News 1 November 2015
LEST WE FORGET
The young and the not-so-young marked Armistice Day at Nailsea on the 11/11. Their photos have been added to a report of the Royal British Legion parade and wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial at Holy Trinity church on Sunday, November 8. Go to the gallery by clicking HERE.
LATEST: NO TO LIDL
STOP PRESS: Decision date Thursday, December 10 although North Someret Council highway officials are already saying 'No' to Lidl coming to Nailsea. For a summary of their reasoning and report of Nailsea Town Council meeting which discussed the revised plans go to the Breaking News page by clicking HERE.
All change again on Nailsea bus routes
First bus company is revising its Nailsea timetable from Sunday, November 1.
There was a furore when it introduced a new bus timetable at the end of August and people learned buses would be going back and forth along Hazlebury Road missing out schools and the sheltered housing along Silver Street.
Then it was discovered they forgot to link Nailsea to Clevedon on Sundays and that Nailsea School students living at Tickenham couldn’t get to school on time by bus and would have to wait 90 minutes at the end of the day for transport home.
In the interim North Somerset Council was forced to organise free school transport for the children living more than two miles away from their nearest secondary school – and pick up an additional bill!
Nailsea School head teacher Chris Wade said: “We are working closely with both the local authority and First bus to reach a solution to the bus problems.
“Until the new timetable comes into force we are ensuring that all students who qualify for free local authority transport are receiving it.”
First Bus and North Somerset Council announced this week that it will be all change again but this time for the better.
A spokesman said: “Following a review of the service changes made on Sunday, August 23, in the Nailsea area First West of England and North Somerset Council have listened to comments and suggestions from our customers.“
While the changes to the Nailsea network are for most people overwhelmingly positive we are seeking to respond to comments with a number of minor adjustments.”
The key changes to the A2, X8 and X9 services include:
Service A2 retimed to allow for journeys to and from Tickenham and Nailsea School;
Additional journeys provided between Clevedon and Nailsea;
The route of the service X9 will be modified to go one way along Hazelbury Road and on its return loop along Silver Street;
More buses will go along Queens Road and Stockway South; and
More buses will link Long Ashton and Nailsea School.In addition to these changes Carmel Bristol will also be operating new journeys between Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead on service 88.
For First Bus X8 and X9 timetable information click HERE.
North Somerset Council deputy leader and executive member responsible for transport Elfan Ap Rees said: “We are always keen to ensure that we can get the most out of public investment in local bus services.
“We have listened to local people and worked with First and ABus to take on board comments while balancing the commercial viability of these services.”
First West of England is responsible for keeping the buses on time at Bath, Bristol, Glastonbury, Street, Wells and Weston-super-Mare and the places in between.
General manager for Bristol Jenny MacLeod said: "We have worked with North Somerset Council to make some adjustments to the changes we made to services in Nailsea in August.
"We have listened to the feedback from our customers and local residents who raised their concerns to us and we hope that the changes we will be making will ensure the bus services best serve the needs of people in Nailsea.”
N&DHS sweet pea lecture
Want to learn how to grown award-winning sweet peas for next summer?
Nailsea and District Horticultural Society is inviting all members and prospective members to its annual meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 11, at the United Reformed Church, Stockway North.
After the boring business bit the 2016 programme of talks and show dates will be revealed followed by a gardeners question time and the opportunity to make suggestions for the future.
After the formalities husband and wife team Martyn and Val Davies will give a demonstration and talk about sweet peas; how to sow, grow and show them.
In fact all you need to know and do throughout the year to get the best blooms.
To read more N&DHS stories go to the Flower Peeps page by clicking HERE.
Nailsea where the cider apples grow...
A bumper crop of fruit was gathered for Big Apple Day at the Tithe Barn, Nailsea on Saturday afternoon.
Environmental group Transition Town Nailsea teamed up with Nailsea Cider to host its sixth annual Apple Day in the restored medieval barn near Holy Trinity church.
The apples were ‘scratted’ or chopped and then pressed to make 200 litres of delicious juice which could be drunk as it was or turned into wine or cider.
Coffee, apple cakes and recipes books were on sale and Dave Francis and friends provided traditional folk music in the hall.
Cider made from last year’s pressing was on sale by the glass or by popping next door to the Ring O’Bells pub it could be bought on tap or in boxes to take home.
Several varieties of old cider apples including Pomeroy of Somerset, Devon crimson and nine square, were picked up from Charlton Farm which is going to make a special fundraising brew for Children’s Hospice South West based at Wraxall.
Transition Town Nailsea, in common with many other towns and villages in Britain, is reviving long lost traditions associated with apple growing and the apple harvest.
The group hopes that more and more people will want to use and celebrate local fruit, and is keen to make links back to Nailsea’s history as a major cider-producing town.
This is all part of the Transition ideals for communities to grow and use more local food as part of a long- term strategy to reduce air miles and our use of fossil fuel in the production of our food.
NTN spokesman Carole Pritchard said: "We had more than 50 family groups that helped Transition Town Nailsea and Nailsea Cider celebrate a bumper apple harvest.
"Many types of apple cakes were washed down with just pressed apple juice."
For anyone interested in finding out more about the Transition movement go to the website by clicking HERE or email email@example.com.
Nailsea’s history is steeped in coal, glassmaking and cider-making.
The famous Coate’s Cider was made in Nailsea, and before this nearly all the local farms made cider because they could pay their staff a proportion of their wages with the stuff.
Nailsea Cider is a small scale production outfit with an orchard near West End.
They also use apples from trees in gardens around Nailsea especially from windfalls.
For find out more go to its website by clicking HERE.
To view more photos of Big Apple Day including beautiful artistic images like the one top right by Melanie Carey go to the gallery by clicking HERE.
The bottom image is of men from Nailsea Cider at work.
A apple pressing tour of the district is currently underway by Tyntesfield peeps - to read more click HERE.
The next event for the diary is the winter wassail which starts at the Old Farmhouse on Trendlewood on Saturday, January 16, 2016.
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Backwell rail bridge closure for faulty high voltage cable fix
The faulty underground electricity cable which caused disruption to thousands of Nailsea homes last week is to be repaired by Western Power Distribution.
The latest problems last Thursday, October 15, saw thousands of homes without power while others experienced continous flickering of computers with other electrical items going temporarily on the blink.
WPD is starting work near Backwell Station this week replacing an extensive amount of high voltage cable.
The work is expected to take several weeks.
The road under the railway bridge will b e closed from 7pm Friday to 11am Monday, October 23-26 with a diversion route clearly signed.
To find out how work is progresing go to the Breaking News page by clicking HERE.
Temporary traffic lights will be used to control traffic after the road reopens.
Click HERE to read the emergency road closure notice by North Somerset Council.
Wraxall Hill is to be closed for five days from Monday to Friday, October 26-30. Diversions signs will be in place at the main entrance on the B3128. Bus services will not be affected.
STOP PRESS: All sorted go to Breaking News page to read more.