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