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THE online community newspaper for Nailsea people, their family and their friends
January homes for sale by Property Peeps page sponsors Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents in the High Street HERE. Plus news that district council has decided to go it alone with a Local Plan is also on this page
We have a new sponsor for our Property Peeps page. It is HENSONS estate agents. With more than 80 networked offices in the south west and London the Nailsea office is at Ivy Court, 61 High Street. Read more HERE about planning applications approved and in the pipeline as Nailsea moves towards welcoming hundreds of new home owners at Engine Lane, Netherton Grange + possibly The Uplands. Work is set to start at Youngwood Lane this month by Taylor Wimpey
Nearly all our pubs and eating out have reopened so now we can feature our events calendar. The live pub tour quiz opens at the Ringers with a charity night for Teenage Cancer Trust with pints and pizzas on the menu. Sadly there are some cancellations but the Rotary charity walks/runs are on click HERE for more information
'We have split galleries as we have so many fantastic photos already for 2021. January-April are HERE and May onwards slideshows are HERE. It's a here comes summer theme for June and thanks to Eloise Massett for the Nailsea Round signpost image. Email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org
May days running for George
Arron's mates marathon cycle
A five-year-old Nailsea boy who has been running a mile a day for a month to raise money for the Wallace and Grommet Appeal has collect nearly £2,000.
George Crossman sprinted down the High Street on Saturday morning, May 29, with a police escort and ended his 31 day feat at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club on bank holiday Monday, May 31.
The determined youngster want to help 'poorly children' in Bristol Children's Hospital.
To read the full story of the Fairfield School reception class youngster with lots of photos and a video click HERE.
Led by Sam Crocker a group of Nailsea friends tackle a 100-mile sponsored bike ride in memory of their pal Arron King who died aged 19 earlier this year, only weeks after being diagnosed with a rare cancer.
The sponsored memorial ride which was raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust set off and returned to the Grove Sports & Social Club on the May bank holiday weekend.
Support vehicles were provided by Greatwood Jenkins and Nailsea Auto Electrical and they journeyed through Somerset on the marathon cycle.
To read the full story complete with fantastic video filmed by Mark Feltham clcik HERE.
Nailsea is one bank town
open for business
From mid-July 2021 Nailsea will be a one bank town with no building society although people can deposit cash at the post office.
The HSBC in Nailsea will close its doors on Friday afternoon, June 25, when all accounts were moved to the Portishead branch.
In 2011 the bank which began life in Nailsea as Midlands moved to plush new premises at Colliers Walk just a stone’s throw from its previous home.
The original premises have now become Green’s café but goodness knows what will become on its current double fronted unit.
And in a few weeks’ after the end of HSBC in Nailsea, Barclays in the High Street will also close.
It was in January this year the bombshell bank announcement was made when HSBC said it is to close 82 branches in the UK between April and September this year including the branch at Crown Glass Shopping Centre, Nailsea.
It said the move is because more customers are turning to digital banking.
The company will still have 511 branches across the country.
All Nailsea HSBC accounts will be transferred to Portishead which is only open from 10am-2pm Monday to Friday!
And with Barclays closing its Nailsea branch too this leaves Nailsea with one bank - Lloyds at Crown Glass Place.
Despite NatWest opening in the village in 1912 the powers-that-be closed its Somerset Square branch in 2017.
NatWest’s first opened in Nailsea in 1912 as a sub-branch of Parr’s Bank Ltd at 2 High Street.
Initially operating on Tuesdays only, as its business grew the opening hours were extended, and in 1928 the branch moved to new larger premises in the same street.
Barclays High Street branch is to close on Friday, July 16 this year, three weeks after the Colliers Walk branch of HSBC.
One of the reasons given is it currently has less than 50 exclusive customers.
A Barclay statement said: ‘The number of counter transactions has gone down in the previous 24 months, and additionally 86 per cent of our branch customers also use other ways to do their banking such as online and by telephone.”
Barclays is also closing its Portishead branch a week earlier than Nailsea on Friday, July 9.
The nearest branches will be either in Bristol or Weston-super-Mare.
If the memories of people in the Nailsea History Group on Facebook are correct the last building society to close in Nailsea was Santander approximately four to five years ago.
Nailsea once also had a Nationwide (Anglia), Halifax, Bristol & West which
became Britannia, Abbey National, Woolwich and Bradford & Bingley which traded at Kelly Mannings, the High Street insurance company.
Some say we had a Santander and Mike Kelly thinks before that it was Birmingham Midshires but isn’t sure.
Stuart Burdge added a Cheltenham & Gloucester to the list and said many were part of other businesses like estate agents.
North Somerset councillor Sandra Hearne said: “Soon we will be lucky to have a bank never mind a building society.”
The post office at Crown Glass Place offers access your high street bank account for personal or business customers without charge.
Fears that we are moving towards a cashless society has become an ongoing debate and online banking is part of this discussion.
But there is no need for people to revert to storing their cash under their mattress as help in on hand with Techno-Timid the computer/laptop/mobile/tablet friendly people.
You can get help learning to use online banking at 65 High Street on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9.30am-noon or call Nailsea Town Council senior administrator Trudy Hollow on 0795 136 7703.
computer techies for the online community
The TEK Hut was started by Ben Parker in the summer of 2018.
For 12 years Ben had been one of the team at The ICT Workshop which provided a wide variety of computer services to Nailsea, Clevedon, Yatton, Backwell and even Weston-Super-Mare.
Ben felt it right to continue the same great service customers had previously experienced but under new branding for a new business and The Tek Hut was born.
Trading at the familiar location in Nailsea, The Tek Hut will continue to offer the same cost effective, new laptops and PCs, upgrades, onsite support for homes and businesses through to a wide range of workshop services and accessories.
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