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Telling Tier 3 how it is

The Government announced on Thursday that North Somerset will go into a very high level of alert – known as tier 3 – at the end of England’s national lockdown next week.

North Somerset Council said its data shows us that the latest lockdown has had a positive impact, so we are asking everyone to keep doing what they are doing to continue the trend and move North Somerset as quickly as possible into a lower tier of alert.

No one wants to be in the situation of having to continue tough restrictions in North Somerset. The lockdown put a significant strain on many parts of our community, especially those who need to take extra care during Covid and our hospitality sector, and the decision to keep us in a high level of alert means these difficulties are not yet at an end.

 

LATEST CASE DATE

The second lockdown saw an initial surge in coronavirus cases, peaking at a rate of 305.5 per 100,000 in a seven-day period – nearly four and a half times as many as the 68.4 per 100,000 during the peak in the first lockdown.

Rates have fallen over recent days and now stand at 210.6 per 100,000 but our local pattern is still above the regional average.

For context, the comparable South West seven-day rate is 139.7 and the England rate is 209.1. 453 cases were confirmed in North Somerset during the last seven days reported.

You can see more detail on our local case data HERE.

Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases.

PROTECTING BUSINESSES

We do not want North Somerset in tier 3 any longer than necessary. If our hard work continues to pay off and our rates continue to go down we will be asking Government for assurances of a regular review of the evidence and to ensure that we are not unfairly linked to rates outside of our area.

December would normally be the busiest time of the year for our hospitality sector so it is crucial that those who cannot trade normally get the business support that is available.

We encourage those of us who can to support all our local traders as much as possible over the Christmas period. Shop local and help make sure our businesses can survive into 2021.

PROTECTING RESIDENTS

The network of volunteers who have helped residents across North Somerset throughout this pandemic continues to be on hand for anyone who has no support from family or friends or who is socially isolated. Local group details can be found at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together or call 01934 427437.

KEEPING UP HANDS, FACE, SPACE EFFORTS CRITICAL

The changes we all made to stay at home as much as possible since November 5 have made a difference.

It is challenging to keep going but we have the power to reduce the impact of this virus if we follow the same basic advice.

Washing our hands as much as possible, wearing a face covering if we can, and keeping at least 2m away from anyone who is not part of our household or support bubble, are still the most important things any one of us can do in the fight against the virus.

 

TESTING

It is very important that anyone who needs to get a test request one as quickly as possible and if they are symptomatic or a contact of a case, please follow the guidance on self-isolation to prevent others being put at risk.

The mobile testing units at Castlewood, Clevedon, and Locking Road car park, Weston-super-Mare, will be operating seven days a week until at least Wednesday, December 9.

Appointments are made available on the nhs.uk/coronavirus page twice a day - once in the evening for tests the following morning and then once in the morning for tests that afternoon.

We are planning to bring lateral flow testing to North Somerset and are working through the logistics of setting up this new service, and who will be offered the tests.

The Government has said that local authorities that fall into tier 3 will be offered support from NHS Test and Trace and the armed forces to deliver a 6-week rapid community testing programme. As we have been put into this tier we are waiting for more details.

This is separate from the testing that has been announced to support visiting in care homes. We are also waiting for more details on how that will work.

 

TIER 3 GUIDANCE

The last day of England’s national lockdown is Tuesday, December 1, with the new tier restrictions coming into effect on Wednesday, December 2. All retail, leisure, and personal care businesses which had to close can reopen, and recreational sport can resume, but entertainment and hospitality venues will remain closed, apart from delivery, take-away and drive-through sales.

Businesses which continue to face trading restrictions are encouraged to make sure they are accessing the grants that are available.

People will still not be allowed to meet indoors under the rules, or in most outside spaces, but up to six can now meet in some outdoor public spaces such as parks, sports courts, and public gardens.

 

The guidance, which can be found at GOV.UK, says:

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services

  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training

  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes: indoor play centres and areas, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres, laser quests and escape rooms, cinemas, theatres and concert halls, snooker halls.

  • ​Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:

- zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves

- aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
- model villages
-museums, galleries and sculpture parks
- botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
- theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
- visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
- landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
- leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close

KEEPING YOU INFORMED: Join a North Somerset Council  webinar on Friday, December 4, from 3-4pm. This will be hosted by North Somerset Council chief executive Jo Walker who will be joined by other senior council representatives. It will be available to watch on YouTube and you’ll be able to ask your questions via Slido using event code #NSCUPDATE. If there are any particular topics that you’d like us to address on Friday, please let us know by replying to this email.

  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators

  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events

  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies

  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events

  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place

  • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s

  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

  • Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey

For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

Exemptions from gatherings limits in all tiers

  • As part of a single household, or a support bubble

  • For work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes

  • For childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum

  • For supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups

  • For formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older

  • To allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care

  • For arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians

  • For prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them

  • for birth partners

  • to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present

  • to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life

  • to attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present

  • to provide emergency assistance

  • to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm

  • to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service

  • to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer

  • to facilitate moving home

 

COUNCIL SERVICES

All leisure centres in North Somerset will reopen on Wednesday, December 2.

The Playhouse Theatre and Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare will remain closed.

The Campus in Weston and Somerset Hall in Portishead will be open for pre-booked sessions, such as childcare, training courses, NHS blood donor sessions and church groups.

Libraries will continue to offer bookable computers for those who need to access online public services and do not have internet access at home, click and collect, and deliveries to existing Home Library Service customers. Doors will also reopen for limited browsing. For more information about what is on offer at each library visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/librarycollect

The Town Hall reception in Weston is open on an appointment only basis. Customers who have enquiries should contact 01934 888 888 and ask for the relevant service. If you need an appointment, this will be arranged for you.

Other services including recycling centres, kerbside collections, schools and nurseries, parks, play areas, and car parks will stay open. Funerals can continue and can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Weddings ceremonies are permitted again and can include up to 15 guests. Midwifery appointments will continue in children’s centres.Critical council services, such as social services, care connect, road repairs, gritting, and community meals also continue. Covid-safe measures are in place across all council services and buildings, such as social distancing measures.

No barrier to shopping

It was mid-June 2020 Nailsea High Street was closed to traffic and the story featured on the front page of Nailsea People, read more HERE.

Access was allowed for delivery lorries up to 7.5 tonnes, disabled drivers, the community bus and emergency vehicles.

It was after a public outcry about lack of consultation led by High Street traders and Nailsea Town Council it was re-opened but with red and white plastic barriers blocking the on-street parking bays.

Amid moans and groans all summer about what was happening next with North Somerset Council keen to cash in on government grants for making public thoroughfares COVID-19 compliance a rethink has finally taken place.

North Somerset councillor James Tonkin who originally had a vision of a traffic free high street conceded this week ‘providing we don’t have a resurgence’ of coronavirus cases the barrier are gone for good (or the foreseeable future).

James had hoped Nailsea High Street would become a cafe society space filled with people enjoying al fresco dining with pedestrians and cyclists moving safely in these socially distancing times.

But it was a step too far for many shopkeepers already dealing with difficult trading conditions.

Eirik Bird, of Sam Bird TV, said: “Many thanks for listening and removing the social barriers and for realising how important it is for us traders to have our High Street open up as normal again.”

FARMERS’ MARKET: North Somerset Council officials approved the health and safety measures put in place on Saturday, November 21, at the High Street market. There were only 24 food and drink stalls to allow space for shoppers to keep a safe distance from other customers ... and the road was closed to traffic ...

Big bang theories

Nailsea experience its second electricity cut this week.

Reports on social media at teatime on Friday that a pylon 'blew up' near Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club got the following response from Western Power Distribution that ‘…we have a line down in the area so the public may have witnessed some flashing in that area…’.

Many residents experienced complete blackness for 30 seconds with their television and broadband not restored for minutes later.

Lee Lynas said: “Yes, it all went out ten minutes ago for a few minutes in West End, Nailsea.”

Kersti Clement said: “And near Tesco, all the streetlights went out too.”

Congresbury, Wraxall, Yatton and even Weston people reported lights flickered or went out.”

Kate Nurminen said: "House alarms going off left right and centre."

Jane Holt said the lights went out inside Tesco supermarket.

Kate Atwell said: "We had electricity off for about fiuve seconds in Backwell and everything straight back on afterwards.

"Love the drama though."

Jan Thomas said: " Was cooking dinner, that wasn’t pleasant with a hot pan in my hand - could have issued some warning surely?"

Tony Rickard said: "For those asking for warning that would suggest something was premeditated. I would guess something either unexpectedly broke or was unexpectedly broken - digger through cable kind of thing?

Tony added it was made worse with so many working from home reliant on the Internet.

A WPD spokesman said: “Apologies for the disruption, our engineers are carrying out a fault finding process as there is a fault in the area, and this is the quickest way to find the fault and isolate supplies as quickly as possible.

“We aim to restore all supplies that are currently off by 6.30pm.”

Days earlier a similar incident happened, and people took to Facebook with reports of hearing a ‘huge bang’ and seeing a ‘bright flash’ in the sky over the town.

Many reported their lights flickering, the power to their homes tripping and

On the High Street

internet and TV connections being lost at approximately 3pm on Tuesday, November 18.

People living further afield in Cleeve, Tickenham and Clevedon also said their lights had flickered and power switches had tripped.

Dannii Long posted in the Nailsea Forum Facebook page: “Anyone know what the big bang was close to Ryhne View?

“Just tripped the electric.”

Emma Louise saw the flash in the sky, posting: “The whole sky lit up.”

“There was a massive flash of electric from the overhead cables near the rugby club.”

The ‘huge bang’ was caused after contractors working on a small housing development at St Mary’s Grove hit a power line when excavating the site.

A WPD spokesman for the previous ‘bang’ said: “We received a call at 2.47pm yesterday about damage by a third party to a cable in the St Mary’s Grove area of Nailsea.

“Contractors were excavating in the area when they hit a cable.

“We arrived on site at 3.36pm and made the cable safe and completed the repairs by 4.10pm.

“One property was off supply as a result of the incident.”

The spokesman added that it was ‘likely’ the incident is what caused power to properties in the local area to trip.

The opening of Nailsea farmers’ market in the High Street on Saturday, November 21, is proving controversial.

With some arguing it is safer to shop in an outdoor market than a busy supermarket, others say people cannot be trusted to maintain a safe distance during this second lockdown.

Some fear the long-term goal of North Somerset Council is to pedestrianise the road with or without its shopkeepers being in favour.

North Somerset Council has an additional £473,750 from the Government to spend on road safety in rural areas.

This is for introducing by 2021 new walking, cycling and socially distanced environments.

The funding is part of a national £175m grant from the Department for Transport (DfT).

North Somerset Council has already introduced temporary measures, with wider pavements for effective social distancing and pop-up cycle routes to help safe travel.

Its goal is to add ‘quiet lanes’ with speed limits and with pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders getting priority over vehicles.

North Somerset Council executive member for transport James Tonkin is the Independent councillor for Nailsea West End.

He said: “This funding recognises the important role active travel will play in the next phase of Covid-19 and supports the increase in active travel and walking we have seen this year.

“Introducing better routes for people to walk and cycle to enable work, education or leisure is an essential part of the economic recovery of our region and we are delighted that we have secured this additional funding to allow us to introduce these schemes and create safer environments for our visitors, residents and businesses.

“This council is committed to creating more opportunities for sustainable travel and reducing carbon emissions and these schemes will also support those important goals.”

But Eirik Bird, of Sam Bird TV, is concerned the red and white plastic barriers blocking all the High Street parking bays will affect festive trade.

He said: “We are due to be out of lockdown in two weeks, will the barriers be gone by then - I really do hope so?

“It would be great to trade up to Christmas without having to lug large heavy items like 65in TVs halfway up the High Street.

“Like many other shops, we have a massive increase in deliveries and collections around Christmas.

“It would also be great for those with mobility issues to be able to park close to the shops again.

“But it is not just me that thinks the barriers are a bad idea, I don't know any traders or customers that say they are doing any good and even our own town council meeting agrees.”

  • STOP PRESS: Despite concerns about its budget Nailsea Town Council is to spend £11,500 on plants for 2020. This includes more than £5,000 for weekly watering of the hanging baskets (more if the summer proves a scorcher). The environment and leisure committee decided  on Wednesday evening, November 18, that they would approve a slight price increase and pay for 70 baskets in the High Street. Nailsea in Bloom horticulturists had intended to scale back next summer's planting to cut costs as Blaise Plant Nursery reviewed its core business with local authorities. 

TESTING TIMES; The mobile testing units at Castlewood, Clevedon, and Locking Road, Weston, car parks will be operating seven days a week until at least Monday, November 30 

THURSDAY FIGURES: On the day Nailsea People published the latest available figures for COVID-19 on its Facebook page Nailsea School sent Year 8 pupils home as one student tested positive. Previously the school had announced three teachers had also tested postive. The latest case has resulted in the Year 8 bubble isolating for a period of 14 days at home. But late on Thursday North Somerset Council sent out a press release saying 'an increasing trend in Covid infections for over 60s in North Somerset has prompted calls to ‘look after each other’.' This latest reported figures show a sharp rise in cases in the older age group, which includes some of people most vulnerable to complications from the disease. The risk of falling seriously ill due to coronavirus increases with age, and for those who have other underlying health conditions – which are also more likely in older people. With infections continuing to climb across all age groups everyone is asked to take more care to keep those most at risk safe. There is a lag of up to six days in case data meaning the latest information is for 13 November, which shows the seven-day rate for North Somerset is 306.4 per 100,000, with 659 new confirmed cases. The comparable South West seven-day rate is 193.5 and England is 274.3. To checked the COVID-19 figures for Nailsea and nearby go to https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map 

Huge North Somerset fly-tipping fine

A man caught fly-tipping in North Somerset countryside has been fined thousands of pounds.

Richard Young of Perrycroft Road, Bristol was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, during which he must complete 200 hours unpaid work, and was ordered to pay North Somerset Council who brought the prosecution its investigation, legal and clean-up costs totalling £6,358.01.

Young was prosecuted for six offences relating to five large-scale fly-tipping incidents at:

  • Abbots Pool car park, Abbots Leigh;

  • Oxleaze Lane, Dundry; and

  • A bridleway off Dial Lane, Felton.

In a case heard at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Thursday, November 12, Young pleaded guilty to five charges relating to waste duty of care offences under section 34(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and one charge of fly-tipping under Section 33(6) of the same act.

Between July and November last year council officers attended five incidents where waste had been fly-tipped and found evidence of where this waste had come from.

On speaking to the individuals whose waste was fly-tipped it was identified that the vehicle used in each of these incidents had the business name CY Landscapes and Garden Maintenance printed on the side.

Further investigation showed that the defendant operated under this business name.

Very soon after these collections were made the waste was found fly-tipped in North Somerset.

Young was also the registered keeper of the vehicle used to carry out a fly-tip on a bridleway off Dial Lane, Felton where around seven tonnes of waste were found blocking the bridleway.

Welcoming the outcome of the prosecution is North Somerset Council executive member for waste and recycling who is the Green Party ward councillor for Backwell.

She said: : “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable and has a negative 

impact on our local environment and communities.

“North Somerset Council will investigate all incidents of fly-tipping and issue fixed penalty notices or prosecute individuals when sufficient evidence is found.

"Residents and businesses are advised to ensure that a private contractor disposing of their waste is a licensed waste carrier registered with the Environment Agency and provides them with a receipt for the collection giving the contractor's contact details.

“Also, making a note of the vehicle registration used to collect the waste ensures that they can be traced."  

Any business or contractor who carries waste must ensure they register with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier and keep records for a minimum of two years for all waste they produce, transfer and/or dispose of.

A reputable company shouldn’t have any issue with you requesting this information.

Follow these simple steps to make sure your waste is disposed legally:

  • S - Suspect all waste carriers. Don't let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate. A professional waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.

  • C - Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.

  • R - Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.

  • A - Ask what will happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.

  • P - Paperwork must be obtained - a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.

Household waste can be disposed of at any of the council recycling centres.

Residents who find fly-tipped waste are encouraged to report it online to the council as soon as possible at https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/parking-travel-roads/street-cleaning/fly-tipping.

ROAD WORKS: Queens Road in Nailsea is being closed for three days from Wednesday, November 18, so North Somerset Council can patch-up the potholes. Access for people living in roads off this main thoroughfare but residents in nearby roads are angry they weren't notified. The X8 and X9 buses will be diverted via The Perrings and has been seen going along Hazlebury Road. Residents have been sent letters and there are notices on all the bus stops. Pictured is the highways crew parked overnight in Mizzymead Road ready to start work and potholes here seemed to be ‘marked’ for repair.

Spate of car vandalism

A spate of damage to cars in Nailsea has been reported to police.

The culprits trying to get into cars at Friendship Road in the early hours of Friday and Saturday morning, November 13-14, have been caught on film.

The video is posted here - unfortunately, it is poor quality.

The homeowner said: "My apologies for poor quality of video due to spider and spider web in view! Have now cleared camera of spider webs in case it happens again!"

Two people, one wearing glasses, can be seen rummaging through compartments and the boot of another car which was unlocked on a neighbouring drive.

Also, on Friday night, November 13, the vehicle pictured had its windscreen smashed at The Perrings.

The car was parked near Biddesham and Blandford Close. It has been reported to police on incident number 5220256904.

This follows a spate of similar incidents the night before mainly centred on Hazlebury Road area.

Thieves tampered with cars parked in Hillcrest Road on Thursday night, November 12.

One vehicle was parked on a driveway near the junction with Mizzymead Road.

The owner said: "There isn't damage so it looks like it could have been a digital device.

"Can you alert others and ask if anyone has cctv in Hillcrest Road/Valley Way Road?"

The reports were posted on Nailsea People Facebook page and provoked lots of questions about what the police were doing to solve the crime.

Mick Graham said: “There's been an increase in general criminal activities in Nailsea over recent weeks and the only increased police presence I've seen is the safety van on Mizzymead Road.

“The police seem more interested in catching motorists on a straight stretch of road than protecting peoples’ property.

“I know speeding is wrong and dangerous but I'd love to see the figures on how many people have been killed or injured in Nailsea from those convicted of speeding, and how many burglaries, thefts and assaults have gone unsolved?

“And if its all down to prevention, well what about this horrendous increase in those latter crimes?”

Paul Hardwidge said: “There is CCTV evidence at Wraxall garage showing the culprits who got into my car Thursday night using my credit card… the police won't even go and get it, they absolutely useless.”

Thomas Saunders advised people to keep their car on their drive with a home security camera pointed at it.

Chris Roly suggested officers brought in a police dog to track the offenders.

Time to give

Nailsea School head of Dragon House Will Hellier completed a 20K poppy run for the Royal British Legion.

Will dubbed his efforts which he completed on Saturday, November 7, and has so far have raised more than £1,300 a ‘jog plod/Womble stomp’ which took him on a tour of neighbouring North Somerset villages.

He is leaving the fundraising page open HERE for latecomers to still give.

Will who is pictured at Tickenham church said: “Grateful of any donations for this most worthy of causes.”

The Royal British Legion has like so many things this year had to adapt to the threat of Covid-19 which has curtailed is Poppy Appeal fundraising.

It said: “We're calling on the public to support us like never before, because every poppy counts.

“As millions of people across the UK are now unable to leave their homes to find a poppy, and with collectors unable to carry out face to face collections, we've unveiled a range of new ways for people to show their support remotely.

“From donating for poppies through the post for your neighbours and local community, displaying a poppy in your window, donating online or undertaking a virtual Poppy run, there are many ways to support the Poppy Appeal from home in line with Covid-19 restrictions.”

Lambtrad assistant business manager Jack Tucker who has worked at the Portishead and Worle branch and also done charity work with the Ronald McDonald House in Bristol is also taking part in the My Poppy Run fitness challenge.

Jack who is aged 29 and lives in Backwell said: “This is the first time I have done something linking fitness into it for charity. 

“In the past it was in-house fundraising weekends, helping out Gordano School to repaint their special education department and refurbishing their garden. 

“Back towards the beginning of this year I was quite overweight.

“This year, during lockdown one, I have decided to join the Royal Air Force, following in my family footsteps.

“Through diet and exercise I have lost three stone in a few months so I can pass the RAF medical. 

“So walking 40km is a massive leap for me, as back in lockdown one, I did no exercise at all.  

“Having family in the military has been a massive influence for me to do this walk, as I understand the impact the Royal British Legion has on people’s lives.”

To support Jack who so far has raised £660 and is pictured on a coffee pitstop click HERE.

For the second year in succession gardeners from Nailsea In Bloom have planted giant wooden memorials in flower beds around the town.

Nailsea In Bloom chairman Wendy Mobbs said: “We would like to thank people for supporting us in this appeal.

“We are thrilled to have raised £850 approximately £300 more than last year.

“I’m sure you will all agree the flower beds look great with them in and if anyone would like the poppy they sponsored please email me at wendy.mobbs@outlook.com.”

All the photos from Remembrance are now in the Gallery 2020 slideshow.

The Mustache Month

Who is doing Movember?

We know Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club players who always win by more than a whisker have signed up - anymore?

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide.

The chaps are looking to raise £1,000, which will go to the official Movember charity.

Pictured is first team player Aaron Latta.

Click HERE to go to the club’s fundraising page on the Movember site. 

Rick Hand, of Nailsea Auto Electrical, also has joined the Movember movement the leading charity changing the face of men's health.

HIs official fundraising page says 'Together we can make a difference for men's health – in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Help me stop men dying too young.'

Click HERE to donate to Rick and his team.

POLICE BULLENTIN: Fallen trees on the A370 among other roads and power lines which came crashing down in bustery weather has made our police busy in the past weeks. But local PCSOs also found time to deliver sweeties to young people living in Nailsea households with a Halloween display as they were aware of the lack of trick and treating because of  Covid-19 restrictions. Read all about it in their latest newsletter which you can download HERE or go to the Facebook page run by PCSO Connor Aitken. Halloween photos are on the Gallery 2020 page.

Not going out

So, another month of lockdown starts as Covid-19 cases continue to rise across North Somerset.

North Somerset Council said the rate of infection has gone above 100 per 100,000 people locally with 294 new cases confirmed in past week.

Nailsea People has heard of High Street shopkeepers, bar staff and families who have caught and recovered from the disease along with many new cases.

Added to the cancellation list which includes bonfire night at the rugby club is Remembrance Sunday and there is a big questionmark about the farmers’ market it is a bleak start to winter.

As expected, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced what is effectively a second national lockdown in England, which will come into effect on Thursday, November 5 and will last until Wednesday, December 2, when the government will ‘seek to ease restrictions’ and return to the 1-3 Tier system, Johnson said.

People may only leave home for specific reasons, including education, work, exercise, medical reasons, to escape injury or harm, and to meet with members of ‘exclusive’ support bubbles from one other household if they live alone, for childcare purposes or to provide or receive vital support.

All non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed, though click and collect services will continue and essential shops will remain open.

Schools, universities, courts, childcare providers and other public services will remain open.

People cannot travel internationally or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted exemptions.

Overnight stays away from primary residences will not be allowed, except for specific exceptions including for work.

The Treasury’s furlough scheme, originally set to expire on October 31, will be extended until the end of November with the same conditions.

North Somerset Council director of public health Matt Lenny said: "For a number of weeks our infection rate was below the rest of the South West, but we are now just above the regional average.

“The number of cases continues to increase and it's important that everyone plays their part to break the chain of infection by observing the three main principles of hand washing, wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing."

Analysis of the latest case data also shows that there's no clear pattern of infection in local communities.

Matt added: "The case data tells us that the virus is circulating generally in our community and we are no longer seeing greater rates of infection just in younger people.“

All age groups are becoming infected and therefore it's incredibly important that we all play our part to reduce the risk of transmitting or catching the disease.

Poll ends Friday, November 6, 2020

"The risks from coronavirus become more severe as people grow older,

and particularly if they have other long-term health conditions, so we must all do what we can to protect the more vulnerable members of our community.

“We are all connected - through our work, our families, education and our social lives. The virus does not discriminate."

Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus should self-isolate and book a test immediately. The symptoms are a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Tests can be booked online at www.gov.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. 

There are three testing centres in North Somerset:

  • Castlewood in Clevedon;

  • Locking Road car park in Weston-super-Mare; and

  • the regional testing centre at Bristol Airport.

All three sites offer pre-booked appointments only.  

October digest Nailsea Town Council

If you missed the full Nailsea Town Council meeting for October the next meeting is on Wednesday, December 16.

Time will tell if this is also on Zoom.

You may download a calendar of all meetings HERE or go to the council website for more information at https://www.nailseatowncouncil.gov.uk/.

For the Nailsea residents who didn't have a couple of hours to spare on Wednesday evening, October 22, or time to wade through a 64-page agenda here is a digest of items discussed:

  • Former councillor James Steel who heads Nailsea Community Group asked in a personally capacity (as a resident of Nailsea) about an outstanding business plan to cover No65 High Street (previously known as Nailsea Place and Youth House), Tithe Barn and farmers’ market - all heavily subsided by the town council by more than half a million pounds in the past three years. Currently the council repays loans totally £38K per year

  • Newly Youngwood ward co-opted councillor Emily Miller, a BBC producer, is joined by a further co-option with environmentalist Anthony Hobbs, he will represent West End ward

  • A volunteer rota of councillors was agreed for the monthly 10am-noon Saturday drop-in sessions at No65 High Street for the next four months on November 21; December 19; February 20 and March 20

  • Nailsea Town Council has three staff vacancies. A new appointment of communications/social media officer, replacement finance officer and maternity cover assistant clerk will be advertised shortly

  • Finance chairman Ben Kushner told councillors of the dire constraints facing them when setting the next budget – Nailsea Town Council has a budget of half a million per year but is expecting a multi-million pound windfall when (and if) the land it is selling to housebuilders Barratts goes ahead at Engine Lane

  • The capital cost of installing new town centre CCTV cameras will be approximately £28K with maintenance and monitoring priced at £18,200 per year

  • Nailsea Town Council agreed to post a notice on its website telling residents that the decision to allow the fairground to park on Millennium Park, owned by the district council, was taken by the events department at North Somerset Council and did not fall under its remit. Nailsea Town Council clerk Jo Duffy said: “We were contacted by a North Somerset Council events team officer to ask if there had been any issues previously with the fair that needed to be flagged-up. All risk assessment information for Covid-19 had been supplied by the fairground and the council was happy with that.” Jo said they had been inundated with emails and telephone calls from concerned residents. She added: “It was really taken out of our hands – it was a North Somerset decision and I don’t feel we have the wherewithal to decide whether somebody is compliant with national guidelines – it is concerning it is coming to Nailsea but we certainly weren’t asked our views on whether it was safe or not.”

  • Nailsea people could be asking ‘where did all the flowers go?’ when councillor Liz Frappell said Nailsea in Bloom will be tending the ground level planters next summer but the hanging baskets could be a casualty of the proposed cuts by Bristol City Council to its gardening service at Blaise Plant Nursery which supplies many adjoining towns and villages – Nailsea has 80 street hanging baskets

  • Remembrance Sunday, November 8, will be a muted affair because of the coronavirus with wreath-laying at Holy Trinity live-streamed so as not to attract a crowd. There will be no church service or procession. Nailsea in Bloom has raised £1,000 from its memorial Poppy Appeal and planting will begin this Friday, October 24

  • Under chairman’s remarks Jan Barber reported she had opened the community larder at No26 Somerset Square which had already saved 1.85 tonnes of food in the past month going into landfill. NCG is currently advertising for additional volunteers to help man this service and Mrs Barber also attended the farmer’s market in an official capacity

  • District councillor James Tonkin reported that a £10,000 grant towards the repair and upgrading of the service road behind the High Street leading to the Brockway has been agreed.  Nailsea Town Council’s contributed is a further (estimated) £10,000 – no figure was disclosed for the total cost

Parking charges stalled

Plans to bring new parking charges to Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead have been put on hold.
The new tariffs were proposed earlier this year as part of a cross-party parking review launched in response to ongoing problems across North Somerset.
North Somerset Council executive voted to extend the review to better assess the impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic on parking habits before changes are made, and to continue work to look at options to introduce residents’ parking permit schemes.
Executive member with responsibility for parking, Cllr Mark Canniford, said: “We ran a consultation about proposed parking changes in February and March. 
"But with the impact of the national lockdown and the ongoing pandemic, now is not the time to be making big changes to parking in our town centres or on our seafronts.
“We have listened to feedback from residents and town councils and can confirm we will not be taking forward proposals for new charges at this time, but we will continue to look at the management of parking in North Somerset as part of our longer-term planning.”
Consultation results showed support for parking charges to be introduced at Leigh Woods where a scheme has been called for by local residents for some time.
Cllr Canniford added: “With different issues, including the impact of commuter parking, the Leigh Woods area has a much clearer case for introducing an on-street parking scheme now which includes pay and display parking charges and residents' permits. 
“The Leigh Woods scheme can then act as a pilot as we look to introduce resident parking schemes throughout the district, including in Weston, as the impact of on-street parking was a strong theme in the consultation.”
Charging is expected to be introduced to the streets around Leigh Woods next year. 
As well as extending the review, transport officers will also look at issues raised as part of the consultation and investigate solutions.  

Nailsea People and Covid-19

Wraxall resident Matt Howell, aged 41, began his quest to find out why with rising cases of Covid-19 locally the fairground was given permission to set up in the town.

He said: "I thought it was bonkers given we are in the middle of a global pandemic with cases rising to hold an event like this in Nailsea."

Matt said he had no wish to be a spoilsport but the wider implications were too serious to ignore.

His first port of call to start asking questions was North Somerset Council Yeo ward councillor for Millennium Park Mike Bird.

Mr Bird replied saying: "I’m currently in Cornwall on holiday. I have a few people awaiting replies, I’m currently trying to get an official statement from North Sjomerset Council. I like most people, didn’t know anything about this till Sunday afternoon."

Matt then turned to Dr Fox to ask the same questions and his office contacted North Somerset Council.

Below is the reply sent by his PA Ione Douglas.

 

Dear Constituents, please forgive a circular letter in response to your email about this matter. Dr Fox wrote to the chief executive of North Somerset Council about the fair. He will not be back in the UK until the weekend, but I thought you would like to see Mrs Walker’s letter. If you are still unhappy about the arrangements, then I imagine that you and your family will not attend. 

Yours sincerely,

Ione Douglas MBE (Mrs)
P/A to the Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP

020 7219 4198

House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

The response from Mrs Walker is published in full.

Matt found the replies incredulous and has shared with Nailsea People.

He said: "So it appears that the decision to allow the fair to operate was taken by NSC on the basis of a risk assessment submitted by the fair operators themselves, without consulting the relevant local councillors."

Dear Ione,

Re: Covid risk - Travelling Fair at Millennium Park in Nailsea Importance: High

Thank you for your email below requesting further information around permitted events on council land, and in particular the Travelling Fair at Millennium Park in Nailsea.

The current legal position is that outdoor events that are organised by businesses, charitable organisations and public bodies are not restricted to a specific number of attendees and may go ahead provided they have carried out a thorough risk assessment and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission.

All events on NSC land go through a Safety Advisory Group (SAG) assessment process. The SAG is made up of NSC department representatives and external agencies of Police, Fire and Ambulance. At the moment, events are assessed on a case by case basis to ensure that their plans are COVID safe. This is the process by which events are accepted or declined permission on our land.

For this specific event I can advise the following:

Events are legally permitted to go ahead provided they are Covid secure and in this case the organisers have provided the authorities with very thorough Covid-safe risk assessments for the management of the event.

The event application form and supporting documentation including a Covid risk assessment has been processed via the events team and Safety Advisory Group (SAG). None of the SAG agencies raised objections to the event and all advice provided by members has been taken on board by the organisers.

We have outlined additional Covid measures below:

  • ​Enclosed site

  • Separate entrance/exit

  • Reduced site capacity (click in and click out to monitor numbers on site)

  • NHS Track and Trace ‘QR’ code upon entry Social distancing signs, markings and hand sanitiser on entry to site and ridesIncreased more frequent cleaning of rides

  • Funfair is advertised as being open until 9pm (this will aid everyone being off site by 10pm, all lights, noise etc to be off no later than 10pm to discourage anyone from staying near the site)

  • Funfair is also advertised as family attraction, people to attend in household or support bubble and will not be permitted entry in groups of more than 6

  • No alcohol is sold on the site

  • As the event is outside, the risk of transmission is significantly lower

 

Health and safety will be undertaking site visits this week, with event officers to ensure the organisers are implementing the measures they have included within their Covid risk assessment.

I do hope this reassures Dr Fox the appropriate risk assessments and permissions are in place for this and any future events.

Kind regards

Jo Walker

Chief Executive

North Somerset Counci

Zoom into council meeting

The city of Wells moved its outdoor food festival in October and instead staged a ‘virtual’ event online.

The eat:festival for Burnham-on-Sea for Saturday, October 24, has been cancelled after Sedgemoor District Council stepped in following concern about the rise of Covid-19 cases.

Before the latest spike in infection rates Nailsea held a successful and well-attended eat:festival followed a week later by the return after six months of the farmers’ market.

But there is widespread concern expressed on social media about the fun fair which rolled into town for half-term.

Option is split between those not wanting to spoil a treat for younger people to those worried about vulnerable family and friends.

Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber who had no prior knowledge of the fair coming said: “The decision is delegated to officers at North Somerset Council.”

There is a full town council meeting which is open to the public on Wednesday, October 21, at 7.30pm.

Nailsea Community Group leader James Steel has asked to speak under the public participation part.

All Nailsea residents are invited to ‘zoom’ in.

Click on this link to join the meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88984995107?pwd=ZWwwWngzMkI4N2E2VklxTjlzNXliUT09

Meeting ID: 889 8499 5107  

Password: 144023

Or dial in on a land line or mobile with one of the following telephone numbers:

  • 0203 481 5240

  • 0131 460 1196

  • 0203 051 2874

  • 0203 481 5237

You will be prompted to provide the meeting ID and password.

To download the agenda click HERE.

The latest seven-day rate for North Somerset is 53.9 per 100,000 which is an increase on last week’s rate, however, since the publication of these figures Nailsea People has been told of a spike in the town.

Following the Government's announcement at the beginning of the week about the three-tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels North Somerset is at 'medium’ alert level.

‘Medium’ is the lowest of the three tiers and this means that the national measures already in place remain.

These include meeting in groups no larger than six people, and certain businesses that sell food and drink on their premises are required to close 10pm-5am.

Schools, universities and places of worship will remain open, and weddings and funerals can go ahead, but with restricted numbers of attendees.

North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We must all continue to take individual and shared responsibility for our actions and those around us and these familiar messages of hands, face, space are absolutely essential in halting the spread of coronavirus:

  • wash your hands well;

  • regularly wear a face covering when indoors in public places and in enclosed public spaces such as public transport; and

  • keep your distance – two metres.

Nailsea People published a carefully worded warning when it was told of several cases of Covid-19 at the weekend.

It began with a message which was published without the senders name saying: "I am a Nailsea resident and have had Covid-19 for two weeks now as have six members of my family, two in Clevedon and two in Yatton. I cannot express how concerned I am that the fair is being encouraged, myself my husband and daughter work across three of our local hospitals and the admission rate is going up. The farmers' market also seemed short-sighted with open uncovered food and people paying with cash. It just seems terribly irresponsible. We are a healthy fit family with no underlying health issues and we have been very unwell with this virus and I have a real concerns for the elderly community in Nailsea."

Advice was given to anyone needing help saying they could turn to the Nailsea Community Group for shopping/prescription deliveries and a link was added to the necessary form needed to be completed to get help by admin Shelley Forbes.

Then we heard of more cases in Nailsea.

There was a full and frank discussion on the merits of holding the eat:Nailsea food festival followed a week later by the return of Nailsea Farmers' Market but the shite really hit the proverbial fan when the fair rolled into Millennium Park on Monday morning, October 19.

Warnings were posted about the difference between 'flu and coronavirus

In a more conciliatory mood Michelle Irene Elizabeth said: "Hope they are better soon and it's contained in there small bubble, stay safe all."

Victoria Aslan said: "I was one, as was my mum.

"I don’t recommend getting it, it wasn’t fun.

"We have both been lucky to have mild cases, but people should take it seriously.'

"I had my positive test result before the food festival so it’s been here awhile and obviously at the weekend I was still in isolation."

Louise Marchionne said: "My son was hospitalised today with suspected Covid 19.

"It exists. It makes you feel beyond awful, is terrifying for someone even when they are in their twenties, asthmatic and very scared."

Happily although poorly Louise's son return a negative result for coronavirus.

Nailsea grandmother Sandra Lock said: "My friend is in hospital now with COVID he has blood clots on his lungs and can’t breath.

"I this fair really worth infecting Nailsea’s vulnerable?

"No it’s not and of course the kids want to have fun but we all know it won’t just be groups of six they will gather together and spread the virus as they go.

"Well done to North Somerset Council for allowing this event not!"

And another Nailsea senior citizen said she had caught Covid-19 despite self-isolating.

Nailsea people complained about 'super spreaders' and spread the blame on either youngsters or seniors.

Gill Stokes said: "I see selfish, ignorant and rude people of all generations not adhering to the guidelines."

Sally Nailsea said: "It is In our community, so why are we attending street fairs and farmers markets without facemasks and social distancing?"

Andy Thomas said: "It takes about five days to incubate so the farmers' market is too early, food festival maybe but Weston College had a outbreak recently."

Tim Lock said: "Hate to say it a few events in the town and now the positive cases rise."

Steph Warn said the arrival of the fair is 'total madness'.

Sharon Ann said: "This is ridiculous, can we not put a stop to the fair and ask them to move on, it is such a risk."

Trish Beetham said: "Unbelievable. I assume it needs the approval of North

Somerset Council - what a shambles they are."

Bryan Sheppard said: "Why hasn't North Somerset Council cancelled the fair, making money for outsiders but placing residents at risk?

"If one kid gets ill a hundred kids get sent home from school and a hundred families have to adjust.

"Selfish, and unnecessary.

"If they are desperate to win a goldfish take them to Cadbury Garden Centre.

Robin Porter told of the very strict rules when the fair was in Yate recently.

Adele Filer said: "I couldn't believe my eyes this morning, when spotted the fair vehicle, after seeing this the Nailsea People Facebook page post."

Nailsea People talked to Nailsea Town Council clerk Jo Duffy and was informed it was a decision by North Somerset Council after carrying out a COVID-19 risk assessment.

Mother of six Danii Long said: {Everyone complaining about the fair coming, don't you think the kids have suffered enough?

"People were quick to jump at the chance of going to the food fest and then the farmers' market but now something for the kids is here everyone wants rid."

Sharon Ann said: "None of it should be happening at the moment, we will be in lockdown again before we know it."

Sue Bales said: "This just puts more pressure on our police force keeping the youth groups dispersed.

"Dont think any of these events should be taking place in an area which until now has been relatively low."

Phil Tomlinson said: "I don’t think it’s a case of young people being discriminated against, just safety concerns and lessons which should perhaps have been learned from previous events. In the current situation we all have to make sacrifices."

Trish Beetham said: {The food festival was a nightmare and no doubt that will be reflected in the number of cases to come (or is already).

"The farmers' market was almost as bad.

"We all want to be back to normal as quickly and safely as possible but these repeated mass gatherings are putting all as risk."

Hayley Iles said: "The fair has had to introduce very strict Covid-19 protection and has been strictly regulated.

"They have worked very had to get this approved and are a struggling business.

"The protection they offer will be a lot stricter than most other businesses."

Jenny Howell said: "I was horrified to see the fair arriving this morning.

"The park is one of the few remaining options I have for my toddler as all the groups are shut.

"Now we’ll have to stay away from there too.

"Extremely grateful neither of my children are old enough to go to the fair - in the middle of a pandemic, what is the council thinking?"

Jo Thyer said: "There's been a fair at the Tropicana in Weston for months with no issue.

"As long as guidelines are followed I don't see a problem."

Trish Beetham said: "How have North Somerset risk assessed a travelling fair coming to the town?

"And that's before you have the crowds attending.

"Their stupidity knows no bounds."

Derek Iles said: "Fairs and street gatherings are being cancelled across the UK but popping up weekly in Nailsea!"

Anne Leonard said:  "Very sadly I don't think any of these events should be going ahead.

"If we are sensible now, we have more chance of returning to some form of normality in the early spring.

"We may live in a lovely rural bubble, but that could change so easily.

"I wish the family who have Covid all the very best, and totally understand the views they have expressed."

FAIRS FAIR: The fair arrived with full risk assessment and like the one in Weston and another in Yate all are approved by local councils

Take your rubbish home plea

Dog walker Julie Mawman is disgusted about the litter being left at the Grove sports field.

She said; “For the second day in a row I go onto the Grove field to walk my dog and low and behold more rubbish round the memorial bench and all over the field,

“This needs to stop it is so disrespectful and not nice to see.”

And Julie asked parents to educate their children on how to dispose of rubbish politely.

Julie added: “The bin is right next to the seat - do they throw their rubbish down at home in their bedrooms?

“I bet not!”

The memorial bench has unveiled in February 2019.

It remembers Nailsea mother-of-two Claire Tavener who was murdered in 2018.

It was put up on the spot where she used to picnic with friends.

Claire was aged 27, when she was killed at her home in Brendon Gardens, by her 45-year-old husband Andrew Tavener.

He is currently serving a life prison sentence.

TEST DRIVE: It's nearly time for North Somerset Council awesome gritters Portispread, Nailski, Weston-scooper-Mare, Sleetholm, Burrrrrington and Bleadon-cold (and their awesome drivers) to do their grit. They'll be on a test run this week - if you spot them, give them a wave. North Somerset Travel & Roads tweeted: “Don't panic if you see a Gritter out...we've not lost the plot and there's no snow in the forecast. It's a test run to ensure drivers are familiar with the routes and to check everything is working correctly. Don't forget to give the drivers a wave.”

Netflix sci fi blockbuster filming The Last Bus at Nailsea School

Nailsea School was the location for a new Netflix blockbuster being filmed at the weekend.

Crews from Bristol based Wildseed Studios Film are using the comprehensive school site which will feature in a new sci fi 10-part series called The Last Bus.

The Last Bus is an action-packed, futurist road trip adventure about a group of mismatched school students who band together to face a fearsome new machine intelligence.

This ambitious series is being produced in Bristol and the south west and shot mostly at the Bottle Yard Studios.

Wildseed Studios is a Bristol-based multi award-winning scripted entertainment production company, specialising in nurturing new talent to make premium content in live action and animation for older kids, family and young adult audiences.

Film crews also used sites at Portishead for filming.

Wildseed Studios creative director and co-founder Jesse Cleverly said: “Although at the top level The Last Bus is a shamelessly entertaining sci-fi romp, at another level it is a powerful eco-fable about how the younger generation must be empowered to make very different choices from the generation which preceded it when it comes to the two big challenges of the age - environmental breakdown and hugely sophisticated artificial intelligence.

“We hope that by producing The Last Bus, and releasing it simultaneously to a global audience, we will have made a small contribution to the pool of courage young people will need to draw upon in the years ahead.”

The studio has pioneered a unique approach to nurturing exciting new talent by identifying promising creatives, working with them in development, piloting their ideas and pitching the resulting work into premium platforms.

As a result, The Last Bus features an array of rising production talent identified and mentored by Wildseed over several years.

Wildseed Studios managing director and co-founder Miles Bullough said: “When we established Wildseed, our vision was to become the leading destination for promising talent looking to get their break into scripted prime time - plugging the gap between platforms and financiers looking for new talent and the ‘bedroom creators’ with the ideas.

“We are proud and delighted that Netflix has championed the production of this ambitious, entertaining and important show and we look forward to working with the excellent team we have assembled in order to execute this to the highest possible standard.”

The series is created and written by Paul Neafcy, who was spotted by Wildseed making mobile-phone films on YouTube from his bedroom and

new directors include 25-year old Drew Casson and Nour Wazzi, the first Arab director of a premium drama in the UK.

These rising stars are supported by some of the UK’s leading creative talents including directors Lawrence Gough (Misfits, Endeavour, Dr Who, Bancroft and Vera) and Steve Hughes (Doctor Who, Land Girls, Midsomer Murders, Treadstone) and production designer James North (Discovery of Witches, His Dark Materials, Dr Who and Line of Duty).

Wildseed worked with Paul Neafcy to develop two series – Philip Human and PrankMe – for SVoD service Fullscreen before developing a premium scripted sci-fi drama concept and a 10-minute pilot that convinced Netflix this new creator was worth a full original commission.

Drew Casson met Wildseed when he was just 18 and produced Hungerford with him, a low budget 80-minute multi award winning feature film and then its sequel The Darkest Dawn, both picked up by Netflix.

The studio worked with rising young director Nour Wazzi on proof of concept film The Moderators before asking her to direct two episodes of The Last Bus.

The cast will combine proven talent with some kids who have never acted before, cast from a trawl of thousands of young people.

PHOTOS: From left writer Paul Neafcy and Drew Casson, one of the directors of The Last Bus © Wildseed and Nailsea School rebuilt in 2006 as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project funded by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and costing more than £30 million 

Driver on phone knocks boy off bike

The teenaged son of Simon Warburton narrowly escaped serious injury when he was knocked off his bike on Friday evening, October 9.

Simon said: “My 17-year-old son was knocked off his bike at approximately 6.45pm on Friday by a car leaving the Backwell lake car park.

“While not badly injured he has nasty cuts and grazes to his hand and his thigh.

“The driver of the vehicle stopped briefly then sped off without even checking to see if he was okay!

“My son did not get a good look at the driver but it was a man around early 20s and he was on his phone.

“My son thinks the car was silver and similar to a Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus.

“There is likely to be some minor damage/scratches to the front of the car from his bike.

“If anyone happens to see a car such as this please let me or the police know.”

Police reference is AOR-ZPYDU.

PHOTO: For illustrative purposes only

Prowler casing garages

Warning that there were two break-ins in Nailsea Park on Sunday.

The culprit(s) were caught on CCTV searching the area on Sunday night only to return again in the early hours of Tuesday.

This is a garage door they prised open.

The householder said: “Not much was taken, obviously they were looking for something more valuable.”

On its Nailsea People Facebook page residents reported garage and shed break-ins at Nailsea Park, Silver Street, Horwood Road and Allington Gardens, the attempt at Flax Bourton is thought to have been foiled by the presence of two large Alsatian dogs.

This is around the time the valuable mountain bike was stolen from a garage in Silver Street, see story below.

Police have issued a warning to people living in Nailsea by reminding them to take steps to secure garages and their properties following three reported burglaries to them in recent days.

The incidents we’ve received calls about are:

  • A black Range Rover, among other items, was stolen from a property in the West End of Nailsea between 8pm and 7am on Monday and Tuesday, October 5-6;

  • A break-in took place at a garage in Nailsea Park at 11pm on Tuesday, October 6; and

  • A garage nearby was broken into between midnight and 8am on Wednesday, October 7. Nothing was reported stolen.

Sergeant Mark Raby said: “It is unusual to get reports of this nature in Nailsea and enquiries to identify the offender, or offenders, responsible are ongoing.

“It is too soon to know if these incidents are linked, but we’re keeping an open mind.

“Extra patrols are being carried out, while house-to-house and CCTV enquiries are also being conducted.

“But we’d like to remind residents to make sure they take precautionary steps to secure their garages and homes, preventing valuable items being stolen.”

We advise people carry out the following crime prevention tips:

  • Don’t leave ladders outside, or chain them up if you have to.

  • Double garage doors with a rim latch should be supplemented with a mortice deadlock.

  • Most standard ‘up and over’ garage doors are easily overcome by a burglar. You can prevent this by drilling a hole through the channel above the wheels and fitting a padlock. Alternatively, fit a hasp and staple each side of the door with a padlock or fit a specialist lock.

  • If the garage is attached to the main building ensure that connecting doors are secure.

  • Fit a battery-operated alarm in your property and install a security light or camera to the outside.

  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked and no valuable items are left on show.

  • Fit a window grille and/or frosted window film to stop a thief seeing into your shed or garage

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5220226136.

After the expensive mountain bike was taken from Nailsea, a black Range Rover from West End and a spate of other shed and garage thefts police have released this CCTV when entry was forced to a locked garage door in the early hours of Sunday, October 4, in Dundry.

The garage door and lock was damaged.

Several other similar incidents were reported in the Dundry Lane, Ham Lane and Hill Road areas overnight on that date.

House-to-house and CCTV enquiries have taken place and footage has been found showing three people police wish to speak to in connection with their investigation.

Anyone who can help with our investigation is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5220224865.

And finally (we hope) police are appealing for help in tracing a motorbike that was stolen in Winford.

Between 9.30pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday, October 11-12, a motorbike was stolen from an outbuilding of a property on Kingdown Road.

The motorbike is a blue and white Yamaha YZF 250.

It is an off-road bike, so doesn’t have a registration plate, but it does have the frame number engraved.

Investigating officer PC Amy Reason said: “As the theft happened overnight in a rural location, it’s unlikely that there would have been anyone about to witness this.

"However, I would appeal to people in the local area to keep an eye out for off-road bikes to see if it is the one that has been stolen.

"I would also like to remind anyone with outbuildings to ensure they are kept secure. If they are not secure, don’t keep valuable items in there.”

Roadworks on commuter routes

Two major commuter routes into Bristol from North Somerset are to close this month for repairs.
The B3128 Clevedon Road in Failand will close from Monday, October 19 between the junction of Tower House Lane at Wraxall to 500 metres past the Beggar Bush Lane at Failand junction.
The closure will be in place between 7pm and 6am and will be in place for up to five nights.
The road is being closed to carry out essential repairs to the carriageway ahead of resurfacing the section of the B3128 in 2021.
During the closure an anti-skid surface will be installed on the junction of Wraxall Hill – a notorious accident blackspot.
A diversion will be put in place during the work via the M5 and other local routes.
Local residents and businesses will be written to ahead of the work commencing.
The following week, the B3130 at Wraxall will also close during the day between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
The closure, from the junction of Wraxall Hill to The Battleaxes will be on place from Monday, October 26 for five days to allow for ‘essential’ drain cleaning works.

The signed diversions is: Tickenham Hill, Clevedon Road, Tickenham Road, Northern Way, Ettlingen Way, M5 Motorway, M5 Junction 19 interchange, Martcombe Road, Haberfield Hill, Pill Road, Abbots Leigh Road, Rownham Hill, Ashton Road, Long Ashton Bypass, Barrow Street, Clevedon Road, Bristol Road, High Street, Stock Way North, Clevedon Road and vice versa.

The cost of the scheme is £178,000 and the maintenance contractor is Skanksa with several smaller, specialist contractors completing the works.

Keep up to date with what's happening on North Somerset's roads click HERE.

  • The drain cleansing comes just months after properties including at The Grove at Wraxall flooded after thunderstorms and heavy rain his the region. North Somerset Council has yet to confirm whether the drain clearance works were prompted by the floods in June. Several inches of rain fell in just a few hours and the drainage system did to cope, sending a torrent of water through residential streets.

ANOTHER NIGHT AND ANOTHER RESCUE: Nailsea firefighters joined crews from Bedminster and Temple to rescue a man stuck in a slurry pit.  Avon Fire & Rescue Service based at Pound Lane turned out on Wednesday evening, October 7. A slurry pit is where farmers gather all their animal waste and other unusable organic matter, such as hay and water run off from washing down dairies, stables, and barns. Several deaths are recorded every year of people falling into slurry pits.

COP THIS NEWS: Nailsea Police Community Support Officers publish a monthly newsletter to tell people what they are doing. The neighbourhood PCSOs also keep everyone up to date on the Facebook page set up by PCSO Connor Aiken. Please note you cannot report crime on the FB page. The PCSOs say in its latest newsletter 'our high target patrol areas will include  ASB (anti-social behaviour) hotspots of Millennium Park; Morgans Hill and Grove playing fields; Nowhere Woods; Nailsea and Tickenham FC at Fryth Way. To download the newsletter click HERE.

FINED FOR BREAKING QUARANTINE: Neighbourhood police have now submitted a fixed penalty notice for a man who visited three pubs in North Somerset when he should have been self-isolating following his return from a holiday abroad.The 35-year-old from Portishead was still within the 14-day self-isolation period when he visited the Poachers and the Old Mill in Portishead and the Royal Oak in Nailsea on Saturday, September 19. He was subsequently confirmed as COVID positive and has now completed the period of self-isolation required following a positive test.Nailsea People was told the man, who has not been named, is ashamed and apologetic for his behaviour.

  • The Department of Health says there have been a further 14,162 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK with 70 further deaths as of 9am on Wednesday, October 7.

Queens Road crash

Floods, fires and fender benders this must have been the busiest few days ever for fightfighters from our area.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service crews from Clevedon and Nailsea together with police and paramedics were on the scene of a road traffic collision off Queens Road, Nailsea on Tuesday morning, October 6.

An AF&RS spokesman tweeted: “Both vehicles made safe and road cleared of fuel and debris.

"Good multi-agency working.” 

Amber Walters said: "Hope all are okay?"

A debate on Nailsea People Facebook page discussed elderly drivers versus boy racers with no consensus.
Helen Nagel said: "This is the top of Wedmore Road going on to Queens Road. 
"There is a road name sign that is really awfully placed here and it completely obstructs the vision of the person pulling out. 
"It needs to be moved further back so it is easier to see oncoming traffic."
Eyewitness Leanne Sandy said: "The RTC involved an older gentleman in his 80s and an 18-year-old male driver.
"Luckily both gentleman are okay after being taken to hospital with mild pain in shoulders - they will have a speedy recovery."

  • HIGHWAYS ENGLAND warning posted 5pm Tuesday: M5 Northbound J20 Clevedon towards J19 Portishead traffic officers currently on scene assisting AF&RS with two lanes blocked due to a multi vehicle RTC. Please take care on approach. The motorway was cleared a few hours later.

SCRAPYARD FIRE: Crews from Nailsea and their High Volume Pump (HVP) were in Avonmouth assisting with a fire involving 20,000 tons of scrap metal. Acrid plumes could be seen across the Bristol Channel and those living nearby were warned to close windows and doors. Visibility on the M5 was also affected. An AF&RS spokesman said: "At 10.40pm on Sunday, October 4, crews were mobilised to reports of a fire. On arrival, crews found a fire involving 20,000 tonnes of scrap metal. The incident is ongoing and there are high levels of smoke as far as Thornbury. Please close windows and doors in the area.The incident is on St Andrews Road. Bristol Port and Highways England are aware and monitoring roads in the local area." The fire took three days to bring under control and firefighters remained on site to dampen down.

Dog attack Golden Valley

A woman walking home alone across Golden Valley fields has been attacked by a huge stray dog.

Nailsea nursery nurse Emma Bridges, aged 26, said: “I was terrified.”

The whippet-type animal chased after her and jumping up gnawed at her arm.

The attack happened at approximately 5.30pm on Monday, October 5.

Emma added: “The owner was nowhere to be seen and I was all alone with this massive dog that was either a greyhound or a whippet but it was very large.

“Luckily I had a coat and jumper on but I could feel him biting me - I was petrified.

“I kept walking and shouted at it.

“It was white with a few black markings on it and ran off in the direction of the woods.”

Despite her heavy winter clothing the dog managed to leave marks on her arm.

Police are investigative the attack.
There were nearly 70 comments on Nailsea People Facebook page sending Emma well wishes, offering advice and speculating on the breed of dog.
Erin Townsend said: "I’m going with greyhound if a big dog because aren’t whippets the much smaller ones?
"Grey hounds arent normally aggressive are they?"
Emelie Arnold said: " I don’t think so but they obviously like to chase and a lot are rescues so may have issues. 
"So could of been so many different reasons why it attacked but obviously owner needs to be found and made aware."
Erin Townsend added: "Could be a lurcher."
Melanie Gould said: "English pointers are similar."
Damien Hill said: "That’s terrible. 
"Glad the lady suffered no serious injury and hope the owner is found and held accountable."

Ann Brewer said: "Many similar breed that could be mistaken for a greyhound, could easily have been a Borzoi but must say both the Borzoi and the greyhound are normally very placid dogs."

Jen Bessant said: "Please report to police and dog warden. 

"They were both pretty good when we got attacked."

Cathryn Prideaux said: "Was it a Saluki."
Saara Neath said: "Could be a child next time. 
"The owner needs to do something."
Saara Neath said: "Pharaoh hound?"
Helen Iles said: "Sounds terrifying Emma. 
"I was cornered by a small dog while running there other day, that was scary enough. 
"I really believe all dogs in public places should be kept on leads."

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Thieves with wire cutters steal mountain machine

Engineering manager Matt Lamb had his distinctive Intense Recluse bike stolen from his Silver Street, Nailsea, home at the weekend.

Matt is offering a reward for the safe return of the  skillfully crafted all-mountain machine worth thousands of pounds which was stored in his garage.

It is described as a turquoise 2017 model with lots of modifications.

He said: "The bike is very custom and built with the best and most expensive parts you can buy worldwide."

The thieves used bolt croppers to break into the garage.

It is believed the break in happened at 1.26am on Monday, October 5.

Call Matt 0756 584 7107 with information or contact his brother Spencer Lamb on 0789 442 8829 or via Facebook.

Dramatic rescue at Backwell

An amber weather warning turned into a red alert for two teenagers driving across Backwell Common late on Saturday night, October 3.

Student Emily Richards, aged 18, and her Devonian boyfriend Darren ‘Daz’ Williams, 19, had to be rescued by the fire brigade when their car hit a huge puddle and filled with water.

Emily who lives in Nailsea was returning from Exeter where she stays most weekends with Daz who works as a bartender in the city.

She said: “The traffic at the crossroads was a bit busy so we took a shortcut across Backwell Common when the car hit a massively deep puddle near the railway bridge at Chapel Hill.”

This flooded the engine of the Mazda 2 sports car and it stalled and came to a halt in the middle of a dark pool covering most of the rural road.

Emily said: “We just wanted to warn other road users as because it was dark, we couldn’t see how deep the puddle was.

“Once the car stopped rainwater gushed into the car and within no time reached the height of the door handles.

“We were in immediate danger of being trapped so we grabbed our phones and escaped out of the window and scrambled onto the roof of the car.

“I was absolutely terrified.”

The fire brigade came and helped the couple off the roof and put warning notices around the flooded area which is near the railway bridge.

The Avon Fire & Rescue crew then moved their car to the side of road into a layby.

Emily who is a childcare apprentice at Weston College and was a passenger took the photos which show how pitch black it was inside the car.

The couple had to wait for a tow truck on Sunday morning to ‘rescue’ the car forcing Daz to prolong his stay in North Somerset.

Widespread flooding led to a very busy time for firefighters throughout the Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) area with hundreds of calls for help from homeowners with flooded properties and people stuck in vehicles caught in up to four feet of water.

The North Somerset area seems to have been the most affected, with multiple calls for help in Backwell, Claverham, Congresbury and in and around the Chew Magna area.

In another incident a driver was rescued by another motorist from the floodwater at Backwell Common, Backwell.

When the Bedminster crews arrived, they used a raft to search a vehicle which was submerged in water.

Emily’s warning posted on the Nailsea People Facebook page reached more than 7,000 readers many recounting similar flood-related incidents in the area and Backwell Parish Council uses regular flooding in its local plan objections to more houses in the village.

It said in January 2019 as part of its JSP submission: “…the closest analogy is Chapel Hill and where that road goes under the railway, water pumps are installed permanently to avoid the road flooding and keep it clear for traffic. This is same water level as Backwell Common and next to Backwell/Nailsea Lake. In addition, access to the proposed transport hub would still be through the inadequate Station Road and indeed the traffic light controlled single-track road under the railway. Pedestrian access is a single pavement less than one metre wide and is subject to flooding on a regular basis…’

Molly Ruth said in the FB comments: “Yeah you don't want to go near the common on a rainy day - all Backwellians know this too well.” 

Susan Fisher said: “It always floods under that bridge! My dad lost his car when it flooded about 45 years ago!”

Cherry Gale said: “So glad they're okay. That must have been terrifying.”

Zoe Piper said: “Maybe there should be some permanent warnings up if it's a known flood spot.”

Phil Higgins said: “Maybe put water level markers on side of bridge and warning signs. It has flooded under that bridge for past 40 years that I can remember.

"I’ve heard many stories of cars floating away under that bridge.”

Kevin Buck said: “In the late 1990s I went under on motorbike while water was only about a foot deep when suddenly a three to four-foot surge of water came around the corner.

“The other side there are some gates that had blocked up causing a dam with sandbags and debris. They burst open when could not take weight anymore.

“To push that 750cc bike home to Nailsea wasn’t the exercise I wished for.”

Phil Higgins said: “…glad you are okay and nothing more than soggy clothes and a broken car, all of which can be fixed.”

Mike Davies said: “Had the water halfway up the windscreen on an Audi A4 once.

Emily and Darren and the photo they took inside the car

“You need to keep the revs really high next time.

“So long as the wheels have got traction, you should be fine - the car will be buggered but it should save you getting wet feet.”

Sue McLachlan said: “Even if there are flood markers, that’s not going to help at night. Not sure what would help but maybe improving the drainage somehow.”

John Keysell said: “Yikes - glad they’re okay, that must have been scary.”

Anna Reynolds said: “There should be a permanent sign there warning people that the dip in the road under the bridge is subject to deep flooding.

“So many cars have been written off there.

“It’s dangerous as in the dark it is impossible to see the water.”

BRANCH DOWN: The wet and windy weekend weather brought this large branch down at Pound Lane, Nailsea partially blocking the road near the Children's Centre early on Sunday morning, October 4. It is believed it is an ash tree close to the entrance of Kingshill Church School and Ravenswood Specail School with the police station and fire brigade HQ on the corner with Clevedon Road

ACCIDENT WRAXALL: Avon Fire & Rescue Service busy weekend continued with this shout when a car flipped on its roof at the bottom of Wraxall Hill. Vehicles were stopped going down the hill by bystander early on Sunday afternoon, October 4. Crews stabilised the vehicle and the casualty was safely helped out and looked after by paramedics, tweeted a AF&RS spokesman

Covid-19 latest

North Somerset Council has confirmed more cases of coronavirus this week, and it anticipates numbers will continue to grow, like we are seeing in other parts of the country.
A council statement said: "It’s important that we keep you up to date on the actions we’re taking locally and that we all play our part as community leaders to support our residents.
"This week we have published details of the payment scheme announced by government to support people on low incomes who are required to self-isolate and can’t attend work as a result.
"The latest 7-day rate for North Somerset (based on a full week’s data) is 13 per 100,000 down from the 21.4 per 100,000 figure we shared last week.
"For context, the comparable South West 7-day rate is 16.4 and the England rate is 55.4. Given the national trends we do expect rates to rise in the South West over the coming months.
"We are now using the government data published daily for consistency with the data used by other outlets.
"You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
"We are also publishing the seven day data every Friday on our website homepage and our social media channels to help the local community understand the latest picture for North Somerset.

The Bristol Post reported a Covid-19 positive drinker goes on a pub crawl which includes the Royal Oak, Nailsea.

Police are investigating but the article split local opinion with some sympathic to a 'mistake' and others more scathing.

A fried said: "The person with Covid who went on the pub crawl, had not tested positive when he was out drinking, but developed symptoms afterwards.

"What he should of been doing was self isolation after flying back from a Greek island.

"He was really stupid, has admitted this and immediately contacted the pubs after getting the results.

"I know who the man was and he is absolutely ashamed. I know you will keep the information anonymous but I thought it might help all the 'keyboard warriors' unpleasant comments at bay."

  • People who are self-isolating could be eligible for up to £500 if they are unable to work under the new support measures from the Government. North Somerset Council will administer the ‘test and trace’ support payments locally to people who are on low incomes and cannot work as a result of self-isolating. The new support payment scheme started at the end of September and will close on Sunday, January 31, 2021. Individuals can apply for the support payment from Monday, October 12. Conditions apply to claimants. Read more HERE.

Brockway is not FOR SALE

In February 2020 planning permission to knock down Brockway Medical Centre and build flats was given the go-ahead.

Three years ago, Brockway Medical Centre along with Nailsea Family Practice based at Towerhouse and the surgery at Long Ashton merged to become Tyntesfield Medical Group.

North Somerset Council gave outline permission for the demolition of existing medical centre and erection of a three-storey building containing eight apartments at the end of January.

This means the doctors can sell Brockway and look to relocate.

Word on the street strongly suggests it will be onto part of the old Weston College site – where it originally began life.

The new 15 partner strong practice was formed to look after the primary health care needs of 31,000 people.

But as executive manager Lawrie Lewis explained in the page-long letter posted on the wall at 8 Brockway in August 2019: 'We recognise that the current facilities of Tower House and Brockway medical centres, situated just a few hundred metres from each other, would not in their current form be able to meet the anticipated increase in demand and we are therefore exploring our options to expand...'.

It is a long way from when in the 1980s the late Hugh Davies and his new partner Robin Lambert made the radical move across town from the purpose-built health centre near the library to the converted private house.

This was because of an expanding population and with more proposed building the doctors are again looking to the future.

However, the solicitors next door at Clifford House which lies at the back of Bargain Buys store, the outline planning application to replace its accommodation with a three-storey apartment building was refused.

Within the 'design and access statement' for Clifford House is said '...directly adjacent to the application site is the Brockway Medical Group...we 

have been commissioned to submit a similar planning application for this site...'.

Once the ‘commercially confidential’ negotiations are finalised in a letter to patients Mr Lewis said: “Within the next couple of weeks I am confident we will be able to share with you’re the details of any plans to put Brockway up for sale.”

The latest decision published in full above was released on Thursday, October 1. 

Man robbed on Friday night in Nailsea

A middle aged man was reportedly attacked in The Elms area of Wraxall, on Friday night, September 25, at approximately 8.30pm.

A neighbour said: “This is a rather horrible incident, I'm afraid.”

The victim was knocked unconscious and had his wallet emptied.

A warning was posted to other joggers on Nailsea Running Club Facebook page.

It added: “He is a bit unclear as to exactly where this happened due to his concussion.

"Do take care if you're running in the dark.

"A rare incident for Nailsea but unfortunately there are some scumbags out there.”

A police spokesman said: “ We can confirm we’ve received a report of a robbery which took place in a lane off Cooks Gardens, Wraxall, at about 8.30pm on Friday.

“It was reported to us at about 10.20pm on Saturday, September 26.

“If anyone has information about this incident, they should call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220218532.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.”

If anyone has information about this incident, they should call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220218532.

UPDATE; The wife of the person injured in the attack in The Elms area of Wraxall, who does not want to be named, has contacted Nailsea People Facebook page and asked us to share this information.

She said: “Hi, just to let you know regarding the attack on Friday night, it was my husband, I haven't commented on the post however just wanted to let you know he is okay. He had concussion and was released from hospital after a CT scan, he currently doesn't have any recollection of what happened or where. All he was able to tell us on Friday evening was that he was hit by someone and had said Cooks Lane, however we believe it is likely to have happened before he reached The Elms based on small bits of information we have. Also he wasn’t a jogger he was just walking home. we just wanted to reassure people of The Elms. I'm happy for you to provide an update but do not want to named. Hope this helps many thanks.”

Coronavirus everything you need to know - latest news

North Somerset Council has released the latest seven-day rate for the district as 18.2 per 100,000 up from the 16.7 per 100,000 figure it shared last week. For context, the comparable South West seven-day rate is 10.1 and the England rate is 38.1.

A spokesman said: “Given the national trends we do expect rates to rise in the South West over the coming months - you can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.

“We are also publishing the seven-day data every Friday on our website homepage and our social media channels to help the local community understand the latest picture for North Somerset.”

This comes after Nailsea School, Backwell School and Kingshill Church School reported a handful of confirmed cases of Covid-19 among staff and students.

A Weston primary school and Churchill School have also reported cases.

There is a regional testing centre at Bristol Airport and two mobile testing units (MTUs) at the Castlewood car park in Clevedon and Locking Road car park in Weston-super-Mare.

The MTUs will be open up to Thursday, October 1, and maybe beyond.

  • Clevedon is open daily except on Sunday, September 27, and Thursday, October 1

  • Weston: open daily except Friday, September 25, and Wednesday, September 30.

Access to testing continues to be an issue locally and nationally, said the North Somerset Council spokesman.

The advice remains that people with symptoms should self-isolate at home while trying to access a test.

The council said it is continuing to support schools with suspected and confirmed cases to make sure that effective infection control measures are in place and that it will continue to work with colleagues in the BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group and Sirona to provide support to our care homes around how best to protect residents and staff against COVID-19.

The Prime Minister’s announcements this week have seen us introduce and support a number of additional changes beyond those we were already expecting to come into effect yesterday.

As of Thursday, September 24, businesses are legally required to provide a QR code which will log customers' arrival at their premises as part of the NHS Test and Trace service.

The businesses required to log details of customers, visitors and staff include leisure venues, hospitality, business or community organisation with a physical location that is open to the public and an event which is taking place in a physical location.

The NHS app will notify individuals if they have come into contact with someone who may later test positive for coronavirus.

Each venue needs an individual QR code poster for each location.

QR code posters, which need to be displayed at the premise's entrance, can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster.

For customers who are unable to download the app, businesses must provide alternative ways to gather contact information.

Places of worship are not legally required to provide the QR code poster but are still encouraged to collect users’ data.

Pubs, restaurants and hospitality venues now have to close by 10pm with table service only. This is a strict closure time with last orders at 9.30pm.

In addition to the existing requirements for face coverings it is now legally-required to be worn by staff working in more settings including shops, supermarkets, bars, pubs, restaurants, cafés, banks, estate agents, libraries, post offices and the public areas of hotels and hostels.

The list provided by government includes: 

  • a shop, but not including premises providing legal or financial services

enclosed shopping centres

  • restaurants with table service, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members clubs

  • bars, including bars in hotels, or members clubs

  • banks, post offices, building societies, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and undertakings which by way of business operate a currency exchange office, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers

  • community centres, youth centres, members clubs and social clubs

  • public areas in hotels and hostels

  • concert halls, exhibition halls, conference centres or other public halls

  • cinemas

  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms and other indoor parts of tourist, heritage or cultural sites

  • bingo halls

  • public libraries and reading rooms

  • casinos

  • theatres.

Taxi and private hire vehicles have been added to the list of settings where face coverings are required to be worn by the public although if you have a private chauffeur they we understand are excluded.

Customers should also wear a face covering when moving around hospitality premises, removing them only when seated to eat or drink.

The fine for not wearing a face covering in a setting where one is required has now increased to £200 for a first offence.

From Monday, September 28, weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people. Receptions must be sit down meals. Anyone working is not counted as part of the limit.

There is no change to the numbers of people allowed to attend a funeral with a maximum of 30.

Indoor organised sport for over 18s will no longer be exempt from the rule of six. There is an exemption for indoor organised team sports for disabled people from today.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that all workers in England who are able to work from home should continue to do so over the winter.

Meanwhile the boss of Bristol Airport has called for all airline passengers in the UK to be tested for coronavirus to improve safety and protect aviation jobs.

Help at hand

Nailsea Community Group is still here to help.

Since it began in mid-March as Nailsea Covid-19 Help Group is has become a Community Interest Company, and now employs two part-time admin people Shelley Forbes and Jules Richardson to help expanded its reach and man its town centre headquarters.

In its first six months it has had 9,500 requests for help.

Former Nailsea town councillor and now NCG leader James Steel said on its Facebook page: “We thought it may be useful to put all of our services on one poster.

“We are still working hard to support as many people as possible and continue to be blown away by your support and the dedication of our volunteers.”

It has 220 registered volunteers on its booked and has signed up 142 community buddies to help on a 1-2-1 basis.

James added: “Please remember if you need support then please get in touch for a chat.

“You can fill out our other online form by clicking HERE, email info@nailseasupportgroup.com or call the town council telephone number 01275 855277."

The group currently operate from its base at 26 Somerset Square which is open most days.

Nailsea Support Group was born to bring together all caring organisations.

Following the impact of the global pandemic it became clear how many people in Nailsea required support and assistance but were unsure of where to seek help. 

NCG has also pioneered the Nailsea Active Facebook group funded by Tyntesfield Medical Group with Willow Chiropractic sports masseur Glen Schmidt at the helm.

And encouraged town centre businesses to join an online ‘virtual’ High Street called WeAreNailsea again subsidised to help retailers through this difficult trading time.

Marvellous Molly is a fundraising machine

A Nailsea teenager has got super fit during the summer of 2020 while raising money for Cancer Research.

Inspired by her grandparent’s cancer battles Molly Gardner, aged 18, signed up for the couch to 5K challenge adding to her daily sponsored outdoor exercise.

To go the extra mile, the former Backwell School student who works at Allegro Logistics on the Blackfriars industrial estate has had to run more than five kilometres daily for 10 days sometimes accompanied by friends or family in her bid to raise more than £1,000.

Mum Clair said: “We are so proud of Molly undertaking this during a time when things have been tough for so many people.

“Molly's original gap year plans are not going to be as hoped, but keeping busy with work, music conservatoire  applications and teaching her Little Notes vocal group at Footlights Studios, along with dance and running regularly are certainly meaning the big smiles are fixed in place.”

Molly said: “Cancer is happening right now, which is why I’m fundraising for Cancer Research UK.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, vital cancer trials have been delayed so there’s no time to lose.”

Molly has been running throughout the duration of than lockdown as well as taking part in the extra couch-to-5K.

She added: “Before I started this challenge, I couldn't think of anything worse than going out running.

“Now, I can't wait for my next opportunity to go for a run.

“I wanted to share my newfound passion, while raising money for people who truly need it.

“The 5K for 10 days straight seemed a bit daunting but it ends this week.”

Clair added: “Keep going Molly, you are a star!”

You can support Molly’s effort by clicking HERE.

Biffa is binned by council

North Somerset Council is taking charge of its own recycling and waste services from next April.

Councillors made the decision to bring rubbish collection and sorting back under local control on Tuesday night, September 22.

This spells the end of the current commercial contract and establishes a wholly council-owned company to run the services from April 2021.

A full ‘virtual’ council meeting considered various options but went for an in-house solution.

Recycling and waste services include the household kerbside collections and operating the three recycling centres in Weston-super-Mare, Backwell and Portishead.

They have been delivered by Biffa since 2017, but discussions between North Somerset and the company led the council to terminate the current contract early, by mutual agreement, and establish a new means of delivering and developing the service.

In July 2019 the BBC reported: "A waste firm accused of repeated delays to bin collections in North Somerset is under pressure from the council to improve its service. Biffa took over the £50m contract in March 2017 and initially blamed problems on being new to the job, said the council. Since 3 July North Somerset Council has posted 13 notices about service delays. Biffa said it currently had staffing issues, but it was trying to improve its service."

Cllr Bridget Petty, executive member responsible for recycling and waste, said: “It’s really important that our residents have the confidence that the council will continue to provide effective recycling and waste services and that staff, who will transfer over to the new company, will be supported through the transition process.

“We believe that the best way to deliver the quality local service we all need and deserve is to create a local company that has North Somerset at its heart.

“We want an excellent and reliable recycling and waste collection service for our residents and having an external provider has not always given us the flexibility we want to respond to the needs of our area.

“We appreciate and value the staff who work on our collection rounds.

“Their response during the current pandemic has shown to all our residents that we have a great team of people out there in all weathers doing their best to deliver a reliable service.

“We’re committed to supporting them to continue to provide a great service to local people.”

During the coming months, the council will work with Biffa to ensure a smooth transition to the council-owned North Somerset Recycling Company. 

Mrs Petty added: “We want to improve our residents’ experience of the service.

“Any profits made by the company will be used to support the council’s priorities and benefit local people.” 

Biffa municipal managing director Roger Edwards said: “We are pleased that we have reached an agreement with the council regarding the future direction of the contract that is beneficial to all parties.

“We thank all the North Somerset staff and team for their hard work to deliver a great service to the residents of North Somerset throughout the pandemic. 

"During the coming months we will work to ensure a smooth transition so that both the local team and the residents of North Somerset experience a seamless transfer.

“Although we will be sad to see valued colleagues leave Biffa, we wish them all well for the future.”

How residents use the service, and the day on which they get their collections, will stay the same for the time being.

There will be no immediate changes.

Rise in coronavirus cases delay in testing

North Somerset Council is lobbying Government in order to improve access to Covid-19 testing locally.

Council leader Don Davies, has written to Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, calling for urgent action in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The move comes following reports from local residents of the difficulties they have experienced in accessing tests locally despite there being three testing facilities in the area.

Cllr Davies said: “It’s just not good enough. We are working hard locally with the community to identify and stop outbreaks before they can spread.

"But being able to access tests is key to this, and time after time people are struggling to get tested and are often being sent hundreds of miles away.

"We have three testing centres in North Somerset, so there is seemingly no shortage of testing capacity and yet people can't access the provision. 

"These individuals are trying to do the right thing by seeking a test but have limited means to do so. This needs to be resolved urgently."

This issue of local testing has also been raised by the council over the last three weeks through a number of regional and national forums.

The council is concerned that if access is not improved immediately there could be several concerning consequences including:

  • people may stop trying to get a test, and not isolate even if infectious

  • people may get tested too late for the swab test to pick up their infection and they may not isolate even though they can still spread the virus

  • as a population, we will miss the information we have worked so hard to build into a picture that we can monitor daily in order to spot outbreaks emerging

  • there could be a backlog of tests and delays to results which equally is a risk to public health.

Cllr Davies added: "Having received so much feedback from our residents, I felt compelled to write to the Secretary of State and ask for this situation to be resolved as a matter of great urgency. I look forward to his response."

Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 10 days, and their household members should isolate for 14 days. Close contacts of confirmed cases are asked to self-isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

Everyone is encouraged to continue to follow government advice on social distancing, self-isolation, wearing face coverings and practising good hand hygiene. 

Mobility scooter joyriders caught on store CCTV

Police have launched an appeal after damaged mobility scooters dumped in Nailsea taken from a town centre sheltered housing complex and dumped at Tesco supermarket.
Police are renewing its appeal for information after receiving CCTV footage of the thieves breaking into a storage room at a Nailsea retirement home last month and stealing residents’ mobility scooters.
The burglary happened overnight Wednesday to Thursday, August 5-6 August in Silver Street.
Three scooters were found in the store room with damage while two more were abandoned in Tesco car park.
Police are  releasing new CCTV footage of the individuals they would like to speak to in connection with the incident, seen in the car park of Tesco, Nailsea and later exiting a taxi at MacDonald’s drive-thru in Hengrove. 
If you recognise them or have any information that could assist our investigation, call 101 quoting reference 5220176014.
Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.
If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220176014
You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.
No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.

Bountiful free food

Nailsea Community Group has a larder at 26 Somerset Square full of free giveaway grocery goodies.

The Community Larder which is stocked with surplus food some just past its best was officially opened by Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber on Monday, September 14.

Jan said: “It is wonderful, it looked like a stall at the flower show, most impressive.”

Nailsea Community Group spokesman Jules Richardson said: “Four million tonnes of perfectly good food is thrown away in the UK each year and we hope our community larder will help redistribute some of this food before it goes to waste.

“It’s good quality surplus items that would otherwise would have gone in the bin.

“We also have fruit and veg that has been kindly donated from Nailsea allotments and gardens.

“We are asking people to pop in and take up to five items per adult per day.

“It costs absolutely nothing as all the food is rescued but you will be helping us cut down on the amount of quality food heading to landfill.”

The larder does not contain food that has been donated to Nailsea Community Group foodbank and it does not impact the stock the group has available to support residents, added Jules.

She said: “The food is sourced locally from schemes such as FareShare and Neighbourly.”

FareShare UK is a charity network aimed at relieving food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK, which has been running since 1994.

Neighbourly ensures product surplus is put to good use in the community - whether it’s food and drink or toiletries, books and household goods.It says one in three UK children are living in poverty and an estimated 14 million people, one fifth of the nation’s population, are suffering in ‘impossible situations’ where paying bills and putting food on the table can be incredibly difficult. 

PHOTOS BY ELLIE JELLIS: Nailsea Community Group volunteers Jules Richardson and Shelley Forbes

with Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber cutting the ribbon

Tacks on Nailsea roads wreck tyres

​The malicious vandals who scattered screws, nails and tacks on Nailsea roads appear to be back - for the third time after a space of several months.
In January this year motorists in Orchard Road, Southfield Road and on Trendlewood reported punctures due to metal tacks being scattered along their roads.
In April 2019 at least seven cars suffered flat tyres after nails and tacks were strewed along nearby residential roads.
Neighbours in Chapel Barton, Cherry Road and Orchard Road recovered handfuls of the nails of various lengths which damaged their vehicles.
On Sunday, September 6, it appears the nail sprinkler was back in action.
Hundreds of nails were collected from Union Street, Chapel Barton and Orchard Road.
More than 8,000 were reached on the Nailsea People Facebook page with many saying their vehicles had suffered flat tyres.And more than 55 left comments - here is a selection.
Kris Miller said: "I was in Nailsea last night, got up this morning to a flat front tyre, it has a large nail in it, could just be a coincidence of course!"
Matthew Day said: "This type of stupidity can prove fatal for motorcyclists."

Natalie Thorogood said: "My mum had a nail in her tyre today. Looked like one of these too."

Chris Perry said: "I'm not a builder but these look like nails used for roofing felt ... any roofers missing some nails?"

Paula Heasman-Walsh said: "Hmm, interesting, we live on Orchard Road and my husband had a flat tyre last week.

"My car was one of those affected last April."

Leanne Bessell said: "I was affected back in April.

"I didn't realise more people were hit."
The matter is being investigated by police and Neighbourhood Watch has distributed warning letters in the affected areas.

More screws handed into Richard Stamp at Nailsea Police Station on Friday, September 11.

They were picked up across the entrance to Nailsea Social Club (formerly Nailsea Comrades Club) car park.


NAILSEA NAILS: Photo of nails collected from Orchard Road, on Monday, September 7 and nails collected in social club car park on Friday, Setpmber 11

Firefighters driving ambulances ends

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) concluded its additional support to South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) with the final wave finishing at weekend.

During the 18 weeks of support, staff from AF&RS provided 238 shifts driving ambulances and responded to 787 incidents – including more than 80 category one incidents. 

Throughout the course of the support, 32 staff from wholetime, day crewing, on-call and corporate staff drove two additional ambulances based at Nailsea fire station and co-located at SWASFT’s Bristol Ambulance Station.

Those involved were added to a weekly shift rota and the support was spread out across the organisation to ensure AF&RS maintained operational availability.

The move followed an agreement between the National Employers, National Fire Chiefs Council and the Fire Brigades Union to support local authorities and the NHS.

AF&RS station manager and volunteer lead Iain Campbell said: “Working with SWASFT throughout this difficult time was a fantastic opportunity for our staff and the service, but also meant we could support our blue light colleagues in a new and proactive way.

“We know that SWASFT’s modelling showed they would need extra resources during COVID but our staff put themselves forward in unprecedented ways to help, support and ensure there were adequate resources to deal with demand.

“We are incredibly proud of the ways in which we responded.

“The good feeling from the public during this time has been amazing and it’s been great for us to be able to offer this support to a fellow Service at this time.

“This situation has shown how flexible and committed our staff can be when striving to protect our communities during exceptional times and how we can collaborate and strengthen each other.

“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with both organisations learning a lot about the other, how we both work and ways in which we can continue to strengthen.

“I would also like to thank the staff that supported this from a logistics point of view – Lee Comley and Victoria Williams-Locke – who worked tirelessly to ensure it was a success.”

SWASFT was the only trust in England which approved fire service support to drive on blue lights and already some on-call firefighters have secured roles with the organisation as Emergency Care Assistants (ECAs).

 

Support statistics:

  • Staff from AF&RS responded to a total of 787 incidents

  • Staff from AF&RS provided 238 shifts

  • Firefighters picked up additional safeguarding work such as fitting a deaf patient with pillow devices

  • From the first support request on in mid-March, trucks were on the road within just 15 days

  • Not one staff member developed symptoms of COVID

  • 12 members of staff will remain trained in case of a second spike

Yatton on-call firefighter Michelle Crossman said: “This has been an incredible time and I am so happy that I was able to support.

“As on-call firefighters, we are often at the heart of the community and this was just another way in which we could support and assist.

“I learnt a lot from my time with SWASFT and hope partner with the organisation more in the future.

“We worked very well together and it is easy to see the benefits this brought to both organisations."

In March, SWASFT formally requested the five South West fire and rescue services to provide ambulance drivers as part of its Covid-19 response.

SWASFT invested in a fleet of 15 additional ambulances, which were driven by 45 volunteer firefighters across the South West 24/7.

From mid-April, they attended lower priority calls with ECAs, but from the end of June, they worked alongside paramedics to respond to all categories of emergency.

The firefighters, wearing their usual uniform, responded to more than 4,500 incidents during the first three months of the scheme.

SWAFST interoperable capabilities resilience officer Derek McCullough was responsible for setting up the scheme.

He said: “We are extremely grateful for the invaluable support we’ve received from all the region’s fire services since April, which has truly benefitted our service to patients.

“This partnership has been a really positive experience for both emergency services.

"AF&RS has helped to make a significant contribution to our patient care and our ability to respond to increasing demands on our service.

"Their support and teamwork has helped to make this project extremely effective.”

Get well fundraising for Emma from rugby club

Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club is raising money to help their physiotherapist who broke her back in a riding accident.

Emma Klijn, aged 37, fractured her spine in several places while training for a showjumping competition.

The rugby club hosted a fundraising barbecue at the weekend and raised £313.70 to help support Emma while she is unable to work.

Emma moved to Nailsea in 2016 and 18 months ago moved her business to the Old Vicarage, Somerset Square.

She has been supporting the players at the West End sports club for some time and in appreciation of her work they have also set up a Just Giving page to help her towards her loss of earnings while recovering from the accident.

Emma said: “The accident happened on Thursday, August 27, during a showjumping training exercise.

“My horse Zee and I were doing some complicated lines and we got one of the jumps a bit wrong and the horse frightened herself when she hit a pole.

“She then shot off to the right and I went left landing directly on my back.

“I was positive it was all just muscle spasm but unfortunately the CT showed extensive fractures throughout my thoracic spine.

“One of which (T3) was possibly requiring surgery to stabilise, but fortunately it was deemed safe.

“There were also two fractures within the lumbar spine.

Nailsea physio breaks back in riding accident

“Although this all feels very unlucky, I am very lucky not to be paralysed and on a ventilator!

“It is going to be almost three months before I can work again which is a big hit following the COVID enforced shutdown for three months already.

“As a type 1 diabetic I find it impossible to get health insurance or income protection, they see me as too much of a risk despite being a sporty healthcare professional.

“It was a complete surprise the rugby club had set up a fundraiser, such a wonderful community there, they make you feel like extended family.

“My horse is absolutely fine and I’m determined to come back stronger, it’ll just take time.”

Emma is considered one of the Bristol area’s top sports injury physios and she blogs about her life with diabetes and eventing on Facebook and Instagram.

To help Emma’s fund click HERE.

Police news

Nailsea police report in its August newsletter that there were six burglaries reported in the town in August and some of them were due to insecure doors and windows.

Along with advice on keeping property safe and secure the four pages contain useful contact details for Nailsea people and the date of the next bike marking at Crown Glass Shopping Centre on Saturday, September 5, 11am-3pm.

It is put together by the PCSOs for our area who can be contacted by email:

Or on the Facebook page set up by PCSO Connor Aitken.

To download your copy click HERE.

Timber in Tuesday's high winds

Nailsea People wasn't sure was sort of tree came crashing down in Crown Glass Shopping Centre car park in the high winds this week and was about to consult Terry Smith’s book of Nailsea trees but our Facebook social media readers soon gave us the information.
It was on Tuesday, August 25, that the fire brigade posted on Twitter that unless life and limb (forgive the pun) were at risk they were unable to attend and to call North Somerset Council.
Thank you Sue Kathleen Ford for the photo
Angela Daynes said: "It's a conker tree - not sure of the technical name - used to love climbing that tree as a child.
"Take care in the wind everyone."
It was a close call for Sam Pearce who said: "We were picking up the conkers underneath this tree a couple of hours ago."
Jeanne Parkinson said: "It's a horse chestnut tree."
Patricia Adams said: "Oh no, that's a magnificent old fellow,  I love that tree - I really hope it can be saved."
Andy Miles reported another tree in The Dell off Hazelbury had gone down.
And Emma Bentley said:  "I watched a huge tree at bottom of The Perrings sledging slope split down the trunk and fall, so sad."

Backwell Leisure Centre is not to reopen this year as it needs major repairs.

North Somerset Council and operators Legacy Leisure have agreed Backwell Leisure Centre will not re-open before the end of 2020 due maintenance work to be carried out at the building.

However, the news came as a shock to the leisure centre staff as no one informed them before the council sent on a press release on Monday afternoon, August 17.

The council said during the period of lockdown at the centre it became apparent that the boilers responsible for heating the building and pool require replacing as well as extensive roof repairs.

No cost for the updates have been given.

North Somerset Council executive member for leisure Caritas Charles is the the Independent ward councillor for Portishead East.

He said: “It’s extremely disappointing that we are unable to re-open Backwell Leisure Centre as part of our efforts to make more leisure facilities available to our residents as we ease out of lockdown.

“We are undertaking work on the site to understand the extent of the investment needed to enable the centre to operate and will update residents as soon as we know more."

Tracy Danks, of Legacy Leisure, said: "While we're disappointed that we're not in a position to re-open the centre at this time, we welcome the council’s work to establish what is needed to bring the centre back into service.

“We'll keep customers up-to-date with the progress of the work over the coming months and look forward to re-opening the centre as soon as possible."

When Nailsea People broke the news on its Facebook page a flood of comments expressing shock and concern were posted.

Laura Spindler said: “Nice for the staff to be told.”

Sarah North said: “Does anybody know what happens with the kids swimming classes, it would be good to be kept informed?”

Stephen Morten said: “Close it permanently and finally build a leisure centre and pool in Nailsea.”

Sarah Goulty said: “There isn't any available funding for something like that sadly.

Ashley James said: “…that'll not help us in Backwell. Need leisure facilities at both.”

Anne Kemp said: “Maybe all the money town council gets from selling Engine Lane land could go towards a new pool?”

Charlie Cashley said it would have been nice to of been told about children's swimming lessons and he feels for the staff if they have no other places for them.

Lester Solway said: “Return it to the school rugby pitch.”

Lucy Stokes said: “It would be better to rebuild the whole leisure centre because even from the outside it looks like it needs updating and modernising.

“Not been inside personally but seems like this one has been left behind in terms of investment compared to Hutton Moor.”

Jase Searle said: “Very true, long overdue a refurbishment and compared to Hutton Moor it’s decades behind, not changed since my first visit more than 25 years ago.”

Nailsea People front page April 2015

Nick Wright said: “Build a new swimming pool on Nailsea Park.”

Helen Symonds said: “Would have been nice if someone from Legacy Leisure communicated with the affected staff before reporting in the media. Shocking management.”

Will Hellier urged readers to let North Somerset Council know how they feel.

Helen Symonds said: “I would just like to point out that the announcement regarding the extended closure of Backwell Leisure centre yesterday was a surprise to the employees (apart from lifeguards who have already been laid off).

Ashley Cartman said: “I am the North Somerset councillor for Long Ashton and was involved in the decision to refurbish the pool and I agree that it is awful that staff were not told.”

  • In April 2015 it seemed as it all Nailsea's worries about having its own pool were other when just before the May elections in April 2015 it was announced

  • North Somerset Council agreed a £1.2million package to help six leisure centres run on behalf of the authority by contractors Places Leisure, Legacy Leisure and GLL post coronaviris crisis. This includes Hutton Moor, Weston; Scotch Horn, Nailsea; Parish Wharf ,Portishead; Backwell, Strode at  Clevedon and one at Churchill School.

Caring Caitlin gets 9th birthday charity haircut

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Nailsea schoolgirl Caitlin Chambers celebrates her ninth birthday with a mega new hairstyle as she had her long locks cut for charity.

Caitlin, who is nine today, Saturday, August 15, decided to do something wonderful by having her waist length hair cut and donate to the Little Princess Trust.

Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs for children and young people with hair loss.

The hair which must be at least seven inches in length is used to help children who have hair loss due to cancer treatment or other causes.

Caitlin, who goes to Golden Valley Primary School and takes dance classes with Miss Adele, had her haircut by Fiona Mallet, of Sunnymede Road, whose home salon is called Capelli By Fiona.

Fiona cut more than 10ins (26cms) off the length which means Caitlin does miss swishing her hair a bit, said mum Claire.

Caitlin’s awareness of the needs of others was heightened as when she was just two years old her mum, a former Nailsea Ladies Hockey Club player developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) a neurological disorder.

Claire said: “I think Caitlin is a very kind and caring child and she would have been like this without my disability, but it does make her more mindful of the needs of others.”

Parents Kevin, deputy course manager at The Bristol Golf Club, and Claire, a legal expenses company administrator, who live in Dunkery Close, have been collecting sponsored donations from family and friends on behalf of Caitlin.

So far the total has reached £180 for the Little Princess Trust.

Claire added: “Caitlin has been growing her hair ever since she started at Golden Valley Primary School but decided that she wanted to do something 'special' to mark this strange year and mentioned donating her hair.

“This was a massive decision, as anyone that knows Caitlin will be able to tell you how much she loved her long hair. 

“We are extremely proud of her.

“Along with the hair donation Caitlin gave £1, of her own money, for each centimetre of length cut off.

“This has been matched by our family members.”

To learn more about the charity click on the logo to go to its website.

Free balloon ride for 'our' unsung lockdown heroes

Nominate a Nailsea key worker or carer and they could win a free ride in a hot air balloon.

People living in the Greater Bristol region are likely to know the Bristol Blue Balloon. The familiar blue balloon is sponsored by Business West, Destination Bristol and UWE and is piloted by Derek Maltby.

Derek and his colleagues are keen to offer something special to our local unsung heroes and are putting on a balloon ‘fly-out’ where a number of like-minded balloonists from the region’s balloon club, have volunteered to offer flights to key workers or carers who have been working hard during the lockdown.

Any key worker or carer can be nominated and these could include school staff, postal workers, refuse collectors and those working in retail.

For Nailsea People our nominees would include the volunteers from Nailsea Community Group, Maynews newspaper delivery staff and the supermarket checkout workers.

Derek said: “We are so grateful to those people who have continued to work for us all in the region during the lockdown and with the gifts, skills and assets we have, felt we could show our thanks in a tangible way.

“A balloon flight is on a ‘bucket list’ wish for many people so this could be a special treat for someone who has worked hard during the past months to support their community.”

Unsung heroes and key workers from Bristol and the surrounding counties of Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset can be nominated.

All nominees/entrants must be aged 18 or over and names must be received by the closing date of midnight on Monday, August 31.

BRISTOL BALLOON TREAT: Friends, family and co-workers can nominate their unsung heroes via this link: https://ziabia.co.uk/keyworkersballoonflight/

Battleaxes goes bust

The Battleaxes at Wraxall has gone into administration.

South African owner Matt Lowe who lives in Market Harborough has finally admitted defeat after months of misery.

A nil rating from the food hygiene inspector, extensive roadworks with divisions and noise followed by Covid-19 led to the inevitable failure of the business bought in late 2019.

On Friday, November 1, an inspector from North Somerset Food Hygiene called and gave the restaurant on the B3130 towards Bristol from Nailsea a ‘nil’ rating and called for major improvements in its hygienic food handling and food safety management.

Country Pub Group managing director Matt Lowe said at the time: “Following instruction from EHO (Environmental Health Office) we are working closely to improve our rating.

“A lot of structural issues were identified such as needing to replace some flooring and painting of walls which we have now completed.

“We are always working with EHO to improve our record keeping and paperwork.

“We believe the kitchen is of a good level and if EHO thought it was unsafe they would have shut it down.

“We would also like to welcome any customers into the kitchen at any time to see for themselves."

Country Pub Group took over the historic building in August 2019.

On Tuesday, December 10, the food inspector called again but while the pub received a much more positive response coronavirus was just around the corner.

The Country Pub Group has three other pubs – two of which have a five-star food hygiene ratings and one of which has a four-star rating.

As well as a bar, large restaurant, and function room, the Battleaxes offered overnight accommodation in six boutique-style bedrooms with a downstairs separate bar called The Shindig.

The Battleaxes was originally built as a Temperance house by the benevolent Matilda Blanche Gibbs, widow of wealthy merchant William Gibbs, in 1881.

She wanted the Victorian building as somewhere for Tyntesfield estate workers to meet without drinking alcohol.

But at the outbreak of World War I the Temperance House was leased to Georges Brewery, later Courage Brewery.

When Courage’s gave back the lease to the late Lord Wraxall (Richard Gibbs) in the 1960s he promptly sold the building.

Changes in ownership and name followed with reports of a fire in the 1970s.

Success varied but a brief spell as an Indian restaurant didn’t suit the locals.

Now Country Pub Group with four venues across the South West has gone into administration and a meeting of creditors has been called for the end of August.

Country Pub Group runs The Battleaxes, in Wraxall near Bristol; Temple Inn, in Temple Cloud; Mendip Inn, in Oakhill near Shepton Mallet; and Castle Inn, in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire.

 The company has appointed Steven John Parker and Trevor John Binyon of restructuring and insolvency firm Opus as administrators.

The announcement was confirmed on public records site The Gazette .

Matthew Lowe is named on Companies House as the only director of the Country Pub Group.

A notice on the pubs’ websites advises consumers who have made a deposit or paid for goods or services by credit or debit card to request a refund from their card issuer.

It said: “You may be able to get your money back by claiming a refund from your card issuer. Please contact your card issuer as soon as you can if this may apply to you.

“Further information including on time limits that apply is available from the UK Cards Association Credit and debit cards: A consumer guide.”

The news comes just a year after the Country Pub Group bought up the Battleaxes and Castle Inn from the Flatcappers group for £300,000, according to the Morning Advertiser .

It is not known yet what will happen to the pubs or if jobs are now at risk although many of those working at The Battleaxes were told at the beginning of the lockdown the chain was heading for administration and they jobs were in jeopardy.

Countryside code abused

Dog walkers are damaging crops by walking across a farmer’s fields in Nailsea.

Janet Brown‎ told Nailsea People: “Earlier this week we walked behind the Elms and through the fields of crops (on the pathways) and saw in the distance a family with children and a dog running through the wheat.

“This totally destroys the wheat and means it can't be sold.

“Perhaps I'm naive but I don't understand how anyone could think that this is an acceptable thing to do and shows no respect for the farmers livelihood.

“We have plenty of open spaces in Nailsea.

“You don't need to destroy crops.”

Former Nailsea town councillor Ian Wilson said: “My experience of dog owners is they couldn’t care less.

“We have similar problems with dog owners at the Portbury nature reserve, they allow dogs to run into the water courses during the bird breeding season despite signs asking them not to do so.”

Janet said: “I'd like to think that not all dog owners are like that.

“My family are all dog owners and we do care but there are also some very inconsiderate dog owners.”

'There are signs on every gate into the fields behind the Elms as the farmer is quite rightly cheesed off with the lack of respect… but if people really need to see a sign to know that they shouldn't be running in crops and destroying them then they need to have a long hard think about themselves'

Jeremy Furber said: “If I’m right, there’s also a big sign on the gate from the farmer asking people to keep their dogs on a lead through that field.”

Janet added: “There are signs on every gate into the fields behind the Elms as the farmer is quite rightly cheesed off with the lack of respect… but if people really need to see a sign to know that they shouldn't be running in crops and destroying them then they need to have a long hard think about themselves.”

Cilla Bunting said: “There was a family picnicking in a crop field at the top who swore at us when our dog Loki walked past on the path.”

Ruth Yarr said: “My husband David and I regularly walk across the fields, as a farmer’s daughter I am equally frustrated by the lack of respect for the farmers.

“There are areas where dogs can roam freely but not on land that’s has crops or animals.”

Andrea Ball said: “No need for it when we have so many lovely open spaces where you can let your children and dogs around.

“So ignorant!

“We're so lucky to have so many open spaces where people can let their children and dogs run around without worry so why do they feel the need to ruin a farmers crop instead?”

The Countryside Code gives advice on how you can enjoy your visit to the countryside and also act responsibly to protect the countryside.

The code explains that is important to plan ahead, stay safe, control your dog near livestock and prevent fires.

Basicall it says ‘leave all natural places as you find them. Never uproot plants as they will be lost forever. Keep your distance from wild birds and animals to prevent disturbance and stress especially to adults that are with young and in winter when food may be scarce or weather harsh’.

Oh and most importantly take all your litter home.

The countryside is vulnerable to fire especially during dry weather. Accidental fires pose a great risk to farmers and foresters. Be careful to extinguish all used matches and cigarettes. Use a stove for cooking rather than a fire. Never throw cigarettes from a car window.

Barn blaze at Barrow Gurney

The smell from hundreds of tonnes of burning hay reached Nailsea in the early hours of Friday, August 7.

Flames were first spotted on the horizon at midnight and crews from five fire stations rushed to the scene at Barrow Gurney.

Nailsea Fire Station spokesman Lester Solway said: “Firefighters from Nailsea, Bedminster, Temple, Southmead and Avonmouth have been dealing with a large barn throughout the night in Barrow Gurney.

“The hay has been removed from the barn to an adjacent field to allow a controlled burn.

“Everyone including livestock is safe and you will see a smoke plume and smell it for a little while as the wind direction is taking it towards Nailsea from Barrow Gurney.”

Kirsty Carnell commented on Nailsea People Facebook page: “All cattle and farmers are okay.

“Cattle were moved as soon as smoke and flames were spotted.

“Unfortunately, a lot of hay bales have been lost, but it could of been so much worse.

“Bales are still burning out of the shed, so expect the smell to carry on for most of the day.

“Huge thank you to Avon Fire and Rescue Service for a rapid response.

“Posting on behalf of my sister.

An AF&S spokesman said later in the day: “Crews found a barn fire involving around 200 tonnes of hay.

“The hay was moved to an adjacent field and crews used four high pressure hose reels to tackle the barn fire.

“Due to the amount of hay and hot weather, this is being allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner.

“Smoke will be visible in the area for some time, but crews are aware and will return if necessary.

“The cause is thought to be accidental.”

It was a case of déjà vu at Barrow Gurney as in June 2017 a barn holding 40 tonnes of hay was damaged in a serious fire which police said was arson.

North Somerset residents had been complaining for hours of an unusual smell and some Nailsea residents say they discovered soot on their windows.

Cathy Walker said: “Woke up this morning to the smell of smoke and when walking the dog first thing could see the smoke rolling over the fields adjacent to Backwell Bow.”

Janet Kay said: “Woken up by the smell of smoke in the middle of the night, actually walked outside to check neighbours’ homes were okay, hope it’s not too serious.”

Rachel Young said: “I thought I could smell burning last night. Crazy how it travels.”

Joanna Ruth Wyatt said: “I can smell it in Tickenham.”

Rosie and James Littlefield were relieved the animals were safe and no-one hurt.

PHOTO: Avon Fire & Rescue Service

Liz Davies said: “Phew glad everyone is safe!

“Running around the house at 4am, worrying that it was a brazier fire we had two nights ago come back to life or something.”

Andrea Morgan said: “I drove pat at 5.15am and the fire brigades were there, I did wonder what it was.”

Liz Hodge said: “We thought it was an early morning bonfire. Glad no-one was hurt.

Joyriders steal mobility scooters

Police are appealing for information after thieves broke into a storage room at a Nailsea retirement home and damaged residents' mobility scooters.
The senseless burglary happened overnight Wednesday-Thursday, August 5-6 at Silver Street.
Three scooters were found in the store room with damage while two more were abandoned in Tesco car park.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Mark Raby said: "All five scooters will need repair before they can be used again.
"Many of these vulnerable elderly people have been isolating indoors for months due to the COVID crisis.
"This contemptible act has now deprived them of their freedom to go outside. It's stooping really low, and I hope those responsible will come forward to make amends."
The offenders abandoned two bicycles in the store room and officers want to hear from anyone who recognises them.
If you saw anyone riding these bikes last night, or spotted the scooters being driven around the town in suspicious circumstances call 101 quoting reference 5220176014.
Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Binned at Backwell

North Somerset Council is carrying out an investigation into how a workman fell into a bin at Backwell Recycling Centre on Saturday afternoon, August 1.
A council spokesman said: “It was a Biffa staff member who ended up in a residual waste bin (not metal or large domestic appliances).
“It contained stuff that can’t be recycled
“They weren’t lodged but it was considered safer to get them out carefully so the fire brigade were called.
“The person was taken to hospital as a precaution and returned to work the next day.
“The site reopened ‪at about 3:15pm‬.
“The incident is now being investigated.”
Avon Fire & Rescue Service also attended.

A spokesman said: "Crews from Nailsea and Weston fire stations were mobilised to reports of a trapped male on Church Town in Backwell.

"On arrival, crews found one male trapped in a rubbish skip.

"Firefighters rescued the man using safe working at height.

 "The casualty was handed to ambulance crews at the scene." 

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