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THE online community newspaper for Nailsea people, their family and their friends
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
Sadly as summer draws to a close we remember two much-loved Nailsea teenagers. The funeral of Toby Riley at the end of August and a wake for Arron King towards the end of September. Our lost boys...read more HERE
Eat, drink and be merry
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 an 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.
PHOTOS: Bev and Sarah in sunglasses by Orbit all other photography by Nailsea People October 2019
Refugees arrive in just clothes they stand up in wearing flip flops on feet
North Somerset Council is preparing to support refugees fleeing Afghanistan and will welcome refugee families and help them to resettle locally.
Mike Bell who is the council deputy leader and executive member for housing is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston-super-Mare Central.
He said: “It's not yet known what number of families will be looking for support locally, but North Somerset will work closely with the Home Office to ensure that they are welcomed and able to rebuild their lives safely.
"We've been proud to support refugees over many years, both as part of the Syrian resettlement programme and beyond.
“Our hearts go out to the Afghan people and all those living through such difficult times in Afghanistan.
"We stand ready to help in the resettlement of refugees and those who have worked with the British military in Afghanistan and who are seeking safety in the UK."
The council is now working to understand the details of the Government's resettlement scheme and establish what accommodation and support might be available locally.
North Somerset Council leader Don Davies is the Independent ward councillor for Pill.
He said: "We will support our Afghan friends to the best of our ability and are grateful to the many people who have already been in touch with us to offer help.
“At the moment the most pressing need is to find suitable accommodation.
"In time we will also need to support our resettled families with schooling, skills development and securing employment."
The council has already received several offers from the community keen to offer support.
These offers include short- and long-term accommodation as well as clothing and other practical items.
If anyone would like to offer accommodation, they should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At this stage the council is not accepting donations and will make announcements in due course about any furniture, clothing or other household items needed by the families settling locally.
Charity Care4Calais has collection points around the UK for donations.
It particularly wants good quality shoes and coats for adults and children,
baby buggies and baby carriers and unlocked smartphones.
There is a drop-off for donations at Kingston Seymour.
For a list of what can be given email email@example.com.
Bristol Refugee Rights is taking cash donations.
More information here:
And there is a Facebook page called Refugees Welcome North Somerset.
A supporter said: “I’m organising collections of donations of clothing and items for Afghan children and families.
“I've spoken to the Care4Calais charity earlier and they tell me these people arrive here with only the clothes on their backs.
“The children are frightened and sometimes alone.
“Siblings are arriving in the UK with no adults.
“Some children are very, very young.
“I will coordinate and send off to Care4Calais.
“Any donations would really help support these vulnerable families.”
Go to the FB page to get the Weston-super-Mare address for this drop-off.
Sara Card's mega Macmillan coffee morning
An all day coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support is being hosted in Nailsea on Friday, September 24.
This is the seventh Macmillan coffee morning that Sara Card has hosted at her home at 7 Earlesfield and to date she has raised nearly £10K for the cancer charity.
Sara who is a keen baker and loves hosting dinner parties will be serving coffee and cake from 9.30am-6pm.
She said: "All are welcome.
"There will be a large choice of cakes for eat in under a large marquee on my drive with a cuppa or a glass of Prosecco.
"Alternatively, people can turn up make a donation and use a takeaway service.
"Cakes on offer include gin & tonic, coffee, carrot, lemon drizzle and Prosecco flavour and I also cater for those on celiac, vegan and low sugar diets.
"There will be a fantastic raffle which is generously supported by local businesses and friends."
And she added: “I lost my father 12 years ago to cancer so he was my original inspiration.
"Since then, each year it seems more and more people around me get diagnosed with cancer.
“Last year with Covid I nearly gave up, however a very close friend of 30 years was diagnosed with terminal cancer four years ago, she is still here , fighting every day.
“How could I give up when she fights so hard every day of her life.
“She is a true inspiration to all cancer sufferers; she is also an amazing seamstress and always makes something amazing for my raffle.”
To help find Sara's home the postcode is BS48 4SF.
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computer techies for the online community
The TEK Hut was started by Ben Parker in the summer of 2018.
For 12 years Ben had been one of the team at The ICT Workshop which provided a wide variety of computer services to Nailsea, Clevedon, Yatton, Backwell and even Weston-Super-Mare.
Ben felt it right to continue the same great service customers had previously experienced but under new branding for a new business and The Tek Hut was born.
Trading at the familiar location in Nailsea, The Tek Hut will continue to offer the same cost effective, new laptops and PCs, upgrades, onsite support for homes and businesses through to a wide range of workshop services and accessories.
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