Hanham's first window trail proves a hit
WINDOWS were lit up with cheery scenes for the first Hanham Shine Your Light trail.
Nearly 50 households, businesses, churches, nurseries and schools produced creative, illuminated window displays.
Residents could follow a map of the walking trail along 28 roads from December 18 to 20 and hundreds of people also viewed photos of the displays online.
Children at Christ Church primary school displayed their work in Hanham Christ Church, which also organised a nativity trail of displays with goody bags for children who spotted all seven scenes.
Art shop Artime’s display was an incredibly detailed nativity scene, painted by Vincent Brown who appeared on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year.
Trail organiser Chloe Scholefield, 41, who moved to Hanham during the July lockdown, worked with her son, Hector, age three, to create her own displays featuring dinosaurs in Christmas hats and animals looking at a bright star.
She said: “I really enjoyed organising Hanham Shine Your Light and meeting new people. ’ve enjoyed seeing what people created and I’ve especially enjoyed the happiness that it’s given to other people, including the excitement that Hector got from it all.”
Chloe, who works as an art technician at Bristol Brunel Academy, plans to run the trail again next Christmas after positive feedback this year saying the trail was wonderful and had cheered people up.
She said: “I have had people say they would like to do it again and also volunteer to help out with the organising.
“I would like to get more people doing displays and run creative workshops to help support people in developing and trying out new ideas. I would also like to run a lantern parade as part of the trail weekend.”
She is hoping to involve care homes, more schools, the youth centre and the library in 2021 to make the trail more accessible.