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RURAL RETREAT: Photographer Tracey Thomas spent the last days of 2020 going on a ‘mud wade’ around the Moorend Spout and Land Yeo towards the Church of St Quiricus and St Julietta at Tickenham. Here are her lovely photos. We have begun a 2021 gallery but sadly no new year celebrations or our usual Apple Wassail at The Old Farmhouse or Trendlewood Park for 2021...
Nailsea farmer's market
Nailsea & Backwell Rotarians act as marshalls for a festive High Street event which was full of good cheer and anti-Covid-19 masks minus any up-close-and-personal mistletoe kisses this year although mulled wine and mince pies were on offer at Nailsea MicroPub as it opened for takeaway service...
Nailsea Christmas Farmers’ Market will be in the High Street on Saturday, December 19. The road will be closed to traffic for the day.
After Novembers ‘essentials only’ lockdown market the organisers said: "We will be back to full strength for our Christmas event with the return of our craft stalls alongside the amazing array of food, drink and seasonal plants so there will be plenty of gift buying opportunities.
"There will also be the opportunity to take home the new farmers' market leaflets with the dates on from March to December 2021 when the market kicks off next year.
"Despite the excitement of a new Covid vaccine available soon, the market itself will still be following strict guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.
"We offer sanitiser and instructions on arrival, we create safe queuing areas in front of each stall and our stewards and stallholders will politely remind everyone to social distance.
"Similarly the stall holders will be following strict safety guidelines and most will offer contactless payment.
"The market is from 9am-1pm so bring along lots of shopping bags you will need them."
Sign up for a Nailsea Farmers Market e-newsletter here www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk and find out more about the producers who attend monthly event.
BRINGING CHEER: Greenfield Crescent used to be THE place to go to see fantastic Christmas decorations but in the days before LED the electricity bills became horrendous and this coupled with the idea it was all a bit passé people began not to bother. Then came Covid-19 and Lockdowns 1-3 and we all wanted something to lift the spirit and Christmas lights seem to do nicely, that and copuious amounts of alcohols (apologises to the non-drinkers). The majority of the photos were taken by Nailsea Running Club member Clare Elswood who was following one of the two routes 5K walks or runs around the town devised by the Nailsea Active group. You can print-off a map or call in at 26 Somerset Square and collect a copy.
Links for strava maps, map 1: strava.com/routes/2769309761418354524
Links for strava maps, map 2: strava.com/routes/2769313123465667532
Nailsea People now has three slideshows on its Gallery 2020 page from the High Street to the VWan-tastic touring van, shop windows to individual homes and it is a joy to see. An updated route map has been added to this slideshow for the final few days.
RECOMMENDED ROADS TO SEE LIGHTS:
Ash Hayes Drive
Church Hayes Road
Clevedon Road through Tickenham
Old Cottage Row
The Oaks, Lodge Lane
St Austell Close
tours Nailsea for charity collecting for Bristol Children's Hospital
Every December Steve Wright and his family decorate their VW to spread festive cheer and to raise money for the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal, supporting the Bristol Children's Hospital. This year there will be two doing tours of Nailsea - see map. Learn more on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/christmasdubs/,
This is how you can donate:
Just Giving www.justgiving.com/fundraising/xmasdubs; or
Text 5, 10, 15 or 20 followed by XMASDUBS to 70085 to donate £5, £10, £15 or £20 respectively. For example 10XMASDUBS to donate £10. Texts cost your donation amount plus one standard network rate message.
TRINITY AT TRENDLEWOOD: Update the three in one final tour by the VW vans lit by 15,000 lights at Trendlewood, Nailsea. Led by Steve Wright and filmed by photographer Eloise Massett the pre Christmas charity collection is for Bristol Children’s Hospital Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal. Nearly £3,000 raised so far, brilliant
BACKWELL TOUR: Steve said: "What a night!! Thank you so much everyone in Backwell, sorry we were so late getting to the end of the run but there were so many people out all the way around the route and we wanted to give as many as possible the chance to get photos or chuck some money in the bucket We will be coming back to The Crescent tomorrow evening just after six for all the little ones who had gone to bed by the time we managed to arrive this evening. Our coins pot is now full and extremely heavy! We will be counting it after Christmas but we are already at nearly £4000 with Just Giving and the notes which have been donated. We don't have a total from the text yet, but we know it is over £300 which was the total from last Thursday. We can't wait until tomorrow when we visit Tesco in Nailsea on Wednesday, December 23, 5-6pm."
Charity fundraisers Sam and Steve Wright who organised the Christmas van tour are astounded at the amount of money they raised for the Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal.
The total is £8159.16 which is going to make a massive difference to the children being treated at The Bristol Children's Hospital and their families.
A breakdown of their Christmas Dubs fundraising is:
Cash donations - £1,910.16
Text donations - £605.00
Just Giving Donations - £2,963.00
Vee Dub Family Christmas Competition - £2131
Sale of our Golf Mk3 - £550
The Nailsea couple would also like to say a big thank you to Derek 'Delboy' Tarrant for fundraising in Dorset and joining us on our last Nailsea run around Trendlewood, Lee Perry for fundraising around Clevedon and Anthony Boothman for driving Sam's van on a couple of nights to give the children a rest and a few early nights.
Steve said: “A thank you also to Simply Surf Bus Ltd for letting us use their showroom to decorate the vans in the relative warm, Ken from Worle Autos
Ltd for MOT'ing and servicing the Golf for free for its new owner and Jon from Tesco Nailsea for letting us park and fundraise in the car park.“If people would like us to do it all again in 2021 let us know.
“Thank you again to everyone who donated, we are totally blown away by everyone's generosity.”