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Merger adds up for Nailsea firm

Two accountancy firms have merged to offer a wider range of services to hundreds of clients across the South West.

Anthony Smith and Co has joined forces with Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers in Nailsea to combine their expertise.

The merged firm to be known as Anthony Smith and Co now has 15 staff, including two partners, and will also have an office in Taunton and a base in Mayfield Avenue, Worle.

Anthony, managing director of the combined firm, said clients would benefit from the extra resources.

He said: “There will be no changes for our clients on a practical level, as they will continue to work with the same team as before and enjoy the personal touch.

“But they will now have access to a bigger team, with a range of expertise.

"We can support anyone from the one-man band to multi-million pound corporations.”

Anthony is a Fellow with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), which reflects his credentials and commitment to the profession.

He previously worked for Lloyds Bank as an auditor and set up his business from his kitchen table in Worle nearly 10 years ago.

His firm grew organically and then he looked to expand further through acquisitions and mergers.

The former Weston College student then took on two firms - one in Minehead and one in Taunton - in the last two years.

He had not been planning another merger until he met Della Hudson, who headed Hudsons at Crown Glass Place, and found they were a good fit.

 Anthony, who is also a glider and light aircraft pilot and works pro bono for the British Gliding Association, said: “We share the same values in terms of what we want to achieve for our clients.”

Della, a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience, will continue in a consultancy role.

Della is also working on a book to help people to grow their business, using real life practical examples and some theory.

She said: “Anthony and his team will enhance our business advice services with their qualifications and his industry experience.

“I will be around in a consultancy role and I’m also looking forward to working on my long-awaited business book.”

The team can visit clients at their premises and currently serve people in Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Devon and Dorset.

Anthony Smith and Co is part of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), which is the world’s leading and largest professional body of management consultants. 

UPLIFTING IDEA: Donate your old bras to Moonrise Lingerie at Crown Glass Shopping Centre for a very worthy cause. The shop at 15c Crown Glass Place is starting a project to recycle your old and unwanted bras which will then be donated to homeless ladies around Bristol. Moonrise Lingerie will be offering fitting events for the ladies to enable them to be measured correctly. Once they have been measured they will then be given a bra that fits for free. A Moonrise spokesman said; "We hope that this gesture will help encourage the ladies to feel worthy and positive about themselves, whilst receiving a free bra in the process."

Classic car winners from Trendlewood Festival 


Debbie Fortune, managing director Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, has presented a £50 cheque to Trendlewood Community Festival organiser Nik Gardner for Hope For Life Katanga.

This is a charity started by Mark and Meg Walters who both grew up in Nailsea which brings the possibility of education to children in a deprived area of Uganda.

The festival at Golden Valley Primary School playgound featured an incredibly eclectic mix of cars from the 1920s to the 2010s, and from everyday family cars to exotic sports machines.

Debbie’s Backwell team attended with Wallace, their 1920s Austin 7 Chummy vintage car, stuffed full of balloons, together with a 1920s Alvis front wheel drive sports racer named Ratty, and Little Al, a 1950s Alvis TB14.

Nik said: “I heard so many complimentary comments about the brilliant range of cars on display seen by more than 1,500 people.”

The winner of Wallace’s guess the balloons competition was Zai Esmail pictured receiving his Amazon Fire Tablet from Joseph Down, manager of the Backwell office.

Mr Esmail is an engineer who has relocated from Nottingham with his family to work on the Hinkley Point project in south Somerset and revealed that EDF were making inroads to move approximately 6,000 people into the area to work on the project, ultimately chartering planes from Bristol International to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris twice a day.

Zia explained that he used his experience as an engineer to correctly guess the number of balloons in Wallace!

PHOTOS: Amazon 7 Fire Tablet winner, Zia Esmail and Debbie Fortune presenting a cheque to Nik Gardner

£1M+ Nailsea Lodge


A prestigious property in one of Nailsea's best roads has gone on sale with a price tag of more than £1 million.

Nailsea Lodge at 1 Bucklands End is being offered by estate agents Debbie Fortune.

Set in more than half an acre of secluded grounds it is being marketed for £1,250,000.

This Victorian home offers:

  • Six beds

  • Five reception rooms

  • Five bathrooms

  • Conservatory

  • Large garage and driveway

  • Dual occupancy opportunity

Contact estate agents Debbie Fortune to arrange a viewing at 2-4 Dark Lane, Backwell on 01275 406880.

To download details click HERE.

Wanted: Studio flat to rent Nailsea
A Nailsea School German teacher and her partner are looking to rent a furnished studio apartment in the town from mid October til mid February.
The maximum rent they can pay is £550 per calendar month.
Email Mario Kurz at if  you can help?
Business seminar for women at Nailsea


A free workshop for busy, entrepreneurial women who are balancing running a successful business while maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle is at the Tithe Barn midday on Friday, October 13.

Niki Matyjasik, business and accountability buddy, and Ann-See Yeoh, yoga teacher and owner of three successful businesses, combine their many years of experience to deliver this two-hour workshop.

And they are confident participants will leave the workshop full of ideas they can apply straight away.
Niki and Ann-See Yeoh are running the workshop from noon-2pm.

To book a space click HERE.

Feeling stuck? Overwhelmed? Busy but not making progress? Lacking in focus and motivation?Perhaps at the expense to your health, wellbeing and happiness? Want to make better decisions, getting better results for a more successful lifestyle and business?


Then this workshop is for you.We will give you some tips on how to:

  • Gain clarity on how to achieve your goals;

  • Structure your business and wellbeing activities more efficiently;

  • Work around your business and family life.


There is also time for open networking with likeminded women.You can achieve so much more in your business when you incorporate efficient business practices and a healthier lifestyle.It Starts With You.

Nailsea's top bra is in black not orange

Now here is a nice uplifting story for Nailsea about the support a bra shop gives to local ladies.

Do you know the most popular bra bought in the town is called Tango but ha-ha it doesn’t’ come in orange (the new black)!

These are the facts and figures uncovered on Saturday when Moonrise the lingerie store at Crown Glass shopping centre celebrated its first birthday with a party.

Store manager Tanya Hall said: “It was as a day of super heroes, sparkling drinks and cupcakes.”

A topless super villain in the guise of The Butler made an appearance and was on hand to serve drinks to all who popped by to help celebrate the occasion.

There was free face painting for the children, charity collection for Breast Cancer Awareness and a super-duper birthday cake in the shape of a pink lace edged bra.

Tanya and her three-strong team of lingeristas have been serving the women of Nailsea and North Somerset for the past 12 month and have welcomed women of all ages, shapes and sizes from teens to 90 plus who have visited the to shop to get measured and fitted with a range of bras since it opened.

Stock now includes teen bras, non-wired, front fastening, plus-size, mastectomy and sports bras.

But proving the most popular is the Tango bra by Panache which sells in all colours (except orange) from a D cup to double HH sizing.

Tanya said: "It's been an amazing first year, we have an amazing little team and would like to thank all of our customers for their support in allowing us give them support."

Tango was first put on display in nude, black and white then Tanya added red and sky blue to the popular range and said she is expecting a new delivery of purple to arrive before Christmas.

Tanya added: “We take pride in our dedicated fitting service and always rise to the challenge of making sure every customer is fitted correctly before they leave the store.

“We have had some lovely feedback over the year about our fitting service which is really nice to hear."

Moonrise 1st birthday
Moonrise 1st birthday
Moonrise 1st birthday
Moonrise 1st birthday
Moonrise 1st birthday


Birthday invitation


What a difference a year makes!

Moonrise the lingerie shop at Crown Glass Place is celebrating its first birthday.

Since it opened 12 months ago it has introduced later opening times on Thursday evenings to 5.30pm, hosted a specialist fitting date for mums and their teenage daughters, won an accolade at the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards, extended its range to include front fastening and non wired bras and added an extra staff member to the team.

Owner Ziggy Hall said; "We're having a bit of a party this Saturday at the shop.

"The butler will be returning, along with face painting, drinks and cake, while aiming to raise money for breast cancer awareness as well."

And if you didn't get the opportunity to oggle the half naked butler last year pop along on Saturday - Nailsea People has it on good authority the optimum time is between 10am-noon.

See you there. 

Backwell estate agent uses new online valuation tool  


Award winning, independent agency, Debbie Fortune Estate Agents has launched a new online valuation tool on their website at

This enables their customers to have free, instant property valuations on their homes...all at a click of the keyboard.

Debbie said: "The online valuation will give an instant guide to the value of your home and will be a huge advantage to those potential sellers who lead busy lives, where time is very precious...or are at the very start of their home selling journey.

"It will provide a broad idea based on Land Registry data, and is a great start, but for a more accurate valuation, it will be sensible to do the job properly, so we’ll need to come along and see your property.

"After all, there are so many factors that affect the value, it’s partly art and partly science; and if we see your home, we'll be able to put all our expertise into play and advise you as to the best strategy to get the best result when you sell and of course, at the same time we'll bring along plenty of comparable evidence support our advice.

"It is so important to get it right, so, if you’re having more than one estate agent to give you a figure, don’t be seduced by a high valuation.

"Sadly, inexperienced agents sometimes over-value property simply to gain your business, only to then recommend a reduction a few weeks later... when you are tied into a contract with them.

"Always pick an agent you are impressed by, you get on with and who has given a fair valuation.

"Most importantly they need to be able to back it up with experience, proven success and comparable evidence.

"It is essential that the right asking price is set right from the start - pitch it too high and you will lose the all-important initial impact, which could lead to your property sitting on the market for months and eventually selling for less or not at all."

So if you want to find out more, go to and try our online valuation link.

And of course, we will be more than happy to come out and see you if you would like to take it further.

Call us at our Backwell office on 01275 406880; our Chew Magna office on 01275 333888; or at our Wrington office on 01934 862370.

Community matters to supermarket Waitrose


By placing a green token in the Community Matters box at your local Waitrose branch you’re helping your community.

Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated more than £14 million nationwide to charities chosen by customers.

At the end of shopping people receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support.

The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. 

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 shared between the three nominated causes.

Waitrose Nailsea invites local charities or non-profit organisation to apply or request any voluntary help.

Forms can be collected from the High Street store and handed in at the Welcome Desk for the attention of Lisa Davidson.

Groups as diverse as Nailsea Disability Initiative, Nailsea Summer Playscheme and the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are among the hundreds who have benifitted to date.

However, some shoppers have been 'storing' green tokens and not returning them to the town centre supermarket so a 'pretty please' plea have gone out not to take the tokens home and to deposit in the plastic in-store box.

Donations for 2017:


Nailsea Horticultural Society £396

St Mary's Pre School £206

Backwell School Association £ 398



Wellspring Counselling £398

Court de Wyck PTA £200

Backwell & Nailsea Macular Support £ 402



1st Nailsea Scouts £397

Nailsea & District Leg Club £396

Woodspring Dog Show £207



NS Parkinson's UK £282

Nailsea School PTA £120

St Peters Hospice £598


Nailsea Activity Showcase £504

Flax Bourton Youth Group £200

Failand & Portbury Cricket Club £296



Nailsea Life Changing Challenges £479

Trendlewood Community Festival £240

Greenslade Pre-School £281



Dig for Victory £157

Tough As Nails £249

Nailsea, Backwell & District Diabetes Support £594


2nd Nailsea Rainbows £280

CLIC Sargent SW £399

Nailsea Environment & Wildlife trust £321



Grow & Sell (Waitrose initiative - seed boxes for local schools) £280

Nailsea Community Christmas Fair £332

Pink Ladies supporting BUST charity £388



Great Western Air Ambulance £559

1in4 People North Somerset £237

Nailsea Methodist Lunch Club £204


St Andrews Church (Clevedon) £156.86

St Peters Hospice £715.58

All Saints East Clevedon Primary School £128.57



Luke's Army for MDUK £386

Nailsea Memory Cafe £395

Ravenswood School £219 

Jo(e) X 4 at North Somerset estate agents

Ring up Debbie Fortune Estate Agents and ask to speak to Jo and you'll get... Jo, Jo, Jo, or Joe.

Managing director Debbie Fortune said: "You couldn't make it up if you tried.

“It all started with Jo Pallant in 2009, who was our very first employee and joined us when we opened our doors in January of that year.

"Jo was swiftly followed a couple of months later by Jo Woolley and that made life a little more difficult.

"Then, in 2014, Jo Tiley joined the team and we all realised that we would have to be so careful not to get completely confused!

“And if that wasn't hard enough we made things even more tricky when earlier this year, Joe Down joined us, bringing our compliment of Jo’s to four.”

This award-winning estate agent has shown phenomenal growth since it was launched by Debbie eight years ago in the depths of the financial recession, when the property market was on its knees.

This success was recognised when its first office in Wrington was awarded best new estate agency in the United Kingdom in 2011.

The company has since won numerous awards, and Debbie has been personally recognised, not only for her work with the National Apprenticeship Service, but also when she was awarded Businesswoman Of The Year in the Business Leaders Awards in 2015.

The company’s expansion has continued apace: In 2014, Debbie opened her second office in Chew Magna; and this year she has opened her third office, this time at Backwell.

She remains fiercely independent and advocates a sustainable policy at all of her offices, employing local staff, shopping locally and supporting her local communities.

Debbie added: “Luckily my four Jo’s don't always work together “

We've got the three offices now and there's space for all of them… but I am so very lucky to have all four of them as part of my team... but I do have to think twice before I pick up the phone.”

Welcome to Simpson Solicitors

On Saturday, July 15, Simpson Solicitors launched their new venture in Nailsea’s Crown Glass Place Shopping Centre.

Simpson Solicitors is a fully regulated and insured law firm that specialises solely in Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate Services.

It is run by husband and wife team, John and Michelle Baden-Daintree who, between them have decades of experience in various aspects of law.

Michelle will be moving full time to the Nailsea office from her current base in Chipping Sodbury where they have a High Street presence, whilst John will continue to work at their second office in Thornbury, and also spending time in Nailsea.  

Brent Perrin a senior legal advisor will also be making the move to Nailsea full time to support Michelle.

Michelle was born and raised in Nailsea, attended Nailsea School and stayed in Bristol to gain her legal qualifications.

John born in Oxford, attended Leicester University and decided upon Bristol as his hometown becoming a partner in a Bristol law firm at just 22.

Thoue couple live at Long Ashton with their five children. 

Michelle said: ‘We already have clients based in Nailsea and various surrounding areas, so having the opportunity to open a North Somerset office was something we were very keen to do.

“Even though we always offer free home visits, a number of our clients still like to pop in and see us away from the home environment.

 "John and I and, in fact, the whole of our team, are incredibly passionate about what we do and the people we meet and ensuring that each and every client gets the very best advice throughout and beyond their journey with us, while still giving value for money.”

“We have invested greatly in our new wheelchair friendly premises where we have two meeting rooms with in order to respect privacy while still having a wonderful light and airy environment.

"The best of both worlds!

“Our aim is to create a warm, welcoming and approachable law firm which breaks all the stereotypical traits of a traditional law firm whilst providing first class advice and services.

"We firmly believe that a lawyer is for life and we hope that people will come and see for themselves how we are friendly lawyers who will make you feel welcome, wanted and cared for.’

A photo of the whole team on its open day is in Gallery 2017 with other walkabout photos from a busy Saturday market day.

POP IN 1: A pop-up free Life & Style event is on Saturday, July 15, 10am-noon at The Blue Room, Nailsea. So before you shop at Nailsea market pop in for summer travel inspiration with presentations, advice and prizes.

POP IN 2: A new solicitors is opening at 15 Crown Glass Place, Nailsea. Its launch party on Saturday, July 15, to coincide with market day, offers games to play, bubbly to drink and 50 goodie bags to give away! Simpson Solicitors also have promotional offers. 

2019 moving date

It is likely to be another two years before the first residents move into the McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living development at the old Nailsea police station at Stockway South.

Building work on the development which has planning permission for 22 one bed and 18 two bedroom fully equiped apartments isn't going to start until spring 2018 with a one year construction schedule.

Features will include

  • Wheelchair access

  • Lifts to all floors

  • Fire detection

  • Intruder alarm

  • Camera entry system

  • 24/7 call system

  • Lounge WiFi access

  • House Manager

Click HERE for more details.

All girls together at work and play


Nailsea businesswomen next meeting is on Thursday evening, July 27, at Hudson Acountants.

For this summertime gathering at 7.30pm Business Buddy Niki Matyjasik is talking on 'What floats your boat in business and in life'.

Niki is a business person who helps people to achieve their business goals.

The meeting is open to anyone in the local area who runs a business and who may be interested in hearing Niki, and in joining this informative and very friendly group.
So they put enough chairs out email secretary Kerris Harrop at to let her know you are coming.

Engine Lane plans with North Somerset Council

Barratt Homes has submitted a formal planning application to build homes off Engine Lane, Nailsea.

 If approved the development would provide up to 183 much-needed new homes for the town.

 The submitted plans are the result of close cooperation between Barratt Homes, Nailsea Town Council - who own the land - and neighbouring Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club.

A robust pre-application consultation programme has ensured that the proposals meet Nailsea Town Council’s housing policies as well as a previously agreed design brief.

 Planning and design manager Chris Dolling said: “After a lot of hard work by everyone involved we have now submitted what we believe is an excellent scheme.

“This scheme will deliver much-needed new homes in a sustainable location in Nailsea.

“The town council has been instrumental in ensuring that the proposals reflect local need and demand.

The project will make a vital contribution towards the sustainable growth of Nailsea, which is important to many local residents, by delivering a suitable mix of modern, comfortable homes for families as well as first-time-buyers and downsizers.”

 This residential scheme is in accordance with town council policy which caps the number of open market 4 plus bed houses to 20 per cent of the total provision.

And as per North Somerset policy, 30 per cent of homes will be affordable, and nclude one bed flats, two, three and four-bed houses with a proportion of these units to be to a standard accessible for wheelchair users.

 The planning application and supporting documentation are available for viewing and commenting on North Somerset Council’s website

 Barratt Homes’ main aim is to create communities where people aspire to live.

In close consultation with local communities and local planning authorities it claims to strive to put forward proposals that reflect local needs and wishes and are viable projects to build.

For more information visit

 The Engine Lane project is for up to 183 homes of which 55 are proposed to be affordable.

The development would offer a range of house types and sizes.

The design of the scheme ensures it will be a natural extension to Nailsea.

The scheme will bring new infrastructure, including an attractive open green space, two play areas, two ponds, pedestrian and cycle links and improvements to existing bridleways.

To comment on the application click HERE.

Discount shop discounts stock

It looks as if Store Twenty One a national fashion chain is on the brink of collapse.

The main backer of Store Twenty One, formerly known as Quality Seconds, refused to continue supporting the business.

The discount chain retailer has shops natiionwide is expected to declare insolvency this week, putting around 1,000 jobs at risk across the country.

The management filed a notice to appoint administrators earlier this month, after the company was served with a winding-up notice by HM Revenue and Customs for breaching the terms of last year’s company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

It is understood AlixPartners will handle the collapse.

The firm, which has around 125 high street shops, has attempted to raise fresh cash from its main lender, State Bank of India, however, the bank, which is owed around £14million, said last week it will not provide any further funding.

Store Twenty One’s accounts, recently filed at Companies House, revealed a drop in sales to £89.4m in 2016 from £92.2m a year earlier, while pre-tax losses increased from £6.6m to £9.3m.

It was in the summer of 2010 in a fanfare of anticipation the then Nailsea Town Council chairman Rod Lees cut the ribbon to officially open fashion and homewares store at Somerset Square.

The retailer spent more than £100,000 on fitting out the unit of the on the former Ethel Austin store which closed in February when its sister brand, Au Naturele, went into administration.

The new store created 12 new full and part-time jobs.

Bigger shops at Colliers Walk

Property investment company Ellandi has announced it is converting several shops at Colliers Walk into larger retail units at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea

A planning application will shortly be submitted for 3,000 sq ft of additional space, creating four units of 1,679 sq ft each from six smaller shops.

Letting agent and local commercial property expert Ian Thompson, of Thompson Commercial said: “We have very few vacancies in the scheme and lots of interest from tenants who require bigger units including several existing tenants seeking to expand. 

“These proposals will help satisfy this demand and bring this quieter area of the scheme up to par with Somerset Square.”

Ellandi property director Mark Robinson said: “There are a number of areas where we will be announcing further investment over the coming months, and this is this first step in taking the shopping and leisure provision in Nailsea to the next level.”

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: “We have listened to our Independent retailers and developing larger units to support the growing needs within Nailsea.

“This will enhance the retail offer and our customers shopping experience.”

Bristol based Foresight Project Management is responsible for delivering the scheme, having successfully completed projects in Nailsea town centre including refurbishment of The Sion and Somerset Square offices, new ground floor centre management suite, new children’s play area and 17 new apartments in several areas of the Crown Glass Centre.

Ellandi is the UK’s only dedicated investment manager focused on community shopping centres with assets under management in excess of £1.3bn comprising a portfolio of 33 shopping centres across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

REFRESH RERESHING: For what seemed an age beauty salon Refresh at 6 Clevedon Walk had been hidden by the scaffolding nexdoor when they converted the upstairs offices to flats. Now is looks rejuvenated and offers treatments for mind, body and soul, in its beautiful, tranquil treatment rooms. Call 01275 851333 for further information.

Another bouquet for Nailsea shops

It is slding doors at Nailsea shopping centre as one flower shop closed and another is opening.

After unsuccessfuly competing in the Win A Shop competition florist Claire Davis set up Queenie’s Flower Shop at Colliers Walk selling fresh flowers and up-cycled accessories including vintage crockery and pots.

But after 36 months of trading Claire found the overheads at Crown Glass shopping centre prohibitive so has chosen to trade from home and sell her beautiful wares at local craft fairs and fetes.

You can contact Claire by leaving a message on her FaceBook page.

But as one business closes another begins and a new silk flower shop opens on Tuesday, May 30.

Chic Blooms is the idea of Nailsea mum Lisa Gregory who designs amazing silk flowers for special occasions.

Customer Emma Toomey said: "Lisa is so amazing and I can't recommend her enough.

"Her floral creations are absolutely spectacular and the pictures really do not do them justice. 
"I've had several different displays for my bridal boutique from Chic Blooms, all have exceeded my expectations and I've had so many comments on how beautiful they are. 
"Lisa is extremely talented and really helpful, nothing is too much trouble - I will definitely be ordering more."

Nailsea People is sorry to see Claire go but wishes Lisa much success in her new venture and will be popping in on Tuesday.

STOP PRESS: We popped in and said hello and Lisa's creations are amazing - you can find her in what was once the model railway shop. Call 07825615308 or email

New car wash at Wraxall

Tout's Budgens the Wraxall garage is installing new state-of-the-art German technology car washing machines.

It will be open on Saturday, May 20.

The Wraxall garage is replacing its existing two machines at Nailsea and one at Langford. Its team has literally travelled around the UK to look at different machines to make the right decision, it's been a long process!

But finally they are extremely confident of finding the perfect solution for a brilliant crystal clean wash.
 These car washes are designed and manufactured by a world market and innovation leader within the car washing industry. So they know exactly what they are doing.
Some of the new car washing machines features:

  • Extra wide for larger cars and easier use

  • MultiFlex brush control for all shapes of vehicle including SUVs

  • New softer brush material

  • WheelFlash intensive wheel cleaning

  • ShineTecs protective polish programme

  • RainTecs long lasting wax finish

Instation at Nailsea means the car wash will be closed from Monday to Friday, May 15-19.

And Langford the following week.

  • A planning application by Crown Glass Shopping Centre to use five spaces at Stock Way South car park to wash vehicles was refused by North Somerset Council last December after 35 letters of objections was received.

Business to business

At the annual meeting of Nailsea Chamber of Trade and Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, agreed to continue in role.
Sharon said: “There was an excellent turnout this year’s annual meeting on Thursday, April 6.“ 
Hosted by Hudson’s Accountants, at 15a Crown Glass Place, members had an opportunity to network over wine, nibbles and non-alcohol drinks before the formal business.
As well as reviewing the past year it was decided to reinstatement the annual membership fee which had been waived for many years making it difficult to track who was part of the group.
Treasurer Neil Houghton stood down after many years of service and was thanked for his long tenure.
Della Hudson was elected as treasurer. 
It was agreed Sharon, Della Hudson, and commercial property agent and vice-chairman Ian Thompson, would oversee business and represent NCT&C at appropriate forums.
Jon Bird, of digital, marketing and website design agency Squarebird, will look after a new website and marketing activities while Jane Vivian, of telecoms business Pure Comms, will be the minute taker. 
Jane has been active in putting Nailsea back on the radar of North Somerset Council economic development department, the meeting heard.
Luke Hewitt, of Wards solicitors, will manage the membership database and handle production of a regular newsletter.
And Rebecca Purchase, also of Wards, will take on a business/community liaison role focusing on the Nailsea Community Christmas Fair for 2017.
Together with Dave Hawker, of Hawker and Palmer Wealth Management Ltd, they will organise a couple of social events for the year ahead.
Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell will continue to play an active role in liaising with NCT&C in his role as shopping centre manager.
Sharon added: “With new people getting involved we can be more active and better able to represent the businesses of Nailsea and the surrounding area. 
“There are challenging times ahead for Nailsea, and the Chamber must become a voice for the needs of local businesses during the changes that are going to be taking place.”

Multi-million £££s accountants

A firm of accountants in Nailsea can now work with multi-million pound companies after meeting challenging quality checks.
Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers have become Registered Auditors and can work with medium and large businesses which have a turnover greater than £10 million.
The company at Crown Glass Place has met all the requirements set by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) - a world leading professional membership organisation to become registered auditors.
Della Hudson, who has trained with accountancy firms in London and has nearly 30 years’ experience, said: “This is a major achievement for us and means that we can continue to grow the business by providing services for bigger clients.”
Hudson’s currently deals with anything from a start-up to high growth business.
Della, who has previously worked with multi-million pound organisations, said:  “We love the variety of our work and supporting clients at various stages of their business.
“Thanks to this accreditation, we can now handle our clients’ accounts and audit them as they continue to grow.”
The firm, which recently celebrated preparing online returns to HMRC in record time, has also installed modern accounts software in order to take on more clients.
Della, mum-of-two who lives in Backwell, said: “It’s an exciting time for our business and I’m grateful to have such a dedicated team in place.”
Hudson’s was set up in January 2009 and has expanded with the acquisition of Sarah Leighton Accountancy Services Limited in 2015.
Today the firm offers a range of business advice services to help firms grow.
Della also runs a series of free seminars in Bristol and Nailsea, called Money Matters, to help people increase their profit.
For more information on the free seminars click HERE.

Time to talk about Nailsea business

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce annual meeting is on Thursday, April 6, and top of the agenda is a proposal to reinstate membership fees.
Chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, said: “While the past year has seen some growth in numbers with two or three well attended events, there is still much more to be done."

Pictured top is one of the successful events - the December social at Coates House.

The annual meeting is at the offices of Hudson Accountants, 15a, Crown Glass Place and free wine and nibbles will be served.

“I’ve been encouraged by the recent emergence of several people willing to get involved although at this stage they are not keen on taking on formal roles,”said Sharon who was elected as chairman last year along with Ian Thompson, of Thompson Commercial, as vice-chairman.

Both are willing to stand down to make way for new blood
Sharon added: “The position of secretary is also open, although we’ve received an offer of help in maintaining a membership database, and collecting membership fees from Della Hudson, it does mean there are people preparing to work on your behalf. 
“We’ve also seen the beginnings of a new relationship with North Somerset Council economic development team and a continued good working relationship with Nailsea Town Council. 
“Given the changes Nailsea faces in the next few years, it’s vital that the business voice is heard in the right places.
“I’m finding it difficult to give the time and commitment needed to drive NCTC forward and would be happy to see position of chair taken on by someone better equipped to carry out the role.
“Some years ago a decision was taken to stop charging membership fees. 
“With hindsight, this was probably a mistake as it’s become increasingly difficult to identify who the members are. 
“A proposal will be made at the AGM to reinstate the fee, at a level to be agreed and to ensure membership remains accessible to all businesses regardless of size.”

The survey is being conducted by North Somerset Council on its draft economic plans and Nailsea business community is being asked to review its proposals.
The plan aims to provide a framework to guide and influence activity, resources and investment, and ensure North Somerset is a vibrant and successful place to live, work and study. 
It will help give focus to the things that will generate the greatest returns to the district economy in the long run and enable the council and partners to build and develop relationships with a range of economic actors (public and private; local, regional and national), to maximise impact.
To view the draft plan click HERE and its evidence base is HERE.
People have until Monday, April 10, to provide your feedback via

Police run cyber crime awareness workshop

Nailsea & District Chamber of Trade and Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, is inviting members to attend an online awareness course run by the police.

As part of her role with the Digital Investigations Unit police officer Vicki Moore has organised a free online crime awareness workshop in partnership with Get Safe Online at Police HQ, Portishead on Monday, April 3, 6-8pm.

The training will provide advice on how to stay safe online and online security with the aim of assisting in protecting traders as well as helping police to raise awareness to the wider cmmunity through the business community.

To register click on the poster right.

  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens is answering questions at the Woodspring U3A meeting on Tuesday, February 28, at 2.15pm at Nailsea Methodist Church. Entry £1 for non-members.

You are invited...
by Lynne Fernandes Optometrists 


On Thursday, March 23, discover LINDBERG eyewear at the High Street shop.

We holding a special event in the afternoon on Thursday , March 23, to showcase LINDBERG designer eyewear and you’re invited!

Beautiful, lightweight frames

This world-renowned Danish brand has revolutionised modern eyewear with its exceptional designs and technical innovations.  Gone is everything non essential and, weighing from just 1.8grams, LINDBERG frames are incredibly lightweight, yet extremely robust and beautifully designed.

Exclusive offer

Come along, bring a friend and enjoy some refreshments on us!  Try our LINDBERG frames and see how you look in the latest styles.  Our specialist team will be on hand to help you.  And, when you purchase a LINDBERG frame, we’ll give you a pair of £99 Affordably Fabulous glasses absolutely free!* 

Our Affordably Fabulous collection, glasses from £99 with single vision reflection lenses, includes utterly desirable Cocoa Mint; Jensen tailored designs for men and Basebox for fashion lovers.

There’s also a free prize draw on the day!

When and where

Thursday, March  23, 2-7.30pm, Lynne Fernandes Optometrists, 124a High Street, Nailsea, BS48.

Why not book your appointment now to avoid disappointment on the day. 

Book online at  call 01275 854946 or email

We look forward to seeing you!

*offer only applies to orders placed on 23 March 2017.

The A-ccountancy team

An Nailsea accountancy firm is celebrating – after completing tax returns for their clients in record time.

Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers, at Crown Glass Place, prepared online returns to HMRC for almost 200 clients – weeks ahead of the January 31 deadline.

Della Hudson, the firm’s founder and chief business adviser, said it would give business owners peace of mind and enable them to focus their efforts elsewhere.

She said: “Even the smallest clients have peace of mind knowing that their accountant is easily in control and keeping them legal.

“It helps them to know how much to set aside before it is due at the end of January.

"Also, any repayments will be received sooner.

“It also enables us to work with them to focus more on growing their business, and not just compliance work.”

Della, a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience, said it was also a case of the team practising what they preach.

She said: “We have clearly demonstrated that systemising your business helps you to work more efficiently.

"We’re following our own advice.”

The team kept on top of their clients’ accounts throughout the year with regular bookkeeping or management of accounts.

With the installation of modern accounts software as well, Hudson Accountants is now able to take on more clients.

The preparation will also help the firm handle the government’s proposed Making Tax Digital initiative, set to come into force in April 2018.

It could involve at least quarterly reports to HMRC.

Della, a married-mum-of-two who lives T Backwell, said: “We are well on track towards adapting our processes to deal with possible change.”

Client Steve Nightingale runs Bloq Management Services Limited, which provides block management services to sites across the South West. It involves support from day to day management to quantity surveying.

He went to Hudson Accountants last year with tight deadlines for his three firms and for the first time said he has completed his accounts with ease.

He said: “My accounts got done quickly, painlessly and in good time.

"From a business point of view, it meant I could more easily keep track of my finances and the team at Hudson’s were able to offer early pragmatic advice and options based on my books.” 

Della set up Hudson Accountants in January 2009.

After a stint in Bolton, she moved back to North Somerset in 2010.

She first set up Hudson Accountants from her home in West Town Road but moved to Crown Glass Place, Nailsea, in 2016.

The move came after the firm expanded when it bought Sarah Leighton Accountancy Services Limited.

Della spent time abroad while growing up because her father served in the army.

But she studied in the UK and was awarded a maths scholarship at the age of 11 for Bruton School for Girls, in south east Somerset.

After completing a chemistry and management degree at City University London, she went on to train with accountancy firms in the city.

Della is also heavily involved in community work. She coaches athletics to 11 to 16-year-olds at North Somerset Athletics Club and in 2014 she was named as North Somerset Athletics Club Athlete of the Year.

She also sponsors Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, acts as a treasurer for Backwell Junior School PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and is a former member of St Andrew’s Parochial Church Council [C of E].

In her spare time, she enjoys the swim-bike-run-cake of triathlon, reading, cooking and dining with friends.

Christmas at Coombe Garage 

Are the offices at Coombe Garage the best decorated in Nailsea for Christmas?

Talk about paper and paste everywhere at this Southfield Road business its shiny baubles and red bows everywhere.

Walking in the reception and the first thing you see in the foyer is a floor to ceiling Christmas tree laided with decorations.

Going upstairs you pass Santa Claus in red suit sporting a long white beard and a sprig of mistletoe tied to the bannister.

And when you open the office doors its a winter wonderland with 'the night before Christmas' theme in one and another huge snow flakes hanging from the ceiling and sparkling shredded paper acting as the base to a Christmas scene.

Not a computer, desk or table is left unadorned - absolutely brilliant over-the-top festive fun.

But this is the company who check tyre pressures for free and has a non-fuss, helpful can-do attitude to customers.

Even the office dog sports a Christmas-collar and the rest room has Noel nibbles already for Santa should he call!

Nailsea People chose the office with the handmade items as the winner - unless your  think your office can best this festive bunch?

Click business card to go to its website.

Email your Christmas decoration photos to

New High Street tattoo shop


Mark'd With Ink tattoo and body piercing studio is opening at Unit 4, 67-69 High Street, Nailsea, on Saturday, November 19.

Book a tattoo in the first fortnight and get a 10 per cent discount.

Email to make an appointment.

This is the second tattoo shop in the town centre.

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting ink, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.

  • The word tattoo, or tattow in the 18th century, is a loanword from the Polynesian word tatau, meaning 'to write'.

  • Many tattoos serve as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talismans, protection, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts.

  • The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures.

 3 Clevedon Walk,
Crown Glass shopping centre
TEEN FIT: Pop into Moonrise Lingerie at Crown Glass Place with your teenage daughters, nieces, cousins and friends for their Teen Fit event TODAY Saturday, November 12. Having the correct fitting underwear is vital and the team in-store will be on hand to educate your teenagers and offer their expert advice throughout the day.

Silver lining for new shop


A shop selling silver jewellery is opening at Crown Glass shopping centre on Saturday, November 5.

C&G Silver will open next door to the new lingerie shop sharing the former building society premises at Crown Glass Place which has been divided into two smaller units.

The new shop - owned and managed by Paul Croxton – will sell a glittering array of silver jewellery including body jewellery, titanium bracelets and silver gift suggestions.

Paul said: “For more than 29 year I worked as a fully qualified butcher but an injury meant I could not continue with this professionally but, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining and it gave me the opportunity to change direction and take on this new challenge.”

Paul is a supporter of charity Help for Heroes and everyone making a purchase from the shop will be eligible to buy a £1 raffle ticket for a monthly draw – 50p of which will be donated to this charity. 

Additionally, the 5p from the sale of carrier bags sold in the shop will also be donated to Help for Heroes.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: “We look forward to C&G Silver joining us at the shopping centre.

“We already have an excellent variety of independent shops and it is this diversity which makes a visit to Crown Glass even more enjoyable. 

“We are confident that C&G Silver at 15b Crown Glass Place will only further enhance the centre and wish him every success.”

Paul’s neighbours will be Tanya and Richard Hall who opened Moonrise Lingerie last month.

But earlier in the summer an established family jeweller closed after 21 years of business in the High Street.

Father and daughter Paul Knowles and Janet Currell decided to call time on Nailsea Jewellers as their lease was coming to an end.

Nailsea's small shopkeepers to profit from biz rates fall

It you have ever wanted to be shopkeeper then according to a commercial property specialist this is a good time to consider opening a small shop in Nailsea.
The reason is the value of retail units has fallen in the past few years and with it the threshold on which business rates apply.
This article is written by Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce vice-chairman Ian Thompson who runs Thompson Commercial.
Ian said: “Business rates are payable on all none domestic buildings. 
“They are calculated by the Valuation Office Agency assessing the Rateable Value (RV).  
“Actual rates payable depend on the figure the government set as the Business Rates Multiplier, to give the total amount payable, before any deductions or reliefs.
“Most business, whether occupying retail, office or industrial space, are likely to experience a change in their business rates as a result of the revaluation. 
“This is because the valuation date is set two years before the last revaluation and since the last revaluation on April 1, 2010, itself based on 2008 values.
“Generally in common with many small market towns rents have declined since the last revaluation, and although it’s a little misleading to over generalise there does seem to be a reduction of up to 20 per cent in some shops, whereas office RVs seem to remain about the same.
“The important point to note however is that the government also announced earlier in the year that they were doubling the limit for small premises relief for independent single property occupiers from £6,000 to £12,000 and to introduce a tapered relief for those up to £15,000.
“This means a lot of independent retailers in particular will move from a full rate liability to around half rates or even no rates at all.

"In practice this means savings of between £3,500 and £7,000 per year – a very significant change for small shop owners.”
Ian is currently marketing shops at Colliers Walk and Crown Glass Place for property management company Ellandi.
Here rentals are approximately £12,500 per annum, and rates were adding another £7,500 per annum on top. 
Ian said: “The rate bills for the current and any new independent shops will be at least halved and in some cases reduced to nothing. 
“This makes a huge difference to whether a shop is viable or not, and a great boost to our existing independent shops at Crown Glass shopping centre.

Ellandi property director Mark Robinson said: “As often the largest investors in our towns, we always look to work with other stakeholders to promote the vitality of the wider area for the benefit of the whole community.  
“The current rates reforms are a difficult challenge for major businesses like us, so are a potential nightmare for independent retailers, ‘High Street Heroes’ who add so much to our local towns, whether they are in our shopping centres or not.”
Ellandi rating consultant Will Robinson, a partner at Montague Evans, explained the situation at the last chamber meeting.
He said: “Nailsea is a great example of seeing the wider picture. 
“We are working with the Nailsea chamber in conjunction with the retailers at Ellandi’s Crown Glass Shopping Centre. 
“Through this process, we will be able to educate the local business owners on the forthcoming revaluation and reassure them that help is available at no cost to them.”
Mark added: “Independent retailers give towns that local feel and personal touch that consumers and Ellandi hugely value.  
“This year we are supporting Indi’s with our #Indi2016 campaign, our rating initiative with Montague Evans and Ellandi’s team getting ‘Back to the Floor” later this year.”
Although the draft rateable values have now been published, businesses will not be able to calculate their new business rates until the government announces the multiplier in January.

New rates bills will be issued on March 1 next year and the revaluation comes into effect from April 1.

The bigger picture


It briefly said ‘under offer’ but now it says ‘to rent or may sell’ – the Courtyard wine bar at Nailsea is still looking for a new owner.

Described as a 1,512sqft  freehold property at 120 High Street it is fully fitted as a restaurant in ‘an excellent trading location with high footfall’ it has room for 50 diners and a bar area.

The rental is £25,000 per annum or you can buy it for £325,000.

There are other properties at The Arcade, Colliers Walk, Kings Court, Coates House - the original three-storey purpose built office building on the road to Wraxall - and of course the old health centre abandoned by Weston College yonks ago and on the market even since.

A Reading-based company is asking North Somerset Council for planning permission to use five car parking spaces at Crown Glass shopping centre for a hand car wash.

The valeting business has been running for 10 years in the south west.

To view the full application click HERE.

Not quite sure what is happening at The Arcade as the hairdressers, book shop, shoe shop, kitchen business, jewellers, firework shop and the upstairs nightclub are all long gone.

We are told Watkins & Taskers the vets will be moving into the units on the left which leaves me scratching my head about this application for a shop behind 67-69 High Street?

It says: "We feel that a fresh modern tattoo shop will be a great addition to the modern town of Nailsea. Our shop will be a mix of tattoo studio and relevant merchandise and will appeal to people of all ages."

Oh and stop press we are told the police will not be moving temporarily into the old School Togs shop while waiting for the outcome of redevelopment at Scotch Horn leisure this space.

The DIY shop at Backwell crossroads is closing after 16 years in business but its timber yard is staying open.

It is believed the shop will be redeveloped but the 30-year-old family-run business is only shutting its paint and paste store and will still be selling sheds and offering a re-felting service from the yard behind the Farleigh Road shop.

No firm date for closure has been set.

Putting Nailsea on the map 2016
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Putting Nailsea on the map 2016

Paste and paper everywhere on map

Nailsea people painted, used putty, cross-stitch and felt to make images and models of familar places close to their hearts.

The giant mapping project was masterminded by artist Emmeline Simpson at The Blue Room.

In 2014 the Crown Glass shopping centre arts and crafts shop hosted a Young People’s Art Competition, and in 2015 it craft bombed Nailsea town centre – remember the pompoms?
The initial idea by Nailsea Town Council to put a map at the end of the High Street in the blackened window of New Look was thwarted as the company wanted a commercial image to promote its business.

Then Emmeline came up with the summer project to create a map similar to the one for Bristol and both councillors and The Blue Room owner Sharon Brown wholeheartedly backed the project.

At various workshops throughout August people of all ages have contributed artwork depicting their special part of the Nailsea.

Sharon said: "We wanted to involve eveyone in creating a ‘public work of art’ that will become a lasting legacy for Nailsea."

It began after weeks of painstaking work by Emmeline to hand drawn the roads of Nailsea which were printed on a huge PVC banner.

The finished map with its added artwork should be ready later this year.

Click slideshow right to see how the project progressed from launch to an exhibition on Saturday, September 3. 

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce next meeting is on Thursday, September 15, at 6pm.

Vice chairman Ian Thompson has organised someone from a leading firm of specialists to talk about the budget and how is affects business rates.

The Government announced that businesses with an rateable value below £12k - currently £6k - will now pay no rates but this issubject to it being their sole property.

Ian said; "Our experts will explain the way the system works, how it might impact on your business, and what reliefs may be available to mitigate the expense – perhaps even reducing it to zero.

Dear members

"I have been distributing the flyer around the businesses in Nailsea High Street and there seems to be a lot of interest.

"The opportunity to save perhaps £6,000 per annum in rates is clearly attractive.

"I have also now booked the business meeting room at Scotch Horn for the meeting.

"It holds around 30 people 'cosily' but I've been offered the main hall in the event we are oversubscribed.

"As you may know, tea coffee and snacks can be bought at the Scotch Horn café by the meeting room, if you are feeling famished following a day of hard work."

Email Ian at to confirm attendance.

STOP PRESS: Following the meeting Ian said; "We enjoyed an interesting talk from Will Robinson, our guest speaker on the subject of Business Rates, and although we suffered a few technical glitches in showing the slides on the evening, he has provided the presentation as attached for information."

To download the presentation click HERE.

Topless in Nailsea


A half naked butler created a little bit of a commotion Saturday at the opening of  a new shop called Moonrise Lingerie.

The new lingerie store has moved into part of the former Co-operative bank premises which closed last summer at Crown Glass shopping centre.
Instead of the usual ribbon cutting ceremony, shop owner Tanya put a pair of scissors to a extra large 3D bra, to mark the special occasion.

The muscle bound butler was serving fizzy drinks for the morning while little ones enjoyed free face painting.
The open day attracted a lot of interest from passersby with the changing rooms keeping busy with bra fittings.

Tanya hopes to offer the women of Nailsea and North Somerset a free fitting service by herself or one of their fully trained Lingeristas.

She said: "The shop is beautifully finished with a light and airy atmosphere and stocks a fantastic range of bras and underwear including bridal, sports, maternity, mastectomy and first bras in a wide selection of sizes."
Ladies are invited to take advantage and book a free fitting either by popping down to the shop, at 15c Crown Glass Place, opposite the Post Office and Iceland, say hello and have a look around; or by texting 'FITTING' to 0779 207 3951.

The premises were originally the offices of estate agents Alonzo Dawes & Hoddell but became the Bristol & West building society in mid 1980s.

Another name change in May 2005 and it became the Britannia Building Society which merged with Co-operative Financial Services in 2009.

The opening marks a welcome to what is becoming a thriving square with The Blue Room and Butterfly Travel also looking onto a busy pedestrian thoroughtfare. 

Wine bar 'under offer'

Exciting news the Courtyard wine bar and bed and breakfast complex went 'under offer' this morning - hooray.

No details yet but watch this space.

It was marketed at £695,000 freehold as a fully fitted restaurant/ bar plus separate retail and office units and currently designed as 10 en-suite bedrooms plus a one bed but with potential to convert back to three 2-bed flats plus a single 1-bed flat.

Still lots of business 'for sale' and 'to let' along the High Street and at Crown Glass shopping centre but outlook seems to be on the up and up.

All we need now is for Coates House to open and then we will all be happy.

The opening of the conversion to the old Queens Head is slightly behind schedule as we were led to believe it was opening in July.

Going to pop into its sister premises at Tewkesbury next week so I will let you know what it is like.   

Unless you have been already then please email a review to - thanks.

See you at the party

A Nailsea High Street opticians is hosting a 'celebration open day' on Saturday, July 30, and everyone is invited.

It is the first anniversary of Lynne Fernandes moving into the former computer shop and as well as Lynne celebrating winning 'optometrist of the year' this is a good opportunity to show off an amazing summer eyewear collection.

Blogger Melanie Ward writes: "Come along, bring a friend and enjoy some bubbly on us!

"Try on frames from our amazing summer eyewear collection and see how you look in the latest styles. 

"Choose your favourite shape, style and colour.  It’s really up to you. 

"Our specialist team will be on hand to help you and answer any questions you have."

And to top is all when you purchase a frame from their  summer collection including designs from ic! berlin, Lindberg, Oakley and Ronit Furst who wil be given  a fabulous Jensen or Cocoa Mint frame worth £129 absolutely free paying only for the lenses.
The event at Lynne Fernandes Optometrists, 124a High Street, Nailsea, is from 9am-4.30pm and you can book now to avoid disappointment by clicking HERE, calling 01275 854 946 or emailing

*only applies to orders placed on Saturday, July 30

Community matters to supermarket Waitrose


By placing a green token in the Community Matters box at your local Waitrose branch you’re helping your community.

Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated more than £14 million nationwide to charities chosen by customers.

At the end of shopping people receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support.

The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. 

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 shared between the three nominated causes.

Waitrose Nailsea invites local charities or non-profit organisation to apply or request any voluntary help.

Forms can be collected from the High Street store and handed in at the Welcome Desk for the attention of Lisa Davidson.

Groups as diverse as Nailsea Disability Initiative, Nailsea Summer Playscheme and the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are among the hundreds who have benifitted to date.

However, some shoppers have been 'storing' green tokens and not returning them to the town centre supermarket so a 'pretty please' plea have gone out not to take the tokens home and to deposit in the plastic in-store box. 

January 2016

Nailsea & Tickenham FC £150

Community Resililence North Somerset £250

Cruse Bereavement Support Group Clevedon £600



Backwell Life £269

Nailsea School D of E scheme £400

North Somerset Centre for Young Musicians £331



Sustainable Backwell £188

Cafe Mamma (Backwell Association of Breastfeeding Mothers) £331

Friends of Trendlewood Park £501



Nailsea Youth House £499

Backwell Junior School £301

Backwell Playing Fields £198 



Dig for Victory £231

Nailsea Stroke Club £527

Stepping Stones Preschool £242



Better Nailsea £504

Ravenswood School £343

Wrington Minibus Society £153



Nailsea Air Cadets £455

Tickenham CofE Primary School £190

Nailsea Disability Initiative £355



Community Garden at Holy Trinity Church £258

Hannah More Infant School £297

North Somerset Mencap £445


Young Carers of Nailsea £500

Drop-in Centre, Congresbury £231

Grow & Sell £269 



Friends of St Francis £336

Nailsea in Bloom £287

Morning Break £377


Mission (Andrew House) £245

The Harvey Hext Trust £363

Springboard £392



Tudor House £550

Nailsea & Backwell O2 Touch Rugby £298

Gordano Valley Archers £152

New Nailsea nursery

A new nursery is opening at Nailsea High Street.

‎Montessori qualified teacher Paula Howes‎ has taken out the lease on the old Dogs Palace property at 100 High Street.

A change-of-use planning application has been submitted to North Somerset Council to convert the property from a dog grooming parlour to a day nursery with outdoor play area to be covered in soft rubber underlay and thick artificial grass.

Paula, of Wedmore Road, is a mum-of-four, already has the support of Nailsea town councillors for her venture.. 

She hopes to open the Montessori nursery this autumn for 45 weeks of the year, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm.

She said: "The Secret Garden Montessori School of Nailsea will offer early years Montessori education for two to five year olds, in a homely environment."

With no school timetable the plan is to operate on a ‘free flow’ model, during which the children choose activities in a room of their choice in and out of doors will options to take French lessons and go on forest visits.

The nurser intends to offer healthy snacks, fruit and drinks during both morning and afternoon sessions. 

Breakfast will be until 9am with lunch atmidday and ‘tea’ at 4pm.

These meals will be prepared on the premises when the children can choose to help in the process; preparing fruit and vegetables, weighing and mixing ingredients – valuable life skills! 

The dress code for the children is slippers or indoor shoes to wear inside and sturdy footwear or wellington boots for outdoors.

You can make an appointment or find out more information by clicking HERE to go to Secret Garden Montessori online, find the nursery on Facebook, email or call 0794 855 6830.

Nursery session run:

  • 8am-6pm all day;

  • 8am-1pm morning; and

  • 1pm-6pm afternoon.

The Secret Garden Montessori School of Nailsea would also like to welcome parents and their toddlers and babies to its ‘Montessori play group’ on Tuesday mornings which could be a great way to help young children socialize and learn building blocks for later learning. 

The 9.30-11.15am sessions will be informal and relaxed with Montessori materials and activities for the children to choose and play with and include a refreshment break and a story/song time, led by one of the nursery school practitioners.

Details of an open day in July will be posted soon...

Delizioso Delicatessen


A new Italian delicatessen opens on carnival day at Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea.

The Colliers Walk shop welcomes the sights and tastes of Italy as a new traditional bakery and delicatessen.

Sapore Italiano, which means Italian Tasty - is owned and managed by husband and wife team Domenico and Sylwia Mingione.

Domenico, aged 45, was born in Naples but grew up in Alexandria – a town between Milan, Turin and Genoa.

His love of cooking started at a young age – surrounded by the smells and tastes of food made at home as the kitchen was the place where the whole family gathered and where everyone was was involved in cooking.

Originally a waiter in a pizzeria, Domenico immediately found that was wanted to get involved in the making of pizza, bread and focaccia and after that, went to work in a shop making takeaway meals where he developed a love for pasta and sauces.

He said: "Since these early days, I have worked in other fields.

"However, my passion for cooking has never left me. 

"When I met my wife, Sylwia, there was suddenly a little competition in the kitchen since, as she has a degree in gastronomy, there was friendly rivalry to see who cooked better and, even though she loves savoury cooking, her speciality are desserts.”

Domenico and Sylwia then gained more experience when Sylwia’s mother – Margherita opened a B&B near Milan, and they both shared the kitchen preparing specialties for guests to enjoy while on vacation.

Domenico added: "We then decided to relocate to England and originally lived in Hull and Kingston before moving to Nailsea.

"When we arrived in Nailsea, we met so many helpful and welcoming people that we grew to love the town so much that we decided to open Sapore Italiano.

“Visitors to our shop will be able to discover mini pizzas, breads, focaccia, pasta, lasagna, parmesan, pesto, Genovese, cakes and desserts - all homemade  - as well as typical products made in Italy including cold cuts, cookies and pasta, tomato not forgetting, of course, the Italian ice cream!

"We are hoping that our costumers will enjoy the food we create and will join us with our passion for Italian cuisine.

“All food preparation is overseen by our chief taster which is our son Nichola who, although only six years old, has very clear ideas and not afraid to make his reviews."

Sapore Italiano offers freshly made, home made breads, cakes and biscuits as well as an assortment of dishes and ice creams.

From Saturday,  July 2, Sapore Italiano will be open from 10am and its first visitors will be given the opportunity to taste traditional gelato and biscuits.

Workplace pensions


Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce has two new summer meetings planned.

The first is on Thursday, July 14, at Hudson’s Accountants, Crown Glass Place, which is above the old Cooperative Bank, from 5- 6.30pm.

Chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue room, said: "I’m sure you’ve all seen the adverts with that big hairy monster encouraging us to find out more about auto-enrolment, but how many of us have actually done anything about it?

"This is an opportunity to find out more about mandatory workplace pensions and what it means to you.

"Even if you think it doesn’t apply, you could be wrong and, as with most government directives, not taking the time to become informed isn’t an excuse when you fail to take the necessary steps.

"So, please join us and take the time to become  a little better informed as well as meeting with other local businesses."

There have been hints of wine and nibbles, if you need an extra incentive to come along! Places are limited, so please reserve your place by clicking HERE.

The second event is on Thursday, September 15, when NCT&C will  be joined by a representative of chartered surveyors and property consultants Montagu-Evans.

The subject of their presentation will be the thorny issue of business rates, in particular the impact of the recent budget changes, and steps that can be taken if you’re unhappy with your rateable value.

Montagu-Evans wotk with Ellandi, representing their interests around rating issues for Crown Glass Shopping Centre and other Ellandi properties.

More information on this event later...

Business to business woman-only

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Life coach Ann Hobbs is the guest speaker at the next ladies-only meeting of a Nailsea business women. 

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce chairman Sharon Brown was inspired to form the ladies-only breakaway group for business women who haven’t got the time or inclination for formal evening meetings.

A dozen ‘ladies who latte’ got together at the first meeting and their next get together is on Thursday, June 30, at 7.30pm.

Della Hudson, of Hudson’s Accountants, will host the evening in her new offices are in Crown Glass Place above the old Cooperative Bank.

The speaker is founder and author of Kick Ass Your Life!

Sharon said; "Please feel free to pass the word around to other local women in business who may like an opportunity to network and socialise.

2Many of us work alone and these events offer an opportunity to meet other people who may be facing similar issues, or who could benefit from what your business has to offer."

For more details contact Share at The Blue Room or email

STOP PRESS: There was a good attendance at this meeitng and  Ann Hobbs had all of us intrigued!

The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 27, at 7.30pm at The Blue Room, the Sion, Crown Glass Place, Nailsea BS48 1RB  - the tea room will be open.

A trio of ladies have agreed to take on the co-ordination of the group going forward.

Ann, Sally Kingston and Kerris Harrop will be undertaking various roles and the next meeting will be an opportunity for networking and reviewing the future focus of the group.

Kerris will be maintaining the email and membership lists.

If you would like to be included email Kerris on

Nailsea retail therapy

It is all happening in the High Street at Nailsea.

A family jeweller closed after 21 year, Broad Street hair company has had a new coat of paint and St Peter's Hospice charity shop has opened a first floor pre-loved bridal boutique.

Meanwhile the shoe shop has taken up temporary residency at the old wool shop Ewe Knit 20 pending a move to the undercover retail unit in the foyer of Waitrose and the former home of Dogs Palace has been let.

The father and daughter Nailsea Jewellery run by Paul Knowles and his daughter Janet Currell shut up shop at the end of May.

Paul told the North Somerset Times: “The lease is at an end and I want to retire and Janet is expecting another child so there was no point in renewing the lease.

“Sadly, the economic climate is not that good in Nailsea either.

“There are too many empty shop units and not enough quality shops to attract shoppers, increasingly retailers in the town are finding it difficult to make ends meet and make a decent living.

“Internet sales have taken a toll on the independent retailer in recent years as well as rising rents, reduction in council business rate relief, compulsory pension payments due later in the year and increases to the minimum wage.”

The closing down sale with all stock reduced to half price was held throughout the final month.

Then alarm bells started ringing when a notice went up saying ‘ground floor shop to let’ a few doors up from the Royal Oak pub.

But commercial property agent Ian Thompson soon explained.

He said: “Nick Allen who runs Complete Flooring is moving to larger premises in the centre adjacent to Costa coffee shop and formerly JT Shoes at Somerset Square.

“He took the current premises from me five years ago and has expanded quickly to the extent he had to take warehouse space too but this new shop is one of the few to have ancillary storage so he can bring everything under one roof, and have a larger retail space too.

“He is fitting out the new shop currently and tells me he plans to open on Saturday, June 4 if his shopfitters complete on schedule.

“His current lease has run out and I am seeking a new tenant for the owner.

“The shop has 500 sq ft and being one of the cheapest shops available in Nailsea should prove attractive to a start-up business - it worked for Nick!”

So things are looking good for Crown Glass shopping centre with new tenants for the former National Grid shop about to open an Italian delicatessen.

Chartered accountant Della Hudson has moved from her premises at Backwell to the first floor of the block once home to the Co-op Bank at Crown Glass Place and Wards solicitors once upstairs at The Courtyard are now on the second floor of the Sion building.

Ian added: “I have been busy, and with luck - fingers crossed – there are three more shop lettings in the wings.”

We have been following closely the transformation of Queen's Head from pub to Coates House cafe and bar due to open this summer.

A pictorial progress can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Businessman Paul O’Brien has signs and scaffolding at Court House, Link Road, and the Royal Oak garage ready for conversion into additional town centre accomodation.

While senior housing at Sapphire House is 75 per cent sold work on the police station awaits agreement on officers (and the library) moving to Scotch Horn leisure centre. 

Westcoast estate agents were unable to share who the new tenants for Dogs Palace are as all the paperwork hasn't been completed and we wait with baited breadth to see it Scotch Horn will be modified or rebuilt with as many residents wish a swimming pool. 

Nailsea Community Christmas Fair is looking for a pop-up Photoshop for December and approached the landlord of The Arcade.

Chris Jones, spokesman for Kindale property investors, said: At the moment it is too early to say whether we will have a vacant unit available on Friday, December 9."

And while the monthly farmers, craft and charity market run at Crown Glass shopping centre now in its eight year has Jo Liddiatt as its new manager, the Tuesday market in Nailsea is looking for new stallholders.

Organiser David Price said: “I am always looking for new stalls.

“I am currently approaching small local businesses to see if they would like to advertise their business by having a stall on a Tuesday and handing out fliers.”

Email David at for more details or go to the Food & Drink page at Nailsea People by clicking HERE.

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, said: ““New and growing businesses are a welcome addition to the centre of Nailsea.

“The traditional retail nature of town centres has undoubtedly seen major change during the past few years, partly as a result of the recession, but mainly the changing nature of consumer habits.

“Town centres are no longer just about shopping.

“They need to offer a mix of businesses, retailers, food and drink, leisure, and living accommodation.

“Visit any thriving small town these days and that’s what you’ll see, and that’s what attracts new consumers and new businesses.”

For more information about shopping locally and next market dates see the Shop Locally listing pages.

Caroline to tell corporate yarn


‘Ladies who Latte’ now has the moniker of Nailsea Businesswomen’s Network or NBN for short.

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, said: “The LWL name was dropped as it is a franchised organisation and doesn’t really convey the right message for us.”

NBN already has more than a dozen members and is a women-only breakaway group begun by the chamber.

Its next meeting is on Wednesday, May 25, 1.30pm at The Blue Room.

NBN will be joined by Caroline Walker, formerly a consultant to small businesses she now runs Big Sky Textiles which has a Twitter hashtag of (@bigskytextiles and a Facebook page if you want to learn more beforehand.

Caroline will be talking about the importance of standing back and looking at your business from a strategic point of view, as well as how a SWOT analysis process can help isolate key areas and help people to think differently.

Sharon added: “She can also discuss spinning, weaving, and dyeing your own yarn if that’s of interest to you!

“Clearly a lady of many talents, I’m sure you’ll enjoy her relaxed, insightful approach.”

Future NBN dates:

  • Thursday, June 30, at 7.30pm at the offices of Hudson Accountants in Crown Glass Place, Nailsea (above what used to be the Co-operative Bank)

  • Wednesday, July 27 at 1.30pm at The Blue Room

All business women whether sole traders or running a retail or commercial empire are very welcome to attend.

College world of work awards


Weston College has announced its business award finalists which included several local companies.

The 2016 awards celebrate the importance of apprenticeships, training and business partnerships, have been revealed.

Now in the sixth year, the awards recognise the exceptional achievements from employers and apprentices across a range of industries.

A panel of judges deliberated over 140 submissions and scored each entry against set criteria; the winners will be announced at a glittering gala evening taking place at Doubletree Hilton Cadbury House on Thursday, June 9.

Overall winners from the employer and apprentice category will also be revealed on the evening and the apprentice of the year will receive a £500 cheque donated by sponsors Flexiform.

Other sponsors for the awards include: HPS, CAE UK, Skylight Properties, Business Leader and Howards Group.

The shortlist with Nailsea companies in RED is:


Large Business Employer of the Year
GKN Aerospace WINNER
Bristol Wessex Billing Services
Foot Anstey LLP


Medium Business Employer of the Year
Ascot Group
Beauty Oasis Spa
Priddy Engineering Services WINNER


Small Business Employer of the Year
Inspired Worx
Gilly’s on the Hill WINNER


New Business Employer of the Year
The Playhouse
South Western Housing WINNER


Workin in Partnership
The Strawberry Line Café
Alliance Living Care WINNER

Working in Partnership
Team North Somerset
Reform Training
Thatchers Cider WINNER


Business Administration Apprentice of the Year
Billie Archer, Arch Care Services
Tyler Ganfield, Weston General Hospital
Fiona Davis, Nickel-Electro
Toni Squires, Aztec Property Valuers WINNER


Professional Services Apprentice of the Year
Billy Walker, Symmetry WINNER
Harley Nethercott, RAC
Stuart Groves, Boomsatsuma


Childcare Apprentice of the Year
Siobhan Williams, Noah’s Ark Nursery
Emily Athay, HoneyTree Nursery WINNER
Dan Jones, Golden Valley Day Nursery


Engineering Apprentice of the Year
Sam Taylor, Priddy Engineering
Joe Martin, GKN Aerospace WINNER
Matthew Vicarage, Ipeco Composites


Health and Social Care Apprentice of the Year
Connor Campbell, Priory School
Laura Groombridge, Court Home Residential
Lynne Hobbs, BrunelCare WINNER
Elaine Borthwick, Arch Care Services


Hospitality and Catering Apprentice of the Year
Cloe Hynam, Gilly’s on the Hill WINNER
Leo Dunkley, The Old Inn
Hannah Welch, Bordeaux Quay


Teaching Assistant of the Year
Kirsty Garrett, Westhaven School WINNER
Sophie Chandler, Blaise Primary and Nursery School
James Rourke, Hutton Primary School


Construction and Motor Vehicle Apprentice of the Year
Adam Kellaway, Inspired Worx
Lee Tinklin, Ross Davidson Brick

Sam Taylor, Priddy Engineering WINNER


Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the Year
Lucy Hands, Broad Street
Verity Panter, Broad Street WINNER
Olivia Jackson, The Barn

...Nailsea tops leader board


A Nailsea business took two top prizes at a glittering evening when Weston College Business Awards were announced.

Bistro and bar Gilly on the Hill at Kingshill, Nailsea was awarded small business employer of the year and employee Cloe Hyman tool the title of  Hospitality and Catering Apprentice of the Year.

The ceremony on Thursday, June 9 was hosted by Weston College principal and chief executive Dr Paul Phillips at Cadbury House Hotel, Congresbury.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Olympic gold medals Sally Gunnell OBE.

Dr Phillips said: “It was a fantastic evening and I feel very proud of all our apprentices and business partners.

"Congratulations to all award winners!”

New Nailsea business


A new storage facility has opened at Blackfriars Road, Nailsea.

The business uses 8X20ft new shipping containers which are accessible 24 hours.

For short or long term lets call Richard on 0794 196 7078.

Recipe for team building success


In the heart of Nailsea, the delights of chocolate making brought together a group of staff from Wards Solicitors in a team building exercise which saw them mixing and melting, rolling and moulding to craft their own confectionary creations.

Members of the disputes team came from each of Wards Solicitors’ 11 offices across  the region, from Bristol to Yate and Weston-Super- Mare to Worle as well as Nailsea, and all 17 participants grabbed the chance to not only have some fun but to talk face to face for a change instead of on the phone or via email.

The chocolate making workshop took place at The Blue Room in Nailsea, not far  from the Wards Solicitors’ local office. 

Not only is it a popular arts and crafts gallery which focuses on showcasing local artists and community projects, it is a venue with a conscience operating as a social enterprise reinvesting any profit,  through the business, back into the town.

And the workshop itself was provided by The Chocolate Tart cookery school located at nearby Congresbury.

Wards Solicitors, which prides itself on being at the heart of each local community it serves, was established more than a century ago and has been providing local businesses and individuals with expert legal advice ever since.

Elizabeth Fry, Head of Disputes at Wards Solicitors, said: “We had a great time making a whole range of different chocolates, as well as eating them, but above all it was a fantastic opportunity to get everyone in the team together, both solicitors and support staff, for a laugh, a chat and a good bonding session.

"We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.”

  • Wards Solicitors has offices across the Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset in Bristol, Bradley Stoke, Clevedon, Keynsham, Nailsea, Portishead, Staple Hill, Weston-Super-Mare, Worle, Yate and Henleaze.

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Sponsorship opportunity


This is a shoutout to the business community as one of the biggest and best events on the North Somerset calendar is looking for sponsors.

The annual Nailsea & Backwell Beer and Cider Festival runs from Friday to Sunday, July 15-17 at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club.

It offers more than 100 different beers and ciders as well as live music and much more

During its 13 year history the event which donates 25 per cent of its profits to local charities has raised nearly £80,000.

The Penny Brohn Cancer Care based at Pill benefitted by more than £11,000 from the 2015 festival.

This group has been been successfully helping people with cancer for more than 30 years, with its pioneering ‘whole person approach’.

For 2016 it is the Children's Hospice South West.

CHSW is committed to making the most of short and precious lives.

It not only offfers medical and nursing care for sick children but is all about enriching the lives of the children and their families.  

One of its three hospices is just down the road from Nailsea at Charlton Farm, Wraxall. 

To download three pages of sponsorship details click PAGE 1, PAGE 2  and PAGE 3.

Read more about the 2016 festival by clicking HERE.

Nailsea business to business


Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce chairman Sharon Brown has launched a ladies-only breakaway group for business women who haven’t got the time or inclination for formal evening meetings.

A dozen ‘ladies who latte’ got together this month to discuss what sort of group they felt was needed/wanted by local women running businesses both big and small. 

As a brief overview Sharon has outlined the key points:

  • Doing business in rural areas and small towns is very different to doing business in cities such as Bristol and Bath, or even large towns like Weston-super-Mare. As such, the group should find a way to focus on the issues we face, for example the isolation of working alone, and the less dynamic(!) feel to our locations versus the likes of Bristol and Bath. In particular, we would like to look at ways we can help to promote Nailsea as a good place to do business, in line with chamber of commerce aims. That doesn’t mean the group is only open to those living/working in Nailsea, but business in and around Nailsea is the focus.

  • Meetings should be regular, probably monthly, and with a purpose other than just chatting. Relevant speakers will be asked to make short presentations on matters that are important to us – these can be as diverse for example as how to use social media effectively or even the issues to consider if you’re thinking about renting premises.

  • Meeting times will alternate between day and evening to give everyone a chance to get to at least some of them.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 26, starting at 7.30pm for networking, with the meeting proper starting at about 8pm and lasting for no more than 30 minutes.

Sharon said: “We’ll have a speaker making a short presentation either on the use of social media, or if not available, accountant Della Hudson will speak on something financial and relevant.

“If anyone has any suggestions for speakers, or topics they’d like covered please do let me know.

“Lastly, if anyone would like to offer to facilitate and lead this group, I’m more than happy to hand over the task.

“If you’re keen to see the group grow and take its place as part of the Nailsea business sector, do step forward and claim the role.”

Email Sharon on


Chamber news


The next Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce meeting is on Thursday, March 31, 5pm for 5,30pm, at The Blue Room, Crown Glass Place.

The meeting will finish by 6.30pm.

Agenda items will include:

  • Alex Watson, of TFA Ltd, who’ll give a brief presentation on plans for the housing development north of Youngwood Lane; 

  • Whether a directory of Nailsea businesses is needed; and

  • Future format of meetings.

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Party time at petrol station


The last time there were queues like this a local garage it was because of a petrol shortage.

But on Friday afternoon an orderly line formed at Tout's Budgen Nailsea store when customers were invited to celebrate a major new refit.

The first 30 people through the doors after 3pm were presented with a free bottle of wine and a chance to win a £150 voucher to use in store in a free raffle.

Shoppers got the opportunity to sample nibbles from local suppliers including Pullin's Bakery, Thatchers, Bath Ales, The Wine Shop, Jon Thorners and Lye Cross Farm.

And they were also giving away a free cookie in the refitted Subway section to those showing their signature loyalty c ard.

Managing director Jon Tout and Nailsea store manager Chris Pilgrim welcomed everyone to the event which including sampling Fatherson Cakes and Cook Frozen Meals.

Other raffle prizes including winning a tour around Thatchers Cider Farm, Nutribullet, Spiralizer, Mary Berry cook books and many more foodie prizes!

Kelli Coxhead, founder of The Wine Tasting Co and owner of The Wine Shop at  Winscombe was on hand inviting non dirvers to try some of her carefully selected wines.

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It all adds up for merger


A Backwell accountancy company is set to expand - after acquiring a friend’s firm.

Hudson Accountants, in West Town Road, will take on three more staff after sealing a deal with Sarah Leighton Accountancy Limited.

The take-over will see Hudson Accountants increase their turnover 60 per cent, take on extra office space and provide a broader service to the combined client base.

And respective owners Della Hudson and Sarah Leighton, pictured right, met five years ago thanks to a chance encounter - when Della placed an advert calling for somebody to home her goldfish.

Della, aged 46, said: “It’s an exciting move and it’s been able to take place pretty quickly because it involves a friend and somebody I trust.

“Sarah decided to work full time for a client and gave us this opportunity, which was too good to pass up on.”

The pair, who have worked together as members of a Nailsea and Backwell Rotary satellite group met shortly after Della moved to the area.

Della said: “We had a pond in our new home but decided to it cover up because we had two young children.

"We placed an advert at Backwell Post Office and Sarah responded.

"When she came along to collect the fish, we hit it off straight away.

“Sarah has been a great support over the years and it was a very fortuitous meeting.

"We have worked together since, as well as becoming firm friends.”

Mum-of-two Sarah, started the business as SL bookkeeping 11 years ago.

But she was offered full-time work with the Pituitary Foundation, the UK’s leading charity providing support to people affected by disorders of the pituitary gland. It also raises awareness of pituitary conditions and promotes research.

Sarah, who lives in Nailsea, said: “I hadn’t been job hunting but I was excited by the job offer.

"I really enjoy working with the Foundation and being part of the good work it carries out.

“I’ve known Della for some time, in both a personal and professional capacity, and she was the first person I thought of to sell my business to.

“It was important to me to know it was going to be in good hands for the sake of loyal clients and staff.

"I have every confidence in Della and the team at Hudsons.”

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has great new look


Tout's Budgens the garage supermarket has finished its makeover at Nailsea and it inviting customers to its relaunch on Friday, March 11, 3-6pm.

To create a more relaxing ambiance they have installed a ceiling and laid some attractive flooring.

The Subway section has new booth style seating so diners can now enjoy eating and not feel like they are into the middle of a supermarket aisle. Newly installed energy efficient refrigeration and the introduction of an extensive range of 'Free From' products has also been including in the revamp as well as an  enhanced sections for fresh bake, 'good to go foods' and alcohol.

To come are fine wines from the Winscombe Wine Shop.

And last but certainly not least they have upgraded the loo.

And the first 30 people through our doors after 3pm on Friday will receive a free bottle of wine, there will be a free raffle and tasty food smaples to try.  

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you will also find these photos plus updates on the Gallery 2016 page 

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  • Dinner and presentation evening at Bristol Hotel with the West Country best competing for the honours. Pictured from left Abigail Westrup, Vicki Waghorn and Siobhan Thomas who hail from Nailsea and nearby 

Trio award truimph


Two talented Nailsea women won top accolades at the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards on Friday night, February 26.

You can find them upstairs at 80a High Street:


Bridal Dress Maker

Abigail Westrup Bridal


Make-Up Artist

Vicki Waghorn Makeup


Also a special mention for Siobhan Thomas, of Failand prop hire company Lighthaus - another well-deserved winner:


Special Touches

Lightaus Events


Click on names to go through to their websites. 

New Nailsea bistro opens


Gilly’s on the Hill - the new bistro at Kingshill - is fully booked for opening night on Friday but still has a few midweek evening spaces.

The new ‘on the hill’ enterprise is actually in the dip between what was Kingshill Corner Shop and the Moorend Spout pub in Nailsea's conservation area.

Once called Howards (and Lawrence’s and Sweet Bartley’s among its various manifestations) the 36-seater restaurant with separate cosy bar has been closed since September 2014.

But it will be open for business from Friday evening, February 12, and headed by Charlie Chu, of G Chu Catering, who has taken out the lease.

The fully licensed restaurant will be serving brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily from Wednesday to Saturday and lunch from midday Sunday in two sittings.

The loyal nine-strong kitchen and waiting staff from the High Street cafe all relocated to the new business which promises an exciting menu of delicious home-made food.

More than 3,000 people read the Nailsea People Facebook posting about Gilly’s cafe at High Street being closed on Monday morning.

And since then Gilly has had hundreds of ‘good luck’ messages via FB and dozens of volunteers helping to get the new venue ready.

Gilly said: “I feel very humbled by all the good wishes and help.”

Charlie is pictured with his parents outside the new bistro.

He said: “This is very much a new family venture as my mum and dad Gilly and Danny Chu will be running the kitchen and front of house.

“The new bistro will open for diners on Friday, February 12, and will also be serving Sunday lunch between 12.30pm and 6pm.

“From Wednesday, February 17, the bistro will open from10.30am all day until last food order at 9.45pm.

“As the alcohol license is not active until Monday, February 15, it is BYO for the first weekend.”

Gilly and Danny Chu, who ran Gilly’s cafe on the High Street for nearly 13 years are very excited about the new bistro and working again with their great team of cooks and hospitality staff.

Charlie added: “Due to legal issues they do not wish to comment on the closure of Gillys cafe.”

To book call 01275 859408 or 0789 621 8687 or email

Updating the business website which you can access by clicking HERE is an ongoing process.

Below is a typical taster menu with two courses for £15, three courses for £18.

A 10 per cent service is added to parties of more than six and deposit of £10pp for parties of more than eight persons.


Starters all at £5

Seared scallops on a crushed pea and mint puree

Chicken livers in a sweet sherry reduction

Goats cheese and roasted beetroot salad

Eggs florentine on a toasted muffin

Vegetable spring rolls and chilli dipping sauce

Gilly's soup of the day


Mains all at £11

Braised pig's cheeks in a cider sauce

Grilled steak with a choice of chef's sauces

Sweet potato, apricot and almond tagine with couscous, pomegranate and mint salsa served with Gilly's flatbread (V)

Barnsley lamb chop with devilled kidney

Chinese beef rib and noodle soup

Honey and pineapple glazed guinea fowl

Choice from two fish catch of the day dishes

All served with Chef's choice of potatoes and fresh vegetables


Sweets all at £5

Lemongrass and coconut panna cotta with coconut meringue

Gilly's key lime pie

Melting salted caramel chocolate pudding

Strawberry and cointreau mille fueille

Baked brie and honey walnuts

Coffee semifreddo


Followed by filter coffee at £2 or a speciality coffee like Irish or Calypso Royale at £4.50

This Sunday lunch is the choice between Ashdale dry aged beef, free range Blythburgh pork, a fish or vegetarian dish.

To read the April 2016 evening menu click HERE

Invitation to coffee and cake


The first meeting of Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce of 2016 will be on Wednesday, February 24, at The Blue Room.

You are invited for coffee and cake from 5pm with the business of the meeting starting at 5.30pm.

Newly elected chairman Sharon Brown said: “We'll aim to finish by 6.30pm or very soon after.

“An agenda will be sent out nearer the time, but please put the date in your diary now.

“It's your chance to be part of the discussion about our future.

“Our first meeting will focus on defining our future role, the type of activities we want to be involved in, and how decisions are made.

“Our current constitution is very dated.

“We need to make some changes to enable us to be more responsive and agile in today's business environment.

“Feel free to email me at with your ideas for our future direction, or drop in to The Blue Room for a chat.

“I need to know what you, the members, need.

“If you're keen to get involved there are various tasks that need to be done.

“Please let me know if you'd like to help.”

Nailsea people do business


Solicitor Janet Hendey stepped down at the annual meeting of Nailsea Chamber of Trade and Commerce on Wednesday evening, January 27, after four years as chairman.

The Ward & Co partner was presented with a bouquet and three framed postcards of abstract North Somerset views painted by Nailsea artist Pauline Bevan.

Mrs Hendey who is retiring to Monmouth said the most dominant issue during her time in office was proposed ‘parking charges’ by the district council.

She said: “Members joined together to provide a cohesive force to challenge North Somerset Council.”

It involved writing protest letters, attending meetings and collecting names for a petition against any move to introduce parking fees in the town centre, she said.

This led to an informal group of traders, town councillors and town centre management working more closely together as Team Nailsea.

She added: “The chamber needs change and a new direction and so it is timely that I resign now as I am moving away; I wish the new chair and all members every success and best wishes for the future.”

Sharon Brown, owner of The Blue Room, was elected unopposed as the new chairman.

Sharon said: “One of our goals for 2016 is promoting Nailsea as a good place to do business but not only business but to work and visit.”

Accountant Neil Houghton agreed to continue as treasurer and for the meantime the position of secretary remains vacant.

With a healthy bank balance the policy of no subscription charges would continue for the time being, said Neil.

One of the first decisions for the new year would be re-branding from what was originally a group representing High Street traders to a name which would encompass all commercial people in the town - Nailsea Business was the favourite.

Updating its social media site including an online directory of all retail, office and industrial businesses was also seen as a priority.

Business lunches and monthly Wednesday early evening meetings would continue with the date of the next meeting to be decided.  

You can contact Sharon by email at  

TOP TEAM: Seated is Janet Hendey, with standing from left Nailsea Town council chairman David Packham; newly elected chair Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room; treasurer Neil Houghton, of Neil Houghton Accounting; Bob Steadman, of Gryphon Computers, Ian Thompnson, of Thompson Commercial, Carol Brooke who has just retired as practice manager with Nailsea Family Practice based at Tower House Medical Centre and Nailsea Town Council vice chairman Clare Hunt


Photos © Nailsea People

Charge your electric cars at Nailsea


North Somerset is set to benefit from a share of £7 million for the development of an electric vehicles scheme across the district.

Working with the other three councils in the West of England area, North Somerset Council has successfully bid for £1.3m to develop a scheme by 2021.

The West of England area is one of only four areas in the country to be awarded the funding by the Office of Low Emissions.
The money will be used to more than double the number of charging points in North Somerset from the existing 22 to about 50.

The new locations will include public car parks, railway stations, seafronts and large employers.
 The council will lead by example by converting at least 20 per cent of its vehicle fleet to electric to show major reductions in fuel costs and pollution.

The funding will also support other large businesses and those in the community and education establishments to do the same.
Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader of the council and executive member for highways and transport, said: “The funding is great news for North Somerset.

"We have an excellent track record of sustainable travel initiatives and this will enable us to deliver more innovative schemes so that ultra-low emission vehicles are seen as a real, viable travel solution.
“The Go Ultra Low Cities funding gives us the opportunity to build on work already taking place in North Somerset by increasing the number of ULEVS on our roads and developing the charging infrastructure, benefiting both our residents and the business community.”
The programme will start this spring and is due to be completed by March 2021 and subject to confirmation, the following locations are being proposed:

  • Public car parks in Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon

  • Railway station car parks across North Somerset

  • Seafront sites at Portishead, Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare

  • Weston College

  • Weston General Hospital

  • Junction 21 Enterprise Area

  • Winterstoke Village/ Locking Parklands

  • Royal Portbury Docks

  • Nailsea town centre

  • Castlewood, Clevedon

  • Town Hall, W-s-M

  • Alliance Homes

  • Knightstone Housing

  • Thatchers

  • Yeo Valley

  • Bristol Airport

  • Yatton

Green travel award for GE Oil & Gas


Nailsea company GE Oil and Gas has won a West of England business award for its sustainable travel initiatives.

At a glittering evening in Weston-super-Mare four Travelwest authorities North Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol City Council and Bath and North East Somerset Council gave accolades to the good, great and green.

Approximately 100 business representatives attended the awards at the Grand Pier, which recognised organisations that are making significant efforts in encouraging sustainable travel.

North Somerset Council deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said: “It was especially pleasing to host these awards in Weston-super-Mare this year and to see the enthusiastic attendance by companies from across the West of England.

"Hearty congratulations are due to all the finalists and winners"

GE Oil and Gas were among the silver awards with the top gold prize going to Crest Nicolson for its work on the Bath Riverside Regeneration.

Councillor Ap Rees is pictured presenting the silver level accreditation certificate to facilities managerJane Gibbons, of GE Oil & Gas.

Travelwest is the travel brand of the four local authorities and is funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) Local Sustainable Fund and has received £22 million investment between 2012-15 to encourage sustainable alternatives to single occupied vehicles to help generate economic growth in the region.

Three years ago GE Oil & Gas was embroiled parking row when staff were forced to park along Lodge Lane while it sought permission to extended it on-site car park.

Mr Ap Rees was instrumental in setting up meetings with local landowners to resolved the issue.

New Nailsea hairdressers opens


Hairdresser Sanita Brooking is opening a salon of her own at 16 Kingshill, Nailsea.

And appropriately she is calling her new business which opens this week Hair @ 16.

On Saturday afternoon, December 5, there will be bubbles and nibbles for customers and friends from 3-7pm to celebrate the new shop.

Latvian-born Sanita, aged 35, previously had a partnership at Fusion but this is her first solo venture.

Sanita who is mum of  two lives in Nailsea with her family and has 18 years experience in hairdressing.

She said: “I am really excited about opening my own salon and welcoming all my old and new customers.

"Feel free to invite your friends and family to my open day."

To make an appointment call 01275 859828.

Sanita's bijou salon was previously home to the Abigail Westrup bridal shop - to find out where Abigail has moved go to the Shop Locally listings page by clicking HERE.

Waitrose Nailsea Community Matters

donations for 2015



NU Water £500

Hannah More Infant School £343.75

Shidokai Judo Club £156.25



Nailsea Junior Football Club £345

Churchill & Langford Mini Bus Society £ 269

Mulako Safe House Zambia £ 386



Nailsea & Backwell RFC £297.65

Young at Heart, Nailsea £436.56

West Leigh Infant School £ 265.77



Parkinson’s UK SW Somerset £670

Nailsea Ladies Hockey £170

Congresbury Community Preschool £ 160



Trendlewood Community Festival £400

Nailsea Cricket Club £350

Kingshill Friends Association £250



Tuesday Tots & Tiddlers Pre-school Group £190

Ravenswood School £640

Budokan Judo Club £170



Barley Rye Community Folk Music Choir £225

Backwell Flax Bourton Junior Cricket Club £269

Nailsea Summer Playscheme £506



Wellspring Counselling Youth Services £ 640

Backwell Athletic Junior football Club  £140

Music & Memories £220



Nailsea Choral Society £260

Roundabouts Pre-School £290

Grow & Sell Seeds for Schools £450



Stockway North Nature Reserve £338

Flax Bourton Primary School £256

Good Companions £406



Northleaze Primary school PSA £235

Nailsea District Leg Club £335

Nailsea Skate Park £430



Motivation £250

TLF Dance & drama £200

Nailsea Memory Cafe £550


Waitrose Christmas in Isolation: the three charities will be based on helping those in some way alone during the holidays. We send Partners to help through our Partner Volunteering scheme, where they will be paid in the normal way, but will be working with the charity instead of at the branch. 

Community matters to supermarket Waitrose


By placing a green token in the Community Matters box at your local Waitrose branch you’re helping your community.

Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has donated £14 million nationwide to charities chosen by customers.

At the end of shopping people receive a token to place in a box of the good cause they would most like to support.

The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. 

Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 shared between the three nominated causes.

Waitrose Nailsea invites local charities or non-profit organisation to apply or request any voluntary help.

Forms can be collected from the High Street store and handed in at the Welcome Desk for the attention of Lisa Davidson.

Groups as diverse as Nailsea Disability Initiative, Nailsea Summer Playscheme and the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are among the hundreds who have benifitted to date.

Christmas countdown 2015


As yet we haven't seen any decorations, presents or festive food on sale but people are already gearing themselves for the Christmas season.

Cadbury House hotel and spa at Congresbury already has its Christmas brochure ready to download from this website.

And the pantomime stars have been announced and tickets are on sale - see the preview page by clicking HERE for more details.

and fitness centre.

And wanting to do something special for the Waitrose is asking for ideas.

A spokesman said: "As a branch, Waitrose do more for our community than just donate money: we also support local individuals to help them get back to work, with the commitment to work with them, every week, in the branch. 

"We also release people through our Partner Volunteering scheme.

"Every Thursday two partners volunteer at the Claverham Riding Group for the Disabled.

"Partners helped out at the Dig for Victory event and we provided lunches for all the volunteers.

"We donated a feature auction prize and sent Partners to help run the Ravenswood School summer fair.

"Later this week several of us will spend our work day hosting teams of children at the Countryside Day in Wraxall.

"During the month of August our Partners will be volunteering on a massive scale to assist the Ravenswood School with their planned makeover."

But for Christmas they want to do something a little special so community any ideas of any organisation or group in need of support?

Email nailseapeople@gmail with any ideas. 

Love sound of breaking glass


Do you remember when people used to come home from the pub clutching a pint pot or a beer mat as a souvenir?

Well Nailsea people have updated the age old habit of ‘accidently acquiring’ drinking mementoes by walking off with all the latte glasses at Waitrose supermarket.

We aren’t talking about the odd one or two as people visiting the cafe during the past few months have taken all the glasses. witnessed a few complaints from fellow myWaitrose customers who vetted their outrage when they thought they were being short changed after being served their regular free coffee in an ordinary china cup.

Staff patiently explained that they hadn’t suffered massive crockery breakages but the complete stock of glasses had gone walkabouts.

Happily the cafe staff have now taken delivery of replacement glasses so all’s well that ends well.

However, for anyone looking for latte glasses they are on sale at £12 for a set of two from John Lewis online.

Waitrose said in its blurb: “Nothing says 'welcome' more than a lovely hot cup of tea or coffee, so let us treat you to a free regular tea or coffee every day!

“You can enjoy one cup a day - to drink in or takeaway.

"Simply present your myWaitrose card at the till and you won't be charged a penny.

“Choose from the following regular drinks - Americano, cappuccino, latte, tea, mocha and espresso.

"Certain stores also serve decaffeinated versions and/or offer double shots as part of the offer.”

But we warned nowhere does it say help yourself to free glasses!

STOP PRESS: After the theft of the glasses comes the napkin snatchers.

Waitrose at Nailsea is now rationing serviettes because of people taking them home. 

An invitation from Beauty Rooms


Gosh I can believe it was five years ago I last reviewed a treatment at The Beauty Rooms.

Since then the business has moved along the High Street and on Thursday, October 15, it will be celebrating the opening of its new salon at 132A High Street, Nailsea.

this was previoulsy the home of Nailsea Cycles which has moved into Clevedon Walk, at Crown Glas shopping centre.

Click HERE for more news from the shopping centre.

Beauty Rooms owner Amanda Simpson is inviting Nailsea people to join her and the therapists between 4-8pm.

There will be Christmas gifts, demonstrations, details of new treatments and special offers.

Amanda said: “Everyone is welcome, please feel free to invite your family and friends.”

Proper Job the do-it-yourself company has opened an office and warehouse at Nailsea.

The firm which sells decorating products including paint, DIY tools, kitchen, bathroom and other household wares, auto goods, toys and art supplies moved into Hannah More Road premises this summer.

Whether it will also open a shop in the town has yet to be decided.

A company spokesman said: “We're just opening a warehouse and offices at the moment, but will be looking into the possibility of opening a local store in the future.”

Originally a father and son Cornish-based business called Tilley Tools a move and name change happened in 1997 when Proper Job opened its first retail store at Devonshire Road, Weston-super-Mare.

This was followed by shops at Minehead, Glastonbury, Street, Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, Frome and Brislington. 

 In 2015 it was decided to relocated the central operation to a new, larger warehouse in Nailsea better geared to better serve its ever growing collection of stores.

The premises were previously used by fastenings distributor WM Owlett (Western) Ltd who later became Owlett-Jaton.

Matter of public record bankrupt


The Gazette has been a ‘newspaper’ of public record since the 17th century.

Here among the ‘advertisements’ you will find many interesting items.

Online its ‘official’ public records are divided into four sections:


  1. ALL NOTICES this includes the Queen’s honours list and awards, military, state, transport and planning notices;

  2. WILLS AND PROBATE for people to search, browse and place deceased estates notices;

  3. AWARDS AND ACCREDITATION for military and civilian awards, and celebrate successes through social media sharing and commemorative editions; and

  4. 4.INSOLVENCY for corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy notices, read our helpful guides and industry information.


Among the Nailsea people going broke are some interesting names...from a window cleaner to a bathroom shop, from a motor mechanic to a health care worker,

You will find a Backwell blacksmith and Europa Nailsea Limited the short-lived pizza place before new people Il Paradiso took over the Italian restaurant.

But the biggest local name currently show is Nailsea landlord Tony Thatcher who Travis Perkins timber and building merchant asked to be made bankrupt.

Shopping around at Nailsea


  • From top left is Global Furniture when it announces a closing down sale and top right the removal lorries move in. Briefly we see the old Worlewind Video shopfront before the new purple and white charity signs go up for Debra and another sign saying volunteers welcome...don't know why the 'to let' sign is still up as Debra has both units for bric-a-brac, clothes and furniture...

Five go into accounting


One minute she is living at Bolton and the next she is the doyenne of Backwell accountants, queen of the North Somerset Twitter community, football club champion and a working mum who writes her own column in a free magazine.

But for someone who launched her expanding business in the middle of a recession on paper it really shouldn't add up.

Hudson Accountants, in West Town Road, is the brainchild of owner Della Hudson and has recorded a five-fold increase in turnover in four years since moving to the village.

Now with a five-strong team it includes two new trainees.

Della said: “I’m delighted to have such a great team in place.

"It’s not just about finding someone with the right qualifications, but someone who fits into the culture.

“I believe the trainees can grow with the company and have already shown great ability and potential.”

Della set up Hudson Accountants in 2009 while still living in Lancashire.

She made every effort to stand out by being one of few firms to continue marketing, despite the dip in the economic climate.

The team now includes:

  • Holly Bailey, a personal assistant;

  • Dawn Bettney, accountant; and

  • trainees Dave Richards and Racheal Moody. 

Dave and Racheal are studying for their Association of Accounting Technicians, which is a widely recognised and respected accounting qualification.

Dave, 37, of Yatton, switched to a career in accountancy three years ago after he was made redundant from work in distribution and logistics.

Dave, who acts as the treasurer for Yatton Athletic Football Club, said: “I’d seen Della in the press and knew she was involved in local community work, which encouraged me to apply.

“I’m enjoying learning the new systems and the team in place is experienced and willing to help me to learn the ropes. It’s a good learning environment.”

Since joining the company, Dave has passed the final exam of his AAT level 2, which is a nationally recognised accounting exam.  He is also now certified to use accounting software Xero.

Married-mum-of-two Rachael, 36, of Nailsea, had worked as a subcontracted bookkeeper at Hudson Accountants before a position became available.

The former Nailsea School student said: “It’s a good team and the work is interesting.

"I have the opportunity to put what I’ve been studying into practice and further my career.”

Married Pill mum-of-two Dawn Bettney, 50, said: “I find the work interesting, challenging and enjoyable on the whole. It’s nice to combine a career and bringing up children, which is the great thing about the flexitime.”

Married-mum-of-two Holly, 38, met Della through the Clevedon Chamber of Commerce where she acts as secretary.

Holly, who also runs her own PA firm, Bailey Secretarial, said: “It’s a great firm to work for, you can manage your own workload independently and it’s good to have the flexible hours as a working mum.” 

Della is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years experience.

She set up Hudson Accountants in January 2009 at West Town Road.

A maths scholarsip at Bruton girls school put her on the path for a chemistry and management degree at City University London.

A Jill-of-all-trades she has also worked in France for four years where she taught English and sold school books.


A Sunday school teacher who has been a member of the parochila church council, junior athletics coach and  PTA treasuer in her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, swimming and bike riding.

PHOTO: Hudson Accountants team from left Dawn Bettney, Holly Bailey, Della Hudson, Dave Richards and Rachael Moody

Gilly's cafe and bistro tops for staff training



One of the top learner’s from Weston College has homing his culinary skills at a Nailsea cafe and bistro.

Chef Paddy Summerell-Youde, of Gilly’s Café, was named ‘hospitality and catering learner of the year’, while the business itself won a ‘highly commended award’ in the small business employer of the year category.

In his citation at the award ceremony, Dr Paul Phillips OBE, principal and chief executive of Weston College, said of Paddy: “Despite struggling with dyslexia in his paperwork exercises, this person has always shown an eagerness to learn and a willingness to go the extra mile in order to achieve his goals.

“His apprenticeship began in November 2011, and from day one he demonstrated extra-special culinary skills and a natural palate which he has been continually developing.

“He honed his raw talents and became actively involved in all aspects of the daily running of a professional kitchen, and has played a significant role in the planning, development and opening of his employer's new business, an evening restaurant with a monthly changing menu of classic and international dishes.

“He is an ambassador for the excellent links between his employer and Weston College, and is now instrumental in the development and training of other apprentices.

“His story is a classic example of how apprenticeships and training work; the employer has benefited from a young person now highly-skilled in his craft and able to pass on his knowledge to others.”

Since winning the accolade Paddy, aged 20, has now won his chefs whites and now prepares, bakes and cooks as well as menu planning and ordering at the restuarant.

The overall apprentice of the year went to student Rebecca Millard, of Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, at Wrington.

Gilly’s cafe and bistro ethos is ‘real food by real cooks’ and the High Street business introduction of an evening menu has proved a great success.

In the citation Dr Paul said: “This is an employer who believes that, with training, everybody wins because it means better business, job satisfaction and, for her as an employer, the personal pleasure in seeing young people develop into mature adults with a purpose and profession.

“This business has been a training provider for more than five years with Weston College.

Gilly has been part of the Nailsea business community for nearly 20 years from serving as chairman on Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce to running the successful Christmas street fair.

She is an accomplished baker and chef and has been influenced by her Chinese and Scottish parents to develop her individual skills and is supported in her business by her front-of-house husband Danny.

Gilly says that her ideal job would be working in a training kitchen as she loves teaching in a hands-on environment.

Gilly said: “We are proud to have had three completed apprenticeships and one current front of house in local girl, Cloe Hynam. “

All staff is invited to sign-up for NVQ training and Gilly also has a team of local youngsters working in the bistro at weekends.

Gilly currently has some vacancies for apprentices in the kitchen and front of house.

Officially 'for sale' Royal Oak garage


The Royal Oak garage has officially gone on sale for £250,000.

The High Street building is next to the Grade II listed pub - which was reopened this week by North Somerset MP Liam Fox after a major refit - and is offered for sale by WGH Property.

The garage sticks out like a sore thumb since the adjoining park was spruced up by Nailsea Town Council earlier this year.

But it is still part of the listed building cartilage – read more by clicking HERE which would require permission by English Heritage for any radical changes in the fabric of the property.

SUBSIDIARY BUILDINGS: Attached to the front of the inn, and running north towards the High Street, is a former barn/stabling. This has a hipped pantile roof, with triple roll tiled lean-to at the inner side with double doors. There is a second double Roman tiled lean-to beyond this. The west side of barn has C20 double doors and loading door with segmental head at front end.

Owned by Hobbs Properties the Royal Oak garage has been the subject of numerous planning applications over the years from flats to museum with the latest for an indoor and outdoor market.

The building has been vacant for several years apart from being used for storage and once in the 1980s a Scouts fundraiser with The Wurzels.

When the park was being cleared expert contractors had to be called in to remove tonnes of the soil – feared to have been contaminated with lead, mercury and arsenic as a result of glassmaking activities.

Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said at the time: “Work at the Glassworks is about a month behind schedule.

“The main reasons are that asbestos was found and the whole site had to be checked to see the extent of the problem.

“The most likely source was sheets of roofing material dumped on the site some years ago.

“Also, the workmen unearthed a hole, which turned out to be the basement of a building built after the Glassworks closed.

“However, as with any matter concerning the site, English Heritage has to give permission for whatever plan of action is put forward and this always takes time.”

To read the Royal Oak garage sale details click HERE.

  • Word on the street is that a change of use planning application is due to go in any moment to convert Court House at the Link Road - just vacated by School Togs - into apartments and Nailsea Cycles old shop into a beauty parlour - watch this space.

PHOTO: Top courtesy of David Britton and Facebook page Nailsea Then & Now


Pub closes for 13 day £120k revamp


The Royal Oak pub is closing Sunday night for nearly a fortnight.

Originally it was going to shut straight after the England game which kicks off at 5pm but then decided to have a last night music with DJ EZ 9pm-1am.

The High Street pub reopens on Saturday, June 27, after a £120,000 revamp.

And it has Corvus booked to play on Saturday, June 27, and Radio Nasties on Saturday , July 4.

As part  of the refurbishment, the pub, which is owned by Spirit Pub Company, will receive a complete makeover, introducing a lighter colour scheme along with new furniture and contemporary fixtures.

The bar will be completely revamped, with the introduction of an extended selection of local  beers and craft ales such as Wells Bombardier, Marston's Pedigree and Fuller's London Pride.

The food will also be updated, including a specials menu that will change on a regular basis, featuring dishes such as chicken and white wine pie and creamy risotto with chives, soya beans and peas.

General manager Luke Jones, said: "We are incredibly excited to be undergoing such a huge transformation.

"The Royal Oak is a lynchpin of the Nailsea community, so we are pleased to be able to offer even better surroundings and a great new menu to both our loyal and new guests alike."

The Grade II 18th century listed inn was built in the18th century to quench the thirst of the glassworkers.

Its latterday claim to fame is it was where Adge Cutler and the Wurzels recorded Drink Up Thy Cider live at the Royal Oak.

The landmark pub underwent a £160,000 refit four years ago and introduced regular live music gigs and TV sports coverage.

Luke, who was appointed six months ago, is looking to recruit several new staff for full and part-time positions across the bar and in the kitchen.

He said: "I am on the lookout for dynamic, hard-working individuals on the bar and in the kitchen who want to be part of our family of team players at the Royal Oak."

Anyone interested in a position at the Royal Oak should send a CV to

Spirit Pub Company owns and operates around 800 managed pubs across the UK. Brands in its portfolio include Chef & Brewer, Fayre & Square, Flaming Grill and Taylor Walker.

What's happening on Nailsea High Street...


After five years the British Heart Foundation charity shop has packed up and gone.

It follows Global Furniture who moved more than a month ago.

But on the bright side the Royal Oak is getting a refit, the old glassworks park is looking good and some old faces have moved into the town centre.

Nailsea Cycles and School Togs have moved into Crown Glass Shopping Centre but following a public outcry the new children's playground will not relocate to in front of their new shops at Clevedon Walk but stay put at Somerset Square.

The winners of the Win A Shop competition are intending to open their new cafe in time for the school summer holidays and Costa is just waiting for the shopfitters to start work as it is due to open by end of June.

The Co-op building society closed this month and we wait with baited breadth to see if jobs at HSBC are threatened with the anouncement the bank is to rebrand and axe 25,000 jobs worldwide including up to 8,000 in the UK?

Lynn Fernandez long awaited move across the road is happening now with the opticians setting up its business at the former Sion computing shop at High Street.

And guess what - managers of the town centre, Ellandi, are to object to the planning application by Weston College for ground floor residential units as part of its redevelopment of the site which includes Nailsea library. 

Schoolwear retailer School Togs which has been trading in the town for more than 25 years  is now at 2 Clevedon Walk.

With an envious reputation for providing quality school-wear at affordable prices, School Togs works closely with schools and suppliers to ensure that it offers a dedicated service, tailored to the individual needs of their customers. 

Their portfolio of schools includes Nailsea School, Golden Valley Primary Schoo, St Francis RC Primary School and the village schools at Tickenham and Wraxall. 

Next door at 3 Clevedon Walk, is Nailsea Cycles. 

Run by Austin Bamford, the shop specialises in bicycles for children and adults, for pleasure and for racing and includes well-respected leading names like Raleigh, Dawes and Claud Butler, which are complemented by an extensive range of accessories. 

In additional, they also run a full repair service and are on hand with advice for bike riders on general maintenance and safety checks for their bikes.

Austin said:  "We have been in business for more 20 years and thought by sharing our shop space it would make us more of an interesting destination rather than just a cycle shop.

“My son, Joe and his partner Stacey took the opportunity to launch their new business  - The Gadget Lounge and share the space with us.”

The Gadget Lounge’ specialises in a range of gifts and gadgets for all ages from money tins to novelty mugs, to selfie sticks, wireless speakers and remote control helicopters.

Joe said: “The move to Crown Glass Shopping Centre is an ideal place for us to showcase what we offer, as customers can also take the opportunity to browse our gadgets whilst their bike is being serviced."

Click HERE to see its goods online.

Ellandi is the UK’s only dedicated investment manager focused on community shopping centres with assets under management in excess of £700m comprising a portfolio of 20 shopping centre.


  • STOP PRESS: New branding for Crown Glass Shopping Centre was shown to Nailsea Town Council this week. The original on the left was always dubbed an 'unsmiley' face so the reflective image on right must be an improvement....what do you think?

CHANGING PLACES: Cohens has opened at Colliers Walk so just waiting for the new Costa cafe to move into its old premises at at Somerset Square and the Win a Shop winners to open their cafe opposite the chemist store all at Crown Glass Shopping Centre

Anyone for Costa?


Work has started on Nailsea's second Costa Coffee cafe.

It is going to be on the corner of Somerset Square and Colliers Walk in the shop which once housed Cohens the chemist.

The first Costa Coffee in the town centre is in-store at Tesco supermarket.

The arrival of Costa 2 comes as Whitbread, the company behind Costa Coffee, Premier Inn and various pub chains, annouces a 18.5 per cent rise in annual pre-tax profit.

According to a BBC report 'its underlying pre-tax profit rose to £488.1m after strong sales at Costa'.

But Whitbread chief executive, Andy Harrison is swapping roles from drink to home furnishing retailer Dunelm.

Rumours that Whitbread is about to sell the 41-strong chain which has almost 3,000 outlets worldwide including the 1,800 UK franchises have been strongly denied by the company.

The jury is still out as to whether Nailsea needs another cafe.

What's new in Nailsea?

Well Global Furniture are just about packed up - Cohens has moved been down Colliers Walk but no sign yet yet of a new cafe at Somerset Square, just a mobile catering van parked in front of Waitrose.

The good news is The Courtyard wine bar which became Farrells reopened this week as the Atrium with Portishead florist Ellen-Louise Pirret in charge.

Ellen has recruited a new chef and waiting staff, replaced the huge television with a tasteful piece of wall art and overseen a massive spring clean which included redecorating and recarpeting.

The livery is now maroon and the old dark wooden ceiling has been painted bright white.

It is open daily from 9.30am for coffee and cakes and serves lunch from noon-3pm.

Dinner is from 6-9.30pm Monday to Thursday, 6-10pm Friday and Saturday and traditional Sunday lunch is noon-4pm.

The wine cellar has been restocked with a fine selection of white and red and Butcombe beer is back on tap.

Its new website at is still under construction but you can call 01275 854455 to make a booking.  

A listing has been added to our food and drink page.

And Lynne Fernandes which has been in Nailsea since 2007 is getting ready to move from Ivy Court across the road to the old computer shop.

Farrells - putting family first


A fire and a flood have taken their toll of the Farrell family who now want to concentrate their energies on a design and construction company and their first restaurant at Keynsham.

Barry and Sam Farrell who closed their restaurants at Nailsea and Portishead this month blame the conflicting demands of bringing up a young family with the stress of running several businesses.

Making the decision to close Farells at two North Somerset venues Sam said: “We couldn’t be happier.

“The restaurants are a massive, constant responsibility and with four children we really wanted to review where we were going in life.

“The past few years have been extremely testing for us.”

She spoke of a fire at the family home followed by the extensive damage to the Keynsham restaurant following a flood.

Sam said: “We were lucky to escape from the fire and then we suffered a flood in our Keynsham restaurant resulting in it being shut for 10 weeks.

“All these things have had a massive impact on our lives and really have made us take a look at everything.

“We want to cherish the times with our young family and not look back and say all we did was work hard in the restaurants and miss out on these precious times. 

“We have decided to keep our Keynsham restaurant as Barry designed and built this one out of the ground, so we are very attached as it really is a success.

“We never felt this way with Portishead or Nailsea and we are extremely happy to be moving on from both places.

“We would like to thank all the lovely supportive customers of Farrells and hope to see them all in Keynsham soon.”

When the couple first took on The Courtyard wine bar and The Lock Keeper in Portishead Marina neither establishments had any ‘star’ ratings for food and hygiene ratings.

Sam said: “Barry and I worked hard to achieve five stars in both restaurants and turned around people's reactions to both restaurants through a lot of hard work and determination.”

The recent food fine was imposed on the landlord Tony Thatcher and relates to the time before Farrells took on the Nailsea establishment, said Sam.

She added: “Being a restaurateur for more than 20 years Barry has always achieved and maintained the highest of food standards so it was extremely upsetting to have the court case article run alongside a picture of our restaurants.

“Unfortunately people often just glance at an article without reading its content.

“When we took over in Nailsea we were back pedalling for a long time to gain The Courtyard wine bar any respect as an establishment.

“We did receive great praise and reviews there but our Farrells brand did not fit in with the pub and cafe culture of Nailsea.

“With a Wetherspoons and cafés on every corner it was something we felt we didn't want to pursue any longer.”

While the couple are attached to their Keynsham business Sam added: “We never felt this way with Portishead or Nailsea and we are extremely happy to be moving on from both places.”

FLOOD THEN FIRE: Farrells restaurant at Keynsham forced to close for weeks due to flood damage. From left chef Petrit Ferhati, manager Arlene Moore, bar manager Chris McCabe and head chef Kieran Lenihan PHOTO: Dave Betts

Nailsea wine bar closes - again...


Despite fantastic reviews on Tripadvisor Farrells Irish Italian restaurant at Nailsea has closed.

Staff at the Courtyard bar and restaurant told customers before Christmas that if business didn’t improve it would close in the New Year.

It is believed Farrells used a break clause in its lease to pull out after only 12 months operating just off the High Street.

A spokesman for owner Barry Farrell said: “It didn’t work out and in the end there was no point going on at Nailsea and losing money.”

While everyone agreed the food was great complaints about the beer – or lack of it – and bar prices were a talking point among the drinking fraternity.

The other established Farrell restaurants at Keynsham and Portishead are not affected by this decision.

Previously the wine bar at Nailsea town centre had been run for more than a quarter of a century by Maureen Buchaly.

Maureen worked as a barmaid before taking over the lease and running the wine bar for many years with her late partner Simon Hadley who died in June 2007.

Due to cash flow problems she closed in January 2013 and landlord Tony Thatcher began re-developing the site putting in a glass roof and adding a dining area.

Maureen said the opening of Wetherspoons at Crown Glass Shopping Centre had been the final straw.

The other casualty of increased competition in the town was The Friendship Inn which is now a small terrace of upmarket housing.

The Courtyard first opened in 1987 and originally it had a downstairs café, clothes boutique and wine bar while upstairs there were offices and a restaurant.

On the ground floor only the wine bar had stayed constant with businesses opening and closing over the years - some due to the recession.

Mr Thatcher has spent thousands of pounds on the premises and is currently converting the upstairs with a view to opening a motel-style complex.

Fined £1k + £4k costs for food safety breach


North Somerset Council released a press statement about food standards at The Courtyard wine bar lunchtime on Monday, February 2.

It says: "Failure to comply with food safety legislation has resulted in a successful prosecution by North Somerset Council's food and safety team.

"The case, heard at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Tuesday, January 27, related to the failure by food business operator Anthony Thatcher to put in place a food safety management system at his business The Courtyard Wine Bar, High Street, Nailsea. 

"All food businesses must, by law, have a food safety management system in place and this should serve as the backbone to the operational practices that take place.

"The system is a process designed to identify risks and hazards that are present, define critical limits and to implement controls so that critical limits are not exceeded. 

"The food safety system ensures that all employees work within established standards.

"With a food safety system in place it shouldn’t be possible for standards to drop to a point where food safety is compromised. 
"Despite the support and advice offered to Mr Thatcher over several months by environmental health officers from the food and safety team, he failed to put in place or implement a system at his business and the council took legal action. 
"Mr Thatcher had two charges brought against him and pleaded not guilty to both.
"He was found guilty of the charge of failing to put in place a food management system at his business and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 council costs. 
"He was found not guilty of the second charge of failing to comply with a hygiene improvement notice, also relating to the putting in place of a food safety system. Mr Thatcher maintained he had not received the notice."

North Somerset Council executive member with responsibility for food safety Peter Bryant said: “We will continue to offer support to all businesses to help them comply with food safety standards, but will not hesitate to take legal action against those food business operators who demonstrate a wilful non-compliance with food safety law and who put the public at risk."

Read the North Somerset Council statement online HERE.

More g(n)ame changes


This story of a former Nailsea's town centre restaurant changes by the moment.

While the wine bar at Nailsea has a notice on the door giving a mobile telephone for anyone wanting to gain access the premises this sign has gone up at Portishead Farrells.

It says:"OPEN La Mirana - please be award that DBGD Ltd trading as Farrells Irish Italian Restaurant has ceased to operate from these premises.

"If you have any questions or queries regarding Farrells please contact their Keynsham business which is still trading.

"We regret any inconveniece, the new trading business here is La Marina. Toni and Pepe remain in charge."

Guiseppe Esposito was once manager at Bottelino's at Nailsea before it became Europa and more lately Il Paradiso.

DBGD Limited is a private limited company which was first registered in July 2014, by Bristol accountants CV Ross & Co Ltd at a Warmley address.

£1 million price tag for police station

Nailsea Police Station is ‘under offer’ after asking for bids of more than £1 million.

Avon & Somerset Constabulary put a ‘for sale’ board outside the town centre building in September 2014.

And it appointed commercial property consultants Hartnell Taylor Cook to market the 1970s police station which sits on a 1.4 acres plot on the corner of Mizzymead Rise and Stockway South.

Surveyor Henry de Teissier is in charge of the sale which was advertised with a price tag of £1,250,000.

The sales description added the property was suitable for ‘residential, retail and other uses subject to planning permission’.

Mr de Teissier said this week a total of 10 bids were received with three being shortlisted.

Those on the shortlist were invited to ‘interview’ as the police were keen to choose a suitable buyer for such a prominent site and were not constrained to take the highest bid, Mr de Teissier added.

All three interested parties have been interviewed with one now moving onto contract stage.

However, until the legal paperwork has been completed the police will not reveal the name of the successful bidder.

Nailsea is part of a package of properties deemed surplus to requirements.

Reassurances that a police presence will be maintain in Nailsea town centre have been given but whether this is a shop at Crown Glass Place or a back room at Scotch Horn Centre hasn’t been revealed.

Police say they will keep a public enquiry office in Nailsea which will be stay open 10am-6pm Monday to Friday and a 24/7 neighbourhood team but from 2015 their base will move elsewhere in the town.

North Somerset chief inspector Alex Cohen said at the time the sale was announced: “I see the location of the neighbourhood team in the centre of Nailsea as absolutely critical to our ability to deliver a quality service to the public.

“We have already outlined our plans to streamline our service by providing smaller, more accessible policing bases in the heart of our communities, including Nailsea.

“We need to ensure that we get the best value for money for the taxpayer from the sale of our buildings.

“There is no intention to bring forward the date of the closure of the current Nailsea police station from 2015-16, or to close the station before a new base is available.”

Lidl submit plans


Lidl has finally formally submitted a planning application to build a foodstore in Nailsea with the loss of 47 town centre car parking spaces.

You just knew it was going to happen thus...the day before Christmas Eve... a full planning application from Lidl is submitted to North Somerset Council.

Wow – that was really good timing because now our district councillors have until Monday, January 19, to decide.

The application for a grey and white single storey store with glazed frontage at Stockway South says it will be built on the site of the car park and old petrol station owned by Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

It will provide 147 car parking spaces where previously there were 194.

If successful the new store will be open 8am-9pm six days a week and from 10am-4pm on Sundays.

But before you can say ‘what another supermarket’ more than 50 objections have been registered.

These include one from North Somerset MP Liam Fox, Tickenham Parish Council and Meadway Avenue Residents Action Committee.

Dr Fox, a former GP in the town, says he has received many protest letters from his constituents.

He is concerned about the impact on existing businesses like Waitrose, Tesco, Iceland, the 99p store, the Co-op and Burchills greengrocers and more especially the aged, disabled and ill people using Tower House Medical Centre.

Dr Fox added: “Another consideration is the maintenance of the pleasant aspect of the town with open space and greenery rather than a heavily built-up area.”

The people living in Meadway Avenue are worried that ‘the surrounding roads will suffer from parking congestion’ and have vowed ‘to fight this all the way to the top’.

Tickenham Parish Council fears more delivery lorries will be using the B3130 and complains about the ‘constant flow’ of HGVs through its village.

However, Mark Robinson, representing Ellandi and its investment partner Development Securities who have owned the shopping precinct since 2009, say they are committed to ‘adding vibrancy to the town centre’.

He added that the next phase of investment with new play area for children, signage and smartening up  was dependent on Lidl going ahead.

To read more on the background of the planning application as reported by click HERE and scroll down on this page for a story about Lidl cutting the number of car parking space lost. 

To read documents submitted to North Somerset Council click HERE.

COMMUNITY PEEPS: There are a deluge of documents on the North Somerset Council website including the one, top, which promises a designated www, website but this isn't functional - yet. A new social media page called 'Nailsea Lidl - yes to store, no to location' has also appeared on Facebook but so far has only eight 'likes'

Lidl reverse on car parking



Budget supermarket Lidl has backed down on part of its plans to build on a Nailsea car park and is poised to submit a formal planning application to North Somerset Council this month.

It has been a long two years since it was announced Lidl was coming to Nailsea as part of a massive £10 million investment for the town centre.

Lidl say it now wants to build a 1,064 sq m neighbourhood food store with 147 car parking spaces at Stockway South.

Its first idea was to build a 1,178 sq m store with 96 car parking spaces.

Property director James Mitchell said: “We hope the revised measures that we have undertaken demonstrate that we have listened to the concerns of the public and have responded with what we hope people consider improved proposals.”

To make these changes Lidl is acquiring additional land – namely the old petrol station site - from owners Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

Mr Mitchell added: “This is an increase of 51 car parking spaces and a decrease in sales area of 114 sq m from that originally displayed at the public open day.”

The proposals were first unveiled at a Nailsea & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce meeting way back when and then this September at a public presentation at The Centre, home of Nailsea Baptist Church.

However, there was outrage that the single storey discount food store which promises 35 new jobs would involve the loss of 101 car parking spaces.

One of the biggest concerns was for Tower House Medical Centre and the adjoining pharmacy.

Fears were voiced that patients and staff would block nearby narrow residential roads and people living at Meadway Avenue launched a protest.

Meanwhile rumours abounded around the town that Lidl was turning its attention to the police station which is currently for sale on the corner of Stockway South and Mizzymead Road.

The closing date for bids was Friday, November 28.

Property agents Hartnell Taylor Cook said they had received lots of interest but would not be able to reveal the successful bidder for several weeks.

Lidl is now considered a leading European grocery retailer with more than 600 stores in the UK including branches at Clevedon and Portishead.

How long do shoppers need to park?


Ten years ago more than half the adult population of the UK went shopping at Tesco but with increasing competition and Lidl looming which store is likely to come out top at Nailsea?

Who knows but it seems Tesco like their customers to linger and offer a full three hours of free parking at its High Street store.

Waitrose customers meanwhile only get two hours free parking at its newly revamped town centre car park. And we are told the posh peoples shop only wanted to offer 90mins but where persuaded that two hours was more appropriate.

Getting ready to move


This time it is for real and Global Furniture is closing its Nailsea shop this month.

In March 2011 the Station Road former pine store increased its footfall multi-fold when it put a sale notice in the window saying ‘everything must go’.

Hundreds of anxious customers called in to check what was happening only to learn it was to make room for more stock.

But this week it was confirmed that the shop was going and the blame was put on a rent hike by the landlords of Kings Court.

The importers of wooden furniture from the Far East a company spokesman confirmed there will be no loss of jobs and its other branches at Nailsworth, Ryeford,near Stonehouse, Weston-super-Mare and Yate are not affected by the decision.

Global Furniture has been trading in Nailsea for 15 years.

The store has a prominent position in the town centre and also on the promotion video made by Heritage estate agents which has offices in the High Street.

To watch the Heritage video by clicking right and note the 'posh voice' no West Country accent here.


Cohens' cafe and Gilly's bistro


Cohen’s the chemist at Nailsea town centre is to become a cafe.

North Somerset Council has given permission for a change of use for the Crown Glass Shopping Centre pharmacy to become a coffee shop.

Despite previous concerns about the number of pubs, restaurants, takeaways and food stores in the High Street and shopping precinct there was no objection from Nailsea Town Council or Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce.

Planners granted the change of use application by the town centre management company for change-of-use status from A1 to A3.

The wall between the vacant next door JT Shoes will be knocked down and the new coffee shop will occupy both 4 and 5 Somerset Square.

The pharmacy lease at 5 Somerset Square is due to expire at and the company were not intending to renew as it has agreed to move to a smaller unit at 9 Colliers Walk.

An application from Gilly’s cafe to become a High Street bistro bar and open from 7.30am-10.30pm daily was also approved.

Owner Gilly Chu who also runs an outside catering business had the backing of more than 50 customers and Nailsea town councillors.

Gilly said: “I will probably only open late on a Friday and Saturday evening to begin with although not all in the run up to Christmas as I already have private bookings for certain dates.

“I would urge people to give us a call to check our December openings on 01275 859408.”

Previously the business had been forced to close by 5.30pm.

Gilly's licensed bistro will be open on Thursday and Friday, December 11-12 this week with a special evening menu.

Gilly added: "We will not be open on the evening of Saturday, December 13, as we have a large private Christmas function booked at Clevedon Promenade Club.

Cafe business is open as usual Monday to Saturday 8.30am to last orders at 2.45pm.

GILLY'S MENU: Daytime cafe and night time licenced bistro which boasts real food by real cooks with new menus on What's On page

Seeing in New Year with a move


A Nailsea shop which has been empty for nearly three years has found a new tenant.

Optometrists Lynne Fernandes which has been trading at 63 High Street – part of Ivy Court – for several years is moving across the road to 124A High Street.

A spokesman for the opticians said they hoped to move to the new store in March are planning lots of special offers and an ‘event’ to celebrate.

The old Sion Computer shop has been empty for a number of years since its boss

Simon Ramsden filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

The building was originally the ‘home’ of Watkins & Tasker Veterinary Group.

The vets also moved across the road and its surgery is now at 69 High Street.

Going, going, gone online

PartySmartys is closing its new shop at Crown Glass Shopping Centre on Saturday after only nine months trading in the town centre.

Owner Fran Hunt won the free shop at Colliers Walk in a competition last November.

Crown Glass landlords Ellandi and Development Securities launched a Win A Shop competition with no rent or business rates to pay for 12 months.

But Fran decided her party supplies shop was better suited to trading online which she has been doing successfully for the past six years.

Centre manager Charlotte Jarrett said: “The Crown Glass Shopping Centre will be very sorry to see PartySmartys and Fran leave the scheme this month, but wish them every success with their continued online business. 

“After winning the Ellandi Win A Shop promotion in 2013 Fran has been a great contribution to our retail mix and I know she will be sadly missed by her fellow retailers and shoppers alike.”

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014


Sunday opening


The Post Office at West Town Road, Backwell is now open on Sundays.

A  PO spokesman said: "We’re changing to meet the needs of our customers.

"We’re now open earlier, and later, and on Sundays.

"Your local Backwell branch is now open from 7am-noon on Sundays.

"We want to make our unrivalled network of more than 11,500 branches better than ever.

"So keep your eyes open.

:This is just the start."

This announcement has not affected the main post office at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea.