Gallery 2020

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Nailsea's mighty oak felled 

Wednesday, September 16

TIMBER TIMBER: On Wednesday, September 16, two woodcutters arrived to chop down the old oak tree on Nailsea's village green. In the slideshow with additional photos from Lynda Dicks is a record of the branches falling one by one leaving only the trunk for someone to carve into a fitting memorial to a tree which was planted in the time of Queen Victoria. Perhaps a modern day totem pole like the one from Potter's Bar? Paul Thomas said on Nailsea People Facebook page said the replacement looks a very poor specimen and if the counci is having the trunk carved the angel at Felton cost £3-4,000. To read the original story with the fabulous photo by Grete Howard in full atmospherice eeriness go to the August front page by clicking HERE. And does anyone know anything about the black and white silhouette faces with rainbow coloured blobs cascading down against the leaking sealant on brick wall? 

BACKWELL BEAUTIFUL: Photographer Tracey Thomas shared her images of Backwell lake with Nailsea People on Instragram - the early morning mist the the swans ready to take flight. And the train coming into Nailsea and Backwell railway station was taken by Karen Chandler. Thank you for sharing your September views with us...

NAILSEA FROM THE SKY: Weston-based photographer Shay McGill, aged 16, says he loves taking photos from the ground or even the sky. He has been out in Nailsea this September with his drone and captured this panorama airborne shot. He said: "This is one of my favorites from the day. It includes a lot of Nailsea and hope you like it as much as I do, feel free to send me a message via Facebook for inquiries or email"


(or village talk if you prefer)

Creditors of The Country Pub Group Ltd owners of The Battleaxes which has gone into administration have a Zoom meeting fixed for 10am on Thursday, August 27.

Il Paradiso is no nearer re-opening with staff finding jobs elsewhere while the partners cannot agree on a future.

Rumours on social media that Jenny's cafe at Clevedon is opening in Nailsea have been refuted by the owners who said 'not at the moment, maybe in one year's time'.

And in other news we are told Cafe 119 will be using the old PS Travel shop as an overflow restaurant space when al fresco dining becomes too cold for comfort in the winter the funky wallpaper and white sofas.

Talking of moving we also hear the Nailsea Disability Initiative shop at 10 Crown Glass Place won’t be reopening instead it will run its services from September at 65 High Street recently vacated by Nailsea Community Group (formerly Nailsea Covid-19 Help Group) who are now at 26 Somerset Square.

The PDSA charity shop reopened this week and are taking donations - the earlier in the morning the better but note current limited opening times.

St Peter’s hospice charity shop takes donations on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10-11.30am.

Photos taken between showers on Tuesday midday, August 25.

Potpourri of images for August

The sky at night (and morn)

by Nailsea People readers

UP ON HIGH: From chocolate box images to countryside fields, from rooftops to lonely lanes the theme which joins all these photographs is the sky, taken by people of all ages in Nailsea and nearby - made an exception for the shots of Clevedon seafront and Easton Park sent to us - on fancy cameras and old mobiles - well done everyone

From the lens of Nailsea GP

HEALTHY HOBBY: A Nailsea doctor has swapped his stereoscope for a camera part-time to take some amazing photos both in North Somerset and further afield. And his images have won him much acclaim. Dr Jon Rees, is a GP and partner at Tynesfield Medical Centre. He lives in Bristol with his wife Seema, a Portishead GP, and their three children. His celebrity 'claim to fame' is back in 2013 he went on a sponsored bike ride in East Africa with singer Peter Andre. This was in Zanzibar and raised thousands of pounds for life-saving hospital services on the island. The Health Improvement Project Zanzibar was the brainchild of Ru MacDonagh, a former colleague and consultant surgeon at Musgrove Park Hospital whose daughter Emily, also a doctor, went on to marry the pop star. Dr Rees, who is in his late 40s posts his pictures on social media and Nailsea People readers can view more here

Project 366 

throughout 2020

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.

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.

A scarecrow trail map is now published and a list can be downloaded HERE with bonus PAGE SIX and PAGE SEVEN too.

And the winners are:

Top Ten prize winners

  1. Breakdown Mum - Ash Hayes Road

  2. Button Bob - Blandford/Queens Road

  3. Donald J Trump - Chapel Barton

  4.  Every Little Helps Harry – Broom Farm Close

  5. Working From Home Is Pants – Bibury Close

  6. Rusty Nuts - Porlock Gardens

  7. Upsy Daisy - Ash Hayes Drive

  8. What day Is It Wendy? – Sunnymeade Road

  9. Humpty Dumpty - Moorfields Road

  10. 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 so that’s spam sandwiches all round!


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