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THE online community newspaper for Nailsea people, their family and their friends

February 2024

Our town is a very, very nice town

Property people

Nailsea Town Council has applied for listed building consent to re-install a blue plaque at front entrance of the Tithe Barn at St Mary's Grove

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PUB PLAQUE: Wetherspoons has one outside its town centre pub! This one looks more black than blue

What's On 2024

The diary is filling up and for February we have pub quizzes, live gigs and fundraising dates, more HERE

Gallery 2024

We have more than  a decade of images in  our galleries featuring markets, festivals, Backwell lake, country walks, carnival day and Nailsea people.  We have a new page for  2024, see HERE.  This photo of Chelvey church is part of a slideshow with photos by Rachel and Phil


Yellow brick roadworks mess

National Grid were a couple of days late finishing laying electricity cables along Nailsea High Street but not everyone was pleased how the road was put back together.

It isn’t a yellow brick road for sure and North Somerset Council inspectors agree.

Aarons Pets owner Martin Young said: “National Grid, please can you get your contractors back, and put the pavements back how they were originally.

“You have done a cheap fix with Tarmac, when the bricks should have been re-laid, just outside the fish shop and our Station Road shop.

“We pay our high rates, so please put back how it was originally.”

The High Street bumpy road surface has been the subject of numerous complaints from drivers and pedestrians.

A National Grid Electricity Distribution spokesman said: “When carrying out reinstatement work on pavements or roads after replacing underground cables, we do so according to the requirements of the local authority concerned which then reviews it and can issue a defect notice.

"No defect notice has been issued for this work.”

But now North Somerset Council spokesman said: “Our inspector has visited the site.

“The works have been failed due to the use of incorrect materials.

“The contractors have used Tarmac instead of pavers.

“A fine has also been issued because the yellow lines are incomplete.

"The utility company will have to come and fix the defective work."

A Nailsea Town Council spokesman said: “We are aware that the bricks have been replaced with Tarmac and have reported this to North Somerset Council who is the highways authority. 

“However, we were not party to what was agreed to be done as this is also the responsibility of highways authority.”

The High Street roadworks delayed Nailsea Town Council taking down the Christmas decorations.

The tradition is that it is bad luck to keep decorations up after Twelfth Night as decorations left up after this date will become possessed by goblins.

The town council spokesman added:  “We are in the process of taking down the Christmas lights now that the High Street is clear of roadworks.”

National Grid is still working in Nailsea with diversions in place at The Causeway and parts of Silver Street are being dug up in roadworks

scheduled to last until Friday, February 23.

Guy Opperman MP the Minister for Roads and Local Transport has announced plans to fine utility companies whose roadworks don’t finish on time.

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DIG THIS: From our January 2024 front page

Mr Opperman said: “When utility company roadworks overrun, it’s motorists who pay the price with congestion, detours and longer journeys.

“We are consulting on plans to toughen fines for utility companies if they overrun and increase the penalties for operating without a licence.

“Proposals include using money the utility companies pay councils to ‘block off’ the streets and putting it into resurfacing and improving local roads.

“We could generate £100 million extra each year to resurface roads and tackle potholes left behind by utility companies, while helping tackle congestion, cutting down journey times and make driving a bit easier. 

  • UPDATE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2: A National Grid Electricity Distribution spokesman said: “The current reinstatement work and use of Tarmac in Nailsea High Street is temporary and paving labs will be installed as soon as we take delivery from suppliers. The yellow lines have been repainted. We are in regular contact with the local authority to ensure this project is completed satisfactorily and we’d like to thank people for their patience.” See photos below!

On Thursday, February 1, Lloyds Bank is to close in Nailsea, leaving the town with no bank except for the Post Office.

But for 24-weeks Lloyds will operate a community drop-in facility at No 65 High Street. 

The drop-in facility will be open 9am-3pm every Friday from February 9 until mid-June but there will be no cash service available.

The Lloyds community banker can help with the following services:

Payments and transfers such as

  • Paying someone new

  • Managing Direct Debits and standing orders

  • transferring money between accounts

  • Pay a bill to a company (limits apply)


Card and PIN services

  • Report your card lost or stolen

  • Order a replacement card or PIN


Manage your account

  • View your balance and transactions

  • Change your address

  • Manage your contact details

  • Manage your marketing preferences

  • Order a replacement cheque book / credit book

  • Order copy statements

  • Close your account


Further help and support will also be available through their telephone channels or your own device to:

  • Register a death

  • Registering a Power of Attorney

  • Adding a third party to your account

  • Registering your support needs

  • Getting you help with your money worries

  • Getting you help if you’ve been scammed

  • Proving your identity

  • Register a complaint

See for more information or call Lloyds Bank on 0345 300 0000.

The Lloyds Bank Community Banker is not a banking hub. 

A banking Hub is a shared space, normally on the high street, letting customers of multiple banks deposit and withdraw cash and perform other everyday banking tasks. 

Banking hubris

IT'S SMOKING:  Benjamin Barry, of Helping Hands Property & Garden Maintenance, shared this video of the new HSBC ATM at Crown Glass Place storing some red hot cash! Passersby alerted the shopping centre management and the fire service was called but according to James Steel, who runs Quality Collectables antique shop opposite 'they were just testing the internal safety mechanisms'. Ben said: "Whatever it was it also tripped the electrics at the barbers next door. Possibly an overheating issue?" HSBC senior media relations manager Steve Gracey said: "As part of a mechanical test an internal security device was triggered by an authorised engineer to ensure it was working correctly. It wasn’t a fire. We apologise if this caused alarm, but we can assure users of the cash pod that it remained safe to use. We want to be a good neighbour, and have reached out to the barber next door whose electricity failed. Our understanding is that any electrics being tripped was a coincidence rather than caused by our test."

They look set to become the main way for many to access banking in the coming years, as banks continue to shut individual branches. 

Nailsea Town Council has looked into the feasibility of setting up a banking hub in Nailsea and an application has been submitted, applying for the town to be considered for a banking hub.

No 65 manager Trudy Hollow said: " We are very pleased that Lloyds Bank are working with No 65 to offer a community banker drop-in facility from February for our local residents and hope if this is successful that it will be continued after June 2024."

Newly elected Nailsea Town Council chairman Anita Smith is keen to help people who have lost access to banking facilities to find alternatives. 

She said: ‘We are pleased that Lloyds Bank are working with Nailsea Town Council to provide this community banker drop-in facility. 

"However, the town council is also looking at other longer-term solutions and have applied for the town to be considered for a banking hub."

On Wednesday, February 7, starting at 2.30pm North Somerset Council executive will ponder over introducing car parking fees for Nailsea and to ask householders about three weekly non-recyclable collections.

The Weston Town Hall meeting is being broadcast live here 

And you can read more on our Green Peeps page HERE.

At the meeting councillors will make a decision on whether to consult residents on switching to three-weekly collections of non-recyclable black bin waste, in a bid to increase recycling rates and cut costs.

Nailsea People warned about these changes in January 2020 but the wheels of democracy move slowly.

It seems a long time ago when the 'welcome to Nailsea' signs sported the word 'free car parking'.

If agreed local people will be asked their views on charge locations, pricing, hours of operation, terms of short-stay permits and more. 

The nation took former Nailsea School student and disability model Mollie Pearce to their hearts when horrid Harry Clark duped her in the final of the BBC reality TV series The Traitors and walked off with the prize pot.

But lovely Mollie, aged 22, after initially swearing on show when she found out said: “After all it was a game, I just trusted the wrong person.

“It’s such a wild game, and I had the best experience ever, and I’m not going to let what happened at the end take away from that.

“I've forgiven Harry, we all signed up for the game, you can't hold any resentment to anyone."

Mollie did achieve her ambition of raising disability awareness as since the show ended she has been able to tell her story on Breakfast Television, The Lorraine Show, Masterchef, Traitors Uncloaked and BBC radio as well as featuring in national newspapers including the front page of Metro.

Her own Instagram following has gone from 4,000 followers to more than 81,000.

And encouragement came from lots of local people.

Nailsea School posted on its Facebook page: "We're so excited to see ex-student Mollie P on the BBC reality show The Traitors. 
"Mollie is a fierce advocate for body positivity and has visited us to speak with our students about good mental health & wellbeing.

"We wish her the very best of luck on the show."

Mollie said: “After being born with a limb difference, battling ulcerative colitis for seven years and having a stoma bag for three I can finally say I’m starting to love myself and accept who I am.”

Nailsea People Facebook post reached 7,000 with hundreds of comments from local well-wishers.

Mollie posted a personal message.

She said: “This is so, so lovely, thank you for all your support.” 

Traitor Harry scooped all the £95,150 prize money.

He and faithful Mollie were the last remaining players, after both voted to eliminate faithful Jaz Singh.

At the end British army engineer Harry said: "My legs are shaking, I just won £95,000.”

Mollie failed to identify Harry as a traitor despite Jaz voting to banish him, so she did not win any of the prize money.

Harry came close to being voted out himself as the final three had a showdown around the fire in the Scottish castle. Viewers watched as Mollie began to write his name down for banishment, before switching to account manager Jaz.

Balancing council budget with fewer bin collections + car park fees
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Nailsea's best ambassador is Mollie TV star of The Traitors


Hosted by Claudia Winkleman, aged 51, the competitors are split, with secret ‘traitors’ tasked with 'murdering' the other ‘faithful’ contestants at a castle in the Scottish highlands. 

The Traitors is returning for a third series in 2025.

  • And during the same Breakfast TV broadcast a classmate of Mollie's at Nailsea School also featured. Solomon Wanjau-Smith a UWE economics graduate who once played for Nailsea United and now plays professional football for Maidstone United will be part of the 5th round FA cup squad against Sheffield Wednesday or Coventry City later this month - date to be announced. 


READ ALL ABOUT IT: A year ago High Court judges decided Bristol Airport expansion could go ahead and allow it to increase its capacity from 10 to 12 million passengers while creating up to 5,000 jobs. This week the airport announced it had experienced a record number of passengers in 2023 with nearly 9.8 million people using the South West’s gateway, making it the busiest year in the airport’s history. Read more HERE And in other news the opening of Nailsea's newest fully stocked non-plastic shop features on our food and drink page HERE

computer techies for the online community

The TEK Hut was started by Ben Parker in the summer of 2018.

For 12 years Ben had been one of the team at The ICT Workshop which provided a wide variety of computer services to Nailsea, Clevedon, Yatton, Backwell and even Weston-Super-Mare. 

Ben felt it right to continue the same great service customers had previously experienced but under new branding for a new business and The Tek Hut was born.

​Trading at the familiar location in Nailsea, The Tek Hut will continue to offer the same cost effective, new laptops and PCs, upgrades, onsite support for homes and businesses through to a wide range of workshop services and accessories.

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