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Walking in North Somerset
Step out with fellow walkers in North Somerset and find new motivation as a health walk takes you to new places while chatting with friends.
With Walking For Health, you can take part in a free short walk nearby to help you get active and stay active at a pace that works for you.
It’s a great way to stretch your legs, explore what’s on your doorstep and make new friends.
Nailsea – Mondays December 12 and 19 from the Tithe Barn at 11am
People can choose from a short walk of 30 minutes or a longer walk of about an hour.
The group alternates each month between two venues in Nailsea, enjoying a post-walk coffee at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre or the Tithe Barn.
The group usually ventures further afield for its last walk of the month.
For more information on the Nailsea group call walk leader town councillors John Wilson on 01275 852 942.
Christmas craft afternoon
The Blue Room at Nailsea is hosting a very special ‘Crafternoon' on Wednesday, December 14, in aid of national mental health charity Mind.
Organised by Blue Room exhibitor and tutor Caroline Walker, the afternoon will be a relaxed and fun opportunity to make some special Christmas crafts with like-minded people, while enjoying some delicious refreshments.
Caroline said: “It’s well-known now that craft is really beneficial for our mental wellbeing and it’s even better when we get together to create with other people.
"I host a monthly Crafternoon at the Blue Room and when I heard about Mind’s Christmas Crafternoon initiative, I immediately knew that we should make our December get-together a special fundraiser for Mind.
"It feels like a particular important time of the year to do something to help others and Mind does such valuable work in promoting good mental health all year round.”
The afternoon runs from 1-3pm and a £3 donation is requested to take part.
All materials will be provided to make a special Christmas craft project or people are welcome to bring along their current craft project and just share the chat.
Refreshments, including homemade mince pies, will also be available.
Mind community and events fundraising manager Karen Bolton said “We’re really hoping people will support us by getting involved with Crafternoon.
"It’s the perfect excuse to spend time with family and friends and, even better, it’s a great way to boost mental wellbeing.
“It can be very rewarding and relaxing to create something from scratch. Every penny raised will make a huge difference - just £21 could keep Mind’s online support community, Elefriends, running for one hour.”
Nailsea District Leg Club find out what it is about?
What is a Leg Club, a question raised quite often.
North Somerset Community Partnership and the Nailsea District Leg Club were mentioned in the 2015-2016 Parliamentary Review and the following quote explains the aims and objectives:
‘In July 2015, we implemented the Ellie Lindsay Leg Club, a joint venture between NSCP nurses, volunteers and GPS, to provide treatment and ongoing care for people who are experiencing leg problems. Care is provided in a social and friendly setting, that promotes education, peer support and informed choice. It also eases loneliness by providing congenial surroundings where old and new friends can meet.
Four key features differentiate our Leg Clubs from conventional leg ulcer clinics:
They are community based held in a non-medical setting
Members are treated collectively
They operate on a drop-in basis (no appointments)
They incorporate a fully integrated ‘well leg’ regime.’
For more information come to Nailsea District Leg Club any Wednesday 9am-noon at the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea, BS48 4NG or ask at the local GP practice.
The pictured below is from a a 1940s hands, knees and boomps-a–daisy dance flyer.
Musical trips down Memory Lane
Music and Memories was started by Nailsea Folk Club in 2006 with the simple aim of sharing music and songs with people with dementia and their carers.
It is now run by Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust.
It is monthly on Wednesday afternoons between 2-4.30pm.
The Tithe Barn is fully accessible for disabled people and has a welcoming, relaxing ambience.
The afternoon is free although there is a collection for those who want to make a donation.
Tea and cakes are served during the break.
The musical programme varies with local groups and youngsters often joining us; from jazz, folk, sing alongs, Morris dancing, musicals, classics and more.
If you would like to know more contact David Francis on 01275 54023 or email email@example.com.
Three go up a mountain
Three friends from Nailsea are cycling up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales, to raise cash for the local mental health charity 1 in 4 People based at Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon.
To learn more about the charity click HERE.
John Williams, aged 42; Dean Kenny, 57 and Stuart Burgess, 44 will tackle the gruelling climb of more than 3,000 feet that could take more than three hours on mountain bikes on Saturday, November 12.
John, who works for NHS mental health services in North Somerset, said: “We ride on the road together regularly and saw this off-road adventure as a tough challenge and an opportunity to raise some much-needed cash for a great charity working hard for local people.
“I've seen first-hand the great work the mental health recovery workers and mental health advocates from 1 in 4 People do and the huge support they give to people in need.
“We've been training hard for this challenge on some of the trickiest off-road routes locally and are looking forward to tackling Mount Snowdon."
One in four people will encounter mental health issues over their lifetime.
It includes many conditions from eating disorders and panic attacks to depression and self harm.
The 1 in 4 People charity takes a different approach to mental illness and don’t think they need to 'treat' it.
They help people improve their mental wellbeing and empower them to tackle the challenges they face.
Believing recovery is achievable is a crucial step for people to forward with their lives.
If anyone would like to sponsor them email Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO: From left bikers Dean Kenny, Stuart Burgess and John Williams
Nailsea District Leg Club
The Leg Club is now more than a year old! Its numbers are increasing each Wednesday morning and there is a real need to enlist the help of more volunteers.
Not only to welcome members by offering refreshments, chat, providing the social atmosphere of the club but additional retired nurses to assist the nursing team.
If anyone feels they can join in either capacity, even if only once or twice a month, call in any Wednesday morning to the Tithe Barn, Nailsea to see how things operate; you will be made very welcome.
With the merger of GP practices in Backwell, Nailsea and Long Ashton, now the Tyntesfield Medical Practice, the Leg Club has an increasing need for more volunteers, particularly in the role of nurse support.
Nailsea District Leg Club has been specifically mentioned in the section of the 2015-2016 Parliamentary Review relating to North Somerset Community Partnership.
This strives to bring patients and healthcare together being part of the NHS and Primary Care.
Nationwide Leg Clubs are community based in a non-medical setting; they are operated on a drop-in basis; they offer a fully integrated well-leg regime.
We would welcome anyone to come and have a coffee/tea and see for themselves exactly what goes on during these busy, happy sessions each Wednesday, and maybe become involved in some way.
Spokesman Judith Brown said: "The Leg Club has rather become a victim of its own success since opening in July 2015.
"Governed by the opening times and the number of nurses available, which is usually three, but on occasions may only be two, they see on average 20 -24 members each week.
"Due to the popularity and need for the Leg Club, there can be waiting time, but such is the happy, buzzing and social atmosphere, this presents no problem and patience is rewarded.
"Indeed, old friends have been found and new friendships formed and there are now one or two members who just drop in for coffee and a chat, all part of what is on offer.
"Although open for members from 9am-noon, some setting up and clearing away is involved before and after the sessions.
"If anyone is interested, even in a small way, please come to see what’s going on any Wednesday morning at Nailsea Tithe Barn or ring lead volunteer Sandy Riley on 01275 853547."
Nine enthusiastic people joined in the Rotary Charity Walk in June and raised in excess of £1,200 for the Leg Club. Pictured are the tabard wearing volunteers which helped to strike up some interesting conversations with other walkers along the way!
Harry Brown fundraiser
Harry Browns fundraiser for Nailsea Memory Cafe for people with dementia is on Sunday, November 13, 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn
This promises to be a night of sea songs and shanties with £8 tickets on the door.
What better than an eveningof rousing sea shanties and sea songs with the infamous Harry Browns and their friends in aid of Nalisea Memory cafe for people with dementia which is now held on Wednesday afternoons at Nailsea Tithe Barn.
The Harries are uplifting, great fun and an excellent bunch of singers, from moving harmonies to hard hitting sea shanties they have a vast repertoire which they pepper with stories and rollicking banter
This event is organised by Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust in association with Nailsea Folk Club.
Forget-me-nots touring libraries
The Alzheimer's Society collected 20,000 knitted and crocheted forget-me-nots for a huge display on the Grand Pier, Weston, during Dementia Awareness Week in May.
The knitted forget-me-nots are now going on a tour of libraries across North Somerset to raise awareness of dementia and give more people the opportunity to see this amazing display.
Many library users and library knitting groups took part in making the flowers.
The event launches to coincide with World Alzheimer’s day on Wednesday, September 21.
The forget-me-nots will be exhibited for two weeks and will be at Nailsea from Tuesday to Saturday, September 20-October 1.
I nformation on practical local services to help anyone affected by dementia will also be available as well as the Reading Well, Books On Prescription dementia collection and Memories Shared reminiscence project.
Alzheimer’s Society support workers will be on hand to offer advice and support on the opening day of the exhibition at each library.
Newbies of Nailsea
Newbies is a new Nailsea social group which meets at a town centre coffee shop.
Its first meeting last month attracted a fantastic response, some really great people all looking for something 'new', said organiser Elizabeth Rhodes.
The next date is Wednesday evening, April 20, and Eizabeth has lined up three fascinating 'five minute speakers' to ensure no-one is bored.
Newbies is for people of a certain age, aged over 50, newly retired, new to the area or wanting to meet new people and try new things.
It meets on the third Wednesday each month at 7.30pm at Costa Nailsea in Somerset Square and you don't have to live at Nailsea to come along.
The 'group' has been set up to help people find out how to enrich their own lives, and possibly the lives of others, all in a comfortable, friendly and social atmosphere: meeting new people, new organisations/clubs, chatting over a cup of tea and finding out what our region has to offer.
Each month Newbies invite a few people to come and talk briefly about what they do, where they've been or just share some interesting insights as to what's around.
It's a ‘drop in’ session, with donations of £3 per person which will go towards charity.
Costa supply free tea and coffee.
For more information call Elizabeth on 0776 525 2601.
STOP PRESS: The Newbies is now disbanded in Nailsea but a Clevedon group is going strong.
Nailsea & District Leg Club AGM
The first annual meeting of the Leg Club, that provides an invaluable service to residents of both Nailsea and Backwell, was held at the end of April.
During his report the retiring chairman expressed thanks to the committee for their very hard work since April 2015, setting up and running the club since opening on July 1, 2015.
There are now 142 members are registered for care by the experienced nursing team.
Volunteers provide the social activities and volunteer drivers assist with transport, enabling some members to attend.
Continuous fund raising is really important and has ensured that the Leg Club now has funds for the coming year.
Nailsea Town Council provided nine months free hire of the Tithe Barn and is continuing to support the Leg Club with low rental costs for the coming year.
Leg Club nurses are all part of the local GP practices and community nursing teams.
The Leg Club was set up under the Ellie Lindsay Foundation of Leg Clubs in the UK, also Germany and Australia.
Ellie Lindsay visited the Leg Club in February and gave it her wholehearted support for the progress that has been made in such a short time.
This model of care is now being used to explore possibilities for more Leg Clubs in the surrounding areas.
The Leg Club is operated as a ‘drop-in’ centre for anyone from Nailsea and Backwell who has concerns about their legs, sessions are open to everyone on Wednesday mornings at the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea, BS48 4NG, 9am-noon.
There is a buzzing, friendly, happy, social atmosphere, where refreshments await and nurses are ready to advise and provide care.
The Leg Club team look forward to further developments with the new chairman Carole Brooke.
Nailsea District Leg Club
STOP PRESS: The Wednesday morning sessions of the Nailsea District Leg club continue to gain momentum, however what would now be a great addition is a pianist! Someone willing to come occasionally to play anything they wish from contemporary to classical. There is a piano waiting to be used, so if this could be you please come to see for yourself any Wednesday 9amnoon at the Tithe Barn. There has recently been a visit from the Wellness Coordinator doing armchair exercises and a couple of volunteers are hoping to attend a training course to undertake these sessions more regularly. On a fundraising note, the Inner Wheel will be presenting a much welcome cheque early in July, when there will also be birthday cake on offer celebrating the Leg Club’s first birthday. More volunteers would be most welcome and Sandy Riley on 01275 853547 is happy to chat with anyone interested in joining these buzzing Wednesday mornings.
Nailsea District Leg Club is one year old
In its first 10 months Nailsea & District Leg Club has signed up more than 130 members.
Every Wednesday morning at the Tithe Barn is quite a social gathering of members, volunteers, drivers, the all-important registered nurses and support team.
People come from Nailsea and nearby villages like Backwell.
Coffee, tea and cake are always on offer - for a small donation - also useful leaflets are available and there are visits from organisations like Age Concern.
Volunteer manicurists provide hand care for both ladies and gentlemen.
New people with leg problems are invited to come along as well as anyone interested in becoming a volunteer.
With a bit of special hands-on (or should that read feet-on) training retired medical staff are also made very welcome.
Sessions are at the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, on Wednesdays, am-noon.
The first annual meeting for NDLC is on Thursday, April 28, at 2.30pm at Tower House medical centre when everyone is invited and will be very welcome.
Became a midlife player
You are never too old to kick a ball around!
Nailsea man Dave Newcombe would like to set up a walking football group in the town.
The former soldier who nows works for the Graham Tyson food packaging based at Southfield Road Dave has just reached the big 5-0.
Married to Helen with two teenaged children, Kara, 17, and Harry, 13, Dave who was born into a Portsmouth naval family has lived in Nailsea for 41 years.
He said: "I have never really done any sport but did spend three years in the Glosters."
Walking football is a variant of association football that is aimed at keeping people aged 50 and over involved with football.
It also allows people prevented from playing the traditional game because of a lack of mobility or a physical impairment to join a team.
Walking football was devised in 2011 by Chesterfield Football Club community trust and is supported by the FA and Age UK.
The key rule differences are if a player runs then they concede a free kick to the other side!
This restriction together with a ban on slide tackles is aimed at avoiding injuries.
The sport is good for your heart while least stressful on the rest of your body.
The game was originally introduced without goalkeepers although goalkeepers now play in some variations but crucially, the ball must never be kicked above hip height.
Depending on whether you are playing indoors or out different footballs are used.
The pitch sizes are 20-40 yards in length and 15-30 yards wide.
There are already clubs at Clevedon, Portishead and Weston-super-Mare.
Give Dave a call on 01275 794220, mobile 0793 937 4147/0773 873 7178 or email email@example.com.
Add colour with charity Rainbow Run
This year Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is celebrating 25 years since being founded by Eddie Farwell and his late wife, Jill.
To mark the occasion Darren and Sharon Davies, of Weston-super-Mare have recruited a team of 25 to take part in Rainbow Run Bristol.
Taking place on Bristol Downs on Saturday, June 18, it’s the city’s most colourful 5k where you can walk, jog or run your way round the route whilst getting covered in coloured powder paint to raise money for CHSW Charlton Farm hospice near Nailsea.
Darren and Sharon’s team ‘raise a smile for Harry’ consists of family and friends who are taking part in memory of their son Harry who died aged seven at the Charlton Farm from leukaemia.
The hospice became the family’s ‘holiday home’ providing respite care and support for the whole family. Darren said: “Hospices are often thought of as places where people go to die.
"A children’s hospice is different; children go there to live!
"What is more, CHSW continues to support families after their loss.”
This is why Darren, Sharon and Harry’s brother Josh, and their friends are intent on supporting CHSW.
More than 1,700 people took part in Bristol Rainbow Run in 2015, which raised over £90,00 for CHSW.
Taking part in the Rainbow Run is so much fun.
Why not get your friends, family or colleagues together and enter a team to the event of the summer?
Turn up in your white T-shirts and leave with a big smile, happy memories and covered in every colour of the rainbow.
To register click HERE.
Walk in North Somerset
If you enjoy walking and would like to encourage others to enjoy it too, then North Somerset Council wants to hear from you.
The Walking for Health scheme in North Somerset is looking for more volunteers to support the programme.
Walking for Health is a national scheme encouraging people to walk more regularly. The council co-ordinates the scheme locally helping more than 300 people a week get the benefit that regular walking brings.
A volunteer who has been involved in the scheme for more than 10 years said: “It’s so rewarding and enjoyable. I am a lot fitter, more confident and have made a great number of friends through Walking for Health."
To find out more or to book a place on the training day call the council sports and active lifestyles team on 01275 882 731 or email .
Nailsea & District Footpath Group
For the more adventurous Nailsea & District Footpath Group publish a full programme of walks with outing near and further afield.
From a short walk to the pub to another exploring a seaside town, from a 10 mile trek in the Cotswolds to a ones that involve jumping on a jump for part of the journey.
The summer programme has not been published but to find out more click HERE.
Nailsea people walk pole to pole
A new Nordic walking group for Nailsea was launch last November and already three Nailsea people have completed the beginners course.
Nordic walking is fitness walking with specially designed walking poles similar to ski poles..
Nordic walking is a great way to get fit in the open air,and provides a full workout for both upper and lower body.
Local instructors have devised off road routes through several of the linked public open spaces in the centre of Nailsea – Trendlewood Park, Nailsea School playing fields at Golden Valley and Millennium Park so that as you walk, you can enjoy the fresh air, the views and watch the changing seasons.
This provides a pleasant alternative or addition to indoor gym activities.
Friends of Trendlewood Park has been working with Bristol Nordic Walking to create this new group at Nailsea.
There are many successful groups already operating in Bristol and areas surrounding the city but this is a first for Nailsea.
The meeting point will be the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre where there are toilets, parking and a coffee bar.
Instructor Ros Ingleby said: "Nordic walking is a fast growing sport and is really taking off here in central Bristol.
"We have more than 25 walks per week and our classes are expanding rapidly.
"Nordic walking is fitness walking using specially designed poles to propel you forward and gives you a total body workout, all while having fun in the great outdoors.
"It can be used to lose weight, tone up and to strengthen the back and core.
"We are very excited to be bringing this motivating and fun fitness class to Nailsea."
Those who have done Nordic walking before can come along and enjoy the group straight away.
Those who need an introduction to the techniques of the activity will need to come along to an Introductory group.Congratulations go to Nailsea locals Lily, Annie, Sue and Charlotte on completing their Nordic walking beginner course.
The Nailsea group meet from 10-11am on Friday morning at the entrance to Tesco car park.
This photo was taken between 'chats' doing waist rotation exercises at Nailsea
For more information go to the Bristol Nordic Walking website by clicking HERE.
PILATES CLASS mornings
A new pilates class has opened on Tuesday mornings at:
Mizzymead Recreation Centre
Nailsea BS48 2JJ
Suitable for all ages and abilities please bring water and a mat
For more details call Rosie on 0796 676 3862.
PILATES CLASS evenings
A new pilates class has opened on Tuesday evenings at:
Nailsea Methodist church and community centre
74-76 Silver Street
Nailsea BS48 2DS.
Run by physiotherapist and pilates instructor Polly Roberts for more details contact Polly on 0797 051 7558 or email .
Top 10 doctors' surgery
A doctors’ surgery based at Nailsea and Backwell has been voted the 10th best in England in a survey of nearly a million patients nationwide carried out by the Daily Mirror.
The newspaper ranked Britain's surgeries from top to bottom based on the views of 854,000 patients from around the country.
Nailsea & Backwell Medical Practice which has surgeries at Brockway, Nailsea and West Town Road, Backwell came 10th out of 7,707 surgeries in England this week.
It is listed in the poll as Backwell Medical Centre but includes both sites and has nine partners and four salaried GPs dealing with 13,500 patients.
Practice manager Debra Penney said they were thrilled with the result of the poll and attributes the result on three main componants;
Our staff – our receptionists work incredibly hard to make our appointment system work – and try to deal with all urgent demand on the same day rather than allowing it to spill over onto the next day;
Our patients – tend to be incredibly sensible, rarely attend unnecessarily and are very good at self-management of minor illnesses rather than coming in to see the doctor; and
Our doctors – work very hard, try to maintain good continuity with their patients – we believe you can achieve much more when you know your patients well, and we think this also reduces unnecessary attendance.
Nailsea Family Practice based at Tower House came 935 in the survey.
North east doctors’ surgery The Scots Gap Medical Group, based in Morpeth, topped the patient poll by performed best of all practices nationwide.
The GP Patient Survey is a rolling poll based on the views of hundreds of thousands of surgery users.
It covers everything from the trust patients have in their doctor, to the attitude of reception staff and how easy it is to get an appointment.
Astonishingly, 100 per cent of patients at Scots Gap said they would recommend it to a newcomer to the area.
One hundred per cent said they had a good experience the last time they made an appointment.
And 100 per cent said they were confident their GP listened to them, too.
In all, 2.4 million questionnaires were sent out with nearly a million responses.
In order to rank surgeries, the Trinity Mirror Data Unit looked at seven key questions asked in the survey.
the percentage of people who had a good experience making their last appointment;
the percentage happy with waiting times at the surgery;
the percentage who thought their GP gave them enough time;
the percentage who thought their GP was listening to them;
the percentage who 'definitely' had trust and confidence in their GP
the percentage who described their overall experience of the surgery as good; and
the percentage who would recommend the surgery to newcomers to the area.
Surgeries across England were ranked in each category, then given an overall ranking based on the sum of those individual ranks.
Surgeries which had fewer than 50 responses from the survey were excluded on the basis the sample size being too small to draw significant conclusions.
Up-to-date results of the rolling poll can be viewed by clicking HERE.
It is never too late to learn
Nailsea Men’s Cooking Club is a band of senior singles as keen as mustard to learn culinary skills.
The group meet weekly at the Ring O’Bells to plan and execute recipes.
The Men’s Cooking Club is the brainchild of music teacher and long term carer Celia Holland who together with Tesco community champion Debs Bear and pub landlord Dave Green set up the club.
To read all about the initiative which is sponsored by Tesco Nailsea click HERE and for dates and times email Debs at .
Holy Trinity church also have a men-only club which hosts early morning breakfasts at The Old Farmhouse which costs £5 a ticket. For more information and next dates click HERE.
Nature walk to find out what lives down at Backwell lake
blogger and BBC Wildlife Magazine columnist Gill Brown who is mammal section president of the Bristol Naturalists' Society, led a walk on the wilder side of Backwell Lake at the weekend.
Joining her to discover how to track mammals and to find out what incredible critters live by the lake were two people from the BBC Natural History Unit.
The one day course welcomed everyone including beginners.
Beforehand Gill warns it will 'mostly involve looking under bridges staring at otter poo'.
The event was orgnaised by Bristol Nature Network.
To read more of Gill's writings about the flora and fauna of Nailsea and nearby go to her Country Diary Of A 21st Century Woman link HERE.
Alternatively take a look at The Bloggers pages on this website.
If you would like to write a blog for Nailsea people email .
Nailsea shortcuts in a new footpath map
A new map showing all the paths in Nailsea is now available, to help people walk or cycle to and from the shops and schools along a direct route.
The full-colour map, produced as a joint project by Nailsea Town Council, North Somerset Council and Nailsea & District Footpath Group, shows paths in two categories:
hard surfaces suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs; and
When the town grew during the 70s and 80s, the developers left a number of paths or alleys between the houses and estates.
At this time it was the trend and cheaper for town planners not to put footpaths along the main thoroughfares like Queens Road and The Perrings.
The latter has only just had a continous path completed this year.
However, most of the footpaths between the houses were never dedicated as public rights of way and so they do not appear on any maps.
In order to encourage people to walk and cycle more, the town council decided to produce a map showing all of the paths in town, including these 'forgotten' walkways.
Nailsea & District Footpath Group volunteers walked every road and every street in the town to find the paths and then walked every path to map its route.
The final map was then produced by North Somerset Council transport planning team.
Nailsea Town Council clerk, Ian Morrell, thanked the footpath group for the many hours they had put in to finding and mapping the routes and North Somerset Council transport planning officer Kate Hood for her encouragement and help with the project.
Nailsea and District Footpath Group chairman Gordon Bennett, said the group were please to help, and that this was an excellent example of how a voluntary organisation could work with their local council to make something happen which would otherwise have been impossible.
The new map is available free of charge from the council office at the Tithe Barn or the library.
PHOTO: Below from right clerk Ian Morrell, transport planning officer Kate Hood and footpath group chairman Gordon Bennett
New directory to help more people get active
The new edition of North Somerset Council's Active Directory is out now.
The flagship publication for adult community sport and exercise groups in North Somerset provides information on a whole range of physical activity sessions in the area – the list seems endless but contains:
Ski & Snow
The active directory is a fantastic way of finding out how to stay fit and healthy.
More than 7,500 copies have been printed and are available to pick up in libraries, leisure centres, GP surgeries and selected pharmacies.
And Nailsea people can also also download a copy by clicking HERE.
It is an ideal tool for GPs to use for referring patients who would benefit from more physical activity.
Many practices in North Somerset already use the directory, often for patients looking to lose weight or for those with diabetes who want to increase their physical activity levels.
The directory includes details of Doorstep Sport and Go4Free sessions, as well as Age UK Somerset Staying Steady activities aimed at older people.
The latest edition of the directory also supports the council’s Sportarray initiative, which aims to increase the number of disabled people regularly participating in sport locally.
Go4Life is a North Somerset Partnership initiative that aims to encourage and help people to live healthier and more active lives
Walking for 40 years
Nailsea and District Footpath Group celebrated its 40th anniversary with a series of walks followed a meal.
The celebration walks included the Nailsea Round, a history walk around the town and a stroll on the Tyntesfield Estate.
After the walks, 123 members, past and present, met for a meal in the Masonic Hall, where there were photographs, videos and memorabilia of past walks and holidays on display.
Forty years ago, walking in the countryside was something of a novelty: landowners were not keen to have people walking across their land, and many of the paths were difficult to use.
However, undeterred, a gentleman called Peter Weaver called a meeting of anyone interested in forming a walking a group, and so Nailsea and District Footpath Group was born.
From those yearly days the group has grown, so that now it has nearly 200 members and organises more than 220 organised walks each year.
The present chairman, Gordon Bennett, said the current members were extremely grateful to those few dedicated people whose vision and foresight 40 years ago brought the group into existence.
Of the founder members, only one, Judy Hall, is still a member.
During the past 40 years, Judy served for several years as chairperson, and has led many interesting and varied walks.
In order to mark her achievement, and to thank her for all she has done for the group, she was presented with a commemorative vase inscribed to mark the occasion.
The group welcomes new members of any age.
To find out more click HERE.
PHOTO: Gordon presents Judy with a commemorative vase
Fitness classes for seniors
The latest Staying Steady exercise classes for seniors in North Somerset has been published.
These classes are part of a district wide initiative to increase healthy and active living in North Somerset.
The exercise sessions are good for improving flexibility, co-ordination, strength and balance.
Please contact the instructor in advance to make sure the group is meeting on that day, or Nikki Smith at Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.
To download full programme click HERE.
Flexercise with Janet Stone at Lawnside, Church Lane, BS48 3JP on Fridays 10.30-11.30am. For more information contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895. This class is free.
Tai Chi - standing work at Women’s Institute Hall, Station Road on Mondays 12.30-1.30pm. For more information contact Tony Dove 0788 663 0436. Cost £5.
Tai Chi for Over 50s with Tony Dove at Keedwell Hall, Keedwell Hill, BS41 9DP on Fridays 11.30am-12.30pm. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436. Cost £5.
Dance fitness - low impact - suitable for over 50s at Wesley Methodist Church Centre, 74-76 Silver Street, BS48 2D on Fridays 10-11am. Contact Jo Knowles (KFA trained) 01275 544472. Cost £4.
Gentle exercise to music - seated and standing also at Wesley Methodist Church Centre also with Jo on Fridays 11.15am-12.15pm. £4,
Flexercise with Margaret James also at Pegusus Court with Age UK Somerset. This is a free class. Contact above Age UK Somerset number.
Extend, Movement to Music with Gill Porter at Wesley Methodist Church Centre, 74-76 Silver St, BS48 2DS on Wednesdays 2.30-3.30pm. Contact: Age UK Somerset 0753 077 7895. Cost £3.50.
Zumba - aimed at over 55s at Alliance Homes, Hobbs Court, Link Road, BS48 1A on Wednesdays 11am-noon. Contact Emily Gazey on 0789 282 5617. Cost £3.
Open morning at new Nailsea Leg Club
The Leg Club is hosting an open morning with tea and cake on Wednesday, June 17, from 9am-noon.
And from July it will be open every Wednesday morning at the Tithe Barn.
Everyone is invited to the open morning and the hall will be set up as if it was a usual Leg Club with nurses, committee members and a couple of other helpful organisations.
All will be on hand to talk to visitors.
The aim of the open morning is to raise awareness of the new Leg Club, maybe recruit a few more volunteers and raise a few £££s through donations for the refreshments.
The Leg Club is entirely funded by grants and community fundraising.
Nailsea Family Practice manager Carole Brooke, Tower House Medical Centre date coordinator Lynda French and Carole’s husband are all walking 10K in the Rotary Charity Walk on Sunday, June 28.
Details of the walk is feature below.
Carole said: “We are raising money to launch a fantastic new Leg Club in Nailsea! Inspired by Leg Clubs in other parts of the country, this clinical service helps address social isolation, improves healing rates of chronic leg ulcers and brings people together in a community setting.
“Open to all in a drop-in format, run and funded entirely on a voluntary basis, this model has been shown to enhance wellbeing for the vulnerable in our society.
“So, what does it offer?
“An opportunity to meet others in a similar situation, have a gossip over a cup of tea and a biscuit and access a variety of other health and social care.”
The trio has already reached £430 of its £1,000 target.
If you would like to help click HERE to go to its fundraising page.
New Nailsea Leg Club puts best foot forward
A great start to the formation of this area’s first Ellie Lindsay Leg Club was made at an inaugural meeting at Nailsea Tithe Barn.
A Leg Club provides excellent medical care in a social setting, reducing social isolation for those who have become housebound due to problems with their legs.
Ulcers in particular cause real concerns, particularly in the elderly, but the Leg Club can also review varicose veins, rashes and skin problems with healing rates are proven to be better than the current system.
It will be a drop in facility for anyone to use – with our district and practice nurses undertaking the clinical care.
Refreshments will be available and time for a chat with others in a similar position.
This in turn creates opportunities to provide other health and wellbeing services such as flu vaccinations, NHS health checks, dietary advice and support to stop smoking, for example.
Fifteen enthusiastic volunteers came forward after the meeting – a brilliant outcome - and a committee has now been formed to take the project forward, with support from Nailsea Town Council and the Tithe Barn Trust.
We continue to look for volunteers willing to help at the weekly club – to serve refreshments, to drive members plus those who would just like to come and chat!
For further information contact Nailsea Family Practice manager Carole Brooke on 01275 866753.
Even Henry had a big problem
Henry VIII was a well known historical figure known to have leg ulcers.
His were attributed to a serious jousting accident.
The accident occurred at a tournament at Greenwich Palace on 24 January 1536 when 44-year-old Henry, in full armour, was thrown from his horse, itself armoured, which then fell on top of him.
He was unconscious for two hours and was thought at first to have been fatally injured.
But, although he recovered, the incident, which ended his jousting career, aggravated serious leg problems which plagued him for the rest of his life.
The king's medical problems which grew worse in his later years, especially his ulcerated legs and his obesity: measurements of his armour show that, between his 20s and his 50s, the 6ft 1in monarch's waist grew from 32in to 52in, his chest expanded from 39in to 53in, and, by the time of his death in 1547 at the age of 56, he is likely to have weighed 28 stone.
Bringing a Leg Club to Nailsea
The concept of a Leg Club is not new and many have been established for some time in other parts of the country – and they have proven to be a marvellous resource.
But what are they?
People who suffer with leg ulcers and vascular problems can become socially isolated, sometimes depressed; because their legs make mobility very difficult, or they don’t like people to see their legs in bandages.
Sometimes the leg ulcers can be odorous and this can be embarrassing.
Of course, the district nurse team does a fantastic job of visiting them in their homes to dress and medicate these poorly legs as do nurses at GP Practices. Healing, however, can take some time and it often means this is the only visit the patient gets to enjoy in their week.
So, bring everyone to the Leg Club!
There they can see others with similar conditions, have a good old chat over a cuppa and a biscuit, perhaps access other health and social care services while they are there and generally enjoy some social interaction.
Healing rates at leg clubs have been proven to be excellent – but even when they are better, Leg Club members can continue to attend.
If you are interested in getting involved, come along and find out what it’s all about.
The next meeting is at the Tithe Barn, Nailsea, 11am-12.30pm, on Thursday, March 26.
Refreshments on arrival kindly provided by the Tithe Barn Trust
There are opportunities to sit on the managing committee, be a volunteer driver, help with the refreshments, man the welcome desk or simply spend some time befriending those who attend. No obligation – just come and find out more.
Or you can telephone Nailsea Family Practice manager Carole Brooke on 01275 866753.
A taster morning to showcase the new Leg Club which is opening on Tuesday, July 1, was a great success.
Nailsea Family Practice manager Carole Brooke said: "The morning was absolutely brilliant!
"There was a great buzz around the place with people chatting and getting involved.
"We had 26 visitors – people who are looking to join up as club members with many of them wanting assessments on their legs when we open in July.
"We had a good number of professionals there – district nurses from the Community Partnership, practice nurses from the two surgeries, a foot care specialist and medical representatives."
An accordion player added to the atmosphere, plus 14 volunteers manning reception, serving refreshments and chatting to visitors.
Waitrose, Nailsea Town Council, the Tithe Barn Trust and Practice Patient Groups are supporting the new club and Rotarians have contributed hugely providing committee members and volunteers as well as some welcome funds to help get it going.
Carole added; "On the frist morning two treatment stations were set up so everyone could see how it will work although we will have four when we open...we recruited more volunteers bringing us up to a total of 33 willing helpers!
"A raffle and donations brought in a welcome £67 for the coffers and the Rotary Charity Walk should also raise some funds."
To sponsor click HERE.
Carole added: "All in all, the open morning highlighted a real need for the club, for those suffering with legs problems to have the opportunity to come to a community setting for some treatment, advice, support and social interaction.
"It really does work and the Tithe Barn is such a beautiful location."
Nailsea District Leg Club every Wednesday morning 9am-noon at Nailsea Tithe Barn. For further information contact Carole Brooke, practice manager, Tower House Medical Centre, 01275 866753.
USEFUL PEOPLE TO KNOW
Doctor Beijing Ltd
49 High Street
Nailsea BS48 1AW
TEL: 01275 856366
CHEMISTS and drug stores
- * denotes a dispensing service
29-30 Somerset Square
Crown Glass Shopping Centre
Nailsea BS48 1RQ
Tel: 01275 856855
82b High Street
Nailsea BS48 1AS
Tel: 01275 852516
(this is the new branch)
9 Colliers Walk
Crown Glass Shopping Centre
Nailsea BS48 1RP
Tel: 01275 852096
1 Somerset Square
Crown Glass Shopping Centre
Nailsea BS48 1RP
Tel 01275 810095
Tower House Pharmacy *
Tower House Medical Centre
Nailsea BS48 2XX
Tel: 01275 855109
The Old Vicarage
Tel: 01275 855384
6 Silverlow Road
Tel: 01275 858095
Beauty Incorporated & Nailsea Foot Clinic
120 High Street
Nailsea BS48 1AH
Tel: 01275 795515
Backwell Dental Care
17 West Town Road, Backwell BS48 3HA
Tel: 01275 462421
The Houston Group
116 Station Road, Nailsea BS48 1TB
Tel: 0 1275 852143
Nailsea Dental Practice
22-24 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AU
Tel: 01275 856179
MG DentalCare Nailsea
12 Clevedon Road, Nailsea BS48 1EH
Tel: 01275 866359
Smilesaver Dental Care
78 Silver Street, Nailsea BS48 2DS
Tel: 01275 851452
- get help filling in forms and claiming benefits
AMS Mobility Nailsea
87 High Street
Nailsea BS48 1AW01275 857551
Nailsea Disability Initiative
10 Crown Glass Place Place
Crown Glass Shopping Centre
Nailsea BS48 1RD
Tel: 01275 812183
Backwell and Nailsea Medical Group
Backwell Medical Centre
15 West Town Road
Backwell BS48 3HA
Tel: 01275 465100
Brockway Medical Centre
Nailsea BS48 1BZ
Tel: 01275 850600
Doctor Beijing Ltd
49 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AW
Tel: 01275 856366
Nailsea Family Practice
Tower House Medical Centre
Nailsea BS48 2XX
Tel: 01275 866700
- these days are all hearing and seeing
4 High Street
Nailsea BS48 1AW
Tel: 01275 854946
Nailsea BS48 1RH
Tel: 01275 856074
2 Somerset Square
Nailsea BS48 1RP
Brockway Medical Centre
Tel: 01275 462884
For a list of care homes and funeral directors go to the Useful People To Know section on the Helping Hands listing page by clicking HERE.
Library scheme for helping dementia
Libraries in North Somerset have launched their latest Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme to support people with dementia and their carers.
Books on dementia are now available in all of the district's 13 libraries, including the mobile library, as part of a national library strategy to support the development of dementia-friendly communities and build understanding and awareness of the condition.
The 25 titles on the Reading Well Books On Prescription for dementia list have been recommended by health experts, as well as people with first-hand experience of the condition.
The list includes a range of books offering information and advice about dementia and normal ageing, support with living well after diagnosis, practical advice for carers, personal accounts and suggestions for shared therapeutic activities.
The books can be borrowed for up to six weeks instead of the normal three-week loan period. There is a free reservation facility of titles through the libraries website at or by asking library staff.
North Somerset Council director of public health Becky Pollard said: "We are pleased to have supported the purchase of these books for libraries in North Somerset to increase awareness of dementia.
"Dementia presents a huge challenge to society, both now and increasingly in the future.
"An estimated 3,420 people in North Somerset have dementia.
"It already costs the UK economy £26bn a year - the equivalent of more than £30,000 a year per person with dementia.”
The initiative was welcomed by district councillor Felicity Baker who is executive member responsible for the library service.
She said: "Evidence shows that people see their local library as a safe, trusted and non-stigmatised place to go for health information."
The scheme was launched at Clevedon Library by Hayley Scurr, dementia action alliance co-ordinator for the Alzheimer's Society in North Somerset. Hayley told an invited audience of health and social care professionals:
She said: "We warmly welcome the launch of this scheme.
"People who are diagnosed with dementia, and their families, often have lots of questions and are very keen to find information.
"These books are an excellent resource for people to turn to when they want to learn about other people’s experiences of dementia, and it’s so important that everyone affected can find support.
"The libraries are a crucial part of the dementia friendly community of North Somerset, and the Books On Prescription scheme will give information, advice and comfort to many local people.”
The Reading Well Books On Prescription scheme is delivered nationally by independent charity The Reading Agency, the Society of Chief Librarians and local library services with funding from Arts Council England.
More information about the scheme can be found by clicking HERE.