Church peeps

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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 

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."

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.

Getting ready for rehearsals for shopping centre play

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”

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.

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

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

Courtesy of the Nailsea Paper
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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Carol Deacon

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 

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

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 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:

Holy Trinity October 2017

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 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 

HAZY DAYS: More photos from Christ Church summer fete in the Roll Our Summer slideshow in Galley 2016

YOUNG PEOPLE PRAISE: Peter and Meryl enjoyed strumming to the beat of Messy Church songs while the children had fun singing and dancing!

The creative and imaginative event for young people  is at Nailsea Methodist Church, 74-76 Silver Street, every second Sunday of the month 4-6pm.

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Nailsea church times

Holy Trinity is an Anglican church at St Mary's Grove, Nailsea.

It dates from the 15th century and is a Grade I listed building.

It features a tower with six bells which was used as the setting for the millennium beacon celebrates, cemetery and The Trinity Centre used by the community.

Known for its support of charitable causes from providing water to African village to helping Burmese street children it also helps at home.

It hosts coffee mornings and preschool groups, youth meetings and Alpha courses as well as the annual Christmas day lunch for those home alone during the festive period.

It is currently without a vicar as the Rev Jolyon Trickey who served the parish for eight years has moved to pastures new.

During May the congregation is holding a consultation to talk about the future of Holy Trinity and agree what they felt were the important qualities a new Rector might have.

They are also asking people from the community for their thoughts.

You can pick up a survey at the church, Monday – Friday mornings, or Sundays.

For more historic information click HERE.

For details of church services and/or activities at HT click HERE.

The church produces a monthly newsletter called Trinity Times delivered free to 3,000 Nailsea homes.

To read the latest edition click HERE.

The photographer was local mum Clare Garland who has a series of beautiful images feature of the outside of the church and Church Lane graveyard in Gallery 2017 on this website.

Nailsea congregation helps needy children​

Three people from a Nailsea church made the long journey to Myanmar - formerly Burma - in south east asia to visit an orphanage they helped to build.
Retired teacher Lynda Dicks, aged 69, Mike Youings, 74, and Janet Pike, also 69, all members of  Holy Trinity Church first went to a Bible college in Yangon to meet students preparing to go on missions.
They then flew to Shan State to an orphanage called Haven of Peace which the Nailsea congregation helped to build through the Stand By Me charity.
Lynda sponsors a young girl called Elizabeth who lives at  the orphanage and got to meet her for the first time.
She said: “Elizabeth is doing really well at school and is top of her class.
“Many of these children have never been to school, slept in a bed, had shoes, or medical treatment.
“I had always felt God wanted me to go abroad, but it never came about.
"I hope my teaching skills can now be used.
"I am a grandmother of nine, but feel I have love to share on the almost other side of the world.
“If we can just show that people in Nailsea send love, that would be great.”
The trio have now embarked on a series of talks to the wider North Somerset community to share their experiences and some of the 1,000s of photos they took during the two week trip in February.

The trio's next presentation is on Thursday, March 2, at 7.30pm in the garden room of the Trinity Centre.

They are also booked for Saturday, March 18 at the 9 o'clockers afternoon social

This is at 2.30pm in the main lounge.

To find out more about the work of Stand By Me which builds schools, homes and care centres to help rescued children click HERE.

Nailsea junior film fun

Nailsea Bapist Church family film club shows on last Saturday of each month at 'the centre' starting at 5pm. 

This gives families an opportunity of watching a suitable film on the big screen with surround sound. 

There is no charge and hot dogs are available after the film. 

The next film on March 25 is Storks.

To find out what is showing contact Anne in the church office on 01275 859339.

The church has started a new parent/carers and toddlers group on a Friday morning from 10-11.30am.

There is also a group that meet on a Monday morning at the same time at the Silver Street venue. 

No charge for either group.​

Church garden project in final

Voting has closed in the Aviva community awards and a project from Nailsea is among the finalists.

Out of the nearly 4,000 entrants nationwide there are approximately 400 finalists.

Now it is down to the judges.

Awards range from £1,000 up to £25,000 and the Trinity House community garden is in with a chance of winning £10,000 to landscape the grounds of the old rectory.
The judges' results are announced on Tuesday, January 10.

Nailsea projects need votes in funding bids

Two Nailsea church inspired projects are among nearly 4,000 nationwide competing for monies from The Aviva Community Fund.

Aviva provides life insurance, general insurance, health insurance and asset management to 33 million customers, across 16 markets worldwide.

Its community fund offers the chance to support local projects.

To register you can use a FaceBook account or sign in and then you get 10 votes.

Awards range from £1,000 up to £25,000.

If you type in Nailsea you get the option of using your votes for 12 nearby projects.

You can use all your votes for one project or divide them to help more people.

Voting closes on Friday, November 18 2016.

Holy Trinity Church has applied for up to £10,000 to landscape Trinity House Community Garden in the grounds of the old rectory.
Its vision is to make a beautiful outdoor space available for the whole community, young and old, able bodied and disabled.
The garden will include lawns and a series of ‘rooms’; each one designed with a different theme, including an area with sensory plants, a natural garden with wild flowers, a fruit garden and a dry garden with a refreshing water feature.

Initial preparation work has already been carried out by volunteers from the community including the Brandon Trust which support people with learning difficulties.
The total cost of the project is approximately £78,000.

Trendlewood Community Festival is a bonding experience using music, food and fun - basically a big street party for people living on the 1980s housing estate to the east of Nailsea.
Many ancient communities have village green happenings, church fêtes and garden parties in mid-summer.

But many new communities have no central gathering place or traditional history.

There are approximately two and a half thousand people living on Trendlewood, served by just three public buildings - two junior schools and a pub.
Building memories and community coercion TCF is asking for £5,000 towards its annual summer festival which has been running since 2011 and is staged on Golden Valley Primary School playing fields.

To vote click HERE.

Lunch club needs more helpers

Many hands make light work on Wednesdays at a Nailsea lunch club for senior citizens.

But as volunteers grow older Nailsea Methodist Lunch Club could urgently do with a few more helpers.

Originally run by the WRVS it was taken over in the 1990s by Marjorie Town, wife of the then Methodist minister Keith Town.

Today it is still going strong with 50-60 members supported by a team of volunteers.

Co-ordinator Irene Hughes said: “We are worried how long we can continue as our volunteers are getting older and we urgently need more help preparing meals.

“We have a rota system for washing up and making coffee and would love extra help – new faces would be made very welcome.”

Tea or coffee with biscuits is served from 10am and then a two-course lunch at noon.

This is followed by a second cuppa, more biscuits and a game of bingo or light-hearted quiz.

Tables seat six or eight people and everyone enjoys the socially friendly setting including the helpers.

People do not have to belong to the church but all join in to celebrate Christmas, Easter and harvest festivals.

Call Irene on 01275 798522 if you have a few hours to spare on Wednesdays.

Tuesday's Fellowship

Nailsea Methodist Church's Tuesday Fellowship and invited friends enjoyed a special harvest themed anniversary service and tea with the Rev Jill Flowers, of Yatton.

The group began Women's Fellowship approximately 80 years ago and now welcomes men and women of all ages. 

One member and life long Nailsea resident, Mary Hallett, shared her memories of going to the fellowship with her mother when she was a child. 

Tuesday Fellowship meets fortnightly at Nailsea Methodist Church on Silver Street at 2.30pm.

It is a time of worship, fellowship and refreshments with guest speakers covering a variety of subjects.

A collection is taken at each meeting to support charities such as the air ambulance, The Mission to Seafarers at Portbury, Action for Children and food banks.  

The next meeting is on September 27. 

For more information contact Barbara Bees on 01275 219082.

A house of many faiths


From Baptists to Calvinists, from pagans to Plymouth Brethren, from CoE to Catholicism - Nailsea has seen them all.

Never has a town been so diverse in its believes but when evangelist Hannah More arrived back in 1792 the village housed in overcrowded hovels dirty, drunken non-believers.

In contrast to the opulence of those who lived in the vicarage Quaker John Whiting’s cottage at Kingshill wasn't a grand house.

Today in the cash-conscience 21st century many parishes share a minister.


All Saints Church

Wraxall Rectory, Wraxall Hill, Wraxall BS48 1NA

Tel: 01275 852442


Christ Church CofE Church

Christchurch Close, Nailsea BS48 1RT

Tel: 01275 859210

Holy Trinity Church

Church Lane, Nailsea, BS48 4NG

Tel: 01275 853227

Nailsea Baptist Church

The Centre, 79 Silver Street, Nailsea BS48 2DS

Tel: 01275 859339


Methodist Church and Community Centre

74-76 Silver Street, Nailsea BS48 2DS

Tel: 01275 854304


St Quiricus & St Julietta

The Causeway, Tickenham BS21 6SB

Tel: 01275 859210


St Francis of Assisi RC Church

Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea BS48 2LP

Tel: 01275 851530


Southfield Church

85 Southfield Close, Nailsea BS48 1SB

Tel: 01275 854575

Trendlewood Church (Church of England)

Meets on a Sunday at Golden Valley Primary School at 10.15am. Always welcoming and children-friendly. We either have groups for children or short and punchy all-age services.

Vicar: Steve Tilley: 01275 543332


Twitter: @trendlewoodch

United Reformed Church

Stockway North, Nailsea BS48 1AQ

Tel: 01275 849083

Worship on wheels 2016

On possibly one of the wettest and windiest Saturdays of the summer, a few adventurous scooter and wheelchair users, together with their families and friends, braved the elements to enjoy the first ever Worship On Wheels service at Nailsea Methodist Church.

It was part of the Nailsea & Distrcit Christians Together initiative called Al16ht.

The cafe-style service enabled scooter and wheelchair users to bring their wheels to the tables and be fully involved in the worship.

Access For All campaigner Alison Morgan was at the service.

She said: "It reinforced the message that we are all valuable parts of one body, acknowledging our diversity and our unique gifts and experiences of life.

"Afterwards there was chance to get to know one another over a cup of tea and a wonderful array of homemade cakes.

"It is hoped that this joyful event will become part of the Church calendar."

Those supporting AL16HT are running lots of special events with comedy, drama, music and pub nights, holiday clubs for senior citizens and visits to schools and family events to ensure their is something for everyone. 
To find out more click HERE.

Methodist minister at Wesley chapel

A coach full of people from Nailsea and Backwell Methodist churches went to London for the official ordination of the Rev Deborah Mallett.

Deborah has been a probationer minister at Nailsea Methodist Church and West Town Methodist Church Backwell since September 2014.

The group were joined on the coach by representatives and ministers from other district churches and Access For All campaigner Alison Morgan.

Alison said: “We were full of excited anticipation to support our minister Rev Deborah Mallett in her official ordination service at Wesley’s chapel in City Road London.

“This service marked the culmination of two years as a probationer and affirmed her commitment to her calling.

“Fifty of us from the churches boarded the coach with memories of Sunday School outings from years ago.

“One hour along the road and the packed lunch came out, and then it was lots of exciting chatter alongside knitting and crochet, reading or watching the world go by.

“After a brief stop at Reading and a rather slow journey through London’s traffic, we arrived at Wesley’s Chapel, with 30 minutes to spare.

“This chapel is often called the mother church or the ‘Cathedral of Methodism’ and it was a fantastic setting for a powerful service that touched all of us.

“It was a privilege to be there to support Deborah and the other six ordinands as they made their promises, and to be able to declare our intent to support them in their ministry.

“What a thrill to feel the power of the singing of the hymns filling the church with rich harmonies and heartfelt words in true Methodist tradition.

“And how meaningful to take communion in a church rooted in the birth of Methodism, side by side with Christians from all parts of the global church.

“We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and on occasion the interior of the church was bathed in the glow of sunshine through the stained glass windows.

“After the service refreshments were served in the courtyard in the evening sunshine and it was a time for hugs and photos and chats with friends.

“The coach then picked us up outside the church and we set off on our way home. Paul, our driver, gave us a taster of the Iceland - France football match, but was soon shouted down by the ladies and we returned to background music and enjoying the chance to share our collective enjoyment of what had been a fantastic experience.”

Pictured is Deborah outside Wesley's Chapel with from left her father the Rev Barrie Cooke who helped with the service, Deborah, Methodist Conference president the Rev Dr Roger Walton, Deb’s sister the Rev Naomi Cooke who was also getting ordained and the Rev Karen Webber.

Ugandan bishop on Nailsea visit


The Bishop of Muhabura Diocese, the Right Reverend Cranmer Mugisha and his wife Hope are visiting Nailsea this week.

Contact was established with the African bishop when the Nailsea Uganda Water Project was launched in 2012 by churches in the town.

Schools, businesses and Nailsea people backed by Tearfund took three years to raise £90,000 to transform the lives of 20,000 people living in south west of Uganda by mobilising them to provide their own safe water and sanitation.

The water project made a dramatic improvement in their lifestyle of the women and children of Muhabura who had to walk up to three hours daily to fetch water which was often polluted.

The district has a relatively heavy rainfall of approximately 1,200mm per year and the NU Water Project sought to install rainwater-harvesting by building water storage tanks next to village homes.

Bishop Cranmer has been invited to preach on Sunday morning at Holy Trinity.

Like many Anglican churchmen in Africa the bishop has strong views and fears on homosexuality.

He will be in Nailsea from Thursday to Monday, June 2-6.

The previous day the couple will be at a bring-and-share lunch 12.30-2.30pm on Saturday, June 4, at Holy Trinity main lounge.

Birthday beacon for Queen's 90th


Four years ago more than 4,000 beacons were lit worldwide to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee including one at Nailsea.

And now for the Queen’s 90th birthday another beacon will be lit from the top of Holy Trinity church tower at St Mary’s Grove.

Her Majesty is to light the first beacon on Thursday, April 21, at Windsor Castle.

This will be followed by the lighting of a number of beacons throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

Nailsea Town Council is supporting Holy Trinity Church and Nailsea Scouts by inviting everyone in the community to come along and join in the celebrations.

The evening will begin with a short celebratory service at the Tithe Barn at 8pm. 

This will be led by curate James Pennington and be immediately followed by the lighting of the beacon at Holy Trinity at 8.30pm.

Afterwards refreshments will be served at the Trinity Centre beneath the church

The belfry tower at Holy Trinity church is the highest vantage point in the town and the flame will be seen for miles.

Obviously for health and safety reasons it isn’t possible to lit a bonfire at the top of the church so Nailsea will be firing up a gas-fuelled beacon with a burner head in the shape of a rose,

There is a long and unbroken tradition in our country of celebrating Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons - on top of mountains, churches and castle battlements, on town and village greens, farms, country parks and estates, and along the beaches surrounding our shores.

The 90th birthday beacons will also be lit by the district council.

North Somerset Council is lighting a beacon to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday at 8.30pm lighting at Uphill Tower.

The Queen's real birthday is April 21 but it is s officially celebrated in June.

Other official birthday events scheduled are on Friday, June 10, t he Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, London.

On the next day Saturday, June 11, Her Majesty accompanied by members of the Royal Family will attend at The Queen’s Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade.

And on Sunday, June 12, the Queen will attend the Patron's Lunch, a celebration of Her Majesty's patronage of more than 600 organisations in the UK and around the Commonwealth since 1952.


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Early Christmas present for church


Parishioners at Holy Trinity church Nailsea are rejoicing as their new community and resource centre is finally finished.

After two long years and a builder who went bust the congregation pulled together and raised a massive £300,000 to complete the project.

With the old rectory refurbished, parts of the 15th century Anglican church modernised and extended this completes the £1.3 million new build at The Trinity Centre.

At a special service on Sunday the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Rev Peter Hancock came along to officiate.

He told the congregation: "And as we dedicate this building to God we also dedicate our lives.

"When Solomon dedicated his temple he prayed that it would be filled with the presence and peace of God - may that be the same for us here.

"Let's pray that all who come here will be aware of God's love and healing power.'

The Rev Jolyon Trickey said: “It was our vision to provide a community building for the 21st century.”

CHURCH NEWS: Top the choir sing praise, centre the vision for the community centre and right the historic church

All images courtesy of Holy Trinity

Linvoy Primus with God on his side


Former Premiership footballer Linvoy Primus was a guest of Nailsea & District Christians Together at the weekend.

Speaking of his career at Charlton, Reading and Portsmouth football club he engaged several audiences, not least 76 men at a breakfast at The Old Farmhouse pub at Trendlewood on Saturday morning hosted by Holy Trinity with Trendlewood associate vicar the Rev Steve Tilley, 

Linvoy spoke of some of his own life struggles, as well as an FA Cup victory and the occasional goal, challenging his audience to explore further the Christian faith he had found to be real.

Linvoy, aged 40, was born at Forest Gate – the London home of West Ham football club.

Both his parents originate from the Caribbean.

Married with three children Linvoy is involved in the Christian charity Faith & Football and walked the Great Wall of China to raise £100,000 for their cause.

Other charitable causes he has supported are the Alpha course, a cinema advertisement about Christianity and the formation of a prayer group at Portsmouth.

In 2007, he released his autobiography, titled Transformed which details his conversion to Christianity.

While in Nailsea Linvoy also attended a quiz night at the Grove Sports & Social Club and football training session at The Link, the community centre based at Nailsea School.

Parishioner Yvonne Donin said: “I heard him speak few years back when he was still playing.

“He is such a nice guy.”