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Pre 2018 season

South Sea surfers seek sponsors

Adverturous Nailsea surfer Phil Williams is used to travelling many miles to find breaking waves.

But Phil who has been surfing for more than 40 years has taken on a new challenge of helping the English Surfing team compete in the World Longboarding Surf Championships at Hainan Island, in the South China Seas.

Phil is no stranger to motivating people into supporting good causes and thanks to his drive nearly £200,000 was raised in 18 months to build the skate park at Millennium Park.

But the surfing event which runs from Friday to Thursday, January 19-25 is just weeks away.

Acting as voluntary England team manager for these games fundraising is just part one of Phil's job spec.

Phil and all four athletes, two men and two women, need to raise funds to get out to China estimated at around £1,500 per person.

Phil said: "The team have a great potential of doing really well as the last time a British team entered the championships they came a very creditable fifth."
"I am looking for a few companies willing to invest approximately £500 each."

As well as supporting the sport, sponsors would benefit for publicity generated by the games which will be live streamed via the International Surfing Association.

Click HERE to view.

Phil added; "Any money raised will go alongside fantastic support given by Wave Bristol and other organisations.

Phil is also selling £5 tickets for a prize draw towards funds.

Among the prizes people can win are a hamper, beautiful fused glass item, pictured, and gift vouchers.

The draw is on Friday, January 12, at  Nailsea Mountain Rescue Club annual dinner.

Email for more details.


Final score Watchet FC 1 v Nailsea and Tickenham FC 3


The Swags travelled to last season’s Champions hoping to emulate the result only one team have managed this season.

It didn’t look good when after four minute’s Eban Harding put the home side ahead with a strike from 12 yards. The visitors got into their stride, good work by James Seeley and Mark Wallington released Jim Potts to run through and score.

On the half hour Potts grabbed his second, latching on to Aaron Latta’s free kick.

Half time 1–2

The second half was evenly balanced, Jason Mellor had to be at his best to save a 25 yard strike from Chris Sulley before N&T put the game out of sight,

An Aaron Latta corner fell to Chris Gale who smashed the ball home on the volley from ten yards.

In the dying minute’s substitute Mark Ashley nearly added a fourth from heading over from close range.

Overall a great result for Nailsea and Tickenham who sit in second place.

Next week The Swags make the short journey to the Grove to play Nailsea Utd in the first Nailsea Derby of the season.

The Gordano Carpets MOM was Scott Pilgrim.

Fixtures for Saturday, December 23 are:

  • Nailsea Utd V Nailsea & Tickenham, 2pm kick-off at the Grove

  • -Nailsea & Tickenham Res V Ashton & Backwell Res, 2pm kick-off  at Fryth Way

December 16, 2017


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham Res 3-1 Glastonbury FC


N&T Res gained a very good three points at home to keep within the top pack of teams in the division.

Dave Yeo made his long awaited return from injury at the back alongside Charlie Gates, Jamie Smith and Danny Robbins but the back four were under early pressure from Glastonbury and had to deal with several early crosses.

Mitch Player had an early chance at the back post but could not quite reach Joe Pratt’s cross.  

Glasto did then take the lead with a simple tap in when N&T switched off for a moment allowing the frontman to find too much space. 
Wes Bracey and Alan Mcferran worked hard in the centre of midfield in an attempt to get the home side back into the game, but a close first half ended 0-1.
Glastonbury were quite naturally looking to hold onto the lead and slow the pace down to frustrate N&T and this worked for a while into the second half until finally the equaliser came.

Good work down the left from Reece Convery allowed Joe Pratt to advance into a shooting position and he duly struck a right footed shot low past the keeper.
As has been the case in four other home matches this season, roared on by the Swag ultras, N&T Res have come from behind to gain points and at this part of the game, they went all out for three.
Sustained pressure lead to further chances and by this time fresh legs were on with Tom Smith and Jack Allen.

With 20 mins to go Mitch Player broke past two down the right and allowed Mark Ashley to come onto the ball, Ashley did the rest and slotted into the far corner to give N&T the lead.

Joe Pratt had a golden chance to seal it when he was put clean through on goal but saw his effort saved.
N&T were playing some neat passing football and enjoying themselves now but needed to remain focused to secure victory, Charlie Gates in particular had another solid performance at the back.

With less than ten minutes left captain Mark Ashley added to the list of goal of the season contenders as he struck one first time from 35 yards out to curl into the top corner, rounding off a great team performance.
The Ring O'Bells MOM was Reece Convery

Final score Wrington Redhill FC 0 v  Nailsea and Tickenham FC 3 

For the second week running, the Swags travelled to Wrington, this time in the cup.

After the opening five minutesN&T dominated for the majority of the game.

Matt Hills goal under siege for long periods. Aaron Latta’s curling shot hitting the post, Chris Gale heading agonisingly wide and James Seeley hitting the side netting.

The deadlock was broken following good build up play from Josh Benjamin finding Dominic Graffagnino who made no mistake from ten yards.
Half time 0 – 1
With the benefit of the slope and the home side tiring, N&T took control with Jimmy Potts leading the line well, the second was not long coming.

Young Brad Cogan crossing for Josh Benjamin to head in off the post. James Seeley completed the scoring five minutes later, scoring from a narrow angle to make it 3. Liam Knight had the opportunity to pull one back near the end racing through but he dragged his shot wide of Mellor’s goal.
Reflections man of the match Dominic Graffagnino.

PHOTO: First team MOM Aaron Latta; Dave Green, of

Ring O'Bells; and res team MOM Reece Convery



Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club has installed a new scoreboard.

Player Darren Chidzey volunteered to put the illuminated board up at the West End ground. 

The new electronic scoreboard has been erected on the 1st XV pitch.

The traditonal overs and unders game will be played on Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26.


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham Res 2 Burnham FC 2 


Nailsea & Tickenham Res had not taken to the pitch since the devastating blow they suffered when midfield engine Chris Corner broke his leg a few weeks before.

However, it was time to bounce back and Chris was on hand to watch the boys take to the turf. 
Facing a Burnham side who are more than capable of an upset, N&T set out to control the pace of the game and take full advantage of the chances when they fell. 
For the first 15 minutes the home side had the best of the spoils, Charlie Gates nearly headed home, coming close to his first goal for the Swags with a strong connection guided just wide of the front post, a number of runs in the final third which just could not find the end result might have given a well deserved lead.

With 20 minutes played, Joe Prattt made an agressive advancemnet in to the Burnham box and with the third attempt at a challenge, one of two defenders felled the stiker.

Ashley stood up and cooly dispatched from the spot with a strong strike which the keeper had no chance of stopping. 
It took Burnham no time to grow into the game and they took full advantage of the time outwide when a deep cross was guided in off the head of the Burnham stiker.

The first real chance resulting in the equaliser.

The advantage shifted and Burnham began to find space. Again being allowed too much time out wide when another deep cross was sent in, on target, young goalkeepr Ben Tooth got caught out and and the ball found its way into the net, 2-1 Burnham. 
Half time came and went, N&T recovered, and reassesed, psuhing the young Robbins and Comvery down the wings.

Tooth showed great resilience and maturity to bounce back from the earlier incident and everything was dealt with. 
Murray was pushed into midfiled and encouraged to influence the game after dispalying his desire too do so from his defensive position.

At this point Burnham realised they had a lead to protect and invited pressure on.

Bracey and Player continued their hardwork in the middle of the park and the pressure came too much to bare. 
Three minutes from time, the ball spilt to MOM Jake Murray, 23 yards out with ball falling away, a half volley was struck into the top left corner, 2-2 with the celebrations showing how much the beautiful game means to Murray. 
The points were shared in a well fought match which ended with referee Dave Trevakus donating his fee to the Chris Corner fundraiser.

A lovely touch from a very accomplished professional.

For a chace to win one of our top prizes to be drawn on Saturday, December 23 visit Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club online by clicking HERE.


Final score Berrow & Highbridge 0-7 Nailsea & Tickenham Res

Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves travelled to Berrow to play their final game of very successful year.
In 2017, Jamie Smith has seen his team lift the Somerset County Division 2 title and so far this season challenge at the top of Division 1 after promotion.
N&T were in the mood to finish the year off in style and punished Mid table Berrow & Highbridge recording their highest scoring win of the season so far.
Alan Mcferran returned to midfield and Dave Yeo was handed his first start since returning from injury.
It didn’t take long for the Swags to open the scoring Mark Ashley slotting in from close range after good work down the right.

Wes Bracey made it two, N&T completely in control.

N&T had further chances but the score finished 0-2 at half time.
The second half was more one way traffic as Berrow failed to register a shot at Jamie Mellor in the N&T goal. Mark Ashley completed his hat trick,

Wes completed his Brace and further goals were scored by Jimmy Potts and Al Parsons to make it 0-7 at full time.

The S&R Burchills MOM was Mark Ashley
A comprehensive victory by the Swags who enjoined a great Christmas period picking up maximum points and moving up to 2nd in the league.

December 30, 2017

Final score Wrington Redhill FC 1 Nailsea & Tickenham FC 2

“It’s never easy going back to your previous club,” said N&T manager Alan Smith and so it proved.
Missing a number of key players the SWAGS drafted in two youngsters in to bolster the squad.
Playing on a heavy pitch up the hill the game started at pace, within minutes Jimmy Potts went through on goal, Mat Hill diving at his feet.

The referee judging he got the faintest of touches on the ball.

Mat Pilgrim limped off after three minutes allowing the introduction of Joe Collins.

The youngster was quickly into action, forcing another save from Hill, Bradley completing the clearance.
Gary Freeman missed a header from three yards from a corner. Wrington worked hard defensively with Liam Knight running constantly.
Half time 0–0
Playing down the slope and the heavy pitch, the hard working Wrington side began to tire.

The breakthrough came curtosy of youngster Brad Cogan who rose to head home a Josh Benjamin cross.
The second came from Dom Graffagnino, a free kick into the top corner past the reach of mat Hill.
In the dying seconds, Wrington pulled one back, A Jake Horton wonder strike from 30 yards beating Jason Mellor.
Next week the two sides meet again in the Cup with Wrington having home advantage.
India Cottage man of the match Aaron Latta.

Saturday, December 2

Nailsea children in charity Santa run

Nailsea Juniors are under starters orders for its first ever Santa Run in aid of Muscular Dystrophy UK, midday on Sunday, December 3, at The Grove.

Here is the running order:

  • 11am under 5s preschool 50m dash;

  • 11.15am Santa Run 1 for children aged four to six. Distance approximately 1km;

  • 11.30am Santa Run 2 for children aged seven to nine. Distance approximately 1.5km;

  • 11.45am Santa Run 3 for children aged 10-12. Distance approximately 2km; and

  • 12.15pm The Grove Santa Long Run which is open to all children aged 12 and under and the course is approximately 3km.

Entry is £7 + booking fee and youngsters can register HERE.

All children racing can join the final race free of charge and do not need to book online.

The bib number they will receive for first race will be valid for both runs.

Following the races it is time for mince pies and coffee at the Grove Sports & Social Club where the bar will also be open.

All participants will receive a santa hat  and bespoke medal.

Advance booking is recommended but entries may be available on the day.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each age group except 50m dash will be presented following the last race.

The course is primarily grass and will be marshalled.

The organisers say: "Come and get involved, it promises to be a truly awesome event. Ho ho ho hope to see you there."

Other Christmas 2017 events are HERE


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham 3-1 Odd Down Res

N&T first team secured all three points against Odd Down on a cold day at Fryth Way.
New signing Jay Adams went straight into the starting line up and there was also a call up for Jimmy Potts after his recent goal scoring form in the Reserves.
N&T started very well and dominated possession, Dom Graffaginino and Scott Pilgrim running the game in the middle of midfield.
Dan Paterson almost scored from a corner after a looping header was tipped just wide by the Odd Down keeper.
The scoring opened when Jay Adams broke down the right and saw his cross handled by the Odd Down full back, resulting in a penalty kick.
Aaron Latta, pictured, stepped up and cooly finished to make it 1-0.
Further chances in the first half fell to Jimmy Potts, Josh Benjamin and Jay Adams but N&T could not increase the lead after good saves from the keeper. After a half time break, Odd Down improved and began to make the game more even.
They scored an equaliser after Dan Paterson fouled in the box, the referee awarding another penalty which was converted past Jason Mellor to make it 1-1.
The game was in danger of fading out when Alan Smith made two changes bringing on James Seeley who has just returned from injury and youngster Danny Robbins.
The changes seemed to spark the home side back into life as they searched for a winner.
Jay Adams had a glorious chance after finding space in the box but lost his footing at the vital moment. Finally N&T got the breakthrough after Gary Freeman’s header fell to Jimmy Potts in the area, the experienced striker was never going to miss as he smashed a right footed drive into the top of the net.
There was still time for substitute Danny Robbins to get in on the action as he out-jumped the Odd Down full back to nod in a Jimmy Potts cross to make it 3-1 and ensure the points were safe for the Swags.
The S&R Burchills MOM was Jimmy Potts

Saturday, November 25


Final score Shirehampton FC 3 Nailsea and Tickenham 2

The Swags travelled to Penpole Lane for what is always a well contested fixture and Saturday was no different.

Shire started the brighter, prolific striker Scott Bamford robbing the Swags defence and scoring past Jason Mellor with three minutes on the clock.

With 20 minutes played N&T should have equalised, James Seeley putting the ball wide when clean through.

Within seconds Shire were awarded a penalty for a clumsy tackle on Jordon Whitiker, Bamford again making no mistake from the spot.

The half finished 2-0.

N&T came out of the blocks straight from the restart, Seeleys close range header well saved by Winkler. 

Within six minutes Josh Benjamin reduced the arrears from close range after side footing into the corner of the net.

James Seeley scored the equaliser seven minutes later and the Swags were now firing on all cylinders.

Winkler making quality saves from Gale and then Seeley.

The next goal was vital for both sides and it fell to Shire, A Storer shot was parried by Mellor and Dan Spicer reacted first to finish.

The Swags introduced two youngsters in Jack Sell and Brad Cogan and it was Sell whose long range effort beat Winkler only to rebound off the post in what may have been a deserved equaliser. 

A great advert for Somerset Premier League football.

Saturday, November 18

PHOTO: India Cottage man of the match Gary Freeman with Al​i​


  • The match between Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves and Uphill Castle was unfortunately abandoned after 35 minutes due to a serious injury to N&T's Chris Corner. At 0-0, Chris sustained a broken leg and the emergency services took him straight to hospital where he has had an operation. The club would like to thank the numerous well wishers for their kind messages. 

TOP SLOT: Nailsea United U18s would like to thank Sophie and John Meakin, of Promotional Peaks, Backwell for sponsoring their team sweatshirts. The team have had a great start to the season currently top of the North Division of the Somerset U18 Youth League and into the quarter finals of the league cup

NIGHT RUN: Stretch your legs on a Night Run around the Tyntesfield estate near Nailsea on Saturday, November 18

All routes are totally traffic-free, mostly on paths and trails and if you'd rather walk than run, you're more than welcome.

There will be two cross-country courses for all running abilities:

  • Explore course (2.5k) all ages £7; and

  • Adventure course (5.5k) aged 12+ fee £14.

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The house will be floodlit and Home Farm will be open late for warming grub and drinks. A goody bag is included in your race fee.

Full event details and booking click HERE.

New sponsors for footballers

Nailsea & Tickenham FC is delighted to announce long term sponsorship deal with Reflections Group. Established in 1971, one of the Uk's largest family owned hairdressing salon groups with 15 salons, 2 training academies and barbers located throughout the south west.

Chairman Bob Gregory 'We are absolutely delighted Reflections has partnered with our growing club.

"We have big plans to take the club forward and very much want to take the community of Nailsea along with us.

"Reflections are a fantastic company who have built a brilliant reputation in the south west and so we are very proud to be teaming up with owner Clive Barrett who is pictured with our squad."


Final score Stockwood Green 0-1 Nailsea & Tickenham FC

N & T were looking to progress in this Somerset County Prem/Div1 Cup against a Stockwood team that had not lost at home in a competitive match for more than 18 months.

The game started with a well observed minutes silence on Armistice Day.
The conditions were tricky for both teams due to rain making the pitch very boggy.

Former Cribbs FC player Matt Shaughnessy was handed his first start for the Swags and had an impressive game on the right.

The first half was fairly even, with N & T looking comfortable at the back but not threatening as much as they would have liked going forward. Strong tackles flew in from the home side but N & T could not capitalise on the numerous resulting free kicks, Captain Chris Gale coming closest from a header.

Mark Wilson was assured in goal, sweeping up any through balls from Stockwood.

The half finished even at 0-0.
N and T started well in the second half and began to influence the game more, Joe Berry finding space and linking up with strike partner Matt Pilgrim.

The N and T midfield of Latta, Seeley, Benjamin & S Pilgrim were now  moving the ball well, Stockwood beginning to run out of steam.

Around the hour mark the breakthrough came after a fine team move. Latta picked up the ball on the right and found Matt Pilgrim, who chested down for Joe Berry to pick out a perfect first time pass to James Seeley.

Seeley now through on goal controlled brilliantly and finished above the onrushing keeper. 0-1.

Fresh legs were introduced, Dom Graffaginino and Chris Corner now on the pitch, the home side needed to find a way back.

Solid pressing and defending as a team will have delighted N & T management Alan Smith and Rich Lucas as they saw their side win 1-0 and progress to the third round of this cup.

Attention turns back to the league campaign next week with an away trip to Shirehampton FC.
The Reflections MOM was Joe Berry, pictured.

November 11, 2017

Strictly 'tickly' dance off

Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club annual Tickly Come Dancing fundraiser was on Saturday.

With a 300 strong weekend crowd, five couples battled it out for the coveted Tickly trophy.

Bristol City FC legend and record appearance holder Louis Carey was again among the judging panel alongside West End star Richard Wood and Bristol Hippodrome choreographer Courtney Jackson. Chairman Bob Gregory said: "This is a great night for the community, we really appreciate the fantastic support our football club generates and the funds raised go directly back into improving facilities at the club including going towards the purchase of a new defibrillator at Fryth Way.

"'We will also be installing additional goals with nets on the field next to our main pitch for anybody to use at their leisure."

Louis said: "I am really grateful to be involved in such a great local football club who clearly have some exciting plans for the future.

"Not only is it a great night for Nailsea, but raises important funds to help the club improve their facilities, which ultimately will be used in the future by young players coming through from junior to senior football."

Winners on the night were dance duo Charlie Ashton and Holly Edwards, of Nailsea.

On the pitch, N and T FC First Team also had a successful day running out 7-2 winners against Bridgwater Town FC Res in the Somerset Cup.

PHOTOS: From top left clockwise audience picture with presenters Al Parsons and Aaron Latta; committee member Jim Sage at Prosecco Bar; winning duo Charlie Ashton and Holly Edwards; and judges, event organisers and dance couples


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham 2-0 Middlezoy Rovers


N and T first team hosted Bridgwater based Middlezoy Rovers, who were in fourth place before the game.

The home side welcomed back Aaron Latta from injury and he made up a midfield three with Dom Graffagnino and James Seeley.

The first half was cagey, both teams retreating behind the ball well and held good defensive shape.

There were few chances in a well battled half, the best going to Middlezoy who had the ball in the net, only for the referee to blow for a foul in the build up to the goal. Joe Berry had a good chance at the other end but saw his effort slide the wrong side of the post.

Half time 0-0.

The second half was a great advert for Somerset County Premier football, with both teams more daring - at times it was end to end.

The N and T goalkeeper Jason Mellor was in fine form, dealing with every cross and out quickly off his line for every through ball.

Manager Alan Smith made a key formation change, pushing Matt Pilgrim up top with Joe Berry and this proved to be a good decision as in the final 20 minutes N and T dominated possession and looked more threatening.

Neat build up play and crosses from wide man Josh Benjamin were causing problems down the right and finally a breakthrough came when Benjamin slid a pass through to Joe Berry, who beat his man and crossed to Pilgrim and he did the rest with a cool finish. 1-0.

There were only a few minutes left but N and T doubled the lead as Middlezoy pushed for an equaliser and sent their goalkeeper up for a corner only to see it cleared by Jason Mellor and again ending up with Matt Pilgrim who passed into an unguarded net.

An entertaining game for the supporters down at Fryth Way, N and T now up into second place in the league.

The India Cottage MOM was Matt Pilgrim 

October 28, 2017


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham Res 3-2 Portishead Res

A thriller at the top of the Somerset County Div1 West as the top two sides in the league met for the second time this season, Portishead Res taking the points on the first occasion and were looking likely to do so again after a comfortable 2-0 lead in this one.

The game was played in difficult conditions with strong winds and rain battering down at Fryth Way, making it hard for both teams to get the ball down.

N and T welcomed back Alan Mcferran who partnered Wes Bracey in the centre of midfield where much of the battle took place. Portishead took the lead through former N and T player Nick Steadman after an unusual defensive error by Jamie Mellor meant his Kick fell straight to the path of Steadman who tapped in to an empty net.

Jimmy Potts was denied a clear penalty when he rounded the Portishead goalkeeper and was fouled, the referee waived play on much to the astonishment of the home side.

It looked like it would be Portishead's day when further misfortune handed Portishead a second goal when full back Al Parsons was caught out with the wind and scored an own goal as an attempted clearance flew the wrong way. The half time score was 0-2.

N and T Res needed to come out fighting in the second half and that is exactly what they did, showing the character and determination that saw them pick up the Div2 title last season.

Manager Smith made some changes and the comeback began after Joe Pratt edged a low shot past the Portishead keeper from close range following a corner to make it 2-1, Portishead now looking nervous. With Latta and Berry now out wide, N and T were finding space and opportunity down both sides and looked like scoring during every attack, the Portishead keeper in fine form denying Berry, Pratt and Potts in quick succession. Finally N and T equalised after Berry was fouled in the box and this time the penalty was awarded. Al Parsons showed character to step up and bang the penalty high above the keeper to make it 2-2.

There was little time left for a winner as N and T went Gung Ho style, however experienced striker Jimmy Potts showed all his class to expertly finish from the left hand side with a half volley sailing above the keepers head to que jubilant scenes at Fryth Way, final score 3-2 in an entertaining derby.

The S & R Burchills MOM was Alan Mcferran for a hard working midfield performance.


October 21, 2017

Final score Combe St Nicholas 0-1 Nailsea & Tickenham Res

N and T Res made it four wins in a row to take them into second place in Somerset County Division one.

New signing Ben Cook was handed a debut at full back with 16 year old Danny Robbins starting in midfield. In truth the game was a scrappy affair, both teams struggling to find any rhythm and N and T Res not at their best.

N and T coped well with the home sides direct long ball style, with Stu Roberts and Tom Smith dominating at the back.

There were several chances for the Swags and they were able to take one with ten minutes left of the first half, a ball dropping nicely for Mark Ashley to thump just under the cross bar to make it 1-0.

N and T looked poised to add many more goals to this as the second half started and it may have been the case but for a top performance by the Combe goalkeeper, saving from Ashley at close range and also tipping substitute Charlie Ashton's low drive onto the post..

Jimmy Potts also chipped the keeper to see his effort ruled out offside.
Overall a good three points but N and T will want to improve the performance next time out.

The S&R Burchill's MOM was Stu Roberts.

  • Nailsea and Tickenham Football Club is now training every Tuesday evening at the Hand Stadium 3G pitch 7.30pm.


October 7, 2017

Final score Nailsea & Tickenham 2-0 Bridgwater Town Res

N and T hosted a strong Bridgwater Res side due to the away side's first Team having no fixture.

N and T welcomed back Dan Cook into the back line alongside Gary Freeman and Mike Wallington.
A scrappy first half saw Bridgewater enjoy the better of possession at times without threatening Jason Mellor in the N and T goal.
A forced change meant top scorer Joe Berry was replaced by Max Richards. Scott Pilgrim was outstanding in centre midfield, breaking up any Bridgwater attacks.

Half time finished 0-0.
The half time break allowed N and T to re plan how to search for all three points and with an hour gone, they had a chance when the referee awarded a penalty following a push in the box.

Bridgwater keeper Paul Goss denied Max Richards from the spot and did well to push away.

N and T did not dwell on this miss and instead took the lead only minutes later when Chris Gale headed in a Dom Graffagnino corner to make it 1-0. Now in confident mood, N and T showed their strength by dominating the game, James Seeley stretching the now tiring back line of Bridgwater and Matt Pilgrim finding good space.

It was Pilgrim who sealed the win during the last 10 minutes when a defensive mix up meant he was left with time  to curl a right footed effort into the top corner.

The S & R Burchill's MOM was Scott Pilgrim.

October 14, 2017

Nailsea dog walkers sign for pitch posse


A Nailsea football club has signed a team of dog walkers in a bid to combat vandalism at its home ground.

Fryth Way off Pound Lane is currently the home of Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club.

During the past 21 years thousands of games have been successfully played on its pitch on the north west side of Nailsea.

However, this summer has seen a huge increase in acts of criminal damage on the field.

Committee member Al Parsons said: “There is sadly a history of mindless vandalism which taints the history of the ground and in recent weeks this has escalated.”

This includes advertising banners being sliced, fencing pulled out of the ground and skip fire which had to be extinguished by the emergency services.

Al added: “Thanks to dog walker Richard Whiston and his quick-thinking by alerting the club and fire brigade it stopped the blaze from spreading. 

“Richard was quick to act and thankfully we were able to make sure the fire was contained.”

To tackle the problem the club in collaboration with PC Martin Faithful, of Nailsea local policing team, have installed modern CCTV and enlisted the dog walkers as additional eyes and ears.

Anyone interested in joining the dog walker team which is sponsored by Julie Davies of Happy Returns should email or to report an incident contact PC Faithful by dialling 101.

SCHOOL CLUBS: Is your child looking for a fun, new and exciting sporting opportunity? Future Stars Coaching is providing after school clubs in Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire. At the moment there are holiday clubs planned for Kingshill Church School at Pound Lane and team sports and tag rugby at St Francis Primary School, Station Road at Nailsea but no breakfast clubs organised yet for the town. For more information click HERE.

FIT CLUB: Nailsea Running Club invite you to join them on an evening jog. Meet at Nailsea Rugby Football Club at West End on Tuesdays and Thursday at 7pm

Grants for North Somerset sports 

North Somerset Council Sportarray programme has launched a new opportunity for clubs, coaches and providers to access grants of up to £500.

The grant scheme has been made possible due to funding secured by the council from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund.

Sportarray is a North Somerset Council initiative, created in 2012 to increase the provision of inclusive activities for disabled people over the age of 14.

So far the project has supported 38 clubs to access training, networking opportunities, volunteer support, equipment, promotion and guidance.

The council is now looking to develop the Sportarray initiative, specifically to broaden the range of activities aimed at increasing the number of adults with mental health issues and children aged five to 13 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) participating in sport and physical activities.

A total of £8,640 is available for the Sportarray scheme and grants can be accessed in two ways:

  • awards of up to £500 will be made to providers and sports clubs who can contribute to the delivery of new inclusive activities in North Somerset; and

  • through the creation of 38 training bursaries worth £30 each. Individuals can use these bursaries to fully fund or contribute towards the cost of any sports related qualification which will increase inclusive provision across North Somerset. Example qualifications include recognised National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualifications, first aid, safeguarding and child protection courses and officiating courses.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, September 29 September.

To access an application form click HERE.

For more information about the grant scheme email sport and active lifestyles co-ordinator Catrin Evans on or call 01275 882732.

Girl-only sports grants 

Grants to increase the number of inactive women and girls taking part in sport across North Somerset are now available.

The North Somerset This Girl Can grant scheme provides an opportunity for clubs, coaches and providers to access grants of up to £250 for new physical activity projects aimed at women and girls not currently taking part in sport.

These projects must be targeted at women and girls aged between 14-60 who have never regularly taken part in physical activity or who are looking to return to being active.

The funding can contribute towards such things as facility hire, equipment purchase, coach costs, training and volunteer expenses.

This Girl Can is a Sport England initiative created in 2015.

So far the project has supported more than 2.8 million women to become more active.

To download the grant application form click HERE.

The closing date for applications is Monday, October 16.

For more information about the grant scheme email North Somerset Council sport and active lifestyles co-ordinator David Page on or call 01275 882734.

Coaching for Nailsea outdoor bowls club

Nailsea Bowls Club enjoys some of the best facilities in the county. The club forms part of the Mizzymead Recreation Centre.

To learn more about all the facilities at the club click HERE.  

Bowls are played all the year round; outdoors on grass in the summer and indoors on carpet over the winter months. 

There are separate club sections for ladies and men

The outdoors green looks better than ever this year and there is a full programme of games scheduled for next summer.

The indoor leagues are busy through the winter period.

The enthusiastic management committee and membership encourage new members – ladies and men to come along to the club at Mizzymead Recreation Centre for free coaching lessons each Wednesday at 4pm lasting two hours.

Coaching starts on Wednesday, October 11.  

Equipment can be provided.

If you are a player or are interested to learn call Rob Cook, 01275 853181, who can provide more information.

Win signed Pakistan Cricket Team bat

Find out who the lucky winner of Nailsea Junior Cricket Club end of season fundraising raffle is at the Grove Sports & Social Club on Sunday, September 17.

Prior to the draw at 5pm you can buy tickets to win one of five cricket bats signed by the Pakistan Cricket Team at the club.

Coach Chris Kivell said: “This is to help raise money to buy new training equipment.

"Currently we have approximately 60 children signed on in our youth section and we are always looking for new players.

"Most teams play two matches a week and this season although our juniors may not have won any trophies they have enjoyed their cricket and have turned up for training every week smiling."

The juniors are very grateful for the help of shirt sponsors Sealite, Somerset & Gloucestershire cricket clubs for donations towards printing match tickets and Splash Gallery framing service at Clevedon who gave them the bats to raffle.

Currently on eBay the 1996 Cricket World Cup signed Pakistan Cricket Team bat is selling for more than £1,000 but a lot depends on if the players make an historic appearance on the field because if not the value (like a missed catch) drops dramatically.

After a rest during the winter months net practice begins again in February next year.

The John Hobbs Building

On Saturday, September 9, Nailsea United Football Club hosted a ceremony at The Grove to rename its new changing facility The John Hobbs Building.

The football club is honouring more than half a century of long service given by the late Mr John Hobbs.

Sadly Mr Hobbs passed away last year.

Club president Roger Lock said: "John’s family attended and his son Viv Hobbs pulled the unveiling rope. 

"A good crowd were there with many ex Nailsea United players looking through John’s records going back to 1960."

Mr Hobbs had spent 50 years at the club in various capacities but will be mostly remembered as club secretary.

And it was during this time he maintained meticulous records of every game including results, players and goal scorers dating back to the 1960s.

After the ceremony the club made these records available for public viewing for the first time.

All players both past and present together with supporters were invited to honour Mr Hobbs and take the opportunity to relive the many memories that are contained in these amazing archives which went on display in a marquee next to the main pitch.

Invite for junior league parents and players


North Somerset Football Development is hosting an information evening for all its junior premier league parents and players at Nailsea School in the auditorium.

The event at the Mizzymead Road campus is on Friday, September 8.

Times are as follows:

  • 6-7pm all u11s, u12s and u13s; and

  • 7-8pm all u14s, u15s and u16s.


Transatlantic support for Nailsea youth football

An US company vice-president is supporting a British youth soccer team based at Nailsea.

Newly created Nailsea United U18s is grateful for the sponsorship of international vice-president Rob Deal, of PSD Codax Ltd, for sponsoring its new kit. 

PSD Codax has been at Southfield Road Trading Estate for more than 20 years.

The global leader in car wash code entry and access control systems was acquired in April last year by Innovative Control Systems.

The US company has its headquaters just outside of New York.

Rob sent the team his good luck wishes for next season but Nailsea People guess he won't be getting to a game too often?

To learn more about PSD Codax Ltd click HERE

Final score Nailsea & Tickenham 2-2 Clevedon Town

In front of a large crowd N&TFC welcomed Toolstation Premier League Clevedon Town to Fryth Way for their second pre-season game.

Preparation for the game was disrupted as four players unable to get to the game at short notice.

The SWAGS had to start the game with the bare 11.

Within two minutes Luke Patten picked up an injury which saw the evergreen assistant Richard Lucas was forced into donning the kit and making a cameo role.

It was the SWAGS who took the lead on 19 minutes,

Chris Gale unleashing a 25 yard thunderbolt.

On 25 minutes the SWAGS had a penalty turned down when Mat Pilgrim appeared to be felled in the box by Ollie Barnes.

Play went on and Connor o Sullivan was brought down at the other end. Penalty. Although Gary Clarke got a hand to the ball Issac Reid equalised.

Half Time 1–1

Charlie Ashton arrived in time to save Lucas at the start at the second half.

Despite having the majority of possession and Clevedon’s midfield pairing of Mountford and Fortune moving the ball around the defensive shape of the SWAGs held firm. Frustrating Clevedon’s game plan. 

On 64 minutes N&T retook the lead, Mat Pilgrims long range effortdeceiving Kieron Hodges.

Four minutes later all square.

Kane Ingram’s free kick from an acute angle finding its way past the wall in at the near post. Yet another injury saw Lucas re-enter the fray and the SWAGs held firm to the final whistle. 

India Cottage MOM Chris Gale.

July 20, 2017 Jamie Smith

Nailsea & Backwell RFC

Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Football Club is putting together a working party for Saturday, July 29, to replace the second and third team posts, repair the scoreboard and to have a general clear up ready for the new season.

Volunteers will be treated to a barbecue after all the work has been completed so save the date .

Going for gold, silver + bronze medals at finals

Six fantastic young Nailsea people from Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club scored fabulous indivual successes at the NDP finals in Telford at the weekend.

The girls scored highly and bounced away with several medals.

This follows their competitive achievements as part of the South West Regional Team in Birmingham back in June where half dozen Alchemy members qualified for the Shropshire finals.

Full results:


  • Lacey Sell, aged 11, gold medal and NDP Champion title in the NDP3 11-12 Girls DMT competition

  • Rebecca Elswood, 14, NDP5 13+ Girls 2nd place

  • Hannah West, 10, NDP2 11-12 Girls Trampoline 3rd place

  • Chloe Tinker, 12, NDP1 13+ Girls DMT 7th place

  • Rachel Mason, 13, NDP3 13+ Girls Trampoline 7th place

  • Shannon Pletts, 12, NDP2 11-12 Girls DMT 7th place

Top marks also go to the Nailsea coaching and support team.

Alchemy coaches trampoline and DMT to children aged three years upwards on four days a week at The Link, Nailsea School. 

For information about Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club email

Rugby ace at premier school sports event

Nailsea School has secured a top signing for its annual sports personality presentation evening.

Guest speaker Tom Varndell is the inspirational English rugby union footballer who plays wing for newly promoted Aviva Premiership club Bristol Rugby. 
Varndell also has caps for England and England Sevens as well as having represented other Aviva Premiership sides Leicester Tigers and Wasps. 
He is currently the leading try scorer in the Aviva Premiership.
The event on Tuesday, July 18, is at Cadbury House Hotel.

The PE department at Nailsea School benefits from top of the range sport and dance facilities including:

  • a dance studio with sprung floor, mirrored wall, dance bar, retractable seating and full sound system;

  • sports hall including four full sized badminton/netball/volleyball courts/Indoor hockey pitch;

  • all weather pitch – the only one of its kind in the country, with underfloor drainage and full floodlighting;

  • Two multi-use games areas, housing six fenced in netball courts; and

  • sports pitch and playing fields at Golden Valley.

Join online North Somerset sports directory click HERE

Sport and physical activity instructors in North Somerset are being given the opportunity to promote their activities for free!

North Somerset Council’ sport and active lifestyles team is producing the sixth edition of its Active Directory – the flagship publication for sport and exercise groups in North Somerset.

Entry in the directory is free on the basis that the instructors/clubs/groups included show support for Go4Life – a North Somerset scheme encouraging and supporting people to live healthier and more active lives.

The directory advertises activities where participants do not need an advance membership, so rules out some more formal settings such as a members-only golf club. There is no guarantee that every activity submitted will be published.

The directory is due to be published this autumn and will be available online and in most libraries, leisure centres and GP surgeries.

To promote your activity in the new edition of the Active Directory you need to complete the short online form by clicking HERE, providing information about any physical activity session you deliver – anything from yoga to walking, badminton to boxing.

The closing date for entries is Thursday, August 31.

Finish for BUST breast cancer charity

 ​A Nailsea accountant has taken part in an iron-distance Triathlon race in recognition of her mum who battled breast cancer.

Della Hudson, aged 48, signed up for a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon in less than 17 hours to raise money for the Breast Cancer Unit Southmead Trust (BUST).

The mum-of-two, who heads Hudson Business Accountants and Advisers, decided to take on the challenge after her own mum was diagnosed with the disease last year.

Due to injury, the bike ride had to be cut short at 87 miles – but Della went on to complete the marathon. And she has already raised nearly £1,400 for charity.

Della said: “This has been the longest and toughest triathlon of my life and I’m proud of my achievement.

"My mum was there to spur me on, which certainly helped.”

Della’s mum, Sylvia Gibson, is the 70 year old former Mayor of Chippenham, and her sister, Sharon Gibson, is a nurse at the Breast Care unit at Southmead Hospital - and the whole family is aware of the need to regularly check for any irregularities.

So, when Sylvia discovered an abnormality she went straight to the doctor.

Della, who is based in Crown Glass Place, Nailsea, and lives in Backwell, said: “It was devastating for the whole family when my mum was told she had breast cancer.

"Fortunately, after a traumatic few months of surgery and radiotherapy, she was given the all clear.

“But my mum is just the latest in a long line of friends and family who have suffered from this dreadful disease. BUST is a charity close to my heart and I wanted to help in some way.”

The Cotswold 226 triathlon covers the same distance as a traditional Ironman.

Sylvia, a former Wiltshire magistrate, said she is proud of her daughter and is calling for others to check for any breast irregularities

The cancer unit’s charity, BUST, raises money to enable clinicians to buy advanced equipment before it is available through NHS funding.

PHOTOS: Left Della crossing the finish line of the Cotswold 226 triathlon and

right Della, her son John, mum Sylvia Gibson, daughter Katie and dad Terry while Mayor of Chippenham

Girls going for gold

Nailsea based Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club members competed in 13 age groups/disciplines at the Regional Team Finals June 2017 in Birmingham as part of the South West Squad.


NDP 1 9-10 F
Maya Stone - 14th, Evie Sharper - 16th

NDP 2 11-12 F
Hannnah West - Joint 5th, Qualified

NDP 3 11-12 F
Shannon Pletts - 12th

NDP 3 13+ F
Rachel Mason - 5th, Qualified.

NDP 4 11-12 F
Molly Pook - 21st

NDP 5 13-14 F
Rebecca Elswood - 12th

NDP 5 15+ F
Eleanor Bear - 19th


NDP 1 11-12 F
Millie Filer - 14th

NDP 1 13+ F
Chloe Tinker - 5th, Qualified

NDP 2 11-12 F
Shannon Pletts - 7th, Qualified

NDP 3 11-12 F
Lacey Sell - GOLD, Qualified

NDP 5 13-14 F
Rebecca Elswood - GOLD, Qualified


Being selected to be part of the South West Squad followed a season of qualification events at which the gymnasts were required to achieve a certain score and finishing position.

All 11 members from Alchemy produced amazing performances in Birmingham with six team members qualifying to the Individual NDP Finals from Friday to Sunday, July 7-9 at Telford International Arena.

At this event they will compete as Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club in their individual events and we wish the very best of luck to them all:

Rachel Mason – Trampoline 13+ Girls NDP3

Hannah West – Trampoline 11-12 Girls NDP2

Chloe Tinker – DMT 13+ Girls NDP1

Shannon Pletts – DMT 11-12 Girls NDP2

Lacey Sell – DMT 11-12 Girls NDP3

Rebecca Elswood – DMT 13-14 Girls NDP5

Gareth Southgate gives thumbs-up by grassroot grant to Nailsea U18s

Nailsea Junior Football Club have been congratulated by England manager Gareth Southgate after being awarded a Grow The Game grant.

The £1050 grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football for Nailsea United FC andpaved the way for an U18 team.

This will enable players to continue junior football for another two years before moving onto senior football.

The new Colts side will play in the Weston-super-Mare and District League to be managed by Barry Sampson, John Pinkney and Mark Clode.

The club will start the 2017-18 season with one team and is hoping to filed two teams by 2018-19.

England men’s senior manager and football foundation ambassador Mr Southgate said: “I am so pleased that Nailsea JFC has secured this Grow The Game grant.

"The club has worked very hard with Somerset FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

“Grow The Game is mainly funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation.

"This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses.”

Grow The Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation.

It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.

Club chairman Ryan King said: "We have created a team to bridge the gap between junior and senior football and hope to keep more players in the game for longer."

Club president Roger Lock said “We are very pleased to have been awarded the grant from the Football Foundation which has allowed the club to add a fifth team aimed specifically at young players in Nailsea who will benefit from structured coaching in the transition period from junior to senior football.”

Any U18 player interested in signing for the new team can contact Barry on 0793 903 0068

Something for August bank holiday weekend

Superfit Sophie Coghlan who survived childhood meningitis wants Nailsea people to put on their running shoes to help fight the deadly disease.

Teams of four are invited to compete in The Cider Circuit at noon on Saturday, August 26.

Sophie was aged just 12 when she contracted meningitis and spent two weeks in intensive care at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

She made a full recovery and has now become a young ambassador for Meningitis Now which offers supports, funds research and raises awareness of the condition.

The Cider Circuit challenge is at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, at West End Park.

It is a 5km relay involving various obstacles including a hay bale climbing stack, ice water pool and slip and slide.

Sophie, aged 23, said: “I wanted to organise a fun charity event for Meningitis Now and decided to go with an obstacle course.

“The course will be fun and challenging, and I thought what better way to celebrate and relax afterwards than to have a nice pint of cider – and so the cider circuit was born.”

Bacterial meningitis is life-threatening and kills more children under five in the UK than any other infectious disease.

Viral meningitis is rarely fatal but sufferers can be left with life-changing after-effects including brain damage and hearing and sight loss.

Meningitis Now funds research into vaccines and preventative treatment and raises awareness of the disease so people know what signs to look out for.

Sophie added: “I feel very passionately that people should be made aware of the symptoms of the disease so they can be more prepared than I was.

“Holding events like the Cider Circuit help to raise awareness and I would like to thank Nailsea business Tru-Tension - an innovative manufacturer of tools and care products designed for the motorcycling and motorsport industry - for sponsoring this event.”

Teams can enter for £40, a price of £10 each, and receive a free pint of cider after completing the course.

Email for more details or click HERE for a registration form.

​Once teams have completed the registration form they should visit the Cider Circuit Just Giving page by clicking HERE to make A £40 donation:

There will prizes for the winning team, the best dressed team and the best team name.

Food will be available after the race and the bar will be open.

Registration on the day opens at 11am and the warm-up starts at 11.45am before the race at noon.

Radio football

A Nailsea & Tickenham FC team featured on BBC Radio Bristol to discuss the future of the club as well as reflecting on an excellent first two years since merging.

The football trio, pictured left, talked to presenters Nick Day and Amy Kington who bring you music, conversation and sport throughout the summer.

The full recoding is available via @NandTFC on Twitter or by clicking HERE.
The club still has a number of great sponsorship opportunities and anyone interested can contact the club at
Nailsea & Tickenham FC is busy planning its pre season training and fixtures ahead of the 2017-18 Somerset County Premier campaign
Pre season training starts at 7pm on Thursday, July 6, at Fryth Way.

Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evenings thereafter apart from the following friendly game.

The first team will be playing in four Friendly matches, three of which at home:

  • Thursday, July 13 - Western Premier League team Bridgewater Town FC, HOME;

  • Thursday, July 20 - Western Premier League team Clevedon Town FC, HOME;

  • .Saturday, July 29 - Leicestershire County League side Kirby Muxloe FC, HOME; and

  • Tuesday, August 1 - Somerset County Division 2 West team Banwell FC, AWAY.

Pre season training will be supported by four FA qualified coaches as well as a qualified physiotherapist and personal trainer.
As always, the club welcomes any new players with the First Team competing in the Somerset County Premier Division and Reserve Team now in the Somerset County Division One after last seasons excellent title win.

June fixture for rugby players


Nailsea and Backwell Rugby FC is holding its annual meeting on Wednesday, June 14.

The AGM is in the West End clubhouse bar at 8pm.

All paid-up members welcome.

The agenda includes an annual review, proposal for constituion amendments and annual elections.

To learn more click HERE.

The club currently fields four senior, eight junion, six mini and midi teams plus a touch rugby section.

It is likely to get a windfall is the Engine Lane development goes ahead which will be used to enhance its facilities.

The successful club also hosts numerous charity events during the year to benefit other local organisations including the Pink Ladies dinner and Tough As Nails fundraisers.

New man at Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club

Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club has a new first team manager.

Alan 'Smudge' Smith will take over the Swags with immediate effect ready for the 2017-18 Somerset County Premier campaign.

He will be looking to continue and build on a successful first two seasons for the club since Nailsea Town FC and Tickenham Utd merged in 2015. 

Smith has most recently had successful spells with Wrington Redhill FC in the Somerset County and Clevedon Utd in the Toolstation leagues.

He said 'These are exciting times for Nailsea & Tickenham

Football Club and I am pleased to have been asked to manage a progressive club.

"A town the size of Nailsea should have a team playing at Western league level.

"It is my ambition to put the club in a position to fulfil the potential and give Nailsea a club to be proud of'. 

Chairman Bob Gregory said 'We are really glad Alan has agreed to join, it was clear after our initial discussions that we share the same ambitions for the club going forward.

"Alan's experience on and off the pitch will ensure we keep improving as a club in what are very exciting times ahead.

"When Nailsea Town and Tickenham United  merged two seasons ago , if someone had said that the first team would have two top three finishes, be in two cup finals and the Reserves would gain promotion as Div 2 Champs, we would have bitten their hand off.

"The performances speak for themselves and have undoubtedly elevated the clubs status in terms of football in Nailsea."

Nailsea & Tickenham FC will shortly be announcing details of pre season training including friendly matches as well as the appointment of a club physio.

There will be a number of excellent sponsorship opportunities and the club would be very interested to speak to local business to continue partnerships within the community.

Click HERE for more details.


Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves league leaders


N&T Res clinched the Somerset county Div 2 West league title with two games on the May bank holiday weekend after an excellent season.

A 2-0 away win over closest rivals Worle on Saturday secured top spot for the Swags.

Manager Jamie Smith and assistant Al Parsons will be delighted to have led the side to promotion after last seasons 5th placed finish and will next season compete in the Somerset County Div 1 West. 

N&T Res have been consistent all season, only losing one match so far and boasting an excellent defensive record as well as being undefeated away from home.

The team have two remaining fixtures away v Cheddar Res  on Saturday, May 6 and home v Taunton on Saturday, May 13 and will be looking to finish well.

The club would like to thank supporters and sponsors S&R Burchill's and The Blue Flame.

The first team have the opportunity to add to club silverware in the Somerset County Cup Final V Frys FC which is being played on Monday 8th May at Brislington FC, 7.45pm KO and also have their last game of the season V Nailsea Utd FC this Wednesday knowing that a win will mean a second placed finish in the Somerset County Premier Division.

Nailsea & Tickenham FC have sponsorship opportunities and anyone interested should contact

PHOTO: Lovegrove

Anyone for badminton?

Nailsea and Backwell Badminton Club is looking for new members to play for either league or leisure.

Next week free to new visitors 🏸 hope to see some of you there!

Nailsea and Backwell Badminton Club is based in Backwell School sports hall which is accessed via the Meadow Close school entrance.

It is a friendly, competitive badminton club where players of all abilities can play to enjoy and improve their game.

The club uses feather shuttles for both matches and club nights, although the club is not suitable for beginners.

Club nights are well attended and are fun and competitive with men's and mixed teams competing at all levels in the Bristol and North Somerset Badminton Leagues.

Club nights are every Tuesday night 7.30-10pm.

With four courts and a £5 fee after the first two weeks players joining the club will have this deducted from the subscription.

Membership for the season costs is £115 which  includes all shuttle fees and membership to Badminton.

For further information email club secretary Peter Argles

Dinner with British lion

Another sporting hero is coming to dinner at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House.

Rugby union player Geoff Parling is booked for a sporting dinner on Friday, June 23.

The 33-year-old Exeter Chiefs lock has represented England on 29 occasions and the British and Irish Lions three times hails from Stockton-on-Tees.

The evening starts at 6pm until 10pm.

Tickets £33 per person.

Contact the sales team on 01934 834343 (option 1) or email

Top thirteen

A baker’s dozen of young people from Nailsea are lined up to compete in the regional finals of a major trampoline competition.
Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club which has its base at Nailsea School has learned 13 of its gymnasts have qualified for the trampoline and tumbling regional team final and the national development plan qualification for 2017.
The event is being staged at the Barclaycard Arena at Birmingham from Friday to Sunday, June 16-18.

Pictured top is the complete squad.

Altogether 27 team members competed in both trampoline and double-mini trampoline events.

Trampoline: Evie Sharper (8), Maya Stone (8), Molly Pook (11), Hannah West (10), Shannon Pletts (11), Rachel Mason (13), Rebecca Elswood (13) and Eleanor Bear (17).

DMT: Millie Filer (10), Lacey Sell (11), Shannon Pletts (11), Chloe Tinker (12) and Rebecca Elswood (13).
And four Nailsea athletes are on the reserve list: Edith Davies, Chloe Tinker, Megan Frost and Molly Pook.
The club celebrated all its achievements at the sixth anniversary celebration and awards evening at the Grove Sports & Social Club.

Coach Angie said: "he day was a great success for the club which achieved 32 medals overall in both disciplines."

For information email: or ring 0775 836 7317

Play date at local leisure centres on Sunday

Backwell Leisure Centre and the Scotch Horn Leisure Centre are both hosting an open days from 10am-4pm on Sunday, May 7.

Come along an see what is on offer from swimming pool to squash courts at the Farleigh Road facility where you can book a children's party, play table tennis or learn to swim with a qualified instructor.

At Nailsea they are offering free gym taster sessions and activities.

Backwell is on the Bristol bus rounte it also has sauna and steam room, gym and multi purpose function room/studio.

While Nailsea has a 70 station gym, four court sports hall, fitness and spin studio, squash courts, cafe and auditorium with stage, creche, soft play area and meeting room facilities to hire.

Membership at both centres costs £421.20 a year or £37 a month as part of a 12 month contract and includes access to all other centres including Hutton Moor.

New rifle club at Nailsea

A skittles alley at a Nailsea pub is being transformed in a new air rifle club.

Rob Collins, of Pass It On Young Sports taster days at Jacklands Fishing Lakes, has set up the group to teach people shooting skills and provide a safe place for enthusiasts to enjoy target shooting.
The Pass It On Young Sports Air Rifle Range is being launched at The Ring O’Bells Pub, in St Marys Grove, on Tuesday, May 23 at 6pm.
The rifle range it open to people of all ages and abilities can join in.
Rob said: “At the taster days, more and more families said they couldn’t believe how focused their children were when they tried target shooting.
“It is a continuation of our taster days.

"Families can come to a structured range and we can teach them the discipline and they can have fun shooting targets.

"It’s a good way to encourage a healthy respect of firearms."
Rob is hoping the new club will meet weekly and he also wants to start a league so teams can compete against each other.
Places must be booked by calling 0750 196 2893.


Two games in hand and near top of table

Final score Ashton & Backwell Res 1-3 Nailsea & Tickenham Res


Another vital hard fought win for the visitors at the Lancer Scott Stadium in this local derby.

Jamie Smith's team came into the game still unbeaten in the league this season with the home side in good form also winning their previous four matches.

A couple of changes for the away side with the experienced Ryan King starting on the left and also ex Backwell Utd defender Jamie Evans returning to the starting line up.

Nailsea & Tickenham dealt well with the direct style of the home team in the first ten minutes and then started to impose themselves in the match, scoring after 20minutes after a great cross from Joe Berry found the head of top scorer Mark Ashley to fire the away side in front.

Joe Berry continued to cause problems for the home team with strong runs down the left hand side and the central midfield partnership of Wes Bracey and Chris Corner started to dominate.

Ashley increased the lead to 2-0 with another great header into the bottom corner, leaving the keeper Charlie Matthews with no chance.

The score finished 0-2 at half time.

Ashton & Backwell worked hard to find a way back into the game but N & Ts experienced back four of Soper, Parsons, Evans and Yeo defended well, giving little space to the home side. N & T made it three, again after excellent play down the right between Parsons, Faiers and Berry resulted in a header back across goal from Ashley - finished by Wes Bracey. 

Ashton & Backwell introduced Cordelle Young from the bench and he had an immediate impact with his pace catching the home side flat and creating opportunities. A & B were then awarded a penalty with fifteen to go but it was saved well by Mark Wilson and N & T scrambled away from the rebound.

A & B did get a deserved consolation goal in the final ten minutes but N & T will be delighted to have seen the final whistle blow for a 1-3 victory and another three points.

The Blue Flame MOM was Joe Berry

Nailsea Easter football club

Priority Football, based in Nailsea, is running its first school holiday football camps this Easter for children aged six to 12-years.
Lead coach Rob Prior, of Bristol Rovers, said: “Whether your child is trying football for the first time or has been playing for years, they will find our exciting activities fun and rewarding.”
Each day is planned and led by Rob Prior and fellow Bristol Rovers coach Tim Jones who will be supported by other experienced, FA qualified coaches.
There are two camps of three day blocks starting on:

  • Monday, April 10; and

  • Tuesday, April 18.

It costs £16 per day or £40 for per three days. 
Each day runs from 9am-3pm at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea, with early drop-offs available (please ask).
To sign up parents should visit or call 0778 742 6353.


Kids Kung Fu

A new Kids Kung Fu class opened at Nailsea this month.
Learning Kung Fu is an excellent way for children to develop self-confidence, discipline and respect for others. 
It also improves fitness, coordination and mental focus. 
Classes are inclusive and specifically geared to children and run in a safe environment by a fully qualified martial arts instructor and primary school teacher. 
Typical sessions include warm ups, skills activities, games and forms. 
There is also a strong focus on the Kung Fu code of conduct to develop character. 
To book a free taster session for your child at the Scotch Horn leisure centre please contact Sifu Kee on 0796 942 6514 or email

The Nailsea class currently has children aged four to eight years.
Successful clubs are also already operating in Bristol and Long Ashton. 

Toddlers join new Nailsea football coaching classes

A 22-year -old Nailsea football coach from Nailsea has found early success with new technical football sessions aimed at young people.

Priority Football, based at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, which started in September 2016 has signed-up 40 children in its first season.

Rob Prior, who is a Level 3 coach working with Bristol Rovers’ Academy, started the sessions to givechildren a chance to develop skills and express themselves in a pressure free environment. 

He said: “We appreciate the importance of children growing at their own pace and our focus is on the development of ‘the player.

“Each player has their own ball for the majority of sessions which is perfect whether they have playing for years or are trying football for the first time.”
Originally offering coaching to five to eight and nine-11 year olds on Monday nights 5-7pm, Priority Football has now expanded to a pre-school programme focussing on two to four year olds on Saturday mornings 10-11am.

Rob is supported by experienced coach, Ricky Paul, who is FA Level 2 qualified and well known in the North Somerset footballing community.

All new players are invited to their first session at Priority Football for free.

To find out more click HERE or call Rob on 0778 742 6353.

New Somerset attraction for adrenaline junkies

Exploration caving and abseiling will soon be coming to Somerset tourist attraction Wookey Hole Caves.

Opening soon, the Wild Wookey cave challenge will be available to adventurous visitors who dare to go further into the realms of darkness.

Coinciding with the Somerset tourist attraction’s 90th anniversary, the Wild Wookey caving course will be one of the best in Europe and means you can now venture further into Wookey Hole Caves than ever before, journeying into the unknown and tackling previously off-limits parts of the labyrinth of caves and tunnels.

Suitable for adventurers aged 14+, the exciting course begins with daredevils entering the caves through a cliff-face hole before winding their way through a maze of natural wild cave passages and taking on a roped descent to the water's edge of the River Axe.

Traversing raised walkways and a perilous bridge over deep waters, climbing a series of bold rock faces, abseiling down to the riverbank of the River Axe and crawling through historic passageways are just some of the highlights of this new challenge in the heart of the Mendips.

Qualified and experienced instructors will equip adventurers with all the gear including suits, helmets, harnesses, lights and gloves.

Wookey Hole Caves managing director Daniel Medley, said: “Wild Wookey will give people the chance to venture into the dark recesses of one of the world’s most famous caves, facing phobias, going deeper and journeying into the unknown.

"Crawls, climbs, abseil, darkness, enclosed spaces and more await!

“Painstaking works, with conservation in the forefront of planning, have been underway to create an exciting course which takes on some of the more challenging sections near to the main showcave route.

“Until now only professional cavers have been able to explore these caves but we have worked hard to ensure this course is suitable for fit and healthy beginners. It’s not for the faint-hearted though, it’s a thrilling journey and adds yet another dimension to our offering here.

“This year we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of opening as a showcave and Wild Wookey is a fantastic way to mark the occasion and demonstrate how much we have developed and expanded as a tourist attraction. We hope this new attraction will further boost Somerset tourism in 2017.”

With more than  20 indoor and outdoor attractions Wookey Hole provides a whole day out whatever the weather. Including a 4D cinema experience, Mirror Maze, Penny Arcade, play areas, Adventure Golf and the famous cave tours, Wookey Hole offers something for the whole family.
Wild Wookey will be priced separately to the main attraction ticket and more information about launch dates, conditions and prices will be announced soon.
 Exclusive offers can be found by clicking HERE.

Anyone for croquet?


Nationally and internationally successful Nailsea & District Croquet Club is thriving.

But new players from novices to those with experience are welcome to its annual open day on Saturday, April 8.

All welcome at the courts behind Avening Close, off Trendlewood Way.

The club insn't playing croquet yet this season but there's plenty going on.

Re-seeding of bare patches, mowing and thining have all happened and groundwork rotas circulated.

A lawn booking file has been created, duty rotas and league team fixtures all fixed.

The main notice board has been replaced and a roofing contractor has been engaged to fix the clubhouse roof and membership subs are coming in.

So now until Saturday, April 1 when players can get back on the lawns.

In the meantime, the bridge group and the table tennis group are meeting weekly in the clubhouse.

For more information click HERE.

Satisfy your new year's resolution by taking up bowls


During the winter Nailsea Bowls Club provide taster sessions and coaching for new bowlers.

It uses the indoor facilities at is home base at Mizzymead Recreation Cnetre in preparation for playing outside next season.

Coaching is provided by its own coaches on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6pm.

The new year sessions start on Wednesday, January 4 and end in April.

There is need to book, just turn up and please wear flat sole shoes.

Tthere is no charge for coaching but a £2 fee for use of the facilities.

For further information, contact Rob Cook 01275 853181


Final score Nailsea & Tickenham Res 2-1 Worle

The top two sides in the league met for the first time this season in a close game which saw the home side take a vital three points.
Jamie Smith made some changes with Wes Bracey operating in central midfield alongside Chris Corner & a Mark Ashley - Joe Berry partnership upfront.
It was the two frontmen who combined early on to give the home side a deserved lead. Joe Berry spotted Ashley's run from a free kick, picking him out perfectly and Ashley fired above the keeper to make it 1-0.
The back four of Tom Smith, Stu Roberts, Jamie Evans and Al Parsons had to defend well as Worle pushed forward several times during the first half, N and T playing on the counter.
Worle got an equaliser during the first half when Kev Freeman saved well from a direct free kick only to see the follow up tapped in by Ryan Hodrien with the home defence calling for offside.
The second half was played at a high tempo, both teams attacking at every opportunity looking for the win. N and T looked solid at the back and Joe Berry was creating chances going forward. It was Berry who got the breakthrough directly from a corner kick which flew over the keepers head as he was too occupied with Mark Ashley. N and T went for a third to seal it and made two changes bringing on attacking men Ryan King and Joe Kay, King almost assisting Joe Berry with his first touch, and Kay almost scoring with his.
The game finished 2-1, a great three points ahead of next weeks Nailsea Derby V Nailsea Utd at the Grove - 12oclock KO on Christmas Eve.
The Blue Flame MOM was Joe Berry

Final score Kewstoke 0-1 Nailsea & Tickenham Res

N & T welcomed new signing Joe Kay straight into the starting line up after his transfer from Churchill FC this week as the away side had to work hard to earn all three points against bottom of the league Kewstoke.

Kewstoke started well with a direct style of play working the N & T back four of Evans, R Cook, Bracey & Parsons. 

N & T then came into the game and created some good chances down the right hand side with Murray causing the Kewstoke full back problems.

N & T missed further chances to take the lead as Mark Ashley saw his close range effort fly over the bar and it finished goalless at half time.

N & T pushed forward during the second half looking to grab a winner and it came  after an hour as substitute Steve Sullivan laid a neat ball through to Mark Ashley who smashed hard and low under the goalkeeper to score his thirteenth goal of the season.

With ten minutes to go, N & T had a perfect chance to double the lead but Mike Faiers saw his effort cleared off the line and Tim Soper blasted over from the rebound.

In the final few seconds Jamie Evans slipped and the Kewstoke striker was one on one with keeper Kev Freeman who produced an outstanding save to protect all three points for the away side.

Jamie Smith's side remain top of the Somerset County Div 2 West division and are unbeaten in the league. 

The Blue Flame MOM was Jake Murray.

Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club high flying start to season

Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club members have started the new competition season with a very successful entry in the regional grading at Bath.

Team members competed in competition across many grades and age groups and achieved amazing results:


7-8 Girls NDP1: Lucy Pook 3rd

9-10 Girls NDP1: Evie Sharper 2nd, Maya Stone 7th, Edith Davies 20th, Team 3rd – Evie Sharper, Maya Stone, Edie Davies

11-12 Girls NDP1: Lola Warren 7th, Maddie Gardner 13th, Hannah West 19th

13+ Girls NDP1: Megan Frost 2nd

11-12 Girls NDP2: Millie Filer 5th, Ellie Richardson 19th

13+ Girls NDP2: Chloe Tinker 1st, Abi Robbins 2nd, Grace Taylor 6th, Team 1st – Chloe Tinker, Abi Robbins and Grace Taylor

11-12 Girls NDP3: Shannon Pletts 2nd

13+ Girls NDP3: Rachel Mason 1st, Caitlin Lee 3rd, Carly Needham 13th, Team 1st – Rachel Mason, Caitlin Lee and Carly Needham

11-12 Girls NDP4: Molly Pook 4th

11-12 Men NDP4: Leo Brooks 4th

13+Girls NDP4: Rebecca Elswood 1st, Mae Falkinder 2nd

15+Girls NDP5: Eleanor Bear 9th.


7-8 Girls NDP1:  Lucy Pook 2nd

9-10 Girls NDP1: Evie Sharper 2nd

11-12 Girls NDP1:  Millie Filer 2nd

13+ Girls NDP1: Megan Frost 1st, Chloe Tinker 2nd,

11-12 Girls NDP3: Molly Pook 1st

13+ Girls NDP3: Mae Falkinder 1st

13+ Girls NDP5: Rebecca Elswood 2nd

11-12 Men NDP5: Leo Brooks 1st           

Football in the round has Nailsea fixtures

This week saw the start of the Nomad Cage football project at Nailsea School.

It is led by Youth For Christ a nationwide charitable organisation.

Cage football was first developed in the Netherlands.

It is a circular cage which can be set up on any flat area with a goal on one side.

Because the distance covered by the ball is limited by the cage the game becomes about developing ball skills.

As in usual football there are two teams, however the teams only consist of two a side.

The games usually last for about two to three minutes and the score is decided on goal difference, unless one of the players performs a panna.

A panna wins the game – and is when the player dribbles the ball through their opponent's legs and collects it on the other side.

The project has been fully funded by the Nailsea Connect group.

The team from Youth For Christ is headed up by Beth Welford.

Beth and her team will run the project for the full school week and will also be invited into physical education and religious studies classes.

Youth For Christ have worked with many other schools across the country for a number of years.

Nailsea School connect worker Neil Wylie said: "This was an exciting way to start the new term and an opportunity for all students across the year groups to engage in something different as part of their regular timetable.”

The charitable organisation will also be taking the event outside of school.

The team which is made up of Gap Year students will be setting up the cage for other opportunities across Nailsea.

On Tuesday evening they will be at Nailsea Methodist church; on Wednesday they will be at the skate park after school; on Thursday they will be set up at the Nailsea School open evening 6-8.30pm; and on Friday they will be at Nailsea Baptist Youth Club.

Tour of Britain comes to North Somerset

Britain’s iconic cycling road race comes to North Somerset on Saturday, Septmber 10.

Stage 7 of the 2016 Tour of Britain will start and finish on the Downs in Bristol and will be on a 15km circuit which comes over Clifton suspension bridge into North Somerset, through Leigh Woods, along Rownham Hill, around the bottom of the Floating Harbour before heading back up Bridge Valley Road to the Downs for the finish.

North Somerset Council deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees said: "We’re very pleased to be hosting part of the stage in North Somerset.

"On the back of the phenomenal results from Rio which had the nation captivated, this is a great opportunity to see household names like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, together with six other medallists from the Olympics.

"The stage is also likely to decide the outcome of the whole tour.

“We know that the event will attract thousands of spectators anyway, and being on a Saturday will attract a significantly larger crowd.”

Road closures will be in place from 5am until 7pm and Clifton suspension bridge will be closed to traffic – the north footway will be available for pedestrians walking from Leigh Woods to Clifton, and the south footway for people heading into Leigh woods. 

There will be no cycling – cyclists will be able to cross if they dismount and push along the footway with pedestrians. 

Spectating from the footways on the bridge will not be permitted – stewards will be on both footways to make sure people keep moving.

The day will see individual time trials from 10am to noon with the six-lap main race 2.30-5pm.

The Hutton and Locking ward councillors added: “Once again the media spotlight will be focussing on the area with live broadcasts on terrestrial television and businesses should reap an economic benefit from the thousands of people coming to see some of the world’s top road racers plying their trade.”

For more information and a map of the route click HERE.

And a word of warning if you’re planning on spectating please take special note of road closures and pay particular attention to any designated crossing points across the course.

Please do not cross the course at uncontrolled sections during the races, as there will be cyclists travelling at speed, as well as support vehicles ahead of and behind the riders.

There are very limited viewing opportunities for the high-speed Rownham Hill descent, as there is no footpath for the majority of its length.

Safety considerations mean that viewing from the road will not be permitted. Please don’t put yourself or others at risk of injury.

If you can’t make it to the event there will be three-hours of live coverage on both ITV4 and the BIKE Channel UK , with ITV4  also airing a one-hour highlights programme.
Timings for the day are:

  • 5am Roads close around the circuit

  • 10am Race village and hospitality open on The Downs

  • 10.01am Stage 7a – individual time trial starts

  • 12.30pm Stage 7a – individual time trial finishes (approx)

  • 12.30pm Presentation of stage winner’s and leader’s jerseys

  • 2.30pm Stage 7b – circuit race starts

  • 4.30pm Stage 7b – circuit race finishes (approx.)

  • 4.40pm Presentation of stage winner’s and leader’s jerseys

  • 7pm Roads open

NAILSEA TRAINING NIGHT: Last seasons Somerset County Cup winners Nailsea & Tickenham FC started their pre season with a great win over higher league opposition in the form of Toolstation Premier Champions Odd Down FC at Fryth Way, running out 3-1 winners. New signing Chris Gale made a great impression, assisting the first goal for Matt Pilgrim and further goals from Gary Freeman and James Seeley finished a useful pre season friendly for both sides. The club are continuing pre season with training on Tuesdays at 7pm and would welcome any new players interested in playing for a progressive club which has two Somerset Senior teams. The reserve team have a friendly next Saturday againt Cleeve West Town FC and any players interested in getting involved with training or friendlies can also contact the club and check regular updates on Twitter hashtag @NandTFC or online by cllcking HERE. Nailsea & Tickenham FC had a very successful first season since merging, the first team finishing runners up in the Somerset Premier Division and winning the County Cup, the reserves finishing 5th in the Somerset West Division 2. The club would like to thank greengrocers Burchills and The Blue Flame, West End, for their continued support and sponsorship.

SUNSHINE GYM SESSION: After their success in the the national finals youngsters from Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club packed their bags and headed for Portugal for a summer  holiday training camp. Fifteen member jetted off to the  Algarve Gym Camp 2016 for the annual week-long training session in the sun. The youngsters and their coaches joined others at the international event run by English and Portuguese clubs. There were gymnasts and coaches from several countries including Great Britain, Portugal, Estonia, Germany, Spain and Australia. Three hundred gymnasts spent the week doing intensive training and conditioning as well as having some 'rest and relaxation' time at the beach and swimming pool. Alchemy coach Angie Walmsley said: "We have been attending this camp for the past few years - it is a very popular event and the club is already booked for next year. The gymnasts benefit from the coaching of not only their own travelling coaches, but also International level coaches from other countries who attend the camp as experts to share their knowledge and experience."

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Finalists results


Just when you think it can't get any better young trampolinists from Nailsea reached the pinnacle of success at the national finals.
Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club which trains at Nailsea School had an amazing, and very successful, weekend at Telford and brought back several national podium places, said coach Angie Walmsley.


Mae Falkinder - DMT Level 3 11-12 Girls - 1st; and National NDP Level 3 Girls Champion  Trampoline Level 4 11-12 Girls - 6th

Lacey Sell - DMT Level 2, 9-10 Girls, 2nd

Leo Brooks - DMT Level 3, 11-12 Men, 2nd

Molly Pook - DMT Level 2, 11-12 Girls, 3rd

Chloe Tinker - DMT Level 1, 11-12 Girls, 2nd Place

Rebecca Lees - DMT Level 2, 13+ Girls - 6th

Angie added: A really great ending to this years competitive season - now looking forward to next season."

Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club
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Nailsea club in national finals

Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club had a really successful weekend at the regional finals at Birmingham with several of their youngsters winning places at the nationals in July.

Coach Angie Walmsley said: “The team produced amazing performances and results.”

Double-Mini Trampoline

Lacey Sell – 9/10 Girls Level 2 – 1st

Leo Brooks – 11/12 Boys Level 3 – 1st

Mae Falkinder – 11/12 Girls Level 3 – 2nd

Rebecca Lees – 13+ Girls Level 2 – 2nd

Molly Pook – 11/12 Girls Level 2 – 3rd

Chloe Tinker – 11/12/ Girls Level 1 – 7th


Mae Falkinder – 11/12 Girls Level 4 – 3rd

Caitlin Lee – 11/12/ Girls Level 3 – 17th

Hannah West – 9/10 Girls Level 1 – 18th

Rebecca Lees - 13+ Girls Level 4 - 13th 

The top team will be going to the NDP finals at Telford from Friday to Sunday, July 8-10.

Angie added: “In the next few weeks the team members are going to be very busy – we have plans to take part in the Rotary Club sponsored charity walk on Sunday, June 26 and then on Friday, July 25, 15 of us (coaches and team) will be headed to the Algarve Gym Camp for trampolining and DMT training with other coaches and gymnasts from several countries.”

Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club
Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club
Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club
Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club
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Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club
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Nailsea's jumping juniors

In its first five years Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club at Nailsea has reached amazing new heights in regional and national competitions.

Its name, Alchemy, means turning ‘base metals into gold’ which translates to turning baby bouncers into gilttering trampolinists who have already won several titles including South West under-nine girls champion 2014 and 2015.

But is isn’t all about winning medals and standing on the podium as the club is primarily about helping young people achieve personal goals while enjoying a sporting past-time.

Alchemy is a non-profit making club run jointly by head coach Jon Webb and full-time civil servant Angie Walmsley, of Weston, whose daughter Charlie, aged 26, a former GB squad member, is now also a Coach at Nailsea.

They are supported by several parents who since the club began have gone on to get professional qualifications to help train the children.

Mums Kate Sell, Zoe Sharper and Lisa Tinker are all part of the qualified coaching team along with Deb Bear and Clare Elswood who are award scheme coaches.

Former performer Lauren Cleave who returns from university to help coach at the club completes the team.

Children can start from the age of three years with ‘recreational’ trampolining which is where they learn the basics and it is a lot of fun, said Angie.

Recreation sessions cost £5 an hour.

The children then progress through the British Gymnastics proficiency scheme to win awards and badges.

Those who show the skill and dedication are moved along to ‘team training’ which involves a commitment to a minimum of four hours a week practise.

It is classed as a ‘high-risk’ leisure sport but most accidents happen on a back garden trampoline and not the professional equipment which costs thousands of pounds used at Nailsea School.

Nearly a dozen members of the club have been picked to represent the South West squad at the Regional NDP finals at the end of May at Birmingham.

The team includes Chloe Tinker, 11; Lacey Sell, 10; Molly Pook, 10; Leo Brooks, 10; Mae Falkinder, 12, and Rebecca Lees, 14, who were all selected as part of the SW double-mini trampoline team and Mae Falkinder, Rebecca Lees, Hannah West, 9, and Caitlin Lee, 11, were selected for the SW Trampoline squad with a further five members selected as reserves.

They are Rebecca Elswood, 12, Callie Blessitt, 11, Shannon Pletts, 10, Ellie Richardson, 10, and Rachel Mason, 12.

And to add to the accolades Alchemy head coach Jon has also been selected as a lead coach for the South West squad at the finals event and Charlie has been selected as a south west judge.

Angie said while they have been very lucky in the past to have won lots of medals the ultimate goal is to move to a building of their own where the heavy equipment would not have to be put away after each session.

Angie said: “We want something the size of a sports hall that meets the minimum height requirements of about eight metres – an industrial building would be ideal.

“Depending on whether we rent or buy it could cost a lot of money but there are grants available for refurbishing a building.”

It would need to house eight standing trampolines, two or three sunken trampolines, large foam pit, run-up and landing area plus ancillary rooms for first aid, therapy and storage.

The Royal Oak garage was one possibility but although the apex of its roof was high enough the sloping sides would have had to be raised and one thought was to top it with a glass box extension but before that idea got any further off the ground the property was sold for re-development.

At any given time, there is between 20-50 on the waiting list to join the club, which opened in April 2011 with just three members and now has more than 100.

One of the nicest things at the Saturday morning club was watching nine-year-old Edith get to ring the bell.

This is done when children successfully complete a new move on the trampoline for the first time or achieve something they have worked hard on.

Edith managed a ‘hands and knees turnover over piked’ - this involved taking off from the hands and knees positon and forming a pike shape rotation onto the back.

Alchemy Trampoline & DMT Club meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings at the sports hall at Nailsea School which is part of The Link community facilities.

Trampolining began as a modern sport in the 1930s and is based on the skills of trapeze artistes.

It became an Olympic sport in 2000.

Competitive trampolining routines consist of combinations of 10 contacts with the trampoline bed combining varying rotations, twists and shapes with take-off to land on their feet, seat, front or back.

And like other competing gymnastics their routine must always start and finish on feet.

For information email

Trampolinist talking

Here is what the young people said:

  • Lacey, 10, of Grove Junior School, said: “It is really fun and I enjoy all the laughter.”

  • Mae, 12, of Backwell School has been trampolining for four years. She said: “I like learning new things and being with friends.”

  • Rachel, 12, also of Backwell School, said: “My favourite move is probably a barani ball out.”


For the uninitiated this is a move starting on the back and involved a one and a quarter front somersault with a late half twist. Please note this is different to baby fliffu!

  • Leo, 10, of Tickenham Primary School, also plays football said: “I practise twice a week and started with a garden trampoline at home.”

  • Molly, 10, of Golden Valley Primary School, has been coming to the club since it started and also likes doing a barani ball out. She said: “I was nervous when I started.”

  • Evie, five, of Golden Valley Primary School, said: “I like to roll.”

  • Lucy, six, of Golden Valley Primary School, said: “I would like to go to the Olympics one day.”

All the children agreed the hardest thing to get used to was the ‘bounce’ of the trampolines which is much more pronounced than the garden ones.

At competitions the girls wear smart purple leotards and the boys black shorts. The dress code includes no jewellery, white socks and hair tied back.

Football finalist Hannah

A Nailsea schoolgirl was part of a Somerset football team who made it to the finals of a national competition.

Hannah Thornton, aged 15, who goes to Nailsea School, played striker for the Somerset versus Staffordshire game at Birmingham City Football Club this month.

The team missed by a whisker winning the u16 girls ESPA Inter County Trophy with the half time score at 0-0 but unfortunately they conceded a 1-2 result at full-time.

Dad Simon, a builder, and brother Jamie, 12, were cheering from the touchline but mum Mandy, a nursery nurse, and brother Charlie, 11, had to watch the action on YouTube as Mandy couldn’t get time off work and Charlie had the dreaded Standard Assessment Tests.

Both Jamie and Charlie are ace football and rugby players,

When Hannah who trains weekly at Street Soccer Academy isn’t turning out for the county or south west of England squad she plays for Nailsea United as midfield or striker..

But her sporting prowess isn’t confined to the soccer pitch as Hannah enjoys netball and athletics as well.

Mandy said: “Her main love is football and she has aspirations of playing for the women's England team.

"We are so proud of Hannah and all the other girls who have worked so hard to get Somerset to the very highest level.”

Hannah who supports Bristol City and Chelsea FC hopes one day soon she will get picked for England.

A Somerset FC spokesman said: “Somerset Girls u16s can count themselves unfortunate to have lost having matched Staffordshire…however a fantastic achievement to be national finalists.”

And Staffordshire were equally magnanimous in victory saying: “Somerset pushed us every step of the way and deserve credit for being part of a fabulous advert for girl’s football at county level.”

Hannah is pictured far right in the team photo knelt down in front of coach Julie Bowker wearing a blue jacket.

To watch the action click on the video.

Cup final success for young Nailsea rugby team

Nailsea & Backwell Colts worked hard this season as a unit again finishing runners up in the Somerset league, in a campaign where at times they played superb 15 man rugby.

There was strong representative success with many lads playing for Filton and Weston academies as well as several representing Gloucestershire and Somerset at county level.

One such lad took a step further and represented the south west of England.

A successful cup run was the pinnacle of this teams efforts where the whole squad produced some stunning rugby beating strong Wells and Wellington teams on route to the final against Weston Hornets.

In the final played at Bridgwater Albion, Nailsea & Backwell started with real venom dominating a one sided first half to lead 25-0 at half time.

The second half into a strong wind started in the same vain with Nailsea & Backwell scoring two further tries to close out the win.

Into the last quarter Hornets finally gained territory and after camping on the Nailsea & Backwell line for long periods managed two consolation tries of their own.

However Nailsea & Backwell saw out the game for what was a superb finale to the season, finally winning that illusiverTrophy.

Try scorers were Will Summers, Charlie Bircham-Davies (2no) Adam Grafton, Harry Marshall and Harrison Gould. Alex Jones kicked two conversions and a penalty.

Captain Josh Collins and his team Coached by Evan Hughes fully deserved their success in what was generally a very successful season.

Back to basics with netball


New 'back to netball' session starting at Nailsea on Friday, April 22, at  Scotch Horn Leisure Centre.

This is a women-only aged 16+ new group.

The plan is to hold lunchtime sessions every Friday 1-2pm and costs £3 per session. 

Back To Netball boasts it is a better fitness regime than 100 sit-ups!

The sport has been running across England since 2010 with more than 60,000 women have already joined.

From losing weight, developing the body’s cardiovascular system and improving muscle tone, taking part in Back To Netball is great for you in so many ways.

Back To Netball sessions are running across England and provide women of all ages with a gentle re-introduction to the sport.

Run by passionate and enthusiastic coaches, sessions cover the basics of the game including passing, footwork and shooting.

Sessions finish with a friendly game to put the skills you have learnt into practice.

For more details email

Run Tough as Nails


Tough as Nails the cross-country charity obstacle course is running again this year on Saturday, July 23 with the starting line at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby FC.

Races will start from 1pm and there will be prizes in each age category:

  •  five-10 years;

  • 11-15 years; and

  • Adults.

The best fancy dress runners also stand to win a prize.

Apply for an entry form now by emailing

To view photos from 2015 its first year go to the gallery by clicking HERE.

Let's all go running in the dark at Tyntesfield - scary


On Saturday, November 28, runners aged 12 and above are invited to go for a jog around the Tyntesfield estate in the dark.

A new series of night runs – well afternoon teatime runs really – offers two courses for all abilities to run, walk and/or enjoy!

The explore course is approximately 2.7km long.

The adventure course is a toughie at approximately 5.7km.

It costs £15 for adults and £10 for children aged 12-16.

Watch the video to see how they got on.


Nailsea and Tickenham Reserves 6-2 Burnham Reserves


N&T were in fine form for this home encounter, with almost perfect conditions at Fryth Way.

From the first whistle Jamie Smith had his team flying at their opponents and took an instant hold of the game, scoring with a neat exchange from the front pairing of Mark Ashley and youngster Mike Faiers resulting in Faiers poking past the away keeper inside two minutes.

As the young Burnham side looked to pass from the back this left them open to the high pressing of N&T and soon after the first goal the lead doubled following a neat finish from defender David Yeo - making his home debut for the Swags.

N&T now took control of the first half with some good passing exchanges, leading to further goals from the prolific Mark Ashley who netted twice more in the first half from close range, both assisted by strike partner Mike Faiers to make the score 4-0 at half time.

The second half saw three changes with Craig Burchill, Jamie Smith and Adam Newland replaced by Sam Bendall-Weeks, Ben Murray and Matt Corner as N&T looked to increase their lead.

Mark Ashley nodded in to make it five on the hour mark with his hat-trick, once again assisted by the lively Faiers with a fantastic cross from the wide right.

Faiers then turned goal scorer with another neat finish, leaving the Burnham keeper helpless inside the box.

With 15 minutes remaining, Burnham never gave up and deservedly scored two fine goals, the first an unstoppable free kick, the second leaving Kev Freeman no chance from close range.

The score finished 6-2, keeping N&T Reserves undefeated at home so far this season.

The Blue Flame MOM was Mark Ashley.

Magnificent seven runs


An accountant from Backwell has completed seven gruelling triathlons and raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Della Hudson, who runs Hudson Accountants in West Town Road, has taken part in the ‘It’s in the Bag’ (see full story below) challenge to support men with testicular cancer in the south west.

She achieved her personal best time at North Bristol Triathlon - while raising £568 for the charity.

The married mum-of-two said: “It was good to finish on a high and achieve my best time.

"I felt a big sense of achievement.

“This was the last one triathlon of the season and the year.

"I’m a bit wistful it’s all over, but it’s been a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for such a worthwhile cause.

“I hope the money raised will help the charity get their message out to more people as early diagnosis often means more effective treatment and better chances of a cure.”

Della, aged 46, was moved after one of her clients was diagnosed with the disease, but it was caught early – saving his life.

She signed up to the challenge, which involves completing 10 10km events this year.

Her first triathlon kicked off in May and her last triathlon was on September 27, which she completed in one hour 38 minutes.

But the local mum is not ready to relax just yet – and will finish off with the first ever Bristol + Bath marathon on Sunday, October 25.

This will conclude the last two 10k races of her challenge.

Della, who coaches athletics to 11 to 16-year-olds at North Somerset Athletics Club, said: “I’ve never done a marathon before, so it’s a bit nerve-wracking.

"But it’s the final part of the fundraising and I’m looking forward to it.”

She had hoped to take part in nine triathlons, but one was cancelled and another clashed with other commitments.

To sponsor Della click HERE.

For more information on It’s in the Bag and how to make checks click HERE.


PHOTO: Della Hudson, taking part in the Bristol Harbourside

sprint triathlon last year ©www.Marathon-Photos.Com


Nailsea & Tickenham FC 7-1 Cutters Friday

The Swags continued their winning run with a convincing 7-1 victory against bottom of the league Cutters Friday.

It wasn't long before top of the table N&T took the lead when a scramble in the area resulted in Scott Pilgrim bundling the ball over the line.

Shortly after this, a pass from Pilgrim found Berry and the lively striker made no mistake to make it 2-0.

The home side dominated the game and Berry got his second and the goal of the game when he picked up the ball just inside the opponents half before unleashing an unstoppable drive from a full 30 yards into the top corner.

He then completed his hat trick on the half hour when a clever move down the right resulted in Pilgrim crossing to find him at the near post and back heel it past the Cutters keeper.

Ciaran Price in the centre of midfield was again on form and both Soper and Benjamin in the wide positions constantly threatened the Cutters Friday defence.

However, just before the break, some sloppy defending and failure to clear their lines allowed Cutters to get a goal back.

There was still time for Nailsea & Tickenham to bag two more goals before half time with Berry getting his fourth and then Dan Cook bagged a 6th when his shot went under the keeper and trickled over the line.

The second half was a frustrating affair with N&T finding it difficult to motivate themselves and Cutters rarely troubling Mellor in the home goal.

The defensive trio of Cook, Wright and Richards never really broke sweat and dealt comfortably with any attacks from the Cutters Friday forwards.

Manager Bob Gregory made a couple of changes midway through the second half, And the introduction of Chris Corner and Matt Pilgrim seemed to revitalise the home team.

With 15 minutes to go, a superb defence splitting pass from Richards found Berry and the prolific striker made it 7-1 , lobbing the keeper for his 5th.

The win sees N&T remain at the top of the Premier Division but the management team of Gregory, Price and Sage are under no illusions that it is very early days yet and that their away Trip to Frome Collegians next week will be another big test for the SWAGS!


Cheddar Reserves 1-1 Nailsea & Tickenham Reserves

Nailsea & Tickenham Res travelled to Cheddar and continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard working performance against a youthful Cheddar side. Cheddar had a bright start with much of the possession and the home side looked comfortable on the ball, N and Ts back three of Evans, Smithson and Roberts looked solid in front of goalkeeper Kev Freeman. N and T, playing on the counter attack for much of the first half were unlucky not to have a penalty after Mark Ashley's cross struck a Cheddar defenders arm. N and T always looked dangerous from set pieces, but couldn't unlock the Cheddar back line and the score was goal less at the break.

Manager Smith pushed Gary Freeman into a more advanced midfield role and he had a wonderful chance inside the box to open the scoring, however the ball would not come down in time, giving the Cheddar defender the opportunity to block. As the game ran into the final 25minutes it was the home side who took the lead after a rare gap in the N and T defence allowed a cross from the left hand side, the cheddar forward reacted quickest to fire past Kev Freeman.

Smith introduced youngsters Adam Newland and Mike Faiers with around 20 minutes to go, and pushed three men upfront in search for an equaliser. N and Ts hard work was rewarded finally when substitute Faiers beat his marker and calmly took the ball past the Cheddar goalkeeper, allowing striker Mark Ashley to slot in, 1-1!

With a frantic final few minutes including further opportunities at both ends, N and T reserves will have come away happy to maintain their unbeaten record.

MOM was Jamie Evans.

Bridgewater Town Res 0-1 Nailsea & Tickenham FC

Nailsea and Tickenham Football Club started their season with a well earned three points against a youthful Bridgewater side in warm conditions at Fairfax Park.
Manager Bob Gregory welcomed back Matt Pilgrim to the starting line up to parter ex Bridgewater hero Ryan King up front.
The first exchanges were very even, neat passing from the home side never threatened Jason Mellors goal.

At the other end N&TFC were restricted to half chances but did not convert.

New signing Josh Benjamin looked bright out wide and caused problems to the Bridgewater full back, but the score remained 0-0 at the break.
N&TFC looked the most threatening during the early second half exchanges but still could not find a decisive touch.

Dan Boulter replaced Josh Benjamin as N&TFC went in search of a winning goal, and indeed it was the substitute Boulter who provided after a clipped ball from Chris Gregory found him in front of goal - Boulter finished calmly with his right foot to make it 1-0 to the swags!
Bridgewaters attempts to get back in the game were well controlled by the solid Gary Freeman in front of captain Wright, Richards and the excellent Dan Cook.
Charlie Ashton and Jamie Smith replaced the front two during the final stages of the game and N&TFC could and should have increased the lead, firstly via Chris Gregory who saw his header harshly disallowed for a foul on the keeper.

Smith was then fouled inside the box and had the chance to seal the game from the spot, however the home keeper saved low to his right and Smith was denied a debut goal.
Overall everyone at the newly formed club will be delighted with the first win of the season!

The Blue Flame MOM was Dan Cook.

Team: Mellor,Cook,Wright,Richards,Freeman,Soper,Benjamin,S Pilgrim, Gregory, M Pilgrim, King, Ashton, Boulter, Smith.

The new team kit is sponsored by Nailsea greengrocers S&R Burchills.

Sunday run at Tyntesfield


A new monthly National Trust running initiative is being launched at Tyntesfield, near Bristol, on Sunday, July 26.

The Trust10 is a free 10k event which hopes to encourage people to get outdoors, explore special places and take up a new challenge.

Held at 9am on the fourth Sunday of each month, the charity has created a series of 10k routes at a selection of properties, with Tyntesfield as one of the first. 

The estate has devised a 5k two loop route, which will take runners along its many woodland tracks and trails, as well as vantage points with views across the North Somerset countryside.

This run marks the beginning of a national pilot series, and Tyntesfield will be gathering feedback from those running, volunteering and supporting, in order to help develop the event.

Although there is no timing system at present, there will be an official start and finish point, so runners are encouraged to bring their own timing devices during these pilot events.

NT sports development officer Mimi Rousell said: "We’re really excited to be trialling the Trust10 here at Tyntesfield; it will be a great opportunity for people to have a regular goal each month, as well as a chance to explore the estate.

"We want as many runners to enjoy this special place as possible, so feel free to run as you are, as a club, or with family and friends."

The first Trust10 is at 9am.

The Cow Barn Café will be open from 8.30am with a T10 breakfast deal of a bacon muffin and hot drink for £3.

For more information or to volunteer for the events email

PHOTO: Runners on a National Trust estate

© National Trust Images/John Millar


Mellor is our man


Nailsea and Tickenham FC have signed former Bath City FC goalkeeper Jason Mellor ahead of the 2015/2016 season.

Mellor spent three seasons with the Vanorama National league south side and made 129 appearances for the Romans, winning both supporters player and players player of the season during his time there.

He previously played for Clevedon Town FC having started his football career at Nailsea Junior Football Club.

Manager Bob Gregory said 'I am delighted with the signing - it shows the intent of the new club.

“Jason has a lot of experience at a very high standard of football and is an outstanding goalkeeper.”

Nailsea and Tickenham FC will be announcing further new signings in the coming weeks before the start of the season - to keep up to date with club news click HERE.

Jason made his first appearance for the new club in a 3-0 pre-season friendly victory against Peasedown on Saturday, match report below.


Peasedown 0 - 3  Nailsea & Tickenham FC


This was the first outing for the newly formed Nailsea & Tickenham FC  on Saturday, July 4, and it took a little while for the Swags to find their feet as the home side stamped their authority in the early stages of the first half.

There were few chances created by the home side but anything that threatened, new signing, Jason Mellor in the Swags goal duly dealt with!

On the half hour a quality ball from Chris Gregory found Matty Pilgrim who blasted it over the keeper for the first ever goal for the new club, 1-0 the Swags!

The tables began to turn now as the strong midfield of Freeman, Price, Pilgrim, Soper and new signing Alan Mcferran began to stamp their authority on the game.

Just before the break, a slick move resulted in Matt Pilgrim setting up King who despatched a right footed pile driver past the Peasedown Keeper, 2-0 the SWAGS.

After the break, the home side as expected came out  all guns blazing, but Town dealt with the early onslaught and then took command once again.

There were chances for Mcferran and Ciaran Price but unfortunately they came to nothing but then after clever work down the left from Price and a great cross found Scott Pilgrim and he prodded home, 3-0 the SWAGS.

From then on, it was one way traffic and anything that Peasedown did was comfortably dealt with by the N&T defensive three of Gregory, Wright and MOM , Dan Cook.

Youngsters, Adam Stansfield and Sam Membury replaced Matt Pilgrim and Tim Soper and both showed good promise.

A good job done on the day and some encouraging things for manager Bob Gregory and his assistants Steve Price and Jim Sage to reflect on.

Jamie Smith

Floodlights for Fryth Way FC


Two North Somerset football clubs have merged.

Nailsea Town FC which is based at Fryth Road, Nailsea and Tickenham United FC who play at Golden Valley playing fields have amalgamated to form Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club.

Nailsea Town FC was founded in 1989 by director and former first team manager Rex Baker, of Chelvey Court Farm.

Together with his brother Toby, of Bakers Butchers, that they acquired the current ground off Pound Lane which is partly overhung with pylons and surrounded by steep banks on several sides.

Rob Gregory who runs a sports agency replaced Rex as first team manager last December and will be chairman of the newly merged club.

Tickenham was founded in 2007 and played in the Weston Super Mare & District Football League 1 while the more establish Nailsea club is in the Somerset County Premier League.

Despite former Bristol City legends Geoff Merrick, Chris Garland, Clive Whitehead, Howard Pritchard and Ricky Chandler all turning out for the 1990s first team it has always been seen as the Cinderella sister of Nailsea United FC based at the Grove playing fields which has a history dating back to 1897.

In 2004, Nailsea United Football Club embarked on a formal development plan which is still ongoing.

It has been unable to take its rightful place in the Western League as it has been unable to win permission for floodlights.

And Ashton & Backwell Football Club is hoping planners will allow planners to extend the use of its floodlights to allow its continued participation in the Western League.

Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club will launch at the start of the 2015-2016 season with nearly 50 players aged 16 upwards.

It will then field two Somerset County teams, with a first team in the premier division and reserves team in Division 2 West, playing all home games at Fryth Way.

Vice chairman and former Tickenham player Jamie Smith has a day job working in a bank.

Now reserve team manager Jamie, 29, said: “There is a lot of work currently happening behind the scenes to ensure the long-term success including ground and facilities improvements.

“The club has big plans with the potential for new clubhouse, changing rooms and floodlights at the current site.”

Rob said: “It was an easy decision for both clubs as we both were striving to attain the highest level of football for Nailsea.

“The merger will add strength to the club in many ways, the main ones being on and off the field resources, pooling of finances and ground development.”

Pre season training started this month and new players are welcome.

The new club has three FA qualified football coaches and will soon be announcing the full pre season friendly fixtures.

Jamie added: “Our qualified physiotherapist will also be attending the first session and we would therefore welcome any current injured footballers for a free consultation.”

SR Burchills the greengrocers at Colliers Walk have agreed to sponsor the new black and white kit and the new logo has already been designed.

For more information email Al Parsons who was a driving force with the Tickenham players at

UPDATE: The creation this summer of a new Somerset County club called Nailsea and Tickenham FC has sparked media interest in the form of Sky and Freeviews Made In Bristol TV channel.

Nailsea and Tickenham FC will be featured on the sports programme Subs Bench, presented by Nigel Turner during the week commencing Monday, July 13.

The feature will consist of a look behind the scenes as Nailsea and Tickenham FC prepare for their first season since the merger and will also include interviews with club chairman Bob Gregory and committee member Al Parsons, where they discuss the reasons for the merger and exciting plans for the new club.

The club have been very busy so far pre season with improvements to the ground underway at Fryth Way and securing long term sponsorship with town centre greengrocers S&R Burchills as they look to continue to form links within the community.

Nailsea and Tickenham FC have also announced a series of pre season friendlies including a midweek evening fixture against Toolstation Premier team Bristol Manor Farm FC on Tuesday, August 4, at home.

Training will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week at Fryth Way, 7pm.

New players are very welcome to join the sessions. 

Made in Bristol is a relatively new channel dedicated to the local area - Tune in to Subs Bench at7pm, Sky 117, Virgin 159 or Freeview 8 to see the lads in action.

For more information on any aspect of the club email

Soccer saviour + team

A Backwell businesswoman has been presented with flowers by premier league footballer Yannick Bolasie because of her role in helping save an amateur football club.

The Crystal Palace player, who urged his Twitter 65,000 followers to support the campaign to save the Hallen FC from the threat of folding, made the presentation to Della Hudson during an awards ceremony.

The 66-year-old club feared it would have to fold after the parish council said it could no longer afford to financially support the centre. 

But Della, aged 46, of Hudson Accountants, helped raise the profile of the campaign, which collected 5,500 signatures for its petition. 

Della, whose firm is based in West Town Road, Backwell, said: “It’s not every day you get handed flowers by a Premier League footballer.

"I was happy to help the club, whose cause was close to my heart, and this thank you was lovely.”

The club also presented a £683 cheque for It’s in the Bag, in aid of testicular cancer awareness, which is a charity mutually supported by Hallen FC and Hudson Accountants.

Bolasie, who is reportedly a £40 million rated player, presented awards to team players, volunteers and supporters in recognition of their achievements.

Hallen FC would have been liable for rent and repairs at its centre, which could have seen an increase in payments from £12,000 to £20,000 to a year.

But the club has since been given a lifeline with the discovery of an agreement document allowing them to stay until 2020.

An agreement was drawn up years ago after the club gave up its original clubhouse, bar, changing rooms and playing rights so the Hallen Centre could be to be built.

The club are now in talks with the council and hope to renegotiate. 

Lee said: “We have been through a difficult time and we still have work to do.

"But thanks to the press and public interest in our story, people have come forward to offer their help. 

“These are mostly people who have nothing to do with the club and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support.”

PHOTO: Footballer Yannick Bolasie presents Della Hudson, of Hudson Accountants, with flowers for her support of Hallen FC. From left Terry Henderson, who offered his life savings to save the club, committee chairman Lee Fairman, Della Hudson, Yannick Bolasie and Lee Dumble

YOUNG CHAMPS: It was a wicked soccer weekend for juniors footballers at Nailsea. Nailsea Junior Football Club staged a 6 a-side tournament on Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14. NJFC entered two squads the Greens and the Blacks. And it was the Green army who were successful. The club usually play and train at Greenfield Crescent playing fields but this annual event was staged at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club. Established in 1974 the club currently fields 12 teams from U12s to U16s, eight minis aged six to 11-years and three all-girl teams at U10, U13 and U16. To read a full match report by Steve Arney click HERE

Nailsea golfer Euro success

Nailsea's Chris Wood came from five shots behind to win the Lyoness Open in Austria and claim his second European Tour title.

The 27-year-old carded 67 in the final round to finish on 15 under, two clear of runner-up Rafael Cabrera-Bello, reports the BBC.

Wood's compatriots Robert Rock, Robert Dinwiddie and Matthew Fitzpatrick shared third place, five strokes behind the winner.

Overnight leader Gregory Bourdy hit a 78 and dropped to a tie for sixth.

Six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo tweeted his congratulations to Wood

Wood, who tied for third in the 2009 Open Championship, told  "I injured my wrist playing tennis last October and had to rest for five months.

"I came back in March and finished third in Morocco, which I thought would give me a lot of confidence, but then I didn't get the results after that and played quite poorly for a few weeks.

"But the last month I have felt I was playing well enough to win so it has been coming."

Chris added: "It has been a while since the win in Qatar (2013) but it feels a lot better to say I am a two-time winner on Tour - it is a very special feeling to win out here so I am looking forward to celebrating this one."

Chris began his sporting career kicking a football and only swapped to golf after an injury in his early teens.

The former Backwell School student became a regular at Long Ashton Golf Club playing at national and international level as a schoolboy.

And aged 21 he turned professional and the rest is just history.

Boys show team spirit


Grove Junior School sent three boys teams to participate in the North Somerset School Sainsburys Level 2 Games Cricket Tournament. Two Year 6 boys teams went along with one Year 5 team.

All the boys were dedicated, determined and demonstrated excellent team spirit.

The Year 6 teams participated as part of a pool of 12 teams.

The 'A' team won one game and lost one so didn't progress to the semi-finals but then won their friendly match at the end of the day.

The Year 6 B team were fabulous and although they didn't win they certainly had a great day and learned a lot about taking part in such a tournament and also about cricket.

The Year 5 team won three of their games and came overall second out of nine teams.

It was a fabulous day and the boys looked excellent in their new sports kit which was kindly donated by FOGs (Friends of Grove School).

From couch potato to 10k marathon coach

An accountant from Backwell who did not exercise for nearly 10 years is back on track - and now coaching others.

Mum-of-two Della Hudson has been training a team for the It’s In The Bag 10 by 10k charity challenge.

The challenge involves completing ten official 10k runs during the course of 2015, while gaining sponsorship, in aid of testicular cancer.

Della, aged 46, who runs Hudson Accountants at West Town Road, said: “I’d entered for the challenge myself and organisers asked if I could coach as well because I had previous coaching experience.

“There were many runners who had never had any formal training, but were keen to take part.

"I know from my own experience how difficult it can be to get back into sport.

“The coaching actually mirrors business guidance, which is about encouraging people to reach their personal goals.

"I found it very rewarding to see their improvement.”

Della was moved after one of her clients was diagnosed with the disease, but it was caught early – saving his life.

And now she wants to raise more awareness of one of the less common cancers.

Della, who also coaches athletics to eight to 16-year-olds at North Somerset Athletics Club and was named their Athlete of the Year, said: “I’m slightly overwhelmed.

"But I believe in taking it one challenge at a time, so it’s easier to overcome mentally.

“I want to do my part to raise awareness as early diagnosis often means more effective treatment and better chances of a cure.”

Della completed her fourth of the 10 races during the Bristol 10k on Sunday, May 31.

She took 56 minutes and 53 seconds –the average was 56 minutes, 56 seconds.

She said: “My time was just below average and I’m happy to have finished it.”

Her next race will be on Sunday, June 14, and she is set to finish with the Bristol Bath marathon in October, which alone will total over 40k.

To sponsor Della click HERE.

For more information on It’s in the Bag and how to make checks click HERE.

Pictured top left is Dellacoaching a team for the It’s In The Bag10k charity challenge, right taking part in the Bristol Harbourside sprint triathlon last year. Photo thanks to www.Marathon-Photos.Com.

Nailsea touch rugby sessions

Prince Harry has been playing touch rugby with young people while on a tour of New Zealand.

For North Somerset people wanting to join the game Nailsea + Backwell touch section will be running two sessions a week during the summer but obviously not with the sport-loving HRH.

  • Wednesdays at Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club from 6.30-8pm on the top pitch

  • Fridays on the 4g pitch at Nailsea School, 7-8pm

Everyone aged 10 and over is welcome to join in - it is a mixed sport, so ladies are welcome too.

Children aged 16 and under should be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or someone known to them who will take responsibility for them in the unlikely event of illness or injury.

Joe Swanson, whose wife and two sons play the game. set up the last year. 

Joe said: "Feel free to join us - no commitment is necessary - and it will keep your fitness and skills up in the off season.2

Touch rugby is a minimal contact sport which emphasises running, agility and ball handling skills and does not involve tackling, scrumming and kicking.

It is played on a flat surface on half the size of a conventional sports field and its popularity is spreading with growing commercial leagues in a number of countries as well as school competitions.

Clubs are being encouraged to set up touch rugby centres to tempt more people to get involved in the sport ahead of the Rugby World Cup, which will be held in Birmingham in 2015.

To find out more, pop along to a session, call Joe on 07500 821052 or email

Any questions, contact Joe on 0750 0821052 or

Anyone for croquet Saturday?


Nailsea & District Croquet Club is hosting an open day on Saturday, April 25, 11am-5.30pm at its Avening Close base.

The club was started in 1981 and is the only one in the area with four full-size lawns.

Club competitions, leagues matches and association and federation tournaments are held throughout the season.

And in 2005 NDCC was one of the host venues for the World Croquet Championships.

Over the years many junior members have progressed to compete at international level.

Tuition is free to members and the club welcomes players of all ages -  from 10 to 110.

The new season starts in April, but new members are welcome at any time. Further information may be obtained by telephoning 01275 843746.

Please note flat soled shoes must be wore on court.

For further information click HERE.


Or keep fit Sunday?


Both Nailsea and Backwell leisure centres have open days this Sunday, April 26, 10am-4pm.

Scotch Horn Leisure Centre at Nailsea and Backwell Leisure Centre are owned by North Somerset Council and operated by Parkwood Community Leisure.

There will be the chance to sample group fitness classes, use the machines at Scotch Horn’s gym, take a dip in Backwell’s pool or relax in the sauna and steam room.

For little ones there will be fun sessions as well as assessments in the pool at Backwell plus dance displays, taster sessions, arts, crafts, inflatable fun and soft play.

While promoting the facilities Parkwood Community Leisure is also using its open days to collect donations for UK charity Together for Short Lives.

Scotch Horn Leisure Centre has a 70-station gym, squash courts, spin studio, fitness studio, four-court sports hall and soft play area.

And at Backwell Leisure Centre there is a 25m pool, a 12.5m learner pool, health suite and squash courts.

For more details about Parkwood Community Leisure centres click HERE.

The Tyntesfield Ten starts at 7pm on Wednesday, May 20, from within the Tyntesfield Estate

BRIEF DETAILS: A 10k(ish) off-road course around the National Trust’s spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival House and parkland of Tyntesfield.  Please note it is a 10 minute walk to start from registration.

FACILITIES: Car parking, baggage store, first aid cover, water station, refreshments, electronic timing, free SMS results service - please provide mobile telephone number when registering, post race massage (donations).

DIRECTIONS: Post code: BS48 1NT. O/S Map Ref. 172:ST506715 on B3128 seven miles south west of Bristol. M5 southbound exit 19 via A369 towards Bristol), B3129, B3128. M5 northbound exit 20, B3130 towards Bristol, B3128. Brown signs from exit 19 and 20 of M5. E

ENTRY FEES: Members of ARC £11.63, non-members of ARC £13.71 including booking fee. Race limit 500. Minimum age 16 on race day. Regret no refunds due personal circumstances.

CONTACT DETAILS: Mike Salisbury on 0785 513 1316, email

AWARDS:1st, 2nd & 3rd SM & SF; 1st & 2nd V40M; 1st & 2nd V40F; 1st V50M; 1st V50F; 1st V60M; 1st V60F. Only one prize will be awarded to any individual runner.

DONATIONS: A donation will be made by Nailsea Running Club to help the National Trust further restore and conserve the Tyntesfield estate.

FURTHER INFORMATION: A most popular race with, last year, over 400 entrants and this year room for more, but then who can blame runners as this race takes in the beautiful parkland scenery of the National Trust’s Tyntesfield Estate. The summer evening route circumnavigates the estate with the race starting right outside the remarkable Victorian country house before dropping down into the outlying fields. It then heads up into the woodland, across the top fields where American forces were stationed in WW2 before dropping back into the parkland and the finish line. Gym Sac goody bag including locally produced Ooh! Chocolata bar. In all, a 10k race taking in against a spectacular back drop with a varied terrain and ample parking for runners and spectators alike. Sorry, NT does not allow dogs on certain parts of the estate including start/ finish areas. National Trust visitor facilities will be open in addition to a bar and barbeque offering a PB (Pint and Burger) special deal to all 10k participants and spectators.

REGISTRATION: Please note new this year, ONLINE entry only. No postal entries. No raceday entries. Register by clicking HERE.

New sports directory


The fifth edition of North Somerset Council's active directory - the flagship publication for sport and exercise groups in the district - is being put together and the council's Sport and Active Lifestyles team is looking for sport and physical activity instructors to promote their activities in it.

 The Go4Life Active Directory has proved to be a fantastic way to promote local physical activities. 

Entry in the directory is free on the basis that the instructors / clubs / groups included show support for Go4Life – a North Somerset Partnership scheme encouraging and supporting people to live healthier and more active lives.  It’s a recognised brand associated with healthy and active living in North Somerset.
Once published this summer, you will be able to pick up a copy of the directory in most libraries, leisure centres and GP surgeries or access it online! 
The directory advertises activities where participants do not need an advance membership. 

This rules out some more formal settings - for example golf in a members-only club; league football club - so the council cannot guarantee to publish every activity submitted.
To promote your activity - from yoga to walking, badminton to boxing - in the new edition omplete the short online form by clicking HERE.

The activities should be for adults aged 16+.  Entries must be submitted by Friday, May 1. 

To get a paper form call North Somerset Council sport and active lifestyles team on 01275 882730 or email

 Go4Life is a North Somerset Partnership initiative that aims to encourage and help people to live healthier and more active lives.

If you support the Go4Life vision you can become a partner by signing up to our regular blog. Go to HERE and click 'follow'.

DANCE CLASS: From left standing Alan McMurray, Derek Wilton, Baroness Sue Campbell, Vickie Mitchell and Chris Millard, of  North Somerset Athletics Club. Front Kevin Ogden, of Scorpions Wheelchair Basketball and David Constantine. Below a video from the paralympics Latin dance final 

Dancing on wheels


A Nailsea group will be waltzing around a dance floor with a new wheelchair on Monday evenings thanks to a district councillor.

Portishead councillor Alan McMurray raised the funds to buy four new sports wheelchairs during his term in office as chairman of North Somerset Council.

And one of his wheelchairs supplied by Brockley-based charity Motivation was presented to TLF Dance Centre which is based at 1st Nailsea Scout HQ, at Clevedon Road,

Mr McMurray made community sport the focus of his chairman’s project’ raising just under £4,000 through charitable donations.

At a gathering of North Somerset school heads and PE teachers at Cadbury House, Congresbury, the former chairman presented the sports wheelchairs to North Somerset Athletics Club, Scorpions Wheelchair Basketball and the Nailsea dance centre.

He said: "During my year as chairman I was greatly impressed by the support given by teachers, clubs and volunteers in enabling community and school active lifestyle events for all ages and abilities.

"However, I quickly became aware of the opportunity to help people with disabilities take up a healthy activity by raising funds to purchase sporting wheelchairs.

"From the proceeds from very generous companies and individuals who supported me at my fundraising lunch, I am delighted to present these wheelchairs to the nominated clubs and organisations. 

"I would also like to thank Motivation, a local charity and manufacturer of sporting wheelchairs based at Brockley, for their support during my year."

Mr McMurray was joined at the presentation by Motivation founder David Constantine and Baroness Sue Campbell CBE who later addressed the meeting and spoke passionately about the importance of physical education and school sport, highlighting the contribution it can make to ‘whole school improvement’ and ‘creating a life-long habit of physical activity’.

Wheelchair dance class at Scotch Horn leisure centre began in September last year.

The class from 8-9pm is suitable for all ages and all abilities with non wheelchair users welcome as standing partners.

Hello and welcome!  My name is Vickie, the principal of

TLF Dance Centre is run by Vickie Mitchell who has been teaching dance in Nailsea for more than 15 years.

Vickie’s daughter and son Becky and Jack, sister Sue Hampton and her son Phillip along with student support Leanne Stevens also help out at the dance centre.

Sport for all

Whatever it is that motivates you to take up exercise, make it your focus for getting fitter this year.

It may be about spending more time with friends, learning a new skill, being outdoors, meeting new people or achieving something. 

It may be something else all together. 

But if you can find the motivation that works for you, then there’s something out there for everyone – here’s a selection:



If it’s a team sport you’re after, then 'Back to Netball' is perfect!

Never played before? 

Haven’t played for years? 

Dust off your trainers and get on court. 

Bring a friend or meet a new one! 

The sessions are coach-led and provide a gentle re-introduction to the game through practices and game play. 

Launching on Thursday, January 22, at Broadoak Maths and Computing College, 8-9pm, Weston-super-Mare it costs £3 per session for people aged 16 plus – these pay and play sessions are a fun way to get fit and make friends!  
Click HERE to find out more.


Perhaps volunteering is your motivation. 

It can be good for your body and mind. 

If you have a desire to help other people and have fun, then Age UK would like to hear from you. 

Age UK’s Ageing Well programme is seeking volunteers to lead flexercise, boccia, ping and new-age kurling sessions. 

Keeping active is important throughout life and particularly as you get older as it has many important health benefits. 

Age UK runs active classes such as tai chi, yoga, movement to music and dancing.
To find out more about taking part or volunteering with Age UK contact Nikki Smith on 0753 077 7895 or email


Inclusive sports

Maybe you want to be part of an inclusive environment.  

Sportarray is an initiative that works with local sports clubs to create more opportunities for disabled players to participate in sport. 

Supported by Sport England, coaches and volunteers can benefit from free training and networking. 

Clubs can gain support for publicity, equipment and advice on funding. 

Players can take part without the barriers.

New sports such as boccia and walking football have been introduced too. 

Check out the full list of inclusive sports clubs click HERE.

Do you want to try something different? 

North Somerset’s first ever goalball taster session will take place at Hans Price Sports Centre, Weston-super-Mare on Saturday, February 7, noon - 2pm. 

The session will be delivered by Goalball UK and is aimed at people with a visual impairment, but open to all.  It’s a great opportunity for players and coaches from all sports to check out a Paralympic disability sport in action. 

To register to attend for free,  email or call North Somerset Council sport and active lifestyles team on 01275 882734. 


Born to be big - want to get healthier? 

SHINE is a healthy-lifestyle programme which helps overweight young people aged 10 to 17-years to lose weight and increase their confidence regardless of their shape or size. 

It helps young people understand their weight so that they can manage it more effectively in an independent way.

The programme focuses on food and eating, while promoting an attitudinal change in lifestyle. 

The next SHINE programme starts this January. 

For more information contact the sport and active lifestyles team by email or call 01275 882731. 


Would you like to work with young people aged 11-25? 

Could sport play a role in helping you reach your target audience? 

Sportivate funding is available to organise six to eight weeks of coaching in a range of sports for young people who are not particularly sporty.

Click HERE for more information.


Sports leader

Would you like to lead sports sessions in your local community? 

Why not apply for our level 2 community sport leaders award available to anyone aged 16+? 

It’s a fun and practical course covering an introduction to sports leadership, communication in sport, organisational tools, safety in sport and tips on adapting activities to suit all participants. 

The course registration requires a £10 deposit - returned on completion. 

If you would like to attend this course please complete an online egistration form by clcking HERE

For further information email or call 01275 882736.  

Street games

Are you a teenager looking for something convenient, cheap, sociable and friendly? 

Street Games doorstep sport clubs are running sessions in Weston-super-Mare. 

Take part in football on Mondays at Weston-super-Mare Football Club, 7.30-8.30pm. 

Try multi sports on Tuesdays at Weston-super-Mare Football Club 5-6pm. 

The sessions are for young people aged 12+. 

Entry is £1.

For further information call 01275 882 736 or email 


Do you love a chat with friends or enjoy mingling in a crowd? 

Would you love to see more in your local area? 

Free health walks are a fantastic way to socialise with others. 

There are nine North Somerset groups covering Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, Weston-super-Mare, Winscombe and Yatton. 

To read and download the quarterly newsletter, including a timetable of forthcoming health walks, click HERE.

To find out more call the Sport and Active Lifestyles team on 01275 882730.

Click HERE to find out about the help available for you to become fitter and healthier and feel better about yourself. Go4Life is a North Somerset Partnership initiative that aims to encourage and help people to live healthier and more active lives.

All about Motivation

Motivation is an international charity which operates from a mismatch of old farm buildings off a country lane near the A370.

Its story starts in 1989 when Royal College of Art students David Constantine and Simon Gue were tasked with designing a wheelchair suitable for use in developing countries.

Their winning wheelchair design had to be robust enough to cope with tough terrain and affordable.

The pair won the Frye Memorial Prize and with a bursary travelled with friend Richard Frost to Bangladesh where they built their wheelchair for a disability organisation in Dhaka.

Two years later David, Simon and Richard established Motivation.

Motivation's sports chairs are a fraction of the price of those used by Paralympic Team GB and they have been enabling thousands of disabled people in more than 50 countries to play wheelchair basketball and tennis.

Motivation has its  high-quality, low-cost wheelchairs specifically made for use in poor countries in China as flat packs.

The admin team at Brockley Lane dispatch wheelchairs all round the world and has set up innovative training programmes in far-flung countries teaching local people how to assemble the kit-form wheelchairs.

During the past 21 years Motivation has reached more than 130,000 people around the world.

North Somerset AC

North Somerset Athletic Club was set up in 2004 and now has more than  300 competing members from age eight years upwards.

The club is supported by more than 30 qualified coaches led by head coach Chris Millard.

All coaches are UKA approved and the club is affiliated to UK Athletics.

Its mission is to deliver a professional and positive environment that provides opportunities for athletes of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to be the best they can within the sport of athletics, and to create a vibrant, safe and enjoyable experience for all its members and to encourage healthy active lifestyles.

The club successfully competes in the Avon, South West Track and Field, National Young Athletes and in the Gloucester and Gwent Cross Country Leagues. 

Training sessions take place in Clevedon, Churchill, Nailsea/Backwell, Weston-super-Mare and Ashton Court.

The club welcomes anyone who wishes to get involved in the thrill of athletics weather as a competitor, helper, coach or supporter, please feel free to make contact at a training event.

Scorpions basketball

The South West Scorpions provide opportunities for children and adults to play the exciting sport of wheelchair basketball.

It has three junior teams that can meet the needs of almost any child, whether people are looking to play competitively in the National Junior League or just want to have some fun in their spare time.

Who can play - anyone.

Many of our members don’t even have a disability.

the club is always looking for new athletes aged five-18 to join its junior teams.

Adults are welcome to come along to train, to get ready for the adult team. Whether budding atheletes are new to the game or have played wheelchair basketball before Scorpions basketball would love to have them join its club.

It welcomes disabled and non-disabled athletes alike and can provide a sports wheelchair to use during sessions and matches as well as helping with funding to enable people to get their own custom built sports chair.

Their athletes have a wide range of abilities and impairments, including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, amputations and congenital impairments, several have no disabilities at all.

Friends and siblings are welcome to join too.

Depending on your ability, level and interests, one of its programmes is sure to be perfect.

Superfit Santas surfing Severn

You would have thought Santa Claus was pretty busy at dawn on Christmas Eve, preparing for that night's work, but new video footage has emerged of Father Christmas - in fact around half a dozen of them - surfing the Severn Bore, writes Tristan Cork of the Western Daily Press.

Along with a snowman and what appears to be someone dressed as a psychedelic elf, it was posted on YouTube by Severn Bore Boy who Tristan describes as 'diminutive surfer whose face is covered by a morph suit'.

We know it is Nailsea's own Phil Williams, a member of Holy Trinity church and national director of Christian Surfers UK.

Superfit Phil is the brains behind Nailsea Skateboard Project and organiser of the annual Skate Fest competition at Millennium Park.

Flanked by red suits and suspicious-looking white beards, the film is taken on a camera attached the front end of a surf board and keeps filming as the ride takes the surfers upstream as the second biggest tidal bore in the world which is funnelled up the Severn Estuary south of Gloucester.

Phil said: "Fun was had by all the visiting Santa's on their way to deliver presents.

"No Santa's were hurt in the making of this video, despite not being able to see for the majority of the ride."

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