It’s showtime! And here’s what you need to know about the reschedule

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.

Love from the #bemmylanterns team

2018 Parade set to be the best yet!

We’re getting closer to the big day, and  the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade that you know and love promises to be the most spectacular yet!

Thanks to the successful community crowdfunding campaign this summer, and the support from local traders and the Bedminster Business Improvement Group, we raised enough funds to give the go ahead for the project.

What’s been going on?

Nine local primary schools and a host of BS3 community groups have been building colourful lanterns, large and small over the last couple of months, which will be unveiled and illuminated when the Parade starts from outside St Francis Church on North Street.

While all this fabulous work has been going in, the committee have been sorting out the other vital logistics on the food, fireworks and entertainment. But more on that later.

What you need to know about is the road closures.

Talk to me about the road closures

Following approval by Bristol City Council, the Parade route will be closed to traffic from 3pm to 6pm.

This means that traffic, including some bus services will be diverted away from North Street, Dean Lane, Cannon St, British Road and South Street for the duration of the event.

“We appreciate that this may cause some inconvenience, particularly for deliveries in the area, and a change to some normal Saturday afternoon arrangements. However, we hope people will understand that for this special one-off annual community event involving all ages, we can’t take the risk of allowing traffic into our Parade route.” – Malcolm Brammar, #bemmylanterns committee Chair

So that’s a bit brilliant!

We’ve also recruited a bunch of volunteers to act as road safety stewards along the length of the Parade, but we are are in need of more.

If you have a few hours spare and feel like being a brilliant person, just get in touch with us  via Facebook or by email.

 

Your local community festival needs volunteers like you

…to be more awesome than Rainbow Poptart Space Cat

Not easily done, you say.  But you, the community, heard us in our funding plight and you answered our call and came from all over the area like Space Cat, dispensing funds and support to our project. Look at him go!

But we need your help again

You majestic wonders of BS3 are needed again, or the 2018 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade might not go ahead. We need you.  In a high viz jacket. Being awesome.

We need volunteer stewards to help us out on the day of the Parade – Saturday 8th December 2018.  These superheroes work in teams under Sector Chiefs, helping the smooth running and safety of Parade and its participants, sharing information on road closures to members of the public.

Basically making it safe and keeping everybody informed and being generally awesome.   Its super easy and super fun and it ends in fireworks.  What’s not to like?

So! If you have 4 hours free and you fancy doing something fab for the community, do drop us a line at info@bwlp.org.uk or via our page, come help us out and be more awesome than Rainbow Poptart Space Cat.  You know you’ve got it in you! #lifegoals #awesome #rainbows


P.S. for more information on the what being a Volunteer Steward is all about, check out the 2018  Volunteer Steward Role.pdf

What’s happening with the 2018 Lantern Parade?

Last Monday, 16th April, we had a big question to face.  And face it we did, at the gorgeously refurbished Mezzaluna on West Street.

The question?

In light of recent funding issues, how the heck are we going to get the 2018 BWLP up and running?

After a lot of number crunching and intense discussion, it was unanimously decided that we would forge ahead with fundraising and try to meet the budget by the end of June.

It won’t be easy, but we’re going for it. There’s a big gap to fill, but we have to go for it.

We can’t do it alone.

If we are going to rise to the challenge, we need the help of you lovely people in the community to join us and help raise the funds to make this year’s Parade a reality.

What can you do to help?

Glad you asked! There are lots of ways you can help us hit our fundraising goals.  Here’s a few of them:

Fundraising

There’s a boatload of cash that needs to be raised.  Have you got a cracking idea that you can put into action? Do you fancy doing a solo mission to raise funds, or can you galvanise a team of pals to do something? Give us a shout via email to let us know, and we’ll promote the heck out of it.

Sponsorship

Are you a local business owner that would like to support the Lantern Parade?  Or do you work for a company that likes to support this sort of thing? Well step right this way!  We’re pulling together some Sponsor information that we’ll share really soon, but if you are already up for it, just pop us an email or get in touch through the Facebook page and let’s chat!

Join our committee

Our committee is a small group of local residents who pull together to do all the good stuff necessary to make the event happen.  The emphasis is on small, here, and we would be delighted to welcome more people to join us to coordinate fundraising activities.  If you have a small window in your busy schedule to meet occasionally and help us get the show on the road, we’d be so happy to hear from you.

We’ve got a long way to go to get where we need to be.  But, by heck, we’re going to make it happen.

With your help.

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!