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Easter 2021 in Nailsea

Easter is much more than chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, Easter cakes and biscuits, and even edible Easter gifts.

The tradition of eating eggs on Easter is tied to Lent, the six-week period before Easter during which Christians traditionally abstained from all animal products, including meat, dairy and eggs.
Eggs are a potent symbol of life, renewal and rebirth dating back millennia. 
The egg was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. 
The hard shell of the egg represents the tomb and the emerging chick represents Jesus, whose resurrection conquered death. 
Since chickens continue to lay eggs throughout Lent, people would hard boil the eggs, decorate them and save them for Easter. 
The modern tradition of eating chocolate eggs at Easter is a fun, child-friendly twist on this ancient religious ritual, which originated in Europe during the early-19th century.
On the 2021 Christian calendar Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 17, and will end on Easter Saturday, April 3. 
According to the Christian calendar, a period of 40 days before Easter, is observed as Lent.
Lent is a season of preparation and remembrance before the celebrations of Easter. 

  • Palm Sunday, March 28

  • Maundy Thursday, April 1

  • Good Friday, April 2

  • Easter Sunday, April 4

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EASTER HUNT: Christians Together in Nailsea and District have put together a community Easter adventure and puzzle trail. This will happen on the first week of the Easter holidays from Monday to Sunday, April 5-11. A map will be uploaded nearer to Good Friday with answer sheets giving people plenty of time to think about setting out. Alternatively an answer sheet that has the map on the back at Location 1 which will be the Nailsea Community Larder which is at 26 Somerset Square.
For more details follow this link to fill out a query form https://forms.gle/tCBQwSoQcMy6QFYMA.

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REFLECTION DAY: Since the first lockdown began in March 2020, many people have died in Nailsea. Too many lives have been cut short and many have been bereaved. Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind. On Tuesday, March 23, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, there will be a National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, this is initiated by Marie Curie. To mark this occasion of the loss of loved ones and the first year anniversary of Lockdown, there will be an opportunity for people to come and lay a daffodil at the west door of Christ Church, Christ Church Close, Nailsea. Priest Jules Harris said: "Some of you may wish us to remember your loved one by naming them at noon before the one minute silence. If you wish us to do this email church.office@christchurchnailsea.org.uk or call on 01275 859210."

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Trendlewood vicar to retire

Steve Tilley who has been the vicar at Trendlewood, Nailsea, for a decade is to retire next year.

Made famous by his Radio Bristol thought for the day early morning broadcasts Steve's parish role is to be combined with Wraxall and Failand.

In his time, he has also chaired political meetings, held marquee question and answer sessions, and become a regular at the local beer and cider festival.

Trendlewood Church which was set up in 1989 to look after a growing population on the end of Nailsea is a Church of England church set up by Christians from Holy Trinity, Nailsea.

Pre-lockdown it would meet on Sunday mornings at Golden Valley Primary School but due to COVID19 restrictions the group has been online.

The Church of England group dates from 1989 when a group of Christians from Holy Trinity, set up a worshipping community on what was a new housing estate.

Since its formation, the CofE congregation has meet in numerous locations in Nailsea east including a pub, people's houses and St Francis RC Primary School before relocating to Golden Valley when building its own church was thwarted by even more homes going up on the allocated plot.

In 2011 he answered a Nailsea People questionnaire and sadly these things come back to bite you on the bum. He is what he said:

 

Question 1: Name, rank and serial number (seriously full name, age, profession and social status)?

Answer: James Stephen 'Steve' Tilley, aged 55, a married clergyman

 

Question 2: What is your connection with Nailsea?

Answer: I live and work here

 

Question 3: Your hopes and aspirations for Nailsea – does it have a future?

Answer: To have a reputation as a town that cares for and welcomes outsiders. To see it grow in community spirit and economically. To be a town where the faith communities contribute much to the life of the whole community

 

Question 4: Your favourite place in Nailsea – view, shop, restaurant (can be more than one)?

Answer: Holy Trinity 'Old' Church and Waitrose supermarket

 

Question 5: Your worse place in Nailsea - view, shop, restaurant (can be more than one)?

Answer: Somerset Square and Colliers Walk

 

Question 6: What do you consider to be the most important improvement that could be made in Nailsea?

Answer: Attract investment and newcomers through outstanding hospitality. Rethink the shopping centre

 

Question 7: How would you describe Nailsea to a stranger?

Answer: A small island in the middle of the land

 

Question 8: Would you recommend Nailsea as a good place to live?

Answer: Yes for safety, quiet and lack of excitement.

No if you want liveliness and multi-culturalism.

 

Question 9: Which hairdressers/beauty salon do you use in Nailsea and why?

Answer: None

 

Question 10:  Who is your favourite Nailsea personality and why?

Answer: Phil Williams for organising the annual Skate Festival

 

Nailsea People say thank you very much Steve

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The news was announced by letter to parishioners and it now posted online.

It says:

The members of the church learned this news in a letter form the Church Wardens yesterday:

Trendlewood Church has had many chapters on its journey over the last three plus decades, with many families joining us and then following their calling, either into ministry or the development of other opportunities. Most recently, the planting of Andy’s. Another chapter is about to end and a new one will begin.  After over a decade as our vicar, Steve has announced his retirement will be in early 2022, and will announce the date later this year.

Steve spends part of his time at Trendlewood and part with what was known as Nailsea Local Ministry Group.  We have often benefitted from Steve’s additional activities from the other role, such as Café Create and the inception of Andy’s.  Unfortunately, due to Diocesan funding constraints, the second part of his role will end when Steve retires.

It has become clear to the Church Council, through discussion with the diocese, that the number of vicars interested in part-time roles are few and far between.  This will really limit our options to bring in someone with a passion for mission and energy to expand and grow our church.

The Deanery Mission and Pastoral Group has approved the idea for Wraxall with Failand to share a vicar with Trendlewood.  Bishop Ruth and Archdeacon Adrian think this makes sense.  So, after many hours of conversation and prayer, our Church Council unanimously feel this represents an exciting opportunity for us and is the best option for Trendlewood. That is, to job-share a vicar.

This will allow us both to benefit from recruiting someone into a full-time post.  Someone who enjoys the challenges of different worship styles. There is no plan to merge the parishes and we remain a conventional district within the Holy Trinity parish.

This plan should also allow us to skip having a vacancy and allow a period of handover whilst the new vicar settles in, something exceedingly rare.

We appreciate this news is likely to come as a surprise, and it has taken most of the Church Council a little time to adjust to and reconcile.  We recognise many of you will need some further time to absorb this news and will have more questions as a result.  We, therefore, are arranging a Zoom meeting with Archdeacon Adrian and the Church Council to allow people to ask questions.   We expect this to be on the 14th of March and will let you know the details when we have them.

You can read here https://www.trendlewoodchurch.org.uk/announcement-about-future-ministry-at-trendlewood/

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Goodbye Captain Sir Tom Moore

Church bells across North Somerset sounded in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore on Saturday, February 27, to mark the funeral of this inspirational old soldier.

Churches rung their bells 100 times at noon to mark the life of the 100-year-old who raised a staggering £32.7 million with his sponsored garden walk for the NHS.

The bells tolled at Backwell, Nailsea, Tickenham and Wraxall churches.

The parish church of St Andrew at Backwell, St Quiricus and St Julietta at Tickenham, All Saints parish church at Wraxall and Holy Trinity at Nailsea all joined in.

It was a solo bell ringer in each church pealing 100 times.

Paul Balmer, pictured top left, on behalf of Nailsea Ringers was pealing at Holy Trinity.

He started slightly after noon to miss the midday clock chimes from the belfry tower.

His wife Christine who took the photo also took a turn tolling the bell.

At Tickenham it was farmer Andrew Triggol, pictured right, who climbed the church tower and rung the three quarters of a ton bell 100 times.

At All Saints Wraxall one of the bells was tolled for 100 strokes by the All Saints deputy tower captain.

In the village of Marston Moretaine where Captain Tom lived, St Mary’s Church joined the commemoration.

His family had asked people to follow coronavirus restrictions and stay at home.

Captain Tom died at Bedford Hospital on February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19.

In line with current restrictions his funeral was attended by eight members of his immediate family including his daughters and four grandchildren.

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CHURCH TIMES: Two Nailsea churches getting ready for Sunday service in these spaced out coronavirus times. While Government guidance has been revised to allow certain activities to take place in church buildings, it is still vital that the necessary hygiene and social distancing precautions are kept in place in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Weddings and funerals still have strict rules and limited numbers too. This is Nailsea Baptist church and Trendlewood church switching from online to actual on Sunday, October 25. Trendlewood curate Michelle Taylor is organising a drive-in carol service for Sunday, December 20, at 4pm at Nailsea School with Aviator Brass quintet playing the carols. There are 100 spaces available so a first come first served booking system will operate. For further information emai lmichelle.taylor@trendlewoodchurch.org.uk

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EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FOUNDATIONS: These lovely atmospheric photographs of Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street were taken by Ben Daniels . The church was founded in 1789 with its first building opening three years later. In 1914 a new chapel was opened on Silver Street, and a youth club was added in the 1960s. In early 1992 the old church was replaced with a larger, flexible, multi-purpose building and the youth club was refurbished and renamed the Wesley Centre after Methodism’s founder, John Wesley

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Meet and greet in shopping centre

Jules Harris became priest-in-charge of Christ Church Nailsea with St Quiricus and St Julietta Tickenham at the beginning of June.
But because of the coronavirus crisis she had been unable to meet many of her congregation in person and was relying on Zoom and Skye for face-to-face contact.
However, on Tuesday she decided enough was enough and went walkabouts in Nailsea town centre to say hello to the people.
Jules said: “It was a real gift to be able to meet (at last) some of the congregation of Christ Church Nailsea and beyond.
“It was lovely that people made the effort to come and say hello.
“Thank everyone, what great people Christ Church and Nailsea has, I look forward to meeting more of you very soon.”
Jules is not new to Nailsea where she lives with husband Graham and two small dogs as she was previously assistant curate at All Saints, Wraxall.
Jules is pictured at Somerset Square with some of her ‘flock’ including retired doctor Robin Lambert who is a church warden at Nailsea.
Jules added she is looking forward to churches opening for worship and weddings as lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted.

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DIVINE INTERVENTION: Church services are now mostly online during the coronavirus crisis although North Somerset MP Liam Fox is among a group of Tory MPs who has urged the Church of England to allow small scale funerals to be held in churches again

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CHRISTIANS TOGETHER: Joint services known as IGNITE are held on Sunday evenings three times a year, this one is at All Saints, Wraxall. CTIND includes Nailsea Baptists, Methodists, Southfield Church, United Reformed Church, St Francis Roman Catholic and the Anglican churches at Holy Trinity, Trendlewood, Christ Church, Tickenham and All Saints at Wraxall. This is a monthy gathering with the ministers/leaders of each member church who takes it in turns to lead the group for a year before handing the reins over to another church. Prayer For Nailsea is on the first Tuesday in the month at 3pm and rotates around the churches. On average, about a dozen folk attend to pray for concerns in Nailsea and projects, events and needs. Christ Church lay representatives attend quarterly meetings to share information and pray for current joint projects which include housing Syrian refugees, Christians Against Poverty, Nailsea Foodbank, Open The Book Schools Ministry, Welcome Packs for residents of new retirement apartments and Nailsea 2020 Passion Play. Christ Church supplied these words and Phil Williams the photo, thank you

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Hidden Histories at 65

The Hidden Histories group who explore different aspects of Nailsea's past has its next open session on Friday, January 24, from 10.30am at 65 High Street. 

The topic this month is: 

  • Faith Groups of Nailsea -- Methodists, Quakers, Churches Together ... where is faith history most visible/invisible? What is your experience of faith communities in Nailsea? Are non-Christian faiths visible here? 

Its monthly sessions continue on the fourth Friday of the month. The next few dates are: February 28, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26 and July 24. 

Future topics being considered are: 

  • Nailsea Carnival -- what went on? What stories can you tell about the carnival? Bring photos, programmes, anything! 

  • Waters of Nailsea - the ponds, rhines, inlets, wells, millponds, Towerhouse Woods bubbling pond ... fishing, swimming, accidents, pre-plumbing life). What memories do you have of Nailsea involving water? 

  • Food in Nailsea -- in the 1940s it's been said the population of Nailsea was just over a couple thousand, and they supported five independent butchers. Who had family in the food business? Have you got a recipe from the past? 

Writer and heritage curator Heidi Hollis said: "Please do let me know if you have more suggestions for a topic of focus one month.

"If for some reason you can't come along, do please reply and let me know if you have any stories on these topics so I can meet or ring you to hear more. 

"I will soon be asking for volunteers to join a steering group to look at how Nailsea's history can be more fully expressed to the wider community.

"If you are interested, please get in touch and I'll make sure you get an invitation to a meeting to hear more." 

You can email Heidi on hiddenhistoriesnailsea@gmail.com.

CHRISTMAS TOGETHER: Photographs of the community Christmas Day lunch hosted at the Holy Trinity Centre are in Gallery 2019

CHRISTMAS CHEER: The heavens opened so this festive event was moved indoors. Thank you Phil Williams for the photos 

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MODEL EVENING: The charity fashion show  staged at Holy Trinity church, Nailsea for orphan children living in Myanmar was a great success. Strutting their stuff wearing clothes from M&Co on Saturday, October 19, at 7pm, were a team of local models. All profits from the £10 entrance fee and raffle (not added up yet) are going to Stand By Me. Organised by Lynda Dicks the models used the church aisle as a catwalk. Margaret Rawlings said: "It was a real fun evening and we enjoyed it...well done Lynda."

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CHURCH PARTY: Nailsea Methodist Church is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its new building which it shares with the community by hosting a party on Saturday, October 12, 2-4pm. There will be drinks and cake, challenges, games and a quiz, at an event suitable for all ages! All users of the hall from the dance classes to the senior citizens lunch club is invited to the celebration at 74 Silver Street. 

SUPPORTING NAZANIN: Singing at Holy Trinity church, Nailsea in support of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her family a song composed by Wendy Martineau. Visit the Free Nazanin Facebook page to support the campaign and see updates. Wendy said: "A very special evening singing the Song For Nazanin with a big group of singers and musicians who've come together in the space of two weeks to show our solidarity with Nazanin and her family. The story is being shown on on BBC Points West soon."

GOING UP TO BIG SCHOOL: Trendlewood Church is moving schools for the summer. Golden Valley Primary School where it usually meets is not available during Augst and as St Francis RC Primary School or The Old Farmhouse pub can't accommodate the Sunday morning service the congregation is moving to Nailsea School from Sunday, July 28 until Sunday, September 1.

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Getting ready for rehearsals for shopping centre play

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The Passion Play being performed in Nailsea town centre tells the story of Easter week from Palm Sunday right through to the resurrection including a crucifixion scene.

Scenes will be in various parts of the precinct and the cast and crowd will move around accordingly, said Trendlewood curate Michelle Taylor.

The first 'casting' at the Methodist church centre attracted lots of volunteers but there is room for more.

The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 17 at 7.30pm in the main workship room.

Michelle added: "The first meeting went well and several Trendlewood people have agreed to be involved.

"On the 17th we will agree people's roles.

"We still need lots more people with gifts such as acting, singing, stewarding, technical skills, administration and making refreshments for rehearsal times.

"This is a great opportunity to take the Easter story into the community in a fresh and vibrant way."

The Lent play for Nailsea

Nailsea People are invited to take part in a Passion Play next Easter but perhaps not on the scale of Oberammergau.

Trendlewood Church curate Michelle Taylor is planning an outdoor community Passion Play to be performed on Saturday, April 11, at Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

She said: “We are holding an initial 'register your interest' meeting on Sunday, June 23, at 4pm at Nailsea Methodist church.

“We are looking for people all ages, all faiths and none, to be involved in areas such as acting, stage management, sound and technical areas, logistics, admin, costumes, tea and cake making.

“Those interested but who can’t make the initial meeting can register their interest on the Trendlewood Church Facebook page or email me at michelle.taylor@htnailsea.org.uk.”

The Passion Play or Easter pageant (senakulo) is a dramatic presentation depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ: his trial, suffering and death and is a traditional part of Lent which dates back to the 14th century.

The 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play is an open-air stage performance that takes place every 10 years in the tiny Bavarian village.

It has already begun preparations for its 2020 production.

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GOD SLOT: Evangelist Gavin Calver followed in the footsteps of Victorian Christian Hannah More when he journeyed to Nailsea Iin mid-June to speak at a Thy Kingdom Come event. The Evangelical Alliance director for mission England, football fan and author spoke to an enthusiast audience from all Nailsea churches hosted at the Methodist centre

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BREAKING BREAD: Day break Easter communion service with Holy Trinity church congregation at Backwell Lake attended by 74 people plus a small baby and eight dogs. More Easter services to come plus Easter egg hunts.

PHOTO: Sally Winsor

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CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The annual Salvation Army Christmas concert organised by Nailsea and Backwell Rotary Club is on Sunday afternoon, December 2, 2-5pm at the Methodist church, Silver Street, Nailsea. Entry is free but there will be a collection for a nominated chartiy.
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Methodist craft fair

This is an opportunity to shop early for Christmas at one of the biggest and best craft fairs in at Nailsea Methodist Church.

This year the annual fundraising event is on Saturday, November 10.

In 2017 monies made at the fair went to maintaining the fabric of the Silver Street building, school in Peru, training centre in South Africa and other missions at home and away.

Tables are available in the Church Hall and in the adjacent Wesley Hall, which also houses the refreshment room.

For more information click HERE.

hot drinks, light lunches and refreshments will be served at the all day fair.

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DIARY DATES: Time to get your thinking caps on for The Big Quiz Night for Tearfund at Nailsea Baptist Church.

The event on Saturday, November 17, is from 7-10pm at The Centre, 79 Silver Street.

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Fairtrade  sale on Saturday, October 13, at Backwell Parish Hall from 10am-noon organised by St Andrews church.

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Creating culture


Café Create is a local expression of culture and the arts which allows musicians, singers, poets, comedians and karaoke kings and queens the opportunity to step into the limelight.

On Friday, July 20, at its 'open mic' night it has live music from Dave Cox, Josh Faulkner and Jim Reynolds.

It runs six times a year on alternate months in the Trinity Centre next to Holy Trinity Church, always on the third Friday evening of the month.
Here are the dates on poster for 2018 Café Create evenings.

Admission from 7.30pm is free but donations are very welcome and all events finish at 11pm.

There is a fair-trade donations based café, serving refreshments including fair-trade wine and local beer.  

Café Create also hosts open mic evening for homegrown performers to get up and sing a song, play a tune recite a poem, tell a story or joke, or simply entertain, phone 01275 543332 or email steve.tilley@htnailsea.org.uk to book a slot.

For first time performers Café Create provides a sympathetic audience and for the seasoned entertainer somewhere to shine.

Please note acts must pre-book.

Since beginning in Nailsea in 2007 entertainment has included live music (electric and acoustic), DJs, comedy, story-telling, poetry and a live artist doing sketches. 

Performers whose work is unknown may be given a short slot on the first occasion. 

New curate at Trendlewood

From a childhood in Birmingham worshiping at the Pentecostal Church Michelle Taylor never envisioned being able to serve or preach.

But Nailsea is made of better things with a history that dates back to the Victorian envangalist Hannah Moreand.

Back in the mid 1980s Patrice Sessions took over at the United Reformed Church at Stockway North and I put in on the front page of the Clevedon Mercury.

Nowaways women holding high office in the church is much more common place although the Vatican is still holding out.

On the first Sunday in July Michelle, pictured with her family, was ordained as a Deacon at Wells Cathedral alongside eight of her peers and appointed curate at Trendlewood.  

She trained as a drama teacher she is used to working with young people and we wish her well.

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FAMILY FUN: Holy Trinity church, at Church Lane, Nailsea has a family fun day on Saturday, June 16, noon-3pm with bouncy castle, games, craft, tug o' war and much more - put date in your diary now.
Competition is for a decorated cap or sun hat on the theme Creation.
There are three age groups:
  1. Under eight-year-olds;
  2. Eight to 16-years; and
  3. Aged 17 and over.
Judging is at 2.30pm.

New man for Holy Trinity ministry

Ringing the changes at Holy Trinity as the rector James Packman and his family - wife Sarah and children Lydia and Silas are welcomed to the church.

He said: “My family and I are absolutely delighted to be joining the church family at Holy Trinity. 

"God has made it very clear to us that this is where he wants us, and we’re looking forward to finding out how he wants to use us in his service.”

James and his family have moved to Nailsea from Tunbridge Wells where he was rector of two village churches for almost  a decade.

He takes over from former barrister, the Rev Jolyon Trickey, who resigned last April and has moved to the Home Counties.

On the 11th day of the 11th month a 100 years ago World War 1 ended.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War church bells with be ringing up and down the country.

More than 1,400 of the bell ringing community at that time laid down their lives for peace in the ‘war to end all wars’,

We know in retrospect that wars were not ‘ended’, but we also know that there is an ever increasing movement to address this. 

Fallen bell ringers came from all walks of life, as they still do today (from skilled workers to academics to business people – you name it!), and today we are all united in wanting to ring out a message of peace around the world.

The plan is for on Armistice Day the Ring For Peace message to sound up and down the country and to recruit 1,400 new ringers for 2018, the same number as those who fell in the Great War. 

To find out more go to armistice100@cccbr.org.uk

Holy Trinity church has a team of ringers who regularly climb the tower steps to peal.

The bells were totally refurbished in 2013-14.

Practice night is every Tuesday at 8pm.

They ring regularly for Sunday services, and are available for weddings throughout the year.

The tradition of bell ringing dates back to the 17th century.

If you would like to get involved in bell ringing contact tower captain, Jill Stanton  on 0792 976 0424

SUNRISE: Christians Together in Nailsea & District celebrate with a Sonrise service at Backwell Lake at 6.30am on Easter Sunday and walk home over Morgan’s Hill afterwards. Photos: Sally Winsor

Artwork courtesey of the Nailsea Paper to download click HERE

CAPTION COMPETITION: Look at the chap behind Steve Tilley - is he looking for divine intervention...

PRAYING TOGETHER: Because of the recent bad weather the Women's World Day of Prayer service has been rescheduled or Friday, March 9, at 2.30pm at Christ Church, Nailsea

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: More than 30 hardy souls braved the snowy conditions to attend a mens' breakfast with guest speaker Hilton Baker, of The Kenya Trust, on Saturday, March 3. Those who had trekked through some pretty large drifts to get to The Old Farmhouse, off Trendlewood Way, were rewards with a full English or veggie option meal. The registered African charity works where poverty affects the ability of communities to provide adequate schooling or care for special needs children

New Baptist minister

Nailsea Baptist Church is very pleased to be welcoming the Rev Peter Burns and his wife Sue, who will be joining us in Nailsea at the beginning of March.

Peter and Sue are moving from Castle Hill Baptist Church, Warwick, where Peter has been the minister for the past 15 years.

He moved to Warwick with his family after three years training at the Bristol Baptist College.

Peter is looking forward to being part of the community in Nailsea and serving God in a new area.

All are welcome at his Induction Service on Saturday, March 10, at 2pm or at any of services or activities held throughout the week.

For further information contact the church office on 01275 859339 or email office@nailseabaptist.com.

HEAVEN SENT: Tickets for Holy Trinity church Ladies Conference on Saturday, March 10, have sold out. Guest speaker is Tina Hodgett who is the evangelism team leader in the ministry for mission department of the Bath & Wells Diocesan board of finance. She was previously working in Portishead parish.The theme for the event is Blessings From Heaven and it is billed as a great day with worship, teaching and fellowship.

Creating culture


Café Create is a local expression of culture and the arts which allows musicians, singers, poets, comedians and karaoke kings and queens the opportunity to step into the limelight.

It runs six times a year on alternate months in the Trinity Centre next to Holy Trinity Church, always on the third Friday evening of the month.
Here are the dates on poster for 2018 Café Create evenings.

Admission is free but donations are very welcome and all events finish at 11pm.

There is a fair-trade donations based café, serving refreshments including fair-trade wine and local beer.  

Café Create also hosts open mic evening for homegrown performers to get up and sing a song, play a tune recite a poem, tell a story or joke, or simply entertain, phone 01275 543332 or email steve.tilley@htnailsea.org.uk to book a slot.

For first time performers Café Create provides a sympathetic audience and for the seasoned entertainer somewhere to shine.

Please note acts must pre-book.

Since beginning in Nailsea in 2007 entertainment has included live music (electric and acoustic), DJs, comedy, story-telling, poetry and a live artist doing sketches. 
Booked to play in March are The Magpies - more later but band is pictured below.

Performers whose work is unknown may be given a short slot on the first occasion. 

MAGPIES: Hilary Pavey Mills, Richard Burley, Mike Bowles and Helen Bonner. Photo by Mireille Mathlener

Play away

Morning Break is a Tuesday parent and toddler group with a difference.

It provides an opportunity to socialise with other parents while children play and offers an interesting programme of talks, discussions and activities for parents to enjoy.

A crèche and activities for babies and children  are available in separate rooms, for part of the morning,, giving parents/grandparents/childminders/carers the freedom to participate in its sessions 10.15–11.15am.

On Wednesday, February 14, it is holiday club morning from 9.30-11.30am - free for schoolchildren.

All at Trinity Centre, 2 Church Lane.

For further information email Sharon Matthews at: sharon.matthews@htnailsea.org.uk.

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Trinity Garden

The garden at Holy Trinity was officially opening by archdeacon Chris Hare on Sunday.

The event also celebrated many years of dedicated building projects at the 15th century church.

The father-of-three used a favourite bedtime children's story to illustrate sharing in his introduction.

He talked of The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. 

This tells of a selfish giant who has a beautiful garden but he won't let children play in it.

'Winter comes and never leaves, until the power of love brings spring and joy into the giant's garden and his heart,' he said.

People of all ages listened as Grove Junior School choir sang beautifully in the Trinity Centre.

After cutting the ribbon and a prayer of dedication almost drowned out by a loud peal of bells the Mothers’ Union served cream teas.

Phil Williams took the panoramic photo top and Nailsea People took those in the slide show - thanks go to everyone for posing.

This show is at Backwell WI hall, Station Road, for one night only on Friday, October 27, at 7.30pm. Hosted by Backwell Baptist Church pre-booked tickets £8.50 from the box office by clicking HERE or calling Jeff on 01934 842170.
GOSPEL STREET: retelling the news at Nailsea Methodist Church, Silver Street

 

What would happen if Jesus were to meet with people in today’s world?

Would the writers of the four gospels have done things differently?

Riding Lights Theatre Company is marking the beginning of its 40th year with a radical re-telling of the good news.

Gospel Street is a collaboration between award-winning writers, including rapper and hip-hop artist Testament, to create a powerful mix of theatre, comedy and spoken word.

Another generation is looking for answers - a rich young career girl, an angry gang leader, a charming church-goer, misfits, activists, crooked bankers, a surprising refugee and the bloke who bought himself seriously expensive jewellery. 

People who stood face to face with Jesus.  There are anecdotes, bust-ups, blogs and posts.  It’s a wild ride through issues of life, death and miraculous street food.

Despite their differences and social divisions, 140 characters want to meet one extraordinary person. 

Jesus has arrived on their street and he’s on the lookout for trouble – looking to do something about it.

Four young people - two women, two men - like the first evangelists, tell the startling story of what happened, just now, on that street.

The result is a powerful mix of theatre, music, comedy and spoken word.

Riding Lights is doing what it does best: bringing everyone together to hear some of the good news with wisdom, laughter, energy and insight.’

Opening in York, Gospel Street is touring the UK in the run up to Christmas.

The performance in Bath and Wells diocese is at Nailsea Methodist on Tuesday, October 17, at  7.30pm. 

Tickets are £10 with £8 concessions. 

To booked call the box office on 01904 613000 or online by clicking HERE.

FACE BOOK: Moving with the times youth worker Jon Coysh, of Holy Trinity church, has created a FB page to help promote its youth groups and other events. Click HERE to learn more

Top comedy night at Nailsea

 

Funny woman Heidi Regan is booked for the next Café Create comedy evening on Friday, November 17.

The Australian comedian who came to the Uk nine years ago and is now based in London won this year’s BBC Comedy Award.

On winning the award Heidi said: “I feel completely blown away to have won, especially against such great competitors. It’s just amazing – a dream come true.”

Heidi is clearly on a winning streak, having won last year’s So You Think You’re Funny? and in 2010 an Australian Writers Guild award for Best Unproduced Feature Film Script, for a comedy about a killer shark.

Heidi says her comedy style is 'slightly surreal and silly'.

The BBC Comedy Award final was broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 in the BBC tent at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, hosted by Mark Watson.

Heidi was up against five other finalists,  Aaron Simmonds,  Sikisa, Jacob Hawley, Andy Field and Morgan Rees.

Hugh Dennis and Jenny Eclair, and Radio 4’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy Sioned Wiliam made up the judging panel,

Sioned said: “All six finalists were dazzling.

"We agonised in the judging room and there was a huge amount of love for all of tonight’s performers, but in the end one edged over the line, and this was because of her distinctive material and hugely confident performance.”

Heidi wins £1,000 and a 15-minute script commission from BBC Studios.

Appearing alongside Heidi at Nailsea is stand-up comedian and after dinner speaker Ian Macdonald and Rob Thomas who is described as a quirky, storytelling comedian with a razor-sharp wit and off-the-wall physicality. 

Doors open 7.30pm at the Trinity Centre next to Holy Trinity church at Nailsea.  
There is a fair-trade donations based café, serving refreshments including fair-trade wine and local beer.  

Café Create also hosts open mic evening for homegrown performers to get up and sing a song, play a tune recite a poem, tell a story or joke, or simply entertain, phone 01275 543332 or email steve.tilley@htnailsea.org.uk to book a slot.

Please note acts must pre-book.

Café Create is a local expression of culture and the arts which allows musicians, singers, poets, comedians and karaoke kings and queens the opportunity to step into the limelight.

For first time performers it provides a sympathetic audience and for the seasoned entertainer somewhere to shine.

IIt runs six times a year on alternate months in the Trinity Centre next to Holy Trinity Church, always on the third Friday evening of the month.
Doors open at 7.30pm and the event finishes at 11pm.

Since beginning in Nailsea in 2007 entertainment has included live music (electric and

acoustic), DJs, comedy, story-telling, poetry and a live artist doing sketches. 
The music of Vervain, Nicky Coates and the Bad Vegetarians, Kirkpatrick and Shaw, Atlum Schema, Ewan Jones and The Channellers, to name but a few, has been much enjoyed. 
Performers whose work is unknown may be given a short slot on the first occasion. 

Worship on Wheels 2017


Building on the success of last year, a second Worship on Wheels service was held at Nailsea Methodist Church on Sunday.
As before, it was a café style service enabling scooter and wheelchair users to bring their wheels to the tables and be fully involved in the worship.
Alison Morgan interviewed her fellow Access For All campaigner, Steve Ledbrook, of Backwell, who has Becker Muscular Dystrophy. 
Steve inspired everyone with his positive ‘can do’ approach to life.

He is a volunteer with Sunshine Radio at Weston Hospital.

He gave a glimpse of some of his whacky fundraising antics for Muscular Dystrophy UK, including climbing across the top of the O2 Arena in London in his wheelchair, sitting in a pod on the Weston Wheel for 30 hours and going down the longest zip wire in Europe! 
Steve told of his campaign work with Trailblazers, a group of disabled campaigners, part of Muscular Dystrophy UK, who tackle issues affecting young disabled people.

Trailblazers aim to fight social injustices and ensure people can gain access to higher education, employment and social and leisure opportunities 
As well as all the above, Steve is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People and Muscular Dystrophy UK, First Bus Passenger Forum, and North Somerset Council’s Disability Access Group.

He is encouraged by seeing positive outcomes from campaigns and is hopeful that his dream of a totally accessible public transport network will one day become a reality. 
The Rev Deborah Mallett reflected on Jesus’ promise of inclusion and liberation for all, set out in Luke 4 16-21.

Jesus gave his time, attention and priority to people who others side-lined.

He taught his followers to do the same.

Deborah noted that the motto of the Paralympic movement is ‘Spirit in Motion’ and suggested this should be a motto for all. 

Talented musicians added to the welcoming warmth of the service, accompanying the hymns and finishing with a super rendition of ‘Wheels Cha Cha’.

The fellowship continued with tea and fabulous homemade cakes.  

No one was in a hurry to leave.

 

Alison Morgan

July 2017