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Festive high tea at Holy Trinity
Holy Trinity church centre was the venue for a festive high tea during the Christmas holidays.
Since 2014 the group had served up a traditional Christmas day lunch for many but with Covid precautions to the fore this feast was replaced by a 'sumptious' tea party.
Food was prepared as usual by their super seasonal volunteer chef Scott Dyer.
Approximately 50 people including helpers were greeted by Mrs Santa Claus, played by Sally Simpkins, of Nailsea Tesco, and a singalong of carols was led by Sam Bryant on the piano.
The event was supported by Nailsea Town Council, The Draper Dementia Fund and Nailsea Tesco.
Organiser Lynda Dicks said: "I would like to thank everyone who came along, our guests, the helpers and the drivers, it was a joyous fun afternoon."
Everyone went home with a small gift.
Nailsea Community Group delivered more than 100 pre-Christmas meals to those who needed them, which could be eaten immediately or refrigerated and kept for Christmas Day. A spokesman said: "We were able to do this because of the generosity of Estune Lodge 6817 (Nailsea Masonic Lodge). The meals were prepared by Ivy Kitchen and delivered by our wonderful volunteers. Thank you so much to everyone involved."
Moorend Spout also operated a marvellous 2-course Christmas dinner takeaway service with door-to-door delivery for those unable to get out or cope with the 'stress and mess' of home cooking.
NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: A 23-year-old man has been charged with driving while unfit through alcohol following a collision in Trendlewood Way, Nailsea, at just before midnight on Christmas Eve. A police spokesman said: “A parked car and railings were damaged during this incident. Joseph Haughton, of Nailsea, is due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, January 27, 2022.” There were reports that the noise from the crash could be heard miles away at the over end of the road
Recycling for new year 2022
North Somerset is the best performing council in the south west for recycling according to the latest figures.
So why oh why does some fly-tipper dump rubbish on Backwell Common – see photo.
Recycling rates published in December by Defra, name North Somerset Council as the second best performing English unitary council.
This places North Somerset higher in the top 10 than before as the seventh best council in the country for recycling rates, up from ninth position in 2019-20.
In 2020-21, 60.4 per cent of household waste generated in North Somerset was recycled, compared to the UK average of 44 per cent.
North Somerset Council executive member for neighbourhoods and community services Mike Solomon is the Independent ward councillor for Hutton and Locking.
He said: “One of our main priorities is to make North Somerset a greener place to be, so I am delighted to see our recycling rates have jumped even higher up the top ten of all councils in the country.
"We have worked incredibly hard to encourage our residents to recycle as much as they can and I am hugely impressed with how people have responded.
“Thank you to everyone who plays their part. The time and care that our residents take to sort their recycling correctly is keeping us at the top of the south west.
“The hard work pays off and is worth it.
"Thanks must also go to our hardworking crews for their efforts in what has been an extremely challenging year for them due to the national aftershocks felt from Covid-19 and the shortage of HGV drivers.
“I look forward to publication of the council’s new waste strategy in the new year.
“This key document, which has been put together using residents’ feedback from the recent recycling and waste consultation, will set out our plan for the future.”
This year, waste and recycling collections will not change over Christmas. As Christmas falls on a weekend, your collection day will remain the same. You can always check your collection dates HERE. Please be aware staff shortages and delays are likely to continue over Christmas. Remember to check North Somerset missed collection report if your collection has been missed here www.n-somerset.gov.uk/christmas-waste.
Christmas trees can be put out for collection with your first garden waste collection after Christmas. This will be between Monday and Friday, January 17 and February 11.
Old Christmas cards can be recycled, unless they are covered in glitter. Even better reuse them. They make great gift tags, bookmarks, postcards and even napkin rings! Watch here for ideas https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=yULwnlkjb0s.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is again leading the way with recycling after the Christmas holidays. It is where discarded festive trees can all be put to good use. Supported by North Somerset Council groundwork team the trees will be turned in bedding mulch and silage. It is all part of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm’s Green Zoo initiative to help with a sustainable future. People wishing to donate their Christmas tree can do so between Sundays, January 2-23, when the zoo is open from 10.30am-4pm and while there visit the zoo and Farm Shop.
Help for hospitality
In January North Somerset leisure and hospitality businesses will be able to apply for a new round of government business support grants.
In the week before Christmas the Chancellor announced that £683 million of targeted grants will be made available for hospitality and leisure businesses in England.
Grant recipients must be solvent businesses, and ratepayers from either the hospitality or leisure sector including pubs, hotels, restaurants, bars, cinemas or amusement parks.
The grants are paid per premises and the amount paid will vary depending on the rateable value of each eligible premises:
Rateable value Grant value
£0 - £15K £2,700
£15K – £51K £4,000
to £51k £6,000
For non-rated businesses a further £102 million of discretionary grant funding will be provided to local authorities in England to support similar non-rated businesses via the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) fund.
An extra £30 million of funding will be made available through the Culture Recovery Fund to support organisations in England such as theatres,
orchestras and museums through the winter.
North Somerset Council is awaiting detailed guidance for the above schemes and will open an application process as soon as possible in January 2022.
Christmas cancelled at Backwell House
closed until january 5th
Backwell House has cancelled Christmas after staff tested positive for Covid.
The lovingly restored Hobbs family home formally opened in July 2016 as a fine food restaurant and wedding venue with luxury accommodation.
The shock festive closure notice was made on social media late on Wednesday, December 22.
With four- and five-star reviews is described by a newspaper critic for The Telegraph as 'a small Georgian hotel with a formal rose garden, nine stylish bedrooms and quirky, vintage-inspired décor with views of faraway hills and grazing cattle' had bumper holiday bookings.
Hotel manager Sam Warrilow said the closure decision was 'crushing'.
He said: "I utterly regret to write that we have made the heart-breaking decision to close Backwell House until Wednesday, January 5.
"Unfortunately, in the past couple of days we have had a sequence of positive cases of coronavirus within our small team.
"We were able to catch these positive cases through our policy of regular Lateral Flow Testing of all our staff, several instances of which have now been confirmed by PCR.
"Ultimately, we have had no other option but to temporarily close the venue.
"Although this is a crushing turn of events, we strongly feel our duty of care to our team and to our guests to ensure that we do not allow the virus to spread any further.
"We have now spoken directly to each of our guests who had booked restaurant tables and guest rooms with us over the next fortnight to advise and apologise for the bad news.
"Such a dreadful shame to finish the year on this note and we are all devastated by the affect this will have on the Christmas plans for so many of our guests.
"But it has been a fantastic year for Backwell House despite the challenges and we are so grateful for the terrific support and custom that we continue to receive from our guests, regulars and first timers alike.
"So thank you everyone, please have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Years.
"We are all very much looking forward to seeing you in a fortnight."
While at Brockway Medical Centre staff and volunteers have been working flat out offered walk-in booster jabs.
On Wednesday evening, December 22, they stayed open until 8.30pm saying 'you don’t need to be registered' to get a vaccination.
Christmas should be peak season for the UK's bars, pubs and restaurants.
Instead, the hospitality industry is experiencing millions of cancellations.
Following advice from England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty to be cautious, many consumers are choosing not to socialise ahead of Christmas, as COVID-19 cases in the country soar to record highs.
The British Beer and Pub Association says there were three million cancelled bookings in the second week of December alone.
Pubs in London's Soho would normally be packed on the last weekend before Christmas.
But now, most are quiet, and some have closed their doors.
On Monday afternoon, December 15, at Brockway the unmistakable bright red Bristol City team bus pulled up.
Fresh from training, players and staff file into an outdoor marquee before, one by one, were called in for their Covid vaccination booster, after 98 per cent received two jabs.
Brockway Medical Centre executive manager Lawrie Lewis said at the tme: “We have stepped up with more staff and 300 extra vaccine doses to vaccinate on Tuesday those who have not yet come forward for their first, second or third doses.
"We have further slots available on Wednesday.”
Follow link to read full story on The Guardian website here https://amp.theguardian.com/football/2021/dec/20/bristol-city-not-banging-the-table-during-high-uptake-of-covid-vaccine
It is an encouraging number, given the English Football League revealed that, as of November, one in four of its players did not intend to get jabbed.
The message on flyers outside the north Somerset practice, in line with government and EFL advice, is clear: “Get vaccinated, get boosted, get protected.”
Some Nailsea People Facebook readers expressed concern that the coach parked badly outside the surgery.
Nailsea People reader Mike Davies said: "Shame all professional football players weren't as 'professional'. well done Bristol City."
But Graham Nix complained: "Shame the coach parked on the cross