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September 2019

PROPERTY PEEPS

A country cottage at Backwell and a semi-detached house at Trendlewood  are the two feature properties by Property Peeps sponsors Hunters Estate Agents and Letting Agents, High Street, Nailsea for September plus news of Brockway doctors on the move read more HERE

HEALTHY PEEPS

Nailsea is to host an outdoor Chinese-style ying yang event at Millennium Park. It may not rival the early morning Tai Chi practised on the Bund, Shanghai but should be fun. Put Tuesday morning, October 1, in your diary. Details of other Healthy Peeps events like meditation classes, rural health seminar, women's health talk, Your Cancer Cafe and Leg Club click HERE

Schools out past summer

A new sandwich bar/deli called Greens is opening at Colliers Walk, Nailsea.

It is the brainchild of Dean Sandy who runs the 119 café at Station Road.

The salad/sandwich bar at Crown Glass Shopping Centre is in part of the old HSBC bank premises.

Dean said: “We will be trying to be as eco-friendly as possible.

“Food will be freshly made in front of customers and we will be catering to all dietary needs and allergies.

“The deco is pretty trendy and industrial inside using as much recycled woods and items as possible and there will be seating for 16 inside and out.

“We are hoping to open mid-September.

“Predominantly it’s a takeaway with a grab-and-go feel.

“We will be serving freshly made food such as Moroccan couscous, olives, falafels, sun-dried tomatoes. spicy Asian noodles, Tenderstem broccoli (a hybrid of Chinese kale and broccoli) and chilli, grilled chicken and much more to build a salad bowl or sandwich to your taste.

“We will cater for vegan, dairy free and gluten free tastes.

“At cafe 119 our vegan/dairy free menu items have almost doubled in the past year making up 40 per cent of our sales.

“Greens will serve specialist coffees, cold brews with a guest coffee each month with fresh pressed juices, smoothies, soups and chillis.

“There will be a pre-made section of salads and sandwiches, paninis, vegan cornish pasties/sausage rolls for those in a hurry or on a lunch break.

Dean is currently recruiting staff for Greens.

He said: “I’ve lived in Nailsea nearly all my life and I thought the town needed something new and local.”

This marks a proliferation of new and refurbished businesses opening in the town centre with another food shop due to open in the former premises of The Blue Room - more later...

UPDATE: Go the Shopping page for latest news by clicking HERE.

Nailsea's newest sandwich bar/deli

Pupils at Golden Valley Primary School are enjoying an extended summer holiday as building work at their school is running over into term time.

North Somerset Council sent builders onto the Nailsea Park site at the beginning of the summer holidays to update its fire safety installations – some nearly 50 years old.

This involved ‘extensive internal work’ on the 1970s building included ‘removing existing asbestos fire breaks under controlled conditions and creating compliant fire safety zones’.

Head teacher Kevin Lynch told parents in a letter posted on the school website: “Due to the nature of this work, ceilings and lighting in the original building have had to be completely removed and replaced.

“Although work is progressing well, several unforeseen problems have arisen that have required immediate action.

“These include replacing the entire school fire alarm system; installing a new CCTV system covering the whole school; removal and installation of pipe work insulation; improvements to ventilation in the kitchen and pupil toilets.

“North Somerset Council has also commissioned the complete re-decoration of the original building in order to correct damage to paint work that has occurred during the work.

“All of this is on top of the original project scope which in itself has been a huge undertaking for just six weeks over the summer holiday period.

“With all this in mind, we have to inform you that the original timescales for the project are not going to be met, regrettably.

“Instead of being able to return on Thursday, September 5, pupils will not be able to return to school until Monday, September 9.”

Parents were only informed a few days ago and as well as the children having an extra holiday it has also disrupted the timetable for four-year-olds starting school for the first time.

The staggered start for reception has been delayed but by Monday, September 30, all new pupils will be attending full time, said Mr Lynch.

Along with chair of governors Jane Turner both have apologised for the lack of notice and are anxious everyone including the new starters learn of the new back-to-school date.

Mr Lynch added: “We appreciate that this may cause inconvenience to some of you now that you are required to plan additional childcare to fit with the revised induction schedule.

“We want you to know, however, that this has only been done with the children’s best interests in mind but apologise that we have not been able to communicate this to you before now.”

The builders are working flat out to ensure the back to school Monday deadline is achievable.

Trendlewood Church congregation which usually hold its Sunday services at Golden Valley moved temporarily to Nailsea School for the duration of the building work.

The school emails and telephone numbers are currently out-of-order.

  • Similar back-to-school delays are also happening at Ravenswood School, at Pound Lane, Nailsea, which buses pupils in from all over North Somerset. Luckily head teacher Mark Senior was able to warn parents before the end of the summer term. Children will be back on Monday, September 9, after the completion of fire safety work and asbestos removable.

  • UPDATE: Read more on the Nailsea People school peeps page by clicking HERE.

Ngage the summer holidays fun Friday night activities at Millennium Park is captured in two slide shows in our gallery. Click HERE to view

GALLERY 2019

Digging road dirt

Hinkley Connection Project is going to start digging up Nailsea roads this month.
National Grid is building a new 57 km high voltage electricity connection between Bridgwater and Seabank near Avonmouth, to link new sources of power in the area, including Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy’s new nuclear power station in Somerset, to UK homes and businesses.
As part of this work, National Grid is reconfiguring the electricity network and is taking down the two lines of pylons between Nailsea and Portishead which currently run very close to people’s properties.
One of these lines will be replaced with an underground cable.
The team started in April digging along the route of the underground cable. 
And from Monday, September 9, traffic lights will appear on Nailsea roads as engineers from Hinkley Connection Project survey sites for underground cables.
These roadworks are being done as a direct result of feedback and will help reduce the impact of new T-pylons being built in the area.
To prepare for the construction of the underground cable, excavation surveys are needed to identify and protect existing utility services in the west end of Nailsea.
The disturption will take approximately three weeks.
Excavation surveys will be carried out in the following locations:

  • Blackfriars Road - this will be the first location before progressing along the route;

  • On the junction connecting Hannah More Road and Queens Road;

  • Along Queens Road;

  • On the four-way junction connecting Queens Road, North Street and Hanham Way;and

  • Along Hanham Way.

To keep residents, road users and workers safe, temporary traffic lights will be used at each survey location.
Advance warning signs will be put out before the surveys start to inform road users of possible delays caused by this work,
National Grid is working closely with its contractor, Murphy & Sons Limited, to monitor and reduce traffic queues and to complete the roadworks as quickly as possible.
Construction of the underground cable is expected to start in early 2020.
These will include searches for existing services as well as drilling and digging to assess ground conditions that will inform the detailed design of the cable installation.

Any questions from Backwell School?

Backwell School is hosting a live broadcast of the BBC Radio 4 panel show Any Questions in October.

Entry is by ticket-only.

The programme is in the main school theatre on Friday, October 4, from 6.30pm. 
Any Questions is a weekly topical discussion in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and current affairs are posed questions by the local audience. 
With the current Brexit deadline standing as Thursday, October 31, this panel will be just weeks before what could be a pivotal point in British history. 
The panel or presenter for the Backwell School broadcast is not yet confirmed.
Headteacher Jon Nunes said “We are very excited to be facilitating a national broadcast from the school site and look forward to welcoming the BBC to Backwell School.” 
To reserve your free ticket via Eventbrite click HERE.

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