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Walking, running, riding
for Nailsea District Leg Club

Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club is organising the ninth annual fundraising walk on Sunday, June 13, and this year have added not only a bike route, but also a route to run and as ever Leg Club volunteers will be taking part.

 We’re very grateful to the Rotarians for the work they undertake to put this together, as it constitutes one of our main fundraising events and enables us to keep going, and of course is open to many charities in the area, who benefit too.

Please help Leg Club raise money by donating directly to our Just Giving fundraising page HERE..

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Rotary Nailsea & Backwell and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

While still uncertain at the time of writing when we can re-open, we know that members and volunteers alike are looking forward to that day.

The format may inevitably change a little, and there will be those who are unable to return for whatever reason.

The Wednesday morning Leg Club session is a very happy and social place to be, and we’d be pleased to hear from anyone who’d like to join as a volunteer, maybe helping to set up and then make tea/coffee and chat, maybe as a driver to act as a taxi for members to and from the Tithe Barn, or if you have nursing experience, as nurse support.

For more information contact Sandy Riley 01275 853547.


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CAFE CONNECT: Your Cancer Cafe will be open next on Thursday afternoon, June 17 for anyone affected by cancer at No 65, High Street, Nailsea. The big room will be open again for art activities, tombola and tea, coffee and cake but the group will be ensuring that they are Covid secure by asking all visitors to wear face masks, use hand sanitisers and keeping to tables no more than four. They are also asking for volunteers to bake cakes or offer a complimentary therapy. Open from 2-4pm. Founder and organiser Jo Hopkinson said: "We are very excited about the road map back to some new normality but ask that if anyone has symptoms of Covid to please stay away to protect our most vulnerable."


FIRST AID: Infinite Training Solutions Ltd has teamed up with Nailsea & Backwell RFC to offer one day first aid courses. These are open to Nailsea people and those living/working in the wider North Somerset area especially the business community. Discounts for block bookings. CEO Simon Brake said: "We are running multiple courses on dates up to the end of the year." For further details or to book go to ITS Facebook page or online here

CAFE CONNECT: Your Cancer Cafe will be open next on Thursday afternoon, May 20, for anyone affected by cancer at No 65, High Street, Nailsea. With restrictions lifting it is hoped to serve big cake, tea and coffee and offer arts & crafts activities. From 2-4pm the cafe will be ensuring its a safe place by asking visitors to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser and by keeping to table groups to not more than four people. Founder and organiser Jo Hopkinson said: "We are very excited about the road map back to some new normality but ask that if anyone has symptoms of Covid to please stay away to protect our most vulnerable."chat with others in a similar situation. We look forward to seeing you and hopefully soon we will be back to our normal group with arts and crafts and other activities.


May is national walking month and Go4Life want to highlight the many walking opportunities here in North Somerset to encourage more to walk more often.

We also want to celebrate what walking has brought to many lives during the pandemic to hopefully inspire others to start or to continue walking.

Being active is more important than ever for both our physical and mental wellbeing.

Whilefollowing the recommended guidelines we want to encourage families and friends to re-connect and enjoy National Walking Month together.

See what is happening and how you can get involved:

Take our quick questionnaire to tell us what you would like to see happening to help support you walk more.

You could win one of two shopping vouchers,

Follow our social media channels throughout May for lots more information on walking. On Facebook it is Go4LifeNS and Twitter it is NSHealthTrainer

Read more HERE.


Nailsea Leg Club May

Longer days and better weather are definitely here, and even though it’s over a year since Leg Club held the last drop-in clinic, the committee, who meet regularly, are confident that it will be able to re-start when safe to do so. The staff of Tyntesfield Medical Group are very supportive and keen for this to happen too, so when it does there will be cause for celebration for many reasons, rest assured the news will get out there.

We’re looking forward to welcoming back members, nurses, and volunteers, without whom the Leg Club would not be able to function. New volunteers and volunteer drivers will be very welcome, more on this next month so please give this some thought.

In the meantime exercise remains important and if walking, cycling or running are not for you, then gardens are needing attention.

Getting out into the fresh air and exposure to daylight boosts well-being, vitamin D contained in sunlight helps boost quantity and quality of sleep, and exposure to natural daylight helps to set the body’s internal clock.

With summer on its way, gardens will come into their own and provide a safe haven for relaxation and enjoyment. What’s not to like about any of that?

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Nailsea knitters needed by Age UK Somerset

Knitters with ‘wool power’ needed in Somerset and North Somerset for the Big Knit supported by drink company innocent.

The Big Knit campaign has returned and Age UK Somerset is calling on knitters and crocheters to get their knitting needles out to help raise urgent funds for the older people most in need.

The online knitting patterns for the six exciting new hat designs for this year include a rainbow, rabbit, cupcake, pom pom, fox and peacock.

This may appeal to the Nailsea people who have been leaving random acts of kindness around the town in the knitted shapes and animals?

This is the 18th year that innocent has been running the Big Knit in partnership with Age UK Somerset and woolly warriors are needed again this year to craft some little hats to sit on innocent smoothie bottles.

For each little be-hatted smoothie sold, Age UK Somerset receives 25p, which will help the Charity make a big difference to the lives of older people.

With many of us not yet back in full swing now is a great opportunity for stitching superstars to get crafting, or for knitting newbies to grab some needles and give it a whirl.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on older people over the past year so Age UK Somerset is in need of these little hats more than ever to help raise funds for its vital services.

Age UK Somerset chief executive Phil Dolan said: “We need the people of Somerset and North Somerset to join us and help knit as many miniature hats as possible to help us hit our 15,000 hats target.

“It’s been a challenging time for everyone, but this is a really fun campaign to get involved in and it’s a great activity to do whatever the weather.

“The money raised from these little hats will make a big difference to the lives of older people in our area, many of whom have been badly affected by the pandemic.

“Every hat knitted will help to fund our hugely important services, including a new Active Befriending service we are hoping to start soon.”

innocent head of brand Katie Simpson said: "We’re delighted to be working with Age UK on the Big Knit once again.

“After a hard year, we want to make this campaign as big as possible so we can help more older people than ever.“We’re incredibly grateful to all the heroic volunteers helping us get there”

For more information on The Big Knit contact Age UK Somerset on 01823 345610 or visit where you can also find the knitting patterns. 
Please send completed hats to Age UK Somerset, Ash House, Cook Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6BJ.

Hats will go on sale in February 2022.

The appeal on Nailsea People Facebook page reached nearly 4,000.

Patricia Adams added a photo in a comment box and said: "Here are my little hats from a few years ago, nothing fancy but a great way to use up all those tail ends of wool - and for a good cause."


SUN SALUTATION: Park Yoga is coming to Millennium Park, Nailsea this summer. Offering FREE weekly yoga sessions every Sunday morning from May to end of August 9.30-10.390am. Everyone is invited and all abilities welcome. If you are looking to experience yoga for the first time, try a new class or just want to enjoy the natural surrounds then we would love to see you there. Just bring your mat if you have one, some water and become part of something great. Starting from Sunday, May 9, to pre-register for Park Yoga Nailsea go to


Head to toe

Somerset Age UK which covers North Somerset and Nailsea has added up some outstanding stats during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The older people’s charity has during the past year continued working to keep older people safe and comfortable.

From head to toe with phone calls and help with information the they have answered 1,453 requests for toenail clippings alone.

The online exercise had 2,787 people signing in for the stretch sessions.

A new friendly phone calls service was created to offer a friendly chat for those feeling isolated and alone. 

With 2,190 calls taking place, each lasting an average of 45 minutes, this would equate to more than 3,500 episodes of BBC Points West.

Its website was visited by 31,961 new visitors.

During this time, they have also helped 300 per cent more older people across Somerset and North Somerset through their Information and advice helpline, answering questions on a wide variety of topics such as how to get food and medicines delivered to doing benefit assessment checks for those who may have been struggling financially.

If you need help from the charity or would like to know more about the services they offer:

Age UK Somerset is an independent local charity dedicated to making later life better for the older people of Somerset and North Somerset through providing information, support and services.

It also has a Facebook page and it on Twitter.

This Thursday, April 15, Your Cancer Cafe will be open for one to one support for anyone affected by cancer. No 65 High Street, Nailsea. 2-4pm.

Cake, tea and coffee and a safe place to chat with others in a similar situation.

We look forward to seeing you and hopefully soon we will be back to our normal group with arts and crafts and other activities.

Back on third Thursday of month with sensible restrictions in afternoons your Cancer Cafe was founded by town councillor Jo Hopkinson. 

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


Your Cancer Cafe Thursday afternoon

Tesco is a friend indeed

F.r.I.e.n.D.s. Together is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco Bags of Help community grant scheme.

F.r.I.e.n.D.s Together is a support group which meets at 65 High Street, Nailsea, on Mondays 11am-2pm for crafts and tea or coffee.
The group for those living with Invisible Illnesses/disabilities. 
It is run by Luanne Gibbons who said: "Mental Health is so important so please join our lovely group, those who suffer with feelings of loneliness and isolation, please, please don’t suffer on your own.  
"Please join us for support and friendship."
Founded in August 2019 you can find more information online at, its Facebook page, call Luanne on 0794 456 4405 or email
Bags of Help is run in partnership with community charity Groundwork, and sees grants awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.
Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has provided more than £68 million to almost 30,000 local community projects across England.
Tesco colleagues have come together virtually up and down the country to vote and it can now be revealed F.r.I.e.n.D.s Together has been awarded £1,000.
With voting not currently running in stores, Tesco colleagues have worked together to decide which projects working to support the mental health of their communities should be awarded a grant of £1,000.
Tesco head of community Claire de Silva said: “In what has been an extremely tough year, we’ve been able to make additional grants available to charities and community groups providing support for mental health and we’re looking forward to seeing the difference these projects make. 
"Our community grant scheme contributes funds to community projects up and down the country and whilst our customers have not been able to vote in this round, we’ve been delighted by the number of colleagues who have come together to choose projects in their local areas.”
Groundwork national chief executive, Graham Duxbury said: “We know that one of the consequences of the pandemic is a significant increase in people experiencing mental health problems.  
"We also know that many community organisations manage projects and deliver services that make a huge difference to our wellbeing – connecting us to nature, connecting people to each other and connecting the most isolated and vulnerable to specialist support.  
"We're delighted that the grants we’re distributing make these vital connections possible.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. To find out more visit


CANCER CAFE UPDATE: Your Cancer Cafe is meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2-4pm at 65 High Street. Founder Jo Hopkinson is celebrating her birthday on that date so there will be lots of cake. Covid-19 precautions will still be in place as the group move towards 'normal' service. The meetings are friendly and welcoming and talking to others in a similar situation is good support if you are diagnosed with cancer, currently undergoing treatment or have previously had treatment for cancer. Everyone is welcome to join the group.

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HEALTH HUB: Nailsea Town Council high street health hub is re-opening soon. Coordinated by development manager Ian Morrell it has posted on its Facebook page that 'we're excited to be welcoming back friends from mental health and wellbeing support groups to No 65 very soon.' In line with the Government Road Map, groups of up to 15 people can meet together for therapy or support in our building. Doors will be opening, with social distancing measures in place, from Monday, March 29.. If you are a group in North Somerset that need a welcoming and safe place to meet, please get in touch with Trudy Hollows on 0795 136 7703 or email:

Back on third Thursday of month with sensible restrictions in afternoons at 65 High Street. Your Cancer Cafe was founded by town councillor Jo Hopkinson. Go to its Facebook page, call 0789 480 7268 or email for more information.
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Male bonding with Locker Room book

Sean Beacham is joining Prince Harry and Roman Kemp to speak out about men's mental health.
Sean grew up in Nailsea and is currently back here with his parents during this lockdown. 

To encourage males to keep a record of their darker  moments he has devised a journal called The Locker Room which he sells for £14.99.
He said: "As a man, we can fall into many modern traps that affect our mental health without realising  it. 

"I am passionate about men's mental health and have created this journal to engage men in thinking about their mental health.

"To find out more go and order go to my website at" 
Sean has also set up a Facebook support group called Man Thoughts as an online forum for men to talk about their highs and lows and several classmates from his Nailsea schooldays have already signed up..

Sean said: "It may sound strange, but I'm very much about getting men who haven't had mental health issues talking about mental health in the hope that it stops them from developing them later down the line. 
"Lockdowns have shown us just how quickly mental health can take a turn if not looked after.

"For example, the after-work Friday beers that end with you in your mate’s kitchen at 4am doing who-knows-what followed by. the Sunday dread, checking an already squeezed bank balance."

Footie fan Sean, is 26 years old and usually lives in London.

He has a girlfriend called Monica and adds: "I’m into sports but pretty shocking at playing most of them so I spend my time in the gym doing bicep curls."

With men three times more likely to commit suicide than women Sean believes it is  time men started taking their mental health seriously.

Nailsea District Leg Club March 2021

We are always being told that exercise is good for us!

But does the term exercise conjure up visions of jogging, pumping iron or cycling for miles?

Nailsea District Leg Club is encouraging everyone to join in The 21 Challenge - Movemnet For All. 

Of course, lots of people really enjoy doing those things but it’s not for everybody.

What is clear though is that we all need to keep moving, not only to help maintain healthy legs but for our general health and wellbeing.

Well, have you thought about doing short bursts of activity such as:

  • Lifting your legs one at a time whilst sitting on the sofa - start with 5 times each;

  • Using the bottom of the stairs as a step machine - up and down 20 times should do it;

  • Walking round the garden as many times as you can manage in 10 minutes; or

  • Anything that takes your fancy

Why not take part in the 21 Challenge?

Do an activity for either 21 seconds or 21 times and get someone to video it on their phone.

Email it and show the world that it’s easy to do something to keep that circulation going and your leg muscles pumping!

It will be added to all the others that are received and shown during Vein Week, an International Online conference to raise awareness of venous disease.

What have you go to lose?

You have SO much to gain!

The information is contained in the ‘poster’ and there is no fund raising involved.

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ONLINE CHAT: Your Cancer Cafe which in 'normal' times meets at 65 High Street is hosting Zoom meeting at 2pm on Thursday, February 18. Here are the invitation coordinates from Joanne Hopkinson. 
Meeting ID 968 5393 9549
Passcode 673001

Nailsea District Leg Club February news

The Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club Walk held on a glorious day in October, has raised in excess of £730 for our funds.

Even though this took place a while ago we appreciate the amazing effort, and thanks to those who walked, and many thanks to the Rotarians who organised the event again.

We’re really hoping that the event already planned for 2021, will take place under normal circumstances.  

See the What’s On page for more information HERE.

I recently read the following words ‘Every organ in your body is connected to the one under your hat’. 

Hopefully this doesn’t take much working out, therefore if the brain is functioning it helps the rest of the body to function!

After the dark winter days, it’s easy to become ‘couch potatoes’ and taking exercise can become mind over matter. 

The writer recently passed on the information in this monthly article that the brain needs movement of the spine in order to work efficiently. 

At Leg Club exercise is something that is promoted for many reasons, not just healthy legs, it is one of the ways to promote self-care. 

Keep up the exercise to maintain health and well-being, not just healthy legs and with the promise of spring not far off, hope of a


happier and more sociable 2021, and the return of Leg Club on Wednesdays.

We WILL be back as soon as safe to do so and will let everyone know as and when this happens.

Judith Brown


Nailsea District Leg Club January news

Most importantly a very happy New Year to everyone, we’re all hoping that 2021 will bring the vaccine results and normality that is craved, though we are very aware that patience and care must continue.

With days showing signs of lengthening and excesses of Christmas behind us, now is the time to start thinking about more exercise again. It’s been said so many times that moving is vitally important to keep healthy both mentally and physically. The weather might be on the cool side, but sunlight and fresh air, even if only for a short time, are so very beneficial,  don’t let cabin fever and lethargy set in. There are lots of online exercise classes or local walks to follow, of which there are abundance in this area.

Sadly two of our wonderful volunteer drivers Keith and Diane Stevens, who recently moved. But thanks to a successful garage sale of household items they no longer required and the generous donations from volunteers and supporters who found some great bargains, our funds have benefitted to the tune of £375. We thank them for such a generous and inventive idea. We wish them many happy years in their new home. This does mean we will be looking for more volunteer drivers as and when we re-open, but news of the drop-in clinic re-opening will be publicised as soon as it is safe to do so, rest assured we will definitely be back!

Judith Brown



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!

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

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.

Nailsea Support Group with online directory

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 by the University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Trust.

That hospital runs both the BRI, the children's hospital, the maternity hospital and Weston General, and the total number of people who have died with coro