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Nailsea District Leg Club December news

At Christmas we tend to overindulge, so are you keeping up the exercise despite these short days?

Here’s an interesting fact for you, Nobel Prize recipient Dr Roger Sperry said the spine is the motor that drives the brain.

According to his research ’90 per cent of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine’.

Only 10 per cent of our brain's energy goes into thinking, metabolism, immunity, and healing. 

It is vital therefore that we keep active not just to keep our legs healthy, but to keep our brain healthy and active – prevention is better than cure. 

The more sedentary we are the less active our brain becomes and the more lethargic we become, not just mentally but physically too.

This can lead to other more serious problems, possibly even the onset of dementia, not just unhealthy legs.

Please keep up the exercise - if you want energy, vigour and better brain processing then keep moving, who knows what you might achieve!

Leg Club will be back as soon as it is safe to re-open, and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming our members and volunteers again.

We’ll be very pleased to welcome new volunteers too, either to help at the drop-in clinic at the Tithe Barn or drivers to assist members to attend.

Whether you have a connection to the Leg Club or not, we wish everyone a healthy, peaceful and happy Christmas.


Nailsea District Leg Club November news

Despite the fact we’re not able to hold our Wednesday morning drop-in clinics, those members who need treatment are seeing nurses at the various surgeries on a regular basis. Should you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact your surgery for advice or treatment, prevention is better than cure.

The committee still continue to meet via Zoom and some of our committee members contact members and volunteers to keep in touch and re-assure them, we’re really looking forward to seeing them all again when we can re-open safely.

Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club walk took place recently on a beautiful autumn day, when more thanr £600 was raised, and a sincere thanks to those who walked and to those who donated.

We will start up again when we can comfortably do so.

In the meantime – as ever, keep up the exercise.


Time for a cuppa?

Your Cancer Cafe is oprn on Thursday, October  15, 2-4pm at 65, High Street, Nailsea.

Social distancing, hand sanitiser and the wearing of face masks will all be in place.

Tea, coffee and cake will be on offer as well as good company and someone to talk to or ready to listen.

The is a supporting cafe community for all people affected by cancer, their families and friends.

Go to its Facebook page, call 0789 480 7268 or email or more information.


Nailsea District Leg Club October news

Starting where we left off last month – please keep up the walking, exercise and good diet are important at any time, but even more so in the current situation.

Despite the fact we’re into autumn there are ways to maintain exercise, not only by getting out to enjoy the beautiful colours that this season brings.

If getting outside isn’t possible, make sure that life is not spent in that armchair – walking up and down stairs, or around the house, at least once an hour.

Even making the bed, house work and mowing the lawn are good exercises to undertake.

If you are sitting for long periods of time, then try to keep legs elevated and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and maintain a healthy diet.

Keep up the intake of fresh fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, fish and lean meat – keep the hands off the biscuits and chocolate!

In the meantime should you have any concerns then the great team of nurses at Tyntesfield Medical Group continue to provide outstanding care and are only a phone call away.

We hope to raise £500 for our funds on the Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club walk.

Carole Brooke said: "Amy Duckworth, our clinical nurse lead and part of the team working at Tyntesfield Medical Group, plans to run the 20K in fancy dress.

"We’ll let you know what she’ll be dressed up as nearer the time!"

If you would like to donate the easiest way is via the following link here

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Just what the doctor ordered

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North Somerset doctors are helping to the keep the community fit and healthy by funding the development of a new initiative called Nailsea Active.

Coming under the umbrella of Nailsea Community Group a support grant has been awarded by Tyntesfield Medical Group which has surgeries in Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton.

The undisclosed amount it to fund Nailsea Active from September 2020 to February 2021 to develop its reach.

Nailsea Active was created by resident and Covid-19 volunteer Glen Schmidt during lockdown to provide a range of free activity content via the Nailsea Community Group Facebook page.

Online activities have ranged from live yoga, quizzes and fitness classes all aimed at keeping residents physically and mentally active.

Nailsea Active has then started producing podcasts by interviewing organisers of clubs and activity groups giving them the opportunity to introduce residents to what they do, how to get involved and also what to expect when attending joining for the first time.

These podcasts were a huge success with more than 1,700 downloads and the Facebook page 800 plus followers.

The FB group is now sharing local walking, running and cycling routes, shared announcements by clubs for open days and events.

The grant from Tyntesfield Medical Group is to allow Glen to dedicate his time to developing Nailsea Active during a six month period and to covers the activity groups and clubs operating across Nailsea, Backwell, Long Ashton and the parishes in between.  

Tyntesfield Medical Group executive manager Lawie Lewis said: “Individuals improving and maintaining good physical and mental health is one of the most important things they can do to prevent the onset and worsening of so many chronic and debilitating health conditions.

“The work of volunteers in the community to support others during lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has been amazing and we really want to be part of a positive legacy that will remain for the benefit of the communities health long after Covid-19 has been eradicated.

“Failure to support this initiative would have been a lost opportunity for us to inspire everyone to improve their health, both mental and physical.”  

“The main focus will be on growing the interaction on the Nailsea Active Facebook group as well as developing a dedicated website.

“Together we hope they will make it easy for residents to find and then access the amazing activity trails, groups and club's in line with their interests.”

Glen said: “We are extremely grateful for all of the support from the Tyntesfield Medical Group throughout the COVID crisis and even more so for the grant they have now provided.

“The funding will allow us to develop Nailsea Active in the hope that we can help inspire as many residents as possible across Nailsea, Backwell and Long Ashton to find something that helps them stay both mentally and physically active.”

To join the Facebook page click HERE.



PHOTO: From left is Tyntesfield Medical Group social prescriber Helen Todd and

executive manager Lawrie Lewis with Nailsea Active lead Glen Schmidt

Nailsea District Leg Club

In early July the writer was visiting friends for the first time since February, and was asked ‘What did you do in June’? It didn’t take long to answer ‘not much, except for walking.’

It has been a pleasure to enjoy the benefit of all the wonderful countryside we’re blessed with and be able to take both country and seaside walks.

Walking is such a vital part of good physical and mental health, and judging from the many other people of all ages also out walking, it’s been enjoyed by them too. Hopefully this will be a benefit of the current crisis that will continue to be enjoyed for a long time to come.

Taking regular exercise is a helpful preventative for many medical conditions. Ellie Lindsay OBE, founder of the Leg Club organisation has given much practical advice on the importance of staying active – ‘strong leg muscles protect against osteoarthritis, adding some lean muscle on the legs aids the body metabolism helping to burn fat off the entire body.

Regular exercise improves circulation in legs as it activates calf muscles, which helps to push to push the blood back towards the heart.’  

There is a wealth of information on the following web site regarding the prevention of leg ulcers and associated issues

The Nailsea District Leg Club committee continue to meet via Zoom and although no date is in view for re-opening, as and when they feel it is right to do so, will ensure that the word gets out.

In the meantime the nurses continue to do a great job seeing patients safely at the surgery or at home as necessary.

Keep up the walking!

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Knitting together memories

Nailsea Memory Café, is a support group for people living with dementia and their carers, which hasn’t meet at The Tithe Barn since March due to the coronavirus crisis but has endeavoured to stay connected throughout the pandemic.

Ruth Budworth, of the carer support group, suggested the idea of a Together Apart knitting project, to create a blanket of individual squares.

After a request via the Nailsea Community Group Facebook page, the generous residents of Nailsea and Age UK donated balls of wool.

Members, carers and volunteers have all contributed to the project by knitting in an array of colours, patterns and textures.

And talented volunteer, Sally Beese, kindly collated the squares, personalising it with lettering and rainbows.

Karen Smith, the café co-ordinator reflected on the finished article.

She said: “It’s is a beautiful reminder of how our wonderful Memory Café group has stayed connected, it includes the rainbows symbolising hope for our health and happiness and future return.

“It will also always be a memory of those members who we have sadly lost during 2020.

 “We are currently preparing to return to The Tithe Barn as soon as we can safely do so.

“In the meantime, we continue to undertake our regular telephone support calls along with our weekly café via Zoom and smaller face to face sessions outside, weather permitting.”

For more information on the Memories At The Barn dementia projects call Karen Smith on 0779 034 4559, email or go online at


Have fun, enjoy a walk – or run – in the North Somerset countryside with friends, family or on your own –  and raise money for your favoured cause at the same time!

Nailsea Charity Walks run by Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club is happening on Sunday morning, October 11.

This 'virtual' event is a firm favourite with hundreds of people and is established as an important part of the Nailsea calendar.

It’s also a way for charities, schools, sports clubs and the like to raise money with sponsoreship.

By virtual Rotary mean that all registrations, directions, paperwork will be done online. Participants are still expected to walk or run the actual 5, 10 or 20 K routes!

On or around 9th October everyone that has registered and has provided an email address will receive a map and a specific route guidance commentary – stage by stage instructions – to enable participants to navigate the course. A brief safety guidance note will also be included.

For those walking or running on 11th October Rotary expect to provide signage around the routes but it will not be possible to leave it in place beyond October 12.

On October 11 people will still be able to park in the Scotch Horn Centre car park, where we expect there to be stewards from Rotary Nailsea & Backwell to greet them and see them on their way.

In due course we will tell participants how and when to let us know that they are starting and that they have returned safely.

We hope people enjoy the day and help to raise a lot of money for local charities. Please do contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Ring Graham on 0797 077 1845

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Staying healthy

Ellie Lindsay OBE, founder of the Leg Club Foundation, sent the attached document to Nailsea District Leg Club to share.

It gives some very useful advice on the benefits of taking exercise and keeping fit, not only for legs but in respect of other issues too including diet.

To read all four pages download the document HERE.

Health Walks return

Volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes to support the return of health walks across North Somerset.

With restrictions in place to ensure the safety of all who wish to attend walkers will need to book if they wish to attend any of the walks listed below.

Social distancing will be in place throughout the walks and walkers will be managed in bubbles of five alongside a walk leader.


CLEVEDON group will be leading a walk every Tuesday at 10.30am as from Tuesday, July 28. Call Lynne Purcell on 01275 852663 to book a place.

HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE group will be leading walks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, August 11, 12 and 14. Call Mike Jones on 0747 508 6635 to book a place. 

PORTISHEAD group will be leading walks on Mondays at 10.30am starting on Auguest 3.  Call Mike/Chris on 01275 845736/01275 848281 to book a place.                                                                 

WESTON group will be leading a walk on the Mondays, August 10 and 24 at 2pm. Call John Western on 01934 511808 to book a place.   

WORLE group will be leading walks every Thursday at 2pm from July 23. Call John Rudall on 0794 424 5131 to book a place.


NAILSEA & YATTON groups will not be re-starting untill the government allows larger groups to meet.


LONG ASHTON & WINSCOMBE more information to follow.

For general enquiries call the Active Lifestyles Team at the council on 01934 627014 or go to


Leg club news

Some good news for Nailsea District Leg Club as it has been selected as one of the Love Local causes between July- September by Tout’s Budgens, Nailsea.

The Pink Tokens are out of action for now so the supermarket at Wraxall garage will ask its Signature club members to vote for the charity via a poll sent out in the monthly e-newsletter.

At the end of September, £150 will be split between two charities depending on the amount of votes received in the online poll.

So please vote!

And if you’re not already a Signature member, sign up online – it’s free and you get lots of good offers by clicking HERE.

On Wednesday, July 1, Nailsea District Leg Club had planned to hold a party for members and volunteers to celebrate five year since the first clinic was opened. It was to be a special occasion and although not now taking place on this date, it is hoped that it will be re-scheduled for a time when we are open again.

Volunteers should have received a newsletter which has been painstakingly compiled by Sandy Riley, quite an undertaking and they make interesting reading.

We’re very keen to keep in touch with our volunteers as they are such an important and integral part of Leg Club.  Without them our members, who are equally as important, would not be able to attend.

When the times comes for Leg Club to re-commence (and at the time of writing there is no indication as to when), we will all be so pleased to get together again and get that happy convivial atmosphere revived on Wednesday mornings at Nailsea Tithe Barn.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns about your legs, it is important to contact your GP surgery without delay, who will be able to advise you and prevent any further exacerbation. Don’t forget to keep up the exercise in whatever form you’re able to take and keep those legs and body healthy.

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Nailsea Support Group is a new website where people can find help.

It can be accessed at

The Nailsea Support Group is a collaboration between:

  •  the newly renamed Nailsea Community Group (formerly Nailsea Covid-19 Help Group);

  • Tyntesfield Medical Group;

  • Nailsea Town Council; and

  • Its community hub at 65 High Street (temporarily closed for refurbishment).

This new website is a one stop support platform for residents to find any type of help that they need.

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New Nailsea walking book

Nailsea and District Footpath Group has produced a revised edition of its walking book Nailsea Round.

The Round is a nine-mile walk in the beautiful countryside around Nailsea, with a slightly shorter option.

The book also contains six shorter walks from three to six miles.

All the walks except one follow distinctive waymarks.

Each walk is described in detail with notes on points of interest.

One of the shorter walks is a history walk around Nailsea.

The Round starts at Backwell Lake and goes to Wraxall, Tower House Woods and West End, then back to the lake via Morgan’s Hill. You can however start at any point on the walk.

There is a special lockdown price of £4 plus 70p postage although it can be collects. The normal price will be £4.95.

For details on how to order email

Latest coronavirus figures

As the lockdown restrictions ease the message still is proceed with caution.

At the end of June the latest North Somerset coronavirus case and death figures showed there have been more new cases this month than anywhere else in the West of England region.

The current total number of people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in North Somerset stands at 491 - that's an increase of two since Friday, June 26, and four in the past seven days.

Even with the outbreak at Weston General Hospital, which took hold in May and saw the closure of the hospital to new admissions, in the 28 days of June so far, there have been 41 new cases in North Somerset.

Two more deaths of patients in hospitals who tested positive for coronavirus have been added to the records kept b