Gallery 2018

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Backwell on camera

This is the programme for Backwell Camera Club into the new year:

is well into its autumn programme and here is details of its next meetings:


  • Thursday, November 29 Thornbury Camera Club presents its best images; DONE

  • Thursday, December 6 and its Working With Wildlife a presentation by Tesni Ward. A self-taught professional photographer, Tesni will share her experiences of the world of wildlife photography, the challenges that can be faced and how to overcome them; DONE

  • Thursday, December 13 it Is the Christmas Show And Tell - an opportunity for club members to show small selections of work that they have produced during the year followed by festive drinks and nibbles;

  • Thursday, January 3 an internal knock-out print competition for The Darwen Trophy. It is a fun knockout in which members' prints are pitched each other and the audience votes for the winner;

  • Thursday, January 10 has Wildlife And Streetlife presentation by Clive Dodd. A club photographer who will share some of the wildlife, landscape, travel, and street photographs that he has taken over the past couple of years;

  • Thursday, January 17 a presetation by John Chamberlin FRPS Near |And Far, a selection of recent images from the UK and around the world;

  • Thursday, January 24 Reconsidering The Banal - an approach to photographing the overlooked and poetry of the everyday; and

  • Thursday, January 31 Subverting The Everyday Through Photography a presentation by Tony Worobiec FRPS. He positively encourages to positively view all weather conditions as an opportunity to taking exciting landscape photographs.

The camera club has small exhibitions of its work displayed in the waiting rooms of Tyntesfield Medical Group at its Backwell and Brockway Nailsea surgeries, the New Chestnuts Dental Surgery at Long Ashton and the committee room of Backwell Parish Hall.

All are welcome at meetings at the WI Hall, Backwell at 7.30pm.

New members can learn about club activities with a display of prints, projected images and descriptions of its events and activities of the travel, photo-shoot and practical groups. 

Member Mike West said: "Visitors are very welcome to our meetings." 

Further details of the work of BCC click HERE.

The photo top was taken by Mike on a photoshoot at Clevedon swimathon.

Many members photographs feature on the archived Nailsea Community Christmas Fair 2017 page and on the this and other gallery pages on Nailsea People.

Nailsea Town Council

the good and the great say 'au revoir' to clerk Ian Morrell at retirement party

December 2018

Ian Morrell took several minutes to say thank you to the great and good of Nailsea who attended his retirement party on Friday, December 7.

Chairman Daivd Packham had said earlier: "Ian has been an exceptional town clerk and this has been endorsed by councillors.

"During the 13 years that Ian has been in post he has worked with a number of chairmen and councillors to deliver major projects that have benefited the town.

"These include the restoration of the Tithe Barn, the replacement of the skate park in Millennium Park, the preservation of the Nailsea’s glassworks and most recently the introduction of No. 65 in the High Street.

"This latter project will in particular be Ian’s legacy to the town and it reflects his desire to improve the quality of the lives of the residents of Nailsea.

"Ian has also supported many organisations within the town and fought in their corner when faced with the many difficulties that bureaucracy can generate!
"Ian has also undertaken sterling work behind the scenes within the offices of the town council and is responsible for Nailsea Town Council being awarded Quality Status.

"This award, along with updated procedures, puts us in a strong position and prepared for the future.
"Personally I have enjoyed working with Ian in my period as chairman. He has brought professionalism, with humour, into his role as clerk.

"No matter how challenging the task has been he has always acted in the town council’s best interests."

Ian credited his success as clerk to 'teamwork' and thanked everyone who supported him.

He now intends to work on an ad hoc basis helping at 65 High Street.

Nailsea Christmas tree lights

the story of the switch-on and festive street fair two slideshows more than 100 photos from Nailsea People (top) and Grete Howard (below)

November 2018

Tithe Barn craft fair

November 2018

Children in Need Tapathon

November 2018

ON TAP: The UK's annual tap dancing event Tapathon 2018 is on Sunday, November 18, and 48 super troupers from Nailsea took part. The event at 2nd Nailsea Scout HQ was one of hundreds nationwide in aid of Children in Need. It acted as a great opportunity to tap alongside fellow tap dancing enthusiasts, of all ages and fitness levels in an attempt to smash a current world record and help raise funds for charity. As well as taking part and raising money The Jazz On Tap dance company was attempting to break the Guinness World Record. Jazz on Tap is part of the Nailsea School of Music and Performing Arts and runs classes in Nailsea and Portishead with the emphasis on fun and fitness. The CiN Tapathon choreographed routine is set to the Aston Merrygold - Get Stupid song. Dance teacher Michelle Bedford said: “Our aim for 2018 is for all our dancers whose ages range from seven years to nearly 80 to get their dancing shoes on for Pudsey Bear and help break the largest tap dancing group world record. This currently stands at more than 7,500 participants.” Each participant purchased an official T-shirt which is their donation to CiN from the proceeds and will receive a certificate after the event. Unfortunately the attempt fell short by just 102 dancers - Jazz On Tap will be trying again in 2019...

Children in Need around the town

November 2018

Remembrance at Nailsea

November 2018

ROLL CALL: The annual parade of Remembrance had even more poignancy this year as it was commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1. Uniformed officers and cadets joined representatives from the Scouts, Guides, Nailsea Town Council, Nailsea and Backwell Lions and Rotary and just four veterans of conflict to march from Church Lane to Holy Trinity church. Backwell School student Thomas Brown stood to attention at the war memorial despite having to rest on crutches after suffering a rugby injury days earlier. For a full preview of what was happening in our area go to the special Remembrance page on Nailsea People by clicking HERE. The slideshow below is of what has been happening in the wider community including our schools and churches

Fundraising Friday at Nailsea

November 9, 2018