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Leg Club keep exercising message

Although Nailsea District Leg Club does not have a date to re-commence clinics again at the Tithe Barn,  intends to start meeting existing members on an informal, social basis for refreshments from mid-September.

Having not meet since March 2020 this will give an opportunity for volunteers and members alike to catch up.

Those who are currently eligible will be contacted directly, to be given details of how and when this will happen, so please wait for this information, it will come.

In the meantime, volunteers met during August to discuss how and when Leg Club will operate in the future.

We’re very proud of our volunteer team who are finalists in the Care & Support West 2021 Volunteer Award.

It is given in recognition of all those who work hard in very many different capacities around the area, and a few of our volunteers will be present at the awards ceremony at Ashton Grate Stadium on Saturday, October 9.

Fingers-crossed they may even bring home the ‘trophy’. They all deserve an accolade.

The final words as usual, are to keep up the exercise, prevention is better than cure and a fact to ponder on – the NHS spends £1.5m per hour on type 2 diabetes, which can be a result of poor diet and lack of exercise.

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Time to talk about local stroke services

Nailsea People are being asked about the services for stroke patients in our area.

There is a public consultation on the proposed changes to stroke services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire running until Friday, September 3.

On Thursday, August 26, from noon-1.30pm an online Zoom event will be held to hear about the proposals, give feedback and for people to ask any questions.

To join in click HERE to get a free ticket.

You can read about what is being proposed here

And there is a survey HERE for people to fill in.  

A stroke can affect anyone, and so it is important that everyone in the region has the opportunity to have their say on the proposals.

Altrnatively email, call 0117 900 2583 or write to FREEPOST STROKE CONSULTATION.


HELPING HANDS: Saturday, August 28, 11am-2pm f.r.l.e.n.D.s Together which supports adults across North Somerset with invisible illnesses like mental health issues, loneliness and isolation is celebrating is second birthday with an open day, cake and tea/coffee, arts & crafts and much more at 65 High Street


Health walks in North Somerset are back

Pre-Covid, North Somerset Walking For Health scheme welcomed more than 300 regular walkers per week in and around Clevedon, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Winscombe, Worle and Yatton.

At the moment they can only lead small groups of walkers but we are confident they will have enough leaders to cater for all those who wish to walk at this time.

Health walks will support you to get more active (at a pace that suits you), enable you to get to know your local area while making new friends.

Everybody is welome.

Walks are led by trained volunteer walk leaders who very much welcome you to join their groups. Leaders have completed Walking For Health training with many of them also first aid trained.

Walks vary in duration from 30 minutes up to an hour. 

It welcomes walkers of all abilities and very much encourage those who have not exercised for some time to come and walk.

On your first walk you will be asked to complete a registration form and each time you walk you will be registered.

The leader will tell you about the route before the start of the walk - they try to avoid steep hills, stiles, lots of steps and very muddy/slippery surfaces. 

Do be prepared for the odd hill and stile, grass, uneven surfaces and puddles after rain.

Please wear sensible shoes, preferably walking shoes or trainers, especially during the autumn and winter months.

Nailsea walks are every Monday from 10.30am onwards. No Booking required. Just turn up. Call Diane Bennett on 01275 810067 for more information.

The Golden Valley Health Walk is 2.5 miles long and starts from the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre car park.

All walkers that attend will be expected to adhere to health and safety guidance in relation to Covid-19.

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Walk, run, ride charity success

Despite it being a challenging year Nailsea Charity Walks & Runs doubled its fundraising in 2021.
The event is now officially 10 years old.
From the beginning approximately £20k has been raised each year for very worthy local causes. 
And for its anniversary more than £40k has been added making a grand total of a quarter of a million pounds plus!
Organising committee chairman Graham Hunt said: “Rotary Nailsea and Backwell would like to thank the people of North Somerset and Bristol for really getting behind this event in this its 10th year and helping to make it such a tremendous success. 
"Those who took part on Sunday, June 13, created a great atmosphere and to make it a really fun day.”
Two records were smashed in the 2021 event which included for the first time three bike routes.
478 people registered to take part either by walking, running or riding one of the three routes of 5k, 10k or 20k or by riding one of the new cycle routes of 25k, 50k, or 100k.
Doing a ton was a very successful innovation which is here to stay, added Graham.
Many of the participants raised money for their favourite causes
and helped to generate a magnificent record-breaking £40 grand.
Most people took part on the Sunday which turned out to be one of the hottest days of an extremely hot month while more than 100 chose to complete their challenge in the days up until the end of July.

Rotarian Bob Keightley said: "As some of the money goes directly tocharities we don’t know exactly how much is raised.

"We do know the minimum is £40,000 but the truth is that total could reach £50,000 or more.”
The achievement is all the more remarkable in the midst of a global
pandemic but Rotary feel they have benefited by people’s
heightened sense of sympathy and generosity towards charities in
these difficult, he added.
The introduction of the bike rides and slightly changed routes were also credited to the success.
Big thanks and praise go to the back stage crew for the organisating and admin as well as the brilliant maps, route descriptions and signage.
Save the date Sunday, June 19, 2022 for the 11th Nailsea Charity, Walks, Runs and Bikes.

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ALL OUR YESTERDAYS: While Nailsea Town Council is making strides to created a fully signposted heritage trail around the town North Somerset Council produced this industrial heritage walk in its quarterly magazine. To download a pdf version click HERE.

Fingers-crossed clinic will open again soon

Many thanks to Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club for organising the charity walk and cycle ride, which took place on Sunday, June 13, it turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year.

Thanks to the walkers and sponsors, our funds have been increased by nearly £1,000 though yet to be finalised.

Although still living in strange times, we’re moving ever closer to the time when Leg Club can safely re-open, much discussion and planning is taking place between the committee, nurses, volunteers, drivers, and other supporting organisations.

All with one aim in mind to set a date when we can re-open the door at the Tithe Barn for a Leg Club clinic.

It will probably have to operate on an appointment system to start with, rather than the previous method of a drop-in clinic, however no decision made at the time of writing.

Prior to opening, it is the intention to hold some small gatherings during August for volunteers to meet up again.

Nailsea International Bike Show is planned for Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, at The Ring O’Bells, and if this should take place Leg Club will have a stand to give advice on prevention of leg issues, which can be a problem to those who enjoy motor biking.

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SUNDAY STROLL: Walking on sunshine

For those members who are having treatment either at their relevant surgery or at home, please do continue with this until you have instructions from your nurse/doctor to the contrary, this is most important. 

As ever keep up the exercise and fresh air, as much as possible.

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.


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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.