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KISCHE CATCH-UP: We told you the Kebab Kitchen was expanding into a next door unit at Crown Glass Shopping Centre but didn't see this coming - closed for school summer holidays, oh dear. Nailsea's favourite Turkish takeaway will be closed for renovation from Sunday to Sunday, July 31-September 5. They apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to serving you food soon!
ONLINE AUCTION: It was once Nailsea Members' Club then Decades nightclub and now it is an empty shell. Hollis Morgan had hoped to sell the upstairs of the High Street property by online auction in June but postponed the auction to Wednesday, July 28, when it sold 'prior to auction' for its guide price of £375,000. It has lapsed planning permission to convert into six one-bed and three two-bed flats which would give the development an estimated value of £1.4M. To view a YouTube video of the inside of The Arcade building go here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx_zkL9uWHQ&t=21s
WITHDRAWAL: Barclays bank closed for good on Friday a fortnight after HSBC closed at Colliers Walk. On Wednesday morning, July 22, workmen arrived to start gutting the inside of the High Street branch a job they told Nailsea People they had been doing nationwide especially in small communities and rural villages.The safe had already been taken away.
FOOD FEAST: The good news is the Kebab Kitchen the Turkish takeaway at Crown Glass Place, in Nailsea, is hoping to expand into the neighbouring empty retail units. The bad news is it is closed for the school summer holidays August 2021. Famed for is food incuding garlic pizzas or king burgers only one town councillor objected on the grounds of late night noise and litter...watch this space to learn about reopening...
Nailsea weekend walkabout
New Look staff bid a fond farewell to Nailsea after the Somerset Square store closed on Friday, May 14.
Jo Rex-Scandrett posted a selfie on Nailsea People Facebook page community section.
She said: “Thank you all for the love during the past weeks, we have been blown away by the kindness from the community around the unfortunate closure of our store.
"It’s been a pleasure serving you all.
"Goodbye Nailsea, it’s been fun.”
We are all devastated that store which has been part of our street fabric for so long has closed as it was such a favourite with the young fashionistas.
In happier news soon you will see a banner on the newly painted railings at Link Road, Nailsea, announcing the opening date of Paradiso.
Workmen headed by owner Oliver Shvaline are trying hard to get everything spick 'n' span to open the Italian restaurant in the next week.
Oliver has taken delivery of some plush grey velvet chairs and everyone is rolling up their sleeves preparing the premises for the end of lockdown 3.
The white venetian plaster is on the ceiling, imaginative lighting wired, and new wooden panelling has all been installed.
Its online booking system will also be 'live' soon.
And not forgetting new signage has been put up and they are hoping North Somerset Council will approve a change-of-ownership licensing application soon.
Talking about new signage nothing has happened at Nailsea International Stores, but it does have a flashing neon sign saying ‘open’ in the window at Colliers Walk.
However, the signage-to-end-all-signage is at Crown Glass Place on the glass facing the post office.
In a sort of upstairs/downstairs situation Simpson Solicitors have just moved across from 15 Crown Glass Place to the ground floor unit formerly occupied by The Blue Room at The Sion.
Every window is an advertising board and is directly below Wards Solicitors who have offices on the first floor.
Meanwhile Matt Hanley is installing 'everything' from flooring to outside steps, loos to lighting plus state-of-the-art security system at the old tattoo shop ready for the graphic and website design agency he runs with wife Joy to move in next month.
And another online media business further along the high street has signage saying Squarebird at 83 High Street.
Nailsea town centre is going to be spoilt for choice with lots of places to eat out this summer.
Work is progressing at Ivy Kitchen, formerly Gilly’s café; Coates House online booking system is ready to take your order; the new double fronted Café 119 has its licensing application for live music and alcohol sales currently being decided by the town hall.
Finally, Mark Ashman's decision to extend his opening hours on market day appears to be a smart move as all outside tables were occupied by early afternoon.
Mark said he is looking forward to 2pm on Monday when lockdown restrictions start to relax, and he can serve alcohol inside at Nailsea MicroPub which is just off the High Street at Kings Court.
SCREEN STARS: Escape To The Country presenter Sonali Shah went shopping in Nailsea while filming a Somerset-based property search last November. Kent couple were looking for a rural home with a budget of £425k. Although the programme didn’t house-hunt in Nailsea the film crew popped into Simply Green, our amazing plastic free High Street shop, to feature the business. Owner Bethan Walker talked on camera about how the store challenges customers to think about their shopping habits in a bid to reduce packaging and food waste. If you missed the programme which went out on Monday afternoon, May 10, it can be viewed here on BBC iPlayer HERE
Below we have republiish our article from February 2019 when Beth opened her frist shop. There is now a branch at Portishead too.
SHOCK CLOSURE: Seven members of staff learned on Thursday, May 6, that the fashion shop at Somerset Square, Nailsea is to close on Friday, May 14. This announcement came just days after the store pasted We Love Nailsea signs on its blacked out windows which face the High Street. Nailsea People Facebook page news about this closure reached more than 7,000 in the first 24hrs with more than 100 comments most expressing regret and fears of the fashion store being replaced with another charity shop. Giving just one week's notice to its customers which they hope will go to online buying shutting up shop is scheduled for next week. No one was available from Crown Glass Shopping Centre to comment
What’s new on the street
Nailsea International Stores at Colliers Walk is open – owner Najdet 'Nash' Mosher decided not to wait for the front signage to arrive and is welcoming customers 8am-8pm in time for the May bank holiday.
Simply Green has a smart new frontage sign, Sui Generis Tattoo Design has approval to open at the former beauty shop Refresh, at Clevedon Walk and both Paridiso and The Ivy Kitchen are both on schedule to open mid-May.
Dave Ramsay, of Courtyard Barbers is singlehandedly keeping the place spick and span and hopes to introduce some outside colour with the help of David Price, of Oak Leaf Nurseries & Plant Centre, who runs the plant stall on the Tuesday market at Somerset Square.
And Nailsea Physio has opened at Kings Court...we wish Emma Klijn much success in her new premises..
New cafe, deli and cake shop in Failand
A village shop in Failand is selling low calorie cakes for people watching their waistlines.
Honey and Ginger village store and farm shop is fast becoming the ‘go to’ place for treats such as cakes and doughnuts for the health conscious.
Husband and wife team Ryan, aged 34, and Lisa Anthoney, 33, and their family took over the store and former Post Office last summer.
The family has spent the last year, during the various lockdowns, transforming the business and along with selling everyday essentials, have a strong focus on locally produced products.
Not only does it stock gluten and low carb cakes and keto friendly keto-nuts - doughnuts without the dough - it also offers a range of goodies by Nourish, a keto friendly snack range set up by a Bristol mum whose daughter had food allergies.
Other ranges include Pip & Nut, a nut butter and dairy free snack range and Nutcessity, using nut butters without peanuts for those with allergies.
Alongside fresh produce and decadent cakes, the shop also sell healthier alternatives such as low carb doughnuts and gluten free cakes.
Read full Bristol Post story HERE.
Tofs charity support
The Original Factory Shop in Nailsea High Street is looking for a local charity to support.
Manager Kerry Morrison Macgregor said: "We need your help.
"Pop over and follow and like our Facebook page then suggest a local charity that we can support ... thanks."
How it will work is every time someone swipes their loyalty card or buys a carrier bag the money will go to our chosen charity .
Kerry added: "This is your chance to help us chose who we will chose to support .
"Please feel free to comment suggestions and let as many people know to come on to this page and vote."
The shop at 61-63 High Street which is part of the retail chain selling discounted homewares, furniture and electrical goods, plus toys and clothing also has a super party section with big blow-up balloons and more.
The store is open Monday to Saturday 9am-5:30pm + Sunday 10am-4pm.
Nailsea Physio is moving from The Old Vicarage at Somerset Square to a brand new clinic at Kings Court. The plan to open the new premises on Monday, April 26. Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. For more information and to book an appointment call 0788 957 3600
PLANT PLACE: The Tuesday plant markets run by David Price, of Oak Leaf Nurseries & Plant Centre, is back in Somerset Square, Nailsea. Dave supplies and sponsors all the plants seen at Crown Glass Shopping Centre
Barclays withdraw from Nailsea
Barclays is closing its Nailsea branch
Following NatWest and HSBC another Nailsea bank is to close.
The 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.
This leaves just Lloyds at Crown Glass Place as the only bank in the town.
A Barclay statement says: ‘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.
• Customers using other ways to do their banking has increased by 13% since 2015
• In the past 12 months, 14% of this branch's customers have been using nearby branches
• We’ve identified that only 49 customers use this branch exclusively for their banking.’
Barclays is also closing its Portishead branch a week earlier than Nailsea on Friday, July 9.
Read more on Breaking New HERE.
Burchills business boom after three decades trading in heart of Nailsea
S&R Burchills is marking its 30th anniversary with a free fruit and veg giveaway.
Sixty online and in-store customers chosen at random will receive a refund on their purchase in April.
That is one online and one in-store daily – that is 60 full refunds throughout the month to mark their 30 years in business.
Established in 1991, the family-run town centre business has been supplying fruit and vegetables to the residents of North Somerset for three decades.
Sean and Ruth Burchill established S&R Burchills in April 1991, following Sean’s career as a salesman with the Bristol Wholesale Fruit Company.
Based in the heart of Nailsea town centre, the business has grown exponentially since its original launch, adding new product lines, services and two new websites – now offering next day delivery in the surrounding area.
Despite the growth, several things have remained the same including the core team and Sean’s working day!
Thirty years later and Sean still wakes up at 1am every day to select the best produce from the Wholesale Fruit Centre, as well as local growers and suppliers to supply customers in North Somerset.
Sean said: “We pride ourselves on our customer service, and the ability to adapt with the times – no more so than this past 12 months.
“During the years we have worked with the very best growers and suppliers in the area and have established a fantastic team to help take the business to the next level.”
Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, S&R Burchills launched a new online ordering website which has grown 32,000 per cent in this time. The business has since taken on more staff and vehicles to accommodate the rise in demand for online shopping and customisable delivery options.
Thanks to the new e-commerce website, customers can purchase from the full range of more than 300 products across the fruit, vegetable, salad, dairy, herbs, grocery, confectionary, and jams and sauces categories, as well as its traditional vegetable boxes.
The business has also collaborated with a local chef to create a selection of easy to follow and inspiring recipes using its produce.
Sean added: “On behalf of myself, Ruth and the whole team at Burchills, I would like to say a big thank you to all our customers, past, present and future and we look forward to the next big anniversary.”
Visit the website at burchills.co.uk.
Summer closure date is revealed by HSBC
Nailsea People has been told official closing date for HSBC in Nailsea is Friday, June 25, when all accounts will be moved to the Portishead branch.
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 have 511 branches across the country following the closure programme.
Managers said they did not expect to make any redundancies, with staff moved to nearby branches instead.
The Colliers Walk bank is to shut in June 2021.
A further shock is that the Portishead branch is only open from 10am-2pm Monday to Friday.
Word on High Street
While rumours abound on what's happening on the street, High Street that is, we know as soon as possible Paradiso and Cafe 119 will both re-open fully refurbished.
Nailsea People were told a bistro is also to open in what was Gilly's Cafe but that could be just Chinese whispers.
Earlier a little bird said it was going to be a cake shop and plans for the International Stores at Collier's Walk seem to have stalled?
Two graphic, website and digital marketing agencies are setting up shop at either end of the town centre and Tesco supermarket is recycling 'soft' plastic - see bin outside.
And we love the new logo for High Street florist The Flower Bee.
Still no news on what is to become of the stump of the village green oak tree...
UPDATE: The planning application for change of use from cafe (former A3) to restaurant (Class E b) for 61A High Street is HERE.
Nailsea farmers' market is back in April
Somerset Farmers Market returns for the second time this year to Nailsea High Street on Saturday, April 17, 9am-1pm.
While Covid-19 restrictions are in place the professionally managed market has sanitizer stations, clear queuing arrangements to maintain social distancing and the Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club is providing extra stewards.
To find out more about the Market and the food producers visit www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk and sign up for a Nailsea Farmers Market e-newsletter for up-to-date news before each event.
Photos from the March market on the Gallery 2021 page HERE.
Stalls in March included:
Bath Soft Cheese - farmhouse cheeses including the award-winning Bath Blue
Barley Wood Organic Vegetables - grown in the Walled Garden at Wrington
Chew Valley Gin - a locally based distillary being launched this year!
Fussels Fine Foods - award winning culinary rapeseed oils ,dressings & sauces
Gardens of Japan - Cheddar-based nursery specialising in Acers and other shrubs and trees
Go Wild Preserves - family business creating seasonal preserves
Hall & Lench - a brand new free range egg farm
Incredible Brewing Company - Bristol based micro brewery
Janes Flower Pots - each month Jane has a vibrant selection of flowering plants
Leafy Greens Micro Farm - bringing highly nutricous micro versions of salads, vegetables and herbs a flavoursome boost to your immune system!
Nailsea Cider - locally created cider using apples from orchards in and around the town
Nailsea Country Markets - locally produced sweet & savoury baked goods & preserves
Nutts Scotch Eggs & Pies - award-winning flavours of scotch eggs and now with a growing range of pies
Nut Tree Farm - goat meat, milk and quiches plus lamb
Oven To You - pastry chef specialising in sweet tarts of all flavours
Real Pork - very local free range pork all cuts available plus cooked ham
Rooms The Confectioner - traditionally made fudges, cinder toffee, marshmallow, chocolates and truffles.
Robert Hawker Game - the highest quality venison from well managed estates
Somerset Cheese Company - Anita brings award-winning cheeses she has made with local milk from cows, sheep, goats & buffalo
Somerset Charcuterie - award winning range of cured and air dried meats
Seafoods - Burnham-on-Sea family fishmonger bringing a huge range of seafood
The Sausage Shed - an award winning range of handmade sausages made with high welfare local pork from Ivan
The Great Cake Company - specialising in gluten free ingedients a delicious selection of cakes and tray bakes including dairy free options
Times Past Cheese Dairy - a huge range of locally made flavoured cheddars
The Wicked Chilli - family chilli farm creating a wide range of sauces and chilli-themed produce
Winnies Bakery - bringing along a huge range of baked goods including their lovingly created sourdough (using Winnie the starter!)
Wesley Cottage Bees - honey and honey themed products from master beekeeper Lynn Ingrams
White Gate Apple Juice - bring apple & pear juice plus their own cider
April stalls listed on the What's On page
Food for thought
The Sunday Times published at the end of February a ‘well-being’ poll which saw Wokingham in Berkshire named the healthiest place in England and Blackpool the worst.
But in the list of 149 areas said to be ‘healthy’ North Somerset with a score of 100.4 comes 62nd wedged between the south west overall and Derbyshire so the news isn’t too bad for us.
North Somerset’s top ranking was 6th place for ‘healthy eating’ although it doesn’t make an appearance in the top ten best or top ten worst rankings for ‘happiness’, ‘air pollution’, ‘obesity’ or ‘physical activity’.
The findings come from the Office for National Statistics and financial services company Lane, Clark & Peacock.
Read more HERE but be warned the newspaper has a paywall.