Help Save the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade


This project was successfully funded on Sunday the 15th of July, 2018

£4,310 was raised by 123 supporters — that's teamwork!

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For the first time in its 7 year history the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade is in doubt. Don't let the lights go out in 2018 - help us now.

South Bristol’s largest community event needs your help. The three months of lantern-making workshops each year in local schools and community centres over the autumn, and the spectacular December Parade enjoyed by thousands are such a feature of our neighbourhood’s life that it just has to keep going.

How do you make it happen?

Each year a small group of BS3 residents raise the money needed to run the three-month project for local schools and community groups to build remarkable illuminated lanterns and put on the parade in December - a festival of light, music and community spirit of over 2,000 Paraders and even more spectators. 

Ok, so how much does that cost?

You might be surprised at the costs involved for running a project like this.  The team of volunteers on the committee do all their work for free, but each year we need to budget for the costs of placing artists into the schools for 3 months, materials to make the lanterns, musicians, road closures, traffic management, insurance to name but a few things. And each year, the costs go up. 

This year’s budget is £19,000.

That’s a pretty big amount.  How do you raise that?

Up until now we have met our funding goals through a mix of grant applications and community fundraising.  But this year much of the grant money just isn’t there – you may have seen a bit about funding difficulties in the local press.  And now we face a rather large hole in our budget.   

We need to raise £3,800 by Sunday 15th July, so that we can be in a position to confirm that the lantern-making workshops can start in September.

If we don’t make it, no Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade.

But £3,800 is not an insurmountable sum.  If you lovely people in the community help us out by donating some money, together we’ll totally be able to make this year’s Parade a reality.

We've got a few Rewards, so take a look, but please help us with whatever amount you can.

Don't let the lights go out - please donate today.

Thank you so much

Love from the #bemmylanterns team x



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This project ended on 15 July 2018

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£5 – Public acknowledgement of your awesomeness

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Hey you, you're amazing, you know that? By picking this pledge, the #bemmylanterns team will tell everyone just how amazing you are for helping us keep the Parade going., by putting your name in a thank you on our website.

£7 – 1 free drink at the end of the Parade

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Enjoying a Parade is thirsty work! Especially enjoying a Parade that you personally helped save.

So in addition to public acknowledgement of your awesomeness, why not can enjoy a tea, coffee or cold drink at the end of the Parade while you are waiting for the fireworks?

£8 – Coffee & cake at The Milk Shed

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Have you taken your little ones into the Milk Shed yet? Why not pop on down to their place on North Street for a play or a class and enjoy a coffee and cake while you’re at it?

£10 – 1 of the first 2018 Lantern Parade Kits with free registration

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You've helped save it, now be part of it! Choose this reward and get a voucher to pick up one of the first 50 official 2018 Lantern Parade kit, with a brand new lantern design and free registration for 4 people to take part in the 2018 Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade.

Good feels from a web thank you and a guaranteed place in the Parade - what more could you want?

£20 – Three cracking reads

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Local author, Paul J Newell has a treat (or 3) in store for you….

“A graffiti artist falls to his death in Bristol. A case of misadventure? Or something far more sinister?”

This rewards get you a signed bundle including his BS3-based novel Making a Mark and two of his other novels The Turning and Altered States.

£10 – Your name in the Parade

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Have you ever fancied seeing your name up in lights? Now you can, by choosing this reward.

We're building a special lantern for the Parade and your name will be on it, as well as being applauded for being a saviour of the Lantern Parade on our website. You'll be a work of art!

£28 – Six Post-Parade proseccos to enjoy after the Parade

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Bubbles make everything splendid! Why not turn the Parade into a celebration with six glasses of prosecco, to be enjoyed once the fireworks have died down? Choose this reward, kindly donated by the Old Book Club, and add some sparkle to the whole proceedings

£30 – A field trip to the Heart FM studios for up to 4 people

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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the microphone at Heart FM? Now's your chance to find out!

The lovely folk at Heart FM would like to welcome a group of up to 4 people to visit their Bristol studio for the morning show.

£95 – Hire the Milk Shed for a party

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Planning a birthday, christening or NCT reunion? Why not
have it at the Milk Shed, a comfortable home from home for new parents, and parents-to-be? Complete with ball pool, disco lights & bubbles, you can hire The Milk Shed on any Sat 1-4pm, Sun 9.30-12.30 or 1-4pm before 30th October 2018.

£100 – Be an official Parade Supporter

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If you choose this reward, we will include your business's name as a Supporter in Lantern Parade press releases and social media activities. We'll link to your Facebook page, put your logo in our e-newsletter and on our website.

£200 – Be an official Parade Sponsor

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Not only will this reward get you registration of a lantern for inclusion in the 2018 Parade, you'll get all the trappings of official Parade Sponsor - your name and logo on all materials sent to local schools and community groups and other marketing materials, and shoutouts via PR, our website. and social media. And permission to use the 2018 Lantern Parade logo and agreed images for promotion.

£800 – "Leading Light" business sponsorship

This will get you a prominent spot in the Parade for you and your lantern, and your name and logo on the official Parade banner at the front of the Parade. Your logo will also be on HQ signage. “Leading Light” prestige branding on all materials to local schools and other marketing materials. Big shout outs through PR, our website & social media. And permission to use the 2018 Lantern Parade eve

£16 – Fish supper for 2 from Argus Fish Bar

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This reward will fill you with fish, chips and the feeling of doing something lovely for the community. Incidentally, it will also make you super popular, as you select who to share your dinner with.

£10 – Cream tea for 2 at Margot May

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Time to indulge yourself. Why not treat yourself to a scone with clotted cream and a choice of local jams? Or if sweet isn’t your thing, choose the savoury scone with cheddar cheese and a choice of local chutney instead. Or both! It is for two, after all.

£25 – A Rare treat

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One for meat fans! Rare Butchers of Soutville have donated a voucher for £25 to spend on the best quality, free-range, meat from farmers across the south west.

£10 – Voucher for shopping at Zero Green

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Lidia & Stacey of the splendid Zero Green have kindly donated a £10 voucher to spend at their delightful zero waste shop on North Street.

If you choose this reward, you'll be helping the Parade and helping the planet at the same time. Winner!

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£20 – A beautiful bouquet from Les Fleurs

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Treat someone (or even yourself) to a beautiful bouquet
care of the innovative floral designers at Les Fleurs. Seamlessly blending French and British style, Les Fleurs create flowers that are perfect for each and every occasion.

£35 – An Italian feast for two

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The lovely people at Mezzaluna on West Street have donated a voucher for two pizzas and a bottle of house red or white wine. So why not work up an appetite by donating and get yourself a delicious meal out in Bedminster? Take a look at their website to see what treats await you

£25 – 1 hour Pilates lesson

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Elle and her team at Bristol Pilates Studio have donated some pilates lessons for 5 kind donors. Whether you are a regular pilates-practicer or just fancy giving it a go, grab this reward and get on the mat!

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