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PUDSEY PERFORMERS: Footlights is making moves for Children in Need. The performance arts troupe runs classes throughout North Somerset and has its professional dance studio at Blackfriars Road, Nailsea. Footlights director Tina Kelly said: "We absolutely loved this year's Children in Need anthem so we made up our own moves." Young people will pay £1 to come to class all this week in fancy dress to raise money for CiN and Nailsea People will be posting the photos later...watch this space...the photo right is one they did earlier this week at dance lessons...


The UK's annual tap dancing event Tapathon 2018 is on Sunday, November 18, and super troupers from Nailsea are taking part.

Tapathon events are to be held in hundreds of different locations throughout the UK in aid of Children in Need.

This is a great opportunity to tap alongside fellow tap dancing enthusiasts, of all ages and fitness levels in an attempt to smash a current world record and help raise funds for charity.

All 50 of the Jazz On Tap dance company will be taking part and as well as raising money will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record.

Jazz on Tap is part of the Nailsea School of Music and Performing Arts and runs classes in Nailsea and Portishead with the emphasis on fun and fitness.

The CiN Tapathon routine is choreographed and sent to dance schools to teach at their own pace.

Dance teacher Michelle Bedford said: “Our aim for 2018 is for all our dancers whose ages range from seven years to nearly 80 to get their dancing shoes on for Pudsey Bear and help break the largest tap dancing group world record.

“This currently stands at more than 7,500 participants.”

And while dancing they will be raising funds for some of the UK's most disadvantaged children.

Each participant purchases a T-shirt which is their donation to CiN from the proceeds and will receive a certificate after the event.

The tapathon is midday on Sunday, November 18, at 2nd Nailsea Scout HQ, Hannah More Road. 


Putting on my dancing shoes


Ways to pay

Boots ‘go bright’ campaign is back but not in Nailsea.

As principal partner for the 15th year having raised an incredible £11.5m to help disadvantaged children and young people across the UK you will have to pop up to Cribbs Causeway or buy Boots CiN goods online by clicking HERE.

Official partners Greggs are supporting BBC Children in Need for the 12th year.

In that time, Greggs nationwide (not Nailsea on its own) have raised more than £8.5million for the charity.

Greggs’ customers will have the chance to sink their teeth into Pudsey and Blush ring buns, Pudsey shortbread and Blush gingerbread.

There couldn’t be a tastier way to fundraise!

A limited number of Pudsey keyrings, ears, wristbands and pin badges are also on sale at the shop at Colliers Walk in Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

Children in Need airs on Friday, November 16, across BBC1 and BBC2, and will be aiming to beat the record-breaking £60.7 million raised during last year’s telethon.

The evening will kick off with The One Show’s BBC Children in Need Special from 7-7.30pm on BBC1. Expect plenty of surprise celebrity appearances!

BBC Children in Need will air 7.30-10pm, with a 40-minute gap before restarting at 10.40pm and running until 12.30am on BBC1.

However, during the gap you can switch over to BBC2 for Junior Mastermind for BBC Children in Need, which will start at 10pm and finish at 10.40pm.

Since first launching in 1980, Children In Need has raised a whopping £950 million to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

Personalities Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Rob Beckett, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes are all lined-up to host during the evening.

Strictly’s Daly, and presenter and wheelchair basketball player Adepitan, will open the show, before Norton and former Bake Off presenter Giedroyc take over.

The evening will end with comedian Beckett and husband-and-wife duo, Rochelle and Marvin Humes (both musicians-turned-presenters), revealing the night’s final total.



You can send in money in a variety of ways this year, including via text, phone call, post, or by visiting BBC Children in Need’s website here.

  • Call 0345 7 33 22 33 to make a donation using your debit, credit or PayPal account.

  • You can donate £10 just by texting the word DONATE to 70410. To donate £20 text DONATE to 70420, or to donate £30 text DONATE to 70430. Texts will cost your donation plus your standard network message charge and all of your donation will go to BBC Children in Need.

  • Send a cheque or postal order to BBC Children in Need, PO Box 648, Salford, M5 0LB.

  • You can pay in your fundraising money at all major banks, building societies, or the Post Office.


NON UNIFORM DAY: Many Nailsea and Backwell schools are having a mufti day on Friday, November 16. At Nailsea and Backwell comprehensives students can pay £1 to not wear their uniform. At Golden Valley Primary School, Nailsea Park, pupils are not wearing uniform and at Kingshill Church School, Pound Lane, the pupils are manning a cake and toy stall. At St Francis RC Primary School, Station Road, it is Year 3 children who have organised all the fundraising activities including cake sale. While at Hannah More infant and Grove junior children are coming to their Whiteoak Way schools dressed in spots!

CAKE SALE: Schoolgirl Esme Davies is hosting a cake sale at her home 29 Eastway 4-5.30pm on Thursday, November 15. Mum Sarah said: "We will have lots of delicious goodies on offer and every penny will go to Children in Need. If you can't make it and would like to support here is the Just Giving link...click HERE. Thank you everyone." And Esme, a pupil at Fairfield School, Backwell, said: "I am having another cake sale at my house because I want to help poorly children and children who don’t have many things to be happier. Please come and buy some yummy cake."


RAFFLE PRIZES: Dentalcare at Nailsea is offering fab prizes in its annual Children in Need raffle including a bottle of Taittinger Rosé Champange and Colgate ProCinical C250 electric toothbrush. Raffle tickets available from its Station Road reception