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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
Our Property Peeps page sponsors HENSONS estate agents sold two featured homes within days of Nailsea People posting details online. It has 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 and The Uplands. Latest from our 'construction corner' this month as Taylor Wimpey and Barratts continue at Netherton Grange and Parish Brook
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Ring O’Bells and
Grove Sports Centre & Social Club
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What's On 2022
We have hundreds and hundreds of images in our galleries and for 2022 we begin with the wassail, frosty mornings, sky at night and day plus lots more wildlife. Email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion. This image is by Phil Williams of Tyntesfield during its ignite event
Ukraine - full updated report with pictures in Gallery 2022 HERE plus next collection date for donations
Ukraine - Nailsea stands with its neighbours
UPDATE: On Friday, March 11, at midday Nailsea Town Council has organised a gathering to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
This is at noon at the flagpole just down from the village green and opposite the Station Road car park and the back of Iceland supermarket.
This will consist of a short speech followed by input from the community.
Those attending will be joined by some of the town's Ukrainian residents, who will be singing the Ukrainian national anthem, after which there will be a pause for a moment of reflection.
Last week Nailsea Town Council raised the Ukrainian flag with our residents Mihailo and Olya Rnic, as councillors wanted to act quickly and show support for the country as the Russian invasion continues.
If you scroll down there are two other fundraisers for Ukraine on Friday, March 25, at the Ring O'Bells and free show on Friday, April 8, at Nailsea School organised by magician, children's entertainer and DJ Steven Burnley.
A bucket colection has been organiser by Rotarians .
Nailsea help needed for Ukrainian appeal
The flag of the Ukrainian people has been wrapped around the timber carving on the village green in Nailsea as an act of solidarity for those living in the former Soviet Union.
Another is flying from the Nailsea Town Council flag pole.
And Iryna Stanier, who is a Bristol University researcher from Khmelnitskiy, living in Nailsea put out a heartfelt plea on social media for help for the people of Ukraine as the country came under attack this week.
Iryna said: "I am Ukrainian, and have lived in the North Somerset area since 2014.
"I am sure you all know what is happening in my country at the moment – the Russian military has invaded Ukraine, and the Ukrainian people are fiercely protecting themselves.
"However, many, many people are struggling and need urgent support.
"If you wish to contribute, I have copied a list of supplies that Ukraine needs the most.
"I am collecting it here in Nailsea, and then arranging for it to be sent to Ukraine.
"The items will be collected from me on Saturday, March 5, so please drop it in to my house at 9 Fowey Close, BS48 2UR, before then.
Childminder Vikki Jones is also collection donations for Ukraine and she can be contacted via her Facebook page.
Vikki needs anything dried with long life, nappies. wipes, baby toiletries, shampoos, baby food, baby milk ,medical supplies, tins, baby bottles + spoons.
Friday, March 4, 9am-1pm Holy Trinity church is open for quiet reflection, prayers and to light a candle for those wanting to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people
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Nailsea Town Council has launched a new creative venture within 65 High Street, offering residents an exciting, accessible and local space to flex their artistic muscles.
65 High Street is conveniently located in the town centre, offering ample free packing, is wheelchair accessible and can offer a variety of spaces to fit the needs of the tutors.
No 65 is also known as Nailsea’s community hub, an advice point and is a well-used and updated building once a butcher’s shop and then a youth centre back in the day.
First up is a one day beginners watercolour workshop with Warren Sealey on Saturday, March 19. It costs £40.
Nailsea Art Centre's second session is booked for Saturday, March 26, for a morning of exploring paper-cutting, a creative and therapeutic experience on a centuries-old and ever-evolving art form.
The techniques class will be led by Sarah Dennis who has worked with a range of clients including BBC Four, Tatler, The Guardian and Gosh Arts.
A council spokesman said: ‘We are thrilled to be able to offer a space to embrace the amazing local talents that we have, and to offer residents something a little different they can be involved in which is on their doorstep.
“If you are a tutor and would be interested in holding evening or weekend classes with Nailsea Arts Centre we would love to hear from you.”
The cost for the class is calculated by dividing teacher fee and room charge by the number of people attending. A similar course worked out at £30 for 12 people for three hours of teaching.
Currently Nailsea Town Council is speaking with various tutors to offer classes, both regular sessions and exclusive one-off ‘pop-ups’, and are updating its website with any new opportunities as soon as they are confirmed.
Childcare crisis hits Nailsea
A crisis in trained early years staff has forced a Nailsea nursery to tell the parents of 22 small children they can’t come back after half term.
Golden Valley House Day Nursery sent emails headed ‘termination of nursery place’ to the shocked mums and dads giving just a few days’ notice.
It said: “It is with real sadness that we are writing to terminate your child’s place at Golden Valley House Day Nursery with effect from the end of the week.
“Several of our staff have left the profession recently and it has proved impossible to recruit suitably qualified and experienced staff to meet our needs.
“Covid seems to have had an impact on the Early Years workforce - you may have already heard that other Early Years settings are having similar difficulties.
“We have today been hit with further news necessitating a reduction in the number of children in the setting and the short notice we have been able to provide.
“We realise there is no fair way of deciding who stays and who goes but have had to make our decisions based on ages of children, balancing numbers throughout the week and ensuring sustainability for the future.
“We will do all we can to be able to offer your place back as soon as we can - but cannot put a timeline on this.
“As nursery owners this is by far the hardest decision we have ever had to make and we have agonised over it – but we know there is no other alternative.
“We are distraught at the difficulties we know this will cause you, but we can see that if we fail to take this action now the nursery may not survive at all.”
The email was sent by joint owners of the nursery Andrew and Emma McCarthy and ends by offering to refund any overpaid fees.
A Nailsea mum, who did not want to be named said: “The contract requires four weeks’ notice but they did not abide by that giving us just days to make alternative childcare arrangements.
“I’m most concerned about is why 22 children were suddenly removed.
“I am confused and upset.
“The only thing the owners say is that it’s not their fault.
“There are a lot of unhappy parents in Nailsea learning of this bombshell news.”
Former primary school head teacher Emma and Andrew McCarthy have been the owners of Golden Valley House Day Nursery in Nailsea since 2008.
They also have nurseries at Swiss Road, Weston-super-Mare and Knowle in Bristol.
When Golden Valley House Day Nursery was last inspected back in April 2017 it received an ‘outstanding’ rating and looked after 75 children aged two to seven years on part-time and full-time basis.
Ofsted inspector Angela Cogan said at the time: “The quality of the staff’s interaction with children is of an exceptional quality.
“Children investigate and explore continually.
“They are confident and happy and their behaviour is impressive.”
There are strict guidelines on the ratio of staff to children:
for under two year olds - one carer to three children
two to three year olds - one carer to four children
three to five year olds - one carer to eight children.
Charlton Nursery which is on the main road at Flax Bourton provides childcare and early years education for babies and children aged six.
It is currently advertising five vacancies on Nailsea People Job Peeps page and has more staff jobs at its Winterstoke Road branch in Bristol.
Many Golden Valley children have moved here but at a greatly increased cost ‘almost double and treble’ said another parent who preferred not to be named.
A national shortage of quality qualified staff has been widely reported in newspapers up and down the country.
More than eight in 10 early years providers (84 per cent) are finding it difficult to recruit staff, according to a new report from the Alliance.
The new report, Breaking Point: The impact of recruitment and retention challenges in the early years sector in England, also found that 49 per cent of providers have had to limit the number of places at their setting or stop
taking on new children as a result of the crisis.And one in six early years providers said that they were likely to close within the next year due to staff shortages.
Staff at nearly two thirds of nurseries in England have quit the early years sector altogether in the past six months, with eight out of 10 nurseries struggling to recruit suitable staff to replace them.
Emma McCarthy has shared emails she sent to North Somerset Early Years Team and Weston MP John Penrose about the staffing crisis.
In it she says: “I am afraid things at Nailsea have taken a turn for the worse since we last spoke.
“We have had to make an agonising decision to dramatically reduce the number of spaces we have for 2- 4-year-olds with effect from next Monday.
“I can see no other way out of the constant struggles we are having to try and maintain ratios, provide a good standard of care and education and meet the needs of our most vulnerable children.
“Every time I went into the nursery, I could see my staff struggling to cope. I could see children who needed more support unable to have that support.
“Staff desperately need to take holidays but haven’t due to our staffing crisis. Members of staff we recruited haven’t joined us because they have been offered promotions and huge pay rises in their current settings to encourage them to stay.
“To let down so many of our families is the last thing we ever wanted.
“However, we have to give ourselves a fighting chance and the only way is to reduce numbers.
“Finding a solution has given me many sleepless nights and a lot of heartache.
“ I have worked through many different scenarios.
“This was the one option that gives us the best chance of success. It wasn't an easy task working out which children we could keep in the nursery.
“I wanted to ensure that we can continue to support some of our children with SEND and some vulnerable families and some of those whose parents are working full time.
“I have tried to take the pressure off lunchtimes by keeping children who do full days rather than half days.
“I have tried to balance two and three-four -year-olds to help with ratios.
“None of this is fair but was the only way to remain viable.
She added that Langford Nursery have also had to terminate places and the Honeytree Day Nursery at Weston Hospital recently closed as they did not have the staff to continue.
Emma said the Early Years team at North Somerset told her many nurseries are really struggling and concluded: “The Early Years sector is at breaking point.
“Continued lack of funding and under investment in the workforce has led to this crisis.
“There is nothing we want more than to be able to welcome families back.”
Playscheme needs new committee
Schools out for summer followed soon after by the playscheme committee
Nailsea playscheme was launched in 1985 by Nailsea Town Council to help working parents with childcare during the long school summer holidays.
The first year was at the Grove Sports & Social Club before moving to Grove Junior School, then Golden Valley Primary School before finally ending up at Kingshill Church School at Pound Lane.
It caters for more than 100 children for the first fortnight of the summer holidays and offers arts, crafts, sport and ‘cultural’ activities.
The planning is over many months by a committee of volunteers while the actual playscheme employs paid staff to ensure a safe and stimulating environment for the youngsters with the emphasise on fun.
The scheme is now independent of the town council although it still supports it with grants when necessary but the bulk of the running costs are paid for by fees.
The community got behind the playscheme from the beginning with everyone from flower arrangers to dance teachers, from neighbourhood police to football referees giving their time generously.
But time moves on.
The original 80s children grew up and sent their children and in 2022 after nearly 40 years we have reached a third generation.
The same goes for the committee with our current group of parents/carers with children now university students or young apprentices.
What we need it a new generation of committee members.
You don’t get paid but you do enjoy lots of camaraderie with fellow planners and the odd glass of wine (or cup of coffee!).
The groundwork for this summer has been done but they are looking for people to join them now to ensure it continues for many years to come.
In some ways the ‘job’ has got easier as Health & Safety curtailed the roller skating at Scotch Horn and Wednesday coach trips to places like the long defunct Tropicana are all history.
Founder committee chairman Carol Deacon said: “It was a very rewarding time but people have to move on as their children grow older.
“My overwhelming memory is of the children coming off the field at the Whiteoak Way school and chasing the Clevedon Mercury Sam Bear.
“It was joyous to watch but the poor actor inside the furry suit nearly fainted as it was a very hot day and too hot to run and escape all the excited cuddles from the youngsters.
“What makes you feel really old is when your grandchildren joined the staff!”
In the beginning television slots had to be timed to meet programme schedule now films can be played at any time but usually on a rainy day as most children prefer outdoor activities.
Kathryn Hanley has run the playscheme for the past 13 years.
She said: "I always encouraged the free flow and changed the red room to a games room which is filled with traditional board games like Monopoly, Guess Who and a multi games table which includes table football and air hockey.
"We now run our own cinema complete with tuck shop and the final day has a talent show and DJ Joe does the disco."It is such good fun."
Current chairman Sharon Colley said: “We need a new Nailsea Summer Playscheme committee as along with the rest of the committee many of us want to step away now our children are older so we have all positions to fill and wanted to spend this year handing over to a new team.“
We have Kingshill school booked again for 2022 and we have just started planning so will carry on this year but would like a new committee to take over and for us to show them the ropes so they can run with it next year.
“We don't need to raise any money as we have a pot to get us up and running again after no playscheme last year due to Covid.
“We will need chairperson, secretary, treasurer, events and staff co-ordinator and booking secretary as a minimum for 2023.
“The volunteer committee would not need to be at the scheme when it's running as we employ staff to do that, just need to have everything in place to run the event and support it when on.
“Dates for summer 2022 are Monday to Friday, July 25-August 5.
“The committee meet monthly to plan everything and have a playscheme co-ordinator that manages to scheme for the two weeks.”
If you think you can help, email the committee at Nailseaplayscheme@hotmail.com or send a message via its Facebook page.
Booking isn’t open until the half term after Easter but when ready will be posted on the website here https://www.nailseaplayscheme.com/.
PHOTO: Parachute games taken by Jeremy Long in the 1990s (wonder where the children are now?)
Going for Platinum
As celebrations begin to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, North Somerset residents are being urged to record their celebrations and capture the moment in history.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s Accession to the throne in 1952.
The first event we have heard of is a Queen's Jubilee Garden Party on Friday, June 3, at the Ring O'Bells.
Nailsea Town Council has a working party looking at running an 1950s-style tea dance in Somerset Square among many other ideas but nothing is decided yet.
The focus of celebrations will take place later in the year over the extended bank holiday weekend from June 2-5. During that period the Queen will be attending a number of official events including Trooping the Colour, a service in St Paul’s Cathedral, a concert at Buckingham Palace on the Saturday evening, and a spectacular pageant outside Buckingham Place on Sunday, June 5.
In North Somerset residents are being asked to enter any public events they are planning on to a national map.
North Somerset Council chairman Richard Westwood is the Labour Party ward councillor for Clevedon Yeo.
He said: “I hope people across North Somerset will join in this once in a lifetime occasion and celebrate this unique milestone.
“We know lots of people have already got plans from community parties and hedge and tree planting to lighting the Uphill beacon.
"I’d ask everyone to please go online and add details of your public celebrations to the interactive map on the Platinum Jubilee website.
“Her Majesty The Queen is the first British Monarch to celebrate 70 years of service and we want to help capture everything that’s taking place across our area to mark this special time, so we can create a record for future generations.
“I’d also like to remind people that if they’re planning a street party to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic reign, they’ll need to apply for a road closure.
“You can find all the information you need about this on the council’s website but please do give enough time for our teams to process the application, especially as there’s likely to be more than usual!
"To be able to hold a street party during the extended Bank Holiday weekend in June, you need to get your application to us as soon as you can and before the end of March.”
Applications for road closures will only be considered for minor residential roads where the closure will have minimal impact on through traffic.
Roads that are part of a bus route or a main road, including classified roads such as A, B and some C roads, are not suitable.
Street party organisers will also need to consider insurance for their event.
To find out more about applying to close a road for a street party go to www.n-somerset.gov.uk/closearoad.
The Platinum Jubilee interactive map where public events can be added is available at https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/events/.
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