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Christmas Lights on Trees

Nailsea Christmas fair

+ tree light switch-on

Crown Glass Shopping Centre


The Christmas fair and switching on of the festive tree lights was a great success as the wintry weather stayed dry with a slight flurry of snow at the end.

The first event was the pre-school afternoon party on the stage.

Dressed as a clown Mick Knowles, managing director of Messages PR, became the storyteller and read the children The Gruffalo and got the parents and tots to successfully name all of Santa’s reindeer.

Mum Jess Checketts said: “Thank you so much.

“My little one enjoyed herself and got so excited and is still excited for Christmas now.

“An amazing and thoughtful present too.

“Thank you again, the guys were great with the kids.”

The winter cold was ignored by the entrants for the princess and character fancy dress parade who were amazing – my favourite was the little Christmas gnome and the sparkling blue satin dress that lit-up.

Staff dressed as elves from The Works handed out prizes.

Talking of gnomes there was a naughty elf running riot at Crown Glass Shopping Centre even getting told off by Robin Orchard when he climbed into a big comfy bed in the shop window!

Stalls lined Somerset Square and Colliers Walk with the 999 crews setting up shop at Crown Glass Place.

The beekeepers who removed a swarm from a flower bed in the summer were back selling honey made from the Nailsea bees!

The town centre fair takes months of organising and there was some disappointment it didn’t run along the High Street but current legislation (and there is lots) can be prohibitive.

However, having to charge an entry fee benefitted Nailsea School 60atsixty anniversary fundraising as teachers and students manned the barriers and collected the cash for their cause.

Nineteen-year- old Connor Hammond won the Searching for Stars talent competition.

The former Nailsea School pupil performing as CeeAich rapped an original track called Safety Pin.

He said: “Thank you to everyone who came tonight to support me.

“No better feeling than being cheered the way I did after a performance.

“I appreciate it more than you all will know.” 

There was a mince-pie eating contest but not sure who won this glutenious title?

Seeking re-election as North Somerset MP Liam Fox took some time out from campaigning and with his wife Jesme was among the audience for the festive fun.

The lights switch-on was performed with much pomp and ceremony and included the obligatory countdown, glitter bang shower and snow/foam machine much to the delight of the gathered crowds.

And last but not least a big hand to centre manager Martin Nelmes, admin Kerry Simpkins and the team for masterminding the seasonal event.

TEAM NAILSEA: An amazing £1,268.66 was collected for the Nailsea School 60@sixty fundraising anniversary campaign which saw staff and pupils manning the barriers and collecting the imposed licensing laws fee for entry. A big thanks go to everyone who donated and volunteered for the Crown Glass Shopping Centre brillantly organised Christmas fair and light switch-on 

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CHRISTMAS GIVING: Nailsea Christmas fair and light switch-on at Crown Glass Shopping Centre is on Friday, November 29. The fun starts from 2pm and continues until late. This is the first glimpse of its leaflet but be warned timings are subject to change so more information nearer the date. To download your own copy of the leaflet click HERE. Due to licensing laws the organisers must charge entry to Somerset Square, Colliers Walk and Clevedon Walk during the event. Last year they charged 1p - no change given - and donated the proceedings to nominated charity Springboard Opportunity Group and made a generous donation to them from stall bookings and admission fees. This year is will be the 60@Sixty fundraising campaign to celebrate the 60th anniversary at Nailsea School. They will have to supervise each of the five entrances with two person teams during the event. In reward for doing so, they would receive 100 per cent of the funds raised from entrance fees." To download a stall booking form click HERE. Contact Kerry for more information on 01275 854543 or email

Talent Competition

Crown Glass Shopping Centre is launching a Search For The Stars competition at the Christmas fair.

And the lucky winner will get a spot on X-Factor, whoops, sorry that's wrong it is a recording session.

Between 4-6pm performers on Friday, November 29, will be on stage at Somerset Square during the fair to show the festive audience your talent.

If you're a singer, band or any type of performer and are free to attend the organisers would like to hear from you

Get in touch and show us your talent, why not send us a link to your SoundCloud, Bandcamp or Youtube account below.

Contact the management office at Crown Glass Place or go to its Facebook page.

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