A Wintery Wonder at Bedford’s Window Wanderland

Image: Priya Gill

Good King Wenseclas. Image: Priya Gill

 

Bedford’s first Window Wanderland took place on Saturday 5th December.

More than 40 homes dotted around Black Tom decorated their windows and dressed them to impress. 

 On a blustery evening, the wintery walking trail kicked off at Park Road Methodist Church – where jolly church people offered up mulled wine, mince pies, teas and coffees.

A wander through charming streets, lined with enchanting houses offered a glimpse into the creative and quirky imagination’s of Black Tom’s locals.

The trail saw residents throw their curtains wide – Elbow anyone? – “Throw those curtains wide – one day like this a year would be just fine.” – Ok, one is fab – but more than, just imagine!

 

The King Wins

Good King Wenseclas was crowned the winning display by trail goers.

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Image: Priya Gill

 

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

 

 

Image: Priya Gill

Where do all the odd socks go? Image: Priya Gill

 

Socks and Sweets  to Save The Chikdren 

Lovely locals offered sweet treats including fudge, cakes and tiffin.

Janet Lehain and her four girls raised £110 for Save the Children by selling fudge on the night.

Janet says,  “I wanted them to spend the run up to Christmas thinking about other people.  My hope was that the project would make them learn how life is like for some people and start to appreciate how good they have it.”

“Sophie, aged 9, came up with Save the Children, after looking at their website for a bit, and the kind of projects they do…The Window Wanderland kind of happened at just the right time to give them a safe way of having a little stall. They really loved doing it.”

You can order fudge in time for Christmas, donate £2, and choose from chocolate, chocolate & pistachio or peanut butter fudge – the Fudge Fairy will deliver in Black Tom or you can collect at Rogan’s Books.

Janet says the odd socks theme, ‘just sums up family life and the mountains of washing that come with it! I wanted to have a couple of dresses in there, too, to tie in with my love of dressmaking. Oh, and knickers – I make those too, so friends who saw the display got the reference.”

Image: Kat Allen

Image: Kat Allen

 

Organiser, Katrina Allen says  it was fantastic turnout and a beautiful night, she said,  “It’s amazing how often you don’t look at your surroundings, that’s what I found when was doing on the tour. In the bits where there wasn’t windows, you were just looking at the buildings and the architecture and what people do to their gardens; and occasionally accidentally looking into someone’s living room and realising they were staring back again. I mean having a nose around your neighbourhood, it’s something we don’t do that often.”

Live Art. Image: Priya Gill

Live Art. Image: Priya Gill

Image: Phil Shirley, Facebook.

Image: Phil Shirley, Facebook

 

Image: Chloe Tilford Facebook

Image: Chloe Tilford Facebook

 

Image: Kerry Nelson Facebook

Image: Kerry Nelson Facebook

 

Black Cats in Black Tom Image: Phil Shirley Facebook

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

 

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

 

Peace. Image: Phil Shirley (Facebook)

Image: Phil Shirley Facebook

 

Image : Susan Lofthouse: (Facebook)

Image: Susan Lofthouse, Facebook

 

Image: Emma Garrett (Facebook)

Image: Emma Garrett Facebook

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

Hansel & Gretel Image: Valerie Freestone Facebook

Hansel & Gretel Image: Valerie Freestone Facebook

 

Image: Erica Roffe Facebook

Image: Erica Roffe Facebook

Star Light, Star Bright . Image: Priya Gill

Star Light, Star Bright . Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

 

 

Image: Kat Allen

Organiser Katrina Allen’s Jack & The Beanstalk  Image: Katrina Allen

 

Image: Helen Jones

Image: Helen Jones

A Frozen Display. Image: Jen Evans Facebook

A Frozen Display. Image: Jen Evans Facebook

Image: Kerry Nelson Facebook

Image: Kerry Nelson Facebook

The Nutcracker. Image: Katrina Allen

Image: Katrina Allen

Image: Priya Gill

Image: Priya Gill

A Santa Surprise 

Lucky trailers spotted a man dressed as Santa – rather genius, don’t you think?

Santa at home. Image: Katrina Allen

Santa kicking back relaxing. Image: Katrina Allen

 

To find out more visit: https://windowwanderland.wordpress.com/black-tom-bedford/

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