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January - December 2017 see archives for older posts

New year walks


A number of walks will be held in North Somerset at the beginning of January as part of The Ramblers Winter Walking Festival.
Four walks will take place in Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, Nailsea and Clevedon.
The walks are aimed primarily at those who do not take part in regular exercise and are new to walking as a form of exercise.
All walks will start at 10.30am and will be led by experienced and friendly walking leaders. Refreshments will be provided.
The walks will take place at the following locations:
•    The Campus, Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday, January 3; 
•    Somerset Hall, Portishead on Thursday, January 4; 
•    Tithe Barn, Nailsea on Friday, January 5; and
•    Christchurch Hall, Clevedon on Saturday, January 6 walk will start at Princes Hall.
For more information contact North Somerset Council sport and active lifestyles team on or by calling 01275 882734.

Shake a leg for Christmas

Lead nurse Polly Cox has left Nailsea & District Leg Club for pasture news in Gloucester undertaking similar work. She will be much missed having been involved since the conception of NDLC and the group wish her every success, our loss is their gain.

In her place we welcome Amy Duckworth, who is already very familiar and well known to us.

As ever we are always eager to add more volunteers to our existing and very valued team and if anyone is interested, please feel free to drop in at our regular Wednesday  ‘drop-in’ clinics 9am-noon to see what’s going on.

This being December various seasonal activities will be happening on Wednesday mornings at Nailsea Tithe Barn – Christmas music, carol singing, Christmas tombola and more.

NDLC look forward to seeing our regular members, welcoming newcomers and wish them all, plus our nursing team, volunteers and staff at the Tithe Barn, a very happy Christmas.

Nailsea walkers with poles

Nordic walking is a well-established and recognized form of exercise, that is catching on in many places, and has a growing following.

It requires no special skills or aptitude, is low impact and sociable and it works.

What is not to like?

The numerous benefits of this form of exercise are well-known, and those of us who walk regularly can recommend it highly.

Walking once or twice per week for an hour can improve fitness,help with weight loss and low energy, and has countless other benefits.

It is also sociable, and a lovely way to enjoy the green open spaces and changing seasons in and around our town.

There are now two groups meeting in Nailsea;

  1. Fridays from 10-11am meet at Tesco car parkThis group is organised and led by Bristol Nordic Walking and was set up to make use of the extensive footpaths and off road routes on Trendlewood Park and surrounding areas. We need to build this group, as numbers have reduced since it started in 2015. To take part, prospective walkers must have taken part in a Beginners Workshop. Another workshop is taking place on Friday, November 10, at 11am from the supermarket car park To find out more and book a place click HERE. This is the site of Bristol Nordic Walking which charges for workshops and walks. Walkers can be supplied with adjustable walking poles and given advise and support with all aspects of the activity by the professional leaders. 

  2. Mondays 9.30-10.30am meet the Grove Sports & Social Centre playing field.  A spin- off' group has now formed, based in the West End of Nailsea. This is a self-led group, so anyone joining needs to have their own Nordic walking poles. It's free of charge. We walk round the playing fields, and out onto the beautiful open landscapes and fields in the Youngwood Lane area. For further information email Pat Gilbert at

Do come along to one or both of these groups or tell anyone else you know about them.

As a way of getting fit and having fun it's hard to beat.

Pat Gilbert

Nailsea District Leg Club


The Ellie Lindsay Foundation, under which Nailsea District Leg Club operates, has given two of our longest serving volunteers, an award for their service to the Leg Club, Glynis Woods and Christine Lee.

Members will recognise both Glynis, who is either one of our friendly faced receptionists or making cups of tea, and Chris (always smiling), one of the nurse support volunteers.

Their dedication to the club since its inception is commendable and we are lucky to have them and greatly appreciate their commitment. These are the third and fourth awards respectively given to members of the team since its start just over two years ago, and are a reflection of what is being achieved on Wednesday mornings at Nailsea Tithe Barn.

If anyone would like to know more, please drop in any time between 9am-noon and see for yourself.

At any other times there is information on the Tithe Barn notice board, including comments made by some of our members.

Judith Brown

PHOTO: Original 1920s Tiller Girls

Nailsea & District Leg Club 


NDLC has had a busy time over the summer and despite the lack of sun, there has always been a happy and cheerful atmosphere within the Tithe Barn on Wednesday mornings as normal.

We have seen the number of members rise during this time, which has led to an increase in members taking advantage of the social side of the morning.

Of course our nurses and volunteers also take holidays too and we offer our apologies when there has been a longer wait for treatment, but trust that everyone will avail themselves of the coffee, tea, cake and social interaction that is always on offer.  

Our drivers also continue to do sterling work, for which Leg Club is extremely grateful, without them some members would not be able to join us.

As ever we continue every Wednesday morning 9am–noon.

Judith Brown


NDLC is at the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea - beside Holy Trinity church - every

Wednesday 9am-noon.


Do you have leg problems?

You are welcome to ‘drop in’ to see one of our NHS Registered Nurses for full assessment and advice on prevention of problems, and also enjoy a cuppa and a chat with LC members and volunteers. Leg Club has now been running for two very successful years and has a friendly, social atmosphere.

Why not volunteer with us.

We would love to meet anyone who would like to join the volunteer team, especially as some of our volunteers are moving away -  we do need some new help please! Volunteers serve refreshments, chat and support members in this friendly environment. We would also appreciate someone happy to volunteer with some IT skills to assist with reception duties, or anyone with previous nursing experience who would like to train with us to support our very busy Registered Nurse team.


Come and see us any Wednesday morning or call Sandy Riley on 01275 853547 or Judith Brown on 01275 792558 for more information.

PRIORITY PARKING: Notice not to be taken literally, Steve Tilley

Children’s services in North Somerset ‘require improvement’ say Ofsted inspectors.
However, the inspection report published on Friday, August 25, recognises that  progress has been made by North Somerset Council since the last inspection of its services for children in 2012.
The report is based on a full inspection of the service made by Ofsted in June and July this year.
The overall judgement of the service in the latest report is ‘requires improvement to be good’, although the council’s performance around adoption and the experience and progress of care leavers are both judged as ‘good’.
North Somerset councillor Jan Barber, who is the executive member with responsibility for children’s services said: “Our social workers do an incredibly hard job, and I am really pleased that the inspectors have recognised their efforts and made particular reference to their ‘good quality direct work with children, and the engagement of their parents’.”
As well as the views of the inspectors, the report also acknowledges the positive opinions of parents themselves: ‘parents spoken to were positive about the help they were receiving and the difference this was making to their lives’.
Council director of People and Communities Sheila Smith said: “We are pleased that the inspection report recognises the hard work carried out by those working in children’s social care to support vulnerable young people in North Somerset. 
“The report acknowledges a number of areas of good practice and progress since the last inspection, most notably for adopted children and children leaving care as they move into adulthood and independent living.
“The inspection process and report have also given us the opportunity to reflect on areas where we still need to do more to improve to achieve a good rating. No parts of the services we provide are failing, but there are certainly areas where we need to continue to focus our attention.”
Improvements that the council has already implemented include:

  • strengthened arrangements to identify and support children at risk of sexual exploitation to reduce the risks to them;

  • ensured that social work practice is effective, particularly by newly-qualified social workers, so that children’s and their families’ lives are improved;

  • improved the recruitment and retention of staff leading to a slowdown in staff turnover;

  • introduced a new edge of care service to avoid young people needing to come into care; and

  • continuing to provide high-quality in-house counselling and therapeutic services for children, young people and their carers.

Sheila added: “Work in this important area has been, like all parts of local government, subject to successive years of austerity and resources are diminishing while demand for support is increasing.

"This makes our work increasingly challenging to deliver against a backdrop of cuts. 
“However, we are making delivery of these improvements our priority, and will continue to do so.”
But Tony Oliver the independent chair of the North Somerset Safeguarding Children Board [NSSCB] has slammed the report.
He said: “I am hugely disappointed at Ofsted’s ‘inadequate’ grading – a grading which I and other board members refute and have challenged.
“I was pleased to see that following the Board’s challenge to Ofsted’s draft report, they accepted and amended their report in several areas. 
“However, I believe that the final document still contains unevidenced negative opinions and inaccurate information.
“The report highlights several areas where we can and will improve our safeguarding focus. 
“Despite reduced resources, both physical and financial, the partners who make up the LSCB will, over the coming months, work hard to achieve those improvements for the benefit of North Somerset’s children and young people.”

NEW CENTRE; The Bristol Child Psychology Practice offers psychological assessment and therapy for children and young people plus support for their families. A new clinic has opened at Yanley Court, Long Ashton. Click HERE for more information.

Healthwatch North Somerset

Healthwatch North Somerset is the ONLY independent champion for health and social care in North Somerset

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act stated that the NHS needed to be far more ‘patient-centred’. 

This means that health & social care providers have to consult with, and be influenced by, their local community in order to develop and improve the services they provide.

Healthwatch North Somerset is your local independent voice for health and social care services. 

Healthwatch North Somerset is independent, transparent and accountable.

It works with local people to improve services for people who live, or access services in North Somerset and it gathers local views and experiences, analyse and act on them to make local services better, now and in the future.

It you want to directly influence your local health and social care services by letting us know how they are performing by sharing your own experiences.

Whether positive or negative, let us know and we will pass all feedback on to those in charge who actually make the decisions. 

By law they have to listen to us and respond to any of our feedback or recommendations.

Healthwatch North Somerset want to hear from everyone in North Somerset want to know what’s great and where there is room for improvement.

FUTURE SERVICES: Click image to go to Health Watch website where you may comment. Nailsea People suggest a 'jargon-free' online presence may be a good start!

Free Wi-Fi at Nailsea digital workshops

Knowing how to operate a computer and surf the internet stops people becoming isolated in their own homes.
Well that is the theory anyway and to this end two workshops open to all have been organised at the old Youth House at Nailsea this week. 
From noon-8pm on Wednesday, August 23, and 7.30am-12.30pm on Thursday, August 24, the doors of number 65 will welcome in people for an open-door session run by Good Things Foundation for NHS Digital.

Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: "Following on from the NHS Digital workshop in June, we have open-door sessions this week at 65 High Street when a the team from the Good Things Foundation will be testing ideas for how digital skills can assist people with their health and well-being.

"The aim is that we will be going ‘live’ with specific initiatives at no 65 during October.

 "The arrangements are informal so people can come along as and when it suits them.

"I am sure the sessions will  be valuable in a number of ways, not least of which will be developing relationships, and building awareness and generating ideas around Nailsea Place.

"Everyone should feel free to come along and bring others who you think would be interested."

Nailsea Town Council bought 65 High Street with high hopes of turning it into a community health hub.
With the paperwork completed and after paying North Somerset Council the grand sum of £325,000 it is ready to put the building to good use.
Once the village butcher’s shop – two bull’s heads are carved into the doorway – it was part of the original plan by Somerset County Council to demolish the High Street.
But this was a time when many misguided town planners liked all things modern.

Acquired by Avon County Council in the local government reorganisation and used as a youth centre it became known as Youth House.

Then North Somerset Council took over and when budget cuts deemed the property surplus to requirements Nailsea Town Council saw an opportunity.

Youth House is a labyrinth of small rooms, some upstairs with limited access for people with mobility issues, and immediate updating costs are estimated at more than £150,000.

But ever since it moved from Church House at Silver Street to offices at the Tithe Barn the town council has been searching for a second town centre base for all the community to use.

Numerous properties had already been ruled out including Crown Glass shopping centre, Queens Head pub and Royal Oak garage as either too expensive or with too many restrictive covenants.  

Mr Morrell told councilors when they decided to go-head: “This will be the hub for Nailsea Place, but in the short-term we need to do more work on how the building can be used and to get detailed costings on refurbishment work. 

“Obviously, the building will be used for a wide-variety of community groups, but the immediate benefit is that the base for our youth services will now be secured.”
Two years ago Nailsea Town Council commissioned a report about having a town centre hub for people of all ages with medical and social needs.
Given the name Nailsea Place its aim was ‘to build a new type of safe haven for the local population in order to contribute to the whole person’s health and wellbeing, self-esteem, and access to a wide range of services’.
The vision is to provide help and support to people of all ages affected by debt, homelessness, bereavement and loneliness and act as a supplement to GP services.
Mr Morrell added: “ Anyone who wants to bring their own tablet or laptop will be able to use our free wifi.
“We believe that digital technology can support equality of opportunity, and ensure everyone can participate fully in today’s society.”
NHS Digital  provides national information, data and IT systems for health and care services.
Trusted with more than £1 billion of Department of Health funding, and an operating budget of £250 million, its team of 2,500 staff works to improve health and care services. 

Walking project needs more leaders

More than 6,000 people have enjoyed North Somerset’s Health Walks programme since it was launched more than 10 years ago. 

The scheme relies heavily on volunteers and more are needed to support the growth of this ever-expanding project.

If you enjoy the outdoors, like working with people and want to be more active in your spare time why not contact North Somerset Council to find out more about the next free training day at Redcliffe Bay Hall on Thursday, September 7?

You do not need to have an extensive knowledge of your local area or have an extreme level of fitness – you just need to be able to guide and support small groups, encouraging them to walk more.

For  details call North Somerset Council sport and active lifestyles team on 01275 882 731 or email

KEEP FIT: Click HERE to downland a copy of Somerset Age Uk keeping fit booklets which includes details of classes at Backwell, Long Ashton, Nailsea and more

Wednesday coffee and chat at Waitrose Nailsea

A national phenonium is coming to a Nailsea supermarket café – Chat Mats.

Waitrose at Nailsea is introducing the once-a-week midday friendship scheme from Wednesday, July 5.

Customers to its café can use the double-sided place mats to invite people to say chat - or not.

It lets people know when company would be welcome as one side says ‘hello’ and the other ‘another time’.

Coffee Companions was set up by socially aware charity worker Caroline Billington who also launched the Community Christmas initiative.

Cafes in Berkshire, Dorset and Warwickshire already have Chat Mats.

Caroline noticed how many people sit alone in coffee shops often hiding behind their newspapers, phones or computers.

The concern was that people didn't like to intrude if someone was enjoying a solo coffee break.

But Caroline was sure there will be times when a ‘hello’ and a smile would be welcome and a wealth of shared stories, thoughts or information awaited.

Chat Mats seemed like a good idea and Coffee Companions was born.

Every Wednesday at Waitrose Nailsea from noon to 1pm through to the end of August the Chat Mats scheme will be trialed.

This all fits nicely with the Waitrose ethos of ‘treating people fairly’ which includes championing British produce, treading lightly on the environment and supporting responsible sourcing, said community partner Lisa Davidson who runs the Better Nailsea group.

She said: “Through ‘treating people fairly’ we offer support to the communities in which we trade.

“Given the number of elderly people living in Nailsea this is one way to help combat social isolation by connecting people through this initiative.

“We hope that our customers will take the opportunity to connect and make new friends.”

Boxing Yoga has been going for six year nationally but in Nailsea it is new.

It was as an effective way of staying healthy and increasing athletic performance.

Yoga is a useful method for strengthening and stretching the entire body as well as improving core strength, coordination, breathing methods, body awareness and posture alignment.
But for the braver sporting types who like to stretch boundares this could be for you.

On Thursday, July 6, Lisa Hampstead is running a session from 6.30-7.30pm in the garden of 17 High Street.

Pop along and give it a try or send Lisa a PM via her FB page to learn more.

Nailsea District Leg Club news


Apart from the normal Wednesday mornings, NDLC has had a busy time in the past weeks.

Chairman Carole Brooke, who is also ladies captain at Long Ashton Golf Club, and held a very successful bazaar in May on behalf of the NDLC.

This raised more than £900 for NDLC funds.

Spokesman Judith Brown said: "We are very grateful to her and the ladies of the club who helped at and supported the event."

The second annual meeting was held soon after at Tower House Surgery and was attended by a number of volunteers and member representatives.

Comprehensive reports were given by Carole, lead volunteers Sandy Riley and Glynis Woods, treasurer Val Smith and also lead nurse Polly Cox.

Polly and her team of nurses have received high praise in a report from Teresa Candfield, of North Somerset Community Partnership.

A team of volunteers manned a stall at Nailsea farmer's, craft and community market to raise awareness of what is offered by NDLC.

The sessions are available to anyone who has leg ulcers or related problems, for treatment or to be given advice on prevention.

New drivers, volunteers to assist with the social side of the morning, plus nurse support volunteers are always welcome - as are new members.

Interested persons are invited to come and see any Wednesday 9am-noon at Nailsea Tithe Barn.

Waitrose has presented the club with a £396 cheque as part of the green token scheme - details of others who have benefited from this community fundraiser can be found on the business peeps page by clicking HERE.

Judith added: "Thanks to all who popped their green token in support of the Leg Club – these additional funds will be most welcome.

"We celebrate our second birthday at the start of July, and on Wednesday, July 12 we’re looking forward to another visit from Ellie Lindsay, the founder of the charity, so cause for celebration."

Walk or run for Nailsea District Leg Club

NDLC is once again taking part in the Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club charity walk on Sunday, June 25.
Starting any time after 8.15am from Scotch Horn car park, walks vary in length from 5k or 10k to 20k. Registration is £6 to cover the cost of maps and refreshments and can be done either by calling 07970 771845 or by clicking HERE.
Why not make a day of it and take your time to discover parts of the lovely area in which we live?
Please help if only by registering, there is no obligation to walk, but fingers crossed for an ideal day to enjoy this worthwhile and sociable event. 
Or if you would rather sponsor the team of Leg Club walkers, you can donate by cliking HERE.
Your support is, as ever, greatly appreciated. 

Let's walk Nailsea and nearby

Nailsea and District Footpath Group walking programmes are displayed in the library.

For a copy of the spring programme click HERE.

  • Thursday all-day walks are about 8 miles and take place fortnightly.

  • Thursday pub walks are around 5 miles, are also fortnightly, and are in the week when there is no all-day walk.

  • Tuesday morning walks are around 5 miles and are fortnightly.

More challenging walks are 10 or more miles and are twice per month, on a Thursday

Strolls are around 3 miles, are weekly, on either a Wednesday or a Thursday.

Saturday all-day walks are 8 -10 miles or longer, and are monthly.

Sunday all-day walks are also 8-10 miles or longer, and are monthly.

Sunday afternoon walks are around 5 miles, and are monthly.

Details of the walks are published on the noticeboard in the library.

I am guiding light

Guilding Light Sanctuary Circle is hosting a Nailsea charity spiritual event on Saturday, June 10, 10am-4pm.

You can book a 20-minute Reiki healing treatments and/or a spiritual/card readings from experienced mediums for a minimum donation of £5 per session.
All proceeds to be split between Dementia UK and HISS (a Clevedon-based hearing charity).
Tea, coffee and other refreshments will be available for a minimum donation of £1.
Due to limited space at the venue, places must be booked in advance.

To book email with your name, whether you would like Reiki or a card reading (or both), the time slot(s) you would prefer and your phone number. 
Please note that sessions will run every 30 minutes from 10am with the last sessions at 3.30pm.

We will then send you an email to confirm your time slot(s) and session(s).

For further more information call 0773 002 9976

Surgery gets 'good' health report

Your only have to ask anyone who has lived in Nailsea and moved away what they miss most about the town and they will tell you our marvellous doctors.

So it is no surprise that an inspection by the Care Quality Commission the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England has filed a 'good' report although I would have thought 'marvellous' more appropiate.

A CQC inspection just before Christmas found the newly amalgamated Tyntesfield Medical Group good across all service areas.

Formed by the merger of Nailsea Family Practice, Backwell and Nailsea Medical Group and Long Ashton Surgery in October 2016, Tyntesfield Medical Group was visited by a team of CQC inspectors two months later in December.

Due to its recent formation the inspectors focused their attention on the Nailsea Family Practice at Tower House Medical Centre and the Long Ashton Surgery.

Prior to the merger the CQC had inspected Backwell and Nailsea Medical Group and already rated it 'good' across all service areas setting the bar high for the organisation.

Following intense scrutiny of staff, policies, procedures and documentation the inspectors rated each service area as 'good' with an overall rating of 'good' ensuring that the whole of Tyntesfield Medical Group could proudly acknowledge such recognition by the CQC.

To read the full report click HERE.

Tyntesfield Medical Group executive manager Lawrie Lewis said: "To receive such a glowing report from the CQC just two months after merging the practices is a testament to the outstanding team of doctors, nurses, health care professionals and administrative staff we have, each of whom are absolutely committed to giving excellent care to our patients.

“To face an inspection at very short notice while in the midst of realignment of back office functions, policies, practices and technology was not something we would have chosen to do however the report demonstrates we are getting things right by putting patient care first and foremost. It is our intention to build upon this success to ensure that Tyntesfield Medical Group continues to deliver the best possible primary health care for the local population.”       

Best foot forward for Leg Club

Nailsea District Leg Club is in training for its biggest fundraiser for this year.

On Sunday, June 25, supporters will be stepping out for the annual Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club walk.

North Somerset Community Partnership chief executive Judith Brown said: "This has proved to be a great success and is well planned and organised by the Rotarians, who provide excellent support.

"The day has been popular and fun and those who have taken part on behalf of the Leg Club have raised in excess of £3,100.00 during the past two years.

"Walks vary in length from five, 10 or 20 kilometres.

"Online sponsorship is easy but rather than merely sponsor someone why not dust off the trainers or walking shoes and take part, take the family, the dog, friends - and maybe something to eat depending on which walk you choose - you may well find footpaths you didn’t know existed around Backwell and Nailsea.

"A great day out in aid of a worthy cause, we depend entirely on donations for our existence and we cover the Tyntesfield Medical Group area."

The charity walks run (please forgive pun) from 8.15am to 4.30pm and raise funds people's  favourite charity or local community organisation.

This will be the sixth annual event which last year raised a record £22,000 plus.

Participants will be provided with maps and instructions.

To support NDLC click HERE.

Registration is at the Scotch Horn Centre and there is a pre-paid £6 fee.

Further details click HERE or email Rotarian Graham Hunt on

Walking for Health in North Somerset


Enjoy a chat and stroll among friends.

With Walking for Health you can take part in a free short walk nearby to help you get active and stay active at a pace that works for you.

It’s a great way to stretch your legs, and explore what’s on your doorstep.

You will be welcomed by friendly volunteers who lead the walks.

To find out more call North Somerset Council’ sport and active lifestyles team on 01275 882730.

Nailsea District Leg Club - a new year


Firstly a belated but very happy New Year to anyone who has a connection with NDLC – clinicians, volunteers and not forgetting our all important members, plus the staff and trustees of the Tithe Barn, whose input and consideration are also extremely important.

During December 2016 there were several seasonal activities, hand bell ringers, carol singing by members of Mixed Company, more carol singing on the final Wednesday before Christmas from the choir of Nailsea Rotary Club and Inner Wheel. 

A Christmas tombola was also run during two sessions.  

All these things helped to create extremely jolly and festive mornings.

It is hoped to provide some flexercise sessions in the forthcoming weeks now that we have three volunteers able to run these, and our manicurists will also continue to come on a regular basis. Should anyone have a suggestion for an activity, then please do feel free to put this forward to one of the receptionists or any volunteer, if it’s practical we’ll do our best.

We’re still on the hunt for a piano player, who would be happy to come maybe once every few weeks just for half an hour.

As ever NDLC continues each Wednesday morning 9am–noon at the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea, BS48 4NG.

Musical trips down Memory Lane 


Music and Memories was started by Nailsea Folk Club in 2006 with the simple aim of sharing music and songs with people with dementia and their carers. 

It is now run by Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust.

 It is monthly on Wednesday afternoons between 2-4.30pm.

The Tithe Barn is fully accessible for disabled people and has a welcoming, relaxing ambience.

The afternoon is free although there is a collection for those who want to make a donation.

Tea and cakes are served during the break.

The musical programme varies with local groups and youngsters often joining us; from jazz, folk, sing alongs, Morris dancing, musicals, classics and more.

If you would like to know more contact David Francis on 01275 54023 or email

Fitness classes for seniors


The latest Staying Steady exercise classes for seniors in North Somerset has been published.  
These classes are part of a district wide initiative to increase healthy and active living in North Somerset.

The exercise sessions are good for improving flexibility, co-ordination, strength and balance.    
Please contact the instructor in advance to make sure the group is meeting on that day, or Nikki Smith at Age UK Somerset on  0753 077 7895.

To download the full programme click HERE.



  • Flexercise with Janet Stone at Lawnside, Church Lane, BS48 3JP on Fridays 10.30-11.30am. For more information contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895. This class is free.

  • Tai Chi - standing work at Women’s Institute Hall, Station Road on Mondays 12.30-1.30pm. For more information contact Tony Dove 0788 663 0436. Cost £5.



  • Tai Chi for Over 50s with Tony Dove at Keedwell Hall, Keedwell Hill, BS41 9DP on Fridays 11.30am-12.30pm. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436. Cost £5.



  • Dance fitness - low impact - suitable for over 50s at Wesley Methodist Church Centre, 74-76 Silver Street, BS48 2D on Fridays 10-11am. Contact Jo Knowles (KFA trained) 01275 544472. Cost £4.

  • Gentle exercise to music - seated and standing also at Wesley Methodist Church Centre also with Jo on Fridays 11.15am-12.15pm. £4,

  • Flexercise with Margaret James also at Pegusus Court with Age UK Somerset. This is a free class. Contact above Age UK Somerset number.

  • Extend, Movement to Music with Gill Porter at Wesley Methodist Church Centre, 74-76 Silver St, BS48 2DS on Wednesdays 2.30-3.30pm. Contact: Age UK Somerset 0753 077 7895. Cost £3.50. 

  • Zumba - aimed at over 55s at Alliance Homes, Hobbs Court, Link Road, BS48 1A on Wednesdays 11am-noon. Contact Emily Gazey on 0789 282 5617. Cost £3.




Doctor Beijing Ltd

49 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

TEL: 01275 856366


CHEMISTS and drug stores

- * denotes a dispensing service


Boots *

29-30 Somerset Square

Crown Glass Shopping Centre

Nailsea BS48 1RQ

Tel: 01275 856855



82b High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AS

Tel: 01275 852516



9 Colliers Walk

Crown Glass Shopping Centre

Nailsea BS48 1RP

Tel: 01275 852096



1 Somerset Square

Crown Glass Shopping Centre

Nailsea BS48 1RP

Tel 01275 810095


Tower House Pharmacy *

Tower House Medical Centre

Stockway South

Nailsea BS48 2XX

Tel: 01275 855109



Marion Burt

The Old Vicarage

Somerset Square

Nailsea BS481RN

Mrs Marion

Tel: 01275 855384


Ian Strickland

6 Silverlow Road

Nailsea BS482AD

Tel: 01275 858095


Beauty Incorporated & Nailsea Foot Clinic
120 High Street
Nailsea BS48 1AH

Tel: 01275 795515



Backwell Dental Care

17 West Town Road, Backwell BS48 3HA

Tel: 01275 462421


The Houston Group

116 Station Road, Nailsea BS48 1TB

Tel: 0 1275 852143


Nailsea Dental Practice

22-24 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AU

Tel: 01275 856179


MG DentalCare Nailsea

12 Clevedon Road, Nailsea BS48 1EH

Tel: 01275 866359


Smilesaver Dental Care

78 Silver Street, Nailsea BS48 2DS

Tel: 01275 851452


DISABILITY ADVICE - get help filling in forms and claiming benefits


AMS Mobility Nailsea

Kings Court

87 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW01275 857551


Nailsea Disability Initiative

10 Crown Glass Place Place

Crown Glass Shopping Centre

Nailsea BS48 1RD

Tel: 01275 812183



Backwell and Nailsea Medical Group

  • Backwell Medical Centre

15 West Town Road

Backwell BS48 3HA

Tel: 01275 465100

  • Brockway Medical Centre

8 Brockway

Nailsea BS48 1BZ

Tel: 01275 850600


Doctor Beijing Ltd

49 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 01275 856366


Nailsea Family Practice

Tower House Medical Centre

Stockway South

Nailsea BS48 2XX

Tel: 01275 866700



- these days are all hearing and seeing


Fernandes Lynne

4 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 01275 854946


Boots Opticians

Colliers Walk

Nailsea BS48 1RH

Tel: 01275 856074


Specsavers Opticians

2 Somerset Square

Nailsea  BS48 1RP

Tel:01275 850950



Brockway Medical Centre

Sascha Wilson

Tel: 01275 462884


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