A different sort of Christmas
Lighting your way for charity
Van driver Steve Wright has issued this planned routes and dates for the Christmas VW's Charity Tour of Nailsea in aid of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal for Bristol Children's Hospital
Steve said: "Hi all, so I have attempted to work out some kind of plan!
"We are going to look to start at 6pm on each day - we have two young children who will be with us so please be patient and understanding if one of the vans needs to disappear part way through the routes.
"We have put down every road who has asked on the posts so far.
"Summerhouse and The Grove we will look to do on Thursday, December 17.
"We will drive slowly down each road and stop at various points along the route but we ask that you do not gather outside of your bubbles and maintain social distancing - the last thing we want is for this to generate some bad publicity for us or the charity.
"If you do approach the vans to give a donation, we respectfully request that you wear a mask, although ideally we would prefer all donations to be made via text or online.
"Our Just Giving page is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/xmasdubs - you can also scan the QR code in this post which will also be on the side windows of the vans, this will take you directly to our Just Giving page.
"Simply use your phone camera and point it at the QR code then tap the link!
"Text donations are made by texting 5, 10, 15 or 20 followed by xmasdubs to 70085 to donate £5, £10, £15 or £20 respectively.
"For example 10xmasdubs to donate £10.
"If anyone would like roads added please add in the comments and we'll do our best to accommodate."
The vans are decorated with nearly 10,000 bulbs in 14 sets attached with small 3M decorating clips giving 980m of lights and have been lighting the way for many night.
A slideshow of photos and updated road maps are on the Gallery 2020 page HERE.
Go to the Nailsea People Facebook page to add a road.
Nailsea Christmas Farmers’ Market will be in the High Street on Saturday, December 19. The road will be closed to traffic for the day.
After Novembers ‘essentials only’ lockdown market the organisers said: "We will be back to full strength for our Christmas event with the return of our craft stalls alongside the amazing array of food, drink and seasonal plants so there will be plenty of gift buying opportunities.
"There will also be the opportunity to take home the new farmers' market leaflets with the dates on from March to December 2021 when the market kicks off next year.
"Despite the excitement of a new Covid vaccine available soon, the market itself will still be following strict guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.
"We offer sanitiser and instructions on arrival, we create safe queuing areas in front of each stall and our stewards and stallholders will politely remind everyone to social distance.
"Similarly the stall holders will be following strict safety guidelines and most will offer contactless payment.
"The market is from 9am-1pm so bring along lots of shopping bags you will need them."
Sign up for a Nailsea Farmers Market e-newsletter here www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk and find out more about the producers who attend monthly event.
An ideal Christmas present from Nailsea MicroPub is this three bottle gift pact with prices starting from £12.
Choose your own bottles.
Contact Mark Ashman at Here are today’s choices of beer and cider.
Pub is open 3-6pm for takeaway.
If you would like a delivery leave a message on its Facebook page or phone on 0749 642 8350.
CAROL SINGERS: Doorstep Carols has been set up to spread some Christmas cheer. Join us on your doorsteps across the nation this Christmas to sing carols together and spread some much-needed cheer! Carols on the Doorstep started in Shropshire but is spreading far and wide as more local radio stations come on board. To download song sheets go to Let’s get involved on Wednesday, December 16, at 6pm. Click on image to go to the Facebook page for more information...
WALNUT CLOSE, NAILSEA: Led the way with the singing - see the slideshow of neighbours enjoying the carols and cheer...
BOOK ISH: Recommended reading for Christmas
CHRISTMAS IS REALLY COMING: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the High Street lights went up at the beginning of December and the Somerset Square tree. The Christmas refuse collection times are published above. Please remember the garden waste is on its monthly winter schedule with the next collections the weeks beginning Mondays, December 7 and 14 then the service is suspended until the week beginning Monday, January 18. The photo is of Christmas past when Nailsea People helped with the Christmas fair for two years running 2016 and 2017 which saw the skate rink come to Crown Glass Shopping Centre.To give the decorations being put up go to the Gallery 2020 page and see the slideshow
BOOKED IN: Click and Collect is still available at Nailsea Library. Call 01934 426030 or email us at email@example.com. Tell us what you would like, we’ll choose up to six books for you. Collect them from outside. Available for adults and children, audio books included too. Christmas books now in stock! Richard and Judy say the best books for 2020 have been:
Mum & Dad by Joanna Trollope
A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
The Split by Sharon Bolton
Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior
Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor.
TESCO NAILSEA OPEN 24hrs FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Tesco Nailsea will be opening 24hrs from Monday to Saturday, December 14-19. This means it will need more staff. While on Sunday, December 20, it will be open 10am-4pm when the store reopens on Monday, December 21, at one minute past midnight its back to 24hr opening. It finally closes on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24 at 7pm. Manager Jon Weed is looking to employ more staff for the additional hours - follow link HERE
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GREEN GROCER: And more S&R Burchills, of Colliers Walk, Nailsea, has launched a new interactive website enabling customers to order their full range of fruit and veg and arrange delivery online. The new website is burchills.co.uk. More info on Marketplace page HERE.
SCHOOL SANTAS: All the children from Farifiled School from Lambs to Year 6 will be putting on hats and tinsel for a one mile Santa run around the school on Friday, December 11. They are fundraising for Children's Hospice South West. There might even be a few staff making an appearance through the afternoon! Please help us to support our local charity and get us into the Christmas spirit. Click HERE to donate or learn more
UPBEAT UPDATE: The Squarebird team raised £3,825 exceeding its £3,750 goal but it isn't too late to add to the total by going to its fundraising page HERE. Spokeman Ben Tucker posted on its Facebook page: "Early on Sunday morning, our team set off in the cold, dark and (very) wet weather to tackle various gruelling routes around North Somerset on foot, with those based in Nailsea looping around Ashton Court, collectively completing 306.26km in total." Ben recorded a full marathon towards the total and reported that there were 'lots of blisters, aches and pain'. Our biker Santa Peter Scadding donned a full white beard for his ride which so far has added to the £2,597 raised on the Bristol CHSW page - still time to donate HERE
300km festive food fundraiser
Website agency Squarebird is committed to covering 300km in 30 hours to raise money for the 300 children on pupil premium in Nailsea.
This is part of a fundraising initiative by Nailsea Community Group.
With Christmas approaching, Nailsea Community Group is looking to raise £3,000 to provide food for families whose children receive free term time school meals as part of government-funded scheme but not during the holidays.
The Squarebird team is committed to running and walking around Nailsea from 9am on Saturday, December 5.
And as well as taking up the challenge the team will be dressed in Christmas-themed outfits.
Squarebird managing partner Jon Bird said: "The support Nailsea Community Group has provided to the people of Nailsea throughout this pandemic has been incredible.
“As a local business we wanted to do something to help the group’s continued efforts to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry during Christmastime.”
The agency team is aiming to raise at least £1,000 through sponsorship and will add a further £500 to any amount raised.
The combined distance covered by the agency will be tracked using apps such as Strava, Apple and FitBit, aiming to hit the total of 300km by 1pm on Sunday, December 6.
Nailsea Community Group plans to deliver the food bags to schools during the final week of term so that parents can collect them, ready for the Christmas break.
To donate to the 300km in 30 hours challenge click HERE.
Squarebird is an integrated website, design and digital marketing agency based in Nailsea. Launched by brothers Jon and Nick Bird in 2016, the team has grown to a 14-person agency servicing international, national and regional clients with website development, graphic design and marketing support.
PHOTO: The Squarebird team dressed and ready to run!
Suits you Santas
On Saturday, December 12, two Nailsea lads Tristan Fry and Harrison Clothier will be donning their Santa suits and running a half marathon around Nailsea.
They are raising money for Children’s Hospice South West.
The former Nailsea School students are not new to fundraising but this is a run festive run for a very good cause.
Tristan said: “We are running to raise money for Children's Hospice South West to help support all the children in need during this difficult time.
"So far, we have raised £463 which is amazing, so we are getting very close to our target of £600.“
If you are able to support them, please visit their Just Giving page HERE.
UPDATE: See photos below as the boys complete their run around Nailsea - so far they have raised £2,000 for CHSW - well done.
Santas on a bike
Things are a little different this year.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Children’s Hospice South West bikers are unable to gather for their usual Santa On A Bikes rides which in the past has seen them skirt Bristol and its surroundings and going through Backwell.
But that is not going to let them stop raising some money for the children’s hospices especially the Wraxall hospice at Charlton Farm.
So, for one year only, the message despatched is ride your own ride!
Bikers are urged to decorate themselves, their bikes and pick a time that suits them during the first weekend in December - and then go out to spread some Christmas happiness around our area.
Nailsea motorbike enthusiast Peter Scadding, of Hazelbury Road, pictured below on a previous year run is 'interest' in going on a solo Santa ride this year.
There is no set route and no set times – so please don't travel to the usual meeting points or hospices. Just ride!
This December bikers will all be riding alone, together.
Keep your helmet on, keep your distance and keep raising money!
Ride out on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, December 4, 5 and 6.
For more details or to donate click HERE.
For any enquiries about the Bristol ride email organisers Oli Allen on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0762 423 1684.
North Somerset families and individuals who are in financial crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic will be supported this winter after North Somerset Council announced details of a £500,000 fund.
Last month the Government agreed a £400m winter grants scheme to support children, their families and individuals experiencing financial difficulties.
Of this, £170m is to be distributed through councils, with at least 80 per cent earmarked for help with food and utility bills.
In North Somerset £500,000 is now available to support people.
North Somerset executive member for children's services Catherine Gibbons is the Labour Party ward councillor for Weston Milton.
She said: “No child should go hungry – this winter or ever. We’re committed to reducing the inequalities that exist in North Somerset so we welcome this funding to help those families who are struggling with the economic impact of coronavirus.
“Children who receive free school meals will get vouchers to cover the Christmas school holidays. Subsequent vouchers will also be provided to support children and families during next year’s February school holidays.
"As well as school children, the voucher scheme is also available to children in pre-school and care leavers.”
Additional support is also available through the council’s Welfare Provision Scheme. This can provide financial support for essentials such as utility bills, bedding, furniture, white goods, clothing, footwear, food and toiletries.
You can make a claim if all of the following apply:
You are aged 16 years or over
You are a North Somerset resident
You are in receipt of a qualifying benefit or waiting to hear about a claim for a qualifying benefit, for example Income Support or Universal Credit OR your household has weekly earnings below £372, before deductions for tax and NI
You are in a temporary financial crisis
You are in receipt of Child Benefit for a child.
To make a claim you can call the free number 0800 1385 665 or call 01934 888 035 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday quoting ‘winter support’.
You may need to provide evidence to support your application. For more information go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/wps.
Going extra mile
With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, the Nailsea Community Group is looking to raise funds to provide food for local families whose children receive free school meals, to avoid holiday hunger.
Nailsea-based website company Squarebird decided they wanted to help and came up with the fantastic initiative 300km for 300 Kids.
As a team they committed to run and walk 300km around Nailsea during a period of 30 hours and they did that in their Christmas themed outfits!
Squarebird managing partner Jon Bird said: “The support that the Nailsea Community Group has provided to the people of Nailsea throughout this pandemic has been incredible.
“As a local business we wanted to do something to help the group’s continued efforts to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry over the Christmas period.”
Their aim was to raise at least £1,000 for the community group initiative and they planned to donate a further £500 to the total amount raised.
They completed their challenge of 300km in 30 hours and smashed their target by raising an amazing £4,187.44
The Nailsea Community Group plans to deliver the food bags to local schools this week so they can collect them ready for the Christmas break.
PHOTO: From left Jules Richardson, Glen Schmidt,
John Bird and Nick Bird taken by James Steel
Christmas past and Christmas now online
Nailsea Tithe Barn with Holy Trinity is another Christmas highlight affected by the Covid-19 restrictions.
However, have no fear as they have set up a virtual Craft Fair Shop Window HERE.
The Christmas fair team posted online: "This is normally a very busy time for the Tithe Barn Trust and Holy Trinity Christmas fair team, and a time we look forward to every year.
"Unfortunately the Christmas craft fair is another casualty of the times we are living through and this year the Tithe Barn and church will be empty on the last Saturday in November.
"We will miss those wonderful stalls with their incredible goods, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, toiletries and many other really unique gift ideas.
"And of course, sadly, Santa and his elves won't be moving into our Grotto this year!
"We all feel so disappointed not to be able to welcome Nailsea's wonderful craftsmen and women back to the barn and Holy Trinity church and so we have decided to do what we can to give you the opportunity to discover just what they are offering this year.
"Click on the link above and you will be taken to our Christmas Craft Fair Shop Window.
"There you will get a taste of some of the great gift ideas available, with details of how to contact the makers.
"Please think about supporting them if you can and go some small way to make up for the disappointment of not being able to come along to the real thing.
"Although we won't have the fun and enjoyment of meeting you all this year we nevertheless would like to wish you the best Christmas possible in these challenging times.
"Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy healthy New Year
from Santa's Little helpers - David, Jan, Barbara and Kath."
With the lack of Christmas markets this year Nailsea Community Group thought they would create a space for local sellers to show their gorgeous gift ideas, and for buyers to shop safely. They are not charging sellers to advertise and are running this to help those whose businesses have been affected by the current situation. This fair will run from Saturday to Friday, November 7-December 18 so there’ll be plenty of time to do all your Christmas shopping. Sellers need to email email@example.com to get a ‘pitch number’. Buyers, put your feet up, grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine, pop on some Christmas tunes, and enjoy shopping for gorgeous gifts from the comfort of your home. To browse what is on offer go to its Facebook page HERE. To order any items please contact the sellers directly. It is advised to use PayPal for payments.
The Lions in winter float
For many years the Nailsea Lions Santa float has been an important part of the Christmas scene, whether touring the streets in the evening, bringing excitement and wonder to the children, or outside the supermarkets bringing Christmas cheer to the shoppers.
Sadly, this year, due to the coronavirus restrictions, the float will have to stay locked away at the North Pole.
However, the many charities, good causes and organisations that the Lions regularly support are desperate for funds, as much of their own fundraising has been put on hold while the need for their services has continued.
Nailsea Lions has decided to have a virtual float collection for all those who regularly support them and would still like to do so, or anyone else who would like to help local charities in these difficult times.
It doesn't matter how little or how much you donate, as every little will help.
Last year the Lions collected nearly £6,000 through the generosity of the people in Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton.
As a result they were able to help 25 small, local charities for whom a small amount can make a large difference. In addition they have recently been supporting the Nailsea Foodbank.
Not having an office party or club Christmas lunch this year? Maybe you would like to consider donating some of what you would have spent to local charities.
To help click HERE.
Delivering Christmas cheer to Nailsea peeps
Nailsea Community Group is sending Christmas greetings by announcing its plans for the festive holidays.
A spokesman said: "We did have more elaborate plans but we have had to scale these back due to Lockdown 2, so here are our revised plans…"
Help Holiday Hunger Scheme
We want to help local families with children on Pupil Premium during the Christmas holidays. While we are aware that the Government has decided to support these families in some way, we would like to provide additional support. We aim to supply each eligible child with £10 worth of food to try to ensure that no one in the family goes hungry over Christmas. We would then deliver the food bags to school during the last week of term so parents could collect them. There are between 250-300 eligible children in Nailsea, so the cost of this scheme would be circa £2,500-£3,000. We are looking to work together with local businesses and the community to either supply suitable food or to raise any funds needed. If you would like to get involved in helping, please could you contact us.
We are working with Southfield Road Food Bank to supply the households we support with Christmas hampers. If you have anything that you would like to donate please drop it into No26 Somerset Square, or one of our collection points at Tesco or Co-op supermarkets. We are also going to supply some stocking presents for the children of the families we support; we already have these.
Christmas Presents For Buddies
We will provide a nice tin of biscuits or a box of chocolates to all those people our volunteers are buddying with. These will be wrapped and ready to deliver with a Christmas card in the week leading up to Christmas.
We have been contacted by the Nailsea Masonic Lodge who has very generously offered to provide a traditional Christmas meal delivery service for up to 100 people we support with our community buddies. We hope this will provide a little bit of Christmas cheer to residents who may not have a local support network to spend Christmas with or who may struggle to prepare a full Christmas meal for themselves.
Thank you to all our volunteers and the organisations and businesses who are supporting us to make these initiatives happen. To support the work of Nailsea Community Group go to its Go Fund Me page by clicking HERE.
NAILSEA SCHOOL PTA CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
Nailsea School PTA is holding a Christmas tree sale on Sunday, December 6, at the Nailsea School car park.
But because of the success of the idea trees can now only be reordered.
This year for the first time, Nailsea School PTA is selling luxury Nordman Fir Christmas trees.
They are excellent quality and are lower shedding than other varieties.
Collection of pre-ordered trees is 10am-noon.
A PTA spokesman said: "Thanks to a great response to this sale we are no longer able to provide a 'buy on the day' option."
Trees must be pre-ordered for collection on the day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last date for pre-order is now Thursday, November 26.
Payment details will be provided on receipt of your email and a confirmation email will be sent once your payment has been received.
There is limited availability for local delivery for those who need at an additional £2 per tree.
PRE-ORDERED TREES ONLY
Festive Carol display
Every day of Advent from Tuesday, December 1 to Christmas Eve on Thursday, December, 24, Wraxall and Failand Parish is arranging for a window display to appear somewhere in the two communities of Nailsea or Wraxall.
This is organised by All Saints' in Wraxall and St Bartholomew's in Failand churches.
All of the displays will be based on the carol of the day!
Each display will contain a QR code which will take you to the webpage for that day with the next bit of the Nativity Story and some puzzles and activities.
How do I sign up to make a display?
Map is now published below and is available to download by clicking HERE
JINGLE BELLS: We have clapped our hands and banged the drum for the NHS, decorated scarcrows and pumpkins for a Nailsea trail and now the latest idea is to jingle bells at 6pm on Christmas Eve. People worldwide have been invited to show their appreciation on their doorstep for a man who is defying the virus and keeping his promise to visit every country in the world. Yes, it’s Santa, and despite isolating for most of the year, he’ll be out for his whirlwind tour of the planet on the night of December 24 this year. The big man in red has been officially classed as a key worker, and his elves are coming out of furlough for the weeks running up to Christmas. Now an idea for everyone to stand out on their doorstep and show Santa what a hero he is too. Along the same theme Clap for Carers, people are being invited to ring a bell for Santa at 6pm on Christmas Eve, just before he sets out on his epic journey, and to unite the world in a short moment of happiness and togetherness.
Costa Nailsea takeaway service
School Christmas cards
Nailsea School PTA organised a Christmas card design competition and the entries by the talented winners are here.
Well done Izzy M (Yr7), Rujula S (Yr8), Cherry B (Yr9), Molly P (Yr10) and Thomas H (Yr11).
The five winning designs have now been made into card and are on sale now.
There are five cards, one of each design per pack and cost £2.50.
Email your minimum order of two packs to email@example.com for payment and delivery details.
December 5 and 12
PET PRESENTS: At Station Road, Nailsea, the shop sells an assortment of pet food and Christmas presents for dogs and cats...
With theatres closed, gatherings off limits and coronavirus restrictions likely to continue into winter, it’s undeniable Christmas will look a little different this year but The Parking Lot Social are here to inject some much needed festive fun!
Taking place at Bristol Airport, drive-in festival The Parking Lot Social is bringing Christmas to us with a host of exciting socially-distanced events this December.
From Sunday to Wednesday, December 27-30, visitors will be welcomed to a festive evening of fun entertainment from pantomime and cinema evenings to silent discos and much more.
Famous for their vast inflatable sets, the winter festival will feature a fabulous 60ft tall rainbow coloured Christmas tree and a giant DJing Santa Claus providing the perfect backdrop for the entertainment.
The Parking Lot Panto
Following the closure of theatres over the winter months, guests will still be able to get their annual pantomime fix with the first Parking Lot pantomime, a twist on the classic Cinderella. Featuring all the panto elements you know and love, as well as a few ‘drive-in’ twists along the way, a troupe of nine professional actors will restore our faith in Christmas as audiences follow Cinders on her adventures, helped by the Fairy Godmother. An on-site crew will film the action and broadcast the panto from the stage directly onto two 40 foot screens meaning there's not a bad seat in the house.
For those craving a much-needed night out, the ‘Big Weekender’ is the perfect opportunity to let loose and indulge in some festive fun! Park next to friends and dance at a distance for a night to remember. The jam-packed party night includes a Silent Disco, Live Cam ‘Car-A-Oke, Party Bingo and Interactive quizzes.
Swap the ho-ho-ho’s for ha-ha-ha’s at special adult comedy night ‘Parking LOL’ which is set to provide some much needed cheer to end the year – watch this space for an exciting line up announcement coming soon…
For families on the hunt for some Christmas cheer, Social Kids is the perfect party for little ones featuring family ‘Christmas car-a-oke’, an interactive quiz, a silent disco and Party Bingo hosted by Santa Claus himself!
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without watching a few iconic festive films! Movie-lovers can choose from a selection of drive-in festive favourites including Love Actually, Elf and Home Alone which will be shown on two giant screens with the sound broadcast straight to the cars. Guests will be treated to pre movie entertainment including quizzes and DJ sets to get the audience to get everyone in the festive spirit – watch out for a few surprises along the way!
Feeling peckish? Have your snacks delivered directly to your cars from some of the best local food trucks around. Expect classic gourmet burgers, loaded fries, wood-fired pizzas and hot dogs alongside sweet winter warmers including hot chocolate, donuts, toasted nuts, gingerbread men and more.
In line with government guidelines, safety is at the heart of every event and audiences will participate in the immersive, interactive shows from their own cars. The events are completely contactless ensuring a safe and socially distant experience with strict cleaning and social distancing rules throughout. Organisers have even committed to full ticket refunds if additional government restrictions should restrict the event from going ahead. To learn more and to book tickets click HERE.
Fill the foodbank cupboard for Christmas
Sports clubs in Nailsea are helping to collect groceries and other vital items to make up small Christmas hampers for people in the town who use the foodbanks.
Nailsea United FC is setting up a table for donations at The Grove Sports Centre and Social Club at St Mary’s Grove. Current opening hours are Friday 3-10pm, Saturday 9.30am-10pm and Sunday noon-8pm.
Footballer Robert Brown said anyone unable to make the Grove opening times may call him on 0755 709 1443 and he will organise collection.
And @the gym in Blackfriars Road will have a space just inside door by reception for donations which can be left Monday to Friday 6am-9pm, Saturday 8am-3pm and Sunday 9am-1pm.
Boss Matt Bembridge said: “We have access to a warehouse so we can store lots of items.”
The donations will be distributed via Nailsea Community Group who are based at 26 Somerset Square and The Trussell Trust who have a distribution depot at Clevedon at the beginning of December.
Drive-in carol service
Another lovely Christmas idea is the drive-in carol service at Nailsea School car park on Sunday, December 20, at 4pm.
This is being organised by the Rev Michelle Taylor who said: "Aviator brass quintet will be playing carols for us while people stay in their cars, and sing if they wish.
"The nativity will be told with readings in between the carols and the event will last between 30-45 minutes."
To book email with your name and car registration.
Michelle added: "There are 100 spaces but 58 have already been booked on a first come first served basis."
A church in Swanmore, Norfolk, started the trend by hosting a drive-in service with its congregation winding down their windows to join in with the hymns.
Michelle was a leading light at the last Nailsea Beer & Cider Festival when the headlining band for the Sunday afternoon
session failed to show and she joined Elvis and others for an impromptu performance.
Michelle who is Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate was on bar duty but soon swapped her pint pulling for a stage performance par excellence.
Her idea to bring a Passion Play to Crown Glass Shopping
Centre at Easter was thwarted by the coronavirus crisis and has been postponed for another day/year.
CHRISTMAS FARE: The Old Farmhouse pub at Trendlewood Way, Nailsea is delivering Christmas to its customers. Festive fayre complete with crackers can be delivered to where you work or live. For the menu and bookings click HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Christmas opening hours and menus to be added soon.
No deliveries Christmas 2020
The scouts Christmas post is cancelled for Nailsea and Backwell 2020.
2nd Nailsea chairman and Christmas post organiser Richard Simmons said: "After a great deal of thought and deliberation the organisers from 1st Nailsea, 2nd Nailsea and Backwell Scouts have reluctantly decided to cancel Christmas Post this year due to the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This seemed to be the only responsible course of action in the current circumstances.
"This would have been the 22nd year of the operation and we are sincerely thankful to Stephen Pring estate agent for sponsoring the cost of stamps from the very start.
"To all our customers, our sincere thanks for your support over the past years and I hope we can count on your support again in 2021.
"You have helped raise vital funds for the three scout groups and also supported many other local charities.
"Best wishes to you and your families and I hope you all stay safe and healthy through these uncertain times."
IMAGE: Christmas past by Nailsea People
Bringing Christmas good cheer
The coronavirus may have cancelled the annual Christmas community lunch, but it will not stop visitors delivering festive stockings for those home alone on Friday, December 25
For nearly a decade a fabulous festive feast has been served at Nailsea Community Christmas Lunch at the Trinity Centre. But sadly, due to the coronavirus crisis this is not possible this year which will disappoint many.
Last year the Church Lane hall was bedecked in holly and festooned in decorations as nearly 100 guests enjoyed an afternoon of great entertainment, small gifts, and good cheer.
Concern that people who for a variety of reasons would be alone and not see anyone on Christmas Day – a loved one has died or their family and friends live too far away – has led the group to rack their brains looking for an alternative treat for 2020.
And that is where YOU come in – can you spare a few hours on Friday, December 25, to deliver a small gift to those who would appreciate seeing a friendly face and while socially distancing spend a little time exchanging Christmas good tidings?
The Christmas community lunch group spearheaded by Lynda Dicks is looking for people to act at Father or Mother Christmas to deliver Christmas stockings filled with many homemade and donated goodies including nibbles made by the ‘resident’ chef Scottie Dyer.
Help is also needed wrapping presents, coordinating delivery addresses, and/or collecting donations from the many sponsors including Simpson's solicitors, Ward's solicitors, Tesco Nailsea supermarket, Ring O’Bells, Holy Trinity church and greengrocers SR Burchills.
Lynda said: “We are very grateful to Nailsea Town Council for a £100 grant and the businesses and supermarkets who have already pledged support.”
Lynda is also compiling a list of local restaurants/pub who will be serving Christmas lunch on Friday, December 25. If you would like to help and/or receive a visit call Lynda Dicks on 01275 853495 or email email@example.com.
GOOD CHEER: Article and photos from Christmas past
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS: Nailsea School PTC has a 'design a Christmas card' competition and entries close soon...all entries get 25 house points. Can't wait to seee the winner
LANGFORD TRUST: Do you love animals and want to support Bristol Vet School's vital work to further the health and welfare of all animals? Buy our Christmas charity cards and you will help fund key research into heart disease in dogs, antimicrobial resistance on smallholder farms and a study into laminitis; a painful condition afflicting horses. Coronavirus has really affected fundraising this year. We hope our charity Christmas cards might raise some funds while making you smile. If you like to send Christmas cards please consider buying a pack of our cards and help Bristol Vet School continue it's vital research. See www.langfordtrust.org/shop or scan our QRcode. Please do SHARE. We really appreciate any support
SANTA BEST FESTIVE FOOT FORWARD FOR 2020
Not sure how this is going to 'run' but from Friday to Sunday, December 11-13 Santas on the Run - goes freestyle! This is an online event raising money for Children's Hospice South West billed as Santas on the Run is back, but not as you know it! Registration opens Monday, October 19. Spread some festive cheer in your Christmas gear to raise money for local children. Click HERE for more information and spread some festive cheer in your Christmas gear to raise money for children living with a life-limiting condition this Christmas.
Playhouse Theatre says yes there will be a panto!
BREAKING NEWS: Following on from our earlier announcement that we’ll be presenting a socially distanced pantomime we’re delighted to announce that the super talented Derek Moran from Channel 5’s Milkshake will be joining us for this year’s socially distanced pantomime.
Derek Moran started his training from a young age with the Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin, and was soon performing in shows throughout Ireland, including the King and I, Oliver and Mac and Mable.
At the age of sixteen Derek was signed by Warner Brothers Music as one of the band members in D-Side. With D-Side Derek enjoyed incredible success with three Top 10 singles in the UK and massive success throughout Europe and Japan including the number 1 album in the Japanese charts.
Derek has performed on many TV shows including Top of the Pops, The Saturday Show, Ministry Of Mayhem, MTV, This Morning, The Late Late Show and Ireland AM.
Derek has been one of the main presenters of Channel 5’s leading children’s TV strand Milkshake for 14 years. As well as presenting, Derek also directs and choreographs. Most recently he choreographed the Milkshake Bop Box Boogie, and directed and choreographed the national theatre tour: Milkshake Live – Milkshake Monkeys Musical .
Derek is delighted to be spending this Christmas season in Weston-super-Mare.
This year’s socially distanced pantomime has a significantly reduced capacity so the theatre recommends that you book early to avoid disappointment as this year not everyone who usually attends will be able to due to social distancing and it’s on a first come, first served basis.
Playhouse general manager Mark Thompson said: "Absolutely delighted to have Derek Moran in our cast this year.
"I’ve been lucky enough to watch Derek’s career during the past 15 years and he’s a super talented performer who will bring something really special to this year’s socially distanced performance!
"Tickets are selling quickly and unfortunately social distancing restrictions means we can’t offer all that attend usually the opportunity to do so please purchase your tickets online soon to avoid disappointment."
Tickets for Sleeping Beauty are £20. All tickets can be booked from the Playhouse website www.theplayhouse.co.uk
The Playhouse Theatre plans to produce and create a socially distanced pantomime this Christmas for the community.
The new show, Sleeping Beauty, will replace the planned production of Jack and the Beanstalk which will be postponed until Christmas 2021.
General manager Mark Thompson said: "We’re keen to ensure that this year we still offer those who wish to attend a magical Christmas treat for all ages but with the continued restrictions around social distancing that makes a production of the scale we had planned for Jack and the Beanstalk impossible at this point whilst social distancing remains.
“That being said, we believe that Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a Playhouse pantomime so we’re reinventing the spinning wheel and putting together a fantastic socially distanced pantomime of Sleeping Beauty.
"Although it will be different than our previous productions to fit within the requirements of social distancing we’re bringing back some of our best loved professional performers from previous pantomimes who have all agreed to bubble together from two weeks prior to rehearsals, live together during the shows and give up their own Christmas with family and friends to ensure that they stay as a bubble and allow us to present this year’s festive show for the community”.
Due to social distancing within the auditorium the show will have a much reduced attendance capacity.
There will be less than half the number of seats available than those who actually watched our show last year and will be on a first come, first served basis.
Unfortunately, the Playhouse is unable to offer everyone who attends annually the chance to come across the run so act quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available via the website with plans to reopen the box office later this year being put together.
The show will have an estimated running time of one hour 20 minutes long without an interval and all tickets are being priced at £20, a significant discount on the usual pantomime ticket pricing but in response to it being a different offering than usual.
On top of this, the Playhouse Theatre are asking those who can to make an optional donation to the Friends of the Playhouse at purchase point due to the Friends assistance in bringing this year’s pantomime to life.
Mark added:“The year’s pantomime wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of the Friends of the Playhouse, they have agreed to financially assist the venue throughout this time whereby we were forced to close overnight – the past six months have been a very difficult period in our history and a continued battle to ensure that we protect our much loved town’s home of live entertainment for future generations in an unprecedented national situation.
"The Friends of the Playhouse once again have stepped up to ensure that not only do we survive this period but that we can offer the community a much needed Christmas extravaganza so that we all end the year on a more positive note than we’ve experienced so far and with an opportunity to smile and laugh together as a family.
"Our gratitude of thanks simply do not even begin to repay the Friends for their support this year – the committee have been by our side both for moral and practical assistance all year with the support of the wider membership and this year that support has reached a new level with them doing exactly what they initially set up to do - be our guardian angels in our darkest moment of need.
"Therefore we’re asking the community to support the friends where possible with an optional donation on top of the ticket price so that they can continue to support us at this time and through our recovery back to our best – bringing the best of live entertainment to North Somerset”.
This year’s production will be produced by Mark Thompson and the management team at the venue on behalf of Parkwood Theatres with it being co-presented by the Friends of the Playhouse.
Weston favourite, Mike Goble who directed and starred in the Aladdin pantomime in 2017 and Snow White in 2018 returns after a year out to direct this year’s socially distanced pantomime.
He’ll also co-star. Snow White’s much loved dame, Richard Alan also returns with some other familiar faces yet to be announced.
'Professional performers from previous pantomimes who have all agreed to bubble together from two weeks prior to rehearsals, live together during the shows and give up their own Christmas with family and friends to ensure that they stay as a bubble and allow The Playhouse, Weston to present this year’s festive show for the community'
The Playhouse is promising a fun filled, professional pantomime experience with those individuals we’ve all loved in prior pantomimes coming together to bring the best of yesteryear into one fun filled, entertaining show for the family.
Those who have already purchased tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk will be contacted in due course by the venue with options on tickets.
Please note, majority of the Playhouse team remain furloughed so responses are taking a little longer than usual to work through.
All tickets £20 plus optional donation to Friends of the Playhouse purchased on a first come, first served basis with only 50 per cent of last year’s attendance available. To book click HERE.
ROBIN REDBREAST SHOW: Bristol Hippodrome is overjoyed to announce a brand-new, socially-distanced Christmas pantomime production of Robin Hood to be staged Friday to Sunday, December 18-January 10. This is its fitst live show for nine months and thanks to National Lottery funding they cannot wait to safely fling open its doors for festive fun. With star casting and show-stopping songs Robin Hood will be the perfect 2020 Christmas celebration. To book and for more details click HERE
Tickets cost £49.50 per car (or sleigh) for the 2pm and 5pm performances and can be booked via Ticketmaster by clicking HERE.
Panto manager Neal Foster said: “As you’d expect from Horrible Histories, it’s not a traditional pantomime, but a journey through the story of Christmas in the company of the season’s most fabulous characters.
“Horrible Christmas will hopefully go some way to providing the laughter and cheer with this perfect story for the times this December.”
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Bristol Hippodrome may have cancelled its 2020 pantomime, but national party group Car Park Panto are bringing the holiday event to Bristol Airport for a day.
Hosted in the airport’s car park, Horrible Christmas will show at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, December 19.
Audience members will view the panto from their cars, to ensure social distancing and that no households mix.
The Car Park Panto is performance is part of a national tour with other bookings selling out fast.
It is hoped that the show, based on Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories books, will bring festive cheer to what will be a different Christmas to usual.
Bristol Airport retail operations manager Andrew Morris said: “This year more than ever families need to have the opportunity of enjoying theatre, entertainment and performances in a Covid safe way.
“This innovative approach will ensure that Christmas cheer and fun can be enjoyed by all the family.”
The team at Car Park Panto hope that they can ensure that 'one of the cornerstones of the Christmas period' can continue for families in Bristol and North Somerset as theatres across the city postpone the 2020 pantomimes.