Yarn bombers call on residents to “adopt a lamp post for Christmas”

Yarn bombing on Patchway Brook Roundabout in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The team behind the recent ‘Bobbly Stoke’ yarn bombing stunt in north Bradley Stoke is calling on local residents to support them in a new project that will see lamp posts and signposts in the town adorned with Christmas decorations.

One member of the team, Caroline Sullivan, told The Journal:

“After our bobbly hat success, the ‘adopt a Christmas lamp post’ idea is causing a lot of interest. I’ve even heard from an after school kids’ club who want to adopt a couple, along with a number of other children! They shall be ‘appearing’ over the next couple of days! It would be great if other schools and clubs could pick a few lamp posts near them.”

“My advice to decorate is: Pick a safe lamp post that the children can access; don’t make the decoration too big so it causes an obstruction to passers by; and don’t cover any official sign already on the lamp post.”

“If you could maybe let anyone that enquires know this, we could be looking at some fantastic displays in Bradley Stoke for Christmas!”

Another team member, Julia Fillis, added (on the BSJ Facebook page):

“Buy or make a decoration and put it on a lamp post. You could use a piece of a fir tree and tie a bow onto it, or make a snowflake out of white plastic. Try to put it quite high up or it may be removed by children (as we found with the hats).”

“The weather forecast says very windy again, so we’re holding off putting ours out yet. We bought Santa’s Washing Line which we’ll tie between the trees on the roundabout and several other decorations. Hopefully it will be up by the weekend.”

Members of the public are invited to join the yarn bombers tomorrow (Saturday 13th December), to help decorate signposts on Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi). Meet on the Pear Tree Road side of the roundabout at 12noon.

Will you be decorating the lamp posts in your street? Send us your photos!

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  1. please be carefull with road signs!

    Road Traffic Act 1988 states:-

    F1 A22 – Causing danger to road-users.

    (1)A person is guilty of an offence if he intentionally and without lawful authority or reasonable cause—

    (a)causes anything to be on or over a road, or

    (b)interferes with a motor vehicle, trailer or cycle, or

    (c)interferes (directly or indirectly) with traffic equipment,

    in such circumstances that it would be obvious to a reasonable person that to do so would be dangerous.
    (2)In subsection (1) above “dangerous” refers to danger either of injury to any person while on or near a road, or of serious damage to property on or near a road; and in determining for the purposes of that subsection what would be obvious to a reasonable person in a particular case, regard shall be had not only to the circumstances of which he could be expected to be aware but also to any circumstances shown to have been within the knowledge of the accused.

    (3)In subsection (1) above “traffic equipment” means—

    (a)anything lawfully placed on or near a road by a highway authority;

    (b)a traffic sign lawfully placed on or near a road by a person other than a highway authority;

    (c)any fence, barrier or light lawfully placed on or near a road—

    (i)in pursuance of section 174 of the Highways Act 1980, F2. . . or section 65 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (which provide for guarding, lighting and signing in streets where works are undertaken), or

    (ii)by a constable or a person acting under the instructions (whether general or specific) of a chief officer of police.

    (4)For the purposes of subsection (3) above anything placed on or near a road shall unless the contrary is proved be deemed to have been lawfully placed there.

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