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Seán Patrick O'Keeffe RIP

19th October 1977- 22nd September 2022

The funeral service in loving memory for Seán was at St Francis Church, Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea, midday on Wednesday, October 19, followed by committal South Bristol Crematorium.

Conducted by Father Richard Elson his young niece and nephews read beautiful tributes at the service put together lovingly by his sister Teresa Giles.

The church was filled with family, friends, caring medical staff and fellow parishioners.
Many joined together afterwards to exchange memories of Seán at The Grove Sports Centre & Social Club.

His sense of humour and mischievousness made people smile. 

Donations in memory of Sean for the British Heart Foundation may be sent c/o Arthur E Davey & Sons Ltd, 82 Silver Street, Nailsea BS48 2DS or made online here


Angela Broderick RIP

It was with great sadness Nailsea Dental Practice announced the passing of their dear friend and colleague, Angela Broderick.

With the permission of her husband Matt, Nailsea People shared the news on its Facebook page.

With hours it reached more than 6,000 with many kind and heartbroken sympathy comments for the family.

The dental practice post says: "Angela was at Nailsea dental practice for more than 12 years as the practice manager, recently leaving the role to retire and concentrate on her small side business/hobby.

"Those that had the pleasure to know and work with Angela will know what a wonderful, kind, funny and caring person she was.

"It has shocked us here at the practice and we send our greatest condolences to Angela’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"Angela’s family have set up a donation page where people can donate in Angela’s honour to the Bristol Heart institute, please feel free to donate if you so wish."

The funeral service is at Holy Trinity Church on Friday, October 28, at 10am.

Donations may be made here

Plans for extension to Nailsea Garden of Rest 

The Garden of Rest at Nailsea will be extended once planning permission is granted.
A planning application by Dignity Funerals for 24 new remembrance plots on land adjacent to the existing Stockway North garden has been submitted.
There will be no burials on this land.
With churchyards in Nailsea full and only a handful of spaces left in the garden of rest finding a final resting place for loved ones had become critical.
The graveyards at Holy Trinity and Christ Church have been full for decades and finding a new burial ground in the town has proved impossible.
Nailsea Town Council has been searching for a site for a new cemetery site in the town for nearly 30 years but has been unable to find anywhere suitable.
Unless people have already purchased a plot, they cannot be buried anywhere in the town.
And Nailsea People reported this summer with the Garden of Rest at Stockway North fast reaching capacity Nailsea Town Council has urgently been looking for a solution.
The town council is responsible for the upkeep of the gardens which is managed by the Crematorium and Memorial Group, part of Dignity Plc, under its contract with North Somerset Council.
In the summer 2022 CMG corporate communications manager Stuart Cox said: “There are five plots left in the current Garden of Rest.
“We have started the planning process on Thursday, July 22, but are waiting to hear from North Somerset Council if it requires a fee for it to


proceed or if this can be forwarded during the process.”

And CMG director Steve Gant confirmed.

He said: “A small number of plots remain at the existing Gardens of Rest and these can be provided without impacting the current layout.
“Additional land has already been earmarked as an extension to the Garden of Rest.
“After consulting North Somerset Council planning department and our advisors, we are required to submit a planning application and this process has now begun.”
Plots of various sizes with starting prices from £1,499 in the extension to the Garden of Rest will be sold in perpetuity rather than being leased, added Mr Cox.

Welcoming to our range the relocatable urn for the garden or home. Your loved ones remains

FOREVER NEAR: Arthur E Davey & Sons, of Silver Street, Nailsea, has introduced a range of relocatable urns for the garden or home. Your loved ones ashes are put into a secure section on this urn and you can have your loved ones at home in the garden. With no worries of leaving them behind if you move. Prices start at  £130

No more poppies or parades?

The Royal British Legion at Backwell and Flax Bourton is in danger of folding after chairman Peter Hoare announced he is moving away from the village. The news comes just months after Nailsea RBL branch closed due to a lack of members
With dwindling numbers - and after chairman Peter Hoare announced he is moving away from the village - the Backwell and Flax Bourton branch of the Royal British Legion is to close by the end of the year.
The news has thrown the future of the annual poppy appeal, which raises thousands of pounds each year, into doubt. Although this year’s appeal will go ahead, a question mark is hanging over whether it will continue in the future.
Backwell and Flax Bourton Royal British Legion branch chairman Peter Hoare said: “It is very sad that our branch of the legion is to close. The fact that those attending have become so few and elderly means it is not possible to continue.”
Mr Hoare and wife Christine, helped by volunteers, have run the appeal for years, but are leaving the village in the New Year to move to the Midlands to be nearer family.
“Just because the branch is closing, it does not mean the poppy appeal can’t continue,” said Mr Hoare.
“It can be run on its own without the branch in operation. The poppy appeal is well respected and has a huge amount of support from the village.
"It is so important to keep it going. The legion nationally still needs the money but with branches closing across the UK, its income is dwindling.”
Mr Hoare has already put an appeal for help in the parish magazine and at Backwell Village Club. 
As well as running the poppy appeal, Mr Hoare and his wife, who moved to Backwell in 2001, also care for the village’s War Memorial Garden.
The garden, at Church Lane, features the names of local servicemen who lost their lives in both the first and second World Wars and the conflicts in Afghanistan. 
The garden is a focus of the annual remembrance service events and is where wreaths are laid.
“It’s a pleasurable job,” said Mr Hoare, who has been branch chairman for eight years. “There are two beds which are planted twice a year and some planters and the grass will need cutting.
“It’s such an important part of the village and we are hoping to attract someone to take over its maintenance.
“It’s a real wrench that the branch is having to close but we have just not been able to recruit new people to keep it going.” 
The remembrance services will be going ahead as normal this year, with one on Firday, November 11 and another on Sunday, November 13.
Anyone who can help with the appeal or who wants to look after the War Memorial Garden can call branch secretary Graham Hackett on 01275 462606.

  • Nailsea in Bloom is promoting sponsored poppies in the town centre flower beds. For a minimum £5 donation you can have the names of up to four loved ones written on the poppy. The poppies will be placed in the in beds from Monday, October 24 for four weeks. All monies raised goes directly to the Royal British Legion. At the farmers' market on Saturday, October 15, the horticulturists will be selling metal poppy pins and paper poppies. Chairman Wendy Mobbs said: "We will be attaching large poppies to the poles in the High Street." For more details email or call 0785 503 755.

  • Stephen Rowan is the new coordinator for Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for Nailsea. Steve is an RAF veteran who served for two decades with Avon Fire & Rescue Service. He is looking for people to help him collect and shops and businesses to take a collecting tin. Email for more details.​​

"Old soldiers never die,
they simply fade away"
Poppy Flower

LEST WE FORGET: On Sunday, November 6, Nailsea people are most welcome at the annual Candles of Remembrance Service for those who have been bereaved, being held at Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street, at 4pm. In reflective worship we remember loved ones and draw strength from the prayerful support of others. Refreshments are served afterwards.'


HM Queen Elizabeth


Nailsea and the nation has an air of sadness as people wait to hear what happens next.

The funeral is mooted to be on Monday, September 19, which will be a public day of mourning.

On Thursday evening, September 8, North Somerset Council sent out a statement paying tribute to Her Majesty the Queen after the sad news of her death was announced this evening, Thursday 8 September.

In a joint statement council leader and deputy leader Steve Bridger and Mike Bell said: “It’s with great sadness we receive the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“We give thanks for, and pay tribute to, the remarkable and devoted service she gave to the country and also to the whole Commonwealth.

“She was a much-loved figure both here in North Somerset and across the world. We were fortunate to be visited by her on two occasions.

"Firstly, in her silver jubilee year in 1977 and then again in 2007, and we recognise the special and valuable relationship she had with so many charities and organisations in our area.

“Above all our thoughts are with her family who, as well as losing their Queen, have lost a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.”

As a mark of respect all flags on council buildings, and at council parks and open spaces, will be lowered to fly at half-mast with immediate effect.

And the council will open Books of Condolence at the Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare and at Castlewood, Clevedon on Friday, September 9.

People will be able to visit those offices to record their tributes in the books between 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

In addition to these, town and parish councils in our area are also providing their own Books of Condolences and have designated areas where people can lay floral tributes if they wish.

Nailsea Town Council has already cancelled its meeting on Wednesday, September 14.

Chairman Mike Bird said on its Facebook page: "Nailsea Town Council joins with the nation and the Commonwealth to mourn the great loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll.

"The Queen was an extraordinary monarch who dedicated her life to serve her people.

"The council, staff and I offer our deepest condolences to the King and the Royal Family. God save the King."

A book of condolence has been opened at The Tithe Barn.

The book will be available Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-1pm.

Floral tributes may be laid in front of the Tithe Barn during the period of mourning.

Backwell Parish Council chairman Sarah Ould, Chairman expressed the deep sadness of Backwell Parish Council and the residents of Backwell at the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its Facebook page.

A Backwell book of condolence will be available for people to sign at the Parish Hall from Saturday morning, September 10.

The Union flag on the Parish Hall will fly at half-mast during the period of mourning, except for on Proclamation Day.

And the planning committee scheduled for Thursday, September 15, has been cancelled. 

There is also an electronic Book of Condolence available via the Royal Family website.

Social media is swamped with tributes mingled with heartfelt sorrow led by North Somerset MP Liam Fox.

But the messages of sympathy for the Royal family stretch across the political and social divide, from world leaders to London taxi drivers, celebrities and charities, and locally from our police, pubs, businesses and individuals.

Tributes from Nailsea School, Backwell School, Grove Sports & Social Club, Nailsea Bowls Club, S&R Burchills, Nailsea MicroPub, Nailsea & Backwell RFC and Cadbury House are among those we have seen.


We know that some sporting fixtures have been cancelled along with the proms but Nailsea International Bike Show at the Ring O'Bells this weekend will go ahead.

A Ringers statement on Facebook said: "As it is a charity event, it has been decided that the bike show will go ahead on Saturday and Sunday. 

"We will be toasting HM the Queen on both days, to celebrate her life and her incredible achievements for our country.

"An amazing £10,413 was raised last year for Children’s Hospice South West so let’s try and better that this year."

Nailsea People has updated its What's On page accordingly.

Commercial property man Ian Thompson bought this artwork by Nailsea man Andy James which was a competition winner back in 2012 hosted by The Blue Room.

Ian said: "I was one of the judges and liked it so much I bought it.

"It's not a Banksy it is a 'Queenie' and I felt it poignant at this sad time to give it a wider airing.

"It always makes me smile, and maybe others might like it too."

This was Olympics year and the other last image is that of Paddington Bear and HM the Queen.

In the town centre Waitrose has posted a poignant picture and at Holy Trinity the Union flag is at half-mast.

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Bernard Petteford

January 1931- August 2022
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Well-known Nailsea man Bernard Petteford passed away on Thursday, August 25, aged 91.

Bernard was born in Bedminster on January 28, 1931.

He moved with his parents Bill and Edith to Nailsea in 1946 and made many local friends including Wurzel founder Adge Cutler. 

In 1954 Bernard joined the Royal Marines and was often posted to far away countries.

He was serving in the military during the 1956 Suez Crisis. 

His parents bought him out of the RM when his father became sick and he was needed at home to run their coal business.

Based at Flax Bourton railway station Bernard had to employ a driver prior to him getting a driving licence.

Shovelling coals into huge hessian sacks and lifting onto delivery lorries were all part of the back-breaking job in those days.

British Railways closed the siding at Flax Bourton in 1965 and Bernard managed to purchase an acre of land from farmer Jack Brake and ran his coal business from Station Close until 1998.

Nailsea Patio Centre now trades on the site still called ’the old coal yard’.

It was in the 1990s Bernard became the biggest independent coal merchant in the southwest with a fleet of lorries and an office on Nailsea High Street.

Ruth and Bernard met at the John Wayne School of Dancing in Whiteladies Road, Bristol.

Romance blossomed and they married on August 28, 1964.

hey would have been married 58 years this year.

Son Mike said: "Sadly dad passed away just before their 58th anniversary,

“It was mum Ruth who bought dad his first hot air balloon flight back in 1978 and he then bought a balloon of his own to advertise the business.”

The balloon with its bold red and yellow flames and black and yellow signage became synonymous with Petteford Fuels.

Once he got his pilot’s licence Bernard bought a second bigger balloon and journeyed to fiestas all over the world including India, Israel, Chile, Zimbabwe and most of Europe. 

Mike added: “My parents also ran a balloon rides business of their own.

“West Country Balloons operated from the office at 96 High Street alongside the coal business.

“Dad sold the coal business and stopped ballooning when he retired, initially to Cornwall for a few years but missing Nailsea and family they returned in 2007 and have lived here ever since.”

Everyone who know Bernard is welcome at the funeral at 11.30am on Friday, September 16, at All Saints church, Wraxall and afterwards at the Ring O’Bells.

Flowers are welcome and memorial donations can be made for Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary via funeral directors Arthur E Davey & Sons, at Silver Street.

Bernard is survived by his loving wife Ruth, children Mike, Tim and Heather plus seven grandchildren.

'Freddie' Pharoah 1927-2022

It was in the 1960s that Alfred 'Freddie' Pharoah brought his family to Nailsea - my mother, Maureen; my brothers Geoff and Clint; my sister Della.

Originally from Southampton, work brought Dad to the south west, and we moved houses quite a few times until buying a new house right on the edge of what was still just about a village.

It was in a spanking new cut-de-sac called Fosse Way (quite why the planners named a semi-circular street after the straightest road in England remains a puzzle).

Here the Pharoah family put down roots and here we grew and flourished. Nailsea was a strange old place in those days, with one foot in the post-industrial, still-rural village it had once been and one in the the busy, popular New Town it was to become.

Adge Cutler still played at the Royal Oak; the precinct was being built (with its strange rusty gift of a fountain from a Spanish town!); the Blue Flame was called The New Inn; Stan The Barber shaved our heads; Mervyn Kitchen bowled leg spin to us star-struck boys in the car park of The Friendship Inn.

Eventually Dad started his own business - a Cash & Carry in Bridgwater - and was doing well enough to buy another brand new house (Dad didn’t go in for old houses much), this time one of the Scandinavian ones on the other side of Nailsea, on Rickford Road. This is the house we were teenagers in and from where we  left for University and work and travel...but we always came back.

Perhaps this was the happiest of all our homes, certainly it was Mum’s favourite. When she died in her 50s we were all devastated, none more than Dad.

The Rickford Road house was now big and empty and full of ghosts so Dad found himself buying another place on the other side of Station Road,  in Fowey Close.

I still call this Dad’s 'new house' but the truth is he was there for over quarter of a century, proudly independent, until he spent the last months of his life in Sycamore Lodge, his little room having a view  out over the rooftops to the parish Church of St Quiricus and St Julietta in Tickenham.

There is an uplifting coda to that last house in Fowey Close as we had the opportunity to house a Ukrainian family and it is now filled with children and laughter and family. 

Nailsea was where Freddie spent the richest years of his life, where he raised a family and loved a wife. Home, that’s the word. He was a very fine man and he will be much missed by his family and friends.


Ashley Pharoah


Alfred 'Freddie' Pharoah died on on July 2, aged 95. The funeral service is at Christ Church, Nailsea BS48 1RT at 12.30pm on Tuesday, August 2. For further details contact AE Davey & Sons, Silver Street, on 01275 852307

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Retirement pub party for Terry and Sharon

A couple who has been running a Nailsea pub steeped in local history are going to retire to the seaside later this summer.

Terry and Sharon Beardshaw who have been in charge at the Grade II listed Moorend Spout for the past 17 years will be moving back to Weston-super-Mare where they first met.