’ll be making their own lanterns for the Parade. 

As usual, the event has its roots firmly in the BS3 part of Bristol, but this year there’s likely to be an added ‘continental’ flavour with some schools and groups acknowledging the long established twinning links between the city and Bordeaux and Oporto.

We love our 2017 sponsors!

Each year we are able to put on the Lantern Parade, thanks to the vital help and support from our sponsors and supporters who help us in so many different ways.

For 2017 we are delighted to be welcoming back many organisations as well as saying hello and thank you for the first time to some new faces.  So here they are!


Leading lights


We’ve been operating in the Southville area since 2010. Our philosophy is to combine the resource and experience of a large business, with the personal attention and detail of a local, independent agency to ensure all of you receive the best possible property experience – no matter what your property needs.

Visit the website >

 

At Barcan+Kirby we pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable. We’re passionate about providing you with legal solutions that are intelligent, efficient and clear.

Providing a high standard of client care is the cornerstone of our success. We understand that you don’t just want a legal expert; you also want someone who listens and understands what you’re trying to achieve.

Our core values drive our culture and are at the heart of everything we do. As well as providing high quality, professional advice, we believe in finding practical, common-sense solutions to your issues whilst maintaining the highest standards of client care.

Visit the website >

 

Bedminster BID is a business-led partnership that works to create vibrant streets that excite and delight, market and promote Bedminster, reduce crime and improve the shopping environment, as well as advocate and lobby for Bedminster business interest.

Visit the website >

 

Thank you to Bristol City Council for supporting the 2017 Bedminster Lantern Parade.

Visit the website >

 

The Bristol Bordeaux Partnership is the voluntary association which manages the official twinning with Bordeaux in France in partnership with Bristol City Council.  Anyone can join the BBP and get involved in their activities which cover a broad range of cultural, social, commercial and educational initiatives. The twinning was started back in 1947 and was the very first post WWII Anglo French link. There are now hundreds of such twinnings including several near Bristol with counterparts near Bordeaux. The idea behind the link was to get to know our “enemies” and make friends with them to avoid another war. It was about friendship, reconciliation and building a stronger Europe. Over 30,000 people have taken part in schools exchanges over the years and it continues today. In South Bristol the BBP works with six local primaries helping to deliver fun French by bringing over trainee teachers from Bordeaux University and this scheme has been going for over ten years. This year there are many high profile and also community based celebrations for the 70th anniversary of both the twinning with Bordeaux and also with Hannover. The BBP would like to thank Quartet for its financial support.

Visit the website > or our Facebook page > 

 

Bristol Energy offers gas and electricity for domestic and business customers across Bristol, the South West and nationwide. Owned by Bristol City Council, our profits will be reinvested back into Bristol communities – meaning our energy, and our customers’ bills, can make a positive difference.

We were set up to make things fairer, helping people across the country to save money. Two thirds of us spend hundreds of pounds more each year than we need to on our energy bills, yet it only takes a few minutes to switch. By keeping our prices low, we can be part of the change.

Visit the website >

 

The Greater Bedminster Community Partnership is made up of local councillors, voluntary and community organisations, private businesses and public agencies within the two Bristol wards of Southville and Bedminster. The partnership brings benefit to people living in the area, encourage greater cooperation and effectiveness between private, public and social economy organisations, and offer increased opportunities for residents to influence the making and implementing of policy, is inclusive and vigorously oppose discrimination. We allocate money from our Community Chest Fund to projects and activities that support the Partnership’s priorities and objectives

Visit the website >

 


Sponsors


Bristol and Oporto were “twinned” in 1984 and share many characteristics. They are of similar size and both are Atlantic ports, significant centres of manufacture and regional capitals.

The Bristol-Oporto Association welcomes everyone interested in Oporto and the Portuguese people, language and culture world-wide. Diário, our newsletter, is full of information on things Portuguese and outlines a range of events in the Bristol area. These may include:  Portuguese film, theatre, art, jazz, folk music, fado, wine tastings, dinners, outdoor events, celebrations of Dia do Portugal and São João, welcome events for visiting groups from Oporto and group visits to Oporto

Visit the website >

 

 

Hunters BS3 is made up of five individuals, with a combined experience of over 60 years in the property industry. Having all worked locally for many years the team was formed in 2015 with the hope of bringing a fresh approach to buying and selling residential property within all areas of BS3 from Ashton to Totterdown.

Our Bedminster branch offers a personal, helpful, friendly, efficient service along with quality photography, high quality sales brochures inclusive of floorplans and our busy Facebook & Twitter pages are ideal for those who like to keep up to date whilst out and about!

Visit the website>

 

JG Hog Roasts is a family-run business based in Bristol with 20 years of catering experience.

We serve the best hog roasts in the southwest. From the smallest parties to weddings to the biggest live events and everything in between: whatever the size of your event, we can cater for it. Looking for something different? We also offer paella, barbecue, curry and chilli catering.

We serve Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, The Cotswolds, South Wales and beyond.

Visit the website>

South Bristol Voice is the community magazine for South Bristol, with 9,500 copies delivered in Bedminster, Southville and Ashton every month. A second edition for Totterdown, Knowle and Windmill Hill delivers 9,000 copies, with more available from pubs, cafés, libraries and businesses. No other publication carries so much news about South Bristol. We care about the local community and we’re part of it, which is why we support the amazing Bemmy Lantern Parade.

Visit the website>


Supporters


 

Ashton Vale Hub Compass Point School
 
Corks of North Street ETM Skip Hire
   
Friends of South St Park Glass Designs, North St
Minuteman Press Ocean
 
The Pigeon Toyville

Special thanks to St Francis Church North Street, the United Reformed Church, West Street and Robert & Eileen Willis for their support of the Lantern Parade.

 

Help us save the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade

Public meeting invitation

So we have good news and bad news.  First the good news!

1200 local people walked in the Parade in January, joined by 4 bands and watched by an estimated 1500 spectators.

That’s a HUGE number of people to fill the streets of Bedminster, and makes it our biggest Parade so far.  Hooray!

And now for the bad news…

 

The future of South Bristol’s most popular community event is under threat due to funding cuts.

 

Each year, a committed group of volunteers raise the £19,000 budget required to place artists into 10 local schools to work with the children to make the giant lanterns (the schools contribute around half of the cost), as well as: road signage & barriers, transport, publicity, insurance, Health & Safety, our fireworks finale and general admin.

Until now, the City Council has contributed around £1000, and the local neighbourhood partnerships between them £3500 of the money they receive from the Council for local projects. We’ve also had support from the Bedminster Business Improvement District and a small number of private sponsors – which we hope will carry on. 

And until now, we’ve plugged the gap has been raised by community fundraising initiatives -including the sale of lantern kits and the bucket collection on the night of the Parade itself.

But this year, funding streams are under threat. School budgets will also be squeezed harder than ever.  So we are looking at a bigger shortfall and a bigger challenge than ever for the committee. 

 

If there’s going to be another Lantern Parade, we need to raise about £6000 before the end of July, so that a decision can be taken to engage artists to work in the schools this autumn.

 

So we’re reaching out to you all – individuals, groups and local businesses – to get involved and help us raise funds to continue this very special local event. Every effort will count: from tea parties to jumble sales, school disco’s to market stalls. 

“We’ll consider anything as long as it’s legal!” Malcolm Brammar, Chairman of Bedminster Winter Lanterns 

Come brainstorm with us!

 Public meeting invitation

Grab that brain of yours and bring your super sweet fundraising ideas along to St Francis Church, the Parade’s traditional starting point, on Monday 20 March starting at 7.30pm.   We’ll also be looking for volunteers to sign up and/or help out with any brilliant ideas that we come up with.

Hope to see you on Monday 20th!  If you have any ideas you want to share in advance, or have any questions, hit us up by email, or message at our Facebook group.

2016 (rescheduled) Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade lit up the streets (finally)

Wow, what a day!  Saturday 21st started bright and clear – such a contrast from the Parade’s original date – and early for the #bemmylanterns team.  Yours truly had the easy job of a quick interview with BBC Radio Bristol, whilst the rest of the team were getting preparations under way.  It was so peaceful and still at St Francis Church that morning…

…but not for long!

The giant lanterns were picked up from secret locations across Bedminster to be brought to St Francis Church for final construction by the artists, whilst other members of the crew worked on the other vital jobs including the final muster layout; deployment of the volunteer stewards, marshals and collectors; reviewing and checking off all safety points; and putting the finishing touches to the other entertainments.

By the time I got to St Francis Church in the early afternoon, the whole place was buzzing!  Big tarps on the front lawn were gradually filling with the schools’ and community groups’ beautiful creations, the hall was filling with the musicians, and the team and volunteers in high viz were buzzing around purposefully like dedicated raver bees.

   

St Francis Road – the main site for the parade mustering – gradually began to fill the Parade groups, the usual splendid schools and community groups:

• Southville Centre Monday Club and Nursery • Parson Street Primary • Ashton Vale Primary • Southville Primary • Luckwell Primary • Ashton Gate Primary • Holy Cross Primary • St Mary Redcliffe Primary • Compass Point Primary • Victoria Park Primary  

And for the first time we welcomed Ashton Park School with their fantastic Pokémon lanterns, the 255th Scouts and the fantastic Bemmy Mix group, made up from individual enthusiastic lantern makers.

And last (but not least) the incredible Girl, the Moth & the Light, the animated lanterns produced as part of a South West wide project led by the Bedminster Winter Lanterns group, and funded by the Arts Council

   

By the time everybody had made their way to the starting line, the area was completely filled with kids, adults and lanterns.

 

Meanwhile over at Lanterns HQ (aka the gazebo on the front lawn), the collectors were stretching and lunging to avoid any strained or pulled muscles from carrying all those donations in buckets along the route.

The artists were starting to move the lanterns down to the muster point, and the musicians were gathering in the Church.  I was glaring at the sky and wishing it would hurry up and get a bit darker and/or more cloudy.  A dreadful thing to wish for, given the awful weather we experienced last time, we needed it to be a bit less bright and lovely to get the full impact of the Lanterns.

Fortunately, by the time the start of the Parade rolled around, it was starting to get a bit gloomy, so we were ready to go!

As ever, the start of the Parade was heralded by the sweet, sweet rhythms of Bristol Samba – Bloco Carnavalesco.  A little known fact about the #bemmylanterns team, but when we hear the samba kick in, all the planning, effort and worry melt away. We get a little buzz and the a general feeling of “Yep, THIS is what it’s all about.  TOTALLY worth it!”

  

And then, finally, the event was ready to go.  Malcolm, the Chair of the #bemmylanterns committee, expertly coordinated the Parade set up and we were off!

We were very lucky to have some reporters from the Bristol Post at the Parade, broadcasting live.  So if you didn’t get to see the event in person, here’s a little bit of the Parade, just for you.

And here’s a link to another Bristol Post story and video.

Some of the BEDMINSTER crew were there too, and took some lovely vids, including this one

To see more awesome photos of the event, go check out the 2016 gallery.

So, as you can see, we got there!  The 2016 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade finally lit up the streets of Bedminster!

We wound up, as ever, on South Street, where the kind people of Compass Point Primary opened their gates so their playground could be a final viewing spot for the Lanterns, a place to get a delicious coffee from Hopper Coffee and, of course, the perfect spot to watch firework finale by Skyburst!  (thanks to the BEDMINSTER crew again for the video).

So there you have it.  Another splendid Lantern Parade done and dusted. We have a whole bunch of thanks to splash about, as well as the vital picking of the winner for the bottle of prosecco raffle prize.

More on those anon, but in the meantime

Thank you everbody who was involved and hope to see you next time?

Love from the #bemmylanterns team. xoxo

 

2016 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade Photos

Here is a selection of some of the beautiful photos that the #bemmylanterns team took, along with some pictures that some Parade-goers took on the night and posted to the Facebook group or event.

Thanks to: Matthew Symonds, Alan May, Lorraine Fairbanks, Tina Elder, Lisa Madge, Jackie Smith, Andrew Beale and Jeremy Fennell for bringing their ace photography skills.

If you have any photos you’d like to add to the gallery, drop us a line via the Facebook group or email us, and we’ll add them to the gallery.

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