News 1 February 2016
Hunt for white van men
Police would like to talk to two men seen acting suspiciously at Greenfield Crescent, Nailsea, on Friday, January 29.
A Nailsea resident reported an incident involved the men in a white van after seeing them load goods from her front garden into the back of their transit.
Her teenage daughter went out to confront the men and took the photographs as evidence for the police.
Mum Gemma Foan said: “It was on Friday at around 11am.“There were two men who knocked on my door.
“I didn't answer as I don't answer to strangers unless they're expected when I glanced out of my dining room window I saw my stuff being loaded onto their van.
“My hanging baskets, garden bench, my son’s bike and potted plants.
“I opened the door shouting and they put my stuff back.
“The van was full of stuff which looked like it came from other people's gardens but when my daughter went out to try and get the registration number of the van the man in the photo became aggressive and pushed her to the floor before they drove off.
“We called the police and gave them the photographs.”
One man is described as aged between 30-40 years, 5ft 10in tall, of stocky build and wearing a dark coloured fleece.
The other is aged approximately 20 years with dark hair and of a large build.
Police say they have carried out extensive house-to-house enquires in the area and would urge any with information to come forward.
The Nailsea crime reference is 5216020615. .
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Nailsea news in brief
Moving with the times
Nailsea town centre at times looks like a scene from the film Cocoon or as someone said more kindly a set from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
It is difficult to walk along a pavement without an elderly person whizzing past on a mobility scooter although police are currently on the lookout for people not obeying the ‘no cycling’ notices in the shopping precinct.
We are still wondering where the officers will be moving when the police station is redevelopment and becomes a warden controlled sheltered housing like Sycamore House which is due to open soon.
Town council re-brand
Nailsea Town Council which is on a property search for a ‘hub’ in the town centre is rebranding its committees to make it more relevant to the 21st century.
The old ‘planning and environment committee’ has become ‘planning’.
‘Finance and general purposes’ is now ‘finance and policy’.
‘Leisure’ is ‘environment and leisure’.
And ‘community engagement’ is a brand new committee.
With the new names come new responsibilities so the rule book has also had to be re-written.
The hub is a one-stop shop aimed at helping people with a wide range of medical and social issues including debt, housing, bereavement and isolation.
To read about Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce re-branding click HERE to go to the Business Peeps page
Yes, another new cafe
James Murray who runs two restaurants called Hawkes House at Thornbury and Theoc House at Tewkesbury has been teasing Facebook people with news he is opening soon at Nailsea.
Initially he wouldn’t say where or what but asked readers to chose a name for his new venture.
Needless to say Nailsea wags came up with ‘Cobblers’ and ‘On The Nail’.
Mr Murray eventually admitted it was a ‘friendly food, drink and coffee establishment’ but his lips were sealed on where.
This resulted in a ‘not another coffee shop’ lament.
The Queen’s Head put a sign up saying ‘under offer’ and shortly afterwards announced it would be closing on Sunday, February 21, and asking for support for its two last disco and karaoke evenings on Friday 12 and 19. The temporary managers said: “Let’s see this place out with a big bang with old and new faces.” The pub has been serving ale next to the village green since the early 1800s. Rumours it is to become a ‘youth centre’ have been met with incredulity by councillors.
STOP PRESS: Mr Murray confirmed today, Wednesday, February 3, that he has bought the Queen's Head. He said: "We exchanged contracts last week and will complete at the end of February. It will be all change, we will be demolishing the skittle alley at the back to make way for a lovely garden room and kitchen. Big plans, name change and can't wait to get stuck in."
More diary dates on the What’s On page by clicking HERE. To add dates email - thanks. NEW DATES ADDED.
Saturday, April 2 - Nailsea spring show, Nailsea School
Monday, May 2 - Scouts May fair, Millennium Park
Monday, May 2 - 157th North Somerset Show at Showground
Wednesday, May 18 - Nailsea Running Club annual Tyntesfield 10k run
Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12 Nailsea JFC annual six-a-sid
Sunday, June 26 - Nailsea Rotary Club annual charity walks
Saturday, July 2 - Nailsea Carnival
Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3 - Backwell Festival
Saturday, July 9 - Nailsea Skate Park Project annual festival and showcase
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 15-17 - Nailsea & Backwell beer and cider festival
Saturday, July 23 - Tough as Nails challenge
Monday to Friday, July 25-August 5 - Summer playscheme at Kingshill School, to download booking form click HERE
Saturday, August 6 - Nailsea summer flower show, Nailsea School
Thursday, August 18 - A-level results
Thursday, August 25 - GCSE results
Friday, December 2 - Nailsea Community Christmas Fair to learn more click HERE
Big Nailsea Skatepark reveal week
It was a big leap forward for Nailsea Skatepark Project with its 'big reveal' week.
On Thursday a Scotch Horn Centre meeting room was filled with young ‘wheelies’ and their young and not-so-young supporters to see the final design for the new concrete skatepark.
And on Saturday to the backdrop sound of a blues band at the Ring O’Bells the draw was made to see who was going up in a helicopter or staying at a top city centre hotel - all donated prizes in the fundraising raffle.
With missing rivets and wonky welding health and safety inspectors had no choice last year but to condemn the original skateboard and scooter ramps built with Tesco money at the Millennium Park 14 years ago.
NSP original goal was to raise a total of £160,000 boosted by a £60,000 grant from Sport England.
But with £80,000 banked it was a huge blow when the group learned against tough competition they failed to get any investment from the national sporting body.
A modified design cut costs but this still gave NSP the mammoth task in the run up to Christmas 12-13 weeks to raise a further £20,000.
This was been achieved by numerous high profile fundraising events adding to monies already raised by the Tough As Nails cross country marathon organised by community policeman Mark Raby and Trendlewood Community Festival plus business, church, community and council grants.
Spokesman Phil Williams said: “There were two significant events in the history of the Nailsea Skatepark project last week, firstly there was a public meeting held where the preferred skatepark contractor was announced and initial plans shared, and secondly the grand raffle draw was made for the project, and initial calculations from the organisers confirmed that this raised approximately £1,000.
“With more than £100,000 raised towards the project there were some very strong contenders for the skatepark design, and after much deliberation and discussion with the team, Nailsea Town Council and North Somerset Council, the very experienced Wheelscape Skatepark builders were chosen, and tasked with confirming their initial plan designs.”
The brief was to ensure that there was a concrete park built with opportunities for beginners as well as those improving and indeed space for the top riders to fully utilise the space.
The brief also included disabled access to the park and this will be confirmed in Phase 2 of the designs.
And it was standing room only at the Scotch Horn Centre when Wheelscape design consultant Russ Heideman revealed on the big screen their plans, the logic, and the final proposals.
The room was full of skatepark users and other key members of the town including Nailsea Town Council, North Somerset Council, teachers, press, Nailsea Community Trust representatives the NSP team and other interested parties.
Russ said: "Our design has been extensively worked on with the local user group, they had put a lot of time and effort into design consultation before going out to tender to ensure they got the design that was right for them.
"The user group and comittee felt that our designer Matthew Popek had best captured what they had in mind and as a result Wheelscape were chosen to progress with the project."
The feedback was very positive from all involved in the process, so now a small group will liaise directly with Wheelscape to tweak the plans following feedback, before the final park designs will be announced and the contract awarded by North Somerset Council, said Phil.
After 18 months of hard work this is a major milestone for the project.
One of the fundraisers launched in early December was the grand raffle and the draw was made at the Ring O’Bells with live music provided by Lewis Clark and the Essentials and a final flurry of tickets being sold in the pub.
Phil said: “A huge thank you to all the sponsors and the prizes awarded including a helicopter ride, courtesy of Butterfly travel, hotel accommodation provided by Marriot hotels, tickets for Bristol City and a signed shirt donated by Bristol City Community Trust, Shiner skateboard products and vouchers for shops and restaurants in town including Gilly’s cafe, The Blue Room, Queenie’s flower shop, Noah’s Ark zoo farm, Ring O’Bells and more.”
“After all the work during the past 18 months, this week’s events make it all worthwhile.
“We still have quite a bit of work to do to finalise plans to make sure the park will be of a top class design that we can be proud of, for not just the town but the surrounding area, with the aim of ensuring it is completed in time for the Nailsea Community Skatepark festival and showcase on Saturday, July 9 this year.”
Once the tender has been signed off with the revised plans it is estimated the build will take weather permitting seven weeks and have a lifetime of more than 25 years.
Phil added; “On behalf of the whole team I want to thank our community, individuals and grant funders and all those that have showed amazing faith in the team and have donated in so many ways”
Raffle prize winners have been notified by phone but if you want to watch the 'live' draw click on the hilarious video below.
And there is still time to help.
To donate online click HERE or send cheques payable to ‘Nailsea Town Council’ marked for the Nailsea Skatepark Project to Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea, North Somerset, BS48 4NG.