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2023

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SUMMER READING: Well we know the library is moving this summer into the old HSBC unit BUT what we don’t know is will we be without a library for a time when the move takes place? And we have heard rumoured new plans are in the pipeline for the old library 

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SECRET SHOPPER: Judd Trump MBE an English professional snooker player popped into Tesco Nailsea, on Thursday, February 2, and stopped for an in-house Costa cuppa. The former world champion and world number who is aged 33 was born in Whitchurch. He is widely regarded as one of the sport's most talented players and currently sixth on the list of all-time ranking event winners, with 23 titles. We are told he has also been seen shopping in Waitrose Nailsea

PHOTO: Tom Wilson

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Changing face of Nailsea town centre

At Somerset Square M&Co is still trading despite the notice on the shopfront and news that the company has fallen into administration.
The company announced its collapse on December 9 and now needs to find a buyer to avoid disappearing from the high street forever.
All of its 170 shops should be open and running as normal for now, while its administrators Teneo Financial Advisory looks for another company to take over.
We are told the Nailsea shop has enough stock to keep going for a bit and it has displayed 'closing down sale' signs before and it didn't shut, fingers-crossed.
Istabul Barbers said it will open this week in Nailsea High Street - see photos of progress including nice interior shot supplied by owners, update it did!
Golden Horse is closed for what we believe is its annual Chinese new year holiday although one eagle-eyed Nailsea People reader spotted the premises is up for rent on Prime Location along with other town centre businesses!
Coates House is still 'testing' the market and its details appear online.
And the old hairdressers which was being sold 'complete with ghost' as a private home also appears to be back on the market? 

Backwell Camera Club has started a rolling exhibition of prints by kind permission of Hunter Leahy, its shop window on Nailsea High Street.

The prints will be changed fortnightly.

Since the window is lit up at night the pictures can be viewed at any time.

If you are interested in photography, then see www.backwellcameraclub.club for more information including programme, meeting details and contact information.

We welcome new landlord and landlady Jess and Wayne at the Ring O'Bells, see details on our Food and DrinK page HERE.

And finally scaffolding has gone up in the High Street on the old Decades nightclub which has planning permission for a third storey apartments...watch this space...

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Twice as Pretty

A Nailsea beauty business is twice as nice now as it has two outlets in the town.

The hair salon at 16 Kingshill is called Pretty and the new nail and lashes salon at 47 High Street is called Too Pretty.

The official opening of the High Street salon which has three beauty treatment rooms with a pedicure area and two nail stations is on Friday evening, January 6, with plans afoot for a refurb at Kingshill.

And there will be opportunities to join the teams on a self-employed basis.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Filling up with petrol at Tout's? Get a car wash half price in January at Wraxall garage. More info here https://www.touts.co.uk/store/touts-nailsea-5/

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Last clothes shop standing at Somerset Square, Nailsea

It is not a merry Christmas for staff at clothes retailer M&Co which has appointed administrators as it collapsed for a second time in just over two years.

Shop staff at the Somerset Square, Nailsea, store learned just days before Christmas their jobs were again under threat for the second time in the same number of years.

M&Co opened its doors for the first time at Crown Glass Shopping Centre in October 2017.

The Somerset Square store created 10 new jobs and promised to sell the latest ranges in Womenswear, Menswear and Kidswear, including teen, baby and accessories.

If the shop closes permanently Nailsea will have no clothes retailer besides a few clothing racks in Waitrose of John Lewis children’s and underwear lines.

Financial advisory firm Teneo confirmed it had been brought in on Friday, December 9.

The Renfrewshire-based company, which used to be known as Mackays, is one of Scotland's best known clothing chains.

It currently employs 1,910 staff with 170 shops across the UK.

It last collapsed in 2020 but assets were immediately bought back by the family that built it up.

In the last week the retailer has shut two stores in Dorchester in Dorset and Droitwich, Worcestershire.

Teneo said no immediate redundancies had been made.

The store at Portishead is also under threat of closure.

M&Co will continue to trade while administrators explore a potential sale of the business, the firm added.

Gavin Park, one of the joint administrators, said M&Co had experienced a sharp rise in costs like many other retailers which had coincided with a ‘decline in consumer confidence’.

He added: "Despite a very loyal customer base, particularly in local markets, and a well-recognised brand, the current economic outlook has placed increasing pressure on the company's cash position."

M&Co was established as Mackays in 1834 and has traded as fashion retailer M&Co for more than 50 years and prides itself in selling quality products at the right price.

The retail unit was previously run for seven years by the Store21 chain which went into liquidation nationwide in July 2017 and some of its staff have been redeployed by M&Co.

Before then the shop was owned by Ethel Austin who went into receivership early in 2012.

The closure of New Look in May 2021 was a big blow to Nailsea’s retail heart.

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Library on borrowed time

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Nailsea library is due to move from its repair riddled building at Somerset Square to a Crown Glass Shopping Centre retail unit in the summer of 2023.

Books, computers and staff will move lock, stock and barrel to the former HSBC bank at 6-8 Colliers Walk.

Plans have gone to North Somerset Council for the move.

You can read full details HERE.

And the design and access statement prepared by Chris Goodsall Architect is HERE.

Lots of chairs and computers are included in the design but not too many book shelves?

No revised planning application has been submitted for the library site development which is likely to include the old Weston College/former medical centre area off Christ Church Close.

And no figure has been disclosed for the cost of the move or windfall from the sale of the site.

North Somerset Library Service was awarded a grant of £215,900 by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, delivered by Arts Council England, as part of the Libraries Improvement Fund (LIF) to spend on major refurbishment of Clevedon library one of the busiest in the district.

This fund supports existing library services across England by upgrading buildings and technology, so they are better placed to respond to the changing ways people use libraries.

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SURPRISE SURPRISE: The new hairdressers at Colliers Walk, Nailsea, opened days earlier than planned. Joi Salon the brainchild of former SP Hair stylist 

Carly Davis has moved back to Nailsea from her Clifton business. She said: "Parking issues have got the better of Clifton Village and I thought the time has come to branch out and open my very own salon! The builders are in and all should be complete within a few weeks!" Well good on the workman who finished early. Carly is taking bookings with a 45 minute cut and finish for ladies from £45 and a 30 minutes for gents at £28 online at www.joisalonbristol.co.uk

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Tout's festive tasting

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OPEN AND SHUT: Welcome to Noah’s Ark Farm Shop, bringing local produce to local people and zoo visitors from afar. Located in Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm’s car park, at Wraxall and it proud to stock local and ethical products, free-range meats and ethical gifts

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GET SET: The new hairdressers at Colliers Walk, Nailsea, is to open on Tuesday, December 13. Joi Salon is taking online bookings with a 45 minute cut and finish for ladies from £45 and a 30 minutes for gents at £28 according to its website at www.joisalonbristol.co.uk, it was also offering on its Instagram page for 'chairs for rent’

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NEW ROOTS: Flower Bee has moved from the High Street to 96C Old Church Road. It is in the shop previously owned by the artificial grass company Easigrass who you will find online HERE. To contact florist Jenn Pera call 0743 261 2196. Details of her Christmas wreath workshops are on our What's On page HERE

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Latest High Street news

Café 119 announced the other day on its Facebook page it was officially for sale and now next door but one Coates House is on the market for half a million pounds plus.

Café 119 owner Dean Sandy said: "Time to sell, if you or you know anyone that would be interested, then pass them my way."

But Coates House owner James Murray said they aren’t going anywhere. He said: “We are, and have been for many years, exploring the potential of a sale of the freehold element of the business to raise capital for future plans.

"This would leave the entire trading business including staffing completely unaffected.”

Read more Coates House property details here https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/128902490,

However, Matthew Rafferty who opened the small sweet shop in Colliers Walk earlier this year has shut up show.

He has gone back to selling online and at fairs and festivals.

Matt said: "Unfortunately as some of you may have gathered we have had to close our little sweet shop.

"We were struggling with a mixture of staffing issues, supply issues and footfall dwindling as the weather got worse.

"We are also now stocking lots of outlets around North Somerset which needs our time more than the shop unfortunately.

"Your are still able to order on the website, find out favourties at Christmas markets and at all local Tout's."

Orders taken here https://www.sweetzconfectionery.co.uk/.

The Pet Studio in the High Street is undergoing a conversion and rumour is it will soon be a nail bar.

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WHAT'S YOUR TIPPLE: The Rising Sun reopens after a refit, Waitrose Nailsea is offering free coffee to shoppers and a mobile bike outside the new greengrocers in Colliers Walk put the cat among the pigeons as Nailsea people fear yet another coffee outlet in the town centre!

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GREEN GROCERS: S&R Burchills closed is town centre shop and after 30 years deciding to trade online only. To book a delivery go to https://www.burchills.co.uk/. Alternatively Tout's at Wraxall garage is stocking fresh Burchills products. Just weeks after they closed a 3-4 Colliers Walk the double unit reopened as Nailsea Fruit And Veg run by Muhammed Atag and advertised for staff. See our jobs page.  As well as greengrocery being on sale at Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets, Ashley Olsen in Silver Street is open most mornings. The greengrocers submitted aw change-of-use application in February this year for its shop at 70 Silver Street. It wanted to merge the  existing ground floor greengrocer unit (Use Class E - formerly A1) with the existing house returning it to a single dwelling house. Plans with the application showed internal reconfiguration and replacement windows to front. North Somerset Council granted permission in May this year. For details of planning application 22/P/0461/FUL are here https://planning.n-somerset.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=R7P4ZKLPIJU00

Want a change from coffee?

Coffee Corner the Turkish-run cafe at Colliers Walk is now serving bubble tea – a first for Nailsea.

Although it feels like a relatively recent drink trend, bubble tea has been a popular drink in Asian countries since the 80s.

Somewhere between a fancy beverage and a snack, this crazy concoction seems to have grabbed the attention of the average young teenager thanks to its variety of colours, flavours and textures.

This often techni-coloured drink is based on a Taiwanese recipe of blending a hot or cold tea base with the choice of milk, fruit and fruit juices, then adding the signature 'bubbles' – soft and chewy tapioca pearls that sit at the bottom.

Tapioca is a starch extracted from the cassava root that is gluten-free and quite bland in flavour, but great in texture.

Bubble tea is served in transparent cups with a fat straw so that you can draw up the tapioca balls - also known as 'pearls' or 'boba' and chew them as you swallow the tea.

The “bubble” in the name refers to both the tapioca balls and the many bubbles created by the vigorous shaking involved in the blending process.

It most commonly consists of tea accompanied by chewy tapioca balls, but it can be made with other toppings as well, such as grass jelly, aloe vera, or red bean

Coffee Corner is serving strawberry, apple, passion fruit and mango flavours to drink in or takeaway.

It costs £3.50 per large cup.

Let us know what you think.

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On trend with bubble tea

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RE-ROOTING: Flower Bee the florist in Nailsea High Street has moved to St Mary's Grove. The notice on empty shop is posted by owner Jenn Pera. Flower workshops start on Thursday, September 22, 6.30-9pm. Must be prebooked...

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PHONE PROBLEMS: The newly opened betting shop Winning Post in Colliers Walk is still without a telephone line for customers at the beginning of September a fortnight after it first opened. Manager Sam Huff said: "We would like to say thanks to everyone for bearing with us in the process of opening the shop, as most of you know we are now open and aim to welcome anyone and everyone into our shop. We are a very happy bunch and enjoy having a laugh with everyone that comes in. We do tea and coffee, on a few Saturdays a month put on some food for our wonderful customers. I am supported by trusted colleague Rachel Llewellin-Lewis which most of the customers that come would know from Betfred."

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CLOSED FOR GOOD: Florist Lisa Gregory has shut her Nailsea Chic Blooms shop after five years of trading. Lisa began her business in Colliers Walk in 2018 before moving to larger premises at Crown Glass Place. She said that sadly the shop become unsustainable as the town centre footfall dwindles as more and more retail units near her closed. She opened Chic Blooms in 2018 in the small unit at 12a now home to the Sweetz shop and expanded to 15b Crown Glass Place a year or so later. But then came Covid and all the lockdowns. Lisa is well-known for designing and selling amazing silk flowers for many special occasions and was a firm favourite with brides-to-be.

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WAVING FROM WAITROSE: The flags have gone from Somerset Square. The red, white and blue bunting put up for HM the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations have finally come down three months after the event sometime at the end of August. Staffing issues are responsible for café closing early in afternoons. It is suppose to open Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm with different hours on bank holidays. The photo with the chairs on top of tables was taken at 2pm on weekday. New staff are currently undergoing training, Nailsea People was told

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Coffee #1 serves two types of cappuccino strong and sweet

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Unisex loos

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Coffee #1 serves two types of cappuccino strong and sweet

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Coates House

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Iced water and specialty tea, sorry eaten delish bacon bap

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Coates House

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On Friday, August 26, Nailsea People decided to go on a coffee crawl around the town centre as the newest coffee shop was opening.

There were lots of places to choose from but mindful that we didn’t want to get a caffeine overdose we only went to half a dozen.

Nailsea is earning the title coffee capital of the southwest with more outlets per capita than most however that fact hasn’t been verified and we have no confirmation either that Impero Lounge is going in library?

Coates House decided to hit back at the competition with a free coffee order and posted a cheeky note on social media that it was nothing to do with Coffee #1 opening.

At 8am we were at Coffee #1 (the hashtag symbolises the number one, we are told) where we met its first customer Bud Bryant who works as a cleaner at Waitrose.

Staff at Waitrose café were peering across watching but not specifically at Bud who is very friendly.

Somerset Live had written it would be serving giant teacakes ‘the size of hubcaps’ and the chain spent the past six weeks fitting out the former fashion store and transforming it into a ‘light, spacious coffee shop in arguably the best location in Nailsea’.

At Coffee #1 I had a mango smoothie and my husband a latte (£3.20). Both of us had downloaded the app but neither of us could work out how to get a credit for the drink. Daughter joined us and got it in one (or #).

The café serves cake and toasties, is child and dog-friendly with interesting décor and unisex toilet cubicles. Its décor and windows on the High Street are among its best bits.

We then stepped across the road to a very friendly welcome at Coates House. We ordered a bacon buttie and a ginger specialty tea – delish. Lattes cost £3 small and £3.20 large and there was a promotion to buy one get one free.

Nailsea People will add at this point all the town centre cafes were busy and all the staff we met on route were extra friendly.

Café 119 is a favourite as it serves the best unfussy food and as we passed a posse of cyclist pulled up so we didn’t stop for a drink – coffee here comes with a cake after 3.30pm at the bargain price of £4.75.

Parsons bakery had lots of lush bread and pasties on sale with lattes at £2.65 – a firm favourite with Royal Mail staff we are told.

Wetherspoons was full of people eating and drinking and it serves the cheapest cup of coffee in town at £1.25 with free refills. A popular place for people of all ages.

Greggs latte was £1.85 and has outside seating in Colliers Walk.

Further along the Turkish café called Coffee Corner hardly had any seats left indoors or out it was so busy – many go for the homemade Dina Baklawa cake and other delicacies.

Tony Targett was sat in his normal place outside the very popular Costa which wasn’t quite as busy as usual. Its had special offers but couldn’t see the prices.  

Nailsea places currently serving coffee:

  • Café 119

  • Coates House

  • Coffee Corner

  • Coffee #1

  • Costa at Tesco supermarket

  • Costa at Somerset Square

  • Greggs bakery

  • Ivy Kitchen

  • Parsons bakery café

  • Paradiso Italian restaurant

  • Scotch Horn café

  • Royal Oak pub

  • The Glass Maker, Wetherspoons

  • The Sawyers Arms

  • Waitrose café

  • sometimes The Coffee Caravan outside Post Office

  • not sure if our takeaways or Golden Horse serve coffee but all the clubs and other pubs in the town. Mustn’t forget the cafes at Nailsea Baptist Church and Holy Trinity churches plus Christ Church has a Saturday coffee morning - in fact you can even get a cup of coffee in the hairdressers and beauty salons.

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COMING SOON: The new look at the former clothes shop is nearly complete and Coffee #1 which plans to open seven days a week at Somerset Square is recruiting more staff. Meanwhile at the bottom of Colliers Walk a poster has gone up saying 'new retailers coming soon'. The rumour mill said it was going to be an Egyptian-owned greengrocers going into what was briefly Nailsea International Stores but then we were told that was going into the old Burchills shop. Oh and Ashley Olsen's fruit and veg trade has increased greatly in Silver Street since Burchills went to online trading only that there are queues most mornings   

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