Lantern Parade Club

Phone number for enquiries:

07842 101839

The next meeting is on Tuesday 4th September, 4-5pm at the SubStation, BS23 3SS.

single lantern with raindrops

Looking to get involved?

We’d love to hear from you. Please contact us on the number above or click here to send a message.

About the Lantern Parade

The “Catch the Light” Lantern Parade takes place in and around the For All Healthy Living Centre, in the Bournville area of Weston-super-Mare. This year it’s on 13th October.

Now in its third year, the Lantern Parade has become a popular and much-anticipated date in the community calendar. The event is a vibrant, joyful celebration of community spirit, which brings together neighbours from all over South Ward.

s2c crew with dollyFor weeks beforehand, local residents are busy making their lanterns, either in one of the many free workshops or with friends and family at home.

On the day, the park is decorated with beautiful illuminations and dotted with stalls and activities for everyone to enjoy before the Samba Band leads the crowd around the streets to the beat of their drums.

How it works

In February 2018, members of the local community formed the Lantern Parade Club to take over the running of the event from the “Our Neighbourhood” Community Project.Chairperson pic

This is a group of around 10 volunteers who meet once a month at the SubStation, St Andrew’s Parade, BS23 3SS. Members take the lead or help out with different aspects of the planning, such as advertising, fundraising, entertainment etc. Usually everyone has one or two tasks to do between meetings, which they report back on next time.

There are many more people involved in the Lantern Parade, many of whom volunteer or provide services on the day of the event.

Catch the Light 2018 – Who’s Who

We’re still looking for volunteers to help with planning and running the event so please get in touch if you’re interested.

All enquiries to Kath Hole – 07842 101839

Chairperson – David Rudd
Vice Chair – Stephen Varney
Secretary – Kath Hole – 07842 101839
Treasurer – Margaret Fryer
Fundraising – Colin Withers, Nigel Cormack (Weston Lions) & Kath Hole
Entertainment – Kath Hole
Volunteers – Emma Lodge (Weston College)
Site Management & Schedule – Jenna Garner
Marshals & Road Closure – Dave Johnson
Catering – (vacant)
Workshops – Megan Lee (Alliance Homes)
Committee – Judith Humphreys, Michelle Sharman (For All Healthy Living Centre) & Clare Virgo (Asda)
Project Support – Megan Lee (Alliance Homes)

Check out the Bournville notice board for more news about the Lantern Parade.

Highlights from 2017

Check out this great selection of photos by local photographer, Suzi Vlogs – https://www.facebook.com/pointandclickphoto/

 

press release 20.11.2017

The thunderous beat of the Bristol Samba Band rang out through the Bournville streets on Saturday night as hundreds of people braved the stormy weather to join the “Catch the Light” community lantern parade.

Lions, crocodiles, elephants and exotic fish were amongst the fantastic illuminated creations that had been carefully prepared by local people in the weeks leading up to the event.

“We were thrilled to see so many people turning out to support us on the night, despite the rain,” said a spokesperson for the voluntary group who organised the event. “It just goes to show the strength of community spirit that exists in this neighbourhood.”

This was an occasion that offered something for everyone, from dazzling flamenco and street-dance to a craft corner, drumming workshop and an appearance by local singing star, Crystal Bliss. Delicious winter soups and sweet treats were served by the men’s cooking group, MoBro.

Helen Wheelock, from the “Our Neighbourhood” Community Project, which supported the planning group said, “It has been such an inspiring night, which was only possible because so many people volunteered their time and energy over the last 12 months to make it happen. Thanks to support from the For All Healthy Living Centre, Alliance Homes, Weston Lions, local businesses and a great local fundraising effort, the community has come together to create a wonderful event which we hope will continue in years to come.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We were thrilled to see so many people turning out to support us on the night, despite the rain,” said a spokesperson for the voluntary group who organised the event. “It just goes to show the strength of community spirit that exists in this neighbourhood.”

This was an occasion that offered something for everyone, from dazzling flamenco and street-dance to a craft corner, drumming workshop and an appearance by local singing star, Crystal Bliss. Delicious winter soups and sweet treats were served by the men’s cooking group, MoBro.

Helen Wheelock, from the “Our Neighbourhood” Community Project, which supported the planning group said, “It has been such an inspiring night, which was only possible because so many people volunteered their time and energy over the last 12 months to make it happen. Thanks to support from the For All Healthy Living Centre, Alliance Homes, Weston Lions, local businesses and a great local fundraising effort, the community has come together to create a wonderful event which we hope will continue in years to come.”