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January homes for sale by Property Peeps page sponsors Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents in the High Street HERE. Plus news that district council has decided to go it alone with a Local Plan is also on this page
Our Property Peeps page sponsors HENSONS estate agents sold two featured homes within days of Nailsea People posting details online. With more than 80 networked offices in the south west and London the Nailsea office is at Ivy Court, 61 High Street. Read more HERE about planning applications approved and in the pipeline as Nailsea moves towards welcoming hundreds of new home owners at Engine Lane, Netherton Grange + possibly The Uplands. Work has started at Youngwood Lane by Taylor Wimpey
It's beginning to feel a bit more like 'normal' as our theatres and street fairs plan events. In October our High Street will be closed to traffic twice with the fantastic farmers’ market and Eat:Nailsea festival. Read more on our What's On page HERE. Grease review is HERE and Priscilla Queen of the Desert is HERE. Closer to home tickets are on sale for the family friendly show Seussical Jr, a Nailsea Musical production, and All Aboard The Gingerbread a Music for Miniatures touring show at the Tithe Barn, both in October. Nailsea Little Theatre also has a full autumn/winter programme in production
Lots of new vacancies posted for October read more HERE if you are looking for a work - full and part-time jobs posted. Roles range from headteacher's PA to barista, from deli supervisor to (wo)man-with-a-van for market days and much more. Greenslade Pre-School needs a volunteer to act a treasurer - this is the only unpaid position advertised
Food, glorious food (and drink)
As life starts to feel like normal again we are looking forward to the return of the annual food & drink festival in Nailsea. Eat:Nailsea will be back for the third time on Saturday, October 9 - plus a festive edition on Saturday, December 4.
Nailsea People caught up with the organisers, eat:Festivals to find out more.
Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds are the brains behind the street festival for foodies which will happen in the High Street.
Bev said: "We know that weekend shindigs, days out and socialising have all been turned on their heads over the past year with plans disrupted and many regular events cancelled. In 2021 we are hoping for the best, but ensuring our plans include a worst-case scenario.
"We managed to deliver six socially distanced and covid-secure events between lockdowns in 2020 - including the Gold Award winning eat:Portishead and eat:Nailsea.
"These events have been made possible by the support from local council officers helping us to plan a fresh series of adapted markets in 2021.
"So far this year we have worked hard to host seven major festivals and three pop-up versions.
"Nailsea has to have been one of the warmest welcomes we have ever had and it is great to bring so many local producers and visitors into town for the day.
"Nailsea Town Council and the Crown Glass management team have been very supportive and we work in close collaboration with Somerset Farmers’ Markets.
"Covid restrictions meant many event organisers weren’t able to adapt their model to enable them to continue trading and this cut off a vital revenue stream for these family businesses.
"We have changed how we work and are thrilled to be back working in Nailsea on the two Saturday dates.
"This is a free one-day event with more than 80 regional food and drink producers well-spaced out along the High Street and in the Crown Glass Shopping Centre, with some socially distanced entertainment.
"The whole market is in the open air and it will have measures in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
"You can expect local favourites like Nailsea Cider, Nutts Scotch Eggs and Clevedon Pier gin - plus patisserie, charcuterie and deli options and of course a great range of street food.
"It has been great to reintroduce our entertainers and we will have DJs providing background music plus strolling entertainers and buskers too.
"At Christmas we will be back with added tinsel! Providing you a warm up for Christmas with many of our producers creating festive flavours and of course we have booked a visit from the ‘man in big red trousers’.”
More online details here www.eatfestivals.org.
UPDATE: Photos in slideshow and video taken by Nailsea Cider from October 2021 in our Gallery HERE.
PHOTOS: Bev and Sarah in sunglasses by Orbit all other photography by Nailsea People October 2019
To show the importance of supporting our high streets, Nailsea is joining with other Independent High Streets across the UK, to put on very special £5 offers across two weeks in October, in the Totally Locally Fiver Fest.
The launch is on Saturday, October 9, and the special awareness promotion runs until Saturday, October 23.
Bethan Walker, of Simply Green, said “Fiver Fest is now a big part of our promotions of local products.
"The independent shops and businesses are what makes our town special and unique.
"The community support for local businesses has been amazing during lockdown, so these offers are to say thank you to customers, and to highlight the great value and economic impact of shopping locally.”
Fiver Fest is a free to join campaign, devised and run by Totally Locally, a grassroots High Street organisation which has been helping businesses and high streets to help themselves since 2010 with incredible results.
For Fiver Fest, Totally Locally is partnering with Visa, and together, they are calling on shoppers to divert £5 of their weekly spend to support the small businesses in their communities.
Fiver Fest is based around the now famous Totally Locally £5 message:
“If every adult in Nailsea spent just £5 per week in their local independent shops and businesses, it would mean £3 million per year going directly into our local economy. Which can lead to more jobs, a better high street, a stronger economy & a nicer place to live. Makes you think doesn’t it?!”
Spending just £5 a week in Nailsea can make a big difference to our High Street, the Fiver Fest promotes this message.
Fiver Fest has been running successfully in individual towns in the UK and abroad during the past seven years, and in June more than 100 towns joined in together to make one huge Fiver Fest across the UK - from the North of Scotland to the very South of England.
Fiver Fest Offers have been imaginative and varied; from £5 massages, to a £5 locally sourced meat packs, £5 best-selling book offers to £5 lunch deals, £5 walking tours and even £5 vintage bus seats and ticket machines!And where the community really got behind the campaign, many businesses found it to be their busiest time outside of Christmas.
Totally Locally spokesman Chris Sands said: "We know Fiver Fest isn’t
going to change the world but small changes in spending habits can really make a difference to our high streets.
"Just by diverting £5 of our weekly spend to local independents we give them a fighting chance to thrive.
"The pandemic has shown just what an amazing contribution they make to our local communities.
"It’s a conversation worth having!"
It is for this reason, that the sixth National Fiver Fest is taking place.
This time it’s even more important than ever, after how our world has changed during 2021.
YouGov research has shown that 59 per cent of shoppers have used more local shops to support them during lockdown. And they want to keep on supporting them. Fiver Fest makes that even easier.
Nailsea retailers is order of signing upe:
Cafe 119, 119 Station Road, Nailsea BS48 1TA
Greens, Colliers Walk, Nailsea BS48 1RH
Flower Bee Florist, 30 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AH
Chic Blooms, 15 Crown Glass Place, Nailsea BS48 1RE
Nailsea International Store, 20 Colliers Walk, Nailsea BS48 1RG
Kids Party Pack Hire via Facebook page or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ivy Kitchen, 61 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AW
For any independent business wishing to join in the Nailsea Fiver Fest call Bethan at Simply Green Zero Waste on 01275 560266.
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