Crown Glass

shopping centre, Nailsea

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On Friday, November 30, shoppers visiting the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea are being asked to be on guard as there are reports that a Giant Elf will be causing mayhem.

At 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm, the Elf will be roaming Somerset Square, Crown Glass Place, Clevedon Walk and Colliers Walk visiting the shops and cafes hell bent on causing disruption and chaos and his manic antics which will be caught on film as he is named and shamed on Crown Glass Shopping Facebook page.

Click HERE to see.

While in the shopping centre, it is anticipated that his mini counterpart will be hiding in a number of the shops where he will be photographed in compromising positions. 

A different photo will be posted onto the Facebook page every day for 14 days and shoppers will be invited to guess where the Elf is by looking at his surroundings. 

A prize will be awarded randomly to one of the correct answers.

This is not the first time that this rogue Elf has caused mayhem in shopping centres. 

Last year, he was seen in 17 shopping centres nationwide where he knocked over displays, tried to steal merchandise and generally threw tantrums like a spoilt child. 

His antics resulted in a total Facebook reach nearly a million!

Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: "We have put all our security guards on high alert in advance of this Elf’s arrival on Friday and our retailers made aware that he could cause devastation if he visits their shop.”

Full details of Christmas tree light switch-on and the fair at Crown Glass Shopping Centre on Friday, November 30 click HERE

Elfie on shop shelvie!!

NOT CLOSING: New Look has confirmed it will be closing 60 UK stores after a restructuring plan to make the chain profitable. Clevedon on list to close but not Nailsea store at Crown Glass Shopping Centre

IS CLOSING: After nearly six years trading the arts and craft shop in the centre of Nailsea is to cease trading. The Blue Room owner Sharon Brown, former chairman of Nailsea & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce, said: "It’s with much sadness that I’m announcing The Blue Room will be closing its doors for the last time on Saturday, December 22. We will continue trading as normal until then and all workshops will go ahead as scheduled. I hope you will continue to support us, taking this last opportunity to buy from our local artists and makers. I’d like to thank all our loyal customers for their support during the past five and a half years. Quite simply, The Blue Room is yet another victim of the decline in ‘bricks and mortar’ retail activity. We are not being charged an exorbitant rent. Our landlords have bent over backwards to help, including our first 3 years rent free! We don’t pay business rates because the rateable value is below the threshold. We are simply unable to generate adequate turnover with the low footfall in Nailsea and changing purchasing habits affecting all retailers. This has been a very difficult decision, I’ve poured my heart and soul into trying to build a sustainable business that serves its local community. Sadly, I’ve had to accept it just isn’t working and Christmas is the time to draw it to a close. Until then, it’s business as usual."

Busy bees can win busy bees

Crown Glass Shopping Centre is giving away hundreds of cuddly toys in a half term competition. 

On Monday, October 29, children on October school half term holiday can visit the Nailsea shopping centre between 11am-3pm for a meet and greet with the loveable, larger-than-life Honeysuckle the Bee who will be inviting the youngsters to tour Somerset Square, Colliers Walk, Crown Glass Place and Clevedon Walk to find mini Honeysuckle Bee soft toys in window displays.

Using a special Win A Bee Soft Toy entry form they most recorde the shop location.

Once all six bees have been found, children can take their completed form to either School Togs or Nailsea Cycles & the Gadget Lounge where the entrants to claim their prize.

Children not taking part on Monday will not lose out as the competition will be running every day while stocks of the bee are available.

Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: “Our younger visitors love Honeysuckle the Bee and we are confident that they will want to take part in this ‘bee hunt’ if there is a chance of winning a soft toy replica of Honeysuckle.”

Please note mini bees are only awarded while stocks last.

You can print out your own entry form by clicking HERE.

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PING PONG: The Card Factory is moving into the former travel agents at Somerset Square and the shopfitters say they will be finished next week. The Ping Pong Parlour could do with some wall art (like the blackboard wall at the Ping place in Liverpool) but caught these young lads playing and having fun as the shopping precinct was bustling at weekend as the final photo shows... People from Costco are drumming up support all week for the cut price out-of-town supermarket from a stall next to the library...

Anyone for ping pong parlour?

From Monday, August 6, shoppers at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea, can now enjoy playing some free table tennis as the shopping centre has opened a pop-up Ping Pong Parlour!

The Ping Pong Parlour is open daily between 10am-4pm and everyone is welcome to drop in to play on one of the three table tennis tables. 

No need to book - simply grab a bat from the table at the front and play – absolutely free of charge!  

Crown Glass Shopping Centre is delighted to have teamed up with the Ping! and Loop team at Table Tennis England, the sport’s national governing body, to bring this exciting project to life.

Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: “We’re thrilled that we now have a Ping Pong Parlour in our centre.

“We hope our shoppers will enjoy using it! I know I’ll be down there on my lunch break having a Ping, and maybe a Pong!”

Ping Pong Parlours have already opened in a number of shopping centres nationwide and form part of Table Tennis England’s vision to inspire people to get active and lead happier, healthier lifestyles by introducing table tennis into the places they already spend time in their everyday lives. 

The other initiatives delivered by Table Tennis England helping to achieve this, include Ping! the public street ping pong festival which bounces into 24 towns and cities every summer, and Loop which creates opportunities for workplaces, community venues and sports clubs to introduce table tennis.

Images from other centres which have installed Ping Pong Parlours.

Ping Pong Players

PICKET PLACE: A giant play pen for small people has gone up weekdays at Crown Glass Place. The Nailsea shopping centre has built the Pocket Park for youngsters to enjoy during the summer holidays. It contains a big Connect 4, ridealong toy, wigwam and balls games. Nailsea People hear a ping pong table is arriving soon and lots of fun activities planned too - see top. Please note C & G Silver has now closed

Wacky Wednesday is magical in Nailsea


On Wednesday, May 30, Carl John, Magician, will entertain children at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea.

Carl John has been a professional magician for all of his adult life starting out with children’s magic and rapidly progressing into close up magic at the tender age of 19 years.

Then a friend asked him to cover for a day at one of the prestigious Hilton Hotels were he quickly learned the difference between doing tricks and performing magic.

He stayed there as the resident Sunday entertainer for five years perfecting his craft.
From there he went on to performing at some of the most diverse places imaginable. 
Part of the Wacky Wednesday programme of free children’s holiday entertainment throughout the year, on Wednesday, May 30, Carl will give three performances at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: "We know how much local children enjoy the entertainment we organise and how keen they are to get in on the act.

"No doubt Carl will be involving them on some of his tricks and knowing what Honeysuckle the Bee – our mascot -  is like, suspect that she too will be trying get involved!”

CROWNING GLORY: Crown Glass Shopping Centre is displaying an album of A Hat Fit For A Royal Wedding on its Facebook page. With the forthcoming marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, invited its retailers to make the crowning glory using basic craft materials and materials in store - the brief was to create a hat that reflected the name of the shop, its products or services. Six shops rose to the challenge and their millinery masterpieces, fascinating fascinators and crafty crowns can be seen on the centre’s Facebook page where shoppers are where invited choose their favourite. And some of the shops throughout Somerset Square and Colliers Walk have also create a regal window display. Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: "We have been amazed and the creativity and imagination displayed by our retailers – some of the hats are truly inspirational. This competition is a very local celebration of an international event and we wish the couple every happiness." Facebook people need to have a look through the photos and LIKE and SHARE their favourite. The hat with the most LIKES will be crowned its magnificent millinery master and the team in the store that created it will WIN £50 worth of Shopping Vouchers! The hats featured are made by the arts and crafts team from The Blue Room and Orchard furniture store.

Wacky Wednesdays at for Easter school break


For the Easter school holidays Crown Glass Shopping Centre has Wacky Wednesdays.

Wednesday, March 28

Between 11am-3pm, budding young milliners can create their own Easter hat and then pose for the virtual Easter Parade album on the centre’s Facebook page.  Visitors are then invited to ‘like’ their favourite and the most popular hat maker will win a £25 gift voucher.

Wednesday, April 4

The Puppetree Theatre Company brings the story of Pooka - a mischievous ‘spirit’ - to life in puppet shows at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm, which feature this character from Celtic folklore and fairy tales. 
Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: “We are thrilled to have two days of excellent children’s entertainment planned for the Easter holiday and with crafts and puppets on offer, we hope there is something for everyone.

“Honeysuckle, our popular Bumble Bee mascot, will also be buzzing around meeting her young friends and knowing what she is like, she will want to take part in the hat making workshops to make her own busby!”

NEW LOOK: Phew that's a bit of luck as New Look at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea is not one of the 60 stores closing nationwide with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs. Sadly Clevedon store is included but not Portishead...the company had been asking landlords for rent reductions...

WIN!!! Mother's Day poetry competition 


Crown Glass Shopping Centre at Nailsea is inviting primary aged children to put pen to paper and write a poem for their mum for Mother's Day.

The poems can take any form the poet wants – amusing or serious, rhyming or free verse - but what can be guaranteed is that the sentiment will be the same – the child’s feelings towards their mum.

Schools have all been sent a Teacher’s Project Booklet as a lesson aid which provides detailed information about a very broad range of writers from different genres, cultures and ages; 40 entry forms and, since the poems will be uploaded on to Crown Glass Facebook page, a leaflet about viewing the virtual Poetry Book.

With Mother’s Day very early this year - on Sunday, March 11, – the closing date for entries is Friday, February 16, to allow time for the poems to be judged, the best entries displayed in the shopping centre and prizes presented to the successful poets and their mothers.

Somerset has a rich heritage of creative minds, from Arthur C Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, to The Wurzels who were formed in Nailsea. And the late great Terry Prackett was based in the county.

It is hoped, in some small way, this will inspire the next generation of North Somerset greats.

Prizes will be awarded in two age categories:

  1. Five to seven;

  2. Eight to 11 years.

Each winner will receive a £25 gift voucher for themselves and a £25 gift voucher for their mum.

Children will also be invited to read their poem to their mothers in a Facebook Live Read.

Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Martin Nelmes said: “We will also upload all the poems onto our Facebook page so that everyone can see how talented the children are.

“This very public display of affection can be viewed in a virtual Poetry Book from Wednesday, February 21 and the poem with the most ‘likes’ by Thursday, March 8 will win a £25 gift voucher both for themselves and their mum.

“We will also donate £100 to the school submitting the best overall entries – perhaps for more poetry books or notebooks for the children to pen more poems.”

The competition is open to all local children between the ages of five and 11 and entry forms are available from the Crown Glass Shopping Centre by calling 01275 854543 or to download by clicking HERE.

Teachers resources can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Circus comes to town


Nailsea youngsters are in for a treat at February half term when the circus comes to the Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

On Wednesday, February 14, as part of the Wacky Wednesday programme of free children’s holiday entertainment throughout the year, Lewis’s Fun Circus Skills Workshops will be in town.

Children can watch and take part in a variety of circus skills including tight-wire walking, handheld stilts, hula hooping, plate spinning, flower stick, gymnastic ribbon, peacock feather balancing and poi.

Wondering what poi is - according to Wilkapedia it involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns

There will be three workshop sessions – 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Crown Glass manager Martin Nelms said: “We know how much local children enjoy the entertainment we organise for the centre and how keen they are to get in on the act.

“Lewis’s circus skills workshops ticks all the boxes and knowing what Honeysuckle the Bee – our mascot -  is like, suspect that she too will be trying to hula hoop and spin plates!”

Nailsea Community Christmas Fair 2017

many more photos from fair night HERE

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M&Co open at Somerset Square

M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea
M&Co open at Nailsea

New fashion store for Nailsea


M&Co opened its doors for the first time at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea, on Saturday morning, October 7.

Staff at one of Scotland’s largest independent fashion retailers greeted customers at 24-25 Somerset Square with bubbly and bon bons.

Nailsea Town Council vice-chairman Clare Hunt performed the welcoming ceremony and cut the red ribbon.

The new store has created 10 new jobs and sells the latest ranges in Womenswear, Menswear and Kidswear, including teen, baby and accessories.

Executive chairman Steve Knott said: “Everyone at M&Co is delighted to be opening our fabulous new store in Nailsea.

“We are also really grateful to all at the Crown Glass Shopping Centre for their fantastic help and support.

“We look forward to welcoming all our new customers to this exciting store full of amazing fashion supported by M&Co’s famous friendly and knowledgeable service.”

CBRE Management Services operations director Carolyn Mantle said: “Crown Glass Shopping already has some great High Street name stores as well as an enviable and diverse range of independents.

“It is brilliant that M&Co are opening at the centre and gives our shoppers yet another reason for visiting Crown Glass.

M&Co was established as Mackays in 1834 and has traded as fashion retailer M&Co for more than 50 years.

The company has a portfolio of more than 290 stores andprides itself in selling quality products at the right price.

The retail unit was previously run for seven years by the Store21 chain which went into liquidation nationwide in July this year.

Some of its staff have been redeployed by M&Co.

Store21 originally evolved from a manufacturing business established in London in 1932, supplying clothing to West End and Marks & Spencer stores.

The clothing and homeware retailer was owned by Indian textile giant Grabal Alok.

Before then the shop was owned by Ethel Austin who went into receivership early in 2012.

Judging by the enthusiastic crowds on Saturday morning this should be third time lucky for the fashion store which has another North Somerset shop at Portishead.

To see all the photographs go to Gallery 2017 and for other news from Crown Glass Shopping Centre click HERE.

TUI SWEET: Thomson is changing to TUI, the new name in holidays with a new red logo. Thomson travel agency has been part of TUI for years and for those who have already made holiday bookings nothing changes just a smart new livery like the one at 5 Colliers Walk, Nailsea. The TUI Group is a multinational travel and tourism company headquartered in Hanover, Germany. It is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, and owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores

UPLIFTING IDEA: Donate your old bras to Moonrise Lingerie at Crown Glass Shopping Centre for a very worthy cause. The shop at 15c Crown Glass Place is starting a project to recycle your old and unwanted bras which will then be donated to homeless ladies around Bristol. Moonrise Lingerie will be offering fitting events for the ladies to enable them to be measured correctly. Once they have been measured they will then be given a bra that fits for free. A Moonrise spokesman said; "We hope that this gesture will help encourage the ladies to feel worthy and positive about themselves, whilst receiving a free bra in the process."

M&Co to open Nailsea store

It was this job vacancy pictured left found online at the Retail Choice website which kicked it all off.

A posting on the Facebook Nailsea People paged reached nearly 10,000 during the weekend with almost 100 comments - mostly in favour - with 52 shares!

The shop is coming to Crown Glass Shopping Centre soon. 

M&Co is one of the largest, privately-owned fashion retailers in the UK and has been selling quality clothing for 50 years.

Originally a small family business of only six shops in Glasgow owned by the McGeoch family in the 1960s, M&Co, has almost 300 stores nationwide.

You'll find them on local high streets across the UK, from the Shetland Isles in the most northerly part of Scotland to Penzance on the edge of the south west coast of England.

From our very first products 50 years ago we have focused on quality, never compromising for price.

Specialising womenwear, menswear, babywear and homeware it is not sure whether all departments will open in Nailsea.

Cheese, chutney and apple brand was my downfall

Well Nailsea People failed the posh taste test miserably at the weekend by only getting one out of four questions right.

I seriously thought Red Leicester cheese was red, didn't know the apple brands and for the chutney I - along with others - was sure it was red peppers and not tomatoes although it was very spciy.

Crown Glass shopping centre sends a huge thank you to everyone who took part - customers were queuing to have a go and many asked for repeat visit by the tasting team.

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: "Our thanks everyone who took part especially our shops - Waitrose, Boots UK and S&R Burchills - for getting involved, we couldn't have run the event without you."

The name of the winner has yet to be announced.

Posh Taste Test September 2017
Posh Taste Test September 2017
Posh Taste Test September 2017
Posh Taste Test September 2017
Posh Taste Test September 2017
Posh Taste Test September 2017
Posh Taste Test September 2017

Invite to Nailsea shoppers to take a 'posh' taste test


On Saturday, September 2, the Crown Glass Shopping Centre is inviting gastronomes to test their taste buds to see who has the ‘poshest palate' in Nailsea.

Between 11am and 4pm, shoppers visiting the shopping precinct will be invited to visit special tasting tables, each featuring a particular type of food or drink, and asked to sample the products displayed. 

They will then be asked a simple question about the food or drink tasted and write their answer on a taste test card.

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: "A lot of our shops, stores and cafes have new foods and recipes which we are keen to introduce to the public.

“The taste test challenge is a great way for shoppers to discover these new delights and at the same time, pit their palates in a fun competition.”

The winning taste tester will be awarded a hamper and the opportunity to claim the auspicious title of Nailsea’s poshest palate.

Nailsea school holiday Wacky Wednesdays

Throughout the school summer holidays Crown Glass Shopping Centre has a programme of children’s entertainment on Wednesdays.

The free Wacky Wednesdays has everything from magic to juggling, arts and crafts to invention and gadgetry.

  • On Wednesday, August 2, the children will be all at sea when the Puppetree Theatre Company entertain young buccaneers with their Yo Ho Ho pirate puppet show at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm;

  • On Wednesday, August 9, youngsters will be transported to the Far East with Jaardu, the Magic of India. Jaardu presents a combination of traditional Indian magic with the comedy and interaction of contemporary street performance;

  • On Wednesday, August 16, at noon and 2pm Thingamabob is presented by Matt Pang who uses circus, invention and comedy to bring gadgetry to life;

  • On Wednesday, August 23, it is the turn of The Crockery Juggling Show with Ian Marchant. Vintage crockery, tea trays and spoons are put to their paces in this feast of comedy showmanship at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm; and

  • On Wednesday, August 30, from 11am-3pm Under the Sea Crafts get creative aquatic artworks.

Shopping centre manager Rob Stokell said: "Wacky Wednesdays are now an established fixture in the shopping centre’s calendar and the children automatically turn up on holiday Wednesdays, knowing that they can enjoy some excellent entertainment.

“We have a full and exciting programme of children’s entertainment this summer and hope that local families will come and join in the fun.

“As well as the entertainment, our Bumble Bee mascot – Honeysuckle, will be buzzing around, getting involved with the entertainment and meeting her young fans."

Please note the children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents and guardians are invited to stay with their children and join in the fun.

PHOTO: Top © Luka Dakskobler

Welcome to Simpson Solicitors

On Saturday, July 15, Simpson Solicitors launched their new venture in Nailsea’s Crown Glass Place Shopping Centre.

Simpson Solicitors is a fully regulated and insured law firm that specialises solely in Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate Services.

It is run by husband and wife team, John and Michelle Baden-Daintree who, between them have decades of experience in various aspects of law.

Michelle will be moving full time to the Nailsea office from her current base in Chipping Sodbury where they have a High Street presence, whilst John will continue to work at their second office in Thornbury, and also spending time in Nailsea.  

Brent Perrin a senior legal advisor will also be making the move to Nailsea full time to support Michelle.

Michelle was born and raised in Nailsea, attended Nailsea School and stayed in Bristol to gain her legal qualifications.

John born in Oxford, attended Leicester University and decided upon Bristol as his hometown becoming a partner in a Bristol law firm at just 22.

The couple live at Long Ashton with their five children. 

Michelle said: ‘We already have clients based in Nailsea and various surrounding areas, so having the opportunity to open a North Somerset office was something we were very keen to do.

“Even though we always offer free home visits, a number of our clients still like to pop in and see us away from the home environment.

 "John and I and, in fact, the whole of our team, are incredibly passionate about what we do and the people we meet and ensuring that each and every client gets the very best advice throughout and beyond their journey with us, while still giving value for money.”

“We have invested greatly in our new wheelchair friendly premises where we have two meeting rooms with in order to respect privacy while still having a wonderful light and airy environment.

"The best of both worlds!

“Our aim is to create a warm, welcoming and approachable law firm which breaks all the stereotypical traits of a traditional law firm whilst providing first class advice and services.

"We firmly believe that a lawyer is for life and we hope that people will come and see for themselves how we are friendly lawyers who will make you feel welcome, wanted and cared for.’

A photo of the whole team on its open day is in Gallery 2017 with other walkabout photos from a busy Saturday market day.

Discount shop discounts stock

It looks as if Store Twenty One a national fashion chain is on the brink of collapse.

The main backer of Store Twenty One, formerly known as Quality Seconds, refused to continue supporting the business.

The discount chain retailer has shops natiionwide is expected to declare insolvency this week, putting around 1,000 jobs at risk across the country.

The management filed a notice to appoint administrators earlier this month, after the company was served with a winding-up notice by HM Revenue and Customs for breaching the terms of last year’s company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

It is understood AlixPartners will handle the collapse.

The firm, which has around 125 high street shops, has attempted to raise fresh cash from its main lender, State Bank of India, however, the bank, which is owed around £14million, said last week it will not provide any further funding.

Store Twenty One’s accounts, recently filed at Companies House, revealed a drop in sales to £89.4m in 2016 from £92.2m a year earlier, while pre-tax losses increased from £6.6m to £9.3m.

It was in the summer of 2010 in a fanfare of anticipation the then Nailsea Town Council chairman Rod Lees cut the ribbon to officially open fashion and homewares store at Somerset Square.

The retailer spent more than £100,000 on fitting out the unit of the on the former Ethel Austin store which closed in February when its sister brand, Au Naturele, went into administration.

The new store created 12 new full and part-time jobs.

Bigger shops at Colliers Walk

Property investment company Ellandi has announced it is converting several shops at Colliers Walk into larger retail units at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea

A planning application will shortly be submitted for 3,000 sq ft of additional space, creating four units of 1,679 sq ft each from six smaller shops.

Letting agent and local commercial property expert Ian Thompson, of Thompson Commercial said: “We have very few vacancies in the scheme and lots of interest from tenants who require bigger units including several existing tenants seeking to expand. 

“These proposals will help satisfy this demand and bring this quieter area of the scheme up to par with Somerset Square.”

Ellandi property director Mark Robinson said: “There are a number of areas where we will be announcing further investment over the coming months, and this is this first step in taking the shopping and leisure provision in Nailsea to the next level.”

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: “We have listened to our Independent retailers and developing larger units to support the growing needs within Nailsea.

“This will enhance the retail offer and our customers shopping experience.”

Bristol based Foresight Project Management is responsible for delivering the scheme, having successfully completed projects in Nailsea town centre including refurbishment of The Sion and Somerset Square offices, new ground floor centre management suite, new children’s play area and 17 new apartments in several areas of the Crown Glass Centre.

Ellandi is the UK’s only dedicated investment manager focused on community shopping centres with assets under management in excess of £1.3bn comprising a portfolio of 33 shopping centres across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

REFRESH RERESHING: For what seemed an age beauty salon Refresh at 6 Clevedon Walk had been hidden by the scaffolding nexdoor when they converted the upstairs offices to flats. Now is looks rejuvenated and offers treatments for mind, body and soul, in its beautiful, tranquil treatment rooms. Call 01275 851333 for further information.

Another bouquet for Nailsea shops

It is slding doors at Nailsea shopping centre as one flower shop closed and another is opening.

After unsuccessfuly competing in the Win A Shop competition florist Claire Davis set up Queenie’s Flower Shop at Colliers Walk selling fresh flowers and up-cycled accessories including vintage crockery and pots.

But after 36 months of trading Claire found the overheads at Crown Glass shopping centre prohibitive so has chosen to trade from home and sell her beautiful wares at local craft fairs and fetes.

You can contact Claire by leaving a message on her FaceBook page.

But as one business closes another begins and a new silk flower shop opens on Tuesday, May 30.

Chic Blooms is the idea of Nailsea mum Lisa Gregory who designs amazing silk flowers for special occasions.

Customer Emma Toomey said: "Lisa is so amazing and I can't recommend her enough.

"Her floral creations are absolutely spectacular and the pictures really do not do them justice. 
"I've had several different displays for my bridal boutique from Chic Blooms, all have exceeded my expectations and I've had so many comments on how beautiful they are. 
"Lisa is extremely talented and really helpful, nothing is too much trouble - I will definitely be ordering more."

Nailsea People is sorry to see Claire go but wishes Lisa much success in her new venture and will be popping in on Tuesday.

STOP PRESS: We popped in and said hello and Lisa's creations are amazing - you can find her in what was once the model railway shop. Call 07825615308 or email

Not the old school tie!

Young people are invited to Stick Their Necks Out at Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea during half term.

On Wednesday, May 31, children visiting the shopping centre between 11am-4p can take part in special workshops where they can colour and decorate a tie using any medium they like - pencils, felt tips, collage or crayons.

Once they have created their masterpiece, they will be invited to pose with their tie for a photo and all photos will be put into a special Stick Your Neck Out social media album.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: "We have some very creative children in Nailsea as witnessed recently with our Easter craft workshops.

“I anticipate that, once again, our young craftworkers will amaze us with their design skills and look forward to seeing a wide section of tie designs in our album on the Facebook page.”

The picture with the most ‘likes’, as displayed will win a craft hamper.

Centre mascot  Honeysuckle the Bee  will also be making a special appearance to see her young fans.

Butterfly buzz

Young craftworkers visiting Crown Glass Shopping on Wednesday, April 19l0 were able to let their imaginations go on a flight of fancy as they helped to create a sculpture that had the ‘Butterfly Effect’.

From 11am, craft specialists  - Children’s Workshops – invited children to help them create a giant butterfly sculpture to be displayed at Somerset Square.

On hand to help was fellow flying insect – the popular Crown Glass bumble bee mascot – Honeysuckle.

As well as helping to make the sculpture. the children also busied themselves making smaller butterflies to take home with them.

Manager Rob Stokell said: "At Crown Glass Shopping Centre, we focused our Easter family activities around literature and art with storytelling sessions last week and art workshops today.

"Once again, our young visitors are proving how imaginative they can be and am very impressed with the final butterfly sculpture.”

Eggstravaganza Easter


Nailsea shoppers are set for some big fun as butterflies and a huge chocolate scented egg take pride of place at Crown Glass shopping centre for two days of family fun this Easter.

On Wednesday, April 12, shoppers will be astonished to find that a giant five metre high Easter egg has been laid in the centre.

This giant inflatable egg is scented with chocolate and children will be invited inside for storytime sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm.  

Storytellers from the Ting Tang Children’s Theatre Company will be captivating youngsters with traditional tales, including the Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck.

As well as enjoying story-time sessions children will also be invited to pose for a Facebook social media album where their image will be enhanced with bunny ears and whiskers.

The art activity on Wednesday, April  19 is curated by artists from Big Art and young people will decorate a giant butterfly sculpture, which will be displayed at the centre as well as making little butterflies to take home.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: "We plan to focus our Easter family activities around literature and art in 2017 and hope our ‘Easter goes Large’ sessions will see the creative talents of our young visitors unleashed.

“We know how imaginative our youngsters can be and this year we have a unique location for storytelling and an original opportunity for families to create and display their inspired endeavours.”

Centre Mascot – Honeysuckle the Bee –will be buzzing around – meeting all her fans on both Wednesdays.

The events are all free but parents and carers are invited to stay with their children and join in the fun.

Door in brick wall

Nailsea Post Office has a new door round the back of Crown Glass Place.
Looking good in the stark brick wall opposite Parsons Bakery is a customer service point access.
This is where you go to collect parcels when the postie leaves a postcard which says ‘when you were out…’ and presumably all the neighbours were out too?
No longer will you have to cross in front of oncoming delivery vans now there is an access for all customers’ door – thank you PO.
The sorting office is open Monday to Friday 8.30am-1.30pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.
Apparently you can arrange a re-delivery on the customer service telephone number 03456 021 021.
Didn’t know that…

Mother's Day winner treats thanks to Nailsea shops 

Crown Glass shopping centre at Nailsea has rolled out the red carpet for a very special mother.

Lynn Taylor was nominated by her daughter-in-law Holly Taylor fin a competition run at the centre to win a makeover and a new outfit and accessories.

Judges from shops including Store 21, Boots, New Look, The Blue Room and Waitrose selected Lynn from dozens of nominations.

Lynn said: "“I originally nominated my own mum for the prizes but she was on holiday so I asked if I could swap the prize to my lovely mother-in-law.

“Lynn has been like a second mother to me and has had a tough time recently so she really deserved a treat”.

Lynn and Holly’s day started with a freshly ground coffee and a consultation with stylist Didde Thomsen-Wasilewski in the relaxing environment of The Blue Room.

The pampering then continued with make-up by Nailsea beauty expert Vicki Waghorn at The Little Beauty Loft. 

It was then time for a light lunch at Wetherspoons' The Glassmaker’where the gifts kept coming when Lynn was presented with flowers from Waitrose and a canvas print from Boots.

After this, it was time to update Lynn’s wardrobe and she and stylist Didde headed off to New Look to fashion a fresh wardrobe for the super-mum.

At New Look Lynn chose a floral shirt, a little black dress plus versatile extra tops to mix into her spring and summer collection and a pair of nude coloured ballet flat shoes to link with everything.

There was also a surprise for daughter-in-law Holly (another mum of two who came along with son Oscar) when she was also invited to select an outfit for herself.

So none of the families mums were left out, Holly also took away a voucher for her own mother Nicola Woodley so she could also enjoy some styling.

Lynn added: "I have never had a makeover before and it has been so lovely to be pampered.

“It has been a really good day and I am really touched. I feel like a new woman”.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: "Families are the foundation of our shopping centre and the community.

“We cannot think of a more fitting way to celebrate our local family of shoppers than to provide a real treat for mothers like Lynn and we hope a lot of other shoppers will be treating their mums to gifts and goodies from our shops and stores.”

Way Out in space for next Nailsea Wacky Wednesday

Children visiting the Crown Glass shopping centre during the February school half term can be transported into out of space!

Between 11am-3pm on Wednesday, February 15, young astronauts and cosmonauts can go up, up and away and out of this world during a day devoted to space age craft workshops.

Paul Goddard, aka children’s entertainer Professor Crump, will be getting the children to make rockets and flying saucers, aliens and men from Mars.

Centre manager Rob Stokell said: "Our Wacky Wednesday programme of free holiday fun is very popular with the children of Nailsea.

“Last year, we put together a fantastic and varied programme of entertainment and are in the process of putting together another exciting schedule for this year.  

“We have organised craft workshops in the centre before and the children quite clearly love to get creative and let their imaginations run riot.

“We hope that they will enjoy our space age themed workshop this half term.”

During the day, the centre’s popular mascot – Honeysuckle the Bee – will be helping the children with their ‘space crafts’.

Wacky Wednesday is a programme of free children’s entertainment every Half Term and Holiday.

The children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents are requested to stay with their children and join in the fun.  

A Nailsea home from home

Converting redundant office space into apartments has proved a popular move with Nailsea people.
This week fast expanding Helm Construction handed over the keys to developer Foresight PM following the completion of a commercial office conversion scheme in Nailsea both on time and on budget.
Crown Glass Phase II delivered four, two-bedroomed apartments from abandoned office space above the town’s Crown Glass shopping centre.
Site manager Peter Newnes said: “It’s great to see empty space above shops and retail outlets being brought back into use.
“Many neighbourhood shops have accommodation above which is not always utilized.
“A great many retail properties - private or council owned – are sitting on spare rooms and empty offices which offer an opportunity to convert.”
He said smart apartments helped improve the street scene and attract much needed footfall to hard-pressed shopping precincts.
All bar one off the 10 flats are either sold or in solicitor’s hands.
Estate agent Heritage are the selling agents with prices pitched from £125k up to £165k depending on size, location and/or number o of beds.
Property agent Ian Thompson said: “Interestingly the majority are sold to owner occupiers although of course one or two have gone to investors as ‘buy to let’.
Happily, many of the first home buyers are local youngers taking their first step on the property ladder and leaving ‘mum and dad’ and the family nest.
This is the final phase for now.
The initial seven flats constructed by Courts Contractors were sold off plan prior to completion, again mainly to local people and also through Heritage, added Ian who acted as development management for the project on behalf of centre owner, NUT/Ellandi.
For further information contact Helm Construction on 01454 634 020.

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Spooky shopping

At October half term children visiting Crown Glass shopping centre from 11am-3.30pm on Wednesday, October 26, will be ‘trick and treated’ to a day of spooky Halloween fun.

The Day Of The Dead festival is infamous around the globe and originates from Mexico where thousands of people, each year, dress up as skeletons and what is often known now as ‘candy skulls’ - a more colourful and fluorescent version. 
This Halloween, the shopping centre is taking inspiration from this and will be getting the‘little horrors’ of Nailsea to go on a 'skull sticker hunt'.
The children will be asked to visit four specially selected shops to collect a skull sticker.  

Once the series of four has been collected and while stocks last  they will receive a Ty Screech Beanie and entry into a free draw win a special Halloween prize.
At 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm, Anton Ghoul will go straight to the jugular and will entertain them with juggling shows.  

Anton’s juggling skills have spanned more than 15 years of training and performance.

He can perform with up to five clubs and seven balls but can wow his audiences with just three objects. 

Also in his repertoire is hat manipulation where every part of his body is used to move those top hats from foot to head and hand to mouth!

Anton spent two years working with Team Yomega, the UK’s yo-yo team and toured the UK and Europe demonstrating the art of Yo-yoing.

Anton then became the 1998-99 English yo-yo champion.

Anton’s balance skills range from a spinning ball on a 6ft pole balanced on his chin to a rose balanced delicately on his nose, then deftly caught between his teeth!

With his sharp wit and quick thinking, Anton’s shows always encourages the children to get involved with his ghoulish activities.

The little monsters will also be asked to pull faces like little monsters in a Gurn & Earn Facebook competition.  
Invited to screw up and distort their face to try to make themselves look as scary as possible, they will then have their photo taken and all pictures uploaded to a special album on the shopping centre's Facebook page.  

They will then be asked to find their photo, like and comment on it and share it with their friends.  

The two pictures with the most 'likes' will receive a Halloween prize.
The shopping centre is also inviting children to dress up in ghastly grab, frightening frocks and scary suits or as their favourite Halloween character for a fancy dress parade at 2.30pm.  

There will be prizes for the scariest boy and girl.
Finally, even the shops will be getting into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion.  

There will be carving and decorating pumpkins in a style that either reflects a shop name or the products or services they sell.  

All photos will be on the FB page for people to vote for their favourite.
Centre manager Rob Stowell said: "Halloween grows in popularity each year and our spooky fun is always well received by the children.
"The children love the sticker hunt and the fact that, for once, they can pull faces and not get told off.
“It is also great that are retailers want to get involved and we are looking forward to seeing just how creative they can be.”
Honeysuckle the Bee, Crown Glass Shopping’s Mascot will also be buzzing around. 

Wednesday, October 26
Anton Ghoul juggling shows at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm
Halloween fancy dress parade 2.30pm
Collect stickers and see all the pumkins  

Nailsea tasting test results

Crown Glass management team would like to thank everyone that came along and put their taste buds to the test with its Taste Test Challenge.

If you are all wondering what the answers were we can now reveal.

Cheese - Vintage Cheddar


Swiss Plain Chocolate & Swiss Milk Chocolate


Olive, Red Onion & Cheese, Tomato & Oregano


Many shoppers tried the delicious foods on offer and entered a prize draw to win a luxury hamper

Congratulations go to successful customer Carol O'Reilly.

Nailsea's Poshest Palate

Do you know your Beluga Caviar from fish paste or a truffle from a common old mushroom then you should enter Nailsea's Poshest Palate competition.

On Saturday, September 17, from 11am-4pm visitors to Crown Glass shopping centre will be invited to tempt their taste buds at special tasting tables set up at Somerset Square.

Each table will feature samples of different foods or drinks and shoppers will be asked to write answers to simple questions on a taste test card.

The winner gets a foodie hamper and the opporutnity to claim the auspicious title of Nailsea's Poshest Palate.

Final Wacky Wednesday of summer holidays

For the final Wacky Wednesday of the school summer holidays children visiting Crown Glass shopping centre will be encouraged to get 'crafty' with the  a Tour of the Arts roadshow.

On Wednesday, August  31, between 11am and 3pm young people will be shown by craft worker Paul Goddard how to construct leaves, flowers, fruit, butterflies and birds to decorate the bare branches on Forest of Fun.

As well as being an experienced craft worker Paul is also known as Professor Crump who first appeared in a London park, a stones throw from Charlie Chaplin's birthplace.   

His act then consisted of a toy dog which he insisted could jump through a hoop.

Since then they have both jumped through many other hoops from children's theatre productions to alternative cabaret, from circus to West End Shows. 

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: "During the past five weeks families visiting the shopping centre have enjoyed entertainment featuring music, puppets, slack wire and BMX shows, dance and animal encounters.

“Our Wacky Wednesdays of free children’s entertainment are proving so popular and established that families are already in the centre waiting for the activity to begin on school holiday Wednesday.”

Diary date: Wacky Wednesday entertainment on October 26 will be 'funday of the dead' – Halloween entertainment themed around the Mexican festival of Day of the Dead.

The children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents are requested to stay with their children and join in the fun.

Some acts dependent on weather conditions and subject to change.

Wacky break-dancing

Wacky Wednesdays continues at Crown Glass shopping centre with shows featuring Exception-Elle – an explosive and dynamic duo of female break-dancers. 

At 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm, cheeky and charismatic with a magnificent presence, the girls demonstrated their skills and then invited children to join them in dance workshops.

Lauren started breakdancing after seeing the New York City break-dancers dancing in the subway in the Big Apple.

Since then she has become an influential figure in the hip-hop scene.

She specialises in breakdancing, but also teaches lyrical contemporary dance and developmental movement. 

Lauren’s energetic and charismatic stage presence sets her apart. She has a great sense of fun as well as a physical strength.

She loves being able to pass on what she has learnt and continues to develop herself as a performer and teacher.

Olivia was dancing almost before she was walking!

Her passion for dance and gymnastics led her to breakdancing, which she found perfectly combined her explosiveness and artistry. 

She performed for many years with Just4 Funk who played a key role in inspiring her to become a b-girl and dance teacher.

Exception-Elle were at Crown Glass as part of the Summer Holiday Wacky Wednesdays ‘Tour of the Arts’ programme of free entertainment.

Below is a sideshow when The Puppetree Theatre Company with its updated Punch & Judy show including a Green Lady performed last week at Somerset Square.

The programme continues on Wednesday, August 24, with Jack Pressman’s Animal Encounters. 

Between 11am-3pm Jack will have with him, a menagerie of animals including big bugs, reptiles, birds of prey, small domestics and exotics for the children to see.

 And the final date is Forest of Fun craft workshops on Wednesday, August 31.

The children’s entertainments are not supervised playschemes and parents are requested to stay with their children and join in the fun. Some acts dependent on weather conditions and subject to change.

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Putting Nailsea on the map


The Blue Room in Nailsea’s latest community arts and crafts project - the creation of an iconic map of Nailsea - launched this month with a free collage making session hosted by artist Emmeline Simpson who created the outline map for the project.

Emmeline’s map has been printed on a huge banner and people are encouraged to ‘fill in the gaps’ with their own vision of Nailsea places.

The Blue Room will host free creative sessions throughout the summer so everyone can take part in the project.

All ages are welcome to come and join in.

The final outcome will be a digital image, created by Emmeline, featuring a selection of the arts and crafts created by the participant’s over the summer.

Blue room owner Sharon Brown said: "We want the map to represent Nailsea as seen by local people.

"The town council have helped fund the project and will use the finished image for various public purposes, creating a lasting legacy for Nailsea."

The next events are on Thursdays, August 18 and 25, 10.30am-12.30pm with Sheila who  loves the rural surroundings of Nailsea, the fields nature reserves with their abundance of wild flowers, birds, and butterflies - not to mention the creeeeepy crawlies!

Young people are welcome to join in the fun but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

More details can be found by clicking HERE on  or by following #mappingNailsea on Twitter and Facebook.

Nailsea People photographs from the first event can be found in Gallery 2016.

Prize Euro Pong

for Father's Day


To celebrate Euro 2016 and Father’s Day, on Saturday, June 11, the Crown Glass shopping centre at Nailsea is inviting dads, lads...and daughters to compete against each other in the Euro Pong Father’s Day Challenge.

Between noon-3pm, families can take part in Euro Pong – based on the pub game Beer Pong – but without the alcohol!

Crown Glass shopping centre manager Rob Stokell said: "We will be creating a special play zone for this event complete with pong table, net, stadium backdrop; Euro Pong mugs, balls, leader board and even grass.

“We anticipate that local families will be keen to pitch their ball bouncing skills against each other to see who has the best aim.

“To whet the appetite of our shoppers, we have also opened the challenge to our retailers and have suggested that they might want to take part in an ‘in house’ competition between 11am-noon on that day. 

"We can’t wait to see if they are brave enough.”

Euro Pong is free to enter and there will be prizes for everyone taking part.

A Nailsea Wacky Wednesday 

welcome to man in the moon

Performance artist George Orange will be showing off his balancing skills at Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea during the school half term holiday.

Billed at the Man on the Moon the Chicago-born eccentric clown and slack-rope dancer will be walking and dangling from a specially  constructed crescent-shaped rig he designed himself.

For more than 20 years George has been entertaining with his comedy and circus routines to music which includes contortionism and bottle balancing.

The tricks increase in size over the course of the show building up to a spectacular finale  when the audience helps him in his aim to walk the rope across the  moon.

Shows are timetabled for noon, 1.30pm and 3pm on Wednesday, June 1, and are part of  the Wacky Wednesday programme of free children’s  holiday entertainment run by the shopping centre.

Crown Glass manager Rob Stokell said: “Our Wacky Wednesdays are proving so popular the children just automatically come to Somerset Square at holiday Wednesdays confident​ in the knowledge that there will be some excellent free entertainment for them.

“As well as our entertainment on June 1, we are planning a programme of family fun events throughout the summer holidays for the children to look forward to – further details later.”

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LOOKING GOOD: Nearly town years after they applied for change-of-use planning permission Crown Glass shopping cnetre management team have moved into new offices on the ground floor of Sion House next door to The Blue Room. When the precinct opened in the 1970s it was an estate agents before becoming Sion Computers but the shop has been empty for some time. Scroll down the page to read the original story

School holiday fun at shopping centre


Invitations to a Mad Hatter's tea party and mini Easter eggs will be given out free on Good Friday at  Crown Glass shopping centre by bee mascot Honeysuckl.

On Good Friday, March 25, Honeysuckle visit the precinct and along with the Easter Eggs will  be handing out special Mad Hatter playing card inviting families to the tea party on Wednesday, April 13.

That is when the Mad Hatter, Alice and Queen of Hearts will entertain children with crafts, games and family fun sessions between 11am-1pm and 2-4pm and children presenting their playing card to the Queen of Hearts will find out whether they have won a prize or have to pay a forfeit.

New centre manager Rob Stokell said: "With the new Alice Through the Looking Glass movie to be launched in May we thought it was a great opportunity to recreate a scene from Lewis Carroll’s adventures with Alice.

“Working with our stores and the Ting Tang Theatre company,  we hope to create a family activity which captures the feel of a spring garden and the magic of Alice’s wonderland.

Before this it's traditional Punch & Judy fun on Wednesday, April 6 as part of  the Wacky Wednesday’programme of free holiday entertainment.

The Puppetree Theatre Company brings to life Punch, Judy, the policeman and baby in old-fashioned shows that feature frenzied sausage eating.

To read more about Crown Glass shopping centre go the to Shop Locally pages by clicking HERE or go to its designated Facebook page.

Nailsea tour of duty


It's goodbye to her and hello to him as a new face starts working at Nailsea town centre.

Rob Stokell, pictured right, who hails from Berkshire is the new man at the helm of Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea.

The 53-year-old former naval man comes equipped with a wealth of retail experience and a flotilla of health and safety, hygiene, energy and management knowledge.

Before embarking on his career in retail corporate and shopping centre management, Rob spent 27 with the Royal Navy based at Portsmouth.

Rob comes to Crown Glass from the Parkway Shopping Centre in Newbury where he spent several years as operations manager a role which included marketing and promotions.

Rob said: “I am really looking forward to working at Crown Glass.

“So far, the people I have met locally and in the centre have been very nice and welcoming.

“There is a great sense of local pride for Nailsea and as I’m getting to know the area, I can see why.”

He replaces Gloucestershire girl Charlotte Jarrett, below left, who during her two years in charge saw the arrival of a new play area and Costa coffee as well as the move along the High Street for Nailsea Cycles and School Togs to Clevedon Walk.

Unfortunately the successful units in the #winashop competition Partysmarty, Ewe Knit 20 and Young Possum's Imaginarium all failed to thrive at Colliers Walk and some closed within months of opening.

And Charlotte also had the headache of the controversial planning application to bring budget supermarket Lidl to the town which caused a huge protest as it was poised to build on the free car park off Stockway South.

Charlotte who came from The Eastgate shopping centre at Gloucester has moved to Clifton Downs shopping centre at Whiteladies Road.

Landlords Ellandi are currently investing more than £500,000 in a refurbishment scheme turning redundant office space into apartments, new branding and its management office is about to move downstairs next to The Blue Room.

Rob who enjoys cooking walking and sight-seeing is the father of two grown-up boys began work this March and has already attended his first Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce meeting.

His sons Jamie, 23, and Nathan, 18, live at Bracknell.

  • Gina Provis, pictured far right with Father Christmas, is stepping down as town centre market manager after seven years. Since being appointed in 2008 by Nailsea Town Council Gina has seen the market grow from just selling local food produce to embracing arts and crafts stalls and greater community involvement. She said: "The market has become the biggest local produce market in North Somerset and is a thriving hub for the local community every third Saturday in the month." Gina who finishes in May thanks councillors, the town clerk Ian Morrell, market stallholders and the many customers who have supported her in the role.

Young Possum people is and open and shut case


The original story:

Young people can play all day at Crown Glass shopping centre Nailsea with a specialist cafe just opened for parents with small children and the play area at Somerset Square refurbished.

Lorna Dukes and Melina Snell, of Backwell, have opened Young Possum’s Imaginarium after winning Crown Glass Shopping Centre’s Win a Shop competition.

The two mums have filled the cafe with educational toys and they will also be serving drinks and pre-prepared food.

Lorna and Melina who trained as teachers are working on a new menu and the former retail unit has designated areas for babies and toddlers which they hope will soon become THE destination date for mums, dads, grandparents and carers.


Three months later;

After only three months of trading the parent-orientated cafe in Nailsea town centre has closed.

Owners Mel and Lorna posted a notice on Facebook to say they are sad to announce that Young Possum’s will be closing its doors on Saturday, February 27.  

The pair added; "It's been an amazing experience for us and we have enjoyed meeting all our lovely customers - big and little."

And they reassured those customers with half-filled loyalty cards they would qualify for 25p off their bill for each stamp.

This is the second shop at Colliers Walk to close in a month with Ewe Knit wool shop closing abruptlyin January and the third win-a-shop store to throw in the towel.

Ironically the flower shop Queeenies which was a runner-up in the annual competition but didn't win opened anyway and is doing well...  

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Our green and pleasant town


Nailsea is going green with the rebranding of its shopping centre.

It was announced in August last that Nailsea town centre was to have a facelift as part of the nine million pound investment in the Crown Glass shopping centre.

Workmen moved in last week to start replacing the dated ‘un-smiley’ face logo introduced more than a decade ago with new – rather large - signage.

The new signs reflect the history of Nailsea Glassworks with a swirling ‘bottom of the bottle’ design.

Using locally mined coal to heat the furnaces bottle and some window glass was manufactured in the village from 1788 to 1873.

What is left of the factory is now buried under Tesco supermarket, the store car park and grassy knoll on the corner of the High Street.

Crown Glass the adopted name of the shopping precinct refers to the best quality window glass.

This was once made when a glass blower gathered a clump of molten glass on the end of a hollow pipe and blew it into a bubble much like a bottle.

When the blower severed the rod, he had a disc of thin glass, up to four feet in diameter but in the centre was a ‘bull's-eye’.

The word ‘centre’ has been dropped from the new signage.

With many in Nailsea still saying they are going ‘to the village’ and calling Crown Glass the ‘shopping precinct’ let’s see if it fares better than The Glasshouse pub which became The Glassmaker when Wetherspoons took over but everyone calls Spoons.

Nailsea Town Council has contributed £15,000 for coordinated mapping to be introduced which points the way both to the shops and historical parts of the village.

The signage package covers everything from the large signs on the exterior of buildings to directory signs and maps, public notice boards and welcome signs.

The total cost of this project is estimated at £145,000.

Alexander James, of designers Beyond, said: “We wanted to reflect the glass blowing heritage of Nailsea as so little remains of the original site of Nailsea glassworks factory.

“The concentric half circles that form part of the pattern of the logo are reminiscent of the base of a bottle made by glassblowing which was the main process undertaken by the factory in the mid-1800s.

“We wanted the logo for the shopping centre to mirror the legacy the factory created all those years go.

“This is also emphasised by the typography in a bolder font for standout within the Crown Glass Shopping logo.”Anything that raised the profile of the town has to be applauded." - see more news on Business Peeps page by clicking HERE.

Newly elected chairman of Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce Sharon Brown, owner of The Blue Room, said; "

New play equipment was installed at Somerset Square in the autumn, Costa coffee, Queenie's flower shop and the play café with the unpronounceable name Young Possum's Imaginarium all opened.

Sadly at the same time as the new signage is being installed and during a wet and very windy weekend a profusion of ‘to let’ signs on shops, offices and the Indian takeaway next door to what once was the launderette dominated the photos - click on slide show top to view.

  • Property investment management company Elland is expected to replace Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Charlotte Jarrett who leaves this month for pastures new.

  • A misspelt Clevedon Walk sign added to the chatter on social media and our slideshow but Charlotte took to Twitter to say 'the signage will be fully completed by the end of next week - watch this space for the final product' - will do.


First 100 customers get £5 vouchers


Crown Glass Shopping Centre is delighted to announce the arrival of Poundland to the town centre.

Located next door to Store 21 at Somerset Square, Poundland opened its door with appearances by the Pound Hound – the company’s larger than life mascot.

To celebrate its opening, Pound Hound handed out £5 vouchers to the first 100 of its new customers and throughout the day, mixed with shoppers in the shopping centre, handing out balloons. 

Crown Glass Shopping Centre manager Charlotte Jarrett said: "It is reassuring to see that Crown Glass Shopping Centre is being recognised as a strong commercial location for both national brands and local specialists.

"Our landlords, Ellandi, have a long term strategy to enhance the Centre and this mixture of high quality and speciality shopping provides an attractive community shopping environment for loyal and new visitors to the scheme.

“During recent months, not only have Poundland opened, we have also welcomed several new shops to Crown Glass including Costa, School Togs and Queenies Florist which not only improves shopper choice it creates a focus for the entire community and an attraction for shoppers.”

Ellandi is the UK’s only dedicated investment manager focused on community shopping centres with assets under management in excess of £700m comprising a portfolio of 20 shopping centre.

Poundland was previously the 99p shop.

See front page story story One Door Opens... for more news of comings and goings by clicking HERE.


Going shopping for Nailsea people couldn't be easier both in-store and online.

From Thursday, December 17, Crown Glass Shopping Centre is offering their shoppers a ‘click and collect’ service by installing Amazon lockers at Somerset Square.

This new facility will not only mean that shoppers will be able to collect their Amazon orders from the shopping centre - in the same way that they already enjoy ‘click and collect’ from major retailers like Waitrose and New Look – but the lockers will also accept return items.

Located on the wall near Nat West bank the Amazon lockers offer the best of both worlds – shoppers can already enjoy the excellent mix of national and independent shops but can now take advantage collecting their online shopping without the hassle of having to wait at home for a courier to arrive or wonder which neighbour has their package.

The Amazon lockers are self-service allowing shopping to collect, or return, a parcel at a time that is convenient to them.

Once an order arrives at the locker; an email notification is automatically sent with a unique pickup code which is used for the collection. Orders are then held for three days and if not collected,  the parcel will be returned for a full refund.

Centre manager Charlotte Jarrett said: "We are pleased to announce the addition of Amazon lockers to the Crown Glass shopping centre.

“We are confident that our shoppers will take advantage of this new facility in the same way that they already enjoy the convenient being able to ‘click and collect’ at many of our shops and stores.”

Nailsea's town centre shopping centre is managerd by Ellandi the UK’s only dedicated investment manager focused on community shopping centres with assets under management in excess of £700m comprising a portfolio of 22 shopping centres.

Here come Christmas


On Friday, November 20, the lights go on the Christmas tree at Crown Glass shopping centre, Nailsea.

The Christmas celebrations start when four clowns – Bluey, Crump, Marco and Mad Dominic – start goofing around in the town centre from 5-7.30pm.

Santa will also put in an appearance along with a colourful assortment of costumed characters.

Crown Glass mascot Bumblebee will be buzzing about and at 6.30pm the friendly bumblebee will joined shoppers for the countdown ceremony with officially marks Christmas at Nailsea.

Next year there are exciting plans to coordinate the Christmas light display in shopping precinct and High Street...more news next year....

STOP PRESS: Report and photos at Gallery 2015 click HERE to go to page of light ceremony