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Covid cases going down

Hooray - we’ve seen a drop in Covid cases in North Somerset during the past week but caution is still urged.
In total 782 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 1,409 in the previous week. 
Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has decreased to 363.6. 
This compares with a South West figure of 362.9 and an England rate of 375.2.
There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, July 24.
It’s still too early to say if this trend, which is in line with national rates, will continue as we aren’t yet seeing the full impact of the final loosening of restrictions in the data.
As great as it is to see the numbers going down, these are still extremely high rates that are in line with the peak we saw in North Somerset during the last lockdown.
This means we’re still very much in the middle of the Covid pandemic with some of the highest infection rates we’ve had.
So please keep doing all those things we know work to prevent the spread of infection, like washing your hands, wearing face coverings, and choosing to meet outside. 
Anyone who develops Covid symptoms should also isolate with their household straightaway and get tested.
You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases
You can help keep case rates down in North Somerset by:
washing your hands thoroughly and regularly
covering your face, especially when you’re inside or on public transport and have to be close to anyone you don’t live with
going outside or letting in fresh air if you’re inside
doing twice-weekly rapid no symptom tests and reporting your results or getting a PCR test if have Covid symptoms - a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to your sense of taste or smell
getting both your vaccination doses as soon as you can
self-isolating if you have a positive test or Covid symptoms or are a contact of someone who has Covid.
In total, 162,409 of North Somerset's 189,532 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 
This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 85.69 per cent of residents. 
This is greater than the English rate of 76.53 per cent and ranks North Somerset 64 out of 333 for all English authorities.
To date, 136,296 of North Somerset's 189,532 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. 
This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 71.91 per cent. 
This is greater than the English rate of 61.09 per cent and ranks North Somerset 64 out of 333 for all English authorities.
If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination, call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.
On Wednesday, August 4, the large scale Covid-19 vaccination centre will move from Ashton Gate Stadium to the Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol. 
All appointments for first and second dose vaccinations after August 4 will move to the Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol on the same date, and at the same time.
People affected are being contacted by a text message from the National Booking Service (NBS) yesterday and today (Thursday and Friday) letting them know the location of their appointment has changed. 
The message encourages them to attend the Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol and provides a link to the NBS and www.grabajab.net so people can rebook their appointment if UWE is unsuitable.
From August 4, the Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol will be the only site in our area able to administer the Moderna vaccine. If anyone has difficulty attending their second appointment due to the change of location, they can email bnssg.massvaccination@nhs.net.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recently advised that that some young people and young adults should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine. 
This includes children and young people aged 12-15 years and over with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious Covid-19 such as:

  • severe neuro-disabilities

  • Down’s syndrome

  • underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression

  • those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register

  • 12-15 years who are household contacts of adults or children who are immunosuppressed, and young people aged 17 ¾

A letter which outlines national plans for the next steps is published on the NHS website.
The government revealed plans to prevent serious disruption to vital public services by allowing fully vaccinated critical workers in certain circumstances to be exempt from close contact self-isolation rules.
This policy only applies to you if your employer has received a letter from a government department on which your name is listed. Everyone else should continue to self-isolate when advised to do so by NHS Test and Trace via phone or the mobile app.
For more information see the NHS Test and Trace in the Workplace guidance.
From 4am on Monday, August 2, people who have been fully vaccinated in the EU or US will not need to quarantine when coming to England from an amber list country. 
Travellers will still need to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test and a PCR test on the second day after they arrive.
Arrivals from amber countries who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to quarantine. 
Passengers need to provide proof of their vaccination status and pre-departure testing and day two testing measures remain. 
However, anyone travelling from France must continue to quarantine for 10 days at home or in other accommodation, even if they are fully vaccinated.

By the end of September everyone over the age of 18 will have had the chance to get fully vaccinated followed by a two-week period for the vaccine to take effect. 

The government has announced that at this point full vaccination will be required to enter nightclubs and other crowded venues.

There are several ways to get a free NHS Covid Pass. 

You can get a digital or printed version using the NHS App or you can request a letter in the post from the NHS website or by calling 119.

Schools may be out for the summer, but the school nursing team is still supporting young people during the holidays.

Nurses are hosting four face-to-face clinics for 11 to 19-year-olds in Nailsea, Pill, Portishead, and Weston-super-Mare this August.

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Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19, tests positive for Covid-19, or is a contact of someone who has symptoms or tests positive, must self-isolate.

Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate until they have the results of their PCR test. If it is negative, they and their contacts can stop isolating.

A positive case must self-isolate for 10 days.

A contact of a positive case must self-isolate for 10 days. If they get symptoms, they need to get their own PCR test. If it is negative, they will need to finish their 10 days of self-isolation.

If it is positive, they will need to isolate for a further 10 days from the day their symptoms started.

You should also self-isolate if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, or are pinged by the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace app.

You will be told how long you need to do this for.

The advice on the NHS website advises what you cannot do during self-isolation:  

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can

  • do not go on public transport or use taxis

  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home

  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care

  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

Contacts of contacts do not need to self-isolate.
You can find out more about when and how to self-isolate on the NHS website. 
If you need financial or practical support to self-isolate you can find information about what’s available, including details of the £500 self-isolation payment, at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together
Close contacts of Covid cases must continue to self-isolate - they include:
anyone who lives in the same household
face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
being within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
being within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
travelling in the same vehicle or aeroplane.
From Monday, August 16, anyone who has had two doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccination (with the second dose at least two weeks before), or children under 18, will not need to self-isolate if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for Covid-19.
We have two mobile testing vans, which offer Covid-19 rapid home test kit collection and assisted testing, across North Somerset from 8.30am-6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am-5pm at weekends.
The first van works to a fixed schedule, the second moves around to help us reach as many people as possible.
Here’s when a van will be local next week:
Friday, August 6 at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park in Nailsea
You can find out about rapid testing at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting
Regular rapid Covid testing is helping us find cases in people who have no symptoms of the virus.
Everyone can get twice weekly free rapid Covid tests. 
These tests, sometimes called lateral flow, should only be used if you have no symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of taste or smell.
You can take your regular rapid tests at home, at work or school, or at our mobile testing van, where our staff will process the results for you.
Home rapid testing kits can be ordered online or collected from our testing van, or from some pharmacies. Find out where you can pick up tests on the NHS map.
Wherever and whenever you do your tests, it’s really important to report your results, whether they are positive or negative.
If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of tase or smell – no matter how mildly, you must stay home and get a PCR test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
PCR tests can also be used by people that have had close contact with a known Covid case.

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Covid cases still soaring

Covid cases are now at the highest they’ve ever been in North Somerset, and rates are still climbing.

The risk of coming into contact with coronavirus in our community has never been higher.

People who are double vaccinated at least two weeks ago have the best protection against catching the virus or getting seriously ill if they do. Thankfully our vaccination rates are excellent - nearly 70 per cent of people over 16 having had two jabs.

But, this still means there are thousands of people with less or no protection.

Vaccinations alone aren’t enough to put an end to Covid, especially when we have rising infection rates. Even though legal restrictions may have ended, it’s still vital we all do what we can to avoid spreading or catching the virus.

Recorded cases of coronavirus have doubled in North Somerset this week.

1,409 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 704 in the previous week.

Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 655.2.

This compares with a South West figure of 513.5 and an England rate of 529.1.

There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, July 17.

You can see more details at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.

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

You can help keep case rates down in North Somerset by:

  • Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly

  • covering your face, especially when you’re inside or on public transport and have to be close to anyone you don’t live with

  • going outside or letting in fresh air if you’re inside

  • doing twice-weekly rapid no symptom tests and reporting your results or getting a PCR test if have Covid symptoms - a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to your sense of taste or smell

  • getting both your vaccination doses as soon as you can

  • self-isolating if you have a positive test or Covid symptoms or are a contact of someone who has Covid.

 

In total, 162,144 of North Somerset's 189,545 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 85.6 per cent of residents.

To date, 134,221 of North Somerset's 189,545 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 70.9 per cent.

You can view vaccination data on the NHS website.

If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination or call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.

If you use the national system and the first appointment you are offered is not suitable check again a little later as more get added all the time.

Government guidance to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and who have previously been advised to shield, is that you should continue to exercise care to reduce the risk of infection.

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They advise you try, for example, to shop during quieter times. Many supermarkets have said that they will continue to keep safety measures in place to protect their staff and all their customers, but particularly the most vulnerable, and some continue to run quieter shopping sessions.

Whenever possible, try to keep the number of social interactions you have low and try to reduce the amount of time you spend in settings where it is not possible to maintain social distancing. You can read the full government guidance at GOV.UK -  Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

From Monday, August 16, anyone who has had two doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccination (with the second dose at least two weeks before), or children under 18, will not need to self-isolate if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for Covid-19.

 

The rapid testing mobile van will be in Rodney Road car park, Backwell on Wednesday, July 28.

Regular rapid Covid testing is helping us find cases in people who have no symptoms of the virus.

Everyone can get twice weekly free rapid Covid tests. These tests, sometimes called lateral flow devices (LFDs), should only be used if you have no symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of taste or smell.

You can take your regular rapid tests at home, at work or school, or at our mobile testing van, where our staff will process the results for you.

Home rapid testing kits can be ordered online or collected from our testing van, or from some pharmacies. Find out where you can pick up tests on the NHS map.

Wherever and whenever you do your tests, it’s really important to report your results, whether they are positive or negative.

If you experience symptoms of Covid-19, temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of tase or smell – no matter how mildly, you must stay home and get a PCR test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

PCR tests can also be used by people that have had close contact with a known Covid case.

Highest ever Covid cases

Covid cases in North Somerset are now at their highest ever levels - with rates still climbing.
During the winter lockdown seven-day rates had previously peaked at 423.6 cases per 100,000 population.

Reported cases have leapfrogged this and now stand at 470.1. This is also well above the national rate of 399.6 and the regional figure of 386.4.
North Somerset Council executive member for health is Mike Bell who is the Liberal Democrat ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Central.
He said: “The risk of coming into contact with Covid in our community has never been higher.
“Those who’ve been double vaccinated at least two weeks ago will have the best protection against catching the disease or getting seriously ill if they do come into contact the with virus.
“Our vaccination rates locally are excellent, with nearly 70 per cent of people having had two jabs, but this still leaves thousands of people with less or no protection, having only had one, or none.
“So even though you don’t need to legally follow Covid safety rules anymore, it’s still extremely important you do all you can to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
"This includes the crucial importance of isolating if you have symptoms, test positive, or are told to do so, either by NHS Test and Trace or by the NHS Covid app."
North Somerset Council director of public health Matt Lenny said: “Vaccinations alone aren’t enough to put an end to Covid, especially when we have rising infection rates.
“Please keep washing your hands, wearing face coverings, getting tested, self-isolating if you need to, and staying outside as much as you can.
“The virus spreads fastest in closed settings that have very little ventilation, where it is crowded, and where you have close contact with people you don’t usually mix with.

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“With restrictions easing, it’s not always possible to avoid these kinds of situations, but there are things you can do to lower your own risk.
“Stay outside as much as you can - opening doors and windows if you have to be inside to let in fresh air, try to keep your distance from people you don’t normally mix with - wearing a face covering if you can’t, and keep washing your hands.
“And please look after each other. There are still many people who haven’t been able to get both vaccinations and everyone’s experience is different, so we’re each having to assess our own level of risk and what we do and don’t feel comfortable doing.”

Teen runs for charity

Molly Pook aged 15 put on her running shoes to cover a mile a day to raise money for Cancer Research UK and so far, she has collected the grand sum of £1,000 plus.

The Nailsea School pupil who takes her GCSEs next year was determined to help as she had family and friends affected by the disease.

She said: “Most of us have been affected by cancer in some way and it’s an issue that’s very close to my heart.

“I would be very grateful for any amount that you feel able to donate.”

With more than 30 road miles covered even when Molly had to self-isolate during a Covid-19 alert she didn't give up as the thoughtful teenager took to running in sweltering heat on a treadmill in her garage to ensure she was still able to claim her sponsorship money.

The Year 10 pupil belongs to Nailsea Musicals and Alchemy Trampoline Club.

Molly has represented the south west squad for trampolining and profits from a cake sale by fellow athletes went towards her fundraising.

The financial impact of Covid-19 on charities has been devastating.

Household names like Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support anticipate losing more than £200m between them, according to government figures.

This is because of the cancellation of fundraising events, loss of trading income, and lower investment income.

To support Molly, go to her Facebook donation page here https://www.facebook.com/donate/155913899888122/.

Walk, run or bike your charity choice

A record number of nearly 500 people registered for Nailsea Charity Walks, Runs & Bikes 2021 organised by Nailsea & Backwell Rotary.

Approximately 300 came to the Scotch Horn Centre in mid June and walked or ran 5k, 10k or 20k  - or for the first time in this, its 10th anniversary year - rode 25k, 50k, or 100k.

They enjoyed our glorious local countryside - alone or with friends and family - and raised money for deserving local organisations.

The atmosphere was brilliant, great good humour and a lot of fun, but very importantly, everyone observed Covid safety requirements to a high standard. 

However, it is not too late to get involved.

People have been very complementary about the event, the routes and the arrangements - a few asked if we could arrange for it to be a little cooler next year!!

Why not get involved - there is still time to sign up for this challenge which ends on Saturday, July 31.

For further details click HERE.

Team walks for charity

A Backwell based football club dressed as ancient Greek warriors completed a 13-mile charity walk from their home ground to Cheddar this month.

The aptly named Spartans has many Nailsea players among its team.

Organised by Richard Membery to benefit Suicide Prevention Bristol the walk raised a marvellous £2,471 - much more than their £500 goal!

The started off at Backwell School in Meadow Close taking the A370 until Cleeve then onto Yatton down the Strawberry Line via Congresbury towards Sandford passing through Thatcher’s orchards.

A pitstop at the Railway Inn in Sandford before continuing along the Strawberry Line passed Winscombe into Axbridge.

Once at the gorge they called in to Cheddar Fish Bar to say thank you for its £100 donation making the final stop at The Gardeners Arms shaking donation buckets all along the route.

The football club now in its 13th year has been in the forefront of raising awareness of men’s mental health.

The walk raised valuable funds for the SPB volunteers who run on donations alone.

Despite one of the toughest times faced their funds are currently at an all-time low.

To donate go to https://gofund.me/ecfdcec9.

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More than 700 new Covid cases

Recorded cases of coronavirus continue to increase in North Somerset.
704 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 560 in the previous week. Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 327.4. This compares with a South West figure of 281.7 and an England rate of 350.3.
There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, July 10.
You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
Case data is also available at national, regional, council and neighbourhood level at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases.

We know of sports, business and school people all 'pinged' and self-isolating.

This is the latest as North Somerset recycling and waste collections could soon be impacted by increasing numbers of crew members having to self-isolate due to the rising numbers of coronavirus infections locally.

The requirements for close contacts to isolate, as well as the national shortage of HGV drivers, has already caused other councils to reduce their collections temporarily.

To anyone who that has newspapers delivered by Maynews Nailsea please bear with them over the coming days the shop now has 10 delivery staff and three shop staff having to isolate.

All are due to school or close contacts and none due to a positive test.

It means there will be a number of delays with the deliveries and the shop helped by parents and friends will do everything it can to get everything delivered.

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First Bus issued this advice:

Wearing masks

We are following government guidance and recommend all customers wear a face mask whilst on board. Please remember that this is a personal choice and not everyone may wish to wear a mask.

Ventilation & Cleaning

We will continue to ensure that all windows are left open for additional ventilation in addition to our enhanced cleaning regime which will remain in place to keep you and others around you safe.

Social distancing

All seats will be in use from Monday, July 19, and our buses will return to full capacity making sure we can take you to where you need to go.

Paying for your journey

Where possible avoid the use of cash and continue to use contactless on board or buy in advance using our mobile app.

For more information please visit our website here https://www.firstbus.co.uk/help-and-support/coronavirus-information.

Nailsea Covid cases rising

Younger adults are at risk of serious organ damage from Covid.
Research information released overnight shows that if ill enough to be admitted to hospital younger adults  are only marginally less likely to suffer serious organ damage than the older population.
Read more here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57840825.
Tyntesfield Medical Group executive manager Laurie Lee said: "Across the whole adult (aged 18 and over) patient population of Tyntesfield Medical Group we still have 1,632 who have not yet had your first vaccination with 625 of those are under the age of 30."

 

You can get your vaccination in one of three ways:

  • Call our booking line  01275 866761 Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. We have capacity to vaccinate you at Brockway Medical Centre on Saturdays, July 24 and 31.

  • Visit a walk-in vaccination centre in Bristol any day for the remainder of this month. Follow link for venues and operating times https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/book-your-vaccine/3 

  • Call 119 or go on-line to book a slot at a mass vaccination centre.

 

Mr Lee added: "We are getting an increasing number or requests to vaccinate those under 18. 
"As much as we would love to do so I am afraid we can’t until that step is approved by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) and the NHS gives us the green light. 
"We are ready whenever that light gets turned on. 
"It’s the same situation for booster vaccinations – not yet but we are ready."
Mask wearing will continue at Tyntesfield Medical Group and many shops and businesses thorough the town in order to protect all.
And while legal restrictions to help reduce the risk of Covid are lifting but with infection rates rising across England North Somerset residents are encouraged to keep working to reduce risks.
Even Nailsea Town Council acknowledged at its meeting this week there are a large number of new Covid-19 cases in the town.
Regular and thorough hand washing, wearing face coverings inside where there are a lot of people, and making space where possible are still essential in slowing the spread of coronavirus.
Getting the right test at the right time remains important. 
Anyone who does not have symptoms will still be able to do free rapid tests twice a week.

This is especially important for those in settings such as workplaces or schools where they will be close to others.

Find out more at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting. 

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Anyone with symptoms of Covid must stay at home and get a PCR test straightaway at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Those who test positive must self-isolate for 10 days.
North Somerset Council executive member for health Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Central.
He said: “Our Covid rates show that the infection is circulating in our community again, and without the legal rules in place to give extra protections we all need to take more care to avoid catching and spreading the disease.
“Testing in particular is helpful, so if you’re part of a school or cannot work from home, please do your tests twice a week. Many of our school cases have been picked up from the rapid tests.
“With rising rates doing all we can to reduce the transmission of Covid is more important than ever to protect ourselves and our families.”
North Somerset director of Public Health Matt Lenny said: “Getting both doses of your vaccination as quickly as possible will offer you good protection from Covid-19, but to make your risk as low as possible you need to keep washing your hands, wearing a face covering when you are inside and close to others, and making space as much as possible. 
"Being outside is safest if you are able, not only because the infection spreads less outside but also because you are more likely to be able to keep your distance from those you don’t live with.
“Covid will not go away quickly and we need to find ways to live with it while keeping ourselves as safe as possible.”
Local Covid vaccination walk-in clinics are up and running, you can find your nearest at www.grabajab.net or book an appointment at nhs.uk/CovidVaccination.

Nailsea charity shop needs donations

The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) shop in Nailsea has issued an urgent appeal for donations of summer clothing.
The shop at 18 Colliers Walk has experienced a surge in demand for good quality second-hand clothing since reopening in April and is asking people to consider donating any unwanted items. 
Shop manager Laura Cutler-White said: “We have been very busy since the easing of lockdown and while we have a great choice in store right now, we know we are going to need more summer clothing to meet the demand of the next few weeks.
“We think that because of the lockdown last summer, people didn’t refresh their wardrobe as much as normal. Then with lockdown in the early part of this year, they weren’t able to have a clear out and donate any preloved summer clothing.
“If anyone has any men’s or women’s clothing they no longer wear but would like to donate, please drop it off at the shop.”
The shop is also in need of children’s toys and bric-a-brac and donations can be dropped off at the shop from 9am-5pm, Monday through to Saturday.
Laura said: “We have donation bags at the shop if needed and suggest people phone ahead if they are planning to make a special trip or donating a lot of stock.”
Everything sold in the shop helps CHSW provide vital care to local children with life-limiting conditions and their families. 
The charity’s three hospices – including Charlton Farm at Wraxall, North Somerset – rely almost entirely on voluntary donations.
The hospices have remained open during the pandemic for emergency and end-of-life care and care teams have extended their lifeline support by visiting families in their own homes. 
“Every item donated and every item sold really does make a difference,” added Laura.

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Nailsea CHSW charity shop needs to clothe its mannequin!

“And not only is it such a great way to support such a worthwhile cause, recycling unwanted clothes is a super way to help the planet.”

For more information, call the shop on 01275 853 261 or visit www.chsw.org.uk/shop.

Covid-19 cases on the rise

Recorded cases of coronavirus continue to increase in North Somerset.
We have heard that many new cases have been reported in Nailsea.
In total 556 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 273 in the previous week. 
Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 258.5. 
This compares with a South West figure of 201.8 and an England rate of 263.9.
There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, July 3.
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.
You can help keep case rates down in North Somerset by:

  • Washing your hands

  • Covering your face if you can

  • Staying at least 2m away from people you don’t live with

  • Letting in fresh air if you’re inside

  • Doing twice-weekly rapid no symptom Covid tests and reporting your results

  • Taking up the offer of a first and second dose vaccination as soon as you can

  • Self-isolating if you have a positive test or Covid symptoms - a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to your sense of taste or smell - or are a contact of someone who has Covid.

In total, 160,624 of North Somerset's 189,259 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 84.82 per cent of residents.
To date, 125,524 of North Somerset's 189,259 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 66.29 per cent.
If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination or call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP. If you use the national system and the first appointment you are offered is not suitable check again a little later as more get added all the time.
Anyone under 40 will automatically be offered appointments at a clinic where there is an alternative to AstraZeneca.
If you are over 40 and have had your first dose at least eight weeks ago you can bring forward your second appointment booking from 12 weeks, either by managing your booking on the National Booking System or you’ll get a call or text from your GP.
You can find out more at the Healthier Together website, the National Booking System or by calling 119.
It’s really important you attend your appointment for your second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to have higher, longer lasting protection.
The NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is running walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinics across the area, including at its new vaccination hub at UWE and at the Long Ashton site.
People can attend without an appointment to get their Covid-19 vaccination.To find out the latest clinics visit HERE.
On Monday, the Prime Minister held a press conference to set out plans for the final step of the roadmap in England.
Step four is expected to begin on Monday, July 19, if the government’s four tests for easing Covid restrictions have been met. This will be confirmed on Monday, July 12, following a review of the latest data.
At Step 4, the government will remove all legal restrictions on social contact, life events, and open the remaining closed settings. People and businesses will be encouraged to make informed decisions about how to manage the infection risk to themselves and others.
This means that at Step 4: 
All remaining limits on social contact will be removed and there will be no more restrictions on how many people can meet in any setting, indoors or outdoors. 
All settings will be able to open, including nightclubs. 
Large events, such as music concerts and sporting events can resume without any limits on attendance or social distancing requirements. 
The legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted in all settings. 
Social distancing rules will be lifted. 
Businesses will be encouraged to display QR codes for customers to check in using the NHS Covid-19 app, but it will no longer be a legal requirement.
It is no longer necessary for people to work from home and employers can start to plan a return to workplaces.
The full guidance document also includes information about self-isolation and ventilation.
The government has also published results of its Covid research, including the final reports, regarding the reviews into social distancing, Covid-status certification, and the events research programme.Roadmap Reviews
From Monday, August 16, anyone in England who is a close contact of someone who tests positive for Covid will no longer have to self-isolate if they've had both their jabs or are under the age of 18.
When they are notified about their contact, the NHS Test and Trace app or contact tracing team will ask if they are fully vaccinated.
If so, they will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. As long as that test is negative, and they don't develop symptoms, they won't need to take further PCR tests.
Adults will need to have had both doses of their vaccination at least 14 days before, as it takes two weeks for the jab to be fully effective.
Anyone who tests positive or develops symptoms will still need to self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status.
Covid restrictions in education settings will end from Step 4, which is expected to happen on Monday, July 19.
Covid ‘bubbles’ will end for all children under 18, social distancing will no longer be necessary, and schools will not need to stagger start and finish times.
The lifting of restrictions in education is in line with the general removal of restrictions for England at Step 4, but settings may choose to continue with these measures until the end of the summer term.
Protective measures will still be in place for the start of the autumn term, including continuing to encourage good hygiene and ventilation. Twice-weekly testing for all staff and pupils aged 11 and over will continue in September.
The government is due to review ongoing testing arrangements by the end of September.
Everyone in North Somerset can do a twice-weekly rapid Covid test to help them check if they are infectious with the virus without symptoms.
As more people get used to taking their regular rapid Covid tests at home, we are adapting the service we offer, which was originally set up so people could take their tests at our sites, to bring testing to as many people as possible.
This means we are transferring our testing sites to mobile units, which can visit towns and villages in North Somerset to give out home test kits and also let people take tests that will be processed by staff.
We need your help to find the best places for the mobile testing van to visit.
The mobile testing unit is a specially adapted van.

Any locations need to be:

  •  Accessible for vehicles

  • Around the size of three parking spaces

  • Ideally hard standing such as a car park, shopping precinct or community hall/centre owned by a town or parish council or business able to let us park there

  • If no car parks are available, a village green/park could be considered if accessible by a vehicle

  • It’s best if we visit prominent, well-known or busy pedestrian areas

  • The crew will need access to toilets, so there needs to be some nearby. This could be town or parish owned public toilets or an agreement with a local business such as a café.

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 Our aim is to create a database of visiting spots so we can move our van around.
This also means we can send the van to areas if we start to see unusually high Covid case rates.
If you have suggestions please email us with details, including contact information for owners of the sites and toilets.

Regular rapid Covid testing is helping us find cases in people who have no symptoms of the virus.
Everyone can now get twice weekly free rapid Covid tests.

These tests, sometimes called lateral flow devices (LFDs), should only be used if you have no symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, new continuous cough, or change to your sense of taste or smell.
You can take your regular rapid tests at home, at work or school, or at one of our testing sites, where our staff will process the results for you.
So, when and where do you take yours? Have you got an alarm on your phone to remind you? Do you do one before you visit friends? Do you have testing days?
Home testing kit collection is available from our sites and testing van, from Locking Road car park and from some pharmacies, or they can be ordered online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests
Our van operates from 8.30am-6pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm at weekends.
You can visit the team to pick up rapid home testing kits or take a test where they will process the results for you at:

  • Queen’s Square in Clevedon Mondays and Thursdays

  • Lake Grounds, by the open air pool, in Portishead on Tuesdays

  • For All Healthy Living Centre in Weston-super-Mare on Wednesdays

  • Scotch Horn car park in Nailsea on Fridays

  • Seafront, near the Tropicana, in Weston-super-Mare on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting.
Wherever and whenever you do your tests, it’s really important to report your results, whether they are positive or negative.
Boxes of free hand sanitiser will be available for collection by community groups next week.
North Somerset Council and Business in the Community have secured a large amount of hand sanitisers from L’Oréal for distribution to voluntary and community groups and volunteers across the area.
The product will be available in boxes of six. Each bottle is a 400ml of alcohol sanitiser with an end of shelf life date in 2023.
The pick-up collection point for the products will be in Portishead from Tuesday, July 13. 
To reserve your boxes and book a time slot email Lorraine.bush@n-somerset.gov.uk.
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 – a high temperature, change in sense of tase or smell, and/or a new continuous cough – should self-isolate and book a symptomatic PCR Covid test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
You can get your PCR test in North Somerset at Locking Road car park (Weston-super-Mare), Castlewood (Clevedon) or Bristol Airport.
If you get a positive PCR Covid test you and your close contacts must isolate for 10 days.
Close contacts of a person who has symptoms of, or has tested positive for, Covid-19 include:

  • anyone who lives in the same household

  • anyone in their social, school or work bubbles

  • face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre

  • being within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact

  • being within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)

  • travelling in the same vehicle or aeroplane.

  • If you are a close contact and do not have symptoms, you can get a PCR test, but you must finish your self-isolation even if this is negative. If you develop symptoms you will need to get another PCR test.

Self-isolating is for 10 days from the day you or your close contact gets a positive PCR test.
If you need financial or practical support to self-isolate you can find information about what’s available, including details of the £500 self-isolation payment, at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together
If you experience any of the coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough and/or a change to your sense of taste or smell – you and your close contacts need to self-isolate.
The only time you should leave is to get a symptomatic PCR Covid test, which you can book at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
This is to make sure you do not risk spreading Covid to your friends, workmates, and other people in your community.
If you need help to self-isolate visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together.
For more information see the government’s stay at home guidelines.

Covid-19 what's next?

Restrictions may end on Monday, July 19, but Covid-19 will not’ warn North Somerset health leaders

On Monday, July 5, the Government announced that step four in its roadmap out of lockdown will see the end of legal restrictions designed to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The move away from legally enforced rules will leave decisions about how to protect themselves and their community from Covid-19 in the hands of North Somerset’s residents and visitors.

In response North Somerset Council’s health leaders urge everyone to keep Covid risks low in North Somerset by keeping up the work they have been doing to protect the area.

Several businesses, schools and individuals are currently self isolating.

In Nailsea this includes School Togs uniform shop and Ring O'Bell pub plus Year 7 at Backwell School.

North Somerset executive member for health Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Central.

He said: “Restrictions may end on 19 July, but Covid-19 will not.

"Case numbers are still rising across England, including in North Somerset, in part thanks to the more transmissible Delta variant. 

“That means many people will still catch the virus, some of whom will suffer serious ill-health and even lose their life.

“It is therefore important that everyone continues to do their bit to think of and protect others.

"The risk of infection is lower outdoors and hand washing is still essential to make a difference. 

“I also encourage people to continue wearing a face covering in busy indoor settings and on public transport.”

North Somerset director of public health Matt Lenny said: “It’s really important to self-isolate if you develop any symptoms of Covid-19 – a temperature, a new continuous cough, or a change in your sense of taste or smell.

“Book a test and stay home to avoid spreading the virus.

"If you need support, including £500 if you’re self-employed, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together 

“Nearly two thirds of adults in North Somerset have now got the best

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possible protection against Covid-19 as they have had two doses of the vaccination.

"If you’ve not booked yours yet, do it today to reduce your risk as we unlock.

“And keep looking after each other and be kind.

"Everyone has had a different experience of Covid and some are feeling more nervous about the end of restrictions than others.”

Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 can book a test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

Everyone can also get twice-weekly free rapid tests to help check if they may be infections with coronavirus without symptoms. For more information about these tests visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting.

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POLICE BULLETIN: Police Community Support Officers produce a newsletter at the end of each month for those living in Nailsea and nearby. For June the PCSOs have highlighted the anti-social behaviour at Abbots Pool - with visitors using the area as a public toilet! They have warned of the problems with pavement parking for people with limited mobility and the success of the mobile police station which has been at Nailsea farmers' market. You can download a copy HERE. Nailsea People has its own name and shame pavement parking page HERE but since the pandemic examples have been few and far between which is brilliant news.

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SILLY STREETSCENE; We tell people to clear up after them but filling a dog poo bin in the alley by the end of Ash Hayes Road and Porlock Gardens with empty beer cans sort of misses the point. And the political poster based on a Funny Boris Meme UK 2035 designed and sold by Englishmistress does nothing for Mizzymead Road either!

North Somerset latest Covid data

North Somerset reported new cases of Covid-19 were 273 in the latest seven-day reporting period compared with 175 in the previous week and increase of nearly 100 cases.

The need to self-isolate has impacted on local schools and businesses.

Backwell School Year 7 pupils are all self-isolating and due to a young family member testing positive School Togs in Nailsea is closed.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says he wants the school 'bubble' system in England removed as soon as possible, as rising numbers of pupils are being sent home to isolate.

The Clevedon Walk uniform shop will re-open at 9am on Saturday, July 10.

Its phone lines have been redirected for orders or for any other questions or information you need 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Further arrangements for order collections have been made, go to its website here for further details https://www.schooltogsnailsea.co.uk..

Overall Covid case numbers have risen again locally as this week (126.9 per 100,000), in common with the South West (129 per 100,000) and England (160.2 per 100,000), so it remains incredibly important that we continue to follow and promote hands, face, space and fresh air as well as accessing twice-weekly free no symptom testing and getting both vaccination doses as soon as we can.
Our local health system is also under significant pressure currently with people queueing for extended periods of time in Accident & Emergency departments.

As a reminder you can get help from telephoning 111, alternatively pharmacists are able to advise on a range of health care issues, while minor injury units can help with injuries that need attention but are not critical or life-threatening, such as sprains, cuts, grazes and minor burns and broken bones.
Recorded cases of coronavirus continue to increase in North Somerset with 273 new cases identified in the latest seven-day reporting period compared with 175 in the previous week.Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 126.9. This compares with a South West figure of 129, and an England rate of 160.2. There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, June 26.
In total, 159,295 of North Somerset's 189,259 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 84.15 per cent of residents.

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To date, 122,494 of North Somerset's 189,259 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 64.71 per cent.

If you’re 18 or over you can book online for your vaccination or call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.

If you use the national system and the first appointment you are offered is not suitable check again a little later as more get added all the time.

Anyone under 40 will automatically be offered appointments at a clinic where there is an alternative to AstraZeneca.

If you are over 40 and have had your first dose at least eight weeks ago you can bring forward your second appointment booking from 12 weeks, either by managing your booking on the National Booking System or you’ll get a call or text from your GP.

You can find out more at the Healthier Together website, the National Booking System or by calling 119.

It’s really important you attend your appointment for your second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to have higher, longer lasting protection.
To find out the latest clinics to to:

www.bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/book-your-vaccine/
Our van operates from 8.30am-6pm on Fridays at Scotch Horn car park .
Kit collection is available from some pharmacies, or they can be ordered online at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

Theodore is double dosed and teddy ready to travel

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Tyntesfield Medical Group resident bear Theodore is now fully vaccinated and has his Covid passport ready having received two of the more than 35,000 doses of vaccine administered.

Tyntesfield Medical Group executive manager Lawrie Lewis said: “Theodore has stepped up and done his bit to make sure he and others stay safe by having both his vaccinations.

“As a bear he was unable to have either the AZ or Pfizer vaccine but we were able to have a special blend made up for him called pFURzer.”

After receiving his second dose Theodore was interviewed for Bear News and said; “I feel PAWsitively fantastic I hardly felt a thing.

“I love going to Weston-super-BEAR but now that I have my Covid PassPAWt as soon as travel restrictions ease, I can’t wait to get on that BEARoplane and fly off to fantastic places.

“I don’t think I will be going as far as KOALAlumpa this summer but I am ready for the beaches and foam parties on the lovely Balearic island of IBEARza.

“Bring it on.”

Be like Theodore and get your vaccine.

At the moment TMG has no further first doses available but if you go online or call NHS 119 you can currently book yourself in to the Mass Vaccination Centres.

Mr Lewis added: “If we hear of any walk-in centres opening up this weekend across the greater Bristol area we will post that information for you.

“We have plenty of vaccine for second doses scheduled and some of you may get a call from us inviting you in a little earlier than expected.

“All good news to get you fully vaccinated before we lose the summer sun.

“Have a great weekend.”

TMG is one of the top performing vaccine centres in the UK.

They have managed a slick operation with the help of lots of dedicated NHS staff and community volunteers and by mostly giving jabs with people standing up.

Mr Lewis said one of the reasons was speed and another one less surface (chair) to sanitise after each patient.

He added: “Any patient with a standing or mobility problem will have seen that we had a chair ready and it was spun around whenever needed for use.

“There were plenty who we used the chair for.

“Also did some who we knew were prone to fainting lying down on couch also did some anxious patients outside including in their own vehicle.

“The beauty of doing our own patients we have access to their full medical records and can be that flexible to meet their needs.”

Latest Covid stats

Cases of the Delta variant continue to rise across the country, with 145 now reported in North Somerset and 754 in Bristol.

Recorded cases of coronavirus continue to increase in North Somerset.

175 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 105 in the previous week.

Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has increased to 81.4.

This compares with a South West figure of 89.0, and an England rate of 101.5.

There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Saturday, June 19. Overall Covid case numbers have risen again locally as this week (81.4 per 100,000), in common with the South West (89.0 per 100,000) and England (101.5 per 100,000), so it remains incredibly important that we continue to follow and promote hands, face, space and fresh air as well as accessing twice-weekly free no symptom testing and getting both vaccination doses as soon as we can.

If you want to see what the rates look like in your area you can look at the government’s interactive map.

In total, 156,009 of North Somerset's 189,259 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 82.43 per cent of residents.

To date, 120,053 of North Somerset's 189,259 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 63.43 per cent.

The mobile testing van Nailsea dates are:

  • Monday 28 June – Scotch Horn car park in Nailsea, 8.30am-5.30pm

  • Thursday 1 July – Scotch Horn car park in Nailsea, 8.30am-6pm

  • Friday 9 July – Scotch Horn car park in Nailsea, 8.30am-6pm

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COVID CLUSTER: Reported coronavirus cases in some areas close to Nailsea are unusually high. Covid cases are on the rise in North Somerset, alongside the rest of England, with week on week infection rates roughly doubling. But a breakdown of figures by ward reveals numbers in the villages of Abbots Leigh, Pill and Easton-in-Gordano are notably higher than the rest of the area. Read more here: https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/news/unusual-spike-covid-cases-parts-north-somerset

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CHEWING THE CUD Walkers be mindful of fields with cows grazing. The animals may not be aggressive but cows can become protective of their calves and can naturally be curious especially if people have dogs (on leads) in tow. While these cows were grazing in the meadow one went for a splash in the rhyne. No worries it got out safely. Thanks to Fine & Country North Somerset, Sharon Ladwa and Amber Haught for the photos.

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GOLDEN VALLEY VETS NAILSEA: On Tuesday evening the Nailsea Park vets had a stray female springer spaniel brought in. It took an appeal on socail media and several hours before the animal was reunite her with her owner. It is believed the dog had been walking on Backwell Common when she slipped her collar and got lost

Super Sue OBE

A Nailsea woman is one of three North Somerset women to be recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Sue Turner joins two Portishead people Adele Haysom and Emma Blackmore in the list which recognises outstanding achievements and dedicated service across the UK.

Sue has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) recognising her commitment to social justice.

She receives the honour for her time spent as chief executive of Quartet Community Foundation an independent West of England charity from 2015 until September 2020. 

Its aim is to change people’s lives for the better giving them the chance to fulfil their potential

During her tenure she and the team more than doubled the permanent endowment to more than £50 million and increased annual grant-making to £5 million plus to support small, local causes. 

Sue is a Bristol University law graduate currently studying for a masters in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and founded AI Governance Limited in 2020 to advise businesses, not-for-profits and policy makers on pragmatic AI, data ethics and governance issues.

Sue’s career also encompasses time as communications director with The Bristol Port Company.

Sue, of Bucklands View, is better known in Nailsea for her role in the Save Our Valley campaign, which was appealing for people living locally to ‘please help to save our area from pylon blight by voting on a new website to support the campaign to Put Power Lines Underground’.

Quartet chairman Sue Mountstevens said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Sue personally, as well as the foundation, as it recognises the extraordinary work undertaken by Quartet under Sue’s leadership.

“Sue led and inspired a staff team who have demonstrated their commitment time and time again to social justice and to affect positive change throughout our communities.

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“When the Covid pandemic struck in March 2020, Quartet was well placed to respond rapidly and on a significant scale.”

Adele received an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to education, and Emma has been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for supporting others in Portishead during the pandemic.

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Charity paddle

With a little help from his friend an adventurous Nailsea man is paddling from the Bristol floating harbour to Teddington lock and back to raise money for two cancer charities.

Named Team Splendid Iain Bell, aged 30, and his Burnham-on-Sea mate Matt Jones, 23, decided to take to their paddle boards and journey the 470km along the Kennet-Avon canal and river Thames for St Peter’s Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Iain’s mother Caroline Bell died in April 2017 after long fight against the disease.

Iain said: “The main reason we decided to do a fundraiser for this charity is that cancer has had an impact on us.

“My mother passed away after a long fight which eventually ended at St Peter's Hospice.

“The level of care that they put into looking after my mum was incredible and we can't thank them enough for the amazing work that they do.

“We are also fundraising on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, another incredible charity that has been there for my family in the hardest of times.

“Being one of the largest cancer charities in the UK they put a lot into research but also help by supporting anyone affected with specialist health care, information and financial assistance.”

Iain and Matt journey will take them through 248 locks doing an average 40km plus a day with a goal of completing the challenge in 11 days.

Both men are outdoor activity instructors with a love of exploring new places.

Iain is a former student of Nailsea School, an air cadet volunteer with 2467

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(Nailsea) Squadron and he helped run the judo club at Backwell.

With a target of £2,500 and a goal of being back in Bristol on Sunday, June 20, on Tuesday, June 15, they reached the halfway point.

Iain said any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/TeamSplendid

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10th anniversary Rotary charity fundraising event

It was a glorious summer's day of unbroken sunshine on Sunday, June 13, when nearly 300 people joined the annual Nailsea Charity Walks, Runs and Bike.
A further 200 have until the end of July to complete their chosen route for the 10th anniversary Rotary event.
For the walks and runs it was 5k,10k or 20k and for the first time, bike routes were 25K, 50k or 100k.
Entrants obtained sponsorship and raised vital funds for a charity of their choice

Every year from the beginning in excess of £20,000 annually has been raised with nearly £150,000 in total raised since its conception in 2012.
Nailsea Leg Club, Nailsea School, CHSW and many more will benefit from the sponsorship.
For 2021 the innovation of the scenic cycle routes was well received with some 50 entrants.
Organising committee spokesman Graham Hunt said: “It was a wonderful day and Rotary, Nailsea and Backwell want to thank the community for getting behind the event and making it such a success.  
"The atmosphere was brilliant; great good humour, a lot of fun but very importantly, they observed COVID safety requirements to a very high  standard.  
"People have been very complimentary about the event, the routes and the arrangements – a few asked if we could arrange for it to be a little cooler next year!”

Rotary Nailsea & Backwell secretary Alan Davies said “Charities funds

have been decreasing during COVID times so they need the money raised by this event more than ever before.  "We are hoping that we not only have a record number of people taking part but also that we raise a record amount for local charities.@
Rotary Nailsea and Backwell also wish to thank local businesses who have sponsored the event.

Main sponsors are: Arthur E Davey & Sons, Hunter Leahy Estate Agents and Anthony Smith & Co Accountants. 

Also many more including Waitrose, Brabantia, Greatwood Jenkins, Incatext, Fountain Timber and Wards Solicitors gave support.
It is not too late to register online and route maps and instructions will be e-mailed for individuals and groups to walk, run or ride through our countryside at their leisure.  
The registration fee is £8 for walker/runner aged 18 and over – 17 and under go free with £10 for rider 18 and over 13-17 £5.

For more information and to join in click HERE.

Caution as Covid cases rising

With Covid cases rising in North Somerset health leaders support the four-week delay in step four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The latest Covid cases reported show rates have more than doubled in the area against the previous seven days.

Instances of the Delta variant of the disease, which is now the most common strain of coronavirus in England, have also been increasing across the South West, including in Bristol, and 15 cases have been identified in North Somerset.

This variant, which was first discovered in India, is known to be more infectious.

North Somerset Council executive member for health is Mike Bell the Liberal Democrat ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Central.

He said: “We’ve taken some positive steps forward in our fight against coronavirus in the last few months, but we’ve always said it needs to be slow and steady progress.

“Case numbers have increased in North Somerset, in line with the rest of the country, so now is not the time to stop doing the essential things, like social distancing and wearing face coverings, that we know make a real difference to case numbers.

“Critically, everyone needs to get vaccinated when asked, including the important second dose.

“For businesses still struggling under the impact of restrictions we want to see more support coming from the government. But you can still contact our team to make sure you are getting everything you are already entitled to at businesssupport@n-somerset.gov.uk 

“Taking this cautious approach gives us the best chance of continuing to move forward and not having to go back into harsher restrictions.

“But it also relies on all of us continuing to play our part, whether you’ve been vaccinated or not.”

Everyone in North Somerset can help keep infection rates down by following the health advice to wash hands, wear a face mask, stay at least 2m away from anyone they don’t live with, and stay outside or keep windows open.

Groups of 30 can meet outside, and six people or two households inside. From 21 June the limit of 30 guests is removed from weddings and wakes, with no cap on numbers as long as guests can stay socially distanced at the venue.

With three out of every four adults now jabbed with a first dose, vaccinations are also helping to stop the spread of the virus, and people also less likely to get seriously ill or suffer long-term effects of Covid if they have been vaccinated. Two doses offer the best protection.

Twice weekly rapid no symptom testing, which is now available free for everyone, is also important as it is helping to find people who have come 

Into contact with virus and those who are infectious but do not have symptoms.

Testing also provides vital information to help local health teams understand how the virus is circulating in North Somerset’s population, which is why it is essential for negative and positive results to be reported. For more information visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/rapidtesting

Self-isolating following a positive test or developing symptoms or being identified as a close contact is also critical to stop the spread of infection and protect North Somerset communities form the virus.

Director of Public Health, Matt Lenny, said: “The more Covid cases we have the higher the risk is that a dangerous variant of the disease will emerge.

“This is why it remains critical for us to keep our rates low.

“We do this by continuing to do what we know works – hands, face, space, fresh air, test and vaccinate.

“It’s by doing all these things together that we will have the best chance to keep our rates low and move onto the next step when the time is right.

”Anyone who develops a new continuous cough, high temperature, or change to their sense of taste or smell must self-isolate straight away and book a symptomatic Covid-19 test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

If the test is positive, they will need to continue to isolate for 10 days, and their contacts will also need to start isolating for 10 days.

Anyone who needs financial or practical support to self-isolate can find information about what’s available, including details of the £500 self-isolation payment, at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/together.

Brockway jabs

With Covid cases rising in North Somerset health leaders support the four-week delay in step four of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.
The latest Covid cases reported show rates have more than doubled in the area against the previous seven days.
Tyntesfield Medical Group executive manager Lawrie Lewis said: "It is a race between the Delta strain and vaccinations. 
"Get vaccinated this week." 
"We are pushing as hard as we can to get our unvaccinated adult population vaccinated as soon as possible. 
"Despite all of our effort we still have approximately 10 per cent of our Tyntesfield Medical Group adult patients have not come forward to book their first vaccination. 
"That’s more than 2,500 adults locally. 
"The science is clear that vaccination is necessary to curtail the spread of the virus and hospitalisation and the restrictions placed upon our lives. 
"We still have many doses of unused Pfizer vaccine from last weeks vaccination clinic that can still be used this coming Friday. 
"However we have no more vaccine deliveries for first1 doses scheduled for June and as yet have no confirmed deliveries for July. 
"If you are an adult Tyntesfield Medical Group patient or your immediate family are and you are returning home from University I urge you to call our dedicated  booking line now ti get vaccinated this Friday. 
"The number is 01275 866761 and is open 9am to 4pm daily. 
"We won’t waste the vaccine so if you don’t come forward we will offer it to other adults who are not our patients. 
"We are also working on a plan to offer those waiting for the 12 weeks to elapse for their 2nd dose to call you in earlier, nearer to 8 weeks,  after your first vaccination. 
"We will be in touch as soon as we can with an earlier date."

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Tesco Nailsea car park dig

An archaeological dig is moving tonnes of dirt in the car park of Tesco Nailsea.

Initially customers and staff alike thought it was to install extra electric car charging points.

But manager Jon Weed said: “It’s an archaeological dig to check the condition of the old glassworks buried underneath.”

Jack Tucker who alerted Nailsea People said: “Don't have much information on it apart from it is to do with the glassworks and workmen told me it is as much historical importance as Stonehenge.”

Nailsea Glassworks was once one of the most significant UK glassworks.

Established in 1788 making bottle glass and some window glass it operated until 1873 and along with coal mining it is part of Nailsea’s rich industrial heritage.

Informal archaeology started in 1975, and then became serious from 1983 onwards in response to various further development proposals on the land between the High Street, Brockway and Stockway North.

Avon Motor Centre proposed at the time to rebuild the cone and use it as its car showroom.

But is was Tesco that was successful in getting planning permission and the supermarket sponsored a study.

It also commissioned the timeframe tiled mural on the wall of the supermarket.

It was found little remained but what does was preserved under sand before work started on building the supermarket and car park in 2000.

The bulk of the glassworks remains are buried under the Teletubbies mound opposite the store.

Much of the brickwork disappeared from the site in the 1960-70s and was rumoured to be used for garden rockeries on the many new housing estates in the town.

The remaining structures have been designated as a scheduled monument.
A 45-page online scientific study by Andrew F Smith, of Avon Archaeological Unit was published in 2004 and can be read here https://anyflip.com/qbni/njec/basic.

In August 2012, Leicester City Council, the University of Leicester, and the Richard III Society began a search underneath a car park in Leicester, to find King Richard III’s remains and the Grey Friars Church.

The king was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485,

Unfortunately nothing as exciting at that is likely to be found under the Nailsea supermarket car park.

UPDATE: The Bristol Post reported that the work was done without the correct planning consent in place.
Parts of the Glassworks site - once one of the most significant Glassworks in the UK - are buried under the site.
A detailed study was carried out ahead of Tesco building its store on the site.
The dig - supervised by an archaeologist - is to check the condition of the remains.
A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “There were unauthorised works undertaken by Tesco through the installation of electric vehicle charging points and associated infrastructure within the Scheduled Monument of Nailsea Glassworks.

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The contractor is expected to be onsite until Tuesday, June 15.

“We have been working with Historic England, Tesco and AOC Archaeology to undertake an archaeological evaluation, which forms part of a retrospective planning application, to establish the presence -or absence- of archaeological remains and the extent, condition and nature of the remains.

“This will ascertain whether the installation of the charging points caused damage to the Scheduled Monument.

“The works are being undertaken in line with Scheduled Monument Consent and a report will be available on the council's planning pages and the North Somerset Historic Environment Record in due course.”

Latest coronavirus data

Recorded cases of coronavirus have decreased in North Somerset.
16 new cases have been identified in the latest seven-day period reported for North Somerset compared with 20 in the previous week. 
Our case rate per 100,000 head of population has decreased to 7.4. This compares with a South West figure of 9.6, and an England rate of 32.4.
There is a lag in case data meaning the latest information is for the week ending Wednesday, June 2.
You can see more detail on our local case data at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/lomp.
In total, 141,725 of North Somerset's 189,107 residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 
This equates to a first dose vaccination rate of 74.96 per cent of residents. 
This is greater than the English rate of 64.72 per cent and ranks North Somerset 65 out of 333 for All English authorities.
Tyntesfield Medical Group executvive manager Lawrie Lewis said: "  We have vaccination slots available today (Saturday, June 5) for first doses to anyone 18 and over and have opened the vaccination line especially for those who want to book in today. 
"Call 01275 866761 to book. 
"There will be only one operator on the line so please be patient if not picked up straight away."
To date, 97,743 of North Somerset's 189,107 residents have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. 
This equates to a second dose vaccination rate of 51.70 per cent. 
This is greater than the English rate of 42.70 per cent and ranks North Somerset 85 out of 333 for All English authorities.
If you’re 30 or over you can book online for your vaccination or call 119, or you can wait to be contacted by your GP.

Anyone under 40 will automatically be offered appointments at a clinic where there is an alternative to AstraZeneca.

It’s really important you attend your appointment for your second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to have higher, longer lasting protection.
Covid-19 vaccination walk-in clinics at Ashton Gate are running every day from Sunday to Friday, June 6-11 for over 40s, clinics operate 10am-3pm. 

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You can attend without appointment if you haven’t had a vaccine or have your second dose if your first AstraZeneca vaccine was more than eight weeks ago.

Tyntesfield Medical Group has vaccination slots available for patients on Friday, June 11.

These are for first doses of the Pfizer vaccine for those aged over 18 years and for university students whose immediate family are registered and will be at home with family on that day.

For students who do not return home until after that date they hope to have further information to circulate after Friday on how you will be able to access a vacation vaccinations.

Anyone who has received a text message with a link to book online then provided you have not previously used it then it will still work until Tuesday, June.

Otherwise the booking line 01275 866761 between 9am-4pm weekdays.

Executive manager Lawrie Lewis said: “We will not be receiving any further vaccine for first doses in June and as yet do not know what or when we might be receiving supply in July.”

Portishead, Nailsea and Clevedon Neighbourhood Policing latest newsletter has been published with the date of the next beat surgery.

This is on Saturday, June 19, outside Waitrose supermarket and running alongside the monthly farmers' and craft market in the High Street.

The newsletter also contains an urgent appeal for people to sign-up for the Nailsea Neighbourhood Watch Association. If no-one comes forward by the end of July NHW in Nailsea will cease to exist. Email nailseanhw@gmail.com if interested.

Nailsea People has been informed that the 'Nailsea Nailer' is active yet again.

We first reported on the malicious vandal(s) who scattered screws, nails and tacks on Nailsea roads in April 2019 and several times in the intervening years.

But despite CCTV footage which appeared to show someone in the dead of night wearing a distinctive jacked appearing to scatter something along the highway no-one has been charged.

The latest report of a nail puncturing a tyre is in the Chapel Barton area.

To download a copy of the May newsletter click HERE.

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