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November 2019

PROPERTY PEEPS

Two new four-bed detached Nailsea homes for sale for November by Property Peeps page sponsors Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents in the High Street. Plus news of no windfall for Nailsea Town Council from developers in the past six months. Read more HERE

Under the What's On dropdown menu is a festive Christmas page with craft fairs, pantos, places to feast and the countdown calender...to add your entry email nailseapeople@gmail.com. Click HERE to do directly to the page

New slideshows added include Punk Ladies, eat:nailsea, apple day festival at Ring O'Bells and more plus dates of Backwell Camera Club meetings on the gallery pages. Nailsea People will be adding Halloween for November...

Details of the North Somerset candidates for the fourth General Election this decade on Thursday, December 12, go to the political peeps page by clicking HERE

Home in time for Christmas

Three young men looking to find a home together will be moving to Nailsea in time for Christmas.

James Mutter, Callum McLellan and Joe Walker have Down’s syndrome.

The trio warmed the hearts of thousands when an appeal was posted on Nailsea People Facebook page back in July.

They met on a hospitality course and were looking to share a house in North Somerset.

And now their hopes have been realised and they are hoping to be residents of Nailsea in the next few weeks.

The original Facebook post from 22-year-old Joe – with some help from big brother Sam – asked for help finding a suitable house and was shared more than 2,000 times thanks to the Nailsea People page and read by 50,000 plus.

Joe’s post said: “We are three very good mates who would really like to live together with support from a carer. We have spent the past three years studying and living together at Foxes Academy in Somerset. While there, we have studied and gained qualifications in hospitality and will be looking for work once we have settled into our new home. We have also learnt a lot of life skills whilst at Foxes. These skills include being able to clean and look after the home we live in. We would be really grateful if you could help us find a four-bedroom house in the Clevedon or Nailsea area that we could make our home.”

Support needed

Joe, Callum, aged 21, and James, 22, finished at their special needs academy at the end of the summer after completing a three-year hospitality course and wanted to stay together.

Their mum Sharon told the Bristol Post at the time: “They decided over a year ago they wanted to live together after leaving Foxes.

“All three of them get on really well.

“They like drama club and sports.

"Joe is a massive Leicester City fan.

“They like music and going to the cinema.

“There is a theatre in Minehead they all go to, and Callum and James are both drummers.”

And now the wonderful update as Sam said: “I'm pleased to announce that the lovely people of Nailsea came through, and they've now got a home!

“It was all down to the huge amount of attention they gained from social media.

“The landlord is prepping it now for them and they'll be moving in soon.

“They're now looking for social workers to come and help them out, something that I'm sure shouldn't be too hard considering they got a house.

“The reaction last time was incredible!

"It just goes to show the power of social media”

There were lots of offers of help in response to the original appeal including job opportunities.
Coates House boss Alastair MacLeod said this week: "We’re delighted to hear that James, Callum and Joe have managed to find a house locally. 
"We look forward to meeting them to discuss their experience and to explore how we might be able to help one another out."

Sam helped the young men prepare this thank you message.

It says: "Thanks to your kindness, we were able to find a home in Nailsea, and are looking forward to moving in! We are now looking for support workers to help us be as independent as possible in our new home and support us in our quest for employment. We are very sociable and have many similar interests such as going to the cinema, watching and playing sports, music, drama and going to the gym. We also like to party together. If you think you may be interested in this fun and rewarding role please contact the Brandon Trust at natalie.blake@brandontrust.org."

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10

The parade will form up at Holy Trinity church hall at Church Lane at 10.25am then march to church.

The welcome will be done by the Rev James Packman followed by the laying of wreaths, reading roll of honour and then proceeding into church for Remembrance Service with Last Post, two minutes silence and Reveille.

  • 10.45am there will be a short act of Remembrance at Backwell Village War Memorial

ARMISTICE DAY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11

At approximately 10.40am everyone will assemble at Somerset Square facing the Waitrose supermarket entrance. The opening prayer will be given by the Rev Packman followed by the Royal British Legion wreath laying, Last Post and at 11am it will be the two minutes silence, Reveille and parade dismiss.

There will be street collections at various times - see Gallery 2019 for photos.

CHRISTMAS GIVING: Nailsea Christmas fair and light switch-on at Crown Glass Shopping Centre is on Friday, November 29. The fun starts from 2pm and continues until late.

Due to licensing laws the organisers must charge entry to Somerset Square, Colliers Walk and Clevedon Walk during the event. Last year they charged 1p - no change given - and donated the proceedings to nominated charity Springboard Opportunity Group and made a generous donation to them from stall bookings and admission fees. Centre administrator Kerry Lester said: "We would like to give this opportunity again to another local charity or community group, However they would need to supervise each of the five entrances with two person teams during the event. In reward for doing so, they would receive 100 per cent of the funds raised from entrance fees." To download a stall booking form click HERE or go to the Christmas What's On page by clicking HERE. You can all contact centre administrator Kerry for more information on 01275 854543 or email kerry.simpkins@cbre.com.

BUSINESS PEEPS: Two meetings this month for the business community, both at Coates House. The first is Thirsty Thursday, November 7, when given all the new shops opening in the town the plan is to relaunch Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce. The next is Nailsea Small Business Breakfast on Wednesday, November 18, (date change) at 7.30am. More details on the Business Peeps page by clicking HERE

The super new sandwich bar and deli Greens at Colliers Walk has changed its opening hours to be more customer friendly.

It seems not many people in Nailsea wanted a 7am breakfast on working days but students wanted a place to munch and meet after school!

The new opening hours are 9am-4.45pm Monday to Friday – it is closed on Saturdays and Sundays but may be opening on Saturdays soon.

It sells freshly prepared sandwiches, salad bowls, pastries, gluten free, vegan, veggie and dairy free food but for the carnivores there is homemade sausage rolls and scotch eggs and, they say, best coffee in town.

Owner Dean Sandy said: “We have also added some new menu items.

“Late breakfasts and smoothies along with jacket potatoes, soups and toasted paninis for the colder days.”

The hiccup with the card machine has thankfully been sorted and a new landline 01275 851833 installed.

And exciting things are happening at Café 119 also run by Dean as it is to become Bistro 119 in the evenings.

On Thursday, November 7, they are trailing the idea with a taster menu.

Dean said: “Nailsea are you ready for Bistro 119? Well exciting times ahead because it is happening. and even better it is bring-your-own alcohol.

“We are going to launch a soft opening evening to get to taste mini dishes of some of the great plates we will be serving you people.

“It's £20 per head and there will be limited tables.”

Dean’s vision for the Station Road limited late nights are ‘cosy candlelight dining with soft music and a warm atmosphere’ from 7-11pm with last food orders at 9.15pm.

And he has devised an evolving menu which so far includes:

  • Butternut squash gnocchi with puttanesca (whore) sauce, crusted lamb cutlets, potato fondant, tenderstem broccoli, celeriac puree, blackberry and rosemary jus.

The bistro will start opening Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 7pm from November 13 with some special Christmas menus to be introduced as the festive date approaches.To book call 01275 859991.

Food for thought @

Back in the summer we warned that people who overstay their welcome in Nailsea car parks faced hefty fines and many motorists have since paid penalties.

Crown Glass Shopping Centre introduced a tough new parking enforcement system in July in time for the opening of its multi-million pound refurbishment of Colliers Walk.

It installed an ANPR system (automatic number plate recognition) at its car park on Stockway South with a limit of three hours.

And centre manager Martin Nelmes warned at the time: “If drivers stay more than three hours it will automatically send out a parking enforcement fine.”

There were some time-limited parking bays concessions for customers going to the Post Office, Iceland supermarket and the Kebab Kitchen takeaway.

Following suit Nailsea Waitrose also fitted an ANPR but with only a two hour waiting time.

Drivers parking in Stockway South will be fined £100 for exceeding the time limit which is reduced to £60 if they pay within 14 days.

While Waitrose customers get fined £70 for exceeding the time limit which is reduced to £40 if they pay up straight away.

In total though Nailsea has nearly 1,000 free car parking spaces.

Emma Chamberline‎ said she received a Britannia parking charge notice when she left her vehicle in Waitrose car park.

And she asked Nailsea People Facebook readers: "Has anyone got a ticket in Nailsea Waitrose car park? Can it be enforced, and will it affect your credit if you do not pay it?

"I admit that I was in the wrong - I overstayed by seven minutes but I want to find out my options before paying £40 or £70!"

Michele Rickard said: "Two hours just isn't long enough to shop and for example have lunch, go to the doctors or get your hair done, so not surprised people end up getting fined for going slightly over."

Cheryl Field said: "I had a ticket in that car park back in February and when I looked at the paperwork and photos i was only over by four minutes.

"I didn't pay initially, then had a warning sent through and I tried to appeal but ended up having to pay £70, I wasn't happy as I had shopped in Waitrose and had been in the cafe."

Sarah Ford said: "Cameras are now installed in all car parks in Nailsea, three hours in main car park and two hours in Waitrose."

Emma Chamberline concluded after doing some research about the parking company rights and wrongs ' they seem legit, so I just paid it as to be fair, it was my fault'.

Overstay you pay

PARKING WARNING: From Nailsea People front page July 2019

Brew on sale at Nailsea MicroPub from Thursday, Movember 14. Every pint sold 5p will be donated to #movemberfoundation from #boxsteambrewer

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