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2021-2022

Council offer cash comfort

Cash-strapped North Somerset Council is showing comfort and kindness to those in need by finding a pot of money to help.
Short-term financial help is available under its welfare provision scheme to help with gas, electricity, food, clothing, travel and more after the Cost of Living crisis continues to bite.
With the announcement this week that interest rates are increasing to 3.5 per cent, UK inflation is running at 10.7 per cent and costs are continuing to rise, many of us are struggling to make ends meet.
The Welfare Provision Scheme can give short-term financial help in a crisis. 
The amount of help will depend on circumstances, but is designed to help anyone unable to meet their short-term needs.
North Somerset Council deputy leader Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston central.
He said: “The Welfare Provision Scheme can give financial help for gas, electricity, oil and LRG fuels, minor repairs to white goods, food, clothing and travel as well as help to buy furniture, white goods and household equipment and much more. 
"If your situation isn’t mentioned above, it’s still worth getting in touch to see if you can apply for financial help. 
"The cost of living crisis is affecting us all so please get in touch if you need help.”
Applications for short-term financial help is available online at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/wps or by phoning 01934 888035 or 0800 138 5665, 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. 
The amount of help that can be given will depend on your circumstances. Loans will be repayable, but grants won’t be. Check online or phone the number above to check eligibility criteria.
North Somerset Council will contact you once a decision has been made and normally make awards in goods, services or vouchers which you will then need to collect.
For a round-up of advice and guidance about the cost-of-living crisis, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/col. It includes help with bills, childcare costs, housing support, and energy and heating advice.
There are also useful links to local food banks, a cost-of-living survival kit and support to help people travel to work.
As the cold weather continues, the Energy Saving Trust also has some quick tips on ways to save energy (https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/energy-saving-trust-outlines-steps-to-save-hundreds-on-home-energy-bills-as-costs-set-to-increase-by-50/).
North Somerset community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to bid for thousands of pounds in public health funding when it becomes available in the New Year, as North Somerset Council continues its work to improve health and wellbeing, and tackle health inequalities across the area.
Voluntary organisations, community groups and settings will be able to apply for the funding to help them run local projects which improve health when applications open on Tuesday, January 3.
Before then, organisers and project leads are being encouraged to start preparing their applications for funding and consider projects that would be eligible to receive the money.


There will be different grants available:

  • Mental health community grant: to fund community programmes which improve overall wellbeing, reduce metal ill health and reduce social isolation and loneliness. A total of £45,000 in funding will be available, to be split between projects for children and adults. Organisations and groups will be able to apply for up to £10,000.

  • Social prescribing destination grant: to fund non-clinical projects and activities in North Somerset that address the needs of residents of all ages in holistic, community-centred ways. For services and activities that act as social prescribing destinations and aim to improve mental health and wellbeing and to reduce social isolation and loneliness. A total of £45,000 will be available. People can apply for up to £5,000. If the project has a significant nature-based element, they can apply for up £10,000. Projects leads will need to have discussed their application with the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Green Social Prescribing (GSP) Programme by emailing bnssg.mh.greensp@nhs.net.

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Community food projects grant: to support existing and upcoming community food projects in North Somerset that encourage access to nutritious and affordable food, healthy eating, improved food knowledge and skills. Projects should also focus on the social, cultural, and dietary needs in the population that they aim to reach. Projects that have a dual aim of improving physical health and create wider social or climate benefits, such as improving community cohesion and reducing food waste, will also be considered. The total available funding is £30,000. Individual projects can apply for up to £10,000,

  • Together Fund – Sport England: Wesport is adding £25,000 to support organisations who have not accessed this funding previously. This fund supports projects that use movement, physical activity, or sport to engage priority audiences who have been impacted by the pandemic and the cost of living crisis. For more information about the Together Fund please email Caleb.Thomas@wesport.org.uk.

 

Mr Bell added: “I’m delighted that we’re again able to offer this funding to voluntary organisations, community groups and settings across North Somerset. 
"We’re a council which empowers and cares about people. 
"We want to create good health and wellbeing throughout life, and also close the health inequalities that exist in our area.
“In 2022, more than £75,000 was awarded to a variety of local projects, all of which helped improve health and wellbeing and made a real difference to people’s lives.
“I’d urge all community focused groups to have a look at our website, get in touch for more information and start preparing their funding bids so they’re ready to get their applications in when they open next year!”
One of the many projects to benefit from grant funding this year was a cookery course run by Banwell Parish Council Youth Club and the funding of the new wellbeing officer for Nailsea based at No65.
Off The record, a mental health social movement, also received funding for their NatureWell project which invited young people to take part in a range of nature-based activities while receiving quality, informal and engaging mental health and wellbeing support.
More information about the different grants and the application process is available at www.n-somerset.gov.uk/phgrants.
The council’s public health team can also be contacted: for mental health and social prescribing grants email phgrants@n-somerset.gov.uk and for community food projects funding email cfpgrants@n-somerset.gov.uk.

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WARM WELCOME LIST: Did you know if you are feeling the chill and looking for somewhere warm to go there are 15 places locally offering free good cheer. Nailsea Town Council well-being officer Jess Brown has put together a printed sheet you can collect at 65 High Street as our version could send you to Specsavers! This is an updated list from the one we published on November front page

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FESTIVE WELLBEING; Reiki is a completely safe, complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands on or just above different parts of the body, and based on the belief that all living beings have energy fields that support their health and vitality. It can go alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques and can be used for all mental/physical health conditions. Rowan Tree Reiki owner Jo Penney, has more than 15 years of experience working with the NHS community services and rehabilitation, and has recently set up her own business as a qualified Reiki and Crystal practitioner to share her knowledge and practice to help others. Contact Jo on 0796 808 9129, or @jorowantreereiki on Instagram / Facebook to take advantage of these festive offers

Welcome to wellbeing Nailsea person

Nailsea residents can now look forward to improved support services in a number of different areas, thanks to the appointment of a designated community wellbeing officer.

Nailsea Town Council has welcomed Jessica Brown to the newly created post, funded by North Somerset Council for a 24-month period.

Jess, aged 30, who lives in Nailsea, has a background in community mental health, both delivering clinical support and therapy, as well as enhancing awareness in the local community.

Town council chair, Mike Bird, said: “We are extremely excited to appoint Jess as Nailsea’s community wellbeing officer. She brings with her a wealth of experience and lots of new ideas that, without doubt, will benefit the people of Nailsea.”

Jess will be working out of 65 High Street, bringing in more social and health related services, making them easily accessible at the High Street hub. She will also be proactive out and about in the community.

She said: “I’m so excited and enthusiastic about this new role and how beneficial it will be in developing support and services available to members of the community. A large part of my role will be talking to the people of Nailsea, individuals plus community groups and organisations, to determine what areas need more development and support in our town and then helping to facilitate that. I sincerely hope residents will drop in to 65 High Street to talk to me and let me know what help they feel is needed.”

Jess is hoping to introduce more wellbeing related support groups and facilities to 65 High Street. She added: “As part of my role I am liaising with GP surgeries and other health related services with the aim to bring more support services into number 65 so that this can be easily accessed by the wider Nailsea community. I am also building upon the signposting database created by Nailsea Community Group, of local organisations, activities and support available for Nailsea residents.”

To find out more or to get in touch with Jess, email wellbeing@nailseatowncouncil.gov.uk or pop in to 65 High Street, Monday to Thursday 9.30am-5pm or on Friday mornings.

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Nailsea District Leg Club November newsletter

It is more than 30 months since Nailsea District Leg Club were able to run its successful drop-in clinics.

A spokesman said: “Rest assured we are in constant and close communication with our nurses and Tyntesfield Medical Group plus associated care groups, to re-start these sessions.

“However there is still huge pressure on nurses and other NHS staff and thankfully those patients who do need care, are able to continue receiving this at their local surgery.

“Should you have concerns your local surgery is your first point of contact.

‘If you would like information about NDLC café and the support group that currently meets at Nailsea Tithe Barn on a Wednesday 10.30am–noon, then please contact Carole Brooke on 07954 302498.

‘There is more general information relating to aims and objectives on the Leg Club Foundation website, www.legclub.org.  

Back in September the first ‘handbag stall’ was set up by the Leg Club outside Waitrose, and what a wonderful morning it proved to be.

The weather was kind, there was lots of interest not just in the handbags, but also in Leg Club, the volunteers had some fun chatting, and most importantly more than £280 was raised for funds towards the running of the Leg Club Café.

So a terrific result all round and the date for the next stall is Saturday, May 20, next year.

Donations of handbags in pristine condition will be very welcome.

Recent sessions held on a Wednesday morning at the Tithe Barn have proved to be as popular as ever.

New members and volunteers are always welcome, as are members and volunteers/drivers of long standing who haven’t been for some time and would like to ‘come again’.

Invitations from Nailsea care home

Argentum Lodge is a  friendly and caring home for the elderly at 81 Silver Street, Nailsea, which welcomes the involvement of the community.

On Friday afternoon, December 2, they are hosting an Elf Day with festive food, music and entertainment to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association and would love people to pop in and/or contribute raffle prizes.

North Somerset MP Liam Fox will be doing just that from noon on Friday, December 16, for a similar Winter Celebration event. (this event was cancelled)

Emergency service personnel and business people would be very welcome too at well as Nailsea people.

But before then there is the Halloween Celebration on Monday, October 31 from 3pm.

For this spooky afternoon with great food and 'pumpkin' carving contest. The activities include a competition for the best dressed competition.

Activities coordinator Lisa Pletts asked anyone hoping to go along to any event or able to support;/help in any way to make contact.

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CHEERS DRIVE: This summer NDCT began a recruitment drive for more people to get behind the wheel of its mini-bus

Community drivers needed

WHO ARE WE?
We are Community Transport (NDCT) a charity which has been in operation for more than 27 years. Our purpose is to provide an affordable, accessible transport service within the northern part of North Somerset and through this, promote social inclusion, independence and a sense of community. We operate a range of transport services including shopping trips, outings, medical appointments, dial-a-ride and other social outings.

WHAT DO WE WANT?
More volunteer drivers: The charity is looking for individuals who will change lives and get people out of social isolation and loneliness. Our volunteer drivers become part of a friendly team picking up and dropping off our clients in one of our mini buses

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

As a volunteer driver:

  • To be able to spare as little as a day a month (more would be great!)

  • To have a patient and friendly manner

  • Be relatively fit in order to assist passengers where required

  • Hold a UK driving licence with no more than 6 penalty point

  • To provide references

  • To agree to a DBS check

  • Ideally have a D1 entitlement on your licence (automatic prior to 1997)

We will put you through your MiDAS test to enable you to legally drive a minibus and if you are over 70, assist you in reapplying for a D1 on your licence if applicable.

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LITTER PICKERS: Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club is just one of the many environmentally- friendly groups who join in the monthly litter pick. This used to be called Better Nailsea but is now known at Litter Heroes. It happens on the first Saturday of the month and the gear needed it stored at Nailsea Community Group shop at 26 Somerset Square. Those pictured helped start off the Nailsea Great Big Green Weeks with included films and stalls at the Tithe Barn. The next litter pick is from 10am on Saturday, November 5

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Your Cancer Café next meeting...

Your Cancer Cafe is meeting on Thursday, October 20, at No 65, High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AW from 2pm.

Join our friendly group of people who have been or are affected by cancer.

Chat, eat cake and enjoy meeting new people.

For more information email cancercafe@gmail.co.uk.

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Nailsea training date

Ageing Well is looking for volunteers to be Flexercise instructors - with free training

Flexercise is a chair-based exercise session which uses fun props to get people moving in a relaxed, informal way.

The training is free and, once trained, volunteers will lead your own sessions close to your local area.

The next Nailsea training session is on Thursday, February 2.

If you’re passionate about improving the health of older people and can spare an hour a week to volunteer with Age UK Somerset then please get in touch on 01823 345626 or email ageingwell@ageuksomerset.org.uk

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Nailsea District Leg Club September newsletter

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Nailsea District Leg Club has taken over running the successful ‘handbag stall’ from Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club, who have operated this for many years.

The first stall will open on Saturday morning, September 24, outside Waitrose and many thanks to the Rotarians, pictured, for the pitch.

If you’re on the lookout for a new handbag (or two), then come and take a look, there will be bargains to be bought, all in aid of a good cause!

While the drop-in clinic is not yet able to operate, we still need funds to support our Leg Club café, as there is a contribution towards use of the Tithe Barn to be found, and other things such as refreshments and drivers expenses.

The Leg Club café is proving to be an extremely effective support group for our members who all have at least one thing in common, and that is lower leg issues.

We’re always happy to welcome new members, and the café is there for anyone who has these problems, by providing refreshments and lots of chat, a lively atmosphere in a beautiful setting, and if you don’t have access to transport we could possibly arrange for a driver to collect you.

The proviso is that you are registered with Tyntesfield Medical Group and if you require a lift you can walk from your door to a car.

Guaranteed it will be a morning well spent if you have these problems.

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END IN SIGHT: Construction work is nearly finished at Tower House Medical Centre as at the end of August 2022 the railings went up. North Somerset Council gave planning permission in November 2021 for the new frontage which faces the Stockway South car park belonging to the shopping centre. Part of Tyntesfield Medical Group which caters for 31,600 patients from Backwell, Long Ashton and Nailsea the project included the ‘removal of the existing single storey projecting oriel window at ground floor, erection of a single-storey glazed extension to form new entrance lobby, new steps and DDA-compliant ramp up to new entrance lobby and associated hard and soft landscaping. Internal reconfiguration of existing accommodation to create 8no. new consultation rooms, creation of climate-controlled archive store in basement / car parking area’.

Nailsea District Leg Club August newsletter

 The Leg Club Café is always pleased to welcome new members and if you or anyone you know has leg ulcers or related issues, and would like to come and join us on a Wednesday
morning 10.30am–noon at Nailsea Tithe Barn, then please do. 
The only proviso is that you must be registered with Tyntesfield Medical Group.
During the morning there are plenty of volunteers and other members to chat with, and enjoy refreshments on offer. 
If you’re able to walk to a car our drivers could even provide a lift to and from your home, if you don’t have access to transport. 
These mornings are guaranteed to be happy and uplifting, no harm in giving it a try.
Nurses at your surgery may have made you aware of what Leg Club is, but if you would like more information please call Carole Brooke on 0795 430 2498 for more information. 
In the fullness of time our drop-in clinic will be re-opening, but that date is yet to be confirmed.

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PICTORIAL PROGRESS: A slideshow of a July condition check at Tower House Medical Centre as work continues on alternations to the building including a new entrance for those with mobility issues although the ramp still looks a little steep for wheelchair users?

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Your Cancer Café next meeting...

The next Your Cancer Café is on Thursday, September 15,​ 2-5pm at 65 High Street, Nailsea.

As usual, there will be great company, refreshments and lots of cakes - and hopefully some fun socialising.

There will not be a cancer café in August.

We hope you are enjoying this lovely weather and are not too bothered by the heat.

For more information email cancercafe@gmail.co.uk.

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GPs feeling stress and strain

Did anyone else get this text on Friday, July 9, we asked as patients at Brockway on the Nailsea People Facebook page?

We know they have staffing issues - see our jobs page HERE  and so far today we have heard of more than 20 new cases of Covid but surely this is strange and we can’t blame Boris can we?

The text said: ‘Due to staff shortages and unprecedented high demand we ask for your patience and understanding during this difficult period. Please be mindful when calling to make an appointment as we have limited slots available and please be aware that our reception staff will direct your problem to the most appropriate clinician which may not be a GP.  Many minor ailments can be treated through selfcare or speaking to your pharmacy and we ask that you explore these options first before contacting us. Thank you for your support during these challenging times, Tyntesfield Medical Group’.

 

Within 24hrs the post had reached 4,597 people and 82 left comments.

Here is a selection:

Melanie Ann: Yes, we got it and we're at Long Ashton surgery

Aim'ee Smithson: We got it five times as there are five of us

Marie Day: They sent it to my one year old via my phone 

Debra Britton: I received it too.

Derek Iles: Staff holiday season?

Adele Filer: Yep the dreaded Covid, sadly. Had a blood test at Backwell yesterday and the sign stated Covid

Andrew Snaden: Yes had it today

Sam Powell: Yes, I got it this morning

Elaine Edwards: Yeah got two texts

June Constable: Yes me and my husband got one and he needs a diabetic check!

Lynn Thompson: This is normal in many surgeries. We reach the point of overwhelm and cannot deal with any more requests. There are shortages of all levels of staff and people leave daily. Two of my GP colleagues have resigned in the last week. We can’t take it anymore. Be kind.

Emma Thomas: Yes, received this afternoon. However Tower House were fab this morning and still found me a face to face appointment within two hours

Clare Jordan: I did but I rang at 4pm answered straight away and got my nurses appointment booked

Joy Bryant: My daughter works in a GP surgery in Wales and she is the only GP in work today at her surgery, all of her partners are off sick. I’m afraid GPs are under enormous pressure at the present time. Don’t forget they catch Covid and have other health issues too

Kate Atwell: Pretty sure all patients would have got it! Loads of Covid around at the moment so not surprising though

urself. Sad sad situation

Lesley Westlake: Yes I did and there was only one receptionist on today so they are struggling

Gary Fudge: I got one too. Nothing to do with Boris, perhaps the media can continue to hang this and everything else on Brexit, or perhaps try the war in Iraq, remember when Blair kept saying they had weapons of mass destruction, he's the traitor

Lesley Faith Bowman: Yes we did. I’m also waiting for some hospital appointments that should have been a few months ago. I rang one and they say they’re all delayed due to Covid. I suppose it will get worse now it’s on the increase again

Thomas Morley: I know plenty of people across different surgeries who have received similar texts

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Helen Shalders: Yes. This isn't the first time this has happened since the pandemic started.

Julia Adams: Yes, wouldn't want to be in their job

Samantha Hibbs: Yes - Clevedon Medical Centre. Currently me and my husband are ill with Covid. It’s horrible. Must be the new strain as I’ve avoided it until now. Thought my head was going to explode last night. As I work from home, I’d normally carry on working, but this isn’t just a heavy cold - there is no way I can get out of bed...

Angela Searle: Just pre-warning us that if you need a doctor you ain’t gonna get one!

Louise Tolson: Had it as well, all it means is that they (like everyone else) are hit by holiday, staff sickness and higher demand. It may be that you’re directed to the most appropriate professional eg. not necessarily a GP if someone else is able to meet the need. I’ve phoned yesterday and got my regular appointment with a nurse on Monday (only on Monday as I wasn’t free for the earlier offered one). All the way through the pandemic Backwell have ensured that when I needed a face to face appointment I was seen and when I didn’t I was still booked in for a telephone call instead

Debbie Jenkins: I had a text this morning, my father saw a doctor at Brockway today.

Mick Graham: Got text from Towerhouse, saw doctor today and follow up nurse appointments booked without problem. It's just about sensible use of services.

Tom Crossman: I heard Boris wrote out the message himself and asked Tyntesfield to send it on his behalf.

Penny Hill: I got one and I haven’t been to the doctors for a long time. Well I understand the reasons behind sending the text, I think it could put somebody not used to bothering the doctor off seeking help. Some people may see it as a barrier. So I don’t think it was a good idea.

Justine N Jones: I thought it was a scam

Cher Wilson: Yep, and what a joke

Jayne Mitchell: Maybe the lack of face to face contact with GPs caused illnesses to go undiagnosed/misdiagnosed so increasing illness? Maybe people who couldn’t get appointments are now desperately in need of attention? All adding to the number of I’ll people needing … See more

Steve Morten: Covid cases going up! I have never had a problem getting an appointment at Towerhouse! We are very lucky to have such a brilliant practice

Rosie Fox: Covid cases are shooting up with all the summer gatherings - festivals, holidays, people travelling etc. some doctors are having to self isolate, but often too late to stop it spreading to other staff in the practise.

Best will in the world and masks etc. but it’s still going to spread, and staff in medical centres need to remove masks to refresh them, have a drink or food etc. I work in the NHS and my department, whilst not patient facing, has had a struggle the last few weeks with staff coming down with Covid and it being spread round the department even when staff were mask wearing 99 per cent of the time

Charlie Williams: Yes but mine was personally address to me so I took it personally. Of course there are people who don't have any idea regarding the sensible use of services and will attend unnecessarily regardless. Can people get appointments? Difficult but yes. Do a majority of patients feeling unwell or with symptoms feel listened to during that appointment? Absolutely not. I recently used Medichecks for blood samples to diagnose my own under-active thyroid to present to my G.P. who is now treating me effectively following being dismissive. Sadly you now have to take your health into your own hands and advocate for yourself. Sad sad situation.

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Well-being young people group at Outdoor College

A well-being group for young people called Nature Well is at the Outdoor College at Brown Rock Woodland, Tickenham this summer..

This is for anyone aged 16-25 who wants to enjoy some time outside to boost their well-being over the summer, and to meet new people in a relaxed welcoming space.

We'll be learning about the ways that connecting with nature can improve our mental health, through doing a mixture of different practical activities, crafts and time to just enjoy being outdoors together.

The sessions will be in small groups and you can join in as much or as little as you like.

It will be in groups of six sessions over the summer holidays and into the autumn.

Link to website

Please see the flyer for more information, or head to otrnorthsomerset.org.uk/nature-well.

If you want to join the group, you can sign up for free on that webpage.

In addition, there will also be drop-in sessions where you can come and see the site and chat to the facilitators.

You'll have the chance to try out some different activities if you want to, or you can just come to relax and be outdoors.

You are welcome to bring a parent/carer, support worker or any other adult along with you if you want.

Please see the website for details about when these drop-ins will be happening.

There is no requirement to sign-up in advance.

It would be really lovely to have you join us for this project! 

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Nailsea District Leg Club July newsletter

On Wednesday, June 1, a very happy morning was spent celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, though it doesn’t take much to have a buzzing morning at Leg Club. Flags, bunting, delicious homemade cakes plus scones with jam and cream were enjoyed by members, volunteers and visitors. A wonderful array of photos spanning the 70 years of the Queen’s reign was on show, plus lots of books of specific royal events, and Chris Coppin played a selection of music from the ‘50s.

 

Established seven years ago Nailsea Leg Club, normally provides advice and treatment, but due to continued pressure of coronavirus and vaccination programmes, this is undertaken at local GP surgeries and in homes. The Leg Club café was therefore set up as a place for those with lower leg problems to come and enjoy some social interaction with others in a similar position.

 

An invitation is extended for anyone in this situation to join, you’ll find a warm welcome, enjoy tea/coffee and treats, in a very convivial atmosphere.  Guaranteed you’ll feel uplifted by the time you leave. The Café is every Wednesday 10.30am-noon at Nailsea Tithe Barn. Additionally transport can be arranged with one of our volunteer drivers, who may be able to collect and return you home.

 

If you’d like to come or need a more information, call Carole Brooke on 07954 302498.

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WEEKEND WORKOUT: Every Sunday throughout the summer from 9.30-10.30am Park Yoga Nailsea run free sessions at Millennium Park. For more information go to its Facebook page or online here https://parkyoga.co/nailsea/. Other classes and exercise forms are on our Healthy Peeps page HERE

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Ukrainian United

Nailsea Folk Club has teamed up with Holy Trinity Church to provide a meeting space and time for Ukrainian families being hosted locally.

Sunday, 2-4.30pm they will be providing a space to meet, refreshments and opportunities for children to play together in the beautiful Trinity Centre.

There is a lovely garden and a quiet church for those who want to spend time in reflection and prayer.

For more information email david.francis32@outlook.com or call 0775 750 5551

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Nailsea District Leg Club June newsletter

URGENT HELP PLEASE: We’re very short of volunteer drivers, who make such a difference to members who don’t have access to transport. Would you be willing to act as a chauffeur one or two Wednesday mornings a month, to pick up and bring members to Nailsea Tithe Barn, then take them home? The Leg Club Café is currently open from 10.30am-noon, and members live within the Tyntesfield Medical Group area. Expenses are paid and members must be able to walk from their home to the car. Don’t think about this twice please, give Sandy Riley a call 01275 853547 for more information. These mornings are guaranteed to be worthwhile and always happy, and those who need this service are incredibly grateful.

LEG CLUB CAFE: and hopefully not before too long the clinic) is available to anyone suffering lower leg issues, it’s an opportunity to meet with other people in a similar situation and talk over problems, there’s lots of empathy and support, plus tea/coffee and cake! When nurses are available, members coming to Leg Club for treatment free up valuable appointments at the surgery for more vulnerable patients, fingers crossed our clinic will re-open soon.

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Free Sunday sessions at Millennium Park 9.30-10.30am

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Relax with Reiki

Reiki - Reiki comes from the Japanese words ‘rei’

meaning universal, and ‘ki’ meaning the vital life

force energy which flows through all living things.


Reiki is a completely safe, complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands on or just above different parts of the body, and based on the belief that all living beings have energy fields that support their health and vitality. It can go alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques and can be used for all mental/physical health Conditions.
We all have stress in our lives, which can cause ‘energy blocks’. If these are not dealt with, they could result in chronic health conditions which could be avoided. According to belief, these blocks any living creature may have can be treated by the energy of Reiki and Crystal healing, sensing, moving, and clearing them for the greatest good of the client.
Owner of Rowan Tree Reiki, Jo Penney, has 15 years of experience working with the NHS community services and rehabilitation, and has recently set up her own business as a qualified Reiki and Crystal practitioner to share her knowledge and practice to help others.
Typically, during a session, some people may feel heat, tingling, or see colours or images or nothing, maybe just deep relaxation. The Reiki energy will always work for your highest and greatest good. Why not try it to experience the amazing energy it can give you to enable your own healing and the deep relaxation renewing energies.
Contact Jo on 0796 808 9129, or @jorowantreereiki on Instagram / Facebook

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Safeguarding free wristband

On Dementia Action Week is from Monday, to Sunday, May 16–22, and Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) is urging residents to request dementia wristbands to help keep loved ones safe.

Sadly it has been estimated that more than 850,000 people in the UK are affected by dementia.

The wristband, which utilises Near Field Communications (NFC), helps to protect and safeguard people with dementia in our communities.

Since the launch of the wristbands in October 2020, AF&RS have received a huge amount of interest, with an increase in requests for Home Fire Safety Visits (HFSV) and general email enquiries from individuals and families of people living with dementia.

AF&RS risk reduction manager Nikki Rice said: “To help keep our communities safe, we want to provide these wristband to help protect and safeguard people with dementia. 

“We hope these devices will provide some reassurance to families who may be worried about their loved ones at risk.

"If you, a family member, or someone you care for would benefit from a wristband and you live in our Service area, please get in touch to arrange a visit.”

Using NFC technology, the wristband stores essential information about the wearer, including their name and next of kin.

The information can be accessed via the NFC app when a mobile is held

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near the wristband, alleviating the need for physical contact which can cause further distress.

The information can be accessed via the NFC app when a mobile is held near the wristband, alleviating the need for physical contact which can cause further distress.

This information can be used by emergency services, health professionals or community members to get the wearer back to safety should the individual be lost or confused.

The bands are free of charge and a visit can be booked by visiting our Home Fire Safety Visits page or by calling Avon Fire & Rescue Service on 0117 926 2061.

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Your Cancer Cafe next meeting...

The next Your Cancer Cafe is on Thursday, May 19, 2-5pm at at 65 High Street, Nailsea. We are continuing to welcome new visitors for mutual support for anyone affected by cancer. Come and talk to others in similar situations and enjoy good company, cakes and refreshments. At most of our meetings we offer a complementary therapy. Please be mindful of vulnerable people should you have Covid or cough/cold symptoms, For more information email cancercafe@gmail.co.uk.

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EVERY SUNDAY IN SUMMER

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MILLENNIUM PARK

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Ukrainian United

Nailsea Folk Club has teamed up with Holy Trinity Church to provide a meeting space and time for Ukrainian families being hosted locally.

From Sunday, May 15, 2-4.30pm they will be providing a space to meet, refreshments and opportunities for children to play together in the beautiful Trinity Centre.

There is a lovely garden and a quiet church for those who want to spend time in reflection and prayer.

 For more information email david.francis32@outlook.com or call 0775 750 5551

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COFFEE AFTERNOON: On Saturday, May 28, at 3pm Ukranians people living in Nailsea and nearby with their hosts are invited to meet at Coates House, call Ceila on 0773 071 2374 or email celiaholland@gmail.com

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Rotarian Ken Rock, a keen cameraman, filmed Nailsea District Leg Club taking part in fun exercises for International Vein Week.

This was set to music and submitted for The Lindsay Leg Club Foundation website.

The April café morning saw several volunteers joining in the chair-based exercises.

There is still no date for re-launching the clinic, but the café proves very popular on Wednesdays at Nailsea Tithe Barn.

Anyone who is currently receiving treatment or has leg problems (ulcers and related issues) is welcome, please phone either:

  • Carole Brooke 0795 430 2498; or

  • Sandy Riley 01275 853547; or

  • Ask your nurse when receiving treatment.  

New fit and active volunteers are much needed – would you be happy to set up the room for the café/clinic, serve refreshments and chat to our members? IT skills are also welcome, as are drivers to act as chauffeurs for some of our members.

If you have nursing skills and would be happy to support our nursing team as and when they’re able to re-start, we’d love to see you. 

Did you know spinal discs act as shock absorbers and are 85 per cent water, so if we’re dehydrated the spine is less flexible and doesn’t support weight efficiently.

Movement causes compression of the discs by the weight they’re supporting, which in turn squeezes out some of the water.

If not re-hydrated discs remain compressed, which in turn can lead to back pain and aggravation of existing problems.

Therefore a constant supply of water is vital to maintain healthy discs, as they aren’t connected to blood flow like other parts of the body and organs.

For good health keep up the exercise, better weather is on the way, don’t become a couch potato!

Community cash awards

North Somerset Council has invested more than £75,000 in community projects but only a small fraction is being spent in Nailsea. 
This is going to F.r.I.e.n.D.s Together which supports people with invisible disabilities and other health conditions. 
They have formed a community of mutual care and understanding in Nailsea and Weston-super-Mare will this summer re-starting a gardening programme from 65 High Street as well as looking at opening in Portishead.
Earlier this year the council announced it was making two lots of health funding available for community organisations and groups. 
The first was for existing and new community food projects which encourage healthy eating and improve knowledge of and access to nutritious, affordable food.  
The second grant funding was for initiatives that act as social prescribing activities and services, helping to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation and loneliness.
In total the council has awarded £53,980 to community health and wellbeing schemes.
In addition to this, social prescribing projects with a nature element were match funded by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Green Social Prescribing which contributed an additional £21,686.  
North Somerset Council deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for health Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston Central.
He said: “I’m delighted that so many community groups are benefiting from this funding and will make a real difference to the people they’re working with.
“All of us in North Somerset have a part to play in making the area a healthier place to live, to make changes to improve our own health and wellbeing, and to help support others to do the same.
“We know the vital role community groups and organisations play in supporting people in our communities to improve their wellbeing, and this funding will help them continue this important work, ultimately helping us achieve a more open, fairer and greener North Somerset.”
For a full list of those benefiting go to https://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/news/council-funding-helping-improve-health.

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BREATHNG SPACES: Fancy learning yoga or improving your current practise? Jane is taking her sessions back-to-basics so new and existing students can both enjoy the sessions. Call 0784 361 0432 for more details

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IN NEED OF A POSITIVE LIFT?
HAVE YOU EVER TRIED REIKI?
What is Reiki?
  • It is a completely safe complementary health therapy which can help mental or physical health
  • It is pure and gentle mediative relaxation in a beautiful environment
  • Excellent for stress and anxiety
  • Can be used alongside all other medical and therapeutic approaches
Curious? Contact Jo for further information or to book an appointment by calling 0796 808 9129 or visit Facebook page
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Nailsea District Leg Club
April newsletter

Did you know that walking for 150 minutes a week can add 3.4 years to a person’s lifespan?

It’s beneficial for physical and mental health, but a brisk walk of 30 minutes a day is as good, as is a walk of 10 minutes three times a day, building up to longer sessions gradually.

Walking can:

  • Improve cardiovascular fitness

  • Strengthen bones and muscles

  • Improve muscle endurance

  • Help you to take time out and feel more relaxed

  • Reduces stress, anxiety, and improve your mood

  • Help you to be present at the moment

  • Improve your circulation, bring up your heart rate, and lower blood pressure

  • Improve your sleep

Although the following may not be music to the ears there is evidence that housework - including gardening - is good for the heart.

Classified as ‘daily life movement’ it can significantly benefit cardiovascular health, as can ‘self care’ activities such as showering.

At a leg club committee meeting discussions were about the possibility of re-starting clinic sessions, but while Tyntesfield Medical Group continues to give support, this is very dependent on the availability of nurses, who are still incredibly busy with normal surgery clinics and covering staff shortages due to illness. 

In the meantime  Leg Club Café at the Tithe Barn evokes lots of chat and laughter, and is open to those who are suffering with leg ulcers and related issues.

If you’d like more detail please call either Carole Brooke 0795 430 2498 or Sandy Riley 01275 853547 or ask your nurse when receiving treatment. 

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Reading, writing plus

On Saturday April 30, at The Tithe Barn, Nailsea, a one day workshop called An Introduction to Creative Writing. The tutors are professional playwright and dramaturge for stage and radio Shaun McCarthy and former newspaper man now author and ghostwriter Tom Henry. They will be guiding inspiring writers with tips, tricks and techniques to improve written creativity. More details to follow...

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Tea Time
Tea for two and more

Your Cancer Cafe meets again this month on Thursday, April 21.

Founder member Jo Hopkinson said; "We meet at No 65, High Street, Nailsea from 2-4pm and everyone is very welcome to join us if you, a family member or friend are affected by cancer, we offer mutual support in a warm and welcoming environment."

The April date falls on National Tea Day so includes plenty of tea (and coffee), a raffle and friendly company where you can meet and chat with others who are affected by cancer

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Nailsea District Leg Club March newsletter

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Clocks move forward this month, and Nailsea District Leg Club is looking ahead to longer, warmer days, and an even greater degree of normality than has been endured for the past two years.  

The leg club café has re-commenced and hopefully won’t have to close again.

With this in mind the routine of exercise mustn’t be forgotten, good for both mental and physical wellbeing.

Prevention is better than cure has been said many times, gardening and walking are great ways to stop us from becoming couch potatoes, and stave off leg problems.

But not just leg issues, regular exercise also helps to keep the brain young and dementia at bay.

Two and a half hours a week is recommended, though the longer and more intense the better.

However don’t be put off, hard sessions at the gym aren’t necessary, they don’t suit all, hour long walks or gardening two or three times a week, are just as beneficial.

The nurses who usually come to Nailsea District Leg Club are still very involved in providing their high standard of care in our community, and 

we’re no closer to re-opening the clinic.

As and when the ‘green light’ is given we’re all set to go, but in the meantime the café is welcoming members (by invitation) on a Wednesday morning.

If you have any kind of lower leg concerns and would appreciate social interaction with friendly, like-minded folk, please call to discuss your situation with Sandy Riley on 01275 853547 or Carole Brooke on 0795 430 2498.

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Council's senior budget moment

More than 40 per cent of North Somerset Council's budget is dedicated to supporting 2,500 people and responding to 16,500 requests every year.

The increasing pressures on adult social care are pushing up costs by millions of pounds – which is not being covered by government funding.

North Somerset Council will use some of the money from a rise in council tax in April to help bridge the gap to protect these vital services.

Around £1.2m of the £3.6m raised from the three per cent increase will be used to meet higher costs in services of £8.7m and an extra £2.5m is being provided through increases in government grants.

The £5m deficit will come from the wider council budget setting process.

Adult social care is seeing these rising costs as people need more complex support, for longer and the costs of providing care are rising, mainly due to the increase in the National Living Wage.

This is in addition to the number of older people growing every year.

The deep-rooted issue is being seen across the country and has become even more difficult as the Covid pandemic has left many with long-term health problems, either as a result of catching the virus or worsening conditions due to the effects of the last two years. There are also more and more younger adults needing complex care and support, and the amount of money spent on adults under the age of 65 now accounts for more than half of the total spend on supporting adults.

North Somerset Council executive member for adult social care Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston Central Ward,

He  said: “The growing gap between what adult social care needs to do, to meet its legal duty to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, and the money we have to do it is a huge issue not only for us, but for our country.

“It’s not something that’s only a problem in North Somerset, nor is it one that has been solved by recent government announcements.

"We’ve been told that funding reforms are happening, but none of the money raised is going to help us meet the needs we have right now. In fact, most of the money is going to the NHS instead of local authorities.

“Which leaves us having to find millions again this year just to keep the service standing still, doing what it is already.

"This is huge ask to a council that has taken so much out of all its services over the last decade.

“This chronic underfunding of adult social care has to be addressed nationally.

"What’s been announced this year doesn’t solve the problem, and we’re

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still left with soaring costs and nowhere near enough money from government to even cover inflation.

"That money has to be found and it’s left up to our council to make some very tough decisions about where the money we do get needs to be spent.”

North Somerset Council’s adult social care, which accounts for the biggest portion of the council’s budget, provides services for those most in need to live as independently as possible, safely.

"Most of this care is given in their own homes, but some is in more specialist facilities, such as care homes.

Any adult may need to use these services at any age, either for a short time, for example after an accident if they have no family or friends to help them recover, or indefinitely if their health is unlikely to improve.

The council’s 2022-23 budget aims to protect council services while also investing in local projects to improve services for children, green initiatives and local facilities, driving forwarded the council’s commitment to be open, fairer and greener.  

  • To read more about North Somerset Council's budget and now to get your rebate go to our Breaking News page HERE

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Lots of cake and caring

Your Cancer Cafe meets again this month on Thursday, February 17.

Founder member Jo Hopkinson said; "We meet at No 65, High Street, Nailsea from 2-4pm and everyone is very welcome to join us If you, a family member or friend are affected by cancer, we offer mutual support in a warm and welcoming environment."

The February date includes Valentine cakes, plenty of tea and coffee and friendly company where you can meet and chat with others who are affected by cancer

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HOLIDAY HOME: Goblin Combe Lodge provides affordable and fully accessible self-catering accommodation all year round and is run on a not-for-profit basis. The lodge is a sustainable building, a teaching resource in itself, and sleeps up to 38 people in bunk bed dormitories. Camping is also available for 60 people on the eight acre site adjoining the lodge. In the middle of the North Somerset countryside click HERE to learn more or go on the tour on Monday, March 7

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Healthy outdoor pursuits

Throughout February, March and April the Avon Wildlife Trust is looking forward to running a series of three Spring Wellbeing Walks at Moorend Spout Nature Reserve in Nailsea.

These morning sessions are an invitation to return to the land local to you, to reconnect with it and it’s wildlife as well as each other after what has been nearly two years of navigating our way through this pandemic.

The first Wellbeing Walk is on Thursday, February 24, at the Pound Lane entrance to the reserve at 10am and will finish up at 11.30am.

Then it is Thursdays, March 17 and April 7.

Please register for the free events HERE.

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FOOD FORAGE: On Saturday, March 26, from 11am there is a walk around Backwell to discover what wild foods are good to eat. Check out Spring Foraging Foray on Eventbrite. Organised by Wayfarers Outdoors tickets £6 HERE

Call NHS 111 first for urgent medical help

For help with urgent, but not life-threatening medical problems, contact NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E.

NHS 111 makes it easier to get the treatment you need. When you contact 111, the service will help you right away and if needed a healthcare professional will call you.

Depending on your needs, 111 can direct you to local urgent treatment centres/minor injury units, GPs, pharmacies or other local services.

They can also tell you where to get help for your symptoms, how to find general health information and where to get emergency supplies of your prescribed medicines.

For serious life-threatening emergencies, you should continue to dial 999. For problems that aren’t urgent, contact your GP or pharmacist as usual.

NHS 111 is available online at 111.nhs.uk or via free call 111.

If you have hearing loss, are Deaf or have difficulty communicating you can also access NHS 111 by textphone on 18001 111. British Sign Language users can use the NHS 111 BSL interpreter service.

To find out more about 111 and get information in alternative formats including BSL, easy read, large print and audio, visit nhs.uk/111

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Major changes to stroke services aproved by CCG

A series of recommendations to improve stroke services in the local area have been approved by NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups. 

The changes are designed to ensure that each year there are fewer deaths with more people living independently after stroke.

The changes have been further developed by senior clinicians, health and care staff and people with lived experience of stroke following a public consultation in 2021.

Changes include improvements to:

  • Emergency stroke care, with the establishment of a single ‘Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit’ at Southmead Hospital, providing 24/7 emergency treatment for everyone in the area;

  • Ongoing hospital treatment, with the establishment of an ‘Acute Stroke Unit’ at Southmead Hospital. More people would receive their ongoing care in a dedicated unit, where staff are specialists in stroke care; and

  • Inpatient rehabilitation through the establishment of two ‘Stroke Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Units’

In addition, enhancements will be made within community rehabilitation, through the establishment of a comprehensive Integrated Community Stroke Service, delivering improved support in people’s homes.

Implementation of the services will be phased through the coming months, with all services in place from November 2022. Find out more.

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Help from Rotary

Rotary Nailsea and Backwell presented a £90 cheque to Backwell and Nailsea Support Group for Carers.

This was to cover their expenses for their monthly meetings at Backwell WI Hall for a quarter of the year.

Being a carer for spouse, parent, relative, friend or neighbour on a regular basis can be isolating, lonely and very hard work.

Backwell and Nailsea Support Group for Carers provides friendship, support, and a short respite from the caring role.

Monthly meetings are very informal, mostly held at the WI Hall in Backwell from 2-3.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month.

Speakers - most are local who very kindly give their time willingly and free of charge - provide presentations on various interesting topics or there may be activities such as producing Christmas table decorations.

A raffle and quiz during the afternoon, plus tea, coffee and homemade cupcakes, provide time when the members can socialise.

This service is free of charge to attendees.

In June there is a free annual cream tea with plant sale to celebrate National Carers Week to which everyone is welcome.

In September group members are treated to an afternoon tea at Cadbury Garden Centre and in December there is a members annual Christmas buffet lunch.

Some members have chosen to continue attending meetings after their caring role has finished.

This works well as they can share their experiences with newcomers.

All carers, any age or gender, are made welcome by volunteers Beverley Cook, Carol Hunt, Cath Prideaux and Chris Gannon along with other helpers and group members.

If you are interested, please contact Beverley Cook after 6pm on 01275 463215.

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PHOTO: From left helper Mel Kibby, group facilitator Beverley Cook, Rotarian Graham Cannon, volunteer Chris Gannon and helper/volunteer Chris Scott

Rotary Nailsea and Backwell has been serving the local community for 45 years.

It has 38 members and holds weekly meetings at Mizzymead Recreational Centre in Nailsea on Thursday evenings.

Prospective new members are welcome and should contact club secretary Alan Davies on 0774 700 3087 or email community lead Ken Rock on kenrock.rotary@gmail.com. Ken takes the group photographs.

For further information go to https://www.nailsearotary.org or its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nandbrotary

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Nailsea District Leg Club January 2022 newsletter

Happy New Year everyone – who can believe that another 12 months has gone by and we’re still in strange times, but in a very much better place than at the start of 2021.

How fortunate we are to have access to not just one and then two vaccinations, but a subsequent booster to protect us against Covid 19, and the care and organisation that Tyntesfield Medical Group has provided in rolling these out has been phenomenal.

They continue to support Leg Club and while Leg Club café is running well and has become very popular, at the time of writing we’re still not able to put any date on when the clinic will re-start.

However we’re very much in need of new volunteers to join us – would you be happy to help set up the room for the café/clinic (we do have lots of equipment that needs to be brought in from a store), serve refreshments and chat to our members, then clear away the equipment?

IT skills are also welcome, as are drivers to act as chauffeurs for some of our members. And if you have nursing skills and would be happy to support our nursing team as and when they’re able to re-start, you’d be so welcome too. 

When was written for this slot, Leg Club Café was running well, so it was with great reluctance that the decision was taken towards the end of December to cancel the initial meetings in January.

This decision will be reviewed later in January.  Sandy Riley with her team of volunteers have undertaken such a terrific task in keeping members and volunteers alike, informed of what is happening each week.

Leg Club at the Tithe Barn on a Wednesday morning is a happy place to be, lots of chat and laughter, and a buzzing atmosphere, so if you’d like to know more please call either Carole Brooke 0795 430 2498  or Sandy Riley 01275 853547.

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Walking For Health

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Walking For Health welcomes more than 300 walkers every week in and around Clevedon, Kewstoke, Long Ashton, Nailsea, Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Winscombe, Worle and Yatton. 

The walks support those who need it most to move a little more to benefit their health while enabling them to enjoy their area with the company of others.

No booking is required just turn up whenever you want!

The walks vary in duration from 30 minutes up to an hour and sometimes longer to a maximum duration of 90 minutes. 

Walkers of all abilities are welcome and the scheme very much encourages those who have not been active for some time to come and walk.

Everyone can feel assured that the volunteer walk leaders are trained to lead a safe, welcoming and enjoyable walking experience.

All leaders have completed the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks training with many of them also trained in first aid.

To help walk leaders achieve this all walkers will be expected to adhere to health and safety procedures including Covid-19 current government advice.

First timers will be asked to complete a registration form and will be registered at every walk they attend.

Walkers will be told about the route and how long it will be before the start.

All walks are risk assessed and although very steep hills, lots of stiles, steps and very muddy/slippery surfaces are avoided walkers should be prepared for the odd hill and stile, uneven surfaces and slippery terrain.

Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy and all walkers should be prepared for any weather especially during the autumn and winter months.

 For those who have not been active for a long while or/and feel they would prefer a shorter walk please look for more details with the following groups:

  • Clevedon - 30 minute walk once a month;

  • Portishead - the group is split to cater for those who wish to walk a shorter distance; and

  • Nailsea 30 and 40 minute walks as well as the hour walk.

Here are contact details:

  • Clevedon every Tuesday and alternate Fridays 10.30am. Contact Lynne Purcell 01275 852663;

  • Kewstoke fortnightly on Thursdays at 2pm from outside Kewstoke Village Hall. Contact Kira Thorpe 01934 627014;

  • Long Ashton every Monday at 10.30am from outside the Community Centre. Contact North Somerset Council 01275 882730;

  • Nailsea people walk on Monday mornings from 11am. Contact  Diane Bennett 01275 810067;

  • Portishead Monday mornings 10.30am. Contact Mike Watts  0785 438 2504;

  • Weston-super-Mare Mondays 2pm.  Evening walks will return in spring. Contact John Western 01934 511808;

  • Worle Thursdays 2pm from outside The Parish Pump opposite Sainsbury's BS22 6BT. Contact: Tony Dolling 0797 673 7112;

  • Winscombe rvery second and fourth Tuesday in the month 11am from the Woodborough Inn. Contact North Somerset Council 01275 882730; and

  • Yatton every first and third Thursday in the month 2pm. Contact Marion Davies 01934 833605.

 You can find a number of health walk routes online here http://map.n-somerset.gov.uk/healthwalkroutes.html

Nailsea District Leg Club December newsletter

Back in October, seven volunteers from Nailsea District Leg Club enjoyed an evening at Ashton Gate Stadium for the South West Care awards, for which the volunteer team were finalists in their category.

Although we did not win it was quite an experience, with more than 350 people in attendance, most of whom were young people, all working in the profession of caring in some way, and who were all having a great evening.

It was very heart-warming to see and hear how enthusiastic they were about the work they undertook, often in difficult and stressful circumstances.

The Leg Club café is well and truly up and running and being enjoyed by all who are attending, a great precursor to re-commencing drop-in clinics.

When this will be depends very much on when the wonderful nurses will be less involved with Covid and ‘flu vaccinations – what an amazing task has been carried out by Tyntesfield Medical Group, the organisation and efficiency is to be commended.

As it’s now December the final words are to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and an extremely happy and healthy, Covid free 2022.

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PHOTO: Graham Hunt with Howard Walton from Rotary Nailsea and Backwell presenting the cheque to Carole Brooke of Nailsea District Leg Club watched by club volunteers and supporters

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Rotary Nailsea and Backwell presented a £1,292.65 cheque to our local Leg Club. 

This was money raised by Leg Club volunteers and supporters taking part in the Nailsea Charity Walks, Runs and Bikes 2021 and was topped up from the funds raised by the Rotary Club for the event.

This is the 10th anniversary of Rotary fundraising event with bike rides added for 2021.

During those 10 years nearly £250,000 has been raised in total for the benefit of local good causes and in 2021 a record number of participants, almost 500, took part raising well over £40,000.Graham Hunt, of the organising committee, said “Rotary Nailsea and Backwell is proud to have been involved with Nailsea District Leg Club since its inception and are strong admirers of what the club achieves within the community. 

“We are delighted that they continue to be part of Nailsea Charity Walks, Runs and Bikes”

The Leg Club has just started meeting in person again, providing members with the opportunity for some social interaction over refreshments. 

It is hoped that the drop-in clinics will restart before too long. 

Carole Brooke, for the Leg Club, said “there has always been a strong  link between our club and the local Rotary club. 

“Starting in 2015, we have used Nailsea Charity Walks and Runs as the major fundraiser for the Leg Club and to date approximately £9,000 has been raised by and for us; money which has been very important to us.”

  • Rotary Nailsea and Backwell 11th Nailsea Charity Walks & Runs date has already been set for Sunday, June 19.

November leg club news

Comparatively speaking NDLC has had a busy time recently. 
On the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, Nailsea International Bike Show was held at the Ring O’Bells, where we had a stand on behalf of the Ellie Lyndsay Leg Club Foundation, to increase awareness among the biking fraternity, of the problems that riding a motor bike can incur, not dissimilar to going on a plane, particularly for those who ride sports bikes. 
The weather was sunny and we were able to engage lots of attendees (in their leathers and with some very fancy bikes!) in conversation, and who were all very receptive to what the dangers could be; prevention is better than cure. 
It was time well spent.
At the end of September, we were joined at our Café session by some of the Rotarians, from whom we received a £1,292.65 cheque being money raised from the charity walk undertaken
on a very hot day in June! 
Approximately £150 in cash was also donated. 
These sums have helped to swell our funds to pay ongoing costs once we are fully operational again.
Most exciting was to hold our first Leg Club Café on Wednesday, September 15, at the Tithe Barn. 
This has continued to date and is giving a few invited members and volunteers a chance to meet
up again in a safe environment. 
As yet, no date can be given as to when our drop-in clinics will recommence, but our dedicated team of nurses to see those who need treatment at the surgery or at home.