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Ex-straw-dinary Nailsea scarecrows
Nailsea’s Lockdown Scarecrows Facebook group is filling the town with Worzel Gummidge-style characters for families to spot while out on exercise.
A big well done goes to Gina Gregory in sorting and arranging everything for this to be a success.
Its FB page says 'As a community, Nailsea have gone above and beyond during the current pandemic, we want to continue to make a difference, this is a just for fun community project that everyone can be a part of if they so wish.
'Whether you want to create a scarecrow, hunt a scarecrow, donate towards the community or simply watch it all unfold on social media, everyone is welcome to join in.'
There are nearly 300 dotted around the town - how many can you see? - to learn more go to the FB page.
The idea has become so successful that Backwell is setting up its own group.
And the winners are:
Top Ten prize winners
Breakdown Mum - Ash Hayes Road
Button Bob - Blandford/Queens Road
Donald J Trump - Chapel Barton
Every Little Helps Harry – Broom Farm Close
Working From Home Is Pants – Bibury Close
Rusty Nuts - Porlock Gardens
Upsy Daisy - Ash Hayes Drive
What day Is It Wendy? – Sunnymeade Road
Humpty Dumpty - Moorfields Road
Hope Huntley - Huntley Grove
PHOTO: Ali Kuleli, of Cloud 9 photography
STILL LIFE: Some of the best photographs in the slideshow were taken by Ali Kuleli. He said: "I grew up watching my dad take photographs where I was born in Turkey. I moved to Bristol in 2007 and settled in Nailsea with my wife Tracie in 2015. I love the community spirit of Nailsea and the people who live here, it reminds me of home. I bought my first professional camera in 2014 and started taking landscape pictures, experimenting with light and colour. A friend liked my photographs and asked me to be the photographer for his wedding. Since then, I’ve successfully photographed eight weddings. I particularly love capturing special moments, my style is contemporary, especially animals in action." Call 07846 571943 to book.
Nailsea to Bristol on Festival Way
from May 2020
EVENIN' 'ALL: At the end of a lovely long day neighbours said goodnight and 'we'll meet again' rang out in many streets as night began to fall although we are told police were called to one gathering (the road will remain nameless) which got a little bit boisterous, not those pictured we hasten to add. Thank you Andrew and Sue Baker for the funny faces photo and Steven Burley for video! Walnut Close continued partying after completing the weekly Nailsea Covid-19 Help GrOup online 'live' quiz, watching HM the Queen's speech on a big screen followed by a movie some of the hardy residents slept in their driveways in their 'vans' for a sponsored campout raising money for Nailsea Foodbank. So far they have raised £770 - to contribute click HERE
VE Day 75th anniversary Nailsea
Friday, May 8
VE Day message from
North Somerset Council
While the coronavirus lockdown means we may not be able to mark VE Day with events and gatherings, there are still plenty of ways to get involved.
North Somerset Council leader Don Davies said: “While official events to mark VE Day 75 have been cancelled or postponed because of the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in, it is still important to remind ourselves of the personal sacrifices and hardship people across the globe faced during the World War 2.
“It’s also an opportunity to remember what our service personnel are doing today, whether that be serving abroad, helping to set up the Nightingale hospitals, or running the mobile coronavirus testing units – they continue to serve our country.”
Cllr Davies said he was already aware that many residents are planning events in their gardens and decorating their houses as a mark of respect.
He said: “I applaud you for doing that. It is right that we all maintain social distancing by staying at home and in that way continue to support our fantastic NHS.
“At 11am, people across all generations and communities will be taking take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a two-minute silence to honour the service and sacrifice of WW2 generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
“And the Nation’s Toast To The Heroes Of WW2 is at 3pm, so from the safety of your own home why not stand up and raise a glass of refreshment of your choice – “
“To those who gave so much, we thank you,” using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad who gave so much to ensure we all enjoy the freedom we have today – something we often take for granted.
“I hope we can incorporate some of the cancelled events into the celebrations in August to mark VJ Day.”
The BBC is showing special programming throughout the day, starting with the two-minute silence at 11am.
Other broadcasts will include extracts from Churchill’s famous victory speech at 3pm, with everyone encouraged to toast the heroes, video calls with WW2 veterans, and the Prince of Wales reading an extract from King George VI’s diary from 8 May 1945.
The Queen will speak at 9pm, the exact moment her father King George VI gave a radio address 75 years ago.
This will be followed by a national singalong of Dame Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, where everyone is encouraged to open their doors and join in with the singing.
And there are lots of online resources are available with ideas of things to do during the day:
To enjoy a 1940s-style afternoon tea party you will find a sample menu with recipes ideas at https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/plan-your-ve-day-party/ so that’s spam sandwiches all round!
VE DAY INVITATION
Nailsea people are being invited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a 'stay at home' garden party.
This is the opportunity to decorate your windows, garden or entire house on Friday, May 8, prepare a post wartime picnic with spam sandwiches and dress up in 1940s fashion.
Nailsea Covid-19 Help Group is calling for residents of Nailsea to come together as a community from the safety of their own home to celebrate the anniversary while in self isolation.
So why not get out the red, white and blue bunting and set up camp in the front garden at the same time as your neighbours?
Broom Farm Close is starting its fun at 2.30pm but there are different times for other roads.
Nailsea Covid-19 Help Group leader and town councillor James Steel, said: “It’s so important to keep morale high and come together as a community in these unprecedented times.
"We’re hoping the stay at home garden parties will bring some cheer to our community while respecting and celebrating the incredible heroes of WW2.
“While this is a time of celebration, we do ask that all residents take every precaution possible and celebrate with neighbours from the safety of their own individual gardens and homes.”
Putting up the VE Day flags
Thursday, May 7
Clapping for carers
Thursday, May 7
Project 366 ongoing
WHO CLAPPED LOUDEST: Nailsea Beat Team join the neighbours to clap for our carers on Thursday night, May 7. These are the 'boys' who moved to our town after a Nailsea People appeal for them to find a home together after they finished a hospitality course at Minehead. Millions of people across the UK have taken part in the weekly mass round of applause to show their appreciation for NHS workers from doorsteps, balconies and open windows. Clap For Our Carers has become a weekly event as people across the nation unite in a massive show of support for the UK’s emergency workers who are caring for Covid-19 positive patients. And two Nailsea workers invited Nailsea Neighbourhood Beat Officer to join the clapping with other frontline workers at the minor injuries unit on Old Church Road, Clevedon
We spotted geography graduate Eloise Massett’s wonderful photographs when she tagged us on Instagram.
The 21-year-old North Somerset resident said: “Thank you for sharing them, I really appreciate it.
“The project stemmed from wanting to challenge myself as an amateur photographer.
“I wanted to find interesting places and things to photograph just using the camera on my phone something which so many of us are able to use.
“I started the project last year and this year has turned out a little differently but has made me explore and admire closer to my Nailsea home.”
Nearly all the photographs were taken in Backwell, Nailsea, Wraxall and on the moors across to Yatton – see if you can spot the odd one out.
Eloise who is a former student of Backwell School added: “For 2020 I have called the Project 366 days.
“It's great to look back on a entire year and build a map full of memories.
“I try to keep the photos I post to be taken that day although at the moment that is more challenging.”
Eloise will be 22 at the end of May and it looks likely to be a lockdown birthday but she says if her photographs help make Nailsea people feel happy for the moment she is pleased.
Country matters by Nailsea People
Clapping for carers +
Happy Birthday Colonel Tom
Thursday, April 30
View from my window
April 2020 competition
WINDOWS ON OUR WORLD: Rooftops, car parks, green fields, neighbours, brick walls, garden flowers, people exercising - while we are in lockdown Nailsea People asks: "What can you see from your window?" Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And while we are talking about rooms with a view listen to the lovely video of youngsters from Tillie's School of Performing Art singing an orginal song written by their teacher Libby.
The youngest singer is aged three. Big prize for best pic, anyone can enter closing date end of April 2020.
At end of the rainbow
ad hoc April 2020
Pandemic in pictures
March 2020 competition
STIR CRAZY: Before those socially isolating all get cabin fever let’s lift our spirits by listing fun supportive things we can do. All updates are on the Breaking News page. As you know Nailsea People for March 2020 has introduced this Pandemic Pictures galleery - from empty spaces to rainbow window placards, from candles in the window at 7pm tonight to empty shop shelves but mostly we want uplifting examples...BIG prize for best after this nightmare is over. Email with your entry...
Storm Jorge batters Nailsea
Sunday, March 1
NEVERMIND THE WEATHER: Storm Jorge hit Nailsea overnight on Sunday, March 1, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and a dusting of snow. Named by the Spanish meteorological service Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET) Storm Jorge has bought flooding to some parts of the country and in North Somerset it stranded one motorist at Backwell Bow who had to been rescued by Avon Fire & Rescue Service crews. Parts of the town also lost its electricity supplies and many gardens are quagmires. The outlook for the rest of the week is while more wintry showers are possible on Tuesday, much of the day looks set to be fine and dry, with lengthy sunny spells. After another chilly start on Wednesday and Thursday the forecast is likely be mainly fine and dry with just a small chance of the odd shower again
February wilding weekend
Despite the wind, rain and waterlogged fields Nailsea went wild at the weekend tree planting in five different locations.
More than 1,000 trees were planted and people of all ages turning up to help.
North Somerset Council is planting 5,000 new trees across the district starting this month.
Rewilding involves creating more habitats for wildlife to flourish, increase biodiversity and help mitigate the effects of climate change.
Last year the council agreed to rewild as much of its land as possible.
The aim is to plant 25 hectares of woodland – about 50,000 trees – and grow about 40 hectares of tall grass, reducing the areas of regularly mown grass by 25 per cent.
North Somerset Council executive member for climate emergency and the environment and Backwell ward councillor Bridget Petty was in Nailsea on Saturday helping with the planting.
Only one resident complained fearing her view of the hills at Tickenham will be blocked when the trees grow.
The Woodland Trust donated the trees and a five-strong band from the Shah Satnam Ji Green S Welfare Force Wing reacting to the climate change emergency came from Southall for the week to help with environmental projects in Bristol and North Somerset.
North Somerset Council officers were also on hand to help.
On Sunday morning it was 302 trees at Sedgemoor Close and in the afternoon a further 159 at Trendlewood Park.
On Saturday morning everyone started off at Pound Lane where 289 trees were planted and, in the afternoon, a further 85 went in at Rhyne View.
On Tuesday morning another 332 trees will go in at Elm Farm.
Photos will be added to this slideshow as Nailsea People received them.
The original story is on Nailsea People flower peeps page HERE.
Your Cancer Café
Thursday, February 20
The February Your Cancer Café afternoon at 65 High Street was magical as children’s entertainer Steven Burley popped in for the school half term event.
As well as Steve the crafts – kindly donated by The Works - included cup cake decorating and rock painting.
There is always a fundraising raffle and usually a therapist for head massages and the like.
Steve said: “I had a spare hour, so I popped into the cancer café in Nailsea to do a little magic.
“This is a great charity so if you have a chance why not drop in for a coffee, cake and a chat.
“I can recommend the cakes.”
The café founded by former deputy head teacher and now Nailsea town councillor Jo Hopkinson runs once a month.
Jo said: “We offer a mutually supportive group for anyone affected by cancer, where you will be greeted with a warm welcome, tea, coffee and cakes, therapies and other activities, information and somewhere to talk with others in a similar situation - if you wish.”
The next dates are Thursdays, March 19 and April 16 from 2pm until tea-time.
There are more details on the Nailsea People healthy peeps page HERE or the café has its own Facebook page.