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February cancer cafe

The cancer support group will be meeting on Thursday, February 16, at No 65 High Street, Nailsea from 2pm.

We are a group of people who have been affected by cancer, either because we are going through treatment or have had treatment in the past or we have family and friends who have been affected.

We offer mutual support in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can chat over a cup of tea and plenty of cake!
We also run a tombola to help pay for refreshments and have some talented cake bakers who support us with some delicious home bakes.
If you would like to help us in any way but can't get along to No 65, we are always looking for tombola prizes (a post Christmas clear out?) or sewing fairies to make chemo hats, PICC line covers and scarves which we give to our attendees or donate to Macmillan.

Jo Hopkinson

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Nailsea District Leg Club February news

Nailsea District Leg Club clinic started again in January, a great day of celebration by everyone involved, but is being run a little differently.

The Leg Club cafe continues as it has been to provide the ever welcome refreshments, social chat and support. 

For those members needing treatment, it’s necessary to make an appointment through the surgery, this is not yet a drop-in clinic.

HELP PLEASE – we’d really value the help of more volunteers - social, drivers or nursing support - we can’t run the morning without them.

Now that the clinic is operating again, it’s a long morning starting to set up equipment at 8.30am and tidying away by 12.30pm. 

If you enjoy being part of a happy, lively group and ideally able to spare two mornings a month, you’d find these sessions a very satisfying way of giving something to your community.

Wednesday morning Leg Club at the Tithe Barn is incredibly uplifting for everyone, not just members, but volunteers too, a rewarding few hours, and very different from many other things!

Please give this consideration, a resolution to become involved. Carole Brooke 0795 430 2498 or Sandy Riley 01275 853547 are at the end of the ‘phone waiting to give you lots of information.

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Nailsea District Leg Club

January 2023

A very happy new year to everyone and the good news we’ve been working towards is about to happen. 

Having being shut almost three years ago, our Leg Club clinic will re-start on Wednesday, January 18 and we’re looking forward to that day.

The committee and nurses have been in constant discussion throughout the pandemic, and Leg Club is grateful for the continued support given by Tyntesfield Medical Group.

However, please note this will NOT be a drop-in clinic as before, treatments by the nurses will be strictly by appointment from 9am, initially made through your nurse who is currently providing treatment, so please ask.  

Leg Club is there to support anyone with lower leg issues who can access Nailsea Tithe Barn on Wednesday mornings, and even if you don’t have an appointment, you can still drop in for coffee/tea/cake at our Leg Club Support Café, which will continue to open as usual 10.30am-noon.

As ever we would be pleased to welcome more volunteers to assist with refreshments and chat on a Wednesday morning.

Once the clinic is running again, volunteers will be needed from 8.30am-12.30pm and volunteer drivers are needed too.

For more information please call Carole Brooke 07954 302 498 or Sandy Riley 01275 853547.

What a great note to start 2023 on, we hope it continues to be all good news.

Rainbow Socks

Healthy activities

Looking to get more active in 2023?

Would you like to become fitter while meeting new people?

If so, North Somerset Health Walks are for you!
The Health Walks programme has been running for more than 15 years, offering people the chance to improve their health and wellbeing at a pace that suits them.
More than 300 walkers take part in the Health Walks every week, at locations across North Somerset including Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Winscombe, Long Ashton and Yatton. 
Each walk is led by a trained volunteer and is between 30 and 90 minutes. 
All abilities are welcome to attend, and the walking routes are chosen to be accessible and inclusive to as many people as possible.
Walking is a great, free way to improve your fitness and connect with other people.
To find out more, including a list of Health Walks happening across North Somerset, go to

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  •  The Health Walks scheme is always keen to hear from people who may be interested in becoming a Health Walk volunteer. To register your interest or find out more email or call 01275 882730.

  • North Somerset Council’s Active Directory, which lists a wide range of physical activities for people or all ages and abilities, has been updated for 2023 and is available online at

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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 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 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 (
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

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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


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
The council’s public health team can also be contacted: for mental health and social prescribing grants email and for community food projects funding email

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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


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 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 clinic has got off to an excellent start this year as it has now been running since mid January, a welcome return to something akin to normality after three long ‘Covid’ years.

It is a slow start, operating on an appointment system, but nevertheless it’s great to have the nursing team back at the Tithe Barn on a Wednesday morning.

This will have been something of a novelty for some of our members and volunteers, who joined us for the Leg Club café on a Wednesday morning, once this started in September 2021.

The support offered by Leg Club café has proved immensely popular and much appreciated by everyone who comes in whatever capacity.

For members who have lower leg issues, it’s a place to talk with those who are in a similar situation.

For the volunteers, it’s a happy place to give some time and gain the benefit of feeling useful.

New members and volunteers - nurse support, drivers and general volunteers - are always welcome, for more information please call Carole Brooke 07954 302498 or Sandy Riley 01275 853547.

We’re at Nailsea Tithe Barn each Wednesday 9am–noon, appointments for treatment must be made through your GP surgery.

Nailsea District Leg Club March news


The cancer support group will be meeting on Thursday, March 16, at No 65 High Street, Nailsea from 2pm.

We are a group of people who have been affected by cancer, either because we are going through treatment or have had treatment in the past or we have family and friends who have been affected.

We offer mutual support in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can chat over a cup of tea and plenty of cake!
We also run a tombola to help pay for refreshments and have some talented cake bakers who support us with some delicious home bakes.
If you would like to help us in any way but can't get along to No 65, we are always looking for tombola prizes (a post Christmas clear out?) or sewing fairies to make chemo hats, PICC line covers and scarves which we give to our attendees or donate to Macmillan.

Jo Hopkinson

Your cancer cafe March date

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The Friends of Nailsea Tithe Barn’ group began its life as supporters, promoters and fundraisers for the restoration of the Tithe Barn in the early 2000s. 

And what a successful project that was! 

When you compare the state of the barn before and after you must surely marvel at just how dogged, determined and focussed this group was.

And this group still exists -  still supporting and promoting the Tithe Barn, but also enjoying the social side of the group. 

Friends have supported events at the Tithe Barn, like film nights, music performances, encouraging visits by schools and in  many more ways. 

In more recent times monthly ‘coffee with friends’ mornings has proved very popular as a friendly meeting place but also an opportunity to find out more about the history of the Tithe Barn and in particular the part played by Hannah More in establishing her school there.

Over the years ‘friends’ have enjoyed trips off, including visits to the BBC studios in Bristol, the Memorial Arboretum, a horse-drawn barge trip on the Tiverton Canal and a visit in snowdrop time to the Painswick Rococo Gardens.

Last year’s visit to Bradford on Avon was an opportunity to take a look at its Tithe Barn too.

Next month ‘friends’ will be visiting the National Trust property Killerton, near Exeter.  This is a most interesting 18th century house in wonderful grounds but it also has a strong connection to Hannah More which we look forward to finding out about!

There are currently three places available on this trip on Tuesday, June 6, leaving from outside the Ring O’Bells at 9.30am.  The cost is £25pp (not including entrance charges) 

You do not need to be a Friend of the Tithe Barn to join the trip. 

To find out more email or telephone 01275 790399.  You are also very welcome to join this friendly group of Tithe Barn enthusiasts.

Barbara Calvert

A friend indeed

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Top Nailsea Tithe Barn and below Killerton House in Devon

Do you fancy a new handbag, then come to Nailsea market on Saturday morning, May 20, when Leg Club will be having the now famous ‘handbag stall’.

There’ll be lots on offer at very low prices (cash only please).

We’d very much welcome donations for the stall, rucksacks, evening bags, handbags or purses, so go through what you have and if no use to you any more consider donating via 65 High Street.

Please ensure they’re in good condition however and empty of belongings, (don’t worry about loose change!)

The Leg Club is always pleased to have more volunteers.

Drivers bringing our members to the Tithe Barn and returning them home once their treatment is finished are always sought.

Members need to be mobile and walk from their house to the car, so nothing physical involved, and expenses are offered.

Call Carole Brooke 0795 430 2498 or Sandy Riley 01275 853547 for more information regarding any of the above.

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Handbags at ready

Anxiety is the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2023.

For Nailsea resident Phil Williams a walk around Backwell lake helps relieve the pressures.

While walking Phil took these wonderful photographs which we have put in a slideshow.

Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.

Lots of things can lead to feelings of anxiety, including exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job (or losing one) or other big life events.

We can also get anxious when it comes to things to do with money and not being able to meet our basic needs, like heating our home or buying food.

But anxiety can be made easier to manage.

Focusing on anxiety for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week will increase people's awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.

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At the same time, we will keep up the pressure to demand change - making sure that improving mental health is a key priority for the government and society as a whole.

Read more here

Nature walks relieve anxiety

It was good to have an annual meeting again in April, when the committee all agreed to continue in post. Reports showed they had worked hard during the pandemic to maintain contact with some members, regularly held committee meetings via zoom and eventually re-started the Leg Club café on Wednesday mornings at Nailsea Tithe Barn in September 2021, and the clinic in January 2023. 

The AGM was well attended by volunteers, drawn by the inevitable tea and home-made cake (a necessity!), followed by lively discussion on adult safeguarding led by Sue and Marion from CURO (Latin for care). 

This is an important issue which goes both ways, several interesting points were raised, and a variety of scenarios were discussed as to how volunteers would approach them.

Visiting Leg Club monthly, Kelly Willis, of Community Connect run by CURO, is able to assist with information, advice and guidance to enable people to avoid isolation and continue living independently, making home visits if necessary.

Her remit covers many things and she is in routine contact with social services and local surgeries. Her visits have benefitted members and some volunteers too and there are always plenty of questions for her.

Looking to the future, there is every hope that our clinic will soon become a ‘drop-in’ once again, but meanwhile for more information call Carole Brooke 0795 430 2498 or Sandy Riley 01275 853547.

Nailsea District Leg Club June 2023 newsletter

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North Somerset MP Liam Fox declares the butterfly garden open on Friday, June 9, at Argentum Lodge the purpose-built nursing home at Silver Street, Nailsea.

He is pictured along smiling manager Kate Corcoran.

Kate thanked all the staff for their heartfelt contributions into making the garden project a great success.

She said: "I could not thank enough the whole team at Argentum Lodge for help and support,

"I am very proud of them, and of course residents and families for all the support too.

Dr Fox a former Nailsea GP said: “One of the lovely things about being  a member of parliament especially in North Somerset is you get asked to go these really difficult tasks like being asked to come along and open this beautiful garden on a sunny June afternoon - and what a magnificent job you all have done.”

A ukulele band whose repertoire included Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks played, staff danced and balloons fluttered in the breeze.

Ukebox musicians not only play ukuleles, but bass, drums and percussion insturments with an eclectic repertoire - from Ella to Elton, Bassey to Beatles, Foo Fighters to Killers with a bit of Wurzel folk for good measure.

Dr Fox who is well-known for his karaoke turns jokingly offered to join the Ukebox band to perform the next song.

A fabulous outdoor picnic was prepared by the in-house chefs Sally Bullock and Tara Booth,
Built in 2013 in a former quarry known for an abundance of wildlife, the three storey Argentum Lodge is home to nearly 60 residents who need long-term care.

Maintenance manager Tony Brain was helped by Michael Sargent to transformed the garden patch into a peaceful and pleasant part of the garden and  Helen Sargent and Deb Diop coordinated the activiities.

And as an added bonus the community living room has been given a makeover as the butterfly café.

More photos in the sildeshow below...


Argentum in summertime