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

March 2017

Our town is a very nice town


Backwell School will be full up this September and Nailsea School will only have two spare spaces for children moving from primary education - follow link to read more

PREVIEWS and theatre reviews 

From local productions to city shows these are the pages to read all about it our performing arts peeps who like to sing and dance on stage


Tesco Nailsea works for its community and supports lots of local projects including Nailsea Community Christmas Fair and the annual festive  lunch - for more details about the High Street store click HERE 

A special invitation...

Discover LINDBERG Eyewear at Lynne Fernandes Optometrists Event on 23 March

We holding a special event in the afternoon on Thursday 23 March to showcase LINDBERG designer eyewear and you’re invited!

Beautiful lightweight frames

This world-renowned Danish brand has revolutionised modern eyewear with its exceptional designs and technical innovations. Gone is everything non essential and, weighing from just 1.8grams, LINDBERG frames are incredibly lightweight, yet extremely robust and beautifully designed.

Exclusive offer

Come along, bring a friend, enjoy some refreshments and take part in our free prize draw! Try our LINDBERG frames and see how you look in the latest styles. Our specialist team will be on hand to help you. And, when you purchase a LINDBERG frame, we’ll give you a pair of £99 Affordably Fabulous glasses absolutely free!* 

Affordable and Fabulous

Our Affordably Fabulous collection, glasses from £99 with single vision reflection lenses, includes utterly desirable Cocoa Mint; Jensen tailored designs for men and Basebox for fashion lovers. Find out more about our Affordably Fabulous collection here and take a look at Our Brands page on our website.

When and where

Thursday 23 March, 2pm to 7.30pm, Lynne Fernandes Optometrists, 124a High Street, Nailsea, BS48 1AH.

Why not book your appointment now to avoid disappointment on the day. 

Book online at  call 01275 854 946 or email We look forward to seeing you!

*offer only applies to orders placed on 23 March 2017

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Marco Pierre White Jr made a surprise visit to Cadbury House hotel and spa at the weekend.

The former Big Brother contestant was caught on camera showing off some latest ink to chief chef Kodi in the kitchen of the new Bardolino restaurant which was opened last summer by his father Marco Pierre White Sr.

The bistro takes its name from birthplace Marco’s mother Maria-Rosa Gallina and features an all-day express menu of authentic Italian food, coffees and Bellini cocktails.

The hotel also boasts a MPW steakhouse and grill.

The 22-year-old son of TV chef Marco Pierre White appeared on series 17 of Big Brother in summer 2016 has inherited a ‘bad boy’ reputation in the tabloid press for his on and off screen antics.

 And on Thursday The Sun said the hunky wannabe is currently in talks with Channel Five about appearing on Ex On The Beach.

However, all was quiet during his stay down the road from Nailsea so sorry nothing salacious to report.

  • News about latest designer bikes installed in gym and a Mother's Day special dinner date at Cadbury House click HERE.

INSIDE BOX: Educationally inspired by her years as a Backwell School student a mum dressed her son as an Argos catalogue for World Book Day.

Thinking outside the box Vicki Bowles, aged 33, who grew up in the village but now lives at Victoria Park in Bristol, said ‘it’s his favourite book’ and posted a picture of Jaiden, nine, on Facebook.It went viral and The Sun online, The Mirror and The Telegraph all used the story. While other children went to school in more sedate fancy dress outfits from Harry Potter to Horrid Henry Vicki took an enormous cardboard box and decorated it with lots laughing emojis and items ranging from toys to technology that the company sell. Vicki said: “He loves reading the Argo catalogue and telling me what toys he wants. The reaction has been amazing, got stopped by so many people on the way to school. Argos themselves tweeted me back.”

The retail company tweeted back to say they hoped Vicki’s son had a ‘great day’. An Argos spokesman said: “With more than 1,700 pages of everything from toys to tech and some toasters in between, we agree that the Argos catalogue is a real page-turner.” To see more photos from Nailsea schools click HERE to go to the school peeps page.

Tithe Barn lead stolen from roof

Nailsea Town Council is to step up security at the Tithe Barn after thieves stripped lead from the roof of the historic building.
The finance and general purposes committee agree on Wednesday night to add more motion-detected cameras and lights after the second theft in 24 months from the listed building at Church Lane. 

Nailsea Tithe Barn dates from 1480 and with Holy Trinity Church is part of Nailsea’s historic heart.

It was a school for more than 200 years, it is now fully restored to its medieval origins.

The vaulted ceiling, stonework and owl and putlog holes are among its beautiful features making it  a popular venue for weddings and community events.

The massive £1.2 million cost of restoration was met by fundraising and grants.

Town clerk Ian Morrell said: “The thieves did not get all the lead, and what they took has been replaced. 
“We had a minor theft in 2015 which was opportunistic and would have made them very little money.”
In the more recent theft they took approximately £1,000 of lead although is value on the black market is unknown.
Mr Morrell said: “The lead was stolen a couple of weeks ago, and left the building open to water ingress at a time when we had heavy rainfall. 
“It was a major theft rather than an opportunistic one.
“The repairs have been completed but we have not had the final bill yet which we will be claiming form our insurance.”
Nailsea Town Council has set it precept at £457,606 for the coming financial year the same amount for the fifth year running.
At the annual town meeting on Wednesday, April 19, it will be presenting grant cheques to more than 30 local charities and organisations ranging a few hundred for Nailsea Concert Orchestra to to £11,000 for the Community Transport scheme.
For a full list click HERE.
It will also be making community awards to worthy local people during the evening which starts at 7.30pm.

Fears for jobs

Two major national companies with branches at Nailsea are making job cuts.
More than 1,000 UK jobs are at risk as pharmacy chain Boots and bakery Greggs all cut costs.
Greggs is restructuring its manufacturing operations in an attempt to improve efficiency. 
The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union said more than 600 jobs were at risk at nine Greggs bakeries around the UK.
Boots is shutting more than two-thirds of its photo processing laboratories as demand for traditional photo processing falls, putting up to 400 jobs at risk.
Greggs denied the cost savings were linked to rising costs linked to the fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote. 
Boots plans to close 220 of its 320 photo labs.
A Boots spokesman said: “Over the past few years, customers’ expectations of photo services have continued to change as they print fewer pictures but want to create more personalised photo gifts and items such as personalised photobooks, canvases and cards. 
“As a result of these changing behaviours, Boots UK is adapting how it delivers photo services in store.”
Boots at Nailsea recently refitted its photo lab but is facing greater competition in that market from the likes of online specialists Photobox and Moonpig.

  • Fears that the expansion of Cribbs Causeway could affect North Somerset retailers has been expressed by Weston-super-Mare MPJohn Penrose. Mr Penrose has written to Secretary of State Sajid Javid MP arguing it could damage Weston's regeneration by taking away around 8.3 per cent of trade - £39 million - by 2021 and making the town’s 'rebirth harder to achieve'. Nailsea Chamber of Trade and Commerce chairman Sharon Brown, of The Blue Room, said: "'Out of town shopping centres have become an integral part of the UK shopping and leisure environment. Smaller retails areas, such as high streets and small shopping centres such as Crown Glass Shopping Centre, have to work to differentiate themselves from this usually mass produced retail offering. It also means councils need to think about providing more support to local towns to enable them to continue to offer a range of facilities that are convenient for residents and sustainable for small businesses."




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'Twas the night before

Nuclear salesman

North Somerset MP Liam Fox gave a keynote speak at a Civil Nuclear Showcase this week.
The Secretary of State for International Trade told his audience at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel it was the first year he had addressed them under the auspices of the newly created Department for International Trade although the government event has been staged for the past six years.
He said: “More than 20 nuclear markets are represented here today - a reflection of the truly global nature of the nuclear sector.
“This showcase is, fundamentally, about building those commercial ties and business relationships that will empower the global nuclear industry far into the future.
“There are 447 commercial reactors operating in 31 countries across the world, meeting around 11 per cent of global electricity demand.
“Yet this is only the beginning - there are currently another 60 reactors under construction, and plans for many more.
“During the next 20 years, it is estimated that more than £930 billion will be spent expanding global nuclear capacity.”
Dr Fox talked about the ‘pivotal role’ the UK has in the future of nuclear power with its 65,000 plus skilled workforce and years of expertise.
He said: “We are a nation with a strong nuclear heritage. 
“As the first country on earth to develop and safely operate commercial nuclear power stations, our industry draws upon over 60 years of accumulated knowledge and expertise including involvement in the clean-up of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
“With no domestic reactor vendor of our own, UK companies are uniquely placed to offer impartial support, advice and assistance to our international partners.
“Already, nuclear industries across the world, from China to the Czech Republic, are seeing the benefits of our industry-leading support.
“As well as supporting new build programmes and through-life support, British companies also export their waste management and decommissioning expertise around the world. 
“Our domestic market is flourishing, marked by last September’s approval of Hinkley Point C - the first new nuclear power station in this country for a generation.
“And as we will hear later this morning, plans are also coming together for subsequent new domestic projects involving Horizon, NuGen and EDF and CGN.
“Each of these projects will provide inward investment opportunities, and will see the UK’s nuclear workforce continue to grow, particularly in the north west and the south west as the new build programme creates at least 40,000 jobs.”
He said the decommissioning programme is worth more than £3.2 billion annually.
He added: “International trade has long been the lifeblood of the British economy, and the driver of our prosperity. Commerce is part of our national DNA.
“Britain will always remain open to international investment and commercial partnership, and a champion of free and open trade.”
To read the full speech click HERE.

  • News reports this week said the trade department may have broken EU rules with 'pro-Brexit' contract criteria which specified that prospective contractors must ‘be committed to the best possible outcome for the United Kingdom following its departure from the European Union’. Bristol University senior law lecturer Albert Sanchez-Graells said the ‘cultural fit’ criteria, included in two advertisements asking tech firms to bid for work with government, were too subjective to comply with EU procurement rules.

  • A journalist from the Lincolnshire Reporter asked Dr Fox about the rights of migrant workers when on a recent visit to a factory in the county. The journalist asked if migrants would be allowed to remain after Brexit, the North Somerset MP said that was ‘a matter for our European partners’. Dr Fox said: “We have already said that EU nationals who are in the UK can have the right to remain here when we leave the EU…if we get a reciprocal agreement from our European partners. About three million EU citizens are here at the moment and about 900,000 UK are living in other parts of the EU. I think it’s a very reasonable thing for our prime minister to say ‘well why can’t we remove the uncertainty of that now?’. Our European partners have not yet been willing to do that. Maybe they will do once we trigger Article 50. I think it’s in everyone’s interests to remove the uncertainty for business.”

  • More on the political peeps page by clicking HERE.

Look who's talking now

Listen to a top cop and cime commissioner talking on social media in a live chat on Monday, March 13, at midday.
Nailsea people can submit their local policing questions to police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens to put to your Chief Constable Andy Marsh prior to the broadcast.

Then listen in to the next Facebook live video at 12.30pm.

This is the fourth in a series of live webchats.

During the course of the 30-minute live video, the crime busting pair  will discuss questions raised based on a number of key themes including burglary, drugs and anti-social behaviour (ASB).

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “These bi-monthly live webchats are your opportunity to address your local policing questions and concerns directly with the Chief Constable.  

"Having the sessions every few months allows me to put current and timely topics and questions to the chief constable and give local people answers immediately.

“I hope residents will once again have lots of questions to submit linked to the themes we’ve selected for our next webchat.  

"We’re also trialling different times of the day, to ensure we’re accessible to people when it’s convenient for them.  

"This is our first lunchtime chat and I hope you’ll have the time to tune-in over a sandwich.”

The webchat will be broadcast on Facebook live via the following link –

Emailing your questions to or call 01275 816377.

You can also send us your questions on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #PCCinconvo

Chief constable Andy Marsh said: “I welcome your challenging and insightful questions and the opportunity to answer the policing queries and concerns you put to me. It’s vital that I hear your concerns and make sure these are addressed. 

“In the latest webchat you raised some really valid points about Taser and body worn video.  

"I hope the answers I provided give you a better understanding of how these pieces of equipment are used and are reassured they’re used appropriately and fairly.”  

Chief constable Andy Marsh is responsible for day-to-day operational policing and has direction and control of the constabulary’s officers and staff.  

It is the PCC’s responsibility to set the strategic direction for policing in Avon and Somerset and hold the chief constable to account for delivering policing.

Crime stats Nailsea

Nailsea crime statistics for 2016 show between January and December 665 crimes were committed in our area.

Of these 347 are still 'under investigation' which more than 50 per cent.

The local police force which is soon to move from Stockway South to a new base at the fire station at Pound Lane lists two priorities.

  1. Tackling the misuse of HG's on weight restriction roads namely Southfield Road and Silver Street, Nailsea; and 

  2. Continued regular patrols of Millenium Park/Skatepark and Morgans Hill/Grove Sports playing fields area.

For more cirme information for Nailsea click HERE.

Nailsea bed and breakfast
A home from home at Highdale the family-owned bed and breakfast at Nailsea. The B&B at 82 Silver Street is run by Tony and Tina Davey. Call 01275 858004, email, or go online by clicking HERE for more details 
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