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.

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

 

 

 

 

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.

Volunteering opportunities this December

We need to recruit a minimum of 60 volunteer stewards to allow the Lantern Parade to go ahead this year.  Would you be available to help out on Saturday 10th December?

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.

For more information, read the full Volunteering Steward Role 2016 description.

If you think you can help us out, please get in touch with us at info@bwlp.org.uk, or contact us via our Facebook group.

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x