This year’s Window Wanderland was another great success, with the artistic spirit to the fore, backed by Pollywood Cinema, Brass Aye, and a live juke box.
It was mobbed on the night – we could do with more stewards and fewer cars next year – and it made the attention of the Observer.
Photographer Stefan Krajcik has once again provided some stunning photographs for us all to share.
Window Wanderland (© Stefan Krajcik)
So what are you going to do next year?
Bungo in the Back Lanes returns for its 20th year this summer! The date is Saturday June 22nd, so get planning. What will you do this year?
If you want more details of running a stall, or heloping out in the planning or on the day, see our Bungo in the Back Lanes pages on Bungoblog.
The Strathbungo Society and its events are run entirely by volunteers and we always welcome new people who want to help in any way they can. It’s important that volunteers are able to move on, so we are always looking for people to take on roles, from the small to the not-so-small, but also to develop new initiatives. Our Committee Meetings are open to all and advertised under the events sections of the bungoblog and Strathbungo Facebook page, so if you have ideas or want to know more do come along.
Current volunteering opportunities include:
- Stewards for Window Wanderland 23rd February. We have stewards at larger events just in case anything goes wrong (stewards are briefed beforehand and we have a pick up point for lost children). Don a yellow bungo jacket for part of the evening and wander the streets. If interested either contact email@example.com or come to the Committee Meeting on 19th February
- The Spring Fling. A small group is responsible for organising this event (co-ordination of craft stalls and events on the day) and would welcome someone else to join the team Contacts firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Bungo Committee. At our last AGM several people retired and were not replaced. We need more people on the Committee to keep going and have up to five vacancies. Do contact our Chair, Jane Carolann, at email@example.com or come along to our next meeting to see what is involved.
- Newsletter delivery. Our distribution co-ordinator, Imelda Devlin, is always looking for new people to distribute our newsletter (3-4 times a year) whether to take on a street permanently or to act as a reserve when people are away.
- Newsletter production. Our newsletter designer has indicated she would like to step down after many years. We now have a thriving editorial team who produce the copy so we are looking for someone who has layout skills.
- Brighter Bungo. This is one of the easiest and most social ways to help with no commitments! Simply turn up on the day with your friends or family and help other volunteers keep our backlanes clean (all equipment provided). Next event will be probably be in April. More details from firstname.lastname@example.org
The Strathbungo Society
STRATHBUNGO WINDOW WANDERLAND IS BACK… GET THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY AND YOUR THINKING CAP ON!
On Saturday 23 February 2019, Strathbungo Window Wanderland will once again transform the streets of Strathbungo into a spectacular outdoor gallery for all to enjoy.
As always, the success of last year’s event was down to the incredible efforts of residents and their wonderful window displays… From performances in front rooms to amazing projections onto buildings; mischievous monkeys, polka dot parties, disco balls, bubble baths, mythical creatures, intricate installations, pop up bingo halls and tattoo parlours, fantastical faraway lands and music filling the streets…. It was beautiful! We can’t wait to see what 2019’s event brings!
Simply create a window display in the front windows of your flat, house, business or shop. Please don’t feel intimidated! A ‘display’ could be as simple as a candle, book, fairy lights or image in a window. Or you could go all out and stage a performance in your front room! Simple or spectacular… it’s completely up to you.
Strathbungo Window Wanderland is organised entirely by volunteers in their spare time. If you have any questions or would like to help spread the word about the event, please contact Sarah Reid at email@example.com
You can follow the event on Facebook.
Strathbungo Window Wanderland was inspired by and is part of the wider Window Wanderland programme which was set up in Bristol in 2015. If you would like to run an event in your area, go to windowwanderland.com
Supported by the Strathbungo Society and Pollokshields Area Partnership.
Deal with those post Christmas blues. Come out for some fresh air, meet your neighbours and give your neighbourhood a spring clean. All help welcome.
Where: Gather at junction of Moray Place and Nithsdale Road, near Sammy’s
Time: 11.00 to 13.00 hrs
When: Sunday 13 January
All equipment supplied.
WANTED: rubbish person to organise Brighter Bungo !
The Strathbungo Society is seeking a new organiser for its regular community clear-up events, currently held on a Sunday 11am-1pm, five times a year.
• Liaise with Strathbungo Society Committee and Glasgow City Council
• Encourage participation via posters & Society’s social media
• Organise a team of volunteers on the day
All equipment provided, and handover & induction offered.
The Strathbungo Society was saddened to hear of the untimely death of Lesley McCallum last Sunday. Lesley was a stalwart supporter of the Strathbungo Society and former Committee member. Lesley organised and ran the Society Bottle Stall at every ‘Bungo in the Back Lanes’ event since its inception and also hosted many ‘Bungo at the Bells’ events at her home at the corner of Queen Square and Moray Place. Lesley’s help and encouragement of the Society’s work will be sorely missed and the Society passes on its sincere condolences to her husband David, brother Alistair and nephew Jack. Rest in Peace.
Chair, The Strathbungo Society
Where is all the biting Scottish Political satire these days? It seems to have just disappeared along with original Irn Bru and your online personal data. Well two of your Bungo neighbours have decided to do something about it!
Putting their years of experience to work the result is News Hacks. With a hysterical new script each month they deliver a fresh take on the news, those making the news, plus a smattering of side swipes at life in general in 21st century Scotland. If you watch, listen or read the news on any platform this is the show that puts it all into perspective. No one is immune from their spotlight.
Karen Townsend and Rikki Brown, who live in one of the garden streets, have set up a theatre production company, Bialystock and Brown. Main aim? To ensure that those in the public eye aren’t allowed to take themselves too seriously at all.
It’s that time again! Bungo in the Back Lanes is back for 2018, this Saturday, 1-5 pm. It’s one of the Southside’s greatest and longest running events.
Final preparations are underway, and the Bungo map is now available, showing just some of the events you can expect.
Meanwhile it take a lot of effort to make this happen, and if anyone wishes to help out in any way, may I suggest:
- Set up your own stall in your back garden / lane.
- Donations to the bottle stall
- Donations to the tombola (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Stewarding on the day – there’s a briefing at 11.45 at the Society stall in the Marywood / Queen Square lane, or just show up any time and say hi, if you can spare us an hour with one of our fancy new orange jackets!
- Set up (and take down) the gazebos – we start 9am (ish) in the Marywood / Queen Square lane, and pause for bacon rolls at some point
For more guidance see the FAQ on this site.
Famous for its residents’ stalls selling everything from bric-a-brac and jewellery to homemade food and crafts, Bungo in the Back Lanes is an annual community festival that takes place in the lanes of Strathbungo.
The most exciting part of the festival is seeing which DIY stalls are set up on the day. Previous years have produced snail races, jumble stalls and a guess-the-sweeties-in-the-jar competition.
This year, #BitBL2018 is on 23rd June 2018.
Do you want to put up a stall?
Are you happy to host a stall or three in your garden?
Here’s what you need to know:
- Residents are free to open up their garden or let someone else use it. Please let us know if you are happy for your garden to be used and we can help match you with a stallholder.
- If you are not a resident and are planning on setting up a stall outside someone’s garden, please check first that they are happy for you to do so. Alternatively, there are several spots along the side lanes that are not directly outside people’s gardens.
- If you are selling from your garden, make sure you have good signage on the lane letting people know what awaits them. Otherwise, nobody will know!
- Do let us know where your stall is so we can add it onto our map.
- If you are planning on selling food, you will need a food safety licence from the council. Please contact:
Alison Lochrin, Technical Officer (Food Safety)
Business Regulation, Environmental Health and Trading Standards
Land and Environmental Services
231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX
0141 287 7990
There’s more detail on our BitBL FAQs page. If in doubt, drop us an email at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help.