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Arthur E Davey & Sons Ltd
82 Silver Street
Nailsea BS48 2DS
Telephone:  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.

Terry and Sharon will be pulling their last pint on Sunday lunchtime, July 3, and afterwards throwing a party for family, friends and patrons.

The couple said: “Our last day of trading will be on Sunday, July 3, with our Sunday menu available from noon- 2.30pm. “

“We will continue to trade as normal until this time with the pub, takeaways and deliveries.

“We want to express our thanks to everyone in Nailsea for making us so welcome and cannot believe we have been at the Moorend for 17 years.

“Your support over this time has meant so much to us and we will really miss everyone.

“We will be hosting a garden party - inside if weather is not with us - on our last Sunday from 3pm for all our team and customers - past and present, family and friends, we really hope to see you all for a farewell afternoon/evening.

“We will be putting on a complimentary buffet and are hoping to have a DJ too.

“The pub will then be closed for a few weeks while it is having a refurb and we would like to take this opportunity to wish the new owners all the very best.

“Lastly a huge thank you to all our team past and present it has been a blast and we will miss you all.”

Sharon and Terry Beardshaw first met 30 years ago while both working for B&Q in Weston.

In 2000 they took on their first business, a small village pub in Blagdon.

After a few years they decided to take on a larger challenge and immediately saw the potential the Moorend Spout had to offer.

Set in a fantastic community and with a lovely beer garden, Sharon and Terry set to work turning it into a family pub.

Self-taught head-chef Terry set to work creating delicious meals such as the infamous Mighty Moorend and chicken supreme while Sharon has been front-of-house and business manager.

It has certainly been a family-affair as their daughter Arienne and Sharon’s two sons Dan and Adam have also worked at the pub.

Their three children are enormously proud of them and their incredible achievements.

Arienne said: “Throughout the terrible lockdown times Terry and Sharon worked tirelessly to provide takeaway meals and home deliveries for the community.

“They will be moving to Weston-super-Mare by the end of the year and although sad to leave Nailsea, they are looking forward to the next chapter which will include lots of gardening and walks in the countryside with their two dogs, Freddie and Oscar.”

Punch Pubs is currently advertising for someone to ‘take the reins of the oldest running pub in Nailsea, offering high-quality food and drink at affordable prices...with closure for a refurbishment planned’.

The Butchers Arms, c.1735 according to Nailsea & District Local History Society, became The Moorend Spout in the 21st century being re-named after a nearby waterfall at the nature reserve of that name.

On arrival in Nailsea one of our first pints we enjoyed at The Butchers Arms was when Babs and Stan Amos where the publicans back in 1978 and our daughter now 40-something held her 21st in the upstairs room.

More recently we had a lovely family meal in an outside 'pod' as lockdown rules began to be relaxed.

Becky Charrison was among many who posted farewell messages on the pub Facebook page.

Becky said: "Congratulations Terry and Sharon but it's going to be so weird not seeing you both.

"Thanks for everything you've done for our Kingshill Gardens Christmas lunches over the years and the residents monthly lunches plus on a personal level thank you for the absolutely delicious bacon, mushroom and stilton ciabattas. 

"Best of luck and love for the future and see you on the third if not before."

Nailsea People wish Terry and Sharon a very happy retirement and writing this reminded them of the first pub retirement article they wrote for the Clevedon Mercury.

This was for Tom and Kathleen Webb at The Blue Flame back in 1988.

Two similarities stuck us - the same introduction and both pubs had a change of name! 

As there has been lots of conversations on social media about The Blue Flame we reproduce the original article here which like Terry and Sharon's retirement we hope you enjoy reading..  

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Remembering Neil Palmer

The death has been announced of well-known Nailsea man and rugby club stalwart Neil Palmer.

An experienced consultant in the wholesale industry he ran his own catering and packaging company in the West Country for many years.

Neil and his wife Lynne began married life at The Maples where they led a successful campaign to sue the builders when faulty electric ceiling heating was discovered in the early 1980s.

The family with sons Richard and Andrew then moved to Leighwood Drive.

Neil's parents Bert and Paddy ran The White Lion in Silver Street.

A founder chairman of Nailsea Round Table he also belonged to Clevedon Yeo Rotary Club. and was active in fundraising for various charities and good causes.

But he is best known locally as an active supporter, volunteer and committee member for the rugby club.

Nailsea & Backwell RFC said in a statement: "The club is very grateful for the considerable contribution Neil has provided over the years. He will be sadly missed by us all. We would like to offer our heart-felt sympathies to Neil’s family and friends, most notably Neil’s son and our current chair of playing, Richard Palmer and his family."

Neil’s funeral service is on Monday, May 23, at 12.30pm at Weston Crematorium.

The wake is at Nailsea & Backwell RFC following the serivce.

No flowers by family request but donations in lieu to The Sepsis Trust

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Covid cases soar on NDR

National Day of Reflection was on Wednesday, March 23, when North Somerset Council revealed plans to plant 500 trees in memory of the residents who lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Latest data shows 461 North Somerset residents have died from Covid-19.
To mark the second anniversary of the start of the first lockdown, North Somerset Council has announced that native trees will be planted this autumn in locations across the area to create spaces for reflection.
North Somerset Council executive member for health Mike Bell is the Lib Dem leader and ward councillor for Weston central. 
He said: “The pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. 
"Being able to take time to reflect on the changes we’ve been through over the last couple of years is important for our own mental health.
“By planting these memorial trees across the area, we hope to give people local places to visit where they can pause and contemplate their experiences. 
"The trees will also provide a physical space for people to remember the loved ones that we’ve lost for many years to come.
“Due to the tree planting season, the work will be carried out this autumn with more information being released about the precise locations over the summer.”
The Covid-19 memorial trees will all be native varieties and will include birch, oak, hornbeam, field maple, rowan, hazel, dogwood and crab apple.
Details of the Covid-19 memorial tree planting locations will be published on the council’s website when available


The National Day of Reflection is run by charity Marie Curie. Detail of ways to get involved are on its website

Latest Covid-19 data is available on North Somerset Council’s website here
There were 3,241 cases of Covid reported in North Somerset last week.
Of the local authorities in England with the highest rates of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people North Somerset at 1,430 is the worse.
Between March 17-23 this year there have been five deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in our area. 
This shows an increase of 150 per cent compared to the previous seven days.

Former police officer Nick Matthews, died on Friday, March 14, 2020.

Nick, aged 59, had underlying health conditions and died in the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

He was the first person in the Nailsea area to die with Covid and is much mourned.


POSTHUMOUS AWARD: A Nailsea hero of the Covid-19 pandemic has had a train named after them in recognition of their hard work. The Great Western Railway (GWR) train has been named after Nailsea man Iain Bugler. He was named as one of the BBC local radio Make A Difference Superstars, a campaign to honour people who went above and beyond during lockdown. Mr Bugler's award was posthumous as he died with cancer in 2020. He helped to deliver more than 2,500 meals in the early days of lockdown as part of the Nailsea Community Group and was nominated by group founder James Steel, a Nailsea town councillor. Iain had just completed chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment when coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March 2020. He required further treatment that summer and sadly developed pneumonia, passing away on 1st July, aged 51. His widow Kate attended the naming ceremony accompanied by their children James, Edward and Grace, plus other family and friends. PHOTOS: GWR

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In an interview with the Bristol Post Michael revealed his past history in the hairdressing business.
He said he was born in Bristol and moved to Nailsea when he was seven years-old going to village primary schools and then Backwell Secondary Modern.
After working at a market garden in Tickenham as a teenager, Michael started his hairdressing career aged 16 as an apprentice with Aldo Orme at his High Street salon.
After five years of honing his coiffuring skills, he then went to work with Alan Hooper at Simon and Michelle in Backwell before moving back to Nailsea to work at Carlos Hairdressing.
He then moved to work with Attilio Michael Hair Design at the current salon, a 200 year-old former miners’ cottage, in the High Street.
It is believed the cottage was once lived in by a seamstress as lots of bobbins were found when the floors were taken up during work.
Michael took over the salon when Attlilio retired to the New Forest 10 years ago and Michael’s Hair Design was born.
Over the years Michael, who turns 70 this year, has built up an enviable client list, many who he says have become friends.
“I have seen Nailsea change and grow a lot over the years,” said Michael.
And  there has been some spooky goings on at the salon, which is rumoured to have a resident ghost.
Michael said:  “There were some strange things going on like items being moved around the salon and items going missing which people couldn’t explain.
“So a medium was brought in who said she could see a little boy who was very sad.
“I never saw him myself but often in the top room of the building there was a chill in there.”
Michael was also a trailblazer in introducing blow drys to the salon.
“When I started out as a hairdresser, people didn’t have blow drys,” he said.
“They were put in rollers and popped under the driers and many of them ending up falling asleep or gossiping to the person sat next to them.
“When I worked with Attilio I went out and bought a hairdryer and started doing blow drys.
“Attilio said it would never catch on.”
Michael plans to spend his retirement enjoying a number of activities including gardening, walking and golf with wife Sandra.
Michael says he will be sad to be leaving the salon after working their for 38 years.
“I am sad to go but it’s time to do other things,” said Michael.
“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but it had to happen at some point.”


One door opens as another closes

On Saturday, February 26, the doors of Michael's Hair Design closed.

Just a few days early at No85 High Street 20-year-old Charlie Cowan opened his new barbershop and friends and readers of Nailsea People called in to wish him well in his new venture.

You can read all about Charlie HERE in our VIP features section.

But as one High Street door opens as another one closes. 
Hair stylist Carey Berchall takes up the story.

She said: "It was so lovely to get all the staff from over the years back together again to shut the door for the final time, unfortunately some were unable to make it but we did raise a glass on your behalf. 
"We were not just an amazing team we were like a family a happy place to have worked for so many years also with such amazing clients who were not just clients but friends who we thank for your loyal custom. 
"We wish the boss man Michael all the best with his retirement and look forward to seeing the progress with the salon being turned back into a residential cottage.

"For us girls we will be starting our new adventures of all of us doing mobile hairdressing and salon based so I look forward seeing some of your lovely faces down at Hair @ Houlahans in Backwell from next week. 
"Good luck to my bestie Nicki who also starts next week at Cutting Edge, Lizzie who is going mobile but taking a few weeks out first, Tina who is also mobile and salon based at Finishing Touch and Sharon enjoy your retirement and look forward to hearing about your adventures, love you all."

Good news and bad news shared

Nailsea Barbers shared on its Facebook page: "Some good and bad news.
"We’d like to wish Michael Pearce from Mike’s hair salon, our neighbour from across the road for the past 18 years, good friend and Nailsea legend second only to John Brown, a very happy and well deserved retirement. 
"Can’t believe he looks about 14. 
"Good luck and best wishes to all the girls too with their new adventures. 
"Gonna miss you all. 
"The bad news: We’d like to pass on our condolences to Pino’s family from Backwell Barbers who sadly left us this week.
"yPino was a master barber, a good friend and barber colleague, and an absolute character. 
"Can’t believe you’ve gone Pino. 
"RIP mate, you’ll never be forgotten."
And Will Hellier said: "Extremely sad to hear the heartbreaking news yesterday that the huge character, cheeky chappie and all round good bloke 'Pino' has passed away
"Barber, entertainer, allotment Kkeeper, friend, son, brother and proud uncle. 
"Taken too soon my old mate
"Who am I going to get the cheesiest jokes in the world from now?  Camembert (if you know, you know).
"RIP Giuseppe 'Joe' 'Pino' Pellegrinno." 

Pino's funeral service is midday on Thursday, March 24 at the Church of St Andrew, Backwell.


A church service of thanksgiving

The family of a man who died in a collision on the Clevedon to Tickenham road last month have issued a tribute.

Emergency services were called to the collision on Tickenham Road, which involved three vehicles, at 4.35pm on Tuesday, November 30.

The story of the accident is on Nailsea People December front page.

Paul Fowler, aged 78, of Nailsea sadly died at the scene.

His family said: "Paul was a husband to Irene for 52 years, brother to Tony, Jan and Jus, father of Matt and grandfather to four children.

"He was a man that exemplified and defined kindness.

“A peacemaker whose compassion touched all he met, and whose legacy lives on through the many people he encouraged, influenced and supported.

"Paul and Irene moved to Nailsea from Burley-in-Wharfedale in May 2021 to be nearer to us.

“We are terribly sorry we've lost him too early, and the plans we had made will no longer come to pass.


"He will be greatly missed by all those that were fortunate enough to have known him."

They are being supported by specially-trained officers and our thoughts are with them in their loss, said a police spokesman.

A thanksgiving service for Mr Fowler will be at midday on Friday, January 21, at Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea.

  • Police investigations into the collision continue. Anyone who witnessed what happened, or who may have dashcam footage which could help the investigation is asked to call 101 and give the reference 5221281893.


DRIVER DAN: Thanks to James Parsons (no relation) for finding this interesting headstone at All Saint's Church, Wraxall, of local born man who passed his driving test aged 92 and lived until he was 105


In the office entrance to Arthur E Davey & Sons Ltd, 82 Silver Street, Nailsea, stands this memorial Christmas tree with name tags remembering loved ones who have passed this year.

Donations for 2021 are going to Blesma, The Limbless Veterans.

This is a British charity that helps all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs, or lost the use of limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.

It operates throughout the United Kingdom and is a registered charity.

The QR Code for Christmas Tree memorial 2021 donations is below.

AE Davey & Sons is the foremost choice for people in Nailsea and the surrounding areas, from Bristol to Clevedon and Portishead to Yatton, seeking a highly professional level of compassionate support and service from a funeral director.

Find out more about AE Davey and Sons Funeral Directors, feel free to browse its website here or go to the contact page to get in touch.

There is also a section about the memorial Christmas tree.