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Ian Parkinson
June 19, 1944-April 20, 2021

MYCON youth leader, Ian Parkinson, passed away in April this year.

At the time the family could not give him the funeral they would have liked and have now arranged a service of celebration for Ian’s life.

This is at Nailsea Baptist Church on Wednesday, October 13, at 11am.

Ian was youth leader/manager of MYCON from 1982-1998.

Whilst there he worked hard to improve the image of the club and its reputation in the community of Nailsea and beyond.

One of his main achievements was to start a gymnastics group for pre-school aged children which proved so successful that it quickly grew and over the years provided classes for children of all ages.

The group is still going today under the name of Gemini Gymnastics and is just as popular, if not more so.

Ian was born in Manchester and grew up in Chadderton [Oldham] where he attended school and worked for British Railways based at their Newton Heath depot for many years before the introduction of diesel engines.

In 1966 he went to theological college in Derbyshire, where he met his future wife Jeanne a year later.

The couple were married in September 1968 and moved to Carlisle for Ian to take up a position with the Methodist church.

In 1970 they moved to Glasgow for Ian to attend Jordanhill College studying Youth and Community work.

After he graduated in 1972 they moved to Airdrie, near Glasgow and Ian took up the position as manager of the newly built Airdrie YMCA/YWCA.

This was a very challenging position as the area around the ‘Y’ was well known for its’ gangs – there were five – but he relished working with them and the gangs disbanded.

In 1997 they moved down to a village near Salisbury to work in his father-in-law’s haulage business, where he remained for five years.

The couple had two sons.

Gordon was born in Airdrie and now lives in Glasgow with his wife and four young children.

Sinclair was born in Salisbury and is now working in Spain.

In 1982 they moved to Nailsea for Ian to become youth leader at MYCON.


IN MEMORIAM: Donations in Ian’s memory for the RSPCA, Brent Knoll, via Nailsea Baptist Church, 79 Silver Street, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 2DS

Cyril Sutor
December 1940-October 2021

When Nailsea People shared the news that one of Nailsea’s biggest characters had died on Facebook we didn't expect it to reach more than 5,000 people and attract 66 messages of condolence. 
The last time we spoke at length to Cyril Sutor, then aged 80, was in December 2020. 
He was taking part in a vox pop about Covid-19 for the Bristol Post. 
He told reporter Heather Pickstock: “We should go down to tier one now the numbers of cases are so low.
“Tier three hasn’t affected me much as I stay in a lot of the time.
“But these restrictions aren’t helping businesses and there are already a number of shops which have closed down.
“To have such a high tier level is crazy.”
It was more usual to see Cyril at the bus stop, on the bus or at the Royal Oak when he would always exchange in lively conversation. 
He died on Friday, October 8, and our condolences go to his family, football fraternity and many friends.

UPDATE: Jean Gillman has told us that Cyril tragically fell over a wall and broke his back. His funeral is at 3.45pm on Friday, November 12, at Bristol cemetery on A38. We think this is the South Bristol Cemetery & Crematorium on Bridgwater Road, Bedminster Down, Bristol BS13 7AS

Here we reprint some of the random messages from the Nailsea People Facebook page.

Sarfaraz Khan said:"So sad was really lovely man, God bless him."

Sharon Ladwa said: "So sorry to hear this. 
"Cyril was a wonderful character and always stopped for a chat .
"I first met Cyril and his late wife Marie many many years ago as customers where I work. 
"Both were lovely people that we enjoyed having in the shop.
"Now reunited."


Stu-Bert Groves said: "Best wishes to all his family and friends. 
"Was always such a lovely jovial bloke, enjoyed many a good laugh with him when he would pop into the Co op while I was working there."


Kate Francomb said: "So sad to read this he was such a lovely friendly man."

Cherry Grimsted said: "Rest in Peace Cyril, I remember him from when we both lived in Long Ashton, he was a lovely man."

Lauren Higgins said: "RIP Cyril. You will be missed by so many! Probably one of the most well known people in Nailsea."

ulie Louise Harwood said: "RIP/ Cyril Sutor rejoined with beloved wife Marie. A true gent. Condolences to the family."

Publican Craig Mamo said: "RIP Cyril, such a character! The Royal Oak will miss you."

Helen Sainsbury said: "Rest in peace Cyril, we used to work together at Farleigh Hospital . Such a lovely friendly man."

Charlie Amos said: "RIP Cyril lovely man ! Thoughts are with your family at this sad time."

Amanda Daphs Ward said: "So sad Cyril has gone I remember being very drunk after a night in the friendship and waiting for a bus to Hannah More Road and him insisting on waiting with me until I was safely on the bus and him telling a very bemused bus driver to make sure I got off.""


Richard Hendricks said: "RIP Cyril one of life’s great characters and a great bloke to boot! Absolutely gutted loads of love from the Hendricks family.

Pamela Burt said: "What a local character Cyril was. 
"Rest in peace Cyril, I’ll always remember you commentating on my husband and his friend’s snooker games at the Grove Sports Centre years ago."

Laura Woodey said: "Oh no, I used to see him at the top of my road in Shaftesbury. RIP Cyril have a drink with John up there."

Russell Filby said: "Certainly one of Nailsea’s characters! 
"A work colleague of my father’s from his time at Farleigh Hospital and always took time to ask after dad in the years since when ever we met, sad to read of his passing. 
"Nice one Cyril , you’ll be missed by many."


Michael John Kelly said: "Farewell, my friend. 
"Always close at hand with help or advice, when I managed Backwell, and we later shared many a half-time cigarette at the memorial ground. 
"Loved you buddy." 


Justine Desmond said: "RIP Cyril.

"You were part of our little family for a while going to miss you loads.

"Such a lovely man.

"We all will,fly high Cyril, we love you."

Michaela Fowler said: "Rest in peace Cyril , I will miss you and are chats at Wetherspoons and picking you up at the bus stop! 
"There will be a pint in a mug waiting for you up there!"


Shaun Fitzpatrick said: "Always good for a yarn and a pint. 
"Many a bus trip chatting about football as he went off to meet relatives and me to visit dad in hospital. 
"His voice will live long in my memory!"

Yvette Trevelyan-Regan said: "RIP Cyril. Great man always grateful for a lift. Thoughts with his family."

Nailsea poppies for remembering

Nailsea In Bloom, the voluntary gardeners responsible for the beautiful flower beds and planters throughout the town, is setting up a Poppy Appeal to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

It is asking residents to sponsor a large poppy to be placed in one of four beds which Nailsea in Bloom look after.

Pictured are the beds from previous years.

Residents sponsoring a poppy will be able to have up to four names written on each wooden stalk and there is a minimum £5 donation per poppy.

The forms can be left in boxes – attached - at the Tithe Barn with donation in envelope.

Forms are also available at 65 High Street or you can download HERE and print out.

The poppies will be placed in beds from Monday, October 25, until after Remembrance Day, which is Thursday, November 11.

Remembrance Sunday is on November 14 in 2021 and is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those that have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

We remember the Armed Forces, and their families, from Britain and the Commonwealth, the vital role played by the emergency services and those that have lost their lives because of conflict or terrorism.

Closer to home we remember in our poppies those dear to us be it family or friends who are no longer with us.

This year the volunteer gardeners planted 1,930 colourful begonias, petunias, geraniums, osteospermum, nemsia and coleus.

It is still looking for individuals and businesses to sponsor the big flower tubs from as little as £37 - watch this space...

Any questions email Wendy Mobbs on

  • We are told that on Thursday, November 11, at 11am RBL veterans will be assembling in Somerset Square for Remembrance Day and there will be a church service at Holy Trinity on Sunday, November 15 but details still to be finalised.

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  • LIGHT MY WAY: A Candles Of Remembrance service is at Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street, on Sunday afternoon, October 31, at 4pm. This quiet time of worship invites people who have been bereaved to reflect on the person who has died; to give thanks and to light a candle in their memory

Hope and help group

A peer support group called STAR is starting in Nailsea.

It wants to ’provides free support for people grieving from a bereavement or difficult transition in their life’.

The aim of the support group is to create a safe space for people to receive support, listen to and share stories and experiences with others who have experienced loss in their life.

The group is facilitated by peer supporters; volunteers who have themselves been through a loss.

Groups are held 65 High Street on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, 4-6pm, and the second and fourth Saturday of every month, 10am-noon.

For more information or to find out how to join the group, please phone, text or email:

Pam Lambert on 0797 790 5604 or

Gill Atkinson on 0772 2 9 8550 or

It's okay, ask for help

People across North Somerset are being encouraged to complete free suicide prevention training to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday, September 10.

Earlier this year North Somerset Council joined the Zero Suicide Alliance, a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention.

The Zero Suicide Alliance offers free online training, which only takes around 20 minutes to complete and can be done at any time on a phone, tablet or computer.

The training aims to help people have conversations with friends and family about suicide and supports them to help others who may be having suicidal thoughts, directing them to sources of support.

North Somerset Council along with partners across the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire region are calling for 10,000 people to complete this free suicide prevention training.

North Somerset Council deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for health Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston Centre.

He said: “We need to break the stigma attached to talking about suicide so we can have open and honest conversation with our loved ones.

“Suicide is a tragedy. It’s also preventable. And we can all do something to potentially help save a life.

"This free training from the Zero Suicide Alliance will help you identify when someone’s presenting with suicidal thoughts or behaviour, be able to speak to them in a supportive way and signpost them to the correct services or support.

“The training is free and only takes about 20 minutes to do.


"That’s 20 minutes which could help you save someone’s life in the future. I’d really encourage everyone to do it.”

To do the training go to

For more information about free mental health training courses in North Somerset go to


Goodbye to Tobes

They lined the roads and filled the car park talking among themselves about the best and worst of times as they remembered teenager Toby Riley.

Then; a hush fell over all the people waiting as the hearse slowly inched its way up the long narrow drive to the Grove Sports Centre & Social Club in Nailsea.

You could hear a pin drop.

Then; the ripple of clapping in the distance got louder as the silver limousine approached the front of the building.

A floral red wreath and another floral blue wreath in the shape of a No18 football shirt were visible in the back of the vehicle, either side of the coffin.

With the hatch open mourners were invited to come and say a final farewell to Toby, a much-loved family member, friend or both.

Then; after several minutes the cortege made its way back towards Whiteoak Way and into the town centre.

Seeing tearful young men and women was a moving experience, many as requested by the family wearing their sport kits and sobbing openly.

Nailsea United first team were yet again called upon to form a guard of honour and they stood straight and silent to remember a fallen player as the hearse passed.

This sadly is a duty they have had to perform many, many times in past years.

Out on the road a lorry respectively pulled in and the bus stopped to let the cortege pass.

This afternoon, Tuesday, August 31, we said goodbye.

This evening from 5pm a wake, with shared memories and the comfort of company, everyone will meet again at The Ringers.


Toby, aged 18 died on July 4, 2021.

The sports mad youngster who was a keen skate park supporter, player, coach had in his short life been a member of Nailsea Junior Football Club, Nailsea United FC, Priority Football and the Senshinryu Karate Association.  

A Go Funding page launched by friend Kieran Gray has raised £19,029.

Mum Suzy Riley said: “As we celebrate Toby’s life today I would like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity.

“You have donated so much money to honour Toby and he would be blown away.

“The money left after the funeral costs will be used for something exciting for the children of Nailsea in Toby’s memory.

“More news about that will be shared soon.”

People can still donate by clicking the image.

And for those struggling with mental health issues the Mind logo will also take you to a helpline.


AT THE END OF THE DAY: Toby’s mum Suzy said: “It was such a beautiful service and the tributes from the community have been amazing.”

Remembering Toby

The funeral of much-loved Toby Riley the young Nailsea man who sadly died this summer has been arranged for Tuesday, August 31.

His parents Suzy and Al have shared the details of Remembering Toby with Nailsea People.

They said: “Family and friends will be celebrating the life of Toby on Tuesday, August 31. Toby will be arriving at Grove Sports Club, Nailsea at 2pm and you are invited to come to the field to say goodbye.

"At 2.15pm, Toby will be driven down Whiteoak Way, along Mizzymead Road, past the entrance to the skate park and out of Nailsea.

"Please wear something you are comfortable in - Toby lived in PE kit so please do not feel you need to wear a shirt and tie!

"The ceremony will be privately attended due to limited capacity but we will return to Nailsea and would like you to join us at the Ring O’Bells pub from 5pm onwards.

"There will be a photo board in the pub and you are very welcome to bring a favourite photo to add to the display for us to keep.

"Toby’s family would like to thank the whole community for the overwhelming support, the kind messages, food parcels and flowers. It is clear how much love there is for Toby.

"He will forever be in our hearts.”


My big beautiful wedding

A beautiful bride from Nailsea got married on Wednesday, August 11, only weeks after the planned date which was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Natasha ‘Tash’ Rochford, aged 24, and groom Phillip Paul, 30, chose the lovely Elmhay Park, a 500-acre country estate near Bath, as the venue.

Originally the couple should have been married in June but with lockdown lifting it allowed them to invite 80 family and friends to the nuptials in the Italian gardens.

However, the honeymoon in Greece has had to be put off until 2022 because of uncertainty about travelling.

Hairdresser Tash enlisted the help of best friend and former classmate at Nailsea School Abbie Lilley, who works as a stylist at Mane in Backwell, to help on the day with the coiffure.

Wearing a designer ivory satin ballgown Tash topped her outfit with a sparkly diamante tiara and full-length veil.

The six bridesmaids - Daisy Orme, Corrine Paul, Jessica Ralph, Ariane Rickard, Francesca Rochford and Gabriella Rochford – all wore long blush pink dresses with draped cowl necks.

And flower girl Ava Rochford wore a white knee length dress decorated with a single pink rose.

The girls colour theme of ivory, soft pink and rose gold was complimented by the boys in royal blue day suits with pink ties, breast pocket

handkerchiefs and a rosebud buttonhole.

Phillip, a warehouse operative, and Tash met online but said it was ‘love at first sight’ on the first real life date.

Carpenter Chris Hammond did the honours as best man.

The couple have set up home at Evercreech in Somerset.

Granddaughter gives couples present of old wedding photos

The granddaughter of Nailsea photographer Keith Flower has bequeathed his extensive archives to the brides and bridegrooms of yesteryear.

After the funeral on Friday, July 23, Lianne Smith posted on her Facebook page: "It was emotional day saying goodbye to such a huge part of my life, my wonderful granddad.

"Alzheimer was such a battle for him the past few years and I am glad he is now at peace.”

Keith used to have a shop where Kebab Kitchen is at Crown Glass Shopping Centre and for his final journey the cortege went along Nailsea High Street.

Lianne shared this on Facebook: "As a lot of you know my granddad was a well-known photographer in Nailsea and took thousands of weddings over the years.

"We have loads of photo negatives and if he took your wedding and you would be interested in having them - if we can locate them - you are welcome to them.

"We would need the date and your name as most seem to be stored in order.

"Feel free to share this as some of these may be quite meaningful to people."

Dating back to the 1950s and covering nearly every church in North Somerset and beyond there are also shots from Weston-super-Mare registry office.

Keith has left an attic full of black and white and coloured negatives which Lianne says will take months to sort.

One of the first brides to respond on the Nailsea People Facebook page was Debra Britton.

She posted: "Sorry to hear this.

"He took my wedding photos Ist of July 1978 at St Edyths church, Sea Mills.

"I had a house fire about 20 years ago and my copies were burned.

"If you have the negatives that would be great."

Within 12 hours the page reached more than 4,000 people many sharing kind words about Keith while asking about long-lost negatives.

Kim Lazenby said: "He was an absolute gentleman.

"He took our wedding photos on the June 30, 1979, the negatives may be filed under my maiden name Kim Roberts."

⁠Marlene Hawkings said: “So sorry to hear about the funeral.

“Keith took our wedding photos on December 4, 1976.”

Then Sue Ashman added her wedding was at St Andrew’s Backwell on July 31, 1993 and Jenny Staley said her wedding was on the February 28, 1976 at Winford Church.

Cherry Grimsted said: “Oh I’m so very sorry for the loss of your granddad he was a lovely man.

“He took our wedding photos on March 20, 1976 at All Saints Church Long Ashton.”

Ben Daniels praised Keith’s smile and jokes adding he helped get him through his GCSE and A-level art.

Lorna Lock lost her wedding photos from Clevedon Baptist church on March 29, 1975, in a house move and asked for help locating the originals.

Peter Cooke and Susan Batt were married on May 5,1973 at Yatton Church.

Helen Ellison said: “He took our wedding photos at Holy Trinity Nailsea on September 4, 1993.

“He had a large photo of us framed and put in the window of the shop, it was a hell of a shock when we came back from our honeymoon!”

Rita Washer and Stephen Higgins would like the negatives from June 6, 1987 at St Aldhelms Church, Bedminster.

Jane Kington said: “Granddad and granddaughter is such a special relationship.

“Sorry to hear your sad news.

“I was only looking through our wedding photos last year.

“How lovely that you are offering to let us have the negatives.

“That is so very much appreciated.

“Our wedding day was August 9, 1986 at St Bartholomew's church, Failand.”

Caroline Newbury, a nurse, said: “So sad to hear this, he was a lovely man

HAPPY MEMORIES: Wedding photos from as far back as the 1950s bequeathed to couples by Lianne Smith

who did my wedding photos October 23, 1999, and my parents wedding October 24, 1964.

She told Lianne: “I had the privilege of caring for your granddad in hospital and we loved chatting and showing him photos about ‘old Nailsea’.

The two generations are Caroline Hendry to Chris Newbury and Robin Hendry to Pamela Mumford.

Lianne said nearly 100 couples have come forward so far.

UPDATE: On Friday, July 30, Lianne announced she had found thousands of negatives. She said: "I’ve managed to locate about 15 today out of over 130 requests. Long way to go, seems the older photos are much harder to find! I will be contacting you if I can locate yours. I will also be setting up a GoFundMe page for anyone who wishes to donate to the Alzheimer's Society as I have had a few people ask me which charity to donate too! If you have only given me the year you were married please message me the exact date as I cannot search just on the year! Many thanks.

UPDATE: Monday, August 2. Lianna added: "My granddad, Keith Flower, was so well known and loved by many in Nailsea. He had gained so many friends through his photography career and met so many through his local shop. Granddad had suffered from Alzheimer’s for several years before he sadly passed away in June. People have requested a nominated charity to donate to, either as thank you for trying to find their wedding negatives which I am currently working through, or to pay respect for my Granddad so If anyone wishes fo donate to this chosen charity we would be grateful as this charity means a lot to our family."

Alzheimer's Society commits itself to maintaining, improving and promoting its unique knowledge and understanding of dementia. It seeks to define and develop quality in its activities and services, to be inclusive of all communities but in particular people with dementia, their families and the professionals who work with them and to work in partnership with other organisations which share its aims. Click logo to go to GoFundMe page.


Nailsea's garden of unrest


With churchyards full and only a handful of spaces left in the garden of rest finding a final resting place for loved ones in Nailsea has 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 with the Garden of Rest at Stockway North fast reaching capacity this summer 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.

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.

A letter from recently widowed Valerie Smith is due to be discussed at a full town council meeting on Wednesday evening, July 28, at the Tithe Barn.

You many download a copy of the agenda HERE.

In the letter Mrs Smith outlines the issues she had securing a plot at a cost of £2,500 in the Garden of Rest and she was concerned with all the new houses being built in the town others may encounter similar problems.

Mrs Smith said: “Personally I would rather the Garden of Rest was managed by Nailsea Town Council…and not some unknown face from Weston-super-Mare crematorium who handle the enquires.”

Nicola Davey, of Arthur E Davey & Sons, confirmed that Nailsea funeral directors can no longer process Garden of Rest plots for the Weston-based company.

She said: “It is ridiculous and we were told one bereaved person being charged £3,500 for a plot.”

Collette Ramada said when her mum Christine Lyons died, in June last year, she bought one of the remaining larger plots at a cost of £3,500 plus a compulsory £400 in addition for a small plaque.

She said: “The service I got from the staff at Weston crematorium was so bad I posted a damming review for them on Trustpilot.

“They never answered the phone, failed to turn up for appointments and all-in-all it was very stressful.”

She gave them one star and wrote online: “Losing a loved one is hard enough without having to deal with this very uncompassionate, slow, over-priced and inadequate service to bury the ashes.

“If you are considering using this service be prepared for a minimal amount of information and…extra charges which were not previously discussed.”

Several months on and her father, who did not wish to be named, is still upset.

He posted: “Throughout the entire process their only interest has been in gleaning as much money as they can with no regard whatever to serving a bereaved family.”

 It was decided by North Somerset Council that from April 1, 2010, crematoriums and cemeteries in the district would be run by for the next 30 years by Dignity Funeral Services Ltd.

Dignity was to maintain 21 closed churchyards as part of the contract.

Thisenabled the council to release nearly £1m which it had set aside for repairs to bring crematoriums up to environmental standards.

The company took over the responsibility for the maintenance of 21 closed churchyards and the running of the cremation and cemetery service in Ebdon Road, Weston-super-Mare, and management of cemeteries in Portishead, Clevedon and a garden of rest in Nailsea.​

GARDEN VIEW: Photos top are the beautifully tended gardens which Nailsea Town Council looks after on behalf of Dignity with the family plot costing nearly £4,000 and below the neighbouring overgrown land which appears to be a former orchard and is to become an extension of the Garden of Rest once planning permission is obtained from North Somerset Council

  • According to the Financial Times the UK funeral director Dignity sank to a loss last year even though the coronavirus pandemic caused a sharp rise in the death toll in the country. The company fell to a loss before tax of £19.6m in the 12 months to December 25, compared with a profit of £44.1m in 2019, despite the pandemic causing a 14 per cent rise year on year in the number of UK deaths. While revenue increased 4 per cent to £314.1m, higher personal protective equipment costs and government limits on how many people can attend funerals had contributed to weaker performance, Dignity said. Dignity has not paid a dividend since 2019 and does not expect to do so until it has returned to a ‘sustainable and stable financial footing’.

Direct cremations

Forget those tv ads for direct funerals costing thousands of pounds.

Hampshire based Pure Cremations sent out a mailshot in Nailsea this month offering a bargain basement rate of £1,595.

But this is matched by local companies.

For a little over £1K Arthur E Davey & Sons can organise an unattended cremation.

This is for those who want a minimum of fuss without any formal celebration of life service at that time.

Most important if you want your nearest and dearest to spend the money on a marvellous wake instead.

Contact the Silver Street office for more details 01275 852307.

Conventional funerals can of course be organised with pre-paid plans available too.

New support group for bereaved

A new Community Peer Support Group for people who have experienced loss is looking for volunteers to join their team.

The STAR (Share Talk and Remember) Community Peer Support Group is in the process of being set up and hopes to support people from Nailsea, Backwell and surrounding villages.

Gill and Pam who are passionate about supporting people through grief are looking for a caring, empathetic person who has a few hours to spare once or twice a month.

Many people go through some incredibly difficult times following loss.  

This loss may be any traumatic event in their life including death of a loved one.  Being unable to express feelings and to talk about this difficult subject for whatever reason, can result in some people feeling isolated and lonely especially if they do not have contact with close friends and family.

The support group will play a huge part in supporting people in our community.

Do you think this is something you could spare some time for?

Gill and Pam are hoping to attract volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, so if this resonates with you and you enjoy being part of a team, then please contact:

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Phil on a wave for birthday

Nailsea character Phil Williams the inspiration behind the skatepark at Millennium Park celebrated his 60th party with a week of celebrations including a night at The Wave, a surfing centre in Bristol.

The Christian Surfers director who seography at Plymouth Polytechnic was60 on Thursday, July 22.

Phil said: “A huge thank you message to anyone that has played a part in making my 60th birthday so far absolutely perfect — very special shout outs obviously to my family, Annie Williams amazing, Joseph Williams Abi Williams, you two are so, so special , Bryn Dixon & Daisy Byrne an absolute pleasure and a joy to have you both in our lifes.

“To God for being there for me in a good and the more challenging times for protection and a message of hope love and faith for the future.

“And of course Nick Hounsfield and the amazing The Wave team who I have grown to be part of my extended family.

“Last night … oh my word, 30 years of history all coming together every one of you that made it thank you and I know for those that couldn’t for a whole host of reasons just hearing from you was amazing.”

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RATTIE RESURRECTED:Two years ago, in November 2019, Nailsea People reported on its BMD page (scroll down to find) a mine-sweeping rat had been named after local hero Chris Howes who was murdered by the Khmer Rouge back in 1996. Other media including the BBC also carried the story. The lifespan of a giant African pouch rat can be up to nine years but for a small rodent on active duty clearing mines we would guess it is considerable shorter? So, is the Howes featured on the front page of the North Somerset Times free newspaper this week a relative of our rat – other details seem the same?


North Somerset Council chairman David Shopland is the Independent councillor for Clevedon East.

He said: "On behalf of North Somerset Council I would like to express our profound sadness on hearing the news of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

"As a mark of respect, the Union flag will be flown at half-mast at both the Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare and our Castlewood offices in Clevedon throughout the period of national mourning.

"Residents who wish to pay their respects should use the online book of condolence organised by Buckingham Palace which will be available on the Royal Family website."

HM the Queen and Prince Philip toured North Somerset in August 2007.

Mr Shopland hosted a formal lunch for the royal couple with invited guests at Weston.

Nailsea People editor Carol Deacon said: "We all remember fondly that as the royal couple left the Winter Gardens, Weston, Prince Philip double-backed on the stairs and with a mischievous smile gave us a big wave."

Many churches will be tolling the tenor bell half muffled at noon to mark the death of HRH Prince Philip.

St Andrew’s at Backwell will be doing this.

A church spokesman said: "It is a great sadness to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

"The Churches of St Andrew’s and St Bridget’s join many others from across the UK and the Commonwealth in giving thanks for his life of exemplary service to HM The Queen and our country.

"St Andrew’s Church will be kept open for prayer and reflection.

"A book of condolences will be available for visitors to sign. Any messages recorded will be sent to the Palace after the Duke’s funeral.

"If anyone is unable or uncomfortable coming into church, there is an online book of condolences available"

Christ Church Nailsea pries-in-charge Jules Harris said: "Following the death of HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip on Friday, April 9, people are more than welcome to lay flowers at the West Door to pay their respects."

The church also tolled its bell 99 times at midday.

  • The ceremonial royal funeral will be held at St George's Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, at 3pm on Saturday, April 17. The event will be televised.


Message of Condolence

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
On behalf of the councillors and staff of Nailsea Town Council, as well as the people of Nailsea, we wish to share the sentiments of loss and sorrow felt across the Nation in mourning the death of His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this sad time.
The town is now in a period of mourning which will conclude on Saturday, April 17.
The Union flag is flying at half-mast until the day after His Royal Highness’ funeral.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions the town council will not be opening a Book of Condolence or inviting the public to lay flowers and memorial items at the Tithe Barn.

If you would like to sign the Royal Book of Condolence this can be done via the Royal website

Issued by Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber

and  town clerk Jo Duffy


Nailsea people who live in The Maples form a close-knit community even after someone moves elsewhere in the town.

Marilyn Ford lived for 39 years at the end of the cul-de-sac in her home looking out on the green but still maintained friendships with her Maples ‘ex-pats’.

The front garden of her home was filled with flowers the day of her funeral.

Marilyn was born in June 1954 in Fulham, London, to parents Joyce and Arthur and had a brother called Phillip.

Her afterschool life in SW10 involved church, ice skating and dancing.

Marilyn was a loving mother to her three children Vikki, Justin and Gemma.

For the past 20 years she worked at Tesco Nailsea where she made many good friends both customers and staff and called her workmates her ‘second family’.

Marilyn was clever, generous, and fun and her children added ‘loving, caring, kind and good natured’.

She adored her grandson Liam and great grandsons Reggie and Jaxon. 

The funeral service at Weston Crematorium was conducted by celebrant Paul Maltby and Liam said a few heartfelt words about his nanny.

Justin read the poem A Golden Heart Stops Beating and added his own tribute to his mother.

The funeral cortege drove past the High Street supermarket and staff many in tears lined the road outside.

Vikki said: “Mum had an amazing send off, her final route took her up past Tesco where all the staff and loads of other people were stood outside, literally from the roundabout right up to the end of the pavement and they all clapped as mum went past!

“We then went down past her field so she could see her horse Millie one final time.”

Sadly Marilyn lost her brave long battle against breast cancer and donations in her memory are going to St Peter's Hospice.

Marilyn 1 Sept 2019.JPG

REMEMBERING CHRIS: Sadly lots for remembering for Nailsea People. Twenty five years ago on Friday, March 26, former Nailsea School pupil Chris Howes was kidnapped in Cambodia by the Kymer Rouge. He was killed days afterwards, but his Backwell family knew nothing of his fate for more than two years afterwards. Chris was clearing mines for local people and his story is selfless and heroic. He is remembered today by all and especially by his sister Pat and father Roy. Poignantly, this sad anniversary is only a few days away from International Mine Awareness Day on Easter Sunday, April 4. RIP Chris, from schoolfriend Mark Appleby.

  • MAG (Mines Advisory Group) on its twitterfeed @MAGsaveslives also remember Chris, aged 36, and teenaged Houen Hourth, who were together when kidnapped and murdered while saving lives in Cambodia HERE and the BBC story posted in 2008 is HERE which has all the background.


REMEMBERING CHARLOTTE: And going purple for global epilepsy awareness day mum Cathy Bradley remembers lovingly nine-year-old Charlotte Fletcher, pictured together top, taken in her sleep after one seizure too many. A young princess never forgotten. Charlotte was a mischievous, awkward, entertaining, funny, loveable girl, even when she had just had a seizure and hurt herself she would be the first to help anyone else that was hurt or upset, said Cathy. Nailsea People posted this on its Facebook page and it reached more than 3,500 which is what it is all about. Awareness of this condition and raising money for research. 

REMEMBERING CHRIS SMITH: Kathy Maroney Turlick said I'd like to remember my Chris in a very special way. Chris passed away one year ago on Saturday, March 27, from the Covid-19 virus. At the time of his death family and friends weren't able to gather to honor this wonderful man. There is a small town at the Jersey shore that started a temporary memorial that family and friends can visit and honour their love ones who lost their life to this terrible virus. The town of Belmar has set up this memorial on 3rd Ave beach, see pictures. Each stone represents a love one, it's a very special tribute to all the beautiful souls that's been taken from us. As you see for Chris's stone, I added the UK colors, a beautiful picture, one of his favorite cigars and yes a shot glass of bourbon. My Chris really enjoyed life to the fullest, what beautiful memories I will always cherish of him, RIP Chris Smith, sending you all my love up there in the heavens. Scroll down to read the original post for Chris who was a well-known, much-loved Nailsea character


REMEMBERING BAILEE: Nailsea schoolboy Bailee Cook died aged four in April 2018. Since then his loving family and friends have raised thousands of pounds in his name for medical research. Three years on the latest fundraising is for The Lily Foundation, which funds research into Mitochondrial Disease and other metabolic disorders. The full story is on our Breaking News page HERE and the Facebook page is called Bailee’s Charity Fundraiser 2021 - Lily Foundation (due to FB rules it has to be private group so wait to be invited in). To donate go to:

BAILEE REMEMBERED: More than  £1,000 was raised by this Facebook event. Mum Jemma Capern said: "I would just like to say a massive thank you from myself, Lee, siblings Gracie-Leigh and Darcie to all the truly wonderful people who have either donated their time, money or prizes to raise funds for an amazing charity that is very close to our hearts The Lily Foundation, The money raised in Bailee's memory will help fund research and support other families in their fight against Mitochondrial Disease. Bailee would be so proud of how everyone pulls together in his memory whether it's in raising money or simply the annual wearing blue for him so we would like to thank each and everyone of you but the list is endless. So thank you all for everything you have done or are doing to make sure his memory lives on and helps others. A massive thanks too to fundraising champions Charlie Amos and Andie Hancock for the planning and hard work they put in."

A-team send-off for Simon Taylor

Nearly 300 people lined the access road to Grove Sports Centre & Social Club on Tuesday morning, March 23, to pay their last respects to Simon Taylor.

The much-loved family man and all-round sportsman who was engaged to partner Michele Sargent died suddenly aged 44 on February 22.

Nailsea United FC posted online ‘We’d like to pay tribute to the incredibly sad and sudden passing of one of our own Si Taylor. Si gave amazing service to the club…life can be unbelievably cruel and our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to Si’s family and friends’.

Due to lockdown restrictions the number of mourners attending the midday funeral service at Weston Crematorium was severely limited.

Simon who also played for Nailsea Cricket Club was a Bristol Rovers fan.

This summer it is intended to hold a celebration of his life at the Grove ‘one of the places he loved most and spent his time growing into a fine young man. Another one of our heroes taken far too soon. RIP Si'.

This sporting life match card for Simon while playing for Nailsea United records:

  • played 23 seasons 1992-2015

  • 615 appearances sixth in the all-time list

  • 191 goals

  • first team 155 games 12 goals

  • reserves 229 games 69 goals

  • A team 151 games 88 goals

  • B team 76 goals 21 goals

  • Colts 4 games 1 goal


After the funeral service Michele shared with Nailsea People her thoughts. She said: "​Today has been a very tough day but I would like to thank everyone who took time to see Si take his final journey from the Grove Sports Centre.

"We were overwhelmed by the many who turned up.

"I would also like to thank those who were able to join us for Si's final farewell and a big thank you to Arthur E Davey & Sons the funeral directors for all their help, support, professionalism and comfort during the past four weeks.

"I hope we have done you proud today Si and how proud I am for Chloe for standing up and reading the beautiful poem.

"We will all miss you so much.

"I have never loved someone like I loved you.

"Always in my thoughts, forever in my heart."

Michele has set up a memorial fund for the British Heart Foundation via her Facebook page.