Window Wanderland is just wonderful

February 27 2015

IT'S fair to say that Lucy Reeves certainly achieved her ambition to magic away the winter blues last month.

IT'S fair to say that Lucy Reeves certainly achieved her ambition to magic away the winter blues last month.

What started out as a simple idea to bring the Bishopston community together and raise people's spirits, turned into an evening of over 170 creatively dressed windows and gardens.

The local mum and artist says that she is "over the moon" at the evening's outcome, and plans to make Window Wanderland an annual event.

Lucy teamed up with Keith Walker, creator of Dale the Dalek and the beach-themed garden in Thornleigh Road, to raise money for the Children's Hospice South West.

Around £350 was collected for the charity which cared for Keith's nephew who suffered from muscle dystrophy.

His garden has been a hit with local folk since it was transformed into a beach scene in November.

Keith has been calling on people to come and brave the winter chill, and have their photos taken in the deck chair, while donning their swimwear.

He has raised over £940 in total and is looking to reach his target of £1,000 in March.

Lucy Reeves said: "I am literally over the moon about Window Wanderland. All the displays were wonderful and the imagination spilled out of the windows and into the streets.

"This made people smile and strangers talk, which was the whole point of the event.

"It was an amazing evening and Keith raised £350 which was brilliant.

"Thank you to everyone who took part, they should be very proud of what they have done."

Keith said: "[Window Wanderland] was such a magic thing to happen in Bishopston - there was a real buzz in the air.

"Many people came along check out the beach scene. There were children making sandcastles and playing with the inflatable dolphins. Everyone was talking to one another, smiling, laughing. It was an absolutely brilliant evening.

"Now I need to think of what to do next year."

Bishopston councillor Tim Malnick said: "It was a lovely event and a brilliant example of someone who had a nice idea and really went for it."

The event, which happened on February 7, was funded through the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership's well-being fund.

To view the photos from the evening, visit: www.windowwanderland.com.

Lucy Reeves