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Lest we forget in Nailsea

November 2023

WE REMEMBER: Holy Trinity Church rector James Packman led the ceremony at the war memorial with a moving speech about the need for peace and restraint in today’s world. Poppy wreaths were laid by Nailsea Air Cadets. Nailsea Army Cadets, 1st and 2nd Nailsea Scouts, Nailsea Guides, Avon Fire Service, Nailsea Police, Nailsea Town Council chairman Mike Bird and Chris Broughton on behalf the Nailsea & Backwell Rotary. The Nailsea parade was much larger than those previous, with members of the Army and Navy cadets, Scouts, Beavers, Guides and Brownies with the Scouts Brass Band leading the march. The procession started at 2nd Nailsea @Scout HQ at Hannah More Road at 10.15am and finished at the Holy Trinity Church on Church Lane, for wreath-laying. The young people arrived earlier than expected and stood patiently in the pouring rain. Nailsea Town Council clerk Jo Duffy said: "This parade was much larger than previous years and we were so please with the turn out.  I would like to say on behalf of Nailsea Town Council a big thank you to all the volunteers and council staff who helped and made this such a successful and emotional parade despite the rain." We have added to our slideshow some photos from St Andrew's church war memorial taken by Backwell WI. UPDATE: Nailsea Poppy Appeal with Stephen Rown raised a magnificent £18,215.68. Stephen thanks all who contributed - £7k more than last year! 

Nailsea people put on their tap dancing shoes at the weekend for Tapathon the 2023 World Record breaking attempt.

On Sunday, November 21, dancers nationwide tried to break the Guinness World Record for the largest tap-dancing event and raise money for the BBC Children in Need.

Held simultaneously at multiple events the record currently stands at 7,596 people tap dancing at the same time.

Dancing to the song Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham, the organisers and creators of Tapathon, The Performers Project, with the support of BBC Children in Need, choreographed the tap dance routine to one of the UK’s biggest selling singles and they hope they have broken the world record with more than 10,000 tappers of all ages dancing the routine.

Nailsea dance teacher Michelle Bedford said: “We don't know if we have broken the world record but we have smashed our own record with 60 dancers ranging from aged five to more than 60 years.”

Donations from pyjama week in class and the cake sale plus the generosity of 2nd Nailsea Scout HQ they raised incredible £287.50  or Children in Need.

The UK's official annual Tapathon calls calling on all trained and untrained dancers of all ages and fitness levels, to be a part of the official nationwide event.

Michelle told her dancers from the Michelle Bedford Dance Studio: “You all looked amazing and danced so well from the youngest which was five-year-old Sophie to the oldest dancer.

“And well done to our virtual dancers and thank you so much to our faithful team of helpers.”

Special thanks go to Miss Immy, Miss Izzy, Miss Grace and Miss Maddison for leading the children and Nick Osmond for videoing the dancers.

In 2023 nationwide 7,384 tap dancers took part missing the 7,596 world record by a mere 212 but more than £35,000 was raised for Children in Need not counting the extra from cake sales and dance schools so WOW!

The next attempt will be on ​Sunday, November 17 2024 Tapathon.

Tapathon world record attempt

November 2023