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News 1 June 2016


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Brexit rallying call to Nailsea

North Somerset MP Liam Fox gave his ‘state of the Union’ address to a Brexit rally at Nailsea on Saturday.

A leading light in the ‘out’ campaign this was the third of five North Somerset rallies about the European Referendum Dr Fox is addressing.

The unforeseen clash with the FA cup final and the torrential downpour saw the audience numbers halved from the Clevedon date with approximately 60 people at the Scotch Horn leisure centre meeting.

Dr Fox maintained throughout his speech that he was ‘in favour of Europe’ but against the European Union which he saw as an unelected body of money wasters.

He said: “This is the most important decision anyone can make politically in our lifetimes.

“I want to leave the European Union for three reasons, I want to have control of the laws under which I live, I want to have control of the borders of my country and I want to have control over the money spent in my name.”

He cited the £350 million a week that the EU costs UK taxpayers.

Dr Fox then gave a brief outline of the history of the EU which was set up in the 1950s to stop further wars but has since become an outdated concept which is leadling to ‘a super national state’ with a single army, single currency and single legislative body.

The opinion of the late Margaret Thatcher was voiced at the meeting and he told of the many high-powered media interviews he has been briefing.

Dr Fox dammed the scaremongering of the ‘yes’ campaign and the intervention of US president Barack Obama for saying Britain would go to ‘back of the queue’ for a trade agreement which wasn’t the case during World War 2, Iraq or Afghanistan, he said.

Currently we don’t have bilateral treaty with our single biggest trading partner the United States, said Dr Fox.

Leaving the EU didn’t mean giving up our permanent seat on the United Nations security council or other important European or world bodies, he said dismissing the idea we ‘would be a poor sad little country if the EU isn’t there to hold our hand’.

He said it was like living in ‘an Alice in Wonderland parallel universe’ the topsy-turvy hopes then fears of inflation/deflation and falling/rising house prices.

Why does the Bank of England governor Mark Carney say membership of the EU is vital for economic well-being when we have the best employment figures especially for youth compared with member states? Dr Fox asked.

He said: “Yes, there are risks on leaving but please understand the risks of staying.”

Political tensions in Europe are leading to the rise of extreme views.

He added: “The best business to be in at this moment in Europe is selling barbed wire…if we leave the EU it will make the old men of Brussels think again.”

Of the handful of people who spoke during the Q&A session surprisingly the majority were in favour of staying in the EU including a former Nailsea School student who now works in commerce in Brussels.

Dr Fox holds his next rallies at Portishead and Weston-super-Mare on Saturday, June 11.

Voting is on Thursday, June 23.

The debate on leaving the EU is dividing people across political parties and even familes.

Wells MP James Heappey admitted on national television he hadn't even told his mother North Someret ward councillor for Nailsea Anne which side he is backing although he has made up his mind.

To view One Minute Fox the latest video by our MP on how to vote click below. 

Clevedon got Broadchurch, Tyntesfield got Sherlock and finally Nailsea has a television programme being made in our town.

Television producers are asking Nailsea people for help with a new BBC One series presented by Paul Martin of TV show Flog It.

Street Auction will be coming to the town to hold a pop-up auction at Strawberry Close on Sunday, June 19, 1.30-5pm.

The series will be a real community affair and residents are urge to come and join in with the street party atmosphere with cake stalls, bric-a-brac and craft stalls and bring items to sell on the stalls – with money going to a local cause.

Information is deliberately scant as there is an element of surprise to the series but if residents want to know more they can contact Amy Ford on 0303 083 3439 or email

Amy said: “The basic premise of the programme is to reward a local hero or heroes for some great work they have done in the community. 

“We have chosen someone who lives in the Nailsea area but it is a big secret! 

“The street party and pop up auction will aim to raise as much money as possible to give this couple a treat. 

“I am looking for people to volunteer to make cakes, help run stalls, maybe offer face-painting or selling plants. 

“We would love as many people as possible to come to the day, they might even get a bargain and it is all for a good cause.

“The whole event will end in a pop up auction run by Flog It’s Paul Martin. 

“We are making 15 episodes altogether and we are looking forward to involving the great people of Nailsea in one of these programmes.”

The BBC has already filmed episodes at Beaminster, Dorset, and Calne, Wiltshire with tremendous community support so please call or email Amy if you would like to get involved.

Flog It had a similar formula to Antiques Roadshow but this time Street Auction is looking for unwanted or unloved items for its sale.

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Tribute to footballer James Colman

Two teams and one minute of applause marked the start of a football match played to honour talented sportsman James Colman who died in his sleep in March this year.

James is believed to be a victim of sudden adult death.

The charity match for the British Heart Foundation was the idea of fellow footballers Charlie Ashton, Jake Sampson and Josh Benjamin.

Hundreds of family, friends and fellow footballers attended the memorial match on Sunday afternoon, May 22, between Nailsea Athletic and Nailsea United at Grove Sports Centre.

Nailsea United Football Club member Barry Sampson said: "We didn’t take much notice of the score as there were no winners or losers, it was raising awareness of the heart foundation to show our respect for James.”

His parents Carol and John, girlfriend Hannah and sisters Lucy, 25, Clare, 34 and Katie, 32, were all at the match with Lucy acting as mascot.

James was a member of Nailsea Junior Football Club from the age of five before moving up to play for Nailsea United when he was 16.

A Bristol City and Man United fan James - known as Coley to his footballing friends - moved from Kent to Nailsea with his family when he was four-years-old.

He attended Golden Valley Primary before moving on to Nailsea School.

He then went to study at Bath Spa University where he gained a first class honours degree in graphic design and publishing before joining Paragon Books.

James's position as number 4 in the club's reserves team has been 'rested' since his death.

James had been out house hunting with Hannah the weekend before his death.

The pair, who had been together six years, had saved up a deposit and were planning to buy their first home together.

James's family described him as 'loving, kind and generous with a great sense of humour.'

Nailsea United Football Club chairman Spencer Lee, who managed James in many of the 176 games he played for the club, paid a special tribute on the club website.

He said: "James was such a wonderful human being.

"A decent, unassuming lad who only ever wanted to give of his very best in whatever way he could.

"He was quite simply a manager's dream."

Sudden adult death syndrome is an umbrella term used to describe different causes of cardiac arrest that occur during sleep, while awake or after exercise.

The condition is estimated to claim the lives of at least 12 seemingly healthy young people across Britain each week.

Sunday’s event which ended with a raised £2,300 for the BHF.

Barry added: “Our special thanks to the people who made it all happen.”

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Remembering Alex Gould

Police officers from Nailsea neighbourhood team are running a second Tough As Nailsea charity obstacle course.

Last summer more than 100 people ran the course at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club, raising £1,000 - £900 went to Nailsea Skatepark Project with £100 going towards organising the 2016 event.

Neighbourhood sergeant Mark Raby said: “This has always been about supporting the young people of Nailsea and we’re holding the run in memory of Alex Gould following his tragic death in February aged just 18.

"We’re grateful for the support of Alex’s mother Caroline who has agreed to start the race - once again we hope this will be a community event with lots of people coming along to support the runners.”

As the new skate park is open the organisers have chosen another cause to support in 2016 to help improve facilities for young people.

So this year money raised from the event will go towards a ‘youth shelter’ for Millennium Park.

It’s hoped that the shelter will have space for plaques to commemorate young people from Nailsea whose lives have been cut short.

Caroline said: "It's such a lovely, wonderful thing to do and it's quite an honour that it's being done in memory of Alex.

"It will be great for the young people of Nailsea to have somewhere to go.

"We're grateful that Alex is being remembered through something which will be so good for the community and which will give us all a way of remembering those we have lost."

Once again police officers are teaming up with outdoor fitness company Carpe Diem and the organisers are grateful for the support of local businesses.

Tough As Nails 2016 is on Saturday, July 23, and includes routes for adults and children with new obstacles as well as favourites from 2015.

Anyone interested in taking part or supporting the event can get in touch by e-mailing - applications close Saturday, June 18.

You can follow progress on the project on the Facebook page by clicking HERE




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