30 Sep600 Pupils Contribute to Bunting-Based Art

Schoolchildren from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have put together a bunting-based piece of collaborate art.

The 600 pupils – all aged 12 and 13 – unveiled their bunting in Londonderry as part of a celebration of diversity, peace, and reconciliation. The celebration was part of Ireland’s “Educating Together” programme.

The bunting will now be displayed in the office of the First and Deputy First Minister.

Kevin Campbell, Mayor of Londonderry, said: “I was delighted to be part of this event today and this initiative which brings together our impressionable young who are the future of the region.

“A programme such as this is vital as we move forward to embrace our City of Culture status in 2013; the benefits were clearly obvious from the children and organisers here today.”

Mr Campbell added: “By facilitating them in residential courses where they will learn vital enterprise skills, it is also offering them a chance to come together with others from different community backgrounds, meetings which may not have otherwise happened.”

Chief Executive Officer of YENI, Carol Fitzsimons, also praised the children’s efforts: “Derry/Londonderry is the perfect location to unveil this remarkable piece of art and celebrate the achievements of all the young people who took part in the LET Programme.

“The modern face of the city reflects the themes of the programme: community interaction, sharing and celebrating culture, seeking new opportunities and growing enterprise potential.

“Enterprise education has never been more relevant. Developing young people and equipping them with relevant business skills is vital if we are to have a successful and vibrant economy in the future.

“In today’s economic climate, it is imperative that young people take ownership of their future careers.”

Every year, more than 600 pupils take part in the LET Programme. Over the years, more than 4,500 young people have taken part in it.

23 SepOlympic Bunting Sold on eBay

Bunting which was put up in a Surrey town to celebrate the Olympics has been torn down and sold on online auction site eBay, it has emerged.

The local council in Elmbridge, which was on the route of the Olympic cycling road races, have now requested that members of the public leave the bunting where it is.

The multi-coloured bunting and banners, which bear the famous Olympic rings, were originally put up earlier this year.

The borough council confirmed that the “theft” of the bunting has been reported to police.

“We would politely request that residents do not remove any of the London 2012 Olympic banners and bunting that have been put up across the borough of Elmbridge,” added a council spokesman.

“These were put in place to celebrate the entire Olympic and Paralympic Games and for everyone to enjoy. They will remain in place well into the Autumn, possibly until Christmas decorations make an appearance in November.

“There has been a loss of some bunting that was placed below head height. It is not specific to one area, but has been removed from many Elmbridge locations.”

eBay wouldn’t comment on this particular case. However, they did say that people need to adhere to their rules when buying and selling items on the site. This involves not selling anything that doesn’t actually belong to the seller.

A spokesman for eBay added: “We act on all official reports of stolen property received from the police.”

2012 has seen a rise in the popularity of bunting in the UK, spearheaded by the Olympic games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

22 SepBunting Torn Down by Council Decision

A carnival committee in South Wales has been told to take down bunting because of an apparent risk to health and safety.

The organisers of the carnival in the village of Johnstown had put colourful triangular bunting up for the event on September 22.

But, despite putting up the bunting for the last 10 years, the council has told them that the bunting had to come down. The news came just days before the big day, and has led to rumours that the carnival was cancelled.

Carnival Committee chairwoman Jenny Fox said she was disappointed with the council’s decision.

Ms Fox said: “We understand that the banners advertising the carnival had to come down because drivers will read them and that could be a distraction.

“However, the bunting has been up every year of the carnival, for the last 10 years.

“We just feel let down by the decision not to allow the bunting to stay at the crossroads.

“The bunting in the park itself is not affected but the crossroads has always had it.”

Maryrose Wright, a fellow committee member said: “Since we had to take it all down, I have had people ask me in the street if the carnival is still on.

“The crossroads was an ideal place for the bunting and let everyone know that the carnival was coming, now we have nothing there.”

However, the local authority’s street works manager Cliff Cleaton said: “Permission is needed for seasonal decorations to be erected in and over the public highway.

He also said that the carnvival committee failed to make a formal application to put the bunting up, and they have been asked to remove them as a result of this.

“If the committee requires any further advice, it can contact the council,” added Mr Cleaton.

Despite all this, the event still went ahead on schedule, just without the bunting, which seems a shame.

The carnival has raised lots of money for local charities since it was launched over 10 years ago.

Speaking before the carnival, Ms Fox added:  ”We are hoping for more floats than ever this year and thousands of people to attend.”

Let’s hope that bunting isn’t amiss next year!

10 JunOlympic Bunting Goes Up

As the Diamond Jubilee bunting comes down, Londoners are seeing their first glimpses of Olympic bunting across the capital.

The first decorations have already gone up in Stratford, near to the Olympic Park. And all Greater London Boroughs are set to put up the Union Jack bunting, and other Olympic paraphernalia in the coming weeks.

When the decorating is complete, some people are predicting  that there will be over 25 kilometres of bunting and over 600 square metres of building decorations on display all over the city by the time the opening ceremony on July 27.

Others have reported that over 6,000 lamppost banners will decorate the streets.

London Mayor Boris Johnson also revealed that installations, such as giant javelins and shot-puts, are to be put up in public parks across the city.

There’s even a giant tea-making machine being installed at Victoria Park, which will allow people to make the “perfect cuppa.”

Mr Johnson said: “With less than 50 days to go before the greatest show on earth I am delighted that London is getting spruced up to show why it’s the best city in the world in which to live, visit and invest.”

He added: ”The Diamond Jubilee showed just how fantastic the city can look during a celebration and the Games will offer another superb opportunity to capture people’s imaginations and make them feel part of this once in a lifetime event.

“Whether it’s the splash of colour from banners and bunting, or the surprise of giant ambient javelins or tea-making machines, London will be an enchanting place to be this summer like no other.”

03 JunSchools’ Bunting Challenge

The team behind a Hampshire village carnival has set local schoolchildren a challenge – to produce the designs for this year’s official carnival bunting.

Pupils from schools such as Townhill Infants in Southampton, St James’ in West End, and Wildern in Hedge End, were each given an individual pennant to design.

The theme is “best of British,” and entries so far include designs based around “the seaside,” “fish and chips,” “roast dinners,” and even pop-singer Ed Sheeran!

The carnival in West End, which is just outside Southampton, is on Saturday June 23rd, and the winning bunting designs will be displayed at a fete on the village’s Hatch Grange park on carnival day.

Card for the designs was donated by the West End store of Hobbycraft.

The carnival starts at 1pm at Barbe Baker Avenue, with the fete on Hatch Grange running from 2-5pm.

If you would like to take part in the parade, either with a float or as a walking entry, or if you would like to book a pitch at the fete, call the West End Parish Centre on 023 80462371.

26 MayBunting Ban “Miscommunication”

A apparent “ban” on hanging jubilee bunting in a Somerset town has been lifted, after the county council denied ever banning it in the first place.

On Friday, newspapers reported that Somerset County Council had banned traders in the seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea hanging bunting between lamp posts due to safety fears.

However, the row is now over, after the council announced that it hadn’t even been approached about street decorations in the town.

A council spokesperson said: “There was no approach from Burnham-on-Sea chamber of trade to the council regarding the fixing of bunting to our street lamps, nor has there ever been a ban.

“We are pleased to support Burnham-on-Sea celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

He added: “An engineer has met the Chamber of Trade and agreed that bunting can be fixed to the lampposts in the High Street they have chosen. We are happy for bunting to go up across the county for any occasion, but organisers should always contact Somerset Highways first.”

Before mix-up was put right, Jonathan Walter, a chamber of trade spokesman said that the chamber wanted to hang bunting between shops and street lamps. But it had been told by the local council that county council rules wouldn’t allow them to use any street lamps that had not been “stress-tested” in advance.

Of course, this isn’t the first bit of controversy regarding bunting for a royal event. Last year, some councils were accused of being too stringent with their rules on how bunting could be hung in public places.

20 MayBunting the Focus for Banksy’s New Masterpiece

A new bunting-inspired masterpiece, bearing all the hallmarks of street-artist Banksy, has appeared in North London.

The painting, which was added to the wall on Monday night, features a young boy using a sewing machine to make union-jack bunting. It’s thought that the graffiti is in reference to how Western industry uses cheap labour in countries such as India, China, and Sri Lanka.

The area of London where the artwork is situated was one of the areas affected by last summer’s London riots.

The painting also references this year’s Jubilee celebrations, and Banksy has used the Royal family in his artwork in the past, including a mural featuring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Bristol-based artist, who is famous for his undercover works-of-art, has also added his unique sketches to walls all over the world. He also does work on canvas, and was the director the film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.”

Banksy was also the subject of an amusing parody featuring comedian Jack Whitehall, where Whitehall posed as the artist while drawing various bad murals across Bristol. He’s also the topic of a new book, and has recently been involved in a feud with fellow graffiti-artist “Robbo.”

30 DecVintage Festival relocates for 2012

The award-winning vintage festival is relocating to the East Midlands for 2012.

The event, which was last held in London, is moving to Boughton House near Kettering in Northamptonshire .

The 2,345 acre site is famous for its attractive gardens, its Grade 1 Listed Park, and collection of fine art, including paintings, furniture, porcelain, weapons, and textiles.

Designer Wayne Hemingway and his family first launched Vintage at Goodwood in 2010. It attracted more than 40,000 visitors. The event showcases the best in old-school music, fashion, and film, as well as arts and crafts such as clothing and vintage bunting.

On the location change, Hemingway said: “We decided to look for a place where 75 per cent of the population could get to within two hours.

“We wanted a venue that was not only inspiring but somewhere new for people to explore.

“By chance we came across Boughton House on a Google search. It looked beautiful and we couldn’t believe we hadn’t heard of it before. We started to talk with the owners and they liked the idea.

“It fits the bill perfectly. It really is amazingly beautiful and really well connected by road and train.”

The festival runs from July 13-15. You can find out more at http://www.vintagebyhemingway.co.uk/.

26 JulOxfam capitalizes on vintage trend

The charity Oxfam has announced that its online vintage store is now getting more than 6,000 visits a week, as it capitalizes on the UK’s hunger for all things vintage.

Overall, sales of vintage memorabilia at Oxfam has increased more than a third since it set up a dedicated online vintage store just over a year ago. Before that, anything classed as “vintage” was sold on its general website, or in its many charity shops around the country.

Head of retail at Oxfam, Sarah Farquhar, said: “We’re seeing a real resurgence in the popularity of vintage fashion, particularly since the economic downturn when people want their money to go further.”

Oxfam, which was founded in Oxford in 1942, is an international confederation of 15 organisations. It works in 98 countries worldwide to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

17 MarRoyal Wedding – No Bunting for Some

Despite excitement across the world for April’s royal wedding, it seems that not all of the UK’s communities will be celebrating Wills and Kate’s nuptials.

And in some parts of the UK, councils have been accused of being too stringent with their rules on bunting and other decorations, meaning residents are shying away from street parties, and other events.

One such council is Medway Council – organisers of an event in Rochester, Kent reportedly gave-up on the idea of a street part after receiving a 30-point checklist.

And there were similar problems in the village of Wix, just over the county border, as Essex County Council shunned the idea of closing the village’s main road for a street party.

However, events are going ahead in many places across the UK, including in Henley-on-Thames, where bunting usually reserved for the town’s summer regatta, is to be put up early to mark the big day.

Other towns that have confirmed street parties and fêtes include Cleethorpes, and Bournemouth.

Sarah Lonsdale, an organiser of the Cleethorpes’ street party, said: “We think it is great opportunity to get people together. There are a lot of children down this street and it would be great to make it a really memorable occasion for them. It is also a great chance to get to know the neighbours.”